Plow drivers from Peru, Ausable, Plattsburgh and Hague gathered recently in Peru for a workshop to reduce road salt. Thank you to these communities and individuals for going the extra mile to keep winter roads safe and water clean.
Raquette Lake, NY – All are invited to join in for a day full of sledding, ice skating, snow croquet and campfires at upcoming Snow Days at Great Camp Sagamore on January 21, 2023 and February 25, 2023 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Guided cross-country skiing sessions will also be available at 10 a.m. as well as guided snow shoe hikes at 1 p.m. Chili, coffee, tea and hot chocolate will be served starting at noon and will continue as long as supply lasts. Year-round Raquette Lake Residents, Great Camp Sagamore members, and children under five are free; General Admission is $5.
New York’s The Hub on the Hill to Become First Food Hub in the Nation to Accept SNAP EBT Payments Online
Essex-based Hub On the Hill (the Hub) is now the first food hub in the nation to accept EBT SNAP payments through their online grocery store, thanks to a collaboration including local and national organizations and businesses.
Food hubs connect local farms and producers with community members, to make sure everyone has access to the highest quality local food. The cost is often subsidized by local non-profit organizations. The Hub joins a list of just 30 SNAP Online vendors in New York State, a group almost exclusively composed of large businesses, such as Walmart and Amazon.
“The Hub is very focused on increasing food access and building a regional food system in Northern New York, and already has an active e-commerce presence. We wanted to extend that to our customers receiving SNAP EBT benefits,” said Jori Wekin, Co-Founder of the Hub on the Hill. “Navigating the USDA approval process to accept EBT online would have been difficult without the help of Forage, which guided us through preparation and testing. The Hub’s ability to accept SNAP EBT online will make an enormous difference for the thousands of customers we serve, many of whom rely on government programs to purchase food.”
Bolton Landing, NY – The Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) is pleased to report that for the second time they have exceeded the $300,000 Challenge for the Future of Lake George presented by Manning and Virginia Rowan Smith.
This fantastic feat was reached thanks to 35 individuals who pledged to provide support to the LGLC in their estate planning. As a result, the Smiths have donated $300,000 to the Virginia Rowan Smith Endowment Fund, which provides annual support for important land conservation projects in the watershed.
The Challenge was presented to encourage those who support the protection of Lake George to join LGLC’s Land and Water Society through a pledge of planned giving. The LGLC’s legacy giving program has grown to 154 members.
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand are announcing that they secured $1,000,000 for the Boys & Girls Club in Akwesasne for children of the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe in the FY2023 spending bill. The Boys & Girls Club of America provides safe community gathering centers nationwide and empowers young students with educational programs designed to help them succeed in school. The federal dollars Gillibrand and Schumer fought for will help construct a new “Great Futures Start Here” Clubhouse in Akwesasne to serve this purpose for Mohawk youth. The new Clubhouse will enable the Akwesasne Boys & Girls Club to continue offering its vital afterschool, summer, athletic, and meal programs in a safe, modern, and accessible space.
Adirondack Foundation and AdkAction have teamed up to offer a webinar on New York State’s 1115 Medicaid Waiver. The free webinar, “A 101 on New York State’s 1115 Waiver: An Opportunity to Support
Adirondack Communities,” will be led by Scott Emery of MS Hall + Associates. It is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 17. The waiver helps provide expanded coverage to patients beyond traditional healthcare settings. Organizations making impacts across food, housing and transportation security as well as toxic stress reduction can potentially leverage new resources through the Medicaid waiver. To register, visit bit.ly/NYS1115ADK.
Photo at top: Stethoscope. Wikimedia Commons photo.
The Adirondack Food System Network, an inter-agency collaborative effort, is pleased to announce that the annual Food Justice Summit will return to The Wild Center in Tupper Lake, NY on March 2, 2023. Over the last five years, the annual Food Justice Summit has brought together activists, farmers, agencies, consumers, educators, students, and many more to explore the facets and components of our regional food system. Since 2020, our communities have faced an unprecedented concerns and challenges related to the food system. From the farm to the exam room, our roots of the food system run deep.
Building a resilient food system rests on a foundation of healthy communities, one that supports our local and regional producers and offers choice and options for the food on one’s plate. Our goal is to bring together local initiatives, showcase and celebrate the work being done, and to build a collaborative effort to tackle some of these intractable issues. How do we move our region toward healthier, stronger, and more resilient food system? How do we create inclusive, healthier, and more accessible institutions?
Lake Placid, NY — ADK (Adirondack Mountain Club) has been awarded a $80,709 Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP) grant for septic system replacements at the Adirondak Loj.
Hosting the busiest trailhead in New York State, the Adirondak Loj is an important focal point for over 100,000 annual visitors as they come to experience the Heart Lake Program Center and explore the surrounding High Peaks Wilderness. For over 90 years, ADK has provided overnight accommodations, information, and other services at the Loj that have helped create a welcoming experience for visitors to the Adirondack Park.
