Wednesday, January 23, 2019

John W. Taylor: New York’s (Almost Only) Speaker of the House

The title Speaker of the House of Representatives has received lots of attention during the past few years. It’s hard to believe that the nation’s fourth-most-populous state (New York—nearly always number one, and in the top five since 1790) has only one native who served in that position.

Well, technically, there are two, but one of them served 99.82 percent of the pair’s total time in office—to be explained later. If you’re from Northern New York and dislike the idea of people owning people, you’ll be pleased at his strong stance for freedom during one of our nation’s most turbulent times. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, January 23, 2019

TAUNY Hosting Sweater Knitting Competition

hand dyed yarn by Kimberly Handspun HandwovenTAUNY in Downtown Canton has announced the 2019 TAUNY Knits Sweater Competition.

TAUNY will accept entries knitted in the last 5 years through Wednesday, February 6th at the TAUNY Center. Entries will be accepted in 2 categories: sweaters for adults and sweaters for children. Judging will take place February 7.

Sweaters will be displayed at The TAUNY Center during Canton’s Winterfest February 9-23, 2019. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Chilson Fire Department Valentine’s Dinner Dance Set

chilson vfdThe Chilson Volunteer Fire Department is set to hold its 41st annual Valentine’s Dinner Dance on Saturday, February 9th at 5:30 pm at the E.M.A. at 9 Maplewood Lane in Ticonderoga.

Proceeds from the dinner dance help Chilson Volunteer Fire Department outfit its firefighters with the safety gear they need to fight interior fires, and to equip its trucks with the lifesaving tools needed to rescue accident and fire victims. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Adirondack Regional Economic Analysis Released

regional economic analysisWhat’s growing? Where should we invest? The Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) and regional partners set out to answer these and other questions facing North Country communities by completing an economic analysis of the entire 14-county Adirondack North Country region.

Findings from the research are now publicly available. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Lindsay Yost to Lead BT3 at Adirondack Foundation

Adirondack Foundation has announced Lindsay Yost has been added to its staff as Program Director. Yost brings to the position a combination of skills and professional experiences, from classroom teaching to experiential education and leadership, along with a deep commitment to the Adirondack Region.

Yost’s primary responsibilities will be to lead the Foundation’s Birth to Three Alliance, strengthen local nonprofits, and help donors align their giving with the causes they care most about. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Winter Carnival Grand Marshal Reception and Royalty Dinner

2018 Grand Marshal and Royalty ReceptionThe Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee has invited the public to the Grand Marshal Reception and Royalty Dinner on Tuesday, February 5 at the Hotel Saranac, 100 Main Street in Saranac Lake.

The Grand Marshal Reception will be held from 5 to 6 pm and is a free event to welcome the 2019 Winter Carnival Grand Marshal and Royalty. Snacks will be served and a cash bar will be available. » Continue Reading.


Monday, January 21, 2019

Dan Plumley Stepping Down From Adirondack Wild Post

adirondack wildLong-time Keene resident and environmental activist Dan Plumley will leave his post as founding partner with the non-profit wilderness advocacy group Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve at the end of January.

Plumley helped found Adirondack Wild in 2010. He is expected to work as an independent consultant in the Adirondacks according to a press release issued by Adirondack Wild. » Continue Reading.


Monday, January 21, 2019

Intro to Skate Skiing Clinic at Dewey, Mt Ho

Mt Van HoevenbergDewey Mountain Recreation Center and Mt. Van Hoevenberg have announced an introduction to skate ski clinic with Marijke Ormel-Cook, Randy Young, and other special guests, set for January 25-27, 2019.

Participants can learn the skills and techniques necessary to skate skiing through a three session instruction course. Equipment will be made available for participants courtesy High Peaks Cyclery. Previous cross country ski experience and pre-reregistration is required. » Continue Reading.


Monday, January 21, 2019

Empire State Games Torch Relay Stops Announced

eswg logoThe stops for the 2019 Empire State Winter Games Torch Relay have been announced. This year features two routes, one traveling from NYC and one from Buffalo, both meeting in the Adirondacks. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, January 20, 2019

Some Science Behind Lake Champlain’s Ice

ice fishing Come mid-January, when I’m acclimatized to winter, I enjoy an occasional stroll on the icy surface of Lake Champlain. I favor bays sheltered from the brunt of winter winds where the ice has had ample time to thicken. I pull microspikes on over my boots and off I go.

There’s room to roam between Burlington and the breakwater that parallels the shoreline. The lake ice locks spectacular natural art in place. Bubbles trapped under December ice are entombed as January’s ice forms below. Crystalline patterns resembling minute stars form during the various freezing and thawing cycles that occur as lake ice interacts with fallen snow. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, January 20, 2019

When The 1918 Influenza Pandemic Reached Keene

influenza articleLocal historian and author Margaret Bartley is set to give a talk on the impact the 1918 Influenza Pandemic had in the Town of Keene at the Keene Valley Library.

Bartley has collected individual stories and photos that help convey the impact the public health crisis had on the relatively isolated community. She will detail the devastating flu’s impact on Keene and the surrounding Adirondack region. Bartley estimates 90% of the hamlet’s population was infected. At one point in 1919, there were so many deaths town officials struggled to bury the bodies. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, January 20, 2019

Poetry: When I Look Up

 

When I Look Up

When I look up
I see the quiet survival
of the solar system.

I see the outbursts of
constellations and
the disturbing meaning
of the Milky Way.

When I look up
I see the penetration of the
corona, a universe of stars,
the way Galileo saw it,

all ionized and catastrophic.


Saturday, January 19, 2019

Murder in Troy: The Welshman And William Wesson (Conclusion)

What follows is the conclusion of the murder story that was begun here last week, ending with testimony from several witnesses, including the defendant. This picks up in the trial’s final phase.

During closing statements, defense attorney Jeremiah K. Long pleaded for his client’s life: “The charge of murder in the first degree is a fearful one. To condemn this aged man to death will be a fearful responsibility for every individual juror. The facts did not warrant a conclusion of deliberate killing. The ends of justice might be satisfied by the infliction of a lighter penalty than death…. None of the circumstances showed that the crime was premeditated. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, January 19, 2019

Don Wynn: Not The Times To Be Painting Only Trees

Mysterious Marriage of St. Ivanka acrylic 11x12 2017I’ve been taking some time away from trying to capture the elusive painted equivalents of things primarily Adirondack in origin, which in many instances are so very positive in character.

In times of great sociopolitical upheaval, as is the case in our nation today, events occurring beyond our personal sphere of activity will have a profound and sometimes immediate effect on our own environment. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, January 19, 2019

Reminder: Snowmobile Safe Riding Tips

Ride responsibly while enjoying the Adirondack Park’s abundant snowmobiling opportunities.

Everyone operating a snowmobile should be familiar with safe riding practices and all applicable laws, rules and regulations.

The best way to learn is by taking a snowmobile safety course. To find a course, click here.

General snowmobile conditions can be found in the weekly Outdoors Conditions Report.  Before heading out, riders should check with local snowmobile clubs regarding specific trail conditions and notices for the trails on which they plan to ride. The New York State Snowmobile Association (NYSSA) website includes a list of Adirondack snowmobile clubs.

» Continue Reading.