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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Relive Henry Knox’s Epic Feat at Fort Ticonderoga

fort ticonderogaFort Ticonderoga, a premiere historic and travel destination, will present a one-day living history event on December 4, 2021 to highlight Henry Knox’s epic feat as he prepared to move massive cannon from Ticonderoga to Boston to force the British evacuation of 1776.

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Monday, November 29, 2021

Preservation League of New York State honors Steven Engelhart and  Whitcomb’s Garage 

steven englehartSteven Engelhart, Executive Director Emeritus of Adirondack  Architectural Heritage (AARCH), and Whitcomb’s Garage in Whallonsburg have been recognized  for Excellence in Historic Preservation by the Preservation League of New York State. Since 1984, the Preservation League’s statewide awards program has highlighted projects,  organizations, publications, and individuals that exemplify best practices in historic  preservation and recognize the people using historic preservation to build stronger  neighborhoods, create local jobs, provide affordable housing, open our eyes to overlooked  history, and save the places that are special to all of us.

Steven Engelhart received an Excellence in Historic Preservation award for his creative,  inspirational leadership, which has encouraged the protection of historic resources and strengthened the historic preservation movement in New York State. With over 40 years of experience in the field of historic preservation, Steven has become a leading voice in preservation efforts throughout the Adirondack region and a readily identifiable leader in saving its treasured places.

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Sunday, November 28, 2021

Adirondack officers join NYS PBA board

NYS PBA logoPromoting Diversity, Retaining Experienced Officers and Preserving the New York State Park Police Top Agenda for the Union Representing 1,200 State Law Enforcement Officers

The PBA of New York State today announced the members of its Board of Directors and Executive Committee for the next three years. The union represents nearly 1,200 state law enforcement officers from four member units including the New York State Park Police, New York State University Police, Department of Environmental Conservation Officers and New York State Forest Rangers.

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Saturday, November 27, 2021

Lake George Land Conservancy updates trail markers

amy's park

The trails at Amy’s Park got a shiny new accessory – reflective trail markers – thanks to an amazing crew of volunteers from Novo Nordisk. On Monday, they divided and conquered, covering more than 5 miles of trails to remove old markers and replace them with our new markers that are more user friendly, especially to those who have a color vision deficiency.

trail markersDid you know that about 8% of all men and 0.5% of all women have some degree of color vision deficiency? These new markers SAY the color on them, so there’s no guessing if you’re on the right trail. We will eventually switch all of the LGLC trails to these new markers – if you get out and see the new markers, let us know what you think!

We also thank all of our many volunteers who help in so many ways, year-round! Hundreds of volunteers put in thousands of hours of their time to help with the Hike-A-Thon and Amy’s Race, fundraising events and database work, special committees, trail stewardship and invasive species management. Thank you!


Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Shop local for the holidays

Show your love of local businesses

It has been nearly two years since the COVID-19 pandemic entered our communities, and small businesses are still coping with disruptions it has caused.

As we prepare for another unusual holiday season, it’s important to remember how much our support means to local businesses and the communities they serve.

Whether you do most of your shopping online or in brick-and-mortar stores, please remember to #clicklocal, #shoplocal and #eatlocal. Your support makes all the difference.

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Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Raquette Lake to hold public meeting regarding lake management plan

Raquette Lake2nd and Final Public Meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 2, 2021 to be held via Zoom

RAQUETTE LAKE, NY – The Raquette Lake Preservation Foundation (RLPF) and Northeast Aquatic Research (NEAR) have been working with governmental, NGO, academic and community partners to develop a Lake Management Plan (LMP) for over two years.   The study has inventoried the current environmental conditions and aquatic plant life in the lake. NEAR is recommending management priorities for protecting the water quality of the lake, including aquatic invasive species prevention and management; the expansion of research partnerships; and increased public education and awareness of water science. 

RLPF would like to encourage anyone interested to come learn more about NEAR’s findings and recommendations from this in-depth process. Please come and join us from the comfort of your home or office as we discuss the Lake Management Plan that is being developed for Raquette Lake to combat Invasive Species.  Public input has been critical to the final plan which will be completed in December 2021.  Ask questions, and hear about the work completed so far.  Let your voice be heard!

Email to receive a zoom link to the presentation.

Photo of Raquette Lake by Dave Gibson/Almanack file photo


Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Ti Festival of Trees runs Nov. 26 to Dec. 31

festival of treesThe Ticonderoga Historical Society invites the public to visit the Annual Festival of Trees, taking place at the Hancock House through December 31.

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Monday, November 22, 2021

Town of North Elba supports crucial community trail project 

mount jo

Lake Placid, NY — The Town of North Elba has awarded ADK (Adirondack Mountain Club) a $50,000 grant from the Local Enhancement & Advancement Fund (LEAF) to improve accessibility on the Mt. Jo Long Trail.

