Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Hamlet of Saranac Lake

apa headquarters

By Mark Wilson and Stephen Erman 

A drama of Shakespearean size is unfolding at the Adirondack Park Agency. As 2024 begins, the regulatory body finds itself wading through legal and ethical issues on a freshwater wetlands at the western edge of the Village of Saranac Lake. The wetlands flow from the base of Dewey Mountain, under the George LaPan Memorial Highway, along the high school grounds and into Ampersand Bay on Lower Saranac Lake. The entire wetlands complex lies within the designation of “hamlet” on Park Agency maps, a land-use classification covering the entire village. In agency jargon, “hamlet” applies to areas of the Adirondack Park subject to the fewest APA regulations.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2024

BluSeed Studios Sober Open Minded Mic set for Jan. 19

Blueseed Studios: Jan 2024 Sober Open Minded Mic

Saranac Lake, NY – The Sober Open Minded Mic at BluSeed Studios continues in 2024. There are nine 10-minute slots and a half hour featured artist. Admission to the event is free of charge, alcohol-free, and family friendly. Performing genres at past events have included singer/songwriters, acoustic and electric instruments, piano, poetry, and stand-up comedy. January’s Spotlight Artist is Jeffrey Wanzer Dupra who will perform on Jan. 19. Dupra has a distinctive sound, and creates stories and music from the heart.

You can hear his music at https://www.jeffreywanzerdupra.com/.

BluSeed Studios is located at 24 Cedar Street in Saranac Lake, NY. For more information, visit: www.bluseedstudios.org/

Photo at top provided by Lisa Meissner of the Rustic Riders.


Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Public invited to comment on plans for Revolutionary War soldiers’ remains

Public Comment Period Open Through February 19, 2024

 Ray Brook – The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) are holding joint public comment periods to solicit comments for a proposed amendment to the 1981 Lake George Beach and Battlefield Park Unit Management Plans (UMP). The public is invited to submit input on the draft amendment and its conformance to the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan. Comments will be accepted until February 19, 2024.
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Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Good Samaritan saves man & dog that fell through Hinckley Reservoir ice

forest ranger reports graphicTown of Long Lake
Hamilton County
Training: On Jan. 8, Forest Rangers Adams, Milano, and Odell participated in ice safety rescue training at the Long Lake Town Beach. Long Lake is a widening of the Raquette River where local ice conditions constantly fluctuate. A minimum of four inches of solid ice is the general rule for safety. However, ice thickness is not uniform on any body of water. Since ice thickness can vary on a lake, outdoor adventurers are advised to check the ice periodically to stay safe. More information about ice safety is available on DEC’s website.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2024

In Tribute to Charlie Morrison

Charlie Morrison

When it comes to the Adirondacks and the “forever wild” provision of our state constitution, a number of us just lost a great, very determined, and very influential teacher in that field of green. Charles C. “Charlie” Morrison died this week in his mid-90s. After a long career as a natural resource planner with the federal Bureau of Outdoor Recreation and, starting in 1967 with NYS Conservation Department and then in 1970 the Department of Environmental Conservation, Charlie’s retirement years were devoted to the not-for-profit world. These included (but by no means were limited to) board and committee service, all voluntary, with the Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter, the Club’s Adirondack group, the Environmental Planning Lobby, now Environmental Advocates of NY, the Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks, Protect the Adirondacks, and Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Feeling Long Lakey Polar Plunge Results

Long Lake Polar Plunge: MATT HOSLEY PHOTO BY ADIRONDACK AERIAL & GROUND IMAGERY

The Feeling Long Lakey Polar Plunge was held on Saturday, Dec. 30 at the Long Lake Town Beach. Twenty teams boasting 44 Plungers raised $7,619 for the Wounded Warrior Project. Temperatures hovered around 28 F when the plunge kicked off at noon. Fundraising efforts support Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) programs and services, which are provided at no cost to warriors and their families.  Through their efforts at the community level, the “Feeling Long Lakey Polar Plunge” is directly supporting WWP programs and services for warriors, which include access to mental and physical health care, employment assistance, and education services.
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Tuesday, January 16, 2024

LPCA to show film, Anatomy of a Fall, Jan. 19

Anatomy of a Fall promo image.

Lake Placid, NY – The Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA) is pleased to present Adirondack Film’s “See Something That Means Something,” a 2024 series which offers an opportunity for film goers to watch moving, meaningful films the third Friday of every month at 7 p.m. from January through June. This series aims to showcase a unique blend of films, bringing a community of film lovers together to experience something that gets you thinking and sharing. See below for details on the award-winning film, Anatomy of a Fall, which will be shown on Friday, January 19 at 7 p.m. at the LPCA. *This film is rated R and contains mature themes.*

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Monday, January 15, 2024

A Perilous Moment

Sheepdog in the snow

A Perilous Moment

This true canine rescue story actually took place several years ago, during the March thaw, a bit closer to spring. However, given this years mild temperatures, I thought this might be an opportune time to share it, as a precautionary warning:

WATCH OUT FOR THOSE PUPS & BEWARE OF THIN ICE!

