Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Submerged, empty car found near Ensign Pond Road

forest ranger reportTown of North Hudson
Essex County
Car Submerged:
 On Nov. 21 at 9:40 p.m., the North Hudson Fire Department reported a traffic accident that resulted in a car submerged in the water near Ensign Pond Road. At 10 p.m., Ranger Quinn responded to the potential water rescue, but determined the car was empty. New York State Police located the driver in Moriah and are handling the investigation.


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Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Trailhead to a Wedding

Wedding register

Trailhead to a Wedding

Sometimes the journey is everything and the best part of a gift is the box. A proud father’s trek to a wedding. For the full story, click the link & read on.


Photo provided by Dick Monroe.

Editor’s note: Due to an issue with the Adirondack Almanack email, we’re running this post again. We apologize for the error. 

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

“Luminance,” exhibit of paintings by Georgeanne Gaffney opens Dec. 1

image: "Adorn," acrylic on silver leaf by Georgeanne Gaffney
Saranac Lake, NY-  An exhibit of paintings by Georgeanne Gaffney will open on Friday, December 1 at the Adirondack Artists Guild. Her pieces span subject matter, size, and materials. Georgeanne chose the title “Luminance” to express the romantic and dreamy mood of her works, which range from a large 8-foot landscape on gilded panels to mini gilded waterlily and floral pieces the size of a business card…and everything in between.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Poem: November 18

cozy den with fireplace

November 18

The squirrels are up, they dash about.
I’m up as well – but don’t go out
to sit or walk. Why? I’ll explain.
It’s mid-November: Wind, and Rain.
Oh, I’ve been out in rain before.
And wind – that’s something I adore.
So why stay in? Because it’s cozy.
It’s good not every day is rosy.
At times we like a break from bright
to help us keep a sharper sight:
what seems opposed, like yang and yin,
or dark and light, are always in
a dance, connected. So I decide
this morning I’ll just sit inside.
My chair, my blanket and my tea
will let me ponder, cozily,
November’s contrasts: bluster, charm,
chilly outside, inside warm.


Photo at top: Wikimedia Commons photo.

Monday, November 27, 2023

Small Wonders: The Adirondack Squirrel Trio

Painting of a chipmunk on someone's hand

By Jackie Woodcock

Nestled within the landscape of the Adirondack Mountains, a lively trio of small mammals steal the spotlight. In the midst of the mountains, the enchanting dance of grey squirrels, red squirrels, and
chipmunks is not merely a wildlife spectacle but a therapeutic symphony for the soul. These charming creatures, belonging to the Sciuridae family, contribute to the rich tapestry of wildlife in the wilderness around us. The Adirondack’s pristine landscapes and diverse ecosystems, provide a serene backdrop for observing these small wonders. Nature has an innate ability to soothe the mind and nurture the spirit. Throughout the seasons my Husband and I Watch the agile leaps of grey squirrels, the fiery guardianship of red squirrels, and the ground-level antics of chipmunks that together create a balm for the stresses of life.

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Monday, November 27, 2023

The relaxing experience of a sound healing session

Sound healing session instructor

Recently, an announcement for a sound healing experience at the ADKX appeared in my email.  So I thought, what the heck? Let’s try it! My friend [Rosemary] does not do yoga or meditate.  She is a retired hard-nosed investigative journalist who has lived and reported around the world.  So, she wasn’t sure how she would feel about this “full body sound massage.” I don’t really practice “wellness” activities either, but [I] did walk the new ASA Adirondack Labyrinth in October, so [I] thought this might be a good follow up.


Therefore, on Sunday, November 19, Rosemary drove about an hour from Sand Lake to my home in Ephratah.  We drove another hour and a half to Blue Mountain Lake. (Of the approximately 15 guests, it was determined we traveled the farthest.) We arrived a little early, so [we] watched Andrea Lisette Villiere of Sound Healing Adirondacks set up her “instruments” of crystal and copper bowls, gongs, etc.

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Monday, November 27, 2023

Trudeau Institute Education Program receives over $100,000 in grants

Kailey Kipping (left) and Anna Dumas (right) participated in Trudeau Institute's 2023 Summer Undergraduate Research Program.
Over $100,000 from Hearst Foundations, regional businesses help college students gain hands-on lab experience

Saranac Lake, NY—A $100,000 grant from Hearst Foundations is providing undergraduate students the opportunity to work with Trudeau Institute mentors while burnishing their prospects for graduate training programs and research positions.

Casella Waste and Stewarts Shops also provided grants to Trudeau Institute’s 10-week  Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP), continuing their past support to a program that has provided many college students with their first experience in a biomedical research lab. The grants support the program through 2024. » Continue Reading.

Monday, November 27, 2023

Effort to protect Lake George hemlocks continues

Lake George, NY—The Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program (APIPP), a program of The Nature Conservancy, has wrapped up its 2023 hemlock woolly adelgid treatments on Lake George’s Dome Island.

