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Saturday, August 15, 2020

North Country Companies Participate in Point Positive Pitch Session 

On Friday, July 31, Point Positive Inc. held its bi-annual pitch session with vetted entrepreneurs from the North Country: DMax Plasma, Kilcoyne Farms, and Northern Power and Light.

Since 2014, Point Positive has been providing start-up and growth capital to promising, scalable ventures in the Greater Adirondack Region.  Despite the pandemic circumstances, Point Positive Coordinator Melinda Little, with the assistance of Maura Maguire from the Shipley Center at Clarkson, hosted the virtual event via Zoom from The Carry in Saranac Lake.

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Saturday, August 15, 2020

Mobile bookstore makes rounds through Adirondacks

The Adirondack Center for Writing teamed up with area bookstores to create a traveling bookstore.

Built by Paul Smith’s College students, the ACW Bookmobile is making its way around the Adirondacks, with stops coming up this week at the following ice cream stands.

All visitors are required to wear masks, no exceptions. Payment options: cash, check, Venmo. ACW partnered with local bookstores including The Book NookBookstore Plus, and TREES Adirondack Gifts & Books to feature a selection of new staff picks and used books are on board for readers of all ages.

Tuesday August 18, 2020 (afternoon)

Wednesday August 19, 2020 (afternoon)

Friday August 28, 2020 (afternoon)

For more info, go to https://adirondackcenterforwriting.org/


Friday, August 14, 2020

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Thursday, August 13, 2020

Hub on the Hill Launches Fundraising Campaign for New Vehicles

Public welcome to donate at https://www.caringcrowd.org/provide-meals-food-insecure-families-impacted-covid-19

Resulting from a successful partnership with AdkAction, The Hub on the Hill will deliver approximately 5,500 Emergency Food Packages (EFPs) by October 1, 2020. This project has supplied tens of thousands of meals and put food on the tables of hundreds of families facing increased food insecurity due to COVID-19. 

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Thursday, August 13, 2020

DEC Opens Wildlife Management Areas for 16-Day Window

DEC logoThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is opening several Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) in Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties  to the public from Saturday, Aug. 15, through Sunday Aug. 30.

Parts of these wetland restricted areas are normally marked off in order to allow waterfowl and other listed species to breed and raise their young away from the interference of humans.

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Thursday, August 13, 2020

Hyde reopens; offers free admission to essential workers this month

The Hyde Collection is offering free admission to all essential workers and their families throughout the month of August as a thank you for their service during the COVID-19 crisis. After being closed for several months because of the pandemic, The Hyde Collection reopened to visitors on the first of the month.

In accordance with CDC guidelines, The Hyde is open only for visitors who have made appointments on hydecollection.org. When making a reservation online, there is an “Essential Workers and Family” field where first responders, health care workers and all other essential workers can enter the number of family members they will be attending with, and they will not be charged for those tickets.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid infestation found in Washington Co.

Hemlock with HWA egg masses_Connecticut Agricultural Experiment StationThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced the confirmation of an infestation of the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (Adelges tsugae) on Forest Preserve lands in the town of Dresden in Washington County.

The affected hemlock trees were located near a campsite within Glen Island Campground on the shore of Lake George. This is the second known infestation of Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA) in the Adirondacks.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Adirondack Foundation to #ToastADK on Aug. 14

Adirondack Foundation’s annual summer party is going digital. “Toast the Adirondacks: An Online Celebration of Community and Philanthropy” will stream live on Friday, August 14 starting at 4:30 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.
The Foundation, which serves as the philanthropic hub for the Adirondack region and recently closed out a record-breaking $5.4 million year in grantmaking, invites friends and neighbors from all corners of the region to celebrate the resiliency of local communities, vital services of nonprofits, and generosity of donors – especially during  the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Monday, August 10, 2020

Wiltse joins PSC, AWI staff

Adirondack scientist, photographer, and conservation advocate Brendan Wiltse has joined Paul Smith’s College as Visiting Assistant Professor with its new Masters of Science program and Water Quality Director with the college’s Adirondack Watershed Institute (AWI). Brendan is a graduate of Paul Smith’s College and earned his Ph.D. from Queen’s University in Ontario.

Brendan comes to the college from the Ausable River Association (AsRA) where for 6 years as Science and Stewardship Director he contributed to the group’s efforts to protect the Ausable River watershed through science and community engagement.

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Monday, August 10, 2020

ADK releases 2nd edition of Kids on the Trail guidebook

ADK’s long-popular Kids on the Trail! Hiking with Children in the Adirondacks, by Rose Rivezzi and David Trithart, has been released in a second edition. Seventy-one hike descriptions are accompanied by distance and elevation data, color maps, and color photos.

Almost 40 percent of the hikes are new to the book, and nine descriptions have been added since the first edition.

Representing a variety of destinations across the Adirondacks, this guide encourages readers to visit lesser known locations as they enjoy the beauty of the Park. Anecdotal asides, observations, and logistical advice are interspersed.

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Sunday, August 9, 2020

ADK Mountain Club’s Ididaride Goes Virtual

ididaride short ride participants by Chuck HelferThe ADK Mountain Club will be hosting their 2020 Ididaride, the organization’s largest annual fundraiser created in support of education and advocacy programs.

This year, in order to ensure the safety of its participants the Ididaride has transitioned to a virtual event. Now, riders can go on a ride and log their experience by uploading their route and distance using the RideWithGPS app, or via email by 5 pm on Monday, Sept. 7.

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Sunday, August 9, 2020

DEC gives tips for Green Giveaways

Everyone has something they have received for free from some sort of convention, fair, conference or event. Most of us let these free giveaways and trinkets pile up in drawers and desks until they are eventually thrown out.

Once they are thrown out, they pile up in a landfill somewhere and the resources that went into making them end up being wasted as well. Many of the popular promotional items chosen to be giveaways are not recyclable, things such as stress balls, flash drives, and other tiny plastic oddities.

When the world starts back up again and large-scale events with promotional giveaways start happening again, check out the DEC’s “Green Your Giveaways” PDF Guide to help plan better promotional items without unintentionally increasing your carbon footprint. The DEC recommends the following tips when purchasing the items that you need:

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Sunday, August 9, 2020

Historic Saranac Lake opens to the public with limited hours

Historic Saranac Lake’s Saranac Laboratory museum is re-open, operating under limited hours and strict guidelines in order to keep their patrons and their staff healthy. The museum is the first laboratory in the nation that was built for the study of tuberculosis, showcasing Saranac Lakes history as a community that built a bustling economy around the response to an infectious disease.

Museum staff expects that visitors will find Saranac Lakes history relevant once again in response to COVID-19. The museum is currently open on Thursdays through Saturdays from 10am or 5pm, and visitors are encouraged to check out historicsaranaclake.org for updates.

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Sunday, August 9, 2020

Weekly news roundup

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Saturday, August 8, 2020

DEC accepting applications for pheasant hunt program

DEC is accepting applications for sponsored pheasant hunts — free, non-competitive events coordinated by a group, club, individual, or organization to benefit youth, women, first-time hunters, veterans, and/or people with disabilities.

As part of the program, DEC provides up to 50 game farm-raised pheasants to each sponsoring organization free of charge. Applications are due to applicants’ regional wildlife office by Sept. 1.

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