The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and New York Power Authority (NYPA) have announced the availability of $3.8 million for the launch of a statewide Geothermal Clean Energy Challenge, an initiative designed to help stimulate financing and installation of large-scale geothermal systems at state and local governmental entities, public and private schools and healthcare facilities. » Continue Reading.
Mercy Care for the Adirondacks is recruiting new volunteers and has scheduled a Friendship Volunteer Training Program in Tupper Lake on the mornings of January 11 and January 18, 2018. The training sessions will be held from 9:30 am to 1 pm (Both mornings are required to complete the training).
New Volunteers will join Mercy Care’s more than 100 Friendship Volunteers from Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, and Tupper Lake who are helping their elder neighbors stay connected to their communities and helping to make their lives a little easier and happier. Mercy Care volunteers are currently serving more than 100 elders. » Continue Reading.
The Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area (HRVNHA) has announced applications for their Heritage Development Grants are now being accepted until 4 pm on February 9, 2018.
The Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area was established by Congress in 1996 and is funded, in part, through the National Park Service, Department of the Interior. The mission of the HRVNHA program is to recognize, preserve, protect and interpret the nationally significant cultural and natural resources of the Hudson River Valley for the benefit of the Nation. » Continue Reading.
Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) has announced their Whiteface Lake Placid winter 2017-’18 events’ calendar. Dates and schedules are subject to change.
Events are scheduled as follows: » Continue Reading.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has announced that lifeguard qualifying procedures will begin on Jan. 20, 2018.
Seasonal lifeguard positions are available in DEC campgrounds throughout the Adirondack park this summer. The current hourly rate for DEC lifeguards is $13.27, and most facilities offer free housing. » Continue Reading.
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) and today announced the completion of Gore Mountain Ski Resort’s 5.3 megawatt solar array in Washington County, The installation is believed to be the largest solar installation dedicated to a ski resort in the nation.
Gore Mountain’s snowmaking system, lift operations, and other electrical equipment use about 13-million kilowatt hours of power and cost approximately $1 million in utility costs each year according to ORDA. The 14,589 solar panel system is ground-mounted and remote net metered, meaning it is built off-site and the energy produced is exported onto the electricity grid, which Gore will receive credits for on its utility bill. » Continue Reading.
The Town of Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department, the Long Lake Rescue Squad and the Long Lake Fire Department are partnering for the Fourth Annual Feeling Long Lakey Polar Plunge on Saturday, December 30th at 1 pm, at the Long Lake Town Beach. This event is a benefit for High Peaks Hospice. Funds collected for High Peaks Hospice will support the certification and training for three Hospice Nurses serving the Adirondack North Country region with a goal of $3,750 to be raised.
Prizes will be awarded for Best Costume, Best Team Theme, Most Money Raised by an Individual, Most Money Raised by a Team and Best Plunge Technique. Registration and blood pressure checks will be held at the Adirondack Hotel from 11 am until 12:30 pm on Saturday, December 30th, 2017 with the plunge slated for 1 pm at the Town Beach, 1258 Main Street, in Long Lake. » Continue Reading.
Fort Ticonderoga’s “Fort Fever Series” will begin in January and run through April 2018. The lecture series will be held on Sunday afternoons at 2 pm in the Mars Education Center. Tickets are $12 per person and can be purchased at the door; Fort Ticonderoga Members and Ambassador Pass holders are admitted free of cost. » Continue Reading.
Frank “Pork” Lafave, whom accused murder John Kinney said actually committed the horrific murder of Adolphus Bouvia, testified that he had been in Chazy for two months, a fact confirmed by his hosts, Mr. and Mrs. Eaton. In rebuttal, the defense called William Laforce, an inmate in the county jail. Laforce was facing two charges of horse theft, which may have reduced his credibility as a witness. He claimed that during Frank Lafave’s visit to the jail, Laforce had overheard him admitting the crime and promising revenge on John Kinney for being a snitch. According to Laforce, the comment was, “Kinney, I killed old Bouvia and gave you ninety dollars.” Then, on his way out, Lafave added, “John, you squealed on me, and I will get even with you yet.”
Another inmate, Robert Morrison, was re-called to the stand after testifying earlier about letters he had supposedly written on behalf of Kinney. The DA pressed Morrison to admit that he had been paid by the defense to testify. At that point, attorney John E. Judge took the stand briefly, explaining that, just six hours earlier (at 3 am), he had been dispatched to locate Morrison in Burke, a Franklin County village about forty-five miles west of Plattsburgh. Morrison was informed he would be paid fifty dollars by the county for appearing in court later that morning. » Continue Reading.
As an outcome of the intergenerational relationship-building event held in November at the Wild Center, and with initiative from Jennifer Merlob, Advisor to the National Honor Society at Tupper Lake Central School, Tupper Lake students will be in the Goff-Nelson Memorial Library every Wednesday from 3 to 5 pm to answer questions and provide help to elders and people of all ages on in the community on how to use their cell phone, laptop, tablet, e-mail, or engage in social media such as Facebook. » Continue Reading.
The Whallonsburg Grange Hall in Essex will host a staged reading of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol to support the food pantries in Elizabethtown, Westport and Willsboro on Sunday, December 10.
The Holiday Celebration starts at 3 pm and includes music, refreshments, carol singing and cookie-making and crafts for children. The performance of A Christmas Carol begins at 4 pm. » Continue Reading.
The Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST) has invited all Tupper Lake area municipal leaders, businesses, organizations, and individuals to attend a brief regional destination marketing review, followed by a reception, at Big Tupper Brewing on Thursday, December 7th, from 5 to 6:30 pm.
The agenda will include a brief presentation by ROOST staff, time for Q&A, followed by a networking opportunity with light refreshments and a cash bar. » Continue Reading.
Like many people who watch birds, I have my favorites. The nuthatches, for instance.
Quirky little birds. Shaped like stubby cigars, with their short tails and thick necks. And that disconcerting habit of spending time upside down. I wish I could do that. Of course, I wish I could walk up walls and hang from the ceiling like a gecko, too.
But why do nuthatches walk down the trunks of trees, anyway? » Continue Reading.
Guidebook author Russell Dunn’s new guidebook Keene Valley Region Waterfall Guide: The Search for Cool Cascades in the Heart of the Adirondacks (Black Dome Press, 2017), leads the way to more than 100 waterfalls in the High Peaks Region of the Adirondacks, from North Hudson to Keeseville, and from St. Huberts to Lake Placid.
The book includes 145 full-color photographs, three maps, and a foreword by Neil Burdick, editor of Adirondac. » Continue Reading.
I followed a stream downhill through the woods as it coursed through a small ravine. At the base of the hill, just before the brook entered a wetland, a patch of unusual-looking plants was growing amongst moss on a decaying tree root that spanned the stream. They were round and flat with lobed edges, and only the size of a dime. A couple of other patches grew nearby. Here the plants had branched out from their round bases, extending flat green ribbons across the damp soil.
These odd plants are liverworts, named for the resemblance of lobed species to the human liver. Liverworts are often confused with mosses and both are bryophytes, though recent evidence indicates that they may not be closely related. Liverworts have no roots, tubes, or veins to transport water and nutrients, but they anchor their bodies to soil or rock with threadlike filaments called rhizoids. They rely on diffusion (movement from an area of higher to one of lower concentration) to move water in and out. » Continue Reading.