Posts Tagged ‘Old Forge’

Saturday, March 2, 2024

Public info sessions set for managing pond-dwelling Adirondack brook trout

Trout Power volunteer holds a brook trout.

On Friday, March 1, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced that the NYS DEC will hold two public information sessions in March to discuss a new draft Adirondack Brook Trout Pond Management Plan currently under development by DEC. The plan, once adopted following public review and input, will guide the State’s actions for the next 15 years for managing pond-dwelling Adirondack brook trout.

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Thursday, February 29, 2024

Rev. Robert Howard Wallace Jr., Fulton Chain Missionary

On August 24, 2023, I presented a program about Inlet’s 1901 Church of the Lakes at the church. Its video is on the Inlet Historical Society’s Facebook page. I included a photograph of its steeple bell inscribed with the motto “Come Let Us Worship” and the name of its first pastor, “Rev. R. Howard Wallace, Jr. “

During my research, I learned that Rev. Wallace directed the founding of other churches in the region, including the precursor to the present Niccolls Memorial Church in Old Forge. Contemporary newspapers reported his efforts and his impact on the communities he served during almost nine years in the area. I now wanted to learn about this little-known former pastor from a small parish in Orange County who came to the Fulton Chain at age 68 and founded religious organizations for two population centers in their infancy.

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Saturday, February 24, 2024

Great Backyard Bird Count: Turkeys, chickadees, blue jays & more

Blue Jay in the Potter Trap. Photo by Gary Lee.

Well, we finally had a whole week of winter at one time with [morning] temperatures in single digits (even below zero a couple of days) and snow four days in a row. That kept the snowmobilers riding through the weekend, but trails hit by the sun are bare again with all that traffic. There were a few accidents, four went in the open water of the Inlet channel and one snowmobiler hit a pressure crack on Indian Lake. A rescue vehicle going to that accident went through the ice, [they] self-rescued and got out. The injured snowmobiler was brought to shore and a waiting ambulance.

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Saturday, February 17, 2024

Recent storm spurs memory of Chibougamau Lake fishing trip

Blue Jays sitting in a tree

We hit all kinds of weather and temperature changes going to Utica two times this week. Starting out in the dark on Friday, [Feb. 9] the temperature was near freezing with a misty rain that tried to freeze on the windshield, but as we went further south the skies nearly cleared and we even saw a sunrise in Utica. The clouds moved in during the day, but only a few short showers passed through and it was mostly clear on the way home.

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Monday, February 12, 2024

Old Forge events pair sweets and eats

Desserts on a table

Two long-standing events are taking place in Old Forge this week, including the Old Forge Library’s annual Sweetheart Dessert Contest on Wednesday, Feb. 14 and View’s 17th annual Chili Bowl Luncheon on Saturday, Feb. 17. See below for additional details about these events. 

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Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Old Forge Winter Carnival set for Feb. 10 & 11

Fireworks display

Old Forge’s annual Winter Carnival is slated for this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 10-11. On Saturday, winter enthusiasts are encouraged to head to the McCauley Mountain Ski Area opening at 9 a.m. for Alpine and Nordic skiing. At 5 p.m. guests are welcome to enjoy live music by Doug Green in the chalet.

The coronation of this year’s Royal King and Queen, Dale and Diane Heroux, is scheduled for 7 p.m. on the Playmate Slope, followed by night skiing and a torchlight skiing show by the Town of Webb UFSD Alpine Ski Team. In traditional fashion, the evening will conclude with a fireworks display.

On Sunday, McCauley Mountain will open at 9 a.m. for Nordic and Alpine activities. At 1 p.m., folks are invited to warm up with s’mores beside open fire pits. Musician Doug Green will return for live music at 2 p.m. in the chalet. The Town of Webb UFSD Junior Class will host the annual cardboard sled races beginning at 3 p.m., with categories like fastest sled and most people in one sled. For more information about the carnival, call the Old Forge Visitor’s Information Center at (315) 369-6983.

Photo at top: Fireworks display at a previous Old Forge Winter Carnival. Photo courtesy of the Old Forge Visitor’s Information Center.


Sunday, January 14, 2024

Ringing in the New Year with a polar plunge

woman in fur coat and hat on a balcony

My friend and I rang in the new year by polar plunging! I started [polar plunging] in 2007 in Lake George and continued for 4 or 5 years.  Then a friend and I started plunging in Caroga Lake. One year we were in Old Forge for New Year’s Eve. When we woke up, it was a true 23 below [zero] before the windchill.  The hotel parking lot was full of trucks, trailers, and snowmobiles, none of which would start. Many cars were lined up at the gas station to fill tires with air. We called the Caroga plunge coordinator all the way home, hoping it would be cancelled. By the time we got there, the temperature had warmed up to a balmy zero degrees…so in we went!

