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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, August 9, 2020

Historic Saranac Lake opens to the public with limited hours

Historic Saranac Lake’s Saranac Laboratory museum is re-open, operating under limited hours and strict guidelines in order to keep their patrons and their staff healthy. The museum is the first laboratory in the nation that was built for the study of tuberculosis, showcasing Saranac Lakes history as a community that built a bustling economy around the response to an infectious disease.

Museum staff expects that visitors will find Saranac Lakes history relevant once again in response to COVID-19. The museum is currently open on Thursdays through Saturdays from 10am or 5pm, and visitors are encouraged to check out historicsaranaclake.org for updates.

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Sunday, August 9, 2020

Weekly news roundup


Saturday, August 8, 2020

DEC accepting applications for pheasant hunt program

DEC is accepting applications for sponsored pheasant hunts — free, non-competitive events coordinated by a group, club, individual, or organization to benefit youth, women, first-time hunters, veterans, and/or people with disabilities.

As part of the program, DEC provides up to 50 game farm-raised pheasants to each sponsoring organization free of charge. Applications are due to applicants’ regional wildlife office by Sept. 1.

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Friday, August 7, 2020

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Thursday, August 6, 2020

Great Adirondack Garage Sale to take place this weekend

The 2020 Great Adirondack Garage Sale will be held this coming weekend, Aug. 7-9. In the past, the event was traditionally held on Memorial Day weekend, but due to safety concerns, it was pushed back to August for this year.

The 11th annual event consists of residents selling their items along a 150-mile trail stretching from Tupper Lake to Speculator, and Old Forge to Newcomb.

The weekend sale includes towns located along state Routes 28, 30 and 3, including: Old Forge, Inlet, Raquette Lake, Indian Lake, Blue Mountain Lake, Long Lake, Tupper Lake, Cranberry Lake, Piercefield, Wanakena, Newcomb, and Speculator.

The website GreatAdirondackGarageSale.com includes an interactive map that showcases the sale locations for easy navigation. The listings also include a list of the sale items, entered by the seller.

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Thursday, August 6, 2020

Three-Day Closure of Portion of Route 73 in Keene this week

Updated 8/6: The work has been postponed to next week (Aug 11-13)

The New York State Department of Transportation is advising motorists that a half-mile segment of Route 73 in the town of Keene, Essex County, between Route 9N and the southern end of Hulls Falls Road (County Route 13A) will be closed between Tuesday and Thursday as part of a project to replace a culvert underneath the road.

During the three-day closure, motorists heading northbound wishing to reach Keene will be detoured to Route 9 north to Elizabethtown. Motorists should then take Route 9N to reach Route 73 in Keene. Motorists coming southbound from Keene will be detoured on Route 9N toward Elizabethtown and then to Route 9 south to reach Route 73.
Preliminary work is scheduled to begin Monday, Aug. 3, and the entire project is expected to be completed by Aug. 14. Apart from the three-day full closure, motorists should watch for periodic lane and shoulder closures with flaggers on this stretch of Route 73.
For up-to-date travel information, call 511, visit www.511NY.org or download the free 511NY mobile app.
Image courtesy of Google Maps

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Free virtual workshop series designed to boost businesses

Point Positive, Inc. and the North Country Innovation Hotspot Program at Clarkson’s Shipley Center will offer a series of free virtual workshops for entrepreneurs on Wednesdays starting Aug. 12.

The virtual workshops will provide new knowledge on specific topics and the skills needed to brand, market, and effectively launch a business. The workshops consist of weekly one-hour sessions focused on social media marketing, websites, and online branding. Each session will begin with a virtual networking component and like-minded entrepreneurs will be able to connect and share new ideas. The workshops will be presented by Nicole Ouellette, founder of Break Even Communications.

The schedule is:

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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

DEC Seeking Public’s Help in Locating Stolen Aluminum Beams

DEC logoNew York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Environmental Conservation Police Officers are asking for the public’s assistance in locating five aluminum beams, also known as “spillway stop logs,” that were stolen from Perch River Wildlife Management Area in Jefferson County. The aluminum beams were last seen and photographed on July 16, 2020. During a July 23, 2020 inspection, the beams were missing.

The beams are 12 feet long, nine inches tall, and six-and-a-half inches wide. The beams weigh approximately 150 pounds.

If anyone has information that could assist with the investigation, please call Investigator Mark Malone with DEC Police at 1-877-457-5680 and reference case number 20-052836.


Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Takeaways from Plastic Free July participants

As Plastic Free July comes to an end, here are some takeaways from DEC campaign participants Kayla and Nasibah.

