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Greg Dower

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Paul Smith’s, SUNY Adk Offering Discounted Tuition

Paul Smith’s College and SUNY Adirondack have agreed to a scholarship program that allows past and future graduates of the Queensbury college to enroll at Paul Smith’s at a discounted tuition rate.

Under the Tuition Scholarship Program, SUNY Adirondack graduates will be able to work toward a bachelor’s degree at Paul Smith’s with a tuition cost no higher than that of a four-year SUNY school, or $9,170 for the 2020-2021 academic year. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, January 22, 2020

State Releases Ambitious Electric Vehicle Charging Station Plan

Rick Gorleski of PlugIn Stations Online installs an electric vehicle charging station at the Hotel SaranacThis week, the New York Department of Public Service released a “make ready” incentive plan for utilities to spend more than a half-billion dollars in workplace and public electric vehicle charging stations.

This new proposal comes after more than a year of advocacy from a coalition of automakers, bus manufacturers, EV charging service providers, labor groups, business associations, environmental justice organizations, environmental NGOs, and other organizations. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Quilts, Artworks Featured During Colton Winterfest

Krystal Hewer with Baby Barn QuiltsThe Town of Colton’s 2020 Winterfest is set for January 23-26, 2020. This year’s theme “Our Future Looks Bright” celebrates 100 years of progress from 1920-2020, and includes both outdoor and indoor activities including the annual Winterfest Quilt Show.

The Quilt Show will include a wide array of creations made by women from classic patterns to art quilts created in free flowing ways. It also will include painted barn quilts which honor and reflect the tradition of quilting. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Tom Catillaz Named SL Winter Carnival Grand Marshal

The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee has chosen Tom Catillaz as its 2020 Grand Marshal for the Gala Parade on February 8th. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Long Lake Winter Carnival 2020 Wrap-Up

Carnival King and Queen Eddie and Kitsy RockstrohWith temperatures hovering around 11 degrees all day long, new visitors, second homeowners and local residents turned out for the Long Lake 18th Annual Winter Carnival at the Mt. Sabattis Recreation Center.

As the day progressed the snow started to fall, adding to the collective outdoor wintry experience for the visitors. The Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department hosted the event and coordinated all the races and activities. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Saranac Lake Ice Palace Construction Begins

Saranac Lake Winter Carnival First Day of Ice Palace ConstructionConstruction of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Ice Palace has begun. Construction involves harvesting ice from Lake Flower, transporting it to the shore and assembling it according to a blueprint. Construction on the palace will likely continue until the start of the carnival on January 31.

The Ice Palace is built by volunteers, organized by a group informally known as the Ice Palace Workers 101 (IPW Local 101). The public is welcome to volunteer and roles are assigned based on comfort level, skill and ability. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, January 21, 2020

‘Art of the Cure’ Movie Series in Saranac Lake

silver chaliceHistoric Saranac Lake is hosting an “Art of the Cure” movie series, a four part series highlighting movies with a link to Saranac Lake and the organization’s Art of the Cure exhibit.

Movies will be screened on Thursdays, February 6; March 5; April 2; and May 7. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Trudeau Sanatorium Tour Planned

Trudeau SanatoriumThe Adirondack Cottage Sanitarium was a tuberculosis sanatorium established in Saranac Lake in 1885 by Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau. After Trudeau’s death in 1915, the institution’s name was changed to the Trudeau Sanatorium.

Historic Saranac Lake has announced a tour of the grounds, set for February 5th, at 10:30 am. » Continue Reading.


Monday, January 20, 2020

Groups Reaffirm Opposition To Forest Ranger Merger

In a December 2019 letter to NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos, six non-governmental organizations from the Adirondacks and Catskills announced their firm opposition to any future merger of the DEC Forest Rangers with the DEC Environmental Conservation Officers.

“Each time the issue has arisen, a diverse coalition has made the case why such a move would trigger a firestorm of protest and prove a disaster for the State’s public lands and the outdoor recreating public,” the letter states. “We continue to feel this way – and felt it was timely to write to you as we have to prior commissioners.” Signing the letter (See Letter to Basil Seggos) were the Adirondack Council, Adirondack Mountain Club, Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve, Catskill Center, Catskill Mountainkeeper and Protect the Adirondacks! » Continue Reading.


Monday, January 20, 2020

Hadley-Lake Luzerne Historical Has New Leader

hadley luzerne historical societyHoward Schaffer of Lake Luzerne has been elected President of the Hadley-Lake Luzerne Historical Society, following outgoing President Joe Kavanagh, who has served for the past four years.

Since the Historical Society was founded in 1973 it has played an important role in preserving the Hadley Parabolic Bow Bridge, the Harmon House, and the Gailey Hill Schoolhouse. » Continue Reading.


Monday, January 20, 2020

Farm Talks: Raising Pastured Poultry

warren county water and soilThe Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District has announced their first Farm Talk of 2020, “Don’t Be Chicken… Master Pastured Poultry” with Bob Barody of Blackberry Hill Farm, is set for Friday, January 31st.

Blackberry Hill Farm is located in the Town of Thurman and is just is one of two organically certified farms in Warren County. This farm raises chickens, turkeys, pigs as well as a variety of vegetables and herbs. Barody will be presenting on his experience with sustainable approaches to raising and managing pastured poultry. » Continue Reading.


Monday, January 20, 2020

1980 Olympics 40th Anniversary Events Added

olympic torch runner courtey Lake Placid Olympic MuseumLake Placid is one of only three cities world-wide to have hosted two Olympic Winter Games, 1932 and 1980. Since then, it has played host to annual World Cup events and other large-scale sporting competitions.

The community is set to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1980 Olympic Winter Games from February 13-23.

» Continue Reading.


Sunday, January 19, 2020

Newcomb Trails Expanding, Trail Crew Sought

goodnow mtn trail markerSUNY-ESF is seeking trail crew as they expand their existing trail network at the Newcomb Campus, including plans to add more than two miles of new trails at the Adirondack Interpretive Center (AIC), as well as rehabilitating the popular Goodnow Mountain trail.

This expansion is the first since the AIC was opened in 1990. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, January 19, 2020

New Adirondack Land Trust Board Members

adirondack land trust new board membersThe Adirondack Land Trust has announced the addition of three new board members who bring expertise in private land conservation, farmland access for young farmers, and communications.

The mission of the Adirondack Land Trust is to forever conserve the forests, farmlands, waters and wild places that advance the quality of life of our communities and the ecological integrity of the Adirondacks. The land trust has protected 26,628 acres since its founding in 1984. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, January 19, 2020

Champlain Valley Salmon: A Free Teacher Workshop

Don Lee lands a salmon in the Saranac RiverThe Champlain Basin Education Initiative has announced a free International Year of the Salmon Workshop for K-12 teachers, set for Saturday, January 25, 2020 in Grand Isle, Vermont.

Teachers will work with a fisheries biologist to learn about salmon life cycle, habitat needs, and restoration efforts in the Champlain watershed, with a Trout Unlimited angler to learn about Salmon and Trout in the classroom programs, and have a chance to dissect fish as well. The history of salmon and their importance as a food source to early inhabitants of the Champlain Valley will also be featured. » Continue Reading.