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Greg Dower

Stories under the Almanack's Editorial Staff byline come from press releases and other notices. To have your news noticed here at the Almanack contact our editor John Warren at adkalmanack@gmail.com.


Monday, September 18, 2017

Limited Number Of School Garden Grants Offered

Students at George E. Wilson Elementary School in Hamilton, New Jersey. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Alaska Organic Fertilizer company are offering grants to support school gardens in the United States, excluding it’s territories.

BirdSleuth, Cornell Lab’s K-12 education program, will distribute $25,000 in grants to 20 schools that create or revitalize a garden that supports local wildlife, healthy living, environmental education, and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) learning. Grants range from $500 to $2,000. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, September 17, 2017

Guided Lake Champlain Bridge History Walk Planned

chimney point state historic siteAs part of Vermont’s Archaeology Month, the Chimney Point State Historic Site in Addison, VT, and the Crown Point State Historic Site in Crown Point, NY will host a guided walk of the Lake Champlain Bridge on Sunday, September 24th.

The walk will take place from 1 to 3 pm, and will be led by Chimney Point site administrator Elsa Gilbertson and Crown Point site manager Michael Roets. » Continue Reading.


Friday, September 15, 2017

Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed in Northern New York

emerald ash borer photo courtesy DECThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced that invasive pest emerald ash borer (EAB) has been found and confirmed for the first time in Franklin and St. Lawrence counties. DEC captured the insects in monitoring traps at the two locations.

DEC confirmed the specimens as adult EABs on August 25. The invasive pest was found within a few miles of the Canadian border and may represent an expansion of Canadian infestations into New York. » Continue Reading.


Friday, September 15, 2017

The Adirondacks Around The Web This Week


Friday, September 15, 2017

Saranac Lake Arts and Culture Survey Underway

saranac lake tourism logoThe Village of Saranac Lake has engaged AMS Planning & Research, a national arts management consulting firm, to work with a committee of village arts, education, government, and business representatives to develop an Arts and Culture Master Plan, with funding from NY State Council on the Arts. The result of this effort is expected to be the creation of a plan that will serve the community, as well as area visitors, through solutions designed to address the Village of Saranac Lake’s specific arts and cultural goals.

Community input is important to understanding priorities and support for a variety of categories of arts and cultural activities encompassing church choirs to watercolor painting to HoboFest to quilting to Story Slams to bands and orchestras, for youth through seniors, and more. » Continue Reading.


Friday, September 15, 2017

1920s Weekend Comes To Chestertown

rum runners weekendThe 5th Annual Rum Runners Weekend is taking place Friday, September 15, though September 17th, in Chestertown.  It all kicks off  at 5 pm on Friday night, as bootleggers evade the police in their classic cars, beginning at The Hub in Brant Lake, with stops at OP Fredericks, the Odd Duck, and the Bullhouse, before ending at the Panther Mountain Inn. A car show follows.

A Bootleggers Parade of classic cars will begin at noon on Saturday, starting at LaFlure Lane in Chestertown and ending at the Town Hall, followed by an American Legion USO-style Variety Show in the Town Hall Auditorium. » Continue Reading.


Friday, September 15, 2017

The Big Adirondack News Stories This Week


Thursday, September 14, 2017

Current Adirondack Outdoor Conditions (Sept 14)

CompassThis weekly report of outdoor recreation conditions in the Adirondacks is compiled each Thursday afternoon.

Contribute Your Knowledge: Add a comment below, or send your observations, corrections, updates, and suggestions to adkalmanack@gmail.com.

Practice Leave No Trace Principles when visiting the Adirondack Park.

SPECIAL NOTICES FOR THIS WEEKEND
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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Pride Parade Set For Plattsburgh Sept 30th

Adirondack North Country Gender Alliance logoAdirondack North Country Gender Alliance has announced their second LGBTQ Pride Event in Plattsburgh, on Saturday, September 30, 2017, from noon until 5 pm.

