Friday, June 10, 2016

Recent Forest Ranger Search and Rescues

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.

Friday, June 10, 2016

The Big Adirondack News Stories This Week

Thursday, June 9, 2016

DEC Seeks Major Expansion of Moose River Plains Bike Trails

Moose River Plains Photo by John WarrenThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has released for public review a plan to significantly expand recreation opportunities in the Moose River Plain Wild Forest by building a 25-mile mountain bike trail network and rerouting and improving others; improving bridges; “clear[ing] vegetation from existing overgrown trails”; building two more parking areas along Route 28; and closing sections of new Seventh Lake Multi-Use Snowmobile Corridor Trail to mountain bikes.

The plans are laid out in what a Draft Amendment to the Moose River Plains Wild Forest Unit Management Plan. » Continue Reading.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Outdoor Conditions in the Adirondacks (June 9)

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 5:12 am; sunset at 8:40 pm, providing 15 hours and 28 minutes of sunlight. The Moon will rise at 12:10 pm Saturday and set at 1:12 am, Sunday. First Quarter on Sunday, June 12, 2016.


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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Work Begins On Keene Scenic Viewing Area

area of future viewing platform at the corner of 9N and 73 Kim Rielly photoThe New York State Department of Transportation has begun work this week on a project to create a parking and scenic viewing area at the intersection of Routes 73 and 9N in Keene, Essex County.

The estimated $40,000 project at the southwest corner of the intersection will create an area to parallel park eight cars, along with an approximately 35-foot long gravel walking path leading to an approximate 20-foot diameter viewing area. Boulders will be placed at the rear of the parking area to help define the space. » Continue Reading.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Fort Ticonderoga Focusing Season Around The Year 1777

Fort Ticonderoga SoldiersMy family makes a point of going to Fort Ticonderoga every summer. Tri-corner hats, fife and drum corps, cannons and muskets surround us. Overlooking a beautiful backdrop of Lake Champlain, Fort Ticonderoga is where every day is re-enactment day.

According to Fort Ti President Beth Hill, the curators choose a year from the fort’s history and focus the season’s interactive exhibits, events, and activities around that singular year. This year when we step through the doors of Fort Ticonderoga it will be 1777. » Continue Reading.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Dave Gibson On The State Forest Preserve’s Camp Gabriels

Article 14, Section 1 New York State Constitution Forever Wild clauseLegislation in the form of a constitutional amendment has been introduced in Albany this session which would “convey certain Forest Preserve that was never intended to be included in the Forest Preserve.”  That land is the 92-acre former Camp Gabriels prison in the Town of Brighton, formerly part of Paul Smith’s College, and before that a tubercular sanitarium. How this property and those interested in its conversion from a prison to another use came to this stage is a bit of a long story.

Given that this legislative session has just five days remaining, this 11th hour introduction of a constitutional amendment to Article XIV, the forever wild clause, should be viewed as both very surprising and controversial. It is neither. It’s a lesson learned, I trust, for the State of New York which turned a deaf ear in 2011 to the warning and recommendation of Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve, Protect the Adirondacks and the Atlantic Chapter of the Sierra Club. » Continue Reading.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Depot Theatre Receives Grants for Improvements

Depot TheatreThe Depot Theatre, a not-for-profit organization committed to providing professional theatrical arts in the Adirondacks, has received grants from the New York State Council on the Arts and the Charles R. Wood Foundation to improve infrastructure to enhance the patron and artist experience.

The New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) has awarded the Depot with a matching-grant of $16,653 to replace audience seating and carpeting in the 140-year-old building. The new seats will replace the existing over 60-year-old seats which are difficult to maintain and for which replacement parts are obsolete. New commercial grade tile carpeting will be replaced throughout the seating area, as well. » Continue Reading.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Opera Saratoga And Seagle Colony Slated For Sembrich

saratoga operaA highlight of The Sembrich schedule each summer are the season previews featuring selections from upcoming productions by Opera Saratoga and the Seagle Music Colony.

On Wednesday, June 15th at 7:30 pm, the Young Artists of Opera Saratoga present a sampling from the company’s 2016 repertoire, including excerpts from Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Il Postino by Daniel Catán and The Witches of Venice by Philip Glass. General admission tickets are $25. Members of The Sembrich are invited to attend this season-opening program free-of-charge.

