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Greg Dower

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

World Cup Luge Comes to Lake Placid

2015 luge world cupNew York Olympic Regional Development Authority and USA Luge are set welcome Thanksgiving holiday visitors at Mount Van Hoevenberg this weekend as World Cup luge racing makes its annual visit to Lake Placid.

Most of the Olympic medalists from the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang will be in the field for the second stop on the Viessmann World Cup tour. The circuit opened last weekend in Innsbruck/Igls, Austria. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Henry Knox’s ‘Noble Train’ of Artillery At Fort Ti

Fort Ticonderoga courtesy Carl Heilman IIWhen men under Benedict Arnold and Ethan Allen captured Fort Ticonderoga and Fort Crown Point in 1775, they also captured over 180 cannon, and other weaponry and supplies.

Beginning in November 1775, Colonel Henry Knox and a team of engineers used sledges to haul 60 tons of this heavy artillery to Cambridge and the Siege of Boston. Many of those cannon were larger than what was available to Patriot forces, and they were placed on higher ground around the city.  Americans began to bombard the city on the night of March 2, 1776, the British responded with their own bombardment, and for two days the cannon fire rained into Boston.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

31st Nonpoint Source Pollution Conference Set

Nonpoint Source ConferenceThe 31st Annual Nonpoint Source Pollution Conference has been set for April 23 & 24, 2020 at the Woodstock Inn, in Woodstock, Vermont.

This conference, which is coordinated by New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) in partnership with member states and EPA, is a forum for sharing information about nonpoint source pollution (NPS) issues and projects in this region. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Statewide Multi-Use Trails Bill Signed by Governor

Adirondack trails courtesy Adirondack AtlasNew York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation (S.4416B/A.5035B) directing the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) to develop: “a plan for a comprehensive statewide system of non-motorized multi-use trails consisting of a network of non-motorized primary corridors linked to and enhanced by regional and local non-motorized multi-use trails.”

State Parks is instructed to identify new multi-use trail opportunities “including, but not limited to, transportation (rail, canal, trolley) corridors existing, abandoned or under consideration to be abandoned; under-utilized or closed roads; utility corridors and natural corridors such as waterways and waterfronts.” » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Feeling Long Lakey Polar Plunge

Long Lake Polar PlungeThe Town of Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department is set to host the 7th Annual Feeling Long Lakey Polar Plunge on Saturday, December 28, at 1 pm, at the Long Lake Town Beach, 1258 Main Street, Long Lake.

In 2019 this event benefits the St Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The mission of St Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion, or a family’s ability to pay. St. Jude’s supports treatment, travel, housing, and food for families. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Youth Climate Program Receives DEC Excellence Award

Wild Centers Youth Climate ProgramThe Wild Center’s Youth Climate Program has been recognized by the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) as a winner of a 2019 New York Environmental Excellence Award.

The Wild Center was named one of four innovation and sustainability leaders across New York State at the 16th annual awards celebration, held on Tuesday, November 14th. » Continue Reading.


Monday, November 25, 2019

Artist Sought To Design Invasive Species Sail

The Lake Champlain Basin Program is seeking an artist to design a boat sail which will be incorporated into the fleet at the Community Sailing Center on the Burlington waterfront in 2020.

Artwork will be related to aquatic invasive species to help draw the public’s attention to preventing their spread. The Lake Champlain Basin Program is a member of the National Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force and supports technical and community projects to address aquatic invasive species issues across the Lake Champlain watershed. » Continue Reading.


Monday, November 25, 2019

Lake Placid Celebrating 1980 Olympics 40th Anniversary

Lake Placid Winter Olympic MuseumForty years ago this February, the Adirondack village of Lake Placid hosted the 13th Olympic Winter Games. The U.S. Men’s Olympic Hockey Team’s improbable win over the Russians, known as the “Miracle on Ice,” along with speed skater Eric Heiden’s five gold medals, helped make the 1980 Lake Placid Games one with an enduring legacy.

From February 14 – 23, the two-time Olympic village (the first winter games to be hosted outside of Europe took place in Lake Placid in 1932) is set to host a full slate of activities. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, November 24, 2019

Lake Placid Land Conservancy Adds Conservation Planner

Carolyn Koestner provided by Lake Placid Land ConservancyThe Lake Placid Land Conservancy (LPLC) has announced the hiring of its newest staff member, Carolyn Koestner.

She joins the organization as the Strategic Conservation Planner where she is expected to use her expertise in Geographic Information System (GIS) analysis and mapping to identify priority areas for conservation in the Ausable and Saranac River watersheds. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, November 24, 2019

Soup Social & Holiday Sing in Blue Mtn Lake

Blue Mountain Lake Center for the ArtsThe Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts is set to kick off the holiday season with their annual Soup Social & Holiday Sing on Saturday, December 7th from 5 to 8 pm.

The public is invited to bring their favorite soup, chowder, or chili to share with friends of the Arts Center. Desserts and breads are also welcomed. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, November 24, 2019

Over $2M Invested in North Country Clean Energy

Map of Designated Clean Energy Communities courtesy NYSERDAThe Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) recently wrapped up two clean energy programs designed to help municipalities reduce costs and increase energy efficiency for their communities.

Since 2015, the ANCA Clean Energy Program has worked with municipalities and residents to help implement two New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) programs: the Cleaner Greener Communities (CGC) One Stop Shop (OSS) Program and the Clean Energy Communities (CEC) Program. Among ANCA’s several ongoing initiatives to bring clean energy investments and opportunities to North Country communities, the OSS and CEC programs provided over $2M in energy funding to the region. » Continue Reading.


Friday, November 22, 2019

Featured: New Snow Tubing Center at Titus Mountain

Titus Mountain Tubing CenterTitus Mountain Family Ski Center has announced they have replaced their current tubing area with a larger, faster, more convenient center to accommodate what they say is increased demand for tubing.

The new tubing area is slated to open this Thanksgiving weekend, provided the weather cooperates. » Continue Reading.


Friday, November 22, 2019

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Friday, November 22, 2019

Holiday Lights Contest in Long Lake, Raquette Lake

Adirondack Hotel provided by Town of Long LakeThe Town of Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department has announced the Annual Holiday Decorating Contest for both Long Lake and Raquette Lake.

Residents of both communities will be eligible for prizes of $100, $75 and $50. Businesses receive plaques for their prize-winning displays. » Continue Reading.


Friday, November 22, 2019

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