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Monday, November 13, 2017

St. Law County Railroads Brown Bag Lunch Nov 16th

st lawrence county railroadsThe next St. Lawrence County Historical Association Brown Bag Lunch will take place on Thursday, November 16th. This lecture will focus on the railroads that crossed the terrain of upstate New York, connecting numerous small towns and improving individual travel and industrial shipping.

Art Johnson, retired professor of American and Canadian history at SUNY Potsdam, will look at tracks that survived and those that did not. Brown Bag Lunches are free and open to the public. Bring your own lunch and enjoy a beverage and dessert provided by SLCHA. » Continue Reading.

Friday, November 10, 2017

The Adirondacks Around The Web This Week

Friday, November 10, 2017

Glens Falls Feeder Canal Program Nov 15th

Autumn Along the Canal The Warren County Historical Society will host a program on the Glens Falls Feeder Canal on Wednesday, November 15 at 7 pm, at 50 Gurney Lane in Queensbury, NY.

This program will focus on the past, present and future of the Feeder Canal that was once the economic engine of the area.

The Glens Falls Feeder Canal is the oldest original canal still used to provide water to the Champlain Canal. » Continue Reading.

Friday, November 10, 2017

The Big Adirondack News Stories This Week

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Route 73 Parking Changes, Fixed Anchor Ban at Pitchoff; Public Comments Sought

Pitchoff Mountain Route 73 Proposed Reroute MapThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is seeking public comments on proposed changes to the  Management Plan (UMP) for the Sentinel Range Wilderness. Among the recreation management decisions that would affect the Wilderness Area, are proposals to reroute portions of Pitchoff Mountain Trail, relocate the western Pitchoff Trailhead, and develop a new section of trail to address parking concerns along State Route 73.  The draft UMP also proposes a moratorium on the placement of fixed anchors used by climbers, similar to the other Adirondack Wilderness Areas.

A public meeting will be held at 6 pm on December 7, at DEC Region 5 Headquarters, 1115 State Route 86, Ray Brook. The meeting will provide the public an opportunity to learn more on the proposed management actions in the draft UMP and to comment on the proposals.  » Continue Reading.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Coldest Weekend This Season: Adirondack Outdoor Conditions (Nov 9)

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

Practice Leave No Trace Principles when visiting the Adirondack Park.

» Continue Reading.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

ADK Opening Johns Brook Lodge For Winter

johns brook lodgeADK (Adirondack Mountain Club) will open Johns Brook Lodge (JBL) to the public this winter for the first time in decades. Caretaker service will be offered at the lodge for up to 10 guests on weekends.

Johns Brook Lodge is located on a 26-acre parcel of private property a 3.5-mile hike in from the Garden Parking Area, which serves as an access for much of the Adirondack High Peaks near Keene Valley.  Built in 1925, the lodge sleeps 28 guests in co-ed bunkrooms in the summer. During July and August the stay includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner. From mid-May to late-June and Labor Day to Columbus Day the lodge operates under caretaker service where guests provide and cook their own food and have access to the JBL kitchen. » Continue Reading.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Saranac Lake Transgender Day of Remembrance Nov 19th

Adirondack North Country Gender Alliance logoTransgender Day of Remembrance, which occurs annually in November, is a day to memorialize those who have been killed or murdered as the result of transphobia (hatred or fear of transgender and gender non-conforming people). This day serves to bring attention to the continued violence and non-acceptance endured by the transgender community.

A Transgender Day of Remembrance observance will be held on Sunday November 19th from 1 to 2 pm, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 136 Main Street, Saranac Lake. » Continue Reading.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Boreas Ponds Wilderness Advocate Will Hike To APA

adirondack wilderness advocates logoAdirondack Wilderness Advocates (AWA) has announced that Tyler Socash, AWA member and activist, will attend the Adirondack Park Agency’s next meeting on November 16th by walking from the Boreas Ponds Tract to the APA’s Ray Brook headquarters.

Socash will be carrying over 1,000 letters that AWA supporters have sent to the APA in the last three weeks, calling for a full Wilderness classification for the Boreas Ponds Tract with the entire length of Gulf Brook Road closed. Socash grew up in Old Forge, NY. » Continue Reading.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Adirondack Youth Climate Summit Getting Underway

The Wild Center in Tupper Lake will host their Ninth Adirondack Youth Climate Summit on November 8th and November 9th, 2017.

Over 25,000 students will be represented by the 250 participants from 30 high schools, colleges and universities across the region. The program has created a White House Champion of Change and sent student leaders to the United Nations and COP 21 in Paris. » Continue Reading.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Former NYS Ed Commissioner Dies Hiking In Siamese Ponds Wilderness

DEC Forest RangerNew 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.

Monday, November 6, 2017

TAUNY’s Annual Balsam Wreath Sale

Jane Desotelle with her handmade, all-natural balsam wreathsThis holiday season, TAUNY will once again offer Adirondack Balsam Wreaths for sale. Each year, TAUNY works with naturalist and North Country Heritage Award recipient Jane Desotelle to offer handmade balsam wreaths for the holidays.

All wreaths are made to order with balsam fir and natural decorations from the woods of the Adirondack foothills. The wreaths are long-lasting, fragrant, and can usually remain on display until Spring.

Wreaths are available in three sizes and with various color options. The prices by size are $28 (small), $32 (medium), and $45 (large), and can be shipped anywhere in the U.S. for additional shipping charges. Half the cost of each wreath is a tax-deductible donation to TAUNY. » Continue Reading.

Monday, November 6, 2017

View Holding Adks Gingerbread House Competition

gingerbread housesStarting November 20 through December 15, View is showcasing local artistry with the creation of its first gingerbread competition.

School classes, as well as area families and community groups, can enter to display their creations. The gingerbread houses will be judged based on the popular vote of visitors to View.

The theme this year is “Christmas in the Adirondacks.” » Continue Reading.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Upcoming Events At Whiteface – Lake Placid

The Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) has announced their list of events for the 2017-18 fall/winter seasons. Dates and schedules are subject to change.

November 6-10, 2017 – BMW IBSF Bobsled and Skeleton World Cup. Racing starts Thursday, November 9, with two-man and women’s bobsled and women’s skeleton. Friday, November 10, features men’s skeleton and four-man bobsled. » Continue Reading.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Adirondack Diversity Initiative Hires Communications Staff

The Adirondack Diversity Initiative (ADI) has announced the hiring of outreach and communications specialist Melanie Reding.

Reding’s responsibilities are expected to include helping ADI improve its communication with affiliates, supporters and the public. This is the first hire for the previously all-volunteer organization. » Continue Reading.

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