The Adirondack Community Recreation Alliance (ACRA) has awarded 12 grants to help communities create new biking and skiing trails, improve ice skating rinks, enhance terrain parks, and more.
The grant program is part of the Alliance’s work to enhance and develop recreation assets, increase region-wide stewardship, and advance policies to secure long-lasting community and economic benefits for Adirondack towns and villages.
The Northern Forest Center facilitates and participates in the Alliance and raised funds for this round of grants. The Alliance awarded close to $40,000 to help communities from Caroga to Vermontville improve recreational assets for residents.
Grants include funding to strengthen ice skating facilities and resources in Newcomb, Inlet, Ticonderoga and Elizabethtown, support pump tracks in Vermontville and Saranac Lake, create new or expanded mountain biking in Caroga, Chestertown and North Creek, enhance hiking opportunities in Long Lake, expand the terrain park at Mount Pisgah in Saranac Lake, and strengthen a volunteer network dedicated to backcountry avalanche safety education.
The Ticonderoga Historical Society will host a free program, “The Underground Railroad in Chester,” on Friday, August 16 at 7 pm at the Hancock House, 6 Moses Circle, in Ticonderoga.
Program presenters Donna LaGoy and Laura Seldman are co-authors of The Underground Railroad in the Adirondack Town of Chester. The Town of Chester in Warren County was a haven for runaway slaves escaping to Canada along the Underground Railroad.
The authors argue that the town holds at least nine confirmed or suspected sites where fugitives from the law once found shelter. » Continue Reading.
This year’s Adirondack Woof Stock – A Weekend of Peace, Paws & Music, will be held June 8-9, in Chestertown, Warren County. Dog friendly events will be held at the Town Hall from 9 am to 5 pm on Saturday and 10 am to 3 pm on Sunday. » Continue Reading.
According to a press announcement sent by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. On the night of Jan. 8, Environmental Conservation Officer Alan Brassard received a call from New York State Trooper Bryan McCormack who was at a complaint in the town of Chester with Warren County Deputy Adam Hurlburt. According to DEC, the Warren County Sheriff’s Department had received a complaint from a couple that had found a dead buck in their backyard. » Continue Reading.
The 5th Annual Rum Runners Weekend is taking place Friday, September 15, though September 17th, in Chestertown. It all kicks off at 5 pm on Friday night, as bootleggers evade the police in their classic cars, beginning at The Hub in Brant Lake, with stops at OP Fredericks, the Odd Duck, and the Bullhouse, before ending at the Panther Mountain Inn. A car show follows.
A Bootleggers Parade of classic cars will begin at noon on Saturday, starting at LaFlure Lane in Chestertown and ending at the Town Hall, followed by an American Legion USO-style Variety Show in the Town Hall Auditorium. » Continue Reading.
This year’s Adirondack Woof Stock – A Weekend of Peace, Paws & Music, will be held June 3-4, 2016 in Chestertown. Dog friendly events will be held at the Chestertown Town Hall from 9 am to 5 pm on Saturday and 10 am to 4 pm on Sunday.
Hudson Valley Dock Dogs, Beantown Disc Dogs and Doggie Fun Zone will return for the third year with dock diving, frisbee competitions, agility tests and lure chasing, as well as pet adoptions from Adirondack Save A Stray and the North Shore Animal League. Police canine demonstrations, a “Blessing of the Animals” and a dog talent show are all planned, along with vendors, food, and music all day, both days. Admission is $1 per day. » Continue Reading.
For the fourth year, Chestertown is bringing back the Roaring 20s. Rum Runners Weekend remembers Prohibition when bootleggers were an important part of local life.
The event kicks off Friday night at 5 pm when Federal Revenue Agents chase a band of bootleggers through local restaurants, starting at The Hub in Brant Lake, and then traveling to the Black Bear in Pottersville, OP Fredericks in Loon Lake, and the Odd Duck and The Bullhouse in Chestertown. At 9 pm, the bootleggers then move to a basement casino featuring blackjack and roulette at The Bullhouse ($25 admission), while nearby the Panther Mountain Inn is transformed into a Jazz Club. » Continue Reading.
