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Saturday, February 2, 2019

Noted Adirondack Artist Paul Matthews Dies at 85

Paul Clement Matthews II, an artist and writer based in Lambertville, NJ and Keene, NY, whose paintings were shown at galleries and museums in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and elsewhere, died January 15, 2019 in Hamilton, NJ, where he had been hospitalized with a chronic lung disease. He was 85. Matthews’ work ranged from portraits and nudes done in a meticulous, realistic style, to majestic landscapes and cloudscapes of the Adirondack high peaks, to darker, dreamlike scenes that reflected a surreal inner world. Reviewing the New Jersey State Museum’s exhibition of 18 of Matthews’ paintings in 2003, the Philadelphia >>More

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Poetry: Earthenware

  Earthenware She looked at me with curving, symmetrical arches, and I knew right away that souls abhor an untimely silence. Somewhere, somewhere, the specter of a daffodil blooms in a radiograph. And somewhere, somewhere, I wonder if everything needs to be seen after all. Yet when she looked at me, I felt pale all over. Like uncooked chicken, or a freshly sliced shallot, I felt the fresh undifferentiated sameness of my mind. A reflection under construction. Both rare and dangerous. A meteorite falling in North Wales or a cluster of nebulae in Hydra. Isn’t this infinite region of emptiness >>More

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Keene Digital Stories Project Seeks Stories

The Keene Valley Library Association has announced it has received three grants to implement “Adirondack Community: Capturing, Retaining, and Communicating the Stories of Who We Are.” This multi-year local history project collects and organizes audio stories and related photographs from Town of Keene community members through an online platform to share the social and cultural history of the community. These grants include: a Humanities New York Action Grant, following the successful deployment of a 2018 Vision Grant for project planning; the Northern New York Library Network (NNYLN) Innovation Grant; and an award from the Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation. >>More

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Ticonderoga Historical To Conserve Battlefields Mural

The Ticonderoga Historical Society has received a grant of $7,500 for the conservation of a mural depicting the significant historic battlefields from Plattsburgh to Saratoga. The four-foot by eight-foot mural was created by English graphic artist Ernest Clegg. The mural is scheduled to leave the Hancock House, the home of the Ticonderoga Historical Society, early in March for a three-month long period of treatment. Conservation work on the mural will be overseen by Carolyn Frisa of Works on Paper LLC. Funding is being provided by the Greater Hudson Heritage Network in partnership with public funds provided by the New » >>More

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Fort William Henry Corp Under New Leadership

The Board of Directors of Fort William Henry Corporation has announced the election of Kathryn Flacke Muncil, Sebastian J. Luciano, and Nancy Flacke Reuss to a new executive leadership team. The first Fort William Henry Hotel opened in 1855. The resort, one of the oldest and largest on Lake George, now includes the Fort William Henry Hotel and Conference Center, the Best Western Hotel at Exit 21 and the recreated Fort William Henry, site of a pivotal 1757 French and Indian War battle. The election follows the death in November of Robert F. Flacke, Chairman of the Board and » >>More

Monday, January 28, 2019

Kelly Metzgar On Historic GENDA Legislation

History was made in New York State recently when the New York State Senate – after 16 very long and often disappointing years – finally passed the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) granting basic human and civil rights protections to the Transgender and Non-Binary communities. GENDA had previously passed the NYS Democratic majority Assembly 11 years in a row. Also signed into law was the ban on LGBTQ Conversion Therapy, a controversial practice that attempted to change a child or youth’s sexual orientation or gender identity through highly discredited therapeutic means. GENDA now codifies into law, explicit legal rights and >>More

Saturday, January 26, 2019

That So-Called Adirondack Hall of Fame

I’ve made it a point of personal honor not to engage in arguments over lists, a lesson learned in high school when the radio stations would play their obligatory end-of-year “100 Greatest Rock and Roll Songs of All Time” segments. And you’d sit around with a bunch of people in your friend’s basement having a meltdown that Stairway to Heaven placed ahead of Satisfaction. The capper was when stations, looking to reintroduce some buzz into a growingly tired feature, would pick something like Rubberband Man by the Spinners as the No. 1 Rock and Roll Song of All Time, spurring >>More

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Poetry: Ordinary Like Our Sun

  Ordinary Like Our Sun There are many kinds of deserts, but they all reject the notion that life should flourish. That’s gravity. A grim background disturbing the atmosphere. But it can’t make you fall in love, or at least that’s what Einstein said. With an exquisite fussiness, it intones mystical equations and leaks blood in -alabaster basins. Gravity is a creature of two nights; it feels a certain kind of anxiety in the litany, so it shakes the earth from the flesh, as if the beast itself might sabotage the magic trick. Like jumbled chunks of sea ice, always >>More

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

John W. Taylor: New York’s (Almost Only) Speaker of the House

The title Speaker of the House of Representatives has received lots of attention during the past few years. It’s hard to believe that the nation’s fourth-most-populous state (New York—nearly always number one, and in the top five since 1790) has only one native who served in that position. Well, technically, there are two, but one of them served 99.82 percent of the pair’s total time in office—to be explained later. If you’re from Northern New York and dislike the idea of people owning people, you’ll be pleased at his strong stance for freedom during one of our nation’s most turbulent >>More

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Adirondack Regional Economic Analysis Released

What’s growing? Where should we invest? The Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) and regional partners set out to answer these and other questions facing North Country communities by completing an economic analysis of the entire 14-county Adirondack North Country region. Findings from the research are now publicly available. ANCA and collaborators recently released the report, Regional Economic Analysis for the Adirondack North Country, which documents economic trends in the region and opportunities for local investment, as well as county-level demographic and economic data. The full report is available on ANCA’s website at www.adirondack.org/RegionalEconomicAnalysis. “Many of us whose work focuses on >>More


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