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, September 8, 2020

AEDC offers online business planning course

Business planning basics: The Adirondack Economic Development Corporation’s annual fall entrepreneurship course is going virtual. The online sessions will be lead by regional experts and focus on business plan development. This course is for anyone considering launching a business on a full-time or part-time basis and owners of existing businesses.

• Weekly online sessions on Wednesdays, September 9 to December 16, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
• Small group or one-on-one virtual “homework” and counseling/Q&A from 7:00-8:00 p.m.
• Video recordings will be available
• Cost is $25

For more information on the class or to sign up, contact Stephanie Donaldson at sdonaldson@aedconline.com.

 


Tuesday, September 8, 2020

LPCA Open Juried Art Show: Call for Artists 

The Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA) is encouraging artists of all genres and media to submit work for the annual LPCA Open Juried Art Show. This show is designed to celebrate the talents of regional artists and highlight the creative visions of residents in and around New York’s North Country. 

More information including the prospectus and online entry form can be obtained at https://www.lakeplacidarts.org/gallery/upcoming-shows/lpca-open-juried-art-show or by calling Anya Villeneuve at 518.523.2512. 

This opportunity is open to all artists/media including: photography, sculpture, painting, drawing, fiber, ceramics, woodcrafts, jewelry, prints and constructions. This year the Gallery @ LPCA is accepting digital submissions only. Work should be submitted online now through Sunday, Sept. 13, accompanied by a non-refundable entry fee of $15 per piece. No more than four entries per artist. Jurors will determine exhibited and non-exhibited works and awards. A list of exhibited works will be posted at LakePlacidArts.org on Wednesday, September 16. The show will hang in the Gallery @ LPCA from Thursday, October 1 through Saturday, November 14. 

The LPCA invites the public to attend a special, socially-distanced reception for the exhibit on Thursday, October 1 from 4-7 pm and to explore a new, online component that will go live during the third week of the exhibit. Details at lakeplacidarts.org

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Tuesday, September 8, 2020

OSI: Upper Works projects almost complete

McNaughton Cottage at Tahawus Ghost TownThe Open Space Institute (OSI) has announced that a series of projects aimed at improving public access at its historic, 212-acre Adirondac Upper Works property are near completion. The property serves as a southern entrance to many popular High Peaks Wilderness Area trails. Once completed, this project will better accommodate the growing number of people coming to explore the High Peaks – and in doing so, better disperse visitors to the area and protect the region’s hiking trails and precious natural resources.

Among the projects underway is the construction of a new, 60-car parking area and trailhead. The projects are part of OSI’s $1 million capital improvement plan to upgrade overall public access to Upper Works, Henderson Lake, and the Adirondack High Peaks; preserve and improve its historic structures; and deepen visitor engagement.

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Sunday, September 6, 2020

Weekly News Roundup

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Saturday, September 5, 2020

Become a (virtual) woodswoman

BOW BannerDEC’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) will host a fall BOW Virtual Workshop September 21, 2020 – September 25, 2020. This event is free to participate.

Each evening, starting at 6:30 p.m., we will have a one-hour webinar introducing you to a new outdoor skill!

Virtual classes will include:

  • Food Preservation
  • Intro to Bowhunting
  • Fish and Game Cooking
  • Q & A Panel with Women Who Hunt and more!

Registration now open.

For more information on the workshop and other topics like this, sign up for the BOW newsletter, visit the BOW webpage, or contact BOW NY for more information.


Friday, September 4, 2020

Ticonderoga Historical Society presents program on Prohibition

The Ticonderoga Historical Society will present a free public program on Friday, Sept. 11 at 6 p.m. at the Hancock House, 6 Moses Circle, Ticonderoga.

The program will be titled “Our Best Endeavors: Temperance and Prohibition in the Champlain Valley” and will be presented by Susan Evans McClure, Executive Director of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum.

“When you think about Prohibition, most people imagine 1920s gangsters and bootleggers with tommy guns and fancy cars,” says McClure. “But to truly understand federal Prohibition in the Champlain Valley, you have to start earlier than the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1919. Vermont actually had statewide prohibition from 1853-1904.”

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Friday, September 4, 2020

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Thursday, September 3, 2020

DEC opens comments for Fish Creek Campground management plan

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is accepting public comments through Oct. 2 on a Draft Unit Management Plan (UMP) for Fish Creek Pond Campground and Day Use Area in Franklin County. The DEC encourages public input on the draft plan, in order to help guide future management of the facility over the next half a decade.

