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Friday, May 24, 2024

Herkimer County Soil & Water Conservation District Hosts Local County Envirothon

Winning Envirothon team

The Herkimer County Soil & Water Conservation District held its 29th annual Herkimer County Envirothon on Wednesday, May 8 at Herkimer College. Event organizers reported that the event was once again a huge success, thanking the generous sponsors and volunteers that made the event possible. This year Central Valley Academy (CVA), Herkimer BOCES, Herkimer Central School, Mount Markham, Poland, and West Canada Valley all sent teams.  Approximately 70 students participated in the Envirothon with advisors and volunteers from NYS DEC, Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Herkimer College, and Herkimer County Soil and Water Conservation District.

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Thursday, May 23, 2024

Keene Valley Library to host three local authors’ “Writing About Place” discussion on May 27

All are invited to gather for a “Writing About Place: Fiction & Non-Fiction” presentation by three local authors, Lorraine Duvall, Céline Keating, and Caperton Tissot, at the Keene Valley Library on Monday, May 27 at 3 p.m. The trio will discuss the respective challenges and joys of writing about the sense of place in fiction, poetry, and non-fiction.

Each author will provide brief readings from their recent books, followed by a discussion/audience Q & A moderated by New York Times reporter and editor James Gorman. Books will be available for purchase and signing. The Keene Valley Library is located at 1796 NY-73 in Keene Valley, NY.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Ironman Event to Continue in Lake Placid Through 2027

Scene at Ironman Lake Placid, 2013. photo by Nancie BattagliaIRONMAN and the Village of Lake Placid, the Town of North Elba and the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST) have agreed to a three-year partnership renewal to keep the iconic and longstanding Athletic Brewing IRONMAN® Lake Placid triathlon in the Adirondacks through 2027. The agreement will benefit communities, event participants, businesses, and nonprofits in the region.

“The IRONMAN Lake Placid triathlon is one of the region’s premier, large-scale events,” said Town of North Elba Supervisor Derek Doty. “This year it’s celebrating its 25th year which is an incredible milestone. Our community is proud to be part of the longest-running IRONMAN event in the contiguous US and we are excited to surpass that milestone over the next three years with the renewal of this contract.”

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Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Fort Ticonderoga to present a Memorial Day Weekend Commemoration, May 25-26

On Saturday and Sunday, May 25-26, Fort Ticonderoga will pay tribute to the men and women who lost their lives to their country during the American Revolution. Discover the story of the American Army in 1777 and how it prepared to defend liberty at Ticonderoga through living history programs and demonstrations throughout Memorial Day weekend. These events will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

Throughout the weekend, witness the labor of liberty as soldiers from the Continental Army bring to life this defining story through military drills, historic trades, and fatigue duties such as carpentry.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Public invited to comment on plans for playground for Cranberry Lake Campground

cranberry lakeRay Brook – The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) are holding a joint public comment period to solicit comments for an amendment to the 2016 Cranberry Lake Campground and Day Use Area Unit Management Plan (UMP). The public is invited to submit input on a draft amendment for the construction of a playground.

The amendment will guide siting, construction, and management of a playground within the Cranberry Lake Day-Use Area. The DEC will consider public comments on the management activity as it finalizes the draft amendment.  Concurrently, the APA will accept public comment on the proposal’s conformance to the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan.

All comments will be accepted until June 17, 2024.

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Monday, May 20, 2024

Whiteface region to host bike and foot races this June

Whiteface MTB participants


Whiteface Uphill Bike Race now includes handcycle division

Wilmington, NY – The Whiteface Region of Upstate New York is gearing up to host a number of race events. The Whiteface Mountain Uphill Bike and Foot races, the Wilmington Whiteface Mountain Bike Race, and the Wilmington Whiteface Whiskey Run all take place during the month of June.

According to Michelle Preston, director of the Whiteface Visitors Bureau, the events entice participants from throughout the Northeast who love the region’s natural beauty and challenging courses.

“This is such an exciting time in Wilmington,” she said. “The races provide an opportunity to showcase the Wilmington community, the area’s rugged backcountry terrain, amazing Adirondack scenery, and our growing mountain bike trail network. We are really excited about the addition of a handcycle division to one of the bike races.”

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Sunday, May 19, 2024

Adirondack-area establishments announce new hires, appointments

Adirondack-area nonprofit organizations and other establishments, including AdkAction/Adirondack Food System Network,  Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA), and the Long Lake Central School District have recently announced new staff and board appointments. See below roundup for details about these developments. 

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Sunday, May 19, 2024

Saranac Lake’s ‘Round the Mountain race draws record 102 boats

Paddling team

Saranac Lake, NY— The Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) hosted the 2024 ‘Round the Mountain Canoe & Kayak Race on Saturday, May 11, drawing a record 102 boats for the annual spring paddling tradition.

Matthew Skeels of Canton, NY, posted the fastest time of the day, completing the 10.5-mile course in 1:25:30. TheRound the Mountain begins at Ampersand Bay on Lower Saranac Lake, crosses to Second Pond, through the Lower Locks to Oseetah Lake and finishes on Lake Flower.

