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Friday, December 7, 2018

This Week’s Big Adirondack News Stories


Election Could Boost Adk Conservation Efforts Westport-E’town-Lewis School Merger Vote Passes Magic Forest Becoming ‘Expedition Park’ Lake Colby Ice Skating Path Sought Long Lakers Demand Reliable Power Essex Co Coroner: Colleagues Are Lazy Trump Refuses Climate Change Agreement Fire Destroys Former Big Moose Hotel Inaction Ends Warren Co Mortgage Tax CBD Reaches The Adirondacks Subscribe to the Adirondack Almanack daily news e-mail. Follow Us on Twitter and Facebook. View original post.


Thursday, December 6, 2018

Acid Rain Controls Near Finish Line, Obstacles Remain


As the nation mourns the passing of George H. W. Bush, the President who signed the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 creating America’s first acid rain program – a conference of scientists and advocates has concluded that the fight to stop acid rain is nearly won. Sadly, victory is now in doubt due to the Trump administration’s proposed pollution rule changes. It feels like we are a marathon runner who has been tripped with the finish line in sight. In 1990, President Bush understood that the United States was supposed to set an example for the rest of the >>More


Thursday, December 6, 2018

Current Adirondack Outdoor Conditions (Dec 6)


This weekly report of outdoor recreation conditions in the Adirondacks is compiled each Thursday afternoon and fully updated by Friday afternoon. Contribute Your Knowledge: Add a comment below, or send your observations, corrections, updates, and suggestions to adkalmanack@gmail.com. Learn and practice the seven Leave No Trace principles. Carry out what you have carried in. Do not leave gear, food, or other items at lean-tos and campsites. Do not litter. Take the free online Leave No Trace course here. BE PREPARED! Start slow, gain experience. Always carry proper safety equipment – including plenty of food, water, flashlights, space blanket, emergency whistle, >>More


Thursday, December 6, 2018

Charles ‘Huckleberry Charlie’ Sherman (Part 5)


It had been a busy year, but if anything, Charlie Sherman was more active in 1915, receiving ample media coverage for his many exploits — and more than a few surprises. In January, the Ogdensburg Journal reported on his visit to Watertown’s relief kitchen located on Jackman Street. He dropped in, looked things over, was offered supper, and accepted, afterward offering effusive praise of the food, facility, and staff, and rewarding them with brief and witty speeches on a number of topics. At the end of the month, he showed up at Watertown High School and was guided to the >>More


Thursday, December 6, 2018

Out of the Closet: Adirondack Ugly Sweater Events


Even thoughtful gifts don’t always exactly fit your taste. Give that ugly sweater a chance to redeem itself (and the sweater giver) by wearing it an Adirondack ugly sweater events. Just like that bridesmaid dress we are always told can be repurposed, that festive holiday sweater can now raise funds for children’s art classes, food pantries, or even a pint of beer. Good luck. On December 8, BluSeed Studios will host an Ugly Sweater 5K Run/Walk to help fund their annual free spring break and after school art classes for area children. Each participant will receive a raffle ticket for >>More


Wednesday, December 5, 2018

The Globe: A Well-Rounded Perspective


Global warming might be a lot more fun if it came with a thermostat. Like most people in northern NY State, there are times when I wish it was not quite so chilly. If I could tweak some climate-dial so my tomato plants could safely go into the garden on May 1, guaranteed frost-free, it would be wonderful. And few of us would complain if we could suddenly grow peaches and oranges in our backyards. But aside from a complete lack of control over the whole process, my main gripe about global warming is its first name. » Continue Reading. >>More


Wednesday, December 5, 2018

2019 Campground Ambassador Program Planned


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced the opening of the 2019 application period for the Campground Ambassador program as part of the state’s Adventure NY initiative to connect more New Yorkers with the outdoors. Volunteer Campground Ambassadors support DEC campground staff in welcoming and assisting the millions of visitors that vacation in the Adirondack and Catskill parks each year. The program was introduced last year, and the first group of ambassadors were working in the field during Summer 2018. “This summer, DEC’s first-ever Campground Ambassadors were on the ground helping DEC enhance the customer service >>More


Wednesday, December 5, 2018

VIEW’s Executive Director Stepping Down


Jeff Grimshaw, Executive Director of View Arts Center in Old Forge, has announced he will step down on December 14th, 2018. Grimshaw has led View for the past two years. Bernadette Sunderlin, Director of Operations at View, will serve as interim director while View searches for a new director. Founded in 1951, View is dedicated to inspiring the lives of individuals visiting or residing in the Adirondacks. Open year-round, it draws artists, musicians, instructors, and speakers from across North America. It regularly hosts juried exhibitions in its four airy and light-soaked galleries, performances in its spacious and intimate Gould Hall, >>More


Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Gray Jays: Souls of Dead Woodsmen


The sound of a gray jay (Perisoreus canadensis) evokes an image of the North Woods: dark green spruce trees, spire-like balsam fir, and bare-branched tamaracks silhouetted against a raw, slate-colored sky; the smell of woodsmoke in the air and a dusting of fresh snow on the ground. I see these birds occasionally around our cabin in northern New Hampshire and on hikes at higher elevations in the White Mountains. They’ve always had an air of mystery about them. The bird is often heard before it’s seen. The gray jay has a number of calls, whistles, and imitations in his repertoire: >>More


Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Arts Center Closing for Season December 15th


The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts has announced a last day/holiday sale and celebration has been set for Saturday, December 15th, from 10 am to 4 pm. Support local artisans and the Arts Center with 10 to 50% off selected merchandise. Savory treats and holiday sweets will be available throughout the day. Visitors can sip wine or a glass of eggnog as they explore the last exhibition of the year, works by Nancy Halter and peruse the AC’s gift shop. The Arts Center is located at 3446 State Route 28, Blue Mountain Lake. Reopening is scheduled for May 1st, >>More