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July 2015 Archives

Last week, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced that the fall turkey hunting season in New York State would be shortened to a length of two weeks. This announcement has come on the heels of growing concerns about the size and stability of the wild turkey population throughout the state.

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Looking for something fun to do this weekend? We've got you covered! Our roundup has outdoor events, festivals, workshops, and more for you to choose from.

Ride for the River, photo provided
On Saturday night, a fire broke out in a building in downtown Lake Placid, and it threatened one of the village's most popular events of the year.

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A small, private college tucked away in the northern Adirondacks has recently become the center of a big debate. On one side are those who believe a name can be purchased, and on the other are those who find it priceless.

It sounds like an impossible feat: getting environmental groups, landowners, local government and state representatives, and business interests to agree on anything, besides agreeing to disagree. Last week, though, the 9th Adirondack Common Ground Alliance Forum took place in Long Lake, and these "oil-and-water" groups wound up mixing better than you'd think.

Photo Credit: Lynn Sochurek Ammirato via Adirondack.net's Facebook Page
Are you a car fanatic? Whether you own a classic or cool ride or just enjoy looking at them, you'll be excited to learn that one of the region's best car shows is taking place in Ticonderoga next weekend!

Photo Provided, 2014 Best of Show Car
Are you in need of weekend plans? Look no further! Our roundup has lots of sporting events, festivals, performances, workshops, and more for you to choose from.

Photo provided by Gore Mountain
In the 19th century, unregulated hunting, the desire for pelts, and deforestation completely wiped out a number of species that were native to the Adirondacks. Some species, like beavers, have since repopulated the region with the help of public and private individuals, but others are still absent from the Park. 

As the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation works to finalize its Wildlife Action Plan Update, one group is calling for the DEC to consider reintroducing two formidable predators to the Adirondacks.

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The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening Celebration this week for a brand new entity: The Ticonderoga Natural Foods Co-Op!

Roedel Companies recently announced a new addition to its Hotel Saranac renovation project: a warm and welcoming dining experience that will appeal to both visitors and locals!


Fireflies are one of the quintessential elements of summer, with their flickering lights illuminating campsites, bonfires, and other outdoor activities. You may have noticed, though, that these unique beetles seem less abundant with each new summer. This isn't just your mind playing tricks on you; fireflies are indeed disappearing, and it's possible that they could even be completely gone in the not-so-distant future.

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In May, I wrote about the announcement that seven boat inspection sites that would be opening in the Adirondacks, then detailed the confirmation of 11 additional sites

Since the purpose of boat inspections is to prevent invasive species from spreading through Adirondack waterways, it is only fitting that Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced during Invasive Species Awareness Week that 12 new decontamination stations are now open throughout the Adirondack Park.

Photo Credit: Ryan Rovito
Looking for something fun to do this weekend? We've got a whole bunch of sporting events, arts fairs and performances, workshops, and more for you to choose from!

Photo Credit: Carl Heilman II
Mathew Brady was a Civil War photographer, and is commonly referred to as the "Father of Battlefield Photography." Born in Johnsburg, Brady's images of the death, destruction, and daily life soldiers experienced provided proof to the public of the reality of war. 

To honor one of their own, the Johnsburg Historical Society placed a cast-iron marker near the site of his birth on State Route 28 last year, but after its mysterious disappearance, the Society has set its sights on a more permanent tribute.

If you've ever ridden on the Adirondack Scenic Railroad, you know just how beautiful the lakes, streams, forests, and mountain views are as they drift past your window. This summer, there's a whole new way to experience those same picturesque scenes, and get a little exercise while you're at it.

Photo Provided By Rail Explorers
Last month, I wrote about a National Audubon Society report that predicted the disappearance of the common loon from Adirondack summers by as early as 2020. This month, more troubling news has come for some other Adirondack species, this time from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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With their unique calls and instantly recognizable appearance, loons are some of the most beloved animals in the Adirondacks. In order to determine how many of these water birds are currently living in the park, the Wildlife Conservation Society is conducting its 15th Annual Loon Census this weekend, and your help is needed!

