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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Outdoor Conditions in the Adirondacks (Oct 8)

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

Sunrise Saturday will be at 7:04 am; sunset at 6:21 pm. There will be no Moon on Saturday night as it will rise (waxing crescent) at 4:43 am Saturday and set at 5:24 pm. There will be a New Moon on Monday, October 12, at 8:06 pm. See information about the Draconid Meteor Shower below.


Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Bus Fundraiser Underway To Support Youth Ed-Ventures

YENN Youth Ed-Venture Nature NetworkThe Youth Ed-Venture & Nature Network (YENN) is raising money to purchase a bus to transport youth from the Albany area to its outdoor and environmental programs in the Adirondacks and Catskills.

To date, a campaign on Adirondack Gives, Adirondack Foundation’s crowdfunding website for community groups and nonprofits, has raised $2,000. The YENN hopes to reach its short-term goal of $5,000 in the next 30 days.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Ausable Valley Cheese Tour October 11th

Essex County Cheese TourCheese-makers at three Adirondack dairies will be highlighting their wares during the second Essex County Cheese Tour on Sunday, October 11, from 10 am until 4 pm.

This self-guided driving tour follows the scenic Ausable River Valley during the Fall Foliage season.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Will Rogers Memorial Hospital Film Premieres Oct 10

Will Rogers Memorial Hospital“Hotel Hope”, a new film about the history of Will Rogers Memorial Hospital in Saranac Lake, where tuberculosis victims from the entertainment industry came for treatment, will premiere on Saturday at Saranac Village at Will Rogers.

Historic Saranac Lake contracted with Jim Griebsch to produce the documentary. Will Rogers Memorial Hospital historian Leslie Hoffman and Caroline Welsh, Director Emerita of the Adirondack Museum, both provided research assistance.  The film features archival footage and contemporary interviews with former patients and employees of the hospital.

Friday, October 2, 2015

This Week’s Adirondack Web Highlights

Friday, October 2, 2015

FallFest and Fiber Arts Fair Set For Saturday

AdirondackMuseum-FallFest_Oct3_CircleBWagonRidesRight on time for the Fall Foliage season, the annual FallFest and Fiber Arts Fair in Blue Mountain Lake will feature fiber arts demonstrations, a vendor fair, and family activities from 10 am until 5 pm on Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Adirondack Museum.

Museum admission is free for year-round Adirondack Park residents beginning  Thursday, through the museum’s last day of the season, Monday, Oct. 12 (Columbus Day), including for the FallFest and Fiber Arts Fair.

Friday, October 2, 2015

This Week’s Top Adirondack News Stories

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Outdoor Conditions in the Adirondacks (Oct 1)

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

Sunrise Saturday will be at 6:56 am; sunset at 6:33 pm. The Moon will rise on Saturday night at 10:58 pm and set at 1:56 pm on Sunday afternoon. There will be a Last Quarter Moon on Sunday, October 4, at 5:06 pm.


Thursday, October 1, 2015

Adirondack Farm to School Initiative Update

Life Science Class SLHSThe Adirondack Farm to School Initiative is working with schools and communities to create a connection between classroom, cafeteria, community, and local farms.  The goal of this initiative is to support local economies, bring local food into school cafeterias, and create hands-on learning activities such as school gardens, farm visits, culinary classes, and the integration of food-related education into the regular classroom curriculum.

The Saranac Lake School district is one of 82 projects receiving support this year through the USDA Farm to School Program.  Grant money has been used to acquire equipment for preserving local produce, making it available year-round.  

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Essex Chain Lakes Management Comments Sought

Full Essex Chain MapThe Adirondack Park Agency (APA) is accepting public comments on how their Essex Chain Lakes Complex Plan conforms to the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan. The comment period will conclude on October 16, 2015.

The plan addresses the continued development of controversial bicycling and snowmobiling projects, including the construction of a bridge over the Cedar River continued maintenance of the Polaris (Iron) Bridge over the Hudson River, and the construction of a new snowmobile trail between Indian Lake and Minerva.

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