Sunday, March 5, 2023

Weekly news round up

A collection of interesting reads:

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Saturday, March 4, 2023

Inlet’s Frozen Fire & Lights a snowy success despite lack of wind

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Well, we had our sixth January thaw this week as the temperature got up to 51 [degrees] on Tuesday [Feb. 21] and 49 [degrees] on Wednesday [Feb. 22.] [The temperature] dipped down, so it could snow Thursday [Feb. 23] morning about six inches. Then the temperature went up all day, and hovered right around freezing. When Karen came home from the library, it was 28 degrees and raining which put a razor-sharp crust on what snow we had. Then it zipped down below zero and didn’t get much above zero all day Friday [Feb. 24]. We got a couple more inches of snow and then right during Inlet’s Frozen Fire & Lights activities it snowed more, but not a wisp of wind for the kite fliers [on] Saturday afternoon [Feb. 25].

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Saturday, March 4, 2023

DEC: Be Coyote Conscious

Being cautious of coyotes graphic.

Have you heard or seen coyotes around recently? New York is currently in the midst of coyote breeding season, which generally runs from January-March. During this time of year, coyotes are especially active as they mate and begin to set up dens for pups that will arrive this spring. They also tend to be more territorial, which can increase the risk of conflicts with people and pets.

To minimize this risk, DEC recommends that everyone follow the tips outlined below.

  • Never feed coyotes.
  • Feed pets indoors.
  • Appreciate coyotes from a distance. If you see a coyote, be aggressive in your behavior: stand tall and hold your arms up or out to look as large as possible. If a coyote lingers for too long, make loud noises, wave your arms, and throw sticks and stones.
  • Do not allow pets to run free. Small dogs and cats are especially vulnerable.

If a coyote is exhibiting bold behaviors and shows little or no fear of people, contact your Regional Wildlife Office or, in emergency situations, the local police department. Visit the DEC website for more information on coyotes and preventing conflicts with coyotes.

Photo at top: NYS DEC photo.


Saturday, March 4, 2023

Billy Jones announces 2023 Women of Distinction Nominations

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Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay Lake) announced that nominations for his 2023 Women of Distinction Awards are underway. The Women of Distinction Awards are held annually and honor local women who have had significant positive impacts on their community and those around them. Awards will be given for various categories, such as health care, business, volunteer work, and education. The deadline for nominations is March 31, and the awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 27 at 6 p.m. at Clinton Community College’s Stafford Center Theatre.

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Friday, March 3, 2023

Serving local food is good for students and bottom line

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Cornell Cooperative Extension Supports Local Schools to Serve Local Food

Lewis, NY – Schools in the region are proving that serving locally grown and from-scratch food is possible and has wide-reaching benefits. Serving local food can save taxpayers dollars, increase the number of students eating school meals, improve the health and focus of students, and support local farmers. 

Regional food service directors have found that some ingredients are actually less expensive when purchased locally, like apples and ground beef, and most other ingredients have a minimal price difference that can be made up with savings elsewhere. 

Schools can also take advantage of federal and state incentive programs to supplement their budgets, like the New York State 30% Incentive program that reimburses up to $0.25 per meal served for school districts that spend 30% of their lunch budget on New York State food products. » Continue Reading.


Friday, March 3, 2023

Outdoor Conditions (3/3): Long Lake ice conditions variable, unreliable; use caution

outdoor conditions logoThe 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

High Peaks Wilderness:

  • Snow Report (03/02): The following report describes conditions as of Thursday, 03/02. Changing weather may affect conditions. There is 45.3 inches (3.8 feet) of snow at the Colden Caretaker Cabin and likely deeper accumulations at higher elevations. Snowshoes are required to be worn in the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness when snow accumulations reach 8 inches. Microspikes and crampons are needed for traction on ice. Avalanche Pass ski trail is in good condition. The trail to Indian Falls is skiable with some sections affected by drainages. Avalanche Lake and Lake Colden are frozen but use caution in areas of moving water such as inlets, outlets, and streams–they are not as frozen over as you may expect.

