Thursday, August 25, 2016

Outdoor Conditions in the Adirondacks (Aug 25)

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 6:14 am; sunset at 7:40 pm, providing 13 hours and 26 minutes of sunlight. The Moon will rise at 1:23 am Saturday and set at 4:26 pm. There was a Last Quarter Moon on Wednesday morning. The Moon Saturday night will be Waning Crescent, 23% illuminated.

SPECIAL NOTICES FOR THIS WEEKEND

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Adirondack Families: The Adirondack Museum’s 59th Season

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Now in its 59th season, the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake continues to showcase outstanding Adirondack exhibits, special exhibitions and events.

The layout of the museum is perfect for letting children explore a bit on their own. We always take the prerequisite family photo in the oversized Adirondack chair. Once inside the grounds my children still rush off to the Reising One Room Schoolhouse to play games and make projects. I believe it is the only time that my son has willingly done laundry. It’s difficult to choose my favorite spots though I always make time to visit The Great Outdoors and the Marion River Pavilion exhibits. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, August 25, 2016

Old Forge Plein Air Paint Out and Art Auction Set

plein airView, the arts center in Old Forge, will hold its annual Plein Air Paint Out and Art Auction over Labor Day Weekend, September 1 – 3, 2016. Artists and guests are invited to visit View at 5:30 pm on Saturday, September 3, the last day of the paint out, for the live art auction in View’s Gould Hall.

The Plein Air Paint Out and Art Auction attracts both renowned and amateur artists who have exhibited their works in New York, Pennsylvania, the New England states, and elsewhere. Many artists return year after year to participate and enjoy the camaraderie of the Plein Air event. Each participating artist is asked to donate one framed piece for the art auction. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Is Blue Mountain the Next Drive-Up Adirondack Summit?

Newly Improved Blue Mountain Access RoadPart of the Adirondack Park’s vast infrastructure of outdoor recreation options include two drive-up mountains – Prospect Mountain in Lake George and Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington – where one can drive an automobile to the summits. In all likelihood there will soon be a third drive-up mountain – Blue Mountain in Indian Lake. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Steve Hall: Feathers, Dinosaurs and Birds

ArchæopteryxDinosaurs were the dominant life form on earth for 170 million years, finally going extinct at the end of the cretaceous period, 65 million years ago, when a huge comet crashed into the Gulf of Mexico. Birds of prey are descended from theropods, a type of dinosaur that walked on its hind legs, while their smaller forelimbs were used, like arms and hands, for reaching and grabbing.

Theropods are usually represented by T-Rex, Allosaurus and Velociraptor, though most theropods were no larger than dogs. During this long period, the earth underwent climate change, just as it does today, and fossilized remains indicate that feathers began to develop about 150 million years ago, and those theropods which developed them survived to breed in cooler temperatures, while those lacking them perished. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Gem Radio Theatre Presents ‘The Lone Ranger Rides Again!’

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Gem Radio Theatre will present the radio drama “The Lone Ranger Rides Again!” on August 27th and 28th, and September 9th and 11th, at four classic Adirondack theaters. Under the direction of Hannah Jay, the theatrical production will be staged as a live radio broadcast of mythical radio station WADK.

The show recreates the magic of radio. Actors will step to the microphone to play multiple parts, while the foley artists (sound effect masters) create the soundscape of the story using only their imagination and found items. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Ausable River Paddling Clean-Up Set For Saturday

paddling river clean upThe Ausable River Association (AsRA), in partnership with the Kayak Shack of Plattsburgh, is hosting a Paddling River Clean-Up on Saturday, August 27th in Peru. The clean-up is open to all community members who want to restore and protect the beauty of the Ausable River.

AsRA will be working with the Kayak Shack at their Baggs’ Landing location to remove trash in and along the banks of the Ausable River from Carpenter’s Flats to the mouth at Lake Champlain. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

New Recreation Development For Wilmington Wild Forest

mountain bikerThe Wilmington Wild Forest Unit Management Plan Amendment has been approved by the Adirondack Park Agency and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. The Amendment, submitted by DEC and declared in conformance with the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan by the APA, provides for rerouting some trails, developing 4.8 miles of new mountain biking trails, and constructing two additional parking lots.