“Fork to Fork”, a 55-mile cycling event and culinary tour circling three scenic lakes and traveling through several Adirondack hamlets, will take place on May 21st.
Cyclist will travel from The Hub in Brant Lake (a tavern and bike shop), through Palisades Road, Beaver Pond, Valentine Pond, circling Schroon Lake and traveling through the hamlets of Adirondack, Schroon Lake, Pottersville, Loon Lake and Chestertown, and returning to The Hub. » Continue Reading.
Planning has begun for this year’s Adirondack Woof Stock – A Weekend of Peace, Paws & Music, being held June 18-19, 2016 in Chestertown. Last year about 3,000 people attended with an estimated 1,000 dogs over the two day event.
Organizers are reporting that there is room for more vendors, pet groomers, fence companies, a pet photograper, dog trainers, and other pet friendly vendors interested in attending. Vendor space is $50 for the weekend. » Continue Reading.
The Tri Lakes Business Alliance will present its fourth annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Chestertown on Saturday, March 12, 2016, with a step-off at 1 pm.
The parade will start at Foster Flats Road at the south end of Main Street and end on the north end at Church Street. The Galway Gaelic Pipe & Drums of Glens Falls, will be featured as well as the North Warren High School Band. The parade Master of Ceremonies will be Paul Carstenson and the Grand Marshalls will be Fred Monroe, former long-time Supervisor of the Town of Chester and his wife Carol. » Continue Reading.
The only certified organic farm in Warren County may be the smallest commercial farm in the county as well.
Operated by Rand Fosdick and Nancy Welch in Chestertown, the 10,000 square foot Landon Hill Estate Farm generates enough produce to stock the farm stand, provide weekly harvest baskets to subscribers and feed the couple and their friends.
Now in its second year of production, the farm is expected to register a profit next year, said Rand Fosdick. » Continue Reading.
More than 20 miles of trails are available in Chester, Northern Warren County, as part of the newly inaugurated Chester Challenge.
The Chester Challenge is comprised of 11 newly designated trails that vary from moderate climbs to level terrain. Hikers that visit at least six of the trails can receive a Chester Challenge pin and bragging rights. Although not nearly as rigorous as Adirondack hiking challenges such as the Saranac 6 or the Cranberry 50, the Almanack has learned that some hikers have made the effort more difficult by completing all the hikes in a single day. » Continue Reading.
Chestertown is going to the dogs next weekend with activities geared toward man, woman, and child’s best friend. Woof Stock will take place June 20-21.
According to Adirondack Woof Stock Chairperson Cindy Mead the new event is an opportunity for current dog owners, or want-to-be canine owners, to travel back to the 60s for a weekend of “peace, paws and music.” » Continue Reading.
The Community Fund for the Gore Mountain Region (CFGMR) is accepting applications from area schools, nonprofit organizations and local governments for its 2015 grant cycle.
A component fund of Adirondack Foundation, CFGMR was established in 2005 and offers grants to organizations in the towns of Johnsburg, Chester, Minerva, Horicon and Schroon. Grants will support community beautification, historic preservation, culture and the arts, education, recreation, and programs for youth and seniors. Grant requests are limited to $1,000. » Continue Reading.
In my book Echoes in These Mountains, I suggested two possible routes for the old military road used by Sir William Johnson during the French and Indian War, and later used by his son Sir John Johnson in his raids on the Mohawk Valley. In recent years however, I’ve given this historical problem more thought as new evidence has come forward.
For example, I’ve seen the swivel cannon said to have been left by Sir John Johnson’s raiders near Bartman Road in Bakers Mills. Also, Tom Askens has shared with me that he has found small “cannon balls” in his garden at the intersection of Bartman Road and Coulter/Armstrong Road. » Continue Reading.
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