Friday, December 22, 2017

The Big Adirondack News Stories This Week

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Remember Food Pantries This Holiday Season

I am all about shopping local. I always look for a local version rather than shopping online. That doesn’t mean that the UPS truck hasn’t made regular stops at my house. It does mean that when my children ask me what I want, I always opt for an experience or an item from a downtown Adirondack shop.

We have found that gifts that add meaning can be as simple as donating food to a local food pantry. » Continue Reading.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Snow, Rain, Ice: Current Adirondack Outdoor Conditions (Dec 21)

CompassThis weekly report of outdoor recreation conditions in the Adirondacks is compiled each Thursday afternoon.

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Practice Leave No Trace Principles when visiting the Adirondack Park.

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Thursday, December 21, 2017

Lake Champlain Naval History Program At Fort Ti

redoubts and batteries at Ticonderoga on Lake ChamplainFort Ticonderoga’s “Fort Fever Series” begins on Sunday, January 7, at 2 pm with “Vigilance and Discipline to be Observed through all the Vessels” presented by Nicholas Spadone, Director of Interpretation.

Fort Ticonderoga’s military history in the American Revolution extends well beyond just the land. Strategy and tactics were developed to command Lake Champlain and Lake George. British Royal Navy vessels on Lake Champlain demonstrate the strength and extent needed to attack American-held Ticonderoga as well as supply and defend Ticonderoga during British occupation. This presentation will include the design, construction, and legacy of the British Royal Navy vessels on Lake Champlain between 1775 and 1781. » Continue Reading.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Volunteers for Empire State Winter Games Sought

eswg logoThe 2018 Empire State Winter Games, scheduled for Feb. 1-4, is expected to be the largest multi-sport destination festival in the Northeast. The Empire State Games are expected to draw 2,500 athletes.  New events, such as a torch relay from New York City, and a central village that will host athlete and spectator sports, family activities, an athlete lounge, food, and live music and media coverage are planned.

ROOST is looking for volunteers who are interested in being a part of this event and help ensure this sports festival is a success. » Continue Reading.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Janeway: Adirondack Park Should Be A Budget Priority

NYS capital buildingLast week, Adirondack Council members called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to build on his Adirondack successes by providing funding in his 2018-19 budget plan to help the Adirondack Park survive acid rain and climate change, sustain its healthy environment and build its tourism and outdoor recreation industries by welcoming a more diverse group of visitors and residents.

The Governor’s Adirondack successes are threatened by climate change and acid rain, aging wastewater treatment systems, overuse in some areas of the Forest Preserve and by invasive species.  Dedicated funds will be needed to address these concerns in 2018.  We wanted to reinforce these needs before the Governor completes his budget plan.

The Governor is due to present his annual State of the State message on January 3. His budget will be released later in the month. » Continue Reading.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Warrensburg Farm Talks Set For Jan 12th

landon hill estate farmThe Warren County Soil & Water Conservation District is continuing its fifth year of Farm Talks on Friday, January 12th from 6 to 8 pm at DEC’s Warrensburg Office, located at 232 Golf Course Road.

The first presentation of the night will be “Setting Up No-Till” with certified organic mixed vegetable farmer, Rand Fosdick of Landon Hill Estate Farm. Setting up no-till vegetable beds plus the care and maintenance are important to increasing soil health which in turn increases plant health. Healthier plants have better disease and pest resistance and healthy soil reduces erosion, compaction and nutrient leaching. With proper no-till techniques and care, weed suppression and removal becomes less laborious. Attendees can learn Fosdick’s no-till process for growing healthy organic vegetables. » Continue Reading.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Fort Ti Awarded $2.45M For Pavilion

the pavillionFort Ticonderoga has been awarded a $2.45 million grant from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and Empire State Development (ESD) as part of their Arts & Cultural Facilities Improvement grant program. The grant award was announced at the 2017 New York State Regional Economic Development Council Award Ceremony in Albany.

