Friday, June 14, 2024

Spotting day-old fawn amongst ferns while tending to gardens

Day-old fawn in the grass

Summer came and went away this week, as it was up to near ninety degrees and now back into the fifties. One thing we don’t need is a frost, like the late ones we got last year, which came on May 25 and 26, then close on the 27. By my records, on June 4 and 5 it was 34 and 36 degrees. I’m sure many areas of the Adirondacks had a frost on those mornings. I know many fruit growers took it in the shorts on those mornings and so did many people who had all their flowers in. I washed off my fruit trees with the hose, which were all in blossom and they produced lots of crab apples…maybe my best crop. The turkeys enjoyed them all winter until they were gone.

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Friday, June 14, 2024

Community invited to Celebration of Life For Robbi Mecus on June 22

Robbi Mecus

Keene Valley, NY – The community is invited to join in a heartfelt celebration of life for Robbi Mecus. The event will be held on June 22, 2024, at 11 a.m. at Marcy Field in Keene Valley, NY (rain or shine), where family, friends, colleagues, and community members will gather to honor her memory and legacy. The event is open to all who wish to pay their respects and celebrate Robbi’s life and contributions. In lieu of celebration offerings, the family requests donations be made to causes close to Robbi’s heart and aligned with her dedication and spirit. See below for list of foundations/services. 

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Friday, June 14, 2024

Saratoga Farm Showcase highlights local farms in Saratoga County, June 22

Kids watch chickens

Local land trust Saratoga PLAN (Preserving Land and Nature) announces its inaugural Saratoga County Farm Showcase on Saturday, June 22. The event is a self-guided farm tour celebrating local farms and emphasizing the importance of protecting agricultural land in Saratoga County. More than twenty farms will participate in the showcase from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., all within a 30-minute radius of Saratoga Springs. These farms demonstrate the diversity of agriculture in the region, from vegetables to livestock and orchards to vineyards.

The self-guided tour offers a chance for residents and visitors alike to experience working farms through demonstrations, interacting with farm animals, fresh food tastings, and more.

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Thursday, June 13, 2024

Locked or Unlocked?

Saranac Lake upper locks

An On-site Saranac Lake Upper Locks Construction Project Update

I made a road trip home this past weekend (June 8th, 2024).  With camping season upon us and the Saranac Chain of Lakes projected upper locks opening date seemly something of a moving target, my brother and I (and his dog Pepper) decided it would be prudent to conduct our own scout recon mission of Saranac Lake’s upper locks construction and get eyes on target.

We achieved mission success and even outraced the rain home to get back down through the lower locks to Lake Flower without getting wet!

To see and read the results of our joint reconnaissance effort, click the link and read on.

Thursday, June 13, 2024

Outdoor Conditions (6/13): Over half of NY’s black bears live in ADKs; tips for being bear aware

outdoor conditions logoThe following are only the most recent notices pertaining to public lands in the Adirondacks. Please check the Adirondack Backcountry webpages for a full list of notices, including seasonal road statuses, rock climbing closures, specific trail conditions, and other pertinent information.


  • Perkins Clearing/Speculator Tree Farm Conservation Easement Tracts Road Openings: All public easement roads are open.
  • Debar Mountain Wild Forest Timber Harvest: A timber harvest is occurring on private property off Debar Meadows Road; the public should use caution and expect to encounter log trucks.
  • Debar Mountain Wild Forest Trailhead Closing: The Azure Mountain Trailhead will be closed starting on June 17 so that the parking area can be resurfaced. The work should be completed and the trailhead reopened by June 21.

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Thursday, June 13, 2024

North Country Community College hosts ‘Higher Education at a Crossroads’ Summit

man stands at podium during presentationStakeholders discuss how college can better serve students, communities

Saranac Lake, NY – Local leaders, stakeholders and supporters of North Country Community College outlined ways to enhance the value of the college to students and communities, and discussed how to better confront the challenges and opportunities facing the region during a day-long summit held at the college’s Saranac Lake campus. More than 60 people, including North Country’s education and workforce partners, key local employers, elected officials, donors, faculty and staff participated in the June 4 event, titled Higher Education at a Crossroads: Blazing a New Path Forward for North Country Community College.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Elizabethtown Social Center to present Juneteenth Celebration with Plattsburgh State Gospel Choir

Juneteenth Celebration graphic.

Elizabethtown, NY – Everyone is welcome to gather for a joyful Juneteenth celebration hosted by the Elizabethtown Social Center on Wednesday, June 19 from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. The highlight of the evening is a 7 p.m. performance with the rousing and spirited Plattsburgh State Gospel Choir directed by Dr. Dexter Criss. Come at 4:30 p.m. for a BBQ, mocktails, lawn games, and book raffles for all ages.

