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Community News

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 [email protected]


Monday, March 29, 2021

APA at 50: A daylong symposium

APA In June 1971, New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller signed legislation creating the Adirondack Park Agency, and the modern era of Adirondack history began. All private land in the Park was zoned according to how densely it could be developed, and the state-owned Forest Preserve was divided into various categories, with Wilderness Areas designated as the most tightly regulated. No one was happy with the new agency. Local government and business interests predicted economic catastrophe, while conservationists felt the new regime didn’t adequately protect the Park.

The Adirondack Experience: The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake (ADKX) will host a daylong symposium, free and open to the public, on June 22, 2021. This will be a virtual symposium: all presentations will be online.

For more details and to register, go here.

Photo: Gov Rockefeller signs the APA Private Land Use Plan legislation. Richard W. Lawrence, first APA Chair, looks on at left. Photo by Paul Schaefer/Almanack archive

Editor’s note: Starting today, the Explorer is running a series about the formation of the APA. Click here for the first one.


Sunday, March 28, 2021

Weekly news round up

A collection of interesting reads:

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Friday, March 26, 2021

Latest news headlines

Here’s a look at news from around the Adirondacks this week:

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Thursday, March 25, 2021

Public input sought for a Whiteface Region brand study

wilmington cyclistsThe Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST) in cooperation with the communities of Wilmington, Jay, Upper Jay, and Au Sable Forks, is undergoing a branding study and is looking for stakeholders, residents, and visitors to complete an online survey.

The survey is designed to help better understand what motivates people to visit the Whiteface Region in New York’s Adirondack Mountains. Respondents are asked questions about their perception of particular activities, such as hiking, fishing, mountain biking, dining, and visiting area attractions.

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Tuesday, March 23, 2021

In-Person Hunter Education Classes Resume April 1

small game hunters provided by DEC

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced that hunter education courses will be resuming their in-person format on April 1. The DEC will also continue to offer online hunter education courses.

In-person courses will be free and are taught by volunteer Hunter Education Program instructors. You may take a class in hunting, bowhunting, trapping, and waterfowl education. Registration is required for both online and in-person courses, and the in-person courses require mandatory homework which must be completed prior to the course.

For more information, or to register for a HEP course, visit the Hunter Education Program page on DEC’s website.


Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Common Ground Alliance Invites Public to Attend Virtual Winter Meeting

School enrollment map from Northern Forest Center reportRegistration for the Thursday, March 25 event is free and open to all

The Common Ground Alliance (CGA) and the Northern Forest Center invites community members to join their winter meeting on Thursday, March 25 at 12:30 p.m. The free virtual event will update the community on progress since the 2020 CGA Annual Forum and present the Strategy for Attracting New Residents to the Adirondacks.

Advance registration is required for the one-hour event, which will be held on Zoom Webinar.

You can view the agenda here.

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Sunday, March 21, 2021

Weekly news round up

A collection of interesting reads:

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Friday, March 19, 2021

Latest news headlines

Here’s a look at news from around the Adirondacks this week:

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Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Adirondack Experience serves up food-themed programs

This spring, Adirondack Experience museum in Blue Mountain Lake is offering a variety of virtual, food-themed programs:

Maple Sugaring, Adirondack Style
MARCH 24  | 7:00pm – 8:00pm

It’s Maple Sugaring Time in the Adirondacks! Join Ivy Gocker, Library Director of the Adirondack Experience, and Matt Thomas, an independent maple syrup historian, as they talk about the history and material culture of maple sugaring in the Adirondack Region: the process, how it was done in the past, and the story of the Horse Shoe Forestry Company near Tupper Lake, which was once the largest syrup production operation in the world.
To register, please click on this zoom registration link. You will receive a confirmation with program link after signing up.
Sponsored by the Adirondack Experience and Albany Public Library

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Monday, March 15, 2021

Paul Smith’s to hire 20 boat launch stewards

The Paul Smith’s College Adirondack Watershed Institute (PSC AWI) will once again provide free watercraft inspection and decontamination services at 14 locations in Old Forge, Inlet, Eagle Bay, Raquette Lake, and Blue Mountain Lake to help protect lakes from aquatic invasive species.

Each summer AWI employs more than 100 seasonal boat launch stewards to work with the boating public across the Adirondacks to help meet the “Clean, Drain, and Dry” standard required by New York State to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species. The program provides the public with free boat decontamination and inspection services at popular boat launches throughout the Adirondacks, including the most popular along the State Route 28 corridor.

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Sunday, March 14, 2021

Weekly news round up

A collection of interesting reads:

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Saturday, March 13, 2021

Registration Open for 9th Annual Lake George Hike-A-Thon

hike a thonEarly-bird registration for the Lake George Land Conservancy’s (LGLC) Hike-A-Thon is now open, in an optimistic step towards a year of in-person events aimed at getting people out onto the land around Lake George. The event, to be held on July 5, is free and open to the public and offers a variety of hiking and paddle options. The early-bird registration period goes until April 30, and includes the incentive of a free t-shirt for each person registered.

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Friday, March 12, 2021

Latest news headlines

Here’s a look at news from around the Adirondacks this week:

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Thursday, March 11, 2021

Virtual Howl Story Slam LIVE

story slamFriday, March 19, 2021 at 7:00pm
Theme: “March Madness”

The same beloved Howl Story Slam, revamped to be enjoyed at home.

This event is LIVE via Zoom featuring 5-minute true stories, with no notes. The first 15 storytellers to sign up will be included in the lineup. Registration required in advance for storytellers and audience members, sign up here.

Free to tell stories and to attend. If you are able, please please add a suggested $10 donation to your registration for the Howl team to split.

Click here to register
The Howl Story Slam team is a partnership between Adirondack Center for Writing and North Country Public Radio. Photo: Gretchen Koehler tells a story at the Howl Grand Story Slam, December 2019. Photo credit: Baylee Annis, Adirondack Center for Writing

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Attractions Reopening in the Adirondacks

openings and closingsAs we move closer to summer, many attractions that were closed last summer are looking ahead to reopening this year. Same goes with the many annual events that people have come to expect throughout the summer and fall months.

For example, The Wild Center in Tupper Lake. While they have been open, visitors have been limited to outdoor attractions such as the Wild Walk. The facility will close for maintenance in April and reopening in May. According to Hillarie Logan-Dechene, deputy director for The Wild Center, the museum will remain an outdoor experience throughout the summer, with the possibility of reopening the building to visitors in the fall.

“The summer is going to be chock-a-block full with outdoor activities, fishing experiences. We’ll have some surprises for people, but it will be another wonderful get-outside experience,” she said. For now, the Wild Center will continue to use its ticket reservation system for people to schedule their visits in advance, and masks will still be required.
Here’s a look at what’s in store for some other attractions and events around the region.

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