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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Fortnite, Smash Bros Gamers Competing At Paul Smiths

Paul Smith’s College will award high school students a combined $100,000+ in scholarships through an esports tournament to be held Jan. 25, 2020, at their new on-campus esports lab.

Esports are a surging billion-dollar industry, and with an audience size approaching 500 million worldwide, have begun receiving recognition comparable to that of soccer or basketball. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Lake Champlain ‘Pavilion’ Gets Restoration, Reuse Funds

Pavilion Restoration ProjectThe Pavilion is a National Historic Landmark house located near Lake Champlain on the grounds of Fort Ticonderoga.

It was built in the late 1820s for William Ferris Pell and later used as a hotel, which hosted the likes of Robert Todd Lincoln, William Howard Taft and suffragist Alice Paul.  Fort Ticonderoga Museum founders Sarah and Stephen Pell restored the Pavilion in 1909. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Dan Berggren Performing at Christmas in Warrensburgh

Dan BerggrenAdirondack Singer/Songwriter Dan Berggren is set to perform at the 31st Christmas in Warrensburgh on Saturday, December 7 at 4 pm in Richards Library.

Berggren is a tradition-based songsmith who writes with honesty, humor and a strong sense of place. His concerts are engaging as he invites audiences to join in on songs that explore the lives of hard working folks and the many dimensions of home. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Adirondack 46ers Continue Support for Stewardship, Trail Work

46er logoIn 2018, ADK (Adirondack Mountain Club) and the Adirondack 46ers (46ers) entered a three-year joint commitment to promote stewardship and conservation throughout the High Peaks Wilderness.

The 46ers committed $71,000 in funding to protect trails and summits with ADK in 2018, $34,000 in 2019, and will provide an additional $41,000 in 2020 towards those efforts an announcement sent to the press says. Last year, their funding supported trail projects in Avalanche Pass and on Mt. Colden.

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Pottery Studio Open House at NCCC

Pottery Wheel ThrowingNorth Country Community College (NCCC) has invited the public to an open house at its Pottery Studio on Friday, December 6th.

The open house will take place from 10 am to 2 pm and will feature glazing and throwing demonstrations, pottery for sale, drawings for giveaways, and refreshments. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, December 3, 2019

St. Lawrence River Watershed Survey Underway

St Lawrence River Watershed ProjectSt. Lawrence River Watershed Project partners, including the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), have released a survey seeking input from New Yorkers with knowledge of the watershed, which includes a large area of the Adirondacks.

The short online survey seeks information from the public about interactions with these land and water resources, and how a revitalization plan can address regional concerns. The survey will be open until January 15, 2020. » Continue Reading.


Monday, December 2, 2019

Historic Saranac Lake Awarded Smart Growth Grant

trudeau buildingHistoric Saranac Lake has been awarded a Smart Growth grant from the State of New York Department of Environmental Conservation to support site plan design for their expanded museum campus in downtown Saranac Lake.

In 2019, Historic Saranac Lake acquired the Trudeau Building at 118 Main Street for expansion of their existing museum at the adjacent Saranac Laboratory building. The Smart Growth grant will support integrated site planning in order to create a museum campus that will promote Smart Growth principles and attract arts and culture tourism to the village of Saranac Lake. » Continue Reading.


Monday, December 2, 2019

New Wine and Liquor Store Opens in Westport

Mary Jane Viens proprietor of Homestead SpiritsHomestead Spirits, a liquor and wine store, has opened its doors in Westport just in time for the holiday season.

Though there have been liquor stores in Westport in the past, it has been many years since the town has had one as part of its business mix. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, December 1, 2019

TAUNY’s Holiday Open House Dec 7th

tauny open houseTAUNY’s Annual Holiday Open House has been set for Saturday, December 7th from 10 am to 2 pm. The public is invited to enjoy the Sugar & Spice Gingerbread Contest and Display, seasonal treats, live music, kids’ activities, and fun for the whole family. This event is free and open to the public.

Northern and Southern old-time music will be performed by Possumbilities, Nicholfalls, and The Daveys. Kitchen demonstrations will include dumpling-making with Margaret Chang of Sweet Margaret Cafe and more. There will also be a variety of children’s activities and sweet treats to enjoy throughout the day. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, December 1, 2019

DEC Announces Winners of I Bird NY Challenges

adventure new yorkNew York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced the four top winners of DEC’s annual I Bird NY challenges for beginner and experienced birders.

DEC announced the annual I Bird NY Beginner’s Birding Challenge in May and encouraged children 16 years of age and younger to identify 10 common New York bird species. DEC also offered the I Bird NY Experienced Birder Challenge, requiring birders of all ages to identify at least 10 of 50 listed bird species found across New York State.

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Saturday, November 30, 2019

DEC Campground Ambassador Program Expanding

DEC logoThe 2020 application period for the Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) Campground Ambassador program has begun.

“In 2019, its second year, DEC’s Campground Ambassador Program more than doubled its applicants and grew to offer more than 300 fun, educational, and meaningful programs at nine participating facilities,” DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said in an announcement sent to the press.

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Friday, November 29, 2019

The Adirondacks Around The Web This Week


Friday, November 29, 2019

Owl Meet-up, Book Signing in Saranac Lake

Mark Manske and owlThe Village Mercantile (formerly The Community Store) in Saranac Lake is set to host Adirondack Raptor proprietor Mark Manske for a book signing and a meet and greet with one of his owls on Saturday, December 21 from noon until 2 pm.

Mark Manske has written two mystery novels for youth centered around Marvin Stone, “Stoney,” and his buddy Bill Short as well as a mysterious owl, a modern-day treasure hunt, and a skunk. » Continue Reading.


Friday, November 29, 2019

This Week’s Big Adirondack News Stories


Thursday, November 28, 2019

Current Adirondack Outdoor Conditions (Nov 28)

adirondack conditions 11-21This 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. Plan ahead and prepare. Carry out what you have carried in. Do not leave gear, food, or other items at lean-tos and campsites. 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. Be prepared to spend an unplanned night in the woods in cold temperatures. Accidents happen to the most experienced people. 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.

November 28st, 2019 – SPECIAL NOTICES » Continue Reading.