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September, 2018

The Internal Border at North Hudson


U.S. Customs and Border Protection recently made numerous arrests and seized large amounts of marijuana during a five day checkpoint in Essex County. The agency occasionally sets up this temporary check point near Exit 28 of the Adirondack Northway (I-87). A June operation here resulted in similar arrests and seizure of marijuana, as well as what the agency described as the disruption “of two separate alien smuggling rings.” The agency put out a statement saying, “Checkpoint operations are a proven enforcement tool to deny criminal organizations the ability to smuggle people, narcotics or other contraband further » Continue Reading. View >>More


September, 2018

Camp Santanoni Receives Major Preservation Grant


On September 23, the National Park Service announced the latest round of grant funding under its Save America’s Treasures program and Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH), the private nonprofit historic preservation organization for the Adirondack region, received an award of $370,000 for conservation and restoration work at Camp Santanoni in the Essex County town of Newcomb. This was one of only nine historic building conservation grants awarded nationally in this round, according to an announcement made by AARCH. These grants are awarded by Congress through the National Park Service, Department of the Interior. The Save America’s Treasures program is » Continue >>More


September, 2018

Overflow Crowd Prompts Spirit Photos Program Encore


An overflow crowd for the Ticonderoga Historical Society’s program “Victorian Spirit Photography” has resulted in an additional program being scheduled for Friday, October 5 at 7 pm. “Victorian Spirit Photography” proved so popular that a number of those who wished to attend were unable to get into the program room last Friday evening. The additional presentation will allow attendees to make seat reservations by phone, e-mail or via Facebook. As before, O’Connor promises a couple of “surprises” during the program and invites both the living and “otherworldly” to attend. The program will take place at the Hancock House, 6 Moses >>More


September, 2018

Researching Adirondack Diversity Focus of Historians Day


The Adirondack History Museum has announced their annual Historian’s Day event has been set for Friday, October 12th, from 10 am to 2 pm. This years theme is “Researching Diversity in the Adirondacks” and will feature three guest presenters. Presenters Don Papson, Melissa Otis, and Margaret Bartley will discuss techniques and practices for researching minority populations of the past in the Adirondacks. Papson, one of the founders of the North Star Underground Railroad Museum, will discuss Adirondackers and the Anti-Slavery Movement. Otis, whose doctoral studies focused on Native American history, will discuss Native American material culture. Bartley, a local historian, >>More


September, 2018

Adirondack Wildfire: The Destruction of Long Lake West


Over the years I have put my canoe into the waters at Low’s Lower Dam (constructed 1907); and paddled the meandering Bog River Flow up to Hitchins Pond. I have carried around Low’s Upper Dam (built in 1903*), many times. I usually choose to camp on Low’s Lake, so I keep on going. But occasionally a day paddle and a short hike around Hitchins Pond is in order. It’s on these day paddles that I often walk the road (actually the old Maple Valley Railroad bed), as part of the Horse Shoe Forestry Company, constructed by Abbot Augustus “Gus” Low >>More


September, 2018

A Perfect Storm of Bad Luck; One Tough Guy on Black Lake


A front-runner for 1930s “it seemed like a good idea at the time” award was 40-year-old Harry Baxter of Syracuse. In early September, he and his wife, Louisa, and one of their sons were camping at Black Lake in western St. Lawrence County. Thirty-six hours later he was in desperate straits, clinging to a small, rocky island and life itself. Harry’s troubles resulted from a series of questionable choices. The first was fishing from a small boat in conditions that Baxter himself later described as heavy seas. The second was going alone, perhaps not the best idea, and the third >>More


September, 2018

Fort Ticonderoga’s Heritage, Harvest, & Horse Festival Oct 6th


Fort Ticonderoga’s Heritage, Harvest & Horse Festival has been set for October 6, 2018. Visitors can discover the historical importance of horses and other working animals during demonstrations, meet friendly farm animals, stroll through a farmers market featuring local food, beverages and crafts, participate in family activities including a six-acre corn maze, and purchase harvest vegetables and plants from the historic King’s Garden. Festival featured activities include: live music; horse-drawn wagon rides; “localvore” food including homemade jams, jellies, and pies; regional beer, wine, and liquor tastings; the Annual Vegetable, Seed, and Plant Sale; a Harvest Market featuring locally » Continue >>More


September, 2018

Whallonsburg Grange Holding Fall Lyceum Series


The Whallonsburg Grange Hall is set to host five lectures for its fall Lyceum series on the theme of “Landscapes, Real and Imagined.” The series takes place on Tuesday nights at 7:30 beginning on September 25 and running through October 23. The series will examine different aspects of the historical and physical landscape, along with some that have been invented or interpreted. Presenters will discuss how what we “see” in the landscape is altered by our individual perspective and what we think we know about these places. Lectures will be followed by discussion from the audience. The series opens on >>More


September, 2018

It’s Town of Johnsburg History Weekend


The Town of Johnsburg is connecting its history through storytelling and activities for the third year. The annual Johnsburg History Weekend blends together a grave yard tour, live music, lectures, and children’s activities to make history come alive. “There is so much history in the North Creek area,” says North Creek Railway Preservation Society President Ellen Schaeffer. ”We approached the town three years ago to make the third weekend in September be The Town of Johnsburg History weekend. So much of our history was being forgotten.” Schaeffer explains how 25 years ago a group of concerned citizens saw » Continue >>More


September, 2018

The Boy Who Sued Santa — And Won!


That’s no trick headline you see above. After an incident in the Adirondacks 65 years ago, Santa’s business operations in the mountains were taken to court — by a five-year-old plaintiff. As you might imagine, there were proxies involved: Santa’s interests were represented by Santa’s Workshop, North Pole, N.Y. (in Wilmington), and young Michael of Saratoga Springs was spoken for by his parents. Attorneys handled the court proceedings on behalf of both parties. The brainchild of Julian Reiss, Santa’s Workshop opened in 1949, and today is in its 69th season. As a theme park, it quickly became wildly popular. The >>More




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