Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Panel discussion to address trends in health care field, career opportunities

suny adirondack logoAccording to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in health care occupations will grow 16 percent through 2030, adding about 2.6 million new jobs — more than any other occupational groups.  That growth is attributed to the nation’s aging population, which puts a greater demand on health care services.

SUNY Adirondack and Saratoga Economic Development Corporation will co-host a panel discussion about the future of health care at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 3, at SUNY Adirondack Saratoga, 696 Route 9.

Holly Ahern, associate professor of Microbiology at SUNY Adirondack; Susan E. Corney, executive vice president of Human Resources at Hudson Headwaters Health Network; Marcy A. Dreimiller, vice president of Human Resources at Saratoga Hospital; Dutch Hayward, chief operating officer of The Wesley Community; and Ali Skinner, vice president of Communications Strategy at CDPHP, will discuss trends in health care and what they mean for the future of health care careers in the region.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2022

ADK Purchased Cascade Ski Center . . . Now What?

cascade ski center

It’s a rare day that I’m not asked, whether it’s by email, phone, or even after being stopped in the grocery store: what is ADK going to do now that it has purchased Cascade Cross Country Ski Center? Great question. 

Let’s start with what we know: ADK’s intent broadly is to use Cascade Ski Center and its location to improve local recreational offerings, reach more visitors with educational outreach, and support local and state visitor use management goals. Within this framework, we already plan to continue offering groomed cross-country skiing and snowshoeing with rentals and retail in the winter months. In the summer, we will offer information services and restrooms to the general public.

What happens beyond that and the degree to which we align our efforts with certain initiatives will depend largely on your input as community members and stakeholders. There is a great deal of potential for what could be done there, ranging from meeting space for community groups to mountain biking to birding programs. We must also consider what needs to be done to ensure that the property facilitates access for everyone, regardless of background, to our incredible public spaces.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Out-of-state snowmobilers get two free weekends in March

snowmobile trainingGov. Kathy Hochul today designated March 5-6 and March 12-13 for free snowmobiling by all out-of-state and Canadian snowmobilers. During these promotional weekends, the requirement to register in New York is waived for properly registered and insured out-of-state snowmobiling enthusiasts wishing to explore New York’s 10,500 miles of snowmobile trails. The Governor also announced up to $4.2 million for snowmobile trail maintenance and grooming will be distributed to local partners across New York State.

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Saturday, February 26, 2022

Save the Date: Georgia O’Keeffe musical, Nearby Faraway, set for July in Lake George

Save the Date: This summer, Georgia O’Keeffe will sing and dance in Lake George! Nearby Faraway, the brand-new Georgia O’Keeffe musical, will premiere July 22-24 and July 29-31, 2022, at the Carriage House Theater at Fort William Henry in Lake George, NY. The intimate musical will feature music by local composer Catherine Reid, and book and lyrics by Neal Herr. On the centennial anniversary of O’Keeffe’s breakthrough summers in Lake George, this dramatic tour-de-force is bound to be the centerpiece of what Mayor Robert Blais calls an “O’Keeffe-Fest,” with related activities by art and historical groups celebrating the life and art of “America’s Favorite Painter.” Adirondack Institute’s production of Nearby Faraway is made possible with generous grants from both the Touba Family Foundation and Warren County Tourism/ More details, including a full press release, to follow as we inch closer to the premiere date.

Photo at top: Courtesy of Kate Austin-Avon.



Thursday, February 24, 2022

The Sembrich’s 2022 Summer Festival: Reimagining the Classics set to begin in June, tickets on sale now

The Sembrich has announced its 2022 Summer Festival Reimagining the Classics. The festival will explore reinvention – from transcriptions and arrangements of beloved classics, to rhapsodies and
variations on themes of popular composers. Some events will return to the intimacy of the historic Sembrich Studio and others will be held under a lakeside performance tent. Events will begin in June and run through early September. Tickets are now on sale for all events in the 2022 summer festival.

“We’re delighted to present another summer of music here on Lake George,” said Artistic Director Richard Wargo. “Reimagining the Classics will explore all manner of reinvention and present a variety of refreshing new takes on classical favorites. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have had to reimagine many aspects of life, including the way we present and experience music. This summer’s festival will incorporate the best of those bold reinventions, including the introduction of our new outdoor Promenade Series.”

