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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

ATVs On The Forest Preserve: A Constitutional Amendment?


In mid-June, Whiteface Mountain advertised a summer activity — rides aboard big all-terrain vehicles on the ski slopes of the High Peaks landmark. Called the “4×4 Alpine Expedition,” marketing videos showed children and adults enjoying the guided tours. Callers to the resort’s customer service line were told they could book 60-minute or 90-minute excursions through the fall. But by July, the rides were abruptly canceled. That came after environmental watchdogs raised concerns to state officials, and after the Adirondack Explorer inquired about the propriety of the rides. Though now mothballed, the program serves as an example of » Continue Reading. >>More


Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Oswegatchie Easement Rec Plan Comments Sought


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is seeking public comments on a revised Recreation Management Plan (RMP) for the Oswegatchie Conservation Easement. The Oswegatchie Easement encompasses approximately 16,929 acres in the towns of Croghan and Diana in Lewis County, including more than 14-thousand acres located within the Adirondack Park. The property includes 3.5 miles of the Middle Branch of the Oswegatchie River, shares 9.6 miles of boundary with forest preserve lands, and less than one mile of boundary with state forest land. The 30-day public comment period opens on Wednesday, November 21st. Public comments can be submitted >>More


Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Injured Hiker, Lost Hunter: Adirondack Ranger Reports


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. St. Lawrence County Town of Edwards Wilderness Search: On November 25 at approximately 6:30 pm, ECO Bret Canary received a call from a group of hunters in the Wolf Lake State Forest in St. >>More


Monday, November 26, 2018

Gibson: Adirondack Land Use, Climate Change Linked


Congresswoman Elise Stefanik’s district has one of the great carbon banks in North America, its public and private forests. Governor Cuomo’s Department of Environmental Conservation and Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation have, on our behalf, custody of over an even larger carbon bank in the Catskills, Adirondacks, State Forests and Parks and Conservation Easements all across the State. Yet, despite their vocal and demonstrable commitments to combat climate change, I’ve not heard either official tout the great importance of New York’s forest policies and stewardship to store and offset our carbon pollution. Goals » Continue Reading. View original >>More


Monday, November 26, 2018

Huckleberry Charlie: Jefferson County’s Charles Sherman (Part 4)


In fall 1911, Sherman’s gardening skills, which had paved the way for decades of successful peddling, were credited with helping Woodville’s (near Lake Ontario) George Kring develop an especially prolific squash crop, including one vine that yielded 35 specimens. In a strong agrarian economy, such achievements were frequently touted in the press, a welcome bonus for a man with Charlie’s affinity for attention. For someone who loved being the life of the party, 1913 proved to be a busy and pleasurable year for Charlie, who had entered his seventies. In early June, he joined the festivities as Carthage hosted the >>More


Monday, November 26, 2018

Glass Pipe Blowing Competition in Glens Falls, Dec 3-8


Downtown Glens Falls retailer 42 Degrees is set to host a glass pipe blowing competition, ADK Throwdown, from Monday to Friday, December 3 to 7, 2018. Each day, two glass artists will be creating new work in the 42 Degrees studio at 23 Park Street. Visitors are invited to watch the artists in action during the day at no charge. The tournament ends with an awards ceremony and presentation of the grand prize of $2,500 to the winner during 42 Degrees’ Annual Holiday Party on Saturday, December 8, from 7 pm to midnight. The Holiday Party will also feature live >>More


Sunday, November 25, 2018

School Closures in the Adirondacks and Rural America


One refrain I have heard from Adirondack leaders through the years is that declining school enrollments across the Adirondacks, with particular emphasis on the closures of the Piseco School and Lake Clear School, show the overall decline of the Adirondacks as a viable social and economic region. Blaming environmental policies immediately follows these statements. I have always argued back that there are many factors that affect school enrollment levels and that the changes afoot in the Adirondacks are far less severe than the changes that are transforming vast portions of Rural America. I have friends in » Continue Reading. View >>More


Sunday, November 25, 2018

Frederick Douglass Biographer in Saranac Lake Dec 1st


John Brown Lives! is set to host a conversation with Frederick Douglass biographer David Blight and historian Margaret Washington on Saturday, December 1st, 2018, at BluSeed Studios, 24 Cedar Street, Saranac Lake. An opening reception will begin at 6:30 pm, with conversation begging at 7 pm. There is a suggested donation of $15. For more information about John Brown Lives!, visit their website. View original post.


Sunday, November 25, 2018

Ski, Skate, Stroll: Lake Placid As Holiday Village


Lake Placid’s 10th Holiday Village Stroll, complete with holiday shopping, family fun, arts and entertainment, will be held from Friday, December 7 through Sunday, December 9, 2018. This December, the Holiday Village Stroll weekend is packed with activities for kids and families including a skating party, opportunities to visit with Santa, holiday movie screenings at the Palace Theatre, a tree-lighting ceremony, holiday crafts, story time and free sleigh rides around Mirror Lake. Grown-ups can stroll Lake Placid’s Main Street adorned with ice sculptures, holiday shopping deals, specialty drinks, live music throughout the village. In addition, the » Continue Reading. View >>More


Saturday, November 24, 2018

Organic? Grass Fed? Cage Free? What’s It All Mean?


In general, there is a lot of confusion about the terminology used when describing food. With everyone vying for your dollar and trying to find their market niche, it’s no wonder consumers find themselves confused about what it all means. The following is a brief overview of what some commonly used words and terms mean. As always, one of the great benefits of buying local food products is you can always personally ask the farmer what they mean when using a word or term you aren’t familiar with. Never be afraid to ask questions. Certified Organic means » Continue Reading. >>More