Sunday, October 8, 2023

Weekly news round up

A collection of interesting reads:

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Saturday, October 7, 2023

Shooting fall foliage, visiting Buttermilk Falls with grandson Nathan

Butter Milk Falls-Raquette River

If anyone came to the Adirondacks this weekend, they wouldn’t be disappointed in seeing the fall color (unless they had their eyes closed) as it was spectacular. My grandson, Nathan, and I got out for an afternoon of shooting some of the hot spots in the area, and there were shutter bugs at all of them taking in the view and getting shots of their own. We started out at [the] Limekiln Campsite boat launch, where there is a super red maple in full color and the shoreline across the lake was in full color. One of the pairs of Loons came by to say hello, with a few fall hoots. Then we went to the Seventh Lake Lookout which was full of [folks with] cameras in hand shooting across the lake and the nearby shoreline.

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Saturday, October 7, 2023

Local leaders voice support for proposed APA move

apa headquarters

More than 60 local leaders, many of whom are from Saranac Lake, sent a letter to Gov. Kathy Hochul last week supporting the Adirondack Park Agency’s proposed move to the village. They highlighted benefits of relocating the agency’s headquarters including revitalizing the downtown, reusing and renovating an existing building, partnering with the village on a geothermal energy project, revitalizing an historic building, adding parking to the village and making the agency more accessible to the public.

The state allocated about $29 million for the agency’s headquarters. APA Executive Director Barbara Rice has spearheaded the proposed move, receiving backlash from current and former APA staff, who want the agency to remain in Ray Brook. The APA is conducting a feasibility study on moving to Saranac Lake, but it is not conducting a similar study of its existing headquarters.

The letter states that the proposal to renovate an existing building will “have fewer environmental impacts than constructing a new one,” but fails to mention that the APA would erect a second building into the hillside behind the former Paul Smith’s Power and Light building on Main Street.

Some of the signers include Saranac Lake Mayor Jimmy Williams, former Mayor Clyde Rabideau, Executive Director of Adirondack Architectural Heritage Erin Tobin and a number of Saranac Lake business owners.

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Saturday, October 7, 2023

APA to hold monthly meeting Oct. 12

APA logoRay Brook, NY – The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, October 12, 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 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, October 6, 2023

Larceny on the Lake

A beautiful September fall weekend, a special military/veteran’s duck hunt, quiet time to myself on my favorite lake…what could possibly go wrong?

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Photo provided by Dick Monroe.


Friday, October 6, 2023

Public Opinion Survey Supports Debar Lodge

Keeseville, NY – For the past three years, state legislators, local and regional government officials, state agencies, environmental and economic development groups, and others have deliberated over the future of historic Debar Pond Lodge.  The 10-bedroom lodge and support buildings are located on State Forest Preserve land in the northern Adirondack town of Duane, Franklin County, and are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. » Continue Reading.

Friday, October 6, 2023

Outdoor Conditions (10/6): Spruce Mt. Fire Tower Closed Until Safety Assessment Completed

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.

DEC Launches Pilot Mobile Education Station Sept. 22

Fridays through Sundays from Sept. 22 – Oct. 15, a DEC environmental educator will be stationed at a converted shuttle bus at the corner of Route 73 and Airport Road at Marcy Field. Stop by and come on in!


Notice: Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) Spotted: Paul Smith’s College Adirondack Watershed Institute reported harmful algal blooms on Upper Saranac Lake, Follensby Clear, Whey Pond, and Floodwood Pond. For more information on HABs, visit the Harmful Algal Blooms webpage on DEC’s website.

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Friday, October 6, 2023

Latest news headlines

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

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Thursday, October 5, 2023

Enchanting Autumns in the Adirondacks

As summer’s warmth begins to wane, and the days grow shorter, a remarkable transformation takes place in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains. The mystical season of fall arrives, casting a spell of enchantment over this vast wilderness. In the Adirondacks, autumn is a symphony of color, a time when the forested hillsides burst into brilliant hues, and the landscape undergoes a profound change. Join us as we delve into the magical world of Adirondack autumns, where trees paint the landscape with their vibrant foliage, and wildlife prepares for the harsh winter ahead. » Continue Reading.

