Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Four New York Poets Featured in ACW’s “Postcard Poems” Broadside Series

 

postcard poems announcement from ACW

Saranac Lake, NY—The Adirondack Center for Writing (ACW) has announced four New York State poets selected for “Postcard Poems”: Jackie Braje, Joseph Bruchac, Laura Cordts and Sophie Morelli. Their poems were selected from over 100 submissions from across the state.

Each writer will have their poem featured on a 5×7-inch broadside, complete with custom artwork created by artists living in New York. Both writers and artists will be compensated for their work, and broadsides will be available for sale through ACW with proceeds going to support community programs. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Grant Enhances Chronic Disease Prevention Services

get healthy north country logo

Federal funding boosts capacity of programming for at-risk populations

SARANAC LAKE — A grant from the federal Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) is bolstering chronic disease prevention across northern New York.

Awarded earlier this year to the Get Healthy North Country Community Integrated Health Network, the grant will help increase capacity for ongoing delivery of evidence-based chronic disease prevention services and reduce the prevalence of diabetes in the North Country by increasing access to programs for at-risk populations. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation 2023 Grants Awarded

Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation

Johnsburg, NY – The Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation is a private foundation established in 2000 “dedicated to improving the quality of life for year-round residents of the Adirondack Park.” Since its inception, the foundation has funded more than 600 not-for-profit grant requests totaling over $1.3 million dollars.

The trustees of the Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation met with representatives from Caroga Lake area not-for-profits in late September, organized by Caroga Arts Collective, to discuss issues in the community. The trustees later convened to review 86 grant applications totaling $612,229. The board is pleased to have fully funded the requested amount for 24 grants and partially funded 10.
The annual underwriting for North Country Public Radio (NCPR) and Mountain Lake PBS and the Junior Trustee grant proposal were also approved, for a total of $106,103 awarded. » Continue Reading.


Monday, November 20, 2023

38th Annual Sparkle Village Craft Show and Sale set for Dec. 1-2

Sparkle Village craft show

By Linda Friedman Ramirez

The Harrietstown Town Hall will be shimmering the first weekend of December, with the 38th year for the annual Sparkle Village Craft Show & Sale. Sponsored by the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce with support from Adirondack Frontier, there will be some 45 vendors present as well as a number of nonprofit organizations. This show is well known for the high quality and variety of products offered for sale, with many vendors returning year after year. These include handcrafted jewelry, homemade dog treats, quilted items, candles, wood cutting boards, books, handmade soap, chainsaw carvings, watercolor paintings, note cards, photography, baskets, wood art, and more.

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Monday, November 20, 2023

Canadian Pacific (CPKC) Holiday Train returns to Adirondacks, Nov. 24, 25

CP Holiday Train

The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train (CPKC) will return to the rails this season. The train will be in Mechanicville and Saratoga Springs on November 24, and Fort Edward, Port Henry, Plattsburgh, and Rouses Point on November 25.

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Monday, November 20, 2023

Adirondack Christmas on Main Street set for Nov. 24-26

Dogs in a wagon

By Adele Burnett, Inlet Tourism Director

This year’s Adirondack Christmas on Main Street event is slated for Thanksgiving weekend, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 24-26 in Inlet and Old Forge. The annual event will feature an array of family-friendly activities including (but not limited to) a candy cane hunt, a Holiday pet parade, ceramic ornament painting, a stuffed animal workshop, a paint ‘n sip, a free concert by Trevor Gordon Hall, parades, tree lighting ceremonies, holiday sales, scavenger hunts, drop boxes for letters to Santa, and much more.

As part of Adirondack Christmas on Main Street, many of Inlet’s stores will be open for shoppers all weekend. Be sure to bring your receipts from these stores dated November 24-26, 2023 to the Inlet Information Office. For every $10 spent in Town of Inlet (or at a business outside of Inlet that is a paid IABA member,) you will receive one free raffle ticket. At the end of the weekend, one lucky person will take home a basket full of items donated by local businesses.

Activities happening all weekend in Inlet include a book sale at the Inlet Public Library, make & take activity and free popcorn at Greg Rudd’s Pottery Studio, free watercolor coloring sheets at the ArtHouse at the WareHouse, ACE’s Thanksgiving Day Sale at the Inlet Department Store, a Scavenger Hunt throughout Inlet, and a drop box for letters to Santa at the Inlet Town Hall.

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Monday, November 20, 2023

Groups call for forest preserve funding

Potash Mountain in Lake Luzerne.

A widening number of organizations are banding together for funding requests for the Adirondack and Catskill Parks forest preserve. In a letter to Gov. Kathy Hochul, 41 groups called for a $10 million allocation for forest preserve stewardship in the 2024-2025 state budget’s Environmental Protection Fund. Last year’s budget allocated $8 million.

The groups also call for additional investment in affordable housing and cellular and broadband infrastructure. They also hope Hochul will maintain funding for forest preserve visitor centers, support additional research and monitoring programs, develop an accessibility policy for state lands, clear a backlog of conserved land under agreement for public acquisition and add additional staff supporting forest preserve-related state agencies.

