Saturday, December 9, 2023

Silver Bay YMCA receives Charles R. Wood Foundation grant

 Silver Bay YMCA Chaplain Karen Skalla makes apple crisp and apple pie with some teens at the teen center. Silver Bay YMCA is pleased to announce that the Charles R. Wood Foundation has awarded Silver Bay a $8,600 grant to help support the Silver Bay YMCA Ticonderoga Teen Center. Silver Bay YMCA’s VP of Development and Government Relations Walt Lender said on the awarding of the grant, “We are thrilled with the announcement of this grant for Silver Bay’s teen center in Ticonderoga. The confidence that the Charles R. Wood Foundation has placed in us to provide local teens with a safe and enriching environment is encouraging.”

The teen center is run through Silver Bay YMCA in partnership with the Town of Ticonderoga is open six days a week during the school year and provides free activities and programs such as basketball, cooking lessons, cake decorating contests, and pinata making for local teens. Teens also have the opportunity to suggest programs and activities for the teen center to do or are welcome to take advantage of one of the many hangout areas and do their own thing. » Continue Reading.

Friday, December 8, 2023

ACLC Rescues Three Red-Throated Loons

2 people release a loon

Saranac Lake, NY In the late afternoon of Sunday, December 3, the Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation (ACLC) received a report of a Red-Throated Loon who was found grounded at Exit 38 on I-87. It was followed almost immediately after by a report of a second Red-Throated Loon who had landed on a road in Ausable. Then a third bird was found midday on Monday on Spruce Hill in Keene, NY.

These Red-Throated loons were migrating from their breeding waters in northern Canada and western Greenland to their wintering areas along Atlantic coast in such areas as Delaware and Chesapeake Bays. However, they encountered a storm producing more than a foot of heavy wet snow over just a couple of hours in eastern Essex and Clinton counties. Sometimes in winter storms, loons, like planes, experience icing of their wings and are unable to continue flying, so they land on roads, fields, and other unexpected places. Because of their specialized anatomy, loons are rarely able to get airborne if they are grounded, as they need to run on the water to take off.

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Friday, December 8, 2023

Poetry: Thundersnow

Birds at feeders



At the feeder,

cold and hungry,

birds of a different feather

flocked together,

creating a temporary

neighborhood of necessity.

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Friday, December 8, 2023

Outdoor Conditions (12/8): Scarface Mountain Trail closed at bridge and beyond

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.


Seasonal Road Closures – Additional seasonal closures are now posted. See DEC’s Adirondack Backcountry Information page for specific road conditions and information.

Scarface Mountain Trail Closure – The bridge crossing Ray Brook on the Scarface Mountain Trail is currently closed over concerns of structural integrity. The bridge is located about 0.5 miles from the trailhead. The trail is closed at the bridge and beyond. The bridge will remain closed until it can be replaced.

Cascade Day Use Parking Closed – Motor vehicle access to the Cascade Day Use area is gated and closed for the winter. Parking remains available at any of the DOT pull offs along Rt 73 east or west of this location.

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Friday, December 8, 2023

Latest news headlines

Here’s a look at news from around the Adirondacks this week:

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Thursday, December 7, 2023

The Urgent and Beautiful Gift of Making Home

frosty field, image by Ben Sklar

Greetings Neighbors and Strangers,

I don’t take in news directly, and yet the throbbing sorrow of the headlines has been creeping in of late, clinging to me as I make my rounds at the Farm.  Last year at this time I wrote a piece called Aching Beauty—my attempt to describe the excruciating experience of watching the landscape gather herself toward winter, of bearing witness as summer’s green riches bend their heads and feed the ground.  Autumn is an act of radical love that the headlines will never report.  And yet humans in these parts—even the settlers—used to live with their attention trained upon the landscape in a way scarcely imaginable today.  They couldn’t have missed the reckless generosity of life continuing.

Home isn’t a metaphor or a feeling.  Home is a capacity to bend one’s head and feed the ground.  Home is a shelter woven from restraint and from limit.  Home is an act of love that will never make the headlines.  Humans are capable of living out this kind of love.  If no one says this aloud, how could we be expected to remember?  Maybe that’s why you’re taking the time to read this Newsletter: you haven’t given up on humans either.  Well, I’m glad you’re here and I don’t take the responsibility of your attention lightly, given the troubles mounting by the hour.  Unlike the commercial media, however, your active participation will be required for this Newsletter to continue.  In fact, you and the other nine-hundred and seventy-seven people subscribed here are the ones who will either figure out how to sustain the work or not.  The kind of love I am describing asks for workers, not spectators or consumers.  Let’s see what we can do together, against the odds. » Continue Reading.

Thursday, December 7, 2023

Hickory Ski Center to reopen lifts thanks to Indy Pass, Unofficial Networks

Hickory Ski Center in Warrensburg

On December 5, Indy Pass and Unofficial Networks announced that they have combined efforts to provide financial assistance to Hickory Ski Center in Warrensburg, New York, so the ski area may run its lifts for the first time in eight years.

The ski center will join the Indy Pass for the 2023/24 season, and season passes go on sale December 5 at Hickory pass holders will be eligible to purchase Indy Add On Passes at a 30-percent discount. The Indy Pass will close the 2023/2024 wait list on Sunday, December 10.  


