Friday, August 23, 2019

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Friday, August 23, 2019

Adirondack Regional Theatre Awards Scholarships

Adirondack Regional TheatreOlivia Storms of Morrisonville and Kaleb Pecoraro of Plattsburgh are the recipients of the Adirondack Regional Theatre Scholarship for 2019. The Scholarship rewards a high school senior or college bound student who plans to study in the field of theater, music or dance.

Adirondack Regional Theatre is a non-profit community theatre that works primarily with the youth of the North Country. Adirondack Regional Theatre has performed for over 195,000 North Country residents since 2000. » Continue Reading.


Friday, August 23, 2019

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Thursday, August 22, 2019

A 90-Miler Adirondack Canoe Classic Watcher’s Guide

90 miler Adirondack Canoe ClassicThe 37th Annual Adirondack Canoe Classic, the 3-day, 90-mile paddling event from Old Forge to Saranac Lake, will take place September 6 – 8, 2019. Here is what you need to know:

The 90-Miler attracts a full contingent of solo, tandem, 4 person and 8 person canoes, solo and tandem kayaks and one and two person guide boats. More than 600 people, from 22 different states, are expected to take part during the fall foliage season. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, August 22, 2019

Low Waters, Bear Advisories: Current Adirondack Outdoor Conditions (Aug 22)

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

Contribute Your Knowledge: Add a comment below, or send your observations, corrections, updates, and suggestions to adklmanack@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. Carry proper safety equipment and weather protection and bring plenty of water and lights, and a map. When on the trail, stay together, monitor the time, and be prepared to turn back. Accidents happen to the most experienced people. Be prepared to spend an unplanned night in the woods in cold temperatures. Always carry food, a space blanket, emergency whistle, first aid kit, fire making tools, extra clothing layers and socks, a map and compass, and the knowledge to use them. Inform someone of your itinerary and 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.

August 22nd, 2019 – SPECIAL NOTICES » Continue Reading.


Thursday, August 22, 2019

NYSERDA Offering LED Street Lighting Webinars

led lighting at suny purchaseNew York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (LRC) are teaming up for the LED Street Lighting Academy – a series of four monthly webinars to educate local governments on LED street lighting options and better prepare municipal decision-makers for interacting with contractors and the public.

By converting street lights to energy-efficient LED technology, local governments can save taxpayer dollars, provide better lighting, reduce energy use, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, August 22, 2019

Lake George Dinosaurs Add Interest to Magic Forest

No one is too old to visit a dinosaur park and the inaugural year of Dino Roar Valley is the proof of it.

An expansion of the historic Magic Forest amusement park (which has operated since 1963) just south of the Village of Lake George, Dino Roar Valley hosts 20 life-size animatronic dinosaurs along a nature trail.

General Manager John Collins says the dinosaurs are based on dinosaur skeletal remains – they may breathe, blink, roar, or move limbs. “There are also activities along the trails,” says Collins. “The walking trail is educational and entertaining. I think it appeals to a variety of ages.”  There is signage throughout the 0.5-mile trail offering information about each dinosaur. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, August 21, 2019

An Adirondack Guideboat Returns to Long Lake

Colleen rows the boat on Long Lake by Alexandra RoalsvigCharles Bryan, in  The Raquette, River of the Forest (1964), argued that Long Lake played a major role in the development of the Adirondack Guideboat.  That legacy got a local revival recently, when Long Lake resident Colleen Smith re-launched a guideboat on Long Lake built there by her grandfather George W. Smith in the early 1900s.

A neighbor, Gordon Fisher, spotted an advertisement for the boat and recognized it was made in Long Lake, but was unsure of the builder. Fisher contacted Long Lake boat builder Bunny Austin about brokering the vessel on behalf of the owner, who was living on Lake Champlain; it had been in the seller’s family since the 1950s. Austin turned the job over to his nephew Keith Austin, also a boat builder.  His wife Debbie Austin spotted the signature of Geo W. Smith on all three of the seats she was re-caning. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Rare Native American Militaria On Exhibit at Fort Ti

Fort Ticonderoga courtesy Carl Heilman IIRare Native American artifacts are on display at Fort Ticonderoga in the exhibition “The Art of Resistance: Selections from the Robert N. Nittolo Collection” for a limited time only through October 2019.

