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.


Tuesday, May 10, 2022

New York Recycles! Poster Contest Now Open

recycling posterCalling all students in New York State! Enter your poster design in the NYSAR3 New York Recycles! poster contest. The winners will receive the honor of having their artwork featured in the 2023 New York Recycles! calendar, a framed copy of their winning poster, and other prizes. Posters must be received by email for judging no later than May 27, 2022.

Eligibility

All students in kindergarten through 12th grade in NYS public and private schools, youth organizations, or home schools are welcome to participate.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Clean Water, Safe Roads Partnership” Launched to Reduce Road Salt Contamination in the Lake Champlain Basin

hold the salt car magnetNew York communities within the Lake Champlain Basin are invited to join a new Clean Water, Safe Roads Partnership to reduce road salt use by adopting improved winter road maintenance techniques. The Clean Water, Safe Roads Partnership will address the threat to aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, water quality, and the safety of drinking water caused by the excessive use of road salt, while maintaining safe winter roads. The partnership is funded by a $50,000 grant from the Lake Champlain Basin Program and the New England Interstate Pollution Control Commission and is part of AdkAction’s decade-long effort to reduce road salt use in the Adirondacks.

 

This project builds on AdkAction’s Pledge to Reduce Road Salt, developed in 2017 for municipal partners, which demonstrates a community’s commitment to work  to reduce the levels of road salt application. The Partnership will implement a comprehensive, personalized outreach and education program for communities which have already signed on to the Pledge to Reduce Road Salt, and add additional municipalities.

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Monday, May 9, 2022

Award-winning mystery novelist, J.E. Irvin, to offer book signing event on May 28 in Wanakena

J.E. Irvin, a career educator and the award-winning author of five mystery novels, will visit Wanakena at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 28, 2022, for a book talk about her latest novel – BROKEN – which is set in the hamlet. Irvin will speak about her writing process as well as the local activities and events that inspired the novel. Hosted by Ottos’ Abode, the presentation will take place in the gazebo (weather permitting) or inside the store. Books will be available for purchase and signing, and each attendee will receive a goody bag of book-related items.

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Saturday, May 7, 2022

Adirondack Experience to host racial and environmental justice series

The Adirondack Experience (ADKX), a museum and nature campus, announced today that it will present an eight-part virtual program series focused on examining the intersections between racial and environmental justice. Titled Adirondacks for All: Identity & Environmental Justice in the North Country, the series will explore experiences of inequity and oppression in the Adirondacks and the ways in which those realities connect with issues of preservation, pollution, and access to land, water, and nature more broadly. Adirondacks for All is being developed in partnership with several local organizations, including the Adirondack Diversity Initiative, The Wild Center, and The Nature Conservancy in the Adirondacks, and is supported in part by a $50,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. To oversee the development of the program, ADKX has also hired Erik Reardon, a professor and scholar whose work has focused in particular on environmental history and Native American histories.

Thursday, May 5, 2022

AdkAction’s 5th annual Pollinator-Friendly Native Plant Sale going on now

AdkAction’s Adirondack Pollinator Project is delighted to offer its 5th Annual Pollinator-Friendly Native Plant Sale. Whether you plant a few plants or many, you will help rebuild the monarch butterfly population, attract hummingbirds, and strengthen native bee and moth populations.

This year we have carefully chosen 10 varieties of native flowering plants to benefit pollinators that live in the Adirondacks. Thanks to the Uihlein Foundation, the Pollinator Project is able to grow the plants at the Uihlein Farm Greenhouse in Lake Placid, and you will be able to pick them up directly from the greenhouse! All plants will be ready to plant directly in your garden and to thrive during their first season. Each plant has been carefully sourced or grown from seed to ensure that they have never come in contact with neonicotinoids (a class of insecticides that are harmful to pollinators).

All proceeds of the sale support pollinator habitat conservation by the Adirondack Pollinator Project, a project of AdkAction in partnership with The Wild Center, and Paul Smith’s College.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2022

North Country Underground Railroad Historical Assoc. President Jacqueline Madison honored by Senator Dan Stec

Senator Dan Stec (R,C-Queensbury) today honored North Country Underground Historical Association President Jacqueline Madison at the 2022 New York State Senate Outstanding Librarian Awards. Madison, a Beekmantown resident who works out of the North Star Underground Railroad Museum at Ausable Chasm, was one of 10 honorees chosen by a pool of peers and library-related professionals.

