Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Adirondack Mountain Club’s ADK Winterfest Saturday

adk mountain clubThe Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) will host Winterfest, part of National Winter Trails Day on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at the Heart Lake Program Center in Lake Placid.

ADK Winterfest is a free, family friendly event created to encourage participants to discover the many forms of winter recreation. Visitors can check out and participate in winter activities, demo gear such as snowshoes, skis and skates, enjoy live music, food and more. Winterfest will include telemark lessons, ski waxing clinics, nordic ski workshops, guided snowshoe hikes, ice skating, a ski race, kid’s paintball biathlon, a kid’s activity area, family scavenger hunt, a dog sled clinic and more. Local retailers and national gear vendors will have tents with equipment to demo and purchase. This event begins at 10 am and continues through the evening. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Hal Smith, Alias Otis Campbell, Massena’s Shining Star (Part 2)

For Hal Smith and his siblings, there always seemed to be a new act in the works. When she was 18, Hal’s sister Bernadeen presented the Follies of 1932 in the local opera house in January, a show that included the Smith children singing and dancing. In April of the same year, the PTA sponsored a circus act as a stage production, with dozens of cast members led by Hal Smith as ringmaster. In two different shows presented in June, including a band concert, he sang solos.

In September, at the beginning of the next school year, Bernadeen and Kathleen directed, acted, and danced in a four-act play. Just three weeks past his 16th birthday, Hal sang a solo in scene two, and between acts he sang with Joe Calipari and his orchestra.

While still directing plays and shows, the Smith sisters enrolled in Potsdam Normal School in the fall of 1932. Hal continued taking acting roles, but more and more was performing as a singer. He joined the newly formed Massena High School choir, and in November, when the school band played on radio station CFLC (in Prescott, Ontario, opposite Ogdensburg on the St. Lawrence River), Hal was the solo vocalist. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Lake George Village Boat Launch Update

Lake George Boat Launch photo by Ed BurkeThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Lake George Village Boat Launch on Beach Road remains open to use by boaters.

DEC does not plow the main parking area to protect the porous pavement. When snow depths increase or ice forms on the lake the gate will be shut and the launch will be closed. Ice anglers and others will be able to access the ice on the lake by parking in the auxiliary parking area on the south side of Beach Road.

DEC will put up temporary fencing to create a path with packed snow from the parking area to the lake. Snowmobiles are prohibited in the main parking area outside of the fenced path as they will damage the porous pavement. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, January 3, 2017

First Friday Jam at The TAUNY Center This Friday

November 2016 Jam at The TAUNY Center. This Friday, January 6th, from 7-8:30 pm TAUNY invites musicians and friends of all ages to their first First Friday Jam of 2017 hosted by fiddler Gretchen Koehler and singer/guitarist Barb Heller, host of NCPR’s String Fever. TAUNY’s traditional music jams are open to people interested in gathering with North Country neighbors to play old time fiddle tunes and songs from American folk traditions.

Participants are invited to bring an instrument, singing voice, or just yourself and come to The TAUNY Center for this fun monthly jam. Fiddles, guitars, percussion, and/or other traditional instruments as well as all levels of musicians, singers, and step dancers are welcome. To help all players feel comfortable, tunes will be played at a variety of speeds throughout the evening. Players will be invited to pick tunes from the set list–round-robin style–and begin the tune at their speed. Sheet music, words, and chords are provided for those who would like to read along. » Continue Reading.


Monday, January 2, 2017

Dave Gibson: Planning for Wilderness Management

Photo by Phil Brown 2016. View of Gothics from Boreas Ponds.As I review notes from several public hearings on the State Land Classifications, including Boreas Ponds, the apparent gulf between voices to “keep it or make it wild” and “this isn’t wilderness anyway and we need motorized access” seem unbridgeable.

Well, perhaps not. More than one or two speaking out for “more access” to the Boreas Ponds (usually meaning motorized) also addressed how experiencing quiet, serenity and wildlife undisturbed moved them personally as much as any wilderness advocate. For their part, several wilderness advocates stressed that economic benefits of access (usually non-motorized) should interest local businesses and governments. The personal values expressed by all the speakers clearly demonstrated the common ground for all of us – a deep appreciation, even love for being in the out of doors Adirondacks. » Continue Reading.


