Saturday, May 11, 2024

Jazz Musicians Perform “Coastal Suite” May 19 at Plattsburgh’s Strand Theater

Alan Blackman Jazz will perform The Coastal Suite on Sunday, May 19 at 3 p.m. at the historic Strand Theater in Plattsburgh, New York. The Coastal Suite stands as a significant achievement in the notable career of composer-pianist Alan Blackman. A New Jazz Works commission by Chamber Music America with funding awarded by the Doris Duke Foundation, the full-length, multi-media work was premiered live in Baltimore and New York in 2014 and featured on NPR’s JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater. Performances of The Coastal Suite have met with widespread acclaim by audiences and jazz pundits alike.

Tickets are available online at strandcenter.org/theatre-events and also at the Strand Arts Center during their regular business hours. For further information, call (518) 293-7613, e-mail ambrown.hillholl@gmail.com or visit hillandhollowmusic.org

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Friday, May 10, 2024

Pass The New York Wildlife Crossings Bill

The New York State Senate just passed the New York Wildlife Crossings Act (S.4198A/A.4243A) by a landslide margin of 55 yeas to 4 nays. This bill enjoyed widespread and bipartisan support from all corners of New York State. Senator Dan Stec, Republican from Queensbury, who represents much of the Adirondack Park, was one of just four members who voted no. Senator Stec was also the lone “no” vote in the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee that had earlier voted 9-1 to approve this bill.

This legislation is sponsored by Senator Leroy Comrie and Assembly Member Robert Carroll, and directs the Department of Transportation (DOT) to identify sites along highways, thruways and parkways in the state where wildlife crossings are most needed to increase public safety and improve habitat connectivity. This legislation enjoys broad, popular support across the environmental community. It’s now time for the State Assembly to follow suit and pass this bill. Two key North Country Assemblymembers, Billy Jones, Democrat from Franklin County, and Matt Simpson, Republican from Warren County, support this bill.

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Friday, May 10, 2024

Outdoor Conditions (5/10): Ways to prevent black fly bites

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

  • Lost Lake Trail Damage: The Lost Lake Trail bridge over the Middle Branch Lake outlet in Ha-De-Ron-Dah Wilderness has several deck boards that are damaged – please exercise caution.
  • Pine Lake Trail Flooding: The bridge on Pine Lake Trail at the Pine Lake inlet in Independence River Wild Forest is currently flooded.
  • Essex Chain Lakes Complex Re-Opening: All access to the Essex Chain (Chain Lakes Road North and Cornell Road) are now open following the closures due to washouts last week. The Deer Pond CP3 route is passable; high clearance vehicles recommended.

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Friday, May 10, 2024

State Awards $300,000 to Adirondack Roots, Partners for Affordable Housing

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DEC Smart Growth Grant Award will help identify sites for workforce housing development

Elizabethtown, NY —A $300,000 New York State grant will help Adirondack Roots create up to 60 new, affordable homes in the North Country.

The Smart Growth Grant Award, announced last Thursday by Gov. Kathy Hochul, will be matched with a $36,000 grant from Adirondack Foundation to support the work. Adirondack Roots will work with the Lake Champlain-Lake George Regional Planning Board on the project, which involves feasibility studies and other work at four locations in the Adirondacks.

“Accessible housing is the number one challenge faced by workers and families in our region,” said Megan Murphy, executive director of Adirondack Roots. “We’re slowly making progress in closing the housing gap, and this grant will accelerate our efforts even faster. We’re grateful to Gov. Hochul and the DEC for recognizing this important need through this critical support.”

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Thursday, May 9, 2024

Wiawaka Center for Women: A rich, historic gem along Lake George

A few days ago, the Ethel Gathering Group (a group of women who meet for lunch and other activities) posted on Facebook that Wiawaka needed volunteers for spring cleanup in anticipation of opening for the season.
This caught my attention because I remembered that last year Lake George’s Minne-Ha-Ha captain pulled close to shore and specifically pointed out Wiawaka, briefly explaining that it’s a center for women.

After reading the Facebook post, I checked the center’s website. When I saw that one of this summer’s events will be about Katrina Trask, I knew I had to visit. A few years ago, I was able to take a 3-hour, in depth tour of the very private Yaddo where we heard about Katrina’s amazing (and tragic) life.

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Thursday, May 9, 2024

Discussion time: Jobs

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We’re in the initial planning stages for a multi-part series on jobs/employment that will run online and in print in Adirondack Explorer magazine. We’d like to hear from you on a few things: How far/how many miles do you drive for work each day in the Adirondack region? What types of jobs would you like to see more of closer to you, or in the Adirondacks in general?


