Sunday, July 14, 2024

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Saturday, July 13, 2024

Shopping local at Wren’s Earth Refillery, Isaan Thai in Sharon Springs area

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Motivated by curiosity to visit two new area businesses, I got up early and started. My first stop was Wren’s Earth Refillery in Sharon Springs. I love the name, concept and mission. There are lots of new distilleries, but a “refillery?” The business is located at the end of an “off the beaten path” road. There are scenic views, along with a pretty little pond. The namesake, Wren, was outside and the first to greet me. She was eager to introduce me to the two small goats, who, she told me, are named Snow and Marigold.

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Saturday, July 13, 2024

50th annual Essex Day celebration slated for Aug. 3

Essex Day 2024
The 50th annual Essex Day celebration is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 3, on Main Street in downtown Essex, hosted by Essex Initiatives. The event will include:
  • Musical performances by Too Tall String Band at 10 a.m. and Mark Henry at 12:30 p.m.
  • Food options from The Pink Pig, Essex Ice Cream Cafe, The Old Dock, the Essex Inn, Indian Bay Marina’s Pizza On Point and Papa Duke’s BBQ.
  • More than 40 artisans and crafters.
  • A town-wide yard sale.
  • Unique finds at brick-and-mortar Main Street shops.
  • Special kids’ activities and more.

Entrance to the family-friendly event is free and open to the public. Live music is made possible, in part, by the Essex County Arts Council’s Cultural Assistance Program Grant with funding provided by Essex County.

“Downtown Essex Day” began as a small local festival, organized by community members in 1974. Essex resident Jan Peden is credited with conceiving the event, which consisted of neighbors selling clothes, knick-knacks and kitchen supplies along Main Street. Since then, the event has grown into a full-fledged block party with live music, food trucks, craft vendors and more.

For additional information, please go to VisitEssexNY.com

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Friday, July 12, 2024

Reminder that a fed bear is a dead bear; loon eggs chilled due to flooding

Viper’s Bugloss

It was a busy Fourth of July weekend with the town busting at the seams. The weather was good for the most part and it only rained at night. The three bears that were hanging around here most of the spring moved into Limekiln Campsite. There was more food for the taking in some campsites. One small bear was being fed by hand and becoming a problem. I should say that the people who were feeding him were the problem, but they cannot be put down as he was.

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Friday, July 12, 2024

DEC Issues High-Water Advisory for Adirondack Park

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Hikers Advised to Temporarily Avoid High-Elevation Trails and Trails that Cross Rivers and Streams

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today issued a high-water advisory following recent heavy rains and is urging hikers to postpone hikes near waterways and on high-elevation trails. Hikers can recreate safely and reduce negative impacts on trails to help protect natural resources throughout the Adirondack Park during this time.

Regional waterbodies rose considerably after recent rains from Hurricane Beryl. Streams and rivers are running high and fast with strong currents. Hikers should avoid trails that include stream crossings and use all available high-water routes. Do not attempt to cross swift-moving streams and rivers. Turn back and return another day. 

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Friday, July 12, 2024

Outdoor Conditions (7/12): Numerous road closures, trail washouts following Wednesday’s storm

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.

Follow @NYSDECAlerts on X for updates about DEC-managed lands across New York State! The @NYSDECAlerts X feed provides real-time info on the most crowded places, especially when those places and parking areas are at capacity.

NEW THIS WEEK

  • These updates are as of 7/11 following the storm. There may be additional closures or damages not listed here that we are unaware of today. Please use caution and turn around if need be!
    • If you notice any damage or impassable areas not listed below, please report to Info.R5@dec.ny.gov.
  • High Peaks Wilderness: All water crossings above Marcy Dam are impassable.
  • Independence River Wild Forest & Watson’s East Triangle Wild Forest: Numerous town roads are currently closed. Access to some portions of the unit may not be possible. Flooding and erosion on some DEC roads and trails is likely – use caution.
  • Santa Clara Conservation Easement Tract: The Madawaska Road is inaccessible and will remain closed until further notice due to additional damage resulting from the storm.

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Friday, July 12, 2024

Jenkins Mountain Scramble set for Paul Smith’s College VIC on Aug. 10

Racers run through a wooded trail

Recreationists are encouraged to challenge themselves with Paul Smith’s College VIC’s most notable trail race, the Jenkins Mountain Scramble set for Aug. 10. Runners have two race options: a 10k and a half marathon. This event is intended for all adventure seekers, from seasoned trail runners to first-timers. Pre-registration closes Aug. 3 at 11:59 p.m. Walk-in registration on the day of the race should be available. See below for race details:

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Thursday, July 11, 2024

Bittersweet Memories

A Canoe Trip Down Memory Lane, A New Pair of Shoes, and My SLHS Classes of the ‘80’s Reunion.

