Daily Archives: July 5, 2012

This loon with one chick on it’s back and another in tow was photographed this week by outdoor columnist Gary Lee

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Local effort to rid Adirondacks of Japanese Knotweed proving effective

 by Dr. Douglas Johnson

Regional Inlet Invasives Plant Program volunteers are, front to back, from left, Jennifer Breen; Doug Johnson, Evelyn Greene, Michael Bicknell, EJ Borchert; Ellen Collins, Elizabeth Mangle, Eric Paul; Terry DeArmas, Avery Menz; Bob Manning, Roy Keats, Brendan Quirion.Courtesy photo.

Efforts to control Japanese Knot-weed in the Adirondacks continue to make great strides. On July 1, fifteen people met to discuss plans for 2012.

The Regional Inlet Invasive Plant Program (RIIPP), which started in 2008, has expanded treatment areas each year since, with a long-term goal of eradicating Japanese Knotweed throughout the Adirondacks.

In 2011 about 75,000 knotweed canes were injected and thousands more sprayed with herbicide (glyphosate) in over 150 sites including Big Moose, Blue Mountain Lake, Eagle Bay, Indian Lake, Inlet, Lake Piseco, Lake Placid, Long Lake, Old Forge, North River, Saranac Lake, Speculator, and Wells.

In 2012, RIIPP will continue efforts in those towns and expand to Cranberry Lake, Garnet Lake, and Tupper Lake, coordinating efforts with those of the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program (APIPP) and the HCWSCD

Japanese knotweed forms dense thickets of thick bamboo-like hollow stems, with mature heights over 10 feet and an extensive network of underground roots. The leaves are somewhat heart-shaped with white lacy flowery clusters that form in August.

We recommend not cutting knotweed at all, or not after June 1st, so there is enough growth to allow effective herbicide application in August/September.

Digging the plant/roots is not recommended since tiny root fragments can start new plants.

Treatment with herbicide (glyphosate) done properly is very effective. Treatment of sites near rivers and streams is important to prevent downstream spread of knotweed.

The program has been very successful. Knotweed has been eradicated at many sites, and should be eradicated at many others in the next few years. The community has pitched in, with volunteers identifying sites and obtaining property owner permissions.

Invasive plant coordinators include Ellen Collins (Blue Mountain Lake), Terry DeArmas (Indian Lake), Patty Wittmeyer (Inlet, Eagle Bay), Larry Master (Lake Placid), Chuck Taylor (Long Lake), Judy Brown and Evelyn Greene (North Creek, North River), Roy Keats and Bob Manning (Garnet Lake), Katy Weil (Lake Piseco), and Leslie Karasin (Saranac Lake).

Paul Smith Lake Stewards helping in 2012 include Eric Paul (Cranberry Lake, Star Lake), Michael Bicknell (Stillwater Reservation), Jennifer Breen (Forestport to Fourth Lake), and EJ Borchert (Long Lake, Tupper Lake). Elizabeth Mangle discussed HCWSCD efforts.

Applicators Ryan Burkum and Avery Menz discussed last year’s treatments and plans for 2012. Patty Wittmeyer, Inlet Town Clerk, and myself, a summer resident of 7th Lake, are coordinating efforts.

Brendan Quirion described APIPP’s plans including control of other invasive plants and training sessions for how property owners can effectively use herbicides including one August 21st at the Zoning Office Board Room in Old Forge from 1 to 3 p.m. Sessions are free. and interested persons are asked to RSVP by July 9th to Sarah Walsh at (518) 576-2082, ext. 119 or: sarah_walsh@tnc.org.

There is no cost to property owners for the herbicide applications. Many have helped with donations, and in 2011 and 2012 RIIPP received $10,000 grants from APIPP. Additional volunteers and tax-deductable donations are needed.

Donations should be made payable to: Town of Inlet, Invasive Plant Control Fund; and mailed to Town of Inlet, P.O. Box 179, Inlet NY 13360.

Check out www.noknot
weed.org, which includes a slide show and provides detailed information for property owners, volunteers, and how to treat knotweed.

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McCauley: Community welcomes back Bartels, bids farewell to interim pastor

Pastor Lawrence Bartel with Star Livingston at McCauley Mountain. Reed Proper photo

The Niccolls Church congregation and friends celebrated the return of Pastor Lawrence Bartel and his family following a four month sabbatical, and said farewell to Interim Pastor Joanne Bartel at a barbecue picnic at McCauley Mountain on Sunday, July 1st.

