Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Remarkable Women of the Adirondacks

Sandra Weber as Kate FieldThe Alice T. Miner Museum has announced a free program featuring author Sandra Weber, who will tell tales of the strength and courage of Adirondack women, on Thursday, October 20, at 6 pm.

In this program of portrayals and stories, Sandra Weber presents the voices and wild spirit of Adirondack women. Dressed in period costume, Weber will deliver dramatic narratives of women such as pancake-flipper Mother Johnson, adventurer-activist Kate Field, poet Jeanne Robert Foster, and suffrage martyr Inez Milholland. » Continue Reading.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Geology Focus of Latest Adirondack Journal of Environmental Studies

giants washbowlThe geology of the Adirondacks is the focus of the latest volume of the Adirondack Journal of Environmental Studies.

Published by The Adirondack Research Consortium and Union’s Kelly Adirondack Center, the journal includes articles on the history of geological studies, mining, fracture and fault systems and soils, among other topics.

The papers summarize historical and current work, calling upon the accumulated studies of geoscientists who have worked in the Adirondacks over two centuries. » Continue Reading.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

North Country Heritage Award Winners Announced

The Adirondack Playboys Band, 4-H Camp Overlook, St. Lawrence Power & Equipment Museum, Allan P. NewellTAUNY will hold the 24th Annual Salute to North Country Heritage on Sunday, October 16th to honor the 2016 North Country Heritage Award recipients. This event will be held at The TAUNY Center in Downtown Canton from 2-4 pm, and is free and open to the public.

This years recipients are The Adirondack Playboys Band, Lowville, Lewis County; 4-H Camp Overlook, Mountain View, Franklin County; the St. Lawrence Power and Equipment Museum, Madrid, St. Lawrence County; and philanthropist Allan P. Newell, Hammond, St. Lawrence County. » Continue Reading.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Green Groups Call On APA To Reject Boreas Proposals

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAdirondack Forest Preserve advocacy groups are calling on the Adirondack Park Agency’s board to reject at this week’s meeting all three staff proposals for classifying the 20,758-acre Boreas Ponds Tract.

The major objection is that under all three proposals, a 6.8-mile logging road that leads to Boreas Ponds would be designated Wild Forest, which could allow people to drive all the way to the ponds.

Neil Woodworth, executive director of the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK), said it’s even possible that motorboats could be allowed on the water. Under the APA’s first alternative, the ponds would be classified Wild Forest, which could allow motorboats. The other two alternatives are silent on the ponds’ classification.

Woodworth said the APA board should direct the staff to come up with new proposals, a step that would delay public hearings on the Boreas classification. “It’s more important to get this classification right than do it fast,” he said.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Old Forge BrewFest Set For Saturday

old forge brewfestView, the multi-arts center in Old Forge, has announced the 2016 BrewFest will be held on Saturday, October 15, 2016 from noon to 5 pm. The Blind Owl Band will be at BrewFest from 1 pm to 5 pm, a bluegrass-rock-country-folk band, hailing from Saranac Lake.

BrewFest Craft Beer Festival will take place at the North Street Pavilion in Old Forge. Old Forge on Tap will showcase over 60 releases from some of America’s best craft breweries. Attendees will receive three hours of sampling along with a souvenir sampling glass. » Continue Reading.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Trails and Lodging System Schedules Workshops

trails and lodging systemThe Adirondack Community-based Trails and Lodging System (ACTLS) project, an initiative that is expected to develop a conceptual plan for potential trail networks with key locations for lodging facilities within the Adirondack Park, has scheduled nine Community Workshops.

The workshops are designed to inform the public of the project’s objectives and to share work completed to date regarding existing and planned trails, lodging facilities, and tourism destinations. The workshops are also designed to solicit knowledge of existing trails as well as additional input on prospective new trails and connections that would contribute to a hut-to-hut system. Outdoor enthusiasts, lodging owners, community leaders, planners, economic developers, and those interested in the development of Adirondack hut-to-hut routes are encouraged to attend. » Continue Reading.

Monday, October 10, 2016

APA Prepares To Classify 90 Parcels Of State Land

Lake Andrew, near the Santanoni Range, by Carl Heilman IIAt its meeting this Thursday, the Adirondack Park Agency board may discuss, in addition to the Boreas Ponds Tract, the classification of two other large parcels abutting the High Peaks Wilderness, known as MacIntyre West and MacIntyre East.

Like the Boreas tract, both MacIntyre tracts were acquired by the state from the Adirondack chapter of the Nature Conservancy. They formerly had been owned by the Finch, Pruyn paper company.

All told, the APA board will consider classifications for 90 parcels of state land scattered throughout the Park. At 20,758 acres, the Boreas tract is by far the largest. The other 89 parcels together add up to 32,053 acres. They include 32 parcels of newly acquired land (totaling 30,284 acres) and 56 corrections to the APA map (totaling 1,949 acres).

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Monday, October 10, 2016

Old Forge Library Presents Milton Franson Exhibit

miltons-painting-titled-dinnertime-canoers“Adirondack Impressions ~ Misty Waters, Foggy Mountains”, a solo exhibit by artist Milton Norman Franson, will be on display in the Judith Lowenstein Cohen Memorial Wing of the Old Forge Library, 220 Crosby Blvd., through November 30.

