Adirondack Health has developed a plan to increase testing throughout the region after receiving 2,000 COVID-19 testing kits. Standing provider orders have been given throughout all Adirondack Health testing sites, and no one will be denied a test if they do not have a doctor’s orders. Individuals may still opt to have their testing done through primary care providers as well.
Dandelions: Landscape Weed or Beneficial Backyard Herb?
Dandelions (Taraxacum officinale) are probably the most recognized of all broadleaf ‘weeds’. Many people consider them a curse; a plant that can establish quickly, by seed, in a well-kept lawn and become extremely difficult to eradicate. Homeowners and groundskeepers spend tremendous amounts of time and enormous amounts of money annually, persistently trying to exterminate the tenacious, opportunistic, perennial wildflowers, which will re-grow vegetatively, if the taproot is not entirely removed, often even after being treated with herbicides.
Others value dandelions as one of the least-recognized of all multi-purpose herbs. They view them as nutritious, free food that can be easily added to most-anyone’s diet. They delight in collecting dandelion greens to add to soups or salads, and/or take pleasure in picking the flower heads (and digging roots) for a pot of tea or a crock of dandelion wine. I have a friend who remembers when, as a boy, he was paid a penny apiece for dandelion heads (blossoms), by an enthusiastic wine-making neighbor.
The Nature Conservancy’s Adirondack Chapter is pleased to announce the addition of two new team members: Amanda Dunham Ely has joined the team as communications and community engagement manager, and Emily-Bell Dinan has joined as education and communications coordinator for the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program (APIPP).
New York State is in the beginning phases of reopening and the Saint Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce has prepared a Business Basics Reopening Toolkit available for download here.
The toolkit was developed with the St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency and SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center. It should take about 10 minutes to review and includes recommend policy updates, planning for reopening, online check-up, helpful links and resources and printable posters.
Today, the planet is taking a crash course on the limitations of modern medicine and the complications of human disease. It is a good time to look back and see what Saranac Lake’s history might teach us about public health.
From our place in the world of modern medicine and science, it can be easy to see healthcare in the past as quackery. Many visitors to the museum skeptically ask, “Was there anything to it? Was there any benefit to the Saranac Lake treatment?”
This week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the North Country Region is ready to initiate phase one of New York State’s reopening process, with some businesses being able to open as early as Friday. However, many of the disruptions to day to day life made over the past few months will have a lasting impact, and according to the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA), “back to business” will not be “business as usual.”
State and local organizations are sharing resources in order to help expedite the reopening process, and ANCA has added some reopening resources to their COVID-19 response page including:
Who likes black flies? No? Some folks like them, and some like hummingbird liver and pickle relish sandwiches!
Black flies hatch in May and last well into July. They move in packs and bite for blood. I’m pretty sure that’s all they do! You can swat, but that just amuses them. You can move to New Jersey or Antarctica. Or you can do what William West Durant did at Camp Pine Knot.
W.W. Durant built Great Camp Sagamore, but Camp Pine Knot on Raquette Lake was his first. He moved to Raquette as a young man in 1876, where he met his first and his 5-trillionth black fly, both on the same day.
To escape these creepy critters, he built something so cool that we still talk about it.
The strength of the black fly is in the numbers. Alone, they’re clumsy fliers and they can’t cross lakes. So, to escape the flies, Durant built a houseboat and christened it the Barque of Pine Knot.
After a quiet April, the Adirondack Park Agency has a number of projects open for public comment this month, from new cell towers to a proposal to weaken restrictions on a swath of land.
The public hearings and comment periods for these projects are separate from the agency’s monthly meeting, which is slated for 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 14. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the meeting will be held remotely. The public may call in at 518-549-0500 and Access Code 613 297 758, or may join through Webex online.
Gwendolyn Craig gives a rundown of the projects under review this month in this Adirondack Explorer article: https://www.adirondackexplorer.org/stories/apa-projects.
Climate Change, Clean Water, Jobs Among ‘New Yorkers for the Adirondacks’ Goals
The Adirondack Council has formed a Ballot Issue Committee with the NYS Board of Elections for spending that promotes the proposed $3-billion Restore Mother Nature Bond Act.
A statewide bond act vote was approved by the Legislature in April. In the Adirondacks, it would provide capital projects funding to address climate change, clean water and overcrowding/overuse on the Forest Preserve. The Council’s new committee will be known as the New Yorkers for the Adirondacks committee.
Recent Forest Ranger Actions
Town of Benson, Hamilton County
Swiftwater Rescue: On May 4 at 12:30 p.m., while conducting a fly-over patrol, New York State Police (NYSP) Aviation noticed a vehicle in West Stony Creek and notified Forest Ranger Lt. Dave Kallen. Ranger Kallen responded to the location and found a 61-year-old man from Northville trapped in a vehicle about 25 feet from shore down a 15-foot embankment.
In the Adirondacks we are fortunate to have a growing number of small local farms to supply us with fresh, safe, and healthy food.
It is more important then ever during the COVID-19 crises to support the growing number of small farms that rely on the community to remain viable.
If you wish to join the Adirondack Council’s Essex Farm Institute in continuing to help local farmers, below are some suggestions of how you can give your support:
A professor at SUNY Potsdam is studying the pyschological impacts of social distancing throughout the pandemic.
Dr. Claire J. Starrs, Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology at State University of New York – Potsdam is looking for participants to take an online survey.
The survey asks questions regarding work changes and support received, as well as the coping mechanisms and reactions we have used or encountered during the quarantine.
Responses to the survey are anonymous, and you may only answer what you feel comfortable answering. It takes about 30 minutes to complete and includes optional follow up questions. To take the survey and participate in the study, please follow this link: https://sunypotsdam.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6nkzlXUyU6hqeSp
Caffe Lena will feature a livestreamed concert by Dan Berggren this Friday, May 15.
As part of its “Stay at Home Sessions” the Saratoga Springs-based music venue will broadcast Berggren performing songs and stories on Caffe Lena’s stage, starting at 8 p.m. via YouTube.
Courtesy of Adirondack North Country Association‘s weekly newsletter, here are some upcoming webinars:
Wednesday, May 13, 10:00 a.m.: Conversation with our Legislators (Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, Senator Betty Little, Assemblyman Dan Stec, Assemblywoman Carrier Woerner), hosted by Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce
Wednesday, May 13, 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.: Back to Business: What You Need To Do Before You Reopen, hosted by the North Country Chamber of Commerce. Register ahead for the morning training or the afternoon session.