Kayla’s Goal: Reduce plastic meal packaging, beverage jugs, and toiletries

  • Simple Swap Success – Reusable Storage Bags and Stretch Lids: “I started using freezer safe reusable silicone food storage bags and stretch lids. The reusable stretch lids are perfect for when all of your food storage containers are being used. You can just pop a reusable lid over your dish or bowl and you’re done! The reusable food storage bags and lids are easy to use and come in a variety of sizes and material types. If you’re tight on storage space, both are slim and don’t take up a lot of room in refrigerators or cabinets. I definitely recommend trying them out!”

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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

DEC seeks participants for annual turkey survey

wild turkey - maleSince 1996, DEC has conducted the Summer Wild Turkey Sighting Survey to track wild turkey populations and estimate the number of wild turkey poults (young of the year) per hen statewide. Weather, predation, and habitat conditions during breeding and brood-rearing seasons can significantly impact nest success, hen survival, and poult survival. This index allows DEC to gauge reproductive success and predict fall harvest potential.

During August, survey participants record the sex and age composition of all flocks of wild turkeys observed during normal travel. Those interested in participating can download a form directly on DEC’s website at Summer Wild Turkey Sighting Survey form (PDF) along with instructions and the data sheet. Survey cards can be obtained by contacting regional DEC offices, calling (518) 402-8883, or e-mailing wildlife@dec.ny.gov (type “Turkey Survey” in the subject line). Participants can also submit observations on-line. Visit the DEC website and click “Summer Wild Turkey Sighting On-line Report” or go directly to this link for the Summer Wild Turkey Sighting Survey.


Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Ausable River Association hosts free outdoors programs

The Ausable River Association (AsRA) is offering free guided community paddling, hiking, and interpretive experience programs in the Ausable watershed this summer, with special consideration given to COVID-19 safety.

Paddling trips utilize the Ausable Paddling Nature Trail on Lake Everest in Wilmington, established by AsRA in 2010. “Interpretive paddling nature trails are unique. This is a self-guided paddling nature trail that anyone can follow. There is a full-color guide booklet in the kiosk at the boat launch on Lake Everest at the Wilmington town beach, and paddlers can also follow the route on their AllTrails App” says Research Associate, Carrianne Pershyn.

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Monday, August 3, 2020

Drought watch issued for Adirondacks, 3 other regions of NYS

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced this week that the State has issued a Drought Watch for four regions of New York, including Long Island, the Upper Hudson/Mohawk area, the Adirondacks, and the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence area. DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos issued the watch after consulting with experts from the State Drought Management Task Force. The drought watch is triggered by the State Drought Index, which reflects precipitation levels, reservoir/lake levels, and streamflow and groundwater levels in nine designated drought regions throughout New York. For more detailed drought information, visit DEC’s drought webpage.

A watch is the first of four levels of state drought advisories (“watch,” “warning,” “emergency” and “disaster”). There are no statewide mandatory water use restrictions in place under a drought watch. However, local public water suppliers may require such measures depending upon local needs and conditions. Visit DEC’s Saving Water Makes Good Sense webpage for conservation tips that homeowners can take to voluntarily reduce their water usage.


Sunday, August 2, 2020

Old Forge Hardware hosts ‘Filthy Beasts’ author Kirkland Hamill

Author and seasonal Adirondack resident Kirkland Hamill’s memoir “Filthy Beasts” was recently published by Simon & Schuster, and Hamill will be giving a book signing Aug. 5 at the Old Forge Hardware Store.

Hamill has written for Salon and The Advocate, and was formerly the chief development and marketing officer at the National Center for Family Philanthropy. When not in the Adirondacks, he lives in Baltimore, Md., with his husband, Dave, and a dog named Blue. 

In a *starred review* from Kirkus, the memoir is called “a stunning, deeply satisfying story about how we outlive our upbringings. FILTHY BEASTS is a story not just about what makes us who we are, but what we decide to leave behind when we embark on the path of self-discovery. 

The synopsis of the book, as provided by the publisher:

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Sunday, August 2, 2020

Weekly news roundup


Saturday, August 1, 2020

Citizen Advocates Behavioral Health Clinic in Malone adds on-site pharmacy

KPH Healthcare Services, Inc. has partnered with Citizen Advocates to announce the official opening of KinnectTM, an on-site pharmacy option within the Citizen Advocates behavioral health clinic in Malone.

“KinnectTM creates an environment where a patient can receive care and fill prescriptions in one convenient location,” said John M. Marraffa, Jr., R.Ph., VP of Government Affairs and Healthcare Services
Integrations, KPH Healthcare Services, Inc. “Bringing the pharmacy into the patient care setting not only removes the physical barrier between patients and their prescriptions, but it also helps eliminate fears surrounding the stigma of addiction and mental illness.  Fewer barriers mean better outcomes, uniquely positioning KinnectTM to help communities address urgent treatment needs.”

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