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Sunday, November 15, 2020

Adirondack weekly roundup

Here’s a roundup of interesting features and other Adirondack news from around the Web:
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Friday, November 13, 2020

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Thursday, November 12, 2020

John Brown Lives! hosts virtual blues concert, online discussion

Blues at Timbuctoo delivers a generously spirited, deeply meaningful day of the Blues usually held at the home of abolitionist John Brown at the 270-acre John Brown Farm State Historic Site in Lake Placid. This year however, we are holding the event online. We couldn’t let a pandemic keep us from, as bluesman Jerry Dugger pleaded to a Lake Placid audience a few years earlier, “rebooting” a national conversation on race and what can and does connect us today.

Blues at Timbuctoo 2020 is a professionally recorded film of nationally renowned vocalists, instrumentalists, performers, and storytellers. This year’s lineup includes co-founder Jerry Dugger filmed at the John Brown Farm, and performances filmed around NY by Michael Hill, Alexis P. Suter, Dave Keyes, and Yacouba Sissoko, with Karl Schwarz and Ray Grappone.

The film is live on the John Brown Lives! YouTube channel and for Covid-safe viewing.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Local Foundation Responds to COVID-19 Crisis

Recognizing the financial stress social distancing and the COVID-19 crisis has placed on area not-for-profits, the trustees of The Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation this year increased the dollar amount of grant awards over 50% from $87,195 awarded last year to $139,325 this year.

The Foundation had agreed for this year to also consider funding non-for-profit operational costs as well as program-specific requests. Of the 60 grant proposals received, 43 were funded in whole or in part.

Area not-for-profits that received grants from the Pearsall Adirondack Foundation this year included:

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Tuesday, November 10, 2020

StoryBridge online story project gains momentum

Libraries and other organizations plan their online story projects using free OurStoryBridge tools

“OurStoryBridge: Connecting the Past and the Present, released at www.ourstorybridge.org on Sept. 29, has received national interest beyond the original expectations of its creators. Based on this interest, OurStoryBridge organizers hope to help New York state libraries and other organizations use this model to create their own audio story projects in 2021.

Shown here: a screen shot from the “Adirondack Community” online story project: myadirondackstory.org

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Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Free Fishing Day this Wednesday, Nov. 11

Woman holding a fish she caught while on a boatNew York residents and non-residents can fish for free without a license on Veterans Day, Wednesday, November 11. New York’s Free Fishing Days encourage more people to get outdoors and enjoy the state’s world-class fishing opportunities. Legislation signed by the Governor in 2015 allowed an increase in the number of authorized statewide Free Fishing Days. Every year since, Veterans Day has been designated as a Free Fishing Day.

The Free Fishing Days program is administered by DEC as part of Governor Cuomo’s NY Open for Fishing and Hunting Initiative. The free fishing days program began in 1991, to give people who might not fish a chance to try the sport at no cost, introduce people to a new hobby, and encourage people to support the sport by purchasing a New York State fishing license.

Free Fishing Day participants are reminded that although the requirement for a fishing license is waived during free fishing days, all other fishing regulations remain in effect. When not participating in Free Fishing Days, anyone 16 years of age and older must have a current State fishing license to fish in New York. Fishing licenses are valid for 365 days from the date of purchase. You can find more information on purchasing a fishing license on DEC’s website.

For information on boating guidelines and safety, go to State Parks website and for more information about how to PLAY SMART * PLAY SAFE * PLAY LOCAL, visit DEC’s website.


Monday, November 9, 2020

All Franklin County schools to go remote through Jan. 4

coronavirusAll schools in Franklin County will shift to fully remote learning through Jan. 4, Franklin-Essex-Hamilton BOCES announced earlier this evening.

Franklin County Public Health officials strongly recommended making this change because COVID-19 infection numbers have risen exponentially in the last week, calling it an epidemic within a pandemic. The county has reached a point of community spread, meaning officials aren’t able to identify where every case comes from.

In a Monday morning video call, health department leaders asked for help containing the virus from superintendents of each of the seven school districts within Franklin County as well as the district superintendent of Franklin-Essex-Hamilton BOCES.

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Monday, November 9, 2020

Postconsumer Paint Collection Program to begin next year

Hang on to those paint cans in your basement and garage just a little bit longer!

Soon, consumers will have more opportunities to recycle their unwanted waste paint. On December 16, 2019, the Governor signed the Postconsumer Paint Collection Program into law.

