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What's New In the Adirondacks

"Each time I visit the Adirondacks I hold my breath as I am about to pass the barn. I think to myself.... Is it still standing?" -Nick Palmieri

stormy sky over Keene NY barnIt's a sad reality that all good things must come to an end, and the beloved old Keene, NY barn is no exception. The sagging, battered roof and weathered red walls have long indicated its state of disrepair... but then they have also given the barn a distinctive charm and character you can't help but admire. We've often wondered when its final days would come... and it seems they are now here.
Willow Wood Farm, located at 3489 NYS Route 74 in Ticonderoga, will be having a grand opening celebration on Thursday, February 5 at 4:00pm! This event, hosted by the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce, will provide members of the community with the opportunity to see all that Willow Wood Farm has to offer and to sample some of the farm's products.

Ski bums and snowboarders, rejoice! The ADKs are gaining some big recognition, once again. Business Insider Australia has named Whiteface Mountain as one of the 25 mountains that everyone should ski in their lifetime. That's right - only 25 mountains named, and Whiteface made the cut!

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Around here, most people know that the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival is an amazing event. Where else can you find so many great activities in one place, not to mention a one-of-a-kind Ice Palace?! It's about time that the Winter Carnival got the widespread recognition that it deserves. In fact, Condé Nast Traveler recently named the Winter Carnival in a feature called "Worldwide Winter Wonderlands: The 10 Most Spectacular Cold-weather Festivals"!

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Part IV: The New Mantle

The two adults sat quietly looking at the boy, almost speechless.  The story they had heard fascinated them into silence.

At length Carlton O'Leary spoke up.  "These nails which I have carried around with me for decades, as if they had no value, have turned out to be the most important nails of any carpenter in history.  If the world knew their value they would be priceless."

"Indeed they would be, Mr. O'Leary," softly answered Joseph.  "Indeed they would be."

The old collector again gazed at the boy and his father.  "For now, do nothing with the mantle-piece.  I want to think about what I should do with these nails.  Please go into town and get other supplies to fasten it in place."

An hour later the father and son returned with the necessary materials to install the shelf above the fireplace.  O'Leary was sitting quietly in his favorite chair watching as the waves rippled across the lake.  In the distance some clouds shrouded the peaks of the Adirondack Mountains.  All around the lake a dense forest of trees stood guard.

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Part III: The Birth

"That is quite the dream, young man," commented Carlton.  "I am intrigued, as a collector.  What else did this soldier tell you about these nails at the birth of Christ?"

Thomas took a deep breath and glanced at his dad for reassurance. 

"It is ok, son. Mr. O'Leary and I are quite interested.  Tell us what Marcus told you."

Thomas apologized because he didn't remember the exact words of the guard, but he would tell them about what the man had explained.

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Part II: The Dream

"What is on your mind, son" asked the carpenter?  It had only taken a second for him see that something about the old tarnished nails had caused Thomas to reduce almost to tears.

Carlton's voice sounded a little sheepish as he apologized, "Thomas, I meant nothing by my question.  You are welcome to use these old spikes."  Turning to the carpenter he added "I did not intend to offend you or your boy."

He then looked at the boy and offered with some conciliation, "You may keep the nails if they mean something to you, young man.  I am sure they have no real value.  I only accepted them from the merchant as an act of good will.  They are easily replaced."

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Trying desperately to bring his son out of the sudden melancholy his father added, "I'm certain there are other nails that will work just perfectly.   I'll go find them.  You can keep these antiques.  After all, there are five nails here and only three were used to hang Jesus on the Cross.  So, like Mr. O'Leary said these are only part of an old story."

"But, dad" interrupted the boy, "when I fell asleep I had a dream about these nails that seemed weird." 

"What do you mean by weird?" O'Leary questioned.

Part I: The Carpenter And His Son

The carpenter had married later in life.
 His bride was young, but well prepared to live the life of a carpenter's wife.  What they found together almost immediately was they would be parents of an adopted son, whom they would name Thomas.

Joseph and Janice lived in a modest home near Saranac Lake in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains.  In the Adirondacks the tree covered mountains were scattered with villages.  Now and then a big job would come along.  Yet, for the most part the work was just refurbishing a house in a village, repairing a rural barn, or remodeling of a cabin on one of the many lake fronts.

It's undeniable that the most popular (and difficult) Adirondack hiking challenge is the Adirondack Forty-Sixer, which you must scale all 46 of the Adirondack High Peaks to complete. If you've ever wanted to conquer the challenge, but have been deterred by the daunting task that the 46ers present, fear not! A new hiking challenge has come on the scene in the Adirondacks that offers less work, but just as much reward as the 46ers. That's right, folks, 29 is the new 46!

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Model train lovers, fear not! Railroads on Parade is here to stay... with a little help! The intricate model train display has avoided its anticipated dismantlement and will continue to be a main attraction in northern Warren County - but they need your help to stay afloat!

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