Serving over 15,000 hikers a year, Mt. Jo is an iconic mountain in North Elba that is often visited by first-time outdoor recreators and used as a classroom for ADK’s fourth grade school outreach program. However, the Long Trail—one of two approaches to the summit—is severely damaged, creating challenging conditions for hikers. 

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Thursday, November 18, 2021

Champlain Area Trails to Open Spirit Sanctuary Trail

Hikers enjoy a sneak peek of the new trail at Spirit Sanctuary.

WESTPORT – Champlain Area Trails (CATS) will host a trail opening hike on the new Spirit Sanctuary Trail in Essex, on Saturday, November 27th at 10 a.m.  

The Spirit Sanctuary Trail is a one-mile there-and-back trail that begins on Cook Road, about 1.3 miles west of NYS Route 22 in Whallonsburg. It goes through the new “green” cemetery, then along a forested little ridge overlooking a wetland and connects to the popular CATS Black Kettle Trail. Hikers can continue on this 1-mile loop trail with beautiful views, cliffs, big trees, and a scenic brook and then return through the Sanctuary. 

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Wednesday, November 17, 2021

‘Adirondack Mac’ Will Serve as Official Mascot for World University Games

adirondack mac the new mascot for lake placid fiosu world university games

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced that Adirondack Mac will serve as the official mascot for the Lake Placid 2023 FISU World University Games. The moose mascot was designed by Kristina Ingerowski, a sophomore at the Fashion Institute of Technology and a native of Farmington, Ontario County. Mac will appear in various forms including a live, costumed character; as merchandise including toys, stuffed animals, apparel and other souvenirs; and in promotional materials. The Lake Placid 2023 FISU World University Games are scheduled for January 12-22, 2023.

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Monday, November 15, 2021

Online auction supports Northern Forest Canoe Trail

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) will host its annual online auction Nov. 15-30 to support stewardship and programming along the 740-mile water trail that connects New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and Quebec.

The auction features gear and experiences donated by businesses, organizations and artisans across the Northern Forest region. This year’s feature item is a Nova Craft Pal 16-foot recreational canoe, donated by White Rose Canoe.

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Saturday, November 13, 2021

Adirondack Wild: Resort Developer Fails to Deliver Requested Information to APA

proposed jay resortA Miami, Florida developer has sent the NYS Adirondack Park Agency Part 1 of an application for a proposed 350-acre resort in Jay, NY near Whiteface Mountain and Lake Placid.  However, in this Part 1 phase of review the developer has failed to provide the most basic of requested resource information needed to evaluate project impacts.

In their comment letter to the Agency Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve, a nonprofit Park wildland advocate, states that the application for up to 120 residential units near the East Branch of the Ausable River fails to comply with the Agency’s review criteria, including protection of open space, wildlife, and habitat resources, and in accordance with the objectives of conservation design.

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Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Fort William Henry 2021 Field of Flags Ceremony

fort william henry field of flags

The Fort William Henry is hosting a Veterans Day Field of Flags Ceremony. The observance commemorates our American military, past and present, for their service and sacrifice. More than 8,000 flags are proudly displayed on The Fort William Henry’s west lawn this year through Friday, November 12, 2021. The field offers time to reflect, a place for healing, and a moment of peace.

A formal acknowledgment and musket salute will occur on Thursday, November 11, 2021, at 11 am. Refreshments will follow in The Village Blacksmith Restaurant. » Continue Reading.

Sunday, November 7, 2021

Murder mystery set in the Adirondacks

murder mysteryBACK DIRT unfolds in Ski Country in the Adirondacks of Upstate New York. A murder suspect from Colorado has surfaced there. Does an archaeological dig for old bones at the Battle Ax Ski Resort find fresh blood? Television reporter JC Snow digs for the truth at the winter hot spot.

The author, Phil Bayly has been a journalist for over four decades.

He anchored the #1 rated morning news at WNYT-TV in the state capitol of New York, Albany, for fifteen years.

He was also a reporter at KJCT-TV in Grand Junction, Colorado and WTAJ-TV in Pennsylvania.

He’s been a skier his entire life, much of that time enjoyed as a ski racer. Sometimes he was fast. Many times, he wasn’t fast enough.

Phil was born and raised in Evanston, Illinois.  He was educated at Denver University and Colorado State University. He now lives in Saratoga County, NY with his wife.

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Thursday, November 4, 2021

Warren County Leads Effort to Increase Adirondack Broadband Coverage

broadband map

EDC Warren County recognizes the vital role broadband plays not only in economic development but in critical aspects of everyday life such as education, health care, and connection. EDC has brought together a community of carriers, elected officials, not-for-profits, and everyday citizens, working together in the north country. » Continue Reading.

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