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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Earth Day Virtual Action Event

From Protect the Adirondacks:

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, everyone is invited to take part in a national virtual action event. Today through Thursday, activists, performers, thought leaders, and artists will all be collaborating on a 3-day live stream. Organized by the US Climate Strike Coalition and Stop The Money Pipeline Coalition, who together are made up of over 500 organizations, have come together to organize Earth Day Live.

Click here to more information.

Photo: Students from the University of Wisconsin Green Bay march on the first Earth Day in 1970.

 

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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Business loan program aims to help Lake Champlain/Lake George region

The Lake Champlain – Lake George Regional Planning Board is helping the region’s small businesses by offering working capital micro-loans for enterprises within Clinton, Essex, Hamilton, Warren, and Washington Counties. The loans will be available for businesses that have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. The funds are not to be used to pay off existing debt, refinancing other loans, acquire a position in business, purchase of equipment, investments, expansion, or personal expenses. Other restrictions also apply and more information can be found here.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

COVID-19 related Closings and Delays in the Adirondacks

Updated on 9/8

We are keeping a close look on popular Adirondack area attractions and putting together this list of closures/delays. This is where we’ll add openings, too as they happen (scroll to the bottom of the list).

Feel free to contribute in the comments section and/or send notices to [email protected]

Accommodations

Elk Lake Lodge (North Hudson) — closed for 2020 season

Great Camp Sagamore (Raquette Lake) — closed for 2020 season

 

Attractions

Adirondack Carousel (Saranac Lake) — closed until further notice

Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts (Blue Mountain Lake) — online offerings only through the summer season

Adirondack Experience museum (Blue Mountain Lake) — offering digital programming only for this summer season

Adirondack History Museum (Elizabethtown) — closed until further notice

The Clinton County Historical Association Museum (Plattsburgh) will remain closed to the public indefinitely. In addition, the opening of the Bluff Point Lighthouse is also on hold.

Enchanted Forest Water Safari (Old Forge) — closed for the 2020 season

Fulton County Historical Society & Museum (Gloversville) — closed for the 2020 season

Island Chapel (Upper Saranac Lake) — closed for 2020

Lake Luzerne Music Center (Lake Luzerne) — summer camp and concert season are cancelled

Meadowmount School of Music (Westport) — closed for the summer

Olympic Regional Development Authority — attractions include the Olympic Center, Whiteface Mountain, the Olympic Jumping Complex and the Olympic Sports Complex at Mount Van Hoevenberg — remain closed.

Pendragon Theatre (Saranac Lake) — digital only season planned 

Raquette Lake Navigation (Raquette Lake) — closed for the 2020 season

Schroon North Hudson Historical Museum — closed for the summer

Seagle Music Colony (Schroon Lake) — canceled summer season

The Sembrich (Bolton Landing) — summer music festival cancelled; museum currently closed

Six Flags Great Escape Resort (Lake George) — Theme park and lodge are temporarily closed

 

Events

Speculator Craft Fair (Speculator) — Hamilton County Twigs will not hold its annual August craft fair this year.

Adirondack Food and Wine Festival — 2020 event canceled; 2021 dates set for June 26-27.

Adirondack Nationals Car Show (Lake George) — Originally set for Sept, canceled for 2020.

Adirondack Balloon Festival (Queensbury) — Canceled in 2020

Adirondack Railroad (Utica to Old Forge) — cancels Polar Express holiday-themed train rides for 2020.

90 Miler Canoe Race, aka the Adirondack Canoe Classic (Old Forge to Saranac Lake) — Canceled in 2020.

Adirondack Folk Music Festival (Schroon Lake) — Canceled, along with summer concert series in Schroon Lake.
The next festival is scheduled for Aug. 15, 2021.

Depot Theatre (Westport) — 2020 season canceled/postponed until 2021; alternative programming planned.

Clinton County Fair (Morrisonville) — canceled for 2020

Essex County Fair (Westport) — canceled for 2020

First Night Saranac Lake — 2020 event canceled

Franklin County Fair (Malone) – canceled for 2020

Elvis Festival (Lake George) — canceled

Fishing tournaments (Massena) — The Town of Massena and Fishing League Worldwide are canceling two major FLW tournaments that were to have been held in Massena this summer. The Toyota Series 2020 Tournament (July 9 to 13) and Pro Circuit Championship (Aug. 24 to 29) are both canceled.

