Sunday, March 31, 2024

Kay Jones among 4 inducted into USA Bobsled and Skeleton Hall of Fame

From left: Dave Jones III, Maura Jones, Kathryn Jones-McQuillan, Barbara Benware, Genevieve Benware, Margaret Jones, Dave Jones, and Linda Jones in the Mountain Lodge.

Lake Placid, NY – In front of family members and many friends, Lake Placid’s Kay Jones, bobsled photographer from the 1960s into the 1980s, was inducted posthumously Saturday evening, March 23,  into the USA Bobsled and Skeleton Hall of Fame.

Three generations of the Jones family were in attendance celebrating their mother’s and grandmother’s induction. During the ceremony, held in the new Mountain Lodge at Mt. Van Hoevenberg, attendees heard interviews of Jones with ABC Television’s Jim McKay and Curt Gowdy, conducted during the 1980 Winter Olympics. Jones was hired by the Associated Press to photograph the Olympic competitions.

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Sunday, March 31, 2024

Spring Trout Fishing Season Begins April 1

Trout Power volunteer holds a brook trout.

On March 22, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos reminded New Yorkers of the April 1 start of the trout fishing season, a spring tradition bolstered by DEC’s extensive stocking program and New York’s world-renowned wild trout fisheries. DEC’s spring trout stocking, which began in March and runs through early June, will include more than 1.9 million trout being stocked in waters statewide, enhancing the diversity of excellent fishing opportunities available to anglers in New York State.

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Saturday, March 30, 2024

Songbirds compete with strutting turkeys at feeders

Falls at Bug Lake

Well, we finally had a week of winter (all at the same time) and even got the snowmobilers out and about until they wore it down to dirt on most of the trails. Many folks to the south of us in the Capital District got ice at the end of the snowstorm, which took down many powerlines, putting many out of power for a couple of days…and some longer. In most places, the temperature got into the single digits and didn’t get above freezing during daylight hours.

Ice was out of many lakes and with these cold temperatures along with the snow that cooled down the surface water temperatures, they all refroze. As of today, March 26, most are still covered with ice and the only open water is in the Moose River and the channel in Inlet where lots of waterfowl moved to find food. I had a Belted Kingfisher over my frozen pond just before the storm, and he wasn’t going to catch any fish there. I did find some Mallards in the beaver ponds on the outlet of Eighth Lake.

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Saturday, March 30, 2024

Female vocal ensemble, Ensemble Scholastica, to perform April 14 in Redford

The women of Ensemble Scholastica

Canada’s only female vocal ensemble specializing in the performance of Gregorian chant and medieval polyphony (c. 800-1300 AD), Ensemble Scholastica, will perform in concert on Sunday, April 14 at 3 p.m. at the historic Church of the Assumption in Redford, NY. There is a pre-concert talk at 2 p.m. by ensemble director, Rebecca Bain, about the medieval period and the culture of the cloister. General admission at the door is available for $20; seniors for $15; and students for $5. (A family rate is also available.)

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Saturday, March 30, 2024

“Sustainable Futures” Earth Day event set for April 20 in Glens Falls

A young boy stands by a table set up for Earth Day celebration

Glens Falls, NY – The Glens Falls Earth Day Planning Committee (Crandall Library, Sustainable PR, and the City of Glens Falls), is excited to announce the centerpiece of this year’s Earth Day Celebration – An exclusive presentation by Tony Buettner, the national spokesperson for the Blue Zones movement. This year’s Earth Day Celebration will take place on Saturday, April 20, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Glens Falls City Park, embracing the theme “Sustainable Futures.”

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Saturday, March 30, 2024

Early Spring Trilogy

poetry logo“Desperation”

[Conversations with poets, cont. …

William Stafford, “Earth Dweller”]

The snow has gone, early

but gone.

the dirt, tufts of grass, the deer

coming out the woods to

crop them. But where are the birds?

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Friday, March 29, 2024

Adirondack Scrimshaw

An artist's mushroom carving

Adirondack Scrimshaw

Sometimes it’s the little things that provide inspiration for our journey through life.

For me, one of those things was an artist’s drawing on a big fungus that my mom kept on our living room fireplace mantle in the Saranac Lake house I grew up in.

To share my journey of artistic discovery, click the link & read on.


Friday, March 29, 2024

Outdoor Conditions (3/29): Region 5 DEC Campgrounds Remain Closed for Camping

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.

NEW THIS WEEK

  • Snow Report (3/27): The following report describes conditions as of Wednesday, 3/27. Changing weather may affect conditions. There is 55cm (22in) of snow at the Colden Caretaker Cabin. Snow levels vary at higher elevations. The lakes are still in as of Tuesday the 26. Snowshoes are required at Avalanche Camps, and wherever else snow depths exceed 8 inches.
  • Campgrounds Remain Closed for Camping: Region 5 DEC Campgrounds are currently closed for all camping and overnight use. This means there are no restrooms, potable water, or other facilities at this time, including on April 8. Additionally, there is tree cutting and other hazardous work going on at many of the campgrounds, so Fish Creek and others are likely to be gated for the safety of the public.