According to an announcement sent to the Adirondack Almanack: “Adirondack North Country Gender Alliance’s goal with this event is to bring members of the LGBTQ community and their allies together to stand hand in hand to promote love, acceptance, respect, and unity, and to promote these values for all people in the area and world regardless of their race, religion, ethnicity, physical or mental ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, and any other expression or identity that makes us special and unique. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, September 14, 2017

North Country Heritage Award Recipients Announced

2017 North Country Heritage Award Recipient Loretta LepkowskiTAUNY, Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, has announced the three recipients for this year’s North Country Heritage Awards: Loretta Lepkowski of Tug Hill (Evergreen Award Recipient), Bill MacKentley of Potsdam (Inherited Traditions Award Recipient), and The Paddock Arcade in Watertown (Very Special Place Award Recipient).

These individuals and the site will be recognized and honored for their contributions to their communities and North Country traditions at this year’s Salute to North Country Heritage, TAUNY’s annual public reception, on October 22 from 2 to 4 pm at The TAUNY Center.

TAUNY’s North Country Heritage Awards recognize individuals, families, and community groups who demonstrate evidence of traditionality, mastery, and creative commitment to their art form over time, and a commitment to their community and the teaching of others. They also recognize sites in North Country that are special to the life of those communities, have served multiple generations over time, are community gathering places, meet a community’s social, spiritual, economic, or entertainment needs, and are a factor in community or regional identity. The program was established by TAUNY founder and folklorist Varick Chittenden in 1993 and will be celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2018 with a series of programs and special events centered around the Heritage Awards and its recipients. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Ausable River Clean-Up Set For Saturday

Ausable River Clean-UpThe Ausable River Association (AsRA), in partnership with the Kayak Shack of Plattsburgh, is hosting a Paddling River Clean-Up Saturday, September 17th in Peru. The clean-up is open to all community members who want to restore and protect the beauty of the Ausable River.

AsRA will be working with the Kayak Shack at their Baggs’ Landing location to remove trash in and along the banks of the Ausable River from Carpenter’s Flats to the mouth at Lake Champlain.

Last year, volunteers removed thirteen bags of trash, large pieces of scrap metal, and over 200 tires from the river and its banks. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Paper Money: Paul Smith’s College Alum Donates $1 Million

John DillonA 1958 graduate and longtime benefactor of Paul Smith’s College has donated $1 million to help the institution renovate its chemistry laboratories. The gift from John Dillon, retired chairman and CEO of International Paper, is the largest donation ever from a Paul Smith’s alum according to school officials.  The renovated labs will be named the John T. Dillon Science Center in his honor, they said.

“John Dillon has been both a leader and steadfast supporter of the college for many years,” Cathy Dove, president of Paul Smith’s College said in an announcement sent to the press. “His career, service as a member of the college’s board of trustees and long history of giving are inspiring. We are so grateful to John for all he has done to support Paul Smith’s College and its great mission.” » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Adirondack Harvest Festival, Farm-to-Fest Hike Saturday

adk harvest fest

The region’s small farms will be celebrated with an all-day Adirondack Harvest Festival at the Essex County Fairgrounds from 11 am to 5 pm on Saturday, September 16th, including Champlain Area Trails’ Farm-To-Fest Hike.

The Adirondack Harvest Festival will display the valley’s harvest with over 30 regional agricultural vendors, including cheese-makers, meat and sausage producers, vegetable growers, brewers and vintners. Exhibits and films and farm presentations will be shown in Floral Hall throughout the day. There will be demonstrations including cider pressing, bee keeping, growing gourmet mushrooms, harvesting and storing seeds, flax processing, baking with ancient grains and soap making. Festivities include food trucks and brewers as well as an organic pig roast and live music. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Fort Ticonderoga Announces Annual Economic Impact Report

fort ticonderoga

The results of a 2016 study by Magellan Strategy Group, commissioned by the Fort Ticonderoga Association, analyzing Fort Ticonderoga’s impact upon the surrounding region have been released.

According to the study, the site generates a total of $12.1 million annually in economic impact. The total includes visitor spending from tourists; spending by the Fort Ticonderoga Association in its daily operations; the indirect and induced impacts created by labor income as it flows into the regional economy; and tax revenue generated by that spending.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Recent Adirondack Forest Ranger Missions

DEC Forest RangerNew York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents in the Adirondacks. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers locate and extract lost, injured or distressed people from the Adirondack backcountry.

What follows is a report, prepared by DEC, of recent missions carried out by Forest Rangers in the Adirondacks. » Continue Reading.


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