The Old Forge Library and View are collaborating to present a wonderful evening of dancing and community. Dan Duggan will teach and call circle, square, reels (line) and contra dances. Dan and High on the Hog will keep your feet moving with live old time string band music, featuring hammered dulcimer, fiddle, banjo, guitar and bass. The community dance will be held at View on Friday, March 31 at 7 p.m. The event is free, fun, and family-friendly, and no prior dance experience is needed. View will provide snacks and a cash bar. » Continue Reading.
APA to hold monthly meeting March 16
APA Honors Women’s History Month with “Remarkable Women of the Adirondacks” Historical Presentation and Fine Arts Exhibit
Ray Brook, NY – The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, March 16, 2023. The meeting will be held at the Agency’s headquarters in Ray Brook, NY. The public is welcome to attend in person or remotely.
Public comment will be available to members of the public who attend the Agency meeting in person as well as those who participate remotely. If you would like the opportunity to make a public comment remotely, please email your name and the phone number used to call into the Board Meeting to AgencyMeeting.PublicComment@
The 90-Miler at 40: Call for Stories, Deadline March 31
In honor of the 40th anniversary of the Adirondack Canoe Classic (the 90-Miler), the Northern Forest Canoe Trail is seeking submissions for the creation of a commemorative coffee table book.
Stories must be short — 300 to 400 words — and ideally be accompanied by photos, though the NFCT will be working with photographers as well. NFCT aims to share stories from each decade dating back to the 1980s and intends to cover a wide array of topics, including family stories, first-timer stories, fierce competition, weather mishaps, etc.
Please Note: A submission is not a guarantee that a story will be published in the book; the NFCT will, however, aim to share stories that don’t get published in the coffee table book, on their website and social media accounts.
The deadline to submit stories is Friday, March 31.
Those who wish to submit a story, or those who have additional questions are asked to email chris@
Photo at top: A group of spectators watch as 90-Miler participants make their way through Inlet, NY. Photo provided by the Inlet Information Office.
Celtic Ceilidh slated for March 18 in Long Lake
On Saturday, March 18 from 1 to 6 p.m. the Town of Long Lake Parks & Recreation Department will host a Celtic Ceilidh (prounced kay-lee) at the Long Lake Town Hall located at 1204 Main St. in Long Lake, NY. The event will kick off at 1 p.m., featuring a live music concert and performance from North Country Fair. At 3 p.m. North Country Fair invites any interested musicians to join the stage for an open music Celtic music jam for all until 4 p.m. The finale is the Contra dance from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m.
DEC hiring for summer, job fairs set for March 16
On March 6, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced the availability of employment opportunities for the summer recreational season. Individuals looking for seasonal summer employment and who enjoy the outdoors are encouraged to learn more about opportunities to work at DEC facilities at upcoming on-site job fairs on Thursday, March 16, 2023.
Old Forge: Snofest on tap for March 10 & 11
Old Forge, NY – Snofest 2023 will be returning to the George T. Hiltebrant Recreation Center on Friday and Saturday, March 10 and 11. The popular event offers visitors the only chance in the North East to see new 2024 snowmobiles and gear featured by Arctic Cat, Polaris, and Ski-Doo. Special deals on sleds and accessories will be available, as well as demo rides sponsored by Arctic Cat (weather and conditions permitting.) The hours of operation for this year’s Snofest are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, when the North Street pavilion will be filled with snowmobiles, sled accessories, vendors, raffles, and food and beverage specials.
Billy Jones announces 2023 Women of Distinction Nominations
2023 Thurman Maple Days set for next three weekends
Thurman, NY – Bring the whole family to Town of Thurman, NY to visit all five great maple producers for this year’s Maple Days event, scheduled for the next three weekends, March 11-12, 18-19 & 25-26. Guests will have the opportunity to watch maple syrup being made before their eyes. Participating maple farms – Hidden Hollow Maple Farm, Valley Road Maple Farm, Toad Hill Maple Farm, Candy Mountain Maple and Mud St. Maple – all are in the same business, but differ in many respects, so plan to visit them all.
Silver Bay YMCA holds annual Winter Weekend event
SILVER BAY – Silver Bay YMCA hosted its annual Winter Weekend celebration Feb. 17 through Feb. 20. Despite the lack of snow, the community showed up in full force to partake in the winter-themed fun.
The fun started Friday evening with rock climbing and S’mores in Fisher Gymnasium where there was lots of laughter, memories, and sweet treats to be had and a Paint n’ Sip class in Gullen Lounge.
