Monday, November 7, 2022

The Place I Live: Silver Lake Camp/Hawkeye

silver lake camp in hawkeye
I have loved the Adirondacks since I was a camper at Silver Lake Camp in Hawkeye, NY in the 1960s. Though to be honest, I didn’t know how much I loved it until I realized at age 15 that unless I applied to be a CIT ( Counselor in Training), I couldn’t come back – I would be too old.
So maybe for the first time in my life, I really thought about what mattered to me.

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Sunday, November 6, 2022

November Harvest of the Month: Local Grains

adirondack hay and grains

When you think of agriculture in the Adirondacks, you may not think of waving fields of grain. However, New England was actually the “breadbasket” of the United States until the late 1800’s. 

Global markets have driven local grains out of favor. Today, China is the top wheat producer, followed by India, Russia, and the United States. But flour is flour, right? Not really. The difference in flavor, nutrition, and community impact is significant. 

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Sunday, November 6, 2022

Old Forge Library to host sound healing, gratitude events in mid-November

The community is encouraged to join certified sound healing practitioner, Andrea Lisette Villiere, on Tuesday, November 15 at 5:30 pm at the Old Forge Library, 220 Crosby Blvd., to try a free session of sound healing. Registered attendees will relax and rejuvenate with Tibetan healing bowls, a soundscape designed to revive, with sounds that transport and carry worries away.

Sound healing uses the power of sound to restore one’s mind, body and spirit back to a state of balance. The harmonic vibrations from the instruments produce sound waves that have a deep penetrating effect on the receiver, promoting healing and well-being.

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Sunday, November 6, 2022

DEC: Final Free Fishing Day of Year is set for November 11

Friday, November 11th marks the sixth and final Free Fishing Day of the year. Selected to coincide with Veterans Day, it’s a nice way to pay tribute to America’s veterans. Through their service and sacrifice, we continue to have the opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy our state’s great fisheries. So, honor that special veteran in your life and head to your favorite local fishing hole to cast a line on November 11.

Not sure where to go? Visit our Places to Fish webpages or download the HuntFishNY app and tap on the new “Tackle Box” feature to plan your fishing trip.

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Sunday, November 6, 2022

Weekly news round up

A collection of interesting reads:

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Saturday, November 5, 2022

Taking a snack break as they fly south: Observing over 100 birds at feeders

Here it is the end of the month and there is still no snow on the ground, just a few flurries a couple times. I’ve seen two feet [of snow] on the opening day of Big Game Season 10/25 years ago. There was quite a backup of vehicles without chains trying to move in the Moose River Area. Ted Payne plowed all the roads with his pickup truck and his truck box full of sand. He took some extra gas that day, but got the job done. Another time, earlier in October, they were replacing the bridge over the Moose River.

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Saturday, November 5, 2022

Send us your stuff! Your contributions wanted

 

contributeAre you part of an Adirondack nonprofit or similar organization that would like to get the word out about events that would be relevant to Adirondack Almanack readers?

Send press releases to editor@adirondackalmanack.com.

And we’re also looking for people willing to share with us semi-regular columns on topics such as Adirondack history, nature, wildlife, and basically anything that is Adirondack focused! It’s OK to run materials that’s been published other places, as long as we have all the permissions.

Send ideas, writing samples, questions, etc to editor@adirondackalmanack.com

We welcome your contributions! Thanks!


Saturday, November 5, 2022

The Place I Live: Lake Ozonia/Hopkinton

onzonia lake sunset
Lake Ozonia in the Town of Hopkinton.
My family built the place back in 1970, and it was a great source of joy for the entire clan for many, many years. The dock faces the summer sunsets and the winter is spectacularly cold and isolated.  I currently live in Brewerton NY. Far too close to the massive Micron facility to be built in the Town of Clay, a facility that will destroy 1200 acres of undeveloped land, create unbelievable issues with traffic and pollution, and based on what I am hearing, drive many nearby residents and long time taxpayers out of the area. Consequently, in a few more years, I may be residing at Lake Ozonia year round to escape this environmental disaster in waiting.

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Friday, November 4, 2022

Election Day is coming, and here’s a bond act breakdown

Funding left from the 1996 environmental bond act may build a new fish ladder on the Imperial Mills Dam so salmon may spawn upriver of the structure. Anglers would like to see the dam removed. Photo by Benjamin Chambers

Environmental Advocates Action released its scorecard of 2022 last week, ranking lawmakers on their environmental voting records.

State Sen. Dan Stec, R-Queensbury, received a score of 47/100 and state Sen. Jim Tedisco, R-Glenville, received 59/100. In the state Assembly, Plattsburgh Democrat Billy Jones received a 63/100 while Horicon Republican Matt Simpson received a 34/100. You can view the full scorecard here.

