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Sunday, March 10, 2019

‘Free Solo’ Showing With Intro By Don Mellor

The Champlain Valley Film Series is set to present the documentary Free Solo, with special guest renowned climber, author and Adirondack guide Don Mellor in Whallonsburg, March 16th. Mellor, author of four Adirondack rock and ice climbing guides, and other books. He has climbed El Capitan and other Yosemite walls and will answer questions after the film Free Solo, winner of Best Documentary at last month’s Academy Awards, is a look at free soloist climber Alex Honnold, as he prepares to climb the face of the world’s most famous rock – 3,200 foot El Capitan in Yosemite National Park – >>More

Sunday, March 10, 2019

St. Regis Falls Dam A Renewable Energy Option

Saranac Lake based Northern Power & Light, Inc. has gained approval to operate under a new program created by New York State that allows electric customers to purchase a share of the electricity from a small renewable generator. The company operates a a 700 kW hydroelectric plant, Azure Mountain Power, in St Regis Falls. As generators under the program produce power, it creates a credit on the customer’s utility bill, similar to rooftop solar. Small renewable energy generators like NP&L then collect for the value of the credits on behalf of the generator. The total cost to the customer stays >>More

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Eyeshine: Those Glowing Eyes Looking Back At You

I’ve taken to wandering the night lately – one of the pleasures of having a puppy. Willow, my pup, and I walk at all hours, from twilight to midnight and into the shadowy early morning. Some nights we walk under the cover of stars and moonlight, and other nights the world is so dark my black dog disappears and I wonder what exactly is on the end of my leash. Void of visual stimulus, any earthbound glimmer of light is noteworthy. One night I saw the glow of two small eyes, like gold coins caught in the arc of my >>More

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Remembering Jackie Archer: A North Country Inspiration (Conclusion)

At Plattsburgh’s Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Celebration in 1990, Chairperson Vivian Papson shared a personal recollection of Jackie Archer with the Press-Republican’s Anne Smith: “The first time I made contact with Jackie was in 1987. My introduction to her was a firm yet musical voice on the phone saying, ‘I’m Jacqueline Archer. I live in Plattsburgh and I think that this community needs to have a way to celebrate Dr. King’s birthday. I would like to organize a commemorative gathering; would you be interested in working with me?’ Everyone is very proud of Jackie. She is confined >>More

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Poetry: Adirondack Moment

Wild, is your nature, Yet, in infinitely perfect Balance. There was a time, When I might have taken you For granted, But never now, Now, is when every minute with you, Breaks my heart, Both with my human transience, And the permanence, Of your beauty. I cannot capture you, Here, or Ever. I can only be, In you, As you are in me, Here, and Now. Read More Poems From The Adirondack Almanack HERE. View original post.

Friday, March 8, 2019

New Frontier Town Campground Taking Reservations

Reservations for the new Frontier Town Campground, Equestrian and Day Use Area in the Adirondacks began on March 1st. The DEC-managed campground at the site of the former Frontier Town theme park includes 91 campsites to accommodate a range of camping and visitor experiences, including: An equestrian camping area with 33 sites modeled after the camping areas at DEC’s Otter Creek Horse Trail facility. The area includes electrical hookups and a pavilion A recreational vehicle (RV) and trailer camping area with space for 13 sites with electrical hookups, fireplaces, and conveniently-located water spigots. The RV area also includes a playground >>More

Friday, March 8, 2019

The Adirondacks Around The Web This Week

Jack Drury, Dave Gibson Consider Adirondack E-Bikes Micro-Grants Help Farms Address Social, Environment Issues Preview: “Kodachrome” in North Creek In Remsen, A Race to Build the Best Bourbon Barrel The Death of Salmon River Mall in Slow Motion 14-foot Atlantic Sturgeon Spotted in Hudson River Job Fair Companies: ‘Labor Gap’ Despite Larger Turnout Plank Roads Were 19th Century Thruways New Directions for ‘New York History’ Journal An Adirondack Summer’s Violations Compiled » Continue Reading. View original post.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Rescues, Fatality: Recent Forest Ranger Incidents

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents in the Adirondacks. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers locate and extract lost, injured or distressed people from the Adirondack backcountry. What follows is a report, prepared by DEC, of recent missions carried out by Forest Rangers in the Adirondacks. Essex County Town of Keene Rescue: On March 2 at 5:32 pm, two lost hikers on Mt. Marcy called DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch requesting assistance after they lost the trail in whiteout conditions. The >>More

Friday, March 8, 2019

This Week’s Big Adirondack News Stories

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

Dave Gibson: E-Bikes Are Not For The Forest Preserve

Jack Drury’s recent essay promoting the use of E-bikes opens with the challenge facing an older but reasonably well conditioned body attempting to keep up with younger bicycle riders. Jack articulates well what many of us baby boomers are feeling as we take up a ski, paddle, hike, or bike with younger friends and colleagues. We think we are reasonably fit, but how to keep up? Especially, as Jack wondered, on the uphill sections? For the peddling portion of this “keep up with our younger friends” challenge, Jack promotes the » Continue Reading. View original post.