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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Recent Adirondack Forest Ranger Reports


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 Newcomb Wilderness Rescue: On June 15 at 10:30 pm, DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch was notified of two hikers separated from their group and overdue returning to the trailhead from the >>More


Thursday, June 20, 2019

Silver Bay Collects 1,500 Pounds of Electronic Trash


The Silver Bay YMCA Conference and Family Retreat Center announced that they collected over 1,500 lbs of electronic waste at their annual community e-waste recycling event on June 8th in Silver Bay. In a statement to the press, Chief Executive Officer Steve Tamm announced that the event collected the largest amount of electronic waste ever in the event’s eight-year history. The event was launched by Silver Bay YMCA several years ago as a means to keep harmful materials out of landfills while allowing recycling companies the opportunity to repurpose electronic components elsewhere. Collecting an average of 1,000 – 1,500 » >>More


Wednesday, June 19, 2019

A Short History of the Tire Dump


One of the mantras for waste reduction and energy efficiency is the “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” slogan, which indicates the order of preference for resource conservation: It’s best to use fewer things in the first place, but once you got ‘em you may as well reuse them. In the end, though, it’s better they get recycled than chucked in a landfill. Not all products fall neatly into this hierarchy, though. Being round, an automobile tire should be a poster-child for the idea that what comes around should go around as many times as possible. One problem is that the customers most >>More


Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Tick Crisis in the Adirondacks Panel June 25th


The Whallonsburg Grange is set to present a panel discussion on the growing problem of ticks on Tuesday, June 25 at 7:30 pm. “A Ticking Time Bomb: The Tick Crisis in the Adirondacks” will include the latest scientific and medical information and time for participants to tell their own stories. With an estimated 52,000 new cases of Lyme disease in New York State in 2017 and new tick-borne diseases appearing, the concern about ticks is growing. Despite this urgent public health crisis, the state legislature quietly cut the funding for research and education on tick-borne diseases from the state » >>More


Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Horse and Carriage Blocks Had Many Uses (Conclusion)


Because of their intended function, horse blocks were accessible to anyone and there was no reason to guard them — except for one night of the year. Pranksters annually targeted them in several ways on Halloween: flipping them if they were too heavy to carry off, piling several on the property of an unsuspecting owner, or placing them in unusual locations, like in the middle of road intersections. A drastic change in transportation technology — the automobile — marked the beginning of the end for horse travel and several related items that were present just about everywhere: horse blocks, hitching >>More


Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Court Blocks Bridge Over River Designated Scenic


New York Supreme Court Judge Robert Muller issued a temporary restraining order on Friday blocking the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation from constructing a new 140-foot steel motor vehicle bridge over the Cedar River. DEC wants to build the bridge to create a shorter snowmobile route between Indian Lake and Newcomb.  The planned route also requires a second legally questionable bridge across the Boreas River, also designated  Scenic, as well as permissions from numerous land owners. The restraining order was issued in response to a lawsuit brought in January by Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve and Protect the >>More


Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Sunday on Valcour Island, Lighthouse Tours


The Clinton County Historical Association will host “Sunday on Valcour Island” on Sunday, July 14th, 2019. The day include tours of the historic Bluff Point Lighthouse on Valcour Island. The trip requires the physical ability to disembark and board from the island’s natural landing, walking on uneven surfaces over rough terrain and climbing stairs. Round trip transportation will be provided for a fee of $25 each. The fee includes a trail guide and George Clifford’s Lake Champlain lighthouses: An illustrated guide to the historic beacons (2002). Lighthouse T-Shirts will also be on sale. The boat, which holds five people per >>More


Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Guided Lake Champlain Bridge Walk, June 22


Chimney Point State Historic Site in Addison, Vermont, and Crown Point State Historic Site in Crown Point, New York are set to host a guided walk on Saturday, June 22 from 11 am to 1 pm. Site administrator Elsa Gilbertson (VT) and Lisa Polay, Crown Point site manager, will lead this “Points of Interest” guided bridge walk. Attendees will meet at the Crown Point State Historic Site museum on the New York foot of the bridge to start. Allow two hours for this walk back and forth on the bridge. Participants can learn about the historic and archaeological importance of >>More


Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Historic 1930s Girl Scout Camp Reopens to Campers


After a decade of disuse, the 116-year-old National Historic Landmark on Eagle Island will again be a children’s summer camp. Eagle Island Camp is starting small and with two one-week sessions of day camp for 4th, 5th, or 6th graders. Eagle Island Camp is a Great Camp designed by architect William Coulter that contains some of his most notable rustic work. The 30-acre island is located below Upper Saranac Lake’s narrows east of Gilpin Bay. The camp was built in 1903 for Levi P. Morton, U.S. Vice President under Benjamin Harrison and later Governor of New York. Campers arriving at >>More


Monday, June 17, 2019

Population Trends in the Adirondacks and Rural America


The first major population indicator that was examined in The Adirondack Park and Rural America: Economic and Population Trends 1970-2010 was changes in total population. Population growth or loss is a key indicator for measuring community and regional vitality. From 1970 to 2010, the overall U.S. population increased by nearly 52%, from 201.2 million to over 305.6 million people. In these years, New York State experienced a modest 6.2% increase, growing from 18.2 million to 19.3 million, a rate of growth that lagged far behind national growth. In this report we aggregated the data of the 61 Adirondack Park Towns >>More