Almanack Contributor Editorial Staff

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.


Thursday, October 26, 2017

Rain, Snow, Wind: Adirondack Outdoor Conditions (Oct 26)

CompassThis weekly report of outdoor recreation conditions in the Adirondacks is compiled each Thursday afternoon.

Contribute Your Knowledge: Add a comment below, or send your observations, corrections, updates, and suggestions to adkalmanack@gmail.com.

Practice Leave No Trace Principles when visiting the Adirondack Park.

SPECIAL NOTICES FOR THIS WEEKEND
» Continue Reading.


Thursday, October 26, 2017

Emerald Ash Borer Class for Woodland Owners Planned

emerald ash borer photo courtesy DECThis August, the emerald ash borer (EAB) was confirmed in both St. Lawrence and Franklin counties. The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), and NYS Agriculture and Markets will hold a class on EAB on November 1, 2017 from 5:45 to 8 pm at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Learning Farm, 2043 State Route 68, Canton. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, October 26, 2017

Mirror Lake Water Quality Workshop November 2nd

mirror lake water quality workshopThe Ausable River Association will hold a workshop on Thursday, November 2nd from 1 to 4:30 pm at the Crowne Plaza in Lake Placid to discuss issues related to the protection of Mirror Lake.

Mirror Lake is the jewel of the Village of Lake Placid and serves as a hub for many recreational activities in the Village and the Town of North Elba. For the past three years, AsRA, in partnership with the Adirondack Watershed Institute (AWI), has been studying the water quality of Mirror Lake. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, October 26, 2017

Bird Band Reporting Moves Online

duckWaterfowl hunters who find bands on harvested game birds or have recovered a band are now asked to report it online to the National Bird Banding Laboratory. The toll-free 1-800-327-BAND system was discontinued in June of 2017. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Pearsall Adirondack Foundation Announces 2017 Grants

tannery pondThe Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation received 61 grant applications for funding this year from area not-for-profits and the foundation funded, all or in part, 36 of them. A complete list of this year’s grant recipients is available on the foundation’s website.

The private foundation was established in 2000 and is dedicated to improving the quality of life for year round residents of the Adirondack Park. Since its inception, the foundation has funded 402 not-for-profit grant requests totaling over $653,000. 61 grant applications for funding were received this year and the foundation funded, all or in part, 36 of them, including: » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Applications Sought for Master Gardener Training

Master Gardeners working at Eastside Center in Glens FallsApplications are being accepted for the Warren County Master Gardener Training Program, which will begin in January 2018. The program is open to anyone who has an interest in expanding their gardening experience and knowledge.

The Master Gardener Training Program is packed with information provided by the many scientists, educators, and garden experts associated with Cornell University. The course includes information about: botany; entomology; organic gardening; soil health; use of fertilizers; plant diseases; good flower, fruit and vegetable growing practices; and wildlife management. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

POSTPONED: CATS Grand Opening For Willsboro Trails Sunday

cats sophies lair trailsThe Grand Opening of the Sophie’s Lair and Florence Hathaway Trails in Willsboro, the newest additions to the Champlain Area Trails (CATS) network of trails in Florence Hathaway Park, has been postponed until January 2018. The event was originally scheduled for Sunday, October 29, but changed due to weather.

The Florence Hathaway Trail is a one-mile loop trail and leads to Sophie’s Lair Trail which provides for easy hikes of up to five miles on a variety of paths through a lovely forest with stone walls and beautiful old oak, hickory and pine trees. There are small creeks, seasonally wet areas, and gentle hills. Come winter, the trails will be available for cross-country skiing. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Municipalities Can Save on Zero-Emission Vehicle Purchases

elelctric carDEC and the Office of General Services (OGS) have released details on their upcoming aggregate bid for plug-in hybrids and battery electric vehicles. All authorized users of the New York State Vehicle Marketplace (e.g., municipalities and state agencies) can participate.

Bid forms are due by the close of business on Tuesday, October 31, 2017.

