Thursday, October 1, 2020

Adirondack Fall Foliage: Peek that Peak Color

This fall foliage report for Sept. 30 – Oct. 6 comes courtesy of I LOVE NY

Franklin County

In the Adirondacks, near Tupper Lake and Mt. Arab in Franklin County, spotters predict 80-85% color change with peak to some just-past-peak conditions. Look for a lush kaleidoscope of dandelion. goldenrod, ginger, russet, orange crush, scarlet, raspberry, claret, and merlot leaves of above-average brilliance. Reports note that with no frosty nights and pleasant temperatures (and barring damaging rain), the foliage in the area will continue to be breathtaking through the weekend.

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Thursday, October 1, 2020

View quilt show opens Friday

Each year, View Arts Center in Old Forge holds the Quilts Unlimited exhibition, which is open to all artists working in the fiber based quilting medium.

The opening reception is from 4-6:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 2.
Due to COVID-19 safety guidelines, this event will be different from previous receptions. To participate you must pre-register for a time by clicking this link.
Following NY State guidelines, View will limit the number of guests in the gallery at a time. Face masks and social distancing is mandatory to enter View.
You will have 30 minutes to view the galleries, starting from your sign up time.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Serious backcountry injuries result in multiple carryouts

forest ranger logoRecent NYS DEC Forest Ranger actions:

Town of St. Armand
Essex County
Wilderness Rescue:
 On Sept. 22 at 12:10 p.m., Franklin County 911 transferred a call to DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch reporting an injured 64-year-old hiker from Dyer, Indiana, on Baker Mountain. The hiker went off the trail, fell, and injured his right leg. Forest Rangers Evans and Sabo responded to assist. Once on scene, Forest Ranger Evans provided first aid for the subject’s unstable knee and ankle. Due to the extent of the injury, New York State Police (NYSP) Aviation was requested along with backup rescuers including members of Search and Rescue of the Northern Adirondacks in case of a possible carry-out involving a high-angle rope technique on steep terrain. NYSP Aviation, with Forest Ranger Benzel as hoist operator, completed the hoist rescue off the mountain at 4:18 p.m. The hiker was transported to a local hospital for further medical treatment.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Russell Banks pays visit to Northwood School

Russell Banks, the award-winning novelist, and short story writer, met virtually with Northwood School students on Monday, Sept. 28. Banks, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, is the author of Continental Drift, The Sweet Hereafter, and Cloudsplitter, among other books.

Northwood School held an alternate schedule due to the virtual visit. All students were a part of an opening meeting, and then two groups attended workshops with Banks. Following a brief introduction from faculty, Banks gave a live talk for 25 minutes as part of the all-school meeting followed by a Q&A with students. After the all-school event, Banks participated in two additional live informal classroom Q&A sessions for 50 minutes, with 20 English students per workshop.

The event was live-streamed for asynchronous students.

Russell Banks, photo by Nancie Battaglia


Wednesday, September 30, 2020

North Country Live: Fall Series to focus on Indigenous Voices

North Country Live, a series of live webinars created over the summer in order to offer insight into topics such as wellness, personal finance, and Adirondack history, will be returning this fall with a focus on Indigenous Voices of the Adirondacks. Through three online programs, the North Country Live Fall Series will bring to light the history and traditions of the Mohawk Tribe at Akwesasne, and the challenges they have faced amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The programs are free, but require participants to register in advance at this link to receive an invitation to the session.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

DEC Announces Sentencing of Saranac Man for Illegal Taking of Moose

Adirondack moose (DEC Photo)The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced the sentencing of a Saranac man for illegally poaching a moose in October 2019. On Sept. 3, 2020, DEC’s Division of Law Enforcement investigation into the moose poaching concluded when Zachary Vaughan, 26, of Saranac, NY, was sentenced in the Town of Franklin Criminal Court to 60 days in county jail and $5,525 in fines and surcharges. DEC also revoked Vaughan’s hunting privileges for five years.

DEC’s investigation began on Oct. 31, 2019, when ECO Favreau received a call from a camp member in the Chateaugay Highlands Easement reporting a dead cow moose on the property.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Adirondack Moose Sightings: Rare and Majestic

Most of New York’s moose are located in the Adirondack Mountains and the Taconic Highlands along the Massachusetts and Vermont borders although young males have been known to wander south of the Adirondacks to mate and establish territory.

It is estimated that approximately 400 moose reside here in the mountains. Currently there are six moose in New York that carry GPS collars, which allow biologists to track their movements and determine the number of calves that are born to adult females.

The moose is the largest and heaviest species in the deer family. Two of the most amazing attributes of a moose are its sheer size and its antlers.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Vandals take down Blue Ridge Road sign

High Peaks Wilderness: The sign on the Blue Ridge Road (aka Boreas Road) identifying the turn onto Tahawus Road and the southern entrances into the High Peaks Wilderness has been stolen.

