Monday, March 11, 2024

Kelly Morgan-Duprey named Saranac Lake St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal

2024 St. Patrick’s Day parade grand marshal, Kelly Morgan Duprey

Saranac Lake, NY – The Saranac Lake Irish Gaelic Organization (SLIGO) recently announced that Kelly Morgan-Duprey was selected to serve as grand marshal of the 2024 St. Patrick’s Day parade.

The parade’s grand marshal is selected each year by a vote of its former grand marshals — Mike Ryan, Howard Riley, Ray Scollin, John Muldowney, Pat Finn, Ron Keough, and Dennis Dwyer.

Morgan-Duprey, the choice for this year’s grand marshal, will lead the parade from the Saranac Lake Post Office to the Harrietstown Town Hall at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 16. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, March 10, 2024

Essex & Saratoga Counties Have Picked The Winner In The Last 7 Presidential Elections

2024 is a Presidential election year. It’s worth noting that we’re seeing something highly unusual in American life in the Adirondack Park and North Country. Two of our counties, Saratoga and Essex, are among a handful of counties of more than 3,100 counties across the United States to have voted for the winner in each of the last seven Presidential elections from 1996 to 2020. Given this winning streak, we may not want to fixate as much on national polls, election models, or different theories of election or voter or demographic trends, but perhaps we should just watch what happens in Essex County and Saratoga County. This string of picking winners is uncanny in modern American life, dominated today by intense political partisanship and geographic sorting of people into landscapes and communities with broadly consistent “red” or “blue” politics.

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Sunday, March 10, 2024

The warmest winter

nordic skis laid across a muddy trail with minimal snow

After more than a year of living in the Adirondacks, I’ve learned that winter is highly anticipated and celebrated by most. Months of powdery and icy conditions in the region have historically attracted outdoors enthusiasts to experience the park’s extensive cold season. But this winter’s record-breaking warm temperatures and minimal snowfall transformed the season, shortening outdoor recreation times and disrupting some events.

Winter temperatures in the Saranac Lake area were the warmest on record this year. According to data from the National Weather Service, the average temperature from December to February was 24.1 degrees. The previous record was 23.5 degrees in the 2015-16 winter season. Read the story here. 

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Sunday, March 10, 2024

Over 100 advocates attend Adirondack Park Lobby Day in Albany

Group of people at Adirondack Park Lobby Day

 

Group of people at Adirondack Park Lobby Day. Photo by Ken Rimany, Adirondack Wild

Albany, NY – Members from 17 different Adirondack organizations, over 100 in all, came from all over the state to meet with more than 60 state legislative offices during Adirondack Park Lobby Day on Feb. 26. The coalition was advocating for state funding and policy advancements for the Adirondack Park and State Forest Preserve.  Eagle Scouts from Queens, NY and students from Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn helped the organizations make their case to strengthen the state budget benefiting the Adirondack Park, including:

  • $600 million for clean water projects to assist rural communities statewide;
  • $50 million for open space protection statewide;
  • $10 million for Forest Preserve stewardship and visitor use management;
  • $3 million for a Survey of Climate Change and Adirondack Lakes ecosystems;
  • $2 million for the Timbuctoo Summer Climate and Careers Institute exposing students from the City of New  York to the Adirondack Park’s natural resources;
  • $1 million for a carrying capacity study of lakes in the Saranac Lakes Wild Forest;
  • $1 million for Visitor Centers in the Adirondack and Catskill Parks;
  • $420,000 for the Adirondack Diversity Initiative.

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Sunday, March 10, 2024

Interesting reads from around the region

A collection of interesting reads:

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Saturday, March 9, 2024

Surveying the Adirondacks: An intriguing undertaking

Bald Eagle in a tree

After a couple short spurts of snow at the beginning of the week, it has been all downhill for the snow cover since then. With temperatures predicted above normal for the next few days, there will be very little snow left in the woods and [unstable] ice conditions on any lake. [Back] when I was trapping beavers with my partners in the Moose River Area, they would still be trapping into April with a snowmobile…but not anymore. This is surely giving the deer a break, and if it stays like this, the bears will be out checking bird feeders on their travels.

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Saturday, March 9, 2024

Howl Story Slam returns for 8th season, March 27

2024 ACW Howl story slam
The Adirondack Center for Writing (ACW) and North Country Public Radio (NCPR) have announced the first five Howl Story Slams of the 2024 season. The first event is set for Wednesday, March 27, at 7 p.m. at Olive Ridley’s in Plattsburgh, NY. Additional story slams are scheduled at Morristown at the Iron Horse Grill on April 23, Upper Jay at the Upper Jay Art Center on May 16, Indian Lake at the Indian Lake Theater on June 21, and Saranac Lake at the Waterhole on July 9. The theme for these five slams is “Risky Business.”

