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Saturday, March 2, 2024

Compost for Good is Reimagining North Country Waste

A rotating drum composter being installed at Ben Wever Farm, Willsboro

Each year, Americans discard 120 billion pounds of food scraps. That’s 325 pounds per person, or about 40% of the total waste stream. Packed into landfills, these food scraps generate greenhouse gasses as they slowly decompose. The same food scraps, when processed through a composting facility, regenerate as materials that improve soil health, reduce erosion, reduce the amount of pesticides and chemical fertilizers required and improve water quality. This is the power of composting. » Continue Reading.

Thursday, February 29, 2024

‘Theremin master’ to perform March 10 in Saranac

Musician Rob Schwimmer

Hill and Hollow Music is pleased to announce that musician Rob Schwimmer is set to perform a solo concert on piano, theremin and Haken Continuum on Sunday, March 10 at 3 p.m. at the Saranac Methodist Church on Route 3 in Saranac, New York.  The program includes works by Mussorgsky, Scriabin, Strayhorn, and the Beatles plus original compositions and improvisations for all three instruments; theme and variations on standards, classics and movie soundtracks—overall, a healthy dose of mystery.

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Thursday, February 29, 2024

“Out of the Box” Exhibit Showcases Female Artists March 1-29

Oil painting

Malone, NY – The cultural landscape of Malone is set to come alive with a month-long presentation of artistic expression and creativity, combining the celebration of SWAN (Support Women’s Arts Now) with a rich canvas of art events. From March 1-29, all are invited to gather for SWAN, highlighting the often overlooked contributions of women in the arts. The event, organized by The Thrive Project, aims to champion and promote the work of women artists across various disciplines.

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Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Birding & Wellness Webinar with Bridget Butler, Feb. 28

Bridget Butler

In the midst of this unprecedented time, people are in need of daily practices to cope and to maintain their well-being. What would it look like if we used interest in birds to reduce stress and anxiety? Join Bird Diva Bridget Butler for a presentation and discussion exploring how birding can boost well-being and stave off stress and anxiety. All are welcome to join a “Birding and Wellness” Zoom webinar on Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m.

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Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Adirondack-area establishments announce new hires, appointments

Several nonprofit organizations and other establishments, including the Cloudsplitter Foundation, the Ausable River Association, the Depot Theatre, and Rockwell Falls Public Library have recently announced a slew of new staff and board appointments. See below roundup for details about these developments. 

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Sunday, February 25, 2024

Johnsburg comprehensive plan workshop set for Feb. 28

Lake Champlain-Lake George Regional Planning logo.

Johnsburg, NY – The Town of Johnsburg Comprehensive Plan Committee will host a virtual public meeting for the ongoing comprehensive planning process on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024, at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend and participate. The virtual workshop will include an overview of the comprehensive planning process to date and moderated discussions with community members on issues such as housing, land use, economic development, and community facilities.

Those interested in attending can join using this link

No registration is required.

For additional information on the plan or to follow its progress, visit the project website or follow along on Facebook @Johnsburgcompplan.

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Sunday, February 25, 2024

Protect: Search for next DEC head should be national

From left, Justin Driscoll, acting president and CEO of the New York Power Authority; Doreen Harris, president and CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority; and Basil Seggos, commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Conservation, testify before lawmakers during a joint budget hearing on Feb. 14 in the New York State Capitol in Albany.

With the news that Basil Seggos, the current Commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), is going to step down with the next two months, Protect the Adirondacks calls upon Governor Kathy Hochul to conduct a nationwide search for the next DEC Commissioner. With the many challenges facing New York’s environment and DEC’s serious environmental responsibilities, it’s critical that the next DEC Commissioner have a proven track record in successful management of an environmental agency, including assuring transparency and open engagement with the public, and a demonstrated commitment to upholding environmental laws and respecting court decisions.

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Saturday, February 24, 2024

John Sasso publishes first ‘History and Legends’ book

john sasso book cover

“These mountains have seen things’”

Ever since he began hiking the mountains of the  Adirondacks, John Sasso has been intrigued with the artifacts he would stumble upon, such as iron bolts from  old land surveys, remnants of long-gone logging camps,  mysterious woods roads, and stone foundations.  

The questions those finds provoked: “What was here?” “What was their purpose?” and “Where did the name come from?” led him to research and write about the often-surprising and always entertaining answers he’s found over the years. 

The first volume in a planned series, this book shares the fascinating stories behind the mountains of the Northern Adirondacks and, it is hoped, will lead to a deeper appreciation of this unique and remarkable area. 

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Saturday, February 24, 2024

New York State Outdoor Guides Association sets rendezvous

old black and white photo of men posing

The New York State Outdoor Guides Association (NYSOGA) has scheduled its 41st annual Winter Rendezvous this year for April 4-7 at the White Eagle Conference Center in Hamilton, NY.

The annual conference is a formal gathering of licensed guides and aspiring guides, held each year in early spring.  For currently licensed guides, Winter Rendezvous offers industry-specific educational seminars, first aid and CPR renewals, a business meeting of the Board of Directors, an annual banquet, a merchandise store, as well as plenty of networking opportunities.