Franson has been a frequent visitor and admirer of the Adirondacks for the past 40 years. “We’ve been coming here (from Old Forge to Wilmington and Lake Placid and Tupper Lake) since our first ski trip visit in 1974 in a New Year’s Day snowstorm,” says the painter. “The inspiration is always fresh and exciting, whether a view from the top of Whiteface or a simple hike around Nick’s Lake with a glimpse of a red newt on bright green moss.”  » Continue Reading.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Tenant Creek Falls Trail Reroute Completed

tenant creek fallsA new trail has been built to Tenant Creek Falls from a new trailhead parking area on Hope Falls Road, 0.4 mile before the old trailhead.

The trail is located in the Wilcox Lake Wild Forest in the town of Hope, Hamilton County. The old trail across private land is now closed. Hikers must use the new trail to Tenant Creek Falls and not trespass on the private lands. » Continue Reading.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Final Black River Watershed Plan Released

Black River WatershedThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), in coordination with Black River watershed stakeholders, recently approved the “Black River 9 Element Watershed Management Plan: Reducing Phosphorus, Nitrogen and Sediment loading in priority Sub Watersheds”.

Stakeholders and municipalities implementing projects within a 9 element (9E) plan are expected to be more successful in leveraging state and federal funding because 9E plans are consistent with the Environmental Protection Agency’s guidance to develop watershed management plans. For example, applications submitted to DEC’s Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) statewide grant program that identify projects from a 9E watershed plan receive higher points.

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Sunday, October 9, 2016

How Do Birds Know When To Migrate?

Phoebe w/ seed headsOn the north end of my home is a nest site favored by eastern phoebes. Every year a pair shows up, sets up house, and raises a family. They arrive early in the spring, and I spend the long days of spring and summer watching them. At some point, the nest empties out, and then I know that summer will soon end and the phoebes will be on their way.

But exactly when they will be on their way is hard to predict. Fall’s migration tends to be a more open-ended process compared to spring’s, when the urgency to reproduce drives birds to arrive in the Northeast during a relatively short window of time. There is an almost explosive quality to the arrival of songbirds in March and April. One day we wake to the usual quiet of winter, and then the next there is a riot of trilling, chirping, calling, and singing.

As summer winds down, however, the volume diminishes slowly. In August, I still wake to bird songs, but there are fewer voices; the chorus isn’t as frenetic and rich. » Continue Reading.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Warrensburg Little Free Library Established

warrensburg book babesThe “Book Babes” a Warrensburg Book Club have donated a Little Free Library to the Town of Warrensburg. The library, constructed by Warrensburg Central School technology teacher Brandon Donato and his students, is located at Veteran’s Park.

Member Laura Danna shared an article from her alumni newsletter about the idea of a Little Free Library whose mission is “To promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide and to build a sense of community as we share skills, creativity and wisdom across generations.” Melissa Carbone suggested that the Book Babes should donate a Little Free Library to Warrensburg and plans were set in motion. » Continue Reading.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Wevertown Farm Is A Microcosm of Adirondack History

kenwell farmTravelling on NYS Rt 28 just north of Wevertown, you may have taken little notice of the old abandoned farm on your right. If you did, you’ll probably gave it little thought; it is, after all, just a few run down barns and pasture overgrown with weeds and “poverty grass”. Yet this farm is a microcosm of Adirondack History.

Andrus Wever and his family were the first to open up the forest and to settle and farm on this site. Andrus was a Revolutionary War veteran who had served with the 6th Albany County Militia. At that time, Albany County included most all of Northern New York, the present state of Vermont and theoretically extended west all the way to the Pacific Ocean. The 6th was called up when General Burgoyne’s Army invaded from the north and Andrus likely saw combat at the battle of Saratoga in 1777. The 6th Albany County Militia was also part of the pursuit party that chased Sir John Johnson and his Royal New Yorkers back north after Johnson’s raid of Johnstown in 1780. It’s unclear if Andrus was a member of that pursuing party, but it’s intriguing to speculate he first came through the wilderness of what is today Wevertown during that pursuit. Andrus’ father, William, was also a patriot and apparently served in the American Revolution on Long Island. He was captured and died of small pox on a British prison ship in Boston Harbor. » Continue Reading.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

New Tupper Lake Branding Effort Underway

tupper lake logoThe town and village of Tupper Lake have announced the launch of the new Tupper Lake brand, a unique image and message that is designed to increase awareness of the community for both tourism and economic development.

The Tupper Lake brand message and logotype treatment is the culmination of a year-long process, including a series of public meetings, surveys of residents and visitors, and a focus group of local stakeholders. » Continue Reading.

Friday, October 7, 2016

APA Sets Forth Three Options For Boreas Ponds

map-4The staff of the Adirondack Park Agency has set forth three alternatives for classifying the 20,758-acre Boreas Ponds Tract, none of which mirrors proposals backed by the Nature Conservancy, which sold the land to the state, and other environmental groups.

The APA board is expected to discuss the alternatives at its meeting next week and hold public hearings around the state in November and December.

All the proposals of the APA and the various stakeholder groups would divide the tract into Wilderness, where no motorized use is allowed, and Wild Forest, where some motorized use can be permitted.

» Continue Reading.

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