The Adirondack region embodies the Spirit of Generosity. From volunteering to making gifts that empower nonprofit organizations to do their best work, it’s clear community is what makes this a special place.
Vegetarian Corn Chowder
As the temperatures turn slightly cooler, why not enjoy corn chowder made from freshly picked sweet corn? This vegetarian version of corn chowder calls for fresh corn and plant-based milk, but can also be made with frozen corn and animal milk (and shhhh! My son likes to eat this with plant-based bacon crumbled on top). Enjoy!
International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) May 1 – 7, 2022 – Save the Date! This upcoming year’s ICAW 2022 theme, Recipe for Regeneration: Compost, focuses on the crucial role recycling our food scraps and yard trimmings plays by creating compost. When added to soil, compost results in a recipe that makes our food more nutritious, the air we breathe cleaner, and our climate healthier overall.
The poster and video contest is now open. The selected winners’ design and video will be used to promote International Compost Awareness Week around the U.S. Submit your poster design or video by November 1, 2021.
- Video Contest (Ages 10 – 13): Submit a short video (less than 30 seconds) sharing something about using compost, sending food scraps to your compost bin or your town’s food waste collection, planting a garden using compost, or whatever creative way you would like to share something about ICAW and the theme, Recipe for Regeneration: Compost. Learn more about the poster contest and rules.
- Poster Contest (Age 14 and older): Submit a poster design highlighting this years theme, Recipe for Regeneration: Compost. Learn more about the poster contest and rules.
As summer dips into fall and leaves cover the ground here at the VIC our lecture series has begun. Spend a chilly afternoon indoors with us and listen to one of our fantastic speakers. Whether you want to learn more about Mountain Gorilla Conservation or land management in the Adirondacks, we have a lecture for you!
Every Thursday evening and Saturday afternoon we will host an engaging lecture. The series is sponsored by the Adirondack Council and is free to students from Paul Smiths College and North Country Community College. Cost for the general public is just $5 to help support the mission of the VIC. I will post here each week about the upcoming speakers.
Our lecture series begins with Drs. Amy Vedder and Bill Weber on September 25th at 2:00PM. Their lecture, “In the Kingdom Gorillas: Success and Challenges in Tourism and Conservation,” focuses on land management from Africa to the Adirondacks. Amy and Bill will discuss how ecotourism combined with protection of land and wild animals can benefit local communities.
Hunting and trapping seasons are beginning to open throughout New York State. These activities are enjoyed by many as forms of recreation and a means of providing for their families. These activities can also benefit forest ecosystems by helping maintain healthy animal populations while reducing nuisance wildlife issues and, in some cases, decreasing transmission of wildlife diseases. Whether you are a hunter, trapper, or just enjoy getting outdoors in the fall, learning how to share public lands with other users will help keep you and fellow visitors safe.
The following are the most recent notices pertaining to public lands in the Adirondacks. Please check the Adirondack Backcountry Information webpages for comprehensive and up-to-date information on seasonal road statuses, rock climbing closures, specific trail conditions, and other pertinent information.
High Peaks Wilderness: Per the conservation easement agreement with Elk Lake Lodge, the Lodge gates/trailhead access to the Dix Mountain range will close on October 12, 2021 for the duration of the big game season.
Lake George Wild Forest: Pole Hill Pond parking area in Bolton will be closed October 4-5 for repairs.
Here’s a look at news from around the Adirondacks this week:
The state Board for Historic Preservation has recommended adding 19 properties to the State and National Registers of Historic Places. These nominations include a “castle” built by prominent Catskill Mountains photographer/aviator Otto Hillig; a Buffalo bakery that helped introduce Wonder Bread to America; an early Arabic-speaking Christian church in Brooklyn; and a community library in the Adirondacks.
A listing on the State and National Registers listing can assist owners in revitalizing properties, making them eligible for various public preservation programs and services, such as matching state grants and state and federal historic rehabilitation tax credits. Over the past decade, the state has approved the use of rehabilitation commercial tax credits for more than 1,000 historic properties, driving more than $12 billion in private investment. » Continue Reading.
FREE admission to ADKX and Fallfest for Adirondack Park residents.
Adirondack Experience, the Museum on Blue Mountain Lake, will host two family-friendly fall festivals to close out the 2021 season.
It’s that time of the year when so much is in season in the Adirondack region- including melons like honeydew, cantaloupe and watermelon.
In the Adirondacks, locally grown melons only start to appear with sweet corn and winter squash, right around when kids start heading back to school. Once the frost comes, they are done.
This is the second 2021 I LOVE NY Fall Foliage Report for New York State. Reports are obtained from volunteer field observers and reflect expected color conditions for the coming weekend. I LOVE NY urges travelers to follow all COVID-related public health and safety guidelines while enjoying the foliage this season. Visitors should call ahead and check websites and social media to make sure attractions are open and available. More information on New York State travel and COVID-19 is available here.
Recent NYS DEC Forest Ranger actions:
Town of Speculator
Wilderness Search: On Sept. 8 at 4:37 p.m., DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch received a call reporting a 24-year-old despondent man from New Jersey heading to the Siamese Pond Wilderness Area. Rangers Kerr and Thompson responded along with New York State Police (NYSP) and Hamilton County Sheriff’s Officers. The subject’s vehicle was located, and Rangers searched areas he was likely to be found, without success. The next morning a command post was established at the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office and search efforts continued with a team of six Forest Rangers. At 12:21 p.m., Rangers located the man’s camp, but he wasn’t there. Two hours later, Rangers found the subject and carried him out of the woods. He was transported to a medical facility for evaluation. Resources were clear from the scene at 5:12 p.m.
The Heart Network’s work is based on community partnerships and collaborations — and when we see another organization take a stance that aligns with us, we make sure to call them out and share our appreciation.
In August, Citizen Advocates used its platform to share information about the dangers of e-cigarettes. Culling information from the Centers for Disease Control, the piece notes that over the course of six years, e-cigarette sales increased by some 122 percent. As they are marketed as a “safer” alternative to smoking, they appeal to youth, children and young adults — of particular concern is their popularity among teenagers.
As the Dalai Lama once said, “If you think you’re too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.” Really all it takes is one or two of the little whiners in your tent to spoil a night’s sleep. I’m convinced their ear-buzzing is an adaptation to raise a victim’s blood pressure so they fill up faster. Makes you wish you could return the favor somehow.
Well if mosquitoes actually slept, there is something that would likely keep them up at night: The Mosquito Monster! Or rather, the monster mosquito, Psorophora ciliata (sore AH fur uh silly AHT uh). In addition to terrorizing campers and picnickers, this hulking menace, which is two to three times the size of most species, regularly dines on its smaller kin.
Such inter-family cannibalism only goes on in the larval stage, but I like to imagine that when an adult Psorophora ciliata touches down, the average mosquito would back away slowly, saying “Hey, this arm’s all yours, buddy. I was just leaving anyway and please don’t eat me, heh,” or a pheromone message to that effect.
Lake Placid, NY: The Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA) is encouraging artists of all genres and media to submit work for the annual LPCA Open Juried Art Show. This show is designed to celebrate the talents of our regional artists and highlight the creative visions of residents in and around New York’s North Country.
More information including the prospectus and online entry form can be found at https://www.lakeplacidarts.org/gallery/upcoming-shows/lpca-open-juried-art-show or by calling Anya Villeneuve at 518.523.2512.