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Monday, January 15, 2024

State of the State to budget

Gov. Kathy Hochul delivers her 2024 State of the State address

Legislature

I was looking back at our coverage of Gov. Kathy Hochul’s State of the State speeches. During her first in 2022, she mentioned the Adirondacks in passing during her speech. In her accompanying agenda book, she made specific mentions of an Olympic Regional Development Authority venue and of managing visitors in the Adirondack forest preserve.

In 2023, there were no specific mentions of either the Adirondack or Catskill forest preserves in her agenda book, and no mentions of them in her speech. But she used the metaphor of climbing mountains in last year’s address and continued to use it this year. Before the Assembly chambers last week, Hochul made no passing mention of the Adirondacks and her agenda book included one mention of it.

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Monday, January 15, 2024

North Country CC announces scholarship funding, microcredential programs

A woman presents in a classroom

Saranac Lake, NY  – North Country Community College has announced more than $50,000 in scholarship funds available to Franklin County residents who are interested in the college’s Human Services and Advanced Emergency Medical Technician programs. At the same time, the college is launching a trio of Human Services microcredential programs tailored to in-demand career opportunities in the region.

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Monday, January 15, 2024

Warren County Comprehensive Plan public workshop set for Jan. 22

 

Warren County comprehensive plan

Warren County, NY — What are the top issues facing Warren County? What topics do you think Warren County government should prioritize in the coming years? And how can Warren County continue to be an attractive place to live and do business? If you’d like an opportunity to help plan for Warren County’s future (and enjoy complimentary pizza,) please join us for a public workshop on Warren County’s Comprehensive Plan, to be held Monday, January 22 at SUNY Adirondack in Queensbury.

Warren County is in the process of developing a comprehensive plan called Warren County 2040, a policy document that serves to outline the county’s priorities, identify top challenges and opportunities facing county government, and make recommendations for how Warren County can maintain its status as an attractive and thriving community over the next 20 years. The January 22 workshop will be an opportunity for Warren County residents, business owners and visitors to provide input on the project as well as to learn about the progress to date. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, January 14, 2024

Ringing in the New Year with a polar plunge

woman in fur coat and hat on a balcony

My friend and I rang in the new year by polar plunging! I started [polar plunging] in 2007 in Lake George and continued for 4 or 5 years.  Then a friend and I started plunging in Caroga Lake. One year we were in Old Forge for New Year’s Eve. When we woke up, it was a true 23 below [zero] before the windchill.  The hotel parking lot was full of trucks, trailers, and snowmobiles, none of which would start. Many cars were lined up at the gas station to fill tires with air. We called the Caroga plunge coordinator all the way home, hoping it would be cancelled. By the time we got there, the temperature had warmed up to a balmy zero degrees…so in we went!

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Sunday, January 14, 2024

Depot Theatre Awarded $25,000 NYSCA Grant

Depot Theatre Academy 2023 Summer Program participants perform in MATILDA JR.  (Photo courtesy Betsy Bacot).
Westport, NY — The Depot Theatre in Westport, NY was recently awarded a $25,000 Support for Organizations grant from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA). The funding will support infrastructure and staffing for both the Depot‘s main stage and Academy outreach and education programs for the 2024 fiscal year.
“We’re grateful for NYSCA’s continued support of the Depot Theatre and our mission,” said Kim Rielly, the Depot Theatre’s Executive Director. “As the Adirondacks’ only professional Equity theatre, this vital funding will support the artists and infrastructure that are necessary for us to continue to drive significant cultural and economic impact in our community and the greater region.”

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Sunday, January 14, 2024

Westport Library: Cellist Luiz Fernando Venturelli performs Jan. 17

 

Luiz Fernando Venturelli, Meadowmount School of music, cello player
The Westport Library is pleased to present the Meadowmount School of Music in Concert, featuring cellist Luiz Fernando Venturelli on Wednesday, January 17, 2024 at 6 p.m. The program will include works by: Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, Dimitri Cervo, J. S. Bach, Marlos Nobre, Cesar Franck, and Azevedo/Abreu. Admission to the concert is free of charge, with a suggested $20 donation to support the Westport Library.

About the Artist: Luiz Fernando Venturelli is a Brazilian cellist who is rapidly gaining recognition as one of the most promising young musicians of the country. He received his bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University in 2021 and his master’s in 2023, studying under Professor Hans Jørgen Jensen. Born and raised in a musical family, Luiz began his musical studies at the age of 3 and began playing the cello when he was 8. He studied at the Instituto Baccarelli, a non-profit organization that offers free music lessons to children, from the time he was 8 until he came to the United States when he was 17.

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Sunday, January 14, 2024

Weekly news round up

A collection of interesting reads:

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