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Monday, July 22, 2019

Farm Stops Announced for 2019 Bike the Barns

Six area farmers are set to share their experiences at this year’s Bike the Barns, an annual farm-by-bike event hosted by the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA). The one-day recreational cycling tour is planned for Sunday, September 29th. The tour begins and ends at Tucker Farms in Gabriels and offers four route options to suit riders’ preferences. Farm tours at six area farms will give Bike the Barns participants the opportunity to learn about the region’s agricultural history, its diversity of farms, and the local food movement. Participating farms include Dandelion Farms in Saranac Lake; Iron Rooster Farm » Continue >>More

Monday, July 22, 2019

Grant Opportunities for Art and Cultural Programs

The 2020 Adirondack Quad-County Decentralization Grant Program for Art and Cultural Programs has been announced for Clinton, Essex, Franklin, and Hamilton Counties. The Decentralization Program was developed to help ensure that New York State’s cultural funding reaches every part of the state. Decentralization funds are regranted locally by regional arts agencies at the invitation of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA). These decentralization sites are charged as advocates and catalysts for arts and cultural development at the local level and provide a wide range of multi-arts programming and services for local communities, artists, and small organizations. Decentralization >>More

Monday, July 22, 2019

Vegan Festival Set for Glens Falls

The first Roots Vegan Festival is set to take place in Downtown Glens Falls’ City Park on Sunday, August 4th, from 1 to 5 pm. The highlight of the festival will be food vendors offering all plant-based and vegan food options. The festival will also include like-minded crafters, producers, and organizations. Eco-friendly, vegan diet choices are a growing trend on a national level and the Glens Falls area has recently seen an increase in plant-based and vegan menu items in local restaurants. Currently signed up vendors include Birch Bark Eatery, [farmacy], [forged], Rock Hill Bakehouse, Primo Dolce Baking, Esthetician Soap >>More

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Bill Branson On DEC’s Historic Rail Corridor Plans

The DEC is again taking comments on the proposed latest DSEIS and the Remsen-Lake Placid travel corridor. The position of the Adirondack Scenic Railroad has never been anything but clear and, although we sued DEC and prevailed, it is not in that context that I again write. Many factors influence the health, both economically and environmentally, of the population within the blue line. Additionally, as the Adirondacks are a tourist destination for many, it is NY residents and visitors from elsewhere who find themselves taking in what the region has to offer. It is well understood that the likelihood of >>More

Sunday, July 21, 2019

SOLO Wilderness First Aid Class To Be Held

A SOLO Wilderness First Aid course has been set for Thursday, August 1, and Friday, August 2, from 8 am to 5 pm, at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Warren County Education Center on 377 Schroon River Road in Warrensburg. Successful completion of this 16-hour course will enable participants to receive SOLO (Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities) Wilderness First Aid certification. Registration is open to youth, ages 12 years and older, and adults. The intensive course includes detailed scenario of injuries that are common in wilderness or remote locations. The training includes how to utilize common pieces of clothing and equipment >>More

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Eckford Chain Septic Initiative Announced

Community groups and a local septic service company are cooperating to provide discounted septic system pumping to homeowners in the Eckford Chain watershed, which includes Blue Mountain, Eagle and Utowana Lakes, and is the headwaters of the Raquette River. While Blue Mountain Lake has some of the highest quality water in the state and there is no immediate threat, cottages and houses, some with systems that are quite old, grace the shorelines and tributaries and a pumped-out septic system works better. The goal is to enhance awareness about septic and sewage issues and to inspire homeowners with septic systems to >>More

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Locals Beat Lily Leaf Beetle

The lily, native around the world in the temperate parts of the northern hemisphere, has been an important cultural icon for millennia. Depending where you stand on the globe, it can represent humility, purity, unbridled sexuality, the Province of Québec, wealth, or a thriving garden, to name but a few possibilities. The flower is mentioned in The New Testament, such as in Matthew 6:26: “Behold the lilies of the field: They toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.” The message, as » Continue >>More

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Thirteenth Lake Loon History Paddle Tuesday

Garnet Hill Outdoor Center in North River is set to host a paddle, reception, and presentation on the history and conservation of loons on Tuesday, July 23. Dr. Nina Schoch will give an overview of the Adirondack loon population and threats affecting their health and existence. To put a discussion on loons in perspective, there will be a 4 pm guided paddle on Thirteenth Lake, a short distance from the Garnet Hill Lodge’s Outdoor Center. Following the paddle, there will be a 6 pm reception at the Outdoor Center, which is located on the grounds of the Inn. Dr. Shoch, >>More

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Poetry: Where Deer Sleep

Where Deer Sleep That place where the Moon goes from whole to slithered, bites of dust, smiles of yellow rock, strange toenail shapes amidst a royal navy blue canvas of stars, growing dimmer the closer they are. Just hidden enough to be found in the bushes, sea urchin green, springing up as coverage for all the earthlings which do not sleep In front of a thousand oaks, a family of Whitetail Deer, each resting on a pod of grass indented like the forehead of an infant. There is a nakedness to this ritual, a non-terrestriality, signs of the Creator’s indivisibility. >>More

Friday, July 19, 2019

Dark Skies Region Kicking-Off Sky Festival Stargazing Events

Tupper Lake is set to hold stargazing events to raise funds and awareness about the planned opening of the new AstroScience Center in 2024, aimed at exposing the public to the night sky. With its location within the protected Adirondack Park, with low light pollution, typically low humidity, and a relatively high altitude, Tupper Lake provides ideal conditions for night sky viewing, some of the best east of the Mississippi. An Adirondack Sky Festival is set for Sunday, July 21st. All are welcome to a community-wide celebration of the dark skies and stargazing at the first Adirondack Sky Festival. The >>More