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Greg Dower

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Invasives: POOL Owner Citizen Science Program

Asian longhorned beetle The State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has encouraged New York pool owners to participate in DEC’s annual Asian Longhorned Beetle Swimming Pool Survey during the month of August.

This is the time of year when Asian longhorned beetles (ALB) emerge as adults and are most active outside of their host tree. The goal of the survey is to look for and find these exotic, invasive beetles before these pests cause serious damage to our forests and street trees. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, August 14, 2018

DEC Completes Jamestown Falls Redevlopment

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced the completion of improvements at the Jamestown Falls river access site, located off State Route 56, north of Sevey Corners in the town of Colton, St. Lawrence County.

Located within the Raquette River Wild Forest, the completed project includes an accessible parking space and a hand-carry/car-top launch at the Raquette River. » Continue Reading.


Monday, August 13, 2018

Center For Business Transitions Gets Funding

center for business in transitionThe Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) is set to recieve $248,364 from the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) to fund its new Adirondack North Country Center for Businesses in Transition.

The new center is expected to assist retiring business owners as well as aspiring entrepreneurs in successfully sustaining local businesses for the benefit of their communities and future generations. The Center will be based out of ANCA’s Saranac Lake office and use the organization’s “circuit rider” model to reach business owners throughout the Adirondack North Country region. » Continue Reading.


Monday, August 13, 2018

Organic Farming Field Day in Keeseville

Northeast Organic Farming Association of New YorkThe Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY) is set to hold an on-farm field day at Fledging Crow Farm in Keeseville on Wednesday, August 15, from 1:30 to 4:30 pm.

Farmer Ian Ater and NOFA-NY Vegetable Coordinator Maryellen Sheehan will lead a farm tour and field walk, with a focus on implementation of food safety practices. Ater will demonstrate the steps of a root harvest day – including pulling, topping, washing, and packing – with an eye towards increased efficiency. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, August 12, 2018

Adirondack Snowmobiler Study Results Published

indian lake snowmobilingA study has been conducted by ROOST and the Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce to asses the economic impact of snowmobilers in the Adirondacks.

Of the 306 snowmobilers who completed the survey, more than one-third of them stayed overnight, booking an average of 2.85 nights with an average party size of 4.2 people. The average stay reported by 2017 Adirondack visitors, as tracked by the annual Leisure Travel Study, was 3 nights.

The snowmobiling study reports an average of $450 per day in spending on lodging, meals, shopping, entertainment, attractions and transportation. The respondents who stayed with family or friends, or at their second home, reported an average expenditure of $321 per day, and day-trippers average $190 per day. The average daily traveler party spending in the 2017 Leisure Travel Study was estimated at $326 per day. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, August 12, 2018

Ti History Presenting ‘The Other Milhollands’

Vida MilhollandThe Ticonderoga Historical Society is set to present a free program entitled “The Other Milhollands” on Friday, August 17 at 7 pm at the Hancock House, 6 Moses Circle, Ticonderoga.

This program will focus on the lives of Inez’ father John and sister Vida.

John E. Milholland, born in 1860, was a journalist, politician, inventor and publisher, who helped found the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). He was an owner of the Ticonderoga Sentinel newspaper and a key progressive figure of the early 1900s. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, August 11, 2018

Featured Trail: Catamount Mountain, Wilmington

catamount mountain trailWith its two open summits, Catamount Mountain (3,168 ft) in the Taylor Pond Complex, affords spectacular views. In season, the blueberries are nearly as spectacular as the views.

This is a 1.8-mile hike, one way, over moderate to steep terrain. From the trailhead parking area and trail register the hike is flat through semi-open terrain with many wildflowers in bloom in season. At 0.6 mile the trail bears right and begins to climb, dips to cross a brook at 0.8 mile, and then continues a mostly steep climb to the base of a steep chimney at 1.4 miles. This chimney requires some scrambling and may be difficult for small children, dogs, or anyone not comfortable in high places. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, August 11, 2018

North Country Screening of George Takei’s Allegiance

Lea Salonga George Takei and Telly Leung in AllegianceThe Sembrich Summer Film Series will continue on Monday, August 13th, at 7:30 pm with a screening of George Takei’s Allegiance, The Broadway Musical on the big screen at the Bolton Town Hall. Admission is free.

Filmed live on Broadway in January of 2016 during the last weeks of its run, Allegiance tells the story of the Kimura family, whose lives are upended when they and 110,000 other Japanese-Americans are forced to leave their homes following the events of Pearl Harbor. » Continue Reading.


Friday, August 10, 2018

Juvenile Ospreys Rescued From Burning Power Pole

Juvenile Ospreys rescued from burning power poleNYS Environmental Conservation Officer (ECO) Stephen Gonyeau reported that on July 27th he was called to Putnam, east of Lake George, to assist with an osprey nest that had caught fire on a power pole. Gonyeau said he arrived to find two juveniles on the ground and learned that a third had been transported to a wildlife rehabilitator, but was unable to recover from its injuries.

DEC reported that the power company repaired the damaged pole and placed a nesting platform on top. One of the juveniles was returned to the nest and the remaining osprey was transported to a rehabilitator to be treated for smoke inhalation. » Continue Reading.


Friday, August 10, 2018

The Adirondacks Around The Web This Week


Friday, August 10, 2018

Upcoming Workshops, Events at Gore Mtn

Gore Mountain yoga classGore Mountain has announced a number of upcoming events, including mountain biking camps, yoga workshops and more.

Scenic skyrides aboard the Northwoods Gondola, hiking & biking trails, and Base Area attractions are open Thursday-Sunday until September 2, and Saturday-Sunday during the fall. » Continue Reading.


Friday, August 10, 2018

Rev War Ethnic Diversity Talk at Mt Independence

mount independenceOn Sunday, August 12, 2018, at 2 pm, the Mount Independence State Historic Site in Orwell, Vermont, is set to host a talk on “Ethnic and Cultural Diversity at Mount Independence” by historian and site interpreter Paul Andriscin.

This talk looks at how a rag-tag force from six states and Vermont managed to maintain the Northern American Army here during the American Revolution. They faced lack of supplies, disease, starvation, bad weather conditions, and having to overcome prejudices against their fellow soldiers. » Continue Reading.


Friday, August 10, 2018

This Week’s Big Adirondack News Stories


Thursday, August 9, 2018

Current Adirondack Outdoor Recreation Conditions (Aug 9)

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. Always carry proper safety equipment – including plenty of food, water, extra clothing, a flashlight, and a map and compass – inform someone of your itinerary, and be prepared to spend an unplanned night in the woods. Just 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.

AUGUST 9, 2018 – SPECIAL NOTICES » Continue Reading.


Thursday, August 9, 2018

Warren County Youth Fair Saturday

warren county youth fairThe Warren County Youth Fair has been set for Saturday, August 11 from 9 am until 1 pm at the Warren County Fairgrounds on Schroon River Road. Admission and parking are free.

The day will include an opening Ceremony at 9 am, a Hula Hoop contest at 9:15 on the stage, a Bubble Gum blowing contest at 9:45 am, the annual youth pie eating contest at 10:30, and the Warren County Talent Show at 11 am. » Continue Reading.