Friday, July 19, 2024

Beryl causes destruction across Adirondacks; Loon Census coming

Toad.

Hurricane Beryl left destruction from when it hit the coast of Texas until it left off the East Coast. Wind and lots of rain and, in some places, large hail. A few tornadoes touched down along the way, even here in New York State, some in the western part of the state, which hit some homes, and locally going across the Horton Road near Forestport. The rains were more than six inches in places that flooded out several roads and bridges across the entire state. Locally, Lowville and Canton were flooded by six inches or more of rain, and that moved across the Adirondacks hitting hard again in Essex County washing out many roads there. Then it moved into Vermont and hit some areas there haven’t recovered from the flooding from last year. Most of the storms went just north of here but we got three inches of rain in a few quick downpours. A few miles to the south they only got an inch of rain. 

Water poured out of my pond, but I had no problems other than water running like a river down my driveway during a couple heavy downpour times and then running off. I didn’t have to water my flowers, but I did have to stake several up to keep them standing. My seven-foot-tall hollyhocks are still up, my monks hood bent over but didn’t break so I got then hooked to a trellis or fenced in and upright again as some of them are six feet tall. All the other hollyhocks and dahlia, which are under the eves, weathered the storm as I had them all tied up before the rains came. My potted tomatoes are more like I’m growing trees, and the wind did topple a couple of them over, but they have recovered. One dead tree did fall from the ski trail out back across my rail fence but that is firewood now. 

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Thursday, July 18, 2024

Roads, trails closed due to washouts, Ironman traffic update

outdoor conditions logoOutdoor Conditions (7/19): The 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

  • Watson’s East Triangle Wild Forest: Due to several major precipitation events, flooding and/or erosion on all DEC roads and trails in this unit is likely – use caution. Bear Pond Road is currently closed due to washouts. The Main Haul Road on the Croghan Tract Conservation Easement is currently open, but some scouring and erosion has occurred along hills – use caution.
  • Independence River Wild Forest: Due to several major precipitation events, several roads in the Town of Watson and Webb are currently closed. Flooding and/or erosion on all DEC roads and trails in this unit is likely – use caution. Smith, McCarthy, Basket Factory Roads are currently closed due to washouts. The bridge on Pine Lake Trail at the Pine Lake inlet is currently flooded – wading through standing water is necessary to cross.

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Thursday, July 18, 2024

Events happening around the ADKs this weekend

Up close photo of a calendar.

Those looking for something to do this weekend are in luck. Maybe you’d like to attend an arts and crafts show or a quilt show, visit a museum exhibit, test out fat tire bikes at a demo day, take part in the annual Loon Census, watch a theatrical production, or take in some local artwork at a gallery? Peruse the below list for details on a few events going in the Adirondack region Friday, July 19 – Sunday, July 21.

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Thursday, July 18, 2024

Tales of the Adirondacks, Past & Present: Let Intellectual Freedom Prevail by Ron Kirsop

Our next OurStoryBridge Inc. story share is called “Let Intellectual Freedom Prevail!” by librarian Ron Kirsop from Freedom Story Project. Ron shares why libraries should resist the movement to ban books and censor displays. Read the story in its entirety at this link. 

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Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Ironman Lake Placid Traffic Impact: Road Closures and Traffic Delays Expected

Ironman participant running

Lake Placid, NY (July 17, 2024) – The 25th Ironman Lake Placid will take place on Sunday, July 21; its course is defined along roads throughout Lake Placid, Keene, Jay, Upper Jay, Au Sable Forks and Wilmington. New York State Police traffic control, in collaboration with Ironman officials, have established the local road closure and traffic impact schedule.

Traffic pattern changes and delays will impact Lake Placid and surrounding communities as some regional routes, and specific lanes along certain routes, are closed to automobile traffic. Temporary road closures will begin at 5:00 a.m.; please use caution and expect delays.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Hinckley Reservoir Day Use Area, Million Dollar Beach Temporarily Closed Due to Storm Damage

trees down across road

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced the temporary closure of Hinckley Reservoir Day Use Area in Cold Brook, Herkimer County. Due to storm damage in the area occurring on the evening of July 16, the roadways leading to the facility are badly damaged and impassable. The facility will be closed to all patrons until further notice while crews work to repair damaged roadways.

Million Dollar Beach in Lake George, Warren County has also been temporarily closed. Recent heavy rains resulted in elevated levels of the bacteria Escherichia coli, or E. coli, found in water sampling at the beach. The beach will remain closed to all patrons until testing results indicate improved water quality. This is a precautionary step to assure protection of the health and safety of bathers.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2024

ANCA Annual Meeting open to all

The Adirondack North Country Association's (ANCA) 2024 annual meeting will be held 10 a.m. to noon, Friday, July 26, at Fort Ticonderoga.

Ticonderoga, NY – The Adirondack North Country Association’s (ANCA) 2024 annual meeting will be held 10 a.m. to noon, Friday, July 26, at Fort Ticonderoga. Members of the public are invited to attend. The cost is $40* and includes the meeting, welcome coffee and pastries as well as a general admission ticket to Fort Ticonderoga for the entire day. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Concert Pianist Tony Siqi Yun’s Performance at ALCA Postponed

New York State arts organizations answered a survey by ArtsNYS on the need for capital funding. Pictured is the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts in Blue Mountain Lake.
The Weekend Series performance by concert pianist Tony Siqi Yun at the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts (ALCA) in Blue Mountain Lake on Saturday, July 20, has been postponed. This concert will be held on a future date this summer or included in the 2025 Weekend Series lineup.
Tickets sold will be honored on the new date of the concert or otherwise refunded. The Arts Center requests that ticket holders and other potential concertgoers stay tuned for the new date.