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Saturday, January 13, 2024

Juvenile loon frees itself from Old Forge Pond

Iced-in loon on Old Forge Pond

It is finally white outside, but with possible warmer weather [and] rain and snow coming this week, it may not last very long. Last Thursday night the temperature plummeted to near zero [degrees] with the stars and moon shining bright most of the night with no wind. All lakes in this area froze that night with a coating of ice. Not very thick, but they were mostly ice covered. [The ice is not thick] enough to walk on (and certainly not [thick] enough to snowmobile on.) Check any ice [thickness and conditions] before you travel on any iced-over, snow-covered lakes.

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Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Old Forge: Halloween comes to View with events through October 28

Winners of the View's 2022 Halloween Party Costume Contest

Old Forge, NY — Get into the Halloween spirit at View Arts Center this year with 5 nights of frights from October 24 – 28, as part of their 3rd Annual Halloweek Spooktacular, ending again with their free Monster Mash Halloween Party.

On Wednesday, October 25, a Halloween Cocktail Class is being offered by View, where participants will be learning, making, and tasting three themed drinks. The class is $25 per person and includes everything you need to make the cocktails. The class is open to guests aged 21+ only. Space will be limited. Register online at the link: ViewArts.org/Halloween.

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Tuesday, October 24, 2023

LivingADK holds annual meeting, presents 2023 Tip of the Cap awards

People mingle at tables during a meeting View's Gould Hall

LivingADK held their annual meeting on the evening of Thursday, October 19 at View, the arts center in Old Forge. Following the meeting, LivingADK staff and board members honored this year’s Tip of the CAP nominees.  Tip of the CAP awards serve as an opportunity for community members to publicly thank an individual, group, business, or organization they feel has made a positive difference within the communities of Forestport, Webb, Old Forge, Eagle Bay, Inlet, Raquette Lake, Long Lake, and Blue Mountain Lake.


Thursday, October 19, 2023

Old Forge Library to host fundraiser, Halloween-themed events & more

Old Forge, NY – Old Forge Library staff have announced a variety of activities, including a spooky season-themed fundraiser, that are sure to appeal to a wide array of interests and help curb cabin fever that typically begins to hit with the oncoming of chillier temperatures. Please see a roundup of events below for more details on these programs and activities which include, Nevermore: A Raven Good Time fundraiser at Nest [a restaurant in Thendara], an Open Mic Night hosted by Ken Carman, free Halloween-themed grab/craft bags for kids, and Wednesday Night Craft Get-Togethers.

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Saturday, September 16, 2023

Old Forge Library to host Autumn Equinox celebration, Meet-the-Candidates event

Old Forge, NY- Old Forge Library staff has recently announced that they will host a casual Meet-the-Town of Webb-Candidates event on the evening of Tuesday, September 19 to celebrate National Voter Registration Day, and an Autumn Equinox Celebration which is slated for Thursday, September 21. See below for more details about these events.

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Saturday, September 16, 2023

View to host Sept. 20 meeting regarding creation of Community Theatre

view arts buildingOld Forge, NY- View Arts Center is excited to announce that it will be starting a Community Theatre and will be holding its first Community Theatre Interest Meeting on Wednesday, September 20, 2023, at 5 p.m. View’s goal will be to produce plays and musicals that will star local talent found in Old Forge and the surrounding area.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2023

LivingADK to host Town of Webb “Meet the Candidate” Night at View, Sept. 13

Old Forge, NY – LivingADK will again be hosting a Town of Webb Meet the Candidate Night on Wednesday, September 13, 2023 from 7 to 9 p.m.. at View Arts Center located at 3273 State Route 28 in Old Forge, NY. This event is created for the benefit of our electorate and is primarily for the contested seats within the Town of Webb although uncontested candidates are encouraged to participate. This evening is a more formal structure as compared to the Old Forge Library’s Voter Registration Day, Meet & Eat event scheduled for September 19 where the library will encourage residents to mingle and speak with the candidates in a relaxed setting.

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Monday, September 4, 2023

40th running of the 90-Miler slated for Sept. 8-10

Racers ready for the day 1 start during a previous Adirondack Canoe Classic.

The Adirondack Canoe Classic — more commonly known as the 90-Miler — will celebrate its 40th anniversary Sept. 8-10, with over 250 boats and more than 700 paddlers.

The race is hosted by the Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) with support from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, dozens of businesses, nonprofits and communities, as well as countless volunteers. It takes paddlers on a three-day journey from Old Forge to Saranac Lake — the first 90 miles of the 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail.

This event includes a full contingent of solo, tandem, four-person, and eight-person canoes as well as solo and tandem kayaks, one- and two-person guideboats, and stand-up paddle boards.

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