Saturday, February 3, 2024

Upcoming Long Lake Fishing Derby and Winter Carnival recap

The Long Lake Fish and Game Club announces their ice fishing contest for 2024 on Saturday, February 10, 2024 in Long Lake, NY. The Adult Ice Fishing Contest and
Adult/Child Kid Ice Fishing Contest will be happening simultaneously on the same day and time in Long Lake, NY.

Registration starts at 6 a.m. at the Long Lake Geiger Arena located at the Mt. Sabattis Recreation Area at 6 Pavilion Lane off of NYS Route 30 in Long Lake, NY. Registration will continue at the Long Lake Town Beach, 1258 Main Street starting at 7a.m.
It is $25 per person for the adult contest and children 16 and under may fish for free. » Continue Reading.

Saturday, February 3, 2024

“Make it Snow!” Campaign to support Mt. Pisgah

Make it Snow capital campaign for Mt. Pisgah logo.

The nonprofit Friends of Mt. Pisgah, Inc. (FOMP) today announced the launch of its $150,000 “Make it Snow!” Capital Campaign. The campaign aims to support critical upgrades to snowmaking equipment, with a primary focus on the purchase of a new pump house. This vital enhancement will enable Mt. Pisgah to significantly increase its snow production—five times more than the current capacity.

The “Make it Snow!’ Capital Campaign will help ensure a sustained and enhanced local skiing experience in Saranac Lake for years to come,” said FOMP President Katie Fischer. “Your support means that future generations will have the opportunity to embrace the joy of a lifelong snow sport. What better way for families to spend time together in a region known for its winter recreation? Not only for the tourists who come far and wide to experience the outdoor activities that the Adirondacks are known for, but particularly for the young people in our local community.” » Continue Reading.

Friday, February 2, 2024

Saranac Lake Spirits

saranac lake spirits

Satanic Worshippers performing graveyard dances under the light of the moon? Unsuspecting high school co-eds falling into freshly dug graves? Conjuring spirits with the help of a Ouija board? Ghostly visits from beyond the grave? Is Saranac Lake’s historic Murray House really haunted?

Saranac Lake’s 2024 “Creepy Carnival” is nigh upon us!  To discover more about what “Saranac Lake Spirits” may still lurk, click the link and read on:

Friday, February 2, 2024

Adirondack Council’s testimony regarding transportation portion of Executive Budget

Kevin Chald at a state budget hearing

Greetings Chair Krueger, Chair Weinstein, Chair Kennedy, Chair Magnarelli and honored legislators. My name is Kevin Chlad, and I am the Director of Government Relations for the Adirondack Council. Thank you for the opportunity to testify at the public hearing today [Jan. 24] on an issue of critical public and environmental health facing the Adirondack Park and North Country.

The Adirondack Council is a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to ensuring the ecological integrity and wild character of the Adirondack Park. We do not accept any state grants. We envision an Adirondack Park with clean air and water, large ‘forever wild’ wilderness areas, working forests and farms, and vibrant, safe, inclusive communities.

We offer the following testimony in response to the transportation portion of the Governor’s Executive Budget proposal for the 2024-2025 fiscal year.

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Friday, February 2, 2024

Outdoor conditions (2/1): Beware of thin ice

outdoor conditions graphicThe 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.


  • Snow Report (1/31): The following report describes conditions as of Wednesday, 1/31. Changing weather may affect conditions. There is 67cm (26in) of snow at the Colden Caretaker Cabin. Snow levels vary at higher elevations. Conditions now require snowshoes to be worn from Marcy Dam. The ski trail and passes remain in good condition. They now have a crust layer.


  • Snow Report (1/24): The following report describes conditions as of Wednesday, 1/24. Changing weather may affect conditions. There is 80cm (31in) of snow at the Colden Caretaker Cabin. Snow levels vary at higher elevations. Conditions now require snowshoes to be worn. The lakes are in, but the ice is thin near the bridge and outlets/inlets. The ski trail is in very good condition.

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Friday, February 2, 2024

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Thursday, February 1, 2024


Punxsutawney Phil

I watched the 1993 film Groundhog Day featuring Bill Murray at least a dozen times. Or maybe it just felt that way. Just as February 2 was on a nonstop loop in the film, this year’s iteration of Groundhog Day is likely to feel roughly the same as all the previous ones. I think it’s a good metaphor for this time of year, as we stumble out each morning in the semi-dark to defrost the car, not even sure what day of the week it is. We probably don’t have the energy for an exciting holiday right now.

The notion that sunshine on the second day in February portends a late spring is an idea that began in ancient Europe. The date marks the pagan festival of Imbolc , halfway between the winter solstice and spring equinox. In the Celtic world, Imbolc was dedicated to the goddess Brigid (Brigit), the traditional patroness of healing, poetry, hearth and home, agriculture and fertility. She was also a fierce warrior who killed adversaries like a champ. As Christianity spread, Imbolc was supplanted by Candlemas Day , but both traditions embrace the “sunnyequals more winter, and cloudy means spring” theme. » Continue Reading.

Thursday, February 1, 2024

New exhibit of Seneca Ray Stoddard photographs

black and white photo by seneca ray stoddard

Fort William Henry Hotel and Chapman Museum team up to exhibit Seneca Ray Stoddard photographs

LAKE GEORGE – Famed Adirondack photographer Seneca Ray Stoddard (1843-1917) didn’t spend all his time in the deep woods. He was also a visitor to the grand Fort William Henry Hotel, where he captured images of its architecture and well-dressed guests. 

