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Monday, November 6, 2023

Colleges offer care package drive & raffle to support veterans, event runs through Nov. 10

Raffle basket

Malone, NY-  With Veterans Day right around the corner, North Country Community College is encouraging local residents to contribute to a pair of initiatives the college has launched to support veterans. North Country is partnering with Paul Smith’s College to organize a Care Package Donation Drive for veterans, which runs from Wednesday, Nov. 1 to Friday, Nov. 10. Items being accepted for care packages include magazines and pocket-sized mini games, powdered flavor additives, toiletries, protein bars, hard candies, canned meats, instant coffee, Darn Tough socks, and patriotic-themed decorations. Cards and notes thanking veterans for their service are also being collected as part of the drive.

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Sunday, November 5, 2023

Old Forge Library added to Adirondack Land Trust’s Birding For All Program

Bay-Breasted Warbler

Keene, NY — The Adirondack Land Trust welcomes Old Forge Library to Birding for All, a program that donates a backpack, binoculars, and reference materials to a library’s circulating collection to facilitate local bird watching.

“Birding for All offers a chance for people to try birding for themselves and meet our winged friends,” said Old Forge Library Director Linda Weal. “This is a perfect fit with our library’s mission to provide learning opportunities and materials to people who live in Old Forge.”

Each Birding for All backpack contains Vortex Viper HD 8X42 binoculars; Sibley Birds East, a field guide for identifying birds; Adirondack Birding, a guidebook of places to spot birds in the region; materials on how to use and care for binoculars; and a notebook for users to record and share bird sightings and their experiences while using the backpack. Each backpack and its contents exceed $725 in value. The program is designed to expand access to birding by removing cost barriers to participation.

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Saturday, November 4, 2023

Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation to offer monthly Loon Zoom presentations, Nov. to April

Loon gliding across a lake

Saranac Lake, NY – The Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation (ACLC) is providing monthly online “Loon Zoom” presentations about loon behavior, research, conservation, and ecology. Six presentations will be offered at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month from November to April.

“We are excited to offer these fascinating online presentations over the winter so we can learn about loon ecology and conservation outside the Adirondacks while the birds are wintering elsewhere,” said Dr. Nina Schoch, Executive Director of the Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation.

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Saturday, November 4, 2023

Fort Ticonderoga Features Lively Living History Event Nov. 11

Fort Ticonderoga live event

In honor of Veteran’s Day, this event is free for all active and retired military personnel

Ticonderoga, NY – Join Fort Ticonderoga for a one-day living history event on Saturday, November 11 and experience life for captured British soldiers and their families with their harrowing stories as prisoners of war. Following American victories at forts along the Richelieu River in the fall of 1775, British soldiers and their families were caught in a rapidly developing conflict and faced an uncertain future as they were marched south to Connecticut and Pennsylvania. Explore their perspective during this living history event a glimpse into their tenuous situation as prisoners of war, even before American patriots declared independence.

Highlighted programming throughout the day uncovers the complexities of capturing prisoners in this new war and the challenges faced by the once common kindred. Become immersed in details of daily life for British prisoners, from living off Continental Army rations, to travelling on foot and by boat, all under American guard. See how rank and class transcended sides, as officers from the British and Continental Army enjoy the company of their fellow Englishmen, separate from soldiers.

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Friday, November 3, 2023

The Wild Center to host 160 students for Adirondack Youth Climate Summit, Nov. 8 & 9

Adirondack Youth Climate Summit

Tupper Lake, NY – On Nov. 8 and 9, the annual Adirondack Youth Climate Summit (AYCS) will bring approximately 160 students from 27 schools and community groups across Northern New York State to The Wild Center. The Summit includes fun, informative speeches and workshop sessions that will assist students in developing a climate action plan that they can use to implement climate solutions in their own communities.


Speakers include:

  • Keynote, Alexia Leclerq: award-winning educator, artist, and grassroots organizer in advancing environmental justice
  • David Yang, Julia Dworetzky, Leila Tevlin: interviewers of climate leaders from Roadtrip Nation: Empowered State
  • Rob Breen: climate policy analyst for New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Office of Climate Change
  • Shauna Potocky: Education Strategist for the National Park Service

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Thursday, November 2, 2023

Saratoga PLAN Secures $301,000 Grant to Help Preserve Portion of Palmertown Range

Saratoga plan logo


Saratoga Springs, NY — Local land trust Saratoga PLAN (Preserving Land and Nature) is proud to announce a significant milestone in its ongoing efforts to safeguard critical forested landscapes within Saratoga County. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos has officially granted over $1.35 million to six land trusts, including PLAN. The funding is aimed at preserving local forests that are integral to New York State’s environmental conservation objectives and the sequestration of climate-altering emissions. This funding was provided through the Forest Conservation Easement for Land Trust (FCELT) grant program and administered through the Land Trust Alliance.
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Tuesday, October 31, 2023

A Spooky Good Time: Inlet’s Halloween Costume Contest Results

Kids dressed up for Halloween

The Inlet Youth Commission held their annual Halloween Parade & Party on Friday, October 27, following another very successful Trunk-or-Treat at the Inlet Community Church. Many costumed children paraded through town behind an Inlet fire engine, before heading over to the Inlet Volunteer Emergency Services building for costume judging and treats.

