Wednesday, April 10, 2019

High Peaks Need Bold, Comprehensive Management

As winter shows sure signs of releasing its grip on the Adirondacks, a new hiking season in the High Peaks Wilderness is coming into view. The allure of the High Peaks is immense for hikers, which is understandable.

There is simply no other place anywhere east of the Mississippi River that provides the experience like that found on the summit of an interior High Peak surrounded by dozens of others. The views from Gothics or Colvin or Colden or Haystack mountains, or any number of other High Peaks, are simply stunning.

It’s no wonder the High Peaks Wilderness is in the midst of a major boom in the number of hikers, which has stressed the region’s management. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Gouverneur’s Rhoda Fox Graves, NYS Political Trailblazer (Conclusion)

The Ogdensburg Journal-Republican, forced to eat crow after rejecting Rhoda Graves’ claims of Warren Thayer’s corruption, applied twisted logic to justify their stance and the senator’s behavior. They opened with: “Senator Thayer has retired…. It was found that he was on the payroll of a utility corporation and, we feel, working against the interests of the average resident of this district who has been forced to pay unjust rates.” The words “we feel” simply did not apply. There was no question he had been putting the financial screws to his voters while protecting a power company and lining his own pockets.

And then came the kicker, a painful contortion of words—possibly the weakest excuse they could have drummed up—to justify years of unethical, anti-constituent acts by the man they supported. “Senator Thayer was at least consistent. During his entire political life, he has been a close ally of the power groups, a fact that he has never denied. Head of a power company, he was elected to the Assembly and then the Senate, and could not have been expected to change his views.” In any day and age, no matter what your politics are, that’s a sign of having drunk the Kool-Aid. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Expanded Adirondack Development Grant Opportunities

department of stateThe New York Department of State (DOS) has announced the availability of federal grant funding for economic and community development within New York’s Northern Border Region.

This year, more than $3.5 million will be available to communities within New York’s 28 federally-designated Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) Counties, which includes most of the counties of the Adirondack Park. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, April 9, 2019

American Robins: Harbingers of Spring

Adult male American Robin feeding nestlings“The early bird catches the worm.” It’s an old adage that most likely refers to the American robin (Turdus Migratorius). This year, I first saw robins in late March, right around the time that maple sap started running.

As I write this, they’re still showing up, almost daily, apparently looking for fly nymphs resting on the ice and snow alongside the river. Just up the road, they’re already hopping around on bare areas in lawns, gardens, fields, and pastures; cocking their heads from side to side as they try to find a big, fat, tasty worm to eat. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration in Saranac Lake

poor peoples campainA celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life has been set for Saturday, April 13th, 2019, from 7 to 8 pm at the John Black Room at the Saranac Laboratory Museum, 89 Church Street, Suite 2, Saranac Lake. This is a rescheduled event, canceled due to weather earlier this year.

Hear Dr. King’s words on the need for social and economic justice, and listen to Joe Paparone speak on the revival of Dr. King’s last project – the Poor People’s Campaign and discuss ways to continue this legacy today. There will be music and refreshments. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Diggory Exhibiting Adirondack Lake Views at Albany Institute

Rock Flow Adirondack lakes are featured in Anne Diggory’s art exhibition at the Albany Institute of History and Art, “All in a Day’s Work” which opens with a lecture and reception April 7th at 2 pm.

The show includes six artworks based on a day at Crane Point on Blue Mountain Lake and other groups based on the view from Recluse Island in Lake George, from Partridge Island in Upper Saranac Lake and from her canoe along the Bog River.  Several works combine her contemporary view with how the scene was painted in the 19th century. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Ausable Two-Fly Challenge Celebrating 20 Years

Two Fly Challenge participants on the Ausable RiverFly fishermen from across the country and Canada are set to convene in Wilmington on May 16 – 18 for the Ausable Two-Fly Challenge.

This year’s catch and release tournament is celebrating twenty years of fishing, storytelling and raising money to preserve the West Branch of the Ausable River. Proceeds go to regional preservation non-profit groups and to stock the river. » Continue Reading.


Monday, April 8, 2019

Cuomo Administration Needs to Invest in High Peaks Wilderness

In 2018, state agencies combined the Dix Mountain and High Peaks Wilderness areas into one grand 275,000-acre Wilderness area, which is now celebrated as the 3rd largest Wilderness area east of the Mississippi River, behind the Florida Everglades and the Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia. This action certainly merits heralding as a major accomplishment in the history of the Adirondack Park and Forest Preserve.

It shines a spotlight on the High Peaks Wilderness as a world-class landscape and it begs the questions of how and when will state agencies start to put together a world-class management system that the High Peaks Wilderness deserves. » Continue Reading.


Monday, April 8, 2019

Lake Placid Boat Launch Closure Planned

DEC logoThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is closing the Lake Placid Boat Launch Site on Mirror Lake Drive on April 8, 2019, to replace the deteriorating bulkhead. » Continue Reading.


Monday, April 8, 2019

YMCA Launching Saranac Lake Programs

NCCC logoThe YMCA is set to launch its first programs in Saranac Lake this spring and plans to expand its offerings later in the year.

Representatives of the YMCA, the village of Saranac Lake, the Saranac Lake Central School District, North Country Community College and Citizen Advocates met recently to discuss and refine the initial programs the YMCA could offer in Saranac Lake. Feedback from the community, through a survey and a public meeting held last year, has been used by the group to identify gaps in services that the YMCA could meet. » Continue Reading.


Monday, April 8, 2019

Northern Current Music Fest Keeping Hobofest Spirit Alive

The inaugural Northern Current music festival is set to take place September 1st in Saranac Lake’s scenic Riverside Park.

The festival replaces Hobofest, a beloved event that was held in Saranac Lake for a decade on the Sunday of Labor Day Weekend until it was retired by organizers Peter Seward and Todd Smith in 2018. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, April 7, 2019

Common Ground Alliance Seeks Input on 2019 Forum

2018 CGA Group PhotoThe public has been invited to complete a survey that will help inform discussions and policies that impact the Adirondack Park.

The Adirondack Common Ground Alliance (CGA) wants to hear from people who live here year-round, part-time or are frequent visitors about issues that affect Adirondack communities, as well as forests and waterways. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, April 7, 2019

Washington Co Artist Exhibiting at Hyde

Balloons Over Cambridge by Jacob HoustonTwenty-three of Washington County resident Jacob Houston’s paintings will be exhibited in the Hyde Collection’s Hoopes Gallery as A Magical World: The Art of Jacob Houston. When he was 12 years old, Houston entered one of his paintings into the Washington County Fair Farm exhibition and won first prize — an honor he took home every year until he aged out of the competition. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, April 7, 2019

Charles Evans Hughes Lecture In Ticonderoga

animated feather dusterLongtime Glens Falls Post-Star reporter Maury Thompson will present a program on local figure Charles Evans Hughes on April 12th in Ticonderoga.

Hughes served as Governor of New York from 1907 until 1910. After serving as governor, Hughes was a U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice. He resigned from the Court in 1916 to accept the Republican nomination for President, losing by a narrow margin to incumbent Democrat Woodrow Wilson. He would go on to serve as U.S. Secretary of State and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

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Sunday, April 7, 2019

Wild Edibles Program In Warrensburg May 18th

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Warren County is set to present a program on wild edibles on Saturday, May 18th from 9 am to 4 pm at the CCE Education Center in Warrensburg. » Continue Reading.