Apparently, we are on thin ice in the Adirondacks.
And then there’s this:
Apparently, we are on thin ice in the Adirondacks.
And then there’s this:
DEC Warns of Poor Ice Conditions on Adirondack Waters
Recent heavy snows combined with earlier thaws have brought about inconsistent ice conditions on the surfaces of lakes, ponds and other waters in the Adirondacks and surrounding areas, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) warns snowmobilers, ice anglers, skiers, snowshoers and other recreationists today.
The weight of snow has caused ice to sink slightly forcing water from below the ice up on to the surface. Water, in some places up to a foot deep, may refreeze resulting in alternating layers of ice and water all covered by a blanket of snow. The snow acts as an insulator preventing the water from refreezing completely even in very cold temperatures.
DEC has received numerous reports of snowmobiles and other vehicles getting stuck in the mixture of snow, slush, ice and water. Several snowmobiles and vehicles have broken through areas of thin ice.
These conditions also are dangerous to non-motorized recreationist who may have a much harder time traveling across the surface of waters becoming tired, wet and vulnerable to hypothermia.
Snow cover also prevents all recreationists from seeing areas of thin ice, putting them at risk of breaking through to the cold waters underneath.
DEC advises the public to be cautious and heed the following advice:
DEC also advises the public to be prepared in case you or a companion falls through the ice:
A person that falls through the ice typically has two to five minutes to get out before the cold saps their strength and concentration. Once out move quickly to shore following your tracks onto the ice. Get warm and dry as soon as possible. If a car or building is not close by you may have to build a fire. Always carry fire-making supplies in a waterproof bag in a fanny pack or in a pocket.
Being prepared and using caution is important when recreating on frozen waters.
So, Hamlet 3 is out. I’m all for beating the horror of urban sprawl.
What do you think about the expansion model? Is it realistic? Does it fit your vision for growth in the Adirondacks? Do we need more models and studies?
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More: NYS Smart Growth
The Adirondack Community Housing Trust (ACHT) announced today that the Hamlets 3 guidebook is completed and available on-line to Adirondack towns and villages seeking to expand the population centers of their communities – the villages and hamlets.
The guidebook and website are the culmination of a two year study conducted by Roger Trancik of Urban Design Consultants that was funded through the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) 2007 Adirondack Park Community Smart Growth Grant Program. The sponsors plan to continue the project with a follow-up program, if they can obtain additional funding.
“Hamlets 3 is the model for all towns and villages within the Adirondack Park to utilize as they plan their future,” said Joe Kelly, President of ACHT. “Adirondack Community Housing Trust is proud to have been a sponsor of this valuable project.”
“The unique, rugged and attractive nature of the Adirondack Park, with its wild lands, working forests, waterways, trails, and scenery goes hand in hand with its vibrant, successful mountain communities,” said Robert Davies, Director of DEC Division of Lands & Forests. “The Hamlets 3 guidebook provides Adirondack Park communities with a valuable tool for re-imagining the growth potential of hamlets and developing smart growth projects that will capitalize on the irreplaceable natural resources of the park and attract future investment.”
Many towns in the Adirondacks have concluded that the population centers of their communities have become built-out, have no room to grow, or are in need of an economic boost. ACHT, concerned that built-out and/or waning villages and hamlets increase the difficulties of providing affordable housing and supportive development, sought to study options for hamlet expansion using smart growth principles.
Smart Growth principles include compact, walkable, well-defined hamlets, which maximize use of existing infrastructure; places that provide jobs and housing, high visual quality, transportation choices, and access to nature; places that are based on energy efficiency, resource protection, and sustainability.
Hamlets 3: Planning for Smart Growth and Expansion of Hamlets in the Adirondack Park provides interested citizens, planning boards, not-for-profits, planners, and public officials in the Adirondacks with an easy-to-use, smart growth planning model, principles, and processes for achieving expansion of their community centers. Hamlets 3 is presented in an illustrated guidebook that may be viewed and downloaded at the project website – www.adkhamlets.org. It may also be viewed and downloaded from the Adirondack Park Agency; NY Department of State; and NYSDEC.
The guidebook and website:
“Hamlets 3 builds on a long tradition of Adirondack Park Agency involvement following the first and second hamlet publications dating back to the eighties, said Terry Martino, APA Executive Director. “ We recognize the value of the hamlet population centers and the need for planning for additional growth opportunities. The study is significant in its presentation of strategies such as Main Street revitalization, commercial reuse, green technologies and walkable communities to enhance community life and economic vitality.”
