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Saturday, March 23, 2024

Registration open for Inlet’s Sept. 14 One Square Mile of Hope event

Thousands of kayaks and canoes on a lake

It’s been ten years since Inlet recaptured the Guinness World Record for the largest canoe & kayak raft on a body of water. [Inlet’s] usual routine is to wait until another group breaks [their] record and then redo it. However, [their] record of 3,150 boats appears to be insurmountable! Over the past ten years, attempts have taken place to dethrone [them], but not one even came within 1,000 boats of [the] record.

[Inlet officials] have had so many requests to bring back the event, that a group of interested individuals came forward to help [them] break [their] own record. This 10th anniversary attempt will take place on Fourth Lake, followed by a celebration at Arrowhead Park with music, raffles, health and wellness information and demonstrations, and much more. » Continue Reading.

Saturday, March 23, 2024

Silver Bay YMCA receives grant for Ticonderoga Teen Center

Silver Bay YMCA is excited to announce that the Cloudsplitter Foundation has awarded Silver Bay YMCA with a $5,000 grant for the Silver Bay YMCA Ticonderoga Teen Center. The Cloudsplitter Foundation was founded in 1987 and re-domiciled in New York in 1999. The Cloudsplitter Foundation’s goal is to be a second-order influence on the social and environmental needs of the Adirondack region.

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Thursday, March 21, 2024

Final races of BMW IBSF World Cup season set for March 22-24

2 woman BobsleighUSA Bobsled and Skeleton Hall of Fame ceremony to help close BMW IBSF World Cup season

Kay Jones, Gilbert Colgate, Jr., Dick Lawrence, David Kurtz to be inducted into Hall of Fame

Lake Placid, NY –  The international bobsled and skeleton season will end in rousing fashion this weekend in Lake Placid with the final races of the BMW IBSF World Cup season, March 22-24. Among the highlights of the three-day competition will be the USA Bobsled and Skeleton Hall of Fame induction ceremony, featuring four new members.

Lake Placid photographer Kay Jones, affectionately known as Mrs. Zag for her famous images taken in that notorious corner of the original track, will be inducted posthumously as will the two-man bobsled team of Gilbert Colgate, Jr., of New York City and Dick Lawrence, of West Chazy, N.Y. The duo won a bronze medal in the 1936 Winter Olympics. They also captured the 1934 North American Championship.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Adk Artists Guild announces annual juried show winners

An artist stands beside one of his photographs

The 26th annual juried show at the Adirondack Artists Guild opened on Friday, [March 15] with a gala reception. Seventy-four works by sixty-four artists, chosen by juror Laura Desmond of the Frederic Remington Art Museum in Ogdensburg, comprise the show.

 “With such a large number of submissions, and limited exhibition space, I knew that many fine works would ultimately be left out of the show, but I proceeded by addition, rather than subtraction, picking pieces that I knew I wanted to include in the exhibit,” said Laura Desmond. “These were works with a compelling conjunction of concept, medium, and technique, where an idea was pursued with purpose, dedication, and command of the formal properties of the work.”

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Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Protect the Adirondacks applauds one house budgets for funding critical ADK programs

Cars parked on Adirondack Loj Road

Protect the Adirondacks, Inc. (PROTECT) applauds funding proposed for the FY2025 Budgets released by the State Senate and State Assembly. The proposed budgets provide significant funding for Adirondack programs that were reduced or eliminated from the Governor Kathy Hochul’s proposed budget.

The Legislature has restored the Clean Water Fund to $500 million. The Assembly’s budget proposal specifies $10 million from the Clean Water Fund for proper management of road salt.

“Protect the Adirondacks supports the Assembly’s budget allocation of $10 million to implement the road salt reduction strategies in the 2023 Adirondack Road Salt Reduction Task Force report documenting the significant adverse groundwater and surface water pollution effects of the use of road salt in the Adirondack Park. We urge the State Senate to support this budget line item too,” said Peter Bauer, Executive Director of Protect the Adirondacks.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Champlain Area Trails Invites Community to Join May 11 Grand Hike

People smiling while hiking

On May 11, 2024, Champlain Area Trails (CATS) will host its signature annual Grand Hike, a 14-mile walk from Essex to Westport along scenic trails and back roads in New York’s Champlain Valley. The Grand Hike promotes healthy communities and well-being by bringing together outdoor enthusiasts, nature lovers, and community members to experience the nearly 100 miles of trails CATS has created and maintains.

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Monday, March 18, 2024

‘Black Woods’ Author Amy Godine to speak at April 25 event

Amy Godine Author Photo

The Kelly Adirondack Center at Union College will host a presentation featuring author, Amy Godine, on April 25, 2024 at 5:30 p.m. at the Old Chapel. Godine will speak about her book, The Black Woods: Pursuing Racial Justice on the Adirondack Frontier. Refreshments will be available beginning at 5 p.m. This event is free and open to the public, and books will be available for purchase.

