Almanack Contributor Community News Reports

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.


Friday, February 11, 2022

Paul Smiths students develop survey to assess Hurricane Irene

irene flooding bridge out

Residents of Essex and Clinton counties who were impacted by the storm are asked to take short survey

The Paul Smith’s College Senior Capstone for Integrated Disaster Management Studies is in full swing. This spring’s students are developing a research project that focuses on Community Resilience to Natural Disasters and how that resilience is linked to ecosystem restoration and adaptability.

We designed a survey to begin to address the following steps which are often found in community based vulnerability assessments:

Step 1: Identify and Rank Hazards
Step 2: Map Areas of Greatest Risk
Step 3: Identify and Map Physically Vulnerable People and Property
Step 4: Identify and Map Socially Vulnerable Populations
Step 5: Inventory and Map Environmental Hazards

The survey is based on Community Vulnerability metrics from the FEMA RAP Toolkit.  Much of the identification of social vulnerabilities will come directly from the responses in your surveys. We will consider this empirical data and establish our own vulnerability assessment. If you’re interested in helping us, and live in Essex or Clinton Counties, the survey link is found here.

Irene’s flooding of Styles Bridge in Keene, photo by Lorraine Duvall


Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Common Ground Alliance plans winter forum

CGA winter forum

Join the Common Ground Alliance on Friday, February 25 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. as we update the community on progress since the Summer Forum and discuss the first-ever Community Blueprint for the Blue Line.

Registration for the two-hour event, which will be held on Zoom, is free and open to all.

Following the Summer Forum, we endeavored to distill participant insights and feedback into selected recommendations across four priority themes: housing, creating vibrant economies, community-based recreation, and climate change mitigation and adaptation. The Community Blueprint for the Blue Line identifies actions that can be implemented by municipalities and organizations at the community level within the Park.

During the Winter Meeting, we’ll introduce the Community Blueprint and utilize breakout groups to discuss possible next steps for each topic. We hope you can join us.


Tuesday, February 8, 2022

North Country Live launches new series Feb. 10

north country live programs

Birding, history, pandemic programs and a special film screening

North Country Live will revisit some of its most popular topics from past editions and explore new partnerships when it returns Feb. 10 with a new series of exciting and engaging programs for the community.

Hosted on Zoom by North Country Community College, this edition of North Country Live will feature new programs from two prior presenters: historian Tom McGrath and birding expert Joan Collins. It will also showcase an award-winning Native American film and delve into the timely issue of vaccine hesitance through a program presented in partnership with Historic Saranac Lake and Trudeau Institute.

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Monday, February 7, 2022

Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program unveils annual report, announces upcoming workshops

APIPP annual reportThe Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program (APIPP) unveiled its 2021 Annual Report showcasing major advances in reducing the threats invasive species pose to the Adirondack region. Last year, more than 30 organizations and 100 volunteers shared their ideas, time, and resources to advance the mission of APIPP. Through an interdisciplinary and highly collaborative approach, APIPP examines invasive species impacts, evaluates resources, and takes action to protect natural resources in the Adirondacks.

“For well over two decades, the APIPP team has worked tirelessly to protect the Adirondacks from the negative impacts of invasive species. Last year we brought new partnerships and scientific innovation to bear in the fight against terrestrial and aquatic invasive species. We are grateful to our expansive network of partners and to our community volunteers for working alongside us to safeguard our unique Adirondack lands and waters,” said Tammara Van Ryn, APIPP Program Manager.

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Thursday, February 3, 2022

Oral history project will promote western Warren County’s “First Wilderness” 

first wilderness oral history projectThe Warren County Department of Planning and Community Development has launched a  collaboration with Cliff & Redfield Interactive (CRI), a Saratoga Springs-based rich-media communications organization, for a year-long campaign to promote community development  and heritage tourism in the First Wilderness Heritage Corridor of western Warren County. 

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Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Rockwell Kent and Greenland

rockwell kent greenland poster NORTH BY NUUK: GREENLAND AFTER ROCKWELL KENT

February 1 – March 11, 2022
Burke Gallery, John Myers Building, 2nd Floor

North by Nuuk is an intimate, contemporary look at the people and the social and primal geographic landscapes of Greenland. Photographer Denis Defibaugh presents his journey from Nuuk to the settlement of Illorsuit, 300 miles north of the Arctic Circle, following Rockwell Kent’s earlier footsteps and offering a fresh look at timeless Greenland.

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Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Artist tackles impact of climate change with paintings

lost beauty climate change

Alberto Rey admires how artists of the Hudson River School brought the vastness of the United States — then unchartered wilderness — into homes across the country. 

“They used to go out with scientists to explore their environment and make that information accessible to the public,” said Rey, an artist and professor at SUNY Fredonia. “I’ve always had a love for the sciences and history, and it seems like art is a good way to make complicated issues accessible.” 

Rey’s “Lost Beauty,” an exhibition sponsored by Southern Adirondack Audubon Society, will run Feb. 3 through April 14 in SUNY Adirondack’s Visual Arts Gallery. The show includes Rey’s examination of Iceland’s changing icebergs, the impact of a river’s pollution on surrounding communities and studies of extinct bird specimens.  

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Monday, January 31, 2022

AARCH presents three virtual presentations

poke-o-moonshine fire towerAARCH is excited to announce that we will host THREE upcoming virtual webinars exploring a variety of topics and themes. All these programs are FREE and open to the public, and will feature a presentation followed by a Q&A period with attendees via Zoom. Pre-registration for each program is required.

