Friday, May 24, 2024

Herkimer County Soil & Water Conservation District Hosts Local County Envirothon

Winning Envirothon team

The Herkimer County Soil & Water Conservation District held its 29th annual Herkimer County Envirothon on Wednesday, May 8 at Herkimer College. Event organizers reported that the event was once again a huge success, thanking the generous sponsors and volunteers that made the event possible. This year Central Valley Academy (CVA), Herkimer BOCES, Herkimer Central School, Mount Markham, Poland, and West Canada Valley all sent teams.  Approximately 70 students participated in the Envirothon with advisors and volunteers from NYS DEC, Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Herkimer College, and Herkimer County Soil and Water Conservation District.

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Thursday, May 23, 2024

Keene Valley Library to host three local authors’ “Writing About Place” discussion on May 27

All are invited to gather for a “Writing About Place: Fiction & Non-Fiction” presentation by three local authors, Lorraine Duvall, Céline Keating, and Caperton Tissot, at the Keene Valley Library on Monday, May 27 at 3 p.m. The trio will discuss the respective challenges and joys of writing about the sense of place in fiction, poetry, and non-fiction.

Each author will provide brief readings from their recent books, followed by a discussion/audience Q & A moderated by New York Times reporter and editor James Gorman. Books will be available for purchase and signing. The Keene Valley Library is located at 1796 NY-73 in Keene Valley, NY.

For more information about each author, please visit:,, and For more information about moderator, James Gorman, please visit:

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Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Ironman Event to Continue in Lake Placid Through 2027

Scene at Ironman Lake Placid, 2013. photo by Nancie BattagliaIRONMAN and the Village of Lake Placid, the Town of North Elba and the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST) have agreed to a three-year partnership renewal to keep the iconic and longstanding Athletic Brewing IRONMAN® Lake Placid triathlon in the Adirondacks through 2027. The agreement will benefit communities, event participants, businesses, and nonprofits in the region.

“The IRONMAN Lake Placid triathlon is one of the region’s premier, large-scale events,” said Town of North Elba Supervisor Derek Doty. “This year it’s celebrating its 25th year which is an incredible milestone. Our community is proud to be part of the longest-running IRONMAN event in the contiguous US and we are excited to surpass that milestone over the next three years with the renewal of this contract.”

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Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Fort Ticonderoga to present a Memorial Day Weekend Commemoration, May 25-26

On Saturday and Sunday, May 25-26, Fort Ticonderoga will pay tribute to the men and women who lost their lives to their country during the American Revolution. Discover the story of the American Army in 1777 and how it prepared to defend liberty at Ticonderoga through living history programs and demonstrations throughout Memorial Day weekend. These events will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

Throughout the weekend, witness the labor of liberty as soldiers from the Continental Army bring to life this defining story through military drills, historic trades, and fatigue duties such as carpentry.

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Monday, May 20, 2024

Whiteface region to host bike and foot races this June

Whiteface MTB participants


Whiteface Uphill Bike Race now includes handcycle division

Wilmington, NY – The Whiteface Region of Upstate New York is gearing up to host a number of race events. The Whiteface Mountain Uphill Bike and Foot races, the Wilmington Whiteface Mountain Bike Race, and the Wilmington Whiteface Whiskey Run all take place during the month of June.

According to Michelle Preston, director of the Whiteface Visitors Bureau, the events entice participants from throughout the Northeast who love the region’s natural beauty and challenging courses.

“This is such an exciting time in Wilmington,” she said. “The races provide an opportunity to showcase the Wilmington community, the area’s rugged backcountry terrain, amazing Adirondack scenery, and our growing mountain bike trail network. We are really excited about the addition of a handcycle division to one of the bike races.”

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Sunday, May 19, 2024

Saranac Lake’s ‘Round the Mountain race draws record 102 boats

Paddling team

Saranac Lake, NY— The Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) hosted the 2024 ‘Round the Mountain Canoe & Kayak Race on Saturday, May 11, drawing a record 102 boats for the annual spring paddling tradition.

Matthew Skeels of Canton, NY, posted the fastest time of the day, completing the 10.5-mile course in 1:25:30. TheRound the Mountain begins at Ampersand Bay on Lower Saranac Lake, crosses to Second Pond, through the Lower Locks to Oseetah Lake and finishes on Lake Flower.

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Thursday, May 16, 2024

Tenth Annual Adirondack Day Showcases Adirondack Region’s Economic Vitality


man stands at a podium

Lake Placid, NY- Adirondack Day, an annual event showcasing the region’s economic diversity, took place in Albany on May 6 at the Legislative Office Building. The event, co-sponsored by Senators Neil Breslin and Jose M. Serrano, showcases the breadth of Adirondack-based organizations, businesses, educational institutions, environmental preservation groups, and various industry sectors.

The event was organized by the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism and the North Country Chamber of Commerce, along with representatives from a number of industry sectors throughout the Adirondacks including tourism, environmental sustainability, history, education, sports, housing, healthcare, agriculture, hospitality, economic development, and arts. The event showcased a number of Adirondack-themed displays and exhibits, local food and beverages and featured opportunities for attendees to meet and interact with exhibitors.

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Saturday, May 11, 2024

Climate Action Walk set for Glens Falls on May 18

Glens Falls Climate Action Walk graphic.

A Community Climate Action Walk is scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 18 from 1 to 4 p.m. in downtown Glens Falls, NY. Interested parties should gather at Glens Falls City Park next to Crandall Public Library at 1 p.m. where they will be welcomed by Father Scott from St. Mary’s Church, St. Mary’s youth reciting excerpts from Laudate Deum, Claudia Braymer, Glens Falls Presbyterian Earth Care Team, and Molly Stewart, from the Glens Falls Unitarian Universalist Congregation.

