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Friday, May 1, 2020

Green Amendment Webinar Series

Adirondack Mountain Club PhotoIn 2019, New York Legislators passed a proposed amendment to the New York State Constitution, acknowledging that clean air, water, and a healthy environment are a fundamental right. The passage of bill S 2072/A 2064 was the first step in making this Green Amendment into law, and upon a successful passage come 2021, the citizens of New York will have the opportunity to vote on it.
This coming May, Cathy Pedler of the Adirondack Mountain Club, partnered with Environmental Advocates of New York and Green Amendments for The Generations, are hosting a free 3-part webinar series covering the Green Amendment.

Click the following links to register:

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Friday, May 1, 2020

This Week’s Big Adirondack News Stories


Thursday, April 30, 2020

Free online composting workshops

New York State’s Organics Summit’s three sessions have transitioned to free online webinars that all are welcome to join. You can click here to learn more about the webinar, as well as to register.

The webinars are as follows:

  • May 4: Bringing Food Scraps Drop-Off Programs To Your Community
  • May 7: Incorporating Food Scraps into your Yard Waste Composting Facility
  • May 19: Managing Wasted Food: Lessons Learned Nationally and New York State’s Plan of Action

After the May 4 and the May 7 seminars, speakers and other attendees will participate in a 30-minute facilitated discussion in order to elaborate on points, answer questions more in depth, and to network and share resources.

 


Thursday, April 30, 2020

Ticks: Not a fan of social distancing

tick next to dimeGetting fresh air is more important than ever this coming summer during the public health crises, but it would be wise to remember that both ticks and people are going to be active and outside. Laura Harrington, a professor of entomology, vector biologist, and Director of the CDC Northeast Regional Center for Excellence in Vector Borne Diseases (NEVBD) has shared some tips on how to avoid ticks.

A bacterial infection that causes Lyme disease is the most important tick-borne human infection in the U.S., with around 200,000-300,000 reported cases per year. The blacklegged tick or ‘deer tick’ is the vector of Lyme disease in most of the U.S. It can also transmit other pathogens to people and pets, including the agents that cause babesiosis, anaplasmosis and Powassan disease. Blacklegged ticks are most common in forested areas and shaded trail edges with abundant leaf litter and shrubby plants, Harrington says.

Harrington recommends a few personal protection measures to keep ticks from biting, such as tick repellent, first and foremost. She also recommends light-colored clothing, and to tuck your pantlegs into your socks. It also wouldn’t hurt to treat your clothing with permethrin, or to purchase permethrin-treated clothing. Remember to check yourself for ticks often as well, both while hiking and after you get home! It only takes 24-48 hours after the tick attaches before it can begin to transmit Lyme disease. For other pathogens like the Powassan virus, transmission can happen quickly, so it is good to check as often as possible.

Check for ticks all over your body, including your back, neck, and hairline. If you happen to find a tick, carefully remove it with sharp tweezers by grasping as close to the point of attachment as possible and pulling. Once you are back inside, place your clothes in the dryer for at least 20 minutes, and take a shower (a good place to perform a tick check). You can also place your clothes in a sealed garbage bag to dry later.


Wednesday, April 29, 2020

‘Love Your ADK’ campaign aims to inspire stewardship

A new campaign aims to educate and inspire users of the Adirondack Park to recreation in an environmentally responsible way. The “Love Your ADK pledge” and corresponding website has been organized and launched in a collaboration of the Adirondack Mountain Club, Adirondack Council, New York Department of Environmental Conservation, and the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST).

The Pledge is a list of eight values which tourists, visitors, and residents are asked to consider while in the Adirondacks. Taking the pledge indicates the user’s commitment to follow the principles of the pledge, to support responsible environmentally friendly recreation, and to learn and follow “Leave No Trace” guidelines.

To participate in the pledge and learn more, go to https://www.loveyouradk.org/pledge


Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Upcoming webinars for small businesses, other COVID-related topics

The Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) has collected the following webinars geared toward COVID-related issues small businesses, nonprofits and other organizations are facing:

Wednesday, April 29 at 10:00 a.m.: Issues & Opportunities in the Food Industry, Reboot Lewis County webinar series, hosted by Lewis County Chamber and Lewis County Economic Development/ Naturally Lewis

Wednesday, April 29, 11:15 a.m.: Nonprofit Town Hall with U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Senator and Minority Leader Charles Schumer, hosted by Nonprofit New York, the New York Council of Nonprofits, and the National Council of Nonprofits

Wednesday, April 29, 12:00 p.m.: Creating a Strategic Plan for After COVID-19, Better Business Bureau Webinar Series

Wednesday, April 29, 1:00 p.m.: SBA Question & Answer Webinar, Saranac Lake Area and Ticonderoga Areas Chamber of Commerce. Submit questions ahead.

Wednesday, April 29, 4:30 p.m.: Marketing for Small Business, hosted by Adirondack Economic Development Corporation in partnership with U-First Federal Credit Union and Boire Benner Group. Email [email protected] to register.

