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 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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Monday, August 31, 2020

North Country Co-op provides place of solace during pandemic

The North Country Food Co-op in Plattsburgh is more than a neighborhood grocery store. It’s become a place where shoppers can find healthy food and comfort, during the Covid-19 pandemic.

As Tim Rowland writes in this recent article on the Adirondack Harvest website:

With many businesses and institutions closed, and even friends and extended family off limits, the co-op offered more than food, it offered comfort and support to its clients. They might have lost a job, or had people in their lives fall sick or die, or suffered from plain loneliness. For them, the co-op was well stocked not just with food, but with sympathetic ears. Some people were just very lonely and needed somebody to talk to,” Co-op Manager Carol Czaja said. “In the past we would have given them a hug.”

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Monday, August 31, 2020

New Project by the Fiberistas on display at TAUNY

See the latest fiber arts project by the Fiberistas, an innovative group of North Country quilters whose projects challenge them to experiment with new techniques and explore the potential of quilts as art.

This quilt, made up of unique panels by each quilter, is a landscape challenge, connecting foreground, center field, and background of each slice with a shared horizon line across the project.

In addition to having the collaborative quilt on display at The TAUNY Center through Oct. 24, TAUNY (Traditional Arts in Upstate New York) is sharing a series of videos of the Fiberistas talking about their work on this new project over the time the quilt is on display. Follow on FacebookInstagram, and/or YouTube to see the series.

 

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Sunday, August 30, 2020

Weekly News Roundup

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Saturday, August 29, 2020

Historic Saranac Lake awarded IMLS Inspire! grant

Historic Saranac Lake (HSL) announced that it has been awarded an Inspire! Grant for Small Museums through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The $48,300 award will support HSL’s work to catalog and rehouse a portion of its image collections. The project will enable HSL to gain intellectual and physical control over its collection in preparation for a major expansion into the historic Trudeau Building adjacent to the museum. Over two years, HSL will create catalog records for photographs, postcards, and photo albums, and implement long-term archival storage. The project tackles a major next step identified in the museum’s recently completed Collections Preservation Plan, also funded by a grant from IMLS. 

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Friday, August 28, 2020

This year’s Farm2Fork festival will benefit AdkAction

The 11th Annual Farm 2 Fork Festival will be held on Saturday, September 5 at the San in Saranac Lake. This year’s theme is “Community is the Cure,” with a nod to the historical healing properties of Saranac Lake.

The festival will feature online ordering that will be open August 26 – September 2 at www.Farm2ForkFestival.com. Visitors will fill their picnic baskets online and collect them on Saturday, September 5 from 10 am to 1 pm via a drive-thru contactless pick-up at the San, located at 600 Ama Way.

“Gail Brill of Adirondack Green Circle founded the festival 11 years ago and it’s been run by a group of dedicated volunteers since 2017. This has been a difficult time for many people who have been hit hard by the economic impacts of COVID-19, and so we thought it was crucial that we work with local restaurants using ingredients grown on North Country farms for the festival,” said Jacob Vennie-Vollrath, a member of the festival’s organizing committee.
“We’re also thrilled that proceeds will benefit AdkAction, which immediately stepped up to create Emergency Food Packages for local individuals and families facing food insecurity due to the COVID-19 crisis. Now more than ever, we need to pull together as a community and support our neighbors,” added Nick Delaini of the festival organizing committee.

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Friday, August 28, 2020

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Thursday, August 27, 2020

Cobble Hill trail access from Northwood remains closed

As Northwood School in Lake Placid gets back in session, the campus has closed access to the Cobble Hill Trailhead.

With the parking lot currently off limits to outside visitors, Northwood has worked with the Adirondack Land Trust to have an alternative trail to the Cobble hiking trails. The above map shows how people can access the trail from Mirror Lake Drive.

The school’s website has been updated with this information. There will be a QR code on signs and banners posted on the edge of campus that will take hikers to this webpage: https://www.northwoodschool.org/alternative-cobble-access


Thursday, August 27, 2020

Lake Placid Film Festival announces free online short-film series

A Kafkaesque trial. A newly single twentysomething trying to navigate the world of online dating. Three soldiers, weighing humanity against duty in wartime.

Viewers can watch these three short films, and five others, during the Lake Placid Film Festival’s upcoming “Featured Filmmakers Series.”

Every Wednesday from Sept. 2 through Oct. 21, the Festival will stream a short film online, followed by a live, moderated discussion with the film’s director. Each program is free, though pre-registration is required.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2020

LGLC Honors Photographer Carl Heilman with Rowan Award

The Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) has awarded the 2020 Henry M. Rowan Conservation Award to Carl Heilman, II, Brant Lake resident and renowned photographer and author.

The Rowan Award is named after Henry M. Rowan, who received the inaugural award in 2003. The award is given annually to recognize exemplary individuals and organizations for their conservation efforts around Lake George.

The award is typically presented during the LGLC’s annual President’s Reception, but because of the pandemic the event has been cancelled for this year. The physical award will instead be presented in person during next year’s Reception.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2020

LPCA Calls for Zoom-Ready Play Submissions

The Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LCPA) as announced their Zoom Play Festival to take place on Monday, Aug. 24 through Friday, Sept. 4. The festival will be an opportunity for theatre artists to create and share new works adapted for the current landscape. The LCPA will be accepting submissions for new, one act plays written specifically to be performed on Zoom.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Newcomb AIC offers distanced programing through video series

Although the Adirondack Interpretive Center (AIC) in Newcomb (run by SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry) has been closed, the team there has produced a video series called “Newcomb Naturalist Notes.”
They produced five episodes this summer, with more planned in the future. Click the links below to learn
more about:

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Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Renovation Work Underway at Great Camp Sagamore

Adirondack Nonprofit Makes the Most of Unusual Summer 

Great Camp Sagamore, an educational nonprofit and tourist destination in the central Adirondacks, is making the most of a summer without guests by undertaking long-awaited renovations. 

Great Camp Sagamore is an Adirondack Great Camp and was a summer retreat for the Vanderbilt family. Today it is the most accessible of the Great Camps, offering daily tours and stays for the public.

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Monday, August 24, 2020

Adirondack Medical Center pauses inpatient visitation

Following the temporary moratorium on face-to-face visitation at Mercy Living Center last week, Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake has stopped most hospital patient visitation for at least seven days.

Beginning today, visitation is only permitted for maternity care partners and imminent end-of-life situations. There are currently zero COVID-19-positive patients at Adirondack Medical Center. The decision to temporarily restrict visitation was made in view of the continued spread of the virus in neighboring Essex county, as well as the increased number of Franklin and Essex county residents in precautionary quarantine due to potential exposure.

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