Monday, April 6, 2020

DEC reminders for anglers: stay healthy during trout season

spawning lake troutApril 1 marked the beginning of trout season, and while getting fresh air and exercise outside is essential to your health and happiness, it’s important to remain proactive in preventing the spread of COVID-19 among your fellow anglers. The DEC has these recommendations:

First, make sure to get your fishing license. Due to the closure of locations where a license would normally be available, you can order one online by visiting this link, or over the phone by calling 1-866-933-2257.

Once you have your license, make sure you follow the fishing regulations. Requests for hardcopies are currently delayed due closures of the town clerk offices, but a PDF version of the 2020/2021 regulations is available for download from the DEC’s website. If you want to receive a hardcopy, just email fwfish@dec.ny and include your physical mailing address.

Remember to socially distance yourself, and to avoid crowded fishing spots!

Fish Hatchery Updates

  • To limit the spread of COVID-19, the DEC’s hatcheries are closed to visitors. The annual walleye egg take at the Oneida Fish Hatchery in Constantia will not be available for observation.
  • To reduce spreading COVID-19 to the DEC Fish Hatchery staff, the walleye egg take will be dialed back. The Oneida Lake walleye population will not receive its annual 150 million fry this year. Only enough eggs to sustain the walleye fingerling stocking program will be collected.

Monday, April 6, 2020

Tips for Small Businesses from Franklin County IDA

The Economic Development Team for Franklin County has been working to understand the impact that the COVID-19 public health crisis has had on our business community. They also seek to bring together local businesses, helping them to find the technical and financial resources to persevere during these times. According to a press release from Franklin County Economic Development, small businesses owners should do the following three things:

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Monday, April 6, 2020

Family pitches in with released rehabilitated owl

owl releaseAs part of their at-home learning, St. Lawrence County resident Jade Reynolds, art teacher and her husband, a New York State Police Officer, were doing a lesson incorporating owl pellets into their school work by dissecting them for science.

When DEC Environmental Conservation Officer (ECO) Bret Canary caught wind of their project, he put the concepts into reality by inviting the family to take part in a release of a rehabilitated barred owl. ECO Canary met with the family at their farm and released the owl with the assistance of the two children. Reynolds posted the release live on social media so that her students at Indian River Central School in Philadelphia, Jefferson County, could view it remotely.

Provided photo: Rehabilitated owl in a box getting ready for release


Sunday, April 5, 2020

DEC Seeks Birdwatchers to Contribute to 2020 Breeding Bird Atlas

Adult Male Hummingbird courtesy Ian DaviesState Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos has announced a call for citizen science volunteers to help in the development of a comprehensive, statewide survey that takes place every two decades to detail New York’s breeding bird distribution. Starting in 2020, five years of field surveys will be conducted by volunteers and project partners to provide the data that will be analyzed to create the third New York State Breeding Bird Atlas.

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Sunday, April 5, 2020

VIEW Arts Center offers online exhibits and tutorials

Online Art ExhibitsView Center for Arts and Culture is currently closed to the public but will be adding pictures and videos of exhibits to their website in the coming days, in order to continue to showcase artists’ talent. Their first online exhibit will be “Captured in Acrylics: Paints by Tim Ames.”

If you are looking for something to do, View will also be offering online art tutorials in order to engage your creative mind while you are staying home for the foreseeable future. There will be multiple sets of tutorials released, each with different themes, requiring materials that are commonly found laying around the house. The first set of tutorials are paper themed. You can view the “Crafting in Quarantine” tutorials here.


Sunday, April 5, 2020

Fort Ti aims to ‘fortify’ with digital programming

Center of Digital HistoryOn June 26, 1176, John Adams wrote to Abigail words appropriate for our present circumstances:

Our Misfortunes in Canada, are enough to melt a Heart of Stone. The Small Pox is ten times more terrible than Britons, Canadians and Indians together. This was the Cause of our precipitate Retreat from Quebec, this the Cause of our Disgraces at the Cedars.-I dont mean that this was all. There has been Want, approaching to Famine, as well as Pestilence. And these Discouragements seem to have so disheartened our Officers, that none of them seem to Act with Prudence and Firmness.
But these Reverses of Fortune dont discourage me. It was natural to expect them, and We ought to be prepared in our Minds for greater Changes, and more melancholly Scenes still. It is an animating Cause, and brave Spirits are not subdued with Difficulties.”

Beth L Hill,  President & CEO of Fort Ticonderoga, is taking inspiration from this letter.  The Fort is unveiling an online initiative to “Fortify Yourself” through digital educational programs, videos, and social media engagement. As well as access to an extensive virtual vault of rare museum collections. Visit their Center of Digital History to explore.


Sunday, April 5, 2020

DEC 2019-20 Deer Hunting Season Report

New York hunters harvested an estimated 224,190 deer during the 2019-20 hunting season. That’s according to Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos , who stated in a press release that “regulated hunting benefits all New Yorkers by reducing the negative impacts of deer on forests, communities, and crop producers, while also providing more than 10 million pounds of high quality, local protein to families and food pantries around the state every year.”

