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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Anne LaBastille Writing Residency Applications Sought

anna labastille residencyanna labastille residencyThe Adirondack Center for Writing is accepting applications from April 15 through May 20, 2016 for the annual Anne LaBastille Memorial Residency, which will be held at Twitchell Lake near Big Moose from October 8-22, 2016.

The residency was established to provide space, time, and an inspiring landscape for writers to work, and a chance to unplug and connect with other writers. There is no internet or cellphones at the residency; rooms are single occupancy with private baths, food will be provided.


Saturday, April 16, 2016

Adirondack Public Humanities Programs Sought

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The New York Council for the Humanities is looking to bring more humanities programs to the Adirondacks through grants and public programs. “The humanities help us understand personal experiences, community histories, and provide much needed context and methods to discuss multi-faceted issues like genetically modified foods or urban sprawl,” a recent announcement sent to the press said.

The Council will be in the Adirondacks to discuss opportunities April 17th and 18th.


Friday, April 15, 2016

The Adirondacks Around The Web This Week


Friday, April 15, 2016

Long Lake, Raquette Lake Photo Contest

Photo by Carolynn McCann of Old Forge entitled Stillness #2, Raquette LakePhoto by Carolynn McCann of Old Forge entitled Stillness #2, Raquette Lake

Amateur photographers are invited to submit a maximum of three entries for the 216 Long Lake and Raquette Lake Photography Contest. Photo submissions must have been made in Long Lake or Raquette Lake.

Prizes will be awarded for categories including: Our Town, People at Play, Best Landscape, Best Wildlife and overall Best in Show. Only digital entries will be accepted.


Friday, April 15, 2016

The Big Adirondack News Stories This Week


Thursday, April 14, 2016

Outdoor Conditions in the Adirondacks (Apr 15)

CompassCompassThis weekly report of outdoor recreation conditions in the Adirondacks is issued each Thursday afternoon and can be heard at North Country Public Radio on Friday mornings.

Sunrise Saturday in Lake Placid will be at 6:10 am; sunset at 7:42 pm, providing 13 hours and 32 minutes of sunlight. The Moon will rise Saturday afternoon at 2:30 pm and set at 4:08 am Sunday morning. Saturday’s Moon will be Waxing Crescent, 74% illuminated. Look for Moon-lit nights over the next two weeks.

SPECIAL NOTICES FOR THIS WEEKEND


Thursday, April 14, 2016

New Mountain Bike Flow Trail Opening At Whiteface

Picture 1 (True Blue)Picture 1 (True Blue)The Whiteface Mountain Bike Park in Wilmington opens on June 4th with a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony of the new Flow Trail, True Blue, at noon. Phase one of True Blue starts at the current Wilmington Mountain Bike Shuttle drop-off location, near the top of Fox Trail. High Peaks Cyclery will be bringing their entire fleet of Salsa Fat Bikes for free demos.

Throughout the season work is expected to continue on phase two, which tops out » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, April 13, 2016

New Research On NY’s Ice Age Large Mammals

woodland caribou drawing by wikimedia user foresmanwoodland caribou drawing by wikimedia user foresmanNew York State Museum scientists have completed research that reveals when and why large mammals — including caribou, mammoths, and mastodons — re-colonized and ultimately went extinct in New York State after the last Ice Age. This research may help scientists better understand how ecosystems formed and why certain species went extinct after the last Ice Age.

Dr. Robert Feranec, the Museum’s curator of Pleistocene vertebrate paleontology, and Dr. Andrew Kozlowski, the Museum’s glacial geologist, co-authored » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Recent Reports Of Lost And Injured Hikers

DEC Forest RangerDEC 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 a recent mission carried out by Forest Rangers in the Adirondacks.


Wednesday, April 13, 2016

DEC Announces 2015 Bear Hunting Results

black_bear_mammalblack_bear_mammalNew York bear hunters killed 1,715 black bears during the 2015 hunting seasons, the second largest bear harvest on record in New York, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). Only the 2003 harvest (1,863) surpassed the 2015 year’s take.

In the Northern Zone, a total of 583 bears were killed, 27 percent above the recent five-year average. Based primarily on cyclers of food availability, bear harvest in the Northern Zone tends to alternate between strong harvests during the early season one year followed by strong » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Paul Smith’s College Festival of Science, Art and Music

SAM festival paul smithsSAM festival paul smithsPaul Smith’s College will hold a day-long festival of music, art and TED-style talks on Saturday, April 16th, at the Paul Smith’s College VIC.

The event, known as SAM Fest, is now in its third year. This year’s theme is “The Art and Science of Time.” It will feature a mix of performances by North Country musicians and poets, presentations by faculty and students, exhibits of works by local artists and a showing of “Chasing Ice,” an award-winning documentary about making dramatic, time-lapse film footage of » Continue Reading.


Monday, April 11, 2016

Move Underway To Lower NYS Hunting Age To 12

deer hunted with an air rifle in 2008deer hunted with an air rifle in 2008Legislation is now pending in the New York State Legislature to lower the minimum age for big game hunting to 12. Assembly bill A8358 sponsored by Aileen Gunther (D,I,WF-Forestburgh) and companion Senate bill S5434 sponsored by Joseph Griffo (R-Rome) are currently pending in their respective houses’ Environmental Conservation Committees.

The New York State Conservation Council (NYSCC), a sportmans and gun rights advocacy group, has been advocating for the change. Currently, the “junior hunter mentoring program” allows youths ages » Continue Reading.


Monday, April 11, 2016

Grange Benefit For Reber Rock Farm Celebrates Bob Dylan

The-GrangeThe-GrangeOn Saturday, April 16, the Whallonsburg Grange Hall will host a dinner and concert, with all proceeds going towards the reconstruction of the barn at Reber Rock Farm. The farm, located in the Reber Valley just outside of Essex, lost its new barn in a fire on February 27. Along with the building, Reber Rock lost calves, laying hens, tools, equipment, hay, and grain.

The benefit will begin with a farm-fresh dinner, serving from 5-6:30 pm, $10 for adults and $5 for those under 12. A full evening of music celebrating the » Continue Reading.


Friday, April 8, 2016

The Adirondacks Around The Web This Week


Friday, April 8, 2016

Fort Fever Talk Explains Ticonderoga Redoubts

redoubt event fort tiredoubt event fort tiFort Ticonderoga’s final Fort Fever lecture for 2016 takes place on Sunday, April 10, at 2 pm with “Building 18th-Century Redoubts” presented by Assistant Military Programs Supervisor Nicholas Spadone.

From theory to practice, the lecture will examine the construction of redoubts along the Ticonderoga peninsula. This program looks at the science and geometry used in the layout process closely followed by American officers. Participants will be able to explore the literature that influenced young officers to make such fortifications in a brand new American » Continue Reading.


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