Sometimes in the environmental protection field there’s a celebration of achievements before they’re fully realized. Case in point: We recently reported that a state road salt task force that was celebrated as a potential win for Adirondack water quality was not actually a done deal, as the governor has yet to appoint its members.
Environmental groups are hopeful that incoming Gov. Kathy Hochul will finish the job. The Adirondack Council’s Willie Janeway said this about it in a news release: “Many of the state’s functions inside the Adirondack Park have ground to a halt as the executive branch of government succumbed to administrative paralysis while the current Governor attempted to defend his actions. As Kathy Hochul becomes governor, the entire state will have an opportunity to heal and make progress again.”
It’s important work, as is the road salt study, septic and sewage management and proposed new surveys of park lakes’ changing ecology. We’ll see how the new governor approaches these problems.
Town of Keene Essex County Wilderness Rescue: On Aug. 24 at 12:20 p.m., Forest Ranger Black responded to a report of a 70-year-old woman from New York City suffering from exhaustion on the trail to Cascade Mountain. At 1:35 p.m., Ranger Black reached the hiker’s location and determined she could walk back to the trailhead. At 2:50 p.m., the Ranger and hiker were out of the woods and the hiker declined further medical care.
The Adirondack Common Ground Alliance is holding the final session of its 2021 Annual Forum on Wednesday, September 8 from 9-10a via Zoom webinar. This session is open to all, regardless of whether you attended this year’s forum. During the hour, we’ll cover the following agenda:
The new sustainable hiking trail under construction to the summit of Mount Van Hoevenberg is expected to be completed in the early fall. This project has been a priority of the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). This project started in 2018 and marked a completely different approach to hiking trail building in the Forest Preserve and the High Peaks Wilderness.
For the first time, the DEC committed to a multi-year effort to showcase new sustainable trail design and trail building techniques for the Forest Preserve. In many ways, this trail marks a new beginning for the state’s approach to hiking trail building in the Adirondack Park.
Saranac Lake, NY–Nationally acclaimed author Russell Banks will read from his new novel, Foregone, and sign books on September 24, 2021 at 7:00pm to celebrate the opening of Adirondack Center for Writing’s new event space at 15 Broadway in Saranac Lake.
Copies of Foregone will be available for purchase for signing at the event. This event costs $10 to attend. Tickets are available in advance at adirondackcenterforwriting.org
“Russell Banks is, word for word, idea for idea, one of the great American novelists. Foregone is a book about not coming to a conclusion. Banks presents us with a series of mirrors, some of them broken, some of them intact, and all of them wildly reflective of our times. It is a book about the shifting shapes of memory and the chimerical nature of our lives.” – Colum McCann
Indian Lake N.Y. – The Great Adirondack Moose Festival, New York State’s first ever moose themed festival, offers visitors of all ages a fantastic Adirondack experience. Held in Indian Lake, N.Y. in the center of the famous Adirondack Park, moose themed programs will abound the weekend of September 25 and 26, 2021.
Visitors to the Indian Lake region for the Moose Festival will enjoy programs, games, contests, exhibitions, guided hikes, shopping – all in the theme of the Moose. The half-ton mammal is making a come-back in the Adirondacks, so one may even spot one during the weekend. The Great Adirondack Moose Festival (GAMF) is sponsored by the Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce and a host of regional and local business sponsors.
My first day at Paul Smith’s College Visitor Interpretive Center (VIC) back in June I sat on a couch in front of the bird feeders eating lunch. As I ate and watched the birds I noticed something else out of the corner of my eye. I saw a tiny spec peeking out over St. Regis Mountain’s bare top. It was the St. Regis Mountain Fire Tower, the longest active fire station in the Adirondacks.
Children are enjoying the activities of summer riding their bikes, swinging on the playgrounds, swimming, and creating art and games with sidewalk chalk. Meanwhile, we are starting to see the store aisles filled with backpacks, lunch boxes, pens, notebooks, and other supplies. A lot of green is spent when it comes to back to school shopping. But instead of spending green – there are lots of ways to save green. When it comes to school supplies, an important concept to keep in mind is “precycling,” — that is thinking through future purchases to reduce, delay, or eliminate creating waste.
Set in upstate New York and the Adirondack Mountains, this book uses the iconic image of the Adirondack chair to anchor a wistful, rich memoir about family, memories and the seasons of life. Illustrated with the photographs of regional photographer Karen Williamson, Graham Kelly’s book tells the life story of Rosie, a 90-year-old reflecting on her life: a life anchored by Rosie’s beloved Adirondack chair (Rosie is a fictional character, although she is based on the memories of Graham Kelly’s late mother, Rosemary Ann Murphy Graham).
How the Adirondack Park Agency lead counsel’s legal shenanigans denied the Environmental Conservation Department a canoe racing victory
The year was 1977. I was 13 years old. It was the summer before I entered my freshman year at Saranac Lake High School. My Dad, Tom Monroe, had just been appointed in April by Commissioner Berle as DEC’s (then referred to as “Encon”) Region 5 Regional Director, following the long and distinguished career of the legendary William E. Petty.
Join community members on September 12 at the Arrowhead Park in Inlet or wherever you choose in support of the programs and services the Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York
The Lutz Family is coordinating this walk in Inlet NY and is walking in support of their daughter and sister, Maria (pictured here at a recent Make a Wish event), who was diagnosed with epilepsy at age 12. Now 17, Maria will be heading off to college this fall.
For some folks, the Spirit of Generosity means supporting the things that matter to them in the present, and making sure their communities continue to have support in perpetuity.
Janice Marchut Conrad and Dr. Peter Conrad, retired scientists and plant biologists who live in Beekmantown, spent much of their lives and distinguished careers on university campuses across the country – from New Hampshire and Massachusetts to Wisconsin and Texas, before returning to the Northeast for positions at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. Along the way, they’ve served their country and community in a variety of ways: Peter in the United States Army, and both through higher education and research, as well as stints on zoning boards and nonprofit boards, including Mountain Lake PBS and Literacy Volunteers, and volunteering at local animal shelters.
ELIZABETHTOWN: A gala reception welcomed museum patrons and art lovers to the formal celebration of the art show, “A Woman’s View ~ Recognizing Artists in the Adirondacks” in the Rosenberg Gallery at the Adirondack History Museum.
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