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.


Thursday, April 22, 2021

Learn about Adirondack amphibians with naturalist Ed Kanze

close up of spotted salamanderJoin naturalist, author, and Adirondack guide Ed Kanze for a look at the amphibians that inhabit Adirondack Mountain woods and wetlands. This program will offer insights into the lives of amphibians and how to identify and gently interact with the ones you find. Ed will show photos of most of the frogs, toads, and salamanders that occur in the Adirondacks, and share his adventures in finding them. Ever met a mink frog or a spring salamander? Here is your chance to learn more about them.
This live, online program is free for Wild Center member households, and is available to others for $15 per household.
Thursday, April 29 @ 6:00 PM Eastern, via Zoom
Click here to register
(only 1 person need register per household)
After registering for this event, you will receive a confirmation with the Zoom link for joining.
With his wife and two teenagers, Ed Kanze lives on eighteen amphibian-rich acres along the Saranac River near Bloomingdale. A frog and salamander enthusiast since he was old enough to toddle, Ed has enjoyed and photographed amphibians widely in North America, Costa Rica, Australia, and New Zealand. He is the author of six books, including Adirondack: Life and Wildlife in the Wild, Wild East, writes the “Wild Side” column for each issue of Adirondack Explorer, and contributes frequently to Adirondack Life. He is a contributing editor at Bird Watcher’s Digest magazine.
Photo of spotted salamander by K.P. McFarland, vtecostudies.org/Almanack archive

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

NYS Climate Impact Assessments: Call for Experts and Stakeholders

NYSERDA logoNYSERDA is launching an ambitious effort to assess how climate change will affect New York’s communities, ecosystems, and economy. The New York State Climate Impacts Assessment: Understanding and Preparing for Our Changing Climate, will include updated climate projections, in-depth climate change impacts on New York State, adaptation strategies, and case studies. It is anticipated that this assessment may inform climate choices at all levels of decision making in the state.

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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Great Camp Sagamore hosts virtual gala April 28-May 5

Great Camp Sagamore main lodgeThe Board of Trustees of
SAGAMORE INSTITUTE OF THE ADIRONDACKS
Invites you to a

VIRTUAL GALA & BENEFIT
Wednesday, April 28 – May 5

In physically-distanced support of

GREAT CAMP SAGAMORE

Opening of Silent Auction & Toast – April 28 at 7:00 pm EDT
Remote “Live” Auction – May 5 at 7:00 pm EDT
With more lined up in between

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Monday, April 19, 2021

Local organizations team up on Ausable River clean up day

Ausable RiverThe Ausable River Association (AsRA) and the Rotary Club of the Au Sable Valley, in partnership with Rotary Club of Lake Placid, One Tree Planted, Lake Champlain Chapter of Trout Unlimited, and Adirondack Riverwalking, are hosting an Ausable River clean-up on Saturday, April 24.

The clean-up is open to all community members who want to restore and protect the beauty of the West and East Branch Ausable River. “In past years, we’ve hosted a river clean-up in September along the Main Stem Ausable River near Carpenter’s Flats,” said Tyler Merriam, Donor Outreach Manager at AsRA. “We’re excited to partner with so many great organizations this year to host a spring event as part of Rotary International’s Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup.”

The clean-up will take place along the roadside in an effort to remove trash built up over the winter. The West Branch portion will cover the roadside from Lake Everest in Wilmington to the Ski Jumps in Lake Placid. The East Branch portion will cover the roadside from the hamlet of Jay to the hamlet of Keene.

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Sunday, April 18, 2021

Join a Virtual Earth Day Run

vintage earth day posterJoin WeAct in their Virtual 5K Run during the week of Earth Day (April 17 – April 25). All registered participants will be able to run or walk the Earth Day 5K at a time and place of their choosing. As opposed to a traditional group racing event, a virtual race will provide the flexibility to practice social distancing while still allowing the opportunity to celebrate Earth Day and support WE ACT.

Register for this event now.

Questions about the race? Go online for more information.

Vintage Earth Day poster/Almanack archive


Sunday, April 18, 2021

Weekly news round up

A collection of interesting reads:

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Friday, April 16, 2021

ANCA’s Annual Artisan Trade Show Goes Virtual 

Retailers can shop remotely at this year’s Adirondack Buyer Days 

Carrying on a tradition that builds lasting relationships between artisans and retailers, this year’s Adirondack Buyer Days wholesale gift show will take place virtually for the first time in its 35-year history. The virtual marketplace, which is hosted by the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA), is open to regional makers and retailers seeking local products for their shops. 