The adaptive re-use project will include visitor amenities, conference center capacity, and new educational and exhibition space. » Continue Reading.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

State Steps In To Oppose Adirondack Oil Tanker Storage

stored tanker carsGovernor Andrew Cuomo and Basil Segos, Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) released a petition to the federal Surface Transportation Board (STB) arguing against continued use by Iowa Pacific Holdings for rail operations and storage of oil tanker railcars on the 30-mile Sanford Lake Railway, which runs from North Creek to the Tahawus Mine in Newcomb. The State is requesting immediate action. » Continue Reading.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Angler Dies After Falling Through Ice in Bolton

DEC Forest RangerNew 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.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Colton Getting Ready for Winterfest, Jan 25-28

colton rememberance trees The 2018 Town of Colton Winterfest Weekend will be held January 25-28 with the theme ‘Colton Kicks on Route 56’ drawing attention to the variety of outdoor and indoor activities which help people stay physically and mentally active throughout winter.

This year, as in previous years, a number of festival activities are planned to benefit the Neighborhood Center serving Colton, Pierrepont, and Parishville.

Lead up activities include lighting Remembrance Trees, painting barn quilts, sharing history, and kicking off fund raising activities to benefit the Neighborhood Center. » Continue Reading.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Sam Coplon: Santa Claus of the Adirondacks

The collection of letters to Santa that appeared in this space last week epitomized life in the rural regions of northern New York a century ago. At Christmastime, children from families living a common, low-income existence asked Santa for the simplest of items: a pencil and notepad, candy and nuts, or clothing to keep them warm in the winter. Toys and playthings were often secondary requests if they appeared at all.

But the simple desires from long ago reflected something other than just poverty. A good number of rural folks were self-sufficient, and all family members, even young children, took part in the daily chores of life: working the fields and garden, milking cows, collecting eggs, adding logs to the fire, and so on. An early understanding of the effort behind daily sustenance was evident in children’s annual humble Christmas yearnings for pencils, books, and treats for the tummy, suggesting an appreciation for things in general, and gifts in particular.

Among those who came to the Adirondacks and developed a deep admiration for this rustic lifestyle was Samuel Coplon, who embraced the people, reciprocated their generosity, and in time became a nationally known hero of North Country Christmases, earning him the title Santa Claus of the Adirondacks. » Continue Reading.

Monday, December 18, 2017

‘First Day’ Hike to Stillwater Mtn Summit Planned

Stillwater Fire TowerThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced a ‘first day’ hike on January 1, 2018, and encouraged New Yorkers to connect with nature and go on a new adventure on the first day of the New Year.

DEC Region 6 staff and members of the Friends of Stillwater Fire Tower will be leading the hike on New Year’s Day to the summit of Stillwater Mountain, Herkimer County. The hike will start from the trail head at 10 am. » Continue Reading.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

NYS Loses Its Historical Association; Long Had Ties Locally

fenimore art museum

We recently learned that the New York State Historical Association, which has played a key role in protecting New York’s historic sites and artifacts for more than a century, is now defunct, having officially been absorbed by the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown. It is safe to assume that the museum will not retain the Association’s mission, that of promoting and preserving history throughout New York State.

Lake George residents have a special interest in the former Association, in part because it was founded on Lake George in 1899, met annually at the Fort William Henry Hotel and counted residents like John Boulton Simpson among its first trustees. It also had its first permanent headquarters in Ticonderoga’s Hancock House, built specifically for that purpose by Horace A. Moses in 1926.  » Continue Reading.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Adirondack Insects: Cluster Flies

cluster fliesSo here’s my movie concept: during a laboratory accident, a scientist exchanges his DNA with a fly. Over the next few weeks, our hero slowly shrinks in size and transforms into an insect with black spiky body hair, maroon eyes, and translucent, buzzing wings.

What distinguishes this movie from previous versions of “The Fly” is that this time, the scientist swaps his genes with a cluster fly. Instead of developing super-fast reflexes, he becomes clumsy and lethargic. Instead of rampaging through a city terrorizing people, he alternates his time between crashing against the window and lying upside-down on the floor, twitching. The crisis comes when his irritated girlfriend picks him up with a tissue and tosses him outside. He soars into the clear blue winter sky… but then his wings freeze. The final image: a tiny crater in the snow. » Continue Reading.

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