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Monday, April 25, 2022

Jamcrackers to perform benefit concert for Play ADK

jamcrackersLAKE PLACID — Renowned Adirondack folk trio Jamcrackers will play a benefit concert for Play ADK at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts on May 7.

Proceeds from the show, which will begin at 7 p.m., will support the establishment of a new children’s museum and family resource center in downtown Saranac Lake. Tickets are $20 for the general public and $5 for school-aged children.

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Sunday, April 24, 2022

Adirondack Harvest Festival returns Sept. 24, vendors and volunteers needed

Festival enthusiasts are encouraged to save the date for this year’s Adirondack Harvest Festival which will return to its traditional, one-day, in-person format at the Essex County Fairgrounds in Westport, NY on Saturday, September 24, 2022. The crowd-pleasing, family-friendly event is free and will follow the same format as past festivals. This year’s festival will feature a large farmers’ market, local food trucks, a beer tent, live music, demonstrations and talks, plenty of kids’ activities, farm animals, and much more.
Adirondack Harvest Festival organizers are actively seeking event sponsors, vendors, speakers and volunteers to make this community event possible a reality for generations to come. Those who wish to lend a hand at any of the above roles are encouraged to read more below.

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Saturday, April 23, 2022

Fort Ticonderoga receives $500,000 in federal funding, opening May 7 for 2022 season

Ahead of their grand opening for the 2022 season on May 7, Fort Ticonderoga President Beth L. Hill announced that Fort Ticonderoga was recently awarded a $500,000 appropriation to help support the restoration of the historic fort walls.

“Following years of advocacy for preserving Fort Ticonderoga, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer has secured $500,000 for the restoration and rehabilitation of the iconic fort walls,” said Hill. “Senator Schumer visited Fort Ticonderoga in August 2017 and promised then to fight to deliver funding to repair the site’s aging walls, and in his first omnibus as majority leader, Senator Schumer delivered support to Fort Ticonderoga, a significant national historic site.”

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Friday, April 22, 2022

Adirondack Council’s Essex Farm Institute awards farm micro-grants

sweet potato harvestIn celebration of Earth Day 2022, the Adirondack Park’s largest environmental organization today awarded 15 micro-grants totaling $32,000 to local farmers and value-added food producers, in an effort to build a climate-friendly local economy in the Adirondack Park.


It was the seventh consecutive year that the Adirondack Council has awarded micro-grants to farmers and small business owners who want to reduce their environmental impact and adapt to a changing climate. This year’s grant criteria were modified to accommodate both larger operations as well as projects featuring collaborations between several qualified applicants.


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Thursday, April 21, 2022

Willard Hanmer to Run Again

willard hamner guideboat race

An important part of Saranac Lake’s history will be remembered on Sunday, July 3. The Willard Hanmer Guideboat and Canoe race will be reborn.

The race began in 1962 as a tribute to Saranac Lake’s famous guideboat builder, Willard Hanmer.  For 50 years the race ran successfully.  Now, after a 10 year hiatus, for its 60th anniversary, “Traditions in the Green Side Group” volunteers hope to bring it back to its former glory. This group is led by Sue and Kathy Dyer.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Adirondack birding festival returns

bird band station

The Great Adirondack Birding Celebration (GABC) returns this coming June 3-5 for the 18th time.

Following a COVID-induced break, this 3-day event is designed to introduce birders of all ages and skill levels to the unique boreal bird species and habitats in the Adirondacks. The celebration features birding field trips to local Important Bird Areas (IBAs), with full day field trips on Friday and half day trips on Saturday and Sunday, and presentations by accomplished ornithologists on Saturday afternoon. Click here for the full schedule of events.

The field trips have limited capacity, so be certain to register soon. Pay attention to the date and specific field trip when registering (we want to make sure you register for the trip that you want!). The Great Adirondack Birding Celebration is hosted by the Paul Smith’s College Visitor Interpretive Center. The VIC is partnering with Hotel Saranac to host the celebration.

Adirondack Explorer file photo by Mike Lynch.

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Searching for Timbuctoo discussion with filmmaker Paul Miller on May 10

The Kelly Adirondack Center at Union College is pleased to present a discussion with Paul Miller, Searching for Timbuctoo filmmaker, on May 10 at 7 p.m. at the Reamer Auditorium in the Reamer Campus Center at Union College. The event is free and open to the public.

Miller is a writer, filmmaker and photographer based in upstate New York. A long-time (20-year) veteran of both broadcast and cable television, Miller has worked for national networks and shows, such as The History Channel, National Geographic Channel, PBS, and The Oprah Winfrey Show.

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Monday, April 18, 2022

New Arts & Entertainment Service Covers the North Country

A&E lgogAn Adirondack publishing company has launched a new, faster and more flexible way to send and receive news about the North Country arts and entertainment scene.

