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Sunday, March 29, 2020

Share your information during the coronavirus pandemic

coronavirusGetting information about what’s happening in your community is essential during any crisis, including the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Because of that, we at the Almanack encourage you to submit press releases, news tips and any other information about important things happening in your community.

Has your Farmer’s Market made changes to make it safer during the pandemic like the one in Saranac Lake, where you can now pick up your groceries in your car? Do you have a program that will help small businesses in your community? Came across a list of restaurants still open for business in your area you’d like to share? If so, let us know by sending us an email to [email protected].

In addition, we encourage you to submit stories about how you’re getting through the crisis individually.

We’re here to help you get the word out. Send us an email at [email protected]


Sunday, March 29, 2020

New York State arts and cultural organizations in need of funding

New York State arts organizations answered a survey by ArtsNYS on the need for capital funding. Pictured is the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts in Blue Mountain Lake.A survey conducted recently by ArtsNYS, a leading non-profit organization advocating for the arts, revealed that several arts and cultural organizations throughout New York State have a drastic need for funding, according to a press release. The survey represented 35 out of 62 Counties, a majority of which were upstate. ArtsNYS is seeking an additional $40 million in capital funding for arts organizations in the New York State budget. Many of the groups, “are small to mid-size groups that do not have the capacity necessarily to apply for capital funds through the Regional Economic Development Council,” said Stephen Butler, co-president of ArtsNYS and Executive Director of CNY Arts in the release.

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Sunday, March 29, 2020

CDC issues travel advisory for NY, NJ, CT

coronavirusIssued Saturday, March 28 from the Center for Disease Control:

Due to extensive community transmission of COVID -19 in the area, CDC urges residents of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to refrain from non-essential domestic travel for 14 days effective immediately.  This Domestic Travel Advisory does not apply to employees of critical infrastructure industries, including but not limited to trucking, public health professionals, financial services, and food supply.  These employees of critical infrastructure, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, have a special responsibility to maintain normal work schedules.  The Governors of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut will have full discretion to implement this Domestic Travel Advisory.


Saturday, March 28, 2020

From the archive: Searching for the Hudson’s source

Every weekend, we’ll dig into the Almanack archive and revisit some classic features.

lake tear of the cloudsFrom five years ago:
Pete Nelson ponders the true source of the Hudson River

“For generations of hikers Lake Tear has been a special destination, an upward trek to the ultimate source of one of America’s greatest rivers.  But is it?”

And Paul Hetzler gives tips for starting garden plants from seeds.

HOT TOPIC: This story by Phil Brown from three years ago (March 23, 2017) generated 145 comments:
Rail-Trail Advocates Join Adirondack Railroad Lawsuit

JUST FOR FUN: From 10 years ago (March 31, 2010), Alan Wechsler’s “Why I’ll Never Be A Winter 46-er”

 

 


Saturday, March 28, 2020

Adirondack Foundation, United Way launch fund to for COVID-19 fallout

adirondack foundation logoIn response to the impacts of COVID-19 in our region, Adirondack Foundation, in partnership with the United Way of the Adirondack Region and other foundations and businesses, is activating a response fund to rapidly deploy flexible resources to help meet urgent community needs.

An initial $400,000 is available to use immediately, thanks to commitments from Adirondack Foundation, Cloudsplitter Foundation, Charles R. Wood Foundation, United Way of the Adirondack Region, Adirondack Energy’s Adirondack for Kids, Champlain National Bank and other generous donors.

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Friday, March 27, 2020

Time for a quarantini! LPCA hosts virtual paint and sip class

paint and sipFrom Lake Placid Center for the Arts: Join award winning artist and American Watercolor Society signature member Sarah Yeoman for a FREE, virtual paint and sip class! 

Perfectly timed to coincide with your happy hour, Sarah will guide you through a fun and freeing watercolor project. Only have acrylic paint (or honestly, only have mustard and ketchup)? No problem. Join anyway.

This class is a chance for everyone, regardless of your painting experience, to connect, get a bit messy and have some fun during this stressful time. 

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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Adirondack conditions (3/26): Stay close to home

This weekly report of outdoor recreation conditions in the Adirondacks sent out from the NYS DEC.

Contribute Your Knowledge: Add a comment below, or send your observations, corrections, updates, and suggestions to [email protected]

Emergency Situations: If you get lost or injured; keep calm and stay put. If you have cell service, call 911 or the DEC Forest Ranger Emergency Dispatch, 518-891-0235.

