Not Us Versus Them; It needs to be WE
I was driving to an appointment with my family and we had to make a few scheduled stops. I saw many people not wearing masks. (Now, keep in mind people do not need to wear masks while practicing social distancing. I know you all know, but I digress.) The gas station even had a sign on their front entrance requiring all patrons to only enter if wearing masks. It was difficult to miss since you have to push on the sign to get through the door. Yes, there were people inside not wearing masks. Yes, some of » Continue Reading.
Red Fox: Nature’s Rodent Control
A smaller member of the Canidae family, which includes wolves and coyotes, red foxes are found in multiple habitats throughout North America, Europe and Asia, their numbers increasing in areas where their larger canid cousins have been hunted, trapped or otherwise extirpated. Just as wolves, limiting competition for smaller prey, hold down coyote numbers, both wolves and coyotes keep fox numbers in check. Red foxes were introduced into Southern Australia in the 19th century, and to parts of the southern United States in the 18th century, to provide sport for hunters, and, as you’d expect, with the loss of predators, » Continue Reading.
Poll: NYers worry about reopening too quickly
By a margin of 65-32 percent, voters say moving too quickly to loosen stay-at-home orders is a bigger danger than moving too slowly to loosen those orders. The concern is that reopening could spread the virus faster, resulting in more lives being lost, resulting in a worse economic impact and more jobs being lost. That’s according to a new Siena College Poll of registered New York State voters released today. Other findings include: 75% of NYers Think We Will Face Another Large COVID-19 Outbreak in the Fall; Yet, 64% of New Yorkers Think it Likely School Will Open in September » Continue Reading.
ADK Offers Free Memberships to Frontline Workers
ADK is offering free one-year memberships to frontline, essential workers in recognition of the risks that they have taken to save lives and keep essential services available to the general public. Based on the definition provided by New York State, the following industries qualify as essential work: * Grocery stores * Public transportation * Healthcare * Emergency services Membership benefits include a digital subscription to Adirondac magazine and discounts on outdoor skills workshops, wilderness Adirondack lodging and camping, and parking at the Heart Lake Program Center, which hosts numerous trailheads that lead into the High Peaks Wilderness. (Pictured here: Johns Brook Lodge) If you are a frontline » Continue Reading.
Should the Adirondacks discourage visitation during COVID-19?
Editor’s note: As the coronavirus pandemic swept New York this spring, Adirondack Explorer staff asked those who know and love the Adirondacks for opinions on the upcoming season. Their timing spanned late-March to mid-April, and a roundup of online and emailed submissions were published in the May/June 2020 issue of the Adirondack Explorer magazine (subscribe here). What follows is some of the responses. With Memorial Day behind us, we feel this conversation continues to be one worth having. We welcome your thoughts in the comments below. It’s Debatable: Should the Adirondacks discourage visitation » Continue Reading.
Amending the APA Map and the burden of proof
George Davis is a visionary and practiced land use planner and ecologist. In the early years of the Adirondack Park Agency, George helped to conceive, draft, and implement the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan and the park’s Private Land Use and Development Plan. George Davis comes to my mind now because of several proposed amendments to the APA’s Adirondack Park private land use map, the so-called “fruit salad” map displaying the private and public land classes. The proposed amendments to the map now up for a decision are for 34 acres to go from Moderate Intensity Use to Hamlet in » Continue Reading.
Poetry: When Will Life Be Gentle Again?
When will life be gentle again? When will the ethers embrace us once more, Kiss our upturned faces, Forgive us our simple pleasantries, our playfulness, Our innocence, our childishness, our embraces, Our spontaneity, our casual fearlessness, Our joy. All we took for granted. When will life be gentle again? Have we used up all our chances? Did we believe we had a finite number? God, how much more do we stand to lose If we do not change now, turn our faces To a different, harder path, But a path no less. When will life be gentle again? Please save our children, do not let their green shoots, Wither and die, in this cold. Please do not reap our elders too soon, and alone, They » Continue Reading.
Essex Country Art Council Announces CAP Grant Recipients
Essex County Art Council congratulates the 39 Arts and Cultural organizations that have been awarded 2020 Cultural Assistance Program (CAP) grants through NYS Council on the Arts. “All of us at Essex County Arts Council are happy to be able to support artists and arts organizations during this time of so much uncertainty. We are committed to doing all we can to ensure the vitality of the arts and culture in our Essex County communities. We know how important this sector will be to our collective well-being once we are again able to gather and enjoy the output of the many talented artists » Continue Reading.
Healthy Heart Network heralds changes to cigarette sales
the North Country Healthy Heart Network is heralding the end of sales of flavored e-cigarettes and tobacco in New York State pharmacies. The decision was made in a new law passed as part of the state’s 2021 budget, making New York the second state in the nation to end the sale of these products in pharmacies. “These historic measures will help many New Yorkers live free from nicotine addiction and improve public health, we know that flavored e-cigarettes attract kids and teens, leading to nicotine addiction and related health problems. Additionally, selling tobacco products in pharmacies has long » Continue Reading.
Musings on return to ‘normal’: Cheeseburgers, haircuts and fresh air
This week it began. We have initiated the economic “phase-in” period of our return to normalcy, a studied collection of charts, graphs and data which, if all goes well, will allow us by mid-June to sit down in public and eat a cheeseburger. “Easy, easy … caaareful … OK, now do you want fries with that?” By that time we will have worn masks so long that, forgetting they are there, we will smush a tuna sub right into the business end of our N95. Then, on June 1, the North Country is expected to get back to the serious business » Continue Reading.