“Adirondack hamlets are catalysts for regional economic growth, environmental stewardship, affordable housing and community quality-of-life, said Ruth Noemi Colón, Acting NYS Secretary of State. “This guidebook provides a useful road map that respects and enhances the unique attributes of this splendid region.”
The analysis and recommendations in Hamlets 3 are based on a two-year study that used three case-study clusters of Adirondack hamlets to generate and evaluate real-world opportunities for smart hamlet expansion, both within the footprint of the existing hamlet and outside that footprint.
The three clusters of hamlets that were studied are located around Old Forge, Clifton-Fine, and Elizabethtown and were selected because of their geographic dispersion and varied character within the Adirondacks. From these studies, the Hamlets 3 planning model was derived, which is broadly applicable to a wide range of situations throughout the Adirondack Park.
“Participating in the field work during the development of Hamlets 3 guide meant stepping out of our same old existence,” said Robert Moore, Supervisor, Town of Webb. We looked at our community from a new perspective. It opened doors in our minds to new possibilities. It was enlightening and refreshing.”
“This was a fun venture,” commented Mark Hall, Supervisor, Town of Fine. “It combined the reality of what we have with the opportunity to dream of what could develop. The model created by Roger Trancik and his team brought an enviable level of planning professionalism to the Adirondacks.”
“Last summer the Elizabethtown Planning Board had the opportunity to work with Roger Trancik and his brilliant group of young planners when they came to town to work on the ‘E-Town Cluster’ for the Hamlets 3 Project,” said Elena Borstein, Town of Elizabethtown Planning Board member. “We learned about Smart Growth Principles of planning and now hope to put these into our new Comprehensive Plan for Elizabethtown, which hasn’t been revised since the 1970′s. The guidebook is a great tool for planning and for the future of the Adirondacks.”
Although the guidebook and website have been developed, the project is unfinished. The project sponsors are seeking Adirondack communities that want to use the smart growth approach. During a proposed second phase of the project, public training programs and technical assistance courses will be offered to communities that want to implement smart growth projects at the local level. Interested communities can contact ACHT at 518-873-6888.
In addition to receiving training and assistance the communities should be prepared to assemble a committee that can apply the expansion model step-by-step to assess the smart growth potential of their own communities and develop specific local projects to be undertaken using Hamlets 3 guidelines. More details about Hamlets 3 and how communities can participate will be presented at the Adirondack Park Local Government Day conference in Lake Placid on March 23. (www.apa.state.ny.us) Participants in the Hamlets 3 session at Local Government Day will be a given a CD of the guidebook.
Roger Trancik, a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, is Professor Emeritus of Landscape Architecture and City and Regional Planning at Cornell University. Trancik, and his consulting firm Urban Design Consultants undertook studies of the 130 Adirondack hamlets in the 1980s in conjunction with the Clinton, Essex, Hamilton and St. Lawrence county planning offices and the Local Planning Assistance staff of the Adirondack Park Agency.
Those earlier studies resulted in two publications – Hamlets 1 and Hamlets 2. Hamlets 1 educates non-Adirondackers about the centers of the Park’s communities (the “hamlets”) where most of the population, community services, commerce and employment are concentrated, and their needs for revitalization and investment. Hamlets 2 provide strategies for hamlet revitalization to Adirondack communities utilizing examples of successful endeavors from within the Adirondacks. Both publications won national awards and are widely known in the Park.
DEC’s 2007 Adirondack Park Community Smart Growth Grant Program has provided assistance to seventeen other planning and sustainable development projects throughout the Park initiated by local communities. A second round of funding is currently open for applications until March 18th. For more information on smart growth initiatives underway, or for details on the second round of funding, visit the DEC website at: www.dec.ny.gov/lands/49210.html
Adirondack Adaptive Adventures is pleased to announce the first ever Adirondack Adaptive XC Ski Camp being held on the weekend of February 25-27, 2011 in Lake Placid, NY – the site of the 1932 and 1980 Olympic Winter Games.
This unique 3-day event will bring together new and experienced adaptive athletes from all over the Northeast who are interested in XC skiing. The event is being organized by Adirondack Adaptive Adventures in partnership with the Olympic Regional Development Authority, Northeast Passage, New England Nordic Ski Association, Patriot Hills of Saranac Lake and Mountain Orthotic and Prosthetic Services.