The Arts Center is located at 3446 State Route 28, Blue Mountain Lake. For more information on events and programs, visit adirondackarts.org.


Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Rangers respond to Lowville flooding, lost/injured hikers; recover body of overturned Hudson River kayaker

forest ranger reports graphicTown of Indian Lake
Hamilton County
Wilderness Rescue: On July 9, at 6 p.m., Forest Ranger Milano responded to a call for a 14-year-old hiker from Massachusetts suffering from heat exhaustion at OK Slip Falls. The subject’s group leader attempted to cool him down, but he was still hot and having an anxiety attack. Ranger Milano worked with Indian Lake Fire Department to treat the subject, calm and cool him down, and then walked him out to an awaiting ambulance. Resources were clear at 9 p.m.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2024

(S)mitten: History of Adirondack Buff Mittens

Old photograph of woman with great wheel

 By Carol A. Pearsall

Mittens fascinate me; so many cuff styles, so many methods to create an opening for the thumb, so many different finishes in mittens! Favorites of mine are buff or shagged mittens. Warm and durable, they were a cold weather staple from the mid-1800s to the early 1900s in the Adirondacks of New York State. They are now associated primarily with loggers because most old photos with buff mittens are of logging operations and lumber camps. Adirondack Experience, the Museum on Blue Mountain Lake holds a number of such photos. However, at one time buff mittens were the fashion. Also in the collection of the museum is an ice fishing painting by A. F. Tait with large mittens on the ice next to the fisherman and buff mittens in a photo of hunters adjusting their snowshoe straps. 

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Tuesday, July 16, 2024

DEC Species Spotlight: Smallmouth Bass

A person displays a smallmouth bass

Whether you are an avid fisherman or a first-timer, it never hurts to expand your knowledge of the favored past-time including basic fish identification, how to scope out ideal fishing spots, fish handling pointers, and other tips. Learn more about smallmouth bass by checking out this species spotlight courtesy of a recent New York State Department of Conservation’s The Fishing Line segment. Happy fishing!

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Monday, July 15, 2024

New York is No. 1 – in people leaving

For many New Yorkers, the dream is to retire from the rat race, the snow shoveling and high taxes and spend their golden years amidst the palm trees and beaches of Florida and other parts south.

With the Baby Boomers retiring in record numbers that has come to pass.

More than 630,000 people have exited the state since 2020.

They’ve just packed up and left.

Leaving us No. 1 in people leaving and our top export senior citizens.

It’s not just New York City, it is happening in every corner of the Empire State, but especially in small, rural communities.

The Times-Union’s Molly Burke addressed the issue last week with her deep dive, “What’s pushing New Yorkers to leave the state?”

Retirements are the first thing that come to mind.

But oddly enough, the largest age group exiting New York is families with young children looking for better opportunities for housing. It is not unusual for people to find houses of comparable cost in the South at twice the size.

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Monday, July 15, 2024

Campany Family Builds Business, Life in Cranberry Lake

The Campany family.

Adirondack Almanack contributor, Susan Sweeney Smith, who has written stories about Cranberry Lake, has shared a series of profiles highlighting Cranberry Lake/Clifton Fine-area community leaders who dedicate much of their time and energy to volunteer work. Please enjoy a profile on the Campany family — Ashley, Ray, Cole, Jonathan, Kyleigh — who have two dogs, Bear and Daisy Mae, below. » Continue Reading.


Monday, July 15, 2024

DEC to offer mobility chairs for visitors with disabilities at Camp Santanoni beginning July 19

two wheelchairs

On July 10, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Interim Commissioner Sean Mahar announced the launch of a Mobility Device Reservation Pilot Program for qualified individuals with disabilities to reserve and use an electrically powered wheelchair device free of charge to access the Camp Santanoni Historic Area in Newcomb, Essex County. This pilot program offers a new option for people with disabilities and allows DEC to gather feedback from program users as part of efforts to advance a long-term and sustainable approach to improve access to this historic site. The pilot program will run on alternating weekends, Friday through Sunday, July 19 through Oct. 13, as well as holiday Mondays Sept. 2 and Oct. 14.

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Sunday, July 14, 2024

On Golden Pond

Artwork of a pond and wildlife

Wrapped in the belly of the mountains, cradled by towering pines and whispering winds, lies a hidden gem known only to a fortunate few: Golden Pond. This enchanted place, seemingly untouched by the passage of time, offers a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life. Golden Pond is more than just a location; it is a haven of tranquility, a natural symphony, and a canvas painted with the hues of magic and serenity. Golden Pond earns its name from the mesmerizing golden glow that bathes its waters. As the sun dips below the horizon, its rays filter through the dense foliage, casting a shimmering gold across the pond’s surface.

This ethereal light, coupled with the stillness of the water, creates a scene so captivating that it seems to be pulled straight from a fairy tale. The golden hues blend seamlessly with the rich greens of the surrounding forest, creating a living painting that changes with every passing moment. The glow is not just a visual delight but a mystical presence that fills the air with an almost tangible sense of peace. It is as if the pond holds the essence of the mountains, radiating their wisdom and timeless beauty. Each golden ripple tells a story, whispered softly to those who take the time to listen. The surface of the pond becomes a mirror, reflecting the majestic peaks that stand guard over this secluded sanctuary.

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