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Greg Dower

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Rochester Philharmonic to Perform in Inlet

Symphony Weekend 2018The Fulton Chain of Lakes Performing Arts Council has announced their annual event, “An Evening with the Symphony,” has been set for Friday, July 26, 2019 at 7:30 pm. This is their 21st year of presenting this concert under a tent overlooking 4th Lake in Inlet. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Funding for Champlain, Erie Canal Trail Projects Approved

proposed Empire State TrailThe New York State Canal Corporation Board of Directors has approved funding for construction projects that will move the Erie and Champlain canal trails closer to completion.

The projects are both now part of the Empire State Trail initiative, which, at 750 miles, will be the nation’s largest state network of multi-use trails. It is expected to be completed by the end of 2020. Although some routing questions remain. » Continue Reading.


Monday, May 27, 2019

Museum Institute Planned For Great Camp Sagamore

museum institute at great camp sagamoreThe Museum Association of New York (MANY) will present the 2019 “Access and Identity: Leading for the Future” Museum Institute at Great Camp Sagamore on September 24-27, 2019.

The Museum Institute is a retreat for museum professionals in which participants learn in collaboration with presenters who use their own experiences, successes, and challenges in the field to inspire conversations. In between sessions, participants have time to explore the grounds of Camp Sagamore or sit by the fire in the evening. » Continue Reading.


Monday, May 27, 2019

LGLC Receives Grant from Lake Champlain Basin Program

lglc logoThe Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) has been awarded $4,000 from the Lake Champlain Basin Program’s Local Implementation Grant Program, in cooperation with the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission.

The grant has allowed the LGLC to purchase field and office equipment and supports public educational programs. » Continue Reading.


Monday, May 27, 2019

ECO, Forest Ranger Recruits Begin Basic Training

ECO Forest Ranger basic trainingThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has opened the 22nd Basic School for Uniformed Officers, the 29-week training academy in Pulaski to prepare the newest class of recruits for careers as Environmental Conservation Police Officers (ECOs) and Forest Rangers.

The academy opened May 19, with 42 ECO and 16 Forest Ranger candidates reporting for duty. Of the 58, 10 are women – seven ECO recruits and three Forest Ranger recruits. The future officers hail from 31 counties across New York State, with three recruits from New Jersey, and one each from Maine and North Carolina. The recruits range in age from 22 to 48 years old. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, May 26, 2019

Preserving our Adirondack Lakes Talk in Luzerne

hadley luzerne historical societyThe Hadley-Lake Luzerne Historical Society has announced “Preserving Our Adirondack Lives,” a program set for Thursday, June 13th, at 7 pm, at the Hadley-Luzerne Public Library, 19 Main Street, Lake Luzerne.

Jim Lieberum, Director of the Warren County Soil & Water Conservation District, will be guest speaker. Preserving Adirondack lakes has become more challenging over the past decade. Development, pollution, invasive species and overuse has led to both challenges and discoveries. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, May 26, 2019

Stewards to Greet Lake Champlain Boaters

boat launch steward2019 will be the fourteenth summer that the Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP) has operated its boat launch steward program. Stewards greet boaters on Lake Champlain in New York, Vermont and Québec from Memorial Day to late September. They inspect their boats for invasive organisms, and share information about the threats they pose. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, May 25, 2019

Long Lake Van Morrison Tribute Concert June 1st

MoondanceThe Town of Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department is set to host the Massachusetts Band, Moondance, The Ultimate Van Morrison Tribute on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 7:30 pm at the 125-seat Long Lake Town Hall, one of the oldest buildings in the community.

Moondance captures the Van Morrison concert experience with a five-piece band that hails from Massachusetts and can regularly be seen performing venues in and around the Springfield, MA region. » Continue Reading.


Friday, May 24, 2019

Featured Trail: New Northville-Placid Trail Spur, Long Lake

Long Lake NPT Spur Trail MapThe new 2.2-mile spur trail connecting the 134-mile Northville-Placid Trail (NPT) to the hamlet of Long Lake in Hamilton County has officially opened.

The spur trail provides ease of access to food, supplies, and lodging for backpackers through-hiking the NPT and is hoped to enhance the local economy. » Continue Reading.


Friday, May 24, 2019

The Adirondacks Around The Web This Week


Friday, May 24, 2019

‘Women Will Vote’ Exhibit Opening in Ticonderoga

womens right to voteThe Ticonderoga Historical Society is set to unveil a traveling exhibit addressing Women’s Suffrage and present a free public program entitled “Women Will Vote” on Friday, May 31 at 7 pm at the Hancock House, 6 Moses Circle, Ticonderoga.

The program will look at often-overlooked consequences of Women’s Suffrage, including internal disagreements that threatened to sideline the movement, the institution of Prohibition, and changes in women’s roles within the workforce. » Continue Reading.


Friday, May 24, 2019

This Week’s Big Adirondack News Stories


Thursday, May 23, 2019

Getting To Boreas Ponds Will Be Easier This Summer

Photo by Phil Brown 2016. View of Gothics from Boreas Ponds.The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is working to create additional access and recreational infrastructure in the Boreas Ponds Tract in the High Peaks Wilderness this June and July.

Gulf Brook Road is currently closed for the spring mud season. Due to the amount of snow this winter and the amount of rain this spring, the road will not open until after Memorial Day weekend. After the road has dried and hardened, and basic maintenance has been completed, motorists will be able to access the Fly Pond Parking Area on weekends only. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, May 23, 2019

Mud Season: Current Adirondack Outdoor Conditions (May 23)

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 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.

May 23th, 2019 – SPECIAL NOTICES » Continue Reading.


Thursday, May 23, 2019

Outdoor Street Fest in Tupper Lake Saturday

Tupper Lake LogoThe resurgence of downtown Tupper Lake is being celebrated with a party on Park Street on Memorial Day weekend.

All are welcome to join in on the family-friendly celebration on Saturday, May 25 for a block party spanning from Cliff Street to Mill Street. The street will be closed to traffic from 1 to 6 pm, when the block will be transformed into an outdoor street festival including live music, free beverages, food, retail vendors, workshops and more. » Continue Reading.