The Adirondack Almanack http://www.adirondackalmanack.com Thu, 30 Oct 2014 21:07:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 APA Gets Ideas For Amending State Land Master Planhttp://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/10/apa-gets-ideas-for-amending-state-land-master-plan.html http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/10/apa-gets-ideas-for-amending-state-land-master-plan.html#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:00:41 +0000 http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/?p=49073 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Adirondack Park Agency is considering two amendments to the State Land Master Plan, both concerning the Essex Chain Lakes region, but the agency likely will be asked to weigh broader changes to the document.

The Adirondack Park Local Government Review Board already has set forth nine proposals for amending the master plan, which governs the state’s management of the Forest Preserve.

“There’s going to be more, but that’s a start,” Fred Monroe, the board’s executive director, told Adirondack Almanack at an APA “listening session” Wednesday evening, the first of four such meetings that the agency plans to hold to gather ideas on amending the master plan.

Monroe said the review board’s top priority » Continue Reading.

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Current Conditions in the Adirondack Park (Oct 30)http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/10/current-conditions-in-the-adirondack-park-oct-30.html http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/10/current-conditions-in-the-adirondack-park-oct-30.html#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:45:55 +0000 http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/?p=49081 adk0122093 This weekly Adirondack outdoor conditions report is issued on Thursday afternoons, year round.

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BEST DAY: Sunday will be less cloudy, though slightly cooler.

SUN AND MOON: Sunrise Saturday will be at 7:33 am; sunset at 5:46 pm. Moon rise will be at 2:50 pm Saturday (waxing gibbous – 67% of the Moon illuminated); Moon set at 2:23 am » Continue Reading.

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Tahawus: An Adirondack Ghost Town for Halloweenhttp://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/10/tahawus-an-adirondack-ghost-town-for-halloween.html http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/10/tahawus-an-adirondack-ghost-town-for-halloween.html#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:30:27 +0000 http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/?p=48976 Tahawus Ghost Town in the AdirondacksIt seems that every big city now has a “ghost tour,” but here in the Adirondacks we have our very own ghost town.  And what could be more appropriate than a Halloween tour of a ghost town?

Iron ore was discovered on the banks of the upper Hudson in 1826 and two businessmen, Archibald McIntyre and David Henderson, soon developed a mining operation that they conducted with varying success for the next three decades.  To house the workers, a nearby village was built and named McIntyre, then renamed Adirondac around 1840.

McIntyre’s Adirondack Iron & Steel Company came to an end in 1858, and so did the village.  Reasons for their demise include » Continue Reading.

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View of Lake George from Rogers Park, Bolton Landinghttp://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/10/view-of-lake-george-from-rogers-park-bolton-landing.html http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/10/view-of-lake-george-from-rogers-park-bolton-landing.html#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:15:43 +0000 http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/?p=49069 IMG_3309

A view of Lake George today from Rogers Park in Bolton Landing with the Sagamore Hotel and Black Mountain in the distance.

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Understanding The State Land Master Plan, Part 2http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/10/understanding-the-state-land-master-plan-zoning-the-forest-preserve.html http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/10/understanding-the-state-land-master-plan-zoning-the-forest-preserve.html#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:05:04 +0000 http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/?p=49050 APSLMP - LogoI have no doubt that when the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) announced its intent to begin an amendment process for the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan (SLMP), more than one preservation-minded advocate held their breath for a moment. The master plan, after all, is the document that has guided the management of the Forest Preserve for the past forty-two years. It has capped the amount of roads and snowmobile trails to essentially 1972 levels, kept snowmobile trails reasonably narrow and trail-like, and kept both roads and snowmobile trails out of the designated Wilderness areas. For a preservationist who seeks to foster the wild forest character of our state lands, these are accomplishments worth » Continue Reading.

