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.


Thursday, October 28, 2021

Spooky Adirondacks: Ghostly stories for Halloween

ghost pipeSpooky Adirondacks:

In honor of Halloween, here are some seasonally-appropriate stories from our archive:

An Adirondack ghost town: From 2014, Marty Plante dives into the history of Tahawus.

Bigfoot: Fact, fiction, economic boon? In 2012, Dan Crane faults the DEC for downgrading Bigfoot’s status.

The Herreshoff Manor: Witness to Tragedy. “Photographs of the Herreshoff Manor that stood in today’s Thendara depict what could easily pass for a haunted house,” writes Charles Herr in the introduction to this 2014 essay.

Ghost Flowers of the Forest. From this 2018 essay: “Indian pipe, also known as corpse plant and ghost flower, has an unusual strategy for survival. It lacks the green pigment chlorophyll, and therefore cannot make its own food through photosynthesis as most plants do.” Find out more here.

Humble spirits: From last October, Historic Saranac Lake’s Executive Director Amy Catania shares a local ghost story. Read it here.

Ghost pipe photo by Melissa Hart


Sunday, October 24, 2021

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Friday, October 22, 2021

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Sunday, October 17, 2021

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Friday, October 15, 2021

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Sunday, October 10, 2021

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Friday, October 8, 2021

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Sunday, October 3, 2021

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Friday, October 1, 2021

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Sunday, September 26, 2021

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Friday, September 24, 2021

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Monday, September 20, 2021

A quarry in question

white lake quarryPushback against the granite quarry proposed for a forming mining site on White Lake in the town of Forestport (the northern tip of Oneida County) has been building for months.

In late August, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) issued a Notice of Complete Application for the project, kicking off the formal review process, that because of the location inside the Adirondack Park boundary, is taking place in collaboration with the Adirondack Park Agency (APA).

Representatives of both agencies recently presided over a hearing on the project. As our correspondent Megan Plete Postol has been reporting on this story, opposition to the project is strong, with more than 1,000 letters submitted to the APA and not a single person at the hearing made a comment in support of the project. (Although she did send us a photo of one pro-quarry sign she came across in her travels.)

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Sunday, September 19, 2021

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Friday, September 17, 2021

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Sunday, September 12, 2021

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