  • If accessing the Blue Ridge Road from the west (Route 28N) watch for Tahawus Road on the left a short distance after the rail crossing.
  • If accessing the Blue Ridge Road from the east (I87) watch for Tahawus Road on the right a short distance after the rail crossing warning sign.

Photo by Mike Lynch/Adirondack Explorer


Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Youth-oriented events coming up at Wild Center

Homeschool Days

The Wild Center invite sHomeschool families and students learning at home to come visit at a special rate on the next two Wednesdays (September 30, and October 7). When registering for your timed tickets ahead of time simply enter the coupon code HOMESCHOOL2020 at check out for 50% off. Due to COVID-19 regulations, please visit as a family unit rather than a class/group.

Click here to make reservations and read the know before you go information.

These events are sponsored by Membership at The Wild Center. Click here to sign up

Youth Have Power Series

Starting tonight, join The Wild Center’s Youth Climate Program for an exciting new event series – Youth Have Power: Plugging Into Climate Action. This isn’t your typical virtual event … it’s time to kick-off Youth Have Power! Join this event to meet some of the youth involved in planning Youth Have Power and hear what’s in store for the next few months. Most importantly, get inspired by two high-energy speakers, climate organizer John Paul Mejia and Director of Drawdown Learn, Dr. Elizabeth Bagley as they discuss the Project Drawdown roadmap to reversing climate change and the role youth can play in making it happen.

This event is open to the public and will be streamed on Facebook Live. Visit www.wildcenter.org/youth-have-power to learn more and register.


Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Seeing the park on two wheels: Biking to Plattsburgh from Saranac Lake

I biked from Saranac Lake to Burlington, Vermont, on the first day of fall. (Well, I meant to end up in Burlington, but a wrong turn added some miles and hills and left me on some suburban road east of the city in Williston.)

My route through the Adirondacks was State Route 3 to the Lake Champlain Ferry at Plattsburgh, and it took me through much of the Saranac River Valley, with colorful fall views of a river whose health and fish our magazine will profile in-depth in our next issue. I shot some video along the way.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

RESCHEDULED: Lake Placid Sinfonietta Hosts World Renowned Concert Pianist

REPOSTING DUE TO NEW DATE: The Lake Placid Sinfonietta will be holding a YouTube Live “Conversation and Concert” on Saturday, October 10 at 5 PM, featuring Sara Davis Buechner. (Note: rescheduled from original Sept. 26 date).

Buechner will be broadcasting from her Philadelphia home. You may view this event by searching for the Lake Placid Sinfonietta’s YouTube page, or by going to www.LakePlacidSinfonietta.org. No registration is required to view the event.

Buechner has appeared multiple times in the Lake Placid Sinfonietta’s past concerts, and was scheduled to appear the prior summer, but had her performance cancelled due to Covid-19.

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Monday, September 28, 2020

Salmon runs and deadlines

Atlantic Salmon courtesy NOAA FisheriesRight now, we’re getting down to crunch time at the Adirondack Explorer, wrapping up many of our writing and photo assignments for the November issue.

We’ve got a lot of interesting news and recreational features lined up for this issue, including ones about Boquet and the Saranac rivers and how they’ve been impacted by dams. Atlantic salmon, in particular, have historically seen their spawning grounds cut off by the dams. Not only in the Adirondack region, but on the west, too.

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Monday, September 28, 2020

DEC and Partners Announce Effort to Prevent Spread of Hemlock Woolly Adelgid

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation DEC Announced that they, along with Cornell University’s NYS Hemlock Initiative, The Adirondack Invasive Plant Program, Lake George Land Conservancy, and The Fund for Lake George, are developing a plan to mitigate the spread of the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid HWA on Forest Preserve Lands in the towns of Dresden and Fort Ann, in Washington County. The DEC confirmed the HWA infestation August of 2020, in infected hemlock trees at the Glen Island Campground on the shore of Lake George. This marks the second infestation of HWA in the Adirondacks.

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Monday, September 28, 2020

Public art installation makes for perfect rainy-day activity 

Saranac Lakers might’ve noticed that words appear before their eyes on sidewalks through downtown Saranac Lake when it rains. How did it come to be there? Two groups came together to make something magical happen–the Raining Poetry Project.

The Adirondack Center for Writing and the Saranac Lake Arts and Culture Advisory Board partnered to bring this project to life. Inspired by similar projects across the country, the collaboration brings unique public art installations to Saranac Lake.

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Monday, September 28, 2020

Spinning cream into Gold

Learn about how high-quality cultured butter is made, in this piece by Kelsie Meehan for Adirondack Harvest. Meehan is the owner and butter-maker of Gold Bar Butter. She has been milking cows and making cultured butter since 2012.

Read more: https://adirondackharvest.com/churning-up-gold-in-the-adirondacks/

Photo: Kelsie Meehan pours cultured cream into the churn. Photo by Lisa Godfrey for Adirondack Harvest.



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