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Thursday, March 14, 2024

Early Birds

Little girl stands in front of a pond

It’s been a mild winter…Record setting in fact. The snow melted early, tree buds are peeking, runoff streams are running full bore, and our waterfowl breeding pond ice is already out. This March air certainly has a spring feel.  I sure hope this year’s nesting birds don’t get April-fooled by a frozen blast of late season snow.

To read my granddaughter, Ari Rae’s, early bird duck report, click the link & read on. 

Photo at top: Outlaw Ari Rae. Photo by Dick Monroe.

Thursday, March 14, 2024

Whallonsburg Grange Lyceum upcoming lectures

Whallonsburg Grange Lyceum series
-The final two lectures in the Whallonsburg Grange Winter Lyceum series, “Author! Author!” will present two local authors with new books on very different topics. On Tuesday, March 19 at 7pm, Lorraine Duvall, an award-winning author who writes on her love of the Adirondacks, will discuss her newest memoir about the Styles Brook in the towns of Keene and Jay, near where she lives. This tributary drops around 2,500 feet as it descends five miles to the East Branch of the Ausable River from its origin on Jay Mountain.

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Thursday, March 14, 2024

DEC Issues Public Safety Information Ahead of Solar Eclipse

total solar eclipse

Rare Celestial Event on April 8 Expected to Attract Thousands of Visitors to New York State

On March 11, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos provided valuable tips to help the public prepare to recreate safely and responsibly as New Yorkers count down the days to the highly anticipated total solar eclipse, which occurs exactly four weeks from today. While DEC law enforcement and operations staff will be prepared for visitors, eclipse watchers are encouraged to find Adirondack destinations outside the backcountry or opt for visiting one of the many designated viewing locations across the state.

Monday, April 8, 2024, the roughly 100-mile-wide path of totality across Upstate New York will begin near Jamestown, Chautauqua County, at approximately 3:16 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time and exit near Plattsburgh, Clinton County, at approximately 3:29 p.m. Cities and towns within the path of totality also include Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Rochester, Syracuse, Watertown, Old Forge, and Lake Placid.

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Thursday, March 14, 2024

Brook trout plan

Trout Power volunteer holds a brook trout.

Planning for (lake-dwelling) brook trout

State fisheries managers are seeking input on a plan that will shape their approach to managing lake-dwelling brook trout for the next 15 years. They hosted their first public information session in Old Forge on Saturday and have another one scheduled this weekend in Warrensburg.

After adopting a new trout stream management plan and regulations in 2020, the Department of Environmental Conservation is now working on a similar plan for the unique brook trout that live out their lives in Adirondack ponds and lakes.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Damn That Global Warming! (It’s ruining the North Country)

Person kayaking on the lake in winter

Photo by the author of an activity that should be relegated to May, at least. Photo by Randy Fredlund.

JEREMY: Things just ain’t like they used to be.

JAKE: Yah, yer right. There just isn’t much snow anymore.

JEREMY: It’s that damn global warming.

JAKE: You can say that again.

JEREMY: It’s that damn global warming. We just don’t get the snow like we used to.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Saranac Lake: Youth Skating Program begins March 18

Kids pose for photo on an ice rink


Saranac Lake, NY – The Saranac Lake Civic Center announces it will host a youth skating series starting on Monday, March 18 provided free of charge. The children’s series, “March Madness,” begins Monday, March 18 at the newly-remodeled facility and will be reserved for children ages 5-17 with consent from their caregiver.

The program is funded by a Franklin County Youth Bureau Funding Grant. The goal of the grant includes developing programs for youth in Franklin County.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Registration open for June 14-17 Adirondack Paddling Symposium

Instructor Jason Smith, owner of Adirondack Lakes & Trails Outfitters in Saranac Lake, NY, helps a paddler hone their roll technique. (Photo provided by the NFCT.)

Saranac Lake, NY — Registration is open for the 2024 Adirondack Paddling Symposium, June 14-17 in Saranac Lake, NY.

Presented by NRS and the Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT), the Symposium is a comprehensive weekend of paddling instruction for beginners and intermediates, and includes course tracks for kayaks, pack boats, stand-up paddleboards and canoes. The Harrietstown Town Hall in downtown Saranac Lake serves as the Symposium’s headquarters. » Continue Reading.

Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Rangers assist unprepared Whiteface Mt. hikers, Dix Mt. hikers in blizzard conditions

forest ranger reports graphicTown of Wilmington
Essex County
Wilderness Rescue: On March 9 at 4:20 p.m., Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from a hiking party reporting an individual with an ankle injury near the summit of Whiteface Mountain. When Rangers reached the three hikers from Quebec, they found that although the injury was not serious, the hikers were ill-prepared for conditions. Only one of the three had traction for their boots and all were wearing leggings without additional pants layers. In addition, the hikers didn’t have headlamps or navigational tools and were out of water. Rangers helped the trio back to the trailhead through the pouring rain before providing a courtesy ride to their vehicle. Rangers educated the hikers about preparedness and checking the weather before their next adventure. Resources were clear at 6:55 p.m.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2024

A trek for science: Students journey the length of the Hudson

By Tim Keyes, Joe Dadey, Greg Morrissey, John Barnhardt

The Concept:

A chance meeting in Saranac Lake incubated the expedition. Joe Dadey of Adirondack Hamlets to Huts (AHH) was minding the Trails Center when relatives of Greg Morrissey of Mountain Goat Movement (MGM) popped in. AHH facilitates guided and self-guided trips throughout the Adirondack Park. MGM, out of New Jersey, leads area high-schoolers on epic adventures – climbing Kilimanjaro, skiing in Greece, surfing in Costa Rica, etc. AHH and MGM allied and with student input, agreed to partner on a big regional project in July 2023. Connecticut-based Evergreen Business Analytics (EGBANA) supports non-profit Community Science and became the third leg.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Northern Forest Center to host March 19 webinar on flood planning, mitigation

Northern Forest Center logo.

The Northern Forest Center will present “Getting Ahead of the Flood Risk: How Communities can Proactively Mitigate for Floods,” the next Zoom webinar in its Building the New Forest Future series on March 19 from noon to 1:30 p.m. Many communities in the Northern Forest have already experienced devastating floods. In this webinar, leaders from around the region will discuss what communities can do before they experience flooding, through proactive work to build resilience and mitigate future disasters.

Registration is free, but is required to participate. Click here to register for the webinar.  » Continue Reading.

Tuesday, March 12, 2024

4 High Peaks rescues, 3 days

Rescue on Basin Mountain

Ranger rescues

It’s officially mud season, and the state Department of Environmental Conservation has asked hikers to avoid climbs above 2,500 feet. Two weekends ago, forest rangers were already dealing with the difficulties of conducting rescues in the mix of mud, ice and snow. I spoke with a ranger about his assistance on four rescues that weekend, two of them involving a team of 30 rangers.

You can check out that story here.

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Monday, March 11, 2024

Canoe Trip: Long Lake to Rollins Pond

Lower Raquette Falls

In 1988, my wife, Barbara, and I were camping at Rollins Pond near Upper Saranac Lake. We wanted to take a canoe trip from Long Lake back to our campsite. After inquiring at Hickock’s Boat Livery, we found that the owner of the pizza shop just across the road from Hickock’s offered shuttle service.

We hired him to take our canoe and us to Long Lake. When he dropped us off in the hamlet of Long Lake, Barbara wanted to make a phone call to see how her father was doing. He was in the nursing home section of his retirement home and not doing well. She was on the phone a long time talking to the nurses. I became aware that we might have to abort our canoe trip and travel to Alexandria, Virginia. If we did, I decided I would go over to Helms Aero Services and have them fly us to Rollins Pond. The nurse convinced Barbara that her father was doing okay so we started canoeing north on Long Lake. We spent the night at the site of the former Riverdale Boys Camp not far from the outlet. 

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Monday, March 11, 2024

Celtic Ceilidh set for March 16 in Long Lake

People watch a concert

On Saturday, March 16 from noon to 4 p.m. the Town of Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department will host a Celtic Ceilidh (pronounced kay-lee) at the Long Lake Town Hall located at 1204 Main Street in Long Lake, NY.

The event will kick off at noon, featuring a live music concert and performance from North Country Fair. From 1 to 2:30 p.m., North Country Fair invites any interested musicians to join the stage for an open Celtic music jam. From 2:30 to 4 p.m., all are welcome to join in the fun for traditional Contra Dancing set to lively Celtic music. All ability levels welcome and instruction will be provided for first timers. This activity is for ages 12 and up. Come to dance or just listen and watch.

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Monday, March 11, 2024

Adirondack Artists Guild’s 26th annual juried exhibition opens March 15

Adirondack Artist's Guild in Saranac Lake.

The Adirondack Artists Guild will hold its 26th annual juried show in March and April. The exhibit opens on Friday, March 15 with a gala reception, and will run through April 17. Seventy-six works of art by sixty-four artists have been chosen for the show by juror Laura Desmond, curator and educator at the Frederic Remington Art Museum in Ogdensburg. Prizes donated by Chris Covert of Guide Boat Realty, Lindy Ellis and Rich Shapiro of Gear-to-Go Tandems, and the Adirondack Artists Guild will be awarded during the reception.

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