For aspiring guides, NYSOGA provides all the training needed to qualify to take the exam to be a NYS Licensed Guide. This training includes water safety, first aid and CPR.  It also offers a guide exam review and the opportunity to take the licensing exam at the same location.  As a bonus, aspiring guides can network with currently licensed guides from around the state.

In recent years, Winter Rendezvous’ have adopted the theme of “Voices from the Past” where a prominent guide from the past is highlighted. This year, at the Saturday luncheon, NYSOGA will have a guest speaker giving a presentation honoring the legacy of past guide and conservationist, Anne LaBastille.

If you are a licensed or an aspiring guide in New York State and would like to learn more, visit : Programs : Winter Rendezvous 2024.

Caption: Photograph of a group of guides and sports posing with deer heads. Back row: 2. Henry Smith, 5. George Lyon, 7. John or Ed Roark; Seated: 2. Ben Muncil. Photograph by Charles Derby.
Photo credit: Paul Smith’s College Joan Weill Adirondack Library Archives

Thursday, February 22, 2024

APIPP Releases 2023 Annual Report

apipp invasive plant program report

Keene Valley, NY—The Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program (APIPP), hosted by The Nature Conservancy, recently released its 2023 Annual Report. The report celebrates the accomplishments of APIPP staff, volunteers and partners while also providing updates on the status of invasive species in the Adirondack region, special initiatives, ongoing research and more.

The report also underscores the importance of the 35 partner organizations and more than 100 volunteers that contributed to advancing APIPP’s mission to work in partnership to minimize the impact of invasive species on the Adirondack region’s communities, lands and waters.

“We are so fortunate to live and work in the Adirondacks, where the community comes together to help prevent and manage invasive species like Eurasian watermilfoil, hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) and Japanese knotweed,” said APIPP Director Tammara Van Ryn. » Continue Reading.

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Whallonsburg Grange hosts Essex Chili Cook-Off March 3

Essex chili cookoff

Essex Initiatives (EI) and The Whallonsburg Grange Hall, two non-profit organizations in Essex, NY, will host a Chili Cook-Off at the Whallonsburg Grange Hall on Sunday, March 3, between 1 and 4 p.m.

The family-friendly event will feature live music from Ploughman’s Lunch, a chili dinner, and an opportunity to taste chilis competing for the Crowd Favorite Chili category. Tickets for the Essex Chili Cook-Off are $10 (children under 10 are free) and may be purchased in advance online or at the door and all proceeds will go toward entertainment on Essex Day. » Continue Reading.

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

NCCC enrollment grows for Spring 2024 semester

North Country Community College students take a break during the first day of classes Monday on the steps of the college’s Saranac Lake campus library. Photo provided by Chris Knight, Director of Communications.

– Enrollment is up for the third consecutive semester at North Country Community College, which started Spring 2024 classes on Jan. 22.

The growth in enrollment this semester is fueled in part by the expansion of the college’s nursing program, the awarding of thousands of dollars in new scholarship funding, and successful student retention initiatives.

North Country has three locations – Malone, Saranac Lake and Ticonderoga – and also offers classes online and at the St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Administration Building. » Continue Reading.

Monday, February 19, 2024

A full day of winter events Saturday in Inlet

inlet fire and ice


Saturday, Feb. 24, will be a day full of  winter events in Inlet, with most of the big events completely free. The day will begin at 10 a.m. at the gazebo in front of the Inlet Town Hall when the coronation of this year’s Frozen Royals, Gina Greco and Kyle O’Connor, will take place and their duties begin. They and the royal Princesses will make an appearance throughout the day at all events.

From a pancake breakfast, make your own stuffed animals and a library book sale to a cardboard sled race, kite flying and a wine tasting.  View the full schedule at

Photo: Participants take part in Inlet’s Frozen Fire and Light‘s kite flying activity in 2020 at The Woods Inn. Photo provided by Adele Burnett of the Inlet Information Office.

Monday, February 19, 2024

Regional Food Justice Summit Gives Everyone a Seat at the Table

Food Justice Summit poster
The 6th annual Food Justice Summit for the Adirondacks will take place on Thursday, Feb. 29 at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake, NY. Individuals from all twelve counties of the Adirondack Park will gather at this event to discuss pressing topics related to equitable food systems. Its purpose is to empower those in attendance to become advocates for food justice and to create lasting, positive change in their communities.  » Continue Reading.

Sunday, February 18, 2024

Whallonsburg Grange Winter Lyceum Series begins Feb. 25

Author Author at the Whallonsburg Grange

The Whallonsburg Grange Winter Lyceum series, Author! Author!, will feature presentations by a rich selection of writers discussing their new work, published and in-progress. They will talk about their research, tell interesting anecdotes, discuss mistakes they made and what they left out, and explain what they learned in the process of writing and from discussing their books with live audiences. The series provides a closer look at these books and an opportunity to exchange ideas with the authors.


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