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December, 2018

Holiday Humor: Regional Letters to Santa from Long Ago


Plenty of laughs are scattered throughout this year’s collection of letters (unedited) to Santa. Check out the first two for an idea of what to expect. Enjoy! From 1901: Gloversville Daily Leader Broadalbin. Dear Santa Claus: — I wish you would bring me a hand sleigh so I can ride down hill. We live close by a hill where all the girls and boys ride and it is awful aggravating to see all of them riding down hill when I cant ride. I will be very thankful if you will bring me a sleigh and I won’t ask for anything >>More


October, 2017

A Fisher of Men and a Fish in the Water


A few weeks ago, the Adirondacks and North Country lost a native who led a unique life, a man who three years ago added “author” to his resume. Robert “Bob” Manning of Massena passed away on September 28 at the age of 81. My personal connection with him is a strange one indeed. We met back in 1966, but I hadn’t been in touch with him since 1969, so you might suppose that our phone conversation in 2014, when we became reacquainted, might have been a bit awkward. It sure could have been, but not for the reason you might >>More


December, 2016

Ticonderoga Hospital Renovations Planned


The $9.1 million renovation of Ticonderoga’s Moses Ludington Hospital is scheduled to start in February, 2017. The renovation, which will replace the existing inpatient hospital with new emergency and outpatient departments, is expected to take two years, said Jane Hooper, the hospital’s director of community relations. According to Matt Nolan, the Chief Operating Officer, construction will take place in phases in order to prevent any disruption in services. “It’s incredibly important that healthcare organizations are able to provide patient care, even while in the midst of a significant renovation,” said Nolan. The new emergency department will be four times as >>More


September, 2015

North Country Spay, Neuter Program Seeks Support


The North Country SPCA (NCSPCA) has launched a campaign on Adirondack Gives, Adirondack Foundation’s crowdfunding site.  The NCSPCA is raising money for its low-cost Spay/Neuter Incentive Program, SNIP, which provides financial assistance for spaying and neutering pets. Since November 2014, the SNIP program has helped nearly 150 local people spay and neuter their dogs and cats. “Spaying and neutering is the number one thing that we can do to control pet overpopulation,” said Jessica Hartley, executive director of the NCSPCA. “Six to eight million cats and dogs enter shelters each year, but only three to four million are adopted. The >>More


January, 2015

Cross-Country Skiing Tips For This Weekend


It’s late January, but we’re still waiting for midwinter ski conditions. That said, you can find good skiing if you pick the right spots. At lower elevations, you want to stick to smoother trails – such as truck trails and old woods roads – as there might not be enough snow to cover big rocks and roots. At higher elevations, this is less of a problem. Tony Goodwin reports on the Jackrabbit Trail website that there is 26 inches of snow at Lake Colden and three to four feet above the 4,000-foot contour. <img » Continue Reading. The post Cross-Country >>More


January, 2015

Cross-Country Skiing Tips For This Weekend


It’s late January, but we’re still waiting for midwinter ski conditions. That said, you can find good skiing if you pick the right spots. At lower elevations, you want to stick to smoother trails – such as former truck trails and old woods roads – as there might not be enough snow to cover big rocks and roots. At higher elevations, this is less of a problem. Tony Goodwin reports on the Jackrabbit Trail website that there is 26 inches of snow at Lake Colden and three to four feet above the 4,000-foot contour. The » Continue Reading. The post >>More


July, 2014

Paddling Case Advances To Appellate Court


A state appeals court is expected to hear arguments this fall in a trespassing lawsuit filed against Adirondack Explorer Editor Phil Brown after he paddled through private land on a remote waterway that connects two tracts of state land in the William C. Whitney Wilderness. The landowners—the Brandreth Park Association and Friends of Thayer Lake—sued Brown in the fall of 2010, more than a year after he wrote about the paddling trip for the Adirondack Explorer. Last year, State Supreme Court Justice Richard T. Aulisi dismissed the suit, but the landowners have appealed to the court’s Appellate Division in Albany. John Caffry, Brown’s >>More


July, 2014

2 New Maps From St. Regis Canoe Outfitters


St. Regis Canoe Outfitters has published two new waterproof maps for paddlers, one covering the three Saranac Lakes, the other covering the St. Regis Canoe Area. The color maps cover some of the same territory as the Adirondack Paddler’s Map, also published by St. Regis Canoe Outfitters, but the new maps are more detailed and, being smaller, easier to handle. They’re also less expensive: $9.95 versus $19.95 for the Adirondack Paddler’s Map (which is four times as large). “Many first-time visitors are going to grab a $10 map before they grab a $20 map,” said Dave Cilley, owner of St. >>More


May, 2014

Climbing: A Rock-fall At Shipton’s Arete


The other day my neighbor Tim Peartree and I went to Shipton’s Arete overlooking Chapel Pond for some early-season climbing. When we got there we found mud, stones, and a few broken trees at the base. It was the debris from a huge rock-fall that wiped out much of the wooded area above the cliff. We moved a tree and several branches from the base before beginning to climb. I climbed a 120-foot route called Shipton’s Voyage with the intention of setting up a top rope. Upon reaching the top, I discovered that the rock-fall had damaged the cedar tree >>More


February, 2014

Backcountry Skiing A Pair Of Adirondack Passes


We just finished our March/April issue of the Adirondack Explorer, so I took Tuesday off to go backcountry skiing and take advantage of the recent snowfalls (before a looming thaw sets in). My neighbor Tim Peartree and I skied through two mountain passes. The first, Avalanche Pass, is one of the most popular ski trips in the Adirondacks. From Heart Lake, it’s about four miles to the top of the pass and an additional 0.6 miles to Avalanche Lake. If you do the trip, I highly recommend you visit the lake. It’s one of the scenic wonders of the High >>More




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