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Friday, March 3, 2023

Latest news headlines

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

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Thursday, March 2, 2023

Nearly 100 people attend Adirondack Park Lobby Day in Albany

Adirondack lobby day participants

Nearly 100 people from 20 different Adirondack organizations met with 50 state legislators and their staff during Adirondack Park Lobby Day to advocate for funding and policy advancements for the Adirondack Park. A group of Eagle Scouts from Queens, NY took the bus to Albany to help the group make a collective case for Wilderness, Clean Water and Green Jobs, including:

  • $4 million for a Survey of Climate Change and Adirondack Lakes ecosystems;
  • At least $500 million for clean water projects, including road salt pollution prevention;
  • $2 million for the Timbuctoo Summer Climate and Careers Institute, a partnership exposing high school students from the City of New  York to training and possible careers in natural resources in the Adirondack Park;
  • Doubling and diversifying the number of DEC Forest Rangers;
  • $40 million for open space protection, and $21 million for preserving farmland;
  • $12.8 million for Forest Preserve stewardship, and visitor use management;
  • $500,000 for Visitor Interpretive Centers at Newcomb and Paul Smith’s;
  • $400,000 for the Adirondack Diversity Initiative.

In addition, the group urged passage of non-budgetary legislative action, including:

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Thursday, March 2, 2023

2023 Thurman Maple Days set for next three weekends

Bear carving at Thurman Maple Days.

Thurman, NY – Bring the whole family to Town of Thurman, NY to visit all five great maple producers for this year’s Maple Days event, scheduled for the next three weekends, March 11-12, 18-19 & 25-26. Guests will have the opportunity to watch maple syrup being made before their eyes. Participating maple farms –  Hidden Hollow Maple Farm, Valley Road Maple Farm, Toad Hill Maple Farm, Candy Mountain Maple and Mud St. Maple – all are in the same business, but differ in many respects, so plan to visit them all.

Guests will see syrup, maple sugar, maple peanuts, and candies being made, as well as maple tea and coffee and souvenir clothing items. Wonderful maple treats will tempt everyone’s palate, and special activities will fill these days with fun. Sugarhouses will open their doors for touring and tasting, sampling, and shopping from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. these days. But wait, there is more: While you are in Thurman, Martin’s Lumber and Nettle Meadow merit visits as well. Martin’s Lumber hosts an Artisan Market where friends join them in offering indoor activities, demonstrations, and sales.

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Thursday, March 2, 2023

Silver Bay YMCA holds annual Winter Weekend event

Guests cheer each other on during the original giant board game, Horse Racing.

SILVER BAY – Silver Bay YMCA hosted its annual Winter Weekend celebration Feb. 17 through Feb. 20. Despite the lack of snow, the community showed up in full force to partake in the winter-themed fun.

 

The fun started Friday evening with rock climbing and S’mores in Fisher Gymnasium where there was lots of laughter, memories, and sweet treats to be had and a Paint n’ Sip class in Gullen Lounge.

 

The excitement continued into Saturday with Broom Ball, arts and crafts, a mini disc golf tournament, cookie decorating, and an ice carving demonstration. The night ended with a community concert by “Uncle Juan’s Band.”

 

“I love Silver Bay,” Holly Kocher, a 10-year-old from Pennsylvania, proclaimed.

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Thursday, March 2, 2023

DEC: 2022 Hunting Season Ties Record for Safest-Ever Year

On February 27, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced the 2022 hunting seasons tied 2021 for the safest-ever year, with the lowest number of hunting-related shooting incidents since record-keeping began. DEC Environmental Conservation Police Officers (ECOs) investigated nine hunting-related shooting incidents (HRSIs) in 2022, including one fatality.

“It’s clear from these findings that the vast majority of New York hunters follow the State’s stringent safety guidelines and do their part to ensure a safe and enjoyable season,” Commissioner Seggos said. “This record year for safety is a testament to the DEC expert staff, volunteers, and local hunting clubs that work collaboratively to teach safety to hunters of all ages. I commend their efforts and for all hunters who safely and responsibly contributed to our conservation efforts this season.”

