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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Nominations Sought for Adirondack Preservation Awards

Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH), the historic preservation organization for the Adirondack Park region, has opened nominations for its 2019 Preservation Awards. For over 23 years, this annual awards program has recognized the sensitive restoration, rehabilitation, and adaptive reuse of historic structures throughout the region, and highlighted individuals who have promoted historic preservation revitalization efforts in their communities. The awards honor the preservation work of organizations, municipalities, and individuals who make the Adirondack region a better place to live, work, and visit. Preservation projects of all sizes and scopes are eligible for consideration. The deadline for nominations is June 1, 2019. >>More


Monday, May 13, 2019

Historical Pilgrimages to the John Brown’s Farm

Memorial Day weekend is approaching, and along with the “unofficial start of summer,” the Adirondacks will experience its annual influx of vacationers. But in years past, visitors arrived in May for another purpose: a pilgrimage to the John Brown farm in North Elba, New York. At the farm, a wreath would be laid upon the abolitionist’s grave, and the song “John Brown’s Body” was sung. Though John Brown’s efforts in opposing slavery had been honored in various ways since his execution in 1859, these annual pilgrimages by black citizens began only in the 1920s, and were founded by Jesse Max >>More


Sunday, May 12, 2019

Children’s Music Festival at Whallonsburg Grange

An all-day festival of music and art for young people has been set for Saturday, May 18th at the Whallonsburg Grange Hall in Essex. The “Music with a Message Children’s Music Festival” focuses on the songs of the late folksinger Pete Seeger, whose 100th birthday is being celebrated around the world in May. The Music with a Message Festival is free and open to all youth ages 7-17. It runs from 9 am to 4 pm. Directed by award-winning music educator Jennifer Moore, the festival features group singing workshops with Adirondack folksinger Dan Berggren, informal demonstrations by Young Tradition Vermont, >>More


Sunday, May 12, 2019

Elizabethtown Civil War POW Benjamin Hall Talk in Ti

In 1861 Benjamin Hall of Elizabethtown in Essex County was one among many young men who enlisted to fight against the South in the Union Army. His wartime experiences took him to some of the major battlefields of the American Civil War, and finally to the notorious Confederate prisoner of war camp at Andersonville, Georgia. The Ticonderoga Historical Society is set to present a free public program entitled “Through the Gates of Hell: The Civil War Odyssey of Benjamin Hall,” on Friday, May 17 at 7 pm at the Hancock House, 6 Moses Circle, Ticonderoga. » Continue Reading. View original >>More


Saturday, May 11, 2019

Vulcalock: Inventor William Geer’s Industrial Game-Changer

In the northeast corner of New York, just a few miles from where I grew up, is the village of Rouses Point. Lying directly south of Montreal, it has long provided access for rail shipments to U.S. markets. Where the main highway heading west exits the village is an underpass beneath the rails, so road traffic is not impeded by trains, but it’s a different story within the village, where the tracks cross three streets. I loved it as a young boy when my dad got stuck at one of those crossings, which forced us to sit and watch as >>More


Saturday, May 11, 2019

Horse Camp Is A Spring Tradition

On the weekend of May 17-19, the Franklin County Fairgrounds will be bustling with trailers arriving with horses of all colors, sizes, abilities and disciplines. 4H members and their families from the Franklin, Clinton, and Essex County 4H Horse Programs will be participating in a 37- year spring tradition known as Horse Camp. Youth will be brushing up and learning new skills in English and western riding, ranch riding, trail, miniature horsemanship, and showmanship and adding to their knowledge about the health and safety of their equine partners. They will be seen working their horses in the main ring, in >>More


Friday, May 10, 2019

Joseph Keegan Appointed NCCC President

The State University of New York Board of Trustees has approved the appointment of Joseph Keegan as the new President of North Country Community College. Keegan is currently North Country’s Vice President for Academic Affairs. His appointment as President is effective June 16, 2019. Keegan will be the college’s seventh president since its founding in 1967. He replaces Dr. Steve Tyrell, who led the college since 2012. Keegan has served as the vice president for Academic Affairs at North Country Community College since 2014. Prior to his appointment to this role, Keegan was employed as the Coordinator of Human Services >>More


Monday, May 6, 2019

Local Bands Playing For Northern Current Music Fest

The Waterhole, 48 Main St, Saranac Lake, is set to host a concert featuring local talent to raise money for Northern Current, the community music festival that is planned there Labor Day weekend. The fundraising concert will begin at 9 pm on Friday, May 10, with doors opening at 8 pm. The lineup consists of local acts Theresa Hartford, Steve Langdon, the Curios, the Grass Company, Crowfeather and Scarsdale Vibe. The show will begin with local singer/songwriter Theresa Hartford. Steve Langdon will then take the stage with his acoustic guitar and harmonica act playing blues and folk. The Curios, featuring >>More


Saturday, May 4, 2019

A Local Inventor Helped Supply WW1 Gas Masks

Recently on Adirondack Almanack, two inventions of Ogdensburg native William Chauncey Geer (who lived in Potsdam for ten years of his youth) were addressed, one of them a writing implement to replace pens, pencils, and crayons (an idea that was ultimately relegated to oblivion). The other was a highly successful project resulting in a standard golf ball used by professionals for more than two decades. Three of Geer’s other works deeply impacted America and the world. The subject here is the third most prominent among them — the gas mask. Its importance rose unexpectedly to critical levels during the First >>More


Saturday, May 4, 2019

Selling Your Business Workshop in Saranac Lake

Retiring business owners and entrepreneurs interested in taking over existing businesses are encouraged to participate in a free public event May 8th at the Hotel Saranac in Saranac Lake. Local business owners, as well as business support professionals, are set to share their experiences with succession planning at the informational workshop and networking event presented by the North Country Center for Businesses in Transition from 8 to 10:30 am. The workshop, “Preparing to Sell Your Business,” is the second in a five-part series offered by the Center, a collaborative being led by the » Continue Reading. View original post.