The Wilmington Wild Forest consists of 16,900 acres of state forest preserve lands in towns of Wilmington, Jay, Saint Armand and Keene in Essex County and the town of Black Brook in Clinton County.

There are currently more than 20 miles of mountain biking trails in the unit along with snowmobile, cross-country skiing and hiking trails, and campsites and parking areas. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Recent DEC Forest Ranger Search and Rescue Operations

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.


Monday, August 22, 2016

Chateaugay Olympian Karl Frederick: Literally A Shooting Star

1KTFred1920St1The 2016 Summer Olympics have ended, and as usual, they were quite the spectacle. Folks in the Adirondacks and North Country are perhaps bigger fans of the Winter Olympics, for obvious reasons: the games have been held twice at Lake Placid, and a number of area natives have attained lifelong dreams by earning a place on the podium. But a man born in this region achieved summer Olympic glory long ago, one of many highlights in a very accomplished life.

Karl Telford Frederick was born in 1881 in Chateaugay (northern Franklin County), where his father was a Presbyterian minister, which required a somewhat nomadic existence (five relocations in 14 years). Before Karl was three, the family moved to Essex on Lake Champlain, remaining there until 1888—not a long time, but sufficient to establish a lasting connection between him and the Adirondacks. » Continue Reading.


Monday, August 22, 2016

State Announces Internship Opportunities for Students

NYS CapitolThe New York State Department of Civil Service has announced that more than 400 internship opportunities are available throughout New York State government across a wide array of State agencies – both upstate and downstate – and reminded students to apply for 2016 Fall semester internships prior to the September 9 application deadline. More than 1,500 students have participated in the Student Intern Program since its launch in February 2012. » Continue Reading.


Monday, August 22, 2016

$7.4M for Adirondack Sewer and Water Projects

Sewer Pipes (courtesy NYS Governor's Office)Five Adirondack communities have received $7.4 million in grants on top of $13.16 million in loans to complete clean water programs to treat their wastewater and provide pure drinking water to their residents from the state’s Water Infrastructure Improvement Act (WIIA).

Counting the $2.5 million in funding for Willsboro and Saranac Lake in last year’s budget, the WIIA has brought nearly $10 million to Adirondack communities since it was created in 2015. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, August 21, 2016

Great South Woods Strategy Recommendations Issued

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The State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) has issued recommendations for expanding recreation opportunities within the Great South Woods (GSW) in a report to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

This report highlights the potential for recreational use within a large region of the Adirondack Park including all of Hamilton County and parts of Essex, Warren, Herkimer, Fulton and Saratoga counties. The GSW area covers two million acres, including 20 individual Forest Preserve management units. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, August 20, 2016

A Short History of The Beaver River Club

Joseph Dunbar’s Hotel at Stillwater, the original Clubhouse From its founding in 1893, and over the next 30 years, the Beaver River Club was the destination of many of the visitors to the Stillwater area.

It was the summer retreat of wealthy and influential families from Syracuse, Utica and to a lesser extent from throughout New York State. The decision to enlarge the Stillwater Dam and create today’s Stillwater Reservoir utterly destroyed this glittering outpost in the wild. Here is its story. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, August 20, 2016

Court Stops Tree Cutting On Forever Wild Lands Again

Peter Bauer measures a snowmobile trail near Newcomb.A justice from the Appellate Division, Third Department, of state Supreme Court, issued an order to show cause Friday to stay further tree cutting on the Forest Preserve by the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) as it builds a new 9-12 foot wide snowmobile thoroughfare between Newcomb and Minerva.

Last week a Supreme Court decision denied a motion for preliminary injunction against tree cutting by DEC, which had work crews cutting trees on the Forest Preserve this week. Tree cutting had been stopped for 25 days in mid-July thru mid-August. This new decision will halt tree cutting for the next ten days while the Appellate Division considers whether to issue an injunction during Protect the Adirondacks’ appeal of the Supreme Court decision.

The DEC has cut over 7,500 trees on 6.5 miles of the new community connector snowmobile trail from Newcomb to Minerva, including many located in old growth forest habitat. The DEC is planning to cut another 7,500 in the weeks ahead. » Continue Reading.


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