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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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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Gauging the psychological impacts of COVID-19

A professor at SUNY Potsdam is studying the pyschological impacts of social distancing throughout the pandemic.

Dr. Claire J. Starrs, Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology at State University of New York – Potsdam is looking for participants to take an online survey.

The survey asks questions regarding work changes and support received, as well as the coping mechanisms and reactions we have used or encountered during the quarantine.

Responses to the survey are anonymous, and you may only answer what you feel comfortable answering. It takes about 30 minutes to complete and includes optional follow up questions. To take the survey and participate in the study, please follow this link: https://sunypotsdam.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6nkzlXUyU6hqeSp


Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Dan Berggren to livestream concert on Friday

dan berggrenCaffe Lena will feature a livestreamed concert by Dan Berggren this Friday, May 15.

As part of its “Stay at Home Sessions” the Saratoga Springs-based music venue will broadcast Berggren performing songs and stories on Caffe Lena’s stage, starting at 8 p.m. via YouTube.

TUNE IN HERE >> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-JCI0RWkKw&list=PL-mgsQ0HWcE1Wtd1AkUSo3l8UWYsoeVlI&index=7


Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Webinar Wednesday: chats with elected officials, chamber

Courtesy of Adirondack North Country Association‘s weekly newsletter, here are some upcoming webinars:

Wednesday, May 13, 10:00 a.m.: Conversation with our Legislators (Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, Senator Betty Little, Assemblyman Dan Stec, Assemblywoman Carrier Woerner), hosted by Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce

Wednesday, May 13, 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.: Back to Business: What You Need To Do Before You Reopen, hosted by the North Country Chamber of Commerce. Register ahead for the morning training or the afternoon session.


Monday, May 11, 2020

Tupper Arts Little Loggers Kids Show Series

This summer, every Friday morning at 11 AM throughout the months of July and August, Tupper Arts will be presenting the Little Loggers Kids Show Series—a series of events that includes interactive children’s shows, music, magic, dance and theater. The shows take place at the Tupper Lake Sunset Stage Bandshell on the water, come at no cost, and lunches will be provided immediately after courteous of the Aseel Family Fund.

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Monday, May 11, 2020

Wild Center hosts climate change summit for teachers

The Wild Center is planning a virtual “Stay-In-stitute” for Climate Change Education.

Scheduled for  July 22-24, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., the institute aims to bring together both middle and high school teachers from across the country and from a variety of disciplines, to engage in an active exploration of climate change, and the best educational practices related to it.

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Sunday, May 10, 2020

The Adirondacks Around The Web This Week


Saturday, May 9, 2020

From the archive: High Peaks Plans

Monique and mountains at Boreas PondsHot topic: From two years ago, Bill Ingersoll takes a critical look at unit management plans (UMP) for the High Peaks and Boreas Ponds:

“The scope of these two documents far exceeds the available time to read and assess everything they contain, but even with a cursory review it is abundantly clear that our state agencies are failing to meet the public’s expectations.”

Read here: https://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2018/05/high-peaks-plans-should-respect-public-opinion.html

Photo courtesy of Lorraine Duvall

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Friday, May 8, 2020

Adirondack Mountain Club extends property closures

johns brook lodgeFollowing Governor Cuomo’s announcement of a more detailed New York Forward reopening plan for New York State, ADK (Adirondack Mountain Club) is postponing the reopening of its lodging facilities until the North Country is allowed to reopen its businesses and New York reaches Phase 3 of the state reopening process. At this time, ADK is cancelling all lodging reservations through June 1 and will continue to monitor the recommendations of the state and federal government across our region.

This applies to the following locations:

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Friday, May 8, 2020

This Week’s Big Adirondack News Stories


Thursday, May 7, 2020

Tupper Lake announces Summer Music Series

tupper lake bandshellTupper Arts in conjunction with the Village of Tupper Lake will be hosting its 2020 summer music series at the Tupper Lake Sunset Stage. The Monday night concerts are free and open to the public and feature a variety of local bands and plays, with a special event and fireworks for the Fourth of July holiday.

The Tupper Lake Sunset Stage is in Flanders Park at the base of Mill Street, next to the Little Loggers Playground. If inclement weather, the venue will be changed to the Tupper Lake Middle/High School Auditorium at 25 Chaney Ave.

The schedule is as follows: (All shows start at 7 unless otherwise stated)

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Thursday, May 7, 2020

Chamber and ROOST to collaborate on COVID-19 Recovery

north country chamber logoThe North Country Chamber of Commerce and ROOST (Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism) have announced the endorsement of one another’s plans to assist with recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

 

ROOST recently released its “Adirondack Tourism Strategy: Pathway Forward,” outlining strategies and approaches to transform the way it markets the northern Adirondack region as the state begins to move toward eventual economic reopening, including resumed travel activity.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2020

ANCA small business survey reveals majority still waiting on aid

In a recently conducted survey help better understand the impact the CARES act is having on North Country businesses, ANCA learned the following:

  • that out of the 119 business that responded, 3% were unable to apply due to limitations during the application process.
  • 95% of businesses applied to EIDL, PPP, or PUA programs, and of those that applied,
  • 62% did not hear from the program they applied to.
  • 21% have heard that they were approved for assistance,
  • and 8% received assistance.

ANCA staff will be following up with respondents of the survey during the coming weeks to continue to gather information about their experience with the stimulus programs. If you would like to contact ANCA and contribute your CARES act experience but did not take the survey, you can contact them at updates@adirondack.org.

 


Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Celebrate NYS Compost Awareness Week!

Celebrate New York State Compost Awareness Week (running through May 9) by supporting this year’s theme: “Soil Loves Compost.” Learn to recognize the importance of compost in supplying nutrients to soil, improving soil structure and supporting plant health.

Add greens, browns, water and air, as well as yard trimmings and food scraps into a rich compost to spread amoungst the plants in your back yard. Turn waste into something viable to the health of your garden, and develop your own blend of compost style. To learn more about composting and Compost Awarness Week, and to learn how you can try your hand at it, follow this link: https://www.nysar3.org/page/international-compost-awareness-week-2019-165.html

Also, as previously covered, take part in the virtual 2020 NYS Organics Summit! Learn about composting in your community and connect with local experts to learn how to better manage organic waste in New York State.


Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Fort Ticonderoga embarks on 2020 Digital Campaign

Due to their delayed 2020 summer opening, Fort Ticonderoga is launching a virtual campus.

The “2020 Digital Campaign” features a series of lectures, interactive programming, and a preview of what will be onsite come the Fort’s re-opening to the public later this year.

A schedule of the digital offerings is as follows:

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