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.


Thursday, February 15, 2024

Discussion time: Parade controversy

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Were you at this year’s Winter Carnival parade in Saranac Lake? This annual tradition is much loved by people near and far from the community. The event made news recently due to some controversy, stemming from a monster truck with a Confederate flag painted on its hood. Also a group of marchers with signs speaking out about the conflict in Gaza raised concerns from some, who feel that politics shouldn’t have a place in a local parade.

Read more here and weigh in here: Do you think it’s OK to work political commentary into parades? Should the parade committee have paid closer attention and kept the truck out? What should be done going forward?


Sunday, February 11, 2024

Discussion time: Campground stays?

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To quote “The Sound of Music”: How to solve a problem like online campground reservations? As anyone who camps in DEC campgrounds knows, it’s becoming increasingly more difficult to nab a great site. You have to time it just right, and hope someone else doesn’t get it first at 9 a.m. on the day nine months from when you want to go.

We’ve been following DEC’s idea to test longer stays at Rollins Pond Campground. The plan was recently put on hold. What’s your take? Should the Reserve America system get scrapped? Should campsite “no-shows” forfeit their sites?

Weigh in here!


Sunday, February 11, 2024

Weekly news round up


Friday, February 9, 2024

Latest news headlines


Monday, February 5, 2024

Discussion time: Your favorite Adirondack community

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If you could live in any Adirondack community, which one would you choose and why?


Sunday, February 4, 2024

Weekly news round up


Friday, February 2, 2024

Latest news headlines


Monday, January 29, 2024

Discussion time: Road salt

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Discussion time: What’s the future of road salt use in the Adirondacks?

The Adirondack Road Salt Reduction Task Force in September released a detailed report outlining a path to lower salt use in the Adirondack Park and statewide.

The report called for strengthening water standards, spreading best practices, tracking salt use, improving responses to contamination and expanding public understanding of awareness. But the report did not include an implementation plan or accountability system to ensure state officials act on recommendations.

So what comes next? With a panel of task force members and other experts, the Adirondack Explorer will examine what’s in the report, how to carry out its recommendations and the latest in the long-running movement to combat road salt pollution in the park. Join us for the event (more info and RSVP here).

What would you want to ask the panel? What should the state be considering going forward? Leave a comment here or email zach@adirondackexplorer.org


Sunday, January 28, 2024

Weekly news round up


Saturday, January 27, 2024

How to contribute to the Almanack

Call for writers

Want to get the word out about an event you are organizing? Or have a desire to share your writing with our Adirondack community? All are welcome to submit something.

Here are some basic guidelines:

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Friday, January 26, 2024

Latest news headlines

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

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Thursday, January 25, 2024

Discussion time: Eclipse plans

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With a total solar eclipse just over 2 months away, I figure it’s time to take stock. Are you planning to attend a viewing party? Stay home and watch in your backyard? Or travel to see it?

We’ve been working on a guide to “everything you need to know” about this upcoming celestial event on April 8. Check it out and let me know what you think. What else should we add to it? We’re in the process of putting together a list of events around the region. Let us know what’s being planned in your Adirondack community!

Drop your eclipse plans and thoughts in the comments section!

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Sunday, January 21, 2024

Weekly news round up

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Friday, January 19, 2024

Latest news headlines

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Sunday, January 14, 2024

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