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Greg Dower

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Research Aids Dairy Calf Managers in Winter

Sarah Murray checks calves bedded in deep straw and wear calf coats at Murcrest Farms in Northern New YorkResearch funded by the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program has identified steps dairy farms can take to reduce winter season respiratory illness in dairy calves.

Respiratory illness in calves can negatively impact weight gain, age at their first calving, first lactation milk production, farm revenue and costs. » Continue Reading.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

globalFEST Features New Golden Age of Latin Music

Las Cafeteras photo by Rafael CardenasThe Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA) has announced two young Latin bands will perform at globalFEST: The New Golden Age of Latin Music on Tuesday, February 13 at 7 pm.

Acoustic alt-folk band Las Cafeteras, from East Los Angeles and indie mambo Orkesta Mendoza, from Tucson, AZ will take turns on stage. » Continue Reading.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

ORDA-Whiteface Opens Trail On Lookout Mountain

Whiteface Wilmington TrailWhiteface Mountain, in Wilmington opened its third peak for skiing and riding. The Wilmington trail, off Lookout Mountain is now open. The Wilmington trail, the northeast’s longest intermediate run, is 2.5-miles long, overlooking Wilmington’s Wild Forest.

Photo of Wilmington Trail, courtesy ORDA/Whiteface.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Workshop Set For Warrensburg

Hemlock woolly adelgidCornell Cooperative Extension in partnership with DEC has announced they will be hosting Charlotte Malmborg of the New York State Hemlock Initiative at Cornell University to present on the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid.

» Continue Reading.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Lake Placid Curling Club Hosting Olympic Challenge

curlingThe Lake Placid Curling Club are planning an Olympic Challenge to coincide with the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, on February 18th.

The event will include curling instruction, a friendly game, and a social at the Hotel Saranac. No experience necessary. » Continue Reading.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Parade Saturday

2017 Winter Carnival Parade MarchersThe Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Gala Parade is set for Saturday, February 10 at 1 pm. The parade will take place at Broadway and Main Street from Ampersand Avenue to Lapan Highway and the public is invited to assemble along the route. The procession is a crowd favorite and tradition of the Winter Carnival, featuring many creative floats, quirky performers, community members and more.

Parade performers will be judged in several classes covering businesses, civic or volunteer groups, youth groups, school groups, independent groups and animal units. Trophies will be awarded to the top two entries in each group that most conform to the “Adirondack Festival” theme, as well as the Louis Fobare Trophy for Best of Show. » Continue Reading.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Ticonderoga 2018 Garden & Landscape Event Set

2018 Garden SymposiumThe King’s Garden at Fort Ticonderoga has announced the Seventh Annual Garden & Landscape Symposium is planned for Saturday, April 7, 2018 in the Mars Education Center. Geared for both beginning and experienced gardeners, this daylong symposium provides insights from garden experts who live and garden in upstate New York and northern

This year’s featured speaker is Charlie Nardozzi, an award-winning, nationally recognized garden author, speaker, garden tour leader, and radio and TV personality based in Vermont.

» Continue Reading.

Monday, February 5, 2018

VIEW’s Annual Chili Bowl Luncheon and Basket Raffle

VIEWs 12th Annual Chili Bowl Luncheon Basket RaffleView’s 12th Annual Chili Bowl Luncheon is set for Saturday, February 17th from 11:30 am to 2 pm.

Homemade meat and vegetarian chili, stews, and soups will be prepared by local restaurants and served in newly handcrafted bowls created from View’s Pottery Workshop and by other artists, near and far. » Continue Reading.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Comments Sought On St. Lawrence Rock Ridge Plans

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced they are seeking public input on the draft St. Lawrence Rock Ridge Unit Management Plan (UMP).

Located just outside the Adirondack Park, the 21,542-acre St. Lawrence Rock Ridge planning unit consists of fifteen (15) state forests, and nine (9) detached forest preserve parcels and is in a broad area of southwestern St. Lawrence County and northeastern Lewis County. » Continue Reading.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Soldiers of Color at Fort Ticonderoga Feb 11th

fort ticonderoga reenactmentFort Ticonderoga’s “Fort Fever Series” continues on Sunday, February 11, at 2 pm with a program on “Soldiers of Color at Ticonderoga” presented by Stuart Lilie, Vice President of Public History and Operations.

This program will focus on the diversity of soldiers who fought at Ticonderoga and examine how attitudes about soldiers of color varied dramatically within the numerous armies and empires that held Ticonderoga. The program is part of the National Black History Month celebration.

The great campaigns of the French & Indian War and Revolutionary War have frequently been envisioned with long battle lines of soldiers as equally white as they were uniform. However, small, but significant numbers of African or African-American soldiers appear in nearly every army that came to Ticonderoga. » Continue Reading.

Friday, February 2, 2018

The Adirondacks Around The Web This Week

Friday, February 2, 2018

Featured Trails: Bluberry Hill, Elizabethtown

blueberry trails lean toThe Blueberry Hill Trails are located in the town of Elizabethtown on town-owned lands. Part of the Champlain Area Trails, the trail system provides trails for snowshoeing, skiing, and snowmobiling in the winter and hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding in the other seasons. A lean-to provides outstanding views of the Giant Mountain Wilderness. There are several other viewing areas within the trail system that are quite rewarding. A sugarhouse and a small cabin are also found on the property. » Continue Reading.

Friday, February 2, 2018

The Big Adirondack News Stories This Week

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Current Adirondack Outdoor Conditions (Feb 1)

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

Practice Leave No Trace Principles when visiting the Adirondack Park.

» Continue Reading.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Recent Adirondack Forest Ranger Missions

DEC Forest RangerNew 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.

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