Thursday, January 25, 2018

Food for Thought: Cascade Ski Center’s Farm Dinners

Lake Placid’s Cascade Ski Center is known for its 20 km of ski trails, Nordic ski lodge and full service ski shop, but owner Jennifer Jubin continues to bring relevant issues to the table.

“I try to do relevant events every year from Farm Dinners to Avalanche Safety,” says Jubin. “We are doing three Farm Dinners this year and are trying to keep things fresh and interesting.” » Continue Reading.


Thursday, January 25, 2018

Restaurant Race At Gore Mtn Set For Monday

restaurant raceThe annual Restaurant Race at Gore Mountain is set for Monday, January 29, 2018.

The Restaurant Race invites the various Gore Mountain Region’s restaurants to lead a team of their patrons to race on the dual slolam course and cheer. Teams compete for Fastest Times, Best Spirits, and the Most Racers.

Basil & Wicks is defending 2017 trophies for Most Popular Restaurant and Best Spirits, while barVino holds the trophy for Fastest. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Beyond Boreas: Other Classification Decisions to Watch

Adirondack Land Classification MapThe Boreas Tract is just one part of the proposed classification or reclassification of 54,418 acres of State Lands in the Adirondack Park. The Governor’s Adirondack Park Agency drafted a set of amendments to the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan (SLMP) that included some 100 other proposed classifications, reclassifications, and/or map corrections as part of a large Appendix A of the draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS).

While most of the attention to date has been focused on the high profile 20,543 acre Boreas Ponds Tract, APA watchers expect the Agency to soon release the proposed final set of amendments to the Master Plan for all 100 plus proposed actions. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Concerts, Film Screenings Set For Lake Flower Landing

Lake Flower LandingLake Flower Landing, the studio/gallery of Karen Davidson and Peter Seward in Saranac Lake, have announced a scheduled series of concerts and film screenings, beginning January 26th.

Utica-based singer-songwriter, J.Schnitt, reprises his collaboration from Hobofest 2017, on Friday, January 26th at 7:30pm. Schnitt, a multi- instrumentalist, just released his nineteenth album. Each album represents a unique point of view and style; be it indie-rocker, country-crooner, folk-poet, political activist. Joining him at Lake Flower Landing will be John Doan; dobro and banjo; Kyle Murray, drums; Colin DeHond, bass; and Redia Spada, harmony vocals. Admission is $10. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Chilson VFD Dinner-Dance Marking 40 Years

chilson vfdChilson Volunteer Fire Department will hold its 40th Annual Valentine’s Dinner Dance on Saturday, February 10th at 5:30 pm at the Employees Mutual Association (E.M.A.) at 9 Maplewood Lane in Ticonderoga.

Along with dinner, music and dancing, the evening will feature continuous mini-raffles with prizes donated by local businesses. The dinner buffet will include salad, chicken and beef entrees, side dishes and desserts. Dance music will be provided by local D.J. Mike “Doc” Vilardo. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

View’s Ice Bar Party February 3rd

view ice barView in Old Forge is planning an ice bar party for February 3rd from 1 to 4 pm, in the arts center’s courtyard.

Drinks will be available for purchase via cash bar while attendees can lounge on snow furniture, enjoy hot and cold drinks, and participate in winter-themed games. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Lost in Boreas Country: Herbert Short, 1930

In early November 1930, a hunting party in the Boreas River area split up to do what Adirondack hunters so often do: execute a deer drive. Among those taking part were Lew Buck, Leo Adams, Edward White, Murray Short, and Murray’s brother Herbert. Herb was a corrections officer who had recently been promoted and transferred to Auburn Prison from Clinton Prison in Dannemora. It was Dannemora that provided the link between him and the other men: Buck was the village’s former postmaster, White was a retired Clinton keeper, and his close friend Adams still worked there as a guard.

Concern mounted at day’s end when the men reassembled and Herbert was a no-show. But he was a very experienced woodsman, and the entire party was aware that a storm was moving into the area, so in that sense he was prepared for anything. His companions surmised he may have been turned around while trying to get back to camp before the snow fell. At that point, the explanations they considered carried reassurances that everything was OK, or soon would be. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Name Calling: Gagroot, Vomitwort or Pukeweed?

LobeliaEncouraging people to make friends with wild plants can be a challenge. Sometimes there are genuine concerns. Nettles, as an example, make an early-spring cooked green par excellence, even though its fresh leaves and stems have stinging hairs that can cause an uncomfortable, if temporary, rash if care is not taken when harvesting it.

