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

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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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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Reception Celebrates New Exhibitions In Old Forge

The View Art Opening (2011)View, a multi-arts center located in Old Forge, will host an opening reception for seven new exhibitions, including For the Birds, a national avian-themed exhibition, and six solo exhibitions. The reception, which is free and open to the public, will take place on Saturday, June 27, 2015 from 5 pm to 7 pm at View. Refreshments and light fare will be served.

The exhibitions include: » Continue Reading.


Thursday, June 18, 2015

Depot Theatre Apprentice Program Seeks Young Actors

depot_theaterThe Depot Theatre in Westport is seeking young actors aged 11-14 to participate in its 2015 Young Actor Apprentice Summer Program, a professional theater training experience that begins July 7 and culminates with performances on August 7-9.

The Depot Theatre Young Actor Apprentice Program is dedicated to training young actors in classical theater. The 2015 program will present “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”, and will be directed by Lindsay Pontius and Scott Gibbs, both experts in theatrical training and longtime associates of the Depot Theatre.

The program is offered free of charge, and will consist of rehearsals  beginning Tuesday, July 7, four afternoons (Mon. – Thurs.) a week from 4 pm to 6 pm at Ballard Park in Westport, NY, Ballard Park features an outdoor stage, a life-guarded beach, and places to grab a snack just a block away. The Young Actor Apprentice Program is sponsored in-part by Stewart’s Shops Holiday Match Program. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, June 18, 2015

Historic Warrensburgh Walking Tours This Weekend

Warrensburg Historical Society BuildingOn Saturday and Sunday, June 20 and 21 the Warrensburgh Historical Society will be conducting a walking tour of the early residential and civic district of the village, led by architectural historian Delbert Chambers.  The tour will pass more than 30 historic properties and is one of four walking and two driving tours being developed by the Society’s Preservation Committee.

The one-mile tour will be held each day at 10 am starting at the Warrensburgh Museum of Local history, 3754 Main Street and will take approximately two hours, including a rest stop at the Miles Thomas House (currently Senior Citizen Building). Admission is free, but each tour will be limited to twenty people. Reservations must be made by calling Town Historian Sandi Parisi at 623-2207. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The Forgotten Battle of Diamond Island on Lake George

General Lincoln by Charles Wilson PealeToday it’s a State-owned island – a day use area for picnics – but Diamond Island witnessed a horrific bombardment by gun boats manned by Patriots during the American Revolution.  The fight occurred during British Lieutenant General John Burgoyne’s 1777 campaign to capture Albany. Initially, Burgoyne’s 9,000 man army had successfully captured Fort Ticonderoga and Mount Independence in July.

When Burgoyne’s progress stalled near Skenesborough (present-day Whitehall, NY), his supplies were quickly eaten up by his extended campaign. Since his large army could not easily live off the land, except for shooting an occasional deer or bear, or boiling up a captured rattlesnake or turtle, the 54-year old general established a long supply line back to Canada. It was anchored by Fort George at the southern end of Lake George and by Fort Ticonderoga at the northern end. Between the two forts, a supply depot, guarded by two companies of the 47th Regiment of Foot under Captain Thomas Aubrey was fixed on Diamond Island. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

James Barry: Friend of the Working Man

James J Barry of Schenectady and KeesevilleNearly a century ago, a North Country man played a role in one the most remarkable murder cases in New York State history. Attorney James J. Barry was a Keeseville native, born there in late 1876 and a  graduated of Keeseville’s McAuley Academy in 1898. In 1901 he moved to Schenectady where he worked for General Electric. He later attended Albany Law School, graduating in 1908 and setting up shop in Schenectady, his adopted home.

The Adirondacks were his real home however, and he maintained strong ties here. To share with others the joys of spending time in the mountains, he helped form the Northmen’s Club, of which he was president in 1907. Many times in the ensuing decades, he took club members, friends, and public officials on visits up north. Jim Barry was never away for very long. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Bee Mimics: Pretending To Be Bees

Honey beeA while back I had a few hives of honey bees parked at a beef farm down the road, tucked up against a stone wall just outside a pasture. One day the owner called to say that my bees had invaded a building in a barn complex and were laying eggs in manure puddles.

I went down to check it out, and the building did have a lot of buzzing insects butting their heads against the windows. I looked closer. They looked like honey bees, but… not quite. And there were weird larvae wriggling in water seeping from manure. » Continue Reading.


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