Saturday, January 2, 2021

Town of Long Lake Receives Grant for Five N.Y.S. Historic Markers

Five New York State Historic Markers were awarded to the Town of Long Lake. They were funded by a grant from the William G. Pomeroy Foundation for the New York State Historic Marker Program.

The five signs were awarded to commemorate four locations in Raquette Lake. Including the Raquette Lake Rail Bed, Raquette Lake Hotel, Raquette Lake Train Station and the Raquette Lake General Store and Supply.  The sign in Long Lake will commemorate W.W. Durant’s Buttercup Steamboat which was deliberately sunk in 1885 and recovered in 1959.

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Friday, January 1, 2021

Poetry: Sunlit Winter Meadow

Sunlit Winter Meadow

The beauty of this

Sparkling, sunlit snowscape

Mantling the meadow

Warms and opens wide my heart,

I praise and consider uncountable

Individual snowflakes

Imagine masses of people

Harmoniously packed together as

A human quilt covering the meadow

In vibrant splendor.


Friday, January 1, 2021

Happy New Year!


Friday, January 1, 2021

Latest news headlines

Happy New Year!
Here’s a look at news from around the Adirondacks this week:

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Thursday, December 31, 2020

12 months of Almanack: December story highlights

From now until the New Year we’re counting 2020, looking back month by month at the most popular stories that ran in the Almanack.

Since December is still fresh, we’ll go with the top three from the month (ranked by number of comments made).

  1. https://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2020/12/flags-towns-and-symbolism-in-the-adk.html
  2. https://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2020/12/things-fall-apart-at-apa.html
  3. https://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2020/12/why-i-hunt-and-why-i-trap-photo-essay-contest.html

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Thursday, December 31, 2020

First Day Hikes in 2021

This New Year’s Day, the 10th anniversary of First Day Hikes is taking place in New York State parks, historic sites, wildlife areas, trails, and public lands across the North Country (With some minor limitations for COVID-19).

The event includes options for hikes ranging from self-guided to small staff and or volunteer-led hikes on Friday the 1st, or the following Saturday or Sunday of January. The extended hiking schedule is to allow hikers time and space to social distance while enjoying nature.

All hikes are family-friendly, ranging from one to five miles dependant on location and conditions. Hikes are being offered at 61 state parks, historic sites, DEC state lands, wildlife areas, Forest Preserve trails and environmental education centers.

A full listing, including details and pre-registration requirements, can be found at parks.ny.gov  and dec.ny.gov.


Thursday, December 31, 2020

Poetry: Caritas

“Caritas” (Love, Compassion)

In the workings of the human heart,

It lives and breathes,

Concept learned from the newborn child,

Born ‘neath rough wooden eaves.

Hands reaching out in heaven-sent grace,

Life born again,

Lighting sky and earth below,

Need Caritas, Amen.

Today and every day we’re given,

Need Caritas, Amen.


Wednesday, December 30, 2020

12 months of Almanack: November story highlights

From now until the New Year we’re counting 2020, looking back month by month at the most popular stories that ran in the Almanack.

Here are the top five posts from November (ranked by number of comments made).

 

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Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Poetry: Cold

COLD

The snow squeaks underfoot
and dusts your parka white
Nostrils velcro together
While every thing sparkles
Smoke rises flagpole straight
And the chickadees eat seed from your hand.

 

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Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Adirondack Council’s Top 10 list of 2020 progress

Progress on reducing road salt, managing visitors to the overused High Peaks Wilderness Area and making the Adirondacks more welcoming to all New York residents led the Adirondack Council’s list of 10 reasons to be thankful as 2020 draws to a close.

 The Council’s 2020 highlights included:

State Budget is Good for the Adirondack Park – April 1, 2020 

The Adirondack Council and partners secured crucial funding for pristine Adirondack waters and wildlands in the state budget. New York State approved a $300 million Environmental Protection Fund (EPF). There was a total of $1 billion for new clean water infrastructure. Both are cornerstone sources of funding that go to keep Adirondack waters free of invasive species, sewage and pollution. Additionally, the budget included dedicated funding to combat overuse in the Adirondacks.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Bonding through canoes: Memories of Peter Hornbeck

Since Peter Hornbeck died on December 26 social media has been flooded with remembrances, including the Hornbeck Boats Lovers Facebook page and the Almanack.

I want to share mine.

In 1991 I witnessed a middle-aged woman lift  a small canoe from the top of her car, carry it down an embankment to Lake Durant, slide onto the bottom of the canoe with ease, and paddle away. “I want that!” I said to my friends who were with me at the time. My first introduction to a Hornbeck Canoe.

Shortly thereafter I visited Peter Hornbeck in his house, where his office was located. The boats were manufactured in the near-by barn. I ordered the only model he was making commercially at the time – the 10.5-foot Lost Pond Boat weighing 15 pounds. I was ecstatic.

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Tuesday, December 29, 2020

12 months of Almanack: October story highlights

From now until the New Year we’re counting 2020, looking back month by month at the most popular stories that ran in the Almanack. In October, land-use issues dominated the headlines, such as high peaks use and discussions around the feasibility of hiker permits in the High Peaks Wilderness.

Here are the top five posts from October (ranked by number of comments made), with three of the five stories related to high peaks use.

 

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Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Activism, science and harmful algal blooms

The algal bloom last month in Lake George, the first of its kind, is one of two things: A sign of things to come. Or not.

While Lake George remains a relatively pristine lake, especially for its size, it has slowly deteriorated over time thanks to shoreline development and runoff from nearby roads. It’s still got a hot home market around it and is a draw for bustling tourists from downstate and out of state.

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Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Pitch session brings opportunity to entrepreneurs TelosAir, MTRX

Point Positive, Inc. held an additional fall pitch session on Wednesday, November 18, with two vetted teams of entrepreneurs, TelosAir and MTRX.  Point Positive Coordinator Melinda Little hosted the virtual event via Zoom from Saranac Lake, just three weeks after their annual fall pitch event with KLAW Industries and Just a Moment Music.

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Monday, December 28, 2020

12 months of Almanack: September story highlights

From now until the New Year we’re counting 2020, looking back month by month at the most popular stories that ran in the Almanack. In September, we were able to step back a bit from coronavirus news and look at some “big picture” issues. Notably, land-use issues dominated the headlines, such as high peaks use and discussions around the feasibility of hiker permits in the High Peaks Wilderness.

Here are the top five posts from September (ranked by number of comments made):

 

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