Thursday, February 28, 2019

More Snow: Current Adirondack Outdoor Conditions (Feb 28)

CompassThis weekly report of outdoor recreation conditions in the Adirondacks is compiled each Thursday afternoon and fully updated by Friday afternoon.

Contribute Your Knowledge: Add a comment below, or send your observations, corrections, updates, and suggestions to adkalmanack@gmail.com.

Learn and practice the seven Leave No Trace principles. Carry out what you have carried in. Do not leave gear, food, or other items at lean-tos and campsites. Do not litter. Take the free online Leave No Trace course here.

BE PREPARED! Start slow, gain experience. Carry proper safety equipment and weather protection and bring plenty of water, lights and a map. When on the trail: keep the group together, watch the time, and be prepared to turn back. Accidents happen to the most experienced people. Be prepared to spend an unplanned night in the woods in freezing temperatures. Always carry food, a space blanket, emergency whistle, first aid kit, fire making tools, extra clothing layers and socks, and a map and compass. Inform someone of your itinerary and just before entering the backcountry or launching a boat check the National Weather Service watches, warnings, and advisories here. Follow Adirondack weather forecasts at Burlington and Albany and consult the High Elevation, Recreation, or Lake Champlain forecasts.

February 28th, 2019 – SPECIAL NOTICES » Continue Reading.


Thursday, February 28, 2019

Adirondack Global Festival Returning to Lake Placid

I’ve always tried to present a global view to my children, but it is always easier to bring them somewhere to help them understand how diverse a world we live in.

Music, art, and dance are a universal language. Coming off the heels of the successful Petrova Elementary School Cultural Fair, The Adirondack Global Festival continues to use the arts as a way to bridge cultural gaps. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, February 28, 2019

Ticonderoga Youth Center Receives Grant

Teen Center Kids T ShirtsThe Silver Bay YMCA Conference and Family Retreat Center recently received a $5,000 grant from the International Paper Foundation to support the Silver Bay YMCA Teen Center in Ticonderoga.

The Silver Bay YMCA Teen Center in Ticonderoga serves teens, grades 6th-12th. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Woman Rescued After Being Pinned by Snowmobile

forest ranger logoNew York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents in the Adirondacks. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers locate and extract lost, injured or distressed people from the Adirondack backcountry.

What follows is a report, prepared by DEC, of recent missions carried out by Forest Rangers in the Adirondacks. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Jackie Archer: A North Country Inspiration (Part 3)

Jackie Archer In early 1967, Jackie Archer, president of Plattsburgh’s NAACP chapter, twice addressed the Beekmantown PTA, once on the subject of teen drinking, and later about the importance of maintaining mental health.

When Black Power stories filled the media, she gave interviews to the press, explaining that whites needn’t fear violence. “They think Negroes want to take over, but they only want the rights that have been promised them.” she was quoted saying. “Some laws have helped the status of the Negro… but are only a scratch on the surface. If the men in Newark or Detroit had jobs they would not be rioting.” » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Warren Co Historical Society Names Leadership

Warren County Historical Society

The Warren County Historical Society (WCHS) offers historical programs, a Resource Center, a Book and Gift Shop, historical and genealogical research, archives and collections, the quarterly newsletter Pastimes, museum displays, and historic preservation advocacy.

The Society is headquartered at 50 Gurney Lane, in Queensbury where a new, permanent exhibit, “Warren County 360: Celebrating Place and People,” is planned for Summer 2019. The Society has a membership of 175 and is funded by memberships, donations, grants, and fundraisers. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Jack Drury: E-bikes Deserve A Place in the Park

Jack Drury on his Class 1 e bike at Great Camp Sagamore As we pedal up another long hill, I realize I’m the oldest in my small group of five bicyclists by close to 20 years. I think of the fact that I have outlived my dad, who died at 50, by 20 years.

Is it because I selected a career as a wilderness education instructor and guide, keeping me physically active most of my life? Who knows?

