Almanack Contributor Community News Reports

Community News

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 [email protected]


Monday, September 13, 2021

Fall foliage season off to a start in the Adirondacks

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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.


Sunday, September 5, 2021

Compost for Good Project receives funding to advance urine composting

compost for good team

Modern wastewater treatment plants are a marvel of engineering—dramatically reducing human disease and environmental issues. However, these plants are expensive to build and operate, and they contribute to environmental issues in the form of unprocessed pharmaceuticals, and excess nutrients in water systems.

AdkAction is delighted to announce that they have received a grant for their Compost for Good project from the Cloudsplitter Foundation to determine what will be required to build a research/demonstration facility to test the commercial viability of diverting large amounts of human urine from wastewater treatment plants and turning that urine into compost.

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Saturday, September 4, 2021

Ausable River Association Canoe Raffle and upcoming events

ausable river

WILMINGTON — The Ausable River Association (AsRA) is holding a raffle to win a Placid Boatworks Oseetah Ulstralight solo canoe. The canoe was donated to AsRA by Joe Moore, owner of Placid Boatworks, to raise funds in support of AsRA’s innovative, science-based programs that protect our streams and lakes.

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Thursday, September 2, 2021

ANCA annual meeting focuses on climate justice

ANCA - Adirondack North Country Association LogoPlease join the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) for our 2021 Annual Meeting as we focus on Climate Justice. Together we will learn from innovative leaders who are weaving equity and justice into systems as we face the impacts of the growing climate crisis.

What: ANCA Annual Meeting: Climate Justice 
When: Friday, September 17, 2021, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Where: VIRTUAL via Zoom*

**REGISTER TODAY**
Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from the following climate policy, clean energy and food systems experts:

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Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Common Ground Alliance holds 2021 forum wrap-up session Sept. 8

Common Ground Alliance Forum screenshot

The Adirondack Common Ground Alliance is holding the final session of its 2021 Annual Forum on Wednesday, September 8 from 9-10a via Zoom webinar. This session is open to all, regardless of whether you attended this year’s forum. During the hour, we’ll cover the following agenda:

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Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Adirondack Center for Writing presents: An Evening with Russell Banks

cover of russell bank's novel, forgone

Saranac Lake, NY–Nationally acclaimed author Russell Banks will read from his new novel, Foregone, and sign books on September 24, 2021 at 7:00pm to celebrate the opening of Adirondack Center for Writing’s new event space at 15 Broadway in Saranac Lake.

Copies of Foregone will be available for purchase for signing at the event. This event costs $10 to attend. Tickets are available in advance at adirondackcenterforwriting.org

“Russell Banks is, word for word, idea for idea, one of the great American novelists. Foregone is a book about not coming to a conclusion. Banks presents us with a series of mirrors, some of them broken, some of them intact, and all of them wildly reflective of our times. It is a book about the shifting shapes of memory and the chimerical nature of our lives.” – Colum McCann

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Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Indian Lake Moose Festival returns for 11th year

cow moose and calf

Indian Lake N.Y.  – The Great Adirondack Moose Festival, New York State’s first ever moose themed festival, offers visitors of all ages a fantastic Adirondack experience.  Held in Indian Lake, N.Y. in the center of the famous Adirondack Park, moose themed programs will abound the weekend of September 25 and 26, 2021. 

Visitors to the Indian Lake region for the Moose Festival will enjoy programs, games, contests, exhibitions, guided hikes, shopping – all in the theme of the Moose.  The half-ton mammal is making a come-back in the Adirondacks, so one may even spot one during the weekend. The Great Adirondack Moose Festival (GAMF) is sponsored by the Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce and a host of regional and local business sponsors.

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Sunday, August 29, 2021

Walk to End Epilepsy event on Sept 12 to raise funds for local efforts

Maria Lutz speaking about her experiences with epilepsy

Join community members on September 12 at the Arrowhead Park in Inlet or wherever you choose in support of the programs and services the Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York

The Lutz Family is coordinating this walk in Inlet NY and is walking in support of their daughter and sister, Maria (pictured here at a recent Make a Wish event), who was diagnosed with epilepsy at age 12.  Now 17, Maria will be heading off to college this fall.

Read about Maria’s story here.

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Saturday, August 28, 2021

Museum celebrates “A Woman’s View – Recognizing Artists in the Adirondack”

 

shirin neshat's artwork for a womans view art show at the adk history museum

ELIZABETHTOWN:  A gala reception welcomed museum patrons and art lovers to the formal celebration of the art show, “A Woman’s View ~ Recognizing Artists in the Adirondacks” in the Rosenberg Gallery at the Adirondack History Museum.

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Saturday, August 28, 2021

Nominations for Tip of the Cap Award are Now Open

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This year, as a part of CAP-21’s annual meeting, we are resurrecting the “Tip of the Cap Award” to those community members recognized by fellow residents as outstanding community participation over the last year.
This is an opportunity for you to publicly thank an individual, group, business or an organization whom you feel has made a positive difference in the communities of Forestport, Webb, Inlet or Raquette Lake. Take a look around and notice who has made a difference. It may be selfless volunteerism, a business bringing services or jobs, beautification projects or anything else you feel has made an impact. As in past years, we hope to discover the unsung heroes who do so much to improve and maintain our communities or assist the residents within those communities. Sometimes we need to thank those we thanked before as they consistently make positive contributions.
Deadline for all nominations is Thursday, Oct. 1st, please include the name of the individual, the business or the organization, the town they represent, and the reason you are nominating them. Nominations may be made by phone at 315.369.3353 or by e-mail to [email protected]. Please leave your name and phone number in case we have questions. All will be recognized publicly on October 21st . Hope to see you there!