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Sunday, April 28, 2019

Battery Storage Study Underway in Lake Placid, Tupper

Clarkson University researchers are conducting an energy study in Lake Placid and Tupper Lake that could help the two villages reduce their electricity costs through a process called “peak shaving.” An feasibility study for Tupper Lake and Lake Placid municipal electric departments will investigate the use of battery energy storage to “peak shave,” a technique that reduces power consumption during periods of maximum demand. The project is being funded by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), with additional cost sharing funds from Clarkson University. Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) Energy Circuit Riders (ECRs) worked » Continue >>More

Sunday, April 28, 2019

2019 First-Time Camper Program Registration Opens

The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) have announced that New York will once again provide free First-Time Camper weekends this summer. Families that have never camped before will have the opportunity to enjoy the popular outdoor activity and be provided equipment, guidance, and programs at select campgrounds. Interested New York residents can apply to participate in the First-Time Camper program by using an online sign-up form which enters them into an online lottery. The application period for the lottery selection process runs from May 10 to May 12. Eligible >>More

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Viewpoint: Let’s Geotag Responsibly

The story of our use of wild places is becoming as complex as navigating Cascade Pass on a nice weekend, with cars parked on the shoulder, cyclists zipping down the hill, hikers playing “Frogger” with oncoming traffic, and motorists distracted by the jaw-dropping beauty of the roadside lakes. A wild experience, for sure, but maybe not the flavor of wildness we look for in the Adirondacks. Once parked, we might find crowded trailheads and toilet paper flowers blooming in the forest. This hardly seems like the experience promised in advertisements. When we talk about issues such as high visitor use >>More

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Essex Community Fund Accepting Grant Applications

The Essex Community Fund, a component fund of Adirondack Foundation, has invited local nonprofits, schools, churches and municipalities to apply for grant funding. Eligible projects must serve Town of Essex residents through community services, beautification, historic preservation, culture, the arts, education, or programs for youth and senior citizens. The Fund gives strong preference to capacity building grants or modest one-time capital projects. It does not award grants for ongoing operating expenses. Last year, the Fund’s grants ranged from $250 to $2,000, with an average grant size of $1,300 for programs of the Belden Noble and Paine Memorial libraries, Whallonsburg Grange >>More

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Poetry: Tracks

I know these tracks in my tendons. I know this forest. How it pounds into the shale, like a crumbling ravine of snow the color of mink fur. I know this forest. Its wisdom returns to me from vanished glaciers, and I hear the sleep of beasts in tombs of rotting Hemlock. I know that I am not alone, but these embers of tradition cannot be shared. Read More Poems From The Adirondack Almanack HERE. View original post.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Featured Hike: Blueberry Cobbles, New Russia

Blueberry Cobbles (2,053 feet), part of the Giant Mountain Wilderness, is a lookout 2.2 miles from the trailhead, on the East Trail to Giant Mountain. From the trailhead, you won’t be on the level for very long before the trail starts a serious ascent to high country. The trail sweeps around a couple unnamed little knobs before making a final push to the first viewing point at 1.6 miles. Just past here, there is another view to the right at 1.8 miles and then an intersection with the Blueberry Cobbles Cut-off Trail on the right. Bear left » Continue Reading. >>More

Friday, April 26, 2019

The Adirondacks Around The Web This Week

Lake George Could Model Water Solutions, Author Says Winter Paddling on the Cedar River 50 Student Films Entered In First Time Film Festival 7 Boy Scout Abusers Listed From Northern NY Troops SNIRT Rally: 40 Tickets, Several Roads Forced to Close New High Peaks Regulations Coming in 2020 Motel Owner Subject of Racist Attacks Dollar Store Puts 100-Yr-old Norwood Market Out Of Business Kate Smith’s Time in Lake Placid » Continue Reading. View original post.

Friday, April 26, 2019

North Country at Work Event, Exhibit In Plattsburgh

The Clinton County Historical Association has announced an opening reception for the new photo and audio exhibit “Clinton County at Work” will take place Thursday, May 2, from 6 to 8 pm, at the Clinton County Historical Museum, 98 Ohio Avenue, Old Base Museum Campus in Plattsburgh. The exhibit will showcase photos of work in Plattsburgh and Clinton County from the 1800s to the present, plus listening stations where attendees can hear work stories from people in the community. The exhibit will be a feature of the Museum’s Early Industry Gallery for the month of May. For more information, visit >>More

Friday, April 26, 2019

This Week’s Big Adirondack News Stories

Four Unprepared Teens Rescued at Mt Colden High Peaks Garden Trailhead Parking Closing Adirondack Lakes Cuisine Trail Opening Stefanik Silent on Mueller Findings Dem Senators Seeking $5M for Maple Research Outside Mag Names Hurricane Mt Best Hike Glens Falls Gets $1.1M for Connector Trail NCPR Has New Station Manager SL Carnival Theme Myths and Legends Rail Bike Agreement on North River Tracks » Continue Reading. View original post.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Four Unprepared Teens Rescued At Mount Colden

A new UH-1-A “Huey” helicopter, based in Saranac Lake, was put into action Tuesday, April 23, to help DEC Forest Rangers rescue a group of teens unprepared for conditions near the summit of Mount Colden. Four 17-year-olds from the Ballston Spa and Saratoga Springs area, one with a leg injury, were stranded near the summit of Mount Colden. They were wearing sneakers, without snowshoes, and stuck in deep soft snow, according to reports by State Police and Forest Rangers, who were dispatched to the rescue. The new helicopter delivered Forest Rangers to the summit of Little Colden and extracted the >>More