Sunday, May 12, 2024

Solid waste illegally dumped on Franklin County property, ECOs take part in Earth Week events

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Dumping Bust – Franklin County
On April 10, ECO Okonuk received a complaint about a large amount of garbage dumped on a landowner’s property off Kibbie Road in the town of Bombay. Officer Okonuk conducted an investigation into an individual who allegedly dumped the trash on the property. ECO Okonuk and a New York State Trooper met with the subject and the ECO ticketed him for the unlawful disposal of solid waste. The subject had an active warrant for unrelated charges and was taken into custody by State Police.

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Sunday, May 12, 2024

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Saturday, May 11, 2024

Return of hummingbirds, and banding at Crown Point Banding Station

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April showers bring May flowers and the leaves greening on the trees. Yesterday, May 5, you could almost watch them grow and get greener by the minute. Karen kept watch for our Hummingbirds to return and they did on Friday, May 3, four days earlier than ever before. Paul Bozard out in Salamanca, who is a friend and Ranger School classmate from ’63, reported that Hummingbirds came to his feeders an hour after he put them up on April 27.

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Saturday, May 11, 2024

Climate Action Walk set for Glens Falls on May 18

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A Community Climate Action Walk is scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 18 from 1 to 4 p.m. in downtown Glens Falls, NY. Interested parties should gather at Glens Falls City Park next to Crandall Public Library at 1 p.m. where they will be welcomed by Father Scott from St. Mary’s Church, St. Mary’s youth reciting excerpts from Laudate Deum, Claudia Braymer, Glens Falls Presbyterian Earth Care Team, and Molly Stewart, from the Glens Falls Unitarian Universalist Congregation.

At 1:30 p.m., led by a climate banner and drums, the group will walk down Glenn Street to Crandall Park where speakers will focus on climate action goals to mitigate the harsh consequences of global warming, and tables will be set up by local groups and organizations for taking actions. Working together adds power to our movement to protect our earth and living beings. In the event of rain or poor weather the event will take place in the Aviation Mall and announced on North Country Earth Action Facebook.

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Saturday, May 11, 2024

One-man show “Tomatoes Tried to Kill Me But Banjos Saved My Life” set for Whallonsburg Grange Hall May 18

Whallonsburg, NY – The Whallonsburg Grange Hall in Essex is thrilled to present the award-winning, inspirational, one-man show, “Tomatoes Tried to Kill Me But Banjos Saved My Life,” on Saturday, May 18 at 7:30 p.m. Fresh from sold-out runs Off Broadway, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and other internationally known venues, Keith Alessi shares his exceptional story of leaving the corporate world behind to follow his true passion—playing the banjo – and how, after a cancer diagnosis, they truly did save him.

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Saturday, May 11, 2024

Jazz Musicians Perform “Coastal Suite” May 19 at Plattsburgh’s Strand Theater

Alan Blackman Jazz will perform The Coastal Suite on Sunday, May 19 at 3 p.m. at the historic Strand Theater in Plattsburgh, New York. The Coastal Suite stands as a significant achievement in the notable career of composer-pianist Alan Blackman. A New Jazz Works commission by Chamber Music America with funding awarded by the Doris Duke Foundation, the full-length, multi-media work was premiered live in Baltimore and New York in 2014 and featured on NPR’s JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater. Performances of The Coastal Suite have met with widespread acclaim by audiences and jazz pundits alike.

Tickets are available online at strandcenter.org/theatre-events and also at the Strand Arts Center during their regular business hours. For further information, call (518) 293-7613, e-mail ambrown.hillholl@gmail.com or visit hillandhollowmusic.org

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Friday, May 10, 2024

Pass The New York Wildlife Crossings Bill

The New York State Senate just passed the New York Wildlife Crossings Act (S.4198A/A.4243A) by a landslide margin of 55 yeas to 4 nays. This bill enjoyed widespread and bipartisan support from all corners of New York State. Senator Dan Stec, Republican from Queensbury, who represents much of the Adirondack Park, was one of just four members who voted no. Senator Stec was also the lone “no” vote in the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee that had earlier voted 9-1 to approve this bill.

This legislation is sponsored by Senator Leroy Comrie and Assembly Member Robert Carroll, and directs the Department of Transportation (DOT) to identify sites along highways, thruways and parkways in the state where wildlife crossings are most needed to increase public safety and improve habitat connectivity. This legislation enjoys broad, popular support across the environmental community. It’s now time for the State Assembly to follow suit and pass this bill. Two key North Country Assemblymembers, Billy Jones, Democrat from Franklin County, and Matt Simpson, Republican from Warren County, support this bill.

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Friday, May 10, 2024

Outdoor Conditions (5/10): Ways to prevent black fly bites

outdoor conditions logoThe following are only the most recent notices pertaining to public lands in the Adirondacks. Please check the Adirondack Backcountry webpages for a full list of notices, including seasonal road statuses, rock climbing closures, specific trail conditions, and other pertinent information.