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Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Invasives update: The good, the bad and the promising

Despite an omnipresent threat of invasive species entering or spreading in the Adirondack Park, around three-quarters of Adirondack waterways remain free of aquatic invasive species.

Conservationists battling the spread of invasive species in the park like to cite that fact as a sign of the park’s still-pristine nature and as a clarion call to continue their work.

The Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program, a small team that coordinates efforts to fight invasives in the park, this week released its annual report. The report highlights the growing threat of forest pests like hemlock wooly adelgid on Lake George and the looming threat of round goby and hydrilla, which have yet to break through the park’s borders.

APIPP reported five new waterbodies found to contain invasive species within its area: Lake Roxanne and Tracy Brook in Clinton County, the St. Regis River and a connected wetland in Franklin County, and Park Lake in Hamilton County.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Explorer film wins award at Snowtown Film Festival

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“Have a Nice Day Forever” wins Grand Prize at Snowtown Film Festival
Watertown, NY – “Have a Nice Day Forever,” written and directed by Tatiana Delaunay, wins the Grand Prize at the 9th Annual Snowtown Film Festival which concluded on Saturday, February 18th. The twenty minute short film depicts two witty and confused men who become friends whilst wandering the woods surrounding Oslo, in search of a suitable place to camp, in the middle of winter. Have a Nice Day Forever was filmed in Norway.
Director Tatiana Delaunay is a French-Italian director based in Oslo, where she is studying a Masters in Directing at the National Academy of the Arts. She holds a BA from Central Saint Martins in London.
A film made for Adirondack Explorer about a Cranberry Lake artist won Best Documentary Short: “Bob Jones Decoy Carver,” directed by Emma French. Click here to watch it.
In addition to the Grand Prize, the following films were also honored by the festival:
  • Best Comedic Short- “Musical Mayhem,” directed by Alexander Griffin
  • Best Animated Short – “Kiss N’ Ride,” directed by Olivia Jensen
  • Best Documentary Short – “Bob Jones Decoy Carver” directed by Emma French
  • Winter Through Film Award – “Go to the Woods,” directed by Lucie Prost
  • North Country Filmmaker Award – “Changing With the Seasons” directed by Ashley Seybolt
  • North Country Filmmaker Award – “Evelyn” directed by Kayleigh Marie Porkarski
  • NNY Screenplay Award – “Senior Ditch Day,” written by Matthew Nicholson
Snowtown Film Festival partnered with WPBS-TV for this year’s celebration of winter through film, broadcasting official film selection on WPBS-TV for four Saturdays.
A panel of judges selected films from nearly 400 submitted for consideration from throughout the world. This year’s finalists included over forty films from 13 countries, including Northern NY and Canada.
Photo at top: Adirondack decoy maker and carver Bob Jones at his Cranberry Lake studio. Tom French photo

Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Rangers respond to snowmobile accident on Stillwater Reservoir

forest ranger reportRecent NYS DEC Forest Ranger actions:

Village of Tupper Lake
Franklin County
Flat Ice Rescue Training:
 On Feb. 18, Forest Rangers Adams and Milano led flat ice rescue training for the Long Lake Fire Department. Training first responders is a great way to ensure people who fall through the ice have the best chance of survival. Rangers provided instruction in techniques for self-rescue, reach, and throw and go.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Where’s the road salt report?

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Keeping roads cleared and water clean is no easy feat in the Adirondacks. What will a new report say about how to solve the issue? Almanack file photo

The Adirondack Road Salt Reduction Task Force held its first meeting a year ago this month — about two years after state lawmakers first adopted legislation mandating its creation.

We are still waiting on the panel’s first report outlining the salt pollution problem in the Adirondack Park and proposing solutions to minimize it. But the tea leaves are finally suggesting a report could be coming soon.

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