First up on Tuesday, February 8 is Poke-O-Moonshine & Adirondack Fire Towers. Our friend David Thomas-Train, coordinator of the Friends of Poke-O-Moonshine, will share a brief history of Adirondack fire towers, the devastating fires that led to their construction, the evolution of fire tower design, and a detailed history of preservation and restoration at Poke-O-Moonshine Fire Tower.

David will also share more on the Friends’ recent and ongoing trail rehabilitation efforts. This event is co-sponsored by our friends at the NYS Chapter of the Forest Fire Lookout Association (FFLA).

To REGISTER, click HERE.

 

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Saturday, January 29, 2022

Adirondack Experience to offer free Creative February—Painting Demonstration on Feb. 28 via Zoom

Adirondack Experience, the Museum on Blue Mountain Lake, is pleased to offer a free Creative February—Daily Painting Demonstration featuring artist Takeyce Walter on Monday, February 28 from 7 to 8 p.m. via Zoom.

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Thursday, January 27, 2022

PSC, North Country students complete winter expedition in High Peaks

winter expedition

Students at Paul Smith’s College recently completed an eight-day winter expedition in the Adirondack High Peaks led by instructors in North Country Community College’s Wilderness Recreation Leadership program.

The two colleges partnered to offer these students an experience in North Country’s Winter Practicum course, which includes instruction in snowshoeing, skiing, mountaineering and backcountry camping.

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Thursday, January 27, 2022

Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District accepting orders for Tree and Shrub Seedling Sale

As we journey through the winter season, those with the Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District (WCSWCD) wish to remind residents that it is time to think Spring! Each year, the WCSWCD offers a tree and shrub seedling sale to interested landowners throughout Warren County.

The annual tree and shrub seedling sale features low-cost bare root trees, shrubs, wildflower seeds and more, including  a number of new items this year such as White Birch, White Oak, American Cranberry, Black Cherry and Cherry trees. The WCSWCD coordinates this program so landowners can take advantage of a bulk buying opportunity to improve the landscape around their property.

 

Buying young bare root seedlings is a small investment that has several benefits:

  • Provide a beneficial habitat for wildlife
  • Encourage pollinators such as hummingbirds, butterflies, bees and more
  • Help stabilize and reduce soil erosion
  • Improve water quality in Warren County
  • Beautify areas in the community

Beyond the tree and shrub seedlings, participants can also order fruit trees, conservation packs, tree shelters, bluebird, bat and wood duck houses, wildflower seed mixes, deer plot seed mix and upland game bird seed mixes. Interested parties may review this year’s order form, which includes descriptions of this year’s available items, information on how to improve planting techniques and soil health, an alert about forest pests called Hemlock Woolly Adelgids, and more, here: 2022 Seedling Sale Order Form.

Orders are due by Wednesday, March 9 and the order pickup date is slated for Friday, April 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Any questions related to this program, species selection, or planting ideas may be directed to the WCSWCD office by calling (518) 623-3119 or by emailing Maren Stoddard at marenalexander@nycap.rr.com. 

For more information about the sale, please visit https://warrenswcd.org/tree-and-shrub-program/.

The mission of the Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District is to protect and improve the lakes, rivers, streams, soils and other natural resources of Warren County through locally-led conservation projects and programs.


Thursday, January 27, 2022

View arts center to host Olympian Roundtable Discussion with Erin Hamlin, Robert Esche and Hank Kashiwa on Jan. 29

As a lead up to the upcoming Olympic games in
Beijing, View, the Center for Arts and Culture in Old Forge, will hold an Olympian
Roundtable Discussion with Erin Hamlin, Robert Esche and Hank Kashiwa at 3 p.m. on
Saturday, January 29. This event is free and open to the public.

Following the roundtable discussion, View staff welcomes everyone to the Opening Reception for the art exhibits
Winter in Action, The Winter 46, Lawrence Van Alstyne’s Olympic Poster Series, and Take the
Scenic Route: A Journey Through America’s National Parks from 4 to 7 p.m. The Opening
Reception is open to the public and will include hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and live music
featuring John Kelsey. To help celebrate the events, View will offer free admission all day
to its galleries.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Learn to identify forest pests

hemlock woolly adelgidOnline Training: Adirondack Forest Pest Hunters – Surveying for HWA (Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program – Wednesday, February 16 from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

You can help protect the Adirondacks by surveying for invasive hemlock woolly adelgid. This training will cover basic identification, survey techniques, and how to sign up for a trail to survey.

More information and a link to register can be found on APIPP’s website.


Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Constitutional Amendment would save Debar Pond Lodge

Debar Pond Lodge

Senator Dan Stec (R,C-Queensbury) has announced he’s sponsoring a Constitutional Amendment to save Debar Pond Lodge. Senate bill S7868 would allow New York State to transfer the lodge to the Debar Pond Institute in exchange for 400 acres of land in the Adirondacks. This amendment would enhance the size and beauty of the Forest Preserve in the Adirondacks, while also ensuring the historic lodge remains protected and preserved for future generations to enjoy.

The Debar Pond Lodge Land Exchange Amendment is also sponsored in the Assembly by Assemblyman Billy Jones. With strong bi-partisan state and local support, this amendment could be on the ballot as early as fall 2023.

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Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Adirondack Experience presents food-themed webinars

butternut squash ravioliJoin Adirondack Experience for some delicious programs coming in February
7:00pm | FREE | Via Zoom

FEBRUARY 2
‘DACKS DISHES: What to Do with those Winter Root Vegetables
with Chef Kevin McCarthy and Paul Smith’s College Culinary and Hospitality students

FEBRUARY 16
‘DACKS DISHES: Local Whole Grain Goodness
with Dan Rivera, Triple Green Jade Farm

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