Thursday, April 11, 2024

Science Art Music Festival (SAM Fest) returns to Paul Smith’s VIC April 13

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2024 Theme: Earth Canvas: Art & Climate Change

Paul Smiths, NY- The Paul Smith’s College’s Visitors Interpretive Center (The VIC) announces the return of the Science Art Music Festival (SAM Fest) to the VIC on April 13, from 1 to 4 p.m.  The theme for this year is Earth Canvas: Art & Climate Change. SAM Fest invites attendees to join host Martha Foley, special guest presenter Suzanne S. Rancourt, Curt Stager, Michale Glennon and others to enjoy music, visual arts, and engaging TED-style talks.  

Martha Foley was a familiar voice on NCPR as a prior morning co-host, partnering with Dr. Curt Stager on weekly conversations exploring questions about the natural world on Natural Selections.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Wood Ducks Wild

Wood Ducks on the water

Three things that bring me joy in this world are trail camera photography, waterfowl, especially wood ducks, and, in all of its various formats and forms, writing. Here’s a piece I put together merging all three. A specially selected trail camera waterfowl photography collection. A celebration of wood ducks. All framed in a Japanese short verse poetry form called Haiku. To share in my tribute to the wood duck’s wild beauty, click the link & read on.


Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Tickets on sale for Lake Placid Center for the Arts summer events

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See Live Music, Circus on a Food Truck and Dance this Summer at the LPCA

Lake Placid, NY- The Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA) is excited to launch ticket sales for a summer filled with live performances. Tickets are now on sale at lakeplacidarts.org or by calling (518) 523-2512. In addition to annual presentation series from our partners at the Lake Placid Institute and Lake Placid Sinfonietta, as well as ongoing LPCA classes and camps, summer programming will include:

Spring Dance Recital | Sunday, June 21:00 PM | $10 Adults / $5 Youth & Students

The recital will feature Lake Placid School of Dance students from all levels, from Creative Movement (starting at age 3) through Level 5 (high school).

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Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Our guideboat heritage

 

A man works at a museum

Digitizing a boat collection

Adirondack Experience museum in Blue Mountain Lake maintains one of the most expansive and important collections of Adirondack guideboats anywhere.

It is working to digitize that collection through a process of creating 3-D models called photogrammetry. The models will enable anyone to access more details about the boats and enable researchers to examine how the boats evolved over time. How did boats differ from the Long Lake to Saranac Lake region? The 3-D models may reveal hints.

“The guideboat is really a supreme example of lightweight boat construction—of all wooden boat construction, anywhere,” Hallie Bond, who wrote the book on Adirondack boating, told me during a recent tour of the museum.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Rangers called to only one rescue on April 8; injured Mount Saint Regis hiker air lifted

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Washington County
Wildland Fire: On April 1 at 3:30 p.m., Washington County 911 requested Forest Ranger assistance with a wildland fire on Kenyon Road. The agricultural brush burn escaped containment and spread to an adjacent structure. The Easton Fire Department was already scene when Rangers Carabetta and St. Claire arrived and helped get the one-acre fire under control. The subject who started the fire was issued a ticket for leaving a fire unattended.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Adirondack Center for Writing to host free dialogue writing workshop April 17

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Saranac Lake, NY — The Adirondack Center for Writing (ACW) is hosting a free dialogue writing workshop, Devising Dialogue: Writing from Plays with LJ Schwartau, on April 17, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at ACW located at 5 Broadway in Saranac Lake. The event is open to the public and will include writing exercises to create dialogue, set scenes and write stage directions. With prompts, participants will create short solo monologues and the group will also devise scenes collaboratively based on a short play reading.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Solar eclipse

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Eclipse

Explorer staff and correspondents were stationed across the region to bring you solar eclipse coverage. Check out our website and social media accounts for updates, photos and more. Read our story here.

