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Monday, May 13, 2019

Prepare Your Child for Overnight Camp


With summer right around the corner, many parents are wondering how to best prepare their child for a summer camp experience. With over 70 years of positive youth development at 4-H Camp Overlook, we have learned some tried and true tips that will increase success at overnight camp and help eliminate or reduce homesickness for first time campers. Involve your child in the decision to attend camp. Look at the website and brochure together, and choose camp activities that matches your child’s interest and abilities. Short sessions (3 days) are ideal for first-time campers. Many camps offer » Continue Reading. >>More


Sunday, May 12, 2019

What Shall We Call This?


Anyone who’s spent time in the woods has seen them, a tree growing on top of a large stone or boulder, with its roots winding down around the stone to find nourishment, finally, in the surrounding earth. The tree could be a yellow birch or a spruce and we see them in many stages of their lives from seedlings growing out of a bed of moss and ferns to very mature trees. They are one of the great curiosities of the woods, often causing one to stop and examine, marveling at » Continue Reading. View original post.


Sunday, May 12, 2019

Children’s Music Festival at Whallonsburg Grange


An all-day festival of music and art for young people has been set for Saturday, May 18th at the Whallonsburg Grange Hall in Essex. The “Music with a Message Children’s Music Festival” focuses on the songs of the late folksinger Pete Seeger, whose 100th birthday is being celebrated around the world in May. The Music with a Message Festival is free and open to all youth ages 7-17. It runs from 9 am to 4 pm. Directed by award-winning music educator Jennifer Moore, the festival features group singing workshops with Adirondack folksinger Dan Berggren, informal demonstrations by Young Tradition Vermont, >>More


Sunday, May 12, 2019

Elizabethtown Civil War POW Benjamin Hall Talk in Ti


In 1861 Benjamin Hall of Elizabethtown in Essex County was one among many young men who enlisted to fight against the South in the Union Army. His wartime experiences took him to some of the major battlefields of the American Civil War, and finally to the notorious Confederate prisoner of war camp at Andersonville, Georgia. The Ticonderoga Historical Society is set to present a free public program entitled “Through the Gates of Hell: The Civil War Odyssey of Benjamin Hall,” on Friday, May 17 at 7 pm at the Hancock House, 6 Moses Circle, Ticonderoga. » Continue Reading. View original >>More


Saturday, May 11, 2019

Vulcalock: Inventor William Geer’s Industrial Game-Changer


In the northeast corner of New York, just a few miles from where I grew up, is the village of Rouses Point. Lying directly south of Montreal, it has long provided access for rail shipments to U.S. markets. Where the main highway heading west exits the village is an underpass beneath the rails, so road traffic is not impeded by trains, but it’s a different story within the village, where the tracks cross three streets. I loved it as a young boy when my dad got stuck at one of those crossings, which forced us to sit and watch as >>More


Saturday, May 11, 2019

Horse Camp Is A Spring Tradition


On the weekend of May 17-19, the Franklin County Fairgrounds will be bustling with trailers arriving with horses of all colors, sizes, abilities and disciplines. 4H members and their families from the Franklin, Clinton, and Essex County 4H Horse Programs will be participating in a 37- year spring tradition known as Horse Camp. Youth will be brushing up and learning new skills in English and western riding, ranch riding, trail, miniature horsemanship, and showmanship and adding to their knowledge about the health and safety of their equine partners. They will be seen working their horses in the main ring, in >>More


Saturday, May 11, 2019

Ed Zahniser: Part of Your Barn Is on Me


Big John Dalaba spoke of his land as himself. A few years before he died in 1951, he and my father Howard Zahniser stood looking out at the view of Crane Mountain from our cabin that his daughter Pansy and husband Harold Allen built on the part of the family farm Big John and his wife Hester had deeded to them as a wedding gift in 1938. A corner of the cowshed built onto Pansy and Harold’s barn still sat on the Dalaba farm, not on the gifted part, which my father and mother Howard and Alice Zahniser had » >>More


Friday, May 10, 2019

Celebrate Mother’s Day On A Cuisine Or Beverage Trail


I’m not sure what other mothers want to do for Mother’s Day, but I just really want a hot cup of coffee in the morning and relax with a nice local meal and beverage later on in the afternoon. My family usually goes for a fun hike, but depending on where we go, spring thaw conditions may still be present. We can wait for the right conditions. We are also fortunate to have my 90-year-old mother with us so a rigorous hike is not part of this year’s program. With a nice old-fashioned Sunday drive, we can still visit part >>More


Friday, May 10, 2019

The Adirondacks Around The Web This Week


Research Methods of the New Adirondack Study Paddling the Cedar River Hobofest 2.0: Saranac Lake Pivots to ‘Northern Current’ Blueline Bigfoot (YouTube) What Stopped Saranac Lake Dew Drop Inn Project? John Brown Honoree: ‘We have much work to do’ Adirondack Center for Writing Celebrates 20 Years Disc Golf Course Shaping Up in Ticonderoga Workers Feel Squeeze Of High-Deductible Health Plans Pendragon Theatre ‘Sexton’ » Continue Reading. View original post.


Friday, May 10, 2019

Joseph Keegan Appointed NCCC President


The State University of New York Board of Trustees has approved the appointment of Joseph Keegan as the new President of North Country Community College. Keegan is currently North Country’s Vice President for Academic Affairs. His appointment as President is effective June 16, 2019. Keegan will be the college’s seventh president since its founding in 1967. He replaces Dr. Steve Tyrell, who led the college since 2012. Keegan has served as the vice president for Academic Affairs at North Country Community College since 2014. Prior to his appointment to this role, Keegan was employed as the Coordinator of Human Services >>More