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Greg Dower

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Monday, October 14, 2019

Home Healthcare Worker Shortage Forum Planned

A day-long educational forum, focusing on the Certified Nursing Assistant and Home Healthcare Worker Shortage has been set for November 6th, at Paul Smith’s College.

The forum will provide an overview of THRIVE, a pilot project that aims to increase retention of certified nursing assistants and home health care workers.

The presentation will highlight the decline in caregivers nationwide and what is influencing these declines. THRIVE will be highlighted as a potential solution that once demonstrated could be replicated on a national level. » Continue Reading.


Monday, October 14, 2019

Learn to Curl Event At Lake Placid Curling Club

curlingThe Lake Placid Curling Club has invited the public to a “Learn To Curl” program at the Saranac Lake Civic Center. The program will consist of two Sunday sessions from 3:45 to 6 pm, on October 20 and October 27.

The program will cover the history of the game, etiquette and sportsmanship, game rules, on-ice training, and practice. The fee is $25/session. Upon completion of the program, participants may join the Club for the balance of the curling season and apply the “Learn to Curl” fee to the membership fee. » Continue Reading.


Monday, October 14, 2019

Lake Champlain Basin Cultural Heritage Project Grants

The Lake Champlain Basin Program has announced they are seeking pre-proposals for projects and programs to protect, restore, interpret, and showcase the historical resources and cultural heritage of the Champlain Valley.

These projects will highlight the interpretive themes and further the goals, actions and tasks described in the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership (CVNHP) Management Plan. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, October 13, 2019

Lake Champlain Bridge History Seminar on Saturday

The Chimney Point State Historic Site in Addison, Vermont, and Crown Point State Historic Site in Crown Point, are set to team up to offer a day-long multi-disciplinary seminar on the 10th anniversary of the October 16, 2009, closing of the 1929 Lake Champlain Bridge, on Saturday, October 19th

The day will explore the findings, consequences, and memories of the historic moment of the bridge closure and aftermath. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, October 13, 2019

DEC to Remove Sediments at Westport Boat Launch

DEC logoThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced that the agency will remove sediments accumulated in front of the ramp of the Westport Boat Launch on Lake Champlain in late October.

The removal of sediments will improve access for boaters who launch and retrieve boats during periods when the water is low. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, October 13, 2019

Arrest Follows I-87 High Speed Pursuit

state police logoState Police reported that on Tuesday, October 8th, at approximately 2:04 pm, a State Trooper conducted a traffic stop on a 2008 Honda Accord for traveling 90 mph in a 65 mph zone on Interstate 87, northbound near exit 34.

Upon the trooper approaching the vehicle, the operator fled from the scene. State Police attempted to pursue the vehicle as it exited the interstate, speeding through the towns of Peru and AuSable. The trooper reported the vehicle came to a stop in the roadway on State Route 9 in the town of AuSable, and the operator fled on foot into the woods. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, October 12, 2019

Community Health Forum to Focus on Aging

Adirondack Health and Mercy Care for the Adirondacks have invited the public to attend a free Community Health Forum focused on ways to create a more aging friendly community.

The keynote speaker is Dr. Bill Thomas, a leader in the effort to challenge ageism. Best known for his health care system innovations, he is the founder of a global non-profit that works to improve the care provided to older people. He developed the Senior ER model of care and is now working to transform the acute care services provided to elders. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, October 12, 2019

Spooky Town Train Returns to Colton

Dave Crosby and his Spooky Town TrainDave Crosby is sharing his passion for fun and interesting train layouts with the public again this year in a lead up to Halloween. His family-oriented Spooky Town Train display, which occupies a good part of his two-car garage, focuses on fun, not fright so people of all ages can enjoy it.

The public is invited, free of charge, to his place at 29 Riverside Drive in the hamlet of Colton on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 6 to 7 pm starting October 15 and ending October 30. » Continue Reading.


Friday, October 11, 2019

The Adirondacks Around The Web This Week


Friday, October 11, 2019

Adirondack Life Celebrates 50 Years with Anniversary Issue

adirondack life 50thAdirondack Life magazine is celebrating 50 years in print with a 50th Anniversary Issue, which is now available at local newsstands and bookstores.

When the first copies of Adirondack Life rolled off the presses as a supplement to a Warrensburg newspaper in December 1969, the lead type had been set by hand, the photographs were taken with film cameras, and there was no such thing as the Internet.

Fifty years and countless technological advances later, Adirondack Life still connects readers to the people and places that make up the six-million-acre Adirondack Park. » Continue Reading.


Friday, October 11, 2019

This Week’s Big Adirondack News Stories


Thursday, October 10, 2019

Holiday Weekend Parking Restrictions, Shuttle Info; Current Adirondack Outdoor Conditions (Oct 10)

adirondack atlas 10-10This weekly report of outdoor recreation conditions in the Adirondacks is compiled each Thursday afternoon and updated on Friday.

Contribute Your Knowledge: Add a comment below, or send your observations, corrections, updates, and suggestions to adklmanack@gmail.com.

Learn and practice the seven Leave No Trace principles. Plan ahead and prepare. Carry out what you have carried in. Do not leave gear, food, or other items at lean-tos and campsites. Take the free online Leave No Trace course here.

BE PREPARED! Start slow, gain experience. Carry proper safety equipment and weather protection and bring plenty of water and lights, and a map. When on the trail, stay together, monitor the time, and be prepared to turn back. Be prepared to spend an unplanned night in the woods in cold temperatures. Accidents happen to the most experienced people. Always carry food, a space blanket, emergency whistle, first aid kit, fire making tools, extra clothing layers and socks, a map and compass, and the knowledge to use them. Inform someone of your itinerary and before entering the backcountry or launching a boat check the National Weather Service watches, warnings, and advisories here. Follow Adirondack weather forecasts at Burlington and Albany and consult the High Elevation, Recreation, or Lake Champlain forecasts.

October 10th, 2019 – SPECIAL NOTICES » Continue Reading.


Thursday, October 10, 2019

A Busy Week of Adirondack Mountain Rescues

forest ranger logoNew York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents in the Adirondacks. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers locate and extract lost, injured or distressed people from the Adirondack backcountry.

What follows is a report, prepared by DEC, of recent missions carried out by Forest Rangers in the Adirondacks. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, October 10, 2019

Advocates Offer Guide To Better Land Use Decisions

Pathways to a Connected Adirondack ParkAdirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve will make free hard copies of its guidebook Pathways to a Connected Adirondack Park available during its Keene Valley meeting on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at the Keene Valley Congregational Church.

The illustrated guidebook, authored by conservation biologist Dr. Michael Klemens, was written to de-mystify the process of ecologically-informed land use and development for a general audience. It defines and describes the threat to people and wildlife of fragmentation of large contiguous areas in the Adirondack Park by being broken up into ever smaller, isolated patches of land. The publications describes ten strategies for localities and for regional entities like the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) to adopt which can lead to better land use decisions that avoid or minimize fragmentation, reduce the ecological footprint of development and still accommodate vibrant human communities, working forests and outdoor recreation. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, October 10, 2019

Ham Radio Operators at Chimney Point on Sunday

chimney point state historic siteMembers of the Addison County Amateur Radio Association will set up at the Chimney Point State Historic Site in Addison, Vermont, on Sunday, October 13, from 10 am to 4 pm. Members will practice communication with other operators and take questions from the public. » Continue Reading.