Friday, June 30, 2023

Small Business Reflections on Setbacks, Successes and Funding Partnerships

ribbon cutting with people in front of a building

by Danielle Delaini, ANCA Entrepreneurial Economy Program Director

ANCA’s Small Business Team’s focuses on the current and future needs of the entrepreneurs with whom we work. We experience and witness many emotions through the successes and disappointments of the people we serve.

Whether we’re helping owners transition their businesses to the next generation, or helping artisans reach wholesale markets with their products, or guiding businesses affected by COVID-19 and other economic challenges with resources to help them build resilience — it can all feel inconsequential in moments of disappointment.

My heart hurts when a business closes despite the support our organization and our partners provide. When a business transition has all the right ingredients for a successful transfer but just doesn’t come together, I feel deep empathy for the business owner who has worked so hard to reach that point only to have to start over. When a new vendor leaves our Adirondack Buyer Days trade show with new wholesaling experience and knowledge, but no new retailer clients, I feel their disappointment too.

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Friday, June 30, 2023

ADK launches free naturalist programs at Cascade Welcome Center, Heart Lake

the adk naturalists crew for 2023

Starting July 1, ADK will resume its popular naturalist-led walks and programs in the Lake Placid area. This includes all-new interpretive walks at Cascade Welcome Center, which will be offered every Saturday at 1pm until mid-August. Walks will meet inside the Center and take approximately one hour. All are free, open to the public, and do not require advanced registration**.

Additionally, ADK will resume its popular summer naturalist series at the Heart Lake Program Center. Guests and visitors are welcome to explore the natural world of the Adirondacks through hands-on activities by attending one or all of the following programs:

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Friday, June 30, 2023

First Firing and Open House at Craigardan – July 1st

first firing

Elizabethtown 

3-8PM // FREE COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE + BENEFIT

Join us for a summer’s day full of art, friends, music, food, and fire. Come with family and friends to explore the grounds, hang out by the campfire, picnic on the lawn, get your hands into some art-making, and be a part of the first firing of our new wood kiln. This is your new Craigardan!

Experience Craigardan’s new site, view current and future plans, + learn about summer programs and events.

This day celebrates our opening with the first firing of Craigardan’s new kiln, the hearth and heart of our new home. We’ll be firing the kiln all day, and inviting you to participate in a community-wide project. Stamp your name into a clay tile to be installed on the new campus and become a permanent part of something truly special.

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Friday, June 30, 2023

Outdoor Conditions (6/30): Skiff Pond Trail impassable due to washout

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

Debar Mountain Wild Forest

  • The Skiff Pond Trail is impassable due to washout. The washout is 0.25 miles south of the parking area at Debar Meadows. Skiff Pond can be accessed by taking the Debar Meadows to Meacham Lake Trail for about 1.8 miles to the intersection with the Skiff Pond Trail and turning east towards Skiff Pond.

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Friday, June 30, 2023

Latest news headlines

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

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Thursday, June 29, 2023

Taking Stock of Housing: The promise of land banks

inside a tiny house

Affordable housing is a tough enough nut to crack as is, but events hundreds of miles removed from the Adirondacks can precipitate unexpected headwinds.

In 2015, Hennepin County in Minnesota seized a condominium for $15,000 worth of back taxes and associated costs. The county then sold the property at a tax sale for $40,000.

The previous owner sued, arguing that the county’s $25,000 profit constituted an illegal taking, and that the money rightfully belonged to her.

The case bounced along through the judicial system until on May 25, when in Tyler v. Hennepin County, the Supreme Court agreed that the profits indeed belonged to the former owner.

It was, said Nicole Justice Green, a heart-stopping moment for the Essex County Land Bank, which is counting on tax foreclosures to power a promising avenue of affordable housing.

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Thursday, June 29, 2023

Westport’s Ledge Hill Studio presents an Art Explosion

Ledge Hill Studio Art Explosion

Westport NY 
Join us on Saturday, July 1st 2023 from 4pm -8pm at Ledge Hill Studio Downtown (6480 Main Street, Westport, NY 12993) for The Art Explosion! We will be revealing the latest mix of eclectic artwork from local artists such as… Ginger Lambert, Debra Kahler, Dennon Waluntrus and Robert Powell, Alison Weld  and of course by LHSD owner, Carolyn ‘Polly’ Vanderhoof.

Live music will be featured by local band, Marie Marie and refreshments will be served.

