Thursday, May 30, 2019

Current Adirondack Outdoor Conditions (May 30)

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. Carry proper safety equipment and weather protection and bring plenty of water, lights and a map. When on the trail: keep the group together, watch the time, and be prepared to turn back. Accidents happen to the most experienced people. Be prepared to spend an unplanned night in the woods in freezing temperatures. Always carry food, a 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 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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Thursday, May 30, 2019

New Executive Director For Franklin, Essex County CCE

cornell university logoCornell Cooperative Extension of Franklin County has named Sean Connin as their new Executive Director for Franklin County. Connin assumed his duties on June 1, 2019.

The announcement is the culmination of a five-month search by a committee composed of Extension stakeholders that also included representatives from St. Lawrence and Essex Counties. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, May 30, 2019

Growing Gourmet Mushrooms at Home Workshop

shiitake mushroomThe Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts (Arts Center) is set to offer a workshop – Gourmet Mushrooms at Home with Andy LeBlanc – on Saturday, June 8, 2019, from 10 am to 2 pm. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, May 29, 2019

How Flood Waters Impact Trees

floodplain of the Lynches River in South CarolinaAs a teenager, my son had a saying, whether original or borrowed I don’t know (the saying, that is), which went something like “All things in moderation. Especially moderation.” It would seem Mother Nature took that to heart, and dispensed with moderate rainfall and snow melt this spring. If not her, then maybe it was Creepy Uncle Climate Change. At any rate, the resultant flooding has been heartbreaking to observe.

While I am of course sensitive to the anguish of those people affected by the record-high waters, as an arborist I cannot help but think about the suffering trees as well. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, May 29, 2019

E-Waste Recycling Day at Silver Bay YMCA

Silver Bay Association Auditorium The Silver Bay YMCA Conference and Family Retreat Center is set to hold its 8th annual e-waste recycling event on Saturday, June 8th, 2019 at its location in Silver Bay, Lake George.

Members of the community are invited to drop off unwanted equipment such as microwaves, laptops, printers, and similar electric appliances for recycling between the hours of 10 am to noon, and 1 to 3 pm at the Silver Bay YMCA campus. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Adirondack Lakes Summer Theatre Festival

macbethThe Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts has announced community auditions for the Adirondack Lakes Summer Theatre Festival. As part of the Arts Center’s mission, the Adirondack Lakes Summer Theatre Festival allows community actors to work alongside professional actors, while bringing performances to multiple venues throughout the Adirondack Park.

This summer, the Arts Center’s productions are Macbeth directed by Jayson Grigsby, Leader of the Pack: The Ellie Greenwich Musical directed by Gwen Tracy, and Proof directed by Jordan Hornstein. Proof has been cast, but auditions will be held for Macbeth and Leader of the Pack on June 4th, 6th, and 7th. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Depot Theatre Youth Theatre Program Auditions Saturday

Depot Theatre Youth Theatre ProgramThe Depot Theatre is set to hold auditions for both the junior and senior BRTF youth theatre programs on June 1 beginning at 9 am at the Depot Theatre, located at 6705 Main Street in Westport. Auditions for the junior program will be from 9 to 11 am, and the Senior program from noon to 2 pm.

The 2019 Junior program production (ages 8-12), will be The Lion King Jr.. Rehearsals begin July 15, with performances on August 2, 3 and 4. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Adirondack Wild Calls For Conservation Leadership at APA

adirondack wildAdirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve is calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Senate to substantially strengthen the NYS Adirondack Park Agency’s board, after the abrupt resignation of acting APA board chair Karen Feldman.

“The Governor needs to seize this moment and nominate individuals with strong environmental credentials and demonstrated commitments to protecting the Adirondack Park ,” said Adirondack Wild’s managing partner David Gibson in a statement sent to the press. “Serious gaps in leadership and qualifications presently exist on the eleven-person APA board,” the press release said. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Rochester Philharmonic to Perform in Inlet

Symphony Weekend 2018The Fulton Chain of Lakes Performing Arts Council has announced their annual event, “An Evening with the Symphony,” has been set for Friday, July 26, 2019 at 7:30 pm. This is their 21st year of presenting this concert under a tent overlooking 4th Lake in Inlet. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Funding for Champlain, Erie Canal Trail Projects Approved

proposed Empire State TrailThe New York State Canal Corporation Board of Directors has approved funding for construction projects that will move the Erie and Champlain canal trails closer to completion.

The projects are both now part of the Empire State Trail initiative, which, at 750 miles, will be the nation’s largest state network of multi-use trails. It is expected to be completed by the end of 2020. Although some routing questions remain. » Continue Reading.


Monday, May 27, 2019

40 Years of Household Income Trends in Rural America

One of the best measurements of the overall economic performance of a region is median household income of its residents. Household income is the combined gross income of all members in a household. Median household income is the median of all households in a region. A comparison of median household income is a good way to study the economic experiences of different regions.

In the new report The Adirondack Park and Rural America: Economic and Population Trends 1970-2010 (2nd edition) we made a series of comparisons of long-term economic and population trends between Adirondack communities and other areas across New York, the U.S. and Rural America from 1970 to 2010. The U.S. Census provides median household income data as a standard field in its surveys. We only had to adjust the data for inflation.

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Monday, May 27, 2019

Museum Institute Planned For Great Camp Sagamore

museum institute at great camp sagamoreThe Museum Association of New York (MANY) will present the 2019 “Access and Identity: Leading for the Future” Museum Institute at Great Camp Sagamore on September 24-27, 2019.

The Museum Institute is a retreat for museum professionals in which participants learn in collaboration with presenters who use their own experiences, successes, and challenges in the field to inspire conversations. In between sessions, participants have time to explore the grounds of Camp Sagamore or sit by the fire in the evening. » Continue Reading.


Monday, May 27, 2019

LGLC Receives Grant from Lake Champlain Basin Program

lglc logoThe Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) has been awarded $4,000 from the Lake Champlain Basin Program’s Local Implementation Grant Program, in cooperation with the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission.

The grant has allowed the LGLC to purchase field and office equipment and supports public educational programs. » Continue Reading.


Monday, May 27, 2019

ECO, Forest Ranger Recruits Begin Basic Training

ECO Forest Ranger basic trainingThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has opened the 22nd Basic School for Uniformed Officers, the 29-week training academy in Pulaski to prepare the newest class of recruits for careers as Environmental Conservation Police Officers (ECOs) and Forest Rangers.

The academy opened May 19, with 42 ECO and 16 Forest Ranger candidates reporting for duty. Of the 58, 10 are women – seven ECO recruits and three Forest Ranger recruits. The future officers hail from 31 counties across New York State, with three recruits from New Jersey, and one each from Maine and North Carolina. The recruits range in age from 22 to 48 years old. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, May 26, 2019

Life, Death, and Black Flies

black fly larvaI was in southern Connecticut a few weeks back to pick my son up from college. While he took his last exam, I took myself up a local hiking trail. Connecticut black flies are as bad as their Vermont cousins, and I brushed several of the little beasts out from under my hairline. It can be hard to think of these biting flies with anything but disdain, but they do serve important ecological functions. And in at least one case, they also solved a murder. » Continue Reading.