Almanack Contributor Community News Reports

Community News

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

Submit your contributions to Almanack Editor Melissa Hart at [email protected]


Monday, October 5, 2020

Farms test crops of three “superfood” berries

Three high-antioxidant, high-economic value “superfruits:” juneberry, honeyberry, and aronia berry are the focus of research funded by the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program (NNYADP). These fruit crops represent significant income potential from fresh market and value-added sales in New York State.  They are northern climate-tolerant and have proven to be consumer-friendly in other areas of the U.S. and globally. NNYADP-funded on-farm trials of the three fruits are evaluating how well they adapt to and thrive under New York growing conditions.

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Monday, October 5, 2020

‘Ask An Expert’ panels to address environmental, cultural, policy issues

This October, Paul Smith’s College and The Adirondack Research Consortium (ARC) are hosting a series of four “Ask An Expert” panel discussions focused on key environmental, cultural and policy issues facing the Adirondack region and its communities.

The four webinars, hosted via Zoom and free/open to the public, will feature both physical and social science experts discussing a wide variety of subjects, from road salt and aquatic invasive species to history through the lenses of indigenous peoples, slaves and women. Questions for any of the panels can be sent in advance to [email protected].

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Sunday, October 4, 2020

AdironDuck Race Offers New Mega Duck Dash

The Oswegatchie Educational Center on Long Pond Road in Croghan, NY will be offering its first Mega Duck Dash & Dining Hall Fundraiser, to take place at noon on Sunday, October 25.

The fundraiser is to celebrate the construction of a new dining hall, which was started in September 2019. The construction of the hall finished 2 months early. But due to Covid-19 and the consequential shut down of the Oswegatchie Educational Center’s Summer Camp program, they lost 9 months of operation, and need funds to wrap up the project. This means that for the first time ever, Oswegatchie is adding a fall rubber duck race to its popular annual springtime AdironDuck Race.

Todd Lighthall, the Executive Director of the NYS FFA Foundation says “The AdironDuck Race is about sending kids to camp, but the Mega Duck Dash is about providing them a dining hall that can safely handle the volume of campers we are hosting.”

The Mega Duck Dash will happen online at noon. Each duck will be $50, with a grand prize of $5,000. Ducks may be sponsored up till the day of the race at noon.

All proceeds from this event benefit the Oswegatchie Summer Program Fund, which provides youth scholarships and funds for improvements to the summer program. To adopt a duck, visit https://www.adironduckrace.com and tune into Facebook on October 25 to catch the race. For more information, contact (315) 346-1222.


Sunday, October 4, 2020

Weekly news roundup

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Friday, October 2, 2020

Siena Poll finds strong support for Biden, Cuomo in NY

Former Vice President Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump 61-29 percent in the Empire State. Biden has a 62-33 favorability rating and Trump has a negative 29-66 percent favorability rating, according to a new Siena College Poll of likely New York State voters released today.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has a 59-33 percent favorability rating, down a little from 65-31 percent in June among registered voters. His job performance rating is 61-38 percent, little changed from June. And by a 73-24 percent margin, voters approve of his job handling the coronavirus pandemic, down slightly from 76-21 percent in June.

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Friday, October 2, 2020

Latest news headlines

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Thursday, October 1, 2020

Land Trust Map Tells Story Behind 7 Protected Places

A recent graduate of the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry has created a new multimedia map describing seven northern New York sites that improve the public’s ability to connect with nature.

Jessica Henshaw Grant, the Adirondack Land Trust’s 2020 intern, published an ArcGIS StoryMap entitled “Lasting Conservation: Exploring Publicly Accessible Properties from the Adirondack Land Trust Portfolio.” Grant explored and analyzed 22 sites conserved by the Adirondack Land Trust over 36 years. She summarized her research in the web-based StoryMap application, using interactive maps, audio, video, text and photography to convey results.

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Thursday, October 1, 2020

Adirondack Fall Foliage: Peek that Peak Color

This fall foliage report for Sept. 30 – Oct. 6 comes courtesy of I LOVE NY

Franklin County

In the Adirondacks, near Tupper Lake and Mt. Arab in Franklin County, spotters predict 80-85% color change with peak to some just-past-peak conditions. Look for a lush kaleidoscope of dandelion. goldenrod, ginger, russet, orange crush, scarlet, raspberry, claret, and merlot leaves of above-average brilliance. Reports note that with no frosty nights and pleasant temperatures (and barring damaging rain), the foliage in the area will continue to be breathtaking through the weekend.

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Thursday, October 1, 2020

View quilt show opens Friday

Each year, View Arts Center in Old Forge holds the Quilts Unlimited exhibition, which is open to all artists working in the fiber based quilting medium.

