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Greg Dower

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Friday, January 6, 2017

The Big Adirondack News Stories This Week

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Current Adirondack Outdoor Conditions (Jan 5)

CompassThis weekly report of outdoor recreation conditions in the Adirondacks is issued each Thursday afternoon and can be heard at North Country Public Radio on Friday mornings.

Sunrise Saturday in Lake Placid will be at 7:31 am; sunset at 4:34 pm, providing 9 hours and 3 minutes of sunlight. The Moon will rise at 12:50 pm Saturday and set at 2:57 am, Sunday morning; it will be Waxing Gibbous, 71% illuminated.


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Monday, January 2, 2017

Colton Getting Ready for Winterfest January 26-29

The town of Colton is getting ready for its annual Winterfest Weekend scheduled for January 26-29, 2017. The 2017 theme — Get in Gear — invites people to stay active in winter through a variety of indoor and outdoor activities.

A preliminary schedule of activities being organized and supported by the town, Colton-Pierrepont Central School (CPCS), and many others has been posted on the town website by the Winterfest Planning Committee. The festival begins on Thursday, January 26 with the CPCS Class of 2020 hosting a spaghetti dinner from 4 to 7 pm in the school cafeteria. At 5 pm during the dinner, the town’s Citizen of the Year will be presented. » Continue Reading.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Saranac Lake Resort Project Comments Sought

The Adirondack Park Agency will hold a public information meeting on January 6, 2017 at the Harrietstown Town Hall in the Village of Saranac Lake.

Project sponsors for the proposed Saranac Lake Resort project along, with their consultants, will provide an overview of their proposal. The meeting will begin at 10 am. Following the presentation, the public will be allowed to comment on the proposal. Public comment will be limited to three minutes. » Continue Reading.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Current Adirondack Conditions (Dec. 29)

CompassThis weekly report of outdoor recreation conditions in the Adirondacks is issued each Thursday afternoon and can be heard at North Country Public Radio on Friday mornings.

Sunrise Saturday in Lake Placid will be at 7:32 am; sunset at 4:27 pm, providing 8 hours and 55 minutes of sunlight. The Moon will rise at 8:54 am Saturday and set at 7:05 pm; it will be Waxing Crescent, 6% illuminated.


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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Saranac Winter Carnival Accepting Nominations for King and Queen

The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee is currently seeking nominations from the public for the 2017 Winter Carnival king and queen.

The king and queen selection is based upon volunteerism within the community. Candidates should demonstrate a long-term and broad-based commitment to making life more livable, pleasant, and enjoyable – both for the people who live there and for those who visit. The volunteer activities can be organized or completely self-motivated. They can be as diverse as organizing a major community event or as seemingly minor as shoveling a neighbor’s sidewalk. The committee is seeking people who help others independently, not people who are in professions that help or care for others. » Continue Reading.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Long Lake Winter Carnival Events Announced

On Saturday, January 14th at noon, the Long Lake Winter Carnival will be held at Mt. Sabattis Recreation Center in Long Lake, located at 6 Pavilion Way off of Deerland Road, NYS Route 30.

The day-long series of events begin with a bonfire, snowmobile parade, and coronation of the King and Queen. The popular Cardboard Sled Races start at 1 pm. Prizes are awarded for speed and overall award for first place, Best In Show Decoration. Sleds can be made with cardboard, paint, wax and tape only. Categories are broken up by age group and teams.

Other events throughout the day include a Wackiest Hat Contest, Town-Wide Photo, Men’s Feats of Strength, the Ladies Frying Pan Toss and fireworks at 6:30 pm. New for 2017 will be the introduction of the Long Lake Snow Kayak Races. It’s a combination of sledding, snowboarding, speed-riding and kayaking. Participants must provide their own kayaks and paddles and will be required to wear helmets. » Continue Reading.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Martin Luther King Coffeehouse Features Standing Rock, Crowfeather

crowfeatherSaturday, January 14, 2017 at 7 pm in the Presbyterian Church Great Hall, the words of Dr. Martin Luther King will ring out, civil rights songs will be sung, stories of indigenous youth today will be told, along with music by the six-piece band Crowfeather. Coffee, tea and baked goods will be served.

This event is sponsored by the Peace with Justice Workgroup of the Saranac Lake Ecumenical Council. The event is free, donations will be accepted to mail refugee hygiene kits and to support indigenous nonviolent civil action.

In addition to civil rights inspired music and the words of Dr. King, Birk Albert and friends will share experience of today’s nonviolent civil rights movement with indigenous youth and Standing Rock. Birk Albert, 17, is a Lake Placid High School senior. He grew up in bush Alaska and is Athabascan Indian. He is a United National Indian Tribal Youth Earth Ambassador and one of “25 under 25” honorees. He serves as a UNITY, Earth Ambassador and was a Youth Delegate to the 2015 White House Tribal Nations Conference. He has been closely watching the situation at Standing Rock since July. » Continue Reading.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Adirondack Museum Presents Cabin Fever Sundays Series

The Adirondack Museum’s Cabin Fever Sundays winter lecture series is back, and brings to the North Country a wide-ranging look at life in the Adirondacks – yesterday, today, and tomorrow. These events explore a variety of topics, from archaeology in the Adirondacks, to the history of resort hotels in the region.

