Sunday, June 25, 2023

Weekly news round up

A collection of interesting reads:

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Saturday, June 24, 2023

June 16: Rare finds and odd happenings of past and present

Painted turtles

We got some badly-needed rain this week, mostly at night which was good for my Loon surveys. They don’t mind the rain, but I hate to get wet or wear so many clothes to keep dry [that] I get wet anyway. Some folks from Texas to Florida got much more [rain] than they needed with a foot to fifteen inches of rain in [one] day. Some got tornadoes along with these storms. One in the panhandle of Texas wiped out the town of Perryton with three people killed, one an eleven-year-old boy. Many of these storms had hail (from golf ball-size to baseball-size) as they swept across the south, leaving almost 600,000 [people] without power as winds were up to eighty miles per hour. Looking at the destruction of homes, it’s a wonder that more people weren’t killed.

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Saturday, June 24, 2023

ADK Park: Environmental Conservation Police News

Motorcycle Crash – Hamilton County

On May 29, ECO Newell and Trooper Nauroth responded to reports of a motorcycle accident south of Speculator. The Officers found the victim had incurred severe trauma to one of her legs, including lacerations and compound fractures. Officers Newell and Nauroth administered first aid while coordinating with Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch for EMS response and LifeNet Helicopter services.


Wells EMS and ambulance service, GAVAC, arrived on scene and transported the subject to Speculator. DEC Forest Ranger Snye, along with the Speculator Fire Department and Hamilton County Deputies, created a landing zone for the LifeNet helicopter while also assisting with a brush fire that began across the street from the landing zone. The coordination between agencies led to expedient medical care and transportation of the subject from Speculator to Albany Medical Center.

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Saturday, June 24, 2023

Adirondack-based director, Paul Frederick, wins Emmy for Return To Auschwitz: The Survival of Vladimir Munk

Adirondack-based director won an Emmy for his work on "Return To Auschwitz: The Survival of Vladimir Munk."

On June 10, at the 46th Annual Emmy Awards ceremony for the Boston/New England Chapter, Adirondack-based director, Paul Frederick, won the Best Historical/Cultural-Long Form Content Emmy for the PBS documentary “Return To Auschwitz: The Survival of Vladimir Munk.”

Screened at the 2021 Lake Placid Film Festival, “Return To Auschwitz: The Survival of Vladimir Munk” follows Czech Holocaust survivor Vladimir Munk as he returns to Auschwitz where he was held prisoner during WWII. This is his last chance to honor his family, including his parents, who perished there. The trip from the US is filled with painful memories and unforeseen hardships, but it is a journey he knows he must take.

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Saturday, June 24, 2023

John Brown Farm State Historic Site hosts guided walking tours

John Brown Farm

John Brown Farm State Historic Site in Lake Placid presents Hikes Through History: A summer series of guided walking tours will kick off on Wednesday, June 28, at 10:30 am.
The first hike will start at the Heaven Hills Trails on the upper end of Bear Cub Lane, on land owned by the Henry and Mildred Uihlein Foundation. The 1.4 mile Old Orchard Loop overlooks neighboring land once farmed by Black and White settlers of the mid-19th century, some later purchased by Lake Placid benefactors Henry and Mildred Uihlein (The Uihlein Mercy Center, Mid’s Park, etc.) The Uihleins also donated land to Cornell University for a seed potato farm and lab, and a maple research station. All these topics are up for discussion as we walk and take in views of the High Peaks to the southeast.
Please call 518-806-9719 for more information and to sign up.

There are at least three more hikes planned: The Tablelands hike will follow the Potato Field Loop, starting at John Brown Farm (Friday, July 21), and at 2 miles long, with 200 ft elevation gain, will be a little more challenging, and the North Elba Cemetery Tour (August 12) will be shorter and entirely flat. At least one hike on the Old Mtn Rd is planned (August 17), possibly to be repeated late in September. It will proceed from the Lake Placid end of the Jackrabbit Trail off Mountain Lane, to the height of land, then return. This is part of the route John Brown took on first visiting the Adirondacks, and the route his wife Mary traveled with his casket, to bring him to his final resting place on his farm.
Those interested may call 518-806-9719. There is no charge for the tours, but donations to The Natural Heritage Trust will be used for improvements and programming at John Brown Farm.

At top: John Brown Farm seen in September 2020. Photo by Vanessa Banti

Friday, June 23, 2023

At the APA, Critical Questions about Wetland Protection Are Not Asked

aerial image of Ampersand Bay

APA’s staff presentation about the variance recently issued for SL Marina on Lower Saranac Lake may have been “heroic,” just as APA chair John Ernst stated. The marina has a lengthy and complex history of regulatory and legal actions since 2014 to remove wooden, dilapidated shoreline covered slips that predated the APA Act and replace them with modern boat slips out into the water, among other improvements. APA staff covered that history with competence and explained why approval of a variance to the Agency’s shoreline setback regulations would improve the shoreline’s ecological health and, of course, advance the marina’s business and services.  With some 290 boat slips, this is the largest private boat marina in the Adirondack Park.

What the presentation and APA member questions did not clearly answer is why a wetland permit was not required during this round of review.  A wetland permit was required and issued to SL Marina during the earlier Agency review in 2020. Why not now?

In March of this year the APA’s 2020 permit and variance for SL Marina were annulled by the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court because, stated the court,  APA violated its wetland regulations by improperly valuing the wetlands in Ampersand Bay. APA gave these shallow water wetlands an incorrect value rating of two. “APA should have assigned an overall value of one to the Annex wetland,” stated the Court, “ and should have analyzed the wetlands permit application accordingly. Its assignment of an overall value of two, based upon a reading of the regulations that is contrary to their plain meaning, lacked a rational basis.”

