Thursday, July 12, 2018

Fire Tower Fever: Adirondack Experience Event Saturday

Stillwater Mt. tower restoration ADK (Adirondack Mountain Club) and Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake (ADKX), have announced a celebration of fire towers and the people who restore and maintain them.

Fire Tower Fever, a family-friendly event set for July 14, 2018, at Adirondack Experience, starts at 10 am and ends at 3 pm. In between, the day offers presentations, anecdotes from volunteers involved in tower restorations, book signings, guided hikes, an introduction to the ADK Fire Tower Challenge, and Smokey Bear-themed scavenger hunts. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, July 12, 2018

Current Adirondack Outdoor Recreation Conditions (July 12)

CompassThis weekly report of outdoor recreation conditions in the Adirondacks is compiled each Thursday afternoon and fully updated by Friday afternoon.

Contribute Your Knowledge: Add a comment below, or send your observations, corrections, updates, and suggestions to adkalmanack@gmail.com.

Learn and practice the seven Leave No Trace principles. Carry out what you have carried in. Do not leave gear, food, or other unwanted or unneeded items at lean-tos and campsites. Do not litter. Take the free online Leave No Trace course here.

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

7th Annual Ride for the River is this Weekend

ride for the riverThe 7th annual Ride for the River, a family-friendly road cycling tour benefiting the conservation work of the Ausable River Association (AsRA) has been set for July 14-15 in Wilmington.

The event features multiple route options for Sunday’s main event and an all-new casual group ride, the “Tailgater” planned for Saturday afternoon. All rides start and finish at the Hungry Trout Resort overlooking the Ausable River’s Flume waterfalls. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, July 12, 2018

Baltimore Gospel Choir Coming To Blue Mtn Lake

Faith Gospel ChoirThe Expressions of Faith Gospel Choir of St. James Episcopal Church of Baltimore, Md. (the third oldest African American parish in the Episcopal church), is set to visit the Adirondacks July 28-29. The Choir will present a floating concert along Blue Mountain Lake on Saturday and a concert and church service Sunday at the historic Church of the Transfiguration, Blue Mountain Lake.

The Expressions of Faith Choir was founded by the Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Adirondack RR President: Implement 1996 Management Plan

adk scenic railroadWhat follows is a statement to the press from the Adirondack Scenic Railroad.

“A Freedom of Information filing by the attorney for a supporter of the Adirondack Scenic Railroad provided the public comments received by the APA in response to their DSEIS amendment to the Remsen-Lake Placid travel corridor,” said Bill Branson, President of the Adirondack Scenic Railroad. “By a significant majority, the response favored Alternative 1, take no action,” he added. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Funding Available for Local Athletes, Nonprofits

Nordic skiers Bryce Hartman #44 and Henry McGrew #43Adirondack Foundation’s Uihlein-Ironman Sports Fund (UISF), established to foster and promote life-long sports and healthy lifestyles, has announced they are now accepting online grant applications from local athletes and nonprofit organizations.

Uihlein-Ironman Sports Fund focuses on the greater Tri-Lakes and Olympic regions and has two main goals for supporting athletes. One is to provide support to local nonprofit organizations that promote athleticism and engage area youth in traditional summer and winter sports, thus fostering the next generation of competitive athletes. The second goal is to provide financial support for competitive, local, young athletes with regional, national and international promise in traditional winter and summer sports. Preference is given to athletes with the most promise and greatest financial need. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Recent Forest Ranger’s Respond: Three Rescues, One Still Missing

DEC Forest RangerNew York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents in the Adirondacks. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers locate and extract lost, injured or distressed people from the Adirondack backcountry.

What follows is a report, prepared by DEC, of recent missions carried out by Forest Rangers in the Adirondacks. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Gothics and Sawteeth: 19th Century Adirondack Art History

The 19th century paintings and photographs of Keene Valley inspired artists to seek out the depicted images of Nature and experience it for themselves. A number of years ago I fell under the same spell when I looked at the artistic interpretations of the High Peaks as seen from the Ausable Lakes.

