Sunday, October 17, 2021

The Real Johnny Appleseed

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There’s little in life more pleasing than biting into a fresh, crisp, juicy, mouth-watering, slightly sweet, slightly tart, apple. And what could be healthier? Apples contain vitamins C and A, antioxidants, potassium, pectin, fiber, and no cholesterol. They can be eaten fresh, baked, or stewed. They can be juiced or turned into cider; made into sauce, butter, jelly, vinegar, and wine; or cooked into pies, crisps, crumbles, cakes, doughnuts; even meat dishes. They make delightful confections when coated with candy (sugar syrup), caramel, or toffee and nuts, too.

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Sunday, October 17, 2021

Pearsall Foundation Announces Grant Awards

glenn and carol pearsall

The trustees of the Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation have announced this year’s awards to area not-for-profits. Of the 53 grant proposals received this year, 38 were funded in whole or in part.

Area not-for-profits that received grants from the Pearsall Adirondack Foundation this year included:

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Sunday, October 17, 2021

Weekly news round up

A collection of interesting reads:

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Saturday, October 16, 2021

Storm water and sewers

Several times a year, usually following a heavy rain, sewage that has not been fully treated overwhelms the Ticonderoga treatment plant and flows into the La Chute River, and shortly after that, into Lake Champlain. (Check out an overview of the latest “State of the Lake” report here)

There’s nothing secret about it; the town sends out email alerts whenever it happens. The Department of Environmental Conservation allows it, up to a point. If there are too many rain storms and too many overflows, the town is fined because, well, you can’t assess a fine on God.

Ticonderoga is not alone. A half century ago, communities saw no reason not to mix sewage and storm water and send it all to the treatment plant, and that worked until more development led to more effluent, which in time exceeded sewer-plant capacity.

The growth, however, has not been sufficient to pay for sewer plant expansion. Small communities in tourist areas lack enough people among whom to divide up the cost of expanded capacity. Also, sending flow through a treatment plant comes at a cost, and treating clean water makes little financial sense.

The Ticonderoga story has a happy ending, however. Within the next few weeks the town will “throw the switch” on an $8 million project primarily designed to separate storm water from sanitary sewer effluent. The storm water will be channeled into a “day stream” that is dry except in times of high water. It will receive some basic treatment for removal of trash and litter before being diverted to the river. The rainwater will not go through the treatment plant, which will be freed up to do the job in which it was intended.

Storm water, of course, has its own issues and its own set of needs. But municipalities are coming to understand that storm water and sewer flow are two different things.

Top: Highway and water supervisor Jason Monroe, left, and Town Supervisor Craig Leggett discuss water and sewer needs in the town of Chester. Photo by Cindy Schultz

Editor’s note: This first appeared in the Explorer’s weekly Water Line newsletter. Click here to sign up.


Saturday, October 16, 2021

MAKE IT: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

pumpkin cookies

Who doesn’t love chocolate chip cookies — especially during the cold-weather months! With that, since it is fall, we might as well add some pumpkin! Pumpkin offers nutrients like Vitamin C, Vitamin E, folate and iron, which all help to strengthen the immune system. So, while you’re enjoying your dessert, you can also be fighting of common viruses that thrive during fall and winter! Additionally, the pumpkin makes these cookies moist without having to add excess butter or oil. This recipe is quick and fun to make as well as easy to follow and mix up with your own favorite treats! You can make these cookies your own by adding foods like nuts to your chocolate chip total or replacing the chocolate chips completely with a substitute.

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Saturday, October 16, 2021

Hallowed Forge Pumpkin Party: A Community Halloween Celebration

The Central Adirondack Association’s Hallowed Forge Pumpkin Party is back for its third year.  Activities and celebrations throughout the community are spaced over two weekends, October 22 –24 and October 29-31 (and a few in between). There will be something festive and fall-like for everyone with offerings for families, for children and adults spaced throughout the end of October. Classics like pumpkin sports return for family fun.

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Friday, October 15, 2021

Adirondack Reflections

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Fantastic fall foliage. NYS DEC Forest Ranger rescue tales. A hike along Paul Smith College VIC trails with wife, family, and our own troop of “Paw Patrol” canine companions. Adirondack memories reflected, shared, and new ones made at the VIC.   

I recently took time before heading full on into hunting season to spend some weekend time at Paul Smith College’s Visitor’s Interpretive Center, aka: “The PSC VIC.”