At 1:30 p.m., led by a climate banner and drums, the group will walk down Glenn Street to Crandall Park where speakers will focus on climate action goals to mitigate the harsh consequences of global warming, and tables will be set up by local groups and organizations for taking actions. Working together adds power to our movement to protect our earth and living beings. In the event of rain or poor weather the event will take place in the Aviation Mall and announced on North Country Earth Action Facebook.

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Saturday, May 11, 2024

One-man show “Tomatoes Tried to Kill Me But Banjos Saved My Life” set for Whallonsburg Grange Hall May 18

Whallonsburg, NY – The Whallonsburg Grange Hall in Essex is thrilled to present the award-winning, inspirational, one-man show, “Tomatoes Tried to Kill Me But Banjos Saved My Life,” on Saturday, May 18 at 7:30 p.m. Fresh from sold-out runs Off Broadway, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and other internationally known venues, Keith Alessi shares his exceptional story of leaving the corporate world behind to follow his true passion—playing the banjo – and how, after a cancer diagnosis, they truly did save him.

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Saturday, May 11, 2024

Jazz Musicians Perform “Coastal Suite” May 19 at Plattsburgh’s Strand Theater

Alan Blackman Jazz will perform The Coastal Suite on Sunday, May 19 at 3 p.m. at the historic Strand Theater in Plattsburgh, New York. The Coastal Suite stands as a significant achievement in the notable career of composer-pianist Alan Blackman. A New Jazz Works commission by Chamber Music America with funding awarded by the Doris Duke Foundation, the full-length, multi-media work was premiered live in Baltimore and New York in 2014 and featured on NPR’s JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater. Performances of The Coastal Suite have met with widespread acclaim by audiences and jazz pundits alike.

Tickets are available online at and also at the Strand Arts Center during their regular business hours. For further information, call (518) 293-7613, e-mail or visit

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Wednesday, May 8, 2024

The Wild Center to unveil new trail and attraction, art installation

The Wild Center building.

Tupper Lake, NY – The Wild Center opened for its 2024 season on Friday, May 3. Off the heels of the USA Today Readers’ Choice Awards, where it was voted the Best Science Museum in the U.S., The Wild Center is expanding its offerings and activities with exciting exhibits and experiences. Among this season’s offerings is the unveiling of Raquette River Roll, a ball run experience along the Fen Trail, a new half-mile trail down to the Raquette River fen, and The Clothesline: Food, Fiber, Air, and Soil exhibit, an installation dedicated to the world of agriculture.

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Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Town of Johnsburg to hold May 9 public workshop for comprehensive plan

Lake Champlain-Lake George Regional Planning logo.

Johnsburg, NY – The Town of Johnsburg invites all interested members of the public to attend a workshop at the North Creek Fire House on Thursday, May 9 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. This update to the Town’s 2004 Comprehensive Plan will be used to guide and shape the future of the Town. Public input is vital to the development of this plan and all interested community members are encouraged to be an active part of the process.

This is the third public workshop held so far in the planning process. The goal of this workshop is to receive public feedback on the draft goals for the plan which have been developed through input received from the community survey and the previously held public workshop.

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Monday, May 6, 2024

The Cook Farm offers community events for International Compost Awareness Week

Woman planting in the dirt


Owls Head, NY – The Cook Farm, a 26.5-acre regenerative farm nestled beneath Owls Head Mountain, is thrilled to announce a series of free community events to celebrate International Compost Awareness Week, in collaboration with local organizations Compost For Good, ADKAction, Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA), Clarkson University, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Franklin County, and the Malone Wead Library.

International Compost Awareness Week aims to educate the public about the benefits of composting and recycling organics, including food scraps and yard waste. The 2024 theme emphasizes compost’s pivotal role in climate strategies by decreasing methane emissions, mitigating climate change, reducing fertilizer inputs, and increasing resilience to environmental challenges.

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Sunday, May 5, 2024

Film Review: Foragers, final film in a series for Palestine; screening set for May 7

Plants, People and Apartheid graphic.

By Tyler Barton

Who decides how land is used? That’s the question at the heart of so many conversations happening in Adirondacks today about housing, zoning, water rights, indigeneity—hell, even the emergency services building. It’s also the question at the heart of “Foragers” (2022) by Berlin-based artist, Jumana Manna.

Her documentary film is screening for one night only at the St. Eustace Episcopal Church in Lake Placid this Tuesday, May 7 at 6:30 p.m. “Foragers” is an intimate look at how Palestinians living in Israel and the West Bank preserve their culinary heritage by enduring surveillance, harassment, detention, extortion, and dozens of smaller but no less dreadful injustices.

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Sunday, May 5, 2024

ANCA Convenes Stakeholders and Community Leaders for 2024 Clean Energy Conference

people stand by a bus

Two-day learning and networking event set for May 20-21 in Clayton, New York

Clayton, NY — As people around the world commemorate Earth Week, the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) invites North Country community members, stakeholders, educators and advocates to convene around current clean energy issues at the regional nonprofit’s annual Clean Energy Conference. The two-day event will feature tours, presentations and networking opportunities designed to advance clean energy initiatives that benefit New York communities, businesses and residents.
The conference will gather industry experts, service providers, contractors and community members at the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel in Clayton, NY on May 20 and 21, 2024. Registration is open at

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