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What's New In the Adirondacks

April 2015 Archives

There are many significant numbers within the Blue Line - 46, 50, 6 - but here's one you may not be aware of, at least not yet: 102. That's the number of municipalities (towns and villages) within the Adirondack Park, some of which you've probably heard of (Lake George, Lake Placid, Saranac Lake) and some of which you probably haven't (Colton, Grieg, Remsen). Martin Podskoch, a retired teacher, is proud to be the first member of the Adirondack 102 Club, and he wants you to join the roster by visiting all 102 towns and villages

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Celebrate National Small Business Week in Ticonderoga with a Spring Shopping & Dining Night! It will be held on Friday, May 1st with the theme of Growing a Positive Community

Several businesses and restaurants are participating and offering promotions and specials in coordination with the event. There's nothing better than a great deal, especially at any of Ticonderoga's wonderful shops and restaurants. 

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A new place to grab a bite to eat will be opening up soon in Crown Point! Frenchy's will be officially open for business on Friday, May 8th. However, the Grand Opening Celebration and Ribbon Cutting will take place on Thursday, May 21st at 4:30 p.m. All are welcome and encouraged to attend the Ribbon Cutting Celebration and check out what Frenchy's has to offer. 

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photo credit: Fries via photopin (license)
Paddlers, hikers and nature lovers, rejoice... New York State just purchased 6,200 acres south of the Adirondack High Peaks that are now a part of the Adirondack Park's forest preserve!

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Last month, I wrote about a tiny pest that's threatening Adirondack moose populations - the winter tick. Now, there's an even tinier pest that's potentially putting Adirondack waterways in danger - the microbead.


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It was recently announced that Governor Andrew Cuomo has awarded $443,000 in smart growth grants to eight Adirondack revitalization and preservation projects. Similar funding had been provided to planning projects in 2007 and 2010.

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Photo Credit: The Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism/Lake Placid CVB (ROOST)
If you're a resident of the Adirondacks or if you've taken a vacation here within the last six months, you can confirm that this past winter has been one of the worst in recent memory, even by the lofty Northeast winter standards. While this did a number on maple syrup production, and may have even damaged your property (or your spirit), it did nothing to stop the surge of ticks that are waiting for you in the Adirondack wilderness.

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Photo Credit: Tick via photopin (license)
The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce (TACC) will be hosting its 13th Annual Fundraiser on Friday, June 5th aboard the Mohican's wonderful atmosphere. In addition to fundraising, the TACC will be celebrating 90 years of service to the Ticonderoga area. The celebration will include a silent auction, live auction, music and dancing all while cruising around beautiful Lake George. This is not an event you'll want to miss! 

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The Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership (TMSP) is planning a variety of great events and projects. What's in store for the rest of 2015? Read on to find out! 

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Have you enjoyed a ride on this popular railway? Opened in July 2011 and offering scenic train rides year-round between Saratoga Springs and North Creek, the railway provides services to a diverse demographic.

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In March, the Crown Point Chamber Board of Directors and present members unanimously voted to merge into the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce. Crown Point now joins Hague, Moriah, Putnam, and Ticonderoga as communities served, marketed, and promoted by the TACC.

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With warmer weather comes an increasingly common sight, coyotes. They will be setting up dens for their soon-to-arrive pups, and after they are born, will forage almost constantly to provide food for their young.

For the most part, coyotes tend to avoid contact with people. However, conflicts can still happen as they can be extremely territorial, especially around their den sites. Worried? Don't be! We've gathered some great tips below for avoiding potential conflicts with coyotes this spring and summer. 

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Photo Credit: Gerry Lemmo

The Adirondack Land Trust, a key protector of lands, scenic views, and quality of life, has received a $2 million endowment from the F. M. Kirby Foundation to "help fund perpetual care of working farms and forests under conservation easements," according to Denton Publications.

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Photo Credit: Mike Tracy
It's been years since the mythical Sasquatch was reportedly sighted in Whitehall, but the financial benefits of Bigfoot are still being felt today. That's right, people are actually flocking towards a beast you'd be best off running away from, but it's setting local businesses up for a prosperous future.

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Photo Credit: Bigfoot store via photopin (license)
The Adirondack Daily Enterprise has reported that Norman's General Store, a beloved fixture in Bloomingdale for over a century, quietly closed its doors this past week. Norman's was one of the oldest small-town and family-run stores in the Adirondacks and will be greatly missed by the community. 

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Photo Credit: Jim Hotaling via localwiki  (license)

Becoming a "46er" gives someone special status in the Adirondacks - that designation means you've successfully summited all 46 High Peaks. A local filmmaker is creating a documentary focusing on the people who have completed this challenge and those who aspire to do so.

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Photo Credit: Mike Tracy
Scientists are concerned that an infestation that wiped out American chestnut trees in the 1900's could possibly happen to eastern hemlocks in the Adirondacks, as well. YOU can make a difference in ensuring these trees stay safe! 

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After applying for a New York State Community Development Block Grant from the Community Renewal Fund, Essex County was successful in obtaining $200,000 to create the Southern Essex County Microenterprise Program.

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The stately Merrill Magee Inn, located in the center of Warrensburg NY, sat abandoned and neglected for three years. The Victorian gardens and elegant interior of the Inn had long formed the backdrop for romantic Adirondack getaways and weddings, delicious meals and family get-togethers. Now a Warrensburg couple is bringing the Merrill Magee House back to its former glory. 

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Fort Ticonderoga has purchased a Vermont-based Lake Champlain cruise boat. You know what this means... more fun boat tours in the near future!

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For the first time in years, residents of rural Thurman can do simple tasks, like check their email or look up information, without hours of waiting for pages to load. A new "white space" broadcast service was recently launched and has been a long-awaited upgrade for the town.

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What could be more inspiring for an artist than the Adirondack Region?! If the lakes, rivers, ponds, mountains, trees, and wildlife speak to you, you should apply to be an artist-in-residence at ESF's Newcomb Campus this summer. 

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Photo Credit: Gerry Lemmo
As of March 24, the Comfort Inn in Lake Placid is now the Quality Inn. While ownership will stay the same, there are many other changes in the works!

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Registration for the popular ididaride! Adirondack Bike Tour opened today. Last year, 495 riders from 21 states and two Canadian provinces rose to the challenge and cycled through the beautiful Adirondacks. Will you be among this year's group?

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streetfest.jpgDo you enjoy live music, street vendors, food options, arts and crafts, sidewalk sales, and activities to keep the youngest members of your family entertained? What about caricatures, business specials, and the Ticonderoga Area Farmers Market? If so, save the date for the 7th Annual StreetFest in Ticonderoga - Saturday, July 25, 2015!