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Thursday, June 29, 2023

Long Lake youth take part in educating the public about bears

educational bear poster

On Friday, June 30, at 1PM, Long Lake Library will unveil ‘Protect the Bears’ posters created by Long Lake students: essential components of a campaign launched by the Long Lake Committee to Safeguard Our Bears, Wildlife, Town

The formal exhibition of four “Protect Our Bears” posters created by four Long Lake Central School students will begin on Friday, June 30, at 1pm in the Long Lake Public Library. The event has its beginnings in community outrage over the euthanizing of four bears and a bobcat last year by the DEC within Long Lake township; which sparked the initiation by town residents of a campaign to educate residents and visitors about bears and to secure the support of the Town Council Ito ensure garbage is adequately removed and altercations between bears, people and the DEC are minimized.

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Thursday, June 29, 2023

ADK Park: July 4 events on tap

Kids take part in games during a previous July 4 celebration in Long Lake.

Several Adirondack-area towns have announced an array of family-friendly festivities to celebrate the Fourth of July, ranging from craft fairs to concerts, kids’ games, guided history hikes, and much more. Please see a roundup of a few of these events below.


Wednesday, June 28, 2023

What’s next for Ausable River restoration

woman in a river bed

The Ausable River Association’s East Branch restoration project is coming to the town of Keene thanks to a share of a $2 million federal earmark.

Speaking at AsRA’s annual ‘friendraiser,’ Executive Director Kelley Tucker said restoration efforts to this point have been focused on the section of the river between the hamlets of Upper Jay and Au Sable Forks.

In that stretch, AsRA has identified 13 trouble spots that need repair — one has been completed, another is scheduled for this summer and two more are on the runway. But a portion of a $2 million grant earmarked by Rep. Elise Stefanik will extend the study area upriver to Keene.

Gary Henry, AsRA’s stream restoration manager said he hopes that by next summer he’ll be wading the river between Keene and Upper Jay, taking measurements and analyzing the riverbed.

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Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Gail Huntley: Beyond the Beaten Path

book cover
History comes alive when you meet the people Gail Huntley writes about in her books. Explore the history of Long Lake through the eyes of people such as Jenny & John Scott, Mitchel Sabattis, Lysander Hall and Mary Ann Keller, Duke Austin and more.
Gail can be found at the Long Lake farm market with her books — including her latest pictured here — every Thursday and will be doing an event on August 22 at 5:30 at the Long Lake library with impersonators of many of the characters from books.

Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Spiritual author to visit Keene Valley

event flier

In the Adirondacks many of us dedicate our energies to preserving our beloved lands and waters for generations to come. At times, it’s discouraging. What helps is reading stories of ways we can connect with the natural world. I think of Ralph Waldo Emerson calling us to be silent, “that we may hear the whisper of God.” I think of John Philip Newell calling us “to reawaken to the sacredness of the earth and every human being.”

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Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Pitchoff Mt. hiker suffers ankle injury, rangers & pilots participate in Lake Clear bucket training

forest ranger reportHamlet of Lake Clear
Hamilton County
Training:
 On June 21, four pilots from New York State Police (NYSP) Aviation and six Forest Rangers participated in bucket training. Rangers work in tandem with NYSP pilots to fill the 240-gallon bucket before determining the proper altitude to dump the water on mock wildfires during the training.

Video from the bucket training is available on the DEC website:

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Tuesday, June 27, 2023

APA meeting, state legislature recaps

saranac lake marina

At last week’s Adirondack Park Agency meeting, the board approved a variance to its shoreline restrictions for a marina project on Lower Saranac Lake. My colleague Zach Matson had the story here.

The board’s agenda originally suggested it might vote on changes to the Broadalbin Boat Launch unit management plan. If you remember earlier this spring, the state Department of Environmental Conservation had proposed closing a public beach there, causing much upset among residents. We learned last week that the DEC needs more time on its response to public comments.

Executive Director Barbara Rice noted the APA has hired six new staff members in the past six months. When Rice started about a year ago, the agency had 42 employees and it now has 48. The agency is considered full staff at 54 so there are still positions to fill.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2023

Love Our New York Lands volunteer stewardship events slated for July 8

Campgrounds Day Flyer, part of the Love Our New York Lands stewardship events.

On June 26, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced that registration is now open for a new stewardship day at State-owned campgrounds on Saturday, July 8, 2023. The event, a partnership between Parks & Trails New York, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and DEC, encourages New Yorkers and visitors to give back to the campgrounds they love by volunteering.

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