In being honored, Madison was commended for “preserving and sharing the lives and stories of Northern New York’s Underground Railroad history” through her work as a podcast contributor and co-author of a book highlighting the history of slaves and free people of color in our region. Stec was pleased to join the Senate in celebrating Madison and giving her an official Senate proclamation honoring her for her achievements and commitments.

“I’d like to congratulate Jacqueline Madison for being named one of our state’s finest librarians,” Stec said. “Through her work with the North Star Underground Railroad Museum, she provides a vital service and commitment to education and sharing our history. She’s greatly deserving of the New York State Senate Outstanding Librarian Award and it was a pleasure to join in honoring her.”

Photo at top: From left to right: Assemblyman Billy Jones, Senator Dan Stec, Jacqueline Madison and Senator Sean Ryan at the 2022 New York State Senate Outstanding Librarian Awards. Photo provided by James Shahen.


Wednesday, May 4, 2022

*UPDATE: Town of Webb to postpone Community Pride Day until tomorrow, May 5 due to today’s rain forecast*

Adirondack area residents are invited to do their part to help clean up their communities in preparation for the summer season during Community Pride Day which is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, May 4. Residents are asked to volunteer their time and take to the streets with gloves and garbage bags in tow to rid their lawns, roadways, and local parks of detritus left over from fall and winter.

The following towns will take part in the event this year: Old Forge, Thendara, Eagle Bay, Big Moose, Inlet, Raquette Lake, Long Lake, Lake Pleasant, Indian Lake, Blue Mountain Lake, Speculator, Arietta, Wells, and Morehouse. Several school districts in the Adirondack region will also participate in the event by taking their students outdoors to lend a hand in the clean up effort.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2022

State awards $8 million in Adirondack clean water grants, Indian Lake largest recipient

adirondack council new logoThe Town of Indian Lake was the biggest winner among Adirondack communities when the NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) awarded $638 million in grants to municipalities statewide for water infrastructure projects.
The state’s grant to Indian Lake, in Hamilton County, will go toward a water treatment plant for the community of Blue Mountain Lake.
All told, seven Adirondack communities were awarded $8 million toward local clean water projects costing more than $23 million.

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

OurStoryBridge national oral history program receives IRS charitable nonprofit status

The Internal Revenue Service has determined that OurStoryBridge Inc., originally released September 29, 2020 as a program of the Keene Valley (NY) Library, has met the requirements for 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit status. OurStoryBridge Inc. at www.ourstorybridge.org is a free tool kit for producing crowdsourced oral history projects collecting and sharing a community’s unique history online.

OurStoryBridge supports the creation of three- to five-minute, locally created audio stories with related photographs, as well as their online accessibility, by posting them on individual websites that
appeal to both young and old and can be produced at low cost.

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Monday, May 2, 2022

Pendragon Theatre announces line up for Summer 2022

Spring has sprung and Pendragon Theatre of Saranac Lake has officially announced their summer line up of shows. This summer’s showcase offers a little something for everyone, including a new, dark play for mature audiences only, and a fun twist on a favorite children’s tale presented by Camp Pendragon. See below for details on the performances.

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Sunday, May 1, 2022

Work underway to replace Route 73 roadside barriers

guide rails route 73 road work
Concrete Barricades to be Replaced with New Railing to Allow For Unimpeded Views; Segments of Route 73 to Be Resurfaced

New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez announced that work is underway on a $8.3 million project to replace concrete barriers and portions of guiderail along three segments of State Route 73 in the towns of Keene and North Elba, Essex County, with new railing that will allow travelers to better enjoy the scenic views while maintaining safety. The project includes a stretch of Route 73 along Upper and Lower Cascade Lakes that is part of the annual Lake Placid Ironman course. Work will be completed by late fall, ahead of the Lake Placid 2023 International University Sports Federation (FISU) World University Games coming this January.

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Saturday, April 30, 2022

Nature Conservancy seeks volunteers for spring cleanup

nature conservancy

Are you ready to roll up your sleeves to help care for local trails?

The Adirondack chapter of The Nature Conservancy is doing some spring cleaning and is looking for volunteers to help us at the Boquet River Nature Preserve on Saturday, May 7, 10AM-2PM.