John Apperson donated Dome Island to the Conservancy in 1956. It was one of the first land donations to the organization.

“John entrusted this island to The Nature Conservancy, and we are honored to carry out his wishes by being a responsible steward of this Lake George landmark,” said Peg Olsen,
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Sunday, November 26, 2023

Houseplants: Gardening Indoors During the Winter 

Geranium in a pot

The idea of taking plants from the wild and bringing them indoors seems to fly in the face of all things natural. But starting somewhere around 1,000 BC, plants and small trees were being used as ornamental features in homes, in several ancient civilizations.

A Brief History 

We know, from early paintings and sculptures, that the ancient Greeks and Romans grew plants in containers. And that in ancient India, Japan, and Egypt, potted ornamental plants were commonly placed in courtyards and home gardens. It really isn’t much of a stretch then, to hypothesize that some of those plants were taken into homes. In fact, evidence of wild plants being successfully cultivated indoors can be found in ancient Egyptian writings. And for centuries, the Japanese have employed the dwarfing of trees and other plants for room ornaments; a practice known as bonsai tree cultivation.

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Sunday, November 26, 2023

DEC seeks submissions for student poster contest, Jan. 12 deadline

Top Winner - Mudanvit Goyal Mildred E Strang Middle School Yorktown Heights, NY Watershed superhero

DEC and NYWEA are sponsoring the 2023-2024 “Create a Watershed Super Hero” (PDF) Poster Contest for middle school students. Fourteen winners will have the honor of having their artwork in a 2025 calendar distributed across New York State. The deadline for submitting posters is January 12, 2024.

Poster Contest Theme

What you do at home and in your community affects everyone downstream. This poster contest is meant to encourage students to learn about their role in the watershed they live in and how to conserve and protect our water resources, now and for future generations.

All Middle School students (Grades 6-8) in New York State public and private schools are eligible to enter the poster contest. One student per poster. Deadline for receipt of posters is Friday, January 12, 2024. » Continue Reading.

Sunday, November 26, 2023

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Saturday, November 25, 2023

Grandson Nathan shares tech-savvy skills, glimpsing Beaver Brook bridge project

Sunrise on Old Forge Pond

Winter keeps trying to put a white coat on our landscape, but it melts the next day. The cloud cover made for some nice sunrise and sunset photos. The waxing moon is just a slice of itself which may be hidden in the clouds tonight [Nov. 19]. It was beautiful right out our upstairs windows last night [Nov. 18]. Don Andrews caught one of those nice sunrises over [the] Old Forge Pond one morning. My grandson, Nathan, got a super sunset over Utica the night before. That shot will probably be his screensaver for a while until a better one comes.

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Saturday, November 25, 2023

What comes next for ProcellaCOR?


Paradox Lake as seen from Severance Mountain.

Paradox Lake approved for herbicide in battle against invasives

As the Adirondack Park Agency board last week considered allowing the Paradox Lake Association to use a chemical herbicide to fight invasive milfoil, it started to open the door to a broader discussion.

As lake communities around the park see ProcellaCOR EC as a major improvement over other management tools, what is the best way to monitor long term impacts? And how to assist communities with more strategic lake planning?

The relatively new herbicide has been used to effectively kill Eurasian watermilfoil on scores of lakes around the Northeast, including on Minerva Lake in 2020 and Lake Luzerne this summer. APA staff reported a notable increase in permit applications with DEC and suggested a surge in requests could be headed the APA’s way. While trying not to stray too far from the permit on the table, board members raised questions about the broader landscape.

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Saturday, November 25, 2023

Andy Flynn named editor and publisher of Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Lake Placid News

Andy Flynn

Saranac Lake, NY — The Ogden Newspapers Thursday, Nov. 2 named Andy Flynn as editor and publisher of Adirondack Publishing’s two newspapers, the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and Lake Placid News.

Flynn, who has spent the past 10 years as editor of the News and will continue in this role, has more than 31 years of journalism and public relations experience in the Adirondack Park. He will oversee all operations at the Saranac Lake office, where both newspapers are produced. Elizabeth Izzo will remain managing editor of the Enterprise.

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Saturday, November 25, 2023

Adirondack Center for Writing to host author Amy Godine on Dec. 1

The Black Woods by Amy Godine

Saranac Lake, NYThe Adirondack Center for Writing’s next Friday Night Writes will feature Amy Godine, author of The Black Woods (Cornell University Press, 2023). Friday Night Writes is a monthly happy hour of writing, reading and networking, open to all, that takes place from 3-7 p.m. on the first Friday of every month at the Adirondack Center for Writing (ACW), located at 15 Broadway in downtown Saranac Lake. During these sessions, ACW provides space, prompts, inspiration and resources.

December’s event, Friday, Dec. 1, will also feature a “Friday Night Talk” with Amy Godine from 6-7 p.m. Godine will share about her book, The Black Woods, and then take questions from the audience. Copies of Godine’s book will be available for purchase.

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