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Greg Dower

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Friday, August 25, 2017

10th Annual Adirondack Habitat Awareness Day Sept 3rd

mooseOn Sunday, September 3rd, Adirondack Wildlife Refuge will host their 10th annual Habitat Awareness Day, from 10 am to 4 pm.

The theme this year will be Wildlife Habitat Challenges. Keynote speaker will be 2013’s New York State Professor of the Year, Curt Stager of Paul Smith’s College, author of Deep Future and many other books and studies. Attendees can hear Stager, along with other local nature authorities, observers, rehabbers and the college interns working at Adirondack Wildlife, discuss what they’re seeing and learning on the ground in the Adirondack region. » Continue Reading.


Friday, August 25, 2017

The Big Adirondack News Stories This Week


Thursday, August 24, 2017

Current Adirondack Outdoor Recreation Conditions (Aug 24)

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

Contribute Your Knowledge: Send observations, corrections, updates, and suggestions to adkalmanack@gmail.com.

SPECIAL NOTICES FOR THIS WEEKEND
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Thursday, August 24, 2017

September at Paul Smith’s: Music, Rural Skills, Fungi, More

guest prepares fresh apple cider at the Adirondack Rural Skills and Homesteading FestivalPaul Smith’s College will host several events next month, beginning Wednesday, September 6, with the Paul Smith’s Music Festival, featuring Annie in the Water, Run With It, and the Seth Yacovone Band.

The festival, which will run from 4:30 to 9:30 pm on the college’s Great Lawn, is free and open to the public, and will include a beer tent, a variety of games, as well as food and beverages for sale. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, August 24, 2017

Local Fiddler’s Collection Featured At TAUNY

Fiddles from the personal collection of Rick StreeterTAUNY, Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, has announced its next Personal Collection Series exhibit, “Fiddles from Rick Streeter of The Adirondack Playboys Band,” which opens on August 26, 2017.

This display will feature fiddles from the collection of Rick Streeter, the fiddler in The Adirondack Playboys Band, one of TAUNY’s 2016 North Country Heritage Award recipients. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Comments Sought On Bike Trails On Forever Wild Lands

The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) and the Department of Environmental Conservation are holding a joint public comment period to solicit comments regarding proposed management guidance for the siting, construction and maintenance of single-track bike trails on New York State ‘Forever Wild’ Forest Preserve land in the Adirondack Park.

The APA and DEC will accept comments until September 29, 2017. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Wilmington Mountain Bike Fest Labor Day Weekend

wilmington bike fest logoThe Town of Wilmington has announced a new mountain biking festival, scheduled for September 1 to 3, 2017.

The weekend includes on-site camping, live music, local food, craft beer, swimming, group rides for all abilities, shuttles, and a kids’ mountain bike race. There are guided and self-guided group rides for beginners, intermediates and experts. Shuttles are available for these hour-long to full-day rides. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Community Fund Awards Grants for 2017

The Community Fund for the Gore Mountain Region (CFGMR) has awarded grants totaling $15,020 to 19 organizations. This year’s grant recipients will be honored at a ceremony at Seagle Music Colony on Friday, August 25 at 4 pm.

CFGMR was established in 2005 by a group of concerned residents who partnered with Adirondack Foundation to create a permanent charitable grant making fund to support effective programs to meet pressing needs and improve the quality of life in the towns of Chester, Horicon, Johnsburg, Minerva and Schroon. CFGMR supports community needs and opportunities such as historic preservation, education, community beautification, culture and the arts, as well as programs for youth, senior citizens and veterans. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Champlain Area Trails Publishes New Trail Map

2017-18 CATS Trail MapTo keep up to date with its expanding network of hiking trails in the Champlain Valley, Champlain Area Trails (CATS) has published a new, updated paper trail map for 2017-18, including new trails that have been added to the network and updated information on existing trails.

A new feature on the trail map is the inclusion of icons to identify trails especially good for cross-country skiing and biking or that feature scenic views. It also notes those trails that are wheelchair accessible.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

New Flood-Resilient, Fish-Friendly Culvert Installed in Jay

Nugent Rd culvertThe Ausable River Association (AsRA) has completed installation of a flood-resilient, fish-friendly culvert in the Town of Jay. The 19-foot-wide aluminum arch is designed to reduce flood risks on Nugent Road, near Glen Road.

