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Saturday, August 29, 2020

Historic Saranac Lake awarded IMLS Inspire! grant

Historic Saranac Lake (HSL) announced that it has been awarded an Inspire! Grant for Small Museums through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The $48,300 award will support HSL’s work to catalog and rehouse a portion of its image collections. The project will enable HSL to gain intellectual and physical control over its collection in preparation for a major expansion into the historic Trudeau Building adjacent to the museum. Over two years, HSL will create catalog records for photographs, postcards, and photo albums, and implement long-term archival storage. The project tackles a major next step identified in the museum’s recently completed Collections Preservation Plan, also funded by a grant from IMLS. 

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Friday, August 28, 2020

This year’s Farm2Fork festival will benefit AdkAction

The 11th Annual Farm 2 Fork Festival will be held on Saturday, September 5 at the San in Saranac Lake. This year’s theme is “Community is the Cure,” with a nod to the historical healing properties of Saranac Lake.

The festival will feature online ordering that will be open August 26 – September 2 at www.Farm2ForkFestival.com. Visitors will fill their picnic baskets online and collect them on Saturday, September 5 from 10 am to 1 pm via a drive-thru contactless pick-up at the San, located at 600 Ama Way.

“Gail Brill of Adirondack Green Circle founded the festival 11 years ago and it’s been run by a group of dedicated volunteers since 2017. This has been a difficult time for many people who have been hit hard by the economic impacts of COVID-19, and so we thought it was crucial that we work with local restaurants using ingredients grown on North Country farms for the festival,” said Jacob Vennie-Vollrath, a member of the festival’s organizing committee.
“We’re also thrilled that proceeds will benefit AdkAction, which immediately stepped up to create Emergency Food Packages for local individuals and families facing food insecurity due to the COVID-19 crisis. Now more than ever, we need to pull together as a community and support our neighbors,” added Nick Delaini of the festival organizing committee.

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Friday, August 28, 2020

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Thursday, August 27, 2020

Cobble Hill trail access from Northwood remains closed

As Northwood School in Lake Placid gets back in session, the campus has closed access to the Cobble Hill Trailhead.

With the parking lot currently off limits to outside visitors, Northwood has worked with the Adirondack Land Trust to have an alternative trail to the Cobble hiking trails. The above map shows how people can access the trail from Mirror Lake Drive.

The school’s website has been updated with this information. There will be a QR code on signs and banners posted on the edge of campus that will take hikers to this webpage: https://www.northwoodschool.org/alternative-cobble-access


Thursday, August 27, 2020

Lake Placid Film Festival announces free online short-film series

A Kafkaesque trial. A newly single twentysomething trying to navigate the world of online dating. Three soldiers, weighing humanity against duty in wartime.

Viewers can watch these three short films, and five others, during the Lake Placid Film Festival’s upcoming “Featured Filmmakers Series.”

Every Wednesday from Sept. 2 through Oct. 21, the Festival will stream a short film online, followed by a live, moderated discussion with the film’s director. Each program is free, though pre-registration is required.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2020

LGLC Honors Photographer Carl Heilman with Rowan Award

The Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) has awarded the 2020 Henry M. Rowan Conservation Award to Carl Heilman, II, Brant Lake resident and renowned photographer and author.

The Rowan Award is named after Henry M. Rowan, who received the inaugural award in 2003. The award is given annually to recognize exemplary individuals and organizations for their conservation efforts around Lake George.

The award is typically presented during the LGLC’s annual President’s Reception, but because of the pandemic the event has been cancelled for this year. The physical award will instead be presented in person during next year’s Reception.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2020

LPCA Calls for Zoom-Ready Play Submissions

The Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LCPA) as announced their Zoom Play Festival to take place on Monday, Aug. 24 through Friday, Sept. 4. The festival will be an opportunity for theatre artists to create and share new works adapted for the current landscape. The LCPA will be accepting submissions for new, one act plays written specifically to be performed on Zoom.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Newcomb AIC offers distanced programing through video series

Although the Adirondack Interpretive Center (AIC) in Newcomb (run by SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry) has been closed, the team there has produced a video series called “Newcomb Naturalist Notes.”
They produced five episodes this summer, with more planned in the future. Click the links below to learn
more about:

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Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Renovation Work Underway at Great Camp Sagamore

Adirondack Nonprofit Makes the Most of Unusual Summer 

Great Camp Sagamore, an educational nonprofit and tourist destination in the central Adirondacks, is making the most of a summer without guests by undertaking long-awaited renovations. 

Great Camp Sagamore is an Adirondack Great Camp and was a summer retreat for the Vanderbilt family. Today it is the most accessible of the Great Camps, offering daily tours and stays for the public.

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Monday, August 24, 2020

Adirondack Medical Center pauses inpatient visitation

Following the temporary moratorium on face-to-face visitation at Mercy Living Center last week, Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake has stopped most hospital patient visitation for at least seven days.

Beginning today, visitation is only permitted for maternity care partners and imminent end-of-life situations. There are currently zero COVID-19-positive patients at Adirondack Medical Center. The decision to temporarily restrict visitation was made in view of the continued spread of the virus in neighboring Essex county, as well as the increased number of Franklin and Essex county residents in precautionary quarantine due to potential exposure.

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Monday, August 24, 2020

Multi-Media Storymap to explain Adirondack Overuse

Julia Randall, A recent graduate from Williams College has designed a multi-media “StoryMap” which explains the overuse issues which face the Adirondack Park in a simple, easy-to-digest way.

Consisting of easy vocabulary, interactive maps, info-graphics, video and audio clips, and viewer-manipulated photographs, the map (available for viewing here) was designed as a special project following Randall’s post-graduation internship in the Adirondack Council’s Elizabethtown office.

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Monday, August 24, 2020

Ti Historical Society marks suffrage centennial

The Ticonderoga Historical Society will present a free public program on Friday, Aug. 28 at 6 p.m.  at the Hancock House, 6 Moses Circle, Ticonderoga.  “The Suffrage Centennial:  Trial and Triumph” will highlight the struggle to provide women the right to vote.  

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Sunday, August 23, 2020

Weekly News Roundup

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Saturday, August 22, 2020

Join a conversation about road salt, pollution

Join Explorer reporter Ry Rivard and Dan Kelting, head of the Adirondack Watershed Institute of Paul Smith’s College, to talk about one of the major sources of water pollution in our region: the road salt showing up in water supplies across the Adirondacks. Ry Rivard has been reporting on this issue for the Explorer. Dan Kelting has been studying road salt for years and tested hundreds of private wells. The event will take place online starting at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 25. The conversation between Ry and Dan will last about 30 minutes, followed by your questions. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Saturday, August 22, 2020

COVID Exposure at Golden Beach Campground in Raquette Lake

coronavirusFrom Erica Mahoney, Director of Public Health for Hamilton County:

Two individuals who were staying at Golden Beach Campground in Raquette Lake, NY have tested positive for COVID-19. The couple checked into the campground on Saturday, Aug. 15 and stayed through the morning of Thursday, Aug. 20. These individuals are no longer at the campground, contact tracing is complete and those who were at high risk of exposure have been contacted.

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