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Chances are, you've probably heard of March Madness and its bracket challenge. If not, the short version is that the 64 best NCAA Men's Division I college basketball teams are ranked and arranged in a bracket that shows two teams entering a game and only one moving on to the next round. Once the top 64 teams are announced and ranked, fans can fill out their own version of the bracket, effectively predicting who is going to win each game. If someone accurately predicts every single game in all six rounds (which is incredibly rare), they win the bracket challenge. 

How does this relate to the Adirondacks, you're probably wondering? In the spirit of March Madness, Outside Magazine has recently begun May Madness, but this time it isn't an NCAA Championship that's on the line - it's the coveted distinction of being "America's Best Town."

East Division Bracket - OutsideOnline.com
With so many lakes in the Adirondacks, it's only natural to want to get out on the water! While motorboats and wave runners can't be used on all Adirondack lakes, they can give you that iconic summer experience you're looking for. Don't have your own boat? Don't worry! Adirondack Boat Rental Company, a new member of the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce, can have a rental delivered to you anywhere in the Adirondacks.

There are many significant numbers within the Blue Line - 46, 50, 6 - but here's one you may not be aware of, at least not yet: 102. That's the number of municipalities (towns and villages) within the Adirondack Park, some of which you've probably heard of (Lake George, Lake Placid, Saranac Lake) and some of which you probably haven't (Colton, Grieg, Remsen). Martin Podskoch, a retired teacher, is proud to be the first member of the Adirondack 102 Club, and he wants you to join the roster by visiting all 102 towns and villages

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. 

The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce (TACC) will be hosting its 13th Annual Fundraiser on Friday, June 5th aboard the Mohican's wonderful atmosphere. In addition to fundraising, the TACC will be celebrating 90 years of service to the Ticonderoga area. The celebration will include a silent auction, live auction, music and dancing all while cruising around beautiful Lake George. This is not an event you'll want to miss! 

The Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership (TMSP) is planning a variety of great events and projects. What's in store for the rest of 2015? Read on to find out! 

It's been years since the mythical Sasquatch was reportedly sighted in Whitehall, but the financial benefits of Bigfoot are still being felt today. That's right, people are actually flocking towards a beast you'd be best off running away from, but it's setting local businesses up for a prosperous future.

Photo Credit: Bigfoot store via photopin (license)
Becoming a "46er" gives someone special status in the Adirondacks - that designation means you've successfully summited all 46 High Peaks. A local filmmaker is creating a documentary focusing on the people who have completed this challenge and those who aspire to do so.

Photo Credit: Mike Tracy
Fort Ticonderoga has purchased a Vermont-based Lake Champlain cruise boat. You know what this means... more fun boat tours in the near future!

photo credit: fortweastside via photopin (license)
What could be more inspiring for an artist than the Adirondack Region?! If the lakes, rivers, ponds, mountains, trees, and wildlife speak to you, you should apply to be an artist-in-residence at ESF's Newcomb Campus this summer. 

Photo Credit: Gerry Lemmo