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Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Adirondack Center for Writing to host free dialogue writing workshop April 17

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Saranac Lake, NY — The Adirondack Center for Writing (ACW) is hosting a free dialogue writing workshop, Devising Dialogue: Writing from Plays with LJ Schwartau, on April 17, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at ACW located at 5 Broadway in Saranac Lake. The event is open to the public and will include writing exercises to create dialogue, set scenes and write stage directions. With prompts, participants will create short solo monologues and the group will also devise scenes collaboratively based on a short play reading.

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Monday, April 8, 2024

Adirondack Center for Writing to host 25th Anniversary Gala May 3

ACW's 20th Anniversary Gala

Saranac Lake, NY — The Adirondack Center for Writing (ACW) is hosting its 25th Anniversary Gala on Friday, May 3, from 6-9 p.m. in the Great Hall at Hotel Saranac. The event will include an open beer and wine bar, hors d’oeuvres, games (including ACW’s famous book on your head obstacle course), a tarot card reader, a caricaturist and more. Honorees and honorary chairs include Nancy and John Rosenthal, Fran Yardley and Burdette Parks.  » Continue Reading.

Sunday, April 7, 2024

Lake Placid Student Artists Join International Paris Competition

ORDA logo.

Lake Placid, NY – Students from Lake Placid Central School art classes are among the more than 300 elementary, middle, and high school artists participating in a five-country international art-in-sport contest hosted by the Al Oerter Foundation (AOF) with the support of the New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (Olympic Authority). The art event, themed “Move History Forward,” celebrates the 100th anniversary of the 1924 Paris Summer Olympic Games.

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Sunday, April 7, 2024

Point Positive Receives 2024 Lipinski Rural Initiatives Award

Four people stand with a large check

Saranac Lake, NY – Point Positive, Inc., the angel investment organization of the Greater Adirondacks, receives the 2024 Lipinski Rural Initiatives Award from Farm Credit East in recognition of its innovative and transformational efforts to revitalize rural communities in the Northeast.

“Thank you to Farm Credit East for recognizing organizations like ours and providing the support needed for aspiring entrepreneurs to start or accelerate their businesses and create jobs that also help regional communities to thrive,” stated Adele Connors, Co-Founder and investor, Point Positive. “We are honored to receive this award.”

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Saturday, April 6, 2024

High Peaks-area volunteers to host film series for Palestine on Tuesday evenings

Plants, People and Apartheid graphic.

A volunteer group of High Peaks-area residents will host a free film series—People, Plants, and Apartheid: A Film Series for Palestine—at St. Eustace Church in Lake Placid on Tuesday evenings this Spring.

Meet Palestinian farmers, foragers, and kite-flyers in this independent documentary series. Through an environmental and artistic lens, this three-part screening will feature award-winning films exploring Palestinian society and history under apartheid. Gather on Tuesday evenings this Spring to learn, engage, and connect with others interested in knowing Palestine beyond the headlines.

Organized by attendees of PS: Letters for a Ceasefire and the High Peaks DSA, this series will raise money for three Palestinian families working to evacuate from Gaza. Attendance is free, but donations are strongly encouraged.


St. Eustace Episcopal Church is located at 2450 Main Street in Lake Placid, NY.

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Saturday, April 6, 2024

Adirondack Foundation offers several scholarship opportunities

Adirondack Foundation logo.

Lake Placid, NY – The Dr. U.R. Plante Medical Scholarship program at Adirondack Foundation is accepting applications now through May 15. The Plante Scholarship at Adirondack Foundation is awarded annually to medical students who have resided in the Adirondack Park — or in St. Lawrence, Franklin, Clinton, Essex or Hamilton counties — for a minimum of two years. Successful candidates must be willing to return to one of these locations, a rural community elsewhere in the U.S. or an area where there is a shortage of doctors.

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Saturday, April 6, 2024

Thirty Years of Astrophotography show at Chestertown Library this month

Poster for Bob Fisher photography exhibit

Bob Fisher’s first solo photography show, his third at the Chestertown Library, will be at the Ruplin Gallery from April 1-30, with a reception on April 12 from 4 to 5 p.m. “Thirty Years of Astrophotography” will include images from the 2017 Eclipse, some never before shown, and many other celestial phenomena shot from his home turf in Olmstedville, and other locations throughout the continental United States.

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Friday, April 5, 2024

Registration open for 2024 Adirondack Paddling Symposium set for June 14-17

Two paddlers prep for Adirondack Paddling Symposium.

Registration is open for the 2024 Adirondack Paddling Symposium, set for June 14-17 in Saranac Lake, NY. The Symposium’s goal is simple: to build skills to further paddling enjoyment. Event organizers focus on the beginner to intermediate paddler and, by choosing patient and caring instructors, establish an environment of encouragement that is judgement free and truly furthers the enjoyment created by paddling.

