Saturday, April 4, 2020

Your help needed in obtaining water quality reports

Collecting water quality data from Fawn Lake(Calling all citizen scientists! The following is from Water Line, a weekly newsletter by Adirondack Explorer water reporter Ry Rivard.)

Late last year, I began requesting documents from the state of New York to help me understand who around the Adirondacks may be drinking potentially unsafe water.

While larger communities in the state of New York post their annual drinking water quality reports online, not all smaller communities do this.

New York is notoriously slow in responding to requests for public records. To give state officials the benefit of the doubt, it’s a big state and a lot of people want to know things about it. The other explanation is that government officials like to control information, particularly information that might scare people or make themselves look bad.

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Saturday, April 4, 2020

From the archive: Fort William Henry’s well

Every weekend, we’ll dig into the Almanack archive and revisit some classic features for some suggested “weekend reads”:

From 10 years ago: 

“From Lake George, Layers of History from Fort’s Well,” by Anthony F. Hall:

“In the two centuries that followed the French destruction of Fort William Henry in 1757, the only visible reminder of the fort was the old well on the grounds of the hotel.”

From five years ago: Steve Hall’s “Appreciating Bears through the Seasons”

HOT TOPIC: This story from three years ago “DEC Releases Draft Adirondack Rail Trail Plan” generated 131 comments: https://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2017/04/dec-releases-draft-adirondack-rail-trail-plan.html

 

 


Saturday, April 4, 2020

NYS Budget Capital Projects Good for Adirondacks

The Adirondack Council thanked Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Legislative leaders April 1 for much-needed environmental capital projects that were slated to be approved in the NYS Budget agreement.

They included a $3-billion “Restore Mother Nature” bond act and a $300-million Environmental Protection Fund that includes money to address overuse and preserve the most popular wilderness areas, trails and destinations in the Adirondack Park.

Given the challenges the Governor and Legislature are facing with the coronavirus outbreak, this is a very good budget for the Adirondacks.  We understand that there may still be some need to economize as state revenues may be affected by the current public health crisis.  This budget recognizes that clean water, open space, wildlife and a healthy environment remain priorities no matter what other challenges we are facing.

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Friday, April 3, 2020

Adirondack Experience Goes Virtual-only for 2020

adirondack experience workshopAdirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake (ADKX), is going virtual to reach its 2020 audiences, rather than opening its campus due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“It is unclear at this time whether the compulsory closing of public gathering places will be lifted in time for the July – August period when we see most of our visitors… Our concern for the health and safety of our staff and visitors outweighs our desire to provide in-person programming this season. The current uncertainty also makes it impossible for us to hire seasonal staff who operate our gift shop and café, our boating experience and children’s programs, as well as engaging visitors in our galleries.” said David Kahn, ADKX Executive Director in a press release.

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Friday, April 3, 2020

Self-quaratining and radio contact

radioI’ve been thinking about ways that TB patients combatted loneliness. Spending much of their time alone, often far from family and friends, radio served as a source of entertainment and a lifeline to community. In 1927, a time when there were fewer than 100 radio stations in the United States, Saranac Lake founded its own local radio station, WNBZ. The people at WNBZ produced locally grown radio shows tailored to keep TB patients busy, like courses in literature and history and one called, “Let’s Learn Spanish.”

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Friday, April 3, 2020

The Adirondacks Around The Web This Week


Friday, April 3, 2020

Northern Power & Light Distributes Free Hand Sanitizer

hand sanitizerIn an effort to help support the community during this public health crises, Saranac Lake-based Northern Power & Light has partnered with Mountain Spirit Distilling to produce hand sanitizer, according to a recent press release from Emmett Smith, the founder of Northern Power & Lights.

The product is approved for production by the FDA and is being given at no cost to local medical and emergency services including CVPH, Citizen Advocates of Saranac Lake, Life Net EMT Helicopter and Bloomingdale Fire Department, as well as community support organizations such as St. Paul’s Food Pantry and Saranac Lake Meals on Wheels. Local shops and eateries like Nori’s, Origin Coffee, and Bitter & Bones are also being supplied with sanitizer. If you have a similar business and would like to receive free product, you can reach out to the company by emailing sanitizer@npandl.com

As of April 1, hand sanitizer is available to the public through these local retailers: The Village Mercantile in Saranac Lake, the Potsdam Food Co-Op, Nature’s Storehouse in Canton, and the North Country Food Co-Op in Plattsburgh, as well as online through the Village Mercantile. All proceeds will go to further production and distribution of the product to local medical and service workers.

