Wednesday, April 24, 2019

William C. Geer, North Country Inventor, Had A Ball

Whether you’re a fan of golf or sports in general, you’re probably aware that Tiger Woods recently won the Masters. His impact on golf history has been tremendous, but the latest chapter in his saga has been inspirational for several reasons: through lengthy, rigorous effort, he overcame physical obstacles that would have ended most sports careers; as an old man, he defeated all the best young players on the planet (he’s only 43, but athletes in their forties seldom win the biggest events); and overall, it was a rare comeback effort that most experts dismissed as impossible because of the factors just cited — and we do love comeback stories.

But this isn’t about Tiger Woods and it isn’t a comeback story. It’s about a remarkable North Country man who affected in a positive way untold millions of people around the world through his inventions, including one of his lesser creations — a new and improved golf ball that was the industry standard for decades. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Climate Change Action Symposium Set for Saranac Lake

adirondack voters for changeAdirondack Voters for Change will present a climate change symposium focused on solutions through public policy changes and promoting climate-friendly choices, on Sunday, April 28th, from 1 to 4:30 pm, at the First Presbyterian Church, 57 Church Street, in Saranac Lake. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Lake Champlain Maritime Festival 2019 Set For July

lake champlain maritime festivalThe 2019 Lake Champlain Maritime Festival has been set for July 25-28th. Now in its 13th year, the Festival is a four-day celebration of Lake Champlain, showcasing exhibits throughout sites on the Burlington Waterfront (Burlington Boathouse, Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center, Ferry Dock Marina, Burlington Harbor Marina, Burlington’s Waterfront Park and more). » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Register for Great Adirondack Garage Sale May 24-26

great adirondack garage sale logoNow in its ninth year, the Great Adirondack Garage Sale is set to take place Memorial Day weekend, May 24-26 and the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism is encouraging people to sign up as sale locations.

The 200-mile garage sale “trail” follows state Routes 28, 30 and 3 and includes Old Forge, Inlet, Raquette Lake, Indian Lake, Blue Mountain Lake, Long Lake, Tupper Lake, Lake Clear, Paul Smiths, Malone, Cranberry Lake, Piercefield, Newcomb, and Speculator. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, April 23, 2019

High Peaks Garden Trailhead Parking Closes Monday

Garden Parking Lot ClosureThe Garden Parking Lot at the Garden Trailhead will be closed to public motor vehicles and pedestrians beginning Monday, April 29th, and continuing until bridge construction is complete.

This closure is for 2019 only, and is due to the replacement of the Johns Brook Bridge. No vehicles or pedestrians will be able to pass the bridge once construction is started through completion of the project. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, April 23, 2019

50 Student Films Entered In First Time Film Festival

beyond the peaks film festivalAdkAction and Tupper Lake Central School District have announced that 50 eligible student films have been submitted to the first ever Beyond the Peaks Student Film Festival, representing seven school districts in the Adirondacks. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Smart Growth Grants for Adirondack Park Communities

DEC logoNew York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced the availability of $1.45 million in grants to promote smart growth in communities and not-for-profits in the Adirondack and Catskill parks. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Call for Art: View’s 10×10 Exhibition

Peixe XXI View Arts Center has announced a call for artists to submit their work for the 2019 10×10 Art Show, which will take place May 25th to September 8th, 2019. Work can be submitted at View from April 29th to May 17th between 10 am and 4 pm. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Neal Burdick On New ‘The Trails of the Adirondacks’ Book at TAUNY

trails of the adirondacksTAUNY (Traditional Arts in Upstate New York) is set to host a talk and book signing with Neal Burdick of Canton for the recently published book, The Trails of the Adirondacks: Hiking America’s Original Wilderness. The book includes photography by Carl Heilman, a foreword by Bill McKibben, and text by Burdick.

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Monday, April 22, 2019

Pete Seeger’s Local Connections; Seeger Centennial Set for Grange Hall

Whallonsburg Grange Hall

The late folksinger Pete Seeger had a long connection to the North Country, beginning as a 20-year-old member of the Vagabond Puppeteers, according to Whallonsburg Grange board member Mary-Nell Bockman. In the summer of 1939, the group traveled to rural communities all over Upstate New York, including St. Lawrence, Franklin and Clinton counties, performing in support of dairy farmers on strike against the big milk monopolies.

Seeger was good friends with the artist Rockwell Kent and his wife, Sally, and visited Asgaard Farm several times. After meeting Adirondack folklorist Marjorie Lansing Porter at a folk festival in Schroon Lake, he worked with her to record an album of traditional regional tunes called Champlain Valley Songs in 1960. He performed at Plattsburgh State, Clarkson University, and other colleges in the region numerous times in the 1960s. » Continue Reading.


Monday, April 22, 2019

Adirondack Sky Center Awarded $125k Grant

adirondack sky centerThe Adirondack Sky Center & Observatory (formerly the Adirondack Public Observatory) has been awarded a grant of $125,000 by Stewart’s Shops/Dake Family Foundation to support the Campaign for the AstroScience Center museum and planetarium. » Continue Reading.


Monday, April 22, 2019

Free Tech Training For Older Adults in Franklin County

4-H Digital Ambassadors who were trained by Microsoft sponsors in Washington D.C. in February are teaching adults aged 55 and older how to safely and effectively utilize technology. » Continue Reading.


Monday, April 22, 2019

Adirondack Lakes Cuisine Trail Opening Event at Moody Farm

Adirondack Lakes Cuisine TrailThe Adirondack Lakes Cuisine Trail is set to launch its inaugural season with a local food and beverage tasting event at Moody Tree Farm in Saranac Lake on Tuesday, April 30 from 5 to 8 pm.

The gathering is a preview event for EAT ADK, the Adirondacks’ restaurant week held May 2-9, featuring food and beverages from businesses located along the new trail. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, April 21, 2019

Visiting A Floodplain Forest

floodplain Visiting a forest along one of our major rivers, such as the Connecticut River, in late spring, is like entering a special world. Big silver maples tower overhead, with arching branches and roots reaching deep underground. Cottonwoods up to five feet in diameter and vase-shaped American elms are scattered about. Scars on the upstream side of some tree trunks bear testament to the chunks of ice that crash through when the river floods every spring. Silt stains on the trunks and dead leaves, trash, and other debris caught in crotches of trees show the height of the floodwaters. Many trees cannot withstand flooding, but the species in this forest are flood-tolerant and thrive in the nutrient-rich sediments brought by floods. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, April 21, 2019

John Brown Day 2019 Planned For May 4th

john brown dayJohn Brown Lives! has announced “John Brown Day: A Day of Reflection. A Day of Action.” is set for May 4th, 2019 from 2 to 4 pm, at the John Brown Farm State Historic Site.

John Brown Day is a commemoration honoring women and men whose work invokes the passion and conviction of the 19th-century abolitionist who dedicated his life to the cause of liberation. » Continue Reading.