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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Hinckley Reservoir Plans Include New Campground


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced a November 29th meeting to encourage comment from the public on proposed and significantly expanded recreational opportunities at the Hinckley Reservoir Day Use Area. The Hinckley Reservoir Day Use Area is on the south shore of the 2,880-acre Hinckley Reservoir at 281 Stormy Hill Rd, Cold Brook, and currently includes a beach, woods, trails, pavilion, spacious lawn, picnic area, and volleyball court. DEC is asking the public to share comments regarding additional recreational opportunities, including campsites, a playground, a bike trail system, and a trailered boat launch to create >>More


Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Nursery Hit For Transporting Hemlock Woolly Adelgid


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced a final Order on Consent, including a $2,500 penalty, with Tennessee Wholesale Nursery, LLC, Dennis Sons, and Tammy Sons for violating New York’s invasive species regulations. The Tennessee nursery transported eastern hemlock seedlings infested with hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA), a prohibited invasive species, to Oswego and Schenectady counties. Under the terms of the order, the nursery is required to provide DEC with monthly nursery stock orders for New York State through 2020 in order to continue doing business in New York State. Invasive species are non-native plants, animals, and >>More


Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Historical Program On Adirondack Jewish Community Set


The Ticonderoga Historical Society is set to present a free program, “Adirondack Jews – Community and Contribution,” at 7 pm on Thursday, November 29 at the Hancock House, 6 Moses Circle in Ticonderoga. The Adirondacks are rich with accomplishments and contributions by individuals of Jewish heritage. This program will look at people such as Louis Marshall, an attorney and conservationist and his son Bob Marshall, a founder of the Adirondack 46ers and The Wilderness Society. The program is free to the public. Reservations are not necessary and refreshments will include a latke bar, the traditional Jewish potato pancake, served with >>More


Monday, November 19, 2018

Blue Ridge Wilderness Snowmobile Trail Being Planned


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced they are seeking public input regarding a proposal in an amendment to the Blue Ridge Wilderness Unit Management Plan (UMP) to develop a Community Connector Snowmobile Trail in Hamilton County. The proposed trail extends the Seventh Lake Mountain Trail to Sargent Ponds Multiple-Use Trail and will be maintained as a Class II Community Connector Snowmobile Trail. Establishing a connecting trail between Indian Lake and Long Lake was included as community connection goal in the 2006 Snowmobile Plan for the Adirondack Park and the 2011 Moose River Plains Wild Forest >>More


Monday, November 19, 2018

Cycle Adirondacks To Hit Ti, Wilmington, Westport, Vermont


Cycle Adirondacks is set to feature Ticonderoga, Wilmington and Westport as overnight communities for the August 17-23, 2019 Ultimate Cycling Vacation, the fifth anniversary of the week-long road cycling tour. Ticonderoga was featured as an overnight community during the 2016 tour, but next summer will be the first time the tour has stayed in Wilmington or Westport. Each community will host the event for two consecutive evenings beginning with Ticonderoga Aug. 17-19 and followed by Wilmington Aug. 19-21 and Westport Aug. 21-23. Since the tour’s debut in 2015, the week-long event has included over 850 riders from nearly every state >>More


Monday, November 19, 2018

Warren Co Man Charged With Poaching From The Road


New York State Environmental Conservation Officer Sean Dewey reported he received a call on the evening of October 31, 2018 by someone saying a subject had just shot a deer from the road in Horicon, Warren County. ECO Dewey reported that upon his arrival at the scene, he identified the suspect after interviewing nearby homeowners. Dewey and ECO Maxwell Nicols, reported the deer was shot with a rifle from the defendant’s pickup truck using a spotlight. Tickets were issued for illegally taking the deer with the aid of a light, unlawfully taking an antlerless deer, possessing a loaded gun in >>More


Sunday, November 18, 2018

Wild Turkeys Facing An Uncertain Future


The wild turkey, Meleagris gallopavo, is one of only two domesticated birds native to North America. The Muscovy duck is the other. Five sub-species make up the entire North American population. The most abundant is the eastern wild turkey, sub-species silvestris, meaning forest, which ranges across the entire eastern half of the United States and parts of eastern Canada. They’re readily identified by their brown-tipped tail feathers, which spread into a fan when the birds are courting or alarmed and by the bold black and white bar pattern displayed on their wing feathers. This is the same turkey variety » >>More


Sunday, November 18, 2018

Regional Ballet Companies Bring The Nutcracker to the Adirondacks


After you’ve turkey-trotted your way into eating that second plate of leftovers and made sure no local stores remain “in the red,” it’s time to embrace the arts with a holiday tradition, The Nutcracker. Tchaikovsky’s ballet,  The Nutcracker, is the perfect blending of gorgeous costumes and magical sets with a timeless story and score.  This family-friendly ballet is just as much a holiday tradition as Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. After an exhausting shopping excursion, it’s time to become part of Claire’s adventure as her toy Nutcracker comes to life to defeat the evil Mouse King. Throughout the Adirondacks there >>More


Sunday, November 18, 2018

Jefferson County’s Charles Sherman: Huckleberry Charlie (Part 3)


In January 1910, Charlie’s show-biz repertoire was further expanded with “a bunch of new songs and a new spiel” that he performed three times at the City Opera House when an amateur minstrel show came to town. Although he injured his hand working at the paper mill in Great Bend, Charlie continued to rehearse his songs and a monologue about the Pine Plains area, which proved to be a hit of the show. The Watertown Daily Times said, “One of the features not on the program, but which nevertheless called out perhaps a larger share of applause than any other >>More


Saturday, November 17, 2018

Flight of the Flunker Moth


In early November, I flicked on the porch light and took out the trash. In the brief time it took, a couple of late-season moths found their way to my porch light, and as I slipped through the back door, one of them joined me inside. I cupped my uninvited guest under a drinking glass and took him out for liberation; and “him” turned out to be correct. Before the release, I couldn’t resist a closer look. It was unmistakable: a “flunker moth.” But don’t expend energy on a Google search; it will come up empty because the term is >>More