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Community News

Community news stories come from press releases and other notices from organizations, businesses, state agencies and other groups.

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Monday, March 15, 2021

Paul Smith’s to hire 20 boat launch stewards

The Paul Smith’s College Adirondack Watershed Institute (PSC AWI) will once again provide free watercraft inspection and decontamination services at 14 locations in Old Forge, Inlet, Eagle Bay, Raquette Lake, and Blue Mountain Lake to help protect lakes from aquatic invasive species.

Each summer AWI employs more than 100 seasonal boat launch stewards to work with the boating public across the Adirondacks to help meet the “Clean, Drain, and Dry” standard required by New York State to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species. The program provides the public with free boat decontamination and inspection services at popular boat launches throughout the Adirondacks, including the most popular along the State Route 28 corridor.

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Sunday, March 14, 2021

Weekly news round up

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Saturday, March 13, 2021

Registration Open for 9th Annual Lake George Hike-A-Thon

hike a thonEarly-bird registration for the Lake George Land Conservancy’s (LGLC) Hike-A-Thon is now open, in an optimistic step towards a year of in-person events aimed at getting people out onto the land around Lake George. The event, to be held on July 5, is free and open to the public and offers a variety of hiking and paddle options. The early-bird registration period goes until April 30, and includes the incentive of a free t-shirt for each person registered.

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Friday, March 12, 2021

Latest news headlines

Here’s a look at news from around the Adirondacks this week:

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Thursday, March 11, 2021

Virtual Howl Story Slam LIVE

story slamFriday, March 19, 2021 at 7:00pm
Theme: “March Madness”

The same beloved Howl Story Slam, revamped to be enjoyed at home.

This event is LIVE via Zoom featuring 5-minute true stories, with no notes. The first 15 storytellers to sign up will be included in the lineup. Registration required in advance for storytellers and audience members, sign up here.

Free to tell stories and to attend. If you are able, please please add a suggested $10 donation to your registration for the Howl team to split.

Click here to register
The Howl Story Slam team is a partnership between Adirondack Center for Writing and North Country Public Radio. Photo: Gretchen Koehler tells a story at the Howl Grand Story Slam, December 2019. Photo credit: Baylee Annis, Adirondack Center for Writing

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Attractions Reopening in the Adirondacks

openings and closingsAs we move closer to summer, many attractions that were closed last summer are looking ahead to reopening this year. Same goes with the many annual events that people have come to expect throughout the summer and fall months.

For example, The Wild Center in Tupper Lake. While they have been open, visitors have been limited to outdoor attractions such as the Wild Walk. The facility will close for maintenance in April and reopening in May. According to Hillarie Logan-Dechene, deputy director for The Wild Center, the museum will remain an outdoor experience throughout the summer, with the possibility of reopening the building to visitors in the fall.

“The summer is going to be chock-a-block full with outdoor activities, fishing experiences. We’ll have some surprises for people, but it will be another wonderful get-outside experience,” she said. For now, the Wild Center will continue to use its ticket reservation system for people to schedule their visits in advance, and masks will still be required.
Here’s a look at what’s in store for some other attractions and events around the region.

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Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Native Plant Sale and Community Gardens to benefit Adirondack Pollinators

pollinator plant saleAdkAction’s Adirondack Pollinator Project, in partnership with Lake Placid Land Conservancy, The Wild Center, and Paul Smith’s College is delighted to announce the start of its fourth annual Pollinator-Friendly Native Plant Sale, and the opening of applications for this year’s Community Pollinator Garden Assistance Program.

Pollinators sustain our ecosystems and produce our natural resources by helping plants reproduce, but are facing many threats, including habitat loss, pesticides, climate change, and disease. The Adirondack Pollinator Project envisions a future where pollinators thrive, native habitat abounds, and residents and visitors are engaged pollinator advocates. Both the plant sale and garden assistance program work to increase native habitat that will help rebuild the monarch butterfly population, attract hummingbirds, and strengthen native bee and moth populations.

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Sunday, March 7, 2021

Weekly news round up

A collection of interesting reads:

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Friday, March 5, 2021

Latest news headlines

Here’s a look at news from around the Adirondacks this week:

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Thursday, March 4, 2021

‘Letters of Love’ campaign asks community to send mail to seniors

letters of lovePeople across the North Country are experiencing higher levels of isolation and loneliness during the pandemic. This is a real challenge for all of us, but particularly for our family and friends who reside in nursing homes.
Therefore, North Country Center for Independence (NCCI) is partnering with Fesette Realty, organizations, and community members to share handmade letters and cards to nursing home residents across CLINTON, ESSEX and FRANKLIN counties.
They have set a goal to collect 1,500 letters by March 5.
Cards, drawings or letters can be delivered to one of the designated drop box locations:

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Adirondack Relocation Assessment Survey releases results

Adirondack Relocation Assessment SurveyNew research conducted by Camoin 310 of Saratoga Springs for the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST) in Lake Placid and the Economic Development Corporation of Warren County (EDC) shows there is a strong interest for relocation to the Adirondacks across all income brackets in the Regional Market Area. This area includes New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Vermont, New Hampshire, and New Jersey. 

About the survey: A total of 6,733 responses were collected and analyzed by Camoin 310 from January 19, 2021 to January 29, 2021. More than 80% of respondents now live in the Northeast, but there were responses from as far away as Florida, California, Texas, Colorado, Missouri, Minnesota, and Oregon, as well as international locations. 

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Northern Forest Center forms strategy for attracting new residents

School enrollment mapLike other parts of the Northern Forest, many Adirondack communities struggle to maintain strong schools, a robust workforce, and vital civic institutions. The challenges these communities face are economic and demographic, but the solution is simple: to attract and retain more young people to live in these communities.

In February 2021, the Center released Attracting New Residents to the Adirondacks: A Strategy for the Adirondack Park and its CommunitiesDownload the full strategy. 

Download the executive summary.

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021

ADK releases updated edition of best-selling High Peaks guidebook

High Peaks guidebookChanges reflect new zoning, recent additions to the High Peaks Wilderness

The brand-new 15th edition of High Peaks Trails, the flagship of ADK’s (Adirondack Mountain Club’s) comprehensive Forest Preserve Series of guidebooks, has just been released. The volume is edited by longtime Adirondack adventurer Tony Goodwin, who has been writing and updating guidebooks for over 30 years.

Since the 14th edition was published in 2012, 47,000 acres of Forest Preserve have been added to the High Peaks Wilderness Area. Its boundaries have been redrawn, and new regulations governing use of these areas are anticipated. The new 15th edition addresses the significant zone changes that have been implemented by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, as well as new acquisitions, new trails, reroutes, restored and altered trailheads, and parking regulations.

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Monday, March 1, 2021

Farm micro-grants available up to $1,500

Soil Health on Market Farms workshopThe Adirondack Council’s Essex Farm Institute (EFI) will offer grants of up to $1,500 per applicant for projects that are both environmentally beneficial and sustainable. They will be seeking applicants starting today for their 2021 micro-grant cycle until the end of the month. 

To date, the micro-grant program has awarded over $129,000 in the support of over 85 projects since the programs conception in 2016, with 13 farms being awarded grants during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. 

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Monday, March 1, 2021

The Lake Placid Land Conservatory Gains National Recognition

In a recent press release, the Lake Placid Land Conservancy (LPLC) has revealed that it has been awarded accredited status by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission- a significant achievement in the field of land conservation. The Land Trust Accrediation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, granted the accreditation after an in-depth review of the LPCA’s programs, activities and policies. The seal of accreditation represents a commitment to meeting national standards of quality for the permanent protection of important natural places throughout the Adirondacks.

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