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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

What’s That Sound? The Gray Tree Frog


Spring is a season when the greatest abundance of natural sounds echo across the landscape. During the day, birds are primarily responsible for the variety of musical calls; however as darkness approaches, especially when the weather is mild, the voices of amphibians produce our most captivating sounds. Around the alder-laden shores of ponds, marshes and rivers, choruses of tiny spring peepers regularly drown out the songs sung by all other creatures. During the latter part of May, after dusk, toads can be seen heading to similar shallow wooded waterways to engage in their nocturnal serenade. Around Memorial Day, if the >>More


Monday, June 3, 2019

2,400-Acre Eagle Mountain Preserve Established


An expanse of 2,434 acres of Adirondack foothills at the headwaters of the Boquet River, including streams, ponds, and mature forest, has been protected. The new Eagle Mountain Wilderness Preserve part of a large, intact forest that connects the High Peaks to lower elevation lands near Lake Champlain. Surrounding protected areas include New York State’s Jay Mountain Wilderness and Taylor Pond Wild Forest (home to the local landmark, Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain), as well as other privately conserved lands. Partnering with Northeast Wilderness Trust, Adirondack Land Trust will hold a conservation easement on the property, and will be responsible for ensuring that >>More


Monday, June 3, 2019

AuSable Valley Grange Farmers’ Markets Schedules


The AuSable Valley Grange producer-only Farmers’ Markets feature fresh no-spray vegetables and herbs; farmstead goat cheese; fresh apples and pears; artisanal cheese and fresh yogurt from grass-fed cows; free-range chicken and egg; grass-fed beef and pork; fresh-baked breads and pastries; ready-to-eat soups, snacks, and beverages; maple syrup; hand-carved bowls and utensils; artwork and crafts. The Saranac Lake market is located at Riverside Park, at the corner of Route 3 and Main Street, and is held every Saturday at 9 am to 2 pm from June 1-October 12, 2019. The Lake Placid market is located in Jewtraw Park on Station Street >>More


Monday, June 3, 2019

Adirondack Pollinator Symposium Wednesday in North Creek


AdkAction’s Adirondack Pollinator Project is set to hold a Pollinator Symposium on June 5 at Tannery Pond Community Center, 228 Main Street in North Creek. The Symposium will be aimed at equipping farmers, groundskeepers, public park managers, gardeners, and local government agencies with the knowledge to help preserve and build crucial pollinator populations in the Adirondacks. Benjamin Vogt, author of A New Garden Ethic, will be keynote speaker. Vogt is known for empowering advice on creating sustainable wildlife habitats in everyday settings such as parks, yards, roadsides, and gardens. Besides Vogt, Sarah Foltz Jordan, Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist from Xerces >>More


Sunday, June 2, 2019

40 Years of Per Capita Income Trends in Rural America


The second major economic indicator that was examined in The Adirondack Park and Rural America: Economic and Population Trends 1970-2010 was per capita income. An analysis of per capita income trends was useful for evaluating differences between regions, especially when analyzed with a range of other economic indicators. Per capita income is the average income earned of a person within a specific geographic area, such as a city, town or state. When adjusted for inflation, per capita income is an important measurement, though not as good as median household income, because it can be skewed by a few individuals with >>More


Sunday, June 2, 2019

Protect Adirondack Forests: Use Local Firewood


With the start of camping season underway, Department of Environmental Conservation is reminding campers that the New York State firewood transportation regulation is still in effect. Untreated firewood may contain invasive pests that kill trees, and to protect New York’s forests, untreated firewood should not be moved more than 50 miles from its source of origin. Homeowners should not move firewood from trees that died on their property for use while camping. By moving untreated firewood, invasive pests are able to hitch rides to new areas, spreading faster and farther than pests could have on their own. A variety of >>More


Sunday, June 2, 2019

Prohibition Stories from the Adirondacks


I’m sure each corner of the Adirondacks has its own stories of bootleggers, moonshine, and the 18th Amendment prohibiting the production, sale, and transportation of alcoholic beverages. Adirondack Almanack founder John Warren has one in his family. Families in little Beaver River over in Herkimer County, and in Hague and Witherbee have stories, as does about every family that remains from that time. Each year Chestertown remembers the Prohibition Era with its Rum Runners Weekend and the 3rd Annual Wilmington Historical Society Whiskey Run on June 15th features a speakeasy. As the centennial of the start of Prohibition approaches, the >>More


Saturday, June 1, 2019

Welcome Infestations: Dragonflies and Damselflies


It is not too often one hears about a good-news infestation. I’d like to come across a bulletin on a new invasive money-tree that was poised to spread through the region. Granted it would produce in foreign currency, but we could make peace with that situation, I imagine. A money-tree invasion is unlikely, but some areas will soon be overrun by hordes of insects programmed to eat black flies, mosquitoes and deer flies. Dragonflies and damselflies, carnivorous insects in the order Odonata, date back more than 300 million years. Both kinds of insects are beneficial in that » Continue Reading. >>More


Saturday, June 1, 2019

A North Country Man Exposed Racism, Confronted It, and Helped Bring About Change


In the late 1970s, the New York State Human Rights Commissioner was about to find the Plattsburgh Elks Club guilty of violating state laws against racial discrimination. Rather than acquiesce, the club opted for a drastic, self-punishing move: refusing all public rentals of its facilities rather than allow local blacks to rent them. Surrendering their official “public accommodation function” (under state regulations, renting the building or grounds to anyone) was accomplished by adopting a new rule: “The use of the club’s facilities and accommodations shall be granted only to members of the Elks, to sodalities, auxiliaries, and other organizations associated >>More


Saturday, June 1, 2019

Poetry: Somehow Changed


Somehow Changed The woman asleep upstairs in the old summer cabin awakens to the voice of a psychic Welsh friend four states away. She hears her name called twice, the voice pitched low, low and guttural. The woman peers out the narrow open window to the left of the fieldstone chimney. A black bear growls up at her, once, twice. She recoils from the cheese-cloth-screened window. Theirs is now the last dwelling on the former dirt road out of an upstate New York hamlet two miles away. The steep last 80 yards of their road is still dirt. The woman >>More