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Thursday, August 22, 2019

A 90-Miler Adirondack Canoe Classic Watcher’s Guide


The 37th Annual Adirondack Canoe Classic, the 3-day, 90-mile paddling event from Old Forge to Saranac Lake, will take place September 6 – 8, 2019. Here is what you need to know: The 90-Miler attracts a full contingent of solo, tandem, 4 person and 8 person canoes, solo and tandem kayaks and one and two person guide boats. More than 600 people, from 22 different states, are expected to take part during the fall foliage season. The Adirondack Watershed Alliance (AWA) works with local municipalities, tourism agencies, volunteer groups and local businesses to host paddlers for this North Country » >>More


Thursday, August 22, 2019

Low Waters, Bear Advisories: Current Adirondack Outdoor Conditions (Aug 22)


This weekly report of outdoor recreation conditions in the Adirondacks is compiled each Thursday afternoon and fully updated by Friday afternoon. Contribute Your Knowledge: Add a comment below, or send your observations, corrections, updates, and suggestions to adklmanack@gmail.com. Learn and practice the seven Leave No Trace principles. Carry out what you have carried in. Do not leave gear, food, or other items at lean-tos and campsites. Do not litter. Take the free online Leave No Trace course here. BE PREPARED! Start slow, gain experience. Carry proper safety equipment and weather protection and bring plenty of water and lights, and a >>More


Thursday, August 22, 2019

NYSERDA Offering LED Street Lighting Webinars


New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (LRC) are teaming up for the LED Street Lighting Academy – a series of four monthly webinars to educate local governments on LED street lighting options and better prepare municipal decision-makers for interacting with contractors and the public. By converting street lights to energy-efficient LED technology, local governments can save taxpayer dollars, provide better lighting, reduce energy use, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The webinars will take place on Tuesdays at 10 am on the following dates: Sept. 10 – LED Street Lighting – Help is >>More


Thursday, August 22, 2019

Lake George Dinosaurs Add Interest to Magic Forest


No one is too old to visit a dinosaur park and the inaugural year of Dino Roar Valley is the proof of it. An expansion of the historic Magic Forest amusement park (which has operated since 1963) just south of the Village of Lake George, Dino Roar Valley hosts 20 life-size animatronic dinosaurs along a nature trail. General Manager John Collins says the dinosaurs are based on dinosaur skeletal remains – they may breathe, blink, roar, or move limbs. “There are also activities along the trails,” says Collins. “The walking trail is educational and entertaining. I think it appeals » >>More


Wednesday, August 21, 2019

An Adirondack Guideboat Returns to Long Lake


Charles Bryan, in  The Raquette, River of the Forest (1964), argued that Long Lake played a major role in the development of the the Adirondack Guideboat.  That legacy got a local revival recently, when Long Lake resident Colleen Smith re-launched a guideboat on Long Lake built there by her grandfather George W. Smith in the early 1900s. A neighbor, Gordon Fisher, spotted an advertisement for the boat and recognized it was made in Long Lake, but was unsure of the builder. Fisher contacted Long Lake boat builder Bunny Austin about brokering the » Continue Reading. View original post.


Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Rare Native American Militaria On Exhibit at Fort Ti


Rare Native American artifacts are on display at Fort Ticonderoga in the exhibition “The Art of Resistance: Selections from the Robert N. Nittolo Collection” for a limited time only through October 2019. These items have never been put on view before, and are from the Robert Nittolo collection, considered among the most significant private collections of 18th century militaria. Objects include a rare Native American style bag with quill work and a war club which represent distinctive martial material culture of Native Americans in the late 18th century. These items have a unique artistic vocabulary of Native People, » Continue >>More


Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Great Civil War Beard and Hairdo Contest


The Hadley-Lake Luzerne Historical Society is set to host a Great Civil War Beard & Hairdo Contest on Saturday, September 7th, beginning at noon, as part of the Homecoming of the 118th NY Adirondack Regiment Civil War Encampment. Attendees are encouraged to grow and trim their beard or style their hair in a Civil War era style. Prizes will include tin-type photographic portraits courtesy Glens Falls Art. Photo of Civil War Beard and Hair Styles provided. View original post.


Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Recent Forest Ranger Search and 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 Keene Wilderness Rescue: On August 12 at 12:11 pm, DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from a man reporting that his wife had a non-weight bearing ankle injury on >>More


Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Large-Scale Composter Installations Turn Waste Into Resource


Three large-scale composters were installed this summer at Lake Placid Central School, The Wild Center, and Hermon Dekalb Central School (just outside the Adirondack Park), allowing local communities to turn food waste into rich organic material using locally designed and manufactured composting systems. A model composter that was built near the High Peaks at North Country School Camp Treetops (NCS/CTT) in 2017 has now been replicated at the three additional institutions, allowing schools and communities to process up to 200 pounds of organic matter each day, turning waste into compost in » Continue Reading. View original post.


Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Hotel Saranac Energy Project Adds EV Charging Station


The historic Hotel Saranac has completed a four-year energy saving project, the downtown landmark is now home to clean energy technologies, energy efficiency upgrades, and an electric vehicle (EV) charging station. Other upgrades include new high efficiency windows, low flow faucets and air sealing throughout the nearly century-old building. The EV charging station, located in the hotel’s above ground parking lot, is free to the public and can accommodate two electric vehicles of any make or model. The larger project was supported with funding through » Continue Reading. View original post.