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Greg Dower

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Monday, July 22, 2019

Brant Lake Canoe Race Revived

Great Brant Lake Canoe RaceThe North Warren Chamber of Commerce has announced the return of the Great Brant Lake Canoe Race has been set for August 17th. Paddlers of canoes, kayaks, SUPs and guide boats will begin at the north end of the lake and paddle 5.5 miles into the outlet, finishing just above the Mill Pond dam in the Hamlet of Horicon. » Continue Reading.


Monday, July 22, 2019

Farm Stops Announced for 2019 Bike the Barns

Riders at Rivermede Farm in Keene ValleySix area farmers are set to share their experiences at this year’s Bike the Barns, an annual farm-by-bike event hosted by the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA).

The one-day recreational cycling tour is planned for Sunday, September 29th. The tour begins and ends at Tucker Farms in Gabriels and offers four route options to suit riders’ preferences. » Continue Reading.


Monday, July 22, 2019

Grant Opportunities for Art and Cultural Programs

Blue Mountain Lake Arts CenterThe 2020 Adirondack Quad-County Decentralization Grant Program for Art and Cultural Programs has been announced for Clinton, Essex, Franklin, and Hamilton Counties.

The Decentralization Program was developed to help ensure that New York State’s cultural funding reaches every part of the state. Decentralization funds are regranted locally by regional arts agencies at the invitation of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA). » Continue Reading.


Monday, July 22, 2019

Vegan Festival Set for Glens Falls

glens falls vegan festThe first Roots Vegan Festival is set to take place in Downtown Glens Falls’ City Park on Sunday, August 4th, from 1 to 5 pm.

The highlight of the festival will be food vendors offering all plant-based and vegan food options. The festival will also include like-minded crafters, producers, and organizations. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, July 21, 2019

SOLO Wilderness First Aid Class To Be Held

A SOLO Wilderness First Aid course has been set for Thursday, August 1, and Friday, August 2, from 8 am to 5 pm, at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Warren County Education Center on 377 Schroon River Road in Warrensburg.

Successful completion of this 16-hour course will enable participants to receive SOLO (Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities) Wilderness First Aid certification. Registration is open to youth, ages 12 years and older, and adults. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, July 21, 2019

Eckford Chain Septic Initiative Announced

eckford chain mapCommunity groups and a local septic service company are cooperating to provide discounted septic system pumping to homeowners in the Eckford Chain watershed, which includes Blue Mountain, Eagle and Utowana Lakes, and is the headwaters of the Raquette River.

While Blue Mountain Lake has some of the highest quality water in the state and there is no immediate threat, cottages and houses, some with systems that are quite old, grace the shorelines and tributaries and a pumped-out septic system works better. The goal is to enhance awareness about septic and sewage issues and to inspire homeowners with septic systems to take timely action, perhaps learning the location of their tank and leach field for the first time. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, July 20, 2019

Thirteenth Lake Loon History Paddle Tuesday

Adirondack Loon - Loon Center PhotoGarnet Hill Outdoor Center in North River is set to host a paddle, reception, and presentation on the history and conservation of loons on Tuesday, July 23. Dr. Nina Schoch will give an overview of the Adirondack loon population and threats affecting their health and existence. » Continue Reading.


Friday, July 19, 2019

Dark Skies Region Kicking-Off Sky Festival Stargazing Events

Adirondack sky courtesy Adirondack Sky CenterTupper Lake is set to hold stargazing events to raise funds and awareness about the planned opening of the new AstroScience Center in 2024, aimed at exposing the public to the night sky. With its location within the protected Adirondack Park, with low light pollution, typically low humidity, and a relatively high altitude, Tupper Lake provides ideal conditions for night sky viewing, some of the best east of the Mississippi. » Continue Reading.


Friday, July 19, 2019

The Adirondacks Around The Web This Week


Friday, July 19, 2019

Free Concert at Hancock House Celebrates Woodstock

from wilson to woodstockThe Ticonderoga Historical Society has announced a free summer lawn concert “From Wilson to Woodstock” at the Hancock House, set for Saturday, July 20 at 6 pm. This year’s concert celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock Music and Art Festival held in Bethel Woods, New York.

From Wilson to Woodstock refers to President Woodrow Wilson, under whose administration the passage of the 19th Amendment occurred. Wilson’s policies with regard to World War One and the Treaty of Versailles were also important in creating the incubator for the Second World War and subsequent global conflicts. » Continue Reading.


Friday, July 19, 2019

This Week’s Big Adirondack News Stories


Thursday, July 18, 2019

Current Adirondack Outdoor Conditions (July 18)

CompassThis weekly report of outdoor recreation conditions in the Adirondacks is compiled each Thursday afternoon and fully updated by Friday afternoon.

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. Carry out what you have carried in. Do not leave gear, food, or other items at lean-tos and campsites. Do not litter. 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. Accidents happen to the most experienced people. Be prepared to spend an unplanned night in the woods in cold temperatures. 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.

July 18th, 2019 – SPECIAL NOTICES » Continue Reading.


Thursday, July 18, 2019

Saranac Lake’s Street Fest Set For Saturday

saranac lake street festThe first-ever Saranac Lake Street Fest has been set for Saturday, July 20th, from 2 to 9 pm. Main Street will be closed from Berkeley Green to the Saranac Lake Free Library to make room for vendors, stilt walkers, buskers, artists, poetry for passerby by, a tarot card reader, a magician and more. Street Fest is free and open to the public.

Attendees are encouraged to wear costumes and participation in various activities will be encouraged throughout the day, including three contests: most Street Fest-iest costume, loon calling and bubble gum blowing. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, July 18, 2019

Unexpected Night In The Woods, Tired Hikers Turn Into 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, July 18, 2019

7th Annual Adirondack Challenge Festival

Adirondack Challenge Festival touch a truck The 7th Annual Adirondack Challenge Festival in Indian Lake has been set for, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 19 – 21.

Governor Andrew Cuomo inaugurated this annual event in Indian Lake seven years ago to highlight recreational tourism in the Adirondack Park. The annual event has become an opportunity for Indian Lake businesses, organizations and the Town to showcase themselves with a variety of visitor activities. » Continue Reading.