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Monday, April 8, 2024

Like Father, like Daughter: Harris Stearns’ war memoir a must-read for history buffs

Memories from the Forgotten War book cover

My father (Elwyn “Pete” Bellinger) recently called to say hello and then to reminisce about Garoga, where he grew up with three brothers and one sister.  My Dad’s father, Frank, and brother, Frank (“Sonny,”) helped build the first Rockwood-Garoga-Lasselsville firehouse. During our conversation, my father asked if I had ever heard of Harris Stearns, or his book, Memories From The Forgotten War. My father knew Stearns and seeing him walking one night, gave him a ride home on his motorcycle.

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Monday, April 8, 2024

Adirondack Center for Writing to host 25th Anniversary Gala May 3

ACW's 20th Anniversary Gala

Saranac Lake, NY — The Adirondack Center for Writing (ACW) is hosting its 25th Anniversary Gala on Friday, May 3, from 6-9 p.m. in the Great Hall at Hotel Saranac. The event will include an open beer and wine bar, hors d’oeuvres, games (including ACW’s famous book on your head obstacle course), a tarot card reader, a caricaturist and more. Honorees and honorary chairs include Nancy and John Rosenthal, Fran Yardley and Burdette Parks.  » Continue Reading.


Monday, April 8, 2024

Solutions in our backyard

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Last week I sent you a story on how climate change could be triggering a mass movement of species northward. The Adirondacks could be a critical habitat for those migrants.

So, how do we help?

During an interview with a wildlife connectivity expert from The Nature Conservancy, I asked that question. It turns out the solutions to protecting migrating species are mostly uncomplicated: Conserve the land you have.

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Sunday, April 7, 2024

The Fulton County Desperado: Charles “Eddie” Baker

It was a bitterly cold day in February of 1907 when Edward Lofts walked out of his home at Blue Corners on the Western edge of Saratoga County, hitched up his team, and started for Amsterdam with a load of wood. Little did he know that as he urged his horses westward the peaceful scene he left behind would soon be transformed into one of tragedy and horror. Six weeks earlier Edward and his wife Cornelia had taken in their sixteen-year-old nephew, Charles Edward “Eddie” Baker. All had been going well with Eddie in the home, with everyone getting along and the young man even assisting with work on the farm. 

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Sunday, April 7, 2024

Lake Placid Student Artists Join International Paris Competition

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Lake Placid, NY – Students from Lake Placid Central School art classes are among the more than 300 elementary, middle, and high school artists participating in a five-country international art-in-sport contest hosted by the Al Oerter Foundation (AOF) with the support of the New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (Olympic Authority). The art event, themed “Move History Forward,” celebrates the 100th anniversary of the 1924 Paris Summer Olympic Games.

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Sunday, April 7, 2024

Point Positive Receives 2024 Lipinski Rural Initiatives Award

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Saranac Lake, NY – Point Positive, Inc., the angel investment organization of the Greater Adirondacks, receives the 2024 Lipinski Rural Initiatives Award from Farm Credit East in recognition of its innovative and transformational efforts to revitalize rural communities in the Northeast.

“Thank you to Farm Credit East for recognizing organizations like ours and providing the support needed for aspiring entrepreneurs to start or accelerate their businesses and create jobs that also help regional communities to thrive,” stated Adele Connors, Co-Founder and investor, Point Positive. “We are honored to receive this award.”

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Sunday, April 7, 2024

Arbor Day Poetry Contest entries accepted until April 30

White tree with electric lights and purple and yellow leaf poems.

Lake Pleasant, NY – The Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) invites senior citizens to think spring and enter the 16th annual Bob Tice Memorial Arbor Day Poetry Contest. Poets of all abilities, from first-timers to pros, can submit a shape poem based on the theme “trees are beautiful and essential.” Shape poetry takes on the shape of its subject.  The poem must be original and handwritten or typed.  Colorful poems and additional media are encouraged.

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Saturday, April 6, 2024

Urging eclipse travelers to respect the Park, refrain from littering

Jake turkeys strutting

Well, the eclipse is coming Monday, April 8, but don’t put all your eggs in one basket as it may be cloudy or even raining…hate to dampen your parade, but it could happen. Looking at the weather prediction for that day, it looks good on the computer, but you never know. The area that I pick up litter along the highway has been mostly clear of snow for a couple weeks now, but I’m going to wait until after all these eclipse travelers are gone and only hope they take their litter with them.

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