Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Grants Available For Adirondack Athletes, Organizations

uisf grant winners 2016Adirondack Foundation’s Uihlein-Ironman Sports Fund (UISF) is accepting grant applications from individuals and organizations for 2017.

UISF supports nonprofits and community organizations that foster and promote life-long sports and healthy lifestyles for local kids. The fund also supports local athletes’ achievements, with a new emphasis on those who demonstrate a strong commitment to community service. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Two Weeks In The Adirondacks: 3 Dead; 15 Search and Rescues; 1 Remains Missing

DEC Forest RangerNew York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents in the Adirondacks. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers locate and extract lost, injured or distressed people from the Adirondack backcountry.

What follows is a report, prepared by DEC, of recent missions carried out by Forest Rangers in the Adirondacks. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Survey Evaluates Health of Northern New York Bees

Cornell University Honey Bee Extension Associate Emma Mullen inspects a hive in Northern NY The results of a survey, believed to be the first of its kind, to identify the health of Northern New York bees, as well as the presence of key parasites and pathogens in regional bee colonies have been posted.

The Northern New York Agricultural Development Program provided a small grant for a survey of Northern New York bee colonies to contribute to regional knowledge and educate regional beekeepers on practices to better maintain the health of their bees and their businesses.

The data on the levels of 8 viruses in the NNY bee colonies contributes to a statewide database on the factors influencing pollinator health and identifying current management practices by beekeepers. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Safe Boating Course Offered In Ray Brook July 15-16th

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is offering a free two-day boater safety course at its Region 5 headquarters in Ray Brook on July 15 and 16.

Anyone born after May 1, 1996, must pass an approved boater safety course to legally operate a motor boat. In addition, New York State Law requires a boating safety course for the operation of personal watercraft (PWC).

The Safe Boating Course is a comprehensive course that provides the fundamentals of safe boating operation and is approved by the National Association of Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA). Certified Instructors and DEC Environmental Conservation Officers teach the course, which includes eight hours of classroom instruction over two days. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Meeting Set On Indian River, Cranberry Creek Wildlife Areas

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will host a public information session on Tuesday, August 1 from 6 to 8 pm, to provide information and answer questions on a recently finalized Habitat Management Plan (HMP) for Indian River and Cranberry Creek Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs). The two WMAs are located in the town of Alexandria, Jefferson County. » Continue Reading.


Monday, July 10, 2017

Gerald Chapman: Clinton Prison Alum, America’s First ‘Super-Crook’

Near the end of his twenty-two-year career, Gerald Chapman’s several reputations came together in headlines touting him as a Spectacular Mail Bandit, Jail Breaker, and Criminal Extraordinaire. But above all, he was most often referred to as a “super-crook,” placing him beyond the level of most American criminals, one whose exploits were followed closely by the public. A worldwide manhunt finally resulted in his capture in 1925, but a decade earlier, he had done hard time at Clinton Prison.

Chapman, whose real name was believed to be George Chartres, or Charters, first ran into trouble in New York in 1908 and served a three-year stint in Sing Sing. After release, he was again arrested for grand larceny, and in January 1912 returned to Sing Sing, this time for ten years. As a brilliant criminal, and a handful to keep track of in any prison, he was sent north to the state’s most secure facility, Clinton Prison at Dannemora, where he quickly assumed a gang leadership position. As the source of many problems for guards and administration, he was finally relegated to an isolation cell, which at Clinton offered a very stark existence. » Continue Reading.


Monday, July 10, 2017

Adirondack Birth to Three Alliance Pilots New Parent Kit

new parent guideThe Adirondack Birth to Three Alliance (BT3) has been selected by the NYS Parenting Education Partnership as one of five pilot groups for the New Parent Kit. The New Parent Kit includes two books — Starting Life Together (New Parent Guide) and What to Do When Your Child Gets Sick — as well as a Driver’s Manual for New Dads, and a bookmark.

Starting Life Together (New Parent Guide) is a user-friendly guide for parents of new babies. It steps parents through the stages of development steering them along the path to building a nurturing, healthy relationship with their child. What to Do When Your Child is Gets Sick is an easy to use manual for caregivers that is written in straight-forward, non-medical terms, offering practical tips for over 50 common childhood illnesses and injuries. » Continue Reading.


Monday, July 10, 2017

APA Meeting: Utilities in Wetlands, Wilderness, Campground Changes

APA Building in Ray Brook NYThe Adirondack Park Agency (APA) will hold its monthly meeting at its headquarters in Ray Brook, on Thursday, July 13th, 2017.  The meeting will include the renewal of a general permit for utility companies operating in wetlands, amendments to the Blue Mountain Wild Forest, Jessup River Wild Forest and Siamese Ponds Wilderness management plans, and the Buck Pond and Caroga Lake state campgrounds.

