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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Tick-Borne Diseases Are On The Rise


Eighteen years ago, when I moved back to New Hampshire, I rarely came across ticks. The dog didn’t carry them unwittingly into the house, and I could spend the day in the garden or on wooded trails and not see a single, hard-shelled, eight-legged, blood-sucking creepy-crawly. Not so anymore. Now, from the time of snowmelt in the spring to the first crisp snowfall of autumn – and often beyond – we find ticks everywhere: on the dog, crawling up the front door, along kids’ hairlines, on backs or arms or legs, and occasionally (and alarmingly) walking along a couch cushion >>More


Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Youth Paddling Trips Explore Adirondack Waterways


There are still spots open in the Northern Forest Explorers program, which sends children aged 10-14 years old on five-day paddling trips in the Adirondacks. The trips are organized by Raquette River Outfitters in Tupper Lake and Adirondack guide Matt Burnett, in collaboration with the nonprofit Northern Forest Canoe Trail. Participating children are provided all of the essential camping and paddling gear. The first trip takes place from July 8 to 12. This 5-day paddle trip starts at the Saranac Inn state boat launch and continues through the Saranac Chain of Lakes to Lake Flower. This scenic paddling trip will >>More


Wednesday, May 1, 2019

62nd Hudson River Whitewater Derby This Weekend


The 62nd Annual Whitewater Derby has been set for Saturday and Sunday, May 4-5 in the Town of Johnsburg Hamlets of North River, North Creek and Riparius, along the Hudson River. The Derby began as a celebration of the Upper Hudson River and it’s history especially the log drives which ended in 1950. The Derby began in 1958 and the Hudson River Whitewater Derby is one of the oldest canoe and kayak races in the United States. Slalom Races and the Not-So-Whitewater Race have been set for Saturday, May 4, and The Downriver Race on Sunday, May 5, 2019. <img >>More


Tuesday, April 30, 2019

The Adirondack Park and Rural America


Protect the Adirondacks has published a new report The Adirondack Park and Rural America: Economic and Population Trends 1970-2010. This report has been widely circulated around the Adirondacks. It was mailed to all local officials, loads of non-profits, elected reps, school districts and local libraries. It’s available online. Through the end of the year, we’ll be undertaking a number of public presentations on the report and we’ll be publicizing those as they are organized. The report is long, complicated, and not easily distilled to talking points. I’ll be writing a series of essays this spring and summer for the Adirondack >>More


Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Pete Seeger Tribute Planned for Saranac Lake


A celebration of Pete Seeger’s 100th birthday has been set for Saturday, May 4th at 7 pm at the 1st Presbyterian Church, 57 Church St in Saranac Lake. Local performers will perform songs that Pete sang and some original music based in the folk tradition and storytelling.  Travis Jeffery, a former captain of the Clearwater and friend of the Seeger’s, will share stories and will perform. He will be joined by Celia Evans, Keith Gorgas, Duane Gould, Lisa and Klaus Meissner, Tom Techman, Bruce Thompson and others. Nearly 50 years ago Pete and his wife, Toshi, spearheaded an effort to >>More


Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Arts Center Member, Student Show in Blue Mountain Lake


The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts is set to open on Wednesday, May 1st for its 52nd season. To launch this year’s exhibitions, the Arts Center solicited works of art from its talented members. The Members’ Show will be displayed from May 1 – 31, with a reception open to the public on Friday, May 10 from 5 to 6:30 pm. Following the artist reception on May 10, the Arts Center will be presenting a World Music Concert at 7:30 pm featuring, Sitar/Tabla Master Ustad Shafaat Khan. Tickets are available at the door and online. This year’s Members Show >>More


Monday, April 29, 2019

Empire State Trail’s Highway Rock Cuts Raise Concerns


Yippee, it’s Harley Davidson season again — that time of year when 7 million people all ride the same motorcycle, wear the same clothes, go to the same places, eat at the same spots and travel around in packs of 60. All to express their individuality. I don’t mind the concept. It’s a free country. But I do mind the noise. There has to be a better way for some balding, dentist from Altoona to address his insecurities than by trumpeting his existence across three adjacent counties, particularly in the Adirondack Park — you should not have to hike two >>More


Monday, April 29, 2019

Stewards: Mountain Bikers Should Avoid Trails During Mud Season


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Barkeater Trails Alliance (BETA) are urging mountain bikers to avoid trails and closed seasonal access roads in the Adirondacks until these trails and roads have dried and hardened. Wet and muddy trails are easily rutted and damaged through use. Trailside vegetation and trail surfaces are especially vulnerable to degradation and erosion during this time of year. Biking on muddy trails damages tree roots, erodes slopes, and widens trails, making them difficult for riding. DEC asks bikers to help protect the trails, natural resources, and surrounding habitats by checking trail >>More


Monday, April 29, 2019

Love My Park Day Is Saturday May 4th


I Love My Park Day has been set for Saturday, May 4th. With various ways to volunteer and give back, “Love my Park Day” provides a chance to help others, and learn more about sustainability practices. This year there are 10 local locations seeking assistance on May 4: Ausable Point State Campground, Dennie Road Cross-Country Ski Trails, Fish Creek Pond State Campground, the Indian Pass Trail in the High Peaks, Lake Durant State Campground, the Lake George Beach/Battleground recreation area, North Hampton Beach State Campground, Paradox Lake State Campground, the Roaring Brook Falls campsite in Keene » Continue Reading. View >>More


Sunday, April 28, 2019

In 1969, Citizens Saved the Upper Hudson from Destruction


Fifty springs ago, the Upper Hudson River was conserved as a wild, free flowing river. The Schenectady Gazette’s writer Pete Jacobs reported the news in the April 17, 1969 edition of that newspaper: “Without opposition, the Assembly gave swift approval to legislation prohibiting the construction of the Gooley Dam on the Upper Hudson River, branded by conservationists as a threat to the wild river country.” In addition to Gooley, the bill blocks construction of any reservoirs on the river from Luzerne to its source in the Adirondack Park. The estimated $57 million dam was proposed as a source of water >>More