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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 editor@adirondackalmanack.com.


Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Au Sable Forks’ Tahawus Center marks 10 year anniversary

Described as “an exciting new gem of a space” by the Lake Placid Visitors Bureau when it opened it Main Street Windows Gallerys, the Tahawus Center created a gallery for dynamic artists’ displays. The over 100-year old historic Tahawus building is situated on Rt 9N Main St, near the scenic Ausable River, in Au Sable Forks, Town of Jay, NY. By initially repurposing the storefront as an art gallery, Tahawus Cultural Center began to bring programming and creative curb appeal to a former Masonic lodge building which had lain dormant for decades.

The Windows Gallery presented its inaugural solo exhibit in January 2011 by local photographer Mark Hobson. Exhibits followed with works by Arto Monaco (pictured here), Rockwell Kent, photographer Todd Bissonette, a show of Detroit / Au Sable Forks artists curated by William Dilworth, “Mohawk of the Adirondacks,”curated by Margaret Horn, and “Here Come the Trains,” engineered by Lou Scavo and Carl Kokes.

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Monday, June 22, 2020

National Pollinator Week 2020

The Adirondack Pollinator Project (APP) is once again celebrating National Pollinator Week, June 22-28, to highlight the critical importance of pollinators to biodiversity, food availability, and the economy. Pollinators help produce approximately 1/3 of the food we eat. In New York State alone, bees and other pollinators provide some $350 million in pollination services each year. This year’s programs are being delivered digitally.

The Adirondack Pollinator Project is a project of AdkAction in partnership with The Wild Center, The Lake Placid Land Conservancy, and Paul Smith’s College, with the mission of inspiring individual and collective action to help pollinators thrive. Creative digital program offerings throughout National Pollinator Week will allow people of all ages to learn about pollinators, gardening with native plants, and more.

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Monday, June 22, 2020

‘A Woman’s Place’ virtual book reading

finding a womans placeAuthor (and Almanack contributor) Lorraine Duvall will read from her latest book, Finding A Woman’s Place: The Story of a 1970s Feminist Collective in the Adirondacks in a virtual event taking place from 5-6 p.m. Wednesday via Zoom. The event is sponsored by the Caldwell-Lake George Library and the Richards Library in Warrensburg. (Click here for an Adirondack Explorer article about the book)

Duvall will share the fascinating history of a women’s community in Athol, NY (Warren County) which served as a safe harbor for hundreds of women during the tumultuous times of the second wave of feminism in the 1970s. 

Forty-six years ago, seven women left behind the lives they knew and created this commune deep in the Adirondack Mountains that they called “A Woman’s Place.” From 1974 to 1982 A Woman’s Place served as a refuge for self-discovery that changed the lives of hundreds of women.

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Monday, June 22, 2020

ROOST Launches Community Jumpstart

The Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism is launching a Community Jumpstart initiative, which is intended to bring local businesses into the spotlight and encourage their patrons to enjoy their favorite spots.

ROOST is promoting businesses that are reopening post COVID-19 and expanding their operations in order to ease the transition into Phase 3, and later reopenings to come. Discounts, stay-cation packages, and featured products are all being offered. Businesses of all types are encouraged to participate and there is no charge for doing so.

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Sunday, June 21, 2020

The Sembrich Announces New 20/20: Virtual Visionaries Summer Festival 

BOLTON LANDING – The Sembrich has announced the launch of its 20/20: Virtual Visionaries Summer Festival. Artistic Director Richard Wargo has reimagined the original 20/20: Musical Visionaries Summer Festival into a series of eight carefully curated digital presentations. The online festival will explore visionary musicians including Percy Grainger and Marcella Sembrich. Presentations will be released for complimentary viewing and streaming throughout the summer. 

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Sunday, June 21, 2020

Weekly news roundup


Friday, June 19, 2020

DEC Issues Guidance to Reduce Bear Conflicts

In June, black bear movement increases as the breeding season begins and yearling (one-year-old) bears disperse to find their own space. Inevitably some of these bears, particularly yearlings, wander through places these animals would not normally inhabit, like suburban or urban neighborhoods.

Bears have an acute sense of smell and may attempt to consume anything they perceive as edible, including improperly stored garbage, birdseed, livestock, pet food, and barbecue grill grease traps. Once a bear has discovered a food source, it may return or seek similar foods at neighboring properties, learning bad behavior that can damage human property and may lead to the death of the bear.

