Monday, April 1, 2024

MAKE IT: Simple Chicken Parmesan

Chicken parm on a plate

This simple chicken parmesan recipe is very quick and easy to make. For a less garlicky flavor, you can omit the garlic powder or granules. Similarly, if you do not want additional seasoning in your breading, you can substitute unseasoned bread crumbs for the Italian seasoning bread crumbs. From start to finish, making this recipe should take you less than 45 minutes – just enough time to get your noodles, garlic bread, and salad ready for a complete meal. Enjoy!

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Monday, April 1, 2024

New York State Mesonet Launches Total Solar Eclipse Website

total solar eclipse

A new website launched by the New York State Mesonet at the University at Albany will offer real-time access to weather data statewide around the total solar eclipse on April 8. A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between Earth and the sun, completely blocking the sun’s face. In total, 55 NYS Mesonet sites will experience totality during the eclipse, and every site will be above 90 percent at the peak of the eclipse crossing the region. 

As the eclipse traverses New York, the Mesonet will be tracking weather data from each of its network sites, including environmental variables such as wind speed, solar radiation, temperature and relative humidity. 

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Monday, April 1, 2024

Connecting wild spaces

Elk in Alberta, Canada

The Adirondack Park is home to a universe of animals and plants. From fire-colored efts to shy black bears, abundant waters and forested lands support a dense network of Northeastern biodiversity.

So, you may be wondering why a photo of an animal that hasn’t existed in the park for centuries is featured at the top of this newsletter.

It’s possible that elk could slowly move back to the Adirondacks in the future. Scientists see evidence for animals and plants inching northward and to higher elevations as Earth warms from accelerated climate change. The park has an outsized role in ensuring their survival, scientists say.

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Sunday, March 31, 2024

An Early Spring Irving Pond Cross-Country Ski Trip

I decided to take advantage of Saturday’s (March 23) snow dump and go cross-country skiing today, March 26. Last year when I tried to ski, the sole fell off a pair of brand new boots that had been in my closet. Since 3 pin boots are no longer an option, a local shop put new bindings on my 80s skis (which I refuse to part with). Good thing I tried to put the new boots in the new bindings before I left the house! I could not figure them out–I finally had to watch a video because once one boot was in, I could not figure out how to release it.

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Sunday, March 31, 2024

ANCA’s SOIL Fund boosts two small North Country farms

A couple embrace

Saranac Lake, NY — The Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) has announced two loans that were recently awarded through the regional nonprofit’s SOIL Loan Fund. Tangleroot Farm in Essex, N.Y. and Tucker’s Black Angus Ranch in Brushton, N.Y. received zero-interest loans to use toward projects that build long-term growth and stability for their operations.

ANCA has partnered with Foodshed Capital, a certified Community Development Financial Institution that centers mission-driven lending and customized business support for underserved farmers, to award a total of five loans for small farm projects since the SOIL Loan Fund launched in 2022. These two most recent awards include a $10,000 loan to partially fund the purchase of a tractor at Tangleroot Farm and an $8,000 loan to purchase three retail freezers for Tucker’s Black Angus Ranch.

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Sunday, March 31, 2024

Kay Jones among 4 inducted into USA Bobsled and Skeleton Hall of Fame

From left: Dave Jones III, Maura Jones, Kathryn Jones-McQuillan, Barbara Benware, Genevieve Benware, Margaret Jones, Dave Jones, and Linda Jones in the Mountain Lodge.

Lake Placid, NY – In front of family members and many friends, Lake Placid’s Kay Jones, bobsled photographer from the 1960s into the 1980s, was inducted posthumously Saturday evening, March 23,  into the USA Bobsled and Skeleton Hall of Fame.

Three generations of the Jones family were in attendance celebrating their mother’s and grandmother’s induction. During the ceremony, held in the new Mountain Lodge at Mt. Van Hoevenberg, attendees heard interviews of Jones with ABC Television’s Jim McKay and Curt Gowdy, conducted during the 1980 Winter Olympics. Jones was hired by the Associated Press to photograph the Olympic competitions.

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Sunday, March 31, 2024

Spring Trout Fishing Season Begins April 1

Trout Power volunteer holds a brook trout.

On March 22, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos reminded New Yorkers of the April 1 start of the trout fishing season, a spring tradition bolstered by DEC’s extensive stocking program and New York’s world-renowned wild trout fisheries. DEC’s spring trout stocking, which began in March and runs through early June, will include more than 1.9 million trout being stocked in waters statewide, enhancing the diversity of excellent fishing opportunities available to anglers in New York State.