Adirondack A&E, or ADK A&E, is a powerful online arts and entertainment information and resource guide for the Adirondacks, covering art and craft galleries, the performing arts —including theater, concerts and musical performances — museums, restaurants, nightclubs and breweries.

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Thursday, April 14, 2022

NYS DEC announces proposed changes to wild turkey hunting regulations

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On April 6, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced proposed changes to wild turkey hunting regulations, giving hunters additional turkey hunting opportunities. The proposal, if enacted, would not be in place until later this year and among other changes, establishes a spring turkey season in Suffolk County in 2023, with a season limit of one bearded bird.

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Thursday, April 14, 2022

Pride and Prejudice performance set for April 30, May 1 in Keene Valley

It’s not every day that Keene Valley hosts Actors Equity Association (AEA) actors, but thanks to East Branch Friends of the Arts (EBFA), three members of the union for professional stage artists will take center stage at the Keene Valley Congregational Church on Saturday, April 30 at 7 p.m and Sunday, May 1 at 3 p.m.
For Sam Balzac it is a return to his roots: he began his school days at Keene Central School (KCS) as a kindergartener and graduated from the high school in 2013.  In addition to the many school productions he performed in, as a child he also performed in several shows in the church where this program will be held.
This production is one that Balzac took a hand in creating with his mother, Kathleen Recchia, more than a decade ago–a musical adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic novel “Pride and Prejudice.” The second workshopped production was presented by the Book & Blanket Players youth theatre program last summer. The vocal tracks had been recorded for the students by Balzac and Hannah Eakin, a NYC-based actor who is also a member of AEA.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Adirondack Watershed Institute’s research lab receives state certification

The Paul Smith’s College Adirondack Watershed Institute (AWI) recently announced that the New York State Department of Health awarded it certification through the Environmental Laboratory Approval Program (ELAP).

The AWI Environmental Research Lab is a state-of-the-art laboratory specifically designed for the analysis of surface and ground water in the Adirondack region. The laboratory saw major upgrades in 2010 when Paul Smith’s College built the Countess Alicia Spaulding-Paolozzi Environmental Science and Education Center.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2022

APA, Gov. recognize former chief Terry Martino

barbara rice and terry martino

In recognition of Terry Martino’s career as executive director of the Adirondack Park Agency, at her last APA board meeting before retiring, Martino was presented with a citation from Gov. Kathy Hochul, and the board passed the following resolution:

Whereas: On August 12, 2009, the Adirondack Park Agency Board appointed Terry Martino as Executive  Director of the Adirondack Park Agency. For the next twelve and a half years, Executive Director Martino led  the Park Agency with dignity, respect, and fundamental fairness until her retirement on February 22, 2022; and  

Whereas: Terry Martino’s exceptional background was deeply rooted in decades of Adirondack environmental  stewardship and smart growth accomplishments. Prior to her appointment to the Park Agency, she  successfully advocated for the North Country as the Executive Director of the Adirondack North Country  Association; and  

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Saturday, April 9, 2022

Adirondack Garden Club accepting grant applications

The Adirondack Garden Club is accepting applications for Ellen Lea Paine Memorial Nature Fund grants now through May 15.

Established in 2005, the fund provides financial assistance to individuals and not-for-profit organizations—including schools—involved in programs whose purpose is to study, protect and enjoy the natural environment within the Adirondack Park. The maximum amount per grant is $1,500. For an application, visit, write to Liz Jaques, P.O. Box 58, Keene, NY 12942-0058 or email [email protected].

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Thursday, April 7, 2022

Trudeau Institute research highlighted in two COVID-19 studies for the federal government

coronavirusTrudeau Institute researchers played a key role in confirming the effectiveness of two approaches to fighting the novel coronavirus, according to a pair of papers published this winter.

Both projects relied on pre-clinical studies carried out at Trudeau on behalf of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR), which developed the vaccine and treatment. One, which tested a new COVID-19 vaccine, was published in Cell Reports. The other, which tested a monoclonal antibody treatment aimed at infected individuals, was published in Nature Immunology.

WRAIR is a leading researcher of diseases such as malaria, HIV/AIDS, Ebola and dengue. It relied on Trudeau’s laboratory expertise to verify the effectiveness of the vaccine and treatment before moving to clinical trials.

“We have really extensive experience and knowledge of how to work with pathogens,” said William Reiley, Ph.D., head of research services at Trudeau. “Since the start of the coronavirus epidemic, we’ve been developing models to conduct preclinical, early developmental stage testing of vaccines, therapeutics and monoclonal antibodies.”

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Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Paddlers to converge May 14 for ‘Round the Mountain race

round the mountain race

The ‘Round the Mountain Canoe & Kayak is set for Saturday, May 14 in Saranac Lake.
The annual event takes paddlers on a 10.5 mile course starting at Ampersand Bay Resort, across Lower Saranac Lake, through Second Pond and Oseetah Lake, and ending at Riverfront Park on Lake Flower, adjacent to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation boat launch.

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