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While mud season is a sign that warm weather is here to stay, it can cause major inconveniences to those looking forward to hiking in the spring and summer. Anyone who will be kicking off summer by hiking in the Adirondacks should be aware of the safety hazards and environmental concerns regarding mud season and avoid trails over 3,000 feet in the Dix, Giant and High peaks Wilderness areas until mid-June.

Photo Credit: Mike Tracy
A new physical therapy center in the Lake Champlain region will celebrate its grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, May 28th at 4:30 pm.

Photo credit: Debb Guard via Facebook

In 2013, voters approved an amendment to the state constitution allowing NYCO Minerals, a mining company, to evaluate the presence of wollastonite - a mineral used in plastics - on land that is part of the state-owned Adirondack Forest Preserve. The Associated Press has reported that the test-drilling is complete and Adirondack land may be changing hands in the near future.

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In March, I wrote about voluntary boat inspection procedures that will be implemented this year in order to ensure no invasive species are brought into Adirondack waterways. Yesterday, The Post Star reported that seven boat inspection sites have been selected for the Adirondack-wide Aquatic Invasive Species Spread Prevention Pilot Program with six more sites pending.

The Adirondack Club & Resort (ACR) was first proposed over ten years ago. Located in the Adirondack town of Tupper Lake, ACR would be a four-season recreational resort conveniently located near the Big Tupper Ski Area and would offer skiing, golf, fishing, hiking, and biking, among other activities. In total, the $500 million project would result in the creation of more than 650 vacation homes ranging from condos to mansions. 

Since its initial proposal ACR and its supporters have had to jump many hurdles, but even after all this time, the project is still not yet in the clear.

Photo Credit: The Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism/Lake Placid CVB (ROOST)
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. 

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. 

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!


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.


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.

Photo Credit: The Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism/Lake Placid CVB (ROOST)