Monday, January 2, 2017

Colton Getting Ready for Winterfest January 26-29

The town of Colton is getting ready for its annual Winterfest Weekend scheduled for January 26-29, 2017. The 2017 theme — Get in Gear — invites people to stay active in winter through a variety of indoor and outdoor activities.

A preliminary schedule of activities being organized and supported by the town, Colton-Pierrepont Central School (CPCS), and many others has been posted on the town website by the Winterfest Planning Committee. The festival begins on Thursday, January 26 with the CPCS Class of 2020 hosting a spaghetti dinner from 4 to 7 pm in the school cafeteria. At 5 pm during the dinner, the town’s Citizen of the Year will be presented. » Continue Reading.


Monday, January 2, 2017

Saranac Lake Resort Project Comments Sought

The Adirondack Park Agency will hold a public information meeting on January 6, 2017 at the Harrietstown Town Hall in the Village of Saranac Lake.

Project sponsors for the proposed Saranac Lake Resort project along, with their consultants, will provide an overview of their proposal. The meeting will begin at 10 am. Following the presentation, the public will be allowed to comment on the proposal. Public comment will be limited to three minutes. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, December 31, 2016

Climate Change: Avoiding the ‘Natural Variations’ Pitfall

“Everybody complains about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.”

For over a century, this comment has served as the standard retort when a friend or colleague laments hot and humid weather or complains about a massive snow storm. But when University at Albany Interim President James R. Stellar uses it to talk about work at UAlbany’s Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Studies (DAES), he’s not grumbling. He uses it as a setup line before he talks about what he, his colleagues, and many others in academia are actually doing about the weather as the world wrestles with persistent climate change caused by humans. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, December 31, 2016

Diapause: Adirondack Insect Winter Inactivity

Individuals that lived in the area during 1980 might recall that snow had to be trucked onto the Nordic ski trails because of a near total absence of snow during that January. And in February of 1981, the December and January snowpack completely melted, and the ground started to thaw because of a month long period of record-breaking mild weather.

Most of the invertebrates that populate this climatic zone are well suited to deal with such intense thaws by experiencing a type of dormancy known as diapause. » Continue Reading.


Friday, December 30, 2016

The Adirondacks Around The Web This Week


Friday, December 30, 2016

First Night Celebrations To Ring In The New Year

There are so many different ways to ring in the new year. Each Adirondack town has special celebrations from Lake George cruises to Long Lake’s Little Bus festivities. There are even ski mountain extravaganzas like Oak Mountain’s Torch Light Parade or Titus Mountain’s free 1st Tracks Bash.

My family has always chosen to bring in the new year with a First Night Celebration in Saranac Lake or Saratoga Springs. Both events offer an alcohol-free, family-friendly tradition for welcoming in the new year. » Continue Reading.


Friday, December 30, 2016

The Big Adirondack News Stories This Week


Thursday, December 29, 2016

North Country’s Hal Smith, Mayberry’s Affable Town Drunk

For millions of people, holidays are all about going home, returning to one’s roots of family and friends. That concept was epitomized by a North Country man who attained great fame in Hollywood, but to his great credit never forgot the home folks — and to their credit, the home folks never forgot him. Whenever he returned to the North Country, or old friends visited him in California, there was always an exchange of love, admiration, and deep appreciation.

He was born in northern Michigan in 1916 as Harold John Smith, about as anonymous a name as one can imagine, and likely one that stirs no sense of recognition. But if Otis Campbell were mentioned, many would instantly recall Mayberry’s affable town drunk from The Andy Griffith Show. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, December 29, 2016

Current Adirondack Conditions (Dec. 29)

CompassThis 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 7:32 am; sunset at 4:27 pm, providing 8 hours and 55 minutes of sunlight. The Moon will rise at 8:54 am Saturday and set at 7:05 pm; it will be Waxing Crescent, 6% illuminated.

SPECIAL NOTICES FOR THIS WEEKEND

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Saranac Winter Carnival Accepting Nominations for King and Queen

The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee is currently seeking nominations from the public for the 2017 Winter Carnival king and queen.

The king and queen selection is based upon volunteerism within the community. Candidates should demonstrate a long-term and broad-based commitment to making life more livable, pleasant, and enjoyable – both for the people who live there and for those who visit. The volunteer activities can be organized or completely self-motivated. They can be as diverse as organizing a major community event or as seemingly minor as shoveling a neighbor’s sidewalk. The committee is seeking people who help others independently, not people who are in professions that help or care for others. » Continue Reading.


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