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Monday, October 21, 2019

Forever Wild And Cutting Small Diameter Trees


In the July 2019 legal decision in favor of Protect the Adirondacks, regarding the constitutionality of excessive tree cutting by state agencies to build a network of Class II community connector snowmobile trails in the Adirondack Forest Preserve, the Appellate Division, Third Department, ruled that the cutting of over 25,000 trees to build these trails violated Article 14, Section 1, of the state Constitution, the famed “forever wild” provision. This article looks at the meaning of Article 14, Section 1, in light of this new ruling. (A related article dealt with use of the word “timber” in Article 14 of >>More


Monday, October 21, 2019

Year-Round Farmers’ Market Hopes For Saranac Lake


The AuSable Valley Grange Farmers’ Market, a producer-only farmers’ market, has partnered once again with Hotel Saranac for its annual harvest market in Saranac Lake. At producer-only markets, vendors can sell only items that they or their employees produce. Vendors cannot buy in bulk and then resell to you. This year, the market will extend through the winter season with the goal of establishing a year-round farmers’ market. The market will be held every Saturday at Hotel Saranac on October 19-March 21, from 10 am to 2 pm, with the exception of Saturdays following Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the Winter Carnival >>More


Monday, October 21, 2019

Pearsall Foundation Announces Local 40 Grants


This year, the Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation held their their Annual Meeting and Board Retreat at Silver Bay YMCA on Lake George. While there the trustees met with 19 not-for-profits in the Ticonderoga/Northern Lake George Region, and discussed challenges in their community and how the Pearsall Foundation might help. The trustees also reviewed 65 grant applications, up from 47 from the year before, and fully funded the requested amount for 28 of them and partially funded 12, including: $1,000 to the Upper Jay Art Center to underwrite live performances. $5,000 to Tri-Lakes Center for Independent Living in Saranac >>More


Monday, October 21, 2019

Lake Placid Film Festival Extends to Five Day Format


This year’s Lake Placid Film Festival (LPFF) is a mixture of adventure and nostalgia as it enters its second year in its autumn time slot. In 2018, the Adirondack Film Society made the decision to move the film festival from June to October to be able to draw from a larger pool of festival entries. Now it has extended to a five-day format (October 23-27) with extra benefits for the viewing public. This year Saranac Lake’s Hotel Saranac is hosting a kick-off LPFF film trailer viewing party with a cash bar, light food fare, and silent auction. This is a >>More


Sunday, October 20, 2019

Seriously Supersized Prize-Winning Pumpkins


Growing giant pumpkins may be a lot like baseball. After all, both are traditional, competitive sports that require hard work, determination, discipline, attentiveness, patience, and the ability to anticipate. Both continue to grow in appreciation; not just in this country, but internationally. The season starts in the spring. And fall is the time of final defeat for most; victory for a lucky few. During the final weeks of September and throughout the month of October, millions of people around the world take in fall festivals featuring giant pumpkin weigh-offs. Many also showcase pumpkin parades, pumpkin carving contests, pumpkin sculpture, pumpkin >>More


Sunday, October 20, 2019

Blue Mountain Wild Forest Comments Being Sought


The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) are holding a joint public comment period to solicit comments for an amendment to the Blue Mountain Wild Forest Unit Management Plan. Public comment will be accepted until October 30, 2019. The 37,800-acre Blue Mountain Wild Forest is part of the Adirondack Forest Preserve. It is comprised of five separate tracts of land in the central Adirondacks situated between the communities of Indian Lake, Blue Mountain Lake, Long Lake, and Newcomb. The Department of Environmental Conservation has proposed to locate a » Continue Reading. View >>More


Sunday, October 20, 2019

Annual North Country Symposium Set for Nov 18th


The 17th Annual North Country Symposium, “Movement in the North Country,” has been set for Monday, November 18th, 2019 from 8:30 am to 3 pm, at the Eben Holden Conference Center at St. Lawrence University. The mission of the North Country Symposium is to convene stakeholders in Northern New York to explore and ultimately enhance the region’s economic, environmental, and educational vitality. This forum will share important concepts, trends, and key information and is expected to bring together community leaders and stakeholders to catalyze new approaches to North Country development. This year’s event will feature a keynote address on “Rewriting >>More


Sunday, October 20, 2019

Fort Ticonderoga Gets Grant To Restore Historic Walls


Fort Ticonderoga, a premiere historic and travel destination, has been awarded the Save America’s Treasures Grant, funded by the Historic Preservation Fund and administered by the National Park Service, Department of Interior through a competitive process. The property was awarded $465,000 to be utilized in the restoration of the north demi-lune, a stone defensive structure connected to the fort. Originally constructed in the 18th century, the north demi-lune was used to defend Fort Ticonderoga against invaders and was part of the fort’s outer defenses that Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold saw as they crossed Lake Champlain on their » Continue >>More


Saturday, October 19, 2019

Parsing the Name Partridge


On spring evenings, just before dark, I used to hear a faint drumroll coming from somewhere off in the wooded hills. It sounded to me like an old tractor starting up, although it seemed like an odd time for a farmer to start work. I later learned that it was the drumming of a ruffed grouse. Not a partridge; this was Connecticut. Years later I lived in Maine, where my husband took up bird hunting: not for grouse, but for “partridge.” They are the same bird, Bonasa umbellus. Ruffed grouse is the most widespread upland game bird in North America >>More


Saturday, October 19, 2019

Lorraine Duvall: A Visit to Paddle Boreas Ponds


“I’m from Canajoharie, the others from Albany and Catskill,” a women said when I saw her with two friends on Boreas Ponds last week. “We met through the Facebook page ‘Paddling in the Adirondacks’ and we’ve been going on trips together ever since,” she said, “often driving hours, as we did today.” These three middle-age women in their colorful kayaks were among the twenty or so paddlers I saw on the a trip to Boreas Ponds on a partly sunny, 60-degree Fall day. <img class="alignright wp-image-158801" src="https://www.adirondackalmanack.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Dave-slepping-boats-with-Monique-at-Boreas-Ponds-540×419.png" alt="Dave slepping boats with Monique" width="250" height="194" srcset="https://www.adirondackalmanack.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Dave-slepping-boats-with-Monique-at-Boreas-Ponds-540×419.png » Continue Reading. View original >>More




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