“The old culvert, undersized and badly deteriorated, consisted of two, 30-inch pipes that could not contain the full flow of the stream and frequently flooded the road,” an AsRA announcement to the press said. “Now, the restored stream flows freely underneath the wide bottomless arch, allowing native brook trout and other wildlife safe passage under the road.”

The Nugent Road site is on a tributary of Rocky Branch, a natural stream system that descends from the Jay Mountain Wilderness and supports an abundance of wildlife. Five genetically distinct native strains of brook trout have been identified in its waters. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Placid Health, Medical Fitness Center Breaks Ground

future Adirondack Health Lake Placid Health and Medical Fitness CenterWork has begun at the site of the future Adirondack Health Lake Placid Health and Medical Fitness Center. The builders say concrete foundations are on track to be poured by the end of the month, with structural steel to follow shortly thereafter. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Peter S. Paine Jr. Awarded Marquis de Montcalm Award

Featured left to right: Beth L. Hill, President & CEO of Fort Ticonderoga; Sanford Morhouse, Fort Ticonderoga Association Board Chairman; Peter S. Paine, Jr., Fort Ticonderoga Trustee Emeritus and award recipient, and Anthony Pell, Fort Ticonderoga Trustee EmeritusFort Ticonderoga recently awarded Peter S. Paine, Jr. the Marquis de Montcalm Award. The award is Fort Ticonderoga’s highest honor and was given in recognition of Paine’s years of leadership and service to the museum.  The award was presented at Fort Ticonderoga’s Annual Summer Gala held at Fort Ticonderoga on August 12th. Paine was presented the award and given a reproduction of a Chevalier of the Order of Saint Louis, a prestigious French medal given to the Marquis de Montcalm in 1757. » Continue Reading.


Monday, August 21, 2017

8th View Plein Air Paint Out Call For Artists

View has invited artists to participate in their 8th Annual Plein Air Paint Out (PAPO) August 31, 2017 through September 2, 2017 in Old Forge.

Artists are invited to paint all around the Old Forge area, over a three day period; a list of suggested sites will be provided. In return, each artist is asked to donate one framed, ready to hang piece of artwork for the live bidding auction held at View at 5:30 pm on Saturday, September 2. All proceeds support programming at View, including exhibits, performances, workshops, and community centered activities. » Continue Reading.


Monday, August 21, 2017

Military Archaeology of Upper Hudson, Champlain Valleys

Map of Lake George and Lake ChamplainOn Thursday, August 24, 2017 at the Schuylerville Town Hall, 12 Spring Street, The American Revolution Round Table of the Hudson and Mohawk Valleys will host a talk with archaeologist David Starbuck on 18th Century Military archaeology in the Upper Hudson and Champlain Valleys. The presentation will begin at 7 pm.

The waterway that runs between Albany and Canada contains the richest cluster of 18th-century military sites in the US. Fort William Henry and Fort Ticonderoga experienced fierce conflict during the French and Indian War, and the Saratoga Battlefield is forever linked to the American Revolution. While military historians have told and retold stories of the area’s battles and generals, archaeologist David Starbuck turns to the daily lives of soldiers, officers, and camp followers by examining the many objects and artifacts they left behind. » Continue Reading.


Monday, August 21, 2017

Essex County Arts & Crafts Festival Aug 30-31

essex county arts and crafts festivalAn Essex County Arts and Crafts Festival will be held Wednesday and Thursday, August 30-31, at the Essex County Fairgrounds in Westport.

The Festival will present the work of artists and crafters currently working in the county and neighboring region. “It is a celebration of the reality that every town and hamlet throughout the county is home to numerous creative people who enrich their communities by their hand-made creations,” an announcement to the press said.  “People from across the county and neighboring region have signed on to present their work. Attendees to this free event will have the chance to meet the individuals making these arts and crafts.” » Continue Reading.


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