Sing Along: Dr. Criss will also be leading a Gospel Workshop for members of the community – all singing levels are welcome.  From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., he will rehearse one gospel song that audience members will have the opportunity to perform with the choir during the evening performance.  

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Wednesday, June 12, 2024

PFAS in ProcellaCOR?

Eurasian watermilfoil

Minnesota’s PFAS report

A Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s report on pesticides gained unexpected traction in the Adirondack Park in recent weeks after opponents of a plan to use herbicide in Lake George figured out the report identified the herbicide’s active ingredient as PFAS.

A large and diverse group of chemicals, PFAS is an abbreviation for perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances. Also known as “forever chemicals,” some types have been found to cause harm to human health or the environment.

Minnesota in 2023 passed a new set of laws limiting PFAS in cleaning supplies, pesticides and other consumer products, adopting a definition of PFAS broader than any other governmental body.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Armed teens hid in camper after stealing vehicle; subjects located in Burke following multi-agency search

forest ranger reports graphicVillage of Northville
Fulton County
Public Outreach: On June 1, Forest Ranger Hamm joined Smokey Bear to celebrate National Trails Day and the 100th anniversary of the Northville-Placid Trail in the village of Northville. Ranger Hamm and Smokey Bear taught visitors about fire safety and the various tools Forest Rangers use for fire suppression and search and rescue. The event included a children’s fishing derby, local vendors, live music, fireworks, and a trolley ride around the village.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Lake George Association’s Lake Protector Summit set for June 14

Lake George

Lake George, NY – Everyone who cares about Lake George is invited to learn how to participate in protecting the Lake at the Lake George Association’s second annual Lake Protector Summit on Friday, June 14, from 8:30-12:30 a.m. at Camp Chingachgook, 1872 Pilot Knob Road, Kattskill Bay. The event will be lived streamed via YouTube for those who would like to participate remotely. Registration for this free event is now open at

Entitled “Investing for Impact,” the Summit will focus on significant threats to Lake George water quality, what the LGA and other local organizations are doing to help, and actions the community can take to protect the Lake.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Legislative session ends with no prison action

Camp Gabriels correctional facility.


The state Legislature wrapped up session in the early hours of Saturday with no solution for the three closed prisons in forest preserve counties, which cannot be sold or leased without a constitutional amendment. One appeared to be in reach early last week, but lawmakers and Adirondack Park groups say they ran out of time.

This was a crucial year to pass a constitutional amendment freeing the prisons from forest preserve because of upcoming elections. A constitutional amendment has to be passed by two separately elected state Legislatures so by missing first passage this session, we’re looking at the end of 2027 now for another opportunity.

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Monday, June 10, 2024

Tales of the Adirondacks, Past & Present: Hidden Roots: The Western Abenaki Nation by Joseph Bruchac

Joseph Bruchac

Our next OurStoryBridge story share is titled, “Hidden Roots: The Western Abenaki Nation” by Joseph Bruchac. This captivating tale is about a man who embraced his Abenaki heritage, even at a time when it was not widely recognized by others. Bruchac discusses his book Hidden Roots, the story of a boy learning about his Abenaki heritage, and learns that our commonalities are stronger than our differences. Listen to this story in its entirety by clicking here. 

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Monday, June 10, 2024

Dan Kelleher named ROOST President and CEO, Christine Hoard Joins The Hyde Collection

Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST) Names Dan Kelleher as President and CEO

Lake Placid, N.Y. – After a nationwide search, The Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST) has named Dan Kelleher as its next President and CEO, following the retirement of James McKenna, who served in the role for 42 years.

Most recently, Kelleher served as the Special Assistant for Economic Affairs at the New York State Adirondack Park Agency, where he assisted in the entitlements of more than $700 million in real estate development projects, established two programs to assist communities with economic development planning, and served on numerous local and regional economic and community development committees.

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Monday, June 10, 2024

Flipping the script on wetlands

Woman poses on chair against snow backdrop

Our latest episode of Climate Voices spotlights Keeley Jock, the climate justice fellow for the Adirondack North Country Association. A wetland project she led that prioritizes traditional Indigenous values of  natural systems. She gave a talk about her work at the annual Adirondack Research Consortium in mid-May.

I interviewed her after to learn more. Click here to watch a short video feature.

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Sunday, June 9, 2024

The Messenger

New Testament image

North Country life can sometimes feel overwhelmingly hard; cold climate, harsh winters, economically challenging, limited career opportunities, lack of adequate housing and services, an unending array of environmental issues and regulatory quagmires, blackflies.

I’ve never been a particularly religious man, at least not overtly. But every once in a while, even a seasoned Adirondack Outlaw survivor’s soul benefits from an uplifting message. Sometimes that messenger appears quite unexpectedly, and in the strangest of places.

One such experience came my way this past winter. For the story that message inspired, click the link & read on.  

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