Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Waterhole unveils musical lineup for Saranac Lake Winter Carnival

Saranac Lake, NY-  The Waterhole will bring 12 different musical acts to the Upstairs Music Lounge from across the North East to the keep Winter Carnival goers movin’ & groovin’ as the town celebrates the 126th annual Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. The 2023 musical lineup features fan favorites and pairs them up with unbelievably talented opening acts. Annie in the Water will kick things off Friday, February 3 with high energy jams, funky tones, and chill vibes.

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Monday, December 19, 2022

Lessons from Santa and St. Nikolaus   

st nicholas

Back in the 1980s, when I was living in Munich with my German husband, our two young sons would start asking around the end of November each year if we were going to celebrate Christmas the American way or German-style that year. With a very American mother (where tradition is concerned) and a German dad, they experienced the traditions of both countries.

Most years, we took a vote. I always feared that “German-style” would win since it offers the obvious advantage of allowing them to open all their presents on Christmas Eve rather than having to wait until the next morning. I felt the need each year to hold a lengthy oratory about the excitement of hanging the stockings by the chimney with care, setting out cookies and milk for Santa, listening all night for the prancing and pawing of reindeer hoofs and creeping down the stairs while the house was still dark to get a peek at Santa. 

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Monday, December 19, 2022

ACLC Staff and Volunteers Rescue Iced-In Loon on First Lake in Town of Webb

Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation (ACLC) staff and volunteers joined together for the rescue effort on December 15

By Jennifer Denny, ACLC Communications Coordinator

On Wednesday, December 14 the Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation received a report of an iced-in Common Loon on First Lake in the Town of Webb. Overnight the water froze further and the ice surrounding the loon thickened. While these changes might seem bad for the loon, the cold night made conditions safe for a rescue effort.

On Thursday, December 15, volunteers and staff from the Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation went to rescue the loon early in the morning. The group included Cody Sears, Jay Locke, Gary Lee, Don Andrews, and Kurt Gardner.

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Monday, December 19, 2022

Free Supporting Healthy Families Program for Parents/Caregivers of Washington, Warren, and Essex Counties

Every parent at one time or another has questions and concerns about discipline and healthy eating for their growing children. Have you ever worried about what and how much your child is eating? Do you have a “picky eater” in your home? Are you dealing with challenging behaviors, and are at a loss at what to do?


Join educators from Cornell Cooperative Extension for the Supporting Healthy Families Program beginning Thursday, January 26, 2023 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. via Zoom. This five-week program combines tried and true basic parenting tools with healthy lifestyle skills. It is a unique opportunity for parents/caregivers to learn how to foster healthy relationships while learning about discipline and nutrition. Pre-registration is requested by January 19, 2023 to receive the Zoom link. Essex County residents can contact Samantha Davis at (518) 962-4810 or smd242@cornell.edu. For Warren and Washington County residents, please contact Roxanne Westcott at (518) 668-4881 or rmw38@cornell.edu.


This program is made possible with support from the Adirondack Foundation Generous Acts Grant and the Hudson Headwaters Health Foundation’s Upstream Fund.


Photo at top: Flickr photo.

Sunday, December 18, 2022

It’s Debatable: Concealed Carry Act

concealed carry weapon

Editor’s note: This commentary is in the Nov/Dec 2022 issue of Adirondack Explorer magazine, as part of our “It’s Debatable” feature. In this regular column, we invite organizations and/or individuals to address a particular issue. For more on this issue, read this story by Gwendolyn Craig. Click here to subscribe to the magazine, available in both print and digital formats: www.adirondackexplorer.org/subscribe.

The question: Does the Concealed Carry Act fit the park?

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Sunday, December 18, 2022

Discussion time: Population

adirondacks map

One of our readers, Lou Curth, raised this point recently in the comments:

NYT 12/9/22, report on Cop15 in Montreal,by Catrin Einhorn & Lauren Leatherby:


Wildlife is disappearing around the world, in the oceans and on land. The main cause on land is perhaps the most straightforward: Humans are taking over too much of the planet, erasing what was there before.


I’d like to hear your thoughts on this issue, and what it means for the Adirondacks. In a world of 8 billion people, what kind of population numbers could the Adirondacks sustain?


Sunday, December 18, 2022

Weekly news round up

A collection of interesting reads:

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Saturday, December 17, 2022

Graduation of 38 NYS Forest Rangers brings back memories of becoming a Ranger in 1965

Graduating Forest Rangers

We had a trickle of winter white, but we could use more. I believe the ground froze, as we had a few nights around twenty [degrees] before this little snowfall. Some loons forgot to leave, and three were frozen in First Lake yesterday [Sunday, December 11]. Two flew out during the day, and I have not heard about the other one. There were [also] a couple Bald Eagles keeping watch and waiting for a snack. Please remind your children to stay off the ice until we have some really cold weather [for the sake of their safety]. This on-and-off warm then cold weather hasn’t made the ice safe yet, so stay off [it] as a fall through the ice can be life threatening.

