Monday, October 14, 2019

Advocates Seek Sentinel Range Management Plan Improvements

Adirondack Sentinel Range Wilderness Map courtesy Adirondack AtlasThe Adirondack Council on October 4th sent a letter to Adirondack Park Agency Deputy Director for Planning Richard Weber urging that the proposed Sentinel Range Wilderness Area Unit Management Plan be incorporated into a larger landscape-scale plan for all public and private lands around the High Peaks Wilderness Area.

The Council also urged the APA to improve its monitoring of impacts of recreation on the ecology and wild character of the Forest Preserve, especially in wilderness areas. As it does with other unit management plans, the APA must decide whether it complies with the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan. » Continue Reading.


Monday, October 14, 2019

Home Healthcare Worker Shortage Forum Planned

A day-long educational forum, focusing on the Certified Nursing Assistant and Home Healthcare Worker Shortage has been set for November 6th, at Paul Smith’s College.

The forum will provide an overview of THRIVE, a pilot project that aims to increase retention of certified nursing assistants and home health care workers.

The presentation will highlight the decline in caregivers nationwide and what is influencing these declines. THRIVE will be highlighted as a potential solution that once demonstrated could be replicated on a national level. » Continue Reading.


Monday, October 14, 2019

Learn to Curl Event At Lake Placid Curling Club

curlingThe Lake Placid Curling Club has invited the public to a “Learn To Curl” program at the Saranac Lake Civic Center. The program will consist of two Sunday sessions from 3:45 to 6 pm, on October 20 and October 27.

The program will cover the history of the game, etiquette and sportsmanship, game rules, on-ice training, and practice. The fee is $25/session. Upon completion of the program, participants may join the Club for the balance of the curling season and apply the “Learn to Curl” fee to the membership fee. » Continue Reading.


Monday, October 14, 2019

Lake Champlain Basin Cultural Heritage Project Grants

The Lake Champlain Basin Program has announced they are seeking pre-proposals for projects and programs to protect, restore, interpret, and showcase the historical resources and cultural heritage of the Champlain Valley.

These projects will highlight the interpretive themes and further the goals, actions and tasks described in the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership (CVNHP) Management Plan. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, October 13, 2019

The Club Camp on Big Moose Lake: A Short History

The Old Club Camp courtesy Roger and Nancy PrattThe Club Camp is often mentioned as the first permanent structure built on Big Moose Lake. The word permanent is rather ironic because this hunting and fishing establishment had a relatively short history of just 28 years. Today the camp’s origins, visitors, and sad end seem largely forgotten.

According to Joseph F. Grady’s The Adirondacks: Fulton Chain-Big Moose Region (1933), the Club Camp was constructed in 1878 at the request of several sportsmen from New York City who had been spending summers on the lake in previous years.

At the time, Big Moose, near Old Forge, NY, was difficult to reach — the railroad would not arrive in the area until 1892. Before 1878, only lean-tos or shanties were available on Big Moose, notably that of businessman William “Billy” Dutton, which was built in 1876, and that of guide Jack Sheppard which was set up around the same time. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, October 13, 2019

Lake Champlain Bridge History Seminar on Saturday

The Chimney Point State Historic Site in Addison, Vermont, and Crown Point State Historic Site in Crown Point, are set to team up to offer a day-long multi-disciplinary seminar on the 10th anniversary of the October 16, 2009, closing of the 1929 Lake Champlain Bridge, on Saturday, October 19th

The day will explore the findings, consequences, and memories of the historic moment of the bridge closure and aftermath. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, October 13, 2019

DEC to Remove Sediments at Westport Boat Launch

DEC logoThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced that the agency will remove sediments accumulated in front of the ramp of the Westport Boat Launch on Lake Champlain in late October.

The removal of sediments will improve access for boaters who launch and retrieve boats during periods when the water is low. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, October 13, 2019

Arrest Follows I-87 High Speed Pursuit

state police logoState Police reported that on Tuesday, October 8th, at approximately 2:04 pm, a State Trooper conducted a traffic stop on a 2008 Honda Accord for traveling 90 mph in a 65 mph zone on Interstate 87, northbound near exit 34.

Upon the trooper approaching the vehicle, the operator fled from the scene. State Police attempted to pursue the vehicle as it exited the interstate, speeding through the towns of Peru and AuSable. The trooper reported the vehicle came to a stop in the roadway on State Route 9 in the town of AuSable, and the operator fled on foot into the woods. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, October 12, 2019

A Close Look at Science of Fall Colors

Fall Foliage by Adelaide TyrolWhere I live, autumn typically starts in late August, when pockets of red maples start to turn scarlet around the marshes and lakes. Uh oh. As they say in Westeros, “winter is coming.”

But not before we get to enjoy fall. Yes, a Northeastern autumn is a postcard cliché. Yes, the tour buses and land yachts full of leaf peepers clog the roads. But, really, who can blame them? No matter how many you’ve seen, fall in the Northeast is still one of nature’s most awesome spectacles.

And, so, so ephemeral. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, October 12, 2019

Community Health Forum to Focus on Aging

Adirondack Health and Mercy Care for the Adirondacks have invited the public to attend a free Community Health Forum focused on ways to create a more aging friendly community.

The keynote speaker is Dr. Bill Thomas, a leader in the effort to challenge ageism. Best known for his health care system innovations, he is the founder of a global non-profit that works to improve the care provided to older people. He developed the Senior ER model of care and is now working to transform the acute care services provided to elders. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, October 12, 2019

Spooky Town Train Returns to Colton

Dave Crosby and his Spooky Town TrainDave Crosby is sharing his passion for fun and interesting train layouts with the public again this year in a lead up to Halloween. His family-oriented Spooky Town Train display, which occupies a good part of his two-car garage, focuses on fun, not fright so people of all ages can enjoy it.

The public is invited, free of charge, to his place at 29 Riverside Drive in the hamlet of Colton on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 6 to 7 pm starting October 15 and ending October 30. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, October 12, 2019

Poetry: The Eye Of A Bird

The Eye Of A Bird

And so I came to a place,
Wondering what could be seen and understood,
In the eye of a bird.

Happening with unexpected connection
While walking on the moist, brown earth,
Amid scattered pine cones,
And memories.

The black eye of a pristine, hunting robin, held mine,
Pausing in her success,
Undulating worm held captive in a beak of supremely,
Pointed delicacy.

She nodded contemplatively upon her russet breast,
With wise, black eye holding mine, communicating,
Appraising, knowing, going on with her very life,
As she alone was meant to do.

This bright spirit, shining from the eye of a bird,
Pierced the doldrum of my morning and granted me
A brief, blessed epiphany of consciousness,
That touched my deepest soul.

Read More Poems From The Adirondack Almanack HERE.


Friday, October 11, 2019

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Friday, October 11, 2019

Adirondack Life Celebrates 50 Years with Anniversary Issue

adirondack life 50thAdirondack Life magazine is celebrating 50 years in print with a 50th Anniversary Issue, which is now available at local newsstands and bookstores.

When the first copies of Adirondack Life rolled off the presses as a supplement to a Warrensburg newspaper in December 1969, the lead type had been set by hand, the photographs were taken with film cameras, and there was no such thing as the Internet.

Fifty years and countless technological advances later, Adirondack Life still connects readers to the people and places that make up the six-million-acre Adirondack Park. » Continue Reading.


Friday, October 11, 2019

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