Friday, July 24, 2020

Help for NY’s Boating Industry During COVID-19

“For-hire” boating businesses: charter services, boat rentals, tour boats, and boats for-hire for leisure cruising, fishing or diving in New York State’s Adirondack region can request a set of free decals to temporarily attach to their boats to encourage public compliance with boating-specific COVID-19 safety precautions. There is no cost for the decals to qualified for-hire boating businesses.

The decals adhere to boat surfaces to note “Mask Required,” “Use Sanitizer,” “Wear It” with a life jacket symbol, and ”Keep Personal Belongings Personal”; others have a blank line to write a name with an erasable marker to designate person-specific areas aboard the vessel for each individual’s fishing pole or diving gear.

 

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Friday, July 24, 2020

Outdoor Conditions (7/24): Pack it in, pack it out

Included here are notices reported in the past week. Please check the Adirondack Backcountry Information webpages for comprehensive and up-to-date information on seasonal road statuses, rock climbing closures, specific trail conditions, and other pertinent information.

Trash in the Backcountry: DEC is receiving increased reports of visitors leaving trash behind after trips to State lands, waters, and facilities in the Adirondacks. Outdoor adventurers are reminded to follow the principles of Leave No Trace, and keep New York’s environment clean by properly disposing of waste.

Travel: Check 511NY for road closures and travel conditions. If you plan on hiking in the High Peaks, use 511NY to check the status of parking lots along the busy Route 73 corridor. Have back-up plans in place and, if the parking lot at your desired destination is full, move on to your back-up plan. Status of parking lots is being updated throughout the day on weekend days by patrolling DEC Forest Rangers and Forest ranger assistants.

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Friday, July 24, 2020

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Thursday, July 23, 2020

Adirondack groups cheer passing of road salt reduction bill

road salt The NYS Senate granted final approval Thursday to a bi-partisan bill that would help reduce road salt pollution and protect drinking water in the Adirondack Park.

The legislation creates an Adirondack Road Salt Reduction Task Force and Pilot Program. If approved by the Governor, the new law would establish a salt-reduction pilot program from October 2021 through 2024 to test alternative measures already shown to work better and cost less than current winter road maintenance practices.  Highway safety would remain the top priority.

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Thursday, July 23, 2020

DEC Offers New Online Bowhunter Education Course

ECOs Nicols and Brassard with the buck and crossbowStarting July 15, the NYS DEC began offering its new online bowhunter education certification course, DEC commissioner Basil Seggos announced. “DEC began offering online hunter education courses this spring, and the response has been fantastic. I encourage all experienced and aspiring bowhunters to take advantage of this opportunity and sign up to take the bowhunter education course online.” Seggos went on to say.

If you wish to bow hunt deer or bear in New York State, a bowhunter education course along with a mandatory hunter education course are both required before the purchase of a hunting license. All of the DEC’s in person bowhunter education courses have been cancelled this year as a result of the State’s ongoing COVID-19 response. This new online course allows for new bowhunters to complete their required certifications in time for the fall hunting season. More than 30,000 people have completed the DEC’s new online hunter education course since its April 15 announcement.

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Thursday, July 23, 2020

Town of Bolton and LGLC to Purchase Bradley’s Lookout

The Town of Bolton and the Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) have announced their intention to purchase a 62 acre parcel of land in the town known as Bradley’s Lookout. The Town will purchase the property from the LGLC upon completion of their acquisition expected to occur late this summer. The property will be encumbered by a conservation easement held by the LGLC.

The Hawkins family has owned the 62+/- acre property known as “Bradley’s Lookout” in Bolton since the 1970’s. The property contains 7 acres of wetlands, including half of the pond that is located on the Town of Bolton’s Community Center property. The remainder of the land is wooded, including many stands of healthy hemlocks. The land includes a 1000-foot summit that offers views of Lake George including Dome Island as well as Black Mountain, Shelving Rock, and the Sagamore. The name comes from the historical use of the property, as the Bradley family who ran a horse-riding business in town, brought their horses up the summit to allow visitors to enjoy the views.

Photo provided: View from Bradley’s lookout of Lake George

 


Thursday, July 23, 2020

Adirondack Lakes Arts Center presents virtual piano concert

The next livestream in Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts’ “ALCA-Seltzer Series: Relief from the Headaches of Social Distancing” features concert pianist Nicole Wang, who has been social distancing in Blue Mountain Lake since March, is providing Arts Center audiences with a concert of pieces by Chopin, Mozart, Debussy, and other composers, filmed at the Arts Center and played on the center’s Steinway.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

PSC VIC marks National Moth Week

By Anna M. Butler

Dr. Janet Mihuc is a biologist who specializes in entomology, which is the study of insects. She is a professor at Paul Smiths College in their Natural Sciences Department where she teaches courses in entomology, aquatic invertebrates, invertebrate zoology, and guides senior students’ research for their capstone projects. For several years she has been building a checklist of the moth species present on Paul Smith’s College lands. She served as the Director of Project Silkmoth, a citizen science project designed to document sightings of giant silk moths in northern New York State. She holds a Doctor of Arts in Biology from the Idaho State University.

