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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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Photo Credit: Barbed Wire via photopin (license)
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."

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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)
Jack Ma is one of the newest landowners in the Adirondack Park. Town & Country Magazine recently reported that the co-founder of e-commerce colossus Alibaba paid just under $23 million for the 28,100-acre Brandon Park property in Franklin County.

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Photo Credit: Ethan Miller via Adirondack.net Facebook Page
Have you ever felt compelled to express your inner artist, but feel as though you're lacking the knowledge you need to create a masterpiece? The Wild Center recently announced that it will be hosting adult beginner art classes this summer to help people like you learn techniques in areas from watercolor and pastels to mixed media and printmaking.

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Photo Credit: Watercolors via photopin (license)
The DEC recently drafted a plan to improve tourism in the Essex Chain Lake Complex by expanding recreational opportunities and enhancing access to certain areas within the Complex. Your comments are currently welcome on the draft, and public hearings will be held in Newcomb and Indian Lake two weeks from now.

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Photo Credit: Elaine Supp via Adirondack.net Facebook Page
17 days and more than 2,000 leads after David Sweat and Richard Matt escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, NY, sources like The Press Republican are reporting that DNA evidence has been found linking the escapees to a hunting camp near Owls Head in Northern New York.

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Photo Provided By The New York State Police
Even with today's modern equipment and sophisticated maps, scaling all 46 High Peaks and joining the coveted Adirondack 46er club is no small feat. Now imagine how challenging it would've been back in the 1930s! In 1937, the 46er club expanded to include 9 people, and the only woman in that club at the time is now immortalized in one of the Peaks she scaled.

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Seagle Music Colony, a vocal training center overlooking Schroon Lake, is celebrating its 100th season this year! The curtain will open on July 1, kicking off a milestone mainstage season that only a select few institutions can claim they've reached.

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Photo courtesy of Seagle Music Colony
As pollution, urban expansion, and climate change continue to threaten the existence of rare and declining species in the Adirondacks, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has drafted a plan that it hopes will combat some of these forces. The Daily Freeman has reported that the DEC is currently welcoming public comments on the 10-year plan, and a public information session has also been scheduled.

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