The Adirondack Almanack http://www.adirondackalmanack.com Fri, 01 Aug 2014 13:47:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 This Week’s Top Adirondack News Storieshttp://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/08/this-weeks-top-adirondack-news-stories-284.html http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/08/this-weeks-top-adirondack-news-stories-284.html#comments Fri, 01 Aug 2014 13:00:43 +0000 http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/?p=46873 //

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Extinction: Passenger Pigeons In The Adirondackshttp://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/07/extinction-passenger-pigeons-in-the-adirondacks.html http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/07/extinction-passenger-pigeons-in-the-adirondacks.html#comments Thu, 31 Jul 2014 21:00:33 +0000 http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/?p=46996 Adirondack Passenger PigeonOver the course of the past several years I have frequently paddled in the Raquette River -Tupper Lake area. A few weeks ago I paddled from the boat launch known as “The Crusher”, past the several camps where there was once a set of rapids, past the “Oxbow”; through “the Cut” into Simon Pond, and on to the New York State boat launch at Moody’s along Route 30. The day was sunny, and warm, with a slight breeze, and my fellow paddlers were great companions. It had been all-in-all a very and enjoyable paddle. But the present day description of the route is not what one would have experienced back in the 1850s.

In » Continue Reading.

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Current Conditions in the Adirondack Park (July 31)http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/07/current-conditions-in-the-adirondack-park-july-31.html http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/07/current-conditions-in-the-adirondack-park-july-31.html#comments Thu, 31 Jul 2014 19:55:02 +0000 http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/?p=47035 adk0122093 This weekly Adirondack outdoor conditions report is issued on Thursday afternoons, year round.

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Listen for the weekly Adirondack Outdoor Recreation Report Friday mornings on WSLP (93.3) and the stations of North Country Public Radio. A narrative version of this report can be found at Mountain Lake PBS.

 

SPECIAL NOTICES FOR THIS WEEKEND

** indicates new or recently revised items this week.

** BEST DAY FOR OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES: Sunday. Both Saturday and Sunday hold the possibility of afternoon thunderstorms. Depending on where they land, outdoor enthusiasts will find drier trails and access roads on Sunday.

** SUNRISE – SUNSET: Sunrise Saturday will » Continue Reading.

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Gear Review: Merrell Chameleon 5 Hiking Shoehttp://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/07/gear-review-merrell-chameleon-5-hiking-shoe.html http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/07/gear-review-merrell-chameleon-5-hiking-shoe.html#comments Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:00:18 +0000 http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/?p=46805 Merrell Chameleon 5 Hiking ShoeHiking is often a messy business, especially in the Adirondacks. Beaver flooding, natural seeps and deep, rain-filled ruts are just a few of the reasons for wet and muddy trails. Sometimes, just for a change of pace, a nice hike on a relatively dry upland trail is just what the doctor ordered. On these dry jaunts, a clunky, over the ankle pair of full-grain leather hiking boots is often overkill.

Hiking shoes are a fine alternative for these drier situations. They are lighter weight and dry faster than conventional leather hiking boots, which allows for more miles with less stress on your legs and back. After all, the old adage » Continue Reading.

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Weather Mysteries: Why Was Last Winter So Cold?http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/07/weather-mysteries-why-was-last-winter-so-cold.html http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/07/weather-mysteries-why-was-last-winter-so-cold.html#comments Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:30:21 +0000 http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/?p=46992 Whiteface ObservatoryIn partnership with SUNY Albany’s Atmospheric Sciences Research Center at the Whiteface Mountain Observatory, The Wild Center will host North Country Climatology: Global Weather Patterns and Impacts on Tuesday, August 5 at 7 pm in the Flammer Theater as part of the Falconer Lecture Series.

Two Meterologists from NOAA’s National Weather Service in Burlington, Vermont, Conor Lahiff and Brooke Taber, will unravel the mysteries of weather in the North Country. Why was last winter so cold? How are Adirondack weather patterns connected to more global weather events and to climate change? What kind of weather predictions are being made for the coming years? This event is free and open to the public.

Perched high atop » Continue Reading.

