Posts Tagged ‘Wilmington’

Monday, May 20, 2024

Whiteface region to host bike and foot races this June

Whiteface MTB participants

 

Whiteface Uphill Bike Race now includes handcycle division

Wilmington, NY – The Whiteface Region of Upstate New York is gearing up to host a number of race events. The Whiteface Mountain Uphill Bike and Foot races, the Wilmington Whiteface Mountain Bike Race, and the Wilmington Whiteface Whiskey Run all take place during the month of June.

According to Michelle Preston, director of the Whiteface Visitors Bureau, the events entice participants from throughout the Northeast who love the region’s natural beauty and challenging courses.

“This is such an exciting time in Wilmington,” she said. “The races provide an opportunity to showcase the Wilmington community, the area’s rugged backcountry terrain, amazing Adirondack scenery, and our growing mountain bike trail network. We are really excited about the addition of a handcycle division to one of the bike races.”

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Saturday, May 4, 2024

Wilmington welcomes new residents, honors long-time contributors at community dinner

Two women

The Town of Wilmington welcomed several new families to the community April 17, at its 38th annual Wilmington Community Dinner presented by the Whiteface Visitors Bureau. Visitors Bureau Director Michelle Preston said the dinner is a chance to introduce new community members, and also for old friends who may not have seen each other for a while to catch up. The dinner was held at The Hungry Trout restaurant and attracted 80 people, with welcoming remarks by Wilmington Supervisor Favor Smith. Also honored were Wilmington Citizen of the Year Leslie Gordon Kopec, and Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Billie Loughran.

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Friday, April 5, 2024

Volunteers Needed for Earth Day Ausable River Cleanup on April 20

People clean up the bank of Ausable River.

Keene, NY- The Ausable River Association (AsRA) will host its annual Earth Day Ausable River cleanup on Saturday, April 20. Volunteers will assist AsRA in removing garbage and debris from roadways and riverbanks in the Lake Placid, Wilmington, Jay, Upper Jay, and Keene communities. Lunch and raffle prizes will be available after the cleanup to celebrate coming together to care for the river.

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Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Adirondack-area establishments announce new hires, appointments

Several nonprofit organizations and other establishments, including the Cloudsplitter Foundation, the Ausable River Association, the Depot Theatre, and Rockwell Falls Public Library have recently announced a slew of new staff and board appointments. See below roundup for details about these developments. 

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Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Adirondack Region Featured In Condé Nast Traveler’s “24 Places To Go In 2024”

Whiteface Mountain in winter

Lake Placid, NY  – The Adirondack region has been included in Condé Nast Traveler’s annual list of places to visit. Upstate New York was recognized as one of the “24 Places to Go in 2024,” with the Adirondack region, along with area attractions and hotel properties receiving specific mention.

Upstate New York is one of 24 destinations featured in the magazine’s annual roundup and one of three North American destinations included on the list, along with Santa Fe, New Mexico and Quebec, Canada. Other locations featured in “24 Places to Go in 2024” include: Budapest, Hungary; French Polynesia; the Kimberley, Australia; Kobe, Japan; Mauritius; Madagascar; South and Central Sri Lanka; and South Island, New Zealand. The Upstate New York section of the Condé Nast feature provides information about both the Hudson Valley and the Adirondack regions. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, November 19, 2023

Whiteface Mountain Anticipates Opening Friday, Nov. 24

Whiteface Mountain in winter

 

Skiing and Snowboarding Top to Bottom for the Second Straight Year

Wilmington, NY– The New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (Olympic Authority) announces that Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington will open Friday, Nov. 24, conditions permitting, with skiing and snowboarding from the summit to the base lodge.

The snowmaking crew at Whiteface has been laying down a thick base, thanks to recent colder temperatures and additional help from natural snow. Last year for the first time in history, Whiteface, which has the greatest vertical drop east of the Rockies, opened from top to bottom on opening day, and crews are once again leveraging their advanced, high-efficiency snowmaking systems to repeat that achievement this year.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2023

Housing Assistance Program of Essex County to build affordable apartments in Wilmington

Wilmington Supervisor Roy Holzer

Elizabethtown, NY —The Housing Assistance Program of Essex County (HAPEC) will build six affordable apartments in Wilmington after being awarded $1.3 million through a competitive New York State funding opportunity. The group will use an award from the Small Rural Development Initiative to build three duplex houses on a vacant lot on Route 86. The development, to be known as the Homestead Housing Project, will serve individuals and families earning at or below 80 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI). In 2023, an Essex County family of four could earn up to $64,950 to be eligible for the resulting apartments. The apartments are expected to be ready for occupancy by spring 2025.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Whiteface Mountain region to host race events this June

Whiteface MTB participants

Wilmington, NY – The Whiteface Mountain region of upstate New York is gearing up to host a series of race events this June. The Whiteface Mountain Uphill Bike and Foot races, along with the Wilmington Whiteface mountain bike race, take place in early June. The Wilmington Whiteface Whiskey Run takes place a few weeks later, closer to the end of the month.

According to Michelle Preston, director of the Whiteface Visitors Bureau, the events entice participants from throughout the Northeast who love the region’s natural beauty and challenging courses.

“We are so excited to host these events again this year,” she said. “The races provide an opportunity to showcase the area’s rugged backcountry terrain, beautiful scenery, and abundant forests, allowing participants to immerse themselves in nature and enjoy the great outdoors while participating in a sport they love.”

