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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Warren Co Historical Society Names Leadership

The Warren County Historical Society (WCHS) offers historical programs, a Resource Center, a Book and Gift Shop, historical and genealogical research, archives and collections, the quarterly newsletter Pastimes, museum displays, and historic preservation advocacy. The Society is headquartered at 50 Gurney Lane, in Queensbury where a new, permanent exhibit, “Warren County 360: Celebrating Place and People,” is planned for Summer 2019. The Society has a membership of 175 and is funded by memberships, donations, grants, and fundraisers. Society officers for 2019 are: Co-Presidents – Wayne Wright and Dr. Stan Cianfarano; Vice President – Judy Melkonian; Secretary – Marianne Moran; Treasurer >>More

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Jack Drury: E-bikes Deserve A Place in the Park

As we pedal up another long hill, I realize I’m the oldest in my small group of five bicyclists by close to 20 years. I think of the fact that I have outlived my dad, who died at 50, by 20 years. Is it because I selected a career as a wilderness education instructor and guide, keeping me physically active most of my life? Who knows? What I do know is that I’m grateful today that I’m on an e-bike as I approach the 20-mile mark of our 25-mile sojourn over logging roads with over 2,000 feet » Continue Reading. >>More

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

East Coast Snocross in Malone March 9,10

East Coast Snocross (ECS) is set to present two days of snowmobile racing at the Franklin County Fairgrounds on Saturday and Sunday, March 9-10. Along with a slate of racing in pro and pro lite, the Malone event will also include sport, women and junior divisions. This event will also feature a trail stock class for those looking to give snocross a try for the first time. Leading the charge into Malone in the pro division is Mike Pilotte. The Team Southside Polaris racer from Fall River, Mass., won the first six finals this season. He’ll have to fend off hard >>More

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Herpetofauna of the Adirondacks Talk in Schenectady

The Kelly Adirondack Center at Union College has announced Herpetofauna of the Adirondacks, a talk with Alvin Breisch, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Division of Fish and Wildlife (retired), set for April 11, 2019, in the Old Chapel on the Union College Campus, 807 Union St, Schenectady. Refreshments will be served at 5 pm, with the lecture beginning at 5:30 pm. This event is free and open to the public. Forty species of amphibians and reptiles, collectively known as herpetofauna or herps, have been reported from the Adirondacks since the explorations by naturalist in the early 1800s. Drawing on results >>More

Monday, February 25, 2019

Roosting Crows: Birds of a Feather

Birds of a feather flock together. It’s a metaphor dating back to the sixteenth century; used even then in alluding to people with similar interests, motivation, loyalties, or like minds. It’s also a straightforward reference to the fact that birds congregate with others of their own species. So, when I’m asked, as I have been recently, about the considerable numbers of crows that people have seen roosting in the village of Malone, I’m inclined to simply answer, ‘birds of a feather…’ Roosting is a period of inactivity for birds; a time of rest and/or sleeping. Almost all birds gather to >>More

Monday, February 25, 2019

APA Approves Expanded Saranac Lakes Development

The Adirondack Park Agency Board (APA) has recommended approval for the Saranac Lakes Wild Forest (SLWF) Unit Management Plan (UMP). Its recommendation will be forwarded to the Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) for their concurrence. The Saranac Lakes Wild Forest is approximately 75,070 acres of Wild Forest lands and 19,000 acres of waterbodies. The Intensive Use boat launches comprise 33 acres. Portions of the SLWF are in the southern Franklin County towns of Santa Clara, Brighton, Tupper Lake, Harrietstown and Franklin, as well as the northwestern Essex County towns of St. Armand and North Elba. Three of >>More

Monday, February 25, 2019

DEC Providing Free Trees for Water Quality Plantings

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced a new Trees for Tribs Program initiative, “Buffer in a Bag,” designed to help increase riparian buffers throughout New York State. Qualifying public and private landowners may apply for a free bag of 25 tree and shrub seedlings for planting along streams, rivers, or lakes to help stabilize banks, decrease erosion, protect water quality, and improve wildlife habitat. To qualify, landowners must have property in New York State that borders at least 50 feet of a stream, river, or lake, and provide photos and map coordinates of the planting location. >>More

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Viewpoint: Important Tick Research Needs Support

I’d been living in the North Country for about a month when I woke up to discover a red bulls eye on my left arm. Since, mentally and emotionally, I have never advanced much past the fourth grade, my first thought was: “Cool!” Because it was clearly visible, however, a number of people subsequently pointed out that this, technically, was nothing to celebrate. So I walked around for the next three days looking like the dog from the Target ads, while people dutifully commented on my impending doom. Nothing ever came of it. So far the only discomfort ticks have >>More

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Tucker Farms Hosting 2019 Bike the Barns

The fourth annual Bike the Barns, hosted by the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA), has been scheduled for Sunday, September 29th, and will begin and end at Tucker Farms, 64 Hobart Rd in Gabriels, NY. Tucker Farms is a fifth generation family farm, which has been growing potatoes for over 100 years. ANCA staff developed Bike the Barns in 2016 with a vision to promote North Country farm businesses and the local food movement. Past events, which have grown from about 100 riders and supporters in 2016 to over 250 participants in 2018, have taken place in » Continue Reading. View original >>More

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Global Arts Festival in Lake Placid

Harlem-based Mwenso & the Shakes and Brooklyn-based Alsarah & the Nubatones will be the headlining performers at the 2019 Adirondack Global Arts Festival in Lake Placid March 7-9th. The Adirondack Global Arts Festival is an annual community event that was created with the purpose of promoting culturally diverse arts programming in the Adirondacks. The festival this year includes opportunities for the whole family to engage in exploring world culture and arts. The Festival will kick off on Thursday evening, March 7th with a screening of the Academy Award Nominee Shoplifters at Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA) at 7 >>More