With this year’s graduations behind us  (Congrats to all Class of 2024 Graduates!) & Class Reunions before us, I thought I’d share this authentically Adirondack class reunion adventure.

(As a side note for those who read it, this is the “whole ‘nother story” recently referenced in my piece titled “The Bear Minimum.”)

For the full story, click the link & read on. 


Thursday, July 11, 2024

Discussion Time: Flooding

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With help from emergency services personnel, communities around the Adirondack region are picking up the pieces following yesterday’s storm which included a record number of tornado warnings for upstate New York and radar-confirmed tornadoes touching down in Adirondack communities of Forestport and some in Lewis County. Today, we are seeing reports of road closures in the Champlain Valley and North Hudson. What’s the situation like near you? Have you seen any flooding or road damage in your neighborhood?


Thursday, July 11, 2024

DEC releases draft regulations to protect freshwater wetlands, public comments accepted through Sept. 19

Adirondack wetlands

On July 10, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Interim Commissioner Sean Mahar announced the release of proposed regulations to protect freshwater wetlands across New York State. The draft regulations are now available for public comment until Sept. 19, and would safeguard an estimated one million additional acres of unprotected wetland habitat by expanding the number of wetlands regulated by DEC.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Adirondack Garden Club shares Essex Quarry Nature Preserve project update

Man shows people a tree branch

Keene, NY — In the roughly one year that the Adirondack Garden Club (AGC) has been tackling invasive plants on a one-acre plot in the Essex Quarry Nature Preserve in the town of Essex, progress has been significant, with the benefits extending well beyond the direct remediation of nuisance species. The project is funded through a three-year grant from the Garden Club of America’s Partners for Plants program. The Essex Quarry Nature Preserve is owned by Champlain Area Trails (CATS), which purchased the property in 2018.

In the Essex Quarry project, the AGC team, headed by Conservation Committee Chair Nancy Budd, removes invasive trees, seedlings, vines and shrubs — mainly buckthorn, honeysuckle and bittersweet. The stumps left behind are then covered with heavy plastic “buckthorn baggies” to prevent sprouting. The areas will then be planted with native species.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Adirondack Foundation awarded $400,000 Trust for Civic Life grant

People dancing at he Whallonsburg Grange

Lake Placid, NY— A new philanthropic initiative aimed at improving civic engagement in communities across the U.S. has awarded $400,000 to the Adirondack region’s community foundation. Adirondack Foundation was among the first organizations to receive a grant from the Trust for Civic Life, part of an $8 million investment in strengthening communities across rural America. The grant will support Adirondack Foundation over the next three years as it works to bring people together and help residents solve important problems in their communities.

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Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Rangers assist lost and injured hikers, recover drowned swimmers, relocate rattlesnake found in lean-to

forest ranger reports graphicTown of North Elba
Essex County
Wilderness Rescue: On July 3 at 3:50 p.m., Ray Brook Dispatch received a call about a hiker with an ankle injury two miles in on the Street Mountain trail. While hiking in to the 26-year-old from Rochester, Forest Ranger O’Connor spoke to a hiking party who had wrapped the subject’s ankle with a bandage. Ranger O’Connor splinted the subject’s ankle and helped him down the trail. Rangers Duchene, Lewis, O’Connor, and Praczkajlo paddled the subject across Heart Lake where he was met by a Lake Placid ambulance. Resources were clear at 6:34 p.m.

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Tuesday, July 9, 2024

NYC “Suffs” musical has historical roots in Johnstown and Saratoga

Elizabeth Cady Johnson statue in Johnstown, NY

My friend had 3 tickets to see “Suffs” in NYC. One person had a conflict, so I was able to go! “Suffs” is a musical about the suffragette movement–women fighting for equal rights and the right to vote. We took a bus from Latham, organized by the Saratoga League of Women Voters. During the trip, Women’s Rights Awareness Campaign Chair Patricia Nugent spoke to us about the Equal Rights Amendment, which women have been working to get passed for 100 years. Many people think it has been ratified at the federal level, but it still has not. We were reminded to “turn the ballot,” as many people forget that amendments are on the back.

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Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Keeseville Community Arts Festival Returns July 19 & 20

Little girl tie dyes a shirt

Pre-Festival Events Planned for July 16-18

Keeseville, NY – Lovers of all artforms are encouraged to gather for the annual Keeseville Community Arts Festival which is slated for Friday and Saturday, July 19 and 20. The festival features a diverse range of activities and events scheduled to take place in various areas of the hamlet, designed to inspire creativity and foster a sense of community. Many activities are offered free of charge, with specific activities, such as the Opening Reception, Color Run, or Brunch with the Artists, requiring a nominal fee. For more details and to register for events, visit AdkAction.org/Art. See below for the festival’s schedule of events.

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