BOLTON LANDING – The Sembrich continues its Nature & Music Summer Festival with its 2021 membership event “Voice of the Mountains: Jeanne Robert Foster, An Adirondack Legacy,” on Saturday, July 17 at 2:00 PM. The event is a weaving of stories, songs, and readings celebrating Adirondack poet Jeanne Robert Foster and her love for the outdoors. Performers Eileen Egan Mack and Dan Berggren bring Jeanne’s neighbors of yesterday back to life, giving voice to the people and places that might otherwise be forgotten. Be prepared for an entertaining journey back in time, with twists and turns to enjoy.
In mid-May I took a trip up to Willsboro to meet up with former Gov. George Pataki. I wanted to get his take on a few different things happening in the park, one of which you’ll read about in our July/August issue in a story about trash in the Adirondacks.
We humans fancy ourselves the masters of our own destiny, or at the very least, feel that we make choices of our own free will. The idea that someone or something might be able to control our thoughts and actions is terrifying. We desperately hope that “mind control” is limited to Jedi mind tricks in Star Wars, or mass brainwashing in The Manchurian Candidate; pure fiction. Yet the clichéd phrase “the devil made me do it” suggests that from time to time, we might fall victim to outside influences.
Well, real-life research has shown that if we act against our better judgement, the cat might be to blame. Even more bizarre is the fact that, beyond a doubt, our intestinal bacteria can strongly influence our emotions and behavior. That’s right; it could be that faulty feces are at fault. And for insects, their excuse is “a fungus made me do it.”
A recent article in the Explorer gauges local government officials’ openness to the possibility of hosting recreational marijuana dispensaries in their communities. The response was lukewarm, at best, and most interviewed were resistant to the idea.
Recent NYS DEC Forest Ranger actions:
Town of North Elba
Wilderness Rescue: On July 5 at 2:37 p.m., DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from a passerby reporting a 64-year-old woman from Palisades Park, New Jersey, with a non-weight bearing ankle injury near MacIntyre Falls on the trail to Algonquin Mountain in the High Peaks Wilderness Area. Forest Rangers Evans, Lewis, Bode, and Mecus and Assistant Forest Ranger (AFR) McPherson responded by hiking up from the Adirondak Loj. Once on scene, Forest Rangers assessed the subject’s injury and began slowly walking the hiker down off the mountain to the old Marcy Dam trail where additional Rangers were staged with UTVs. At 8:07 p.m., the hiker was back to the trailhead and said she would seek medical attention on her own.
Sixty-eight percent of New Yorkers now think that the worst of the coronavirus pandemic is over while only 17 percent think the worst is still to come. As we move into summer in New York over 70 percent are at least somewhat comfortable having friends over to their home (84 percent), going to a beach or lakefront (80 percent), going on vacation in the U.S. (78 percent) and eating indoors at a restaurant (77 percent) according to a new statewide survey of residents released Tuesday by the Siena College Research Institute (SCRI). At the same time, 47 percent are somewhat or very worried about they or a family member becoming sick with the coronavirus.
In an effort to share the community’s outstanding natural resources with everyone, Wilmington has recently launched the Wonders of Wilmington (WOW) Challenge. This is no ordinary challenge: participants here are invited to complete the Hiking, Mountain Biking, or Family Fun challenges to receive their patch.
Great Camp Sagamore is open for the 2021 summer and fall season, with many exciting programs and workshops lined up. The season got off to a lively start in mid-June with the Roots & Branches Endowed Music Workshop and Women’s Fly Fishing. Offering nearly two dozen arts, educational and outdoors-themed getaways with lodging and meals included, Great Camp Sagamore has something for everyone.
DEC field staff often encounter littered balloons, even when working in NY’s most remote areas. In fact, some DEC Forestry staff who perform forest surveys find littered balloons almost daily, and DEC staff in the Bureau of Wildlife in Region 4 pickup and collect balloons they find while doing field work throughout the nine counties that makeup the region. On our beaches, DEC’s Marine Resources staff are learning more about balloon litter in NY’s coastal areas through coastal balloon litter surveys conducted through a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Marine Debris grant.
Littered foil or latex balloons and their strings can be found on the ground, stuck in trees, and in water bodies including trout streams, lakes, coastal areas, and other sensitive ecosystems. Finding waste balloons in any wild place doesn’t just take away from the experience of being in these environments – when balloons end up as litter, they can also become a hazard to fish and wildlife or can become microplastic pollution. We can all do our part to make sure our decorations meant to show kindness do not end up harming the environment or our communities. Be part of the solution:
Clinton County Historical Association (CCHA) received a $15,000 Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership (CVNHP) Special Program grant from the Lake Champlain Basin Program to support a series of regional events this summer called The Champlain Valley Suffrage Centennial Auto Tour.
The Pendragon Theatre has welcomed Michael Aguirre from New York City as the new Managing Director. Mike is the founding Executive Director of New Light Theater Project in NYC as well as the former Producing Director of Access Theater, a multi-venue organization in downtown Manhattan. He’s worked in administrative roles at the Steppenwolf Theatre and The Wilma, and he is also a playwright and sometime actor, with his work being featured across the country. As Managing Director, Aguirre will lead the theatre’s business plan and strategy.
“There were several qualified people who applied for the position”, said Chris Leifheit, president of the board of directors.
“We are thrilled to have found someone with Michael’s talent, experience and passion for the arts to collaborate with current staff and board to lead us out of this COVID crisis and toward a promising future,” Leifheit said in a press release.
Come by our new location at 56 Woodruff (across from Nori’s) to meet Mike at July’s ArtWalk! Pendragon is excited to participate on July 15 and we hope you will swing by to say hello. We are hard at work finalizing plans for our new home and look forward to sharing more details with our community.
This summer, the Pendragon is also hosting a summer camp for children ages 10-18. Campers will participate in a production of the The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. Registration ends soon so be sure to sign up using this link!
Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Essex County is hosting free activities for children at the Lake Placid and Saranac Lake farmers’ markets through the season. The program is called the Power of Produce (POP) Club and aims to get kids excited about fresh, local fruits and vegetables, local food systems, and science topics related to agriculture through a series of fun activities.
Each week at the Lake Placid and Saranac Lake Farmers’ Markets, Essex County CCE volunteers will be offering kids an opportunity to taste a locally grown fruit or vegetable, participate in an activity, and receive $5 to choose a fruit or vegetable to purchase.
Editor’s note: This “It’s Debatable” column is running in the July/August 2021 issue of Adirondack Explorer magazine. Click here to subscribe. This issue’s debaters don’t fit neatly into the Explorer’s usual yes/no format, as both support inspections of some kind. We’ve attempted to frame the question in a way to reflect their nuanced views.
The question: Should New York enforce boat inspections?
Saranac Lake ArtWorks, a non profit cultural community since 2008, has announced two open-air ArtMarkets in lieu of the (currently on hold) Third Thursday ArtWalks.
Last September, the organization held a similar ArtMarket at Riverfront Park (much like the Farmer’s Market), providing artists with a safe place to showcase their artwork, and to network with the community while selling their work.
The Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce will partner with ArtWorks for this outdoor event to help continue to promote them in 2021. The markets will take place at Riverfront Park on Saturday, July 24 and Saturday, September 17, with Sunday of each weekend as the rain date. Members of ArtWorks will have the first option to participate, followed by non-members who have previously participated in similar events by ArtWorks. Admission is free, but there is a small vendor fee for participation.