What I do know is that I’m grateful today that I’m on an e-bike as I approach the 20-mile mark of our 25-mile sojourn over logging roads with over 2,000 feet in elevation change. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, February 26, 2019

East Coast Snocross in Malone March 9,10

east coast snocrossEast Coast Snocross (ECS) is set to present two days of snowmobile racing at the Franklin County Fairgrounds on Saturday and Sunday, March 9-10.

Along with a slate of racing in pro and pro lite, the Malone event will also include sport, women and junior divisions. This event will also feature a trail stock class for those looking to give snocross a try for the first time.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Herpetofauna of the Adirondacks Talk in Schenectady

frogThe Kelly Adirondack Center at Union College has announced Herpetofauna of the Adirondacks, a talk with Alvin Breisch, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Division of Fish and Wildlife (retired), set for April 11, 2019, in the Old Chapel on the Union College Campus, 807 Union St, Schenectady.

Refreshments will be served at 5 pm, with the lecture beginning at 5:30 pm. This event is free and open to the public. » Continue Reading.


Monday, February 25, 2019

Roosting Crows: Birds of a Feather

American Crow Birds of a feather flock together. It’s a metaphor dating back to the sixteenth century; used even then in alluding to people with similar interests, motivation, loyalties, or like minds.

It’s also a straightforward reference to the fact that birds congregate with others of their own species. So, when I’m asked, as I have been recently, about the considerable numbers of crows that people have seen roosting in the village of Malone, I’m inclined to simply answer, ‘birds of a feather…’ » Continue Reading.


Monday, February 25, 2019

APA Approves Expanded Saranac Lakes Development

APA Building in Ray Brook NYThe Adirondack Park Agency Board (APA) has recommended approval for the Saranac Lakes Wild Forest (SLWF) Unit Management Plan (UMP).

Its recommendation will be forwarded to the Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) for their concurrence. » Continue Reading.


Monday, February 25, 2019

DEC Providing Free Trees for Water Quality Plantings

treed buffer along a riverNew York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced a new Trees for Tribs Program initiative, “Buffer in a Bag,” designed to help increase riparian buffers throughout New York State.

Qualifying public and private landowners may apply for a free bag of 25 tree and shrub seedlings for planting along streams, rivers, or lakes to help stabilize banks, decrease erosion, protect water quality, and improve wildlife habitat. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, February 24, 2019

Viewpoint: Important Tick Research Needs Support

tick next to dimeI’d been living in the North Country for about a month when I woke up to discover a red bulls eye on my left arm. Since, mentally and emotionally, I have never advanced much past the fourth grade, my first thought was: “Cool!”

Because it was clearly visible, however, a number of people subsequently pointed out that this, technically, was nothing to celebrate. So I walked around for the next three days looking like the dog from the Target ads, while people dutifully commented on my impending doom.

Nothing ever came of it. So far the only discomfort ticks have caused me is embarrassment, owing to an appointment with a massage therapist that went horribly wrong. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, February 24, 2019

Tucker Farms Hosting 2019 Bike the Barns

Bike the Barns participants ride past agricultural landscapes and mountain views in EssexThe fourth annual Bike the Barns, hosted by the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA), has been scheduled for Sunday, September 29th, and will begin and end at Tucker Farms, 64 Hobart Rd in Gabriels, NY.

Tucker Farms is a fifth generation family farm, which has been growing potatoes for over 100 years. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, February 24, 2019

Global Arts Festival in Lake Placid

adirondack global arts festivalHarlem-based Mwenso & the Shakes and Brooklyn-based Alsarah & the Nubatones will be the headlining performers at the 2019 Adirondack Global Arts Festival in Lake Placid March 7-9th.

The Adirondack Global Arts Festival is an annual community event that was created with the purpose of promoting culturally diverse arts programming in the Adirondacks. The festival this year includes opportunities for the whole family to engage in exploring world culture and arts. » Continue Reading.