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Feds Preserve Local Jurisdiction Over Cell Towershttp://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/10/feds-preserve-local-jurisdiction-over-cell-towers.html http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/10/feds-preserve-local-jurisdiction-over-cell-towers.html#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:00:49 +0000 http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/?p=49022 Exit 29 Cell Tower - North Hudson (APA Photo)A coalition of New York’s environmental and historic preservation organizations is expressing its gratitude today after receiving a decision from Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that preserves the rights of state and local governments to regulate the size, shape and visibility of telecommunications towers in scenic and historic areas, including the Adirondack Park.

In January, the groups sent a joint letter to the FCC, urging federal officials to recognize that scenic beauty and historic significance are the backbone of local tourism, both inside and outside of the Adirondack Park.  In public comments on a proposed FCC rule, they asked the commissioners to reject the notion that expansions of » Continue Reading.

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Forge House History Conclusion: Thomson Yearshttp://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/10/forge-house-history-conclusion-thomson-years.html http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/10/forge-house-history-conclusion-thomson-years.html#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:30:30 +0000 http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/?p=48509 1870 butvauell Abstract adc from forge company003 - CopyThe Old Forge Company, Thistlethwaite now its president, sold the Forge House to Charles I. Thomson and his son, Raymond E. Thomson in August 1915.  Thistlethwaite would soon establish the Adirondack Development Corporation to which the heavily mortgaged Old Forge Company in January 1916 would transfer remaining unsold tract lots.

The new company would open a store front on today’s Point Park triangle.  Unbelievably, the deed acquired by Thistlethwaite’s company still included the 1871 right to raise the dam three feet that belonged to the state since 1879.  The state certified the dissolution of the Old Forge Company in 1919.

For the first time, the proprietors » Continue Reading.

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Donate That Excess Halloween Candyhttp://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/10/donate-that-excess-halloween-candy.html http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/10/donate-that-excess-halloween-candy.html#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 15:30:50 +0000 http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/?p=48997 IMG_4472Right now I have three oversized bags of candy hidden on a shelf in my kitchen, waiting to be opened on Halloween. I’m sure my children are thinking that they will be eating everything that remains after I pass out most of it to the waves of tiny princesses, goblins and super heroes on Friday night. My kids don’t get a lot of candy, but they aren’t feeling neglected either. I’ve always asked my kids to divide their candy into a pile to keep and a pile to give away.

I understand the logic that there is no such thing as “leftover candy.” I do think there is something as too much. I also understand » Continue Reading.

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State Rules Out Rails-With-Trails Compromisehttp://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/10/state-rules-out-rails-with-trails-compromise.html http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/10/state-rules-out-rails-with-trails-compromise.html#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:09:26 +0000 http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/?p=49004 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAt the first of four public meetings on the future of the Adirondack rail corridor, state officials made it clear Tuesday night that a rails-with-trails compromise is not an option–which likely did not sit well with the many supporters of the Adirondack Scenic Railroad in the crowd.

About 100 people packed a room at the State Office Building in Utica to hear representatives of the Department of Environmental Conservation and Department of Transportation outline their plans for amending the 90-mile corridor’s management plan.

The departments have proposed removing the tracks in the 34-mile section between Tupper Lake and Lake Placid and building a multi-use trail for road biking, hiking, skiing, and snowmobiling. The state » Continue Reading.

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Bill Ingersoll: Understanding The State Land Master Planhttp://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/10/bill-ingersoll-understanding-the-state-land-master-plan.html http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/10/bill-ingersoll-understanding-the-state-land-master-plan.html#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 19:00:58 +0000 http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/?p=48993 APSLMP - LogoRecently, the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) announced that it will commence an amendment process for the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan, the document that sets the state’s management policies for the Forest Preserve and other state-owned lands in the Adirondack Park.

For some people this action will be seen as a long-overdue opportunity to update an important document that has not been materially amended since 1987. For others, this will be a period of apprehension—an opportunity for opponents to weaken certain cherished provisions that have been in place since 1972.

For the vast majority of people, though, the State Land Master Plan is an abstract concept at best, something that few people » Continue Reading.

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