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Monday, August 5, 2019

Grants Available For Upstate Historic Markers


The William G. Pomeroy Foundation, a private, grant-making foundation based in Syracuse, has officially opened the next grant round of its NYS Historic Marker Grant Program. The program commemorates historic people, places or things during the years 1740 to 1919. One of the Pomeroy Foundation’s main initiatives is to help people celebrate their community’s history with historic roadside markers. Grants cover the entire cost of a marker, pole and shipping. The current grant round is available in the following New York State counties: Columbia, Delaware, Greene, Sullivan and Ulster (Region 4); Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren and Washington (Region 5); >>More


Monday, August 5, 2019

Ferns and Mosses Hike Planned Near Split Rock


Champlain Area Trails (CATS) is set to host a hike led by Audrey Hyson, Saturday, August 17, on the Flying Squirrel Trail, between Westport and Essex. Hyson writes the “Everyday Naturalist” column for Adirondac magazine and is an experienced naturalist. The hike will begin at 9 am at the trailhead parking lot for the Split Rock Trail on Lake Shore Road. The Flying Squirrel Trail is directly opposite the parking lot. The hike will be about 2 hours long. Hyson plans an open-ended hike, with a focus on spore-bearing plants like ferns and mosses. Class size is limited to 15 >>More


Sunday, August 4, 2019

The Patriot War With Canada


William Lyon MacKenzie strode into a packed theater in Buffalo, NY on the night of Dec. 12, 1837, his blue eyes blazing beneath his high, broad forehead, his sandy whiskers a chinstrap beard. The short, wiry 42-year-old native of Scotland had arrived in the booming border city a day earlier, a fugitive with a price on his head, after launching an ill-fated rebellion against the oligarchy that ruled colonial Canada. More than 2,000 Buffalo residents waited anxiously to hear him speak, quite a crowd for a city of not even 18,000 souls. MacKenzie was a fiery, populist reformer and enemy >>More


Sunday, August 4, 2019

Wildlife Management Areas Opening for 16-Day Window


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced that they are opening several otherwise restricted Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) to the public in Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties from Saturday, Aug. 10, through Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019. Portions of these WMAs are marked as “refuge” or “wetlands restricted areas” to allow waterfowl and other listed species to breed and raise young without interference from people. During the 16-day period, Upper and Lower Lakes and Wilson Hill WMAs in St. Lawrence County, including the posted Wetland Restricted and Refuge areas, will be open to visitors each day from >>More


Sunday, August 4, 2019

LGLC Annual Meeting and UpYonda Block Party in Bolton


The Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) is set to hold its public Annual Meeting and Block Party at Up Yonda Farm Environmental Education Center in Bolton Landing on Saturday, August 17, from 11 am to 2 pm. The event will begin with a its public Annual Meeting in the auditorium from 11 am to noon, with keynote speaker Meme Hanley, Project Manager for the Land Trust Alliance New York Program. Hanley will offer her thoughts on the importance of land conservation today and in the future. She will discuss the connection between the protection of land and water, including examples >>More


Sunday, August 4, 2019

Managing Fruit Trees Class Planned


Cornell Cooperative Extension has announced a class on managing Fruit Trees has been set for Thursday, August 22nd, from 4 to 6 pm. Market growers as well as the general public are invited. The class will be led by Michael Basedow, Cornell Cooperative Extension Tree Fruit Specialist with the Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture Program. Attendees can learn how to grow better-quality apples, pears, or cherries without breaking the bank or using toxic chemicals. Integrated Pest Management incorporates cultural and biological strategies for longer-lasting control, as well as pesticides as a last resort. Topics will include monitoring for key pests >>More


Saturday, August 3, 2019

The Science of Rainbows


After a passing shower, when the sun comes out again, I often see a rainbow in the east behind my house, arching over the trees on the hilltop. Ancient peoples were awed by these multi-colored arcs in the sky and came up with a variety of explanations. To the Norse, a rainbow was a bridge connecting Earth with the home of the gods that could only be used by warriors killed in battle. In Japan, rainbows were the paths upon which the dead could return to earth. In Hindu mythology, Indra, the god of thunder and war, uses a rainbow >>More


Saturday, August 3, 2019

Postdam Chamber To Host Fall Celebration


The Potsdam Chamber of Commerce has announced Fall Celebration, a new event to take place in Potsdam on Saturday, September 21st. Fall Celebration and will feature activities for all ages to help promote local businesses and welcome the new season. The event will feature contests, a Taste of Oktoberfest, and business participation throughout Potsdam. On this day, the Potsdam AMVETS Post 282 will host their Family and Freedom Festival, the Potsdam Food Co-op will host their Fall Food Festival and SLC Arts will finish their Ives Park Concert Series. The Potsdam Chamber of Commerce is located at 24 Market Street, >>More


Saturday, August 3, 2019

How Twitchell Lake Was Named, And A Poem


The Twitchell Lake History Committee is working on documenting the story of Twitchell Lake in Big Moose, NY, and how it was named, with an account of the individual camps, hotels, and highlights down through the years. Twitchell Lake is 5 to 6 miles south of the old Champlain Road, now under the Stillwater Reservoir. For over 12 years the Conables have hosted a social event at their camp on Twitchell Lake with a poetry competition, the winner receiving honors as “Poet Laureate of Twitchell Lake.” This year’s original composition was to be a “villanelle,” a 19-line poem » Continue >>More


Friday, August 2, 2019

Featured Hike: Murphy Lake in Wilcox Lake Wild Forest


The trail is part of a network of 92 miles of trails in the Wilcox Lake Wild Forest. The trail is also a designated route along the more than 550-mile Adirondack Trail Ride, a solo, self-supported bike-packing adventure through the Adirondack Mountains. DEC recently rehabilitated a 250-foot stretch of the Murphy-Middle-Bennett trail. The 6.8-mile trail accesses Bennett Lake, Middle Lake and Murphy Lake, all which feature primitive camping opportunities along the trail. There is also a lean-to at Murphy Lake. On the northern end of the trail, users can connect » Continue Reading. View original post.




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