Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Lyon Mountain: Ballard’s Favorite Is Mine As Well

Lisa Ballard’s recent piece, “Her Special Mountain,” which appears in the March/April 2018 issue of Adirondack Explorer, struck a chord with me and rekindled some great memories.

In the opening paragraph, she writes, “You might climb many others, but there’s always one that’s yours… a favorite you climb over and over. It’s your go-to hike when you need exercise, you want to share quality trail time with someone else, or you need to get above the daily fray.”

Lisa’s choice is Lyon Mountain, which, at 3,830 feet, is the highest point in the northern Adirondacks and offers commanding views in all directions. She first climbed it via the old trail when it was being replaced, and soon after ascended on the new trail, which was completed in 2008. In September of that year, the Adirondack Almanack reported the change: » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, May 9, 2018

CATS Acquires Historic Farm, Important RR Crossing

The main house at Viall’s CrossingChamplain Area Trails (CATS) has recently acquired Viall’s Crossing, a historic 132.5-acre farm in Westport that had been placed on the market last August.

In an announcement sent to the press, CATS Executive Director Chris Maron said: “Viall’s Crossing is the only place where a hiking/skiing trail going directly north from the Westport train station to Essex could legally cross the Canadian Pacific railroad tracks. CATS has envisioned doing this for years.”

“The property is also a key link in protecting wildlife in the Split Rock Wildway, which connects New York’s Split Rock Wild Forest to the Adirondack Mountains,” Maron said. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, May 9, 2018

2018 Lake George Music Fest Schedule

Lake George Music FestivalThe schedule of events for the eighth annual Lake George Music Festival has been announced.

Highlights include residencies by the ensemble Loadbang, Grammy award winning composer and electric guitarist Steven Mackey, and a world premiere of an orchestral work by composer Christopher Rogerson. The festival will also feature premieres by composer and Curtis Institute of Music faculty member David Ludwig and Grammy nominated composer Pascal Le Boeuf. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Ranger Report: Tupper Woman Killed by Falling Tree

DEC Forest RangerNew York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents in the Adirondacks. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers locate and extract lost, injured or distressed people from the Adirondack backcountry.

What follows is a report, prepared by DEC, of recent missions carried out by Forest Rangers in the Adirondacks. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Bolton Recreation Hub In The Works

lglc logoThe Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) has been awarded a $40,000 grant from the 2018 Conservation Partnership Program to enable the LGLC and community partners to develop strategies and plans to establish a new outdoor recreation hub in the Town of Bolton.

The plan is a collaborative effort between the Town of Bolton, the Bolton Landing Chamber of Commerce, and the Lake George Land Conservancy. The LGLC has contracted with The Chazen Companies to develop the plan. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, May 8, 2018

APA Agenda: Big Changes For Most Popular Adirondack Areas

APA Building in Ray Brook NYThe Adirondack Park Agency (APA) will hold its monthly meeting at its headquarters in Ray Brook, NY on Thursday, May 10th, 2018.

The meeting will include discussion on the Vanderwhacker Wild Forest and the High Peaks Wilderness Unit Management Plans (UMPs), proposed amendments to the Gore Mountain Intensive Use Ski Area UMP, an Arbor Day tree dedication, a presentation on the Lake Champlain Basin Program, and discuss proposed enhancements for the Ski Bowl Village located in the Town of Johnsburg.  What follows is the agenda issued by the APA: » Continue Reading.


Monday, May 7, 2018

Hamlets to Huts Test Run Slated

hamlets to huts logoThe nonprofit Adirondack Hamlets to Huts, Inc. (AHH) will conduct a test run of its first route slated for implementation, the North Creek Indian Lake Circuit, from May 8th to May 13th. This five-day, four-night route begins and ends in North Creek and involves three days of hiking and a rafting trip down the Hudson River.

The hiking portion of the route provides opportunities to summit Balm of Gilead, Peaked, and Chimney mountains while covering approximately 24-30 miles, depending on options taken. » Continue Reading.


