Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Adirondack Pollinator Project Plant Sale Underway

monarch on echinaceaAn online Pollinator Plant Sale hosted by the Adirondack Pollinator Project is underway, and will continue through May 31st.

All flowers are local to the Adirondacks and were selected for their ability to attract pollinators, like bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. The plants are being cultivated without the use of pesticides by locally-owned Cook & Gardener Nursery in Plattsburgh. » Continue Reading.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Adirondack Folk School 2018 Catalog Issued

adk folk school catalogThe Adirondack Folk School’s 2018 Course Catalogs are now available around the region in public libraries and many stores and businesses.

The nonprofit school in Lake Luzerne hosted its first class in 2010. Year round it offers more than 200 classes, such as the popular “Build a Wee Lassie Canoe,” in which students spend 11 days building their own lightweight, cedar canoe. » Continue Reading.

Monday, March 5, 2018

APA Proposal Would Allow Other Rail Trails

The Adirondack Park Agency’s proposal to amend its definition of a Travel Corridor was prompted by the state’s desire to build a rail trail between Lake Placid and Tupper Lake, but the change also could affect another rail corridor in the news.

We mean the line between North Creek and Tahawus. This is where Iowa Pacific Holdings has been storing used oil-tanker cars, much to the consternation of state and local officials.

As reported in the March/April issue of the Adirondack Explorer, local officials and others are now talking about someday converting this corridor into a rail trail. However, the story points out that there are legal questions, among them: since the corridor passes through forever-wild Forest Preserve, would it be lawful to create a rail trail suitable for road bikes? » Continue Reading.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Grant Expands Keene Valley Library Children’s Collection

Pilcrow Foundation BooksThe Keene Valley Library Association (KVLA) has been named a 2017 Children’s Book Project Grant Award recipient by the Pilcrow Foundation. This $800 award funds the library’s acquisition of new children’s books.

The Pilcrow Foundation’s Children’s Book Project provides new, quality, hardcover books to rural public libraries. These books will become part of the permanent collection at the Keene Valley Library, which serves the Town of Keene’s 1,105 residents. » Continue Reading.

Monday, March 5, 2018

2018 Adirondacks Watercolor Exhibition Call for Entries

view call for artistsView, a multi-media arts center in Old Forge, has announced they are seeking artists working in all forms of watermedia for the 2018 Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors. Each year, artists compete to receive over $14,000 in prizes and awards.

The exhibition is open to artists working in transparent and opaque watercolors, acrylics, casein, egg tempera, gouache, and ink. All works must be of original design and execution, comprised of 90% watermedia. » Continue Reading.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Saranac River Superfund Site Public Meeting Set

NYSEG – Plattsburg Saranac St. MGP Site #510007A public meeting addressing the contamination related to the NYSEG – Plattsburg Saranac Street MGP Site #510007 along the Saranac River in Plattsburgh has been set for March 14th, 2018 at 7 pm, at the Plattsburgh City Hall, 41 City Hall Place, Plattsburgh.

In addition to the meeting, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is accepting public comments about the proposal through March 30, 2018. » Continue Reading.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Backswimmers: Upside-Down Aquatics

backswimmerI had just finished my safety talk to some middle school students when I heard a bloodcurdling scream. In many years handling aquatic insects and other small water creatures, I have never been wounded. Crayfish have once or twice gotten hold of me but never drawn blood. So I was quite surprised to hear through the minor chaos that a student had actually been bitten.

There were no crayfish where we sampled in Winooski, Vermont floodplain ponds and only one likely candidate to produce such a scream. It was the reason I had specifically warned my students to use forceps. » Continue Reading.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Ed Zahniser: Woodpecker Wake-up Calls

downy woodpecker One morning early, as I slept in our mountain cabin Mateskared, a woodpecker landed on the cabin’s wood siding. Its profound rapid-fire pecking jerked me out of sound sleep.

Did we have robo-termites?

Not in the Adirondacks. » Continue Reading.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Old Forge Arts Center Offering Summer 2018 Internships

view arts buildingView, the non-profit multi-arts venue in Old Forge, has announced they are offering summer internships to college students and recent graduates.

View interns are expected to receive hands-on practical training in arts programming and day-to-day operations while working with a small staff and volunteers. » Continue Reading.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Essex County Arts Grants Available

essex county artsCultural Assistance Program (CAP) Grant applications for cultural organizations in Essex County are now being accepted by the Essex County Arts Council. The deadline to apply is March 15th.

Any arts, historical, preservation, library, museum or organization providing cultural enrichment programs for Essex County residents may apply
Projects must be completed by December 31. » Continue Reading.

Friday, March 2, 2018

This Weekend In An Adirondack Sugar Shack

Mike Todriff firing the sugar boiler in 2018 (Shannon Houlihan photo)It’s that time of year. The sap is running and the buckets and tanks are filling. Backyard syrup makers large and small have been taking advantage of the recent sugaring weather to fire their arches and settle into the ancient and accepted rite of watching the boil.

Whatever you call it – a sugar party, sugaring-off, maple days – people will gather this weekend in old sugar shacks across the Adirondacks around rising steam for one of the great revelries of the season. » Continue Reading.

Friday, March 2, 2018

The Adirondacks Around The Web This Week

Friday, March 2, 2018

Adirondack Destination Marketing Summit Planned

The Third Adirondack Destination Marketing Summit has been set for Wednesday, March 14th, from 8 am to 3:30 pm, at the Conference Center at Lake Placid, 77 Mirror Lake Dr, Lake Placid.

The daylong event will consist of workshop sessions led by ROOST, Adworkshop, GreatRange and other area industry experts. This year’s theme is “Tell Your Story.” » Continue Reading.

Friday, March 2, 2018

The Big Adirondack News Stories This Week

Thursday, March 1, 2018

A Guide To Adirondack Maple Syrup

Maple Sugar bucket - Glenn PearsallIt’s sugaring season, so here’s a round-up of stories about the fine art of maple syrup making in the Adirondacks. » Continue Reading.

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