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The Adirondack Almanack publishes occasional guest essays from Adirondack residents, visitors, and those with an interest in the Adirondack Park. Submissions should be directed to Almanack editor Melissa Hart at editor@adirondackalmanack.com


Monday, June 19, 2023

Debatable: Should the Northway speed limit go up?

warren county lake george bridges on the Northway

Editor’s note: This commentary is in the May/June 2023 issue of Adirondack Explorer magazine, as part of our “It’s Debatable” feature. In this regular column, we invite organizations and/or individuals to address a particular issue. Click here to subscribe to the magazine, available in both print and digital formats: www.adirondackexplorer.org/subscribe.

The question: Should I-87 go to 70 mph?

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Thursday, June 15, 2023

Tales of the Adirondacks, Past & Present: My Amazing Career in Wildland and Alpine Stewardship by Kayla White

Stewardship photo for Kayla White's My Amazing Career in Wildland and Alpine Stewardship story share.

Our next OurStoryBridge Inc. story share features Kayla White from ADK Voices. In her story, My Amazing Career in Wildland and Alpine Stewardship, Kayla shares her story of how she was introduced to the Adirondack region and details her current status as Stewardship Manager. To listen to this story in its entirety, please visit this link: https://app.memria.org/stories/public-story-view/8d2f60985df94c6fbceb2dd828c06ff9/

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Friday, June 9, 2023

Historical Places Enrich our Adirondack Landscapes, Informing the Present and Future

Great Camp Sagamore

By Emily Martz, Executive Director, and Connor Williams, Historian, Great Camp Sagamore

Recently, Great Camp Sagamore was mentioned by Peter Baur’s recent article in which he discussed the value that comes from the various uses of lands and waters within the Adirondack Park. This healthy conversation began before the blue line of the Adirondack Park was drawn in 1892 and will continue for as long as the Park exists.

Great Camp Sagamore, a National Historic Landmark, is a nonprofit educational center devoted to historic preservation and life-long learning. Because of its former ownership by William West Durant and Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt, it is tempting to paint Great Camp Sagamore today as another retreat for only well-to-do and well-connected people “from away.” We think this is an error. 

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Monday, June 5, 2023

Tales of the Adirondacks, Past & Present: ADK Adopt-A-Lean-To-Program by John Schneider

lean-to

Our next OurStoryBridge, Inc. story share features John Schneider from ADK Voices. In his story about the ADK Adopt-A-Lean-To-Program, Schneider shares the process and challenges of developing nearly sixty lean-tos for Adirondack campers and hikers. To listen to this story in its entirety, please visit this link: https://app.memria.org/stories/public-story-view/f7a9c431551c4609a9f6eff11ddb8708/

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Thursday, June 1, 2023

Hear from a former drug user/dealer in Tupper Lake on how he’s now fighting for his community

Downtown Tupper Lake by Mike Lynch

By Mike Delair

I live in Tupper Lake I am writing you in regards to the epidemic of drugs that has taken over our community and the necessity to help adequately fund our village police department, rid our town of drugs and crime and most importantly save lives.

First off let me tell you about myself. I am 49 years of age, and led a life of drugs, crime, multiple incarcerations and overdoses. It was a life I never thought I could escape from or give up. I look back now and can only imagine how many nights my mother waited up for me- just to know I was okay , not in jail or worse, dead!

Faced with the grim alternatives, my mother, of course, preferred I was in jail and alive than the alternatives of still surviving on the streets or dead. -And believe me! My life on the street was simply survival.

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Friday, May 26, 2023

Tales of the Adirondacks, Past & Present: Rescue on Mt. Jo by Maggie Newell

Rescue team assists injured Mt. Jo hiker

Our next OurStoryBridge, Inc. story share features Maggie Newell from ADK Voices. Newell recounts her story titled “Rescue on Mt. Jo” which details how a teen trail crew completed a bridge in order to do their part to assist an emergency crew rescue an injured hiker. To listen to “Rescue on Mt. Jo” in its entirety, please visit this link: https://app.memria.org/stories/public-story-view/4965a4c377dd467897163cafec0d5a36/

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Saturday, May 20, 2023

Thanks for everything, Robert!

man in brown shirt and baseball cap

By Emily Martz, Executive Director, Great Camp Sagamore

At Great Camp Sagamore, we believe that everyone should have the chance to experience the transformative powers of connecting and learning in the remote Adirondack mountains. For the last seven years, Great Camp Sagamore’s retiring Historian, Robert Engel, has been integral to this vision. As he retires, we ask you to join us in thanking Robert for his dedication to historic preservation and life-long learning, and for all that he has done to inspire staff and tens of thousands of visitors over the years.