Hickory Ski Center was founded in 1946 by veterans of the 10th Mountain Division and has served the surrounding community and offered uphill traffic only since 2016. With rising costs, specifically insurance, the ski area faced an uncertain future until their plight caught the attention of Tim Konrad, publisher of Unofficial Networks.

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Thursday, December 7, 2023

Two teens run out of daylight on McKenzie Mountain Trail

forest ranger reportEssex County 

New eBikes: Forest Rangers are using two new electric bicycles in DEC’s Region 5 to minimize the use of motor vehicles in some campgrounds and reduce DEC’s carbon footprint. The e-bikes have an 80-mile range when fully charged and will be used for routine patrol, law enforcement, and search and rescue missions. To learn more, visit the DEC Facebook page.

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Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Hungry Bay’s Howl

Map showing Middle Saranac LakeHungry Bays Howl

When Middle Saranacs fall winds whipped up an appetite, escaping the ravenous jaws of Hungry Bays Howl quickly turned a father/son hunting trip into a test of survival. For the full story, click the link & read on.


Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Adirondack Region Featured In Condé Nast Traveler’s “24 Places To Go In 2024”

Whiteface Mountain in winter

Lake Placid, NY  – The Adirondack region has been included in Condé Nast Traveler’s annual list of places to visit. Upstate New York was recognized as one of the “24 Places to Go in 2024,” with the Adirondack region, along with area attractions and hotel properties receiving specific mention.

Upstate New York is one of 24 destinations featured in the magazine’s annual roundup and one of three North American destinations included on the list, along with Santa Fe, New Mexico and Quebec, Canada. Other locations featured in “24 Places to Go in 2024” include: Budapest, Hungary; French Polynesia; the Kimberley, Australia; Kobe, Japan; Mauritius; Madagascar; South and Central Sri Lanka; and South Island, New Zealand. The Upstate New York section of the Condé Nast feature provides information about both the Hudson Valley and the Adirondack regions. » Continue Reading.

Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Poetry: Sentinels

geese on the shore




















Thanksgiving eve
a family of Canadas
split off from
the migrating flock
and set down on our swath of rye and clover
poking through a dusting of snow. Six birds
the parental pair, ever alert, necks
craning as far as they could stretch and
their four fast-growing chicks embarked
on their first long flight. » Continue Reading.

Tuesday, December 5, 2023

What is whiskey fungus?

Whiskey fungus

Have you ever heard of whiskey fungus? I had not until working on this story about WhistlePig Whiskey’s storage facility in Mineville.

Check it out here.

Adirondack Park Agency

View all APA public comment and hearing opportunities at:

  • Stony Creek Community Church is applying for a three-lot subdivision to create a 0.82-acre lot improved by an existing single family dwelling, a 0.58-acre lot containing an existing cemetery, and a 0.34-acre lot improved by a pre-existing church on Harrisburg Road in the town of Stony Creek. Comments are due by Dec. 21. To view site plans and submit comments, go to
  • Applicant John Morris is seeking to build a new 3,200-square-foot building for operation of a new commercial use heating and plumbing business on Cutting Road in the town of Lewis. Comments are due by Dec. 21. To view site plans and submit comments, go to

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Tuesday, December 5, 2023

New York Department of Agriculture and Markets awards AdkAction $238,000: Extends Free Local Food Program

local food in the ADKs

AdkAction will receive $238,000 to continue offering the highly successful Fair Share program that provides free seasonal farm shares to low-income families across the Adirondacks. The grant was awarded through New York Food for New York Families, a program administered by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets and funded by the United States Department of Agriculture.

For qualifying households, Fair Share fully funds a 20 to 24 week Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share with a participating local farm. From June through October, families in the program enjoy a weekly selection of seasonal fruits and vegetables in their farm shares. The program model directly supports North Country farmers while ensuring equitable access to fresh, nutritious produce for families across the region. » Continue Reading.

Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Champlain Area Trails Celebrates Third Anniversary of CATSWomen Hiking Group

CATS Women hiking

New York’s Champlain Valley – Champlain Area Trails (CATS), the accredited land trust dedicated to creating and maintaining sustainable trails and protecting land in the Champlain Valley, celebrated the third anniversary of its CATSWomen hiking group. CATSWomen is a volunteer-led group that creates a welcoming space for women of all ages and abilities to gain confidence in the outdoors by hiking together.

Over the past three years, CATSWomen has hosted numerous hikes on CATS trails, such as Cheney Mountain, Viall’s Crossing, and other Champlain Valley area trails, like Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain. The group celebrated its anniversary with a potluck at a member’s home, with over 25 attendees sharing stories from their adventures over the past three years. » Continue Reading.

Monday, December 4, 2023

Hallmark-style film begins filming in Lake Placid

Promo photo for A Jar Full of Christmas film

From award-winning screenwriter/director Candy Cain comes a Christmas story that packs love, nostalgia, and community into a single jar. In Lake Placid, NY, Rose inherits her mom’s home, reuniting her with her childhood friend, Summer. Sparks fly with old pal Everett, and the trio uses Rose’s mom’s jam recipe to save the town church, blending nostalgia, love, and community.
The film is slated to begin principal photography in Lake Placid, NY and the surrounding areas, today, Monday Dec. 4 and wrap around Thursday Dec. 21, Cain said.

“The perfect holiday film is a combination of humor and sappiness,” Cain said, whose previous holiday films include JOY & HOPE and SANTA’S SECOND WIFE.

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