Monday, June 17, 2024

Over the Top on Memorial Day in Long Lake

Long Lake War Memorial.

As summer began in Long Lake with Memorial Day, veterans raised a flag and honored those who served in the two World Wars. As they have for the past 63 years, two stone men watched the ceremony from the top of plinth of cut native blocks. Known around town as The Doughboys, the unnamed men stand for all the horrors of war. The ceremony took place at a monument that most people probably don’t see as they travel through the Adirondacks on Route 30. They are part of a sculpture by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney titled Over the Top and are worth studying, both as an example of the work of an internationally-known sculptor and art patron and for the tale they tell about relationships and recycling in this small town.

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Monday, June 17, 2024

DEC alerts recreationists of heat advisory in ADKs June 18-20

10 hiking essentials

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is urging outdoor recreators to plan accordingly this week as high temperatures—of 90+ degrees—are forecast for this Tuesday through Thursday in the Adirondacks.

Hikers should be prepared with at least 2 liters of water and ideally a water filter. Take plenty of breaks and eat salty snacks to keep your electrolytes in check. Since pets have a harder time staying cool, especially on hot rocks, it may be best to leave them at home. Also consider staying home yourself and rescheduling your hike for a day with cooler temperatures.

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Monday, June 17, 2024

It’s National Pollinator Week: Learn how to protect pollinators

Male monarch butterfly

This week, June 17-23, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) recognizes the importance of protecting pollinators. Insects like bees, butterflies, wasps, beetles, flies, and even some birds and small mammals such as bats and honey possums,  have the important task of helping carry pollen from one part of a plant to the other. This action later enables the production of new seeds, fruits, and other plants. The NYS DEC wants to continue promoting the state’s pollinator population’s health and raise awareness about what can be done to protect their vital role in nature and economies.

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Monday, June 17, 2024

Registration open for June 22 Tupper Lake 8-Miler paddling race

Paddlers on the water

Tupper Lake, NY— The Tupper Lake 8-Miler Canoe, Kayak & SUP Race is set for Saturday, June 22, celebrating 10 years. This annual paddling race starts at the Town of Tupper Lake Boat Launch on State Route 30. The course takes paddlers under the Route 30 bridge, up the Raquette River to the Oxbow, and then back to the boat launch. The event is a New York Paddlesports Race Association points race for canoes and kayaks. The entry fee is $30, and the first 50 registrants will receive a t-shirt. To register in advance, visit 8miler.com. Onsite registration will run from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on the day of the race.

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Sunday, June 16, 2024

Where the Wild Things Are: Exhibit by wildlife photographer Larry Master

Bird in tree

By Betty Spence

If you have ever wondered who might be living among us in the wild Adirondacks and have yet to wander the woods to see for yourself, the place for wonder and discovery this summer is Elizabethtown’s Adirondack History Museum exhibit by wildlife photographer Larry Master. You’ll be greeted by birds large and small, including a saw-whet owl whose eyes fill nearly the entire frame, and a soaring great grey owl that would strike terror in the heart of the red squirrel on the adjacent wall. On one wall, a sizeable black bear stalks, while a brilliant blue bird, wings spread, shimmers from another. There are otters and warblers and bobcats, oh my.

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Sunday, June 16, 2024

Sixty-five Adirondack region farmers markets prep to open summer/fall

vegetables at a farmers market

Adirondack region farms, artisans, apiaries, local breweries, bakeries, and other regional vendors are preparing to offer their products at the region’s farmers markets, taking place throughout the summer and fall. The region boasts 65 farmers markets, taking place in small communities and larger villages throughout the Adirondacks. Farmers markets allow consumers to have easy access to locally grown food, allowing them to support local farmers and foster a sense of community as popular weekly events.

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Sunday, June 16, 2024

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Saturday, June 15, 2024

New childcare facility to open in Ticonderoga, open house set for June 29

Three people stand with a shovel

Silver Bay partners with Ti-Alliance to open childcare facility

Ticonderoga, NY – Silver Bay YMCA is excited to announce that they will be operating the Ticonderoga Community Early Learning Center at 64 Amherst Avenue in Ticonderoga. The Ticonderoga Community Early Learning Center is designed to provide a nurturing and stimulating environment for young minds to flourish. The facility will include four Early Learning classrooms for infants, toddlers, and preschool age children. There are dedicated teaching teams, an indoor playroom, and an outdoor playground.

Silver Bay YMCA will be utilizing the Creative Curriculum which allows children to learn through being actively engaged in cognitive development mentally, physically, and social-emotionally. This will provide a great foundation for a lifetime of learning and future success.

