The Hamilton Healthy Food Connections program, offering financial assistance for fresh foods at local farmers markets, is returning in 2021.
“We see this as an extension of that neighbor who sneaks onto your porch and leaves you a couple of whatever they’re growing,” says Ben Strader, Director of the Blue Mountain Center. “It’s local food and local people, sharing.”
In 2020, Hamilton Healthy Food Connections program began with funding from the Adirondack Foundation’s Sudden and Urgent Needs Fund – a Covid-19 relief fund dedicated to meeting immediate, pandemic-related needs here in the Adirondacks. The program, organized by Blue Mountain Center’s Hamilton Helps Project and the Indian Lake Community Development Corporation (ILCDC), was intended to help Hamilton County residents access fresh and healthy food at nearby farmers markets. It offered $20 “farmers market certificates” redeemable for any fresh produce or meat at Hamilton County farmers markets.
Since the Halloween Storm raged through Hamilton County on October 31, 2019, excellent progress has been made to mitigate damage. In the wake of the storm, departments worked unceasingly to make roads passable. Then, they spent the spring, summer, and fall repairing infrastructure and stabilizing streams. Work continues, with more projects on tap for 2021.
Greg Boyer, Hamilton County Department of Public Works Road Supervisor II, reported that when the storm first hit, crew members spent countless hours making the roads passable.
“Crews were fabulous as far as getting together to get the work done, and making roads accessible for people to get in and out of their houses,” Boyer said. “Everyone worked together really well.”
The Hamilton County DPW completed the following flood mitigation projects:
Farm fresh fruits and vegetables are a highlight of the Adirondack summer, but for those with limited incomes, this source of produce may be entirely inaccessible. A new offering at no cost to eligible seniors and individuals in need has been launched by a partnership of community groups this summer.
The Hamilton Healthy Food Connections program offers $20 nutrition certificates to all Hamilton County seniors who currently rely on delivered meals from the Warren/Hamilton County Office of the Aging meal sites. Hamilton County Community Action food pantry clients are also eligible.
Public input is sought for the selection of 5-10 priority hiking trails within Hamilton County for inclusion in a trail maintenance plan as the primary goal of the Hamilton County Trails into Prosperity project. The project will enhance recreational opportunities, bolster local economies, and improve natural resource user experience by designing comprehensive trail maintenance and sustainability plans for key Hamilton County hiking trails. Those who hike in Hamilton County are encouraged to complete a brief survey regarding priority trail selection.
Hamilton County Public Health and Nursing Services, Blue Mountain Center and the Town of Long Lake collaborated to help create information signage to be distributed throughout Hamilton County.
Hamilton County continues to see the lowest number of Covid-19 cases in New York State and the North Country region. The signage collaboration was created as an educational campaign for residents and visitors. Hamilton County communities are committed to the safety of everyone while strategically re-opening local businesses. The signs encourage guests to practice physical distancing and mask wearing to help businesses stay open.
I’m not sure if it’s the Irish in me or the fact that I’m intrigued by old-fashioned games, but Irish Road Bowling hits the mark.
Though it has a bit of a convoluted history on whether the game originated with the Dutch in Ireland or Irish patriots, road bowling has been a rural sport in Ireland since the 1600s. It remains somewhat popular in Ireland with an internationally recognized governing body. » Continue Reading.
February may be the shortest month on the calendar, but it is a month full of Adirondack festivals and winter celebrations. One place to finish the season off February is the 18th annual Frozen Fire and Lights in Inlet.
It is the perfect place to celebrate the best of the winter season. Always held on the last Saturday in February, this year Inlet’s town-wide celebration lands on Leap Day. » Continue Reading.
Snowmobilers in the Adirondacks will now have access to an interactive trail map on their phone to better plan their outdoor riding adventures in one of the largest trail networks in New York State.
The new, free Adirondacks, USA snowmobile app contains information about the trails in Essex, Franklin and Hamilton counties, and nearby gas stations, stores, restaurants and lodging properties that welcome sledders. Additional trails in neighboring counties are expected to be eventually be added to provide a more comprehensive map. » Continue Reading.
Once again the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts is continuing their 10-year tradition of providing professional theatre throughout the Adirondack Park. This year’s three different productions: a drama, outdoor Shakespeare in the Park, and a musical.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has issued the final recreation management plan (RMP) for Cedarlands Conservation Easement Tract in Hamilton County.
Located in Hamilton County, in the town of Long Lake, the 4,890-acre Cedarlands Conservation Easement Tract was acquired by the DEC in 2002. DEC worked with private landowners and land managers to develop public access on these lands they felt protected natural resources and retained timber management jobs. The easement remains a working forest and includes a summer residential camp and the 397-acre McRorie Lake. » Continue Reading.
The annual ADK Restaurant Week is kicking off this weekend at fine dining establishments offering prix-fixe menu with prices of $15, $20, and $30. The special 8-day event continues through May 9 with wonderful menu options to explore. I like the ease of ordering a three-course meal at a fixed price. It gives chefs room for creativity at an affordable price-point for the customers. » Continue Reading.
My family has consistently been a part of the Irish Road Bowling tradition that takes to the streets of Indian Lake each St. Patrick’s Day weekend.
Last year we joined over 60 teams to take turns bowling along the lane with the hopes of finishing with the lowest score. Don’t worry if you don’t like to bowl, the costumed teams make it just as much fun to watch as it is to play. » Continue Reading.
Paul Smith’s College Adirondack Watershed Institute and the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District have collaborated on a study detailing long term trends of the water quality in 21 Hamilton County lakes.
“The State of Hamilton County Lakes: A 25 Year Perspective 1993 – 2017” was developed to deliver a countywide assessment of the current and historical water quality status and in hopes of guiding future watershed management decisions. » Continue Reading.
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