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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Adirondack Lakes Summer Theatre Festival 2019


Once again the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts is continuing their 10-year tradition of providing professional theatre throughout the Adirondack Park. This year’s three different productions: a drama, outdoor Shakespeare in the Park, and a musical. Proof by David Auburn opens Saturday with five performances, July 13-18, around the Adirondacks. The different venues include North Creek’s Tannery Pond, Tupper Lake’s Wild Center, Inlet’s Woods Inn, Blue Mountain Lake’s Adirondack Experience, and Old Forge’s VIEW. Directed by Jordan Hornstein, the Pulitzer Prize winning play Proof delves into the nature of genius and the power of love. Opening on July 19, >>More


Thursday, July 11, 2019

Rangers Recover Body Amid Busy Holiday Weekend


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 Elizabethtown Wilderness Rescue: On July 2 at 1:43 pm, Essex County 911 transferred a call to DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch from hikers on Owls Head Lookout in the Giant Mountain >>More


Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Native Lupine, Pollinators and the Karner Blue


Lupine is one of the most spectacular flowers of early summer, painting long stretches of roadside with shades of purple and blue. Thanks to this tall, showy plant, even a stop-and-go drive to Boston’s Logan Airport has its moments of beauty (as I recently had occasion to observe). Full sun and dry, sandy soil are just right for lupine. Although many people don’t know it, the lupine we typically see in the Northeast is “not from around here.” It’s a non-native plant that was imported to eastern gardens from parts of the western U.S. and escaped cultivation. Our native lupine >>More


Wednesday, July 10, 2019

The Short, Productive Life of the Luna Moth


On early summer nights I sometimes see large, pale green moths with long, twisted tails fluttering near our porch light. Later, I often find them dead on the ground. These beautiful moths are luna moths, named for the Roman goddess of the moon. Each of their four wings has a transparent, moon-shaped eyespot. The luna moth (Actias luna) is one of the largest species of moths in North America, with a wingspan of three to four inches. It inhabits deciduous forests, where its green wings blend in among the leaves. The moths I’ve seen near my porch light were likely >>More


Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Solomon Northup Day Being Marked in Willsboro July 20th


Solomon Northup Day has been set for Saturday, July 20, 2019 at the Willsboro School, 29 School Lane, Willsboro, from 4 to 5:30 pm. Solomon Northup was a free black man living in Saratoga Springs, New York, who was lured from home in 1841, abducted and sold into slavery in the South. After years as a slave, he was rescued and authored the book Twelve Years a Slave. The book was the basis for the Oscar-winning film, 12 Years a Slave. Speakers for the event include Renee Moore, founder of Solomon Northup Day; Mary Liz and Paul Stewart, founders of >>More


Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Historic Saranac Lake Seeks Input on Museum Expansion


Historic Saranac Lake (HSL) is set to host a public meeting to gather input for the expansion of the history museum for the Saranac Lake Region on Wednesday, July 17, from 6 to 7:30 pm. The public is invited to share their vision for the new expanded museum campus on the corner of Church and Main Streets in Saranac Lake. This spring, HSL purchased the former home and medical office of Dr. E. L. Trudeau at 118 Main Street. The building is expected to undergo major rehabilitation in order to bring it back to the time period of Trudeau and >>More


Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Appoint Tim Rowland to Adirondack Park Agency Board


As membership of the Adirondack Park Agency board dwindles toward zero, I would like to toss my hat into the ring for consideration. In the words of Sam Cooke, I don’t know much biology, don’t know much about a science book, don’t know much about the French I took. But come on, all this talk about “qualifications” has gotten a bit out of hand, don’t you think? In modern America you don’t need expertise, you just need to park tanks outside the meeting hall. That should work. Shows everybody you are faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a >>More


Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Conservationist, Native Plant Author Speaking in Placid


Doug Tallamy, noted conservationist and author of Bringing Nature Home is set to present a lecture and slide show on Monday, July 22nd from 6 to 8 pm at Lake Placid Center for the Arts, 17 Algonquin Drive in Lake Placid. Tallamy’s talk “Restoring Nature’s Relationships” focuses on how growing native plants in our yards, gardens, and local green spaces provides an opportunity — and a responsibility — to play a role in sustaining biodiversity. Tallamy is a noted entomologist, native plant advocate, and professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware. He has >>More


Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Oak Wilt And Invasive Species Vigilance


It’s hard to be cheerful in a job where I am expected to keep up on each newly arrived or imminent threat from invasive insects, novel plant diseases, and worrisome trends in the environment. Although I typically deflate everyone’s happy-bubble when I give a talk, I’ve discovered we need not fret that the sky is going to fall. The National Atmospheric Deposition Program (NADP) is a joint effort of research institutions, government agencies and nonprofit groups; their mission is to monitor stuff which falls to Earth that is not some form of water. Since one of the » Continue Reading. >>More


Monday, July 8, 2019

David Gibson On APA Appointments; Role of Statewide Interests


Some local government leaders in the Adirondack Park complain that Governor Cuomo’s 2019 picks for seats on the Adirondack Park Agency remain unconfirmed by the State Senate. They feel that these individuals have been unfairly blocked by environmentalists putting pressure on State Senators. They can be forgiven for forgetting that this is not the first time that a Democratic Governor’s choices for the Adirondack Park Agency have been rejected by a Democratic State Senate. Ten springs ago, Governor Paterson’s nomination for the APA, Peter Hornbeck of Minerva, Essex County, was held up by Senate Democrats at the request of Senator >>More