Monday, June 22, 2015

Women’s Day Event in Au Sable Forks

IMG_9427This Saturday, June 27th, women and men will gather at The Tahawus Center in Au Sable Forks to help raise awareness of the challenges girls and women still face in their personal and professional lives.

“Holding up Half the Sky: Being a Woman in the North Country,” will begin  at 12:30 pm with a panel of local women, including an Adirondack author from Elizabethtown, a Lebanese American woman from Jay, a high school student from Upper Jay, and Lorraine Duvall of Keene. Members of the panel will provide historical perspective on their lives, and the challenges and advantages of being a woman in the North Country. » Continue Reading.


Monday, June 22, 2015

Lake George Invasive Plant Trade-In June 29th

barberry.jpg(1)If you live in the Lake George watershed and you want a free native plant for your property, you can get one for free on Monday, June 29th.

There is, however, a catch: You must dig up one of the invasive plants on the list below from your property and bring it to the Lake George Association (LGA) to trade it in. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, June 21, 2015

Jim Barry: King of Death Penalty Reprieves

JJBarry2A1918It was Keeseville native Jim Barry’s reputation as a top-rated lawyer, fighting relentlessly and effectively against great odds, that led to his role in an infamous New York City murder case. In November 1918, four young men robbed a 68-year-old subway-ticket agent, Otto Fiala, and when the man resisted, he was shot dead.

The four included James “Bull” Cassidy, 25, an amateur boxer; Charles McLaughlin, 21; Joseph “Lefty” Milano, 19; and Joseph “Onions” Usefof, 20. Three sailors saw them flee the scene (netting only $61 from the robbery). Ten days later, detectives found them in Syracuse, where they were arrested after Cassidy fought a four-round bout. Willie Kirk, driver of the getaway car, was also taken into custody.

While they were locked up together, a deal was proposed by McLaughlin whereby one of them would assume blame for the murder, allowing the rest to avoid a death sentence or life in prison. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, June 20, 2015

The Search for Raquette Lake’s First Cabin

1840 Mathew Beach Cabin sketch2I know where Matthew Beach and William Wood built their original cabin (depicted in this 1840 sketch by John Hill) on Raquette Lake’s Indian Point. Or at least I think I know, or perhaps I should say I have deduced a pretty darn good educated guess. I welcome others to critique my assumptions.

The sketch at left offers little in the way of accurate perception of distances given that the opposite side of North Bay appears as close to Needle Island as the tip of Indian Point. And don’t get me started on the apparent thickness of Needle Island. Yet the drawing holds some surprisingly valuable clues. » Continue Reading.


Friday, June 19, 2015

Illegal Wilderness Trails: Intention Is Everything

Bushwhack Fallen Spruce and DuffA few weeks back there was quite a kerfuffle here at the Almanack over this post by Dan Crane, concerning illegal trails he came upon along the border of the Five Ponds and Pepperbox Wilderness areas.

Comments, accusations and counter-accusations flew back and forth over whether illegal trials in the Wilderness constituted a big deal or not, who knew they were there and whether they were in fact a common and accepted part of the back country. » Continue Reading.


Friday, June 19, 2015

This Week’s Adirondack Web Highlights


Friday, June 19, 2015

Lake George Hike-A-Thon July 5th

The Cook Mountain Preserve hiking group spells out “LG” atop Lake George at last years Hike-A-Thon by Carl Heilman IIThe Lake George Hike-A-Thon will take place on July 5th. Now in its third year, the event has grown to nearly 500 participants and volunteers at 12 different sites around Lake George. 400 people participated in each of the previous two years at 9 sites.

The Lake George Hike-A-Thon , created and organized by the Lake George Land Conservancy, showcases LGLC parks and preserves around Lake George as free public resources, and to promote a healthy, active lifestyle and appreciation for the outdoors. Hikes take place simultaneously around the lake, culminating with aerial photography of each group by Carl Heilman, II, who will be flying in a helicopter piloted by Bruce Mowery of North Country Heliflite. » Continue Reading.


Friday, June 19, 2015

This Week’s Top Adirondack News Stories


Thursday, June 18, 2015

Feds Look To Remove Eastern Cougar Protections

Cougar in Montana Photo by BigStockPhoto dot comThe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed removing the eastern cougar from the endangered species list, claiming that scientific evidence shows the animal is extinct.

Thousands of cougar sightings have been reported in the eastern United States (including the Adirondacks) and Canada in recent decades, but the Fish and Wildlife Service says these animals are either dispersers from western populations or pets that have been released or escaped captivity. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, June 18, 2015

Outdoor Conditions in the Adirondacks (June 18)

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