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.


Tuesday, June 16, 2020

ANCA releasess small-business survey, additional resources

anca logoAs the North Country region is in the process of re-opening, the team at Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) wants to hear from small business owners.

They ask that business owners take a minute for a CARES Act Survey: Second Edition. This short survey follows up an April 17 poll, with an expanded focus on North Country businesses’ experiences with emergency relief funding and the reopening process.

Responses will help ANCA  better understand how North Country businesses are faring through the crisis and how we can best advocate for resources at the state and federal levels.

Also from ANCA, a compilation of upcoming webinars/virtual events:

More information at www.adirondack.org


Monday, June 15, 2020

Breeding Bird Atlas Update

Do you birdwatch in Upstate New York? If so then you can contribute to the Breeding Bird Atlas, (the BBA).

On its third iteration, the purpose of the BBA is to observe breeding birds of New York State from 2020-2024 in order to observe comparisons between the past and future NY BBAs to see how locations and population sizes change over time. The data collected is important for conservation programs for birds and their habitats. Everyone is encouraged to participate from 2020-2024, amateur and advanced birdwatchers alike can contribute as little or as much as they want.

Learn more about the BBA to get started.


Photo Credit: Beth Cooper


Monday, June 15, 2020

Lake George regional businesses take safety pledge

Businesses in the Warren County/Lake George Region and Southern Adirondacks can now show their dedication to customer and employee safety and well being.

To protect customers and employees from exposure to COVID-19, hospitality businesses in the region collaborated on the development of best standards in cleanliness and hygiene for hotels, restaurants, retail stores and entertainment venues.

Businesses that pledge to comply with the standards will receive a Health & Safety Pledge badge they can display on their windows, marketing materials, website and business safety plan.

» Continue Reading.


Sunday, June 14, 2020

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Saturday, June 13, 2020

Mobile Farmers Market returns for 2020 season

The Mobile Farmers Market returns for the 2020 season with community-based stops in Franklin and Clinton counties.

A program of the Joint Council for Economic Opportunity JCEO and the North Country Health Heart Network, the mobile market provides access to fresh fruit and vegetables, baked goods, and a salad bar. The market debuted in 2018 and has since expanded its stops and offerings. In light of COVID-19, this year, the mobile market will be following strict social distancing and health guidelines.

» Continue Reading.


Saturday, June 13, 2020

Combating Brazilian eloda and other invasives: ADK offers ways to get involved

In recognition of Invasive Species Awareness Week (ISAW) — which wraps up today — the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) has this profile about Brazilian elodea (Egeria densa):

Brazilian ElodeaAlso known as Brazilian Waterweed, Brazilian Elodea is a popular aquarium and water garden plant that is often sold under the generic name “Anacharis.” A submerged invasive perennial plant that looks very similar to some native species, Brazilian elodea is characterized by its bright green coloration and minutely serrated leaves that are 1-3 centimeters long and up to 5 millimeters wide. Brazilian elodea has four (sometimes eight) leaves per whorl; whereas hydrilla, another invasive species, has five leaves per whorl; and the native American elodea waterweed, has only three.

Brazilian elodea also has small white flowers in the spring and fall. The flowers have three petals and either float on the water or above the surface on threadlike stems. Only male flowers have been found in North America so far, so seed production does not occur in its introduced range. 

» Continue Reading.


Friday, June 12, 2020

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Friday, June 12, 2020

Phase 3 of Reopening Begins: Guidelines Released by NYS

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has determined that the start of phase 3 of the reopening process for the North Country begins today.

An official notice and information can be found here: https://forward.ny.gov/.

Restaurants and food service industries may begin to open indoor spaces and seating for their customers and personal care facilities such as tattoo and piercing parlors, spas, massage therapy, etc. may begin accepting clients again.

» Continue Reading.


Thursday, June 11, 2020

Adirondack Diversity Initiative hosts 1st ‘listen in’ event

The Adirondack Diversity Initiative (ADI), in partnership with the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA), will host a series of virtual “Listen-in” and “Teach-in” sessions focused on mobilizing the community on issues of racial equity and justice.

The first Listen-in session, “Antiracism 101: Checklist for white allies & activists,” will feature Nicky Hylton-Patterson, Director of the Adirondack Diversity Initiative, and a panel of black activist-scholars from across the region for a discussion on the black experience in America. The virtual session will take place via Zoom on Monday, June 15, from 6-7 p.m.

» Continue Reading.


Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! Redesigned NY Invasive Species Clearinghouse

New York Sea Grant has redesigned, enhanced access, and added resources to the New York State Invasive Species Clearinghouse website at http://nyis.info to support NY’s watercraft inspection steward programs as well as water enthusiasts and recreational boaters. The site is also now a mobile-friendly gateway to science-based information, publications, news, events, and tools for those engaged in managing terrestrial and aquatic invasive species (AIS).

New additions to the New York State Invasive Species Clearinghouse include links to:

» Continue Reading.


Wednesday, June 10, 2020

The Virtual River: A DEC Educational Program

The DEC’s Hudson River estuary education staff has created The Virtual River, an educational program consisting of videos, interactive lessons, and activities for kids. The content is all ages so parents and children alike can get something out of the lessons. For more information about the Hudson River estuary education staff check out this link. Otherwise, get started on your tour through the virtual river by watching the following videos:

American Eels
Seining for Fish
Turtles
Vernal Pools and Salamanders


Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Boost your knowledge about aquatic invasives

The Adirondack Watershed Institute has partnered with the Adirondack Lakes Alliance to offer a series of educational and training programs to everyone interested in helping to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.
Offered through the Paul Smith’s College Training Institute, and timed to launch during the 2020 Invasive Species Awareness Week, June 7-13, the program focuses on how to prevent the spread of harmful aquatic organisms in our lakes and rivers. Programs will be open and ongoing throughout the summer.
There are three ways to participate.

» Continue Reading.


Tuesday, June 9, 2020

The (Plein Air) Show goes on

The annual Adirondack Plein Air Festival is on track for happening this summer, with a few changes.

Artists from all over the country have been registering for the Festival since Feb. 1, but with the advent of the coronavirus pandemic the registration was extended to June 1 to allow time to alter certain logistics.

For this year’s festival, artists will paint on their own anywhere within the Adirondack Park between the dates of July 30 and Aug. 19, and send in digital images of their completed work for an online art show that will be housed on Saranac Lake ArtWorks’ newly redesigned website for a month beginning Aug. 23. There will be no in-person reception or events as part of this year’s show.

» Continue Reading.


Monday, June 8, 2020

Schroon Lake Region Rebranded to ‘Adirondack Hub’

The Schroon Lake Region has gotten a new look and identity online, due to a rebranding effort done in collaboration with the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST) along with the communities of Minerva, Newcomb, North Hudson and Schroon Lake.

Working in partnership with elected officials, businesses, and the Schroon Lake Chamber of Commerce, the newly named “Adirondack Hub,” highlights the region as a destination for tourism and recreation. The re-branding comes with the creation of a new website — http://www.adirondackhub.com — and new logo with matching marks for each town. » Continue Reading.


Monday, June 8, 2020

Upcoming reopening-related resources

Following are some webinars and virtual events you can tune into in order to stay informed, courtesy of the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA).

» Continue Reading.



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