The excitement continued into Saturday with Broom Ball, arts and crafts, a mini disc golf tournament, cookie decorating, and an ice carving demonstration. The night ended with a community concert by “Uncle Juan’s Band.”
“I love Silver Bay,” Holly Kocher, a 10-year-old from Pennsylvania, proclaimed.
Adirondack Libraries Selected for AdkAction’s pollinator program
Plus 6th annual Native Plant Sale now open
In late 2022, AdkAction invited libraries across the Adirondacks to apply to AdkAction Library Buzz Program–a program that offers free Pollinator Resource Kits to local libraries
to help them empower both area residents and visitors to become informed pollinator advocates and take action to protect these vital species. In response to strong applications and enthusiasm for the project, AdkAction is thrilled to offer these free resource kits to all libraries that applied for the program–20 Adirondack libraries in total.
Northern Forest Canoe Trail recognizes recent thru-paddlers
Virtual discussion set for March 2
WAITSFIELD, Vt. — The Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) has announced its roster of 2022 thru-paddlers.
A total of 11 individuals — and one dog — completed the 740-mile waterway trail connecting New York, Vermont, Quebec, New Hampshire and Maine, and a family of three finished a four-year effort to paddle the entire canoe trail. The NFCT will host a virtual discussion with several of these paddlers on Thursday, March 2.
Food Justice Summit coming up March 2
The Adirondack Food System Network and its Steering Committee are excited to announce the 2023 Food Justice Summit to be held at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake, NY on March 2, 2023. This year’s theme is “Feed Back – Food is Health.”
“Craigardan is honored to assist in this important annual event through our ongoing work as part of the Adirondack Food System Network. The Feed Back summit was originally conceived in 2018 to convene all of us working within the regional food system, to identify gaps and opportunities, and to address inequities. Now in its sixth year, it has proven to be an integral piece of positive systems change in the North Country.” said Michele Drozd, Executive Director of Craigardan.
The one-day conference will feature panels on “food as medicine” programs and initiatives, innovative approaches to food system analysis, and environmental health. Additionally, the Summit will highlight two keynote speakers: Dr. Devon Mihesuah, Cora Lee Beers Price Professor in the Hall Center for the Humanities at the University of Kansas, and Benita Law-Diao, NYS Licensed Public Health Nutritionist/Dietitian and Adirondack Park Agency Board Member.
Registration is required for the event. Scholarships are available. Tickets and information for the event, including its sponsors and program, can be found at https://ahihealth.org/2023fjs/.
Navigating Grant Funding: Municipal Success Stories Webinar set for March 1
The NYS DEC and the NYS Association of Regional Councils are hosting a webinar on Wednesday, March 1 at 1 p.m. to highlight strategies used by municipalities of various sizes across New York State to secure grant funding. Municipalities will share information, such as how they access grant funds, what barriers they’ve had to overcome, lessons learned, the skill sets needed, and the key players necessary to access grant funding. Register to attend.
- Donald Tesoriero, Village of Northport
- Ruth Ann Devitt-Frank and Natalie Kikel, City of Kingston
- Beth Gilles, Lake Champlain-Lake George Regional Planning Board
- Anna Reynolds, Essex County
- Cassandra Pinkoski, Chautauqua County Soil and Water Conservation District
Photo at top courtesy of the NYS DEC.
Free Info Session for Farmland Owners set for March 1 in Essex
WHALLONSBURG – The Adirondack Land Trust is hosting a free informational session for farmland owners 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 1, at the Whallonsburg Grange Hall, 1610 NY-22, Essex, NY. The event, “How do conservation easements impact farm finances?” will touch on ways farmland conservation easements can affect land values, property taxes, borrowing ability and other financial matters.
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Remembering the Atomic Project, and the hydrochloric acid incident of 1956
More spring-like weather this week, [with] temperatures up to 51 [degrees] on Wednesday, [February 15], and I had a Red Wing Blackbird at the feeder. Then it was up to 49 [degrees] on Thursday, [February 16] with some rain and snow late in the day. Friday, [February 17] I went to Utica and the temperature was 35 [degrees] all the way down, with wet snow falling. [I] got my truck serviced and headed home and it was still 35 degrees there, but went down to 22 [degrees] by the time I hit Old Forge. [There was] no rain or snow [at the time], just a trace overnight, but the temperature zipped down to 10 [degrees]. That brought the Evening Grosbeaks into the feeder that morning and I banded eight before we went to the Chili Bowl [Luncheon] at View.
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