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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 editor@adirondackalmanack.com.


Monday, September 5, 2022

Adirondack Interpretive Center September/October Events

Here’s a glimpse of what is planned for SUNY-ESF’s Adirondack Interpretive Center (AIC) for the remainder of September, heading into October. Programs include a variety of walks, hikes, and a Halloween-themed educational program called Skull Skills. Pre-registration is required for all programs.


Saturday, September 10th – 9:30 to 11:00 am

Black Bear Woods Walk
Come along for an easy guided walk as we learn about black bears in the Adirondacks. We’ll look for signs of bears on our trails, discuss the implications of a changing climate on black bears, and learn about bear safety. Bring your trail shoes and your best bear stories.
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Monday, September 5, 2022

North Country Community College launches Fall 2022 semester

SARANAC LAKE – North Country Community College welcomed new and returning students back to its campuses on Monday, August 29 with new program offerings, a combination of in-person, hybrid and online classes, full residence halls and athletic teams, and a series of upcoming capital projects planned on its campuses.

This is the college’s 55th year of serving the communities of Essex and Franklin counties. North Country has three locations – Malone, Saranac Lake and Ticonderoga. The college will also offer classes this fall at Akwesasne, part of an ongoing partnership with the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, and in correctional facilities in Ray Brook and Malone, as part of the Second Chance Pell program.

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Sunday, September 4, 2022

Trudeau Institute, Ampersand Biosciences receive $596,519 grant for COVID research

SARANAC LAKE—Trudeau Institute and Ampersand Biosciences have received a $596,519 grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop tests that help COVID-19 researchers assess the effectiveness of new vaccines under development.

As part of the two-year Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grant, which will begin in September, Trudeau will produce monoclonal antibodies for Ampersand. In turn, Ampersand will include those antibodies in tests—or reagents—it produces for use by immunology researchers.

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Saturday, September 3, 2022

Paddlers to converge Sept. 9-11 for 39th annual 90-Miler

The 39th annual Adirondack Canoe Classic — the 90Miler — will take place Sept. 9-11, with nearly 600 paddlers competing in 250 boats.

The race is hosted by the Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) with support from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, dozens of businesses, nonprofits and communities, as well as countless volunteers. It takes paddlers on a three-day journey from Old Forge to Saranac Lake — the first 90 miles of the 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail.

This event includes a full contingent of solo, tandem, four-person, and eight-person canoes as well as solo and tandem kayaks, one- and two-person guideboats, and stand-up paddle boards.

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Friday, September 2, 2022

Ausable River Association to Auction Adirondack Guideboat

 

WILMINGTON, NY – It’s a rare opportunity to own and row a piece of Adirondack history. The Ausable River Association (AsRA) is holding a silent auction for a ca. 1900 Adirondack guideboat in excellent condition. The guideboat was donated to AsRA by an anonymous local donor to raise funds in support of AsRA’s innovative, science-based programs that protect the freshwater of the Ausable watershed and beyond.

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Thursday, September 1, 2022

9th Annual Fire Tower Lighting event set for Sept. 3

The 9th Annual Fire Tower Lighting event is scheduled for Saturday, September 3 from 9 to 9:30 p.m. and will include several fire towers in the Adirondacks and Catskills. On the evening of the event, volunteers will light fire tower cabs with high-powered lights, and invite people to visit locations where they could look up, see the light on the horizon, and pay homage to fire observers who would stand watch in the towers, protecting the community and surrounding forest.

Established in 2014, this statewide event is the brain child of Doug Hamilton of the Red Hill Fire Tower Committee, and is meant to showcase the history of fire towers around the state.  They were erected in the early 20th century, as fires ravaged hundreds of thousands of square miles of wild forest.

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Thursday, September 1, 2022

Paul Meyers’ World on a String Jazz Trio Performs on Labor Day at Weatherwatch Farm

Paul Meyers’ World on a String jazz trio will perform at Weatherwatch Farm in Saranac, New York on Labor Day, September 5 at 3 p.m. Paul Meyers is one of the most admired jazz guitarists active today. His classical guitar artistry finds him equally at home performing musical styles ranging from Bossa Nova to Be-Bop to Bartok – all played with impeccable technique and true passion. His fluid style and lyricism as both virtuoso guitarist-improviser and composer-arranger have won him praise and respect from colleagues, afficionados, and the media.

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Thursday, September 1, 2022

“An Evening With Greg Klein” exhibit to open Sept. 2 at the Old Forge Library

“An Evening With Greg Klein,” an exhibit of recent plein-air paintings by Klein, will be on display September 2 through October 1 at the Old Forge Library located at 220 Crosby Blvd.

