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Greg Dower

Stories under the Almanack's Editorial Staff byline come from press releases and other notices.To have your news noticed here at the Almanack contact our editor John Warren at adkalmanack@gmail.com.


Sunday, April 28, 2019

2019 First-Time Camper Program Registration Opens

DEC logoThe NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) have announced that New York will once again provide free First-Time Camper weekends this summer. Families that have never camped before will have the opportunity to enjoy the popular outdoor activity and be provided equipment, guidance, and programs at select campgrounds. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, April 27, 2019

Essex Community Fund Accepting Grant Applications

adirondack foundation logoThe Essex Community Fund, a component fund of Adirondack Foundation, has invited local nonprofits, schools, churches and municipalities to apply for grant funding. Eligible projects must serve Town of Essex residents through community services, beautification, historic preservation, culture, the arts, education, or programs for youth and senior citizens. » Continue Reading.


Friday, April 26, 2019

Featured Hike: Blueberry Cobbles, New Russia

blueberry cobbles mapBlueberry Cobbles (2,053 feet), part of the Giant Mountain Wilderness, is a lookout 2.2 miles from the trailhead, on the East Trail to Giant Mountain. » Continue Reading.


Friday, April 26, 2019

The Adirondacks Around The Web This Week


Friday, April 26, 2019

North Country at Work Event, Exhibit In Plattsburgh

The Clinton County Historical Association has announced an opening reception for the new photo and audio exhibit “Clinton County at Work” will take place Thursday, May 2, from 6 to 8 pm, at the Clinton County Historical Museum, 98 Ohio Avenue, Old Base Museum Campus in Plattsburgh. » Continue Reading.


Friday, April 26, 2019

This Week’s Big Adirondack News Stories


Thursday, April 25, 2019

Four Unprepared Teens Rescued At Mount Colden

Mount Colden RescueA new UH-1-A “Huey” helicopter, based in Saranac Lake, was put into action Tuesday, April 23, to help DEC Forest Rangers rescue a group of teens unprepared for conditions near the summit of Mount Colden.

Four 17-year-olds from the Ballston Spa and Saratoga Springs area, one with a leg injury, were stranded near the summit of Mount Colden. They were wearing sneakers, without snowshoes, and stuck in deep soft snow, according to reports by State Police and Forest Rangers, who were dispatched to the rescue.

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Paddling Film Festival Visits Lake Placid Saturday

paddling film festivalSome great canoe and kayak adventure films from around the world will be shown when the Paddling Film Festival World Tour visits the Lake Placid Center for the Arts on Saturday, April 27th.

Hosted by Adirondack Lakes and Trails and the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, the event is intended to help participants build connections to the larger paddling community. NRS, maker of paddling apparel and accessories, are co-sponsoring the event. There will be gear raffles and refreshments served. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, April 25, 2019

Current Adirondack Outdoor Conditions (Apr 25)

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 adkalmanack@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, lights and a map. When on the trail: keep the group together, watch 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 freezing temperatures. Always carry food, a space blanket, emergency whistle, first aid kit, fire making tools, extra clothing layers and socks, and a map and compass. 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.

April 25th, 2019 – SPECIAL NOTICES » Continue Reading.


Thursday, April 25, 2019

2020 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Theme is ‘Myths and Legends’

Members of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee and the public who attended the committee meeting on April 23 have chosen ‘Myths and Legends’ as the theme for the 2020 Carnival. The theme was chosen from ideas gathered from the community and Committee members. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, April 25, 2019

Hands-On Market Farming Workshop at SUNY Adirondack

Soil Health on Market Farms workshopThe Warren County Soil & Water Conservation District has been awarded funding through the Lake Champlain Basin Program’s Small Education and Outreach Grant to create a demonstration market farming plot with soil health practices, and will be hosting a workshop about the topic.

The District will be working with SUNY Adirondack to create a demonstration market farm plot throughout the 2019 growing season to show that these best management practices and market farming techniques can improve the overall soil health while improving farm production. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Climate Change Action Symposium Set for Saranac Lake

adirondack voters for changeAdirondack Voters for Change will present a climate change symposium focused on solutions through public policy changes and promoting climate-friendly choices, on Sunday, April 28th, from 1 to 4:30 pm, at the First Presbyterian Church, 57 Church Street, in Saranac Lake. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Lake Champlain Maritime Festival 2019 Set For July

lake champlain maritime festivalThe 2019 Lake Champlain Maritime Festival has been set for July 25-28th. Now in its 13th year, the Festival is a four-day celebration of Lake Champlain, showcasing exhibits throughout sites on the Burlington Waterfront (Burlington Boathouse, Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center, Ferry Dock Marina, Burlington Harbor Marina, Burlington’s Waterfront Park and more). » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Register for Great Adirondack Garage Sale May 24-26

great adirondack garage sale logoNow in its ninth year, the Great Adirondack Garage Sale is set to take place Memorial Day weekend, May 24-26 and the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism is encouraging people to sign up as sale locations.

The 200-mile garage sale “trail” follows state Routes 28, 30 and 3 and includes Old Forge, Inlet, Raquette Lake, Indian Lake, Blue Mountain Lake, Long Lake, Tupper Lake, Lake Clear, Paul Smiths, Malone, Cranberry Lake, Piercefield, Newcomb, and Speculator. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, April 23, 2019

High Peaks Garden Trailhead Parking Closes Monday

Garden Parking Lot ClosureThe Garden Parking Lot at the Garden Trailhead will be closed to public motor vehicles and pedestrians beginning Monday, April 29th, and continuing until bridge construction is complete.

This closure is for 2019 only, and is due to the replacement of the Johns Brook Bridge. No vehicles or pedestrians will be able to pass the bridge once construction is started through completion of the project. » Continue Reading.