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Greg Dower

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Monday, September 2, 2019

10th Annual Great Adirondack Moose Festival

Moose At Helldiver PondThe 2019 Great Adirondack Moose Festival in Indian Lake, is set for the weekend of September 28 and 29, 2019.

Visitors to the Indian Lake region for the Moose Festival can expect programs, games, contests, exhibitions, guided tours, shopping – all in the theme of the moose. » Continue Reading.


Monday, September 2, 2019

Washington Co History Fair Mixes Serious History, Fun

washington county historical societyThe Washington County Historical Society’s 2019 History Fair, “It Happened in Washington County (History In Your Own Backyard!)” is set for Saturday, September 28th, from 10 am to 4 pm.

The day will feature exhibits by Town and Village Historians, Historical Societies, and re-enactors and programs for all ages. » Continue Reading.


Friday, August 30, 2019

The Adirondacks Around The Web This Week


Friday, August 30, 2019

Cover Crops Workshop Planned For Queensbury

warren county water and soilThis summer the Warren County Soil & Water Conservation District installed a demonstration market farm plot at SUNY Adirondack to promote soil conservation practices in the Lake Champlain Watershed.

The District was awarded funding through the Lake Champlain Basin Program’s Small Education and Outreach Grant to create the demonstration plot and to host a series of workshops on market farms and soil health. » Continue Reading.


Friday, August 30, 2019

This Week’s Big Adirondack News Stories


Thursday, August 29, 2019

Forest Rangers Have Busy Week of Searches, 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, August 29, 2019

Adirondack Outdoor Conditions for Labor Day Weekend

CompassThis 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. 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.

August 29nd, 2019 – SPECIAL NOTICES » Continue Reading.


Thursday, August 29, 2019

Lake Placid Ironman 70.3 Road Closures

Crowd at the Beach for lake placid ironmanThe 3rd Ironman 70.3 Lake Placid triathlon will take place from 6:30 am to 5 pm on Sunday, September 8th. The triathlon route includes a 1.2-mile swim in Mirror Lake, a 56-mile bike ride through Lake Placid, Keene, Upper Jay, Jay and Wilmington, and a 13.1 mile run in and around the Village of Lake Placid.

Temporary road closures will begin at 5 am. The following are all estimated times based on New York State Police traffic control. Use caution and expect delays. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Planning A Safe Backcountry Adventure

hiking essentials Always check weather and trail conditions, regulations, and advisories before heading out on an outdoor adventure.

Know before you go:

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

DOT Hiring Gears Up For Winter

snow plow courtesy DOTThe New York State Department of Transportation is preparing for the inevitable arrival of winter weather by making applications available for approximately 500 positions as permanent and seasonal maintenance staff across Upstate New York and Long Island.

Each September, the Department begins to hire and train staff on equipment and best practices, with the aim of having them ready to plow snow as soon as winter weather begins. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Wilmington Mountain Bike Festival Call for Volunteers

wilmington mountain bike festBarkeater Trails Alliance (BETA) is seeking volunteers for the Wilmington Mountain Bike Festival, set for August 30th to September 1st. Festival volunteers will be a host for the event, a resource for activities in the region, and a critical part of making this a successful event.

If you plan to volunteer, organizers ask that you dedicate at least four hours to be “on-call” during the specific time slot that you agree to fill, in order to receive the benefits listed below. » Continue Reading.


Monday, August 26, 2019

Dry Women-Wet Men: Gender, Temperance, and Prohibition

wet or dry posterState University at Albany History Professor Gerald Zahavi is set to give a lecture on the dynamics of gender and the importance of women in the temperance movement, on Thursday, August 29th, at the Adirondack History Museum.

The lecture “Dry Women-Wet Men: Gender, Temperance, and the Fight for Prohibition” will look at the early years of the struggle for a “dry” America and the National Prohibition of alcohol following the the passage 18th Amendment on January 16, 1919. » Continue Reading.


Monday, August 26, 2019

Saranac Lake Music Fest, Farm to Fork This Weekend

Farm 2 Fork logoLabor Day weekend in the village of Saranac Lake features family-friendly events, including the Farm 2 Fork Festival held on Saturday, August 31st, and a new daylong music festival Northern Current on Sunday, September 1st. Both events will be located in Riverside Park.

Farm 2 Fork is celebrating its 10th year as a community-led festival that highlights the region’s local bounty. Held at the Saranac Lake Farmers’ Market, it gives attendees a chance to taste dishes created with local ingredients. Tickets are $15; $12 for vegetarians. Vendors open at 9 am, and lunch will be served at 11 am. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, August 25, 2019

Local History Project Plans 100th Story Celebration

Adirondack Community presentationThe Keene Valley Library is set to host a 100 Story Celebration for the multi-year local history project, Adirondack Community: Capturing, Retaining, and Communicating the Stories of Who We Are, on Saturday, September 14th, from 2 to 4 pm. Light refreshments will be served.

The multi-year local history project collects and organizes audio stories and related photographs from Town of Keene community members through an online platform to share the unique social and cultural history of Keene. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, August 25, 2019

Canalway Challenge Racks Up Big Miles

canalway challenge logoPeople from 24 US states, Puerto Rico, and Canada have pledged to walk, run, cycle, and paddle 300,000 miles along New York’s canals and Canalway Trail this year as part of the Canalway Challenge. The new program invites people to trace history while tracking miles to discover all they can do along New York’s canals, including the nearby Champlain Canal. » Continue Reading.