More information is at Northern Power & Light’s website.


Friday, April 3, 2020

This Week’s Big Adirondack News Stories


Thursday, April 2, 2020

8 tips for staying connected during coronavirus distancing

unityAs we find ourselves in an atmosphere where the terms “Social Distancing” and “Self Quarantine” become common, it can be easy to feel like your world is out of your control. I know here in the Mountains many people have already undergone a form of social distancing due to the winter weather, and are possibly more adjusted to be confined than those who have been living among large numbers of people on a daily basis.

We are products of routine and when that routine is abruptly altered, life as we know can become skewed. It seems as though perception becomes ourstrength, our weapon against challenging times. We do have a choice, a choice in how we view the circumstances and react. The United States is not a stranger to invisible attacks. Throughout history we as humans have been fighting a battle with viruses and diseases and we have prevailed.

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Thursday, April 2, 2020

Adirondack Outdoor Conditions (4/2): #RecreateLocal

  • HIKE SMART NY by always being prepared for your trip, variable trail conditions, and unexpected weather when you go out on the trail.
  • The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics has recommendations for responsible outdoor recreation during the COVID-19 public health crisis.
  • All DEC Campgrounds remained closed at this time, including campsites, boat launches, day use areas, roadways and other facilities. The public is prohibited from being in any DEC campground for any purpose at this time.
  • DEC boat launches not within campgrounds are open for launching and retrieving boats. Docks are currently being installed at these boat launches. Bathrooms associated with boat launches remain closed.
  • All DEC-controlled fire towers are closed to the public to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19 during the current public health crisis. Trails to the towers and the summits remain open.

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Thursday, April 2, 2020

NYS elaborates on COVID-19 recreation policy

hiker on Giant MountainThe state has launched a new #RecreateLocal hashtag and issued guidance that encourages people to recreate responsibly, practice social distancing, and stay near their homes during the COVID-19 outbreak, according to a recent press release.

The guidance includes recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the state Department of Health for reducing the spread of infectious diseases.

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Thursday, April 2, 2020

Adirondack Foundation awards 1st round of COVID-19 response grants

SUN FundThe Adirondack Foundation, in partnership with the Cloudsplitter Foundation, United Way of the Adirondack Region, and other donors and businesses, have announced their first grants from the Special and Urgent Needs Fund, created in response to the communities need for assistance during the coronavirus quarantine. Those awarded the grant are responding with innovative new methods on distributing food across rural areas to low income residents, helping reduce the burdens of those out of work, and providing childcare under difficult conditions. The awardees are as follows:

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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Note to readers: Adirondack Almanack is here to stay

lake harris

Melissa Hart and her family on Lake Harris in Newcomb. Photo by Nancie Battalgia.

Hello, Adirondack Almanack community!

One thing that has been impressed upon me in the events unfolding these last few weeks is that the only constant is change. 

As of today, I’m stepping into my new role as online editor overseeing the Adirondack Almanack and Adirondack Explorer websites. These two local news sites are owned and run by the nonprofit news organization Getting the Word Out, which has operated out of Saranac Lake since 1998. The Explorer purchased the Almanack in 2014.

When it comes to the Almanack, I don’t see myself as much as an editor but more of a traffic controller and coordinator of the information, because the Adirondack Almanack belongs to you: the readers, contributors, commenters, and community thought-leaders.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

The Wild Center Goes Digital with Educational Online Offerings

wild center otterAs The Wild Center has temporarily suspended public operations in order to help curb the spread of COVID-19, the natural history museum for the Adirondacks is focusing on a digital experience over the coming weeks.

The digital offerings include virtual visits, which you can go on by clicking  here, including seeing exhibits that are generally not open to the public. In-depth video content from the Wild Center Naturalists and the Animal Care Team will also be available for viewing.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Great Camp Sagamore postpones seasonal opening

Great Camp Sagamore main lodgeFrom Great Camp Sagamore (Raquette Lake)’s Executive Director Emily Martz:

We have made a difficult but essential decision at Great Camp Sagamore. We are hopeful that COVID-19 will abate and that we can welcome you later in the season, but due to current projections for the virus, and directives and recommendations from New York State Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control, we are canceling programs and events through June 27.

It is knowing that seasonal employees depend upon us for work and that guests love coming out of hibernation to Sagamore in the spring that makes this decision particularly hard. But given our primary focus on everyone’s health and safety, we know that this is the best course.