Thursday, January 25, 2024

Schenectady to North Creek Snow Train events through March

Schenectady snow train logo

The 90th Anniversary of the first snow train to run between Schenectady and North Creek is being celebrated locally and in the Adirondacks through March 2024. Events in Rotterdam, Glenville and North Creek will highlight the legacy of this snow train and the people who initiated this long-running program that brought winter adventurers from Schenectady, NY to North Creek and Gore Mountain.

Known as the North Creek Snow Train, it first brought 378 skiers from Schenectady to North Creek on March 4, 1934. Skiing in the Adirondacks dates back to the early 1900s, but gained popularity through the 1920s and 1930s, leading to the 1932 Winter Olympics. Reliable transportation to ski the Adirondack mountain sides was unavailable, which prompted Vincent Schaefer, a founding member of the Schenectady Wintersports Club, to lobby railroad companies to establish a train schedule to the North Creek depot. The train was operated by the Delaware and Hudson Railroad Company. Round trip fare was $1.50 (approximately $35 today) and by 1936, snow trains were operating out of Albany and New York City. » Continue Reading.

Thursday, January 25, 2024

Discussion time: Eclipse plans

total solar eclipse

With a total solar eclipse just over 2 months away, I figure it’s time to take stock. Are you planning to attend a viewing party? Stay home and watch in your backyard? Or travel to see it?

We’ve been working on a guide to “everything you need to know” about this upcoming celestial event on April 8. Check it out and let me know what you think. What else should we add to it? We’re in the process of putting together a list of events around the region. Let us know what’s being planned in your Adirondack community!

Drop your eclipse plans and thoughts in the comments section!

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Wednesday, January 24, 2024

“The Black Woods” highlights overlooked piece of Adirondack history

Alice Green outside her Essex residence near Lake Champlain.

By Alice Paden Green

Before the 1999 founding of John Brown Lives—an Upstate New York education and human rights group—few in this country, including residents of the Adirondacks, knew of the historical connection between the 19th century white abolitionist named John Brown and the Adirondacks. Even fewer were aware of Timbuctoo, a 120,000-acre Adirondack land gift in 1846 to 3,000 “respectable” Black New Yorkers from a landowner named Gerrit Smith. Ostensibly, his admirable mission was to make Black men eligible to vote. Under state law then, Black men were required to own property worth a minimum of $250 to exercise that right.

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Wednesday, January 24, 2024

A $233 billion proposed state budget

Cars parked on Adirondack Loj Road


The state Legislature is gearing up for a marathon of budget hearings starting tomorrow and running through Valentine’s Day.

We’ll see if lawmakers add anything back into the already $233 billion budget that Gov. Kathy Hochul left out.

After Hochul’s budget speech last week, her team released budget bills with more details. In those we learned Clean Water Infrastructure funding was cut in half and there was no new money for the Timbuctoo Institute. But the North Elba town supervisor was happy to learn that the governor included funds for paving Adirondack Loj Road, a popular gateway to many High Peaks hikes.

Click here for a rundown of some of the executive’s proposals that will impact the Adirondacks.

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Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Input needed for Lake Placid and North Elba Visioning Survey

North Elba/Lake Placid visioning survey

The Town of North Elba and Village of Lake Placid are pleased to announce the North Elba-Lake Placid Pathways project. Pathways is a project to update the Town and Village’s joint Comprehensive Plan, a document that charts a future for the community. The plan will be grounded in public input.

This survey will guide community development decisions and cover a range of topics, including transportation, housing, energy, conservation, recreation, and zoning. It will also inform the ongoing LEED for Communities Recertification for the New York Olympic Region and a new North Elba Show Grounds & Athletic Fields master plan project. Your input is critical to the success of these three plans.

Take the survey hereby visiting, or by picking up a paper survey at Town Hall.

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Teens get lost in Indian Lake woods, suffer mild hypothermia

forest ranger reports graphicTown of Indian Lake
Hamilton County
Wilderness Search: On Jan. 18 at 8 p.m., Forest Rangers Miller and Scott responded to a request from New York State Police (NYSP) in Indian Lake to help search for three teenagers. A resident alerted Rangers to footprints heading toward the lake. After checking the thickness of the ice, Rangers used snowmobiles to track the subjects and followed the tracks for approximately 1.5 miles until they left the ice and entered the woods of the Siamese Ponds Wilderness Area.


