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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Event Highlights Ticonderoga on the Eve of Revolution


Fort Ticonderoga is set to host a living history event Saturday, February 16, 2019 about British garrison life in February 1775, three months before Ticonderoga was pulled into the American War of Independence. Living history programs feature the weapons, trades, and home life of soldiers and families during peacetime at Ticonderoga. A one-time only exhibit will highlight rare objects from the Fort Ticonderoga Museum collection that are a tangible reminder of the men and women that called Fort Ticonderoga home before the American Revolution. Highlighted programming throughout the day brings to life the experience of soldiers in the 26th Regiment >>More


Thursday, February 14, 2019

Forest Rangers Respond To Locator Beacon


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 Wilderness Rescue: On February 5 at 9:24 pm, DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch received a request for Forest Rangers to respond to a SPOT locator beacon activation between Ausable Lake >>More


Wednesday, February 13, 2019

The Sociable Gray Squirrel


On winter mornings when I look out my window, I often see a gray squirrel clinging upside down to the post supporting my bird feeder, with his front paws in the tray, munching sunflower seeds. Sometimes, a much smaller red squirrel is perched on the opposite side of the feeder. This brings to mind my studies of squirrels years ago and the differences between the two species. For my thesis in biology at Williams College, I conducted a field study of social behavior and organization in the eastern gray squirrel in a suburban area in Williamstown, Massachusetts. My first step >>More


Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Adirondack Council: Upcoming APA Meeting Comments


The Adirondack Council has reviewed the agenda for the upcoming February 14-15 Adirondack Park Agency Board meeting. We offer the following comments and suggestions: 1. P2018-218 Approval of Trail Enhancements at the Frontier Town Campground, Equestrian and Day Use Area: (Support) As the Council stated in comments at the public hearing in North Hudson on January 23, 2019, the Council appreciates that the proposed enhancements primarily use natural materials and seek to minimize impacts to wetlands and other sensitive areas on the site. The Council supports these enhancements and hopes that future construction of trails leading from the Frontier Town >>More


Wednesday, February 13, 2019

World Cup Bobsled, Skeleton Returning to Lake Placid


The 2018-’19 IBSF World Cup Bobsled and Skeleton season is beginning to wind down, after months of traveling Europe, the series returns to North American soil when Lake Placid, plays host to the tour’s seventh stop, Friday and Saturday, February 15-16. More than 200 athletes from 24 nations are expected to compete on the Mt. Van Hoevenberg course. Germany’s Friedrich Francesco headlines the men’s bobsled field. The 29 year-old has won 10 times in 12 races, with six, two-man victories and four, four-man wins. He carries a 146-point lead in the chase for the overall two-man World Cup crown and >>More


Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Efforts to Reduce Adirondack Rescues, Educate Hikers


An effort will be underway to promote proper planning and preparation through direct conversations with hikers at trailheads and on the trails in the High Peaks Wilderness, February 16-18, the upcoming Presidents’ Day Weekend. The organizers hope to increase engagement between hikers and experienced backcountry users to reduce the number of search and rescue incidents in the Adirondacks and help to ensure the public has an enjoyable and safe outdoor experience. DEC Forest Rangers, Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) summit stewards and educators, Adirondack 46ers’ volunteer trailhead stewards, and volunteers from Keene Backcountry Rescue will interact with hikers to help ensure >>More


Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Long Lake Hors D’Oeuvres Tour Planned


Long Lake area restaurants are preparing for the return of the Hors D’Oeuvres Tour on Friday, February 22nd, from 6 to 10 pm. Venues for 2019 are The Adirondack Growl and Grub, Adirondack Hotel, Long Lake Diner & Owl’s Head Pub and the Long View Lodge.  The Long Lake Little Bus will provide door to door transportation. The order of stops will be selected at random the day of the event. Tour participants can dine on three appetizers from each restaurant and vote for the best. Voting is based on a points system considering presentation, quality, taste, texture and originality. >>More


Tuesday, February 12, 2019

APA Agenda: North Hudson, Saranac Lakes Changes, More


The Adirondack Park Agency will hold its monthly meeting at its headquarters in Ray Brook on Thursday, February 14th and Friday February 15th, 2019. Thursday’s meeting will begin at 1 pm and Friday’s session will commence at 9 am. The meeting will include discussion on the Frontier Town Campground, Equestrian and Day Use Area in the Town of North Hudson; a presentation on climate change in the Adirondacks; consideration of Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan conformance for the Saranac Lakes Wild Forest Unit Management Plan; and more. What follows is the agenda issued by the APA: On Thursday at >>More


Monday, February 11, 2019

Commission on the Adirondacks in the 21st Century: A Status Report


Adirondack Almanack readers may recall that in 2018 Governor Andrew Cuomo’s budget office introduced legislation which would have changed the way the state pays taxes on the public’s Forest Preserve. It was proposed to change the ad valorem system, in place since 1886, to a payment in lieu of taxes. Local school districts and supervisors were alarmed by the negative consequences of the proposed change, as were Forest Preserve advocates. In response, legislative staff sought background information about how the Real Property Tax Law applied to the Adirondack Park, historically speaking. I was able to point them to a hard >>More


Monday, February 11, 2019

Art Center’s Annual Winter Benefit March 9


The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts (the Arts Center) is set to host their Annual Winter Benefit for the Arts on Saturday, March 9, 2019, from 6 to 9 pm at the Long View Lodge, 681 Deerland Rd, in Long Lake. The event is a family friendly fundraiser complete with live and silent auctions, appetizers and a gourmet buffet dinner. Tickets to the Benefit range from $100 Benefactor; $85 Patron; $60 Non-member; and $50 for Arts Center members and can be purchased online, or by contacting the Arts Center. Overnight accommodations are available by contacting » Continue Reading. View original >>More