Saturday, February 12, 2022

Adirondack Kids for February

Friday, February 11, 2022

Getting Rid of the Box

collie and richard, thinking outside the box

An Adirondack Outlaw Survivor Approach To Living Life Forward

We’ve all heard the phrase “Think outside the box.”  It’s all too frequently offered as a euphemism for innovative thinking or creative problem solving.  It’s even been used by many “experts” as a foundation philosophy for a long list of bestselling books.

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Friday, February 11, 2022

Paul Smiths students develop survey to assess Hurricane Irene

irene flooding bridge out

Residents of Essex and Clinton counties who were impacted by the storm are asked to take short survey

The Paul Smith’s College Senior Capstone for Integrated Disaster Management Studies is in full swing. This spring’s students are developing a research project that focuses on Community Resilience to Natural Disasters and how that resilience is linked to ecosystem restoration and adaptability.

We designed a survey to begin to address the following steps which are often found in community based vulnerability assessments:

Step 1: Identify and Rank Hazards
Step 2: Map Areas of Greatest Risk
Step 3: Identify and Map Physically Vulnerable People and Property
Step 4: Identify and Map Socially Vulnerable Populations
Step 5: Inventory and Map Environmental Hazards

The survey is based on Community Vulnerability metrics from the FEMA RAP Toolkit.  Much of the identification of social vulnerabilities will come directly from the responses in your surveys. We will consider this empirical data and establish our own vulnerability assessment. If you’re interested in helping us, and live in Essex or Clinton Counties, the survey link is found here.

Irene’s flooding of Styles Bridge in Keene, photo by Lorraine Duvall

Friday, February 11, 2022

Outdoor conditions (2/11): Snowshoes and skis required in High Peaks

outdoor conditions logoThe following are the most recent notices pertaining to public lands in the Adirondacks. Please check the Adirondack Backcountry Information webpages for comprehensive and up-to-date information on seasonal road statuses, rock climbing closures, specific trail conditions, and other pertinent information.

High Peaks Wilderness:

  • Snowshoes or skis are now required to be worn as snow depths exceed 8 inches.
  • Snow report as of 02/10: Trails to Marcy are skiable, with some areas requiring crampons and microspikes. The Van Ho trail is skiable with some icy sections. Both Avalanche Lake and Lake Colden are frozen. There is 3.5ft of snow at the Lake Colden Outpost and 4-5ft of snow at higher elevations. Note: Conditions may have changed since last report. Expect additional snow.

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Friday, February 11, 2022

Latest news headlines

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

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Thursday, February 10, 2022

No Major Changes for Forest Rangers in the Adirondacks

The current New York State budget being negotiated by Governor Kathy Hochul and the State Legislature contains significant new spending on a number of things, like $29 million for a new headquarters for the Adirondack Park Agency, and a new $30 million building for the Olympic Regional Development Authority at the North Creek Ski Bowl, yet funding for Forest Rangers in the Adirondack Park and across the state is flat.

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Thursday, February 10, 2022

Ice fishing lingo and tips

ice fishing
Ice Fishing Lingo

If you’ve ever been ice fishing, you may have noticed that ice anglers practically speak their own language. To clear up any confusion, we thought we’d cover some commonly used terms you may hear being thrown around the next time you’re out on the ice. Enjoy!

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Thursday, February 10, 2022

Keeping a healthy habitat for grouse

ruffed grouse

By Suzanne Treyger

Bruce and Gail Cushing knew they had a diverse property before they started connecting with forestry professionals.

Located in Clemons, (Washington County), the Cushings’ 117 acres has a variety of mature tree species – maples, beech, birches, eastern hemlock, oaks, and some large shagbark hickory. Interspersed throughout the mature forest are openings of different sizes that are full of young, regenerating forest.

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Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Psychologist’s Question of Courage While Facing TB in ADKs Resonates amid COVID-19

Rollo May


By James Schlett

Eighty years ago, in 1942, a graduate student named Rollo May was diagnosed with Tuberculosis, the early twentieth century’s version of COVID-19. He later joined the thousands of people who retreated to the Adirondacks to help save them from the disease, which what was then known as “the captain of death.” At the time of his diagnosis, May was a former pastor who had recently enrolled in a psychology program at Columbia University Teachers College in New York. Tuberculosis had threatened to cut short this life that showed so much promise and later heralded the American existential psychology movement.