The 21st annual Long Lake Winter Carnival will be held on Saturday, January 14 beginning at noon at Mt. Sabattis Recreation Center in Long Lake, NY. Events kick off with a coronation of the King and Queen of the Moonlighter’s Snowmobile Club followed by a slate of fun family friendly events. The Cardboard Sled Races start at 1 p.m., with prizes awarded for speed and overall award for Best in Show. Sleds can be made with cardboard, paint, wax and tape. Racing categories are for individuals and for teams. There will be a bonfire as well as ice skating and sledding available all day.
Other events throughout the day include a Fashion Competition. Don your best and most outlandish winter outfits. Team themes are encouraged. Other events include: Town-Wide Photo, Kids Balloon Chase, Goalie’s Day Off, Men’s Feats of Strength, the Ladies Frying Pan Toss, and fireworks at 6 p.m. All events are free. The Ice Farm will be installing an ice sculpture garden. Local businesses and organizations are encouraged to sign up with Long Lake Parks and Recreation to be included.
North Creek, NY- The Tannery Pond Center has recently announced a roundup of winter activities that will suit a variety of ages and interests, including an American Red Cross Blood Drive community event, Winter Coffeehouse Series concerts, a Local Talent Night which showcases area musicians, a Ski Movie Night, a new Widlund Gallery exhibit called Daring Descents: Images of Mountain Sports, a yoga session, and a Kids’ Valentine’s Themed Art Workshop. See below for more details about these events.
Ausable Chasm, N.Y. – For the first time in two years, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration will take place in-person at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, January 16, 2023 at the Newman Center in Plattsburgh, NY. The annual program is free and open to the public. In 2020 and 2021, the celebrations were held virtually, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Committee is looking forward to welcoming attendees back in person.
This year’s celebration will feature speaker Allison Heard, SUNY Plattsburgh Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Allison is a native of Chicago, Illinois. She earned both her bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Vermont in Burlington. Event organizers said Allison will certainly bring a profound and memorable message to recognize this important day. Martin Luther King Jr. promoted nonviolence to seek equality for all people. In her role as the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Vice President, Allison will promote and emphasize the importance of recognizing everyone equally.
Photo at top: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Wikimedia Commons photo.
Ski with a Scientist -Bill McKibben and Curt Stager
Jan. 14, 11 am – 12:30 pm
Ski with a scientist is part of the Save Winter initiative for the Lake Placid 2023 FISU World University Games. (More about this upcoming event here.) It is a comprehensive sustainability initiative that intersects climate awareness and winter sports.
Participants ski with experts in multiple fields that revolve around climate, reducing carbon inputs and how to create a sustainable future. Scientists will stop along the stunning winter landscape at the Paul Smith’s College VIC and present on their research.
The Northern Forest Center has announced the next webinar in their Building the New Forest Future series, Ensuring Climate Resilience, which will take place on the afternoon of Tuesday, January 17 from noon to 1:30 p.m. Expert panelists will examine what communities can do today to ready themselves for environmental changes. Registration is free, but is required in order to participate in the webinar.
About the webinar:
Every community faces different pressures when it comes to our uncertain climate future. From flooding and drought to an influx of climate migrants, we will hear about ways communities can plan and prepare to face these changes. We will hear from communities that have already done this preparation and organizations that are leading the way. Speakers to be announced.
472 acres of ADK land protected through Adirondack Land Trust and Lake Placid Land Conservancy merger
KEENE — The merger of two nationally accredited land trusts streamlines operations and ensures continued open space protection in New York’s Adirondack Park.
Effective January 1, 2023, the Lake Placid Land Conservancy (LPLC) will merge into the Adirondack Land Trust as approved by the New York State Attorney General’s office and the Secretary of State. The assets, programs and land stewardship responsibilities of LPLC will be transferred to the Adirondack Land Trust.
Through the merger, 472 acres in the towns of North Elba, Jay, Keene and Wilmington will be added to the Adirondack Land Trust’s portfolio of land protection sites. This includes the Three Sisters Preserve in Wilmington, which is a popular destination for mountain biking, trail running, hiking and snowshoeing, and serves as a community connector between the town’s bike skills park and Forest Preserve trails adjacent to Hardy Road. Public access will remain the same and preserve signage will be updated.
A request from the Ausable River Association (AsRA) for $2 million was included in the 2023 Federal Omnibus Bill, signed into law last week by President Biden. AsRA’s request was shepherded through the appropriations process, through subcommittee review and approval, by Congresswoman Elise Stefanik. These funds will help build flood resilience, protect water quality, and restore stream health in the Town of Jay. They will advance critical river restoration projects detailed in the East Branch Ausable River Restoration Plan and expand the Plan, which currently includes the Town of Jay, to include the upstream half of the East Branch in the Town of Keene.
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