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Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced that Plattsburgh was declared the winner of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative. Plattsburgh neighborhoods will be restored and revamped so that generations of New Yorkers will be motivated to live and work in that community.

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Photo courtesy of Governor Cuomo's office 
Over in the Town of Warrensburg lies one of the first districts listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Known as the Warrenburg Mills Historic District, it encompasses the buildings and sites from the Woolen Mill Bridge to the Osborne Bridge. Within this district, there is one building in particular that has quite a storied history - The Birdhouse. What was once a simple granary is now the headquarters of the Lotus Group of Companies, which operates eight diverse businesses in Upstate New York.

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Photo Courtesy of the Lotus Group
Summer is a busy time of year in the Adirondacks. A lot of people are traveling throughout the region to boat, camp, hike, and fish. However, these popular outdoor activities can accidentally lead to the spread of invasive species on both land and water. To highlight the threat of these invasives, the week of July 10 - July 16, 2016 has been named New York's third annual Invasive Species Awareness Week (ISAW).

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Photo Credit: Lake George Association, courtesy of Jeff Gunderson of Minnesota Sea Grant
Within the 6 million acre Adirondack Park, about 2.6 million acres are protected by the New York Constitution as Forest Preserve lands. The constitutional protections make it difficult for small projects, such as bridge improvements, to be approved when they cross into the Adirondack Forest Preserve. All of that could change if two "land bank" bills, introduced by Senator Elizabeth Little, continue to find support.

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Photo Credit: Gerry Lemmo
BestColleges.com is recognized as one of the nation's best sources for college planning, and the website recently named its picks for New York's top colleges in 2016. In its list of the Best Four-Year Colleges, St. Lawrence University was included in the Top 10!

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Photo Credit: Emma Morrissey
Although the six million acre Adirondack Park is one of the most popular areas to visit for biking, hiking, paddling, camping, and much more, it wasn't always such a major tourist attraction. Once viewed as an intimidating obstacle, the Adirondacks eventually became the premier vacation hotspot in the United States!

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Ever since The Wild Center opened in Tupper Lake in 2006, people have flocked there to check out the exhibits, see the otters, and walk across the treetops on an elevated trail. The Wild Center aims to re-connect adults and children to nature, and this goal will become easier thanks Community Bank's recent $2,500 grant to the Center's Junior Naturalist Program.

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Photo Credit: Copyright © 2016 The Wild Center, All rights reserved.
It's in the early stage of a long process, but residents and visitors of Newcomb can look forward to a visitors center in the town.

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Photo: Antoni Zaborek Wildlife Photography  
Many years ago, early settlements in the Adirondacks grew up near the Hudson River because it was commonly used for transportation. One of these places was the Town of Lake Luzerne in Warren County, which will host a 2016 Summer History Ambassadors' Program. During this July and August, if you visit the town's historic district, you can learn more about its local history and the Hudson River through participating ambassadors.

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The white-tailed deer is one of the most elusive yet common game animals in the Adirondacks. However, aside from hunting season, the other time of the year when deer are threatened by humans is during the summer - right after the fawns are born.

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Photo Credit: Gerry Lemmo