This year’s M.C. Greg Rudd announced the winners, which were selected by the 2023 judges: Brittany Bartolotti, Toni Rudd, and Gina Greco.

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Monday, October 30, 2023

“Kiwassa Skies,” exhibit of paintings by Meg Bernstein opens Nov. 3

Abstract sky/Adirondack landscape painting

Saranac Lake, NY – Meg Bernstein will be the featured artist for November at the Adirondack Artists Guild. Her show, “Kiwassa Skies” will open with a reception on Friday, November 3 from 5  to 8 p.m., and will run through November 28.

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Monday, October 30, 2023

Trails Day at Higley Flow State Park

group of people at a park
The Friends of Higley Flow State Park invite you to participate in preparing the trails for the  winter recreation season.

The Friends will host their Trails Day at the Park from 9 a.m. to approximately 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4

A variety of tasks need to be accomplished including trimming low branches, clearing trails small debris, placing signs, and filling low areas with wood chips.  Much of the work simply involves a pleasant walk through the woods. Volunteers are asked to wear sturdy shoes and work gloves.

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Sunday, October 29, 2023

Inlet: French Louie Fishing Derby Winners

A kid shows off a fish he caught

The annual French Louie Fishing Derby was a successful part of the 11th annual Adirondack Kids Day held on October 7, 2023. The rain did not stop 50, of the almost 200 children attending, from signing up to participate in the derby. The children, up to age 12, were given life jackets and poles before boarding party barges which took them out to the floating dock anchored on Fifth Lake. Each child spent about one hour catching and releasing over 100 fish.

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Saturday, October 28, 2023

NFCT Completes Stewardship Projects Across Northeast

Staff and volunteers take a well-earned break after constructing new stone steps to a campsite on Lake Champlain's Valcour Island.

Staff, volunteers implement 20 projects in New York, Vermont, New Hampshire & Maine

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) wrapped up its 2023 stewardship season earlier this fall, completing 20 projects across New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.

The NFCT’s stewardship crew consists of a stewardship director, field coordinator, paid interns and dozens of volunteers. Projects are carried out in collaboration with state environmental agencies, municipalities, foundations and corporate partners, as well as private landowners. The NFCT’s work is implemented along the woods and waters of the 740-mile canoe trail that begins in Old Forge, NY, and ends in Fort Kent, Maine. In recent years, the NFCT has expanded its stewardship program to include nearby waterways. » Continue Reading.

Thursday, October 26, 2023

Adirondack-area nonprofits welcome new hires, board members

Glenn Glover.

Nonprofit organizations located in the Adirondack region, including the Barkeater Trails Alliance (BETA), the Saranac Lake Civic Center, and the Lake George Association have recently announced that new staff/board members have been added to their teams. Please see below for details on these appointments.

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Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Old Forge: Halloween comes to View with events through October 28

Winners of the View's 2022 Halloween Party Costume Contest

Old Forge, NY — Get into the Halloween spirit at View Arts Center this year with 5 nights of frights from October 24 – 28, as part of their 3rd Annual Halloweek Spooktacular, ending again with their free Monster Mash Halloween Party.

On Wednesday, October 25, a Halloween Cocktail Class is being offered by View, where participants will be learning, making, and tasting three themed drinks. The class is $25 per person and includes everything you need to make the cocktails. The class is open to guests aged 21+ only. Space will be limited. Register online at the link:

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Tuesday, October 24, 2023

LivingADK holds annual meeting, presents 2023 Tip of the Cap awards

People mingle at tables during a meeting View's Gould Hall

LivingADK held their annual meeting on the evening of Thursday, October 19 at View, the arts center in Old Forge. Following the meeting, LivingADK staff and board members honored this year’s Tip of the CAP nominees.  Tip of the CAP awards serve as an opportunity for community members to publicly thank an individual, group, business, or organization they feel has made a positive difference within the communities of Forestport, Webb, Old Forge, Eagle Bay, Inlet, Raquette Lake, Long Lake, and Blue Mountain Lake.

Tuesday, October 24, 2023

Paul Smith’s College VIC: Leave No Trace Spotlight program set for Oct. 27-29

Adirondack landscape on a sunny day

Paul Smiths, NY – All are welcome to join together this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 27 – 29 for a Leave No Trace Spotlight event focused on helping to protect Paul Smith‘s College Visitor Interpretive Center near Paul Smiths, New York. Leave No Trace’s new Spotlight program is a multi-day event to bring attention to community conservation, spread education, and to build momentum and inspire involvement for the future. Register online at this link. 

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