Thursday, December 9, 2021

Your ideas wanted!

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I’d love to hear from you. What would you like to see more of in the Almanack? Do you have any ideas for discussion topics, stories, more? Have a burning desire to contribute? Send thoughts, feedback and content to

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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.

12 Responses

  1. Zephyr says:

    Being an almanack, I would like to see a section with short snippets of the latest news and information on things like upcoming events, road closures or repairs, hiking notices, etc. Maybe a sidebar. I picture just headlines with links to more detailed information. The main heading would be the date this thing will occur, then the headline linked to further information. It could even scroll if you want it to. For example, I might read somewhere about the Ironman, but then forget when it will be only to find myself in the midst of things while trying to get to a trailhead. Same with parking restrictions, road construction, or closures. And, there might be events I would be interested in attending.

  2. Stuart Alan says:

    Bravo Ms. Hart,

    I applaud your openness to topics submitted by your readers. This says a lot about your professionalism, and your recognition that you are part of a team that ultimately serves the public good. Well said.

  3. Stuart Alan says:

    Suggestion #1:

    Rising levels of CO2 threaten the adirondacks and it’s inhabitants in numerous ways. The CO2 levels are rising ~3 PPM each year. The Guardian Newspaper in London includes the daily CO2 level in it’s paper everyday, and has done so for years. Inevitably, some publication in NY will become the first one to also include this increasingly important information. I urge your publication to take the lead, and forever more remind your readers that you were the first to do so. It may seem strange in 2021, but it will not be strange in 2031. If not now, then when ? 375 PPM ? 400 PPM? 500 PPM? At least tell your reader WHEN you will do so, if not yet.

  4. Stuart Alan says:

    Suggestion #2:

    Talk is cheap, but actions have speak volumes.

    Demonstrate your commitment to public input by publicly responding to many of the suggestions. Show the public that you are indeed serious about encouraging public input by explaining why you believe a topic or idea is beneficial to your readers. This will also help the community learn what info is most likely to be published, and ultimately everyone will benefit. Feedback is essential. Please publicly commit to this mutual partnership, and specify how or when you will provide feedback and get this ball rolling. You are the key.

  5. stuart alan says:

    Suggestion #3

    Local lake protective associations form the backbone of Adirondack lake protection. Many municipalities delegate critical decision making regarding lake management to these well meaning individuals. However, the decisions they make sometimes are the exact opposite of the decisions made by biologists & limnologists. These decisions may ultimately endanger the lakes, public health, and the economic vitality of the entire region. Currently, there is no educational requirement (e.g. a B.S. degree in biology or environmental sciences) for people responsible for lake management recommendations to municipalities, who generally ‘rubber stamp’ these often outdated recommendations made by unqualified, but well meaning citizens. No other obvious public infrastructure is ultimately endangered in this manner. A recent example in Queensbury serves as a cautionary tale regarding this outdated practice threatening our lakes.

    • Thanks for all of these! I have put this one into my “ideas file” for moving into 2022. And appreciate your thoughts about input/transparency and the CO2 levels.

  6. louis curth says:

    The Almanack/ Explorer site has given a wonderful soap box to those of us who share an affinity for this Adirondack-north country region by virtue of heritage, love of nature, life style choice or any other reason. In our own mind’s eye this region is a place that we care about enough to share our views with other like minded persons who are drawn to these two venues by their variety of eclectic and thought provoking content.

    To me, this communication forum offers a rare opportunity to build “community” by allowing us to come together and discuss whatever topics are important to us. Over time, these exchanges, shared courteously, can help foster tolerance in a world where disreputable leaders seems to thrive by inflaming class, race and religious hatred which only make the problems of our future generations even more intractable.

    Our Adirondack region will face fundamental changes in the years ahead and I believe that the Almanack/Explorer forum can be a valuable resource to help solve our problems, improve life here for all and help bring out the good in each and every one of us.

  7. Ryan says:

    I would like to see the Almanack challenge the prevailing power structures in the Adirondack pack. Violations and abuse of taxpayer dollars are rampant throughout the small town governments and state agencies like the DEC and APA. Many of the individuals with power and influence in this region are often manipulated by the wealthiest landowners who manage to be granted exemptions while ordinary residents are given no such leniency. The Almanack needs to use its influence to help give voice to those in the Adirondack region that have none and are being misled or ignored by the prevailing power structures. Evidence of Illegality and violations is widely available and often documented in council meeting minutes posted by the town itself. Unfortunately, most residents of these small towns are so disengaged that officials feel no pressure whatsoever to do what is right for their people. This publication should be holding power to account, not continuing to push their agenda. Help connect and inform ALL peoples of the Adirondack region, not just the wealthy that feel entitled to these lands at the expense of everyone else here.