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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Homage to the 1924 Sign Law


The 1924 sign law that effectively banned billboards throughout the Adirondack Park shows how our forbearers were braver, wiser, and more prescient than we are today. It was a bold decision that resulted, by some accounts, in the removal of over 1,400 billboards. In the Adirondack Park this law largely prevented an assault of rooftop and roadside billboards that dominate broad stretches of the U.S. – the cluttered strips of Anywhere USA. Without the sign law the travel routes through major and minor Adirondack hamlets would have surely been despoiled by advertising of every size and shape imaginable. The sign >>More


Sunday, September 22, 2013

Cabin Life: Fall Has Arrived


The fire is crackling, the dew is settling and the full moon is so bright that I can clearly see the two does quietly munching on fallen apples in the lower field.  They don’t seem to mind that Pico and I are outside, and quite frankly, I’m happy that they don’t. Fall is here.  About half of the hardwoods around have either lost all their leaves or are changing color as we speak.  I think it’ll be a poor year for fall colors.  Too many trees have already changed, and there are still plenty that are solid green.  The colors >>More


Saturday, September 21, 2013

Lost Brook Dispatches: Two Fiery September Anniversaries


Anniversaries are on my mind, seeing as my seventeenth wedding anniversary is today.  But for more than a year, thanks to a promise made to a regular reader to write about them, I’ve had two other September anniversaries on my mind.  Their time has come. A year ago last April I wrote about the Spring 1903 fire season during which nearly half a million acres burned in multiple fires throughout the Adirondacks.  The largest fires were in Keene and North Elba; these had a personal relevance to me as they ringed Lost Brook Tract.  The one sweeping into the heart >>More


Friday, September 20, 2013

This Week’s Adirondack Web Highlights


Give A Hoot: Woodsy Owl Turns 42 Hiking: Esther and Whiteface Make 46! Adk Botanical Society: Slush Pond Bog Woods and Water: Perfect Paddle Day (Botany) Chris Knight: ‘Saranac Lake’s Worst Drug House’ NYT: How Wild Should New Stay Lands Be Drug War: Do Drug Busts Matter? Schroon Laker: Massive Invasives Infestations New NYS Lands: There Was Another Option 50 Years Ago: Moving the Village of Tahawus » Continue Reading. The post This Week’s Adirondack Web Highlights appeared first on The Adirondack Almanack.


Friday, September 20, 2013

Adirondack Events This Weekend (Sept 20)


Visit the Adirondack Almanack each Friday to find out what’s happening around the Adirondacks. Featured Adirondack Events – chosen by Adirondack Almanack contributors. Outdoor Conditions in the Adirondacks – for those headed into the woods or onto the waters this weekend. We’ve also gathered the best links to regional events calendars all in one place: Lake George Region Events Lake Placid Region Events This Weekend Old Forge Area Events This Weekend Saranac Lake Area Events This Weekend Tupper Lake Region Events This Weekend Subscribe! More than 10,500 people get Adirondack Almanack each day via <a » Continue Reading. The post >>More


Friday, September 20, 2013

Video: Country Malt Group of Champlain, NY


I recently visited Country Malt Group in Champlain, NY, a family-owned backyard business that has tapped into the rapidly growing craft beer industry to expand nationwide. You can learn more about the company in the latest installment of “Made in Clinton County.” You can also see an extended interview with Country Malt Group Managing Director Bryan Bechard by clicking here. The post Video: Country Malt Group of Champlain, NY appeared first on The Adirondack Almanack.


Friday, September 20, 2013

This Week’s Top Adirondack News Stories


Company Claims Mining Rights DEC: An Endangered Agency GE to Close Fort Edward Plant Killing Frost Ends Growing Season Big Tupper Will Reopen This Winter Town Will Sell Setting Pole Dam Lake Clear Airport Getting $1M Upgrade Little Trace of Missing Hiker Inlet Zoning Revisions Approved Chip Fab Planned Near Utica On Friday mornings Adirondack Almanack compiles for our readers the week’s top Adirondack news. You » Continue Reading. The post This Week’s Top Adirondack News Stories appeared first on The Adirondack Almanack.


Thursday, September 19, 2013

After 18 Months Search Efforts Continue for Colin Gillis


State Police and DEC Forest Rangers, are reminding the public of a missing person case, hoping they can assist in the search. On March 11, 2012 around 2:00 AM, Colin Gillis, age 18, of Tupper Lake, was last seen walking along Route 3 between Tupper Lake and Piercefield. At the time, Gillis was wearing a white T-shirt with black stripes, blue jeans, red sneakers and a red and black down jacket. He is 6 foot tall, 170 lbs, and has blonde hair and blue eyes. Officials are reminding hunters in particular to be observant for anything unusual while they’re in >>More


Thursday, September 19, 2013

Current Conditions in the Adirondack Park (Sept 19)


This weekly Adirondack outdoor conditions report is issued on Thursday afternoons, year round. Get The Weekly Outdoor Conditions Podcast Listen for the weekly Adirondack Outdoor Recreation Report Friday mornings on WNBZ (AM 920 & 1240, FM 105 & 102.1), WSLP (93.3) and the stations of North Country Public Radio. The report can also be found at Mountain Lake PBS. SPECIAL NOTICES FOR THIS WEEKEND ** indicates new or revised items. ** COOLER WEATHER: Despite the return of warm and sunny weather this weekend, temperatures have turned cooler in the Adirondacks » Continue Reading. The post Current Conditions in the Adirondack >>More


Thursday, September 19, 2013

Adirondack Backcountry Impacts: Building A Fire


Fire has held great fascination for man ever since Prometheus stole it from the Greek gods and put it in our hands. Or so the myth goes. This allure for combustion extends to the backcountry, where every popular campsite contains either a well-maintained fireplace or a makeshift fire ring. Even wilderness enthusiasts loathe abandoning this love of fire, despite all the adverse impacts that accompany it. There are many reasons people light up a fire in the backcountry, some are social, while others remain based on superstition and folklore. Sitting around a campfire has a visceral appeal, whether due to >>More