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Sunday, February 3, 2019

Comments Sought on Changes to Remote Wilderness Area


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is seeking public for input prior to developing a revision to the Pepperbox Wilderness Unit Management Plan (UMP). A public meeting will be held on February 27, in Lowville, Lewis County. The Pepperbox Wilderness is a unique unit within the surrounding forest preserve landscape, which includes the Five Ponds Wilderness, Independence River Wild Forest and Watsons East Triangle Wild Forests. It is comprised of approximately 22,560 acres in in the western Adirondack foothills in the town of Watson in Lewis County and the town of Webb in Herkimer County. » Continue >>More


Sunday, February 3, 2019

Adirondack History Museum Seeking 46er Summit Canisters


The Adirondack History Museum is starting a campaign to gather as many Adirondack 46er summit canisters as possible to incorporate in their Hiking the Adirondack High Peaks exhibit. The Museum currently has four canisters, from Seward, Marshall, Santanoni, and Esther. Their goal is to be the repository for the entire collection, to be permanently displayed at the Adirondack History Museum. Canisters once dotted the summits of 22 peaks the 46ers designated as trailless. In the late 1940s, there were so many Band-Aid tins and other handy receptacles left on these peaks with hikers’ names in them, some not on the >>More


Saturday, February 2, 2019

Nonpareil Athlete Babe Didrikson’s North Country Visit


During the first half of the 20th century, traveling basketball and baseball teams were part of America’s social fabric, providing great entertainment for millions of appreciative fans. Mostly visiting cities and surrounding communities, the famous and near-famous made the rounds each year. Their competition consisted of locally organized squads that often recruited one or more talented college or semi-pro players. In New York, the most popular routes for traveling teams were from New York City north to Albany, and west to Buffalo. It was uncommon to find nationally known stars straying from those paths to visit the state’s northernmost regions, >>More


Saturday, February 2, 2019

Noted Adirondack Artist Paul Matthews Dies at 85


Paul Clement Matthews II, an artist and writer based in Lambertville, NJ and Keene, NY, whose paintings were shown at galleries and museums in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and elsewhere, died January 15, 2019 in Hamilton, NJ, where he had been hospitalized with a chronic lung disease. He was 85. Matthews’ work ranged from portraits and nudes done in a meticulous, realistic style, to majestic landscapes and cloudscapes of the Adirondack high peaks, to darker, dreamlike scenes that reflected a surreal inner world. Reviewing the New Jersey State Museum’s exhibition of 18 of Matthews’ paintings in 2003, the Philadelphia >>More


Saturday, February 2, 2019

Poetry: Earthenware


  Earthenware She looked at me with curving, symmetrical arches, and I knew right away that souls abhor an untimely silence. Somewhere, somewhere, the specter of a daffodil blooms in a radiograph. And somewhere, somewhere, I wonder if everything needs to be seen after all. Yet when she looked at me, I felt pale all over. Like uncooked chicken, or a freshly sliced shallot, I felt the fresh undifferentiated sameness of my mind. A reflection under construction. Both rare and dangerous. A meteorite falling in North Wales or a cluster of nebulae in Hydra. Isn’t this infinite region of emptiness >>More


Friday, February 1, 2019

The Adirondacks Around The Web This Week


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Friday, February 1, 2019

Forest Rangers Respond To Stranded Groomers


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. Franklin County Town of Waverly Rescue: On January 22 at 3:30 pm, DEC received a call from Franklin County reporting that the operator of a disabled trail groomer was unaccounted for. Another groomer had >>More


Friday, February 1, 2019

This Week’s Big Adirondack News Stories


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Thursday, January 31, 2019

John Sheehan: Oppose Changes to Federal Mercury Rule


Last month, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler proposed an amendment to the federal Mercury and Air Toxics Standards and the Clean Air Act “risk and review” process that should worry everyone who cares about the Adirondacks and public health. On the surface, the change looks like a routine adjustment of technical language about the way EPA calculates “side benefits” from proposed air pollution rules. That’s how EPA is describing it. As a result, few people have paid attention to the proposal. But if approved, it would have far-reaching effects that strike at the heart of some >>More


Thursday, January 31, 2019

Every Weekend in February is Lake George Winter Carnival


The town of Lake George doesn’t just celebrate winter for a weekend or a few days, the Lake George Winter Carnival has events every weekend in February (Feb. 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, and 23-24). The Carnival is now in its 58th year.  Each weekend is a offers a variety of unique events along the core happenings of the Carnival schedule. Family-friendly activities are available like petting zoos, games, pony rides, horse and carriage rides, a polar plunge, a hot chocolate bar, as well as a giant ice slide at Shepard’s Park. Each weekend has its highlights, such as outhouse races, a >>More