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Friday, November 4, 2022

Communications tower, commercial mine among projects up for public comment

The Adirondack Park Agency is accepting public comment on projects currently under review. The public is encouraged to go to the Agency’s website found at www.apa.ny.gov and click the Public Comment and Hearing Opportunities link found in the News & Activities information box.

The link will direct the public to the Requests for Public Comment page where more information is located. In addition, the public will find an option to electronically submit a comment for the posted projects.

Presently, the Agency is accepting comments on the following proposed projects:

– New commercial sand and gravel mine in the Town of Elizabethtown, Essex County

– Shoreline variance request for the construction of a single-family dwelling in the Town of Ticonderoga, Essex County

– Three-lot subdivision in the Town of Tupper Lake, Franklin County

– Construction of a new 85-foot-tall telecommunications tower in the Town of Indian Lake, Hamilton County

– Demolition of existing mining equipment and structures at the former Republic Steel Mineville #7 complex in the Town of Moriah, Essex County

– Reconstruction of an existing 46kV electric transmission line in the Towns of Long Lake, Arietta and Long Lake, Hamilton County

– Replacement and expansion of an existing on-site wastewater treatment system within 100 feet of wetlands in the Town of Webb, Herkimer County

– Installation of temporary telecommunication infrastructure in the Town of North Hudson, Essex County

– Installation of new utility pole in the Town of Ticonderoga, Essex County

– Four-lot subdivision in the Town of Parishville, St. Lawrence County

– Replacement and realignment of NYS Route 28 bridge crossing south inlet of Raquette in the Town of Arietta, Hamilton County

The mission of the Adirondack Park Agency is to protect the public and private resources of the Adirondack Park through the exercise of the powers and duties of the Agency as provided by law.

Photo at top: Cell towers on Prospect Mountain. Almanack file photo


Friday, November 4, 2022

Outdoor Conditions (11/4): First phase of Adirondack Rail Trail construction has begun, will pause in early December

outdoor conditions logoThe following are only the most recent notices pertaining to public lands in the Adirondacks. Please check the Adirondack Backcountry Information webpages for a full list of notices, including seasonal road statuses, rock climbing closures, specific trail conditions, and other pertinent information

NEW THIS WEEK

Adirondack Rail Trail: Construction has begun on the first phase of the future Adirondack Rail Trail. The first segment of the trail between Station Street in Lake Placid and the intersection of Cedar Street and Route 86 in Saranac Lake will be closed to public access during active construction. Construction will pause in early December, allowing for winter recreation. Details will be provided on the rail trail webpage as they become available. Please respect posted signage and barricades in work areas and email Info.R5@dec.ny.gov with questions.

High Peaks Wilderness: Significant ice has accumulated on some high-elevation trails. Be prepared with appropriate traction devices, including micro spikes for use on thin ice over flat trails and crampons for thick ice and ice on steeper slopes.

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Friday, November 4, 2022

Latest news headlines

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

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Thursday, November 3, 2022

The place I live: Hague

 Lake George as seen from hague, October 2022

Hard to get there. Harder to leave. It’s how we describe Hague, located on northern Lake George. Second-home owners abound during the warm summer months, heading back to their ‘real life’ around Labor Day. After that, Hague shuts down. That’s when the only thing you can buy in town is a stamp or a house. We can get groceries in Ticonderoga, which is about 12 miles away. That’s also where the kids go to school, ever since Hague Central School shut down in 1979. 

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Thursday, November 3, 2022

A look back at this summer’s Maintain the Chain clean-up event

What started as a wholesome family tradition of cleaning up the area around their Fourth Lake camp has transpired into a widespread clean up event dubbed Maintain the Chain (MTC) that focuses efforts on the Fulton Chain of Lakes. In its inaugural year as a formal event in 2021, Maintain the Chain garnered support from the Fulton Chain of Lakes Association (FCLA), towns of Webb and Inlet, and the Sixth and Seventh Lakes Improvement Association, and partnered with the Adirondack Watershed Institute (AWI). The momentum continued for the 2022 event this past summer, Aug. 5-14, dates which coincided with Adirondack Water Week and the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act.

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Thursday, November 3, 2022

Call for Entries for Festival of Trees at Hancock House Museum

Ticonderoga, NY – The Ticonderoga Historical Society is inviting individuals and community groups to once again take part in the Festival of Trees at the Hancock House Museum. The popular holiday event will take place from November 25 through December 31. This year’s theme is “Christmas Around the World,” although the decorated trees, centerpieces, and other displays do not have to follow the suggested theme.

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