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Thursday, April 28, 2022

APA announces open public comment periods for projects under review

The Adirondack Park Agency  (APA) is accepting public comment on projects currently under review.  The public is encouraged to go to the Agency’s website found at www.apa.ny.gov and click the Public Comment and Hearing Opportunities link found in the News & Activities information box.

 

The link will direct the public to the Requests for Public Comment page where more information is located.  In addition, the public will find an option to electronically submit a comment for the posted projects.

 

Presently, the Agency is accepting comments on the following proposed projects:

 

  • Three-lot residential subdivision in the Town of Fort Ann, Washington County
  • Reissuance of un-recorded and expired Agency Permit 2021-0048 for the construction of a self-storage facility in the Town of Harrietstown, Franklin County
  • Construction of two new access roads involving wetlands for replacement of a pre-existing utility line in the Town of Ticonderoga, Essex County
  • Establishment of an agricultural service use, involving construction of a barn for maple syrup production and a detached garage for equipment storage in the Town of Dannemora, Clinton County
  • Construction of a 5-megawatt solar generation facility in the Town of Ticonderoga, Essex County
  • Proposal to install athletic field lighting poles and goal posts at Moriah Central School District’s new athletic stadium in the Town of Moriah, Essex County

See the following for a more detailed list of proposed projects including the end date for public comment periods: 

Public comment is invited for the following projects under review by the Adirondack Park Agency. Notices are sorted by comment period ending date. If a public hearing is scheduled for a project, the hearing date, time, and location will be listed.

April 28 — Brandon & Andrea Montag; APA:2022-0071;
NYS Route 186 and Airport Road, Town of Harrietstown, Tax Parcel 423.-2-3;
more information or comment on this project


May 5 — National Grid; APA:2021-0298;
Black Point Road and State Route 22, Town of Ticonderoga, TMP 160.2-2-3.000; 160.2-2-2.000; 160.2-2-1.000; 150.4-4-1.000, and 150.83-1-7.000.;
more information or comment on this project


May 5 — Malcolm Gatherer; APA:2021-0290;
Sunset Road, Town of Dannemora, Clinton County, TMP: 182.-2-2.1, 2.3, and 2.4;
more information or comment on this project


May 5 — Pivot Energy; APA:2021-0296;
Old Chilson Road, Town of Ticonderoga Tax Parcels 150.2-1-2.110 and 150.2-1-18.000;
more information or comment on this project


May 5 — Moriah Central School District; APA:2022-0002;
Viking Lane, Town of Moriah, Tax Parcel 97.17-5-1;
more information or comment on this project


May 12 — Denise Plano, Andrew Kropff, Stewart & Donna Jerdo; APA:2022-0022;
Simonds Hill Road, Town of Elizabethtown, Tax Parcels 74.2-1-27.100 and 74.2-1-27.300;
more information or comment on this project

The mission of the Adirondack Park Agency is to protect the public and private resources of the Adirondack Park through the exercise of the powers and duties of the Agency as provided by law.

 


Thursday, April 28, 2022

Great Adirondack Garage Sale set for Memorial Day weekend, May 27-29

The 2022 Great Adirondack Garage Sale will take place on Memorial Day weekend, May 27 – 29, 2022, within the Adirondack region of upstate New York. The event takes place throughout communities along a 200-mile trail, along New York State Routes 28, 30 and 3.

The annual event has become a popular kick-off to the summer season, with residents and visitors taking advantage of the opportunity to sell and purchase unique household items, gently used furnishings and quirky treasures.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Mental Health Awareness events planned in Malone, Saranac Lake

mental healthSubmissions sought for Community Art Showcase

SARANAC LAKE – North Country Community College is partnering with the Franklin County Suicide Prevention Coalition to host a pair of Mental Health Awareness events for the community – one in Malone, one in Saranac Lake – and is seeking submissions of art to showcase at each event.

Each Mental Health Awareness community event will feature mental health information and resources, food, music, art and fun activities for kids. Speakers from the community will also share their stories. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

The Malone event will take place Monday, May 2 from 2 to 6 p.m. at North Country’s Malone Campus, located at 75 William St.  The Saranac Lake Mental Health Awareness event is set for Wednesday, May 4 from 2 to 6 p.m. on the college’s Saranac Lake campus, 23 Santanoni Ave.

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