Tuesday, May 7, 2024

Whiskey fungus response from WhistlePig

whiskey fungus on a stop sign

Whiskey fungus update

WhistlePig Whiskey responded to the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s order for a corrective action plan addressing whiskey fungus the department identified on nearby homes in the Mineville area. Read what the company had to say here. We’re continuing to follow this and will report updates when we have them.

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Monday, May 6, 2024

APA’s Bias Against Public Hearings Violates Their Mission

The bias of Adirondack Park Agency executive staff against holding Agency public hearings is right out in the open, again, thanks to a recent article by Adirondack Explorer reporter Zachary Matson.  There is no reason for APA staff to hide their bias against adjudicatory hearings since the APA members appear united in their agreement with that bias.  The rationale Ms. Sarah Reynolds, on behalf of the executive staff, repeatedly makes is:

Public hearings, Reynolds is quoted by Zachary Matson as saying, constitute “trauma,” and “trials,” and “consume enormous amounts of time and energy for all involved.”

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Monday, May 6, 2024

The Cook Farm offers community events for International Compost Awareness Week

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Owls Head, NY – The Cook Farm, a 26.5-acre regenerative farm nestled beneath Owls Head Mountain, is thrilled to announce a series of free community events to celebrate International Compost Awareness Week, in collaboration with local organizations Compost For Good, ADKAction, Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA), Clarkson University, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Franklin County, and the Malone Wead Library.

International Compost Awareness Week aims to educate the public about the benefits of composting and recycling organics, including food scraps and yard waste. The 2024 theme emphasizes compost’s pivotal role in climate strategies by decreasing methane emissions, mitigating climate change, reducing fertilizer inputs, and increasing resilience to environmental challenges.

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Monday, May 6, 2024

Yellow buses turning green

School bus from front

Yellow school buses could soon be much greener in the Adirondacks. A state mandate to electrify school bus fleets will take effect in 2035, and officials are encouraging districts to begin the switch now. As of today, May 2, a total of $500 million from the state and some $5 billion from the federal Environmental Protection Agency is meant to fill in the financial gaps.

Some schools are eligible for more money than others, including several in the Adirondack Park. Moriah, Raquette Lake, Saranac, Lowville and more are listed as priority districts, elevating their maximum funding eligibility.

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Sunday, May 5, 2024

Film Review: Foragers, final film in a series for Palestine; screening set for May 7

Plants, People and Apartheid graphic.

By Tyler Barton

Who decides how land is used? That’s the question at the heart of so many conversations happening in Adirondacks today about housing, zoning, water rights, indigeneity—hell, even the emergency services building. It’s also the question at the heart of “Foragers” (2022) by Berlin-based artist, Jumana Manna.

Her documentary film is screening for one night only at the St. Eustace Episcopal Church in Lake Placid this Tuesday, May 7 at 6:30 p.m. “Foragers” is an intimate look at how Palestinians living in Israel and the West Bank preserve their culinary heritage by enduring surveillance, harassment, detention, extortion, and dozens of smaller but no less dreadful injustices.

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Sunday, May 5, 2024

ANCA Convenes Stakeholders and Community Leaders for 2024 Clean Energy Conference

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Two-day learning and networking event set for May 20-21 in Clayton, New York

Clayton, NY — As people around the world commemorate Earth Week, the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) invites North Country community members, stakeholders, educators and advocates to convene around current clean energy issues at the regional nonprofit’s annual Clean Energy Conference. The two-day event will feature tours, presentations and networking opportunities designed to advance clean energy initiatives that benefit New York communities, businesses and residents.
The conference will gather industry experts, service providers, contractors and community members at the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel in Clayton, NY on May 20 and 21, 2024. Registration is open at www.adirondack.org/clean-energy-conference.

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Sunday, May 5, 2024

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Saturday, May 4, 2024

Placing loon platforms & reminiscing about nabbing a tom turkey in ’92

Man with turkey

I saw my first blackfly in the air while working in the View Art Center gardens in Old Forge last week. It was only one, but I’m sure there are more to come. They were down by the pond when I fed the trout last night. We had three mornings in the twenties this week which put a skim of ice on the bird bath, but didn’t harm the growing flowers, so far that I can see. Many more wildflowers put out blooms as the sun came out on a couple of those days.

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Saturday, May 4, 2024

Adirondack Garden Club honors Jeanne Warner for service to the club

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Keene, NY— Jeanne Warner, of Keene Valley and New York City, was recently awarded the Adirondack Garden Club’s Gretta Prince Memorial GCA Cachepot, a distinction given annually to a member in recognition significant contributions to the club. The special award was established in 1993 by Happy Marsh in honor of her mother, for whom the award is named.

