Friday, February 14, 2020

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Friday, February 14, 2020

1980 Olympic Figure Skating Reunion Tuesday

1980 U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Team Photo, courtesy of the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee

The 1980 U.S. Olympic figure skating team dazzled the crowd and competition judges en route to Charles Tickner’s bronze medal in men’s figure skating and Linda Fratianne’s Olympic women’s singles silver medal.

A 1980 Lake Placid Olympic Figure Skating Reunion Gala has been set for Tuesday, February 18th at the Lake Placid Olympic Center. » Continue Reading.


Friday, February 14, 2020

This Week’s Big Adirondack News Stories


Thursday, February 13, 2020

Rangers Respond To Snowmobile Accidents, Unprepared Hiker

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.


Thursday, February 13, 2020

Very Cold, Deep Snow: Adirondack Outdoor Conditions (2/13)

adirondack conditions 2-13This weekly report of outdoor recreation conditions in the Adirondacks is compiled each Thursday afternoon and updated on Friday.

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. Plan ahead and prepare. Carry out what you have carried in. Do not leave gear, food, or other items at lean-tos and campsites. 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 and lights, and a map. When on the trail, stay together, monitor the time, and be prepared to turn back. Be prepared to spend an unplanned night in the woods in cold temperatures. Accidents happen to the most experienced people. Always carry food, a space blanket, emergency whistle, first aid kit, fire making tools, extra clothing layers and socks, a map and compass, and the knowledge to use them. Inform someone of your itinerary and 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 13th, 2020 – SPECIAL NOTICES » Continue Reading.


Thursday, February 13, 2020

6th Annual Adirondack WhiteOut Weekend

The 6th Annual Adirondack WhiteOut Weekend kicks off this weekend. Visitors and locals alike can walk through the luminary lanterns lining the Wanakena Bridge.  The weekend full of fun may begin at the bridge but continues through the three communities of Star Lake, Wanakena, and Cranberry Lake. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, February 13, 2020

Caring for Valentine’s Day Cut Flowers

Cornell University Hortus Forum club members learn about the Flower Bulb Research ProgramFebruary is generally the coldest month of the year; the heart of winter; a time that finds many of us patiently waiting, if not longing, for spring. Perhaps that’s why the preferred gift for a cold, wintry Valentine’s Day is a fresh bouquet of colorful, fragrant, cut flowers.

Valentine’s Day is when, more than at any other time of the year, people declare their undying love; often with cut flowers. What could possibly be more heartwarming? » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, February 12, 2020

The Strange Lives of Porcupines

Porcupine in Denali by Steve HallNorth American porcupines are large rodents whose ancestors apparently crossed from Africa to South America on floating trees and logs some 30 million years ago. Their most prominent feature are the approximately 30,000 quills which grow individually everywhere out of the skin musculature, interspersed with bristles, under fur and hair.

The quills help the porcupine defend themselves from attacks by predators. The only quill free areas are the face and underside. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Eve of the Revolution: 1775 British Garrison Event

1775 British Garrison Living History EventFort Ticonderoga has announced a one-day living history event where re-enactors will tell the story of the British garrison at Ticonderoga in February 1775, just three months before the Americans captured the fort and claimed one of America’s first victories in the American Revolution. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Raquette Lake Winter Carnival This Presidents’ Weekend

Since 1956 Raquette Lake has been celebrating winter with its hometown charm. High on community involvement, the 64th Raquette Lake Winter Carnival is the place to be for two days filled with winter fun and strangers and neighbors all welcomed into the fold.

According to The Town of Long Lake Director of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Alexandra Roalsvig,  the annual winter celebration does not attract masses of people. It is a throwback to “olden days” where kids play outside while parents sit near a bonfire overlooking the lake. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, February 11, 2020

DEC Releases 2019 Hunter Accident Statistics

Two hunters one wearing camo and the other hunter orangeAccording to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), the 2019 hunting seasons in New York were the safest on record. DEC documented seven tree stand incidents and one fatality in 2019.

More than a half million people hunt each year in New York State. Staff and volunteer hunter education program instructors teach about 40,000 students each year according to DEC. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Lake Flower Boat Launch Closed For Bathroom Build

Lake Flower in Saranac Lake courtesy wikimedia user MwannerThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is constructing an accessible full-service restroom at the Lake Flower Boat Launch.

The restroom will be built in the western corner of the boat launch property near the sidewalk along River Street and is expected to be ready for use during next year’s boating season. DEC will connect the restroom to the municipal water and sewer supplies. The facility, with restrooms for both men and women, will have four toilets and two sinks. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Fort Ticonderoga’s Beaty Family Scholarship

Beaty Family Scholarship winner Cole SiebelsThe Beaty Family Scholarship will be awarded to a local student during this year’s North Country History Day, hosted at Fort Ticonderoga on March 7th.

The award is for an outstanding Senior Division entry that exemplifies the spirit of National History Day. The winner will receive a scholarship to attend the National History Academy during the summer of 2020. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Snowmobilers Should Ride Smart

New York State Park Police and State Police are reminding all snowmobile riders to make safety their priority in an effort to reduce the number of personal injury and fatal accidents throughout the State of New York.

Everyone operating a snowmobile should be familiar with safe riding practices and all applicable laws, rules, and regulations. The best way to learn is by taking a snowmobile safety course, which can be found online. A safety certificate is required for youth between ages 10 and 18.

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Monday, February 10, 2020

History Shows Adirondack Avalanche Risks Are Real

Avalanche anatomy illustration

The storm on Thursday and Friday left power out for thousands of Adirondackers and left snow depths and conditions ideal for snowshoeing, skiing, snowmobiling, and other winter activities. But it also left a potentially deadly threat on steep open terrain – the threat of avalanche.

The majority of avalanches in the U.S. occur out west, but avalanches do occur in the northeast. Much of the steep open terrain is found in the High Peaks, but avalanche-prone terrain is found on mountains throughout the Adirondacks, including Snowy Mountain in Hamilton County. DEC warned the public Friday about the increased potential for avalanches. It’s a warning that history tells us we should take seriously.

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