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Friday, April 5, 2024

Window for Adirondack Garden Club 2024 Grant Applications Now Open

Glenview Preserve

Keene, NY- In keeping with its mission to support those who champion conservation in the Adirondack Park, the Adirondack Garden Club offers three grants: the Ellen Lea Paine Memorial Nature Fund, the 1928 AGC Founders Fund, and the Francesca Paine Irwin Conservation Fund. The window for the 2024 Adirondack Garden Club’s grants applications is now open.

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Friday, April 5, 2024

Volunteers Needed for Earth Day Ausable River Cleanup on April 20

People clean up the bank of Ausable River.

Keene, NY- The Ausable River Association (AsRA) will host its annual Earth Day Ausable River cleanup on Saturday, April 20. Volunteers will assist AsRA in removing garbage and debris from roadways and riverbanks in the Lake Placid, Wilmington, Jay, Upper Jay, and Keene communities. Lunch and raffle prizes will be available after the cleanup to celebrate coming together to care for the river.

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Thursday, April 4, 2024

Depot Theatre announces 2024 main stage season, season passes available April 15

The exterior of The Depot Theatre in Westport, NY.

Westport, NY — Complete with a little bit of country, a little rock and roll, and a lot of fun and inspiration, the Depot Theatre in Westport, New York, is pleased to announce its 2024 professional main stage season lineup.

Lights go up on the main stage with ANALOG & VINYL, a musical rom-com romp featuring a memorable score infused with the influences of Elvis Costello, the Beatles, and Brian Wilson. The musical is a delicious, devilish tale of Harrison, a young record shop owner in danger of losing his family’s store, Rodeo Girl, the seemingly spacey—yet weirdly-wise—hipster obsessed with him, and a mysterious stranger who rocks their world with an offer they might not be able to refuse—and it’s not for vintage vinyl. Performances will be June 27-July 14.

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Local artists, photographers invited to capture eclipse as part of Adirondack Artists Guild exhibit

Image for Adirondack Artists Guild's Plein Air Eclipse Exhibit.

Plein Air Eclipse Exhibit runs from Monday, April 8 through Wednesday, April 17
Reception set for Monday, April 8 from 6 – 8 p.m.

UPDATE: With warnings of potential traffic jams due to high numbers of visitors, plein air pieces may be delivered to the gallery on April 8 or any following days. Call ahead to be sure the gallery is open: (518) 891-2615.

Local plein air painters, and photographers, are invited to submit paintings and photos to the Adirondack Artists Guild’s Plein Air Eclipse Exhibit. Plein air paintings (done outdoors, on location) may be started prior to the eclipse on April 8, but are expected to be worked on during the event, in order to capture some of the unexpected results. Will there be sunset colors? How dark will it really get?

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Wednesday, April 3, 2024

New Bill Introduced to Protect Wolves in New York

gray wolf was one of the top 10 stories from 2022Senator Hoylman-Sigal and Assembly Member Carroll introduced legislation to require DEC to collect and analyze data about large canids in New York

New legislation (S.7927A/A.08295A), sponsored by Senator Brad Hoylman-Sigal and Assembly Member Robert Carroll, will direct the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to collect data about canids that have specified characteristics that are killed by hunters and trappers in New York. The data collected will help DEC to identify areas of the state where wolves, a protected endangered species, may be present and will direct DEC to collect important genetic information on coyote and wolf populations in the state. The legislation does not reduce the hunting season or decrease bag limits for hunters and trappers lawfully killing coyotes or other game animals in New York State.

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Monday, April 1, 2024

New York State Mesonet Launches Total Solar Eclipse Website

total solar eclipse

A new website launched by the New York State Mesonet at the University at Albany will offer real-time access to weather data statewide around the total solar eclipse on April 8. A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between Earth and the sun, completely blocking the sun’s face. In total, 55 NYS Mesonet sites will experience totality during the eclipse, and every site will be above 90 percent at the peak of the eclipse crossing the region. 

As the eclipse traverses New York, the Mesonet will be tracking weather data from each of its network sites, including environmental variables such as wind speed, solar radiation, temperature and relative humidity. 

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Sunday, March 31, 2024

Kay Jones among 4 inducted into USA Bobsled and Skeleton Hall of Fame

From left: Dave Jones III, Maura Jones, Kathryn Jones-McQuillan, Barbara Benware, Genevieve Benware, Margaret Jones, Dave Jones, and Linda Jones in the Mountain Lodge.

Lake Placid, NY – In front of family members and many friends, Lake Placid’s Kay Jones, bobsled photographer from the 1960s into the 1980s, was inducted posthumously Saturday evening, March 23,  into the USA Bobsled and Skeleton Hall of Fame.

Three generations of the Jones family were in attendance celebrating their mother’s and grandmother’s induction. During the ceremony, held in the new Mountain Lodge at Mt. Van Hoevenberg, attendees heard interviews of Jones with ABC Television’s Jim McKay and Curt Gowdy, conducted during the 1980 Winter Olympics. Jones was hired by the Associated Press to photograph the Olympic competitions.

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