Paddlers from across Central New York came to Mountainman Outdoor Supply Co. on Saturday, September 28 to participate in the 9th Annual Paddle for the Cure.
The two-mile paddle on the Moose River benefits the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund of Central New York and supports grants awarded to Upstate Medical University for breast cancer research.
A BBQ and awarding of prizes to the top fundraisers followed the event.
Some of the paddle for the Cure participants navigate the Moose River
Paddle for the Cure founder and coordinator Janice Sell said 240 paddlers raised approximately $20,000, with 60 volunteers assisting with the cause.
This year marked Mountain-man’s fifth year of sponsorship of the event. Continue reading
The Jefferson Lewis BOCES is asking the public across 18 school districts to participate in a survey exploring the options for shared services, reorganization and/or merging with neighboring school districts.
The School Collaboration Survey is currently posted on every school district’s website.
For Inlet, Old Forge and Forestport those links are
inletcommonschool.org, towschool.org, or adirondackcsd.org, or paper copies can be accessed by calling the district offices at (315) 357-3305 (Inlet) and 369-3222 (Old Forge).
The survey contains 18 questions and, according to the website, should only take five to ten minutes to complete. The links are active now through Friday, October 4th.
Survey questions measure support for sharing services such as transportation, business and food services, administration, and additional BOCES programs that currently include professional development and training.
The survey also asks about support for combining athletic teams, creating a regional high school and entering into conversations exploring consolidation with neighboring school districts.
Dick Bird was unanimously elected as the new president of the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) at the organization’s annual meeting held on Thursday, September 26 at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake.
Bird, who has been on ANCA’s board for over 25 years, joined during the time he served as Director of Planning, Tourism and Economic Development for Hamilton County. He is replacing out-going president Stephen Erman.
“Dick’s opinion on issues is sought by everyone on the board—he is the go-to guy. He has a great grasp on not only this region, but of the entire north country,” said fellow director Mike Farmer.
“I’m very excited. It’s an opportunity to bring attention to this part of the region,” Bird said.
Bird is owner of Bird’s Marine and Adirondack Real Estate of Old Forge and Raquette Lake.
He has been actively involved with the local Central Adirondack Association (CAA) for years, serving for a period as president.
He is also past-president of the Adirondack Regional Tourism Council (ARTC).
ANCA is the longest running not-for-profit rural development organization in northern New York and the only economic development organization that reaches across the entire 14 county North Country region.
The 46 Lounge & Sky Bar, located above Tony Harper’s in the center of Old Forge, is set to open Friday, September 27th. The rooftop bar, which features panoramic views, has been designed to give a relaxing atmosphere to 21-and-over patrons, according to co-owners Brian and Lisa Murphy.
The social area of the establishment is open-air, with the bar under roof. A grassy section encircles the bar. Tiki torches, a curtain, space heaters and large fans with misters are all in place.
Lisa and Brian Murphy behind The 46 Lounge bar atop of Tony Harper’s
“We’ll be ready for whatever direction the weather takes us,” Brian said.
The space was built with eco-friendly features in mind, according to the Murphys, with some recycled materials used in construction.
As a very busy summer season at View comes to a close, Executive Director Jennifer Potter Hayes sat down to reflect on where the arts facility has been and where it is going.
Hayes said the summer was hugely successful in terms of exhibitions, performances and the growing number of people taking advantage of classes, adding that several performances were sold out or at capacity.
“This was our third summer season in the current facility. We now have the experience of being in the new building and trying different things. We have a sense of what the public is interested in during different seasons which makes our planning much more tailored than it had been in the past. We’ve hit our stride in terms of what our programs can be and what the opportunities are,” she said.
Hayes reflected on the loss of two key staff members in the beginning of June: Exhibitions Man-ager Linda Weal and Marketing Manager Jody Pritchard.
“They contributed a tremendous amount to View and where we are today. Those were big losses,” she said.
Marking the 40th anniversary of the Adirondack Park Land Use and Development Plan, experts from the Adirondack Park and around the country will convene on Thursday, September 26 for a conference to assess the progress of the Adirondack Park Agency and identify ways the Agency can be strengthened.
The event will take place from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Paul Smith’s Visitor Interpretive Center and is open to the public.
The conference, hosted by the Adirondack Explorer, will examine such issues as preserving water quality, wildlife habitat and scenic beauty while also bolstering the regional economy.
APA representatives will discuss its mission, accomplishments and challenges over the last 40 years.
A keynote address will be delivered by Randall Arendt a landscape planner, site designer, author, lecturer, and an advocate of conservation planning.
Arendt’s designs are called “twice green” because they succeed both environmentally and economically.
The $25 registration fee includes coffee, lunch and a post-event reception. For more information or to sign up go to adirondackexplorer.org.
Over 150 citizens gathered for a public meeting at the Town of Webb Park Avenue Building in Old Forge on Monday, September 9 to discuss the Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor with officials representing the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and Department of Transportation.
The purpose of the meeting was to gather comments from the public and stakeholder groups about “where we’ve been and where we might go” in regards to the corridor, a 119-mile rail line that runs from Remsen through Thendara, Big Moose, Tupper Lake and Saranac Lake to Lake Placid.
Rob Davies, Director of Division of Lands and Forests for the DEC and co-chair of this initiative, told the audience that their objective was to review the 1996 Unit Management Plan and determine whether it should be revised, amended, or remain as is.