Monday, February 5, 2024

North Country residents invited to share poems

A couple read poetry hung in a window

Saranac Lake, NY – The Adirondack Center for Writing (ACW) is now accepting submissions from anyone living in the North Country for the ninth installment of Poem Village. The deadline for submissions is March 18. Each year, ACW creates a series of posters, or broadsides, displaying poems written by North Country residents of all ages and experience levels. In April those broadsides are installed in shop windows throughout Saranac Lake in order to build community and beautify the otherwise dreary, wet village during mud season.

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Monday, February 5, 2024

Forests, climate and Paul Smith’s

Fall at Paul Smith’s VIC

The Adirondack Park’s only four-year college is looking to expand its funding sources and boost enrollment using several grants. With about $3 million banked and $4 million more pursued, Paul Smith’s College is tracking new opportunities.

Some of their funding was awarded for their climate education.

“You can’t start to separate forestry education from climate education because if you follow the literature, we know that the Adirondacks is a big carbon sink,” Dan Kelting, president of the college, told me yesterday [Jan. 31]. “And so the Adirondacks plays a large role in regulating the carbon that’s in our atmosphere.”

There are also plans to establish a new research institute on campus. Read the story here.

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Sunday, February 4, 2024

A look back at state water spending

Wastewater treatment plant worker

A look back at key water spending

New York has invested $5 billion over the last seven years into a clean water grant program bolstering drinking water, wastewater and other projects across the state.

But the governor’s administration has failed to keep pace with the investment, leaving around $1.6 billion unspent despite a growing list of shovel-ready projects across the state, a new analysis from Environmental Advocates of New York found.

The report examined spending under the state’s Clean Water Infrastructure Act first approved in 2017. It found that the bulk of the spending in that time has been used to support improvements to municipal wastewater and drinking water systems, supporting 2,100 projects in total.

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Sunday, February 4, 2024

Adirondack Garden Club awards 1928 Founders Fund grants

People working along a riverbank

Keene, NY— The Adirondack Garden Club recently awarded seven grants from the club’s 1928 AGC Founders Fund to non-profits making a positive impact on the Adirondack environment.

The 1928 AGC Founders Fund was established in the 1980s to give grants to not-for-profit organizations, including schools, involved in programs whose purpose is to create an impact in a specific area within the Adirondacks. These requests are reviewed by the club’s Executive Committee for approval and distribution.

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Sunday, February 4, 2024

Fulton County seeks input to update Agricultural & Farmland Protection Plan

Johnstown – The Fulton County Planning Department is seeking public input on updating the county’s Agriculture and Farmland Protection Plan and will be holding three (3) open house-style events over the next several weeks.

The open houses will be held at the following local volunteer fire departments and times: (1) Saturday, Feb. 10, Mayfield Fire House, 28 North School Street, Mayfield, from 11 am to 12:30 pm; (2) Monday, Feb. 26, Sammonsville Volunteer Fire Department, 1326 Route 67, Johnstown, from 5 to 6:30 pm, (3) Wednesday, March 6, Berkshire Volunteer Fire Department, 320 Steele Ave Ext, Gloversville, from 6 to 7:30 pm. Anyone that is interested in agriculture is encouraged to stop by and provide feedback. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, February 4, 2024

Weekly news round up


Saturday, February 3, 2024

16,138 birds seen during 2024 Region 7 Waterfowl Count

Tufted ducks

We just had our sixth January thaw since winter began in December and the driveway is bare again. The turkeys were picking grit from it to break down the corn in their crops. There have been from nine to thirty-three [turkeys] here daily at the feeders which have been spooked by hikers or skiers on the trail out back a few times. There were twenty-three here this morning [Jan. 31] and after they went down the ski trail, they got into quite a squabble. Some of the males must have been showing dominance, and by the sounds coming from there…feathers were flying.

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Saturday, February 3, 2024

DEC seeks input to improve Camp Santanoni access via horse and wagon service

horse drawn wagon

Input Sought on Preferences, Feasibility, and Possibilities for Non-Motorized Access for People with Disabilities into Camp Santanoni in Newcomb, Essex County

Deadline for Submissions Feb. 23, 2024

On Jan. 25, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced a call for submissions for input on providing horse and wagon operations to enable people with disabilities to enjoy the historic Camp Santanoni in Newcomb, Essex County. DEC is seeking feedback on a scope of work related to providing access to the site through horse-drawn wagon, including the site, location, and frequency of service as it pertains to the capacity, ability, and availability of vendors, as well as any adjustments that can be made to improve the service.

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Saturday, February 3, 2024

Upcoming Long Lake Fishing Derby and Winter Carnival recap

The Long Lake Fish and Game Club announces their ice fishing contest for 2024 on Saturday, February 10, 2024 in Long Lake, NY. The Adult Ice Fishing Contest and
Adult/Child Kid Ice Fishing Contest will be happening simultaneously on the same day and time in Long Lake, NY.