 

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Sunday, April 5, 2020

Poetry: For Marion Higley

For Marion Higley

Light-filled woman, she,
College-taught and Bishop’s wife,
Baptized on a worn, porcelain-metal table
In a plank house on the edge of pine woods.
Woman of tenderness, she,
Washing sand from the sun-warmed limbs of
Three fair daughters and a wheaten-haired baby son,
With hand-pumped well-water in a porcelain sink-basin,
While scented sun motes danced around their heads,
And laughter floated out across the rippling lake.

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Saturday, April 4, 2020

Free emergency food aid for those in need

EFPOrgs launch program to deliver farm-fresh food packages

AdkAction has partnered up with the Hub on the Hill in Essex in order to launch an Emergency Food Packages Project (EFP) to assist local families who may be struggling due to the coronavirus. Every EFP contains a week’s worth of fresh, pre-prepared meals delivered directly to families. The organizations’ goal is to provide 100 boxes of food each week over the next 10 weeks. A total of 1,000 packages, supplying 15,000 meals – all for free.

Each EFP contains eggs, bread, apples, healthy snacks, yogurt, greens, granola, soup, and two large trays of frozen entrees. The food distributed is purchased from local farms, and prepared and delivered by local labor provided by Hub on the Hill. Families and individuals in need are being screened by partner agencies and local organizations with a history of supporting those who need food.

EFP’s have a $55 production fee but are provided free to families in need. A $7,000 grant provided by the Adirondack Foundation’s Special and Urgent Needs Fund launched the project. AdkAction has also created a online fundraising page to help reach the overall goal. Over $30,000 was raised in the first 24 hours, enough to support the first 545 EFP’s, with a total of $55,000 needed to support the creation and delivery of 1,000 EFPs.

For more information and to contribute to the fundraiser, please visit this link: https://emergencyfoodpackages.funraise.org/

AdkAction has partnered with BOCES, United Way and local food pantries to identify families in need. More about AdkAction and/or to refer an individual/family in need of food aid: https://www.adkaction.org/


Saturday, April 4, 2020

Your help needed in obtaining water quality reports

Collecting water quality data from Fawn Lake(Calling all citizen scientists! The following is from Water Line, a weekly newsletter by Adirondack Explorer water reporter Ry Rivard.)

Late last year, I began requesting documents from the state of New York to help me understand who around the Adirondacks may be drinking potentially unsafe water.

While larger communities in the state of New York post their annual drinking water quality reports online, not all smaller communities do this.

New York is notoriously slow in responding to requests for public records. To give state officials the benefit of the doubt, it’s a big state and a lot of people want to know things about it. The other explanation is that government officials like to control information, particularly information that might scare people or make themselves look bad.

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Saturday, April 4, 2020

From the archive: Fort William Henry’s well

Every weekend, we’ll dig into the Almanack archive and revisit some classic features for some suggested “weekend reads”:

From 10 years ago: 

“From Lake George, Layers of History from Fort’s Well,” by Anthony F. Hall:

“In the two centuries that followed the French destruction of Fort William Henry in 1757, the only visible reminder of the fort was the old well on the grounds of the hotel.”

From five years ago: Steve Hall’s “Appreciating Bears through the Seasons”

HOT TOPIC: This story from three years ago “DEC Releases Draft Adirondack Rail Trail Plan” generated 131 comments: https://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2017/04/dec-releases-draft-adirondack-rail-trail-plan.html

 

 


Saturday, April 4, 2020

NYS Budget Capital Projects Good for Adirondacks

The Adirondack Council thanked Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Legislative leaders April 1 for much-needed environmental capital projects that were slated to be approved in the NYS Budget agreement.

They included a $3-billion “Restore Mother Nature” bond act and a $300-million Environmental Protection Fund that includes money to address overuse and preserve the most popular wilderness areas, trails and destinations in the Adirondack Park.

Given the challenges the Governor and Legislature are facing with the coronavirus outbreak, this is a very good budget for the Adirondacks.  We understand that there may still be some need to economize as state revenues may be affected by the current public health crisis.  This budget recognizes that clean water, open space, wildlife and a healthy environment remain priorities no matter what other challenges we are facing.

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Friday, April 3, 2020

Adirondack Experience Goes Virtual-only for 2020

adirondack experience workshopAdirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake (ADKX), is going virtual to reach its 2020 audiences, rather than opening its campus due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“It is unclear at this time whether the compulsory closing of public gathering places will be lifted in time for the July – August period when we see most of our visitors… Our concern for the health and safety of our staff and visitors outweighs our desire to provide in-person programming this season. The current uncertainty also makes it impossible for us to hire seasonal staff who operate our gift shop and café, our boating experience and children’s programs, as well as engaging visitors in our galleries.” said David Kahn, ADKX Executive Director in a press release.

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Friday, April 3, 2020

Self-quaratining and radio contact

radioI’ve been thinking about ways that TB patients combatted loneliness. Spending much of their time alone, often far from family and friends, radio served as a source of entertainment and a lifeline to community. In 1927, a time when there were fewer than 100 radio stations in the United States, Saranac Lake founded its own local radio station, WNBZ. The people at WNBZ produced locally grown radio shows tailored to keep TB patients busy, like courses in literature and history and one called, “Let’s Learn Spanish.”

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Friday, April 3, 2020

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