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Greg Dower

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Funds Awarded for Foreign Language Teaching

Teacher Jane Hinckley with her class as they learn vocabulary and grammar through an interactive programThe Adirondack Foreign Language Enhancement Fund (AFLEF) at Adirondack Foundation has awarded $58,445 in grants to 32 classrooms — from pre-kindergarten to high school — across the region.

The grants are helping French and Spanish teachers help their students acquire language skills and develop cultural awareness in the following schools: Ausable Valley, Beekmantown, Chateaugay, Clifton-Fine, Colton-Pierrepont, Crown Point, Elizabethtown-Lewis, Indian Lake, Johnsburg, Lake Placid, Lakeside (Essex), Little Peaks (Keene), Malone, Mayfield, Newcomb, Northeastern Clinton, Peru, Queensbury Union Free, Remsen, Saranac Lake, Schroon Lake, St. Agnes (Lake Placid), St. Regis Falls, Ticonderoga, Tupper Lake. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, April 2, 2019

John Brown Lives! Awarded Grant by Parks & Trails

john brown livesJohn Brown Lives! (JBL!) has been awarded a $31,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Fund’s (EPF) Park and Trail Partnership Program to enhance interpretation at the John Brown Farm and to develop outreach strategies that raise awareness of and support of the site.

JBL! became the official Friends Group of the John Brown Farm State Historic Site in Lake Placid in 2016. » Continue Reading.


Monday, April 1, 2019

Cooper’s Hawk

cooper hawk Once, when I was living in a house on the edge of a forest in Western Massachusetts, an early-spring storm blew in and left about a foot of snow in its wake. Worried about the birds, many of which had just returned to their northern breeding grounds, I spent the day replenishing the feeders and scattering extra seeds on the deck and in the yard. I watched through the sliding glass doors, as dozens of songbirds flitted in and out my view. It was a mesmerizing scene.

My reverie was broken, however, when a large bird torpedoed out of the woods and snatched one of the songbirds off the ground. It flew with such speed, I barely had time to register its presence. All of the birds, however, instantly dispersed, as if vaporized. » Continue Reading.


Monday, April 1, 2019

Burn Ban In Effect

fire by town 2017Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has reminded residents that with spring approaching conditions for wildfires will become heightened and residential brush burning is prohibited through May 14 across New York State.

Even though much of the state is currently blanketed in snow, warming temperatures can quickly cause wildfire conditions to arise. Many areas, including in the Southeastern and Eastern Adirondacks, already have large areas devoid of snow.

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Monday, April 1, 2019

Adirondack Garden Club Goes To Washington

Meredith Hanna Representative Elise Stefanik Lyn Flyn at NAL 2019Two Garden Club of America (GCA) members, Lyn Flyn and Meredith Hanna from the Adirondack Garden Club, recently attended a conference and lobbying day with a focus on advocacy training in Washington, DC.

The first day of the conference was spent learning how to advocate by working with representatives for legislation that supports the environment. The second day they learned about the proposed bills in Congress that the GCA is advocating for and listened to scientific experts highlighting environmental threats, including the importance of those bills in protecting the environment. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, March 31, 2019

Beyond the Peaks Student Film Fest Deadline Nears

adkaction filmfestStudents are invited to submit films before the April 10th deadline of the Beyond the Peaks Student Film Festival.

This event is designed to offer a red carpet showcase of student creativity and talent. All middle school and high school-aged students in the Adirondack region are eligible to enter films and win prizes. Community members are welcome to register to attend the festival as well, free of charge.

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Sunday, March 31, 2019

Business Transition Workshops Announced

Center for Businesses in Transition community liaisons and other community leaders gather in the ANCA officeThe North Country Center for Businesses in Transition has announced a series of monthly workshops that hope to meet the needs of local entrepreneurs as they plan for the future.

The Center for Businesses in Transition, a collaborative partnership led by the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA), is invested in the retention of businesses in North Country communities. The Center’s partner organizations and community liaisons provide resources and networking opportunities for business owners looking to transition their operations to new owners or ownership models. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, March 30, 2019

Be Alert For Rabid Wildlife in Eastern Essex County

DEC logoThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has advised the public to be alert for wildlife exhibiting unusual or aggressive behavior toward people and pets. Reports of wildlife behaving in this manner have resulted in positive rabies tests in the towns of Moriah, Crown Point, and Ticonderoga in Eastern Essex County. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, March 30, 2019

Trout Season Opens Monday, April 1

brown troutMonday, April 1st, is opening day for trout fishing.  Currently, rivers and brooks in much of the Adirondacks are dangerous or difficult or impossible to access due to deep snow and ice. Rivers and brooks in the Southern Adirondacks and eastern valleys are open but there remains some patches of ice and snow along the banks, and water temperatures are extremely cold.

Water levels will rise as snow melts this weekend. There remains deep snow in the mountains, 6 to 8 feet on some summits, so expect waters to rise significantly from morning to afternoon during the warm days of spring. Monitor water levels to ensure your safety.

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Friday, March 29, 2019

Featured Hike: Nicks and Nelson Lake Area, Old Forge

nicks and nelson lake areaThe 127,135-acre Black River Wild Forest is located within the southwestern foothills of the Adirondack Forest Preserve and offers a variety of recreational opportunities, from snowmobiling near the adjacent communities of Old Forge and Otter Lake, to hiking on foot trails in remote areas.

The following trail system originates from Nicks Lake Campground; » Continue Reading.


Friday, March 29, 2019

The Adirondacks Around The Web This Week


Friday, March 29, 2019

Curt Stager Talk at Whallonsburg Grange Sunday

walden pond The Whallonsburg Grange Hall in Essex is set to welcome science educator and author Dr. Curt Stager to its Lyceum lecture series on Sunday, March 31 at 3 pm.

Dr. Stager’s topic comes from his most recent book and his research into lakes around the world, from the Adirondacks to Siberia. His talk, “Still Waters: A Deeper Look at Walden Pond,” will focus on this iconic lake – its history, ecosystems, and the impact of humans on it. » Continue Reading.


Friday, March 29, 2019

This Week’s Big Adirondack News Stories


Thursday, March 28, 2019

Current Adirondack Outdoor Conditions (Mar 28)

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. Carry proper safety equipment and weather protection and bring plenty of water, lights and a map. When on the trail: keep the group together, watch the time, and be prepared to turn back. Accidents happen to the most experienced people. Be prepared to spend an unplanned night in the woods in freezing temperatures. Always carry food, a space blanket, emergency whistle, first aid kit, fire making tools, extra clothing layers and socks, and a map and compass. Inform someone of your itinerary and 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.

March 28th, 2019 – SPECIAL NOTICES » Continue Reading.


Thursday, March 28, 2019

Lecture: William Murray’s Impact on Adirondack Tourism

The final Cabin Fever Sunday Series program of the season at Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake (ADKX) will be Fools Rushed In: W.H.H. Murray’s Adventures in the Wilderness, 150 Years Later with Ivy Gocker, is set for April 7th, at 1:30 pm. » Continue Reading.