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

Weekly news round up

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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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Saturday, November 11, 2023

Two Saranac Lake Businesses Gain Community Support Through Crowdfunding

 Main Street Exchange owner Victoria Vazquez is utilizing ANCA’s Ignite! crowdfunding platform to support the development of a community creative space in her consignment shop’s basement.
ANCA’s relaunches Ignite! program to fund small projects with big impact

Saranac Lake, NY — When Victoria Vazquez moved to the Adirondacks in 2016 to attend Paul Smith’s College, she had not intended to settle down in the area. Eight years later, she not only still lives in Saranac Lake, she owns and operates a small business here. Vazquez is continually making improvements to Main Street Exchange, her downtown consignment shop, and has launched a crowdfunding campaign to support her latest project.

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Saturday, November 11, 2023

ACW to host poet Richard Levine for Barkreaders series, Nov. 15

Poet Richard Levine.

Saranac Lake, NY — The next installment of the Adirondack Center for Writing’s Barkreaders series will feature poet Richard Levine. Barkreaders provides local writers an opportunity to hear from and meet new authors. Levine is a poet from Seward, NY, and will read from his latest collection, Now in Contest. The event will be held from 7-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at the Adirondack Center for Writing (ACW), located at 15 Broadway in downtown Saranac Lake. Levine’s reading will be followed by an open mic, which offers attendees a chance to share up to five minutes of their writing in front of an audience. Admission to the event is free, with a suggested donation at the door; RSVP at adirondackcenterforwriting.org/event/barkreaders-richard-levine.

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Saturday, November 11, 2023

Latest news headlines

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

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Friday, November 10, 2023

Rock & Fire!

Veterans memorabilia

Rock & Fire!

My Veterans Day salute to all who have served. For the full story, click the link & read on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo provided by Dick Monroe.

 


Friday, November 10, 2023

Next APA Board Meeting set for Nov. 16

 

Ray Brook, NY – The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, November 16, 2023. The meeting will be held at the Agency’s headquarters in Ray Brook, NY. The public is welcome to attend in person or remotely.

Public comment will be available to members of the public who attend the Agency meeting in person as well as those who participate remotely. If you would like the opportunity to make a public comment remotely, please email your name and the phone number used to call into the Board Meeting to AgencyMeeting.PublicComment@apa.ny.gov. Those who sign up for public comment will be limited to three minutes each. Public comment will not be accepted on any agenda items that are before the Board.  » Continue Reading.


Friday, November 10, 2023

Outdoor Conditions (11/10): Tahawus Road closed for repairs Dec. 4 -15

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

  • High Peaks Wilderness Area: Tahawus Road will be closed to all traffic for repairs beginning on December 4. Construction is expected to conclude December 15. Overnight users should empty the parking lot before construction begins.
  • Essex Chain of Lakes: The camp six road is open for the duration of big game season.
  • Adirondack Mountain Reserve (AMR): The parking reservation system for access to the Adirondack Mountain Reserve Conservation Easement Tract has concluded for the 2023 season.

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Friday, November 10, 2023

MAKE IT: Potash Mtn. Pumpkin Bread

Summit of Potash Mountain

There are some foods that, for me, are synonymous with the fall season. This factor is likely due to my Grandma Betty. When I was a young child, my family lived with my grandparents for
several years. During that time, I enjoyed my grandmother’s cooking (and boy, could she cook!). Grandma Betty cooked everything from scratch, and was insistent on making some recipes every
year, as part of her family tradition. Each fall, I could count on her baking loaves of pumpkin bread. For Grandma Betty, pumpkin bread started not with canned pumpkin, but with pumpkin
that she would bake (roasting the seeds, of course), and then turn into multiple, delightful dishes.

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Thursday, November 9, 2023

Creative Adirondacks: Saranac Lake Artist Michael Burpoe Paints Japan

 

Michael Burpoe in Akihabara, Tokyo, Japan, September 2023

Overseas travel is nothing new for Michael Burpoe, but the three weeks he spent this past year in Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto, Japan were his first time in Asia. Mike went to experience the people, food and beauty of Japan, and also to paint. And paint he did, bringing back some eighteen paintings and sketches. Mike painted for hours, day and evening both, but always making time to enjoy his surroundings and to sample Japanese cuisine. Mike travels with two backpacks, one to carry his watercolors, brushes and paper, and the other for whatever else he needs. His travel style is very relaxed, as he relies on public transportation and stays at hostels in part to meet other young people.

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Thursday, November 9, 2023

Paul Smith’s College VIC to offer “Hotter Planet, Hotter Politics” Lecture on Nov. 11

Graphic for Nov. 11 climate change presentation at Paul Smith's College VIC.

Paul Smiths, NY – As part of their Fall Lecture Series, Paul Smith’s College VIC will host a presentation called, “Hotter Planet, Hotter Politics,” featuring Bill McKibben and Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr. on Saturday, November 11 from 3 to 4 p.m. The lecture series is sponsored by the Adirondack Council and is free to students from Paul Smith’s College and North Country Community College, a donation of $5 from others is requested.

Bill McKibben is founder of Third Act, which organizes people over the age of 60 for action on climate and justice.

His 1989 book The End of Nature is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change, and has appeared in 24 languages. He’s gone on to write 20 books, and his work appears regularly in periodicals from the New Yorker to Rolling Stone. He serves as the Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College, as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and he has won the Gandhi Peace Prize as well as honorary degrees from 20 colleges and universities. He was awarded the Right Livelihood Award, sometimes called the alternative Nobel, in the Swedish Parliament. Foreign Policy named him to its inaugural list of the world’s 100 most important global thinkers.

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Thursday, November 9, 2023

Olympic Authority Announces Season-Opening NAC Cup at Mt Van Hoevenberg

NAC Olympic boblsed

LAKE PLACID — The New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (Olympic Authority) announces the North American Cup (NAC) season-opener taking place Wednesday, Nov. 15 through Sunday, Nov. 19 at the Mt Van Hoevenberg Sliding Center.

The NAC circuit brings together international competitors for men’s and women’s bobsled and skeleton races that count toward the overall season points standings. Athletes on the NAC tour are typically in a developmental stage as they hone their skills in competitive races that are just below the World Cup level. After opening in Lake Placid, the NAC tour will make stops in Whistler, British Columbia and Park City, Utah before wrapping up the season March 2-10 at Mt Van Hoevenberg. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, November 9, 2023

Poetry: Weaver of Dreams

Orchard Orbweaver Spider (Leucauge venusta) in orb style web

Orb-weaver appears, suspended in air,
Like my wisps of thought.
She of the Araneidae clan,
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