Photo Credit: Carl Heilman II
Invasive species awareness is an incredibly important topic, especially here in the Adirondacks where we have so many invaluable natural resources and wildlife. In honor of Invasive Species Awareness Week, there are many workshops and events planned, and we've also got an update on the fight against invasive species.

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation proposed a Community Connector Trail Plan to link Long Lake, Minerva, Newcomb, North Hudson, and Indian Lake after the state acquired 69,000 acres of the Finch Pruyn forest lands in 2012. Last Thursday, it came up for approval at the Adirondack Park Agency's monthly meeting, and the plan received unanimous approval, WAMC reports.

Last month, I wrote about the DEC and DOT's combined proposal to re-purpose a portion of the Adirondack Scenic Railroad into a multi-use trail, while repairing other sections of the track. After a public hearing on the issue last week, it remains clear that there is still a deep divide between those who support the proposal and those who oppose it.

Each summer for the last six years, the Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership has hosted StreetFest, a celebration that includes shopping, sales, live entertainment, kids activities, and more. Throughout its history, StreetFest has been steadily growing, and this year is no exception!

Photo Provided By Ticonderoga Area Chamber Of Commerce
Are you a fan of music, theater, and live entertainment? If so, set aside some time this Sunday evening! Ticonderoga's free Sunday in the Park Series kicks off on July 12, and you don't want to miss it.

Two weeks ago, I wrote about the DEC's plan to improve tourism in the Essex Chain Lakes Complex by expanding recreational opportunities there. Just 14 days have passed, but the DEC is already putting its plan into action. 

It was recently announced that 20 miles of administrative roads are open to bicyclists as of July 4, which will presumably contribute to the expansion of tourism in the Central Adirondacks.

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If you don't have weekend plans yet, don't worry! We've pulled together some amazing events you can use to round out your schedule.

Photo provided by the Buck Moon Arts Festival
To celebrate the official opening of the new Stewart's Shops location at 26 Montcalm Street in Ticonderoga, a ribbon cutting ceremony will be held this Saturday, July 11, and lots of great specials will be available!

Almost a month after he escaped from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, convicted murderer David Sweat began giving authorities details on his and cohort Richard Matt's mind blowing breakout. 170 miles north of the hospital bed where Sweat lay recovering from injuries sustained in his apprehension by police, the small community of Dannemora is still reeling from its own wounds. 

It was announced today that in the midst of the chaos and confusion that have engulfed the Adirondack town since the June 6th escape, major changes are being put in place to ensure that no one follows in the two escapees' footsteps.

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The Department of Environmental Conservation recently announced its final plan to protect one of New York State's smallest vertebrates. The northern cricket frog, whose adult length averages just one inch, has been on the verge of extinction in New York State since the 1940's, and the DEC intends to "stabilize and improve the distribution and abundance of this rare amphibian."

This weekend is sure to be one of the best of the summer, largely due to the 4th of July! There are tons of festivals and fireworks going on throughout the Adirondack Park, and other fun events as well.

Did you know the Adirondacks has its very own fully professional theatre company? The Adirondack Shakespeare Company's Fifth Summer Festival Season opens July 9th - and if you haven't yet seen one of their professional productions of classical plays and original works for children, you'll want to bring the whole family to this year's line-up!

This Saturday, July 4th, the Ticonderoga Area Farmers Market opens for the season at their new location: 1114 Wicker Street, near the Walmart entrance, across from Christopher Chevrolet Buick.

Next Saturday, July 11th, is the Grand Opening Celebration, featuring live music entertainment (for the first time ever!) and the introduction of a new Kids' Zone at the Ticonderoga Area Farmers Market.

Phil Henry Acoustic Trio (PHAT)