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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Movie theaters, ski resorts get green light to reopen

NYS movie theaters and ski resorts have permission to reopen after being closed due to the coronavirus.

Gov.Andrew M. Cuomo has announced that most movie theaters outside of New York City can reopen at 25 percent capacity under state guidance starting Friday, October 23.

No more than 50 people are allowed in front of each screen in each movie theater at once.

Theaters can only open outside of New York City in counties that have COVID-19 positivity rates of less than 2 percent on a 14-day average and do not have any cluster zones. Theaters will be subject to rigorous state guidance and enforcement. Click here for the full announcement.

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Monday, October 19, 2020

TAUNY Dairy Farm Workers project featured on Library of Congress website

farm workersTAUNY Dairy Farm Workers Project Now Online at Library of Congress

In 2012, TAUNY folklorist Hannah Harvester received an Archie Green Fellowship from the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress to document the occupational folklife of dairy farmers and farm workers in the North Country. We’re thrilled to announce that TAUNY’s “Dairy Farm Workers in New York’s North Country” Occupational Folklife Project is now online! Click here to learn more about this project, listen to the interviews with North Country dairy farm workers, and see photos of life and work on local dairy farms.

Also, be sure to check out the other Occupational Folklife Project interviews that recently went online here.

Pictured here: Peter and Blake Gendebien in just-planted cornfield. From “Dairy Farm Workers in New York’s North Country.”


Monday, October 19, 2020

Wild Center partnership nets $449K to grow youth climate program

A $449,278 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Environmental Literacy Program will support The Wild Center as it helps empower young people to respond to climate change in their communities.

The three-year project builds upon a collaboration of The Wild Center, the Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and the Alliance for Climate Education (ACE) as they support the development of leadership skills for rural youth by creating programming that demonstrates best practices for students and teachers to engage and partner with local municipalities on climate resilience planning. The project, called Empowering Rural Youth for Community Climate Resilience in New York State, will also increase awareness of the New York State Climate Smart Communities (CSC) program.

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Sunday, October 18, 2020

Adirondack Weekly Roundup

Here’s a roundup of interesting features and other Adirondack news from around the Web:
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Friday, October 16, 2020

Latest News Headlines

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Thursday, October 15, 2020

Council notes progress on Adirondack community water system upgrades

Boreas River headwaters. Photo by Phil Brown 9/5/16.The first five rounds of state clean water grant programs have provided more than $58 million directly to Adirondack communities, plus another $94 million in State Revolving Loan Fund low-interest loans, for a total economic boost of $152 million in clean water and drinking water infrastructure improvements since 2015, the Adirondack Council announced today.

The Adirondack Council applauded the fact that, in total, 72 NYS Clean Water and Drinking Water Grants have gone to 36 Adirondack communities, totaling $58,068,291, according to the Council’s report Adirondack Clean Water 2020: Success Made/Wastewater Treatment Needs Ahead.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Upcoming DEA National Drug Take Back Day

pill bottleThe federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will conduct a nationwide drug collection on Saturday, October 24, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Collections will be held at many locations around the state and are the best way to dispose of unused and unwanted pharmaceuticals to protect our environment. For more information and locations, visit DEA’s National Drug Take Back webpage.

In addition, DEA allows retail pharmacies and other entities to become authorized collectors, so there are medication drop box locations that are open year-round. Visit DEC’s Drugs in New York’s Waters webpage for more information about keeping drugs out of our waters.


Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Tooley Pond Conservation Easement Gets an Upgrade

tooley pond waterway accessA five-person Student Conservation Association (SCA) crew recently constructed some new amenities on the Tooley Pond Conservation Easement in the Town of Clare in Saint Lawrence County. The team built a primitive campsite on the Allen Pond Trail, complete with a new short trail to the campsite, an earthen tent pad, a rock ring fireplace, and a trail to a box privy site near the campsite. The project took just two and a half days to complete.

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Monday, October 12, 2020

Adirondack Birth to Three Alliance Receives Competitive Grant

The Adirondack Birth to Three Alliance at Adirondack Foundation has received a three-year $250,000 grant from the Pritzker Children’s Initiative, one of 10 grants awarded following a national, year-long competition to identify innovative community-based efforts to improve health and development outcomes for infants and toddlers.

The Adirondack Birth to Three Alliance of public and private partners works together to improve access to programs and services offering babies and toddlers a foundation of skills for a strong start in life. Through this grant, the alliance will join other national, state, and local organizations as part of the National Collaborative for Infants and Toddlers, opening up opportunities for trainings, peer-learnings, and access to a host of other resources.

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Sunday, October 11, 2020

Green Power, Green Park

Join a conversation about clean energy initiatives across the region. 

The Explorer’s Policy Reporter Gwendolyn Craig will serve as moderator with the following panelists: Noah Shaw, partner and co-chair, Renewable Energy Practice, Hodgson Russ LLP; Conrad Karsten, project developer for Sunvestment Energy Group (Saranac Lake Community Solar); Emmett Smith, founder of Northern Power & Light.

The webinar is set for 9 a.m. October 20 on Zoom. Click here to register

Adirondack Almanack file photo of solar panels in Tupper Lake.


Sunday, October 11, 2020

Weekly Adirondack Roundup

Here’s a roundup of interesting features and other Adirondack news from around the Web:
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Saturday, October 10, 2020

Local Olympian pedals 92 miles to help those with spinal cord injuries

Kelly Brush, a Vermont native and former athlete who trained at Green Mountain Valley School was skiing at Collegiate Ski Carnival at Jiminy Peak, Mass., in 2006 when she took a debilitating spill.

She caught a ski edge in the snow, propelling her into a backwards spin that caused her to smash into a lift tower, breaking her back and her ribs, and suffering a spinal cord injury that confined her to a wheelchair for life.

The accident was restricting, but it didn’t dampen her energy and her desire to help those who were similarly afflicted in accidents of their own. Kelly Brush started the Kelly Brush Foundation, and dedicated her life to raising awareness for the injured and raising money to address skier safety.

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Friday, October 9, 2020

BOCES: Families should prepare for quick move to remote learning

remote learningSchool officials within the Franklin-Essex-Hamilton BOCES region are warning families to prepare for sudden changes to fully remote learning due to new state COVID-19 guidelines, even when there’s no confirmed threat that the virus is spreading.

The main issue is a new rule giving 48 hours until a student or staff member is “presumed positive.” Last week, the New York State Department of Health issued updated guidelines about when students and staff can come to school, and when they have to stay home.

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Friday, October 9, 2020

Latest News Headlines

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Thursday, October 8, 2020

Fall foliage report: Past peak, but still pretty

This fall foliage report for Oct. 7-13, 2020 comes courtesy of I LOVE NY

Essex County

In the Adirondacks, foliage is reaching peak in Essex County in the Crown Point area around Lake Champlain, with more than 95% color transition predicted for this weekend. Look for a very bright mix of yellows, oranges, reds, and purples. In Ticonderoga, reports predict 75% change with bright red, yellow, and green leaves, along with some purple. Foliage spotters in Lake Placid predict past-peak conditions with 100% color change and muted shades of red, yellow, and burnt orange. Reports from Newcomb predict complete transition and past-peak foliage with bright reds, oranges, and yellows. At Whiteface Mountain, foliage will be just past-peak with shades of red, orange, and green, along with remaining touches of purple and yellow. The area around the mountain will also see past-peak conditions, with mostly muted reds.

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