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Greg Dower

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Recent High Peaks Searches, Rescues

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.
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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Mercy Care Seeking Friendship Volunteers in the Tri-Lakes

Mercy Care for the Adirondacks has announced they are now recruiting new volunteers and have scheduled a Friendship Volunteer Training Program in Saranac Lake on the mornings of October 2 and October 9, 2018. The training sessions will be held from 9:30 am to 1 pm (Both mornings are required to complete the training).

New Volunteers will join Mercy Care’s more than 100 Friendship Volunteers from Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, and Tupper Lake who are helping their elder neighbors stay connected to their communities and helping to make their lives a little easier. Mercy Care volunteers are currently serving more than 100 elders.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Nature Conservancy Adk Chapter: New Board Members

The Nature Conservancy’s Adirondack Chapter has added three members to its board of trustees: David and Hannah Darrin, a father and daughter with longstanding ties to conservation efforts in New York and elsewhere, and Takeyce Walter, a painter whose work has prominently featured the Adirondacks. » Continue Reading.


Monday, September 10, 2018

Comments Sought DEC Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced the release of a draft amendment to the 1990 Final Campground & Day-Use Area Generic Unit Management Plan for Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations.

DEC is inviting the public to comment on the draft amendment, which will guide siting, construction, and management of EV charging stations at DEC campgrounds and day-use areas. The comment period runs through September 30, 2018. » Continue Reading.


Monday, September 10, 2018

Lake George Jazz Weekend Sept 15-16

Paul McCandles and Charged ParticlesThe Lake George Jazz Weekend is set to celebrate its 35th year on September 15 and 16.

The festival is held at Shepard Park, in the heart of Lake George Village. Admission is free. Concert goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Several food vendors will be present in the park throughout the weekend.

The festival has been curated throughout its 35 years by Paul Pines. With Paul’s passing in June of this year, he will be honored with a memorial on Saturday evening prior to the Jason Miles concert. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, September 9, 2018

‘Fest to Fest’ Hike Showcases Viall’s Crossing

Katherine Preston leads the way on the Vialls Crossing TrailChamplain Area Trails (CATS) is set to host a ‘Fest to Fest’ hike to coincide with the Third Annual Adirondack Harvest Festival on Saturday, September 15. Hikers will begin and end at the Festival on the Essex County Fairgrounds in Westport, New York. The hike starts at 10 am; hikers should come early to check in at the registration desk near the main entrance.

The hike showcases the new Viall’s Crossing Trail where, to ensure permanent legal access to a critical railroad crossing for the trail connecting Westport and Essex, CATS “spent some serious money,” according to a CATS announcement.  All proceeds from this year’s hike will help pay for the Viall’s Crossing Conservation and Trail Project. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, September 9, 2018

Warren Co Historical Gala Makes Hawaiian Connections

Hawaiian gala logoThe Warren County Historical Society is set to hold its Annual Gala on Thursday, October 25th from 6 to 8 pm at The Culinary Arts Center of SUNY Adirondack, 14 Hudson Avenue, Glens Falls.

This year’s theme is “A Hawaiian Gala.” The Gala will honor Glens Falls’ native son Charles Reed Bishop, born in 1822 at the tollbooth on the bridge over the Hudson River. As a young man, Reed set sail with his friend William Little Lee of Sandy Hill (now Hudson Falls) to the Pacific Ocean, landing in the Hawaiian Islands (then the Sandwich Islands). Bishop married into the Kamehamea royal family and became a founder of modern-day Hawaii, founding Hawaii’s first bank, the Agricultural Society, and schools. Lee served as Hawaii’s Chief Justice and Chancellor.
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Friday, September 7, 2018

Featured Hike: Cedar Lakes Trail, Indian Lake

Cedar Lakes Trail mapCedar Lakes Trail, extends 2.7 miles beyond the 1.6-mile start of the French Louie Trail making this a 4.3-mile one-way hike to Cedar Lakes in the West Canada Lakes Wilderness.

The Cedar Lake trail connects the French Louie Trail in the south and the Northville-Placid Trail in the north. It drops 80 feet in the first 0.75 mile, then climbs 305 feet in the next 1.9 miles and drops 60 feet in the last 0.6 mile to the intersection with the Northville-Placid Trail. » Continue Reading.


Friday, September 7, 2018

The Adirondacks Around The Web This Week


Friday, September 7, 2018

Lake George Bear Activity Prompts DEC Enforcement Warning

black bearWhat follows is a notice from the NYSDEC:

Due to number of residents still feeding birds and failing to secure their garbage, and the amount of nuisance bear activity in the Town of Lake George, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is shifting from an educational mode to an enforcement mode.

Residences with bird feeders and other bear attractants will be given a written warning. If they fail to heed the warning they will be issued a ticket that could result in a maximum penalty of $250 fine and 15 days in jail. » Continue Reading.


Friday, September 7, 2018

This Week’s Big Adirondack News Stories


Thursday, September 6, 2018

Current Adirondack Outdoor Recreation Conditions (Sept 6)

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.

SEPTEMBER 6, 2018 – SPECIAL NOTICES » Continue Reading.


Thursday, September 6, 2018

Ranger Reports: High Peaks Searches, Rescues, Dog Bite, Enforcements

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.


Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Great Adirondack Moose Festival Sept 22-23

Moose cow and calfThe 9th Annual Great Adirondack Moose Festival has been set for September 22nd and 23rd, 2018 in Indian Lake. Moose-themed family activities will be held throughout town, and visitors are encouraged to explore the region’s peaks and valleys, rivers and lakes.

Attendees can participate programs, games, contests, exhibitions – many in the name of the elusive and majestic moose. The half-ton mammal has made a come-back in the Adirondacks. The Annual Great Adirondack Moose Festival is sponsored by the Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce and a host of regional and local business sponsors. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Sacandaga Lake: Man Rescued From Sinking Boat

small capsizing on Sacandaga LakeNYS Environmental Conservation Officer (ECO) Scott Pierce reported that on August 20th he was patrolling the Sacandaga Lake when he noticed a small boat along the shoreline. ECO Pierce said he approached the vessel, a 14-foot-long pram powered by an electric motor operated by an older gentleman who said he was looking for Moffit’s Beach State Campsite, about a mile across the lake.

ECO Pierce reported that he asked the man if he had a life vest on board and he did not, so he gave the man a spare life vest from his patrol boat. With the winds picking up, the man put it on and headed for the campground, saying he would return the life vest to the campground office when he was done with it, according to ECO Pierce. » Continue Reading.