Ironman (Lake Placid) — Both the full triathlon and half triathlon canceled for 2020. Next full tri takes place July 25, 2021; half tri canceled for 2021 as well.

Otis Mountain Get Down  (Elizabethtown) — Annual music festival canceled

Lake George Music Festival (Lake George) — Season postponed to 2021; virtual events planned

Lake Placid Sinfonietta (Lake Placid) — Summer season canceled

Lake Placid Horse Shows (Lake Placid) — canceled their events/summer season

Adirondack Theatre Festival (Glens Falls) — Summer program/events canceled

Saranac Lake weekly concerts on the green — canceled

Ausable Two-Fly Challenge (Wilmington) – rescheduled for September 17-19, 2020

Black Fly Challenge (Inlet/Indian Lake) – postponed until June 12, 2021

Hoss’s Country Corner (Long Lake) — canceled this year’s Authors Night

Summer Naturalist Programs at Heart Lake (Lake Placid) – canceled for 2020

Ticonderoga Triathlon Festival (Ticonderoga) – Postponed until June 19, 2021.

Tupper Arts Summer Sunset music series (Tupper Lake) — canceled/postponed until 2021, along with Little Loggers kids shows.

Tupper Lake Tinman (Tupper Lake) – Will be held as a virtual event open from June 27 to July 27.

Tupper Lake Warrior Run (Tupper Lake) – postponed until Fall 2020

Wilmington Uphill Bike Race (Wilmington) – postponed until 2021

Wilmington-Whiteface 100K (Wilmington) – postponed until fall 2020

 

RECREATION:

Trails/recreation closed

Pilot Knob (Lake George)

The Pinnacle (Bolton)

Cobble Hill (Lake Placid)

Rattlesnake Mountain (Willsboro)

Whiteface Mountain Ski Area is closed to public access. This blocks public access to Bear Den Mountain Trailhead and Trail.

The shuttle in the town of Keene between the Marcy Field Parking Lot and the Garden Trailhead remains closed.

Youth summer camps are closed to overnight stays. Day camps are still permitted.

 

Openings/updates

Akwesasne Mohawk Casino (Hogansburg): Opening Aug. 31 (updated from original Aug. 3 date)

Lake Flower boat launch (Saranac Lake) Reopened after construction. To prevent the community spread of COVID-19, the bathroom is temporarily closed.

Hyde Collection (Glens Falls) — Reopened Aug. 1

Tucker Farm (Gabriels) — Annual corn maze opens Aug 14

Saranac Lake Winter Carnival to go forward with planning 2021 event

Gore Mountain (Northville): Open for disc golf, biking, hiking and gondola rides

Silver Lake Bog Trail (Clinton County) — Reopened

Historic Saranac Lake — Saranac Laboratory Museum open Thursdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

DEC fire towers: open

Otter Creek Horse Trails: Campground reopened (Lewis County)

Ausable Chasm (Port Kent) — While adventurous activities, like tubing and rock climbing, aren’t yet available, the park’s five miles of scenic trails have been opened for hiking and exploring since June 15.

The Almanzo Wilder Homestead in Burke, NY is now open for private tours by appointment Thursday through Monday. The Visitor Center is open to the public.

ORDA-run Olympics properties reopen: A new zipline at the Olympic Jumping Complex opened on July 17. The new gondola at the complex is also now open.

Mountain biking on the cross-country trails of Mt. Van Hoevenberg is now available.

The Veterans Memorial Highway at Whiteface is open.

The Wild Center — Reopened July 15

Saranac Lake Chamber’s Welcome Center — opened July 2

Lake George Steamboat Co. (Lake George) — Opened on June 13

Hotel Saranac (Saranac Lake) — Reopened June 15

The Hedges (Blue Mountain Lake) — Opened June 17

Adirondack Plein Air Festival (throughout the Park) — taking place July 30-Aug. 19, with online exhibition and art sale starting Aug. 23 at www.saranaclakeartworks.org.

TAUNY Center and Folk Store (Canton) — Reopened on June 8.

Adirondack Artists Guild (Saranac Lake) —  Begins gradual reopening on June 19. For the remainder of June, the Gallery will be open Fridays and Saturdays, from 11 – 3 pm, which could expand in July.