Wednesday, April 29, 8:00 p.m.: Conversations on Your Couch: Community and Pandemic, Humanities of New York

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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

2020 Seagle Season cancelled due to COVID-19

For the first time in its 105 year history, the Seagle Music Colony in Schroon Lake is cancelling its summer season.

Tony Kostecki and Darren K. Woods, the General and Artistic Directors of the Seagle Music Colony, made the decision for the health and safety of their artists, staff, patrons, and audience members. Seagle leadership did not make this decision lightly and had the following to say about it in an announcement sent this week:

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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Saratoga PLAN nets $500k grant to develop trails

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Saratoga PLAN (The Preserving Land and Nature land trust in Saratoga County) has received a $500,000 grant from the Sarah B. Foulke Charitable Fund. The donation will go to the planning, design, and stewardship of over 20 miles of permanently conserved trails in the 40,500-acre Southern Palmertown Range, an area that stretches north of Skidmore college in Saratoga Springs to the Hudson River.

It is the largest private cash gift ever made to the 17-year old conservation organization.

Saratoga PLAN aims to design Friendship Trails that will provide enjoyment through an inclusive spectrum of outdoor activities: walking, running, wheelchairing, dog-walking, mountain-biking, horseback-riding, bird-watching, botanizing, forest-bathing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and learning about nature and local history. Saratoga PLAN will announce new trail segments as they open to the public over the next several years, beginning in late 2020 if public health restrictions are lifted.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Americade plans July event this year

A popular annual motorcycle rally could look very different this year.

Nearly every year for the past 40 years, Lake George has been hosting one of the most popular seasonal events in motorcycle culture: Americade. Traditionally Americade is held the first week of June, but in lieu of this year’s events, rally organizer Christian Dutcher said the event will be pushed back until July 21-25.

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Monday, April 27, 2020

Micro-grant awards focus on farmers coping with COVID, climate change

farmers marketThe Adirondack Council awarded 10 micro-grants totaling over $32,000  to local farmers. According to a press release, the grants are an effort to address the greatest short-term and long-term threats to public health and the Adirondack Park: COVID-19 and climate change.

“COVID-19 and climate change each have the potential to devastate Adirondack communities,” says Adirondack Council Conservation Associate Jackie Bowen, the coordinator of the grant program alongside the Essex Farm Institute. In some cases, farms/food producers need to prepare more serve-at-home meals…others need equipment and funding to protect and sustain their employees who work in urban farmers markets.

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Monday, April 27, 2020

Siena poll: NYers give Gov. Cuomo high marks

New Yorkers give Gov. Andrew Cuomo record high job performance and favorability ratings. His favorability rating is 77-21 percent, up from 71-23 percent last month, matching his highest ever in February 2011. His job performance rating is 71-28 percent, up from 63-35 percent last month, his best ever.

By a 78-16 percent margin, voters say they trust Cuomo over President Donald Trump to make a determination about opening New York, according to a new Siena College Poll of registered New York State voters released today.

“Mired in middling poll numbers for the last two years, Cuomo is feeling the love from New Yorkers of all stripes
in year three of his third term, and his first global pandemic. He is viewed favorably by 90 percent of Democrats,
73 percent of independents and 53 percent of Republicans, his first time favorable with Republicans in more than
six years,” said Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg.

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Monday, April 27, 2020

Spirit Airlines to Resume Service from Plattsburgh in May

Plattsburgh International Airport (PBG) received news that Spirit Airlines will resume a modified schedule starting on May 2. They will be offering three flights a week to Fort Lauderdale (FLL) from Plattsburgh International Airport.

The airline suspended all flights in April due to travel restrictions in light of the global pandemic and travel restrictions.

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Sunday, April 26, 2020

The Adirondacks Around The Web This Week


Saturday, April 25, 2020

Keene Limits Parking to Combat COVID-19

The Town of Keene is prohibiting spill-over hiking parking, in order to reduce health risks during the governor’s “New York State on PAUSE” directive. Access to the Garden, a jumping off point for all major trails into John’s Brook Valley and the Great Range, will remain open to local hikers and visitors, but once the 46-car lot is full, no more parking will be allowed. There will be signs and barricades to mark where it has been made illegal to park and violators of the new restrictions will have their vehicles towed.

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Saturday, April 25, 2020

From the archive: The joy of quiet waters

From the Almanack archive, here are some classic features for a few suggested “weekend reads”:

Henderson LakeFrom 2018: Lorraine Duvall, author of “In Praise of Quiet Waters,” looks forward to putting in her kayak and reflects on the importance of peaceful paddling: https://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2018/04/a-paddler-looks-to-spring-quiet-waters.html

“When looking for new places to paddle, the first piece of information I want to know is if motorboats are allowed.”

 

From 2017From the ‘it’s tick season again” files: An uptick in disease-carrying ticks

Another gem from 2017: Tim Rowland: Bass Fishing And Drag Performance

 



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