The goal of this initiative is to reduce the costs associated with adding zero-emission vehicles (ZEV) to government fleets across the state. The first aggregate bid resulted in an 11% discount on Chevy Volts. The second round included a discount of 13% on the Prius Prime and a 28% discount on a Nissan Leaf. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

ROOST Hosting Saranac Lake Destination Marketing Review

roost to host adirondack destination marketing solutionThe Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST) has invited all interested Saranac Lake area municipal leaders, businesses, organizations, and individuals to attend a short regional destination marketing review, followed by a reception, at the Saranac Lake ROOST office, 193 River Street, on Thursday, October 26th from 5 to 6:30 pm.

The agenda will include a brief presentation by ROOST staff, time for Q&A, followed by a networking opportunity with light refreshments and a cash bar. » Continue Reading.


Monday, October 23, 2017

Oil Transport Symposium Proceedings Now Available

Workshop participants map out the issues around crude oil transport in the Great Lakes system. Photo: K.Bunting-Howarth, NYSGNew York Sea Grant was among the nearly 130 federal, state and provincial governments; industry; NGOs; and academic entities that participated in the 2017 Crude Move Symposium addressing the economics, risks, and hazards of crude oil transport through such waters as the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River system and the Gulf of Mexico.

The 39-page proceedings and video recordings of the symposium are now available online. » Continue Reading.


Monday, October 23, 2017

View Offers ‘Ladies Night Out’ Halloween Event

wine glass paintingView, the multi-arts center located in Old Forge, has announced the third event of its Ladies Night Out series on October 26, 2017, at 6:30 pm. Ladies Night Out will occur on the last Thursday of every month with new activities and themes per event.

During this month’s event, everyone will receive two free signature drink tickets for a ghostly cocktail, with additional alcohol available for purchase. Non-alcoholic drinks will be free throughout the night. » Continue Reading.


Monday, October 23, 2017

GEM Radio Halloween Production Set For North Creek

horrors you can hearGem Radio Theatre will present “Horrors You Can Hear” on Friday, October 27 at 7 pm at Tannery Pond Community Center in North Creek and Saturday, October 28 at 7 pm at Indian Lake Theater in Indian Lake.

The theatre group will reimagine three classic radio thrillers from favorites such as “Lights Out” and “Quiet Please” not just as a live performance in true-old radio style, but as a shadow play, believed the first presentation of its kind in the Adirondack region. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, October 22, 2017

Clean Energy Economy Conference in Glens Falls

ANCA - Adirondack North Country Association LogoThe Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) and the Capital District Regional Planning Commission (CDRPC) have announced keynote speakers and conference tracks for the 2017 Clean Energy Economy Conference that will take place at The Queensbury Hotel in Glens Falls on October 25 and 26.

In his October 25 morning address, Jim Siplon, CEO of Just Beverages, a Glens Falls company that provides “responsibly sourced, produced and packaged” beverages, will speak about how the transition to a clean energy economy offers opportunities to bring positive changes and real benefits to communities.

The afternoon address will be delivered by Raoul Witteveen of Laaken Asset Management of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Witteveen helped establish Circle Economy, which works toward practical and scalable implementation of a sustainable “circular” economy. His talk will address the international importance of New York’s progressive stance on energy issues and how the state’s clean energy initiatives are inspiring others to adopt appropriate policies and technologies. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, October 21, 2017

Adirondack Mountain Club Hires New Development Director

adk mountain clubAdirondack Mountain Club Executive Director Neil Woodworth and Board President John Gilewicz have announced that, effective November 13, Lynn Shanks will join the ADK staff as Director of Development, overseeing fundraising and marketing.

As part of the ADK management team, she is expected to work with staff and volunteer leadership of the organization. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, October 21, 2017

Major Grant Funds Watershed Institute’s Invasives Work

Adirondack Watershed Institute stewardThe Paul Smith’s College Adirondack Watershed Institute has received a $594,276 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its ongoing work in controlling and preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species.

The funds will go toward work carried out by AWI stewards at approximately 10 different locations, including Upper St. Regis Lake, the St. Lawrence River and the lower Raquette River Reservoirs. » Continue Reading.