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Greg Dower

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

2020 Adirondack Women’s March Jan 18th

woman suffrage official program illustrationThe 2020 Adirondack Women’s March has been set for Saturday, January 18th in Lewis, NY. Organizers Sandra Weber and David Hodges are planning a combination of a march, rally and community celebration for this years event.

The aim of the march is to show solidarity with women around the world, and protect the civil rights, safety, and health of all people. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Mother, Daughter Rescued on Spruce Mountain

forest ranger logoNew 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.


Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Doghiker: Great Hikes With Dogs

doghikerAlan Via’s new book Doghiker: Great Hikes With Dogs from the Adirondacks Through the Catskills (Excelsior Editions, 2020) is a comprehensive guidebook for dog owners that includes plenty of great hikes from the Adirondacks through the Catskills.

» Continue Reading.


Tuesday, January 14, 2020

New Icicle Contest at Saranac Lake Carnival

The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee has introduced an Icicle Contest. The contest will be held on Saturday, February 1 at Riverside Park. Icicle drop-off begins at 11:30 am and judging takes place at noon. Contestants must take a photo of themselves with the naturally formed icicle before it is removed from their property and transport it to Riverside Park to compete for the longest intact icicle. » Continue Reading.


Monday, January 13, 2020

Free Waterfront Lifeguard Course in Amsterdam

Lifeguard in WinterThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced a free waterfront lifeguard course February 18 through 21, at the Lynch Literacy Academy in Amsterdam, Montgomery County.

Those 16 and older interested in lifeguarding positions at DEC facilities this summer may register for the free course. Candidates who complete the course will be considered for employment. The course includes certification in all required waterfront lifeguarding skills, Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for the professional rescuer, and first aid. » Continue Reading.


Monday, January 13, 2020

Coming Campaign at Fort Ticonderoga

Preparing for the Coming CampaignFort Ticonderoga has announced their next Winter Quarters living history event, Preparing for the Coming Campaign has been set for Saturday, January 18, 2020. The event will bring to life the story of American soldiers at Ticonderoga in the year 1777 as they prepare for a British attack.

A featured one-day display will highlight tools recovered from the historic landscape. These tools were used by soldiers to cut, chisel, file, crack, break, and dig to create the fortifications that defined the warfare of the 18th century. Fort Ticonderoga holds one of the largest collections of its kind in North America. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, January 12, 2020

Wild Center Adds Ice Shanty; Wild Walk Going Year-Round

Wild Centers Wild Walk in WinterThe Wild Center has announced that their award-winning Wild Walk will be available in winter for the first time, allowing visitors to see The Wild Center from a new perspective. The Wild Walk has been upgraded with thousands of feet of lights, snow activities and new photo opportunity stations, and is expected to remain open all season long.

The experience includes a four-story twig tree house, swinging bridges, a spider’s web and a full-sized bald eagle’s nest at the highest point – 42 feet in the air. The Wild Walk’s elevated path takes visitors up a winding trail of bridges and platforms from ground level to the treetops of the Adirondack forest. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, January 11, 2020

St. Lawrence River Watershed Online Survey

St Lawrence River Watershed Project

The St. Lawrence Watershed lies at the border of New York State and Canada. The St. Lawrence River serves as the gateway between the North Atlantic and the Great Lakes. At its most downstream point in the United States, the Saint Lawrence drains an area of nearly 300,000 square miles.

The area within New York State covered by the watershed revitalization plan includes a 5,600-square-mile region that spans the Northern and Western Adirondacks and the lake plains of the St. Lawrence Valley, including the villages and cities of Clayton, Alexandria Bay, Theresa, Potsdam, Canton, Tupper Lake, Paul Smith’s, Ogdensburg, Malone, and Massena. » Continue Reading.


Friday, January 10, 2020

The Adirondacks Around The Web This Week


Friday, January 10, 2020

Learn to Curl Event in Saranac Lake on Sunday

curlingThe Lake Placid Curling Club has invited the public to a “Learn To Curl” session at the Saranac Lake Civic Center on January 12, 2020, from 3:45 to 6 pm. The program will briefly cover the history of the game, and then focus on etiquette and sportsmanship, game rules, on-ice training, and practice. » Continue Reading.


Friday, January 10, 2020

This Week’s Big Adirondack News Stories


Thursday, January 9, 2020

Rain, Ice Storm Cometh: Current Adirondack Outdoor Conditions (Updated Jan 10)

adirondack conditions 1-9This 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 adkalmanack@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.

January 10th, 2020 – SPECIAL NOTICES » Continue Reading.


Thursday, January 9, 2020

North Creek Ski Bowl Adds Fat Tire Biking, More

Gore Mountain Nordic Center at the North Creek Ski BowlGore Mountain has announced they are opening its professionally maintained cross-country trails to fat tire biking on non-holiday Wednesday nights. Bikers are welcomed to explore the Ski Bowl’s stadium layout, which features both grooming and snowmaking and includes a variety of inclines, flat stretches, and brief wooded routes.

Twilight trail passes for biking, snowshoeing, and nordic skiing are available for $12. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, January 9, 2020

Long Lake Winter Carnival 2020

Cardboard Sled Race by James L SwedbergThe Long Lake Winter Carnival will take place Saturday, January 18th, at Mt. Sabattis Recreation Center in Long Lake, located at 6 Pavilion Way off of Deerland Road, NYS Route 30.

Events begin at noon with a bonfire, snowmobile parade, and coronation of the King and Queen. 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. Racing categories are for individuals and for teams. The ice skating rink and sledding hill will be open throughout the day. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Depot Theatre Announces Expanded Season

Depot Theatre in winterThe Depot Theatre has announce its 2020 main stage lineup, which features iconic figures and everyday heroes in an expanded season that includes four productions for the first time since 2013.

The Depot Theatre is a non-profit, professional theatre located in a historic, functioning 1876 train station in Westport, and is the only theatre in the Adirondacks that operates under an agreement with Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States. » Continue Reading.