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Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Historic Signage To Be Installed at Inlet’s Arrowhead Park

arrowhead park sign in lnlet

For the first time in its sixty years as Town of Inlet property, Arrowhead Park this spring will have a sign providing its annual visitors with the history of the popular hotels formerly occupying this location. This article acquaints you with the Park, its history, and describes the efforts resulting in historical signage. It may also be a “lessons learned” example in project management for small nonprofits.

The Head of Fourth Lake

For those unfamiliar with Inlet’s location, the hamlet is at the Head of Fourth Lake of the Fulton Chain of Lakes in the West Central Adirondacks. Its name comes from its location at the mouth of the inlet channel flowing from Fifth to Fourth Lake of that chain. Prior to the Town’s establishment in 1902, the Head of Fourth lake was the destination for Native Americans, then guides and hunters and later vacationers on steamers traveling on the chain’s lower lakes, departing from what is today’s Old Forge location. Presently, each September, Inlet is the first takeout for participants in the annual 90 Miler Adirondack Canoe Classic.

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Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Genre-bending violin-cello duo ARKAI to play 2 shows this weekend

violin and cello due Arkai

What: ARKAI Channels Global Diversity Through Genre-Bending Music: 2 Exciting Shows

Description: ARKAI is an award-winning electroacoustic violin-cello duo that has inspired audiences around the world through its genre-defying string music. Graduates of The Juilliard School, their past engagements have included performances at The MET, Carnegie Hall, Public Theater, World Trade Center, Bryant Park, Rockwood Music Hall, City Winery, US Air Force Academy, 54 Below, Lincoln Center, Musikfest, and Chateau Marmont. Their electronic debut composition, “Letters from COVID”, was featured at TED@PMI for a global audience of over 30,000 people from 182 countries. Recent highlights include opening for Oscar and Grammy-winning musician Jon Batiste at NYC’s Javits Center. 

When/where: ARKAI will perform two concerts with a different program at each location:

  • Saturday, January 27 at 7:30 p.m., Lake Flower Landing, 421 Lake Flower Ave, Saranac Lake, NY, 12983 
  • Sunday, January 28 at 3:00 pm, Saranac Fire Hall (volunteer fire dept), 3277 Route 3, Saranac, NY 12981

Admission: $20, available at the door.  Seating is open. For more information, visit

Photo at top courtesy of Thomas Brunot/ARKAI

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Wild Center in the running for ‘best science museum’

Adirondack Youth Climate Summit

Tickets on sale for total solar eclipse event

For the second year in a row, The Wild Center is honored to be nominated as “Best Science Museum” in USA TODAY’s 2024 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards. Friends and fans of the museum are encouraged to support The Wild Center by voting online, now until Feb. 12. Winners will be announced on Fri., Feb. 23. Readers are allowed one online vote per day.

The Wild Center was also nominated in 2023, where they finished second in a list of the top ten museums, alongside The Museum of Flight in Seattle and the Michigan Science Center in Detroit.

As anticipation mounts for the upcoming total solar eclipse, The Wild Center announces a weekend of celestial celebrations Apr. 6-8. Tickets for the Total Solar Eclipse weekend are available to the public at

Positioned directly in the path of totality, guests can enjoy “The Wildest View in the World” through a variety of themed activities, including solar-powered maple tastings and tapping demos, a solar-powered silent disco, and glass blowing demonstrations from the Corning Museum of Glass Mobile Hot Shop. Visitors can also make pinhole viewers and permanently commemorate the once-in-a-lifetime event with an eclipse tattoo from Plain Jane Tattoos.

Admission is complimentary on Apr. 8, with advanced tickets required for all days. Each ticket includes a pair of eclipse-viewing glasses. Admission fees for Apr. 6-7 are:

Adults aged 18-64: $23, $24 at the door
Senior citizens (65+) and military personnel: $21, $22 at the door
Children aged 5-17, $13, $14 at the door
Children aged 4: Free admissionThe Wild Center’s celebration is part of Totality in Tupper, a community-wide event co-hosted by the Adirondack Sky Center and Observatory.