For Robert’s first two seasons at Sagamore (2016 & 2017), he was camp’s sous chef. “Despite my History Museum Studies degree and 30+ years working in the field,” Robert says, “including as Director of the Rensselaer County Historical Society, my dream was to create the best restaurant in the Adirondacks. Great Camp Sagamore’s kitchen was practice for that. Then, I became the historian – phew!” We will miss Robert’s sense of humor rooted in his desire to help make everyone feel welcome.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2023

Paul Smith’s president: The college has no plans to close

A message from Dan Kelting, interim president of Paul Smith’s College:

Last night an erroneous news story circulated that Paul Smith’s College was tasked with creating a “closing plan.”

Let me be clear, Paul Smith’s College has no plans to close. In fact, we continue to strengthen our world-class programs, like culinary, forestry, and climate/sustainability and are excited to welcome our incoming and returning students this fall.

In August 2022, like many other colleges and universities, Paul Smith’s College was a target of a cyberattack that impacted many of our IT systems, including financial aid. Those systems have been rebuilt to state-of-the-art standards. In January 2023, an independent expert confirmed that the improved cyber security infrastructure of Paul Smith’s College is sound.

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Monday, May 15, 2023

Tales of the Adirondacks, Past & Present: First Adirondack Adventure by Heidi Roland

Hiker Heidi Roland and her husband on their first hike.

Our next OurStoryBridge, Inc. story share features avid hiker, Heidi Roland, from North Elba Narratives in Lake Placid, NY. In her story titled “First Adirondack Adventure,” she recounts her first hike with her boyfriend (now husband) in the Adirondack High Peaks in 1982, and she also illustrates how she became a 46er. To listen to First Adirondack Adventure in its entirety, please visit this link: https://app.memria.org/stories/public-story-view/c3c58af5eb104c918e46aa6712147f51/

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Tuesday, May 9, 2023

Poetry: Chiroptera

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Chiroptera

By Laura Bellinger

Apparently, last night
there was a giant hatch.
Thousands of tiny bugs, just specks,
have invaded my Adirondack porch.

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Monday, May 8, 2023

Tales of the Adirondacks, Past & Present: I Am Odd, I Am New by Benjamin Giroux

Benjamin GIroux.

Our next OurStoryBridge story share is titled, I Am Odd, I Am New by Benjamin Giroux. In this story that he recounted for Freedom Story Project, published author, Benjamin Giroux, tells his story through poetry, sharing his personal experiences and perspectives as a boy with autism. To listen to this story in its entirety, please visit: https://app.memria.org/stories/public-story-view/d2157a30031a474983d7ac36e0bdd0c8/

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Monday, May 1, 2023

Tales of the Adirondacks, Past & Present: Who Was That? by Paul Martin

Historic photo of the Ausable Club

Our next OurStoryBridge story share is titled, Who Was That? by Paul Martin. In this story that he recounted for Adirondack Community, Martin shares a fascinating tale about how a young man who worked as a caddy at the Ausable Club located in Keene Valley once met a celebrity. To listen to this story in its entirety, please visit this link: https://app.memria.org/stories/public-story-view/593def99a0204b74a12e293672d4d906/

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Tuesday, April 25, 2023

Poetry: When The Rain Stopped

Small island in Lower Saranac Lake

By Annette Pisano-Higley

When The Rain Stopped
Today the rain stopped, for a moment,
Yet, it did stop.
It left the air lighter, cleaner, brighter.
For a moment, I remembered
When the air was always that way.

Monday, April 24, 2023

Tales of the Adirondacks, Past & Present: The Beginning of the Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA) by John Huttlinger, Jr.

Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA).

Our next OurStoryBridge story share is titled, “In The Beginning of the Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA)” by John Huttlinger, Jr. Huttlinger, Jr. from North Elba Narratives in Lake Placid, shares the illuminating story of the creation of the LPCA in the 1970’s, including his personal connection to the project as well as how the arts center has become a beloved and welcome addition to the community. 

Listen to In The Beginning of the Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA) in its entirety at the following link: https://app.memria.org/stories/public-story-view/56e1f99c22d74eacaf87f531455ce5d1/

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Sunday, April 16, 2023

Wild Forest Roads Decision Calls For Common Sense, Not Arbitrary Number

roads in wild forest

By Gerald Delaney, Executive Director
Adirondack Park Local Government Review Board

Adirondack Park Agency Commissioners are currently faced with a particularly thorny question:

What did their predecessors mean in 1972 when they created a “guideline” in the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan (SLMP) that says: 

“… there will not be any material increase in the mileage
of roads and snowmobile trails open to motorized use by
the public in wild forest areas that conformed to the master
plan at the time of its original adoption in 1972.”

Did they mean no increase in road mileage after 1972? Are 100 more miles allowable or only 10?  What if the number of wild forest acres increased after 1972?

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