These items have never been put on view before, and are from the Robert Nittolo collection, considered among the most significant private collections of 18th century militaria. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Great Civil War Beard and Hairdo Contest

Civil War Beard Hair StylesThe Hadley-Lake Luzerne Historical Society is set to host a Great Civil War Beard & Hairdo Contest on Saturday, September 7th, beginning at noon, as part of the Homecoming of the 118th NY Adirondack Regiment Civil War Encampment.

Attendees are encouraged to grow and trim their beard or style their hair in a Civil War era style. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Recent Forest Ranger Search and Rescue Missions

forest ranger logoNew York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents in the Adirondacks. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers locate and extract lost, injured or distressed people from the Adirondack backcountry.

What follows is a report, prepared by DEC, of recent missions carried out by Forest Rangers in the Adirondacks. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Sacandaga River History: Piseco, Lake Pleasant Reservoirs

pamphlet cover for The Forest Preserve 5 Association for the Protection of the AdirondacksThe Sacandaga River valley has been used as a transportation and communication corridor since before Europeans arrived. It was a native trail, a military road, and a proposed canal and railroad route. Today it’s home to Route 30. The river is a provider of power and recreation, and a powerful force of nature.

Just after the Civil War, a N.Y. Canal Board report (known as the McElroy Report) noted the damage along the Hudson River caused from annual flooding and suggested reservoirs upstream for flood relief and water power. Proposals were made at that time to dam many of the tributaries of the Upper Hudson, including the Sacandaga, but the New York State Legislature took no action.

In 1874 Farrand N. Benedict and Verplanck Colvin issued the Adirondack Storage Report, detailing areas where storage or containment dams could be constructed to minimizing Hudson River flooding in the spring and retain water for late summer and early fall release and use when it was needed in the communities downriver. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Large-Scale Composter Installations Turn Waste Into Resource

large scale drum composter at North Country School Camp Treetops in Lake PlacidThree large-scale composters were installed this summer at Lake Placid Central School, The Wild Center, and Hermon Dekalb Central School (just outside the Adirondack Park), allowing local communities to turn food waste into rich organic material using locally designed and manufactured composting systems.

A model composter that was built near the High Peaks at North Country School Camp Treetops (NCS/CTT) in 2017 has now been replicated at the three additional institutions, allowing schools and communities to process up to 200 pounds of organic matter each day, turning waste into compost in about a month’s time. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Hotel Saranac Energy Project Adds EV Charging Station

Rick Gorleski of PlugIn Stations Online installs an electric vehicle charging station at the Hotel SaranacThe historic Hotel Saranac has completed a four-year energy saving project, the downtown landmark is now home to clean energy technologies, energy efficiency upgrades, and an electric vehicle (EV) charging station.

Other upgrades include new high efficiency windows, low flow faucets and air sealing throughout the nearly century-old building. » Continue Reading.


Monday, August 19, 2019

NYS, Protect Both Appealing Forest Preserve Decision

A typical view on a class II community connector trail where 1000 trees a mile are destroyed by state agencies provided by ProtectAdirondack Forest Preserve advocates Protect the Adirondacks announced Monday that they plan to appeal one of the July 3rd rulings by the Appellate Division, Third Department, in its lawsuit challenging the tree cutting and terrain alterations for snowmobile trails on the Forest Preserve by state agencies. The State announced last week that it also planned to appeal part of the ruling.

The court issued a mixed decision in July. It ruled that the cutting of over 25,000 trees on the Forest Preserve for wide class II community connector snowmobile trails violated Article 14, Section 1, of the NYS Constitution. At the same time however, the court ruled that the construction practices used to clear, bulldoze and grade these trails did not violate the famous forever wild provision of Article 14.

The New York State Constitution’s Article 14 protects the Adirondack Forest Preserve as “forever wild.” Adirondack Forest Preserve lands form the basis of the Adirondack Park. » Continue Reading.