Friday, March 30, 2018

The Adirondacks Around The Web This Week


Friday, March 30, 2018

Saranac Lake Area Map and Compass Training

becoming and outdoors womanBecoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) instructors, and licensed outdoor guides Sheila and Sonny Young are set to hold a “Become Skilled with Map and Compass” workshop on April 6, 2018 in the Saranac Lake area.

This one-day class is open to women and men. The cost is $85. » Continue Reading.


Friday, March 30, 2018

The Big Adirondack News Stories This Week


Thursday, March 29, 2018

John Sheehan: EPA’s Budget, Acid Rain Research

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The Adirondack Council on Wednesday praised New York’s Congressional delegation for its efforts to secure approval of a $1.3-trillion federal appropriations agreement that eliminated significant cuts to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Congress has approved and President Donald Trump has signed a resolution continuing the current funding plan for the federal government through the end of FY2018. The plan increases EPA’s budget, while providing funds for other important environmental and public health priorities. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, March 29, 2018

High Waters: Current Adirondack Outdoor Conditions (Mar 29)

CompassThis weekly report of outdoor recreation conditions in the Adirondacks is compiled each Thursday afternoon.

Contribute Your Knowledge: Add a comment below, or send your observations, corrections, updates, and suggestions to adkalmanack@gmail.com.

Practice Leave No Trace Principles when visiting the Adirondack Park.

SPECIAL NOTICES FOR THIS WEEKEND
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Thursday, March 29, 2018

2018 Trout Fishing Season Opens Sunday

Fly Fishing on the Ausable River - photo by John WarrenNew York’s 2018 trout fishing season kicks off Sunday, April 1st.

This year DEC is expected to stock 2.26 million catchable-size trout in 315 lakes and ponds and roughly 2,845 miles of streams across the state.

It’s estimated about 647,000 anglers fish for trout in New York State. Fishing conditions are currently less than optimal in the Adirondacks, though ice and deep snow is beginning to melt and conditions will improve as the weather warms. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, March 29, 2018

DEC Offers Free Waterfront Lifeguard Course

Lifeguard in WinterA free waterfront lifeguard course has been set for April 3rd to 6th, from 9 am to 5 pm at the Lynch Literacy Academy in Amsterdam, hosted by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

Individuals 16 and older interested in lifeguarding positions at DEC facilities this summer may register. Candidates who complete the course will be considered for employment. The course includes certification in all required waterfront lifeguard skills, Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for the professional rescuer, and first aid.

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Happy Birthday to the Wild Center Otters!

wild center otterIt’s time for one last hurrah before The Wild Center goes on its own spring break. Before its annual hiatus, head to Tupper Lake and enjoy everything the Wild Center has to offer, plus cake.

Essentially, you can have your cake and eat it too. Well played, Wild Center. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, March 28, 2018

2017 Census Estimates Show Population Losses Upstate

Population-2010-2017-NYSThe US Census 2017 population estimates are out and 11 of the 12 Adirondack counties lost population. These estimates are based on samples and are not the comprehensive decennial censuses based on extensive surveys and counts. The next one is 2020. Nevertheless, the estimates are useful and in 2017 they show that 11 Adirondack counties are estimated to have lost a total of 16,263 people. These 11 counties started 2010 with a combined population of around 800,000 and dropped 16,000 to 784,000.

When we add Saratoga County to the mix of Adirondack counties, the results change somewhat. Saratoga was the only one of the 12 Adirondack counties projected to have grown, jumping by over 9,000, from 220,000 to 229,000 in those years. When we look at the total population of the 12 Adirondack counties, we see a net drop of over 6,000, from 1.02 million to 1.014 million. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Adk Stage Rats Theater at Grange: Tuesdays with Morrie

Whallonsburg Grange HallThe Whallonsburg Grange Hall is set to host the Adirondack Stage Rats theater company on Sunday, April 15 for a 2 pm matinee performance of Tuesdays with Morrie, by Jeffrey Hatcher and Mitch Albom. The performance is directed by Burdette Parks, starring Jordan Hornstein and Bren Gotham. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Stained Glass Class at View, Old Forge

Views Warm Weather Stained Glass ClassA stained glass class has been set for Saturday, April 14th, from 10 am to 4 pm, at View in Old Forge.

Instructor Mary Pokrentowski will show participants how to make a warm weather-themed stained glass panel to hang in a window. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Mary Elizabeth Pettitt: High Flying Sky Pioneer

Of all the accomplished women among North Country natives, few if any have soared higher than Mary Elizabeth Pettitt. That is true both figuratively, in light of her many achievements, and literally, because she was an airplane pilot.

When she made the decision to become a pilot in the mid-1930s, it was unusual for the time, and daunting: 97 percent of all pilots were male. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Changes Coming for High Peaks, Vanderwhacker Areas

high peaks and vanderwhacker mapThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is planning to amend its management plans for nearly 100,000 acres of Forest Preserve in the Adirondack Park, including the High Peaks Wilderness Complex and the Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest.

A public meeting is planned for April 3rd; written public comments are due by April 20th. DEC’s Commissioner told that press he hoped the construction of new recreation facilities could start this summer.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Adirondack Scenic RR Names New Director

adk scenic railroadJack A. Roberson is the new Executive Director of the Adirondack Rail Preservation Society (ARPS).  He takes the position effective immediately.

In an announcement sent to the press.  President of the Board and Chief Executive Officer Bill Branson said: “Mr. Roberson joins the ARPS continuing a life-long career in the railroad industry. He brings expertise and experience in all aspects of operations, tourism marketing, and finance. His leadership will contribute greatly to implementing the long-term ARPS strategy to expand and improve rail passenger services into the Adirondack region.” » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Hadley Maple Fest Features Backyard Producer Contest

Hadley Maple AprilThe sweet taste of maple syrup returns to Rockwell Street in Hadley when the annual Maple in April Festival returns, April 28 and April 29th. Saturday kicks off at 8 am with pure Adirondack Maple Syrup poured over thick French toast served at Wilder’s Sugar Shack.

Artisans, crafters and food vendors will line Rockwell Street and Stony Creek Road, along with the the lil’ Sugar Dust-off Car & Truck Show. And new this year is a contest for those who have less than 150 taps and boil their own sap. » Continue Reading.