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Greg Dower

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Friday, January 12, 2018

South Colton Snow Bowl Presentation Planned

Snow Bowl Ski JumpingThe Colton Historical Society (CHS) will host a presentation about the Snow Bowl in South Colton, on Sunday, January 14th at 2 pm.

This event is free and open to the public, and will be held at the Colton-Pierrepont Central School cafeteria along State Highway 56. » Continue Reading.


Friday, January 12, 2018

The Big Adirondack News Stories This Week


Thursday, January 11, 2018

Coalition Urges Governor to Reform 480 Forest Tax Law

The Empire State Forest Products Association, The Nature Conservancy and a bi-partisan group of state lawmakers as well as over 20 industry and conservation groups, have called on Governor Andrew Cuomo to fulfill his promise to reform the Forest Tax Abatement Program in the 2018 State Budget.

Coalition advocates say the existing law, the 480-a Timber Tax Law, is overly complicated, exacerbating the forest loss. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, January 11, 2018

Current Adirondack Outdoor Conditions (Jan 11)

CompassThis weekly report of outdoor recreation conditions in the Adirondacks is compiled each Thursday afternoon.

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

Practice Leave No Trace Principles when visiting the Adirondack Park.

SPECIAL NOTICES FOR THIS WEEKEND
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Thursday, January 11, 2018

ADK Offering Free Winter Naturalist Series

adk mountain clubThis winter ADK is teaming up with the Uihlein Foundation to offer free naturalist walks once a month at the Heaven Hill Trails just outside of the village of Lake Placid on Bear Cub Lane.

Community hikes are on the last Saturday of every month, start at 2 pm, and are on the following dates: January 27, February 24, and March 24. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

APA Agenda: Frontier Town Campground, ORDA Permits, More

APA Building in Ray Brook NYThe Adirondack Park Agency (APA) will hold its monthly meeting at its headquarters in Ray Brook, NY on Thursday, January 11th, 2018.

The meeting will address the proposed Frontier Town Campground, Equestrian and Day Use Area in North Hudson, the proposed amendments to the Whiteface and Gore unit management plans, and more.

What follows is the agenda issued by the APA: » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Long Lake Winter Carnival Set For Saturday

long lake winter carnivalThe Long Lake Winter Carnival is scheduled for Saturday, January 13th at noon, and will be held at Mt. Sabattis Recreation Center in Long Lake. Events begin with a bonfire, snowmobile parade, and coronation of the King and Queen. Activities are slated throughout the day.

The Cardboard Sled Races start at 1 pm with prizes awarded for speed and overall award for Best Decoration. Sleds can be made with cardboard, paint, wax and tape only. Racing categories are for individuals and for teams. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

MLK Jr Coffeehouse Event Planned For Saranac Lake

mlk jrOn Saturday, January 13, 2017 at 7 pm the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King will be remembered at a free coffeehouse event at the 1st Presbyterian Church of Saranac Lake.

There will be readings of his words, music, storytelling, and art, plus home-baked refreshments, coffee, tea and juice. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Depot Theatre Taking Boquet River Theatre Fest Under Wing

Boquet River Theatre Festival’s 2017 production of “Madagascar” at the Whallonsburg Grange HallThe Depot Theatre Board of Trustees have announced that it will be featuring the Boquet River Theatre Festival (BRTF) children’s theatre as their signature education and outreach program beginning in 2018.

Created in 1993, the BRTF is an organization that was designed to provide young people with theatrical training and experience. Each summer, BRTF features both junior (ages 8-12) and senior (ages 12 and up) programs that culminate in musical theatrical performances held at the Whallonsburg Grange Hall during August. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, January 9, 2018

SL Chamber Seeks Cover Art Submissions

saranac lake chamber of commerceThe Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce has announced a call for cover art. Artists over 18 residing in Franklin and Essex County are invited to submit one work in a vertical format. The winning work will be used as cover art for the Annual Visitors Guide produced by the SLACC. The 20,000 piece printing is distributed throughout the North Country. The Visitors Guide will also be available online. Deadline for the artwork is February 16. The winner will be announced March 2, 2018.

The subject is the artist’s view and interpretation of the lifestyle that makes the Saranac Lake area such a wonderful place to live. Whether it is iconic landmarks, intimate lake views and grand mountain vistas, hometown warmth, outdoor recreation or laid back atmosphere. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, January 9, 2018

View Names New Director of Visual Arts, Exhibitions

View, the multi-arts center located in Old Forge, has announced its new Director of Visual Arts and Exhibitions, John Gardner.

A native of Central New York, Gardner joins View after serving as the Gallery Director and Assistant Professor at Peru State University in Nebraska. He has also taught environmental art, drawing, and art history at Utica College, has served as Exhibitions Coordinator at Light Work Gallery for Syracuse University, and has served as Executive Director of the Kirkland Art Center. » Continue Reading.


Monday, January 8, 2018

Adirondack Birds Moving Uphill As Temperatures Warm

Whiteface April 13 2016A New York State Museum study shows that most of the bird species breeding on the slopes of Whiteface Mountain have shifted their ranges uphill in the last 40 years. The research, conducted by Dr. Jeremy Kirchman, Curator of Birds at the New York State Museum, and Alison Van Keuren, an avid birder who volunteers in the ornithology collection at the State Museum, sheds new light on the response of wildlife to observed climate change in upstate New York.

Kirchman and Van Keuren replicated bird surveys conducted in 1974 by Kenneth Able and Barry Noon, two former researchers at the University at Albany. For the re-survey, the pair of researchers made stops along the road up Whiteface Mountain to tally all birds seen and heard in the early morning and evening hours at altitudes from 550 to 1450 meters above sea level. These new data were gathered in June and July of 2013-2015. » Continue Reading.


Monday, January 8, 2018

Governor Boosts University Games, Another Meeting Set

university games bidding logoNew York Governor Andrew Cuomo has expressed his support in hosting the 2023 World University Games in the Adirondacks. The news was released in the annual State of the State booklet. A follow up discussion has been planned for January 17th.

The State of the State booklet reads that “in conjunction with the Governor’s ongoing commitment to modernizing winter sports infrastructure across the state, the Governor will work together with local government and the private sector to help Lake Placid put forth the best possible bid. Bringing the Games back to Lake Placid will further strengthen the city’s legacy as a global center for winter sports, attract new tourists to Lake Placid and neighboring communities, and fuel a critical engine of the North Country’s economy.” » Continue Reading.


Monday, January 8, 2018

Upcoming Lake Placid Sporting Events

The New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) has announced a list of events planned for the 2018 Whiteface/Lake Placid winter season.

Dates and schedules are subject to change. » Continue Reading.


Monday, January 8, 2018

Unique Events Planned For Colton Winterfest

Snow Bowl by St. Lawrence UniversityEvery year the town of Colton’s Winterfest Weekend includes many indoor and outdoor activities. This year, with the theme ‘Get Your Kicks on Route 56,’ the festival also includes activities leading up to and following Winterfest Weekend.

The festival officially kicks off on Thursday, January 25 with the All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner at Colton-Pierrepont Central School (CPCS) and ends Sunday, January 28 with Rock ‘n Skate in the town’s Pavilion at Swift Field. The schedule of weekend activities, now available on the town website, will be updated as more details are confirmed. » Continue Reading.