Monday, May 7, 2018

Wild Pollinators And Crop Viability

pollinatorsIf you’re like me, you enjoy the beauty of colorful flowers and love eating fresh fruits and vegetables. You recognize that many of the medicines and supplements we use come from plants. And you realize that the astounding diversity of ornamental, food, and medicinal plants that we grow or forage would not exist, if not for the interdependent synergy (referred to in biology as ‘mutualism’) that exists between flowering plants and their pollinators (bees, butterflies, moths, beetles, flies). » Continue Reading.


Monday, May 7, 2018

Ausable Ride for the River Bike Tour July 15th

Annual Bike Tour of Ausable RiverThe 7th Annual Ride for the River has been set for Sunday, July 15. The family-friendly event is a fully supported road cycling tour featuring three distance options, all showcasing the Ausable River watershed.

Ride for the River was created by Ausable River Association (AsRA) in 2012 to celebrate the resilience of local communities following the devastating flooding caused by Tropical Storm Irene.

In partnership with CycleADK, the 2018 ride will feature interactive route stops allowing cyclists to learn about the impacts of road salt, invasive species, and undersized culverts on Ausable streams and habitat. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, May 6, 2018

ADK Basics: Getting A Good Start In Life

adk basicsADK Basics, are five fun and simple ways to help children ages 0-3 get the best possible start in life.

Eighty percent of brain growth happens by the age of three. Beginning from birth, young brains develop like little muscles, getting bigger and stronger the more they interact with family members, caregivers and friends. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, May 6, 2018

Web of Mystery: Euonymus Caterpillars

Ermine SpindleJanet Hayward Burnham, of Bethel, Vermont, was driving to the bank one day when she saw a tree on the side of the road that looked like it was covered in decorative webbing, “cans and cans” of it, as if for Halloween. However, it was June.

Burnham is an illustrator, children’s book author, and writer of sweet (as opposed to sexy) romances and mysteries. She is, in other words, an intellectually curious person and she pulled over for a better look. From the sidewalk, she could see that the whole yard was covered in cottony webbing. Deep inside the webs were yellowish-white caterpillars with black heads. “I’d never seen anything like this in Vermont,” Burnham said. “Clearly, it was infested with something. What were they? Should we be concerned?” » Continue Reading.


Saturday, May 5, 2018

Hotel Saranac Honored By NYS Preservation League

hotel saranac after restorationThe Preservation League of New York State has selected the historic Hotel Saranac to receive an award for Excellence in Historic Preservation.

The League’s statewide awards program honors achievements in retaining, promoting and reusing New York State’s irreplaceable architectural heritage. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, May 5, 2018

Mateskared: The Zahniser Cabin in Johnsburg

Howard Zahniser Cabin Bakers Mills Johnsburg NY photo by John WarrenIn the mid-1990s Harold Allen reminisced about my father Howard Zahniser: “He bought the place, and he never had seen it,” Harold said. “Paul Schaefer was the one who told him about it.”

Pansy and I were sitting at their kitchen table. Her parents, John and Hester Dalaba, named their girls for plants—Pansy, Daisy, Blossom, Fern, and Carnata — and their boys for trees — Oliver and Linden.  Harold, Pansy’s husband, sat in his favorite easy chair, next to the door to their closed-in front porch. “We even tried to give it away,” Harold said of their first attempts to sell what became Mateskared to our family, “because we didn’t want to pay the taxes on it.” They paid $3 school tax and $8 land tax. Harold knew exactly what they paid, because he was the collector for school taxes then. “Here now school and land taxes are $2,000 a year,” Harold said of their present home just down the hill from Mateskared. » Continue Reading.


Friday, May 4, 2018

Featured Trails: Adirondack Interpretive Center, Newcomb

AIC Trails in NewcombThe Adirondack Interpretive Center features 3.6 miles of interpretive trails on its 236-acre property, along the shoreline of Rich Lake and Rich Lake outlet. Trailheads are located at the AIC building and are open daily from dawn to dusk. » Continue Reading.


Friday, May 4, 2018

The Adirondacks Around The Web This Week


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