Also, the Adirondack Watershed Institute’s boat launch stewardship program and a discussion of aquatic invasive species invasion pathways, and a presentation by Dave Mason and Jim Herman on the past six years of strategic planning vision ideas.  » Continue Reading.


Monday, July 10, 2017

Dick Booth Receiving Zahniser Adirondack Award July 15th

Protect the Adirondacks has announced that the Howard Zahniser Adirondack Award 2017 will be given to Dick Booth, a former Adirondack Park Agency Board member and a professor in Cornell University’s Department of City and Regional Planning, located within the University’s College of Architecture, Art, and Planning.

The award will be presented at the 2017 annual public meeting for members of Protect the Adirondacks at Heaven Hill Farm in Lake Placid on Saturday July 15th at 9:30 am.  PROTECT also plans to honor Steve Englebright, the Chair of the State Assembly Conservation Committee, as the Legislator of the Year. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, July 9, 2017

Your Dog And The Adirondack Forest Preserve

dog on leash

Dog owners should act responsibly and always ensure that their dogs are under the control; for the safety of the dog and wildlife, and to allow an enjoyable outdoor experience for other recreational users.

Wildlife approached by dogs may feel threatened and defend themselves, causing injury to the dog. Porcupines, racoons, coyotes, bears, moose and deer can all cause injury to dogs when cornered. Also there is a danger of rabies, distemper or other wildlife diseases being transmitted to the dog.

Dogs harassing wildlife can be seriously detrimental, especially in winter. Animals may be injured or killed if caught. This is more likely to happen to young animals, which may also be separated from their parent losing protection and nourishment. Also, animals may be injured while fleeing a pursuit, too. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, July 9, 2017

43rd Annual Antique and Vintage Show & Sale in Old Forge

old forge Antiques and Vintages Show & Sale In Old Forge, the Annual Antiques and Vintages Show and Sale will be returning for the 43rd consecutive year. The show will take place at the George T. Hiltebrant Recreation Center from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday, July 22, and from 10 am to 4 pm on Sunday, July 23.

The event is expected to draw over fifty dealers and vendors with a range of antiques and collectibles.

Food and beverages will be available throughout the day, and admission is $6, which is valid for both days of the show. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, July 9, 2017

Arts Center Turns 50 With Parkwide Theatre Festival

adk lakes center for the arts 50 yearsThe Adirondack Lakes Center for the­ Arts has announced the line-up for its 2017 Adirondack Lakes Summer Theatre Festival as part of the Arts Center’s 50th Anniversary season.

This year the touring festival will feature the play A Walk in the Woods; free outdoor performances of its Shakespeare in the Parks production, The Merry Wives of Windsor; the Great Arts Cabaret; and the opera The Pirates of Penzance. The Summer Theatre Festival runs from July 21 through August 20. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, July 8, 2017

A New Critical Edition of ‘The History of the Five Indian Nations’ (1727)

History of the Five Indian NationsCornell University Press has released a new Critical Edition of Cadwallader Colden’s The History of the Five Indian Nations Depending on the Province of New-York in America. The Critical Edition includes several essays that consider Colden’s original text across social, cultural, and political contexts.

The History of the Five Indian Nations was originally published in 1727 and revised in 1747. In the book, Colden discusses the religion, manners, customs, laws, and forms of government of the confederacy of tribes composed of the Mohawks, Oneidas, Onondagas, Cayugas, and Senecas (and, later, Tuscaroras), and gives accounts of battles, treaties, and trade up to 1697. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, July 8, 2017

Adirondack Fisheries: The Redbelly Dace

Summer is the season for being on the water in the Adirondacks, and a canoe or kayak is the perfect way to explore the many ponds, slow-moving rivers and marshes that exist throughout the Park. While these shallow, muddy-bottomed settings may not be great for swimming, the rusty-tan water occasionally covered with patches of floating leaves and strands of submerged vegetation does teem with life. Among the residents of these quiet, weedy waterways is the redbelly dace (Phoxinus eos), a common and widespread member of the minnow family of fish. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, July 8, 2017

Youth, Teen Musical Workshops Planned In North Creek

2015 rehearsalOur Town Theatre Group (OTTG) has announced they are bringing their summer musical theatre workshops series back for its fifth year.

OTTG’s Youth Musical Theatre Workshop is for children entering grades 1-4. Young, aspiring performers participate in a week-long workshop and learn about acting, singing, dancing, creating costumes, and working together. This workshop takes place the week of Monday, July 31, and concludes with a performance for family and friends on Sunday, August 6.

Also back this year is OTTG’s Teen & Tweens Summer Musical Theatre Workshop for students entering grades 5-8. The Teens & Tweens workshop runs the week of Monday, August 7, and also concludes with a performance for family and friends on Saturday, August 12. » Continue Reading.


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