The opening reception is from 4-6:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 2.
Due to COVID-19 safety guidelines, this event will be different from previous receptions. To participate you must pre-register for a time by clicking this link.
Following NY State guidelines, View will limit the number of guests in the gallery at a time. Face masks and social distancing is mandatory to enter View.
You will have 30 minutes to view the galleries, starting from your sign up time.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Russell Banks pays visit to Northwood School

Russell Banks, the award-winning novelist, and short story writer, met virtually with Northwood School students on Monday, Sept. 28. Banks, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, is the author of Continental Drift, The Sweet Hereafter, and Cloudsplitter, among other books.

Northwood School held an alternate schedule due to the virtual visit. All students were a part of an opening meeting, and then two groups attended workshops with Banks. Following a brief introduction from faculty, Banks gave a live talk for 25 minutes as part of the all-school meeting followed by a Q&A with students. After the all-school event, Banks participated in two additional live informal classroom Q&A sessions for 50 minutes, with 20 English students per workshop.

The event was live-streamed for asynchronous students.

Russell Banks, photo by Nancie Battaglia


Wednesday, September 30, 2020

North Country Live: Fall Series to focus on Indigenous Voices

North Country Live, a series of live webinars created over the summer in order to offer insight into topics such as wellness, personal finance, and Adirondack history, will be returning this fall with a focus on Indigenous Voices of the Adirondacks. Through three online programs, the North Country Live Fall Series will bring to light the history and traditions of the Mohawk Tribe at Akwesasne, and the challenges they have faced amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The programs are free, but require participants to register in advance at this link to receive an invitation to the session.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Youth-oriented events coming up at Wild Center

Homeschool Days

The Wild Center invite sHomeschool families and students learning at home to come visit at a special rate on the next two Wednesdays (September 30, and October 7). When registering for your timed tickets ahead of time simply enter the coupon code HOMESCHOOL2020 at check out for 50% off. Due to COVID-19 regulations, please visit as a family unit rather than a class/group.

Click here to make reservations and read the know before you go information.

These events are sponsored by Membership at The Wild Center. Click here to sign up

Youth Have Power Series

Starting tonight, join The Wild Center’s Youth Climate Program for an exciting new event series – Youth Have Power: Plugging Into Climate Action. This isn’t your typical virtual event … it’s time to kick-off Youth Have Power! Join this event to meet some of the youth involved in planning Youth Have Power and hear what’s in store for the next few months. Most importantly, get inspired by two high-energy speakers, climate organizer John Paul Mejia and Director of Drawdown Learn, Dr. Elizabeth Bagley as they discuss the Project Drawdown roadmap to reversing climate change and the role youth can play in making it happen.

This event is open to the public and will be streamed on Facebook Live. Visit www.wildcenter.org/youth-have-power to learn more and register.


Tuesday, September 29, 2020

RESCHEDULED: Lake Placid Sinfonietta Hosts World Renowned Concert Pianist

REPOSTING DUE TO NEW DATE: The Lake Placid Sinfonietta will be holding a YouTube Live “Conversation and Concert” on Saturday, October 10 at 5 PM, featuring Sara Davis Buechner. (Note: rescheduled from original Sept. 26 date).

Buechner will be broadcasting from her Philadelphia home. You may view this event by searching for the Lake Placid Sinfonietta’s YouTube page, or by going to www.LakePlacidSinfonietta.org. No registration is required to view the event.

Buechner has appeared multiple times in the Lake Placid Sinfonietta’s past concerts, and was scheduled to appear the prior summer, but had her performance cancelled due to Covid-19.

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Monday, September 28, 2020

Public art installation makes for perfect rainy-day activity 

Saranac Lakers might’ve noticed that words appear before their eyes on sidewalks through downtown Saranac Lake when it rains. How did it come to be there? Two groups came together to make something magical happen–the Raining Poetry Project.

The Adirondack Center for Writing and the Saranac Lake Arts and Culture Advisory Board partnered to bring this project to life. Inspired by similar projects across the country, the collaboration brings unique public art installations to Saranac Lake.

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Monday, September 28, 2020

Spinning cream into Gold

Learn about how high-quality cultured butter is made, in this piece by Kelsie Meehan for Adirondack Harvest. Meehan is the owner and butter-maker of Gold Bar Butter. She has been milking cows and making cultured butter since 2012.

Read more: https://adirondackharvest.com/churning-up-gold-in-the-adirondacks/

Photo: Kelsie Meehan pours cultured cream into the churn. Photo by Lisa Godfrey for Adirondack Harvest.