Friday, September 29, 2023

Fighting against ‘sameness’

sunset on a farm

By Kristin Kimball, Essex Farm

I’ve had my nose in the farm account books all week, and I am ready to stretch my legs and get out there, see what fall has wrought. I hear the winter squash and pumpkins are in, and some of the carrots; potatoes are ready, and when we have time and a dry window to harvest them, we would love extra hands for that. I can see for myself through the window that the maple trees in the sugarbush are starting to turn, and I think it will be a pretty fall, if it’s true that a wet summer brings more fall color. » Continue Reading.

Friday, September 29, 2023

Housing series wraps with in-person event

housing graphic

The gap between what people earn and the housing they can afford has been widening in the Adirondacks.

Add to the problem a shortage of available housing and constraints on development and you’ve got a housing crisis.

This summer, Adirondack Explorer launched a series that shows how Adirondack housing issues are connected to other community challenges. As part of the reporting, the articles also highlight efforts underway to offer potential solutions.

Adirondack Explorer’s “Taking Stock of Housing” series is wrapping with an event, comprised of individuals and organizations doing housing work across the region. Connect with others who care deeply about how to fix this problem, while we ask “what’s next” for how to get there.

Event highlights include:

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Friday, September 29, 2023

Outdoor Conditions (9/29): Hikers encouraged to visit less popular trails to view fall foliage

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!


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Friday, September 29, 2023

Latest news headlines

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

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Thursday, September 28, 2023

My Dreams for My Community: Getting out of boxes

Adirondack Center for Writing

By Lee Ames

All of my life I’ve been surrounded by boxes. It doesn’t matter what, but weaved throughout our world as a whole, there are boxes upon boxes of stereotypes. It could be something as simple as deciding what sport to be a part of, or what job you want to do in the future, how you dress or cut your hair. Some think if you’re a sports kid, then you can’t be a theater kid, it just doesn’t work that way. However, all of these things aren’t necessarily a spoken truth, it’s just an unspoken fact many of us go about our days carrying. It’s what’s in our media, it’s in our day to day life, it’s in the way our school systems are set up. No matter the circumstances, we have been given a box that we must fit into. » Continue Reading.

Thursday, September 28, 2023

OSI begins work to restore historic MacNaughton Cottage

artistic rendition of MacNaughton cottage

The Open Space Institute (OSI) has announced the start of investigative and structural work on the historic MacNaughton Cottage, located at the OSI-owned and managed 212-acre Adirondac Upper Works property in the Adirondacks. MacNaughton Cottage is the site from which then-Vice President Theodore Roosevelt began his famous “midnight ride to the presidency” in 1901 after receiving news that President William McKinley had been shot in Buffalo.

The first phase of improvements to MacNaughton Cottage will focus on interior demolition and clean-up to ensure stabilization of this important historic structure. All work is designed to inform plans for future rehabilitation and potential adaptive reuse of the cottage.

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Thursday, September 28, 2023

Art in Nature Exhibit Now Open in Long Lake

Long Lake NY – The Town of Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department announces the opening of Art in Nature, an outdoor art installation featuring eleven local Long Lake artists.

Long Lake artists were invited to paint a subject of their choice, which included, but was not limited to landscapes, local views, wildlife, abstract or artistic choice. The original artwork will be displayed in the community at various locations for residents and visitors
to find while out recreating, sightseeing, hiking, walking, or biking. This will be a unique and surprising way discover art in nature where people would least expect it, bringing the art to the people. » Continue Reading.

Thursday, September 28, 2023

A new weather station; the struggles around water funding

weather station

A constant stream of weather information will soon flow from a suite of sensors with a view of the Great Range to phones and computers around the world.

A statewide network of weather stations managed by scientists at the University at Albany this fall will make its first new addition to its 126 sites by opening a new station at the Uihlein Farm in Lake Placid. The site will measure temperature, precipitation, wind, humidity, snow depth and soil conditions and support the work of climate and weather researchers, farmers and private businesses and recreation enthusiasts visiting the heart of the High Peaks.

Thanks to Tim Rowland for covering this newsletter over the summer while I was off on parental leave. Sorry, you’re now stuck with me and my lack of any angling skills for the foreseeable future.

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Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Fall foliage: Parts of the Adirondacks at near-peak

foliage map

This is the third 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.

Beautiful fall colors continue to arrive across New York State, with near-peak leaves expected to make their first appearances this weekend in parts of the Adirondacks. 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, September 27, 2023

2023 Adirondack Common Ground Alliance Annual Forum

The 2023 Adirondack Common Ground Alliance Annual Forum is hosted in collaboration with Adirondack Association of Towns & Villages.

Join us Friday, Oct. 20 for the 2023 Adirondack Common Ground Alliance Annual Forum, in collaboration with AATV. This in-person event will again be held at Gore Mountain in North Creek.

Get ready for a day filled with insightful discussions, engaging presentations, and networking opportunities. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals and contribute to the future of the Adirondacks. Register here » Continue Reading.

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Essex Community Fund names 2023 grant recipients

A permanent overhead weather shelter, constructed with support of an Essex Community Fund grant, will enhance outdoor education programming at Lakeside School.

Nearly $25,000 awarded to local nonprofits, schools, community organizations

Essex, NY – The Essex Community Fund (ECF) at Adirondack Foundation has awarded nearly $25,000 in grants to 11 organizations serving the town of Essex and nearby communities. ECF awards grants to nonprofit organizations, schools, church programs and local government activities serving residents of the town of Essex. Grants are traditionally given in support of community services, beautification, historic preservation, culture, the arts, education, and programs for youth and senior citizens. The fund was established in 2004 and has awarded over $315,000 in grants to date.

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Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Hiker air lifted from Mt. Marcy following leg injury

forest ranger reportTown of Keene
Essex County
Wilderness Rescue:
On Sept. 20 at 2:35 p.m., Ray Brook Dispatch alerted Forest Rangers to a hiker with an unstable leg injury on Mount Marcy. The 53-year-old from New Jersey was approximately half a mile from the summit, just below the tree line. New York State Police (NYSP) Aviation was called to assist. With Ranger Baldwin as the crew chief, NYSP Pilot Beck flew Ranger Corey to the scene. Ranger Baldwin lowered Ranger Corey to the patient.

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Tuesday, September 26, 2023


stones spelling out SOS

Celebrating my 50th Adirondack Almanack story appearance! Sharing a Zen boat journey of discovery, exploring Middle Saranac Lake’s Ship Island.  To share in this shipwrecked Adirondack adventure, click the link & read on:

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Adirondack Experience’s Fall Fest free for locals

Adirondack Experience museum in Blue Mountain Lake is holding a Fall Fest on Sunday, Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Event is included with admission. FREE admission to ADKX and Fallfest for Adirondack Park residents.

Celebrate fall with traditional pastimes like apple pressing, autumnal crafts, and fiber arts. Demonstrations and music all day! This family-friendly day is packed with activities, games, and much, much more.

Activities include: 

  • Horse-drawn wagon rides
  • Apple pressing and cider tasting (while supplies last)
  • Pumpkin painting (while supplies last)
  • Fall crafts + Fall games
  • Live music
  • Fiber Arts Demonstrations
  • And More TBA!

More info here:

And check out this article by Phil Terrie about a new, permanent art exhibit featuring pieces from ADKX’s collection.

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Poem: Day’s End



Relaxing on the porch

with book and drink

is my reward

for persevering

through a myriad of chores.

The sharp, incessant chirp

of a nearby cardinal

makes me think

we both enjoy the rain.

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