Seneca Ray Stoddard (1844-1917) made many photographs of those lakes, including at least two of the view of Gothics and Sawteeth, with and without people. In the version with the boats, the people float within the reflections of the mountains. Stoddard’s guidebook, The Adirondacks: Illustrated, published in 1873 and was reprinted for many years, attracting more visitors to the Adirondacks. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Paul Hetzler: More Blissful Ignorance, Please

It’s a rare blessing to have a job I absolutely love, but it’s not all roses. Although some of it is, literally, roses. All too often it is my dubious honor to bring to public awareness a new invasive pest or disease, and history has not always been kind to the bearers of bad news.

There is an old saying that knowledge is power, but there is another one that ignorance is bliss, and some days I’d be happy to trade some alleged power for a little bliss. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Adirondack Search Underway For Missing Man

Bruce WaiteThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and New York State Police are seeking information from the public in their efforts to locate a missing man.

DEC Forest Rangers, State Police, and others have been searching for Bruce Waite, 48, of Bangor, who was last seen on June 18, 2018 in St. Regis Falls.

He was last seen wearing a flannel shirt and blue jeans. Waite’s car, a 2004 Buick Century, was located on July 5, on Slush Pond Road in Paul Smiths. » Continue Reading.


Monday, July 9, 2018

Mallards: A Dissolute Dabbler’s Rise and Decline

mallard ducks Robert McCloskey’s Make way for Ducklings is one of my favorite childhood books. I loved the way Mr. and Mrs. Mallard interacted, their seemingly endless search for the perfect nesting place, the description of classic Boston neighborhoods, and the whimsical names of their eight ducklings.

Not until I started reading the story to my own children, several years ago now, did I notice Mr. Mallard ditches Mrs. Mallard after the ducklings hatch, leaving her to tend to eight kids on her own, amid the dangers of snapping turtles and Boston traffic.

It turns out Mr. Mallard, with his handsome green head, dapper blue wing patches, and charmingly curled tail can be a bit of a scamp; male mallards will mate with just about any feathered thing that floats on water. And they’re not always nice about it. » Continue Reading.


Monday, July 9, 2018

IRONMAN Marathon: Lake Placid Road Closures

The 20th annual IRONMAN Lake Placid triathlon will take place from 6:25 am to midnight Sunday, July 22. The triathlon route includes a 2.4-mile swim in Mirror Lake, a 112-mile bike ride through Lake Placid, Keene, Upper Jay, Jay, Black Brook, and Wilmington, and a 26.2-mile run in and around the Lake Placid village.

Temporary road closures will begin at 5 am. The following are all estimated times based on New York State Police traffic control. » Continue Reading.


Monday, July 9, 2018

Adirondack Shakespeare Company Suspends Operations

ADK shakespeare companyAfter eight years of summer performances, Adirondack Shakespeare Company will suspend operations this season.

A number of factors contributed to the decision to suspend programming in 2018, according to an announcement sent to the press. Although educational programming during the school year provided a strong backbone for the Company, the summer season lacked much-needed financial support. Housing for the acting troupe also became a challenge early in the year when the Company learned their lease would not be renewed. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, July 8, 2018

Ensuring Even Greater Success at Camp Santanoni

Santanoni Main Lodge from Air by Jed ThoneWe appreciate Dave Gibson taking an interest in the future of Camp Santanoni (“Bill Would Wrest Away Santanoni Success”) and there’s much about his piece we agree with.

There are also a few significant errors that should be addressed and, most importantly, we’d like to try to answer the question posed by the recent, proposed Santanoni legislation – why might OPRHP be a better state steward than DEC? » Continue Reading.


Sunday, July 8, 2018

Food Preservation Series in Warrensburg

canning suppliesCornell Cooperative Extension of Warren County is set to host a Food Preservation Series which will include making jams and jellies, and salsa, and address fermentation and pickling, and making jerky. » Continue Reading.