Other times, it is a matter of perception. Critical to the survival of monarch butterflies, milkweed is delicious when prepared correctly. Jewelweed, native to wetlands, contains a sap which counteracts poison ivy, and its orange or yellow orchid-like flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies. Yet both plants suffer from having names which define them as undesirable. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

ROOST Announces 2018 Board of Directors

The Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST) has announced its 2018 Board of Directors.

The new and returning board members were confirmed during ROOST’s Annual Meeting and Social held January 15 at the Intervale Lodge at the Olympic Jumping Complex, which was attended by ROOST staff, board members, marketing partners and elected officials. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

SAR Scholarship Recalls Hiking Death of Hua Davis

search and rescue logoSearch and Rescue of the Northern Adirondacks (SARNAK), an all-volunteer non-profit based in Saranac Lake, has announced the inaugural Hua Davis Wilderness Scholarship in memory of an unprepared hiker who died in the High Peaks region of the Adirondack Park.

On Friday, March 4th, 2016, Hua Davis, an avid hiker from Wilmington, Delaware, set out to scale MacNaughton Mountain in the High Peaks Wilderness. She made it to the summit of the mountain, but died from hypothermia due to exposure later that same day. » Continue Reading.


Monday, January 22, 2018

State’s Frontier Town Plan Missing Key Transportation Piece

frontier townLast Thursday the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) approved New York State’s plan to build a 91-site camping, equestrian and day use area at the site of the former Frontier Town in North Hudson.

This is the first part of a multi-part strategy to develop the entire site into a gateway with a mix of private and public amenities, businesses and recreational assets. » Continue Reading.


Monday, January 22, 2018

Women’s GPS, Map, Compass, Training Set For Tupper

bow wilderness campingBecoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) instructors Sheila Young and Lynn Malerba are offering map, compass, and GPS training classes for women.

The classes, called Nav 202, are a 2.5-day, women-only, introductory, hands-on course focusing on navigation techniques using a GPS, USGS map, orienteering compass, and Garmin BaseCamp digital mapping program.

All classes take place February 23-25, 2018 in Tupper Lake. » Continue Reading.


Monday, January 22, 2018

Blood In The Snow Leads To Warren County Charges

ECOs Nicols and Brassard with the buck and crossbowAccording to a press announcement sent by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. On the night of Jan. 8, Environmental Conservation Officer Alan Brassard received a call from New York State Trooper Bryan McCormack who was at a complaint in the town of Chester with Warren County Deputy Adam Hurlburt. According to DEC, the Warren County Sheriff’s Department had received a complaint from a couple that had found a dead buck in their backyard. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, January 21, 2018

Ingersoll: Don’t Neglect Adirondack Wild Forest

Moose Mountain overlooks the Wilcox Lake Wild Forest. Photo by Bill IngersollNews of a helicopter sightseeing tour operating out of Lake Placid spawned much discussion this past summer. Unlike a traditional scenic airplane flight high above the landscape, this business promised ridge-running flights at low altitudes above protected Wilderness Areas, as well as aerial safaris in which backcountry wildlife would be buzzed in their natural habitats — all for the thrill of a few paying customers.

This was scary enough for those of us who routinely visit the Forest Preserve for our weekly dose of wildness. But then in the September/October 2017 issue of the Adirondack Explorer, John Sheehan of the Adirondack Council suggested that in the Wild Forest areas, “it may be appropriate to fly in some places at lower heights” — with the stipulation that “some sensitive areas” should be avoided “as much as they can.” » Continue Reading.


Sunday, January 21, 2018

Fish Friday Fasting With Eggs And Lamb

Illustration from "Bestiary, with extracts from Giraldus Cambrensis on Irish birds," published in England during the 2nd quarter of the 13th century and held at the British Library. Due to recent events, I’m now the only non-vegan member of a household. Granted it is a household of two where my omnivore status is respected, but the adjustment has taken longer than expected. It was some time before I stopped worrying about the welfare of tofu animals and was able to buy tofu turkey, ham, and sausage without suffering pangs of guilt.

Although we may not think of eating as able to change anything except our waistline, choices around diet do have serious and far-reaching consequences across the world. Volumes have been written on the human rights, energy policy, health, and environmental implications of food choices. But distilling even one of these points to a digestible portion-size requires more than just an essay. » Continue Reading.


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