Posts Tagged ‘Essex’

Sunday, March 31, 2024

ANCA’s SOIL Fund boosts two small North Country farms

A couple embrace

Saranac Lake, NY — The Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) has announced two loans that were recently awarded through the regional nonprofit’s SOIL Loan Fund. Tangleroot Farm in Essex, N.Y. and Tucker’s Black Angus Ranch in Brushton, N.Y. received zero-interest loans to use toward projects that build long-term growth and stability for their operations.

ANCA has partnered with Foodshed Capital, a certified Community Development Financial Institution that centers mission-driven lending and customized business support for underserved farmers, to award a total of five loans for small farm projects since the SOIL Loan Fund launched in 2022. These two most recent awards include a $10,000 loan to partially fund the purchase of a tractor at Tangleroot Farm and an $8,000 loan to purchase three retail freezers for Tucker’s Black Angus Ranch.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Champlain Area Trails Invites Community to Join May 11 Grand Hike

People smiling while hiking

On May 11, 2024, Champlain Area Trails (CATS) will host its signature annual Grand Hike, a 14-mile walk from Essex to Westport along scenic trails and back roads in New York’s Champlain Valley. The Grand Hike promotes healthy communities and well-being by bringing together outdoor enthusiasts, nature lovers, and community members to experience the nearly 100 miles of trails CATS has created and maintains.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Whallonsburg Grange hosts Essex Chili Cook-Off March 3

Essex chili cookoff

Essex Initiatives (EI) and The Whallonsburg Grange Hall, two non-profit organizations in Essex, NY, will host a Chili Cook-Off at the Whallonsburg Grange Hall on Sunday, March 3, between 1 and 4 p.m.

The family-friendly event will feature live music from Ploughman’s Lunch, a chili dinner, and an opportunity to taste chilis competing for the Crowd Favorite Chili category. Tickets for the Essex Chili Cook-Off are $10 (children under 10 are free) and may be purchased in advance online or at the door and all proceeds will go toward entertainment on Essex Day. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, February 18, 2024

Whallonsburg Grange Winter Lyceum Series begins Feb. 25

Author Author at the Whallonsburg Grange

The Whallonsburg Grange Winter Lyceum series, Author! Author!, will feature presentations by a rich selection of writers discussing their new work, published and in-progress. They will talk about their research, tell interesting anecdotes, discuss mistakes they made and what they left out, and explain what they learned in the process of writing and from discussing their books with live audiences. The series provides a closer look at these books and an opportunity to exchange ideas with the authors.

 

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Sunday, November 5, 2023

Old Forge Library added to Adirondack Land Trust’s Birding For All Program

Bay-Breasted Warbler

Keene, NY — The Adirondack Land Trust welcomes Old Forge Library to Birding for All, a program that donates a backpack, binoculars, and reference materials to a library’s circulating collection to facilitate local bird watching.

“Birding for All offers a chance for people to try birding for themselves and meet our winged friends,” said Old Forge Library Director Linda Weal. “This is a perfect fit with our library’s mission to provide learning opportunities and materials to people who live in Old Forge.”

Each Birding for All backpack contains Vortex Viper HD 8X42 binoculars; Sibley Birds East, a field guide for identifying birds; Adirondack Birding, a guidebook of places to spot birds in the region; materials on how to use and care for binoculars; and a notebook for users to record and share bird sightings and their experiences while using the backpack. Each backpack and its contents exceed $725 in value. The program is designed to expand access to birding by removing cost barriers to participation.

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Tuesday, October 24, 2023

Essex Food Hub Awarded $100,000 USDA Grant to grow Farm to School in the North Country

Photo Description: Essex Food Hub delivery to Plattsburgh Central School District during the Geographic Preference pilot bid in 2022.

Essex, NY– October is National Farm to School Month and Essex Food Hub is excited to announce a $100,000 grant award from the United States Department of Agriculture Farm to School Grant program. EFH is one of 103 awardees across the nation in this celebratory 10th year of the program, and among just 16 selected in the Northeast region.

Funds from the grant will be used over the next twelve months to expand and improve local food access for our North Country schools. It will allow EFH to invest in new equipment to support their minimal processing of fruits and vegetables- peeling, dicing, shredding, and/or freezing produce.

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Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Essex Community Fund names 2023 grant recipients

A permanent overhead weather shelter, constructed with support of an Essex Community Fund grant, will enhance outdoor education programming at Lakeside School.

Nearly $25,000 awarded to local nonprofits, schools, community organizations

Essex, NY – The Essex Community Fund (ECF) at Adirondack Foundation has awarded nearly $25,000 in grants to 11 organizations serving the town of Essex and nearby communities. ECF awards grants to nonprofit organizations, schools, church programs and local government activities serving residents of the town of Essex. Grants are traditionally given in support of community services, beautification, historic preservation, culture, the arts, education, and programs for youth and senior citizens. The fund was established in 2004 and has awarded over $315,000 in grants to date.

