Thursday, October 26, 2023

Awkward Moments at the APA

Carver Sand & Gravel owns an operation in Ephratah in Fulton County

During the APA’s October 12 meeting, I noted with appreciation the Adirondack Park Agency members who asked pertinent questions about the staff’s proposed permit for Carver Sand and Gravel in the town of Ephratah, Fulton County (Project 2022-0037). These questions and concerns included but were not limited to the proposed dramatic rise in the maximum number of daily truck trips out of the mine (from a maximum of 75 per day to a max of 200 per day).


For APA member Zoe Smith the letter from the Ephratah town board in the public comment file stood out to her because it is rare for a town board to raise detailed concerns about an APA project in writing. In this case the town raised issues of public safety and quality of life of neighbors to the mine should the permit be granted. What was the staff response to that detailed town letter in the public comment file, member Smith asked?

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Thursday, October 26, 2023

Adirondack-area nonprofits welcome new hires, board members

Glenn Glover.

Nonprofit organizations located in the Adirondack region, including the Barkeater Trails Alliance (BETA), the Saranac Lake Civic Center, and the Lake George Association have recently announced that new staff/board members have been added to their teams. Please see below for details on these appointments.

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Thursday, October 26, 2023

Pie berries


Rule #1:

“If you want Mom to make pie, first you have to pick pieberries.”

For more insights on late summer’s harvest, berry picking memories & Mom’s homemade pieberry recipe, click the link & read on:



Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Finding Common Ground

a crowd of people standing at the base of a mountain on a fall day

I attended the Common Ground Alliance meeting on Friday at Gore Mountain in North Creek. Groups from across the Adirondack Park come together and talked about policy issues they care about and how to better be heard in Albany. Topics included housing, broadband and cell service, climate change, invasive species and bond act and environmental protection funding.

From these discussions, the alliance will create its annual “Blueprint for the Blue Line.” You can see past ones here:

We, too, are covering many of these issues in our print and web pages of the magazine and look forward to continuing our reporting. You’ll see some follow-up stories building on the conversations at the alliance.

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Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Help Protect New York’s Bat Populations During Bat Week through Oct. 31

Hanging bat

Bat Week is an internationally recognized celebration of the important role bats play in our environment. It is a great time to appreciate New York’s nine bat species. Bat Week is observed October 24 through 31.

Recently, scientists have found some evidence of recovery of the once-common little brown bat throughout New York State. While this seeming stabilization provides a hopeful outlook after more than a decade of devastating population declines, similar evidence of stabilization has not been seen for other severely affected bat species. Northern long-eared bats have faced severe population declines due to White-nose Syndrome and are now listed as endangered.

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Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Old Forge: Halloween comes to View with events through October 28

Winners of the View's 2022 Halloween Party Costume Contest

Old Forge, NY — Get into the Halloween spirit at View Arts Center this year with 5 nights of frights from October 24 – 28, as part of their 3rd Annual Halloweek Spooktacular, ending again with their free Monster Mash Halloween Party.

On Wednesday, October 25, a Halloween Cocktail Class is being offered by View, where participants will be learning, making, and tasting three themed drinks. The class is $25 per person and includes everything you need to make the cocktails. The class is open to guests aged 21+ only. Space will be limited. Register online at the link:

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Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Lost hunters found following overnight searches in Stony Creek & the Pepperbox Wilderness

forest ranger reportTown of Keene
Essex County
Wilderness Rescue:
 On Oct. 17 at 1:10 p.m., Ray Brook Dispatch received a call about a hiker with a possible broken ankle near Chapel Pond. Five Forest Rangers responded. The first Rangers reached the 60-year-old from the state of Florida at 1:48 p.m. Rangers splinted the subject’s ankle and helped him back to the trailhead. The subject declined further medical care. Resources were clear at 2:18 p.m.

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Tuesday, October 24, 2023

LivingADK holds annual meeting, presents 2023 Tip of the Cap awards

People mingle at tables during a meeting View's Gould Hall

LivingADK held their annual meeting on the evening of Thursday, October 19 at View, the arts center in Old Forge. Following the meeting, LivingADK staff and board members honored this year’s Tip of the CAP nominees.  Tip of the CAP awards serve as an opportunity for community members to publicly thank an individual, group, business, or organization they feel has made a positive difference within the communities of Forestport, Webb, Old Forge, Eagle Bay, Inlet, Raquette Lake, Long Lake, and Blue Mountain Lake.

