The Adirondack Almanack http://www.adirondackalmanack.com Thu, 24 Apr 2014 22:51:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Current Conditions in the Adirondack Park (Apr 24)http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/04/current-conditions-in-the-adirondack-park-apr-24.html http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/04/current-conditions-in-the-adirondack-park-apr-24.html#comments Thu, 24 Apr 2014 21:40:29 +0000 http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/?p=44545 adk0122093 This weekly Adirondack outdoor conditions report is issued on Thursday afternoons, year round.

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** EARLY SPRING / LATE WINTER CONDITIONS: Warm temperatures and rain have brought about spring conditions in the lower elevations. Late winter conditions remain in the higher elevations. Snow and ice are present in the middle and higher elevations, while lower elevations have little to » Continue Reading.

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Amy Ivy On When To Plant The Gardenhttp://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/04/amy-ivy-on-when-to-plant-the-garden.html http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/04/amy-ivy-on-when-to-plant-the-garden.html#comments Thu, 24 Apr 2014 18:00:02 +0000 http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/?p=44415 springfrostlgGardeners across the North Country have had a stressful winter, wondering what the sheets of ice, endless snow and sub-zero temperatures are doing to their perennials, berries, trees and shrubs. All we can do is wait and see how things get through. The next biggest stressor for gardeners is going to be deciding how early you can start planting your garden.

I’ve learned to not even try to make predictions related to the weather, especially as it relates to plants. Luckily many plants are quite resilient, so even if they get off to a slow start in spring they often catch up by summer. I have no idea what May is going to be like, and » Continue Reading.

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Event To Recreate America’s First Victory at Ticonderogahttp://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/04/event-to-recreat-americas-first-victory-at-fort-ticonderoga.html http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/04/event-to-recreat-americas-first-victory-at-fort-ticonderoga.html#comments Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:40:23 +0000 http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/?p=44367 No Quarter Release 2014Fort Ticonderoga kicks off the 2014 season May 10-11 with its “No Quarter” event recreating the capture of Fort Ticonderoga on May 10, 1775.

In this weekend-long recreation visitors will experience “America’s First Victory” by exploring this dramatic story from the perspectives of both the British garrison and the Green Mountain Boys, including face-to-face interactions with the historical characters including Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold.

The “No Quarter” event will feature two camps just as it was historically. The British will be in garrison at Fort Ticonderoga beginning Saturday, May 10, and will be part of Fort Ticonderoga’s special living history programming. Throughout the weekend, visitors will be immersed in the daily experiences » Continue Reading.

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Gore Mountain Replacing 30 Year Old Lifthttp://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/04/gore-mountain-replacing-30-year-old-lift.html http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/04/gore-mountain-replacing-30-year-old-lift.html#comments Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:05:52 +0000 http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/?p=44506 Adirondack Express Charlift at Gore Mountain (Saratoga Skier Photo)This summer Gore Mountain, in North Creek, N.Y. will replace its 30-year-old Adirondack Express with a new high-speed detachable quad. The new lift is expected to offer guests a smoother, faster, and more reliable ride out of Gore’s primary base area. The plan includes a new unloading zone near the mid-mountain Saddle Lodge which will be lowered and restructured for easier access to the slopes.

According to the Olympic Regional Development Authority, which manages Gore Mountain, the new Adirondack Express will have a capacity of 2,400 people per hour, 300 more than previously.  The lift is expected to operate 38% faster than its predecessor, and to have eight » Continue Reading.

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New Mapping Resources From The Adirondack Park Agencyhttp://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/04/new-mapping-resources-from-the-adirondack-park-agency.html http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/04/new-mapping-resources-from-the-adirondack-park-agency.html#comments Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:00:18 +0000 http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/?p=42553 APA-GIScapture The Adirondack Park Agency has some of the most skilled GIS (Geographic Information Sysytems) analysts at work in the park, and they have also been very proactive in sharing their mapping resources with the public.    I thought Adirondack Almanack readers might be interested in some of the new additions to the agency GIS page found here: http://apa.ny.gov/gis/

Some of the new products include maps of Park Webcams (with links so you can see the live feed), USGS Stream flow stations, and a newly released (Feb 2014) version of their meticulously curated ‘Adirondack Park Land Use and Development Plan Map and State Land Map’ that now includes the newly classified land » Continue Reading.

