Thursday, May 14, 2020

Back to Business: Webinars & Virtual Events

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:

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Social distancing from black flies: Durant’s floating houseboat

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.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

APA to hear cases, accept public comments this month

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.


Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Adirondack Council forms committee to boost Bond Act

hiker finds a moment of solitude on Giant Mountain during a busy weekendClimate 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.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Rangers come to aid Northville man trapped in car

forest ranger logoRecent 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.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Help out your local farms

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:

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Gauging the psychological impacts of COVID-19

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


Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Dan Berggren to livestream concert on Friday

dan berggrenCaffe 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.

TUNE IN HERE >> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-JCI0RWkKw&list=PL-mgsQ0HWcE1Wtd1AkUSo3l8UWYsoeVlI&index=7


Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Webinar Wednesday: chats with elected officials, chamber

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.


Monday, May 11, 2020

The Waggle: Interpretive Dance of the Honey Bee

honeybeeHoney bee colonies contain three distinct castes of individuals.  Each hive contains a single female queen, tens of thousands of female workers, and anywhere from several hundred to several thousand male drones during the Spring and Summer.

Female workers bees are solely responsible for bringing two main resources back to the hive.  These two resources both come from a flower: nectar and pollen.  These workers diligently search for flowers with the most of these two resources which are vitally important for the survival of the hive.

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Monday, May 11, 2020

Tupper Arts Little Loggers Kids Show Series

This summer, every Friday morning at 11 AM throughout the months of July and August, Tupper Arts will be presenting the Little Loggers Kids Show Series—a series of events that includes interactive children’s shows, music, magic, dance and theater. The shows take place at the Tupper Lake Sunset Stage Bandshell on the water, come at no cost, and lunches will be provided immediately after courteous of the Aseel Family Fund.

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Monday, May 11, 2020

Wild Center hosts climate change summit for teachers

The Wild Center is planning a virtual “Stay-In-stitute” for Climate Change Education.

Scheduled for  July 22-24, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., the institute aims to bring together both middle and high school teachers from across the country and from a variety of disciplines, to engage in an active exploration of climate change, and the best educational practices related to it.

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Sunday, May 10, 2020

Art in the Pandemic –  Distraction, Solace and Direction

In SuspensionMarch to April 2020       24×48”  acrylic on canvas

I have finished a painting, In Suspension, that began six weeks ago, on March 16, when I set off for a day of painting in wilderness isolation. I had just made the stressful decision to cancel my upcoming solo show in New York City due to impending closures in response to the COVID-19 crisis. That day I should have been packing paintings for the show, but instead I headed for a waterfall within an easy drive, seeking distraction and solace.

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Sunday, May 10, 2020

Poetry: My Harbor

My Harbor

A bottomless moat between us widens like a sea wall,
Against the waves that threaten.
I cry raindrops, in a city cordoned like a stone cage,
Impenetrable.
“Help me!”, I cry out.
Your answer echoes softly, “I am here.”,
So faintly, so faintly,
Wistful words floating through the burdened air,
Dangerous ether kept at bay, at a distance,
Only by distance.
Like a ship stranded in a windless ocean,
I cannot raise my sails, I cannot find my course,
I cannot navigate,
Until you speak again, “I am here.”
True North, true North, you are my harbor.
Sweetest breeze plays upon my face, pure,
As I see your light breaking through the bleakest of mist,
To light my way home, and I know
I am saved.

Read More Poems From The Adirondack Almanack HERE.


Sunday, May 10, 2020

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