Almanack Contributor Melissa Hart

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 runs her own New York State Women owned Business-Enterprise Bootstrap Communications, which includes digital marketing, strategy and design. She enjoys hiking, camping and other outdoors activities, and spending time with her husband, their twin daughters, and rescue animals -- two dogs and a cat.


Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Grant program expands to help farms impacted by COVID-19

thurman farm tourThe Adirondack Council and Essex Farm Institute have recently updated its micro-grant program  to allow farmers, value-added producers and food pantries to apply for  COVID-19 related emergency funding during this grant cycle.

In the midst of new and unforeseen challenges to the local food system, the aim is to help mitigate some of those
challenges.  This means there are now two types of grant applications for up to $5,000:

  1. Adirondack farmers and value-added producers seeking to enhance the environmental health and benefits their operations provide.
  2. Adirondack farmers, value-added producers and food pantries seeking financial assistance during the COVID-19 crisis. Projects or costs that get local food to local people are eligible.

The grant application deadline has been extended until April 7.

LEARN MORE & APPLY

See a full list of past micro-grant recipients.

Reach out if you have any questions. Jackie Bowen at microgrants@adirondackcouncil.org

Racey Henderson, Program Director, Essex Farm Institute at essexfarminstitute@adirondackcouncil.org


Monday, March 30, 2020

Virtual Adirondacks: Be an armchair traveler

Long LakeMissing the lakes and mountains and your favorite towns in between?

Why not kick it like it’s 1999 and take a tour of web cams posted throughout the Park!

Here’s a random sampling of various locations across the Adirondacks. Let us know which ones we left out by posting a comment below.

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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Saranac Lake Farmers’ ‘Park-it’ provides curbside service

farmers park-itThinking fast on your feet comes with the territory of being a small business owner/farmer. So the folks behind the Saranac Lake Farmers Market were able to quickly pivot into a format that allows for social distancing and ensures customers have access to fresh, locally made food.

The “Farmers’ Park-it” takes place from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays at the Hotel Saranac. Shoppers place their orders using this form by 9 p.m. Thursday night and drive up during the market hours for curbside delivery.

More info and order form: https://tinyurl.com/FarmersParkIt.


Thursday, March 26, 2020

Skidmore College students seek input on Saratoga County trails

skidmore senior capstone

Three seniors from Skidmore College’s Environmental Studies and Sciences Program are working with Saratoga PLAN, Open Space Institute, and a group of regional partners to develop a trail from Moreau Lake State Park to the Saratoga Greenbelt Trail in order to promote outdoor recreation, sustainable economic development, and environmental conservation.

They developed a survey to better understand the value of the current trails and recreational pathways in Saratoga County, and the ways the trails are currently being used. They are looking for input from area residents. Particpants will be entered to win one of three $10 Apple gift cards.

Follow this link to the survey: https://tinyurl.com/saratogatrails 

Photo provided: Abby Grayburn left) and Alana Pogostin are seniors in the Skidmore Environmental Studies and Science Department conducting a survey for their capstone project. They are looking for input as they seek to evaluate the economic value of outdoor recreation, specifically a trail network through Saratoga County and connecting various established outdoor recreational hubs


Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Should the Adirondacks discourage tourism during the coronavirus outbreak?

loon centerThis is on everyone’s minds and The Adirondack Explorer wants to hear from you. In a twist on our magazine’s standard “It’s Debatable” pro-con column, we ask that people with constructive ideas for handling the crisis submit them for a crowdsourced opinion piece that will list a variety of viewpoints.

The question: “Should the Adirondacks discourage visitation during the coronavirus outbreak?”

If you have an opinion about this, please comment here, on the thread on the Explorer’s page, or in an email to Explorer Editor Brandon Loomis at brandon@adirondackexplorer.org.


Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Time for takeout? Restaurants still serving across the Adirondacks

pizzaAs New York heads into its second week of shutdown for the majority of residents, you might be getting tired of eating your “quarantine rations.” Or maybe, like many of us, you are concerned about how your favorite local businesses are faring and would like to support them. 

As of March 16, per Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s direct orders, all bars and restaurants/eateries had to transition to takeout/delivery only.  

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Saranac Lake Chamber, hospital host COVID-19 Q&A

The Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce has teamed up with Adirondack Health to host an online “Question and Answer” session regarding the COVID-19 pandemic this Friday, March 27. This session will focus on the public health questions regarding COVID-19, available resources for businesses and the community, and the most recent updates regarding emergency measures and government support. Attendees can submit questions in advance of the session on this form.

RSVP here or join using the info below.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Local distilleries pitch in with hand sanitizer production

hand sanitizerAlcohol is essential in the Covid-19 outbreak and not just for drinking (although liquor stores are designated as “essential businesses.”) But some area distilleries are switching gears and turning their product into hand sanitizer. According to information posted on Facebook, two Lake George distilleries have been communicating their progress with hand sanitizer production.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Seagle Music Colony moves ahead with 2020 season

seagle music colonyThe Seagle Music Colony in Schroon Lake is moving ahead with plans for its 2020 season, according to a news release from General Director Tony Kostecki and Artistic Director Darren Woods.

“At the same time, we are making sure we explore contingencies, and will enact any recommended changes to how we operate in order to ensure the health and safety of every member of the Seagle Music Colony family – including our artists, staff, board, donors and audience members,” they write.

Tickets to 2020 individual performances go on sale April 1, 2020. Show information and tickets can be found at seaglecolony.org


Monday, March 23, 2020

Webinar for small businesses impacted by Covid-19

Are you a small business owner negatively impacted by the coronavirus outbreak? The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering some ways to help.

The North Country Chamber of Commerce and SCORE have teamed up to host a webinar from 11 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, March 24, for small business owners to learn more about their options.

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Monday, March 23, 2020

Q&A with Rep. Stefanik

Elise Stefanik

The Lake George Regional Chamber of Commerce & CVB is hosting a Q&A Webinar related to COVID-19 with U.S. Representative Elise Stefanik (R, NY) at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 24.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/583090141?pwd=UXk3RE5uUG1Fb0l6eEZvWW9CaGFQdz09

Meeting ID: 583 090 141
Password: 561166

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Monday, March 23, 2020

Adirondack Medical Center pauses elective surgeries

coronavirusSARANAC LAKE – Beginning Monday, March 23, all elective surgeries at Adirondack Medical Center are temporarily suspended, in order to conserve personal protective equipment (PPE) and hospital beds for the expected increase in COVID-19 patients.

In a letter to the health system’s medical staff, chief of surgery Dr. Michael Hill wrote: “All non-urgent, postponable surgeries [will be] cancelled, and rescheduled for future dates to be determined.”

 

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