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Wednesday, May 8, 2024

The Wild Center to unveil new trail and attraction, art installation

The Wild Center building.

Tupper Lake, NY – The Wild Center opened for its 2024 season on Friday, May 3. Off the heels of the USA Today Readers’ Choice Awards, where it was voted the Best Science Museum in the U.S., The Wild Center is expanding its offerings and activities with exciting exhibits and experiences. Among this season’s offerings is the unveiling of Raquette River Roll, a ball run experience along the Fen Trail, a new half-mile trail down to the Raquette River fen, and The Clothesline: Food, Fiber, Air, and Soil exhibit, an installation dedicated to the world of agriculture.

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Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Town of Johnsburg to hold May 9 public workshop for comprehensive plan

Lake Champlain-Lake George Regional Planning logo.

Johnsburg, NY – The Town of Johnsburg invites all interested members of the public to attend a workshop at the North Creek Fire House on Thursday, May 9 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. This update to the Town’s 2004 Comprehensive Plan will be used to guide and shape the future of the Town. Public input is vital to the development of this plan and all interested community members are encouraged to be an active part of the process.

This is the third public workshop held so far in the planning process. The goal of this workshop is to receive public feedback on the draft goals for the plan which have been developed through input received from the community survey and the previously held public workshop.

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Tuesday, May 7, 2024

Lake George Association disagrees with Appellate Court decision concerning ProcellaCOR use

The Lake George Land Trust received over $4 million in state grants this month to protect land in the Lake George watershed. Photo by Zachary Matson

Lake George Association asks why state agencies are unwilling to subject their scientific evidence to rigorous, independent review 

Lake George, NY — The Lake George Association (LGA) respectfully disagrees with the decision the Appellate Division issued yesterday, May 2, and is disappointed that the judges simply deferred to the judgment of the New York State agencies that are advocating for the first-ever use of a pesticide in Lake George. The LGA will be requesting leave to appeal to the New York  Court of Appeals. 

Although this decision affects the 2022 permit applications, it does not affect the new applications that are pending before the agencies, and the LGA respectfully encourages the  agencies to review the important new information that has been brought to light before any  permits are issued to apply ProcellaCOR in Lake George. 

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Monday, May 6, 2024

The Cook Farm offers community events for International Compost Awareness Week

Woman planting in the dirt


Owls Head, NY – The Cook Farm, a 26.5-acre regenerative farm nestled beneath Owls Head Mountain, is thrilled to announce a series of free community events to celebrate International Compost Awareness Week, in collaboration with local organizations Compost For Good, ADKAction, Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA), Clarkson University, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Franklin County, and the Malone Wead Library.

International Compost Awareness Week aims to educate the public about the benefits of composting and recycling organics, including food scraps and yard waste. The 2024 theme emphasizes compost’s pivotal role in climate strategies by decreasing methane emissions, mitigating climate change, reducing fertilizer inputs, and increasing resilience to environmental challenges.

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Saturday, May 4, 2024

Adirondack Garden Club honors Jeanne Warner for service to the club

Two woman pose, one is holding an award

Keene, NY— Jeanne Warner, of Keene Valley and New York City, was recently awarded the Adirondack Garden Club’s Gretta Prince Memorial GCA Cachepot, a distinction given annually to a member in recognition significant contributions to the club. The special award was established in 1993 by Happy Marsh in honor of her mother, for whom the award is named.

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Saturday, May 4, 2024

Wilmington welcomes new residents, honors long-time contributors at community dinner

Two women

The Town of Wilmington welcomed several new families to the community April 17, at its 38th annual Wilmington Community Dinner presented by the Whiteface Visitors Bureau. Visitors Bureau Director Michelle Preston said the dinner is a chance to introduce new community members, and also for old friends who may not have seen each other for a while to catch up. The dinner was held at The Hungry Trout restaurant and attracted 80 people, with welcoming remarks by Wilmington Supervisor Favor Smith. Also honored were Wilmington Citizen of the Year Leslie Gordon Kopec, and Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Billie Loughran.

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Thursday, May 2, 2024

8th Pete Seeger Tribute set for May 4 in Saranac Lake

Musician Pete Seeger

Saranac Lake, NY – Pete Seeger’s banjo is inscribed with the words, “This banjo surrounds hate and forces it to surrender.” On May 4 people will gather again at the First Presbyterian Church of Saranac Lake’s Great Hall to celebrate Pete’s life work by sharing his music together. Over 50 years ago, Pete and his wife, Toshi, spearheaded an effort to build the Hudson River sloop Clearwater. They hoped if people had intimate knowledge of the pollution on the Hudson and could feel the wind and the water, they would be inspired to solve significant problems one song at a time. The Clearwater project’s efforts helped to pass the Clean Water Act in 1972. 

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Thursday, May 2, 2024

Fort Ticonderoga opens for the season May 4 with two-day living history event

Ticonderoga, NY –  Join Fort Ticonderoga as they introduce the 2024 daily visitation season with a lively two-day living history event, For the Good of the King’s Service, on Saturday and Sunday, May 4 and 5. Fort Ticonderoga kicks off Real Time Revolution™ with a full-scale recreation of its British Garrison, 250 years to the day back in 1774. Discover daily life for British soldiers and their families in 1774 with activities including gardening, shoemaking, tailoring, and boatbuilding.

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Thursday, May 2, 2024

Explorer’s reporting recognized by New York Press Association

Man points to whiskey fungus on a house

Adirondack Explorer secured seven awards from the New York Press Association this past weekend.

