Thursday, June 29, 2023

Long Lake youth take part in educating the public about bears

educational bear poster

On Friday, June 30, at 1PM, Long Lake Library will unveil ‘Protect the Bears’ posters created by Long Lake students: essential components of a campaign launched by the Long Lake Committee to Safeguard Our Bears, Wildlife, Town

The formal exhibition of four “Protect Our Bears” posters created by four Long Lake Central School students will begin on Friday, June 30, at 1pm in the Long Lake Public Library. The event has its beginnings in community outrage over the euthanizing of four bears and a bobcat last year by the DEC within Long Lake township; which sparked the initiation by town residents of a campaign to educate residents and visitors about bears and to secure the support of the Town Council Ito ensure garbage is adequately removed and altercations between bears, people and the DEC are minimized.

bear education poster

Friday’s event in the town library represents the culmination of a collaboration of town residents and institutions:

  • The Long Lake Central School, its four student artists — Garritt Clark, Harrison Hall, Rihannon Sandiford & Lilly  Vaughn — and their Science teacher, Ms. Nicole Curtin, who facilitated a one-hour session with guest lecturer Mr. Lou Berchielli, retired DEC Bear Biologist.
  • The Long Lake Library: Mr.Richard Paula, President, Board of Trustees, Ms. Kristel Guimara, Managing Librarian and Ms. Sue Kunzman, staff member.
  • The Long Lake Committee to Safeguard Our Bears, Wildlife, Town: Dr. Jack Carney, Education Coordinator, Caleb Davis & Sue Kunzman, Petition Coordinators.

Long Lake residents and visitors and fellow Adirondackers are urged to come and view the modest exhibit — the posters are artfully done and should serve as inspiration for communities facing problems with their bears.

Please note that Mr. Berchielli will return to Long Lake on August 18 to narrate a DEC movie, “Living With Black Bears in. NY,” and lead a subsequent q&a with attendees in the Long Lake Town Hall on Main Street.

bear poster

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Jack Carney is a clinical social worker who retired after fifty years of practice, nearly forty of which spent working in the public mental health system. He received his MSW from UCLA in 1969 and his DSW from CUNY in 1991. He is also a trained family therapist, trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and has devoted a good part of his professional life to teaching and training mental health professionals, to developing and implementing innovative treatment approaches and programs, and to conducting clinical practice research. He retired in 2010 from a large New York social welfare agency. He now lives with his wife and their two cats in the Adirondacks of northern NY State, where he spends much of his time writing provocative tracts and working as a community and healthcare advocate, heavily involved in the Campaign for NY Health and the enactment of single payer healthcare on a statewide – the NY Health Act – and national – Medicare for All – basis. He is the author of a book of essays – Nation of Killers: Guns, Violence, White Supremacy – The American Dream Become Delusion, published in 2015 and available via Amazon. He has also published over 40 blog posts on Mad In America and Op-Ed News, all concerned with the political deterioration of the American state and its institutions and the measures that ordinary Americans can take to oppose an oppressive corporatist ruling class that is squeezing the life and vibrancy out of us. A nearly complete listing of all his writings – a work in progress – can be found on his website, www.paddling upstream.org.


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