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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Cornell Experts Suggest Energy, Water Mexico Border


Two Cornell University academics, Rebecca J. Barthelmie, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Cornell’s Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering who specializes in developing wind as a renewable energy resource, and Sara C. Pryor, an atmospheric scientist and Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences professor who uses a combination of field measurements and numerical tools to improve understanding of the climate system, are part of a consortium of 28 scientists, researchers, and engineers from several American universities proposing an unusual and thought-provoking alternative to building a nondescript wall along the US-Mexico border. They envision substituting the » >>More


Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Bill Porter to Receive Adirondack Achievement Award


The Adirondack Research Consortium has announced that Dr. William F. Porter will be presented the 2019 Dr. Elizabeth W. Thorndike Adirondack Achievement Award at the 26th Annual Conference on the Adirondacks, May 22nd and 23rd, 2019 at the Lake Placid Conference Center. Porter is the inaugural Boone and Crockett Club Professor of Wildlife Conservation in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University. A graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, Porter earned his PhD in ecology and behavioral biology from the University of Minnesota. He focuses his research on land-use change affecting habitats, emerging diseases in wildlife, >>More


Monday, May 6, 2019

Viewpoint: Give the Grasse River Its Due


The Grass River — or Grasse, as most now spell it — is one of the most beautiful rivers in the northwestern Adirondacks, though few know it well. That may change now that the New York Department of Environmental Conservation has issued management plans for the 288-square-mile Grass River Management Unit. As one who’s been lucky enough to explore this river drainage for a half century, I feel we’re at a turning point on this land. For about 20 years, conservation easements have allowed timber companies to cut trees and their taxes. In exchange, New York State gains public access >>More


Monday, May 6, 2019

Local Bands Playing For Northern Current Music Fest


The Waterhole, 48 Main St, Saranac Lake, is set to host a concert featuring local talent to raise money for Northern Current, the community music festival that is planned there Labor Day weekend. The fundraising concert will begin at 9 pm on Friday, May 10, with doors opening at 8 pm. The lineup consists of local acts Theresa Hartford, Steve Langdon, the Curios, the Grass Company, Crowfeather and Scarsdale Vibe. The show will begin with local singer/songwriter Theresa Hartford. Steve Langdon will then take the stage with his acoustic guitar and harmonica act playing blues and folk. The Curios, featuring >>More


Monday, May 6, 2019

Eastern High Peaks ‘Hot Spot’ Program Addressing Heavier Use


The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics and its Subaru Traveling Trainer team are partnering with the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK), the New York State Department of Conservation (DEC), and other regional organizations to host education activities from August 7 to 14. Focusing on the heavily visited Eastern High Peaks Wilderness Area, including the Van Hoevenberg Trailhead located at the Adirondak Loj and Heart Lake Program Center, the Hot Spot seeks to address the challenges associated with high concentrations of visitors to the region, including damage to alpine plants, trail erosion, human waste, and negative human/wildlife interactions. The Hot >>More


Sunday, May 5, 2019

A New Tick in Town


Black flies bite, but ticks really suck. Enough complaining – that never helps. After such a long winter, we are all grateful that spring has finally sprung, even though the price of warm weather seems to be the advent of biting insects. Swarms of mosquitoes can drain the fun from an evening on the deck, but a single black-legged or deer tick (Ixodes scapularis) can take the shine off an entire summer if it infects you with Lyme disease and/or another serious illness. As recently as a decade ago in Northern New York it was rare to find a single >>More


Sunday, May 5, 2019

LGLC Awarded Grants for French Mt, Bolton Rec Hub


The Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) has been awarded two grants, totaling $78,220, from the 2019 Conservation Partnership Program, administered by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Land Trust Alliance. $40,000 is expected to be used to implement recommendations identified within the recently completed Bolton Recreational Hub Strategy, such as the creation and installation of new signage, parking lots, kiosks and other improvements to the LGLC’s preserves within the Town of Bolton. The Bolton Recreational Hub Strategy is a compilation of stakeholder interviews, an inventory of existing trails and public spaces, and recommendations for » >>More


Sunday, May 5, 2019

Feeder Canal Alliance Canoe and Kayak Race, June 1st


The Annual Glens Falls Feeder Canal Alliance Canoe and Kayak race has been set for June 1st. The 5-mile race begins at the Feeder Dam on Richardson Street in Queensbury, and ends at the Martindale Boat Basin in Hudson Falls. The route follows the historic Glens Falls Feeder Canal, first constructed in the 1820s and still in use for commercial purposes today. Race paddlers on June 1st are responsible for their own transportation to and from the start and finish lines. This is a rain or shine event. Pre-registration is appreciated. Registration fees are suggested donations to FCA Pre-Registration and >>More


Saturday, May 4, 2019

A Local Inventor Helped Supply WW1 Gas Masks


Recently on Adirondack Almanack, two inventions of Ogdensburg native William Chauncey Geer (who lived in Potsdam for ten years of his youth) were addressed, one of them a writing implement to replace pens, pencils, and crayons (an idea that was ultimately relegated to oblivion). The other was a highly successful project resulting in a standard golf ball used by professionals for more than two decades. Three of Geer’s other works deeply impacted America and the world. The subject here is the third most prominent among them — the gas mask. Its importance rose unexpectedly to critical levels during the First >>More


Saturday, May 4, 2019

Selling Your Business Workshop in Saranac Lake


Retiring business owners and entrepreneurs interested in taking over existing businesses are encouraged to participate in a free public event May 8th at the Hotel Saranac in Saranac Lake. Local business owners, as well as business support professionals, are set to share their experiences with succession planning at the informational workshop and networking event presented by the North Country Center for Businesses in Transition from 8 to 10:30 am. The workshop, “Preparing to Sell Your Business,” is the second in a five-part series offered by the Center, a collaborative being led by the » Continue Reading. View original post.