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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Luzerne: Holocaust Survivor Murray Jaros’s Story

Holocaust survivor Murray Jaros is set to give a talk at the Hadley-Luzerne Public Library, 19 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, on Thursday, July 12th at 7 pm. The talk – “My Story from Nazi Germany to the Solace of Lake Luzerne” – looks at Jaros’s days as a young boy in Nazi Germany, his family’s trials and tribulations, escaping the Nazis, his survival during months of hiding and his eventual journey to Lake Luzerne. Murray Jaros is a well-recognized authority in New York State government, having served as Chief Legal Counsel to the N.Y.S. Association of Towns. This program is >>More


Sunday, July 1, 2018

Azure Mountain’s Fire Tower Centennial

The first time I went up Azure Mountain, it was because I’d read about it in a trail guide – it was only a mile hike so I thought it would be pretty easy. The trail started out very gradually, passing a small clearing with an old stone fire place and a picnic table. (I would later learn that’s where the fire observer’s cabin was located.) But after that, the trail became steep. Only a few switchbacks, then practically straight up the mountain – a 900+ foot elevation gain in a pretty short distance. On one stretch there were even >>More


Saturday, June 30, 2018

John Casilear’s Love Affair with Lake George

Artistry — in terms of painting, drawing, sketching, etc. — escapes me. While I admire and enjoy it, the combination of vision, creativity, and especially ability seems foreign, even though I lived with it while growing up. Through learning to read and constantly employing skills in that area, I gradually developed a certain comfort in the world of words, but none of it came to me magically, which is how I viewed the artistic capabilities of two of my siblings: without any lessons or instructions, they could just do it. While I joked that I could hardly draw a straight >>More


Friday, June 29, 2018

Adirondack Explorer Publishes 20th Anniversary Issue

We just received our July/August issue in the Adirondack Explorer office. It’s our twentieth anniversary issue and packed with good stuff, including a timeline featuring milestones in the history of the Explorer. Carl Heilman II took the cover photo, an aerial shot of the old titanium mine in Tahawus. The Explorer partnered with Lighthawk, a nonprofit organization, to fly over the High Peaks and the mine. The photos illustrate an in-depth story by our new watchdog reporter, Michael Virtanen, on the history and future of the mine. Incidentally, the flight confirmed that the controversial tanker cars have » Continue Reading. >>More


Thursday, June 28, 2018

5 Days of Fun: Ticonderoga’s Best Fourth in the North

Volunteers are the heart of most Adirondack events, and Ticonderoga’s Best Fourth in the North is no exception. The week-long celebration makes Ticonderoga more than just a stop on the Independence Day Circuit. For over 65 years, Ticonderoga has been adding events and activities to celebrate Independence Day. This year’s theme is Superheroes and Villains, and the festival kicks off Saturday, June 30, with an evening block party at the Star Trek Original Series Set Tour parking lot. The event was originally organized by the volunteer fire department, but now has a separate volunteer committee ensuring that residents and visitors >>More


Thursday, June 28, 2018

Championships Start Summer Skating Season

As many as 500 figure skaters of all levels are set to take to the Olympic Center ice to compete in the annual Lake Placid Figure Skating Championships. The competitions in men and ladies singles and pairs begin Thursday, June 28, in both the 1932 Rink and Herb Brooks Arena and continue through Sunday, July 1. Tickets for the 61st Lake Placid Figure Skating Championships are available at the Olympic Center box office and at the doors of both the 1932 Rink and Herb Brooks Arena. Single day tickets are $12/adults and $7/juniors & seniors. All event tickets are available >>More


Wednesday, June 27, 2018

At Eagle’s Nest: Ned Buntline In The Adirondacks

Stocky red-bearded Ned Buntline, the unruly dime novelist, and Buffalo Bill’s promoter was born Edward Zane Carroll Judson in 1823,. He left home at thirteen and took to the high seas, and at fifteen he had already worked as a cabin boy on a freighter bound for the Caribbean, become a midshipman, and published his first story. He chose the pen name Buntline as a reminder of his sailing days (a buntline was a rope at the bottom of a square sail). When his maritime career ended, he spent the next two years, by his own embellished accounts, killing buffaloes >>More


Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Chazy Summer Fair to Mark World War One Centennial

Alice T. Miner Museum and the William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute will hold a Centennial Summer Fair, Saturday, July 14th at Miner Institute in Chazy, from 1 to 4 pm. This event will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I and will also serve as a fundraiser for the United Way of the Adirondack Region. The Fair will give visitors the opportunity to learn about the significance of World War I and enjoy period-themed entertainment and refreshments. The role of Clinton County citizens in World War I, both abroad and on the home front, will >>More


Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Essex County Arts and Crafts Festivals Set

This year’s Essex County Arts and Crafts Festivals have been set for Friday, July 6th, at the Essex County Fairgrounds (at the start of Westport’s July 4th weekend celebrations) and on Wednesday, August 1, a mid-week event at the height of the summer season. Fine artists and craft artists from across Essex County and the neighboring region are invited to display and offer to sell their work. Attendees are expected from more than 2o states. The Essex County Arts and Crafts Festival has established a website that will present representative images of each artist’s or crafter’s work, as well as >>More


Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Generous Acts Grants Awarded to Adirondack Nonprofits

Adirondack Foundation recently awarded $137,866 in grants to more than three-dozen nonprofit organizations. The funding comes primarily from the Foundation’s Generous Acts Fund, which accepts applications once per year for grants from a pool of donations from generous people who care about local communities. Grant awards ranged from $1,000 – $10,000, and the projects are helping kids, families, seniors, and other community members, as highlighted below. Promoting healthy food and nutrition Adirondack Community Action Programs, Inc., serving Elizabethtown, Lewis, and Keeseville; Adirondack Community Outreach Center, serving Johnsburg and Minerva; Citizen Advocates, serving Franklin County and Akwesasne St. Regis Mohawk schools; >>More