Klein is an award winning and highly collected artist whose evocative works have a classic feel. Nature and art have always been a prominent component of Klein’s life. He studied wildlife biology and art at the University of Nebraska, and spent ten years in Colorado, exploring and painting the vast landscape of the Rocky Mountains.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Adirondack History Museum to host Fires of the High Peaks lecture on Sept. 1

Adirondack History Museum staff are pleased to host a Fires of the High Peaks Lecture by Sharp Swan on the evening of Thursday, September 1 at 7 p.m. The start of the 20th Century saw massive forest fires throughout the Adirondack region. Between 1903 and 1913, about 862,000 acres of forest burned.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Adirondack Council weighs in on NYSERDA’s draft Climate Scoping Plan, importance of wild forests and farms

ELIZABETHTOWN, N.Y. – As owners of the largest intact temperate deciduous forest on Earth, New Yorkers have an awesome responsibility to save the Adirondack Park from the ravages of climate change. But that “forever wild” forest is also New York’s greatest weapon in the fight to prevent global overheating, the Adirondack Council told the NYS Energy Research and Development Authority recently.

The Adirondack Park’s largest environmental organization was commenting on NYSERDA’s draft Climate Scoping Plan, which will spell out how the state intends to combat climate change and comply with the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act.  The Act requires New York to stop emitting all greenhouse gases by 2050.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Pendragon Theatre: Last chance to see The Woods, Nutcracker auditions set for Sept. 8

Pendragon Theatre will cap off its summer performance schedule this week with six final performances of The Woods by Jahna Ferron-Smith. The production, directed by Colette Robert, contains explicit content and is suitable for mature audiences only.

About The Woods:

Since its creation, the United States National Park Service has been tasked with preserving, arguably, this country’s most stunning monuments to the “American Dream” – majestic swaths of untamed land, symbolizing the unbridled American spirit that forged a world power; a birthright theoretically available to all Americans, regardless of race. However, dwindling Park attendance nationwide has sent the NPS scrambling to ensure its survival. The mission? To engage those they’ve traditionally left out of the narrative of the great outdoors — people of color.

The Woods, using comedy and acute perception, explores our learned relationships to the American landscape and the consequences those cultural narratives have on young Black Americans and asks: Going forward, might there be a way to manifest a more positive narrative surrounding the natural environment, for the sake of those next in line to inherit it?

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Monday, August 29, 2022

ANCA’s annual meeting, Growing the New Economy of Tomorrow, slated for Sept. 23

All are welcome to join ANCA‘s board, staff and friends for ANCA’s 2022 Annual Meeting, Growing the New Economy of Tomorrow, where the group will explore the future of the North Country economy with a focus on small businesses, clean energy, local food systems, and diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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Monday, August 29, 2022

12th annual CAP-PY Duck Derby is set for Sept. 4 in Old Forge

The ducks are back! CAP-PY Ducks, sponsored by LivingADK/CAP-21, are available once again for their summer adoption. The 12th annual CAP-PY Duck Derby is planned for Labor Day weekend, Sunday, September 4 . LivingADK staff expect over 3,000 rubber ducks to launch themselves from the Old Forge bridge on State Route 28 into the Moose River. As a result of generous local businesses, 18 awesome prizes are up for grabs.

“We are so appreciative of the continued support we receive from our community and visitors which allows us to continue the important work we do,” said LivingADK Executive Director Robin Hill.

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Monday, August 29, 2022

2022 Adirondack Wine & Food Festival returned to sold-out crowd

LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. –  The 2022 Adirondack Wine & Food Festival returned after a 2-year hiatus due to COVID, with over 6,800 people in attendance and an estimated $4.1 million economic impact on the Greater Lake George Region.

The sixth-annual family-friendly wine and food spectacular sold out with over 4,000 attendees on Saturday, June 25, despite a weekend of unusually high temperatures.

“After two years off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we weren’t sure what to expect; so we were thrilled when we sold out Saturday before the weekend hit, especially considering the 90 plus degree temps we had,” said Sasha Pardy, festival owner and co-owner of the Adirondack Winery (Presenting Sponsor) in Lake George. “I am so proud of the impact this event has on the economy of the Lake George region and our small family-owned producer vendors. I am looking forward to doing it bigger and better yet again next year!”

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Sunday, August 28, 2022

John Brown Lives! launches Freedom Story Project website

LAKE PLACID, NY  — On August 20, John Brown Lives! (JBL!) launched its “Freedom Story Project” website — www.freedomstoryproject.org — during the first-ever Adirondack Family Book Festival at the John Brown Farm State Historic Site.

 

Martha Swan, Executive Director of John Brown Lives!, said, “This website includes the first of many three- to five-minute personal accounts of the activism and engagement of ordinary people working for justice and for human and civil rights, not only here at home, but around the world.”

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