Monday, January 22, 2024

Preserving Debar Pond Lodge

debar pond lodge

By Erin Tobin, Executive Director, Adirondack Architectural Heritage

For the last thirty years, Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH) and others have advocated for the preservation of Debar Pond Lodge. In 2014, AARCH wrote the successful nomination for Debar Pond Lodge to the National Register of Historic Places. This designation is due to the site’s association with Adirondack tourism in the first half of the twentieth century, as an outstanding example of evolving early/mid-twentieth century Adirondack camp design, and as an important work of noted regional architect William Distin. 

We understand that without the Town of Duane’s support, the Debar Pond Lodge land exchange amendment is unlikely to pass the state legislature. We respect the town’s authority to oppose the amendment and removal of the six acres surrounding Debar Pond Lodge from the Adirondack Forest Preserve. Moving forward, AARCH will continue to work for the lodge’s preservation, seeking a constitutionally appropriate avenue for the building’s reuse.  » Continue Reading.

Monday, January 22, 2024

Adirondack Death Care Community announces support groups

adirondack death care community logo

The Adirondack Death Care Community is offering some upcoming events:

What: In Person Community Grief Support Group

When: Every Second Wednesday, 6:30-7:30 p.m. (next sessions: Feb. 14, March 13)

Where: Saranac Lake (NY) Library Main Floor

Description: Facilitator Ruth Pino is a bereaved parent who believes that coming together to share stories and remember loved ones brings a softening and strengthening to the grieving journey. For those experiencing the grief of losing a close loved one, an informal circle to share, feel, remember and learn from one another.

RSVP by emailing » Continue Reading.

Monday, January 22, 2024

Warren and Herkimer counties offer tree and shrub sales

warren county tree and shrub saleWarren County

Each spring, the District offers a tree and shrub seedling sale in April to interested landowners throughout Warren County. We coordinate this program so landowners can take advantage of bulk buying to improve the landscape around their property.

Buying young bare root seedlings is a small investment that can:

  • Provide beneficial habitat for wildlife
  • Encourage pollinators such as hummingbirds, butterflies, bees and more!
  • Help stabilize and reduce soil erosion
  • Improve water quality in Warren County
  • Beautify areas in the community and much more!

Beyond the tree and shrub seedlings; you can also order fruit trees, conservation packs, tree shelters, bluebird, bat and wood duck houses, wildflower seed mixes, deer plot seed mix and upland game bird seed mixes.

If you have any questions related to this program, species selection, or planting ideas, please feel free to contact the office at any time.

Email: Jake Dunkley at

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Sunday, January 21, 2024


high school football team photo


As NFL football moves into playoffs on its way toward the Super Bowl, I thought Id share this high school football memory story. Sometimes a young student-athletes most important life lessons arent learned in a classroom. This high school football moment was one of them.

Leadership isnt always defined by the score.

To read the full story, click the link & read on.

Photo: Fall 1979, Saranac Lake Varsity Football Team, 1980 Canaras Yearbook photo. Photo provided by Dick Monroe.

Sunday, January 21, 2024

State plan includes water quality grants, civic engagement

algal bloom on Rollins pond

Gov. Kathy Hochul will double the state’s grants to local governments that build new or renovate existing water and wastewater treatment systems, her State of the State message noted, vastly widening the pool of Adirondack communities that can now take advantage of state funding.

The Governor also outlined plans to curb harmful algal blooms and to engage more students in civic service that includes working to limit – and cope with — the impacts of climate change, the Adirondack Council noted today.

“Doubling the available clean water money will have an immediate positive impact on water quality across the Adirondacks,” said Raul J. Aguirre, Executive Director of the Adirondack Council. “For many small Adirondack communities, a state matching grant of 25% was not enough to make a multi-million-dollar wastewater project affordable for local taxpayers. Doubling those grants to 50% of the project cost changes the whole landscape for the better. Many more Adirondack hamlets and villages will be able to act to protect their residents, their lakes and the water that flows to the rest of the state through rivers that begin here.”

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Sunday, January 21, 2024

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