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Monday, January 28, 2019

4-H Adirondack Guides Orientation Planned

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Warren County has announced a new 4-H guide orientation program, set for Thursday, January 31st, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm, at 377 Schroon River Road in Warrensburg. All prospective or interested youths and their families are welcome to attend. Pre-registration is required, and there is no cost for this event. Teens between the ages of 12-19, and love the outdoors are encouraged to attend. Attendees will participate in camping, fire starting, map and compass skills, outdoor cooking, wildlife identification, hiking, and more. For further information, contact Marybeth at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Warren County at (518) >>More

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Lawsuit Filed Against Snowmobile Bridge Over Protected River

Two Adirondack environmental groups have filed a lawsuit challenging a plan by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to construct a massive new snowmobile bridge over the protected Cedar River in a remote area of the Adirondack Park. The Cedar River is designated as a “Scenic” river under New York’s Wild, Scenic and Recreational Rivers System Act. The suit challenges DEC’s issuance of a permit to itself for the bridge construction as violating the Act’s prohibition of motorized recreation, including snowmobiling, in Scenic river areas. The lawsuit also claims that DEC failed to conduct the required » Continue Reading. >>More

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Hadley’s Maple In April Festival On Tap

A “Maple in April Festival” has been set for April 27-28, from 9 am to 4 pm, in Hadley along Rockwell Street, in Hadley Smead Memorial Park and at Wilder’s Sugar Shack. The festival will include family fun activities, including french toast and pancake breakfasts served with real maple syrup, a backyard maple syrup makers tasting contest, Lil’ sugar Car & Truck Show, street vendors, music, kids activities, pony rides and horse drawn wagon rides, Dogs Day at the Park, Plein-aire artists auction, and maple cotton candy. Those interested in volunteering can join the planning committee for a meeting on >>More

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Frostbite Signs, Symptoms, and Prevention

January and February are some of the coldest months throughout the North Country, and with the extremely cold temperatures and wind-chill factor, frostbite is no joke. Today we’re going to talk about what frostbite is, who’s at risk, recognizing the signs and symptoms, how to prevent it, as well as what to do in case you do have frostbite. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2016), frostbite is a serious condition that’s caused by exposure to extremely cold temperatures, freezing tissue in the body which can lead to permanent damage or amputation. The areas on the body >>More

Saturday, January 26, 2019

That So-Called Adirondack Hall of Fame

I’ve made it a point of personal honor not to engage in arguments over lists, a lesson learned in high school when the radio stations would play their obligatory end-of-year “100 Greatest Rock and Roll Songs of All Time” segments. And you’d sit around with a bunch of people in your friend’s basement having a meltdown that Stairway to Heaven placed ahead of Satisfaction. The capper was when stations, looking to reintroduce some buzz into a growingly tired feature, would pick something like Rubberband Man by the Spinners as the No. 1 Rock and Roll Song of All Time, spurring >>More

Saturday, January 26, 2019

NCCC Seeks Pool Input with Online Survey

North Country Community College has asked the public to complete a survey about its use of the pool in the college’s Sparks Athletic Complex in Saranac Lake. The online survey, asks respondents how they’ve used the pool in the past, what programs and services they’d like to see offered at the pool, and their ability to support the pool. The college announced in December that it is weighing the pros and cons of closing the pool but would seek the input of stakeholders, including the college community and the community-at-large, before making a decision. Since then, the college has received >>More

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Poetry: Ordinary Like Our Sun

  Ordinary Like Our Sun There are many kinds of deserts, but they all reject the notion that life should flourish. That’s gravity. A grim background disturbing the atmosphere. But it can’t make you fall in love, or at least that’s what Einstein said. With an exquisite fussiness, it intones mystical equations and leaks blood in -alabaster basins. Gravity is a creature of two nights; it feels a certain kind of anxiety in the litany, so it shakes the earth from the flesh, as if the beast itself might sabotage the magic trick. Like jumbled chunks of sea ice, always >>More

Friday, January 25, 2019

Avalanches Reported in Adirondack High Peaks

There has been a skier triggered avalanche and other avalanche activity observed in the High Peaks. No one was caught in the skier triggered avalanche. No other information was immediately available. Last Thursday, January 17th, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) issued a warning of an increased risk of avalanches in the Adirondacks.  The alert reminded backcountry downhill skiers, snowboarders, and others who traverse slides and other steep open terrain to be aware of the risk of avalanche. The snow pack already had distinct layers formed by rain and melt/freeze cycles before a major storm dumped 1-2 >>More

Friday, January 25, 2019

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Friday, January 25, 2019

At ADKX: An Adirondack Backyard Bio Survey Talk

The 2019 Cabin Fever Sunday Series, featuring seven events that look deeper into Adirondack history and culture, is underway at Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake (ADKX). The next event, Who’s There: An Adirondack Backyard Biological Survey with Ed Kanze, is set for January 27, at 1:30 pm. For nearly nineteen years, Ed Kanze and his family have been surveying the flora, fauna, fungi, and everything else that’s alive on the eighteen acres along the Saranac River that they call home. They’ve found most of the expected things – robins, whitetail deer, red maple trees, balsam firs – plus >>More