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Saturday, March 9, 2024

Pendragon Theatre provides summer update, announces award

Actor on stage

BroadwayWorld has announced Pendragon Theatre as the recipient of three awards for Pendragon’s 2023 summer season which includes Best Lighting Design (Leo Lei, two years in a row), Best Sound Design (Danielle Pecchiolli) and the top award of Favorite Theatre in the Central New York Region for the second year in a row.

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Saturday, March 9, 2024

Up in the air

red hawk

A red hawk called, and circled in the sky
above my route, as I went jogging by.
I stopped and spoke to her. She screeched again,
then perched with grace upon a leafless limb.
Instead of anywhere, you’re here, I said.
She rustled feathers, showing off her red.
Whatever you’re meant to help me learn today,
I’ll try to learn it – thanks. The interplay
of hawk and human spirits – just us two –
was good, a moment’s gift. And what ensues
from such communion? That’s yet up in the air
(to use a phrase). But it helps me to prepare.
I’ll see what comes, and think of my red hawk,
and keep in mind our unexpected talk.

Photo at top: Red Hawk. Wikimedia Commons photo.


Friday, March 8, 2024

A Forest for the Trees

Bare Root White Pine & Cedar Transplants Purchased from Soil & Conservation

A Forest for the Trees

 

As late winter’s warming temps tease, and peeking bud tips hint at another spring’s promise, it’s a good time to make preparations and plans to plant trees for our future north woods forests.

 

For some tactics, tips, techniques, and lessons learned from my personal tree planting journey, click the link and read on.


Friday, March 8, 2024

Outdoor Conditions (3/8): Mud season has arrived, prepare accordingly

outdoor conditions graphicThe 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 (3/6): The following report describes conditions as of Wednesday, 3/6. Changing weather may affect conditions. There is 45cm (18in) of snow at the Colden Caretaker Cabin. Snow levels vary at higher elevations. If you are looking to ski the pass, gear will likely have to be carried most of the way to Avalanche Camps. Conditions are boney. Snowshoes are still required on the peaks and to Avalanche Lake. The rain and warm temperatures have caused water crossings to start to deteriorate, so use caution as some may be impassable.
  • Moose River Plains Gate Closures: The gates on both sides of the Moose River Plains Complex have been closed.

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Friday, March 8, 2024

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Thursday, March 7, 2024

Nature’s Healing Touch: Exploring Mindfulness in the Adirondacks

A Spring Beauty flower

By Emily Bohnet

Nestled amidst the breathtaking Adirondack Mountains lies a haven of tranquility, inviting us to bask in the warmth of nature’s embrace. In this enchanted realm, where the whispering pines sway in gentle rhythms and the rivers run powerful and free, we are invited to explore mindfulness and discover calm and quiet around us. 

What Makes Mindfulness So Special?

Mindfulness is not just a practice; it’s a way of life—a gentle reminder to savor each moment, to cherish the simple joys, and to embrace the beauty that surrounds us. In the Adirondacks, mindfulness takes on a magical quality, inviting us to slow down, breathe deeply, and connect with the soul-stirring wonders of the natural world.

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Thursday, March 7, 2024

The Wild Center Celebrates New York Maple Weekends

maple weekends at The Wild Center

Tupper Lake, NY – The Wild Center is happy to announce its participation in New York Maple Weekends, a beloved regional tradition celebrating the art of maple sugaring. Taking place on Mar. 16-17 and 23-24, this annual event invites locals and visitors to immerse themselves in the practice of maple syrup production amidst the backdrop of the Adirondacks.

The highlight of the celebration will be the Pancake Brunch on Sat., Mar. 16 at 10 a.m., offering visitors a feast of fluffy pancakes curated by talented pancake artists and adorned with fresh, locally sourced maple syrup. Watch as artists pour, flip, and create intricate designs that turn simple pancake batter into edible masterpieces. The Great Hall takeover includes choose-your-own pancakes, maple trivia giveaways, and pancake art competitions. Artist-designed pancakes are included with admission (1 per person as time and supplies last). The Pancake Brunch will take place inside The Wild Center’s cafe and will be available to ticketed visitors for an additional charge of $13.25, with a lighter option available for $8.50. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, March 7, 2024

DEC Issues Spring Conditions Advisory for Adirondacks

Mud Season Muddy Trail Adirondacks (Adirondack Mountain CLub Photo)

Hikers Advised to Avoid High Elevation Trails Due to Unstable Spring Conditions

On March 6, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) urged outdoor recreationists to postpone high elevation activities due to unstable spring conditions. With one of the warmest winters on record, current conditions are typically encountered in late-March to mid-April. Recreationists are advised to prepare for thinner snowpack on trails, deteriorating and variable depth snow alongside and off-trail, poor quality ice, slippery trails, and high-water crossings. As snow and ice continue to melt at high elevations, steep trails can pose a serious danger to hikers.

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