The New York State Department of Transportation is preparing for the inevitable arrival of winter weather by making applications available for approximately 500 positions as permanent and seasonal maintenance staff across Upstate New York and Long Island.
Each September, the Department begins to hire and train staff on equipment and best practices, with the aim of having them ready to plow snow as soon as winter weather begins. » Continue Reading.
Members of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee and the public who attended the committee meeting on April 23 have chosen ‘Myths and Legends’ as the theme for the 2020 Carnival. The theme was chosen from ideas gathered from the community and Committee members. » Continue Reading.
AdkAction is set to offer Sustainable Winter Road Maintenance Training Workshops for Departments of Public Works and Highway Departments in Clinton, Essex and Franklin Counties during the week of April 8-12, 2019 as part of their ongoing Road Salt Reduction Project.
Registration is required and open to town, county, and state road maintenance crews and there is no fee to register. Lunch and coffee will also be provided free of charge. » Continue Reading.
Like most people, I thought I knew where to find fireflies: in back yards and fields on summer nights, flickering on and off like dollhouse-sized lanterns or like Tinkerbell, the tiny fairy that the author of Peter Pan invented while observing fireflies near a Scottish lake.
I was only partly right. There are about 2,000 firefly species, but not all are nocturnal. Nor are they all flashy – some don’t light up at all. Furthermore, we don’t have to wait for summer to see one.
The Town of Long Lake is set to celebrate President’s Week with daily winter activities and events.
Kicking off the schedule is a Kids Movie Night at the Town Hall on Friday the 15th, with transportation to and from provided by the Town. Call (518) 624-3077 to sign up, pick up will begin around 4 pm, with drop occurring directly following the movie. » Continue Reading.
I’d love to explain exactly what a polar vortex is, but I’ll spare you the details, mainly because I don’t know them.
Apparently, the definition of a polar vortex has been changed by the American Meteorological Society three times in the last 20 years — even the experts are still trying to nail down what it is. Besides freaking cold, I mean. » Continue Reading.
The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee has invited the public to the Grand Marshal Reception and Royalty Dinner on Tuesday, February 5 at the Hotel Saranac, 100 Main Street in Saranac Lake.
The Grand Marshal Reception will be held from 5 to 6 pm and is a free event to welcome the 2019 Winter Carnival Grand Marshal and Royalty. Snacks will be served and a cash bar will be available. » Continue Reading.
Come mid-January, when I’m acclimatized to winter, I enjoy an occasional stroll on the icy surface of Lake Champlain. I favor bays sheltered from the brunt of winter winds where the ice has had ample time to thicken. I pull microspikes on over my boots and off I go.
There’s room to roam between Burlington and the breakwater that parallels the shoreline. The lake ice locks spectacular natural art in place. Bubbles trapped under December ice are entombed as January’s ice forms below. Crystalline patterns resembling minute stars form during the various freezing and thawing cycles that occur as lake ice interacts with fallen snow. » Continue Reading.
The Long Lake Winter Carnival has been set for Saturday, January 19th, at the Mt. Sabattis Recreation Center, located at 6 Pavilion Way off of Deerland Road, NYS Route 30.
Events begin at noon, and include a bonfire, snowmobile parade, and coronation of the King and Queen. Free activities are slated throughout the day. The Cardboard Sled Races start at 1 pm with prizes awarded for speed and overall award for best decoration. » Continue Reading.
The Town of Colton’s annual Winterfest starts January 11th. The festival theme Rockin’ in the Great South Woods – will include events spread out over three consecutive weekends in January, not just during the last weekend of the month as has been done in the past.
Winterfest posters displayed in and around town highlight the new three weekend approach, and include a QR code for smartphone users to directly link to the schedule online. » Continue Reading.
The other day I was driving through New Hampshire’s Crawford Notch, where my eyes are usually drawn to the tall mountains and long, cascading waterfalls on either side of the road. But on this day my gaze shifted toward the snowbanks lining the narrow highway. The sun was shining and the landscape glittered. The sparkle of sunlight on cold white reminded me of childhood trips, when I would look out the backseat window at passing fields and imagine all those tiny glimmers were winter fairies, twirling and skipping through the snow.
Snow sparkle isn’t (as far as science has revealed) attributable to fairies, but to light bouncing off the snow at multiple angles. “When you have a really cold snowfall, you tend to get a bunch of little individual plates,” explained Adam Gill, a weather observer and meteorologist with the Mount Washington Observatory. “It’s like billions of these little tiny reflectors all over the ground. If there’s a bright light source, if you’re at the correct angle, that light source will reflect back at you.” As we move across the landscape, our angle changes, and light flashes from different directions. » Continue Reading.
Had a unicorn pranced across the trail in front of me, I wouldn’t have been surprised.
It was one of those sparkly winter days, when snow drapes fir trees and glints across the landscape. I was at the top of Cannon Mountain in New Hampshire’s Franconia Notch, and an undercast made it seem as if the summit were a sunny island above a sea of clouds. To add to the wonder, there was something magical happening in the sky, which shimmered with color and light. » Continue Reading.
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