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Friday, June 19, 2020

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Thursday, June 18, 2020

Saratoga’s Palmertown Range subject of 4-Part Miniseries

Saratoga PLAN has partnered with the Saratoga Film Academy and the Open Space Institute to release a four-part film series about the Palmertown Range Project. The 4 part mini-series was directed and produced by Jon Dorflinger of the Saratoga Film Academy and will feature the Palmertown Range’s winding woodland trails, its storefronts and businesses near its range, and how the trail system will benefit the economy, conservation efforts, recreation, and development within Saratoga County. The first film will cover the overall vision of the range while the following films will focus on a particular aspect of the range: Conservation, Recreation, and Economic Development.

“From protecting water quality to linked trail systems to maple sugaring, the series shows how conservation and various types of land use can be beneficially interwoven,” Says PLAN’s community engagement manager Alex Fylypovych.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Ranger report: Boat set adrift strands campers

forest ranger logoRecent DEC Forest Ranger actions

Town of Indian Lake
Hamilton County
Wilderness Rescue:
 On June 12 at 7:20 p.m., Hamilton County 911 transferred a call to DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch reporting stranded boaters camping on Indian Lake Islands. The campers were shuttling others from the boat launch to the island when the boat broke free of shore and floated away. Forest Ranger Jason Scott responded to assist. When the Ranger arrived on scene, he found one camper at the boat launch waiting to be picked up who was unaware of the situation. Ranger Scott gave the subject a courtesy ride to the island and assisted the campers trying to locate the vessel. Unable to recover the aluminum boat, the group decided to remain on the island for the evening and contact a friend the next day to bring them back to shore and help locate the drifting boat. At 9:54 p.m., Ranger Scott was back on shore.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Ti Historical Society gives gift to graduating seniors

The Ticonderoga Historical Society will be offering a free book to all 2020 graduating seniors of the Ticonderoga Central School District. The book is titled: “Ticonderoga – Patches and Patterns from Its Past” and is a collection of vignettes which represent the towns past history and heritage.

THS President Bill Dolback says the following about the book: “We want our young people to appreciate the rich history of our region, offering this volume as a graduation gift is one way in which they can carry that history with them forever.”

To reserve a copy, seniors should call the Historical Society at 518-585-7868 or send an e-mail to tihistory@bridgepoint1.com Books may be picked up at the Hancock House Museum through a contactless delivery system.


Wednesday, June 17, 2020

DEC to open 20 campgrounds on Friday, for existing reservations

Additional DEC Campground Openings to be Announced Soon for Summer 2020 Season
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced that 20 of DEC’s campgrounds in the Adirondack and Catskill parks will open on June 19 for the 2020 season.

Three additional campgrounds are slated to open June 26, and additional DEC campgrounds and day use areas will open in the coming weeks as DEC works to safely reopen these facilities to meet guidelines in place to protect staff and visitors from the spread of COVID-19.

To maintain social distancing and reduce the density of facilities and protect visitors, DEC is not accepting additional reservations or walk-in camping for the 2020 season at this time. Existing reservations will be honored for the DEC campgrounds listed below.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

ANCA releasess small-business survey, additional resources

anca logoAs the North Country region is in the process of re-opening, the team at Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) wants to hear from small business owners.

They ask that business owners take a minute for a CARES Act Survey: Second Edition. This short survey follows up an April 17 poll, with an expanded focus on North Country businesses’ experiences with emergency relief funding and the reopening process.

Responses will help ANCA  better understand how North Country businesses are faring through the crisis and how we can best advocate for resources at the state and federal levels.

Also from ANCA, a compilation of upcoming webinars/virtual events:

More information at www.adirondack.org


Monday, June 15, 2020

Breeding Bird Atlas Update

Do you birdwatch in Upstate New York? If so then you can contribute to the Breeding Bird Atlas, (the BBA).

On its third iteration, the purpose of the BBA is to observe breeding birds of New York State from 2020-2024 in order to observe comparisons between the past and future NY BBAs to see how locations and population sizes change over time. The data collected is important for conservation programs for birds and their habitats. Everyone is encouraged to participate from 2020-2024, amateur and advanced birdwatchers alike can contribute as little or as much as they want.

Learn more about the BBA to get started.


Photo Credit: Beth Cooper


Monday, June 15, 2020

Lake George regional businesses take safety pledge

Businesses in the Warren County/Lake George Region and Southern Adirondacks can now show their dedication to customer and employee safety and well being.

To protect customers and employees from exposure to COVID-19, hospitality businesses in the region collaborated on the development of best standards in cleanliness and hygiene for hotels, restaurants, retail stores and entertainment venues.

Businesses that pledge to comply with the standards will receive a Health & Safety Pledge badge they can display on their windows, marketing materials, website and business safety plan.

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