Thursday, October 5, 2023

Adirondack Artists Guild: Mark Kurtz exhibit runs from Oct. 6 – 29


Saranac Lake, NY – Mark Kurtz will be showing new and early work as the featured artist at the Adirondack Artists Guild for the month of October. The show runs from October 6 to 29, with a reception on Friday, October 6 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Kurtz’s career as a photographer in the Adirondacks has spanned several decades. He is well known for his landscapes and large panoramic photographs, as well as for his square works made with a small plastic Holga camera. He also has a collection of images from New York City and around upstate New York and from other travels.

The Adirondack Artists Guild is a cooperative retail art gallery representing a diverse group of artists residing and working in the Tri-Lakes region of the Adirondack Park. The gallery is located at 52 Main Street in Saranac Lake. For more information, call (518) 891-2615. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays. The gallery will be open on Monday, October 9, Columbus Day. The Adirondack Artists Guild is on Facebook, Instagram, and on the web at

Photo at top: Ferns by Mark Kurtz. Photo provided by the Adirondack Artists Guild. 

Thursday, October 5, 2023

Olympic Authority Announces World Figure and Fancy Skating Championships Return to Lake Placid October 4-8

Unique Event on Black Ice Blends Skating with Fine and Decorative Art 

Art of the Olympians Gallery to Open Celebrating Art, Culture and Sport

LAKE PLACID, N.Y.  – The New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (Olympic Authority) announces that the World Figure and Fancy Skating Championships will return to the Olympic Center in Lake Placid from October 4 through 8, 2023. The event will include an Art of the Olympians exhibit and other fine arts. All skating competitions and art exhibits are open to the public with complimentary admission. » Continue Reading.

Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Fall foliage in full swing

fall foliage graphic

This is the fourth 2023 I LOVE NY Fall Foliage Report for New York State. Reports are obtained from volunteer field observers and reflect expected color conditions for the coming weekend. Reports are issued every Wednesday afternoon.

Vibrant, peak fall colors are arriving in most of the Adirondacks and are also expected to make their first appearances this weekend in parts of The Catskills, Chautauqua-Allegheny and Greater Niagara regions. This is according to the field reports from volunteer observers for the Empire State Development Division of Tourism’s I LOVE NY program.

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Wednesday, October 4, 2023

NEXTDOOR: Group Photography Show at Whitcombs Arts

Stephen Langdon / Catherine Seidenberg / Aaron Hobson / Barry Goldstein

Whallonsburg, NY – Whitcomb’s Arts is pleased to present a group photography exhibit that invites viewers to experience the Adirondacks through four different lenses, and thereby expand and reimagine our sense of our shared surroundings. NEXTDOOR, curated by Laurie House, will run from October 1-15, with the opening reception and interactive artists’ talks on Sunday, October 8 from 4-7pm. Talks begin at 4:30. » Continue Reading.

Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Taking Stock of Housing: Is help on the way?

housing graphic

Gov. Kathy Hochul’s ambitious, statewide housing agenda might have gone down to legislative defeat, but her administration is plugging away with incremental solutions that don’t get the ink of a massive state initiative, but still show some promise.

For the Adirondacks, one of the more intriguing prospects is the Affordable Homeownership Opportunity Program, which will provide $150 million in housing-development subsidies over the next five years.

According to its mission statement, “The funding will take advantage of advances in technology to control construction costs, reduce the cost of ownership, and meet New York’s climate goals through new construction of single-family homes and townhomes, or the new construction or adaptive reuse of multi- family coops or condo projects.”

This is the vehicle being used by the Housing Assistance Program of Essex County (HAPEC) to build a four-home development in Keene, and if it comes to fruition it will become just the second project in the state to take advantage of this funding pool.

What’s compelling about this program is its ability to fund very small projects (four homes is the minimum, said HAPEC Executive Director, Megan Murphy).

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Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Aircraft crash on Lake Placid airport runway leaves two dead

forest ranger reportTown of North Elba
Essex County
Wilderness Rescue:
 On Sept. 27 at 3:15 p.m., Ray Brook Dispatch received a call about a hiker who fell near the junction of Wright and Algonquin peaks. Forest Rangers DuChene and Lewis hiked to the 65-year-old from Cropseyville, splinted his wrist, and helped him back to the trailhead. Lake Placid Ambulance took the hiker to the hospital at 6:52 p.m.

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