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Roundup of What's New in the Adirondacks

Discover what's happening in communities throughout the Adirondack Park! Our Adirondack news roundup features the latest updates about businesses, major event announcements, and a variety of other local stories.

Ticonderoga Gets Grant Money for Arts Center

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Downtown Ticonderoga on the Fourth of July

Ticonderoga has received state funding for downtown projects, reports WCAX, including $2.1 million to go towards a new Adirondack Performing Arts Center.

The building slated for the arts center needs to be purchased from the Knights of Columbus and significantly upgraded, falling in line with ADA rules.

The third floor will act as a concert hall, while the second will consist of the nonprofit We Are Instrumental. Pride of Ticonderoga is also getting in on the project.

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  • WCAX: NY grants include renovation of Adirondack Performing Arts Center

Capture Your Love for New York Outdoors in New Photo Contest

mountain photo with fall foliage and water

New York State is encouraging residents to celebrate their love for the outdoors and responsible land use with a new photo contest. The "Love Our New York Lands" contest kicks off this month with a theme focused on Pride Month.

The contest will feature five different themes throughout the summer and fall, with winning photos used in promotional materials to showcase safe and responsible enjoyment of state parks and lands.

For the month of June, the theme is "Pride." Photographers are encouraged to capture images that represent the LGBTQIA+ community enjoying New York's natural beauty and the welcoming atmosphere of state lands. Submissions should highlight a color from the rainbow flag and be emailed by June 30th.

Winners will be chosen based on originality, composition, technical quality, and how well the photo portrays safe and responsible outdoor activities.

This contest is a great way to celebrate the outdoors and the importance of protecting these shared spaces for all New Yorkers. Get outside, capture your love for nature, and you might even see your photo featured in a future DEC campaign!

Source: dec.ny.gov

Ticonderoga's Newest Breakfast Spot: Ticonderoga Bagel and Coffee

stock photo of coffee and bagel with cream cheese

Ticonderoga's downtown is getting a delicious makeover thanks to Ticonderoga Bagel and Coffee, a new shop offering homemade bagels and fresh roasted coffee. Owner Drew Metzler, following what he believes was a divine calling, has transformed a condemned building into a vibrant community hub.

Metzler isn't just passionate about revitalizing the neighborhood; he's passionate about his food. Every day, he handcrafts bagels from scratch, offering a variety of flavors alongside muffins and pastries. He even experimented with unique offerings, like his popular egg bagels and jalapeno cream cheese.

This dedication to quality and customer preference is core to Ticonderoga Bagel and Coffee's mission. They're constantly evolving their menu based on what the community wants.

"We are a mom and pop shop with two devoted people who are very happy to be here in Ti," says Metzler.

The shop opens at 6 am daily, with a line already forming each morning. They are eager to become an integral part of Ticonderoga's growth and are even considering expanding to offer hot meals in the future.

So, if you're looking for a delicious breakfast and a chance to meet some friendly faces, head down to Ticonderoga Bagel and Coffee!

Source: The Sun

Plan for Cow Plop Bingo This Summer

cow plop bingo at best 4th in the north
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The Best 4th in North, one of the top July 4th events in the Adirondacks, will include a unique fundraiser this year: Cow Plop Bingo.

Cow Plop Bingo will take place on July 3 at 5pm as part of the Best 4th in the North schedule of events. 

Tickets are $20 each, with a grand prize of $1,000. More details are expected to be released as we get closer, and you can keep an eye on the Best 4th in the North Facebook page and and the Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership at timainstreet.org.

New Yorkers, Please Respect Wildlife

A fawn in the wild
Photo Credit Gerry Lemmo

The DEC (New York State Department of Environmental Conservation) Interim Commissioner Sean Mahar wants to remind New Yorkers to respect wildlife this season by keeping a safe distance and refraining from touching or moving young wildlife.

Young wild animals such as birds and fawn are rarely abandoned. Parents would only leave their young alone to keep them hidden from predators while they are off finding food. If you come across an animal that looks abandoned, don't worry, their parent will return shortly!

However, if you do find a young wild animal that is injured or orphaned, it's recommended to contact a trained and licensed DEC wildlife rehabilitator.

Keep in mind the increasing risk of rabies in raccoons, foxes, skunks, or bats. Going near these animals could endanger your life as well as theirs. Protect both your lives by keeping your distance, and calling the local DEC regional wildlife office if needed.

Lastly, wildlife animals live only in the wild, not in our houses. Taking a wildlife animal from their habitat and placing it in your home endangers yourself and the wild animal, and it is illegal.

Please remember, if you care, leave it there. For more information about young wildlife, visit the DEC’s website.

Source: NYS DEC Website

Experts Predict a Muddy, Wet & Warm Summer

mud by lake, people swimming and kayaking

Adirondack Almanack reports that scientists are predicting above-average temperatures and precipitation for summer 2024 in the Park, which means muddy trails for hikers. 

Specifically, there is a 99% chance that 2024 will be among the five hottest years on record, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Read about hiking during mud season >>

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Lake Placid Gets a Taste of Prison City Pub & Brewery

Calling all craft beer lovers visiting the Adirondacks this summer! A refreshing new option is on its way to quench your thirst. Central New York's Prison City Pub & Brewery is setting up shop in Lake Placid, bringing their award-winning beers to 2577 Main Street, the former location of Bear Essentials Apparel.

The new taproom, conveniently close to the Lake Placid Olympic Complex, is slated to open early this summer. 

The Lake Placid location holds special significance for Prison City's co-owners, Dawn and Marc Schulz. The couple not only met but also lived in Lake Placid for many years.

"We've been wanting to get back to Lake Placid for over two decades," Marc said, expressing their excitement about the new venture. "This is a dream come true."

Prison City ADK will offer a selection of beers brewed at their North Street facility in Auburn, alongside local wines and ciders. To complement the drinks, they'll have a menu of light snacks, including their famous soft pretzels, charcuterie boards featuring local ingredients, and grab-and-go food items.

With a proven track record of award-winning beers and a passion for their new location, Prison City Pub & Brewery is poised to become a favorite spot for locals and visitors alike in Lake Placid.

Source: newyorkupstate.com 

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