Saturday, June 20, 2020

Happy Father’s Day and Happy Solstice!

Happy Father’s Day weekend and happy start of summer. In recognition of both, I’ve pulled a few related stories from the Almanack archive to share:

Frog Jumping Contest: Even though this year’s event is sadly canceled due to COVID-19, Diane Chase wrote about this fun annual “Frog Jumping Contest” typically held on Father’s Day. This popular Old Forge tradition is approaching its 50th anniversary. From 2018: https://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2018/06/forty-six-years-of-frog-jumping-fathers-days.html.

First fish: Fishing is typically a time-honored father/son pastime and Ed Zahniser wrote this remembrance in 2019 about fond memories catching his first trout: https://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2019/02/my-first-trout-and-the-rainmakers.html

Patriarch to the census: And because it’s census time, here’s a story from 2014 by Lawrence Gooley about William Merriam, the “father of the modern census,” who served during a time the questionnaire was a whopping 300+ questions: https://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/05/william-merriam-father-of-the-modern-census.html

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Melissa is a journalist with experience as a reporter and editor with the Burlington Free Press, Ithaca Journal and Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. She worked as a communications specialist for the Adirondack North Country Association and is currently digital editor for Adirondack Explorer, overseeing both the Explorer's website and its community forum the Adirondack Almanack. She enjoys hiking, camping and other outdoors activities, and spending time with her husband, their twin daughters, and rescue animals -- two dogs and two cats.




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