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Thursday, May 6, 2021

John Brown Lives! hosts local author book talk

JBL book talkJohn Brown Lives! hosts local author book talk: A Prison in the Woods
The public is invited to join local nonprofit John Brown Lives! for a virtual book talk on a fascinating and previously overlooked area of research: the impact of state and federal prisons on the Adirondacks. Join local scholar Clarence Jefferson Hall, Jr. as he discusses his book A Prison in the Woods: Environment and Incarceration in New York’s North Country.
The book covers over 150 years of history related to the North Country’s prisons, and explores the intersections of economics, race, class, place and belonging in the isolated prison towns of America’s largest state park.
This talk is also hosted by the Keene Valley Library and Lake Placid’s The Bookstore Plus. The talk is scheduled for Wednesday, May 19th at 7pm. The talk will be followed by a Q&A session. Register at:

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Seeking public input on the direction of the Upper Saranac Watershed Management Plan 

The second of three public meetings for the Upper Saranac watershed management planning effort is scheduled for Thursday, May 6 from 7pm-8:30pm.

The meeting is hosted by the Upper Saranac Foundation (USF) and the Paul Smith’s College Adirondack Watershed Institute (AWI). The groups will present preliminary goals for the watershed plan and will facilitate discussions about the recommendations and the future of the watershed. The groups administered a public survey in the summer of 2020 and held the first public meeting in February of 2021.

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Sunday, May 2, 2021

Weekly news round up

A collection of interesting reads:

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Saturday, May 1, 2021

Grow, Eat, Compost, Repeat! Compost Awareness Week

composting graphicInternational Compost Awareness Week is May 2-8

AdkAction’s Compost for Good project is joining environmental and recycling businesses, organizations, community groups and individuals around the globe in celebrating International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) during the first week of May. The theme of this year’s Compost Awareness Week is “Grow, Eat… COMPOST… Repeat.”

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Friday, April 30, 2021

Latest news headlines

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

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Thursday, April 29, 2021

I Love My Park Day at Crown Point Historic Area

Crown point state historic site

Celebrate I Love My Park Day on Sunday, May 2 with DEC and State Parks staff at Crown Point Historic Area. Learn how you can better care for and enjoy your parks and public lands. Programming will run from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. To register, email

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Lake Placid Cleanup Day coming up May 1

Lake PlacidSpring has sprung and it’s not just crocuses that are springing up from under the snow! The amount of trash that has surfaced seems worse than ever this year as masks litter every street.
It’s time for us to come together again to make our town the shining example it is, a community that works together for the common good.
Please consider volunteering on Saturday May 1st. (rain date 5/8) We should always clean up our own neighborhood, but if you are a business owner or have a group willing to work to clean up a particular area let us know at or on our Facebook page Lake Placid Annual Clean Up Day.
We will be holding this event virtually and socially distanced with people sharing their haul on social media. Registration and bag pick up is at 9 am at the Lake Placid Beach house on Parkside Drive in Lake Placid. We will have “special” garbage bags, instructions, latex gloves and community service forms for students. Please follow all social distancing and mask wearing protocols.
Please let us know if you plan to participate. To make the day more fun there will be a treasure hunt for golden eggs and prizes for the most discarded masks collected!

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Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Youth summer theater returns to Keene

zoom theater sessionThe Book & Blanket Players, sponsored by East Branch Friends of the Arts (EBFA), has been producing youth musicals-in-a-week summer theatre for 11 years in Keene Valley, usually at Keene Central School.
Last summer they moved their rehearsals online (pictured here) and premiered their recorded musical as a Pop-Up Drive-In at The Bark Eater in Keene.
This year the adventure continues with an emphasis on flexibility and outdoor rehearsals and performance. The Keene Valley Library will serve as the hub and the performance will be outside at the Neighborhood House the weekend of July 17. All COVID safety precautions will be observed. The production will be a new and improved original musical adaptation of Jane Austen’s “Pride & Prejudice.”

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Sunday, April 25, 2021

Weekly news round up

A collection of interesting reads:

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Saturday, April 24, 2021

Orgs Release “Toolkit” for New Yorkers Fighting Climate Change

solar panels stock photoFree, Easy-to-Use Guide Provides Resources to Build Support for Local Wind and Solar Projects to Reap Community Benefits

To help community members who want to build support for local clean energy projects, The Nature Conservancy in New York and New Yorkers for Clean Power have published a toolkit to support their efforts. Entitled Building Out a Clean Energy Future, the free, online toolkit provides background, strategies and resources for New Yorkers regardless of prior knowledge about clean energy.

Identifying common barriers and outlining actions to manage and overcome them, the toolkit shares steps that community members can take to support renewable energy projects in their city, town, or village and help bring about the many benefits of clean energy including cleaner air to breathe, a stronger economy with good-paying local jobs, and less carbon pollution, the driver of climate change.

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Friday, April 23, 2021

ANCA Seeks New Executive Director

kate fishKate Fish announces retirement after 12 years leading regional nonprofit

The Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) Board of Directors announced that Executive Director Kate Fish will retire later this year, after nearly 12 years leading the organization. The regional economic development nonprofit has launched a nation-wide search to fill the position.

“Kate is leaving a lasting legacy at ANCA and Adirondack North Country,” said Board President Jim Sonneborn. “Her vision and bias toward action have helped ANCA become a real leader in sustainable economic development. ANCA’s Clean Energy Program and Center for Businesses in Transition are models for other rural areas, and we have Kate’s innovative thinking to thank for that.”

Founded in 1955, ANCA works to build prosperity across northern New York by creating and sustaining wealth and value in local communities through three core program areas: Clean Energy, Food Systems and the Entrepreneurial Economy. In 2019, ANCA took on operation of the Adirondack Diversity Initiative when state funding enabled the hiring of its inaugural director.

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Friday, April 23, 2021

Latest News Headlines

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

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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, 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
Invites you to a

Wednesday, April 28 – May 5

In physically-distanced support of


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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