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Friday, October 15, 2021

Outdoor conditions (10/15): Water levels remain high throughout the region

outdoor conditions logoRecent notices:

Grass River Wild Forest: The Pleasant Lake Access Road on the Grass River Conservation Easement closed for the season on October 10.

Essex Chain of Lakes Complex: Camp Six Road, a seasonal access road, is now open.

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Friday, October 15, 2021

Latest news headlines

Here’s a look at news from around the Adirondacks this week:

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Thursday, October 14, 2021

Authors Jerry Jenkins, Charlie Canham to give talks at PSC VIC

jerry jenkins This week at the Visitor Interpretive Center (VIC) at Paul Smith’s College the Adirondack Lecture series will continue with Jerry Jenkins and Charlie Canham.

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Thursday, October 14, 2021

Chamber Encouraged by Border Policy

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Border Progress Looking Encouraging for November

The North Country Chamber of Commerce is welcoming indications that the U.S. will begin to allow vaccinated Canadians to drive across the northern land border on November 1st. That has been the date for beginning entry by international air travelers from Europe and elsewhere with proof of vaccination, leading to strong calls from the Chamber and others to include the Canadian land border.

“After more than eighteen months of unprecedented separation and frustration, there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel,” says Garry Douglas, Chamber President. “There are important details to be clarified by Homeland Security and by the CDC, but policy making is in play at last. After more than eighteen months of unprecedented separation in a vacuum of planning, we may finally be seeing light at the end of a long tunnel. The network of partners that has grown up around this challenge in both countries has been incredible and will be of lasting value. And we must thank our federal and state partners who have been determined all along the way and will continue to engage as this process continues, including Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik and the Northern Border Caucus in Congress, Assemblyman Billy Jones and Senator Dan Stec, among other active advocates.”

“We cannot replace two lost summers or the long impact on families and business, but if this goes forward as indicated, we can share Christmas and welcome our Canadian travelers at Plattsburgh International Airport in time for the upcoming winter travel season,” notes Douglas. “Most importantly, we will be able to at least start the long process of reconnecting.”

The Chamber is continuing to follow final elements of the emerging plan and will continue to advocate for reasonable standards and then for planning for subsequent phases of border normalization.


Thursday, October 14, 2021

Saranac Lake Farmers’ Park-It & Market To Reopen at Hotel Saranac

farmers market signYear-Round Farmers’ Market Continues to Support Local Community, Farmers, and Producers
This fall, The AuSable Valley Grange Farmers’ Market, the only “producer-only” farmers’ markets in the eastern Adirondacks, will partner once again with Hotel Saranac to offer both an outdoor “Park-It” and indoor market in Saranac Lake, NY.

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Fall foliage report: Peak week continues

fall foliageThis is the sixth 2021 I LOVE NY Fall Foliage Report for New York State. Reports are obtained from volunteer field observers and reflect expected color conditions for the coming weekend. Reports are issued every Wednesday afternoon. I LOVE NY urges travelers to follow all COVID-related public health and safety guidelines while enjoying the foliage this season. Visitors should call ahead and check websites and social media to make sure attractions are open and available. More information on New York State travel and COVID-19 is available here.

Beautiful peak foliage will be found in most areas of the Catskills region this weekend, along with areas of the Adirondacks, Thousand Islands-Seaway, Chautauqua-Allegheny, and Central New York regions, according to volunteer observers for Empire State Development’s I LOVE NY program.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Inaugural Adirondack Quilters Conference Kicks Off Oct. 18 at View

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Start collecting your fabrics and thread and saves the dates of October 18-20 for the Inaugural Adirondack Quilters Conference held at View, the Center for Arts and Culture in Old Forge.  The conference is a new addition to the annual Quilts Unlimited Exhibit and will feature a series of lectures and workshops featuring both traditional and art quilting techniques that are sure to be informative for quilters of all skill levels.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Adirondack Park Agency Should Allow Verbal Public Comments

adirondack wildThe nonprofit advocate Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve has written to the NYS Adirondack Park Agency asking the agency to comply with its own public comment policy by inviting verbal public comment at the Agency’s remote October meeting. The webcast meeting takes place on Thursday Oct. 14.

The agency’s response to Adirondack Wild’s request, so far, has been that they would “take it into consideration.”

Governor Hochul has announced a Government Transparency Initiative which requires all New York State agencies to submit plans this month on how they will improve transparency. That order obviously includes the Adirondack Park Agency. Given that order, APA should be allowing the public to sign up and speak directly to the Adirondack Park Agency’s decision-makers during their regularly scheduled webcast meetings.

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