Posts Tagged ‘Adirondack Women’

Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Champlain Area Trails Celebrates Third Anniversary of CATSWomen Hiking Group

CATS Women hiking

New York’s Champlain Valley – Champlain Area Trails (CATS), the accredited land trust dedicated to creating and maintaining sustainable trails and protecting land in the Champlain Valley, celebrated the third anniversary of its CATSWomen hiking group. CATSWomen is a volunteer-led group that creates a welcoming space for women of all ages and abilities to gain confidence in the outdoors by hiking together.

Over the past three years, CATSWomen has hosted numerous hikes on CATS trails, such as Cheney Mountain, Viall’s Crossing, and other Champlain Valley area trails, like Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain. The group celebrated its anniversary with a potluck at a member’s home, with over 25 attendees sharing stories from their adventures over the past three years. » Continue Reading.


Monday, June 12, 2023

Kelly Griffin: You Have to Love this work and Other Lessons

kelly griffin, hairdresser and a client in a chair

Part of an ongoing series of women in business

Kelly Griffin knows of what she speaks.  Owner of hair salon Studio 30 in Saranac Lake, Kelly’s current clients include some of her first, when she first became a stylist some 30 years ago. She smiles at the thought that those first hair cuts might not have been her best, but the customers kept coming back. She continues to juggle the challenges of professional and personal life as the years have sped by.  But Kelly loves what she does, and that’s part of her message to young women who are making career decisions, the importance of loving what you do!

Ninth generation Saranac Lake, Kelly  is the daughter of Philip “Bunk” and Paula Griffin.  Her mother Paula was a nurse’s aid at Saranac Lake’s then General Hospital where her father  “Bunk”  was head cook. Paula was an inspiration to Kelly in many ways,  but particularly because of her compassion to others.  It was Kelly’s plan to become a nurse, and to work as a hair stylist while she attended nursing school. She began a cosmetology program at the Adirondack Education Center ( https://www.fehb.org/  ) while still in high school.  After she took her State Boards, she was thrilled at her new profession as she felt pride in applying her caring and creative skills to make her clients feel better about themselves.   Thoughts of nursing took a back burner,

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Pilot Betty Pettitt Nicholas: Pioneer in the Sky (Part 3)

Betty left the state aeronautics commission when the term of boss and close friend Cap Cornish, director, was ended by a newly elected governor in 1952. But, as Betty Pettitt Nicholas after her 1953 marriage, she remained busy in other aviation-related positions, and took frequent flights in the Cessna 170 that she and husband Ted had purchased. A trip in summer 1955 took them farther away from home than most: they journeyed to Quebec, Canada, and flew over her old haunts in the Adirondacks on the way home. She also took part in flying contests, and earned a bronze-and-glass candy-dish trophy in 1958 for winning a spot-landing competition (extreme accuracy in wheel touchdown).

Such was her life in the 1960s, flying for fun, taking part in air races sponsored by the 99s (in the first one in 1961, she finished sixth), and promoting aviation at every opportunity. She also found employment with the College Life Insurance Company, working as executive secretary to the president and chairman of the board. In 1967, she and Ted bought a new Cessna 150, and that summer enjoyed a trip to Montreal, where they experienced Expo 67 (the World’s Fair), one of the greatest events the city has ever hosted. How popular was it? In a nation of 20 million, and a province of about 6 million, attendance surpassed 50 million, a record that still stands. » Continue Reading.


Friday, June 16, 2017

Women in Leadership Series Forum in Old Forge

Women in LeadershipThe Adirondack Research Consortium has announced the third of its Women in Leadership Series Workshops: “Women in the Arts and Humanities.”

The workshop is scheduled for 10 am to 2:30 pm, on Wednesday, June 21st at the VIEW in Old Forge, NY.

The purpose of this workshop is to discuss challenges and opportunities for women in the arts and humanities by looking at trends in a broad and regional scale. The goal is to develop recommendations for future actions and research needs through facilitated discussions.  The program includes a morning panel discussion with invited professionals working in the arts and humanities, lunch, and a facilitated afternoon discussion with all attendees.
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