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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.


Sunday, December 4, 2022

Old Forge to kick off snowmobile season with Snodeo on December 9 – 11

 

OLD FORGE, NY – The Central Adirondack Association (CAA) will be kicking off the 2022-23 snowmobile season with the annual Snodeo event at the George T. Hiltebrant Recreation Center on the weekend of December 9, 10, and 11. The North Street pavilion in Old Forge will be filled with sleds, gear, and accessories that no snowmobile enthusiast will want to miss. All four major manufacturers (Arctic Cat, Polaris, Ski Doo, and Yamaha) will be on hand, plus other vendors including, Hudon’s Sled Salvage & Power Sports, Guaranteed Traction Solution, Northland Trailers, RPM Apparel, Mack Studs, Curve Industries, Patriot Trailers as well as many more new and repeat vendors.

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Saturday, December 3, 2022

$100,000 National Grid Grant Supports ANCA’s Center for Businesses in Transition 

SARANAC LAKE, N.Y. — National Grid has awarded $100,000 to the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) to support the regional nonprofit’s North Country Center for Businesses in Transition (CBIT) and a skills-building and networking conference for business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs. The grant award will advance the CBIT partnership’s ongoing work supporting local business transitions, including its Small Communities. Big Opportunities.: Own a North Country Business Conference on February 12-14, 2023.

The grant is funded through National Grid’s Project C initiative, which supports projects across New York State with a focus on clean energy and sustainability; workforce development; neighborhood investment and community engagement; and environmental justice and social equity. Project C is funded by shareholders of the regional energy company.

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Saturday, December 3, 2022

NNY Audubon Launches 2023 Small Farm Grant Program to Support Bird Conservation

Saranac Lake, NY. America’s grasslands and shrublands are disappearing due to the intensification of agriculture and abandonment and development of farms. As we lose these open and shrubby habitats, we are also losing the grassland and shrubland birds that depend on them. Of the estimated three billion birds that have disappeared in the U.S. and Canada over the past 50 years, grassland and shrubland bird populations have been the most devastated. This makes the small and fragmented farmscapes of the northeast especially important.

Northern New York Audubon (NNYA) hopes to partner with local farms in our territory to improve these special habitats.  NNYA’s new Small Farm Grant program will provide grants of up to $1,500 to farmers in the St Lawrence and Champlain Valleys and Northern Adirondacks to improve bird-friendly habitats and management practices on their lands.

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Thursday, December 1, 2022

Pendragon Theatre Receives 19 BroadwayWorld Nominations for the Season

Saranac Lake – Award nominations for BroadwayWorld just posted and Pendragon Theatre has received 19 that cover multiple categories from this past season, including Best Director of a Musical, Best Actor and Actress in a Musical and Play, and Favorite Local Theatre. The past summer included the hit musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, the comedy Circle Mirror Transformation, and a new play The Woods. Frozen Jr. also received nominations in the non-professional category as the Camp Pendragon children’s production.

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Monday, November 28, 2022

Old Forge Library creates holiday Wish List, Winter Solstice Lantern workshop set for Dec. 15

Weaving Home will offer a Winter Solstice Lantern workshop at the Old Forge Library, 220 Crosby Blvd., on Thursday, December 15 at 4 p.m. The crafting workshop is free and all materials will be provided.

Winter solstice has been celebrated all over the world for thousands of years. It occurs on the shortest day and longest night. Although this is often the first day of winter, it also promises the return of the sun after an extended period of darkness.

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Sunday, November 27, 2022

CP Holiday Train returns to the rails in support of community food banks after two-year hiatus

“I’m grateful to the CP team members who adapted during the COVID-19 pandemic to deliver two exceptional virtual Holiday Train shows and to all those who continued to donate while we kept community members safe,” said Keith Creel, CP’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “The Holiday Train is all about families and communities coming together to celebrate the season and help those in need. We are excited to be back out on the rails and in our communities, taking these two beautiful trains across our network and sharing the joy that comes with gathering in the spirit of giving.”

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Sunday, November 27, 2022

December 3rd Maple School Includes Uihlein Director’s NNYADP Maple and Beech Research Update

Nearly 25 in.hg of vacuum on quarter inch tubing for maple tapping

Lowville, New York –  Results from the latest Northern New York Agricultural Development Program (NNYADP) maple research projects will be presented at the Making the Most of Maple workshop on Saturday, December 3, 2022, in Lowville, New York. Northern New York Maple Specialist Adam Wild, director of the Uihlein Maple Research Forest at Lake Placid, will be joined by Cornell University’s Statewide Maple Specialist Aaron Wightman, and Cornell Maple Program Product Development Food Scientist Catherine Belisle, Ph.D., as workshop presenters. The 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. workshop will be held at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Lewis County Learning Center located at 7395 East Road in Lowville. Contact CCE at 315-376-5270 to reserve your space by November 30.

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Saturday, November 26, 2022

A Christmas Carol: A Radio Play set for Dec. 18 at Whallonsburg Grange Hall

Whallonsburg, NY — The Whallonsburg Grange Hall and the Depot Theatre Academy are pleased to present a return to a holiday tradition with a performance of A Christmas Carol: A Radio Play, on December 18, 2022, with live music and refreshments beginning at 2 p.m. and the reading performance at 3 p.m.