“Hidden Beneath Our Feet: The Deep History of the Adirondacks:” In the first installment of the series, Timothy Messner of SUNY Potsdam will share findings from recent archaeological investigations carried out over the last several years which have provided data for a more accurate, complex and deep history of the Adirondacks. “Hidden Beneath Our Feet” will begin at 1:30 pm on Sunday, January 8, in the Museum’s auditorium in Blue Mountain Lake. » Continue Reading.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Funding Opportunities for Climate Smart Communities

The New York State (NYS) Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced nine different sources of financial support for a variety of climate, energy, and sustainability initiatives.

DEC Electronic Waste Assistance Grants – $1.8 million

Applications Accepted between January through 31, 2017
Eligible Entities: all municipalities within New York State (“Municipality” means a local public authority or public benefit corporation, a county, city, town, village, or Indian tribe or nation residing within New York state, or any combination thereof, or a school district or supervisory district.)
DEC announced that a second round of grant funding from the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) is being made available to help municipalities across the state address costs associated with the collection and recycling of eligible electronic wastes (e-waste). Municipalities may receive reimbursement of up to 50 percent of eligible expenses incurred for recycling of e-waste between April 1, 2016 and March 31, 2017. Application materials, guidance documents, and important information for Electronic Waste Assistance Grants are available on DEC’s website. » Continue Reading.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

January Farm Talks Planned For Warrensburg

Warren County Soil & Water is beginning year four of its “Farm Talks” on Friday, January 13th from 6 to 8 pm at DEC’s Warrensburg Office, 232 Golf Course Road.

The first presentation of the night will be “Soil Blocks: A Better Start” with Rand Fosdick, Farm Manager of Landon Hill Estate Farm. In the northeast, starting your vegetable seeds early and correctly will lead to healthier plants with a head start to transplanting in spring. The soil block methodology is growing in popularity due to the success vegetable producers are having with this pot-less technique. The general concept behind it is using a soil recipe with structure and nutrients and a tool called a “soil blocker” to form the soil mixture into blocks to directly plant your seeds into. Soil blocks reduce transplant shock and add nutrients to your garden beds. » Continue Reading.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Back Country Skiing Presentation in North Creek

Outdoor adventure enthusiast and expert back country skier Steve Ovitt will speak on Tuesday, December 27th at 7 pm on “Getting Into Back Country Skiing.” Ovitt’s talk at the Tannery Pond Community Center in North Creek will give attendees the info and confidence to go off trail under their own power and enjoy the Adirondack back-country in winter.

Included in Ovitt’s presentation will be anecdotes from his extensive back-country experience; info on making the transition from traditional Nordic or Alpine skiing; advice on what equipment (including safety equipment) is needed; plus he will highlights some of the best back country places to ski in the Adirondacks. » Continue Reading.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Adirondack Explorer Names New Publisher

Tracy Ormsbee, a senior editor at the Albany Times Union, has been named publisher of the Adirondack Explorer, effective March 1, 2017.  Ormsbee will succeed Publisher Thomas Woodman, who announced earlier this year that he planned to retire in 2017.

Ormsbee currently serves as Senior Editor/Features and Sports at the Times Union as well as Executive Editor of Times Union Magazines. She leads a team that creates the newspaper’s features and sports content and two magazines. She also acts as the lead editor for the Sunday newspaper. Ormsbee heads the Time Union’s Women@Work magazine and professional network and manages the Women@Work Executive Board, which consists of top businesswomen in the Albany area. Long active in state and national journalism organizations, she serves as president of the board of the New York State Associated Press Association. » Continue Reading.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Adirondack Conditions, Including Lake Ice Report

CompassThis weekly report of outdoor recreation conditions in the Adirondacks is issued each Thursday afternoon and can be heard at North Country Public Radio on Friday mornings.

Sunrise Saturday in Lake Placid will be at 7:30 am; sunset at 4:22 pm, providing 8 hours and 52 minutes of sunlight. The Moon will rise at 2:54 am Saturday and set at 1:46 pm; it will be Waning Crescent, 18% illuminated.


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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Adirondack Foundation Announces 2017 Grant Cycle

erin-kelley-manager-of-ticonderoga-natural-foods-co-op-stocks-the-shelves-with-local-produceAdirondack Foundation will make grants from the Generous Acts Fund for the third year in 2017 thanks to donors from across the region. The Foundation has made a commitment to increasing the fund over time.

Generous Acts Fund (GAF) grants are single-year and competitive; current priority focus areas are early childhood education and quality of life for elders.

Adirondack Foundation’s Grants Committee will also review applications that might fill an unusual and/or pressing need that falls outside our focus areas. This program will not fund capital campaigns. » Continue Reading.

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