The Seagle Music Colony singers return to The Sembrich for their annual season preview on Wednesday, June 29th at 1:30 pm. The sold-out program features selections from The Most Happy Fella, The Elixir of Love, Roscoe and The Music Man. » Continue Reading.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Adirondack Literary Awards Announced

Adirondack Literary AwardsThe Adirondack Center for Writing hosted the annual Adirondack Literary Awards at the Blue Mountain Center on Sunday, June 5, to celebrate another year of publications for regional authors and presses, and to announce this year’s winners. Following the ceremony Joe Bruchac gave a tribute to poet Maurice Kenny that concluded with a moving rendition of a Seneca song.

Judges selected winners from the categories of fiction, memoir, general nonfiction, poetry, and children’s literature. The People’s Choice Award was selected by peers and audience members as their favorite title of the year’s submissions. » Continue Reading.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Northern Forest Canoe Trail Thru-Paddling Season Underway

John Connelly paddling the Northern Forest Canoe TrailJohn Connelly became the first Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) thru-paddler this season when he reached Fort Kent, Maine on Tuesday, May 24. He left Old Forge on April 16th, on the first leg of a 1,500-mile journey that combines the 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT), the Maine Island Trail, and the waterways that connect them.

Founded in 2000 and officially opened in 2006, the 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail consists of 22 rivers and streams, 58 lakes and ponds and 63 portages that stretch from Old Forge to Fort Kent, winding through Vermont, Québec and New Hampshire. The trail follows traditional travel routes used by Native Americans, early settlers and guides. It is one of the longest inland water trails in the United States. » Continue Reading.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

North Creek Musical Theatre Workshops For Young People

Children's Musical Theater in 2014The Our Town Theatre Group will hold their fourth annual summer Children’s Musical Theatre Workshops, starting Monday, July 18, and concluding with a short performance for family and friends on Saturday July 23.

OTTG’s Children’s 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. Also new for this year, OTTG is expanding their summer workshop program by offering a Teen & Tweens Summer Musical Theatre Workshop for students entering grades 5-8. The Teens & Tweens workshop runs the week of Monday, August 1, and also concludes with a performance for family and friends on Saturday August 4. » Continue Reading.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Lake Placid Film Forum Set For June 9-12

lpca welcomes Rusted RootThe Lake Placid Film Forum – now marking its fifteenth anniversary – returns to The Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA) and the Palace Theatre with a lineup of new, recent and classic film screenings from Thursday, June 9, through Sunday, June 12. Tickets are $10 per screening and will be available at the LPCA Box Office.

The boxing classic “Rocky” will open the five-day event with a free outdoor screening in Mid’s Park in downtown Lake Placid Wednesday, June 8, at approximately 9 pm. » Continue Reading.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Birding In The Rain On Hadley Mountain

Hadley Mtn firetower in sunnier weatherSunday’s Bird Walk at Hadley Mountain (a part of our Adirondack Forest Preserve near the Warren-Saratoga County line) was a wash-out. Linda Champagne, intrepid newsletter editor for the Hadley Firetower Committee, was the exception. As we walked up the trail a ways, the drumbeat of rain on our heads slowed, and the migratory birds breeding and raising young here could not help themselves. They sang not for our sake but for the life force that seizes and keeps a territory, and a mate in the right habitat, with the right food for that species and its nestlings.

From the parking lot we heard the incessant song of red-eyed vireo; then a veery; an ovenbird; then a hermit thrush. The rain picked-up again, all song was drowned-out, and we headed back to the parking lot. On the way down, I noticed a red eft salamander crossing the trail. These are the dramatically changed terrestrial stage of the common newt or yellow spotted salamander. Having left their natal ponds, these efts are in the forest making a living until their return to aquatic life in a year, two or three, or more. Their dramatic red-orange color warns off potential predators, and fortunately warned me from stomping on him. » Continue Reading.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Rain Soaks WW100 Mountain Bike Racers

whiteface uphill bike raceConditions were far from ideal for the Wilmington Whiteface 100K mountain bike race (WW100) on Sunday, part of the annual Wilmington-Whiteface Bike Fest. The WW100 is considered the most difficult of the seven Leadville 100 MTB qualifying races.

Just minutes before the start of the 7 am, 69-mile race, a light rain began to fall, but as soon as the starting gun fired off its round, signaling the mass start for the 467 riders, a steady downpour started and didn’t stop. » Continue Reading.

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