Almanack Contributor Community News Reports

Community news stories come from press releases and other notices from organizations, businesses, state agencies and other groups. Submit your contributions to Almanack Editor Melissa Hart at editor@adirondackalmanack.com.


Monday, September 28, 2020

Spinning cream into Gold

Learn about how high-quality cultured butter is made, in this piece by Kelsie Meehan for Adirondack Harvest. Meehan is the owner and butter-maker of Gold Bar Butter. She has been milking cows and making cultured butter since 2012.

Read more: https://adirondackharvest.com/churning-up-gold-in-the-adirondacks/

Photo: Kelsie Meehan pours cultured cream into the churn. Photo by Lisa Godfrey for Adirondack Harvest.


Sunday, September 27, 2020

Weekly news roundup

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Saturday, September 26, 2020

Adirondack Wayfinder helps inspire road tripping

The Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST) is pleased to announce the launch of Adirondack Wayfinder, a new website that showcases the Adirondacks through thematic road trip itineraries. Originally developed through the support of a DEC Smart Growth Grant awarded to Hamilton County, the goal of Adirondack Wayfinder is to help highlight the variety of experiences and the unique communities that make up the Adirondack region.

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Saturday, September 26, 2020

ANCA hosts virtual clean transportation summit

electric car charges at a downtown Saranac Lake EV charging station provided by ANCAAdirondack North Country Association (ANCA) is gearing up for a virtual summit that will advance clean transportation — a key ingredient to the state’s low-carbon future.

“Clean Transportation: the Adirondack ON-RAMP,” will focus on topics including EV infrastructure, public transportation and commercial vehicles, as well strategies and policies for making clean transportation more accessible for residents and communities in northern New York.

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul will be the summit’s keynote speaker. She will speak about the North Country’s clean transportation efforts in relation to New York State’s goals, incentives and policies, including the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA).

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Friday, September 25, 2020

Craigardan’s 4th annual Harvest Celebration

Craigardan invites you take part in their fourth annual Harvest Celebration fundraiser, which will be held online this year.

Based in Elizabethtown, Craigardan is a community educational center at the intersection of art, ecology, food and farming.

Yearly, with help, Craigardan raise almost $30,000 each year for their interdisciplinary program in the Adirondacks. They work hard to support artists, farmers, chefs, writers, scholars, and craftspeople in the community and around the country.

For this year’s “Dinner (not) in the Field,” organizers have created a menu of giving options, which you can visit by clicking here.


Friday, September 25, 2020

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Thursday, September 24, 2020

Adirondack fall foliage reaching midpoint

This fall foliage report for Sept. 23-29 comes courtesy of I LOVE NY

Franklin County

In the Adirondacks, Tupper Lake and Mt. Arab spotters in Franklin County report that recent frosty nights have brought out the fall colors and the foliage change will be at least 50-55% this weekend.

Some areas expect even greater change, with leaves approaching near-peak conditions. Look for above-average shades of pineapple, buttercup, mahogany, copper, apricot, tangerine, plum, bittersweet, and ruby.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Depot Theatre Academy offers musical theatre/monologue rep class

The Depot Theatre Academy outreach and education program of Westport N.Y. will be offering in-person Musical Theatre/Monologue Rep classes from September 28 to October 26 on Mondays, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Participation is limited to those who are 18 and older.

The 5-week course is designed for those who need to prepare for auditions, hone their public speaking skills, or who just want to develop their acting skills. The program consists of learning two monologues, and two songs, where you will be working together with instructors to find a monologue which complements your song in order to form a “seamless package to utilize for auditioning and showcasing.”

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Monday, September 21, 2020

Ditch the car for ‘Car Free Climate’ Campaign

New York State has launched a “Go Car-Free for the Climate” campaign in recognition of Climate Week 2020, which will take place September 21-27.

There are several ways to go car free, such as carpooling or combining errands into a single day, using public transit or walking to your destination.

Transportation makes up 36% of greenhouse gases in New York State, which is more then electricity generation, waste, refrigerants, and agriculture combined. Car Free for Climate is aligned with New York State’s long term plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030, and 85% by 2050 from its levels in 1990.

To participate, just click here to take a pledge not to drive your car for at least one day out of the week of September 21 to September 27. Those who participate are encouraged to spread the word to their friends, family, and neighbors about going Car free for Climate. Use of the social media hashtag #NYSCarFree is also encouraged to spread the message as far as possible.


Sunday, September 20, 2020

Weekly News Roundup

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Saturday, September 19, 2020

Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council Grant Opportunities

The Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council (LARAC) is accepting applications for grants for 2021, with funding available in three categories:

  • Program Support for Organizations
  • Individual Artists
  • Arts Education, In School K-12 and Community Based Learning

The LARAC has administered the NYSCA’s Decentralization Grant Program since 1999, allowing for over $1,300,000 in funding for artists and non-profits in Warren and Washington County, providing local residents and tourists with a variety of art and culture-based programming. The 2021 Application Schedule is as follows:

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Friday, September 18, 2020

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Thursday, September 17, 2020

Hunting, trapping license sales break records

In-Person Hunter Education Courses Are Resuming, Online Courses Extended
The DEC is experiencing record-breaking sales of hunting and trapping licenses for upcoming seasons. Sales for big game hunting and trapping licenses and Deer Management Permits (DMPs) were nearly triple prior years’ sales on opening day, more than double on the second day and nearly double the first two weeks.

DEC also announced that in-person Hunter Education, Bowhunter Education, and Trapper Education courses have resumed with appropriate social distancing and other precautions to limit the community spread of COVID-19.

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Thursday, September 17, 2020

ADK chapter launches wilderness camping challenge

five pondsUPDATED Sept. 18 with statement from ADK:

The ADK Iroquois Chapter has created a unique challenge that requires participants to camp in 18 of the 21 designated wilderness areas within the Adirondack Park.

Statement from ADK: Ideally, these types of initiatives would undergo wider scrutiny, not just by the ADK Board, relevant committees and staff, but also by partner organizations, such as the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. Regrettably, this challenge was not. We are hoping that the Iroquois Chapter will delay a launch so the challenge can be discussed in more detail.

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Thursday, September 17, 2020

ArtWorks to hold Art Market in Saranac Lake

Many 2020 art programs have been postponed indefinitely or moved online due to the pandemic that has plagued our country and state this year. One event that folks are especially missing in the Saranac Lake area is Third Thursday ArtWalks.

To answer the challenge of bringing visual and literary artists together with the community to exhibit and market their work, Saranac Lake ArtWorks and the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce have come together to offer a safe and socially distanced outdoor market: ArtWorks ArtMarket.

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