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Greg Dower

Stories under the Almanack's Editorial Staff byline come from press releases and other notices. To have your news noticed here at the Almanack contact our editor John Warren at adkalmanack@gmail.com.


Sunday, February 3, 2019

Comments Sought on Changes to Remote Wilderness Area

Pepperbox Wilderness with Trails and TrailheadsThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is seeking public for input prior to developing a revision to the Pepperbox Wilderness Unit Management Plan (UMP). A public meeting will be held on February 27, in Lowville, Lewis County. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, February 3, 2019

Adirondack History Museum Seeking 46er Summit Canisters

46er Summit Canisters The Adirondack History Museum is starting a campaign to gather as many Adirondack 46er summit canisters as possible to incorporate in their Hiking the Adirondack High Peaks exhibit.

The Museum currently has four canisters, from Seward, Marshall, Santanoni, and Esther. Their goal is to be the repository for the entire collection, to be permanently displayed at the Adirondack History Museum. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, February 2, 2019

Noted Adirondack Artist Paul Matthews Dies at 85

paul matthewsPaul Clement Matthews II, an artist and writer based in Lambertville, NJ and Keene, NY, whose paintings were shown at galleries and museums in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and elsewhere, died January 15, 2019 in Hamilton, NJ, where he had been hospitalized with a chronic lung disease. He was 85.

Matthews’ work ranged from portraits and nudes done in a meticulous, realistic style, to majestic landscapes and cloudscapes of the Adirondack high peaks, to darker, dreamlike scenes that reflected a surreal inner world. » Continue Reading.


Friday, February 1, 2019

The Adirondacks Around The Web This Week


Friday, February 1, 2019

Forest Rangers Respond To Stranded Groomers

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.


Friday, February 1, 2019

This Week’s Big Adirondack News Stories


Thursday, January 31, 2019

Deep Snow: Current Adirondack Outdoor Conditions (1/31)

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, flashlights, 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 be prepared to spend an unplanned night in the woods in freezing temperatures. 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.

January 31th, 2019 – SPECIAL NOTICES » Continue Reading.


Thursday, January 31, 2019

Oak Mountain Celebrating 70 Years on Saturday

oak mountainOak Mountain in Speculator is set to celebrate their 70 year anniversary on Saturday, February 2nd from 3 to 7 pm.

The public is encouraged to share memories, photos, old ticket stubs or season passes and win prizes. There will be face painting, retro costumes, a torchlight parade, live music by The Willie Playmore Band and beverages by Paradox Brewery. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, January 31, 2019

Keene Digital Stories Project Seeks Stories

keene valley libraryThe Keene Valley Library Association has announced it has received three grants to implement “Adirondack Community: Capturing, Retaining, and Communicating the Stories of Who We Are.”

This multi-year local history project collects and organizes audio stories and related photographs from Town of Keene community members through an online platform to share the social and cultural history of the community. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Winter Play Gym for Kids at Whallonsburg Grange

grange play gymThe Whallonsburg Grange Hall is set to host indoor winter play for families with children from newborn to age six, on Saturday mornings starting on February 9.

The Play Gym is in its sixth year of providing a warm and welcoming place to run, jump, scoot, and play from 9:30 am to noon. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Empire Games Introduces Titus Ski Festival

eswg logoThe inaugural Titus Mountain Ski Festival, part of the Empire State Winter Games, will combine amateur ski racing with family-fun activities on Saturday, February 2, 2019.

Competition is available to skiers of all ages and skill levels; there is no pre-qualifier for the event. In addition to the ski racing, Titus Mountain will offer to the public free tubing all day, and hot chocolate and s’mores.

» Continue Reading.


Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Ticonderoga Historical To Conserve Battlefields Mural

clegg muralThe Ticonderoga Historical Society has received a grant of $7,500 for the conservation of a mural depicting the significant historic battlefields from Plattsburgh to Saratoga.

» Continue Reading.


Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Fort William Henry Corp Under New Leadership

Fort William Henry Hotel The Board of Directors of Fort William Henry Corporation has announced the election of Kathryn Flacke Muncil, Sebastian J. Luciano, and Nancy Flacke Reuss to a new executive leadership team.

The first Fort William Henry Hotel opened in 1855. The resort, one of the oldest and largest on Lake George, now includes the Fort William Henry Hotel and Conference Center, the Best Western Hotel at Exit 21 and the recreated Fort William Henry, site of a pivotal 1757 French and Indian War battle.

» Continue Reading.


Monday, January 28, 2019

Center for Businesses in Transition Moves Forward

Center for Businesses in Transition community liaisonsThe Adirondack North Country Center for Businesses in Transition has announced a slate of community liaisons, a monthly workshop series and other ways the group will share insights, skills and resources to assist local businesses in transition.

The Center for Businesses in Transition is a collaboration of regional organizations and leaders whose goal is to support existing business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs in developing successful business transition strategies. » Continue Reading.


Monday, January 28, 2019

4-H Adirondack Guides Orientation Planned

4H new guide orientation programCornell Cooperative Extension of Warren County has announced a new 4-H guide orientation program, set for Thursday, January 31st, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm, at 377 Schroon River Road in Warrensburg.

All prospective or interested youths and their families are welcome to attend. Pre-registration is required, and there is no cost for this event. » Continue Reading.