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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Luge Challenge At Titus Mountain Jan 19-20


As the top luge athletes from around the world are currently preparing for World Cup and World Championship racing in Europe, USA Luge will be at Titus Mountain Family Ski Center in Malone on January 19-20. Using easy to maneuver plastic sleds, patrons will get a chance to experience this Olympic sport through the Casella Resource Solutions USA Luge Challenge. Although the Luge Challenge appeals to all ages, team coaches and athletes will scout the event for young athletes who show potential. These youngsters may be invited to participate in screening camps at the USA Luge training facility in Lake >>More


Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Long Track Skating Junior Championships in Placid


The best long track junior skaters in the country are set to compete in the U.S. Long Track Junior Championships at the historic James B. Sheffield Olympic Skating Rink in Lake Placid, January 18-20. At stake is a spot on the U.S. Long Track Junior World team that will compete at the ISU Long Track Junior World Championships in Baselga, Italy, February 15-17. Registered for the event is the reigning U.S. Men’s Junior Champion Ethan Cepuran (Glen Ellyn, Ill.), who’s been competing at world cup events during the 2018-2019 season. Cepuran recently won the U.S. National Title for » Continue >>More


Monday, January 14, 2019

Remembering Elk Herds in the Adirondacks


Hundreds of years ago, haunting bugle-like calls echoed through these hills and valleys. The sounds were made by bull elk to attract mates and fend off rivals. Elk in the Northeast?  Yes, elk were once the most widely distributed of North American hoofed mammals. Millions roamed over much of the U.S. and Canada. Adaptable to a variety of habitats, elk were found in the Adirondacks, and in most ecosystems except the tundra, deserts, and the Gulf Coast. The specific range and number of elk that inhabited the Northeast are unknown, but fossil bones of elk have been found in shell >>More


Monday, January 14, 2019

Grants Available for Invasive Species Projects


New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced that $3 million is available in the first round of the State’s newly consolidated Invasive Species Grant Program. To support projects that target both aquatic and terrestrial invasive species across the state, DEC combined previous funding opportunities, including the Aquatic Invasive Species Spread Prevention and the Aquatic and Terrestrial Invasive Species Early Detection/Rapid Response grants, into a single grant program. DEC is accepting applications for these grants through February 15, 2019. The 2018-19 state budget included $13.3 million in the State’s Environmental Protection Fund targeted specifically for invasive species related >>More


Monday, January 14, 2019

ADK Promotes Seth Jones To Education Director


Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) has announced that Seth Jones, manager of ADK’s Education Programs since 2012, has been promoted to Education Director. Jones will be responsible for overseeing ADK’s Education Department which includes over 90 skills workshops, ADK’s Three Seasons at Heart Lake 4th Grade School Outreach Program, Leave No Trace outdoor skills and ethics education and the Adirondack High Peaks Summit Stewardship Program. Jones holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Conservation Biology from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. He is also on the board of the Waterman Fund, an organization dedicated to fostering the spirit >>More


Sunday, January 13, 2019

Viewpoint: Don’t Overreact to Crowds


Anyone who regularly drives Route 73 between the Northway and Lake Placid knows there has been a tremendous spike in activity in the High Peaks over the last few years. Parking has exploded, with vehicles sometimes lining the road for a mile between Chapel Pond and St. Huberts, dangerously crowding the trailhead at Cascade Mountain and overwhelming lots at Adirondac Loj, the Garden, Ampersand and elsewhere. Trail use has soared correspondingly. The Cascade trail regularly sees hundreds of people on summer weekends. Many other trails are badly eroded and even remote summits can be crowded. This increase is no anomaly: >>More


Sunday, January 13, 2019

Arts Center Seeking Student Art for Show in May


The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts (Arts Center) has announced they are seeking K-12 student artists interested in displaying their artwork during the shared Member & Student Art Show in May. The paired shows will be exhibited from May 1 until May 31, 2019 throughout all three of the Arts Center’s galleries. Student artists, working in all mediums, are encouraged to submit up to 2 JPEG images by April 24, 2019. The Student Art Show Reception will be held May 11, 2019, from 3 to 4:30 pm. Light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be available. For additional details or >>More


Sunday, January 13, 2019

Federal Workers Free at Wild Center During Shut-Down


The Wild Center, currently open Friday through Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm, is offering free admission to all federal employees and their families through January 31st, in support of them during the government shutdown. Free admission is offered regardless of whether federal workers have been furloughed or are otherwise affected. Workers will need to show their ID at the Admissions Desk upon entry. All visitors are welcome to a free snowshoe rental to hit the trails and explore on their own or on a guided naturalist walk. Relax inside with The Wild Center’s river otters. See a featured >>More


Saturday, January 12, 2019

Becoming Rooted Thanks to People like Bob


I know one or several who are rooted in their town and who prove instrumental in helping newcomers become rooted there as well – someone who could plow them out; someone who could lend them a rototiller; someone who could repair their water line or dug well; someone who knew the previous occupants; someone who knew what used to be on that piece of land; someone who knew the stories and just how to tell them; someone we laughed with and, gradually, over time, someone on whom we could bestow a favor ourselves. We just lost such a person. He >>More


Saturday, January 12, 2019

Poetry: From the Beginning


  From the Beginning There is a hush from the beginning of time, where you can hear yourself blink. There is a hush, where a minute ago we were two million miles closer to this cluster than we are now. There is a hush when we realize how it is that we belong at the limit of the powers of observation. There is a hush when the universe evolved from the static. I shall return to the hush. I shall return in a moment to the conditions which might have existed at the beginning. To a hush which can no >>More