Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Developer shows why new APA legislation is necessary

A second-home developer of undeveloped private lakes and forests in Fulton County has worn down the Adirondack Park Agency over the past two years. Thus far, the applicant is succeeding in placing his real estate sales and marketing goals far ahead of the APA’s responsibilities for natural resource protection and solid site design of human development.

The application of New York Land and Lakes Development LLC (NYLL), Oneonta, NY, was declared complete by the APA on Dec. 14. The proposal calls for 34 new home lots, driveways, individual septic, and a new access road surrounding 100+-acre Woodward Lake.  The subdivision sprawls across just under 1,200 acres of forest zoned Rural Use and Resource Management above Great Sacandaga Lake.

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Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Rangers help out during Winter Storm Gail

In anticipation of Winter Storm Gail, Forest Rangers, along with other DEC staff, were deployed to various staging areas across the state to assist with the State’s response. Forest Rangers were assigned to Dutchess County and Oneonta on Dec. 16, and to the High Peaks rest area, Warrensburg, Saratoga, Northville, and Lowville on Dec. 17. Resources were moved as needed due to the changing track of the storm, including providing coverage to the Capital Region and I-81 corridor north of Binghamton. Following the closure of the highway, two crews patrolled and performed welfare checks on stranded motorists and helped shovel out tractor trailers and other vehicles.

Forest Rangers help during winter storm Gail

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Wednesday, December 23, 2020

12 months of Almanack: April story highlights

coronavirusFrom now until the New Year we’re counting 2020, looking back month by month at the most popular stories that ran in the Almanack.

Coronavirus dominated the headlines (and pretty much all our attention) in April. In fact, since the pandemic began, we’ve posted 171 stories to date tagged “coronavirus.” Here are the top five posts from April (ranked by number of comments made) and four of the five are related to the pandemic:

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Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Last-minute shop local (and surviving the holidays) guide

By Audrey Schwartzberg, Communications Associate, Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA)

The 2020 holiday season will most certainly look and feel different.

These are stressful times for many of us: financially, emotionally, mentally.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Greening the Holidays with Less Food Waste

Every year, a large amount of food goes to waste during the holiday season. According to the EPA, food waste accounts for about 24 percent of the municipal solid waste across the country. Without mindful planning, this number can only get worse.

Food is an important part of holiday celebrations, so that means we buy more, cook more and, on average, waste more during this time of year. The spoiled produce, expired products, and uneaten leftovers contribute to this waste which, most often, ends up in landfills. Food waste makes landfills the third largest human-related methane emission source in the country. The process of growing, processing and transporting food, and eventual hauling of the food waste also consumes a large amount of energy and generates emissions, polluting the air.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2020

12 months of Almanack: March story highlights

Fisher provided by DECFrom now until the New Year we’re counting 2020, looking back month by month at the most popular stories that ran in the Almanack.

Here are the top five from March (ranked by number of comments made):

  1. HIGH PEAKS SHUTTLE: A moot point for the rest of 2020. https://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2020/03/high-peaks-shuttles-visitor-needs-and-resource-protection.html
  2. FISHER RESEARCH: Some recent findings on the fisher population. https://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2020/03/some-declines-ongoing-adirondack-fisher-research.html
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Monday, December 21, 2020

“Spread the Word, Not the Virus” COVID-19 PSA Contest

AdkAction is currently accepting submissions to their “Spread the Word, Not the Virus” COVID-19 Public Service Announcement (PSA) contest, open to all New York State middle and high school students. The winner will receive a prize of $1,000 and have their PSA broadcast on television, as well as at the Beyond the Peaks Student Film Festival on Friday, June 4, 2021.

Each PSA Submitted should be between 30 and 45 seconds in length, and should include the slogan “Spread the word, not the Virus.” The PSA must also contain logos, as specified within the directions, and address a broad range of audiences. Deadline for submission is midnight on Friday, January 15, 2021. Participation in the contest is free.

Students must upload video submissions online through the digital film contest platform “Launchpad”, which was donated by Skills21 at EdAdvance, and Educational Nonprofit based out of Connecticut. The submissions will then be evaluated by teachers, nonprofit leaders and health department staff. The judges will be searching for originality, inventiveness, and the invocation of emotion within the PSA. The scoring rubric, as well as more information and a detailed video tutorial on how to submit your PSA are located here on AdkAction website.


Monday, December 21, 2020

2021 Decentralization Grant Applications Now Open

council on the artsThe 2021 Decentralization (DEC) Grant application process is now open for eligible arts organizations and individual artists residing in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, and Hamilton Counties. Artists may submit up to three direct requests of up to $5000 in any combination of two categories: Community Arts and Arts Education projects.

