Since 1956 Raquette Lake has been celebrating winter with its hometown charm. High on community involvement, the 64th Raquette Lake Winter Carnival is the place to be for two days filled with winter fun and strangers and neighbors all welcomed into the fold.
According to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), the 2019 hunting seasons in New York were the safest on record. DEC documented seven tree stand incidents and one fatality in 2019.
More than a half million people hunt each year in New York State. Staff and volunteer hunter education program instructors teach about 40,000 students each year according to DEC. » Continue Reading.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is constructing an accessible full-service restroom at the Lake Flower Boat Launch.
The restroom will be built in the western corner of the boat launch property near the sidewalk along River Street and is expected to be ready for use during next year’s boating season. DEC will connect the restroom to the municipal water and sewer supplies. The facility, with restrooms for both men and women, will have four toilets and two sinks. » Continue Reading.
The Beaty Family Scholarship will be awarded to a local student during this year’s North Country History Day, hosted at Fort Ticonderoga on March 7th.
The award is for an outstanding Senior Division entry that exemplifies the spirit of National History Day. The winner will receive a scholarship to attend the National History Academy during the summer of 2020. » Continue Reading.
New York State Park Police and State Police are reminding all snowmobile riders to make safety their priority in an effort to reduce the number of personal injury and fatal accidents throughout the State of New York.
Everyone operating a snowmobile should be familiar with safe riding practices and all applicable laws, rules, and regulations. The best way to learn is by taking a snowmobile safety course, which can be found online. A safety certificate is required for youth between ages 10 and 18.
The storm on Thursday and Friday left power out for thousands of Adirondackers and left snow depths and conditions ideal for snowshoeing, skiing, snowmobiling, and other winter activities. But it also left a potentially deadly threat on steep open terrain – the threat of avalanche.
The majority of avalanches in the U.S. occur out west, but avalanches do occur in the northeast. Much of the steep open terrain is found in the High Peaks, but avalanche-prone terrain is found on mountains throughout the Adirondacks, including Snowy Mountain in Hamilton County. DEC warned the public Friday about the increased potential for avalanches. It’s a warning that history tells us we should take seriously.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced the release of the draft New York State Forest Action Plan for public review and comment. The State Forest Action Plan is a 10-year strategic plan for DEC and New York’s forestry community that provides long‐term, comprehensive, and coordinated strategies for addressing the challenges facing New York’s forests today. » Continue Reading.
The Adirondack Park Agency will hold its monthly meeting at its headquarters in Ray Brook on Thursday and Friday, February 13-14, 2020. Thursday’s meeting will begin at 1 pm and Friday’s session will commence at 9:30 am.
The meeting will feature consideration of the installation of two self-supporting monopole towers in Long Lake, discussion of the alleged establishment of a tourist accommodation in the Hudson River Recreational River Area, and more. What follows is the agenda issued by the APA: » Continue Reading.
The Hadley Business Association has announced an open air art exhibition, set to take place at the Maple in April Festival, on April 25-26, 2020.
Artists are invited to capture the essence of “April Spring on the Rivers at Hadley” in their favorite medium on site at the meeting of the Hudson and the Sacandaga Rivers in Hadley. » Continue Reading.
So many snows ago. Deer-tracks marked a journey, Tear-tracks marked a journey, As train-tracks grew cold, collected rust, and families Moved away, never to return. Too hard to forage, for man and beast alike. So came this fight for survival, dictated more and more By the dollar, Almighty Dollar, Killing life, killing jobs, killing hope, Pandering for spoils, preying on the innocent, Robbing the future. Northern Lights, How you still explode the sky to silhouette the beauty Of these mountains, The power, With North Star guiding ever true. We cry to see your light dimmed by such vast iniquity, Illuminating once-fertile bowers, callously raided. Helplessly, we stand in the rough-shod, abandoned tracks Of our forbears, To inherit an ominous fruition.
The Raquette Lake Winter Carnival is set for Saturday, February 15th, and Sunday, February 16th. It looks as though there will be plenty of snow on the ground and the snowmobiles trails are open.
Activities will begin at 11 am on Saturday with games, including a sack race, sledding, tire obstacle, balloon chase, and tug-of-war. A Ladies Frying Pan Toss will be held at noon, with cash prizes of $75, $50, $25. The Team Ice Golf Competition will be held throughout the day for teams with cash prizes of $75, $50, $25. » Continue Reading.
The Eastern coyote is found in many habitats, from rural farmland and forests to populated suburban and urban areas in New York State. Coyotes are well adapted to suburban and even urban environments, but for the most part will avoid conflicts with people.
However, conflicts with people and pets may result, particularly during the spring denning and pupping period. If coyotes learn to associate food, such as garbage or pet food with peoples’ homes, they may lose their natural fear of humans and the potential for close encounters or conflicts increases. » Continue Reading.
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Learn and practice the seven Leave No Trace principles. Plan ahead and prepare. Carry out what you have carried in. Do not leave gear, food, or other items at lean-tos and campsites. Take the free online Leave No Trace course here.
BE PREPARED! Start slow, gain experience. Carry proper safety equipment and weather protection and bring plenty of water and lights, and a map. When on the trail, stay together, monitor the time, and be prepared to turn back. Be prepared to spend an unplanned night in the woods in cold temperatures. Accidents happen to the most experienced people. Always carry food, a space blanket, emergency whistle, first aid kit, fire making tools, extra clothing layers and socks, a map and compass, and the knowledge to use them. Inform someone of your itinerary and before entering the backcountry or launching a boat check the National Weather Service watches, warnings, and advisories here. Follow Adirondack weather forecasts at Burlington and Albany and consult the High Elevation, Recreation, or Lake Champlain forecasts.
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