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Thursday, March 16, 2023

The Hub on the Hill equipped with automated “Double Up Food Bucks” online program

The Hub on the Hill in Essex, NY.

Toronto, Canada and Buffalo, NY – Grocerist, which makes e-commerce profitable for grocers with the first and only grocery-specific e-commerce solution built on Shopify, and Field & Fork Network, a New York State nonprofit that connects communities to innovative solutions that foster a sustainable food system, announced on February 24 that they have partnered to make New York non-profit The Hub on the Hill the first grocer in the nation to roll out an automated online solution for Double Up Food BucksDouble Up Food Bucks helps SNAP recipients stretch their benefits by matching SNAP dollars spent on fresh fruits and vegetables, doubling their impact. The program is available in 25 states, and this is the first automated, scalable solution that other grocers can leverage.

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Thursday, February 23, 2023

Free Info Session for Farmland Owners set for March 1 in Essex

Cattle on an Adirondack farm

WHALLONSBURG – The Adirondack Land Trust is hosting a free informational session for farmland owners 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 1, at the Whallonsburg Grange Hall, 1610 NY-22, Essex, NY. The event, “How do conservation easements impact farm finances?” will touch on ways farmland conservation easements can affect land values, property taxes, borrowing ability and other financial matters.

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Friday, September 16, 2022

Essex Community Fund grant recipients announced, over $21,000 awarded to community organizations serving Essex

ESSEX — The Essex Community Fund (ECF) has awarded over $21,000 to community organizations dedicated to improving the quality of life in this Champlain Valley town.

 

A total of nine organizations received funding in 2022. A component fund of Adirondack Foundation, ECF awards grants yearly to projects serving residents of Essex through community services, beautification, historic preservation, culture, the arts, education, and programs for youth and senior citizens.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2022

43rd Essex Day celebration scheduled for Aug. 6

Essex Initiatives is pleased to announce the 43rd annual Essex Day celebration is happening this Saturday, August 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Main Street in historic Essex, NY on Lake Champlain.

This family-friendly event is sure to have something to offer everyone. Attendees are welcome to enjoy live music from James Coleman, Too Tall String Band, and Marie Marie, peruse the shops on Main Street, participate in family-friendly games, and explore more than 40 unique vendors from surrounding towns.

The event also features food trucks, a town-wide yard sale as well as a book sale, watercolor class, photography class, and much more.

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Monday, July 4, 2022

Essex Theatre Company Presents John Cariani’s Almost, Maine

What is it like to experience the wonder the northern lights from a remote section of the state of Maine near the Canadian border?

Essex Theatre Company in Essex, New York, will explore this in John Cariani’s romantic comedy, Almost, Maine, in a pay-what-you-can preview on Friday, July 8 at 7 pm, and then July 9, 15, and 16 at 7 pm and July 10 and 17 at 5 pm at the historic Masonic Lodge, located at 2756 Essex Road in Essex.

The author points out, “Almost, Maine takes place over a period of about ten minutes. Each scene starts at around 8:50 pm and ends a little after 9 pm on a Friday night in the middle of winter. The plot of each scene in Almost, Maine includes some sort of ‘magical moment’. These magical moments are all happening at exactly the same time – at 9 pm. The northern lights and the magical moments give rise to one another.”

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Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Essex resident lauded for lifetime of community service

ron jackson

ESSEX — Longtime Essex volunteer Ron Jackson received the Francisca Irwin Award for Community Service at an Aug. 24 ceremony. The award, named for Francisca “Frisky” Paine Irwin, was presented to Jackson by the Essex Community Fund at Adirondack Foundation.

Jackson was recognized for over seven decades of selfless service to his community. As part of the award, he was given $1,000 from the Essex Community Fund to donate to a charity of his choosing — the Essex Volunteer Fire Department.

“I caught community service from my family,” Jackson said, “and it has stuck.”

Over 60 of Jackson’s friends and neighbors joined him for the reception, hosted at the CFES Brilliant Pathways Center in Essex. He is the third recipient of the Irwin Community Service Award since it was established in 2019; Donna Sonnett and Sally Johnson are previous recipients.

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Monday, December 21, 2020

2021 Decentralization Grant Applications Now Open

council on the artsThe 2021 Decentralization (DEC) Grant application process is now open for eligible arts organizations and individual artists residing in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, and Hamilton Counties. Artists may submit up to three direct requests of up to $5000 in any combination of two categories: Community Arts and Arts Education projects.

The requirements for submission include reading the guidelines for whichever category you are applying in and attending a free informational seminar with a Grant Coordinator. Seminars will be held online via Zoom between now and January 15. The deadline for the online application process is January 31.

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Saturday, May 2, 2020

Lawson and Clint Allen Scholarship Accepting Applicants

The Essex Community Fund at Adirondack Foundation announced the “Lawson and Clint Allen Scholarship and Educational Program Fund” is now accepting applications for graduating high school seniors within Essex and Willsboro. Eligable applications will be enrolled in public, private, or home schools with plans to attend post-secondary education at a 2 or 4 year college, or through trade certification.

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