Wednesday, November 15, 2023

“Small Business Selfie” – Photo Contest Seeks Entries

shop local logo for Downtown Gloversville

GLOVERSVILLE, NY – The Gloversville Downtown Development Specialist (GDDS) Office at Fulton County Center for Regional Growth (CRG) is sponsoring an online photo contest with the focus being on Downtown Gloversville businesses.

“The holiday shopping season is here and with it comes a focus on supporting our local and small businesses,” said Jennifer Donovan, the Gloversville DDS. “From Nov. 25th (Small Business Saturday) through Dec. 10th, shoppers are encouraged to come to Downtown Gloversville and take a photo of their experience and to submit digital photos. A winner will be drawn randomly from the entries on Dec. 11th and the winner will receive a gift certificate from the Downtown Gloversville business of their choice.” » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Protect the Adirondacks Releases New Report On NYS “30 by 30” Law

In 2022, Governor Kathy Hochul signed the “30 by 30” law that establishes a conservation goal for New York State of protecting 30% of the State’s “lands and inland waters” by the year 2030. This landmark environmental protection legislation enjoyed broad bipartisan support, passing the State Senate by a vote of 58 to 3, and the State Assembly by a vote of 137 to 8. The 30 by 30 law commits New York to do its part to reach a similar national goal established by President Joe Biden in 2021, to protect 30% of the nation’s lands and waters by 2030, and is a major step forward to protect New York’s open spaces, forests, and wetlands, which are cornerstones of the State’s long-term climate resilience and mitigation efforts.

Protect the Adirondacks released a new special report 20% in 2023: An Assessment of the New York State 30 by 30 Act that assessed the level of protected lands and waters in New York State in 2023, the types of lands protected, what constitutes protected lands, and the amount of land that needs to be protected by 2030 to reach the goal of protecting 30% of New York State’s lands and waters as set out in the 30 by 30 Act. The new report also lays out recommendations for needed actions by the State of New York and includes tables for all 62 counties that details the types of lands and total acreages currently protected in each county.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Missing man found dead in Titusville State Forest

forest ranger reportRecent NYS DEC Forest Ranger actions:

Town of Bellmont
Franklin County
Wilderness Recovery:
 On Nov. 11 at 12:50 p.m., Forest Rangers Adams and Odell located an ATV on Titusville State Forest that was connected to a missing vulnerable adult case investigated by New York State Police (NYSP) in Malone. Over the next two days, 15 Rangers and 10 volunteers with Search and Rescue of the Northern Adirondacks supported the NYSP-led search effort, which included deployment of helicopters and drones in a 12-linear-mile search area. On Nov. 12, NYSP Pilot Kotronis and Ranger Lewis spotted a used fire ring along a streambed. On Nov. 13, Rangers Foutch and Milano paddled the Hatch Brook, saw the fire ring, and at 10:50 a.m., located the 59-year-old subject deceased. Rangers transported the subject to the road via canoe and turned him over to the coroner. Resources were clear at 5 p.m.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2023

North Country School Presents: “The One-Act Play That Goes Wrong” on Nov. 17

 

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North Country School Presents: “The One-Act Play That Goes Wrong” Comedic Performance from Students Free and Open to the Public

Lake Placid, NY – Get ready for an uproarious evening of laughter and entertainment as North Country School proudly presents “The One-Act Play That Goes Wrong.” This hilarious comedy, created in 2012 and winner of the 2015 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, promises to leave the audience in stitches.

Event Details:
● Date: Friday, November 17
● Time: 4:30 p.m.
Location: North Country School’s Walter Breeman Performing Arts Center (WallyPAC)

“The One-Act Play That Goes Wrong” takes you on a journey with the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society, a local theater group attempting to put on a 1920s murder mystery. As the title suggests, chaos ensues as everything that can go wrong does. From falling set pieces to missed lines and disappearing props, the play is a riotous adventure from start to finish. This side-splitting comedy is currently a hit on Broadway, and now you can experience it right here in the Adirondacks at North Country School. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Author Paul Hetzler Publishes Third Book, Birds of Happiness Aren’t Blue

Book cover, Birds of Happiness Aren't Blue

Longtime Canton, NY resident Paul Hetzler has published his third volume of humorous nature essays, BIRDS OF HAPPINESS AREN’T BLUE And 85 Other Very Funny and Somewhat Educational Nature Essays.

Paul’s nature-knowledge is conveyed in BIRDS OF HAPPINESS AREN’T BLUE with dry wit and a basis in science. As Joe Bruchac, Abenaki author and storyteller says, “Paul Hetzler truly knows how to keep a reader’s interest as he leads us through the wacky wonderland of the natural world.” Bill McKibben, author and founder of 350.org, declares “You will – I guaranteelearn from these essays. And I also guarantee the learning will be a great deal of fun!” » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, November 14, 2023

NFCT Online Auction Supports Stewardship and Programming

Northern Forest Canoe Trail logo.


WAITSFIELD, VT
— The Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) hosts its annual online auction Nov. 15-30 to support stewardship and programming along the 740-mile water trail connecting New York, Vermont, Quebec, New Hampshire and Maine.

