In search of spring salamanders
By Thompson Tomaszewski, Lead Naturalist, Paul Smith’s College VIC Every resident of the Park marks the changing of the seasons in their own way. We all joke about the “12 seasons of the Adirondacks” that include second winter, false spring, mud season (followed by third winter) and so on as if we are bothered by the seasonality of our landscape, but that is far from the truth. Us blue-liners have come to terms with our seasonal lives, and find excitement in the signs of seasonal changes. The call of spring peepers (Pseudacris crucifer) (pictured at left) is by far my favorite sound; » Continue Reading.
Fishing update: It’s Muskie time
The New York State Department of Enviornmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos Announced in a DEC Newsletter that the statewide fishing season for Lake Erie, Upper Niagara River, Lower Niagara River, Lake Ontario, and the St. Lawrence River opens on the third Saturday in June (June 20th) this year. The statewide muskellunge season opener falls on May 30th as well in all locations excluding the ones mentioned above. At sometimes 50 pounds are more, Muskies are the largest freshwater fish in NYS, with a minimum size limit of 40 inches (or 54 inches in Great Lakes waters). Anglers should review the » Continue Reading.
‘Compost For Good’ project aims to stamp out food waste
If global food waste were a country, it would be the third-largest greenhouse gas emitter in the world, according to the United Nation Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Currently, community-level composting options are limited in the Adirondack region, but a new project is aimed at changing that. AdkAction is delighted to announce its newest project: “Adirondack Compost for Good.” This new project builds on the work that has been done by three local residents with a passion for turning waste into “black gold.” The project will promote food waste composting within the Adirondacks, and help communities meet the upcoming » Continue Reading.
Making the case for local meat
The Food Supply Chain System is Vulnerable America’s meatpacking plants endure some of the highest rates of workplace injury of any U.S. job sector. COVID 19 has introduced yet another occupational hazard. These crowded facilities have become frighteningly successful vectors for COVID-19 contagion. On Sunday April 26, a news release entitled, ‘A Delicate Balance: Feeding the Nation and Keeping Our Employees Healthy’ appeared as a full-page ad in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. It was also widely posted on Facebook, Twitter, etc. Written by John H. Tyson, Chairman of the Board of Tyson Foods, the statement, declared, “In small communities around the country, » Continue Reading.
Registration Open for Climate Change Education Virtual Conference
Registration is now open for the Stay-In-stitute for Climate Change Education, a virtual conference for educators across the country. Hosted in partnership with Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s Climate Program Office, and The Wild Center’s Youth Climate Program. From July 22-24, the three-day training will provide educators with skills, tools and resources to teach climate change concepts and empower students in all subject areas. Designed for middle and high school teachers across all disciplines, the Stay-In-stitute will encourage participants to do authentic scientific and social data collection, making observations of the world around them. » Continue Reading.
Tele-town hall with NYS Comptroller
The North Country Chamber of Commerce is hosting a tele-town hall meeting with New York State Comptroller, Thomas P. DiNapoli, taking place from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2. There is a place to submit questions within the “Questions and Comments” field of the registration form: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5200748680575130891 This meeting is part of a series of webinars this week organized by the chamber to help facilitate re-opening, including sessions designed for campground owners and office managers on Wednesday, June 3. View the complete schedule here: http://northcountrychamber.com/
NY creates loan fund for small businesses
New York State has begun providing the New York Forward Loan Fund, geared towards small businesses, nonprofits, and small landlords. The fund will be targeting small businesses with 20 or fewer full-time equivalent employees, as well as nonprofits and small landlords that have seen loss of rental income due to the pandemic. Pre-applications for the NYFLF opened May 26. Assistance and/or more information is available through the following links: More Information about the New York Forward Loan Fund. Franklin County based businesses: View the Small Business Relief Loan Fund.
The Luxury of Health
Since we first opened our museum doors in 2009, thousands have come to learn about Saranac Lake’s history as a center for tuberculosis research and treatment. Visitors often ask about the cost of care and who was able to afford it. Was Saranac Lake’s fresh air treatment just for rich people? Did people of different ethnic groups and social classes have access to the cure? These were topics we discussed with a school group this past March. The students were participating in the spring break program of the Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at SUNY Potsdam. We were days » Continue Reading.
Up your grilling game with this pizza recipe
Warmer weather means grilling time! Instead of sticking to traditional grilling foods like burgers or hot dogs, why not consider grilling one of my personal favorite foods, pizza. This fantastic dish can be modified to suit a variety of dietary needs and preferences, and can be easily adjusted to be a healthy food choice. Cheese can be substituted with vegan cheese or left off entirely for vegans, vegetables and fruit can be used as toppings, and some traditionally unhealthy topping choices, such as pepperoni or sausage, can be swapped for healthier options such as turkey pepperoni or » Continue Reading.
Weekly news roundup
Being color blind Lake George Hike-A-Thon goes virtual Border towns suffer from lack of access Amid real estate turbulence, brokers see upswing Warren Co. advocates for taller cell towers Campgrounds in NY can reopen. How your visit might change Adirondack summer camps close or adapt for pandemic summer A Looming Financial Meltdown For America’s Schools Bassmaster events continue to run, in new ways » Continue Reading.