National Moth Week is an international citizen science project. It runs July 18-26 this year.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

NCCC offers free webinars on financial, workplace topics

Saranac Lake’s North Country Community college will be hosting a free webinar workshop series during July. These workshops focus on financial literacy and workplace skills. They are held every Thursday at 7 p.m. via Zoom.  Pre-registration is required.

The first two webinars focused on budgeting your money and negotiating salary and benefits. This coming Thursday will feature Kyle Johnston, the vice president of marketing and enrollment at North Country Community College. His webinar is titled “Telecommuting in our New Virtual World.” Johnston will offer advice on the new norm, trends and what the future holds for telecommuting during Covid-19.

The last webinar on July 30, titled “Credit Reports and Credit Score” is hosted by Jerry Manor, Business Development manager for SeaComm. This webinar will offer tips for restoring bad credit and getting good credit.

Visit North Country Community College’s live page to register for the summer series at www.nccc.edu/live.


Wednesday, July 22, 2020

LPCA cancels Uprooted drive-in concert

The Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA) is saddened to announce that the drive-in concert featuring Uprooted on Saturday, Aug. 1 has been cancelled. The organization is following guidelines from the New York State Department of Health/North Country Regional Control Board, said Marketing Manager Alison Simcox. “It’s our understanding that the ultimate decision is coming through the Control Board,” she said.

Though in-person concerts are no longer possible at this time, the LPCA believes that the health and safety of the community are the most important priorities, and will continue to comply with advice from the state. In the meantime, LPCA staff will keep working on innovative programming to bring future arts experiences to audiences as safely as possible, as soon as possible.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Rangers come to aid of hikers stuck on Trap Dike

Recent NYS DEC Forest Ranger actions:

Town of North Elba
Essex County
Wilderness Rescue:
On July 18 at 11:30 a.m., DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch received a request for assistance for two hikers stuck on the Trap Dike. The hikers exited the Trap Dike too soon and became stranded on the south side. The pair was advised to stay put and not try to go back due to the steepness of the terrain. Two Forest Rangers responded to assist. The Lake Colden caretaker saw the hikers but could not establish voice contact. Forest Rangers and the New York State Police (NYSP) Aviation unit performed a hoist rescue to bring the hikers safely to the base of the Trap Dike so they could hike out. The Lake Colden caretaker then paddled the stranded hikers and Forest Ranger Robbi Mecus to the end of Avalanche Lake where they started the hike back and were out of the woods by 8:02 p.m.Town of North Elba.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Plastic Free July: Participants share their tips for reducing waste

From the NYS DEC: A sampling of ways participants in Plastic Free July are looking for ways to reduce their waste and keep more plastic packaging and products out of the waste stream.

Do you have any tips to share? Add them in the comments section below!

Kayla’s Goal: Reduce plastic meal packaging, beverage jugs, and toiletries
To gear up for Plastic Free July, Kayla kicked things off by making sure she had the items on hand she’d need to accomplish her goals.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Responding To Call For Help, LGA Partners With Putnam To Solve Issue

By Patrick Dowd

Polluted stormwater isn’t just a problem in developed areas around Lake George. Just last week Lake George Association staff worked with the Town of Putnam’s Highway Superintendent, Gary Treadway, to implement a solution that stems the flow of polluted stormwater and protects the Lake’s water quality.

A small grassy swale (designed to capture stormwater) adjacent to the Town of Putnam Fire Department’s Lake access area in Glenburnie (northern Washington County) was filled to capacity with sediment, causing polluted stormwater to run into the lake and onto the neighbor’s dock and property.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2020

DEC Releases Final Plans to Improve Saranac River’s Imperial Mills Dam

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Acting Regional Director Joe Zalewski today announced the release of final plans to improve the Imperial Mills Dam, including installing a fish ladder to provide for passage of landlocked Atlantic salmon and modifying the dam to bring it into compliance with dam safety regulations. The Imperial Mills Dam, also known as the Main Mill Dam, is located on the Saranac River approximately 3.2 miles upstream from Lake Champlain, in the city of Plattsburgh, Clinton County.

 

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Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Send us your story ideas; write for the Almanack

Is there something happening in your part of the Park that we should know about? Any topics we need to tackle? Let us know by commenting or sending an email to [email protected].

We also invite you to contribute! Looking for people who are interested in writing about Adirondack history, arts and culture, current events, and environmental, recreation and nature/wildlife topics. Review the basic guidelines below and get in touch at [email protected].

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