Every year, the auction features outdoor gear and experiences donated by NFCT partners and supporters. Highlights include a cedar strip canoe donated by Grant Faller, gift cards from L.L. Bean, gear from NRS and much more.
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Monday, November 13, 2023

Tales of the Adirondacks, Past & Present: Learning the Language of the Land by Ionah Scully

Ionah Scully after finishing the 46 on Haystack

In recognition of November being Native American Heritage Month, our next OurStoryBridge Inc. story share is called Learning the Language of the Land told by Ionah Scully. Part of Adirondack Mountain Club’s OurStoryBridge Project, ADK Voices, the story is told from the perspective of Ionah Scully, a First Nation Syracuse PhD candidate, as she completes hiking the Adirondacks High Peaks 46 and reflects on her connection to the land and her ancestors. To listen to this story in its entirety, please visit the following link: https://app.memria.org/stories/public-story-view/dafc6acab8b04bb89fd1e3c83ecd962d/

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Monday, November 13, 2023

$3.7 Million Available for Smart Growth Grants for Adirondack and Catskill Park Communities

dec logoGovernor Kathy Hochul announced that $3.7 million in Smart Growth Grants is available for communities and not-for-profit organizations in the Adirondack and Catskill parks. DEC, in partnership with the Department of State and the Adirondack Park Agency, is soliciting applications for projects that will link environmental protection, economic development, and community livability in the Forest Preserve. The focus for this round of Smart Growth Grants is affordable housing, a key component for addressing population and economic stability in these rural areas.

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Monday, November 13, 2023

Great American Smokeout is Nov. 16

great american smokeout banner

“You don’t have to stop smoking in one day. Start with day one.” That’s the motto for the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout, an annual event that takes place on the third Thursday of November — a day to raise awareness about the dangers of smoking and to provide people with resources to quit. This year, the Great American Smokeout takes place Nov. 16.

Small steps are often the most crucial when a person decides to quit, even if it starts with just one less cigarette smoked per day. Many smokers want to quit, but don’t know how to get started. » Continue Reading.


Monday, November 13, 2023

Play ADK Receives Pearsall Foundation Grant to Support Ongoing Programming

toddlers engaged at Play ADK

Saranac Lake, NY — The Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation has awarded a grant to Play ADK to support its free programming for infants and toddlers at its Clubhouse in downtown Saranac Lake.

Play ADK concluded its first summer of free Infant and Toddler Playgroups this year, serving over 500 children ages 0-3. Thanks to support from the Pearsall Foundation, as well as other funders and donors, Play ADK will continue hosting playgroups year-round, at no cost to families. These sessions are held three times per week — Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon — at Play ADK’s Clubhouse, located at 84 Main Street in Saranac Lake. The Clubhouse is also open for Free Play from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. every Saturday. Current hours can be found on Play ADK’s website as well as its social media channels.

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Sunday, November 12, 2023

Growing Local Grass-Roots Food Security 

Inside of a greenhouse

It’s mid-November. The leaves on the trees have all fallen, with the exception of the few that still stubbornly cling to their branches. It’s getting colder. Clocks have been moved back an hour, so night comes early. Migratory birds are gathering or headed south. And it’s crunch-time for animals like chipmunks, and non-migratory, resident bird species (e.g. chickadees, cardinals, jays, nuthatches, some woodpeckers, and crows) that, according to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, have been stockpiling or caching food for a while now, in preparation for the coming of winter.

For many of us, the Thanksgiving holiday marks the onset of winter. The holiday brings family and friends together for warm, memorable reunions, time-honored traditions and scrumptious, festive meals. We relax, celebrate our good fortune, and just enjoy one another’s company, pausing to appreciate the things we hold dear. We say grace and give thanks, as the turkey is carved and the cranberry sauce and sweet potatoes are passed around. And Mom… It smells delicious!

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Sunday, November 12, 2023

Tickets Now Available for The Wild Center’s Wild Lights

lights wrapping trees at Tupper Lake's Wild Center, Wild Lights exhibit

Tupper Lake, N.Y. – The Wild Center is excited to announce that Wild Lights presented by Merrill L. Thomas, Inc. will be returning for its fourth season. The evening experience transforms The Wild Center’s 115-acre campus into a winter wonderland with a variety of activities and lit displays. Wild Lights will run on Friday and Saturday evenings from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. beginning Fri., Nov. 24 with tickets on sale now. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, November 12, 2023

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Saturday, November 11, 2023

Project Feeder Watch, naked tamaracks, and catching saw whet owls

snow geese

The tamaracks [have] lost their needles. One day Karen said, “What is that all over the surface of the pond?” It was the needles off the four tamaracks that grow around the pond. [This happened] after the windy Thursday night [Nov. 2]. I had my Saw Whet Owl nets up after patching another hole. [I] took them down after a couple checks, because all I was catching were falling beech leaves…which do not pick out a net in the dark. I caught one owl the night before, so I knew there were still some traveling through the area.

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