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Unique Adirondack Theatre Opportunitieshttp://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/07/unique-adirondack-theatre-opportunities.html http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/07/unique-adirondack-theatre-opportunities.html#comments Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:17:17 +0000 http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/?p=47004 ADKCenterArts_ShakespeareThe mountains, nature and waterways are just part of what makes our time in the Adirondacks so unique. The other part is the artists, musicians and performers that make the Adirondacks their home while sharing their creativity with the rest of us. Though the numerous Adirondack professional and regional theaters are offering a variety of entertainment, it’s the unique opportunities that these theaters have on the docket that I’d like to highlight.

Pendragon Theatre and the Lake Placid Sinfonietta are presenting “A Soldier’s Tale” on August 3 at 2 pm on the Pendragon stage and a 7 pm showing at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. In additional to their amazing main » Continue Reading.

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Recent Plane Crash Recalls 1989 Search For Aircrafthttp://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/07/recent-plane-crash-recalls-1989-search-for-aircraft.html http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/07/recent-plane-crash-recalls-1989-search-for-aircraft.html#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:00:08 +0000 http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/?p=47022 IMGP0624On Saturday July 19th, several people around the Lake Placid Airport witnessed the final moments of a small plane as it attempted a landing. The single-engine Mooney may have stalled, spiraling 200 feet to the ground before bursting into flames. It will be some time before the NTSB releases its findings. Investigators have already been to the scene and the plane has been removed from the crash site, just 40 feet from the River Road. This tragic event that took the lives of three people drew comparisons to a crash that occurred in the same vicinity 25 years ago.

On the March 1, 1989, pilot Paul Ffield departed from the Lake Clear airport for a very » Continue Reading.

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North Country SPCA Open House August 2ndhttp://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/07/north-country-spca-open-house-august-2nd.html http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/07/north-country-spca-open-house-august-2nd.html#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:00:38 +0000 http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/?p=47006 building photoThe North Country SPCA will hold its second open house celebration on Saturday, August 2 from 10 am to 3 pm at the Frances Miller Adoption Center located at 7700 Route 9N in Elizabethtown.

The open house is free to attend and will offer a variety of activities for the whole family, including face-painting, games, music and more. Local vendors from around the Adirondacks will be selling hand-crafted goods and free nail trims will be available for people who bring their dogs. The day will also offer free adoptions of the SPCA’s many wonderful dogs and cats to approved applicants.

To cap off the festivities, the NCSPCA will be having its inaugural $25,000 golf ball drop » Continue Reading.

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Choosing The Right Stick for Roasting Marshmallowshttp://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/07/choosing-the-right-stick-for-roasting-marshmallows.html http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/07/choosing-the-right-stick-for-roasting-marshmallows.html#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:00:26 +0000 http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/?p=46968 Roasting Marshmallow by Flickr user Nina HaleI don’t know about you, but I really look forward to those sticky evenings around a campfire. Not the sweltering, sweaty kind of sticky nights, mind you. I’m thinking of those outdoor-fire evenings spent with family and friends, dodging mosquitoes and smoke, and trying to find the perfect marshmallow stick. I realize campers roast other things on sticks, such as hot dogs and fish (helpful hint: don’t eat the fish sticks). For our purposes, though, we’ll stick—so to speak—to marshmallow.

A caller recently asked what kind of tree yields the best marshmallow sticks. It seemed like a silly question since the scientific method for finding the right stick historically involved » Continue Reading.

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Lake George Clean-Up Day August 2ndhttp://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/07/lake-george-clean-up-day-august-2nd.html http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/07/lake-george-clean-up-day-august-2nd.html#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:00:36 +0000 http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/?p=46962 Lake George Clean-Up DayLake George residents and visitors are invited to take Lake protection into their own hands by participating in the yearly lake-wide clean-up day, Keep the Queen Clean, on Saturday, August 2nd. This event is the largest organized clean-up day on Lake George. Volunteers are encouraged to create teams of friends, family or co-workers and collect trash and other foreign debris throughout the Lake George basin.

Participants are invited to pick up litter along the shoreline and streams or scuba dive and snorkel to collect debris in deeper water. Blue trash bags are available at The FUND’s Lake George office and local town halls. As in previous years, Towns around the Lake have designated » Continue Reading.

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