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Monday, September 30, 2019

Battles Over Boreas Ponds Brought Access to Wild Lands


Just after Labor Day weekend this year, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) completed its work to fully open up public access to the Boreas Ponds, in the southern High Peaks Wilderness Area. These beautiful ponds are now easily accessible for people to either canoe or to hike. New state facilities were constructed over the past two years to rehabilitate the six-mile-long Gulf Brook Road, build parking lots, public education kiosks, a canoe carry and canoe launches to make this extraordinary natural wonder fully accessible to the public. The reconstructed road and new access points opens a new southern gateway >>More


Monday, September 30, 2019

Heritage, Harvest, & Horse Festival at Fort Ti


Fort Ticonderoga is set to host a Heritage, Harvest & Horse Festival on October 5th. The full day of autumn fun will be set in the midst of the King’s Garden heirloom apple trees and a landscape of mountains and Lake Champlain. Guests are invited to discover the historical importance of horses and other working animals during demonstrations; meet friendly farm animals; stroll through Fort Ticonderoga’s farmers’ market featuring local food, beverages, and crafts; participate in family fun activities; and tackle the six-acre Heroic Corn Maze. Horse-drawn wagon rides will be available, and there will be homemade foods » Continue >>More


Monday, September 30, 2019

Adirondack Social Sciences Workshop Planned


The Adirondack Research Consortium is set to hold a day-long social sciences workshop on Friday, October 4, 2019 from 10 am to 3 pm in the Sterling Tomkins Pine Room of the Joan Weill Student Center at Paul Smith’s College. The day will include a keynote talk by author and Yale professor Dr. Bill Weber, lunch, and a panel discussion on ongoing and emerging social issues impacting the Adirondacks. Dr. Joseph Henderson, Professor in the Department of Environment and Society at Paul Smith’s College, and Adirondack Research Consortium Board Member, will highlight the significance of the discussion. The purpose of >>More


Monday, September 30, 2019

Traveling Erie Canal Talk Miner Museum


In the pre-dawn hours of August 2nd, 1826, Alexander Stewart Scott stepped aboard the steamboat Chambly in Quebec City, Canada. He was beginning a journey that not only took him across New York State but also ultimately changed his view of America and her people. A keen observer, the 21-year-old Scott meticulously recorded his travel experiences, observations about the people he encountered, impressions of things he saw, and reactions to events he witnessed. Historian Paul G. Schneider, Jr. is set to speak about Scott’s journey across New York State, at the Alice T. Miner Museum on Thursday, October 10 at >>More


Sunday, September 29, 2019

2019 State of the Adirondack Park


The Adirondack Council’s 2019-20 State of the Park report is subtitled “Challenged by Success,” noting that the success of state tourism campaigns is straining the park’s lands and waters, as record numbers of hikers climb the state’s tallest mountains and as recreational boating and off-road vehicles gain popularity. The challenge is especially noticeable in the High Peaks Wilderness Area, but can be seen in popular locations throughout the park, the report notes. State of the Park is the organization’s annual comprehensive assessment of the actions of local, state and federal government officials. This 38th edition rates 106 separate » Continue >>More


Sunday, September 29, 2019

Franklin County Farm Trail Event October 5th


Cornell Cooperative Extension of Franklin County has announced a Franklin County Farm Trail event, set for Saturday, October 5th, from 10 am to 4 pm. Attendees will be able to travel the self-guided trail across northern Franklin County to explore some beautiful farms producing a variety of products. Featured stops include: Merry Den Alpaca Farm The McElwain Family 806 County Rt. 53, North Bangor (518) 483-4881 Watch the Alpacas graze on pasture and learn about the production process. End your tour by browsing through the farm’s shop. Prairie’s Orchard Dan and Brandyn Prairie and Family 111 County Rt. » Continue >>More


Sunday, September 29, 2019

Forbidden: Undocumented and Queer in Rural America


Moises Serrano is making the North Country one of his stops with his 2016 award-winning film Forbidden: Undocumented and Queer in Rural America. Based on his personal journey as an undocumented immigrant, the film ties together two parts of Serrano’s life that have left him untethered and unaccepted in the country he calls home. Since he arrived in the United States as an 18-month-old he has navigated a world where he is not accepted for who he is, or who he loves.  “I believe that change can happen through the power of stories and the power of sharing my story,” >>More


Saturday, September 28, 2019

LGBTQ Pride Events Planned for Saranac Lake, Plattsburgh


The 4th Annual Adirondack North Country Pride returns to Plattsburgh on October 5th from noon to 4 pm in Trinity Park. It celebrates diversity, and inclusion and respect for all people regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical capability or any other inherent identity. Participating in LGBTQI+ pride allows us to come together to build community with others who share our common beliefs that human sexuality and gender identity exist on a fluid continuum of possibilities rather than two fixed points of self-identification. Pride celebrations are a way to honor those who came before us, who fought for >>More


Saturday, September 28, 2019

Outdoors: Helicopsyche Caddisflies


While sampling in the LaPlatte River, students noticed what looked like rough black pebbles about the size and shape of well-worn pencil erasers. I suppressed my mild distress as they started to discard the ‘pebbles;’ when sampling aquatic insects, I discard little. I gathered the students around and balanced one of the pebbles on my finger and simply said “watch.” Shortly thereafter, the pebble was making its way off my fingertip seeking wetter and cooler places. We placed several of the animals in dishes and distributed them along with hand lenses. Discoveries and observations were made on all sides. “When >>More


Saturday, September 28, 2019

Poetry: Remote Viewing the Five Ponds Wilderness


Remote Viewing the Five Ponds Wilderness Just like smelling pheromones in the armpits, there has always been evidence, the human system knowing the future. A series of arbitrary numbers. Walking out into the unknown depths, we can’t think of these things as being separate. Like Thoreau said, “the old upon the walls…” There are no bodies without energy, and there is no energy without consciousness. Awareness enhanced, activated senses, the other things appearing even we are not supposed to. Heralded by the rain. Clutching a clump of fur in our talons. Just insect-eaters feeding in fissures and furrows on the >>More




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