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The North Country Chamber of Commerce is hosting a conversation with area county leaders at 9 a.m. on Thursday, April 16. Hear updates and answers to questions regarding the response by North Country counties to COVID-19 and the impacts on our county governments.
Panelists will include:
Mark Henry, Chair, Clinton County Legislature Donald Dabiew, Chair, Franklin County Legislature Shaun Gilliland, Chair, Essex County Board of Supervisors Bill Farber, Chair, Hamilton County Board of Supervisors
If you are a small business owner looking for help troubleshooting your current e-commerce set up, in need of a website, or if you just need advice and support at a free or reduced cost, then are eligible to apply for assistance provided by Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) and Clarkson University in partnership with the Center for Businesses in Transition. The first round of applications are due Wednesday, April 15 at 5 p.m. (futures rounds TBD).
Due to the COVID-19 quarantine, the Oswegatchie Educational Center in Croghan will be holding its 26 Annual AdironDuck Race online. The event raises funds for FFA chapters across the state, and helps fund the Oswegatchie’s summer camp.
“This event has always been a marking of spring for the community,” said Todd Lighthall, the Executive Director of the NYS FFA Foundation, in a news release. “It would be a shame to not share when we can adapt to our new circumstances.”
Via a live stream on the group’s Facebook page up to 10,000 rubber ducks will be poured into the Oswegatchie River. Those who adopted the first 12 ducks to cross the finish line will each receive a cash prize. The adopter of the duck to come in first place will win a grand prize of $2,000. If you want to compete in the race, you have until noon of the day of the race to adopt a rubber duck online. Go to www.adironduckrace.com to get a duck and visit https://www.facebook.com/Oswegatchie/at 1 p.m. April 26 to watch the race.
The New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) is announcing its Community Grants 2020-2021 Request for Applications for pollution prevention outreach and education projects. Eligible applicants are able to receive up to $20,000 to fund their project. NYSP2I provides an important funding source for community-focused pollution prevention initiatives.
Proposals are solicited from community organizations, municipal departments, and other public sector and nonprofit entities for projects that raise awareness and understanding of pollution prevention practices and lead to implementation at the local level. Submission Deadline: May 29, 2020 at 5 p.m. EST
Questions? Please contact Gillian Griffin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 585-475-5677.
Pictured here is current grant program recipient Capital Roots. The organization will continue to operate its Urban Grow Center and Mobile Markets for those who are searching for fresh, healthy produce. To ensure the safety of staff, customers and neighbors during this difficult time, Capital Roots has changed their processes to continue operations while remaining in compliance with COVID-19 protocols.
Closed since March 16, Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY) has decided to furlough staff, as the TAUNY Center will remain closed indefinitely. The non-profit’s major annual spring fundraiser has also been postponed. TAUNY is asking for support as it endures these shutdowns and prepares for their reopening and resumption of their program, by visiting their website or mailing a check to TAUNY, 53 Main St. Canton, NY 13617.
Once the TAUNY Center reopens, the public will be able to visit the St. Lawrence Country Barn Quilts Exhibit, open through Oct. 24. A New digital exhibit featuring recipients of TAUNY’s North Country Heritage Awards will be coming later this year.
ADK applauds New York State legislature for supporting the Restore Mother Nature Bond Act, a $3 billion bond act proposed by Governor Cuomo, which will support habitat restoration, clean energy, and climate resiliency projects throughout the state. “If passed by voters, this bond act will secure New York as the nation’s leader in building tomorrow’s green economy and strengthening our resiliency against climate change,” said Executive Director Michael Barrett in a news release.
The legislature also continued funding the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) at $300 million. The EPF provides essential support for land stewardship, to include an increase of $1.4 million to steward critical areas affected by high use. “During this critical time in the battle against coronavirus, Governor Cuomo, the Assembly and the Senate showed exceptional leadership in producing a budget that retains the funding needed for environmental programs that are essential for rebuilding local economies and combating climate change,” said Cathy Pedler, ADK Director of Advocacy.
Commentary has been coming in celebrating the passing of this historic legislation, with the Adirondack Council,ADK and other groups praising state leadership for keeping an eye on the big picture, even in the midst of a pandemic. Tomorrow, we’ll hear from John Davis of the Rewilding Institute on why the bond act is needed now more than ever.
The Sembrich in Bolton Landing has announced this year’s Summer Festival, titled “20/20 Musical Visionaries.” Created by Artistic Director Richard Wargo, the season features composers, performers, and educators and takes place June 5 – Sept. 2.
“With Beethoven on the 250th anniversary of his birth as a figurehead, our season is dedicated to extraordinary trailblazing talents in the world of music…We strive, as ever, to create a summer series that is both entertaining and enriching and to present to our audience an eclectic mix of programs in a wide array of styles. There is something for everyone, from chamber music classics to vocal recitals, children’s events, arthouse films, and our ever-popular lakeside World Music Wednesdays,” said Wargo in a press release announcing the Festival.
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the second annual “Beyond the Peaks” Student Film Festival will take place virutally this year,
Film submissions are being accepted via a digital platform with a deadline of June 8. The festival is sponsored by Lake Placid Institute and organized by AdkAction and the Tupper Lake Central School District.
The Film Festival’s purpose is to offer a creative outlet to currently homebound Adirondack middle and high school students, and to encourage them to document their experiences during these times on film.
Adirondack Harvest has added a COVID-19 resources page to its website, to make it easier to people to support area farms and businesses and continue to source locally produced foods. The page can be found here.
Many regional CSA’s will begin soon. When you participate in a CSA, you will pay for a season’s worth of fresh food for a farmer, who will then coordinate pick-up or delivery to you weekly. To find a CSA near you, click here.
The Lake Champlain Sea Grant team is hosting an interactive webinar series focused on watershed and aquatic science called “Zoom a Scientist.”
For one hour starting at noon every Tuesday and Friday, scientists give viewers a virtual tour of the Lake Champlain watershed and showcase their research. Scientists from the University of Vermont Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory, SUNY Plattsburgh, Lake Champlain Research Institute, and other organizations present on content is geared towards middle school and high school students, but all ages are welcome.
See below for the schedule. If you are looking for content geared specifically towards kids, an At-Home-Creativity section is offered by the Lake Champlain Committee, and is stocked with information and resources to keep them entertained and informed.
The Indian Lake Community Development Organization and Blue Mountain Center has created a list of available services within Indian Lake while the town controls the spread of COVID-19:
Community Bank NY State Route 28 – Service windows are available for deposits and withdrawals; keys are no longer required for night deposits. For more information call 648-5711. 6321
Puterko’s Family Pizzeria 6420 NY State Route 30 – Offering delivery and take out Tuesday through Friday, 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Online menus are available on their Facebook or Google, and they prefer you prepay. Call Adam and Crystal Puterko at 648-0007 to place an order.
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