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Community News

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

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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

North Country Live returns with focus on art and music

north country live

SARANAC LAKE – North Country Live will explore and celebrate the art and music scenes in our communities with a series of free, online programs set to begin Sept. 23.

Hosted on Zoom by North Country Community College and its partners, North Country Live was launched in spring 2020, at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, to provide programs that enrich our communities, spark conversation, and foster intellectual exploration. Since then, more than 25 free webinars, presentations and panel discussions have been presented on a wide range of topics including wellness, personal finance, history, and the outdoors.

The upcoming edition of North Country Live, sponsored by the North Country Community College Foundation, will focus on art and music. Each of the following sessions will take place at 7 p.m. on Zoom. All these programs are free and open to the public:

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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Fall foliage report: Leaf change to reach midpoint in much of Adirondacks

foliage report graphicThis is the third 2021 I LOVE NY Fall Foliage Report for New York State. Reports are obtained from volunteer field observers and reflect expected color conditions for the coming weekend. Reports are issued every Wednesday afternoon. I LOVE NY urges travelers to follow all COVID-related public health and safety guidelines while enjoying the foliage this season. Visitors should call ahead and check websites and social media to make sure attractions are open and available. More information on New York State travel and COVID-19 is available here.

The annual parade of vibrant, colorful fall foliage continues its journey across New York State this weekend, with the Lake Placid, Wilmington, and Tupper Lake areas of the Adirondacks expected to see the most notable leaf changes, and color change is underway in most other parts in the region. Leaves are also significantly changing in the northwest portion of the Catskills, along with parts of the Chautauqua Allegheny, Central New York, and Thousand Islands – Seaway regions, according to volunteer observers for the Empire State Development Division of Tourism’s I LOVE NY program.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Book explores connections between water quality, algal blooms

algae bookSaint Albans Vermont based author, artist and aquatic biologist, Corrina Parnapy has released a new book compiled from over a decade of scientific research within the Adirondacks and Vermont, and articles she’s had published regionally and nationally, all focused on the connection between water quality and algae.  From road salt, acid rain, invasive species, sewage waste, fertilizers, to lawn care practices; all have a connection and impact on algae populations.

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Sunday, September 19, 2021

Lake Pleasant Museum Hosting a Fund Drive for a New Foundation

Lake Pleasant Museum on Rt. 8 in Speculator. (Photo/Cristine Meixner)

SPECULATOR — A solid foundation is vital to a building. It is the base that allows floors, walls and roof to stand true and square.

When a foundation falters, the building soon falters too. That is the dilemma facing Lake Pleasant Museum, and the reason for a fund drive to pay for a new foundation.

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Thursday, September 16, 2021

Two North Country properties make nominations for historic registers

Mountainside Free Library on history register

The state Board for Historic Preservation has recommended adding 19 properties to the State and National Registers of Historic Places. These nominations include a “castle” built by prominent Catskill Mountains photographer/aviator Otto Hillig; a Buffalo bakery that helped introduce Wonder Bread to America; an early Arabic-speaking Christian church in Brooklyn; and a community library in the Adirondacks.

A listing on the State and National Registers listing can assist owners in revitalizing properties, making them eligible for various public preservation programs and services, such as matching state grants and state and federal historic rehabilitation tax credits. Over the past decade, the state has approved the use of rehabilitation commercial tax credits for more than 1,000 historic properties, driving more than $12 billion in private investment.  » Continue Reading.


Thursday, September 16, 2021

Adirondack Experience Closes out 2021 Season with two Fall Festivals

Adirondack Experience fall festFREE admission to ADKX and Fallfest for Adirondack Park residents.

Adirondack Experience, the Museum on Blue Mountain Lake, will host two family-friendly fall festivals to close out the 2021 season.

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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Foliage report for Sept 15-21: Fall colors starting to appear

foliage

This is the second 2021 I LOVE NY Fall Foliage Report for New York State. Reports are obtained from volunteer field observers and reflect expected color conditions for the coming weekend. I LOVE NY urges travelers to follow all COVID-related public health and safety guidelines while enjoying the foliage this season. Visitors should call ahead and check websites and social media to make sure attractions are open and available. More information on New York State travel and COVID-19 is available here.

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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Call for Artists: 2021 Open Juried Show at the LPCA

lpca open juried art show

Lake Placid, NY: The Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA) is encouraging artists of all genres and media to submit work for the annual LPCA Open Juried Art Show. This show is designed to celebrate the talents of our regional artists and highlight the creative visions of residents in and around New York’s North Country.

More information including the prospectus and online entry form can be found at https://www.lakeplacidarts.org/gallery/upcoming-shows/lpca-open-juried-art-show or by calling Anya Villeneuve at 518.523.2512.

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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Adirondack Center for Writing Finds New Home, Staff

adirondack center for writing's new space

The Adirondack Center for Writing is excited to announce the opening of its new event space at 15 Broadway in Saranac Lake with an open house during the ArtWalk on September 16, 2021 from 5:00-7:00pm. All are welcome to visit the new center free of charge and meet the newest staff member, Tyler Barton!

“We are so thrilled to celebrate ACW’s very exciting expansion to our brand new event space,” said Nathalie Thill, executive director of Adirondack Center for Writing. “We’ve worked so hard for this moment alongside the rest of the ACW community and we can’t wait to welcome everyone for this momentous occasion. Stop by to check out the space and meet Tyler, our newest staff member.”

“What excites me most about joining ACW is the chance to learn from and collaborate with the vast and supportive art community Nathalie and Baylee have worked so hard to build over the years,” said Tyler Barton, the newest staff member at ACW. “I hope you’ll stop by and introduce yourself during the Third Thursday Artwalk—I can offer book recommendations in exchange for any advice for flourishing over the long Adirondack winter!”


