Almanack Contributor Melissa Hart

Melissa is a journalist with experience as a reporter and editor with the Burlington Free Press, Ithaca Journal and Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. She worked as a communications specialist for the Adirondack North Country Association and is currently digital editor for Adirondack Explorer, overseeing both the Explorer's website and its community forum the Adirondack Almanack. She enjoys hiking, camping and other outdoors activities, and spending time with her husband, their twin daughters, and rescue animals -- two dogs and two cats.


Sunday, May 26, 2024

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Sunday, May 19, 2024

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Friday, May 17, 2024

Great Camp Santanoni access: What should next steps be?

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WAGON UPDATE: While the horse-drawn wagon rides at Great Camp Santanoni are starting up again this year, the state is also considering other alternatives to provide people with disabilities access to the Great Camp site.
Adirondack Park Agency and state Department of Environmental Conservation staff met with members of the APA and DEC’s accessibility advisory committee. They discussed “any viable options that provide meaningful access” to the Great Camp, according to the agenda. The meeting was closed to the public and included remarks from Interim DEC Commissioner Sean Mahar, who participated virtually. Read more about the discussion here.
One of the ideas is to create a free loan of motorized wheelchairs like the one pictured here.
What do you think should be done? Should the road be reclassified to allow for motorized use?
Photo at top: The Rig, by Not a Wheelchair, was purchased by the state and is planned to be loaned for use at Great Camp Santanoni. Photo from Not a Wheelchair and state Department of Environmental Conservation

Sunday, May 12, 2024

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Thursday, May 9, 2024

Discussion time: Jobs

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We’re in the initial planning stages for a multi-part series on jobs/employment that will run online and in print in Adirondack Explorer magazine. We’d like to hear from you on a few things: How far/how many miles do you drive for work each day in the Adirondack region? What types of jobs would you like to see more of closer to you, or in the Adirondacks in general?


Sunday, May 5, 2024

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Sunday, April 28, 2024

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Friday, April 26, 2024

Discussion time: Black fly treatment?

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We recently ran a story about how the warmer weather has prompted Adirondack communities to deploy Bti pesticide against black flies earlier than in past years.

While we’ve written about Bti before, this article seemed to spark some debate about the practice: Why we do it? How does it work? And the big one: Is it neccessary?

Some of the comments online focus on concerns about the bigger impact on the food chain/ecosystem. As Steve Hall wrote a few years ago in this Almanack essay, what happens when all the bugs are gone?

Where do you stand on the issue? Let us know in the comments section below!

Pictured above: Black fly larvae found near waters in Colton. Photo provided by Andrea Malik


Sunday, April 14, 2024

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Friday, April 12, 2024

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Friday, March 29, 2024

Discussion time: Santanoni access

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The state Department of Environmental Conservation has found itself in a bit of a bind in an “only in the Adirondacks” variety. The state is required to provide access to Great Camp Santanoni, a historic site set back 5 miles in the woods. Unfortunately, motorized access is not currently allowed. A horse-drawn wagon has been the preferred method, only the wagon isn’t up to ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) specifications. A wagon custom built for the agency is heavy, and current wagon operator doesn’t want to risk injuring his horses. What should the state do to remedy the situation? Read our coverage here and weigh in below!


Sunday, March 24, 2024

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Friday, March 22, 2024

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Sunday, March 17, 2024

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Friday, March 15, 2024

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