According to folk lore, the woolly bear caterpillar has the ability to predict the severity of the upcoming winter ahead, based on its black and reddish-brown stripes. With all the ups and downs of temps this season, I’m sure these little guys are having a heck of a time trying to get a handle on the months ahead.
A recent article about these loveable fuzzy fall landmarks by Almanack contributor Jackie Woodcock went viral recently, gaining a record number of hits. To put it into perspective, in two days the number of views on this one story was nearly one month’s worth of traffic. Sign that people were looking for a distraction in the midst of a weird week? READ IT
This week’s top stories
HISTORIC PRESERVATION: A proposal to take down the Debar Lodge as part of proposed management changes to the more than 88,000-acre Debar Wild Forest Area in Franklin County, has drawn some attention. Gwen Craig’s story was the top-read article in the Explorer this past week. READ IT
As the Lodge is a 1940 Adirondack camp on the State and National Register of Historic Places, historic preservation organizations have rallied around it. See this commentary from AARCH that ran in the Almanack. From the Almanack archive, Peter Bauer digs into the “historic” classification of buildings in the Forest Preserve in this 2018 article.
STAR POWER IN THE NORTHERN ADIRONDACKS: Speaking of historic properties, writer Gary Peacock looks back on the Dexter Lake and its famous music-industry owners in the 1990s. READ MORE
TOXIC BLOOMS: Late-season harmful algal blooms pose new threat to water quality for Lake George and Mirror Lake in Lake Placid. READ MORE
This is a look at some of the week’s top news, on our two websites: AdirondackExplorer.org and AdirondackAlmanack.com.
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