Tuesday, October 24, 2023

Paul Smith’s College VIC: Leave No Trace Spotlight program set for Oct. 27-29

Adirondack landscape on a sunny day

Paul Smiths, NY – All are welcome to join together this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 27 – 29 for a Leave No Trace Spotlight event focused on helping to protect Paul Smith‘s College Visitor Interpretive Center near Paul Smiths, New York. Leave No Trace’s new Spotlight program is a multi-day event to bring attention to community conservation, spread education, and to build momentum and inspire involvement for the future. Register online at this link. 

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Tuesday, October 24, 2023

Essex Food Hub Awarded $100,000 USDA Grant to grow Farm to School in the North Country

Photo Description: Essex Food Hub delivery to Plattsburgh Central School District during the Geographic Preference pilot bid in 2022.

Essex, NY– October is National Farm to School Month and Essex Food Hub is excited to announce a $100,000 grant award from the United States Department of Agriculture Farm to School Grant program. EFH is one of 103 awardees across the nation in this celebratory 10th year of the program, and among just 16 selected in the Northeast region.

Funds from the grant will be used over the next twelve months to expand and improve local food access for our North Country schools. It will allow EFH to invest in new equipment to support their minimal processing of fruits and vegetables- peeling, dicing, shredding, and/or freezing produce.

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Monday, October 23, 2023

From Marsh to Rink and Back Again: The 90 Years of Jennings Pond


1908 view of Jennings Pond

By Hallie Bond, Long Lake Town Historian

We all have fond memories of Jennings Pond. We cut ice out of it, we learned to skate on it, we took our children to catch fish along its shores, we hit foul balls—and once in a great while a homer—into its waters. We probably thought it was a fixture of the natural landscape. But if you ever stopped to read the plaque on the boulder across from Hoss’s or the historical marker on the Nature Trail, you will know that the waters of Jennings Pond covered what was once a wetland that sloped gently into the lake.

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Monday, October 23, 2023

“Return to Auschwitz” documentary to be shown at Keene Valley Public Library, Oct. 24

Graphic for upcoming documentary, award-winning documentary Return to Auschwitz: The Survival of Vladimir Munk, at the Keene Valley Public Library

Keene Valley, NY –  On Tuesday, October 24, Keene Valley Congregational Church will screen the Regional Emmy award-winning documentary Return to Auschwitz: The Survival of Vladimir Munk at 7 p.m. at the Keene Valley Public Library.

The PBS documentary was filmed in 2020 when Czech Holocaust survivor Vladimir Munk returned to Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi death camps in Poland where he was imprisoned during World War II. Accompanied by filmmakers/producers Julie Canepa, Paul Frederick and Bruce Carlin, 95-year-old Munk made the journey to honor thirty of his close relatives, including his parents, who perished there.

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Monday, October 23, 2023

APA Announces 2023 State Land Classification Action and Public Hearings

Action Includes the Classification and Reclassification of 6,000 Acres of State Land

Public Comment Period Open through November 27, 2023

RAY BROOK, NY – The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) will hold a series of public hearings to solicit public comments for State Land classification and reclassification proposals. The 2023 classification package involves proposals for State Lands in 8 counties in the Park. The package includes 19 State Land classification proposals of recently acquired parcels totaling approximately 5,800 acres, 11 reclassification proposals totaling approximately 250 acres, and six classifications involving map corrections. » Continue Reading.

Monday, October 23, 2023

Partnership to Keep Invasive Plants off Trails

Dix Boot brush stationKEENE, NY –Staff at the Ausable River Association (AsRA) have been building and installing hiking boot brush stations at trailheads to help keep terrestrial invasive species from spreading.

The new initiative builds upon AsRA‘s ongoing effort of preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species through placement of wader wash stations along the river during fishing season.

Invasive species are plants or animals that are non-native to an area and can cause environmental or economic harm. Introductions of invasive species can disrupt ecosystems, causing the loss of native species. Boot brush stations not only provide information about invasive species, specifically terrestrial invasive species and the threat they pose to native ecosystems, they also provide a simple way for people to help stop the spread.
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Sunday, October 22, 2023

Aerial Reconnaissance

aerial mountain view

The Anniversary Gift of a Lifetime: An Adirondack Plane Ride 

Have any folks out there besides my wife & I ever wondered what it would be like to see the Adirondacks from above in a private small plane chartered flight?

 What an adventure!

 For a bird’s eye view of our anniversary Adirondack High Peaks region overflight route, click the link & read on:


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