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Sunday, November 19, 2023

Whiteface Mountain Anticipates Opening Friday, Nov. 24

Whiteface Mountain in winter

 

Skiing and Snowboarding Top to Bottom for the Second Straight Year

Wilmington, NY– The New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (Olympic Authority) announces that Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington will open Friday, Nov. 24, conditions permitting, with skiing and snowboarding from the summit to the base lodge.

The snowmaking crew at Whiteface has been laying down a thick base, thanks to recent colder temperatures and additional help from natural snow. Last year for the first time in history, Whiteface, which has the greatest vertical drop east of the Rockies, opened from top to bottom on opening day, and crews are once again leveraging their advanced, high-efficiency snowmaking systems to repeat that achievement this year.

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Sunday, November 19, 2023

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Saturday, November 18, 2023

Northern Lights, fishing loons, and a lone muskrat

Northern Lights over Indian Lake

Here we are in the third week of November and there is no snow on the ground. The temperatures dipped low the last couple nights (18 [degrees] the first night, Nov. 12, and 12 [degrees] on Nov. 13) which put a skim of ice on the pond. There is a lone muskrat in the pond. [It] will be looking for a “get out of pond” card soon as there is no vegetation left for it to eat, as I pulled it all out. On the night of Nov. 6, there was a great show of the Northern Lights. Some folks in Indian Lake got a great photo which some friends sent [to] me.

Locally, some folks saw it [Northern Lights] over Seventh Lake, but no photos [were] taken (that I’ve seen.) Looking at the forecast [on] Saturday night [Nov. 11,] there was another show expected and my grandson. Nathan, and I were prepared to get out and get some shots. [Unfortunately,] that didn’t happen as the clouds never parted. It was [expected] to peak just after dark, but the clouds stayed overhead right through the night.

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Saturday, November 18, 2023

Franklin County Economic Development Corporation Seeks Project Proposals for Rail Trail Small Business Grant

 

Snowmobiler waving to skiers

Franklin County, NY – The Franklin County Economic Development Corporation (FCEDC), in partnership with the towns of Tupper Lake and Harrietstown, will be applying for grant funding to support start-up and existing small businesses with projects that will directly enhance the experience of the Adirondack Rail Trail and/or Adirondack Railroad.

In order for the towns to receive funding, the application must show that there is sufficient need and interest from local businesses. FCEDC has launched an online Interest & Eligibility Form that small business owners should use to submit project proposals. The deadline to submit proposals is December 11, 2023. 

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Saturday, November 18, 2023

Lecture on John Brown in Westport, Dec. 6

John Brown by Southworth Hawes 1856

When John Brown Came To Westport: American Abolitionism and American Slavery Before the Civil War
A lecture with American historian, Connor Williams

Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2023, 5:30 PM

 

“The past is a foreign country,” the novelist L.P. Hartley once wrote. “They do things differently there.”

Perhaps nothing about American history is more foreign to us today than our history as a slave society. Yet that is our national truth, and our original sin. By the 1861 outbreak of the Civil War, the United States was the world’s greatest slave power. For almost 250 years Americans and their ancestors had created, maintained, and spread systems of enslavement throughout much of our nation. Indeed, it will take another 88 years before the lands of the United States will have known freedom for longer than they have known enslavement. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, November 18, 2023

FEH BOCES Seeks Feedback

FEH BOCES seeks feedback

Franklin-Essex-Hamilton BOCES is looking for feedback as part of a goal-setting process.

The BOCES invites alumni, the parents and guardians of current and former students, and staff of the BOCES’s 10 component districts to take an online survey.

The FEH BOCES team is also looking for feedback from the business community of the area they serve, which includes all of Franklin County, Lake Placid in Essex County, and the town of Long Lake in Hamilton County. » Continue Reading.


Friday, November 17, 2023

Calling all grant writers

 

A small island on Lake Champlain

Lake Champlain Basin Program bolsters grant opportunities

Thanks in part to a surge of federal infrastructure funding in recent years, the Lake Champlain Basin Program is soliciting proposals for a wide range of grant opportunities.

The grants aim to support scientific research, restoration and conservation projects, education and public awareness initiatives and to bolster organizations in the sprawling Lake Champlain watershed.

A round of new grants were announced earlier this month with due dates in late-December and early-January. While application requirements differ from grant to grant, the funding opportunities are largely available to nonprofits, colleges and universities, soil and water conservation districts, and local governments.

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Friday, November 17, 2023

Outdoor Conditions (11/17): Snow and rain predicted for weekend, hikers should exercise caution on wet trails

outdoor conditions logoThe following are only the most recent notices pertaining to public lands in the Adirondacks. Please check the Adirondack Backcountry webpages for a full list of notices, including seasonal road statuses, rock climbing closures, specific trail conditions, and other pertinent information.

NEW THIS WEEK

No New Notices This Week

LAST WEEK

  • High Peaks Wilderness Area: Tahawus Road will be closed to all traffic for repairs beginning on December 4. Construction is expected to conclude December 15. Overnight users should empty the parking lot before construction begins.
  • Essex Chain of Lakes: The camp six road is open for the duration of big game season.
  • Adirondack Mountain Reserve (AMR): The parking reservation system for access to the Adirondack Mountain Reserve Conservation Easement Tract has concluded for the 2023 season.

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