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Saturday, March 30, 2024

Songbirds compete with strutting turkeys at feeders

Falls at Bug Lake

Well, we finally had a week of winter (all at the same time) and even got the snowmobilers out and about until they wore it down to dirt on most of the trails. Many folks to the south of us in the Capital District got ice at the end of the snowstorm, which took down many powerlines, putting many out of power for a couple of days…and some longer. In most places, the temperature got into the single digits and didn’t get above freezing during daylight hours.

Ice was out of many lakes and with these cold temperatures along with the snow that cooled down the surface water temperatures, they all refroze. As of today, March 26, most are still covered with ice and the only open water is in the Moose River and the channel in Inlet where lots of waterfowl moved to find food. I had a Belted Kingfisher over my frozen pond just before the storm, and he wasn’t going to catch any fish there. I did find some Mallards in the beaver ponds on the outlet of Eighth Lake.

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Saturday, March 30, 2024

Female vocal ensemble, Ensemble Scholastica, to perform April 14 in Redford

The women of Ensemble Scholastica

Canada’s only female vocal ensemble specializing in the performance of Gregorian chant and medieval polyphony (c. 800-1300 AD), Ensemble Scholastica, will perform in concert on Sunday, April 14 at 3 p.m. at the historic Church of the Assumption in Redford, NY. There is a pre-concert talk at 2 p.m. by ensemble director, Rebecca Bain, about the medieval period and the culture of the cloister. General admission at the door is available for $20; seniors for $15; and students for $5. (A family rate is also available.)

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Saturday, March 30, 2024

“Sustainable Futures” Earth Day event set for April 20 in Glens Falls

A young boy stands by a table set up for Earth Day celebration

Glens Falls, NY – The Glens Falls Earth Day Planning Committee (Crandall Library, Sustainable PR, and the City of Glens Falls), is excited to announce the centerpiece of this year’s Earth Day Celebration – An exclusive presentation by Tony Buettner, the national spokesperson for the Blue Zones movement. This year’s Earth Day Celebration will take place on Saturday, April 20, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Glens Falls City Park, embracing the theme “Sustainable Futures.”

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Saturday, March 30, 2024

Early Spring Trilogy

poetry logo“Desperation”

[Conversations with poets, cont. …

William Stafford, “Earth Dweller”]

The snow has gone, early

but gone.

the dirt, tufts of grass, the deer

coming out the woods to

crop them. But where are the birds?

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Friday, March 29, 2024

Adirondack Scrimshaw

An artist's mushroom carving

Adirondack Scrimshaw

Sometimes it’s the little things that provide inspiration for our journey through life.

For me, one of those things was an artist’s drawing on a big fungus that my mom kept on our living room fireplace mantle in the Saranac Lake house I grew up in.

To share my journey of artistic discovery, click the link & read on.


Friday, March 29, 2024

Outdoor Conditions (3/29): Region 5 DEC Campgrounds Remain Closed for Camping

outdoor conditions logoThe 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.

NEW THIS WEEK

  • Snow Report (3/27): The following report describes conditions as of Wednesday, 3/27. Changing weather may affect conditions. There is 55cm (22in) of snow at the Colden Caretaker Cabin. Snow levels vary at higher elevations. The lakes are still in as of Tuesday the 26. Snowshoes are required at Avalanche Camps, and wherever else snow depths exceed 8 inches.
  • Campgrounds Remain Closed for Camping: Region 5 DEC Campgrounds are currently closed for all camping and overnight use. This means there are no restrooms, potable water, or other facilities at this time, including on April 8. Additionally, there is tree cutting and other hazardous work going on at many of the campgrounds, so Fish Creek and others are likely to be gated for the safety of the public.

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Friday, March 29, 2024

Discussion time: Santanoni access

discussion graphic

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has found itself in a bit of a bind in an “only in the Adirondacks” variety. The state is required to provide access to Great Camp Santanoni, a historic site set back 5 miles in the woods. Unfortunately, motorized access is not currently allowed. A horse-drawn wagon has been the preferred method, only the wagon isn’t up to ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) specifications. A wagon custom built for the agency is heavy, and current wagon operator doesn’t want to risk injuring his horses. What should the state do to remedy the situation? Read our coverage here and weigh in below!


Thursday, March 28, 2024

National Youth Service Leader Comes to Cranberry Lake

Rodney Smith Jr. with landmower

By Susan Sweeney Smith

The Cranberry Lake North Shore HUB is pleased to announce the visit of Rodney Smith Jr. of Mowing for A Cause, founder of Raising Men and Women Lawn Care Service. Rodney will meet us at the HUB later in April (target date is April 22) to mow our lawn and help spread the word about his outreach program. He and his board encourage young people across the country to become volunteers through free lawn mowing for senior citizens, veterans, the disabled, single moms, and anyone in need. The Cranberry Lake North Shore HUB, located on Route 3 in Cranberry Lake, is a local not-for-profit that purchased and restored an 1898 Presbyterian Church.  

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