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Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Rangers respond to snowmobile accidents, conduct enforcements

forest ranger reportRecent NYS DEC Forest Ranger actions:

Town of Old Forge
Herkimer County
Snowmobile Training:
 From Jan. 31 to Feb. 4, Forest Rangers Hettenbaugh, Jahn, Hanno, and Allwine attended the New York State Snowmobile Law Enforcement Development School (NYS SLEDS) in Old Forge. The five-day course included instruction in snowmobile operation, Snowmobiling While Intoxicated (SWI) detection, checkpoints, and speed enforcement. Participants were instructed in snowmobile laws and handling on-trail emergencies. Students also completed an extensive Emergency Vehicle Operations Course. Multiple agencies and departments participated in the training, including New York State Police, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, and the Onondaga, Warren, and Lewis County Sheriffs’ Departments.

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Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Common Ground Alliance plans winter forum

CGA winter forum

Join the Common Ground Alliance on Friday, February 25 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. as we update the community on progress since the Summer Forum and discuss the first-ever Community Blueprint for the Blue Line.

Registration for the two-hour event, which will be held on Zoom, is free and open to all.

Following the Summer Forum, we endeavored to distill participant insights and feedback into selected recommendations across four priority themes: housing, creating vibrant economies, community-based recreation, and climate change mitigation and adaptation. The Community Blueprint for the Blue Line identifies actions that can be implemented by municipalities and organizations at the community level within the Park.

During the Winter Meeting, we’ll introduce the Community Blueprint and utilize breakout groups to discuss possible next steps for each topic. We hope you can join us.

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

The next generation of entrepreneurs

business transitions martins pretzel business grand opening

By Zach Hobbs, Center for Pandemic Response Outreach Coordinator

“For me and my family, the ability to do what we love and share it with others is a legacy we all want to be part of. Personally, it is very fulfilling to be back in operation and continue the family tradition for another generation.”

~ Josiah Martin, Martin’s Handmade Pretzels, Moira, N.Y.

This month, ANCA’s Center for Businesses in Transition (CBIT) announced the successful transitions of three Franklin County businesses to new ownership.

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Tuesday, February 8, 2022

North Country Live launches new series Feb. 10

north country live programs

Birding, history, pandemic programs and a special film screening

North Country Live will revisit some of its most popular topics from past editions and explore new partnerships when it returns Feb. 10 with a new series of exciting and engaging programs for the community.

Hosted on Zoom by North Country Community College, this edition of North Country Live will feature new programs from two prior presenters: historian Tom McGrath and birding expert Joan Collins. It will also showcase an award-winning Native American film and delve into the timely issue of vaccine hesitance through a program presented in partnership with Historic Saranac Lake and Trudeau Institute.

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Tuesday, February 8, 2022

A trip to a historic lodge


I confess to being a groupie of the Port Kent-Hopkinton Turnpike, a 19th century transportation artifact that ran from Lake Champlain 75 miles inland to an outpost in the northern Adirondack foothills.

A lonely ribbon through the wilderness, significant mileage exists today exactly as it did in 1833 when it was completed. It tiptoes through the lovely community of Loon Lake and bobs and weaves its way past the underappreciated Loon Lake Mountain trailhead.

North of that, it passes the entry to Debar Pond Lodge, a site of consequential history and, over time, three major lodgings, the last of which, built in 1940, still stands. Perhaps most notably, the land in the late 1800s was owned by the son of a German brewer who planted a record-setting 300 acres in hops.

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Monday, February 7, 2022

Food Product Labels – What Do They Mean? 

non-gmo food labelWhether we shop at the supermarket or the farmers market, the foods we purchase bare a wide variety of labels. And we rely on those labels to provide us with information on, among other things, how the food was grown and/or prepared, or in the case of meat and meat products, how the animals were raised.

When we choose to buy food products that we believe are better choices, based on labeling, we want to know that we’re buying food that’s healthier for our families and the environment? And most people would agree that consumers have a right to know. But, all of the branding, pictures, and / or descriptions we find on, or attached to food products or packaging can be confusing. And, sometimes, misleading.

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