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Fox Conner: The Adirondacker ‘Who Made Eisenhower’http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/04/fox-conner-the-adirondacker-who-made-eisenhower.html http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/04/fox-conner-the-adirondacker-who-made-eisenhower.html#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:00:13 +0000 http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/?p=44372 Fox Connor on HorseA little-known forest retreat called Brandreth Park has several unimpressive dwellings and sparse communication with the outside world. Yet back in the dark days of World War II generals Eisenhower, Marshal, Patton and others in the American military headquarters of England and Europe felt it necessary to keep their lines of communication open and flowing with one of its residents, Major General Fox Conner, U.S Army, Retired.

It’s safe to say that most Americans have never heard of Brandreth Park or of this soldier who never served in WWII but who nonetheless contributed to the victory over Germany. Those who do remember Conner, consider him “the man who made Eisenhower”.

Brandreth Park » Continue Reading.

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Will The Finch, Pruyn Deal Help Local Towns?http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/04/will-the-finch-pruyn-deal-help-local-towns.html http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/04/will-the-finch-pruyn-deal-help-local-towns.html#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:01:26 +0000 http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/?p=44390 May June 2014After the state agreed to buy 65,000 acres of former Finch, Pruyn land from the Nature Conservancy, Governor Andrew Cuomo said the deal would be an economic boon to local towns.

The premise is that the new state lands will attract more tourists. In the May/June issue of the Adirondack Explorer newsmagazine, Brian Mann takes a hard look at this notion.

Mann talked to regional politicians, local business owners, environmentalists, and economic researchers, among others. The consensus is that the Finch, Pruyn acquisition does present an opportunity, but economic growth won’t happen on its own. Like any tourist destination, the Finch, Pruyn lands must be marketed and well maintained.

If the lands are not » Continue Reading.

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Champlain Area Trails’ Grand Hike May 3http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/04/champlain-area-trails-grand-hike-may-3.html http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/04/champlain-area-trails-grand-hike-may-3.html#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:00:26 +0000 http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/?p=44403 steven_hike_map_lowThough both my children are enthusiastic hikers, not much can easily pry my teenager out of bed for an early start. Nothing that is, except the promise of a second breakfast that doesn’t require him to cook or clean up. He compares the Champlain Area Trails (CATS) 14-mile Westport Inn to Essex Inn hike to a sandwich. I’m guessing that the bread is breakfast at the beginning of the walk and the block party dinner at the end, while the meat in the middle is hiking with our puppy.

According to CATS Board Chairperson Katharine Preston leashed dogs are always welcome on CAT trails. The May 3rd Inn to Inn event will be » Continue Reading.

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Charlie Herr: The Founding Of The Town of Webbhttp://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/04/charlie-herr-the-founding-of-the-town-of-webb.html http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/04/charlie-herr-the-founding-of-the-town-of-webb.html#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:00:47 +0000 http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/?p=44188 1895 County MapOn a recent election day, I was reminded of the Supreme Court’s historic decision that determined the 2000 Presidential election and of the importance of every vote cast.  I learned of another close election while researching the building of the Sucker Brook Bay Road (now Uncas Road).  I also discovered why the building of the segment from Eagle Bay to Old Forge took five years while Sucker Brook Bay Road was completed within two.

Examining this delay revealed that a court ultimately approved the handling of highway contracts.  I also learned that a judge determined who would be the first supervisor for the new Town of Webb and that the decision was » Continue Reading.

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David Thomas-Train:Friends of Poke-O-Moonshine Work To Save Ranger Trailhttp://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/04/david-thomas-train-friends-of-poke-o-work-to-save-ranger-trail.html http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/04/david-thomas-train-friends-of-poke-o-work-to-save-ranger-trail.html#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:00:54 +0000 http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/?p=44378 Thomas-TrainThe Friends of Poke-O-Moonshine have been working since 1997 to restore the fire tower and trails on that mountain. The group is a coalition of Adirondack Architectural Heritage, the town of Chesterfield, Champlain Area Trails (CATS), the Mountaineer, local summer camps and businesses, several Adirondack Mountain Club chapters, and hundreds of individuals who know and love the mountain.

The fire tower was fully restored as an interpretive site in 2005. Educational displays showcase fire-tower and local history and the land uses within the viewshed of the mountain. Since 2002, the Friends have employed tower stewards for the summer hiking season.

We have redeveloped the Ranger Trail as an interpretive trail with eleven numbered stops keyed to » Continue Reading.

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