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Saturday, June 15, 2024

The future of cycling

Man stands in front of bikes on wall

Justin Oliver recently took over ownership of Human Power Planet Earth Bike Shop in Saranac Lake. Oliver began selling and servicing bikes at the store, renamed Silver Birch Cycles, about three years ago. He’s enthusiastic about promoting more biking access and opportunities in the greater Adirondack region.

He points to the arrival and growth of electric bicycles in the U.S. could also contribute to the expansion of the sport. Around 1 million e-bikes were sold in 2022, data from the Department of Energy shows.

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Friday, June 14, 2024

Spotting day-old fawn amongst ferns while tending to gardens

Day-old fawn in the grass

Summer came and went away this week, as it was up to near ninety degrees and now back into the fifties. One thing we don’t need is a frost, like the late ones we got last year, which came on May 25 and 26, then close on the 27. By my records, on June 4 and 5 it was 34 and 36 degrees. I’m sure many areas of the Adirondacks had a frost on those mornings. I know many fruit growers took it in the shorts on those mornings and so did many people who had all their flowers in. I washed off my fruit trees with the hose, which were all in blossom and they produced lots of crab apples…maybe my best crop. The turkeys enjoyed them all winter until they were gone.

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Friday, June 14, 2024

Community invited to Celebration of Life For Robbi Mecus on June 22

Robbi Mecus

Keene Valley, NY – The community is invited to join in a heartfelt celebration of life for Robbi Mecus. The event will be held on June 22, 2024, at 11 a.m. at Marcy Field in Keene Valley, NY (rain or shine), where family, friends, colleagues, and community members will gather to honor her memory and legacy. The event is open to all who wish to pay their respects and celebrate Robbi’s life and contributions. In lieu of celebration offerings, the family requests donations be made to causes close to Robbi’s heart and aligned with her dedication and spirit. See below for list of foundations/services. 

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Friday, June 14, 2024

Saratoga Farm Showcase highlights local farms in Saratoga County, June 22

Kids watch chickens

Local land trust Saratoga PLAN (Preserving Land and Nature) announces its inaugural Saratoga County Farm Showcase on Saturday, June 22. The event is a self-guided farm tour celebrating local farms and emphasizing the importance of protecting agricultural land in Saratoga County. More than twenty farms will participate in the showcase from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., all within a 30-minute radius of Saratoga Springs. These farms demonstrate the diversity of agriculture in the region, from vegetables to livestock and orchards to vineyards.

The self-guided tour offers a chance for residents and visitors alike to experience working farms through demonstrations, interacting with farm animals, fresh food tastings, and more.

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Thursday, June 13, 2024

Locked or Unlocked?

Saranac Lake upper locks

An On-site Saranac Lake Upper Locks Construction Project Update

I made a road trip home this past weekend (June 8th, 2024).  With camping season upon us and the Saranac Chain of Lakes projected upper locks opening date seemly something of a moving target, my brother and I (and his dog Pepper) decided it would be prudent to conduct our own scout recon mission of Saranac Lake’s upper locks construction and get eyes on target.

We achieved mission success and even outraced the rain home to get back down through the lower locks to Lake Flower without getting wet!

To see and read the results of our joint reconnaissance effort, click the link and read on.


Thursday, June 13, 2024

Outdoor Conditions (6/13): Over half of NY’s black bears live in ADKs; tips for being bear aware

outdoor conditions logoThe following are only the most recent notices pertaining to public lands in the Adirondacks. Please check the Adirondack Backcountry webpages for a full list of notices, including seasonal road statuses, rock climbing closures, specific trail conditions, and other pertinent information.

NEW THIS WEEK

  • Perkins Clearing/Speculator Tree Farm Conservation Easement Tracts Road Openings: All public easement roads are open.
  • Debar Mountain Wild Forest Timber Harvest: A timber harvest is occurring on private property off Debar Meadows Road; the public should use caution and expect to encounter log trucks.
  • Debar Mountain Wild Forest Trailhead Closing: The Azure Mountain Trailhead will be closed starting on June 17 so that the parking area can be resurfaced. The work should be completed and the trailhead reopened by June 21.

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Thursday, June 13, 2024

North Country Community College hosts ‘Higher Education at a Crossroads’ Summit

man stands at podium during presentationStakeholders discuss how college can better serve students, communities

Saranac Lake, NY – Local leaders, stakeholders and supporters of North Country Community College outlined ways to enhance the value of the college to students and communities, and discussed how to better confront the challenges and opportunities facing the region during a day-long summit held at the college’s Saranac Lake campus. More than 60 people, including North Country’s education and workforce partners, key local employers, elected officials, donors, faculty and staff participated in the June 4 event, titled Higher Education at a Crossroads: Blazing a New Path Forward for North Country Community College.

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