Tuesday, January 9, 2018

SL Chamber Seeks Cover Art Submissions

saranac lake chamber of commerceThe Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce has announced a call for cover art. Artists over 18 residing in Franklin and Essex County are invited to submit one work in a vertical format. The winning work will be used as cover art for the Annual Visitors Guide produced by the SLACC. The 20,000 piece printing is distributed throughout the North Country. The Visitors Guide will also be available online. Deadline for the artwork is February 16. The winner will be announced March 2, 2018.

The subject is the artist’s view and interpretation of the lifestyle that makes the Saranac Lake area such a wonderful place to live. Whether it is iconic landmarks, intimate lake views and grand mountain vistas, hometown warmth, outdoor recreation or laid back atmosphere. » Continue Reading.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

View Names New Director of Visual Arts, Exhibitions

View, the multi-arts center located in Old Forge, has announced its new Director of Visual Arts and Exhibitions, John Gardner.

A native of Central New York, Gardner joins View after serving as the Gallery Director and Assistant Professor at Peru State University in Nebraska. He has also taught environmental art, drawing, and art history at Utica College, has served as Exhibitions Coordinator at Light Work Gallery for Syracuse University, and has served as Executive Director of the Kirkland Art Center. » Continue Reading.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Adirondack Birds Moving Uphill As Temperatures Warm

Whiteface April 13 2016A New York State Museum study shows that most of the bird species breeding on the slopes of Whiteface Mountain have shifted their ranges uphill in the last 40 years. The research, conducted by Dr. Jeremy Kirchman, Curator of Birds at the New York State Museum, and Alison Van Keuren, an avid birder who volunteers in the ornithology collection at the State Museum, sheds new light on the response of wildlife to observed climate change in upstate New York.

Kirchman and Van Keuren replicated bird surveys conducted in 1974 by Kenneth Able and Barry Noon, two former researchers at the University at Albany. For the re-survey, the pair of researchers made stops along the road up Whiteface Mountain to tally all birds seen and heard in the early morning and evening hours at altitudes from 550 to 1450 meters above sea level. These new data were gathered in June and July of 2013-2015. » Continue Reading.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Governor Boosts University Games, Another Meeting Set

university games bidding logoNew York Governor Andrew Cuomo has expressed his support in hosting the 2023 World University Games in the Adirondacks. The news was released in the annual State of the State booklet. A follow up discussion has been planned for January 17th.

The State of the State booklet reads that “in conjunction with the Governor’s ongoing commitment to modernizing winter sports infrastructure across the state, the Governor will work together with local government and the private sector to help Lake Placid put forth the best possible bid. Bringing the Games back to Lake Placid will further strengthen the city’s legacy as a global center for winter sports, attract new tourists to Lake Placid and neighboring communities, and fuel a critical engine of the North Country’s economy.” » Continue Reading.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Upcoming Lake Placid Sporting Events

The New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) has announced a list of events planned for the 2018 Whiteface/Lake Placid winter season.

Dates and schedules are subject to change. » Continue Reading.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Unique Events Planned For Colton Winterfest

Snow Bowl by St. Lawrence UniversityEvery year the town of Colton’s Winterfest Weekend includes many indoor and outdoor activities. This year, with the theme ‘Get Your Kicks on Route 56,’ the festival also includes activities leading up to and following Winterfest Weekend.

The festival officially kicks off on Thursday, January 25 with the All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner at Colton-Pierrepont Central School (CPCS) and ends Sunday, January 28 with Rock ‘n Skate in the town’s Pavilion at Swift Field. The schedule of weekend activities, now available on the town website, will be updated as more details are confirmed. » Continue Reading.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Sheehan: Comptroller’s Letter Helped Move Rail Cars

stored tanker carsAll those who applauded Berkshire Hathaway’s recent decision to remove its derelict oil tank cars from a junkyard along the Boreas River should also applaud NYS Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, whose unheralded Dec. 12 letter to CEO Warren Buffett helped to persuade the company to act.