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Monday, February 21, 2022

2022 Adirondack Snowshoe Fest set for Feb. 25-27 in Saranac Lake

After hosting the World Snowshoe Championships in 2017, Saranac Lake officials were inspired to keep the joy of that international experience alive by creating and hosting a new snowshoe-themed weekend called the Adirondack Snowshoe Fest set for Friday – Sunday, February 25-27. Participants will have the opportunity to snowshoe at the Dewey Mountain Recreation Center and the Paul Smith’s College VIC . These two venues cater to the outdoor recreational sport and offer varied, uniquely Adirondack experiences. Dewey Mountain trails twist and turn up the gentle slopes of the mountain, which is a short drive from downtown while the VIC allows explorers to enjoy the extensive trail network comprised of wide, well-marked paths that skirt ponds, dip through open forest, and cross wetlands on boardwalks. Both venues will be offering a variety of snowshoe-related activities and experiences, as well as other winter outdoor activities suitable for all ages.

This festival is ideal for those new to snowshoeing as well as those who are advanced in the sport, and will consist of both adult and youth 5, 10 and 15k races. Folks who wish to take part in this year’s festival can register online at the link here: Guests will also have an opportunity to take part in a slew of other fun winter activities including a Children’s Snowshoe Scavenger Hunt & Icicle Obstacle Course, a Snowshoe Disk Golf Tournament, an axe throwing demo, winter fat tire bike demos, local music, beverages and grub, and much more.

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Sunday, February 20, 2022

Inlet to host 20th annual Frozen Fire and Lights event February 26

All are invited to bundle up and gather with family and friends to enjoy a day of fun winter activities during the 20th annual Frozen Fire and Lights celebration in the town of Inlet on Saturday, February 26. The free event serves as Inlet’s winter carnival, boasting an array of family-friendly activities that have proven to be crowd-pleasing ventures over the years including cardboard sled races, kite flying, face painting, a kids’ stuffed animal workshop, fireworks, and much more.

Guests are also encouraged to take advantage of Inlet’s all winter long specials including all-day free trail access for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, free access to Fern Park’s enclosed ice rink for ice skating and free access to the sledding hill located at Fern Park (situated at 11 Loomis Road in Inlet.) Folks are welcome to bring their own equipment or check out the skate, ski and snowshoe rentals available at Pedals & Petals in downtown Inlet.
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Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Winter Wonderland Week 2022: Events slated for Long Lake and Raquette Lake Feb. 18-25

Ice Golf at 2019 Raquette Lake Winter Carnival

There is a little something for everyone during Winter Wonderland Week in Raquette Lake and Long Lake beginning on Friday, February 18 to Friday, February 25. The festive week kicks off with day one of Raquette Lake’s annual Winter Carnival and an 80’s-themed skate and pizza party in Long Lake on Friday, Feb. 18. Raquette Lake’s Winter Carnival is set for Feb. 18 -20 and will feature an evening concert with the Jamcrackers at the Raquette Lake Chapel, a ladies’ frying pan toss, games for kids, ice golf, a cross-cut and chainsaw competition, a bonfire and fireworks, and much more.

The fun continues all week long with a slew of community-centered activities including skating and sledding races, a cross-country ski tour, a trivia night, tubing at Oak Mountain, an hors d’oeuvres tour in Long Lake, and the return of Long Lake/Raquette Lake Winter Bingo.

The Long Lake Hors D’Oeuvres Tour is set to return on Friday, February 25. The event is sponsored by the Town of Long Lake Parks, Recreation & Tourism Department. Participants will take a free shuttle service to area restaurants to enjoy an evening out in which they will have the opportunity to sample specialty appetizers created specifically for the event and vote for the best appetizer at each location. Participating restaurants are: The Long View Lodge, The Adirondack Hotel, and The Long Lake Diner. Reservations remain open until Monday, February 21. Those interested are encouraged to register for the event early as seats will be limited to 60 guests. Registration can be done online here: Call (518) 624-3077 for more information.

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Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Robert Rogers and his Rangers return to Fort Ticonderoga

battle on snowshoes rogersRobert Rogers and his Rangers return to Fort Ticonderoga Saturday, February 26, 2022 through the dramatic 1759 Battle on Snowshoes reenactment from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

The Battle on Snowshoes event vividly recreates the final winter battle between a scout of Mohawk warriors, British Regulars, and Rogers’ Rangers, versus the French garrison of soldiers, Canadians and Native American warriors at Fort Ticonderoga on March 7, 1759. This event is designed to be a rich experience for guests of all ages as they explore the final Battle on Snowshoes within the year 1759.

