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Friday, June 28, 2019

ADK Free Summer Naturalist Series

ADK (the Adirondack Mountain Club) has announced their free Summer Naturalist Series, hosted by their Naturalist Interns each summer will run through August. All programs are free and open to the public. The following programs are now underway: The Nature Museum: The Heart Lake Nature Museum offers an introduction to the natural world of the Adirondack High Peaks for kids and adults. An ADK naturalist is on hand to answer questions and foster curiosity. Interactive exhibits, a touch table and field guides are available. The Nature Museum is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm. Mt. Jo Guided Hike: >>More

Friday, June 28, 2019

This Week’s Big Adirondack News Stories

Changes For Saranac Lakes Area Announced Museum Opening Boathouse of Historic Watercraft AsRA Gets $175k Grant For Road Salt Pollution Rail-Trail Plan Back on Agenda Researcher Raises Alarm on Tick Invasion New Frontier Town Campground Opens Battenkill Swiftwater Rescue Involves Nine Paddlers Motorcycle Crash at Harrietstown Trailhead Adirondack Land Bank Finalized Subscribe to the Adirondack Almanack daily news e-mail. Follow Us on Twitter and <a » Continue Reading. View original post.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

The Local Government Club at the Adirondack Park Agency

The State Senate gaveled-out its historic 2019 Legislative Session on June 21st without acting on any of the four people that Governor Cuomo had nominated for the Board of the Adirondack Park Agency (APA). These were among dozens of nominees to various state boards that were left unconfirmed, but the message from the State Senate was clear: changes were needed in many of the individuals and slates of nominees submitted by the Governor. The Governor’s response to the rebuff by the State Senate on APA Board nominations was to go on the attack. Cuomo’s spokesman, Rich Azzopardi, tried to talk >>More

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Current Adirondack Outdoor Conditions (June 27)

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, June 27, 2019

Trailblazer Ruth Kuhfahl: Years of Trail Work, Community Service

During an afternoon lunch at the Adirondack Mountain Coffee Café in Upper Jay with Ruth Kuhfahl, there is hardly a face in the place she doesn’t recognize, though, she tells me, at 95 she often has to say to some, “Now, help me remember where our paths have crossed.” She knows the table of eight women celebrating a birthday a few steps away. She stops the waitress to ask her about her son. A friend from church stops by and says she’ll be making muffins » Continue Reading. View original post.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

ADK Shakes Shakespeare Performances Returning

After a one year hiatus, Adirondack Shakespeare Company, known locally as ADK Shakes, is returning to the mountains with new experiences, a professional cast, and performances of Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. According to Artistic Director Tara Bradway, the professional theatre troupe is presenting six performances from July 31-August 4. “We just moved to New York City for new jobs and used the time to look toward the future,” Bradway said. “We were able to see a lot of Shakespeare in the city, making us realize how much we wanted to be able to continue to bring good art >>More

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