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Friday, June 23, 2023

Wiawaka Center for Women celebrates 120th year with workshops, retreats, events & programs

Women do yoga on a beach.

Lake George, NY– Wiawaka is thrilled to announce they’ll be celebrating their 120th year this summer. The upcoming season is brimming with an array of enriching workshops, retreats, events, and programs.


“We take great pride in this historical milestone and express our deep gratitude to all our supporters who have been instrumental in helping us reach this significant achievement,” said Doreen Kelly, Wiawaka’s Executive Director.


Wiawaka’s co-founder, Mary Wiltsie Fuller, passed away on July 6th, 1943.


“We are immensely grateful to her, even 80 years later, for envisioning a sanctuary where women could find support during the times we needed it the most,” said Doreen.


Noteworthy highlights of our programming include our Georgia O’Keeffe Week, Artists in Residency Week, and SWIM Week honoring the remarkable women swimmers of Lake George, including Diane Struble, who made history as the first woman to complete the lake swim. Additionally, we have a captivating Storytelling weekend planned, along with many other exciting offerings.
Join us for our engaging Historical Tours, taking place every Monday at 5 p.m.

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Friday, June 23, 2023

Outdoor Conditions (6/23): Being aware of oncoming thunderstorms, safety tips

outdoor conditions logoThe following are only the most recent notices pertaining to public lands in the Adirondacks. Please check the Adirondack Backcountry webpages for a full list of notices, including seasonal road statuses, rock climbing closures, specific trail conditions, and other pertinent information.


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Friday, June 23, 2023

Latest news headlines

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

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Thursday, June 22, 2023

Menu of memories

saranac lake high school

With high school graduation season now in full swing, another high school year will soon be but memories.  As I leaf back through my high school yearbooks, reflecting, I wonder. “What if I’d truly applied myself and majored in something other than lunch hour?” For a menu of memories, click the link and read on:

Thursday, June 22, 2023

Lake Luzerne Food Trucks and Music Extravaganza to begin July 12

Lake Luzerne Food Trucks and Music Extravaganza graphic.

Lake Luzerne, NY-  The Lake Luzerne Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Lake Luzerne are delighted to announce the inaugural food trucks and music extravaganza, which will
take place from 5 to 8 p.m. on six consecutive Wednesdays beginning July 12 and ending on August 16, 2023.


The event will be held at the pavilion park located at 248 lake avenue in Lake Luzerne, NY. The events will bring together a diverse selection of food options from various food trucks offering tasty treats, including tacos, fish and chicken sandwiches, gourmet mac and cheese, lemonade, doughnuts, and more. The live music will feature local bands and regional artists, adding to the ambiance and creating a festive atmosphere.


In addition to offering great food and music, the extravaganza will hold a 50-50 raffle to raise money for the Lake Luzerne food bank and local scholarships. All proceeds from the raffle will go directly to support these vital community organizations.

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Thursday, June 22, 2023

DEC Seeks Public’s Assistance with Investigation of Injury to Herkimer County Goose

Injured Canada Goose in Old Forge.

Goose Shot with Bow and Arrow on Old Forge Pond

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is asking the public for information regarding a Canada Goose found with an arrow protruding from its back on Old Forge Pond, Herkimer County. Environmental Conservation Police Officers (ECOs) have received several reports from local residents and assessed the health of the goose, finding it capable of flight and swimming. Attempts to capture the goose for care have been unsuccessful. The investigation is ongoing. ECOs will continue to monitor the goose and attempt to capture it.

Anyone with information that could help DEC identify the individual who shot the goose should contact DEC’s 24/7 Dispatch Center 1-844-DEC-ECOS (844-332-3267) and referencing case 23-013802.


Photo at top: Injured Canada Goose in Old Forge. Photo courtesy of Tanya Field.

Thursday, June 22, 2023

Silver Bay YMCA announces Bluegrass in Heaven music festival set for Sept.

Bluegrass festival logo

Silver Bay, NY –  Silver Bay YMCA is excited to announce the first ever Bluegrass in Heaven (BGIH) music festival. BGIH is a bluegrass music festival that is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 15 through Sunday, Sept. 17 at Silver Bay YMCA, 87 Silver Bay Rd. Silver Bay N.Y., 12874.  BGIH will bring together some of the top bluegrass artists such as 2019 Grammy Bluegrass Album of the Year winner Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper and regional talent such as the Bob & Sarah Amos Band.

Event organizers said they are excited to be bringing the Bob & Sarah Amos band to the very first ‘Bluegrass in Heaven’ festival.


“The YMCA campus, located right on shore of beautiful Lake George in Silver Bay NY, is a perfect location and facility for a music festival. The lineup of performers is amazing, and we can’t wait to be a part of it,” said Bob and Sarah Amos, of the Bob & Sarah Amos Band.

Thursday, June 22, 2023

Rangers rescue lost Porter Mountain hikers, 4-month-old pup on McKenzie Mountain

forest ranger reportTown of Willsboro
Essex County
Wilderness Rescue:
 On June 14 at 11:50 a.m., Ray Brook Dispatch requested Forest Ranger assistance for a hiker with a possible ankle fracture near the summit of Rattlesnake Mountain. Rangers reached the 43-year-old from Chazy in under an hour. Ranger Bronson requested additional support and a UTV to transport the subject to the trailhead. The hiker brought herself to the hospital for further care and resources were clear at 1:44 p.m.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2023

Tales of the Adirondacks, Past & Present: Our 21st Century Library by William Reed

Our next OurStoryBridge Inc. story share features William Reed from Adirondack Community in the Town of Keene. William shares his story, Our 21st Century Library, which details how money was raised to upgrade the library in order to bring it into the 21st century. Listen to this story in its entirety at the following link:

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