Monday, October 22, 2018

Hudson River History: The 1903 Spier Falls Disaster

In spring 1903, more than a thousand men were at work on the final stages of the Spier Falls hydropower project. A large number of skilled Italian masons and stoneworkers were housed in a shantytown on the Warren County (north) side of the river.

Most of the remaining work was on the Saratoga County (south) side, which they accessed by a temporary bridge. But the company feared that the high waters of springtime had made the bridge unsafe. To avert a potential catastrophe, they destroyed it with dynamite. » Continue Reading.


Monday, October 22, 2018

Grants Support Winter Sports Athletes

grant award winners at Heaven Hill Farm in Lake PlacidThe Uihlein-Ironman Sports Fund, a component fund of Adirondack Foundation, awarded $41,650 in grants this year to 17 athletes and nine organizations in the Tri-Lakes region.

The awards were handed out at a ceremony for recipients and their families and friends on October 14 at Heaven Hill Farm in Lake Placid. » Continue Reading.


Monday, October 22, 2018

Shady Characters: Paul Hetzler On Nature

shady charactersRegular Adirondack Almanack contributor Paul Hetzler is the author of a new book of nature essays, Shady Characters: Plant Vampires, Caterpillar Soup, Leprechaun Trees and Other Hilarities of the Natural World (Lexingford Publishing, 2018).

Paul Hetzler knows all about nature in all its wonders, complexities, and hilarities, and weaves considerable wit with a range of wisdom. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, October 21, 2018

High Peaks Happy Hour: Valcour Brewing Company, Plattsburgh

Ulysses S. Grant drank here. Maybe. Originally built in 1838 as an army barracks for enlisted men, known as Old Stone Barracks, the grand building on Ohio Avenue in Plattsburgh is now home to Valcour Brewing Company.

Though Grant is reported to have stayed in the officers’ barracks that once stood adjacent in the mid 1800s, it’s possible he may have sat on the porch of the Old Stone Barracks swilling beer and swapping stories with the enlisted men.

Even if Grant didn’t drink here, Valcour Brewing Company can openly boast that Kim and Pam Ladd drank here – twice in one day. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, October 21, 2018

Travel Unity Summit in the Adirondacks, Oct 27-28

travel unityTravel Unity, a nonprofit organization focused on increasing diversity in the travel space, has announced the speaker lineup for its fourth annual Travel Unity Summit.

With a focus on economic development through diversity, the summit will be held October 27th and 28th. On Saturday, October 27, Travel Unity will welcome attendees to the Conference Center in Lake Placid and on Sunday, October 28, at The Wild Center in Tupper Lake. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, October 21, 2018

2018 Cycle Adirondacks Community Projects Funded

cycle adirondacksCycle Adirondacks, in partnership with Adirondack Foundation and the Cloudsplitter Foundation, have donated over $5,000 to community generated projects in Speculator, Inlet and North Creek as part of its CycleADK Gives program.

The three communities served as overnight hosts for CycleADK’s 2018 Ultimate Cycling Vacation, which drew over 230 cyclists from across the United States and Canada to the Adirondacks from August 18-24 for a week-long bicycle tour. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, October 20, 2018

Mallards: The Chevy Impala of Ducks

Mallard Ducks My francophone wife is often amused as I commence à apprendre la langue, like the time I said connard when I meant canard. For the monolingual English-speakers out there, canard means duck, while the rough equivalent of connard is a word that rhymes with “spithead,” and that you don’t want your kids to say. But where mallards and other puddle-ducks are concerned, the two are related. The drake (male) can be an absolute connard sometimes.

The Darwinian principle “survival of the fittest” is not always about who wins the antler fight or arm-wresting contest. Fitness means being well-suited to one’s environment so as to live long enough to reproduce and thus pass on one’s DNA. Above all else, it means being adaptable. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, October 20, 2018

Poetry: Pledge

 

Pledge

I pledge allegiance
to the Creator,
who gives life to all
beings, and to the
animals, plants, insects,
water, and rocks,
which the Creator
allowed to exist. One
Universe neither above
nor below, indivisible,
with love and
compassion for all.


Friday, October 19, 2018

Featured Hike: Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain, Essex County

poke o moonshine mapPoke-O-Moonshine Mountain (2,162 feet), part of the Taylor Pond Wild Forest, provides 360-degree views of the surrounding area and may be accessed by either of two trails. » Continue Reading.


Friday, October 19, 2018

The Adirondacks Around The Web This Week


Friday, October 19, 2018

Drinking Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The owners of Adirondack Winery are making sure that everyone has an opportunity to Drink Pink for the remainder of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For the sixth year, Adirondack Winery donates a certain amount from each specially marked bottle of their Drink Pink Berry Breeze blush wine for the American Cancer Society’s Marking Strides Breast Cancer Adirondack Chapter. » Continue Reading.


Friday, October 19, 2018

Women’s Health The Focus Of Community Health Forum

This years Adirondack Health’s Community Health Forum has been set for Wednesday October 24th, and will focus on women’s health, with the theme Laugh & Learn. The forum will be held at the Harrietstown Town Hall, 39 Main Street in Saranac Lake.

Starting at 5:30 pm, attendees will be able to learn about various women’s health topics from yoga to mammography, participate in fun activities, and indulge in light refreshments. » Continue Reading.


Friday, October 19, 2018

This Week’s Big Adirondack News Stories


Thursday, October 18, 2018

RR Board President Responds To Rail-Trail Issues

It is certainly unfortunate that the debate concerning the Adirondack Railroad has continued for as long as it has. One would surely think that adults, objective in their analyses and wishing for the greatest good as an outcome, could have solved this long ago but, no. There is even a renewed attack from the trail advocates.

We had hoped that after the resounding success in the courts and the unambiguous decision of State Supreme Court Justice Robert G. Main, that we could begin talks to successfully implement the 1996 Unit Management Plan and not continue the bickering. So let’s take another look. Several economic studies have been undertaken over the past years using data from Essex County and NYS publications. Assessed by outside, independent consultancies, the conclusions are clear. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, October 18, 2018

Current Adirondack Outdoor Conditions (Oct 18)

CompassThis weekly report of outdoor recreation conditions in the Adirondacks is compiled each Thursday afternoon and fully updated by Friday afternoon.

Contribute Your Knowledge: Add a comment below, or send your observations, corrections, updates, and suggestions to adkalmanack@gmail.com.

Learn and practice the seven Leave No Trace principles. Carry out what you have carried in. Do not leave gear, food, or other items at lean-tos and campsites. Do not litter. Take the free online Leave No Trace course here.

BE PREPARED! Start slow, gain experience. Always carry proper safety equipment – including plenty of food, water, flashlights, space blanket, emergency whistle, first aid kit, fire making tools, extra clothing layers and socks, and a map and compass – inform someone of your itinerary, and be prepared to spend an unplanned night in the woods in cold temperatures. Just before entering the backcountry or launching a boat check the National Weather Service watches, warnings, and advisories here. Follow Adirondack weather forecasts at Burlington and Albany and consult the High Elevation, Recreation, or Lake Champlain forecasts.

OCTOBER 18, 2018 – SPECIAL NOTICES » Continue Reading.