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Friday, October 18, 2013

Local Sculptor Creates Works of Art From Native Stone

Still only in his mid 20’s Tyler Rand shuttles through Adirondack rivers and streams looking for a special rock; one that talks to him. The Lake Placid artist sculptures in stone. When he sees an exceptional rock in the water it sends a signal to him that triggers inspiration. Watch the full report here. The post Local Sculptor Creates Works of Art From Native Stone appeared first on The Adirondack Almanack.


Thursday, October 17, 2013

The Fulton Chain Steamer ‘Fawn’

In 2008, an exhibit at the Goodsell Museum in Old Forge honored the train stations used by the railroads of the West Central Adirondacks.  The first railroad in the region, nicknamed the “Peg Leg Railroad” or “Wooden Railroad”, did not quite extend to the Forge Tract as planned.  But a more “green” option, in both literal and modern metaphorical terms, provided the additional distance not permitted to this railroad.  The vehicle of the landowner’s choice was a steamer that, in the event of a boiler fire, would have sufficient water available to quench the fire. Julia deCamp’s father Lyman R. >>More


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The Correction: Two Sides of Prison Life

Joe Hackett has spent time in prison. Yes, the well known local guide, columnist, and scout for Seventh Avenue has spent years in jail, not as a inmate, but as a recreation coordinator at Camp Gabriels, a former New York State Minimum Security prison shuttered a few years ago by the state. Once a tuberculosis sanatorium, the 92-acre facility was sold to the state in 1982, which operated it as a 336 bed-prison until 2009. There many of the prisoners worked on forestry and community service-related, projects, yet not-withstanding, it was prison far, far from home and family for the >>More


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Gabriels: The Great Adirondack Corn Maze

I am not one that searches out various ways to be frightened. I have to dial down my 10-year-old’s enthusiastic Halloween decorating, not for lack of creativity, but because I don’t want to be terrified entering my own house. I’ll compromise with a few fake spider webs draped across the porch because we more often than not have the real thing hanging around anyway. As far as activities go, the Great Adirondack Corn Maze in Gabriels manages to thrill all ages and fear levels of my family. With a 10th anniversary theme, this year’s 10-acre maze has ten mailboxes tucked >>More


Monday, October 14, 2013

Bill Bray: Churubusco’s Democratic State Chairman

As we near Election Day, I’m reminded of a man from a remote corner of the North Country, an individual who was once the right-hand man of a future president—and not just any president. Not everyone loved him, of course, but Franklin D. Roosevelt is one of the few to consistently appear near the top of any list of our greatest leaders. The man I’m referring to was known professionally as M. William Bray (Bill to his friends). He’s a native of the town of Clinton, which borders Canada in northwestern Clinton County. If you don’t like population explosions, avoid >>More


Saturday, October 12, 2013

Drifting: Two Weeks on the Hudson

Drifting: Two Weeks on the Hudson (SUNY Press, 2011) is a candid account of the author Mike Freeman’s two-week canoe trip down the Hudson River which offers an introspective and humorous look at both the river and recession-era America. New to fatherhood and fresh from ten years in an Alaskan village, Freeman sets out to relearn his country, and realizes it’s in a far greater midlife crisis than he could ever be. With an eye on the Hudson’s past, he addresses America’s present anxieties—from race, gender, and marriage to energy, labor, and warfare—with empathy and honesty, acknowledging the difficulties surrounding >>More


Saturday, October 12, 2013

Local Grant Proposals Sought in Champlain Valley

The Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP) is seeking proposals for local grants to support the implementation of the long term management plan for Lake Champlain, Opportunities for Action. The LCBP anticipates awarding about 50 local grants totaling $395,000 to a variety of projects form eduction, the environment, to the region’s heritage. Funding for these awards originates from the US Environmental Protection Agency, the Great Lakes Fishery Commission and the National Park Service. The deadline for submitting LCBP grant proposals is November 14, 2013 at 4:30 p.m. The LCBP expects to award Local Implementation Grant Programs up to $315,000, including: Pollution >>More


Thursday, October 10, 2013

Local Arts: Heads or Tales? Either Way You Win…

The current exhibit at the Adirondack Artists Guild in Saranac Lake will intrigue you! As featured artist of the month, Burdette Parks, a very accomplished Adirondack photographer, has chosen to show viewers a different side of the coin. Heads and tails – I mean tales…. When you walk towards the back of the gallery space to the featured artists section, you are met with a stunning array of beautiful, distinguished faces looking back at you (and one goofy one), plus a few looking elsewhere. All square and all black and white and luscious shades of gray (probably more than 50!) >>More


Wednesday, October 9, 2013

US Women’s Ski Jumping Documentary in Lake Placid

The Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA) will present the new documentary Ready to Fly which chronicles the US Women’s Ski Jumping Team’s fight to be recognized as an Olympic sport on Sunday, October 13 at 8:00 PM. Immediately following the film, members of the US Women’s Ski Jumping Team will take questions from the audience. Ready to Fly follows 2009 World Champion Lindsey Van. Even though Van out-jumped the world’s best men at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic venue, the International Olympic Committee forbade women from competing in ski jumping, the only Winter Olympic discipline to do so. Tickets >>More


Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Warrensburg Graveyard Walks, Dinner Planned

Two Graveyard Walks are planned for Warrensburg Cemetery. Characters expected to put in appearances this year represent people from Warrensburg’s earliest  history, including the woman who hosted the first Town Board meeting and others. The Graveyard Walks and Dinner have been sponsored by the Warrensburgh Historical Society since 2001, with sold-out audiences every year.  The public is encouraged to make their reservations early, as space is limited. The first will be held On Friday, October 18th  followed by a Gourmet Dessert Buffet at the Cornerstone Victorian B & B, 3921 Main Street, and in keeping with the 1813 Town Bicentennial >>More