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Monday, October 8, 2018

Frontier Town Campground, Paradox Brewery Update

DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos and Office of General Services Commissioner RoAnn Destito joined local elected officials and other partners at a ribbon cutting event last week in North Hudson. They were there to unveil the first phase of the former Frontier Town theme park site development on the Schroon River at the corner of Route 9 and Blue Ridge Road, nearly adjacent to I-87 Northway Exit 29. The completed projected is expected to a 91-acre universally accessible state campground, an equestrian campground, along with two day use area (Riverside and Trail Side). The project’s official name is Frontier Town Campground, Equestrian >>More

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Poetry: Mountain Sun

Mountain Sun Poisons from air and Hormones from cows Carbon from oceans And algae from lakes Sin from the priesthood And racism from schools Glitches from computers And infections from cells Still the mountain sun rises No need to be detoxified A fragrance rinsing the vapor Of our moral stains once more Photo of Lewey Lake in Indian Lake. View original post.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Pieces of Eight: Curiosities From Fort Ti’s Collections

Fort Ticonderoga has announced a new museum exhibit, ‘Pieces of Eight: Curiosities from the Collection,’ featuring objects from the bodies of famous or interesting characters from early American history. The exhibit was conceived following the overwhelmingly positive response to Fort Ticonderoga’s display of extremely rare locks of Benedict Arnold’s hair in May. Curatorial staff began extensive research and identified eight intimate artifacts that compromise the new exhibit. Many involve human hair, which was trimmed, saved, mailed, and even made into jewelry where it was carried across the world. Strange and perhaps macabre by modern standards, these objects were often cherished >>More

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

World War I: New Yorkers Get Behind the Liberty Ball

Endless commentary and opinions across various media reveal such modern political divisiveness that sometimes it makes you wonder: “Was it always like this?” The answer is no: sometimes it was worse and sometimes it was better. Without going into detail, worse would be the Civil War, the Prohibition Era, two world wars, and the 1960s (daily televised scenes of police dogs and fire hoses used against civil rights and war protesters, daily gore and body counts from Vietnam, multiple assassinations). And better times? Well, to be clear, the First World War was not a better time, but in terms of >>More

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

$150k Supporting Staff Training at Adirondack Experience

Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake (ADKX), has received a $156,573 grant from the Museums for America program of Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), a federal agency. This year, IMLS received 472 funding requests from across the U.S. and made grants to only 28% of the applicants. In recent years ADKX has received a total of $694,837 in IMLS funding, including the new award. Past funding has supported the installation of new exhibitions, the conservation of ADKX’s unique collections, and other projects. The IMLS grant is expected to provide specialized training for ADKX’s seasonal staff. During >>More

Monday, October 1, 2018

Tony Goodwin: A Railroad To Lake Placid Is Not Sustainable

To date, much of the rail vs. trail debate has touted the potential benefits of the possible uses of the Adirondack Rail Corridor. The supposed benefits of a trail include increased local recreational opportunities both summer and winter plus economic benefits from those who will travel to the area to use the trail with bicyclists and snowmobilers to be the greatest users. Rail supporters question whether those benefits are greater than the benefits of a fully restored railroad that would supposedly bring greater economic benefits by transporting more visitors to the area. Mostly left out of the debate is any >>More

Monday, October 1, 2018

French and Indian War Shipwrecks of Lake George, Oct 12

A free program focusing on the French and Indian War Shipwrecks of Lake George has been set for Friday, October 12th, at 7 pm at the Hancock House at 6 Moses Circle in Ticonderoga. Featured speaker Joseph Zarzynski, part of the original discovery team for many of these ships, will lead the discussion. Included will be a discussion of The Land Tortoise, built as a floating gun battery by the British in 1758. This 52-foot-long gunboat is North America’s oldest intact warship. It was deliberately sunk in l00 feet of water » Continue Reading. View original post.

Monday, October 1, 2018

22 Grants Awarded in Gore Region

The Community Fund for the Gore Mountain Region, a component fund of Adirondack Foundation, has awarded $18,027 in grant funding to benefit a variety of local initiatives in Schroon, Minerva, Horicon, Chester, and Johnsburg. This year’s grant recipients were honored at a ceremony at Seagle Music Colony on August 28. In Johnsburg, a $750 grant award will help fourth grader Hudson Dunkley continue to fund his self-started “Snacks for Friends” program, which provides nutritious snacks for three classes at his school. In Minerva, the Sleeping Giants Senior Citizens program received $900 in funding to help offset the cost of social >>More

Sunday, September 30, 2018

The Internal Border at North Hudson

U.S. Customs and Border Protection recently made numerous arrests and seized large amounts of marijuana during a five day checkpoint in Essex County. The agency occasionally sets up this temporary check point near Exit 28 of the Adirondack Northway (I-87). A June operation here resulted in similar arrests and seizure of marijuana, as well as what the agency described as the disruption “of two separate alien smuggling rings.” The agency put out a statement saying, “Checkpoint operations are a proven enforcement tool to deny criminal organizations the ability to smuggle people, narcotics or other contraband further » Continue Reading. View >>More

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Camp Santanoni Receives Major Preservation Grant

On September 23, the National Park Service announced the latest round of grant funding under its Save America’s Treasures program and Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH), the private nonprofit historic preservation organization for the Adirondack region, received an award of $370,000 for conservation and restoration work at Camp Santanoni in the Essex County town of Newcomb. This was one of only nine historic building conservation grants awarded nationally in this round, according to an announcement made by AARCH. These grants are awarded by Congress through the National Park Service, Department of the Interior. The Save America’s Treasures program is » Continue >>More