Based upon the novel by Charles Dickens, this performance will be a radio play reading complete with live sound effects, featuring local artists, professional actors, and directed by Broadway actor and Depot Theatre alum Jonathan Hadley.
Admission to the event is free and open to the public, and donations will be gratefully accepted to benefit the BackPack Program.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2022

North Creek: Tannery Pond Center announces lineup of winter events

Those looking to get into the festive holiday spirit are encouraged to check out what is in store at The Tannery Pond Center in North Creek. The center has recently announced a lineup of winter events to suit a wide array of interests. On the docket for this winter, is a kids’ art project fair, holiday concerts, a new exhibition in the Widlund Gallery, and much more.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Gov. Hochul Announces Opening Dates for 2022-23 Alpine & Nordic Skiing Season at ORDA Venues

On November 17, Governor Kathy Hochul announced the start of the 2022-23 Alpine and Nordic skiing seasons with the opening of several Olympic Regional Development Authority-operated ski venues. The venues – which include Gore Mountain in North Creek, Belleayre Mount in Highmount, Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington, and Mt. Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid – opened this month following investments in upgrades, renovations, and snowmaking infrastructure ahead of the winter season. In addition to supporting New York’s $16 billion winter tourism industry, these improvements will support the upcoming Lake Placid 2023 FISU Winter World University Games, which will take place from January 12 to 22, 2023.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Tahawus Center Invites Local Artists to Submit Designs for “The Mural Project: A Sense of Place”

The Tahawus Center has announced a Winter Call for Outdoor Mural Proposals for a new project, “The Mural Project: A Sense of Place.” The mural project is a year-long public art project that will be done using a Trompe-l’œil [highly realistic optical illusion of three-dimensional space and objects on a two-dimensional surface] Adirondack-themed image; real, surreal, and imagined. The Call for Proposals kicked off this month, and is intended to reach local landscape artists, encouraging them to submit their ideas and sample work. Two potential walls are located between Tahawus and the new Ausable Theater.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2022

LeClair Family Donates 127 Acres to Saratoga PLAN for New Curtis Preserve in Corinth

In 1986, Patricia LeClair and her husband built a house on nine acres of land in Corinth that they bought from neighbors, Jack Curtis and Mary Curtis. Jack, Mary’s brother, was an old friend of Patricia’s husband. Over the years, Mary and Patricia became close and Patricia frequently walked in the woods that spread across both the LeClair and Curtis’ properties. After Jack and Mary passed away, the Curtis’ property was left to the LeClair family.

 

Patricia LeClair held on to an article about Saratoga PLAN for many years and after thinking about how important land preservation was, she decided to donate a substantial portion (127.5 acres) of her land, the land that had been left to her by the Curtis family, to Saratoga PLAN. The LeClair family has made an outstanding gift to the community; helping to ensure the property’s ecological, educational, historic, recreational, and scenic values are maintained for generations to come. This gift to the community was also made possible by Saratoga County’s Farmland and Open Space grant, where monies were used to pay transaction costs, and from the Nature Conservancy’s Resilient and Connected Network grant which will help with future stewardship needs for the land.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2022

North Country receives $4.6 million in federal housing and infrastructure grants

On November 15, Governor Kathy Hochul announced that more than $33 million in Community Development Block Grant funding has been awarded to dozens of municipalities for local infrastructure improvement and housing rehabilitation projects. The grants are designed to help communities provide decent affordable housing and safe living environments primarily for low- and moderate-income residents.

 

“By supporting improvements to build affordable housing, enhance public water facilities and strengthen local infrastructure, this funding will lay the groundwork for stronger, more resilient neighborhoods across New York,” Governor Hochul said. “These critical investments in our public infrastructure will help provide safe, stable housing and affordable amenities to New Yorkers while allowing businesses to grow and thrive, and I thank the New York Congressional Delegation for securing this vital funding for our state.”

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Monday, November 21, 2022

Adirondack Christmas on Main Street set for Nov. 25-27 in Inlet

All are welcome to get into the jolly spirit during Inlet’s Adirondack Christmas on Main Street which is slated for Thanksgiving weekend, November 25-27. As part of the annual event, many of Inlet’s stores will be open for shoppers all weekend. Be sure to bring your receipts from these stores dated November 25-27, 2022 to the Inlet Information Office. For every $10 spent in Town of Inlet or at a business outside of Inlet that is a paid Inlet Area Business Association (IABA) member, you will receive one free raffle ticket. At the end of the weekend, one lucky person will take home a basket full of items donated by local businesses. Activities happening all weekend in Inlet include a book sale at the Inlet Public Library, make & take Santa stones at ArtHouse at the WareHouse, and a drop box for Letters to Santa at the Inlet Town Hall.

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Monday, November 21, 2022

One North Country site will receive a community-scale composter from Compost for Good

AdkAction’s Compost for Good (CfG) project is looking for a new home for a community scale in-vessel drum composter. The 4’x20′ design is capable of processing up to 50,000 pounds of food scraps per year and will be made available to a North Country Site Host to be used as a demonstration site.

 

The in-vessel system was conceived of by John Culpepper and the late Greg LeClair from Jay, NY as an opportunity for the North Country School Camp Treetops to streamline their composting practices. The duo built the unit out of readily available materials through a grant from NYSERDA in 2015. It has successfully converted tens of thousands of pounds of food scraps into compost while offering educational opportunities for students and visitors alike. Three additional systems were built through the same grant and are now in operation at the Tupper Lake Wild Center, Lake Placid Central School, and Hermon Dekalb Central School.

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