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Thursday, March 19, 2020

Skiing Ended: Current Adirondack Outdoor Conditions (March 19)

adirondack atlasThis weekly report of outdoor recreation conditions in the Adirondacks is compiled each Thursday afternoon and updated on Friday.

Contribute Your Knowledge: Add a comment below, or send your observations, corrections, updates, and suggestions to [email protected]

Learn and practice the seven Leave No Trace principles. Plan ahead and prepare. Carry out what you have carried in. Do not leave gear, food, or other items at lean-tos and campsites. Take the free online Leave No Trace course here.

BE PREPARED! Start slow, gain experience. Carry proper safety equipment and weather protection and bring plenty of water and lights, and a map. When on the trail, stay together, monitor the time, and be prepared to turn back. Be prepared to spend an unplanned night in the woods in cold temperatures. Accidents happen to the most experienced people. Always carry food, a space blanket, emergency whistle, first aid kit, fire making tools, extra clothing layers and socks, a map and compass, and the knowledge to use them. Inform someone of your itinerary and before entering the backcountry or launching a boat check the National Weather Service watches, warnings, and advisories here. Follow Adirondack weather forecasts at Burlington and Albany and consult the High Elevation, Recreation, or Lake Champlain forecasts.

March 19th, 2020 – SPECIAL NOTICES » Continue Reading.


Friday, March 13, 2020

Wild Center Closed to Public Until May

The Wild Center, Tupper Lake, will close temporarily to the public and suspend scheduled on-site events and programming effective March 13 due to concerns over the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. The center will reopen on May 1 after its regular, annually scheduled, maintenance month of April.

Wild Center staff will continue to work while undergoing best practices for staying healthy as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control. A dedicated facilities team has enhanced cleaning and disinfecting efforts throughout the campus.

The Wild Center will monitor updates from local and federal authorities, the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization as the situation unfolds.  Staff are in the planning stages to deliver educational content online.


Thursday, January 23, 2020

27th Adirondacks Conference in May, Papers Sought

adirondack research consortiumThe 27th Annual Conference on the Adirondacks, “Celebrating Community, Culture, and the Natural Environment,” will take place on May 13th and 14th, 2020 at Paul Smith’s College.

Conference organizers, the Adirondack Research Consortium, are accepting paper and poster abstracts for presentations. The deadline for abstract submission is April 21, 2020.  » Continue Reading.


Monday, January 6, 2020

Lake George Arts Project Names New Director

Tanya Tobias-Tomis of the Lake George Arts ProjectLake George Arts Project is pleased to announce the appointment of Tanya Tobias-Tomis as Executive Director, following the retirement of John Strong.

Tanya Tobias-Tomis has close to two decades of non-profit experience, including 12 years at Saratoga Arts, most recently in her role as Associate Director. She was also responsible for many of their projects, including their [email protected] + Home program, and First Night Saratoga. » Continue Reading.


Monday, December 23, 2019

Top Ten Adirondack Almanack Stories of 2019


Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Man Arrested For Killing A Moose From Truck With Light

Moose At Helldiver PondNew York State Environmental Conservation Officers (ECOs) charged a Saranac, Clinton County, man with numerous counts related to killing a moose in the town of Franklin, Franklin County, following a month-long DEC investigation.

On December 4, 2019, ECOs charged Zachary Vaughn, 26, with four misdemeanors: taking of a moose; possessing a loaded firearm in a vehicle; use of an artificial light in a vehicle while in possession of firearm; and hunting deer with the aid of an artificial light. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, November 28, 2019

Some Adirondack Thanksgiving Reading

wild turkey - maleThe Adirondack Almanack will be taking Thanksgiving off, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a little light, but smart Adirondack Thanksgiving reading.

Check out a couple recipes, try a cocktail, and some stories from the natural world that makes the Adirondacks so unique at this time of year. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, November 13, 2019

NYSCA Increases Support of Depot Theatre

Depot Theatre in Amtrak train stationThe New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) has increased its commitment to the Depot Theatre with a grant of $17,000 per year for each of the next three years. The grant is the largest multi-year general-operating support NYSCA award to the Depot since 2008.
NYSCA grants support the transformative impact of the performing, literary, visual and media arts in New York State.  The Depot Theatre is one of 462 arts organizations across New York State receiving a total of $8,383,993 million in grants through NYSCA’s Round II FY2020 funding.

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