A collection of Stoddard’s images now grace the lobby of the hotel, the result of a partnership between the Chapman Museum in Glens Falls, which has more than 4,000 of Stoddard’s photographs, and Fort William Henry

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Thursday, February 1, 2024

Fair Food Program awarded $225,000

people from adkaction getting a large check

AdkAction was recently awarded $200,000 from the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation and  $25,000 from the Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Health Equity Innovation Award for its Fair Food Program.

These funds will help provide access to local foods by distributing monthly stipends through vendor-restricted smart cards. Smart cards give participants the ability to purchase foods they enjoy and want to cook, from fresh produce to pasture-raised meat, local eggs, dairy, and grains. By focusing on improving access to locally sourced food, the program not only addresses food insecurity and health disparities but also fosters economic empowerment, community development, and environmental sustainability.

The $225,000 for the Fair Food Program joins a November 2023 award of $238,000 from New York Department of Agriculture and Markets  to provide free farm shares through a Community Supported Agriculture model with local Adirondack farms.

Photo at top: The Excellus BlueCross BlueShield team presented AdkAction with a check at North Country Creamery’s farm store in Keeseville, one of the locations at which Fair Food cards can be used. Photo provided.

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

A Dam We’re Glad Never Happened

An artist’s rendering of the dam proposed at Tumblehead Falls.

This is an artist’s rendering of the dam proposed at Tumblehead Falls. For our simulation of its impact, click here.

Many of us know the story of the Great Sacandaga Reservoir, created in 1930 by the construction of the Conklingville Dam at what is now the reservoir’s north end. Approximately 28,000 acres of land were submerged and 3,000 people were displaced to prevent disasters like the great flood of 1913 that inundated Troy.

To make the way for the reservoir, hundreds of homes had to be submerged and entire cemeteries had to be moved.

Twenty-five years earlier, Glens Falls industrialists Eugene Ashley and Elmer J. West had proposed to similarly dam the Schroon River, not only to manage flooding but to catch and retain spring meltwater so that the stored water could be released during the late summer and fall when it was needed downriver to power water wheels and turbines. Their vision called for a 70-foot-tall containment dam that would have raised the level of Schroon Lake by 30 feet and combined it with Brant Lake, and Paradox Lake, creating a reservoir larger than Lake George.

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Wednesday, January 31, 2024

A Conversation with Dr. Alice Green

Outsider: Stories of Growing Up Black in the Adirondacks

What: Port Henry’s 20th Century African American Community: A Conversation with Dr. Alice Green

When: 4-5 p.m.Feb. 27 

Where: Virtual, via Zoom

Description:A conversation on Zoom with author Dr. Alice P. Green about her recent book, “Outsider: Stories of Growing Up Black in the Adirondacks.” “Outsider” details her experiences as her family grappled with poverty, race, and acceptance in the mid-20th-century Champlain Valley. Green’s book chronicles her experiences growing up in Essex County after her father started working at Republic Steel’s Witherbee-Sherman iron ore mines as part of the Great Migration. While Green’s family was one of only two Black families in the hamlet of Witherbee, the nearby community of Port Henry had a thriving Black community centered on Elizabeth Street.

Green will share stories of growing up in Witherbee and spending time in Port Henry, connecting buildings and places of significance to Port Henry and the surrounding area’s African American community.

Organized by Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH). Click here to register

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Five Whiteface Mt. hikers lose trail at night

Forest Ranger Report graphic

Town of Keene
Essex County
Training: On Jan. 22, Forest Rangers Mecus and Rooney worked on their climbing skills in the Trap Dike, a class four climb that should only be attempted by those with proper experience and equipment. Rangers Mecus and Rooney are expert climbers and used this opportunity to prepare for potential rescues.

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Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Just Roman Around the Carnival

saranac lake winter carnival parade

As Saranac Lake prepares to cut ice palace blocks for 2024’s upcoming “Creepy Carnival,” I thought folks might be interested in this 2023 lookback at 2023’s Saranac Lake Winter Carnival festivities.  A photo journal essay captured on camera as my wife and I shared an enjoyable event filled winter’s day.  We are never quite certain who or what we will encounter, when we spend time together in my heart’s hometown “Just Roman Around”.   

For our full 2023 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival lookback photo journal story, click the link and read on:

Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Upcoming budget hearings set for today, next month

Governor Kathy Hochul


Hello, all. Some legislative dates that may be of interest:

  • Jan. 30 the state Legislature holds a joint economic development budget hearing;
  • Feb. 6 the state Legislature holds a joint local government budget hearing;
  • Feb. 7 the state Legislature holds a joint environmental conservation budget hearing;
  • Feb. 15 the state Legislature holds a joint housing budget hearing;
  • Feb. 26 organizations come to Albany for Adirondack Lobby Day.

For a full list of budget hearing schedules go to

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Tuesday, January 30, 2024

ADK Groups Urge Backcountry Caution During April 8 Eclipse

total solar eclipse

Community-based celebrations provide safe, exciting viewing experiences 

Saranac Lake, NY – The Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST), Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK), and Adirondack Council are urging caution for those considering an Adirondack Park backcountry adventure to view the total solar eclipse this April.

On April 8, much of the Adirondack Park will be in the path of totality for the once-in-a-lifetime, full solar eclipse, and while the mountains and lakes of the Adirondacks may provide a beautiful backdrop, conditions in the Adirondack backcountry that time of year can be perilous.

Given the combined natural beauty of the Adirondacks and the eclipse, people may be considering a hike into the Adirondack wilderness to view it. However, it is likely that full winter conditions will be present on the trails and mountains at that time, with dangers to people and the environment if hikers are not prepared.

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