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Saturday, May 18, 2024

Craigardan awarded $637,000 for new main campus building

Craigardan logo

Elizabethtown, NY – Craigardan recently announced a grant award totaling $637,000 from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) to support the organization’s construction of their new Main campus building. This grant is part of a capital project funding announcement by NYSCA, which totals over $32 million to 102 capital projects across New York State.

Craigardan’s new 320 acre campus for artists, scholars, and change-makers was opened to the public in June 2023. Designed by renowned Adirondack architect Nils Luderowski, local craftsmen are constructing the campus buildings in phases. NYSCA’s support for the Main building project will provide grant funds necessary to break ground on the third structure out of five Adirondack-inspired, community-focused buildings.

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Saturday, May 18, 2024

Wild Center awarded climate education grant

Adirondack Youth Climate SummitTupper Lake, NY – The Wild Center has been awarded a significant grant from the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership to support its Empowering Youth for Climate Action project in the Champlain-Adirondack Biosphere Network (CABN) and the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Region (FABN) in southern Ontario. 

The Empowering Youth for Climate Action Project aims to increase climate education among high school students in both biosphere regions through youth summits and youth climate leadership training. The initiative will focus on climate science, biodiversity, sustainability, and solutions, empowering young people to take meaningful action in their communities. The initiative will also deepen the partnership and connections between youth living in the two biospheres in the US and Canada. 

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Thursday, May 16, 2024

Tenth Annual Adirondack Day Showcases Adirondack Region’s Economic Vitality


man stands at a podium

Lake Placid, NY- Adirondack Day, an annual event showcasing the region’s economic diversity, took place in Albany on May 6 at the Legislative Office Building. The event, co-sponsored by Senators Neil Breslin and Jose M. Serrano, showcases the breadth of Adirondack-based organizations, businesses, educational institutions, environmental preservation groups, and various industry sectors.

The event was organized by the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism and the North Country Chamber of Commerce, along with representatives from a number of industry sectors throughout the Adirondacks including tourism, environmental sustainability, history, education, sports, housing, healthcare, agriculture, hospitality, economic development, and arts. The event showcased a number of Adirondack-themed displays and exhibits, local food and beverages and featured opportunities for attendees to meet and interact with exhibitors.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Sixty Essex County arts organizations receive $40,000 in Cultural Assistance Program funds

essex county arts councilThe Essex County Arts Council (ECAC) is pleased to announce the 2024 Cultural Assistance Program (CAP) Grant recipients.  Grants totaling $40,000 to support specific projects have been awarded to 60 organizations providing cultural arts experiences for Essex County residents. The CAP Grant is funded by Essex County, Cloudsplitter Foundation, Stewarts Shops, and private donors. 

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Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Legislature Passes New York Wildlife Crossings Bill

A woman in a bike helmet takes a photo of roadkill

Legislation directs the NYS Department of Transportation (DOT) to identify sites along highways, thruways and parkways in the state where wildlife crossings are most needed to increase public safety and improve habitat connectivity.

Albany, NY- The State Assembly and State Senate have both acted to pass the New York Wildlife Crossings Act, which was sponsored by Senator Leroy Comrie and Assembly Member Robert Carroll. The bill requires the NYS Department of Transportation (DOT) to assess roadways “in the state for potential wildlife crossings to improve wildlife habitat connectivity, reduce wildlife vehicle collisions, and increase public safety for New York motorists.”

The DOT will use its assessment of roadways to create a list of the top ten priority wildlife crossings sites in the state according to an established set of criteria. Additionally, for the top five project sites, DOT will also identify federal grant funds that are available for those projects.

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Monday, May 13, 2024

Fishing Tournaments Land Economic Boost For The Lake Champlain Region

fisherman on a boat

Ticonderoga, NY – The Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST), in coordination with the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce (TACC), has released the results of the 2023 Lake Champlain Region bass tournament survey, developed to assess the economic impact of the region’s fishing tournaments.

Overall economic impact of the fishing tournaments in 2023 was substantial. Visitors contributed positively to the local economy, with an estimated total spend in Essex County amounting to more than $2 million. The Ticonderoga area and Lake Champlain Region typically host 30-40 tournaments between May and October each year, depending on each tournament’s rotation of contracted locations, with many of these tournaments attracting hundreds of participants.

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Monday, May 13, 2024

Adirondack Experience to open for the season on May 24

Blue Mountain Lake, NY — Adirondack Experience (ADKX) will open on May 24 for the 2024 season, inspiring visitors to learn and connect with all-things Adirondack, past and present. In addition to its expansive list of ongoing daily offerings, several new works of art – including, Cosmic Portal, a complex sculptural piece that measures 9’ by 6’ – will be on display in Artists & Inspiration in the Wild, which debuted in July 2023.

This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the completion of the Northville-Placid Trail (NPT), a 138-mile route that transverses Adirondack Park. To honor this milestone, the museum will launch its newest special exhibition, Trail Makers: 100 Years of the Northville-Placid Trail and offer daily programming and opportunities to connect hikers, history buffs, and those who simply treasure the region to come together to mark this anniversary in a personal way.

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