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August 2016 Archives

Labor Day is upon us! From local celebrations to a Farm 2 Fork Festival, there's a lot to check out this Labor Day weekend in the Adirondacks!

We've seen Shaquille O'Neal dominate the basketball court, but can he tame the Adirondack wilderness? Tune in to NBC's "Running Wild with Bear Grylls" this coming Monday and find out if Shaq has the skills to survive the Adirondacks!

Last year, one of the most iconic animals in the Adirondacks, the moose, was at the center of a trademark lawsuit between two brewing companies - Lake George's Adirondack Pub & Brewery and Canadian company Moosehead Breweries. The lawsuit was filed by Moosehead Breweries, and now, the battle over the use of the moose has been brought to a Syracuse court!

Explore the Adirondacks this weekend at a coastal summer wine fest, an arts and antiques show, and four other awesome events!

Over the past month, development of the Department of Environmental Conservation's (DEC) Newcomb-Minerva snowmobile trail has stalled due to legal issues. Although the DEC was able to resume work last week, as of August 19, logging and work will be suspended until New York's Appellate Division, Third Department decides to issue an official injunction or not. Here's the latest on this continuing story.

From museums to old ruins, the Adirondack coastal region of Lake Champlain is home to many historic sites. This September, Friends of Crown Point State Historic Site will sponsor for the first time a "Five Museums Sampler" tour of sites located around the Lake Champlain Bridge.

Photo of Crown Point State Historic Site
There's a fantastic week-long bike tour, an Americana music fair, and five other awesome events going on in the Adirondacks this weekend!

Photo Credit: Cycle Adirondacks/L.E. Baskow/Left Eye Images.
Last month, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) was forced to temporarily halt development of a new snowmobile trail between Newcomb and Minerva due to an injunction. However, a New York State Supreme Court decision on August 12 rejected the injunction, and now the DEC will be able to resume work on the trail.

If you want to add something truly unique to your bucket list, then look no further than Cycle Adirondacks. Recognized as the first fully supported week-long bike tour of the Adirondack Park, this year's Cycle Adirondacks is set to be an unforgettable experience for all those involved.

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The historic 36-foot high lighthouse on Valcour Island in Lake Champlain has recently undergone a $280,000+ restoration. It's now a museum as well as a functioning lighthouse, and you can visit this special attraction before the summer is over!

Photo provided by Roger Harwood           
Reintroduce cougars into this state, and human lives will be saved - does that sound like a crazy notion? It's actually not! 

Wildlife scientists recently conducted a study that sheds light on the potential benefits of allowing this animal to once again thrive in the Northeast and surrounding states.

If you've ever been interested in the 46er Challenge - hiking all 46 high peaks in the Adirondacks - you'll definitely want to check out the High Peaks Wilderness Area hiking challenge.

Mt. Marcy, part of the HPWA hiking challenge, photo credit to Kelsey Schumacher 
A crew of over 100 dedicated volunteers restored a historic fire tower in the western Adirondacks over a period spanning several years. Designated an Adirondack Historical site, the tower's grand reopening was celebrated in early July and you can take the one-mile hike to check out the amazing views for yourself!

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Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Check out these seven events happening throughout the Adirondacks!

Adirondack Shindig, photo provided
Back in 2015, the Adirondack Park Agency approved of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's (DEC) Community Connector Trail Plan, which involves connecting the Towns of Newcomb and Minerva through a new snowmobile trail. Although the DEC has worked on the trail as recently as July 2016, an injunction has halted all tree cutting and construction for the time being.

Since 2002, the invasive emerald ash borer has made its way from southeastern Michigan to New York State. The jewel beetle infests and kills ash trees, and the population is now dangerously close to groves of white ash in the southern Adirondacks that are used to produce an iconic baseball bat.

Photo Credit: Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
Since its inaugural race in 1999, Lake Placid has hosted the annual IRONMAN Lake Placid. Although the grueling triathlon isn't for everyone, a different IRONMAN will be coming to Lake Placid starting next year. Known as IRONMAN 70.3, Lake Placid will host the Half IRONMAN for the first time on September 10, 2017!

New York's hunting and trapping seasons are on their way, and if you haven't heard, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is already selling sporting licenses and Deer Management Permits for 2016-17. If you want to purchase your first license, then you should be aware of the new addition to the required sporting education courses.

Could you traverse 52 Adirondack summits, many off-trail, in 15 days or less? That's what hiker Neil Luckhurst will be doing when he attempts 52 peaks of 3,000 to 4,000 feet each to raise funds for the Lower Adirondack Search and Rescue (LASAR). He heads off on his journey on Saturday, August 6th.

It may have been a while since you've read or heard about one of the most recognizable invasives in the Adirondacks -- the gypsy moth. A destructive force in the 1980s, this voracious moth has already caused high defoliation in the Northeast and reached population levels not seen in three decades!

Photo Credit: NY Department of Environmental Conservation
Make your Adirondack weekend plans now and get ready for lumberjack competitions, a brewfest, one of the most popular car shows in the Northeast, and eight more fantastic events!

The Saratoga & North Creek Railway (SNCRR) - a passenger train that operates between Saratoga Springs and North Creek - is providing guests with a unique opportunity for an excellent dining experience coupled with beautiful views.