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Saturday, May 4, 2024

Wilmington welcomes new residents, honors long-time contributors at community dinner

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The Town of Wilmington welcomed several new families to the community April 17, at its 38th annual Wilmington Community Dinner presented by the Whiteface Visitors Bureau. Visitors Bureau Director Michelle Preston said the dinner is a chance to introduce new community members, and also for old friends who may not have seen each other for a while to catch up. The dinner was held at The Hungry Trout restaurant and attracted 80 people, with welcoming remarks by Wilmington Supervisor Favor Smith. Also honored were Wilmington Citizen of the Year Leslie Gordon Kopec, and Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Billie Loughran.

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Friday, May 3, 2024

Paying for climate-proof infrastructure

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Editor’s note: This commentary is in the May/June 2024 issue of Adirondack Explorer magazine, as part of our “It’s Debatable” feature. In this regular column, we invite organizations and/or individuals to address a particular issue. Click here to subscribe to the magazine, available in both print and digital formats: www.adirondackexplorer.org/subscribe.

The question: Should fossil fuel companies pay for infrastructure that withstands climate forces?

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Friday, May 3, 2024

Outdoor Conditions (5/3): 13th annual “I Love My Park Day” set for May 4

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.


  • Clear Pond Gate Opening: The gate at Clear Pond is now open for the season. The public is allowed to drive to the Elk Lake parking lot and trailhead to park for access to the Hunters Pass Trail (to the Dix Mtns) and the Elk Lake Marcy Trail. Parking is limited to the capacity of the parking lot. No parking is permitted along the Elk Lake Road or in any other pull-offs. If the parking lot is full, hikers must park at the Upper Elk Lake Road parking lot on the west side of the Elk Lake Road approximately 2.3 miles south of the Elk Lake parking lot and trailhead. Please respect the parking rules to help ensure this access is maintained and there are no impacts to fire and rescue access.
  • Saranac Lakes Wild Forest Work Zone: The second pond boat launch area is an active work zone still. Boaters looking to use locks should expect substantial delays Monday through Saturdays, and are able to launch only on the upstream “left” side of the dock.

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Friday, May 3, 2024

New home, name for Ausable River Association

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Ausable River Association plans move

The Ausable River Association celebrates its 25th anniversary this year and is taking steps to ensure its ambitions as a park-wide presence in the next 25 years.

The nonprofit is seeking to change its name this year to the Ausable Freshwater Center and in March submitted plans with the Adirondack Park Agency to build an office and education center of a 9-acre parcel along 1,000 feet of the river’s East Branch.

In 2021, donors gifted AsRA the property on John Fountain Road in Jay to bolster the group’s educational work.

Now, AsRA is looking for APA approval to construct a new office space and educational pavilion on the property, dubbed the Ausable Preserve.

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Thursday, May 2, 2024

MS in the Mountains

man camping in the woods

Multiple sclerosis is an insidious disease. It’s like that big spider, hiding in some shadowed corner, sneaking into an unsuspecting camper’s sleeping bag & creeping up their leg whilst they peacefully sleep in a lean-to in the midst of the night.

I’ve written frequently of the many obstacles that cancer survivors with a desire to enjoy life outdoors face.

I’ve shared little, if anything, of the often much less visible challenges MS presents those living life in the mountains.

As a fifteen-year Adirondack life outdoor survivor blessed with a dual diagnosis, I hope my experiences, insights & lessons learned are of value to others who may be struggling to cope.

Each day we are in is a blessing!

In life there is hope! 

To share my survivor’s journey, click the link & read on.

Thursday, May 2, 2024

8th Pete Seeger Tribute set for May 4 in Saranac Lake

Musician Pete Seeger

Saranac Lake, NY – Pete Seeger’s banjo is inscribed with the words, “This banjo surrounds hate and forces it to surrender.” On May 4 people will gather again at the First Presbyterian Church of Saranac Lake’s Great Hall to celebrate Pete’s life work by sharing his music together. Over 50 years ago, Pete and his wife, Toshi, spearheaded an effort to build the Hudson River sloop Clearwater. They hoped if people had intimate knowledge of the pollution on the Hudson and could feel the wind and the water, they would be inspired to solve significant problems one song at a time. The Clearwater project’s efforts helped to pass the Clean Water Act in 1972. 

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