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Tuesday, February 15, 2022

2022 marks Adirondack Foundation’s 25th anniversary

The Adirondack Foundation’s President & CEO, Cali Brooks, shared the following message to the foundation’s supporters, partners and friends as foundation staff celebrate their 25th anniversary this year.
“2022 marks The Adirondack Foundation’s 25th anniversary,” Brooks said. “As we celebrate and reflect on a quarter century of enhancing the lives of people in the Adirondacks through philanthropy, we are thankful for all of you – our supporters, partners, and grantees who have helped to make our work possible. We hope you’ll join us in celebrating this milestone throughout the year. Stay tuned for more and be sure to hold Friday, August 12th for our summer celebration of community at Heaven Hill Farm in Lake Placid. As we look back, we also look ahead to our next 25 years of working toward our vision for a thriving Adirondacks – one where communities are strong, just, and inclusive; family wellbeing is supported through quality healthcare and education; economic vitality is supported through workforce training and entrepreneurship; nature is protected and cared for; and arts and cultural opportunities are available to all. How can we set the stage for this next chapter in our history?
By working alongside our amazing partners to drive equitable prosperity in communities where our neighbors live, work, and raise their families. By constantly adapting to the evolving needs and opportunities of the region we serve. By being nimble and innovative day in and day out to ensure families have the tools and resources they need to overcome income, housing, and other barriers. And by bridging our knowledge, networks, and experience with the generosity of our neighbors to amplify community needs and accelerate change. As your community foundation, we play a unique role across the region. We hope you will join us in setting the stage for the years ahead.”

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Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Common Ground Alliance plans winter forum

CGA winter forum

Join the Common Ground Alliance on Friday, February 25 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. as we update the community on progress since the Summer Forum and discuss the first-ever Community Blueprint for the Blue Line.

Registration for the two-hour event, which will be held on Zoom, is free and open to all.

Following the Summer Forum, we endeavored to distill participant insights and feedback into selected recommendations across four priority themes: housing, creating vibrant economies, community-based recreation, and climate change mitigation and adaptation. The Community Blueprint for the Blue Line identifies actions that can be implemented by municipalities and organizations at the community level within the Park.

During the Winter Meeting, we’ll introduce the Community Blueprint and utilize breakout groups to discuss possible next steps for each topic. We hope you can join us.

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

North Country Live launches new series Feb. 10

north country live programs

Birding, history, pandemic programs and a special film screening

North Country Live will revisit some of its most popular topics from past editions and explore new partnerships when it returns Feb. 10 with a new series of exciting and engaging programs for the community.

Hosted on Zoom by North Country Community College, this edition of North Country Live will feature new programs from two prior presenters: historian Tom McGrath and birding expert Joan Collins. It will also showcase an award-winning Native American film and delve into the timely issue of vaccine hesitance through a program presented in partnership with Historic Saranac Lake and Trudeau Institute.

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Monday, February 7, 2022

Save the Date – 2022 Free Fishing Days

ice fishingMark your calendars for this year’s free fishing days. On these days anyone can fish in New York without a fishing license, so it’s the perfect opportunity for you to introduce fishing to a friend or family member.

This year’s free fishing days:

February 19-20
June 25-26
September 24
November 11


Thursday, February 3, 2022

Oral history project will promote western Warren County’s “First Wilderness” 

first wilderness oral history projectThe Warren County Department of Planning and Community Development has launched a  collaboration with Cliff & Redfield Interactive (CRI), a Saratoga Springs-based rich-media communications organization, for a year-long campaign to promote community development  and heritage tourism in the First Wilderness Heritage Corridor of western Warren County. 

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Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Rockwell Kent and Greenland

rockwell kent greenland poster NORTH BY NUUK: GREENLAND AFTER ROCKWELL KENT

February 1 – March 11, 2022
Burke Gallery, John Myers Building, 2nd Floor

North by Nuuk is an intimate, contemporary look at the people and the social and primal geographic landscapes of Greenland. Photographer Denis Defibaugh presents his journey from Nuuk to the settlement of Illorsuit, 300 miles north of the Arctic Circle, following Rockwell Kent’s earlier footsteps and offering a fresh look at timeless Greenland.

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