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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

APA Agenda: North Hudson, Saranac Lakes Changes, More


The Adirondack Park Agency will hold its monthly meeting at its headquarters in Ray Brook on Thursday, February 14th and Friday February 15th, 2019. Thursday’s meeting will begin at 1 pm and Friday’s session will commence at 9 am. The meeting will include discussion on the Frontier Town Campground, Equestrian and Day Use Area in the Town of North Hudson; a presentation on climate change in the Adirondacks; consideration of Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan conformance for the Saranac Lakes Wild Forest Unit Management Plan; and more. What follows is the agenda issued by the APA: On Thursday at >>More


Monday, February 11, 2019

Commission on the Adirondacks in the 21st Century: A Status Report


Adirondack Almanack readers may recall that in 2018 Governor Andrew Cuomo’s budget office introduced legislation which would have changed the way the state pays taxes on the public’s Forest Preserve. It was proposed to change the ad valorem system, in place since 1886, to a payment in lieu of taxes. Local school districts and supervisors were alarmed by the negative consequences of the proposed change, as were Forest Preserve advocates. In response, legislative staff sought background information about how the Real Property Tax Law applied to the Adirondack Park, historically speaking. I was able to point them to a hard >>More


Monday, February 11, 2019

Art Center’s Annual Winter Benefit March 9


The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts (the Arts Center) is set to host their Annual Winter Benefit for the Arts on Saturday, March 9, 2019, from 6 to 9 pm at the Long View Lodge, 681 Deerland Rd, in Long Lake. The event is a family friendly fundraiser complete with live and silent auctions, appetizers and a gourmet buffet dinner. Tickets to the Benefit range from $100 Benefactor; $85 Patron; $60 Non-member; and $50 for Arts Center members and can be purchased online, or by contacting the Arts Center. Overnight accommodations are available by contacting » Continue Reading. View original >>More


Monday, February 11, 2019

Voting Workshop Planned For North Creek


The Town of Johnsburg Library has announced an upcoming Civil Liberties Workshop, set for Thursday, February 28 from 6 to 7 pm. Wendy L. Johnston, Assistant Professor of Political Science at SUNY Adirondack will speak on the importance of voting, changes to New York State’s voter registration requirements, and tools citizens can use to help inform their vote. Voting is the means by which citizens in a democracy can hold their leaders accountable, and yet the United States trails dramatically behind other developed democracies in participation rates. It is estimated that only 58% of U.S. eligible voters cast a » >>More


Sunday, February 10, 2019

This Winter Vexing Bipolar Polar Vortex


I’d love to explain exactly what a polar vortex is, but I’ll spare you the details, mainly because I don’t know them. Apparently, the definition of a polar vortex has been changed by the American Meteorological Society three times in the last 20 years — even the experts are still trying to nail down what it is. Besides freaking cold, I mean. If the phenomenon is not entirely understood, it follows logically that all explanations are flawed, which makes me more comfortable adding mine to the mix. Some news reports have made it sound like this is new » Continue >>More


Sunday, February 10, 2019

Call for Entries: Adirondacks National Exhibition of Watercolors


View, the multi-media arts center in Old Forge, is seeking artists working in all forms of watermedia for the 2019 Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors. This exhibition is considered one of the top watermedia exhibitions in the nation, drawing artists and audiences from all over. Each year, artists compete to receive over $12,000 in prizes and awards. The exhibition is open to artists working in watercolors. All works must be of original design and execution, comprised of 90% watermedia. Collage and works previously exhibited at View are not eligible for submission. There is a non-refundable entry fee of $30 >>More


Sunday, February 10, 2019

Health Care Scholarships For High School Seniors


Hudson Mohawk AHEC will once again be awarding up to ten (10) scholarships of $500 each to students pursuing a healthcare related education program. The recipients from last year’s awards that continue to be enrolled in an approved healthcare related program at a local community college are eligible to apply again for an additional scholarship. Applicants must be graduating from a high school within the Hudson Mohawk AHEC region, which includes: Albany, Essex, Fulton, Hamilton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren and Washington counties. The previous year’s recipients are also eligible to re-apply. For more information, call (518) 480-2432 or e-mail >>More


Saturday, February 9, 2019

Adirondack Moose Survey Results: 175 in 83 Groups


New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced the completion of it’s annual aerial Adirondack moose survey, part of a collaborative study of the health of New York’s moose population. A total of 83 groups of one or more moose were observed during the survey’s 175 sightings, with all appearing healthy. After an absence of 120 years, moose recolonized New York in the 1980s. Since that time, biologists have been routinely monitoring moose in the state, informing the public about moose, and responding to situations where moose come into conflict with people. DEC wildlife staff conducted helicopter flights >>More


Saturday, February 9, 2019

Poetry: Wild Rhubarb


  Wild Rhubarb A kiss studied is so much more beautiful than a kiss performed. It gives nothing away. When I kiss my wife, I should remember it. It never was meant to be a handshake. And why do we kiss to say goodbye? These goodbyes lasting, stretching, crowding the horizon. A sound is burned but a kiss is alive. Alive like a moose scarfing wild rhubarb. View original post.


Saturday, February 9, 2019

Lorraine Duvall: Why We Seek Wilderness


In March 1848 a colleague of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Harrison Gray Otis Blake, sought out Henry David Thoreau to help him on his spiritual pilgrimage, recognizing Thoreau’s need to live a “fresh, simple life with God.” Thoreau wanted to live his life free from the trappings of the commercial world, enabling him to enrich his inner life. He escaped to his Walden Pond to experience “nature as goodness crystalized.” These two gentlemen corresponded for thirteen years. Letters to a Spiritual Seeker, published in 2004, contains 45 of Thoreau’s letters to Blake. Thoreau writes about the practicality of financially supporting himself, >>More