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Thursday, October 3, 2019

ADK’s High Peaks Volunteer Program


Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) has partnered with Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Company, to fund the High Peaks Information Center (HPIC) volunteer host program. Located at one of the most popular trailheads in the Adirondack High Peaks, the HPIC is a major thoroughfare for hikers to get on the trail and begin their trek.  In 2017, from the beginning of July through the end of August, there were 27, 251 registered hikers at the Heart Lake Property trailheads located at the HPIC and Adirondack Loj. ADK reports that each year around 35% of » Continue Reading. View original post.


Thursday, October 3, 2019

Hamilton College Ending Its Adirondack Program


Hamilton College will end its Adirondack Program after this fall semester according to an announcement made by Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty Suzanne Keen. The college, which is located outside the Adirondack Park in Clinton, NY, suspended the program following its failure to meet its enrollment targets Keen said.  “True to its mission, the Adirondack Program has offered students a rigorous interdisciplinary academic experience,” Keen said in the announcement. “I [the Dean of Faculty] have been very impressed with the overall quality of the program, and I appreciate the support of the local partners, the enthusiasm >>More


Thursday, October 3, 2019

Early American History Collections At Fort Ticonderoga


Fort Ticonderoga holds one of North America’s largest collections of military material culture, covering the colonization of North America and the ensuing colonial conflicts, the Seven Years’ War (a.k.a. French & Indian War), the American Revolution, and the War of 1812. The collection includes rare books, manuscripts, weaponry, accoutrements, textiles, uniforms, headgear, paintings, prints, maps, ephemera, personal effects from across the Atlantic World and a complementary archeological collection consisting of tens of thousands of artifacts recovered from the grounds of Fort Ticonderoga in the 20th century. The collection spans roughly 1450 to 1820, and includes objects made » Continue Reading. >>More


Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Twitchell Lake Settlement and the Carthage to Crown Point Road


Ever wonder how one of the hundreds of lakes and ponds in the Adirondack Mountains got its names? Around Brown’s Tract, there are lakes named from nature such as Loon, Beaver, Trout, Gull, Bear, and Moose.  There are also a dozen or more lakes named for noted guides or people who lived in or frequented the area during the Sporting Era (1860 to 1890), including Mosier, Francis, Hitchcock, Beach, Tuttle, Thayer, Smith, Salmon, and Wood. An Adirondack historian who knew some of the nineteenth century Beaver River and Fulton Chain guides, Joseph » Continue Reading. View original post.


Wednesday, October 2, 2019

History of the Beaver River Country’s Rap-Shaw Club Published


Edward I. Pitts’ new book The History of the Rap-Shaw Club: 1896 until 1958 tells the story of the early days of the Rap-Shaw Club, one of region’s surviving nineteenth century Adirondack outdoors clubs. Founded in 1896, Rap-Shaw has continuously existed in the Beaver River country of the west central Adirondacks for what is believed to be longer than any other institution in that region. It has had rustic camps at Witchhopple Lake, Beaver Dam Pond, and since 1940 on Williams Island in the Stillwater Reservoir. It has outlived all the earliest settlements of the area, outlived Webb’s great camp >>More


Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Depot Theatre Works To Protect Its Historic Home


The Depot Theatre in Westport has been awarded a Preserve New York grant of $4,712 to complete a condition analysis of the 1876 train station in which the theatre resides. The Depot Theatre is a nonprofit, professional theatre located in a historic, functioning 1876 train station owned by the Town of Westport, and it is the only theatre in New York’s Adirondack Park that operates under an agreement with Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States. The theatre is also the caretaker of the station on behalf of Amtrak. The Depot was >>More


Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Salmon Festival Saturday in Richmond VT


The 2019 Salmon Festival has been set for Saturday, October 5th, at multiple locations in Richmond, Vermont. Family friendly, salmon based events will take place throughout the community from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. Scheduled events include: juvenile salmon stocking, a guided two-mile paddle on the Winooski River (advance registration requested), fly casting lessons, US Postal Service International Year of the Salmon Stamp Cancellation, exhibit booths, Salmon films, and presentations about local salmon populations. Event partners include U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Lake Champlain Basin Program, Trout Unlimited, Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Friends of the >>More


Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Adirondack Rangers: Woman, Dog Rescued; Lower Saranac Body Recovery


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 North Elba Wilderness Rescue: On September 28 at 8:28 pm, Essex County 911 transferred a call to DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch from a man reporting a woman with an upper >>More


Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Botflies


Growing up in a rural town, I was exposed to a lot of the wonders in nature through hunting. Specifically squirrel hunting, which is how many kids get their start. I don’t do much anymore, but I try to get out a few times each autumn on those first cool days. With luck, I can put up enough squirrels for a deer camp stew in November, over which the people in camp can reminisce about being young. The catch with squirrel hunting in September is that you’ll often find yourself in botfly larvae season. These fat white grubs live in >>More


Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Mary Woodcock Johnson Exhibit at NorthWind Fine Arts


A new exhibit, Mary Woodcock Johnson’s “Seasons,” is running through October 28, 2019 at NorthWind Fine Arts in Saranac Lake. “Seasons” represents the artist’s return to oil painting while exploring winter, spring, summer and autumn as they unfold in the Adirondacks. The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival, seasonal flowers, water lilies, and red foxes are four series represented in the show with a special nod to Adirondack spring. The work is colorful and realistic and sometimes whimsical. A reception is set for Friday, October 4th from 5 to 7 pm. Light refreshments will be served, this event is free and open >>More




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