“DEC is working to connect more New Yorkers with the outdoors. This UMP addresses vital infrastructure improvements that will enhance the camping experience, recreational access and tourism at this signature DEC campground. In addition to camping, Fish Creek Pond Campground provides abundant opportunities for boating, paddling, fishing, and hiking,” Acting Regional Director Joe Zalewski said about the plans.

 

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Thursday, September 3, 2020

Ausable River Clean-up Announced

The Ausable River Association (AsRA), in partnership with Adirondack River Rentals is hosting an Ausable River Clean-Up on Tuesday, Sept. 8 in Peru. All community members and visitors who wish to volunteer their time are welcome to help restore and protect the Ausable River.

The AsRA and Adirondack River Rentals will be removing trash along the Main Stem Ausable River near Carpenter’s Flats, in and along the river’s banks. It is encouraged you provide your own boat, but Adirondack River Rentals will be providing sterilized canoes, kayaks, and stand up paddle boards to participants who need them. Bags and gloves will be provided.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Silver Bay YMCA providing free stays to frontline workers

The Silver Bay YMCA Conference and Family Retreat Center has expanded its Vacations Made Possible program to offer rest and renewal at no cost to essential workers who served at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The program, which was established in 2015 to provide free vacation opportunities to families with limited financial means, broadened its original scope in response to the pandemic that shut New York State down for over two months. 

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Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Siena poll: 2/3rds of NYers against fully opening schools

Middle school students at HT Wiley Intermediate School in WatertownSixty-two percent of New Yorkers say completely opening schools runs too great a risk of spreading the disease despite how hard not opening is on kids and families, according to a new statewide survey of residents released today by the Siena College Research Institute (SCRI). Thirty-two percent say that we have to bring the children back to school and do our best to mitigate the risks. By 66-27 percent, New Yorkers say colleges should only deliver remote education and not bring students back to campus for the fall semester.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2020

DEC Hosts Youth Hunts

Two hunters one wearing camo and the other hunter orangeNew York State Department of Environmental Conservation Police Officers (ECOs) are offering youth ages 12 through 15 an opportunity to hunt waterfowl with an ECO this fall, with events scheduled in Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties.

St. Lawrence County hunt

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Environmental Conservation Police Officers (ECOs) of St. Lawrence County are partnering with the Massena Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) and the DEC Wildlife staff at the Wilson Hill Wildlife Management Area to offer youth between the ages of 12 and 15 the opportunity to hunt waterfowl and pheasant this coming fall. This opportunity consists of a three-day event beginning with an in-class lesson at the Massena Rod and Gun Club on Thursday, Sept. 10, which will prepare the youth to spend the next two Saturdays hunting.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2020

NYS Insurance Fund creates reward program for businesses buying PPE

coronavirusNew York State’s largest workers’ compensation carrier – the New York State Insurance Fund (NYSIF) – introduced a new COVID-19 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Premium Credit Program that will make it more affordable for its policyholders to get back to business. Under the new initiative, current workers’ comp policyholders can earn a 5% credit of their annual premium on the purchase of PPE, with a maximum reimbursement of $500.

The program is designed to help offset the cost of vital PPE and safety-related items needed to help protect workers from the COVID-19 virus. Eligible equipment includes masks, goggles, gloves, gowns, hand sanitizer and other COVID-19 safety related items.

For more details on NYSIF’s COVID-19 PPE Premium Credit Program, as well as training materials on how businesses can protect their workers, please visit www.nysif.com/PPEinfo.


Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Prediabetes Awareness Campaign Restarts

Earlier this year, The North Country Healthy Heart Network, in partnership with the North Country Chronic Disease Prevention Coalition, launched the “Do I Have Prediabetes” campaign.

The objective of this campaign was to encourage people to take a risk test to determine if they should talk to their doctor about prediabetes. The campaign raised awareness via social media and trailers placed in movie theaters encouraging people to take the prediabetes risk text. Though the movies closed do to COVID-19, the North Country Disease Prevention Coalition is proud to announce that the campaign is back on social and digital platforms.

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Monday, August 31, 2020

Annual fire tower lighting set for Saturday, 9/5

Labor Day weekend offers a perfect socially distanced outdoor activity – the annual nighttime lighting of Hurricane Fire Tower.
People are invited to hike up and see the lighting at close range, or view it from afar.
A lantern beacon will shine out from the 101-year-old tower at 9 pm on Saturday, Sept. 5, and can be spotted for miles around.

Hurricane Mountain – visible from many spots in Keene and Elizabethtown, to Lake Champlain and Vermont, as well as surrounding smaller peaks – was a key survey peak for legendary Adirondack surveyor Verplanck Colvin.

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