Lake Placid Center for the Arts (Lake Placid) — Gallery 46 on Main Street is open to the public: https://www.gallery46.org/

View Arts Center (Old Forge) has a target reopening to the public on June 29.

Fort Ticonderoga (Ticonderoga) — Opening for the season on June 30

Adirondack Animal Land (Gloversville) — Opening July 1 as a drive-through attraction

Adirondack Folk School (Lake Luzerne) is open and classes have resumed.

Tupper Arts Center (Tupper Lake) has a target reopening of July 15.

Fishing tournaments: The 2020 SiteOne Bassmaster Elite tournament on the St. Lawrence is slated to take place July 23-26. The following week, from July 30-Aug. 2, Bassmaster Elite tournament takes place on Lake Champlain.

NYS Campgrounds: New York State Park campsites, cabins and cottages are currently open. Click here to make a reservation for all available sites – including tents, trailers, RVs, cabins, yurts and cottages. Reservations are expected to fill quickly. No walk-up camping stays will be accepted. DEC campgrounds: DEC-managed campgrounds in the Adirondacks and Catskills are now open as well.

Whiteface Club and Resort (Lake Placid) is in the process of reopening.

The Lake Champlain Ferry between Essex, NY and Charlotte, VT is scheduled to reopen on May 1.

Spirit Airlines to resume service to/from Plattsburgh airport starting May 2

NYS-run beaches opened Friday, May 22.

Adirondack Mountain Club’s High Peaks Information Center reopened May 22. Parking at Adirondak Loj Trailhead remains open to the public for a fee, but vehicles should be more than six feet apart. The restrooms on the back porch of the High Peaks Information Center are also open.

For a complete update of ADK-owned and managed properties and programs, go here: https://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2020/05/adirondack-mountain-club-extends-property-closures.html

 

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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Lake Champlain Basin Program Offers Emergency Grants

Archaeological Tour of Lake ChamplainThe Lake Champlain Basin Program is providing watershed organizations located within the Basin with emergency funding of up to $5,000. The grants are intended to provide relief for those adversely affected by COVID-19, so they may continue to operate throughout this turbulent time. The grants are a one-time award and will be made available for immediate relief. Projects must begin within a week of notification of award and be completed within 90 days.

The LCBP has awarded over $10 million to more than 1,300 projects since 1992 within New York and Vermont, and all applications will be reviewed by independent volunteers.

The deadline of the grant proposals are due April 24 and should be sent to  [email protected].

More information about the grants can be found at www.lcbp.org/grants.


Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Tele-Town Hall events feature Lt. Gov.; hospital executives

The North Country Chamber of Commerce is hosting two “tele-town hall” events this week:

  • What: A conversation with Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul
  • When: 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 22.
  • Details: Hochul will be updating the membership on the COVID-19 Pandemic and she will be answering questions about the state’s response to COVID-19 and plans for economic recovery.

Register for the event and ask questions by going to www.northcountrychamber.com.

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Monday, April 20, 2020

Three ADK orgs receive historic preservation grants

Whitcombs Garage in WhallonsburgThe Preservation League of New York State has announced targeted grants to projects in the Adirondack communities of Whallonsburg, Saranac Lake and Blue Mountain Lake. The grants will play a role in the restoration and reuse of historic buildings in areas affected by the downward trend in the forest products industry.

The funds are made possible by an award granted to the Preservation League of New York State, the Preservation Trust of Vermont, Maine Preservation, and the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance from the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC). This 4-state coalition has evenly split the $1 million award to fund 15 projects called the Northeast Heritage Economy Program. Here are the projects that have been funded in New York state:

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Sunday, April 19, 2020

The Adirondacks Around The Web This Week


Saturday, April 18, 2020

From the Archive: Phil Terrie on fixing the APA

From the Almanack archive, here are some classic features for a few suggested “weekend reads”:

anti-APA sign in WarrensburgFrom 2013: Historian Phil Terrie on fixing the APA: https://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2013/04/historian-philip-terrie-on-fixing-the-apa.html

“When the APA was created by the state legislature in 1971, the Park had existed for eighty years, and the new agency was expected to provide more sense of Park-ness than had obtained before. … For some it was a sense of a shared future in a newly defined park; for others it was hostility to regional zoning and land-use controls imposed by the state. Court challenges, hopes for a protected future, a Park-wide feeling of optimism interspersed with a sense of victimization—all gave the Adirondacks a regional identity it had never previously possessed.”

