The Adirondack Almanack Sun, 21 Dec 2014 15:08:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Exploring the Cold River Country Sun, 21 Dec 2014 14:00:24 +0000 ADK Wilds for JohnAuthor William J. “Jay” O’Hern has once again shown himself to be a tireless researcher. While letters, journals and old newspapers and magazines are valuable to his work, Jay favors a more hands-on approach. A seasoned Adirondack adventurer himself, he has always preferred interviewing people with knowledge of his subjects. He likes to visit the places he writes about.

So it was that he and his wife Bette backpacked to the Cold River Valley for a trip that provides the framework for Adirondack Wilds: Exploring the Haunts of Noah John Rondeau (2014). Jay serves as a guide to who followed the same trails decades before.

An important destination was Cold River Hill, site of » Continue Reading.

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Sixty Hours Without Power Sat, 20 Dec 2014 20:00:20 +0000 December storm 2014, 27 inchesEssex County Officials have asked NYSEG to request more crews in addition to the 30 trucks already on the job. NYSEG Representatives have stated that they have, and there are 25-30 more crew on their way… and that the New York State Emergency Management Office and the Governor’s Office have been continuously advised of power outages.

–  Jay Supervisor Randy Douglas in an e-mail residents December 11th.

The “Beep-Beep” woke me up. Then again “Beep-Beep.” I knew what that meant. It was the notification mechanism on our smoke detectors designed to send a warning signal indicating no electric power. This did not surprise me since a snowstorm had been predicted. It was » Continue Reading.

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Book Review: ‘Adirondack Trail Skier’ Sat, 20 Dec 2014 17:00:01 +0000 trail skier bookAfter last week’s snowstorm, a lot of people got out to ski and or at least were prompted into thinking of skiing. Ah, but where to go?

For years, the bible for the region’s cross-country skiers has been Tony Goodwin’s Ski and Snowshoe Trails in the Adirondacks.

Now there’s another book on the market: Adirondack Trail Skier by Spencer Morrissey.

Morrissey self-published his guidebook in 2013, but I didn’t get a copy until late last winter, so I held off reviewing it until now.

This is Morrissey’s third book. He also wrote The Other 54, a guidebook for those intent on climbing the hundred highest peaks in the Adirondacks, and (with Corenne Black) » Continue Reading.

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Where Was the Mysterious Station 77? Sat, 20 Dec 2014 11:00:29 +0000 Colvin-Survey-Disk-Best-PictureThanks to the good faith and honesty of Kyle Kristiansen, the young man who unearthed a benchmark disk from Verplanck Colvin’s 1882 Adirondack Survey in a New Jersey field, I had in my possession a triangulation survey bolt marked Station 77.

Colvin and his crew placed thousands of benchmarks, but only about three hundred of these nickel-plated copper triangulation bolts, which I was told were numbered roughly from 1 to 299.

I assumed it would be a simple matter to find records that would positively identify it. I was mistaken.

My examination of online records and reports by Colvin turned up little, but offered a single lead. It was a table from his 1879 Report » Continue Reading.

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DA Won’t Press Charges In Death At Indian Lake Church Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:21:28 +0000 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA Hamilton County prosecutor will not press charges in the death of a man who died of a cardiac attack at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Indian Lake during an altercation with parishioners.

District Attorney Marsha King Purdue described the deceased—44-year-old Joseph Berg—as “a deeply troubled man” who had been drinking heavily before attending the 4 p.m. mass on June 28. She said his blood-alcohol level was about three times higher than the legal limit for drivers in New York State.

“Midway through the mass, Mr. Berg loudly exited the church, slamming the door as he left,” Purdue said in a news release today. “Soon thereafter, a loud noise, described by several parishioners as » Continue Reading.

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