The celebration included a performance by the bluegrass band, Off the Wall, and a special combination “welcome back” and “farewell” toast delivered by Kenneth Strike

“Lawrence, Amy, Jens, and Lydia welcome home. We hope that you are much refreshed and renewed by your sabbatical experience. We can’t wait to hear all about it. And we missed you. And we hope you missed us just a little as well,” Strike said.

“Lawrence, you will be pleased to know that despite the excellent job Joanne did in filling in for you, we did not forget you. I heard no one say “Lawrence who?”  However, it should be noted that it is no longer clear to whom the expression “the other Pastor Bartel” refers. We are sure that time will clarify this ambiguity,” he added.

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Library sets exhibit opening for Old Forge Art Walk, Friday

 Sue Beadle of Queensbury hangs watercolors that will be on display in the Upper Hudson Valley Watercolor Society’s Summer Exhibit at the Old Forge Library.

At right is Joyce Cleveland of Bolton Landing and Jan Palmer of North River. They are among the 18  artists who will exhibit their watercolors in the Judith Cohen Lowenstein Wing of the library through July 31st.

The Opening Reception will take place on Friday, July 6, from 4 to 8 p.m. during the First Friday Art Walk.

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Hoofbeats in the Adirondacks: riding exhibition set July 12th

After the success of last summer’s performance, Hoofbeats in the Adirondacks will once again be held at Moose River Farm on Thursday, July 12 from 3 to 5 p.m.

Hoofbeats in the Adirondacks is a combination of classical Dressage, vaulting, and horses at liberty set to beautiful music, as well as an expression of equestrian performing arts.

This year’s cast includes the Root Farm Vaulters, of Verona who will perform dizzying acrobatics on horseback.

Also, USDF bronze medal recipient, Valerie McCloskey, owner of Whisper Wind Farm of Westmoreland, will perform classical Dressage to music.

Amateur rider, Carin Mei, of New Hartford will perform with her Andalusian and Lusitano horses. Continue reading

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Fourth of July week in the Adirondacks Old Forge/Inlet: Warm weather lifts holiday visitor numbers

With Independence Day falling on a Wednesday this year, it was unclear how the week would go for area tourism, but thanks partly to a streak of pleasant weather, the holiday week has registered a success for visitors and businesses alike.

“The activity this past week has been profitable and good for the community, especially the businesses, and I’m liking how the season is shaping up so far. The great weather has really topped things off, ” said Town of Webb Publicity Director Mike Farmer.

According to Farmer, many people stayed in town after last weekend, but many more came up in scores for vacation beginning on Tuesday.

“There were people everywhere,” he said, “ I went all the way from here to Raquette Lake and there were definitely a lot of people around.”

By Farmer’s account, despite the middle of the week holiday, the number of people who gathered at the lakefront to watch the fireworks seemed to exceed last year’s numbers. Continue reading

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VIEW: The arts center in Old Forge

Amelia Earhart presentation offers theories to aviator’s disappearance 

Eleanor Stearns talks with her daughter, Laurie Waranis of Old Forge, left, and Alan Saban, Performing Arts Executive Director at View, following her program, Amelia Earhart – A Woman of Vision 75 Years Later. Photo by Carol Hansen.

Eleanor Stearns, who portrayed Amelia Earhart in a performance at View on Monday evening, July 2, answered questions from the audience following her program about the famous aviator’s disappearance over the western Pacific on July 2, 1937.

For years one of the  theories has been that Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, landed on the uninhabited Gardner Island, now Nikumaroro, and they died there as castaways, but not enough evidence has been found to support that hypothesis.

Responding to a question about the latest search for Earhart’s plane, Stearns said that a photograph has recently surfaced that might offer a clue to what really happened.

The photograph was taken near the island of Nikumaroro in the Republic of Kiribati, three months after Earhart and Noonan, and their Lockheed Electra plane vanished during their around the world flight.

“In one corner of the picture something was sticking out of the water and after careful analysis someone identified it as the landing gear of a Lockheed Electra, “ Stearns said, which leads to the theory that Earhart and her navigator crashed off the coast of Nikumaroro and died in the sea.

Stearns said that a special expedition was setting out on July 3, with advanced underwater technology to search that area for evidence that her plane may have crashed off the coast of Nikumaroro 75 years ago.

To follow the daily postings of the search on the web, go to Tighar.org. 

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