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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Three Adirondack Veterans Day Events


It’s really okay that Veterans Day doesn’t get its own kitschy candy, slogan, or costume. Veterans Day highlights medals, honor, and sacrifice. It doesn’t come dressed up like a princess and it doesn’t slide down your chimney to fill your stockings. It comes each November 11, a holiday dedicated to American veterans of all wars. Veterans Day was first celebrated as Armistice Day to commemorate the November 11, 1918 temporary truce, hence the term armistice, between the Allied Nations and Germany during the first World War. The name was changed in 1954, after the second World War and the Korean >>More


Thursday, November 1, 2018

NorthWind Gallery: Musical Translations, Student Work


NorthWind Fine Arts is set to present “Musical Translations” on Friday, November 2 from 5 to 7 pm. NorthWind’s artists have created artistic interpretations of some of their favorite songs, and will share them with the public. NorthWind Fine Arts will also celebrate the debut of local middle and high school students’ work being exhibited at the gallery. The reception is free and open to the public, light refreshments will be available. The show will be on exhibit through November 26. NorthWind Fine Arts is located at 11 Woodruff Street, Saranac Lake. For more information call (518) 354-1875 or visit >>More


Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Bauer: Long Pond Easement Changes A Bad Deal


The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) recently wrapped up a public hearing on proposed changes to the 18,950-acre Long Pond Conservation Easement located in the Town of Colton, St. Lawrence County. The state purchased this easement for $1.667 million in 1999 and the taxpayers of New York State have paid the state’s share of all local taxes on the property since then. The DEC held this public hearing because it wants to rewrite this conservation easement to allow 15 leased residential camps to remain on the property in perpetuity. At the time that the state purchased the Long Pond Conservation >>More


Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Day of the Dead Event in Blue Mtn Lake Friday


The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts, located at 3446 State Route in Blue Mountain Lake, is set to celebrate the last day of the week-long Day of the Dead Mexican holiday, Día de Muertos, on Friday, November 2 from 4 to 6 pm. The festivities will include art-related Mexican traditions, such as decorating sugar skulls and skeleton masks and face painting. Traditional Mexican snacks and drinks will also be served. Local photographer Al Pouch will share some of his photos taken at a Day of the Dead event in Oaxaca, Mexico. This event is free and open to » >>More


Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Cure Porch on Wheels Project Moving Forward


Historic Saranac Lake has been awarded a grant to support the Cure Porch on Wheels project in 2019. The New York Council on the Arts (NYSCA) has approved $16,000 to support programming on Historic Saranac Lake’s oral history booth and mobile exhibit space. This is the latest of a number of grants that have supported the project. In 2018, a NYSCA Museum Program grant supported the construction of the Cure Porch on Wheels. The Cure Porch on Wheels project is modeled on the cure porches of Saranac Lake, where tens » Continue Reading. View original post.


Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Jefferson County’s Charles Sherman: Huckleberry Charlie


The Altona Flat Rock is a rare and spectacular site I’ve referenced here in the past, and was the subject of my first book written long ago (it was updated in 2005 with new glaciology information). Besides details on the unusual topography, glacial remnants, an incredibly persistent fire, and one of the world’s largest dams when it was built in the early 1900s, there was also a human history to tell. The forbidding landscape, similar to expanses in Maine, was conducive to the growth of blueberries, the harvest of which evolved into a phenomenon. Entire families established temporary villages of >>More


Tuesday, October 30, 2018

DEC’s Potsdam Office Relocating


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC Region 6) Potsdam offices will be unavailable to the public through October 31, 2018, while the offices are relocated from Route 11 to 190 Outer Main Street, Suite 103, Potsdam, NY. This is a permanent move. The public is asked to call the Watertown headquarters during this time of transition at 315-785-2263 during the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. The phone and e-mail service for the DEC Potsdam Office is expected to return to normal on November 1, 2018. View original post.


Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Injured High Peaks Hikers Rescued By Rangers


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. Essex County Town of Keene Wildland Rescue: On Oct. 22 at 4:41 pm, DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch received a transferred call from Franklin County 911 from a hiker reporting that a 27-year-old companion from >>More


Monday, October 29, 2018

Gore Mountain Nordic Racing Facilities Improving


Gore Mountain has announced International Ski Federation (FIS) homologation certifications for four of its Nordic courses at the North Creek Ski Bowl. These certifications mean that the courses have been inspected and are found to be in compliance with FIS standards. Gore Mountain is one of just 29 FIS venues in the United States, and one of two in New York State. The certifications are for the 2.5K Distance Course, the 3.3K Distance Course, the 1.2K Sprint Course, and the 1.6K Sprint Course. The logistics of the venue, width of the courses, and safety of » Continue Reading. View original >>More


Monday, October 29, 2018

Bridges Replaced in Essex Chain Lakes Complex


New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced the completion of three new bridges in the Essex Chain Lakes Complex in the towns of Newcomb and Minerva, Essex County. The bridges provide safer public motor vehicle access to the Essex Chain Lakes Primitive Area and sections of the Blue Mountain Wild Forest, and are accessible from the end of mud season to first snowfall. The three bridges, Woody’s Road Bridge, Cornell Road #1 Crossing, and Deer Pond Road Bridge, replace structures originally built by Finch, Pruyn and Company Inc. prior to New York State’s purchase and easement acquisition >>More