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Monday, November 9, 2020

North Country Start-Ups Participate in Point Positive Pitch Session

Point Positive, Inc. with vetted entrepreneurs KLAW Industries and Just a Moment Music, held their bi-annual pitch session on October 28. The event was virtually held on Zoom at The Carry in Saranac Lake, with the help of Point Positive Coordinator Melinda Little and Maura Maguire from the Shipley Center at Clarkson.

The meeting contained 15 member investors, and began with a brief presentation from Kip Testwuide (The Vice-Chair of the Trudeau Institute Board) on the status of the Adirondack Health/Trudeau Institute High-speed COVID-19 Testing Lab Initiative, promising a tremendous resource for North Country businesses, schools, and universities.

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Sunday, November 8, 2020

SUNY Canton SBDC launches shop local campaign

Downtown Saranac Lake for shop local program.

A new campaign called Buy Local or Bye-Bye Local seeks to help North Country  businesses.

The SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and regional partners are reminding community members to shop at local, independent businesses this holiday season to
help them survive as they operate under continuing COVID restrictions.

The SBDC is partnering with business organizations across seven Counties – including Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce, Franklin County IDA/LDC, Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, The Saint Lawrence County Chamber, and the Essex County IDA in a united effort to keep small businesses afloat.

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Sunday, November 8, 2020

Adirondack weekly roundup

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Saturday, November 7, 2020

When Lightning Strikes: Evening of performances by world-renowned poets

Rural meets urban, when the Adirondack Center for Writing and Bowery Poetry Club collaborate for a brand new event. When Lightning Strikes has been designed to introduce new poets to Adirondack audiences, and new audiences to Bowery Poetry Club poets.

When Lightning Strikes is taking place at 7 p.m. November 9, and hosted by Jive Poetic, featuring Mahogany L. Browne, Adam Falkner, Carlos Andrés Gómez, Omar Holmon, Cynthia Dewi Oka, and Ramya Ramana. The event is live online at the Bowery Poetry Club’s website and live on Facebook. All are invited to tune in for a sliding scale donation of $5-15 payable at paypal.me/adkctr4writing to be split between the two organizations.

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Friday, November 6, 2020

Search Saratoga PLAN Trails for Painted Rocks

Starting today (November 6), hikers are invited to join the Saratoga PLAN trails scavenger hunt, on select trails. Search for palm-sized rocks painted with inspirational messages that will be hidden along stretches of the Henning Preserve in the Town of Wilton, Orra Phelps Preserve in the Town of Wilton, and Bog Meadow Brook Preserve in Saratoga Springs. Collect meaningful rocks for you or a gift to others.

The project is intended to be more then just a fun way to visit the trails, Alex Fylypovych PLAN’s community engagement manager explains: “People find inspiration in so many ways. Some people find inspiration from walking in the woods or sitting by a stream. Others find it through art. With this project, we’re sort of combining the two… Sharing the message from your rock may reach someone else who could benefit from the uplifting note,” she says. Saratoga PLAN asks that any rocks collected be shared on social media using the hashtag #SaratogaPLANrocks and tagging @SaratogaPLAN. “Spread the inspiration and the joy,” says Fylypovych. “We can all use some more positivity this year.”

The #SaratogaPLANrocks project was made possible through a collaborative effort between Saratoga PLAN (Preserving Land and Nature) and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals. Regeneron’s annual Day for Doing Good pairs its employees with various Capital Region nonprofits in order to service their community. Over 50 Regeneron employees painted and hid more than 100 rocks. The project takes inspiration from the nationwide Kindness Rock Project and the Block Island Glass Float Project.

Rocks will not be hidden more then one foot from the trail in order to protect delicate vegetation.


Friday, November 6, 2020

Latest news headlines

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Thursday, November 5, 2020

NYSAR Annual Recycling Conference

The New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse, and Recycling has announced their 31st Annual Conference, which will take place on a virtual platform over three half days on November 17th through November 19th, 2020.

The NYSAR will be offering their membership and networks the oppertunity to continously expand their knowledge while receiving pertinent information about their industry through this conference. In the spirit of the in-person conference, networking oppertunities will be provided.

To register for the conference, click this link.

NYSAR Conference Schedule:

Tuesday, November 17 –

1:00pm – 5:00pm Conference Programming

5:00pm – 6:00pm Show and Tell Networking Social

Wednesday, November 18 –

10:00am – 3:30pm Conference Programming

Thursday, November 19 –

12:00pm – 1:00pm Virtual Awards Lunch: Recycling Leadership Awards and Poster Contest Winners

1:00pm – 5:00pm Conference Programming

 



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