From 2012From the 4/20 files: Lawrence Gooley’s “A pot-lover’s paradise”

From last year: Peter Bauer’s “The Adirondack Park and Rural America”

HOT TOPIC: From last year, Kevin Chlad’s “Protect State Lands From ATV Misuse” generated more than 100 comments: https://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2019/04/kevin-chlad-protect-state-lands-from-atv-misuse.html

 

 


Saturday, April 18, 2020

‘Explore more’ gives a look behind the headlines

brandon loomisEach week, Adirondack Explorer Brandon Loomis gives an update via his “Explore More” newsletter.

Explore for yourself and sign up here: https://www.adirondackexplorer.org/newsletters/explore-more-newsletter.

 


Friday, April 17, 2020

This Week’s Big Adirondack News Stories


Thursday, April 16, 2020

NYS business leaders: Economic recovery will take more than 6 months

businessOnly a third of CEOs expect the New York State economy to return to pre-virus levels of revenue and employment within the next six months. That’s according to a special Upstate New York Business Leader COVID-19 Survey from Siena College Research Institute (SCRI), sponsored by the Business Council of New York State, Inc.

Similarly, while only five percent have not suffered due to the virus and 35 percent think that their business will recover within six months, a quarter say by the end of 2020 and 35 percent don’t think their business will return to pre-virus levels until 2021.

Among the other findings:

  • Majority of Upstate CEOs Say Return to Pre-Virus Economy Will Take Longer than 6 Months
  • By 57-35%, CEOs Say NYS Should Focus on Public Health NOT Relaxing Restrictions for May 1
  • Nearly 90% Downgrading 2020 Revenue & Profit Expectations; 40% Have Laid off Workers; 58% Cutting Back on Buying Equipment
  • 89% Say will be in Business a Year from Today; 61% Confident in Fed Response; 72% Plan on SBA Paycheck Program

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Adirondack Wild: Plan for Remsen to Lake Placid Travel Corridor Fails to Assess Impacts

A DEC plan for the 119-mile Travel Corridor that runs through the heart of the Adirondack Park does not adequately assess actual and projected impacts on the Park’s public wilderness and natural resources according to the group Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve. At issue is whether the plan complies with the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan. Adirondack Wild does not believe it does comply. The group filed comments on the Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor Unit Management Plan amendment with the Adirondack Park Agency this week. 

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Thursday, April 16, 2020

Gillibrand crafts legislation to help struggling farms

Soil Health on Market Farms workshopThis week, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, announced landmark legislation, The Relief for America’s Small Farmers Act, to provide economic relief for small farmers suffering from massive financial losses due to reduced demand and supply chain disruptions during the coronavirus pandemic.

According to information in a news release, farm bankruptcies are at an eight year high and net farm income has dropped by nearly half since 2013. The financial struggles of more than 30,000 New York farmers has only been exacerbated by the current crisis, which has devastated supply chains, as schools and restaurants have been forced to close. The Relief for America’s Small Farmers Act will alleviate debt, keep farms open, and fortify the nation’s food supply, providing direct relief to the nation’s most vulnerable farmers.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Tele-Town Hall: Ask County Leaders

The North Country Chamber of Commerce is hosting a conversation with area county leaders at 9 a.m. on Thursday, April 16. Hear updates and answers to questions regarding the response by North Country counties to COVID-19 and the impacts on our county governments.

Panelists will include:

Mark Henry, Chair, Clinton County Legislature
Donald Dabiew, Chair, Franklin County Legislature
Shaun Gilliland, Chair, Essex County Board of Supervisors
Bill Farber, Chair, Hamilton County Board of Supervisors

Register and ask your questions by visiting northcountrychamber.com


Tuesday, April 14, 2020

ANCA, Clarkson offer e-commerce assistance to small businesses

If you are a small business owner looking for help troubleshooting your current e-commerce set up, in need of a website, or if you just need advice and support at a free or reduced cost, then are eligible to apply for assistance provided by Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) and Clarkson University in partnership with the Center for Businesses in Transition. The first round of applications are due Wednesday, April 15 at 5 p.m. (futures rounds TBD).

Assistance given is limited and based on need.

Click here to apply if your business has a website.

Click here to apply if your business does not have a website.

For more information contact [email protected] or call 518 891-6200



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