Sunday, January 27, 2019

Hadley’s Maple In April Festival On Tap

maple in aprilA “Maple in April Festival” has been set for April 27-28, from 9 am to 4 pm, in Hadley along Rockwell Street, in Hadley Smead Memorial Park and at Wilder’s Sugar Shack. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, January 27, 2019

Frostbite Signs, Symptoms, and Prevention

January and February are some of the coldest months throughout the North Country, and with the extremely cold temperatures and wind-chill factor, frostbite is no joke.

Today we’re going to talk about what frostbite is, who’s at risk, recognizing the signs and symptoms, how to prevent it, as well as what to do in case you do have frostbite. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, January 26, 2019

That So-Called Adirondack Hall of Fame

I’ve made it a point of personal honor not to engage in arguments over lists, a lesson learned in high school when the radio stations would play their obligatory end-of-year “100 Greatest Rock and Roll Songs of All Time” segments.

And you’d sit around with a bunch of people in your friend’s basement having a meltdown that Stairway to Heaven placed ahead of Satisfaction.

The capper was when stations, looking to reintroduce some buzz into a growingly tired feature, would pick something like Rubberband Man by the Spinners as the No. 1 Rock and Roll Song of All Time, spurring a renewed burst of moral outrage that even weed couldn’t suppress. The Internet has made things far worse, as morons in search of clicks have ranked stuff like the Top 10 Grasshoppers and the 10 Best Places For Retirees to Buy Housing Shingles. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, January 26, 2019

NCCC Seeks Pool Input with Online Survey

NCCC logoNorth Country Community College has asked the public to complete a survey about its use of the pool in the college’s Sparks Athletic Complex in Saranac Lake.

The online survey, asks respondents how they’ve used the pool in the past, what programs and services they’d like to see offered at the pool, and their ability to support the pool. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, January 26, 2019

Poetry: Ordinary Like Our Sun

 

Ordinary Like Our Sun

There are many kinds of deserts,
but they all reject the notion that life
should flourish. That’s gravity.

A grim background disturbing the atmosphere.

But it can’t make you fall in love, or at least that’s
what Einstein said. With an exquisite fussiness,

it intones mystical equations
and leaks blood in -alabaster basins.

Gravity is a creature of two nights; it feels a certain kind
of anxiety in the litany, so it shakes the earth from the flesh,
as if the beast itself might sabotage the magic trick.

Like jumbled chunks of sea ice, always creating dead ends,
it is becalmed in an ocean of sand, or bread slathered with honey.

That’s gravity.

An oracle of falsehood always driven by the illumination
of alternative futures. It soaks in the nectar-laden flowers
waking to the touch, a fragile fiberglass skin. Ordinary like our sun.


Friday, January 25, 2019

Avalanches Reported in Adirondack High Peaks

Avalanche anatomy illustration There has been a skier triggered avalanche and other avalanche activity observed in the High Peaks. No one was caught in the skier triggered avalanche. No other information was immediately available.

Last Thursday, January 17th, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) issued a warning of an increased risk of avalanches in the Adirondacks.  The alert reminded backcountry downhill skiers, snowboarders, and others who traverse slides and other steep open terrain to be aware of the risk of avalanche. » Continue Reading.


Friday, January 25, 2019

The Adirondacks Around The Web This Week


Friday, January 25, 2019

At ADKX: An Adirondack Backyard Bio Survey Talk

The 2019 Cabin Fever Sunday Series, featuring seven events that look deeper into Adirondack history and culture, is underway at Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake (ADKX).

The next event, Who’s There: An Adirondack Backyard Biological Survey with Ed Kanze, is set for January 27, at 1:30 pm. » Continue Reading.


Friday, January 25, 2019

This Week’s Big Adirondack News Stories


Thursday, January 24, 2019

John Sheehan On The Adirondack Council’s Budget Priorities

Adirondack Council logoWhile applauding the state’s efforts to boost tourism, protect clean water and fight climate change, on Wednesday the Adirondack Council called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Legislature to protect the Adirondack Forest Preserve against overuse, all-terrain vehicle trespass and other threats. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, January 24, 2019

Cold Returns: Current Adirondack Outdoor Conditions (1/24)

CompassThis weekly report of outdoor recreation conditions in the Adirondacks is compiled each Thursday afternoon and fully updated by Friday afternoon.

Contribute Your Knowledge: Add a comment below, or send your observations, corrections, updates, and suggestions to adkalmanack@gmail.com.

Learn and practice the seven Leave No Trace principles. Carry out what you have carried in. Do not leave gear, food, or other items at lean-tos and campsites. Do not litter. Take the free online Leave No Trace course here.

BE PREPARED! Start slow, gain experience. Always carry proper safety equipment – including plenty of food, water, flashlights, space blanket, emergency whistle, first aid kit, fire making tools, extra clothing layers and socks, and a map and compass – inform someone of your itinerary, and be prepared to spend an unplanned night in the woods in freezing temperatures. Just 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.

January 24th, 2019 – SPECIAL NOTICES » Continue Reading.


Thursday, January 24, 2019

Hardwater Anglers and 40 Degrees: Put Safety First

DEC logoNew York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is reminding anglers to be cautious when ice fishing.

After 1 to 2 feet of snow fell over most of the Adirondacks Saturday and Sunday, on Thursday temperatures reached near 40 in some areas melting ice and leaving slushy ice conditions with large puddles of water on many frozen waterbodies. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, January 24, 2019

CanAm Pond Hockey Weekend in Lake Placid

The recent cold snap made plenty of ice around the Adirondacks and there is no better place to lace up the skates than at the annual CanAm Pond Hockey tournament in Lake Placid, with its more than 20 rinks cleared across Mirror Lake.

A pond hockey game brings back the simplicity of the winter sport and no better place resonates with fans of the game like the hometown of the 1980 Miracle on Ice. The CanAm Hockey Tournament celebrates the spirit of hockey this weekend January 25-27, 2019 with age divisions as well as women’s open and co-ed open divisions.

This annual pond hockey tournament is only open to adults, but spectators of all ages can have fun watching the games. With the addition of a plowed skating loop, spectators can walk or skate around the rinks to see the action up close and personal.

» Continue Reading.


Thursday, January 24, 2019

‘Skate Lake Colby’ Event Set For Feb 3rd

The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee has introduced a new event called Skate Lake Colby. The event will be held on Sunday, February 3 at the Lake Colby beach and Skate Path.

It will offer ice skating paths and a fat bike trail. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, January 23, 2019

John W. Taylor: New York’s (Almost Only) Speaker of the House

The title Speaker of the House of Representatives has received lots of attention during the past few years. It’s hard to believe that the nation’s fourth-most-populous state (New York—nearly always number one, and in the top five since 1790) has only one native who served in that position.

Well, technically, there are two, but one of them served 99.82 percent of the pair’s total time in office—to be explained later. If you’re from Northern New York and dislike the idea of people owning people, you’ll be pleased at his strong stance for freedom during one of our nation’s most turbulent times. » Continue Reading.