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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Adirondack Snowshoe Festival Set for Feb 23-24


Paul Smith’s College and Dewey Mountain Recreation Center is set to host the Adirondack Snowshoe Festival on February 23rd and 24th. The weekend’s events include guided tours, snowshoe running clinics, races, scavenger hunts, crafts, marshmallow roastin’ and more. Scheduled events as follows: Friday, Feb. 22 at Dewey Mountain Recreation Center: 7-9 pm Snowshoe (and Ski) Jam. Featuring music from Andy Walkow and food from Origin Coffee Saturday, Feb. 23 at Dewey Mountain Recreation Center: 10 am Guided snowshoe tour ($) 10 am Snowshoe Run Clinic with Sarah Keyes ($) Join mountain and ultra runner Sarah Keyes for an introduction to >>More


Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Moxham Protected: Climbing, New Trail Access Sought


250 acres of the south face of Moxham Mountain have been protected by private sale to the Adirondack Land Trust.  There is no recreational access presently. The Land Trust and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation are working to transfer the land to the Adirondack Forest Preserve, at which time it will become public. Moxham Mountain is located between Minerva and North Creek and is part of the Vanderwhacker Wild Forest. It’s lofty cliffs have been eyed by climbers, although no public access to the face of Moxham was possible. The Town of Chester and DEC » Continue Reading. >>More


Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Depot Theatre Awarded Workforce Development Grant


The Depot Theatre in Westport on Lake Champlain has been awarded funding by the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) in the amount of $26,250. The award is the result of a successful Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) Initiatives Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) for fiscal year 2018-2019. NYSCA also supported the Depot Theatre with a multi-year general-operating support grant of $15,000 per year for each 2018 and 2019. In 2017 the Depot Theatre replaced the seating and carpeting in its 134-seat theatre, which was funded in-part by a facilities program grant from NYSCA. The new funding, a workforce >>More


Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Central Adirondack Art Show Call for Art


View Arts Center has announced a call for artists to submit their work for the 2019 Central Adirondack Art Show, which will take place April 13th to June 19th, 2019. The Central Adirondack Art Show is a long-standing Old Forge tradition showcasing some of the finest artists throughout the Central Adirondack Region and beyond. The Show is open to current artists ages 16 and up who are either members of View or reside within 200 miles of Old Forge. Artists may submit one work in any medium except video, film, and sound. Submission fee is $15 for View members and >>More


Monday, February 18, 2019

Viewpoint: Coming to Terms with Solar Energy Development


Perhaps the most significant energy question in the North Country in the coming year will be the potential long-term advantages and/or disadvantages of advancing industrial-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) project development in the region. Solar power represents a significant opportunity for economic development and job creation in North Country communities. And PV energy production is playing an increasingly important role in how states meet their (renewable) energy needs. Several northern New York townships have been evaluating the potential for opportunities in the photovoltaic (PV) energy production. But solar project development » Continue Reading. View original post.


Monday, February 18, 2019

Conservation Minute: Microplastics


As their name suggests, microplastics are small – very small. They can measure up to 1/5 of an inch, but most are microscopic. These plastic fragments, beads, and fibers originate from the breakdown of every-day products we use and wear, such as water bottles, plastic bags, sponges, and clothing. Some make their way into our environment as trash that has degraded over time due to wind or wave action – others enter directly via our drains. Wastewater treatment plants do trap some microplastics, but many are too small to be filtered so they are discharged back into our lakes and >>More


Monday, February 18, 2019

Habitat Management Plans Set for Jeff County WMAs


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced they are holding a public information session on Habitat Management Plans (HMPs) for three Jefferson County Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) from 6 to 8 pm, on Tuesday, March 19, at the Dulles State Office Building, Watertown. The HMPs cover the Lakeview, Black Pond, and Honeyville WMAs, just outside the Adirodnacks. Lakeview HMP: Goals include managing a percentage of the forested landscape as young forest and managing shrublands to provide breeding and foraging habitat for American Woodcock, Ruffed Grouse, Wild Turkey, migrant songbirds, and other species of greatest conservation need. >>More


Sunday, February 17, 2019

Feeding Deer Does Much Harm, Little Good


A few winters back, there was a doe who frequented our compost heap. The garden fence around it proved an inadequate barrier, as she simply hopped over it to nosh on the rotting shards of jack-o-lanterns and the latest veggie scraps tossed atop the pile. Not far from the garden sits an old orchard, and we’d also spot her there, scratching with sharp hooves to get to the long-frozen, shriveled fruit beneath the snow. Watching deer forage for whatever bits of food they can find through the cold months of winter, I can understand why some people feel an urge >>More


Sunday, February 17, 2019

Nominations Sought for Second Essex County ‘Farmacy’


AdkAction’s Farmacy project, a mixed-use healthy food retail storefront located in Keeseville Pharmacy, is seeking to replicate the model in the second location in Essex County. Local businesses who are interested in a partnership with AdkAction to incorporate a small farm store into their existing storefront can be nominated between now and March 1st to be considered. View original post.


Sunday, February 17, 2019

Whallonsburg Grange Purchases 1950s Whitcomb’s Garage


The Whallonsburg Grange Hall, has announce that it has purchased Whitcomb’s Garage in Whallonsburg, the vacant building and land directly across Whallons Bay Road from the Grange. The 1950s-era garage, on a 1.5-acre lot along the Boquet River, was owned by Clarence “Narni” Whitcomb.   Whitcomb was a lifelong resident of Whallonsburg who sold and serviced cars there until the 1990s; he died in 2017.  The purchase was made possible through a dedicated, anonymous donation. The Whallonsburg Grange Hall, built by the local Grange chapter in 1915, was renovated and restored through a ten-year-long volunteer effort. It is now open year-round as >>More