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Tuesday, May 19, 2020

“Forests Adrift” – A virtual book talk

Dr. Charlie Canham, a forest ecologist with the Cary Institute of Ecosystems Studies will be discussing his new book: “Forests Adrift: Currents Shaping the Future of Northeastern Trees” in a conversation with Cary President Dr. Joshua Ginsberg.

The event, taking place at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 21, will be a virtual conversation with time allotted for an audience Q&A.

The book covers the history of northeastern forests, their resilience to change and looming threats that will determine their future and goes into how the forests have changed over time with the arrival of European settlers.

Current conditions and science-based forecasting on how the forests will adapt to logging, fire suppression, disease, pollution, invasive species, and climate change will also be covered.

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Monday, May 18, 2020

ROOST releases “Politely Adirondack” Posters

The Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST) has released a series of posters available for printing which encourages practices which would reduce the spread of COVID-19, such as social distancing, hand washing, and mask wearing.

The “Politely Adirondack” series is part of a larger toolkit for businesses.

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Sunday, May 17, 2020

The Adirondacks Around The Web This Week


Sunday, May 17, 2020

#ClickLocal: Support local, shop online at the same time

As small, local businesses continue to look for new ways to reach customers, more  e-commerce opportunities are coming to fruition. Keep engaged in your community with the #ClickLocal effort and check out the following endeavors, provided by Adirondack North Country Association:

Adirondack Buyer Days: ANCA is sharing a catalog of handmade gifts from its annual Buyer Days show (which didn’t take place this year due to COVID-19). The catalogue features artisans from around the region (such as Adirondack Peach, shown here), making a range of products such as jewelry, cards, soap, candles and chocolate. Browse the online catalogue here and support regional artists.

The Hub Online Market: The Hub on the Hill’s new online ordering system offers local food and products with the added convenience of home delivery, within 100 miles of its location in Essex. (Place orders by Monday and then choose a delivery day.) The project was made in collaboration with ANCA and received support from the Adirondack Foundation’s Generous Acts fund, and Well Fed Essex. If you are a food producer located in the Champlain Valley/Adirondacks, you are welcome to apply.

Shop Where I Live St. Lawrence County: Check out the St. Lawrence Chamber of Commerce’s new online platform which allows you to purchase directly from St. Lawrence County businesses.


Saturday, May 16, 2020

Lake Placid Land Conservancy applies for accreditation

lake placid land conservancyThe Lake Placid Land Conservancy is applying for accreditation with the Land Trust Alliance, a program which recognizes conservation organizations that meet a national set of standards for protecting and conserving natural places and working lands.

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Saturday, May 16, 2020

Adirondack Experience provides a digital experience

From theadkx.org

Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake has launched ADKX@HOME, a range of digital content that focuses on a new pandemic collecting initiative, fun educational activities for the whole family, and making the ADKX’s world-class collections and experts accessible to the public in new ways.

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Saturday, May 16, 2020

From the Archive: Remembering Clarence Petty

From 10 years ago: Former Adirondack Explorer editor Phil Brown attends an event at the Wild Center that commemorates Adirondack legend Clarence Petty, who had passed away at age 104.

https://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2010/05/celebrating-the-life-of-clarence-petty.html

The Almanack ran this remembrance of Petty when he died Jan. 31, 2009: https://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2009/12/adirondack-legend-clarence-petty-has-died-at-104.html

 

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Friday, May 15, 2020

Pendragon Theatre Workshop: Sock Puppet and Sip!

Join Pendragon Theatre’s Matt Sorensen as he teaches viewers how to create their very own sock puppet. The workshop is available for all ages and takes place on Monday, June 1st from 6-8pm. The cost is $25 which includes instructions, supplies, and a ZOOM link to the puppet building party.

Pendragon Theatre has taken the liberty of assembling puppet making kits for pick up or delivery to local addresses and have provided a list of materials should you choose to supply them yourself. Visit this link for more information: https://www.pendragontheatre.org/sock-sip-supplies.

Spots are first come first serve with a maximum of 30, and all proceeds go to the free online puppet workshop for children. Participants must provide their own hot glue and gun, scissors, XACTO knife and needle and thread.


Friday, May 15, 2020

Adirondack Health Expands Regional COVID-19 Testing

Adirondack Health has developed a plan to increase testing throughout the region after receiving 2,000 COVID-19 testing kits. Standing provider orders have been given throughout all Adirondack Health testing sites, and no one will be denied a test if they do not have a doctor’s orders. Individuals may still opt to have their testing done through primary care providers as well.

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Friday, May 15, 2020

This Week’s Big Adirondack News Stories


Thursday, May 14, 2020

TNC welcomes two new staffers

The Nature Conservancy’s Adirondack Chapter is pleased to announce the addition of two new team members: Amanda Dunham Ely has joined the team as communications and community engagement manager, and Emily-Bell Dinan has joined as education and communications coordinator for the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program (APIPP). 

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Thursday, May 14, 2020

SLC Chamber releases re-opening toolkit

New York State is in the beginning phases of reopening and the Saint Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce has prepared a Business Basics Reopening Toolkit available for download here.

The toolkit was developed with the St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency and SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center. It should take about 10 minutes to review and includes recommend policy updates, planning for reopening, online check-up, helpful links and resources and printable posters.

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Thursday, May 14, 2020

Back to Business: Webinars & Virtual Events

This week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the North Country Region is ready to initiate phase one of New York State’s reopening process, with some businesses being able to open as early as Friday. However, many of the disruptions to day to day life made over the past few months will have a lasting impact, and according to the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA), “back to business” will not be “business as usual.”

State and local organizations are sharing resources in order to help expedite the reopening process, and ANCA has added some reopening resources to their COVID-19 response page including:

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

APA to hear cases, accept public comments this month

After a quiet April, the Adirondack Park Agency has a number of projects open for public comment this month, from new cell towers to a proposal to weaken restrictions on a swath of land.

The public hearings and comment periods for these projects are separate from the agency’s monthly meeting, which is slated for 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 14. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the meeting will be held remotely. The public may call in at 518-549-0500 and Access Code 613 297 758, or may join through Webex online.

Gwendolyn Craig gives a rundown of the projects under review this month in this Adirondack Explorer article: https://www.adirondackexplorer.org/stories/apa-projects.


Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Adirondack Council forms committee to boost Bond Act

hiker finds a moment of solitude on Giant Mountain during a busy weekendClimate Change, Clean Water, Jobs Among ‘New Yorkers for the Adirondacks’ Goals

The Adirondack Council has formed a Ballot Issue Committee with the NYS Board of Elections for spending that promotes the proposed $3-billion Restore Mother Nature Bond Act.

A statewide bond act vote was approved by the Legislature in April.  In the Adirondacks, it would provide capital projects funding to address climate change, clean water and overcrowding/overuse on the Forest Preserve.  The Council’s new committee will be known as the New Yorkers for the Adirondacks committee.

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