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Sunday, March 17, 2019

Tim Rowland: Adirondack Redemption

On moving to the North Country for good a couple of years ago, I kept seeing all these “Redemption Centers,” and I thought to myself: I had no idea the Adirondacks had this many Baptists. And I certainly didn’t know they drank that much Bud Light. Of course as it turned out, Redemption Centers up here are places where you go, not to be saved, but return your empty bottles and cans for a nickel apiece. Because my brother lives here and considers bottle-deposit revenue to be his ice cream money, I was aware of the concept and I knew >>More

Sunday, March 17, 2019

CycleADK Weekender at Paul Smith’s College Returns

Registration is now open for 2019 Weekender at Paul Smith’s College, a family-friendly bicycling event scheduled for June 28-June 30. Introduced by Cycle Adirondacks in 2018, the event was designed with all the amenities and features of CycleADK’s flagship Ultimate Cycling Vacation, but with half the time commitment and a singular event base at the lakeside campus of Paul Smith’s College. Each day features fully supported road cycling routes of various distances, guided off-bike activities, delicious meals and nightly entertainment designed to tell the story of the Adirondacks. While the event is based on the Paul Smith’s College campus, the >>More

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Comments Sought on Crown Point Management Plan

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Office of Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) are preparing a Unit Management Plan (UMP) for both the Crown Point State Historic Site and the Crown Point Campground and Day Use Area. Public comments are sought on the UMP, which will address the future management of both properties, including 440-acres along the shores of Lake Champlain. A public meeting to start the planning process will be held on Thursday, March 28, at 6 pm in the auditorium of the Crown Point State Historic Site Museum, 21 Grandview Drive, >>More

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Fireflies of Winter

Like most people, I thought I knew where to find fireflies: in back yards and fields on summer nights, flickering on and off like dollhouse-sized lanterns or like Tinkerbell, the tiny fairy that the author of Peter Pan invented while observing fireflies near a Scottish lake. I was only partly right. There are about 2,000 firefly species, but not all are nocturnal. Nor are they all flashy – some don’t light up at all. Furthermore, we don’t have to wait for summer to see one. Meet Ellychnia corrusca, known as the winter dark, or diurnal, firefly. Although common, this insect >>More

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Poetry: Independence River

There is a forest that I return to when I can’t get away from the pulsations of thinking. A forest of tombs as still as dead tree trunks and melodious as raindrops on red pine needles. The paths of my ancestors. In this forest, I am not alive like I usually am. Stepping in mink tracks, I know this place in my tendons like a ghost knows the temperature of fog. Here, the Independence River runs like a lovely ribbon until it pounds into a ravine of crumbling shale. And I know that old hunger returning from vanished glaciers. In >>More

Friday, March 15, 2019

Annual Hike-A-Thon Sees Surge in Early Registrations

Early-bird registrations for the Lake George Land Conservancy’s (LGLC) Hike-A-Thon have set new records for the event organizers say. Now in its 7th year, the online registration form went live March 4; just 24 hours later, 363 people had registered, filling up five of the 17 available sites. One week later, the registration total reached 450. With an expected attendance of more 600 hikers, paddlers and volunteers, the Lake George Hike-A-Thon continues to be the LGLC’s largest event. Always scheduled for July 5th, the event has rotated through the days of the week; this year the 5th » Continue Reading. >>More

Friday, March 15, 2019

The Adirondacks Around The Web This Week

Activists Call For Revitalization of State Parks System The Difference Between Antlers and Horns Nina Lussi Back in Flight at World Championships Classic Adirondack Resorts of Wealthy Are Cool Again Becoming a 46er with My Daughter: Cascade and Porter Logging Tunes: Local Musicians And Old Songs Watertown Tops Scale of Political Tolerance Groups Name Top Five Threats to the Adirondacks The Pirate Queen Making Academic Science Free Online <li » Continue Reading. View original post.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Indian Lake Irish Road Bowling Saturday

My family has consistently been a part of the Irish Road Bowling tradition that takes to the streets of Indian Lake each St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Last year we joined over 60 teams to take turns bowling along the lane with the hopes of finishing with the lowest score. Don’t worry if you don’t like to bowl, the costumed teams make it just as much to watch as it is to play. For the 13th year, visitors and the community of Indian Lake are celebrating the Irish tradition of road bowling. No matter the weather, Indian Lake  consistently offers » >>More

Friday, March 15, 2019

This Week’s Big Adirondack News Stories

Champlain Freezes, First Time in Years Trump Environmental Record Worries Advocates New Frontier Town Campground Taking Reservations Ticks Getting More Numerous, Lethal Warrensburg Officials Seek Hamlet Expansion Warren Co Sues Former RR Operator Forks Man Charged With Killing Woman Trans People Banned From Military New Leads in Garrett Phillips Case Tickets Decline As Rangers Focus on Rescues Subscribe to the Adirondack » Continue Reading. View original post.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Gouverneur’s Rhoda Fox Graves, NYS Political Trailblazer

Bucking the odds is a common theme of Walter-Mitty-type fantasies — overcoming daunting obstacles to become a winner, or a hero at some level. Few of us actually live the dream, but sometimes it happens, and during Women’s History Month, an incredible North Country example comes to mind: Rhoda F. Graves of Gouverneur in St. Lawrence County. The extreme unlikelihood of her becoming a historic figure in state politics makes her story all the more compelling. And the details are amazing. Extreme unlikelihood? Well, consider that for the first two-thirds of her life, the groundbreaking events of the final third >>More