Registration starts at 6 a.m. at the Long Lake Geiger Arena located at the Mt. Sabattis Recreation Area at 6 Pavilion Lane off of NYS Route 30 in Long Lake, NY. Registration will continue at the Long Lake Town Beach, 1258 Main Street starting at 7a.m.
It is $25 per person for the adult contest and children 16 and under may fish for free. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, February 3, 2024

“Make it Snow!” Campaign to support Mt. Pisgah

Make it Snow capital campaign for Mt. Pisgah logo.

The nonprofit Friends of Mt. Pisgah, Inc. (FOMP) today announced the launch of its $150,000 “Make it Snow!” Capital Campaign. The campaign aims to support critical upgrades to snowmaking equipment, with a primary focus on the purchase of a new pump house. This vital enhancement will enable Mt. Pisgah to significantly increase its snow production—five times more than the current capacity.

The “Make it Snow!’ Capital Campaign will help ensure a sustained and enhanced local skiing experience in Saranac Lake for years to come,” said FOMP President Katie Fischer. “Your support means that future generations will have the opportunity to embrace the joy of a lifelong snow sport. What better way for families to spend time together in a region known for its winter recreation? Not only for the tourists who come far and wide to experience the outdoor activities that the Adirondacks are known for, but particularly for the young people in our local community.” » Continue Reading.


Friday, February 2, 2024

Saranac Lake Spirits

saranac lake spirits

Satanic Worshippers performing graveyard dances under the light of the moon? Unsuspecting high school co-eds falling into freshly dug graves? Conjuring spirits with the help of a Ouija board? Ghostly visits from beyond the grave? Is Saranac Lake’s historic Murray House really haunted?

Saranac Lake’s 2024 “Creepy Carnival” is nigh upon us!  To discover more about what “Saranac Lake Spirits” may still lurk, click the link and read on: https://adirondackoutlaw.com/saranac-lake-spirits/


Friday, February 2, 2024

Adirondack Council’s testimony regarding transportation portion of Executive Budget

Kevin Chald at a state budget hearing

Greetings Chair Krueger, Chair Weinstein, Chair Kennedy, Chair Magnarelli and honored legislators. My name is Kevin Chlad, and I am the Director of Government Relations for the Adirondack Council. Thank you for the opportunity to testify at the public hearing today [Jan. 24] on an issue of critical public and environmental health facing the Adirondack Park and North Country.

The Adirondack Council is a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to ensuring the ecological integrity and wild character of the Adirondack Park. We do not accept any state grants. We envision an Adirondack Park with clean air and water, large ‘forever wild’ wilderness areas, working forests and farms, and vibrant, safe, inclusive communities.

We offer the following testimony in response to the transportation portion of the Governor’s Executive Budget proposal for the 2024-2025 fiscal year.

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Friday, February 2, 2024

Outdoor conditions (2/1): Beware of thin ice

outdoor conditions graphicThe 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

  • Snow Report (1/31): The following report describes conditions as of Wednesday, 1/31. Changing weather may affect conditions. There is 67cm (26in) of snow at the Colden Caretaker Cabin. Snow levels vary at higher elevations. Conditions now require snowshoes to be worn from Marcy Dam. The ski trail and passes remain in good condition. They now have a crust layer.

LAST WEEK

  • Snow Report (1/24): The following report describes conditions as of Wednesday, 1/24. Changing weather may affect conditions. There is 80cm (31in) of snow at the Colden Caretaker Cabin. Snow levels vary at higher elevations. Conditions now require snowshoes to be worn. The lakes are in, but the ice is thin near the bridge and outlets/inlets. The ski trail is in very good condition.

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Friday, February 2, 2024

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Thursday, February 1, 2024

Again?

Punxsutawney Phil

I watched the 1993 film Groundhog Day featuring Bill Murray at least a dozen times. Or maybe it just felt that way. Just as February 2 was on a nonstop loop in the film, this year’s iteration of Groundhog Day is likely to feel roughly the same as all the previous ones. I think it’s a good metaphor for this time of year, as we stumble out each morning in the semi-dark to defrost the car, not even sure what day of the week it is. We probably don’t have the energy for an exciting holiday right now.

The notion that sunshine on the second day in February portends a late spring is an idea that began in ancient Europe. The date marks the pagan festival of Imbolc , halfway between the winter solstice and spring equinox. In the Celtic world, Imbolc was dedicated to the goddess Brigid (Brigit), the traditional patroness of healing, poetry, hearth and home, agriculture and fertility. She was also a fierce warrior who killed adversaries like a champ. As Christianity spread, Imbolc was supplanted by Candlemas Day , but both traditions embrace the “sunnyequals more winter, and cloudy means spring” theme. » Continue Reading.



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