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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Westport Library Annual Book Sale, Preview Party

The Westport Library’s annual book sale has been set for July 6, 7, 8 from 9 am to 4 pm. There are choices for children, young adults, gardeners, cooks, historians and collectors as well as novels and reference books. Books will be upstairs and downstairs as well as under a tent on the lawn. Among this year’s specials are quality art books; a large selection of vintage children’s books; vintage cookbooks; books by local authors and about the region; collectible first editions. The First View Party on July 5 from 6 to 8 pm ($15 donation) will be held the >>More

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Judith Enck to Speak About Plastic Pollution in Placid

The Adirondack Garden Club and Garden Club of Lake Placid is set to host Judith Enck, Senior Fellow and Visiting Faculty Member at Bennington College, who will give a presentation and strategy session focused on eliminating single-use plastics in the Adirondacks, at Lake Placid’s Olympic Conference Center on Tuesday, July 16, from 3 to 5:30 pm. The presentation will be about 50 minutes followed by break-out sessions to discuss how to eliminate single-use plastics in the Adirondacks. Previously Enck served as EPA Region 2 Administrator during the Obama administration, as Deputy Secretary for the Environment in the New York Governor’s >>More

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Recent Adirondack Wilderness Rescue Missions

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents in the Adirondacks. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers locate and extract lost, injured or distressed people from the Adirondack backcountry. What follows is a report, prepared by DEC, of recent missions carried out by Forest Rangers in the Adirondacks. Essex County Town of North Elba Wilderness Rescue: On June 22 at 9:54 am, DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch received a request for assistance from a 51-year-old female hiker from Montreal, Quebec, with an ankle >>More

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Bullheads: The Humble Hornpouts

Consider for a second a fish that can live in turbid, low-oxygen water. Can breathe through its skin. Eats almost anything. Has a wickedly effective defense mechanism. And is a really focused parent. Plus, it’s good to eat. We’re talking about the humble hornpout. Or “horned pout,” if you prefer. Or “mud cat.” Taxonomically, Ameiurus nebulosus. The brown bullhead. The hornpout is a catfish that ranges from near the Hudson Bay in the north to the Gulf of Mexico in the south and from the Atlantic coast westward into the nation’s midsection. The fish can be found in even more >>More

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Battenkill Swiftwater Rescue Involves Nine Paddlers

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation reported that on June 22 at 4:02 pm, DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch received a call saying that nine kayakers were stranded on the Battenkill River in Washington County, just outside the Adirondack Park. Forest Rangers reported that all nine kayakers, ranging in age from late teens to early 30s, were paddling the river when the high-water levels and rapids became too much to handle and capsized their kayaks. Several kayakers were stranded on a nearby island, with some clinging to submerged trees and one subject floating downriver. Forest Rangers Logan Quinn, Charles >>More

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

North Country REDC To Discuss Regional Economic Identity

The North Country Regional Economic Development Council (NCREDC) is set to hold a meeting Wednesday, June 26, at the Conference Center at Lake Placid Lussi Ballroom, 2nd Floor 2608 Main Street, Lake Placid, at 10 am. There will be a presentation and discussion on creating a consistent economic identity for New York’s North Country, which includes seven upstate New York counties. The goal is to use this cohesive message to position the region in the economic marketplace to attract new business and residents. The North Country Regional Economic Development Council (NCREDC) represents Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lewis and St. >>More

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

37th Tupper Lake Tinman Triathlon Set for Saturday

The 37th Tupper Lake Tinman Triathlon has been set for Saturday, June 29th. Over 650 competitors have signed up for this year’s race, which makes it the biggest field of competitors to date. New this year is an expanded athlete expo taking place during Friday’s athlete check-in from 1 to 8 pm at the Tupper Lake Civic Center. Athletes can browse various local vendors there, including The Wild Center, Birch Boys Chaga, KW Ranch & Kitchen, Tupper Arts, High Peaks Cyclery and others. The Tupper Lake Tinman Triathlon is one of the most popular and scenic races in northern New >>More

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

ADK’s Annual Cycling Event Offers New Off Road Course

Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) is set to host its 14th annual cycling event, ididaride!, on Saturday, July 27. ADK’s largest one-day fundraiser raises money for educational outreach, recreational opportunities, and stewardship and advocacy programs. The event features two distinct courses. The seventy-five mile route has not changed since the inaugural ride in 2006. Departing from the Ski Bowl Pavilion in North Creek, riders meander along Peaceful Valley Road to Route 8 through Bakers Mills, Wells, Speculator, Sabael, Indian Lake, to North River and back to North Creek on NYS Route 28. A long descent begins in the hamlet » Continue >>More

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Changes For Saranac Lakes Area Include 35 Miles of MTB Trails

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced the final Saranac Lakes Wild Forest Management Plan. The Saranac Lakes Wild Forest is comprised of 75,000 acres of Forest Preserve lands and 19,600 acres of lakes, rivers, streams, and ponds located in the towns of Santa Clara, Brighton, Tupper Lake, Harrietstown, and Franklin in Franklin County and the towns of St. Armand and North Elba in Essex County. Three of the largest population centers in the Adirondack Park-the villages of Tupper Lake, Saranac Lake, and Lake Placid-are within the general boundaries of the unit. The waterways of the » >>More

Monday, June 24, 2019

Adirondack Park Agency Nominations Delayed

Advocates for the Adirondack Park say they are disappointed at the close of the 2019 legislative session, because the Governor failed to nominate a diverse slate of six or seven nominees for the Adirondack Park Agency board that environmental and other advocates could support, and that the Senate would approve. The APA board has no chairman. Of the eight citizen members of the APA board, nominations are needed to fill seven: three vacant seats, three expired terms and one seat whose term expires Sunday. “This session was an unprecedented opportunity for Governor Cuomo and the Senate to appoint and confirm >>More