Monday, September 13, 2021

Fall foliage season off to a start in the Adirondacks

fall foliage report wk 1

New York State’s 2021 fall foliage season is underway, with the first signs of the spectacular seasonal colors to come appearing in the Adirondacks and Catskills regions, according to volunteer observers for the Empire State Development Division of Tourism’s I LOVE NY program.

In the Adirondacks, Tupper Lake spotters expect up to 10% color change this weekend. The summer greens are starting the cycle to autumn brilliance with subtle traces of goldenrod and copper, and the soft maples are providing a patchy, rhubarb splatter. Elsewhere in Franklin County, the color transition will be less, with Malone and Saranac Lake each predicting 5% change. Essex County spotters in WilmingtonJay and Au Sable Forks predict up to 10% color change this weekend as muted shades of red and yellow begin to appear. Foliage change around Whiteface Mountain Ski Area will only be about 5%. Lake Placid spotters are predicting around 10% color change with mild shades of yellow and muted shades of orange. In the Adirondack Hub area of Newcomb look for up to 10% color change with subdued shades of yellow and red beginning to appear.


Monday, September 13, 2021

Eat Local for Less with AdkAction’s Fair Food Pricing

adk action fair food pricing sign

AdkAction is currently enrolling households in a program designed to help subsidize the cost of locally produced food for families in the North Country. Households who enroll in the Fair Food Pricing program receive 30% off at participating vendors. In times of personal or collective crisis, the discount can temporarily be increased to 90% to provide even more support to households in need.

Eligibility for the program is based on United Way’s ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) guidelines for income and household size. For example, a two-adult household with two children in childcare, earning an annual income of $78,000 – or a single senior earning $30,400 – is eligible to join the program.

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Thursday, September 9, 2021

Adirondack Park Institute’s Annual Awards Gala raises funds for nature programs

finished canoe

NEWCOMB, NY – The Adirondack Park Institute is pleased to announce that local businesswoman and philanthropist Caroline Draper Lussi will be awarded the 2021 Frank M. Hutchins Environmental Education Leadership Award at its Annual Awards Gala on September 17, 2021, 5:00-6:00 p.m.

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Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting of OSI’s Upper Work Trailhead

upper works

Celebration for long-awaited trailhead and visitor amenity improvements draws community and local officials.

The Open Space Institute (OSI) has announced details of the grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting at its new Upper Works Trailhead at the Adirondac Upper Works. (Click here to see a story about the project in Adirondack Explorer) The event will celebrate recent upgrades OSI has made to the site, including the parking area expansion and relocation, stabilization of the McIntyre Blast Furnace, and improved visitor access to the southern High Peaks. The event will take place adjacent to the historic MacNaughton Cottage. Limited event parking will be available at the new, Upper Works trailhead and parking area and along the road. Following the speakers, there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony.

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Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Warren County Offers Gypsy Moth Infestation Workshop

gypsy moth caterpillar

The defoliation of trees this spring and summer by Gypsy Moth (also known as Lymantria dispar) caterpillars left a lot of local property owners feeling helpless to protect their beloved trees. Should we expect similar problems next year? What can be done to prevent infestation, or lessen the damage?

On Thursday, September 23rd, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Warren County and the Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District will host a discussion on Gypsy Moth caterpillar infestation featuring Rob Cole from New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Office of Forest Health. Cole and Soil & Water Conservation staff will give a general overview of the problems these caterpillars can cause, and how property owners can safely address them this fall and next spring.

“This past year was eye-opening for many people in our county and region, and this presentation will provide some understanding of this insect, its affects and what may be anticipated for next year and beyond,” explained Jim Lieberum, District Manager for Warren County Soil & Water Conservation District.

This event will be livestreamed through the Warren County YouTube page, and those interested in the subject can attend at Warren County Municipal Center as well. Participants will be able to ask questions during the presentation through YouTube chat, and we are encouraging people to submit questions or comments ahead of time for efficiency.

Please email questions or comments to: [email protected], with the subject line Gypsy Moth 2021


Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Tupper Arts, Wild Center mark 50 years of Barney Bellinger’s art

barney bellingerTupper Arts is excited to be collaborating with the Wild Center on joint shows that celebrate Barney Bellinger’s unique and authentic art pieces, all sourced and inspired by nature and our environment. It’s an honor for Tupper Arts to exhibit a collection that represents 50 years of Barney Bellinger’s original art and design masterpieces.  These works range from Barney’s groundbreaking 1970’s rustic furniture that he infused with paintings, bamboo fly rods and guide boat yokes, to lighting fixtures of roots, copper, gold and glass, to tables of precious woods and hand-shaped metals.   All art pieces in this collection will be for sale, and on view for the public to enjoy, July 1 – September 15, 2021, at Tupper Arts Center. Through April 22, 2022, visitors to The Wild Center will be able to view an exhibition of Bellinger’s sculptures in an outdoor setting. Visit the Wild Center and Tupper Arts Center, 5 minutes apart, to experience the vision, passion, and labor of an iconic Adirondack artist. Click here to read more about Bellinger and these two exhibits in the Adirondack Explorer. Artist Barney Bellinger and one of his sculptures. Photo provided by The Wild Center.

If you go

The Tupper Arts Center exhibition ends Sept. 15, but, shortly after, by October, a smaller, more minimalistic Bellinger exhibition will take its place, including new, steel sculpture furniture pieces, new paintings and new light fixtures.

The Forest Music Loop at the Wild Center will display “Welded Steel: Shape, Form and Light” through April 1, 2022.