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Tuesday, April 18, 2023

Ausable River clean up event set for Earth Day, April 22

Woman cleaning up a roadside.

The Ausable River Association (AsRA), in partnership with One Tree Planted and NRS, is hosting a cleanup along the roadside of the West Branch, East Branch, and Main Stem Ausable River in the communities of Wilmington, Lake Placid, Keene, Upper Jay, and Jay. This cleanup event is slated for Earth Day, Saturday, April 22. All are encouraged to participate in this opportunity to give back to local communities by picking up and removing trash that’s built up throughout the winter.

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Monday, January 9, 2023

472 acres of ADK land protected through Adirondack Land Trust and Lake Placid Land Conservancy merger

Mountain bikers on a trail

KEENE — The merger of two nationally accredited land trusts streamlines operations and ensures continued open space protection in New York’s Adirondack Park.

Effective January 1, 2023, the Lake Placid Land Conservancy (LPLC) will merge into the Adirondack Land Trust as approved by the New York State Attorney General’s office and the Secretary of State. The assets, programs and land stewardship responsibilities of LPLC will be transferred to the Adirondack Land Trust.

Through the merger, 472 acres in the towns of North Elba, Jay, Keene and Wilmington will be added to the Adirondack Land Trust’s portfolio of land protection sites. This includes the Three Sisters Preserve in Wilmington, which is a popular destination for mountain biking, trail running, hiking and snowshoeing, and serves as a community connector between the town’s bike skills park and Forest Preserve trails adjacent to Hardy Road. Public access will remain the same and preserve signage will be updated.

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Monday, October 31, 2022

New signs installed around Mirror Lake describe ecosystem, challenges, & protection efforts

WILMINGTON, NY — Pedestrians along popular lakeside routes in the Village of Lake Placid will find four new interpretive signs describing the Mirror Lake ecosystem, challenges to it, and protection efforts underway. The Ausable River Association (AsRA), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), and Paul Smith’s College Adirondack Watershed Institute partnered to design and produce the four educational signs.

The colorful and accessible signs provide information on the aquatic food web, the watershed, road salt impacts, and monitoring efforts on Mirror Lake. Jon Stetler of RPI developed the idea for the signs working with AsRA’s staff. They were designed by Andre Guilbo and produced with funds from the National Science Foundation through RPI and from the Lake Champlain Basin Program and NEIWPCC through AsRA.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Dr. Curt Stager to present at Ausable River Association Dinner, Sept. 28

WILMINGTON, NY — The Ausable River Association will host their first ever “September Shindig” on September 28 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. All are welcome for an evening of fine dining and camaraderie at The Hungry Trout Resort in Wilmington, NY. The night will feature Dr. Curt Stager, author and professor of natural sciences at Paul Smith’s College, as guest speaker. Dr. Stager will present an update on climate change in the Adirondacks based on a long-term study he is preparing to publish.

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Sunday, July 17, 2022

YouTube Personalities, Singletracks Writer Bike in the Adirondacks

LAKE PLACID, NY (July 12, 2022) – The Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism is promoting the growing network of mountain bike trails in the region by arranging for travel writers and video content producers to visit the area. YouTube personalities Mo and Hannah, along with a writer from Singletracks, visited the region at the end of June.

Mo Assoum and Hannah Binder, also known as Awesome MTB, produce travel-related mountain biking and paddling videos that they share on their YouTube channel, blog and social media accounts. They visited the region from June 27 – July 2 to ride trails in Lake Placid, Wilmington and Elizabethtown. They also spent time paddling, exploring the communities and speaking with local residents to learn what makes this area special.

The mountain bike duo rode the Hardy trails in Wilmington with a group of local mountain bikers and the Blueberry Trail System in Elizabethtown a few days later with riders from that community. “I think the Blueberry trails are our favorite in this part of the Adirondacks,” Mo said. “But the Hardy trails were incredible, too. The entire mountain bike community here is pretty special.”

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Thursday, June 23, 2022

Adirondack area organizations announce promotions/new hires

Several Adirondack-area nonprofit organizations, including the Ausable River Association, Adirondack Council, and View Arts Center, recently announced a lineup of promotions and new hires.
Carolyn Koestner joins Ausable River Association and Lake Champlain Sea Grant

Carolyn Koestner. Photo provided by the Ausable River Association.

Wilmington, NY — Carolyn Koestner of Saranac Lake has joined the staff of the Ausable River Association (AsRA). Her position as geographic information system (GIS) mapping and science communications fellow is made possible through a partnership with Vermont-based Lake Champlain Sea Grant (LCSG). Earlier this year, LCSG awarded AsRA a two-year competitive fellowship that provides $25,000 a year toward the hire of an early career professional. A generous donor gave the required match commitment to AsRA to make this new opportunity possible.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Scouting out potential future mountain biking adventures

wilmington

It was January, and the snow was crusty and slick but not deep, not the sort of base you would want to ride a mountain bike on — so of course that’s exactly what someone had done at Otis Mountain where we were doing a little hiking on an excellent trail network that in summer will be filled with cyclists.

He had ridden across the famed Otis Mountain waterfall, which was frozen solid up top with a precipitous drop as reward for an untimely slip, and he (it had to be a he, right?) had ridden up and down some gawdawful slopes with attendant slides and spinouts evident by his track.

It reminded me of a Lollapalooza I had attended (long story, not worth it) where I saw a bruised and blood-drenched kid staggering out of the mosh pit and heard one of his friends gush, “Wow, you must have really been having fun.”

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