Judges considered work produced in 2023 by media publications statewide, submitted to the association’s Better Newspaper Awards. Explorer staff took home four first-place, one second-place and two third-place honors for the organization’s print and digital platforms.

Zachary Matson received first place for Environmental Reporting for his coverage of the harmful impact of road salt in the Adirondacks. Gwendolyn Craig was awarded first place for News Story for her coverage of the unusual emergence of whiskey fungus in Mineville.

Explorer contributor Tim Rowland secured first place for Solutions Reporting for his work on the “Taking Stock of Housing” series. This six-month series featured a mix of articles, photos, videos, a short-term newsletter and an event at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake.

Publisher Tracy Ormsbee achieved recognition for her editorial writing, winning first place for criticism about road salt usage, state spending priorities and land management performance.

The judges awarded a second place for Online Breaking News for the Explorer staff’s flood coverage from last summer, third place for Best Newsletter for Matson’s weekly “Water Line” and third place for Overall Magazine Excellence for the bimonthly publication.

Photo at top: Greg Furness using a laser pointer showing black fungus on his house in Moriah that he says has only developed in the last 18 months. He has lived in this house since the mid 1980s, three-quarters of a mile from where the WhistlePig Whiskey facility is now located and expanding. Photo by Eric Teed

Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Clean-Up for Castiglione Memorial Park Slated for May 4

I Love My Park Day graphic.


Gloversville, NY – Using New York State’s initiative to clean state parks and historical venues, the Gloversville Downtown Development Specialist (GDDS) will be cleaning up Gloversville’s Castiglione Memorial Park on North Main Street on I Love My Park Day, May 4 at 10 a.m.

“For the past several years, New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and Parks & Trails New York have gathered volunteers in cleanup events in numerous state parks, historic sites and public lands on the first Saturday in May to ready them for the summer season,” Jennifer Donovan (GDDS) explained. “It is a great way to keep the Earth Day movement going by continuing to spruce up areas and clean up garbage. Why not extend this to local parks?”

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Monday, April 29, 2024

Over $5.4 million awarded to Catskill & Adirondack Parks for affordable housing, recreation, and more

Exterior of Adirondacks Welcome Center

Funded Projects Will Support Housing Initiatives, Enhance Cultural Amenities and Recreation Opportunities, and Spur Economic Growth that is Compatible with Environmental Protection

On April 24, Governor Kathy Hochul announced more than $5.4 million in awards to 48 communities and organizations in the Catskill and Adirondack parks for smart growth initiatives. The funded projects will support regions renowned for connecting visitors to nature by improving and expanding recreation opportunities; addressing hamlet infrastructure, energy, and affordable housing needs; providing visitor center, theater, and museum enhancements; improving accessibility and safety issues; and supporting comprehensive planning efforts.

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Sunday, April 28, 2024

Adirondack Foundation works to make Adirondack voices heard in Albany

The Adirondack Foundation logo

NYS budget boosts resources for child care providers and housing efforts, falls short on child care provider compensation

Lake Placid, NY— Adirondack Foundation has weighed in on the recently adopted New York State budget, noting it will make strides to support child care and affordable housing in the Adirondack region, but falls short of adequately addressing low pay for child care workers. Reacting to the $237 billion budget this week, Adirondack Foundation President & CEO Cali Brooks thanked lawmakers for restoring funding for the Rural Preservation Program, the Small Rental Development Initiative (SRDI) and land banks, and expressed gratitude to Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, State Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi, Sen. Jabari Brisport and Assemblywoman Andrea Clark for placing an emphasis on several critical child care initiatives.

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Saturday, April 27, 2024

Most Adirondack Priorities Restored in Final State Budget

Adirondack Council logo

Lake Climate Studies, Clean Water Grants Secured; Timbuctoo Career Institute Funding Lower

Albany, NY – The Adirondack Council thanked Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie for working with Gov. Kathy Hochul to restore key Adirondack priorities in the $237-billion state budget, including money for scientific research and municipal clean water projects.

The Council also expressed thanks for the Legislature’s efforts to restore the full $500 million in annual funding to the state’s Clean Water grants program. The $250 million boost above the Governor’s original proposal will significantly improve the opportunities for Adirondack communities to obtain funding, the organization said. Rivers that flow from Adirondack lakes bring drinking water to millions of state residents.

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Saturday, April 27, 2024

APA Board approves use of ProcellaCOR to combat Eurasian Watermilfoil

Eurasian watermilfoil

Ray Brook, NY – At the April Agency meeting, the Adirondack Park Agency Board approved a permit authorizing the use of ProcellaCOR to combat Eurasian Watermilfoil, issued an Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan conformance determination, authorized the use of General Permit 2024G-1 to replace an existing General Permit and was briefed by James McKenna, Co-Chair of the North Country Regional Economic Development Council (NCREDC) on their Regional Strategic Plan, the Next Move NY Initiative and Governor Hochul’s New York Forward Initiative.

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Friday, April 26, 2024

Adirondack Artists Guild to feature Jeanne Danforth exhibit throughout May

watercolor painting

Saranac Lake, NY – The Adirondack Artists Guild has announced that Jeanne Danforth will be the featured artist for the month of May. Danforth said she decided to name this show “Puddles” because it’s spring and the artwork is almost all watercolor paintings. The Puddles exhibit will kick off the 2024 summer season at the gallery, following a busy year and a short break for spring cleanup. Danforth is well known throughout the area for her evocative and luminous paintings of farms, animals, and roadside scenes.

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