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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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Thursday, April 25, 2024

Volunteers needed for greenhouse work at Saranac Lake’s Petrova school garden

students work on a garden

Saranac Lake, NY — The Saranac Lake Central School District’s Farm to School program is seeking volunteers to help complete upgrades of the Petrova greenhouse and gardens.

The work will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at the Petrova School Garden, 141 Petrova Avenue in Saranac Lake. The work site is located on the Lapan Highway side of the school building, near the pedestrian bridge. The rain date is Saturday, May 11.

“This represents the next step in our effort to upgrade all of our farm to school infrastructure,” Farm to School Coordinator Emily-Bell Dinan said. “We’re excited to have so much support from students and school district staff, but we need the extra muscle from the community to reach the finish line.”

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Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Adirondack Center for Writing’s 2024 Kickass Writers Festival set for June 7-8

ACW's 2024 Kickass Writers Festival graphic.


Saranac Lake, NY — The Adirondack Center for Writing is set to host the 2024 Kickass Writers Festival, June 7-8 in Saranac Lake.

 The Kickass Writers Festival is held biennially and features writers, poets, storytellers and other creatives. It takes place across various locations all over Saranac Lake and includes readings, workshops, talks, publishing programs, special performances, a book fair and more. The Kickass Writers Festival celebrates how writing and storytelling — in all of their forms — are essential to art, entertainment and social change. 

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Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Great Adirondack Garage Sale Registration Now Open

Great Adirondack Garage Sale graphic.

Lake Placid, NY – The Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST) is encouraging community residents of Hamilton and Franklin counties to plan for the 2024 Great Adirondack Garage Sale, scheduled for Memorial Day weekend. The event takes place along a 200-mile route through the area, along NYS Routes 28, 30 and 3.

The annual event is a popular kick-off to the summer season, with residents and visitors embracing the opportunity to buy and sell unique household items, gently used home furnishings and quirky treasures.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Silver Bay YMCA announces Mother’s Day, Memorial Day events



Silver Bay YMCA is excited to announce its upcoming events for May and June. Starting May 10 – 13 Silver Bay will be celebrating Mother’s Day with its Mother Day’s Weekend celebration. Silver Bay has a weekend full of events planned from kid’s crafts on Friday, May 10, open hours at the archery range and Boathouse on Saturday, to Mother’s Day Brunch and Family Photo Sessions on Sunday.

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Sunday, April 21, 2024

Adirondack Foundation announces 2024 Generous Acts recipients

Kids play with toys

Funding supports basic needs, economic vitality & educational pathways across the region

Lake Placid, NY — Adirondack Foundation has mobilized nearly $800,000 in philanthropic support to communities across the Adirondack region through its Generous Acts program, with additional grants to be awarded in the coming weeks.

The open call application annually invests in nonprofit organizations, schools and municipalities. Generous Acts grants aim to strengthen communities by addressing three strategic focus areas: basic needs, educational pathways and economic vitality.

“We remain committed to lifting up the Adirondack region through the generosity of the people who call this place home,” said Cali Brooks, president and CEO of Adirondack Foundation. “Generous Acts continues to evolve — generating grants will always be at the heart of what we do, but this work also helps us understand current and future trends so we can share this information with donors and leaders. Our communities continue to prioritize food access, health care, housing, early childhood development and career pathways, but we also noted emerging needs centered around STEM education, downtown revitalization, migrant and immigrant assistance, and emergency services preparedness.”

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Sunday, April 21, 2024

Essex Community Fund accepting applications through May 24

The Adirondack Foundation logo

Essex, NY— The Essex Community Fund (ECF) at Adirondack Foundation invites local nonprofits, schools, churches, and municipalities to apply for grant funding. Eligible projects must serve town of Essex residents through community services, beautification, historic preservation, culture, the arts, education, or programs for youth and senior citizens. The deadline to apply is May 24.

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Saturday, April 20, 2024

Historian Michael Barrett to present on Peter Gansevoort April 27 in Lake George

General Gansevoort's burial site at Albany Rural Cemetery

Lake George, NY – Local Revolutionary War hero General Peter Gansevoort, who commanded Fort George at Lake George during the crucial year of 1776 and led a successful defense of Fort Stanwix in central New York the following year to help pave the way for the Continental Army’s ultimate defeat of General Burgoyne at Saratoga, will be the subject of the presentation “Peter Gansevoort: A Hero and His Legacy,” on Saturday, April 27 at the Holiday Inn Resort in Lake George, beginning at 11 a.m.

The featured speaker will be historian Michael P. Barrett, Vice President of the Board of Trustees for Albany Rural Cemetery, where General Gansevoort is buried. The program is sponsored by the Lake George Battlefield Park Alliance and is free to the public. Attendees are asked to register prior the event at with the number of seats needed.

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