The requirements for submission include reading the guidelines for whichever category you are applying in and attending a free informational seminar with a Grant Coordinator. Seminars will be held online via Zoom between now and January 15. The deadline for the online application process is January 31.

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Monday, December 21, 2020

12 months of Almanack: February story highlights

From now until the New Year we’re counting 2020, looking back month by month at the most popular stories that ran in the Almanack.

Here are the top five from February:

  1. UNLIMITED ACCESS? Peter Bauer argues that rather than curb High Peaks use, the state is enabling an increase in hikers. https://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2020/02/viewpoint-state-facilitating-unlimited-access-to-high-peaks.html

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Sunday, December 20, 2020

Uncovering the mysteries behind a bridge’s remains

The First Suspension Bridge to Cross the Hudson River – 1871

Eight or ten years ago, when some of the last of the Finch-Pruyn lands were transferred from the Nature Conservancy to the State of New York, my wife and I hiked into Palmer Pond and then bushwhacked down to the Hudson River on the last of their logging roads.  Almost at the edge of the riverbank there was a log-header and just behind he the header was what appeared to be the remains of an old roadway.  We followed the overgrown roadway for approximately a quarter of a mile.  We then turned around, not knowing if we had inadvertently hiked on to private lands.  However that memory of the roadway lingered in my mind.  Where did it go ??

A few years later a friend and I were paddling the Hudson River from Riparius to the Glen and after paddling through “Z rapids” and “Horse Race Rapids” we stopped to rest at the Washburn’s Eddy.  There, my friend pointed out (river left) two iron cables that reached down the rock face and entered the water.  What was this ?   My friend told me that it was the remains of a bridge that had one time crossed the Hudson River.

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Sunday, December 20, 2020

12 months of Almanack: January story highlights

Starting today, we’ll count down the year, looking back month by month at the most popular stories that ran in the Almanack. 

We’ll start with the top five from January:

  1. SAVE THE RAILS: Guest essay about preserving our rail infrastructure. https://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2020/01/viewpoint-tearing-out-railroads-is-not-progress.html
  2. MAKE SOME TRAILS: On the other side of “rails vs. trails” is Peter Bauer, in a commentary about the Hudson River line from North Creek to Saratoga. https://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2020/01/viewpoint-convert-hudson-river-rails-to-multi-use-trai.html
  3. HISTORIC RESCUE: Forest Ranger Scott van Laer looks back on a memorable incident on Algonquin. https://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2020/01/on-algonquin-in-winter-bad-luck-can-be-fatal.html
  4. DIVERSITY GOALS: Area museums receive grant funds to advance their work in meeting the needs of all visitors. https://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2020/01/adkx-wild-center-working-on-diversity.html
  5. HIGH PEAKS CROWDS: Adirondack Council Executive Director Willie Janeway shared an update about patterns of use in the High Peaks Wilderness. https://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2020/01/early-results-on-overuse-visitors-still-surging.html

Sunday, December 20, 2020

Weekly news roundup

A round up of interesting reads:

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Saturday, December 19, 2020

Top stories of 2020

woolly bearAs of mid-December, we’ve published 1,354 stories, commentaries, news releases and other posts. That’s pretty impressive, especially when you also consider the 425 stories that were posted to our sister site Adirondack Explorer (.org) in 2020, in addition to 40 photo galleries and 25 videos to the Explorer’s YouTube channel.

Almanack top 10

Here are the Adirondack Almanack’s 10 most-read stories from 2020 (taken from Google Analytics):

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Saturday, December 19, 2020

Adirondack history website brings museums, orgs together in one place

To say that John Sasso is passionate about Adirondack history would be an understatement.

He’s the founder of the History and Legends of the Adirondacks group on Facebook, which launched five years ago and has since grown to almost 21,000 members. In that forum, Sasso frequently posts his own research into the history of different peaks and the areas that surround them. Some of those historic peak profiles have been published here as well. Click here to see John’s work on the Almanack.

On top of all that, John has been quietly working behind the scenes on a personal project: An interactive map of historical organizations, museums and related landmarks.

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Saturday, December 19, 2020

Holiday recycling tips

Recycling Bin “Do’s” and “Don’ts” – Holiday Edition

NYS DEC provides some important recycling tips so you can have a waste-free seasonal celebration! Check out all the following tips and information, as well as events offered this season in order to help spread information and reduce waste this season.

Holiday Recycling Tips
  • Cardboard Boxes: Do recycle! Flatten boxes to save space and remove loose tape.
  • Holiday Cards: Do not include cards with glittery, metallic, or foil elements. Do include all others.
  • Wrapping Paper: Do not include metallic, glittery, or foil-lined papers. Do include other wrapping papers by folding into flat sheets before recycling.

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