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Sunday, March 17, 2024

The Hyde Collection: “Women and Art” After Hours Tour, March 21

Frieseke - Young Girl Before Mirror - The Hyde Women and Art Tour
Glen Falls, NY
– In celebration of Women’s History Month, The Hyde Collection presents “Women and Art” for its March Art After Hours programming. On the evening of March 21, join this special exploration of the collection with a focus on the various roles of women from the Renaissance into the 20th Century and how art has reinforced or challenged those roles. The tour is facilitated by a trained guide.

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Sunday, March 17, 2024

NFCT expands stewardship staff, offers new volunteer opportunities 

A work crew builds docks


New staff will support projects in four states; nine volunteer work trips planned

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) has announced its stewardship programming for the 2024 season, which will be supported by a growing professional staff and provide opportunities for as many as 50 volunteers to help steward the waterways along the trail.

The NFCT is a nonprofit organization that stewards a 740-mile water trail that weaves through New York, Vermont, Quebec, New Hampshire and Maine. Projects this year span from the Saranac Lakes in the Adirondacks to Maine’s Allagash Wilderness Waterway. With an ambitious slate of work scheduled, the NFCT has hired an assistant trail director and an Allagash crew leader to support its work.

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Saturday, March 16, 2024

ADKX Announces 2024 Harold K. Hochschild Award Recipients

Blue Mountain Lake, NY – The Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake (ADKX), will celebrate its annual Benefit Gala & Harold K. Hochschild Award ceremony on Sat., July 27, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., under the stars at the museum in the heart of the Adirondacks. This yearly celebration and fundraiser highlight the organization’s service to the Adirondack community and honor the Harold K. Hochschild Award recipient. This award, given annually to a different recipient, is dedicated to the memory of the museum’s founder, whose passion for the Adirondacks, its people, and environment inspired him to create the museum and establish the Adirondack Park Agency (APA). The 2024 award recipients are Lee and Nancy Keet and the Cloudsplitter Foundation.  » Continue Reading.

Saturday, March 16, 2024

North Country GEAR UP Schools Earn CFES ‘School of Distinction’ Honors

Beekmantown students tour SUNY Potsdam

For their work in preparing students for post-secondary education, five North Country GEAR UP schools have been recognized as Schools of Distinction by CFES Brilliant Pathways, a nonprofit that helps underserved young people realize college and career opportunities.

“This is a challenging time for education, so it is especially significant that these schools went above and beyond to provide their students a boost toward college and career success,” said Rick Dalton, president and CEO of Essex-based CFES Brilliant Pathways.

The five CFES Schools of Distinction are: Ausable Valley High School, Beekmantown Middle School, Crown Point Central School, Moriah Central School and Ticonderoga Central School. To become a School of Distinction, a school, in partnership with CFES, must implement cutting-edge, school wide programs that advance college and career readiness. » Continue Reading.

Friday, March 15, 2024

The Sembrich Announces Centennial Season Events

2024 Festival Graphic Logo

BOLTON LANDING – The Sembrich announces its 2024 summer festival “A Century of Sembrich.” Celebrating 100 years of Marcella Sembrich’s musical legacy on Lake George, the 2024 festival boasts a spectacular line-up of today’s acclaimed concert artists and features works by composers in Sembrich’s own artistic circle. 

The 2024 festival begins on June 5 and runs through August 31. Highlights of the 2024 festival include: » Continue Reading.

Thursday, March 14, 2024

Whallonsburg Grange Lyceum upcoming lectures

Whallonsburg Grange Lyceum series
-The final two lectures in the Whallonsburg Grange Winter Lyceum series, “Author! Author!” will present two local authors with new books on very different topics. On Tuesday, March 19 at 7pm, Lorraine Duvall, an award-winning author who writes on her love of the Adirondacks, will discuss her newest memoir about the Styles Brook in the towns of Keene and Jay, near where she lives. This tributary drops around 2,500 feet as it descends five miles to the East Branch of the Ausable River from its origin on Jay Mountain.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Saranac Lake: Youth Skating Program begins March 18

Kids pose for photo on an ice rink


Saranac Lake, NY – The Saranac Lake Civic Center announces it will host a youth skating series starting on Monday, March 18 provided free of charge. The children’s series, “March Madness,” begins Monday, March 18 at the newly-remodeled facility and will be reserved for children ages 5-17 with consent from their caregiver.

The program is funded by a Franklin County Youth Bureau Funding Grant. The goal of the grant includes developing programs for youth in Franklin County.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Registration open for June 14-17 Adirondack Paddling Symposium

Instructor Jason Smith, owner of Adirondack Lakes & Trails Outfitters in Saranac Lake, NY, helps a paddler hone their roll technique. (Photo provided by the NFCT.)

Saranac Lake, NY — Registration is open for the 2024 Adirondack Paddling Symposium, June 14-17 in Saranac Lake, NY.

Presented by NRS and the Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT), the Symposium is a comprehensive weekend of paddling instruction for beginners and intermediates, and includes course tracks for kayaks, pack boats, stand-up paddleboards and canoes. The Harrietstown Town Hall in downtown Saranac Lake serves as the Symposium’s headquarters. » Continue Reading.