After cancelling last year’s show due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ANCA staff have redesigned the 2021 Adirondack Buyer Days to accommodate participants in a safe and convenient online setting. The virtual event, set for April 20 and 21, will offer the same opportunities for interpersonal interaction, relationship building and product marketing the annual show has provided makers and retailers since 1986. 

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Friday, April 16, 2021

Latest News Headlines

Here’s a look at news from around the Adirondacks this week:

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Thursday, April 15, 2021

Sign ups underway for Great Adirondack Garage Sale

garage sale signThe Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST) and local leaders are inviting residents to register for the 11th annual Great Adirondack Garage Sale. For 2021, the event is moving back to its historic Memorial Day weekend schedule. The dates this year are May 28 – 30.

The garage sale stretches over 200 miles through Adirondack communities, including Old Forge, Inlet, Raquette Lake, Indian Lake, Blue Mountain Lake, Long Lake, Tupper Lake, Piercefield, Newcomb, and Speculator.

Registration is free online and listings on the website include dates and times for each sale. Each community will also receive paper maps of local sale locations to hand out. To register and find more information, visit www.GreatAdirondackGarageSale.com. The interactive website showcases sale locations and allows unlimited photos of the items for sale to be uploaded.

Garage and yard sales are permitted in New York State. Masks and social distancing are still required. Shoppers should continue to wash their hands, sanitize, and be respectful during the Garage Sale.

For more information, contact ROOST’s Hamilton County and Tupper Lake Marketing Manager Katie LaLonde at katie@roostadk.com.


Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Adirondack Center for Writing hosts free virtual retreat for teens

Mahogany L. BrownHigh School Writing Retreat

↠ Wednesday, April 21, 2021 // 10:00am-12:00pm & 1:00-3:00pm ET
↠ LIVE ONLINE on Zoom // Sessions are recorded for registrants only to view to help alleviate any scheduling or tech issues
↠ Free! There’s no cost to be a part of the High School Writing Retreat thanks to our supporters: Cloudsplitter FoundationCharles R. Wood FoundationSaranac Lake Public School Education Fund

Register for a day of writing workshops, epic performances, meeting new friends and fellow writers, swag bags (limited supply), and a meet ‘n greet with poets. A perfect opportunity to include on college applications. Open to any homeschooled and high school students and classes, no writing experience necessary!

Students will enjoy poetry performances and learn how to make their writing gorgeous with workshop leaders and poetry legends Mahogany L. Browne (pictured here), Roya Marsh, Jive Poetic, and Jon Sands.

Schedule is as follows:

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Adirondack Food System Network takes shape

farmers market signHoping to promote a more resilient local food system and better understand regional food insecurity issues, a collaborative new effort has launched the Adirondack Food System Network. Comprised of a group of Adirondack food system stakeholders from across the region, the initiative was launched with seed funding from Adirondack Foundation.

Adirondack Health Institute announced the initiative April 5 after teaming up with multiple organizations to identify food insecurity issues and regional solutions.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, AHI said, market supply chains and trade disruptions have limited food accessibility, especially for vulnerable residents lacking access to transportation and the means to purchase fresh food.

At the same time, farmers have been faced with significant disruptions in market access, especially due to the closure of restaurants, retail, and other food establishments, and the threat of the loss of market access for area farmers.

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Monday, April 12, 2021

I Love My Park Day Returns For 2021

i love my park dayIn partnership with Parks & Trails New York, New York State announced that registration is open for the 10th annual I Love My Park Day, which will be held May 1-2 at 120 state Parks, historic sites, and other public lands across New York.
The event is sponsored by Parks & Trails New York, the NY State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation.

From Long Island to Western New York, volunteers will celebrate their natural heritage by cleaning up debris, planting trees and gardens, restoring trails and wildlife habitats, removing invasive species, and working on various site improvement projects. Due to COVID-19, registration will be limited to 50 people per site per day to create a safe and enjoyable experience for all volunteers. All projects will adhere to the proper social distancing and masking requirements. Event Registration


Sunday, April 11, 2021

Weekly news round up

A collection of interesting reads:

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Friday, April 9, 2021

Siena Poll: Consumer confidence up

consumer confidence graph

The New York State Index of Consumer Sentiment in the first quarter of 2021 stands at 82.5, up 7.7 points from the last measurement in the fourth quarter of 2020, according to the latest poll by the Siena College Research Institute (SCRI).

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Friday, April 9, 2021

Latest News Headlines

Here’s a look at news from around the Adirondacks this week:

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