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Friday, March 29, 2024

Discussion time: Santanoni access

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The state Department of Environmental Conservation has found itself in a bit of a bind in an “only in the Adirondacks” variety. The state is required to provide access to Great Camp Santanoni, a historic site set back 5 miles in the woods. Unfortunately, motorized access is not currently allowed. A horse-drawn wagon has been the preferred method, only the wagon isn’t up to ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) specifications. A wagon custom built for the agency is heavy, and current wagon operator doesn’t want to risk injuring his horses. What should the state do to remedy the situation? Read our coverage here and weigh in below!


Thursday, March 28, 2024

National Youth Service Leader Comes to Cranberry Lake

Rodney Smith Jr. with landmower

By Susan Sweeney Smith

The Cranberry Lake North Shore HUB is pleased to announce the visit of Rodney Smith Jr. of Mowing for A Cause, founder of Raising Men and Women Lawn Care Service. Rodney will meet us at the HUB later in April (target date is April 22) to mow our lawn and help spread the word about his outreach program. He and his board encourage young people across the country to become volunteers through free lawn mowing for senior citizens, veterans, the disabled, single moms, and anyone in need. The Cranberry Lake North Shore HUB, located on Route 3 in Cranberry Lake, is a local not-for-profit that purchased and restored an 1898 Presbyterian Church.  

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Thursday, March 28, 2024

Paddling group urges safety, environmental responsibility during eclipse

 NFCT Board Chair Warren Whitney

By Northern Forest Canoe Trail Board Chair Warren Whitney

The April 8 total solar eclipse is a once-in-a-lifetime event that will be viewed by millions, many of whom will flock to remote wilderness and rural areas, including much of the Northeast — an exciting moment, to be sure, but also one that warrants responsible use of our wild spaces, and some advance planning.

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) spans 740 miles of waterways and trails from Old Forge, NY, to Fort Kent, Maine; the entire trail aligns with the path of the solar eclipse. As the nonprofit responsible for stewardship of this trail, and an organization that promotes paddling to people of all backgrounds, we’re excited about the eclipse. We also strongly urge people to take extra heed of Leave No Trace principles, as unusually high traffic can have a negative impact on the environment.

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Thursday, March 28, 2024

Go fishing (on April 1)!

A man presents at a meeting before a group of people

Fishing season begins

As the annual trout fishing season begins on April 1, state fisheries managers are seeking public input into a plan that could shape the trout seasons of the future. After a pair of well-attended information sessions on the Department of Environmental Conservation’s emerging new ponded brook trout plan, the agency scheduled a third one to be held virtually on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Register here.

I went to the one in Warrensburg, where a team of fisheries managers and biologists outlined the plan and answered questions from a crowd full of anglers. They covered a lot of interesting topics – including plans to stock heritage strains more broadly – and detailed a planned increase of waters where baitfish will be restricted.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Boot prints lead 15 rangers to lost Mt. Marcy hiker whose clothes froze to his body

forest ranger reports graphicTown of North Elba
Essex County 
Wilderness Rescue: On March 22 at 9:45 p.m., Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from a woman reporting her 33-year-old son from New York City was overdue from hiking Mount Marcy and Gray and Skylight mountains. At 10:28 p.m., Forest Ranger Mecus located the subject’s vehicle at Adirondak Loj. Rangers Adams and Duchene attempted to retrace the subject’s itinerary, going up and over Mount Marcy and down to Four Corners. At 4:25 a.m., Ranger Mecus completed searching the trail and campsites to Lake Colden Outpost, before heading up to climb to Four Corners with Colden Caretaker Raudonis.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Hochul approves 2023-24 Adirondack Park State Land classification package

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Action Includes the Classification and Reclassification of 6,050 Acres of State Land in New York State’s Adirondack Park

Ray Brook, NY – Governor Kathy Hochul approved the 2023-24 Adirondack Park State Land classification package. The action includes 25 state land classifications totaling approximately 5,800 acres and 11 state land reclassifications totaling an estimated 250 acres. The Adirondack Park Agency, in consultation with the Department of Environmental Conservation, advanced recommendations to the Governor after completion of a rigorous review process with extensive public comment opportunities in accordance with the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan. The lands involved in this classification action are in the counties of Clinton, Essex, Fulton, Franklin, Hamilton, Herkimer, St. Lawrence, and Warren.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Adirondack Land Trust’s National Accreditation Renewal Approved

Two men shake hands by a tree

Keene, NY – The Adirondack Land Trust has achieved accreditation renewal from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, a distinction shared this year by 47 accredited land trusts committed to conservation excellence across the United States.

“We welcomed the review of our standards and practices required for accreditation renewal to ensure that we are worthy of the trust of our donors and partners,” said Adirondack Land Trust Executive Mike Carr. “We are honored the Commission has recognized the diligent work of our dedicated staff and board.”

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