NEW THIS WEEK

  • Lost Lake Trail Damage: The Lost Lake Trail bridge over the Middle Branch Lake outlet in Ha-De-Ron-Dah Wilderness has several deck boards that are damaged – please exercise caution.
  • Pine Lake Trail Flooding: The bridge on Pine Lake Trail at the Pine Lake inlet in Independence River Wild Forest is currently flooded.
  • Essex Chain Lakes Complex Re-Opening: All access to the Essex Chain (Chain Lakes Road North and Cornell Road) are now open following the closures due to washouts last week. The Deer Pond CP3 route is passable; high clearance vehicles recommended.

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Friday, May 10, 2024

State Awards $300,000 to Adirondack Roots, Partners for Affordable Housing

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DEC Smart Growth Grant Award will help identify sites for workforce housing development

Elizabethtown, NY —A $300,000 New York State grant will help Adirondack Roots create up to 60 new, affordable homes in the North Country.

The Smart Growth Grant Award, announced last Thursday by Gov. Kathy Hochul, will be matched with a $36,000 grant from Adirondack Foundation to support the work. Adirondack Roots will work with the Lake Champlain-Lake George Regional Planning Board on the project, which involves feasibility studies and other work at four locations in the Adirondacks.

“Accessible housing is the number one challenge faced by workers and families in our region,” said Megan Murphy, executive director of Adirondack Roots. “We’re slowly making progress in closing the housing gap, and this grant will accelerate our efforts even faster. We’re grateful to Gov. Hochul and the DEC for recognizing this important need through this critical support.”

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Thursday, May 9, 2024

Wiawaka Center for Women: A rich, historic gem along Lake George

A few days ago, the Ethel Gathering Group (a group of women who meet for lunch and other activities) posted on Facebook that Wiawaka needed volunteers for spring cleanup in anticipation of opening for the season.
This caught my attention because I remembered that last year Lake George’s Minne-Ha-Ha captain pulled close to shore and specifically pointed out Wiawaka, briefly explaining that it’s a center for women.

After reading the Facebook post, I checked the center’s website. When I saw that one of this summer’s events will be about Katrina Trask, I knew I had to visit. A few years ago, I was able to take a 3-hour, in depth tour of the very private Yaddo where we heard about Katrina’s amazing (and tragic) life.

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Thursday, May 9, 2024

Discussion time: Jobs

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We’re in the initial planning stages for a multi-part series on jobs/employment that will run online and in print in Adirondack Explorer magazine. We’d like to hear from you on a few things: How far/how many miles do you drive for work each day in the Adirondack region? What types of jobs would you like to see more of closer to you, or in the Adirondacks in general?


Thursday, May 9, 2024

Lake Placid Center for the Arts announces three new exhibits

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Lake Placid, NY- The Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA) is thrilled to announce three exhibits coming to the Gallery @ LPCA this summer, at 17 Algonquin Drive in Lake Placid, NY. The Gallery at the LPCA is open Thursday through Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. and visiting the gallery is always free. There will be extended hours on July 3 through August 11: Wednesday through Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. The Gallery will be closed on Ironman Sunday (July 21).

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Thursday, May 9, 2024

A dam project turns 100

The E.J. West powerhouse

Taming wild rivers

One hundred years ago today, a relatively new state agency voted to impound the Sacandaga River to “regulate” river flows downstream of the Adirondack Park. The Hudson River Regulating District formed in 1919 in the wake of damaging floods along the Hudson River. One of its early tasks: approving a measure ordering construction of the Conklingville Dam.

Construction of the dam began in 1927 and completed in March 1930, creating the state’s largest reservoir (which impacted numerous communities and properties) and controlling the volume of water flowing from the Sacandaga River downstream to the Hudson and points south.

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Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Multiple agencies conduct night rescue for Pitchoff Mt. hiker with broken ankle

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Herkimer County
Wilderness Rescue: While on patrol April 29, at 4:01 p.m., Forest Ranger Waligory encountered an injured subject in the grass just north of a public forest access road. The 54-year-old from Boonville had hit a rut while riding a dual sport motorcycle. The subject was thrown from the motorcycle, resulting in a separated shoulder. Ranger Waligory assessed the subject’s injuries, stabilized his head, and called for an ambulance. At 4:25 p.m., the Poland Fire Department and Kuyahoora Valley Ambulance arrived and transported the subject to the hospital.

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Wednesday, May 8, 2024

The Wild Center to unveil new trail and attraction, art installation

The Wild Center building.

Tupper Lake, NY – The Wild Center opened for its 2024 season on Friday, May 3. Off the heels of the USA Today Readers’ Choice Awards, where it was voted the Best Science Museum in the U.S., The Wild Center is expanding its offerings and activities with exciting exhibits and experiences. Among this season’s offerings is the unveiling of Raquette River Roll, a ball run experience along the Fen Trail, a new half-mile trail down to the Raquette River fen, and The Clothesline: Food, Fiber, Air, and Soil exhibit, an installation dedicated to the world of agriculture.

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