It turns out that New York has a large stake in Berkshire Hathaway. New York’s Common Retirement Fund (CRF) owns 5.7 million shares of Berkshire Hathaway stock. DiNapoli administers the CRF. » Continue Reading.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Camp Santanoni Winter Open House Schedule

skis against camp santanoni main lodgeNew York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced Three Winter Weekend events will be held for the fifth consecutive year at Camp Santanoni in the Adirondacks.

Events are scheduled during the Martin Luther King holiday weekend, January 13-15; President’s Day holiday weekend, February 17-19; and the weekend of March 10-11. Cross-country skiers and snowshoers will have access to the historic camp properties located in the town of Newcomb, Essex County, to rest, tour the buildings, and view interpretative displays. » Continue Reading.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Save America’s Treasures Program Seeks Grant Applicants

save americas treasuresThe National Park Service, in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, is accepting applications for $5 million in matching grants to support the preservation of nationally significant historic properties and collections through the Save America’s Treasures program. » Continue Reading.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

AARCH Adds Educational Programs Director

Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH) has announced that Valerie Pawlewicz has joined the AARCH staff as their new Educational Programs Director. An announcement form the historic preservation organization said she plans to focus on continuing and expanding AARCH’s educational programming including the popular series of summer tours throughout the Adirondack region.

Valerie Pawlewicz comes to AARCH with a background in educational travel planning, event coordination, oral history, and garden design. Valerie has worked for the Smithsonian Institution, the Baltimore Museum of Art, St. John’s College and on contract for the Maryland Historic Trust. » Continue Reading.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

10 Things You Can Do To Make The Adirondacks Great In 2018

Every day at Adirondack Foundation we help people be more generous and strengthen the Adirondack region. Our staff put together a list of 10 things each of us can do to make 2018 great, we would love to see your additions to the list.

Ten things you can do to make the Adirondacks great in 2018: » Continue Reading.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Blue Mountain Lake In The Early 1970s

View of Blue Mountain Lake From the Adirondack MuseumMy grandfather Robert G. Stehlin lived on Durant Road until he died in 1974. Living in Blue Mountain Lake was a very spiritual experience for my ‘Pop’ after having grown up in Brooklyn and Long Island most of his life.

Going through his letters and journals which he wrote while living on Durant Road I often hear, in his words, “a more meaningful way of living.”

There are a thousand little moments preserved in his journals in which he writes about the birds and other animals he encountered at his feeders, or out in the woods, and the people he met, that are hints of the joy he got from living in Blue Mountain Lake.  Below are a sampling of his notes: » Continue Reading.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Generous Acts Fund Focusing On Early Childhood, Seniors

Adirondack Foundation’s Generous Acts Fund is now accepting applications for its 2018 grant cycle. This year, the fund will prioritize applications that address early childhood development and quality of life for seniors. Innovative projects that target pressing or unmet needs and opportunities are also welcome.

In 2017, the fund awarded $100,000 to organizations across the Adirondack region: $40,000 was awarded to organizations in support of early childhood development; $40,000 supporting quality of life for seniors; and $20,000 in grants for programs supporting food security, equity, and social justice. » Continue Reading.

Friday, January 5, 2018

10 Hopes for the Adirondacks in the New Year

Boreas River headwaters. Photo by Phil Brown 9/5/16.It’s January, time for a fresh, blank sheet on which to start our new year. Plenty of us are making renewed attempts at weight loss or looking to get better organized or at least vowing to break our addiction to twenty-four-hour cable news.

Here at the Explorer, we’re renewing our hopes for smart decision-making in the Adirondacks and more chances to work together to ensure that the Park that we all love so much is protected for generations to come.

Here are ten hopes we have for 2018. » Continue Reading.

Friday, January 5, 2018

The Adirondacks Around The Web This Week

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