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Saturday, December 17, 2022

SUNY ESF: Dr. Martin Dovciak Receives National Science Foundation Mid-Career Advancement Award

Dr. Martin Dovciak

The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), one of the nation’s premier colleges focused exclusively on the study of the environment, developing renewable technologies, and building a sustainable future, is proud to announce that Dr. Martin Dovciak received a Mid-Career Advancement Award (MCA) from the National Science Foundation.

The award will help Dovciak advance his research—Data Science for Global Change-Does Plant Diversity Imply Forest Resilience?—which examines how plant diversity in the understory impacts the future of the forest.

While young tree seedlings in the forest understory can determine the character of the future forest, few studies have looked at how plant diversity may affect changes in tree seedling layer over time, according to Dovciak, associate professor in the Department of Environmental Biology. While some evidence suggested that more diverse plant communities should be more resilient to change, other studies suggested otherwise, he said. To remedy this problem, Dr. Dovciak will carry out an extensive study of what’s happening in world’s forest understories.

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Saturday, December 17, 2022

MAKE IT: Baked onion rings

baked onion rings

Onions, the most commonly used member of the allium family, are not only fantastic sources of flavor for food but also provide a nutritional punch. They are rich in Vitamins C and B, fiber, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and iron. They are not only nutrient-dense but have also been widely used in traditional medicine for millennia. The organosulfur compounds that give onions their characteristic tear-inducing qualities also provide noted health benefits that include promoting cardiovascular health through antiplatelet and antithrombotic functions, reducing unhealthy bacterial loads, providing cancer-preventing antioxidants, and promoting improved respiratory health.

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Saturday, December 17, 2022

ANCA Selected by NYSERDA to Establish Clean Energy Hub for the North Country

Adirondack North Country Association logo.

SARANAC LAKE, NY — The Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) has announced that the regional nonprofit has been selected by the New York State Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to establish its new Regional Clean Energy Hubs Program in the North Country. ANCA will work closely with Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties and SUNY Canton Career Ready Education and Success Training (CREST) to administer the $4,099,404 award and bring clean energy programs and workforce development opportunities to North Country residents, homeowners, and businesses.


The project supports Governor Kathy Hochul’s nation-leading climate goals outlined in the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, as well as the State’s commitment to deliver at least 35 percent of the benefits from clean energy investments, with a goal of 40 percent, to disadvantaged communities and help advance an equitable clean energy transition for all New Yorkers.

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Friday, December 16, 2022

Outdoor Conditions (12/16): Heavy snow expected through Saturday in High Peaks, trails messy & slippery

outdoor conditions logoThe following are only the most recent notices pertaining to public lands in the Adirondacks. Please check the Adirondack Backcountry webpages for a full list of notices, including seasonal road statuses, rock climbing closures, specific trail conditions, and other pertinent information


High Peaks Wilderness Snow Report (12/15): PLEASE NOTE: The following report describes conditions as of noon on Thursday, 12/15. Heavy snow expected Thursday night through Saturday will completely change conditions in the High Peaks Wilderness. There is currently minimal snow at the Colden Caretaker Cabin. Higher summits also have minimal snow coverage. Trails in general are messy and slippery due to thin ice coverage. Microspikes are needed. Ski trails are not in good condition at this time. Lakes have thin ice and are not currently crossable.

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Friday, December 16, 2022

DEC Recreation Highlights: Special Weather Warning, Region 5 Children’s Holiday Party Postponed to Dec. 19

Heavy snow on trees

Winter Storm Warnings are in effect throughout the Adirondack region from Thursday afternoon, Dec. 15 through Saturday, Dec. 17. Heavy snow is expected, with accumulations of up to 18 inches or more in some areas. Travel will be difficult, road conditions may be hazardous, and power outages are possible.

DEC Environmental Conservation Police Officers, Forest Rangers, Emergency Management staff and regional staff are on alert, monitoring the developing situation and actively patrolling areas and infrastructure impacted by severe weather. DEC is coordinating resource deployment with agency partners and all available assets are positioned to assist with any emergency response.

DEC advises backcountry users to be aware of and prepared for winter conditions. Winter hiking and skiing safety and preparedness are extremely important no matter your physical ability or destination. Properly preparing for winter conditions is essential for a safe, enjoyable experience. Check the Hike Smart NY 10 Essentials for a baseline packing list and review winter hiking safety.

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Friday, December 16, 2022

Latest news headlines

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

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