Thursday, May 9, 2024

Lake Placid Center for the Arts announces three new exhibits

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Lake Placid, NY- The Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA) is thrilled to announce three exhibits coming to the Gallery @ LPCA this summer, at 17 Algonquin Drive in Lake Placid, NY. The Gallery at the LPCA is open Thursday through Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. and visiting the gallery is always free. There will be extended hours on July 3 through August 11: Wednesday through Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. The Gallery will be closed on Ironman Sunday (July 21).

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Thursday, May 9, 2024

A dam project turns 100

The E.J. West powerhouse

Taming wild rivers

One hundred years ago today, a relatively new state agency voted to impound the Sacandaga River to “regulate” river flows downstream of the Adirondack Park. The Hudson River Regulating District formed in 1919 in the wake of damaging floods along the Hudson River. One of its early tasks: approving a measure ordering construction of the Conklingville Dam.

Construction of the dam began in 1927 and completed in March 1930, creating the state’s largest reservoir (which impacted numerous communities and properties) and controlling the volume of water flowing from the Sacandaga River downstream to the Hudson and points south.

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Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Multiple agencies conduct night rescue for Pitchoff Mt. hiker with broken ankle

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Herkimer County
Wilderness Rescue: While on patrol April 29, at 4:01 p.m., Forest Ranger Waligory encountered an injured subject in the grass just north of a public forest access road. The 54-year-old from Boonville had hit a rut while riding a dual sport motorcycle. The subject was thrown from the motorcycle, resulting in a separated shoulder. Ranger Waligory assessed the subject’s injuries, stabilized his head, and called for an ambulance. At 4:25 p.m., the Poland Fire Department and Kuyahoora Valley Ambulance arrived and transported the subject to the hospital.

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Wednesday, May 8, 2024

The Wild Center to unveil new trail and attraction, art installation

The Wild Center building.

Tupper Lake, NY – The Wild Center opened for its 2024 season on Friday, May 3. Off the heels of the USA Today Readers’ Choice Awards, where it was voted the Best Science Museum in the U.S., The Wild Center is expanding its offerings and activities with exciting exhibits and experiences. Among this season’s offerings is the unveiling of Raquette River Roll, a ball run experience along the Fen Trail, a new half-mile trail down to the Raquette River fen, and The Clothesline: Food, Fiber, Air, and Soil exhibit, an installation dedicated to the world of agriculture.

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Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Town of Johnsburg to hold May 9 public workshop for comprehensive plan

Lake Champlain-Lake George Regional Planning logo.

Johnsburg, NY – The Town of Johnsburg invites all interested members of the public to attend a workshop at the North Creek Fire House on Thursday, May 9 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. This update to the Town’s 2004 Comprehensive Plan will be used to guide and shape the future of the Town. Public input is vital to the development of this plan and all interested community members are encouraged to be an active part of the process.

This is the third public workshop held so far in the planning process. The goal of this workshop is to receive public feedback on the draft goals for the plan which have been developed through input received from the community survey and the previously held public workshop.

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Tuesday, May 7, 2024

“Don’t hand me paper, give me a job:” Ed Kipp, a hands-on Cranberry Lake volunteer

Ed Kipp

Adirondack Almanack contributor, Susan Sweeney Smith, who has written stories about Cranberry Lake, has shared a series of profiles highlighting Cranberry Lake community leaders who dedicate much of their time and energy to volunteer work. These profiles were originally published on the Cranberry Blog. Check out the Cranberry Blog here, and please enjoy Susan’s fourth submission, a profile on Ed Kipp below.

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Tuesday, May 7, 2024

Lake George Association disagrees with Appellate Court decision concerning ProcellaCOR use

The Lake George Land Trust received over $4 million in state grants this month to protect land in the Lake George watershed. Photo by Zachary Matson

Lake George Association asks why state agencies are unwilling to subject their scientific evidence to rigorous, independent review 

Lake George, NY — The Lake George Association (LGA) respectfully disagrees with the decision the Appellate Division issued yesterday, May 2, and is disappointed that the judges simply deferred to the judgment of the New York State agencies that are advocating for the first-ever use of a pesticide in Lake George. The LGA will be requesting leave to appeal to the New York  Court of Appeals. 

Although this decision affects the 2022 permit applications, it does not affect the new applications that are pending before the agencies, and the LGA respectfully encourages the  agencies to review the important new information that has been brought to light before any  permits are issued to apply ProcellaCOR in Lake George. 

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Tuesday, May 7, 2024

Whiskey fungus response from WhistlePig

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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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