The camp will be held at the Olympic Training Center and Olympic Sports Complex at Mt. Van Hoevenberg beginning on Friday, February 25, and will feature top level coaching staff and clinics for standing, sitting, and visually impaired skiers, including Jon Kreamelmyer, the U.S. Paralympics Cross Country Skiing Development Coach. All camp activities are designed for skiers with physical disabilities who are interested in learning new training and adaptive Nordic skiing competition techniques.
In addition to the training camp, the Empire State Games has created an adaptive XC ski division and camp participants are invited to compete in a sanctioned race on Sunday, February 27.
For those adaptive skiers not interested in racing, we are also holding a “Learn to Ski” program on Saturday afternoon for recreational skiers. The ‘Learn to Ski’ program is designed for beginner skiers who want to learn the basics of adaptive cross country skiing. This half-day program will be held at Mt. Van Hoevenberg beginning at 12:30pm on Saturday, February 26.
No previous cross country skiing experience is required for either the weekend training camp or the Learn to Ski program. However, registration is limited to participants with physical disabilities who are interested in adaptive XC skiing.
Event details and registration are available online at http://links.nensa.net/adirondack-camp. The cost is $135 per person for the weekend training camp, which includes 2 nights lodging and meals at the Olympic Training Center, trail passes and race fees. Athletes participating in this weekend program are encouraged to bring their own equipment, but equipment will be available for those who need it. The cost for the Learn to Ski program is $25 per person, which includes clinics, trail pass and rental equipment.
For more information please visit www.adaptiveadventure.org. Questions about the event can be submitted through our “Contact Us” page on the website.
Back Country Visitors Cautioned About Snow Conditions
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today warned Adirondack back country visitors to be aware of the danger of avalanches and take necessary precautions. Snows have accumulated to sufficient depths on Adirondack Mountain slopes to create conditions conducive to avalanches.
While avalanche danger increases during and immediately after major snowfalls, as well as during thaws, avalanches can occur in any situation where snow, slope and weather conditions combine to create the proper conditions.
The majority of avalanches in the United States occur in the western mountains. However, avalanches do occur in New York and can have dire consequences.
DEC reminds back country winter recreationists to take the following precautions when traveling in avalanche prone terrain:
Information on avalanche danger and safety precautions is available on the DEC website. A brochure titled “DEC Avalanche Preparedness in the Adirondacks Brochure” (231 kb pdf) is available for download or by contacting the DEC Region 5 office at (518) 897-1200.
Skiers and snowshoers are reminded that the Avalanche Pass Slide is closed to public recreation of any type during the winter.
Current general trail information, seasonal conditions, specific notices on closures and facilities can be found on the DEC website at: Adirondack Trail Information.
SARANAC LAKE, NY – The Saranac Lake Rotary Club will present its annual Winter Carnival Rotary Show at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11 at the Harrietstown Town Hall.
“I’m really excited about this year’s Rotary Show,” said Mary Brown, Rotary Show co-chair. “We expect another sellout, we’ve got a great lineup of acts, and it’s going to be a lot of fun for everybody.”
Scott Eichoholz — a “knight” on the town — will provide pre-show entertainment from 7 to 7:30 p.m. Mary Brown will welcome the audience. Rotary Club President John Banta will give the introduction. And the master of ceremonies — Father Rick Dennis — will present the 2011 Winter Carnival court and royalty.
The Winter Carnival royal party includes the king and queen (to be announced the evening of Feb. 4 at Coronation), attendants to the king and queen (Eliza Lennon and Adam Heverly), grand marshal (Cathy Moore), archbishop (Sara Posdzich), chamberlain (Joe Thill), princess (Courtney Ellen Petkovek), prince (William Jeremiah Ward IV), pages (Jacob Adams, Isabelle Celeste, Rachel Daby, Jake Mouraine, Dylan Murnane and Emma Peer), and the High School Court ladies (Gaby Feliu, Faith Conners, Julie Bowler, Cadence Roddy, Ryan Garnish, Geanette Orton and Molly Burgess) and gentlemen (Sean Ryan, Braxton Tissot, Sam Baker, Dalton DeMarco, Dylan Dawson, Wyatt Daviau, and Nicholas Magro).
Steve Borst, the Musician to the Royal Court, will provide entertainment, and there will be dance routines by the pages and court members. This will be followed by performances by the Saranac Lake High School Vocal Ensembles, directed by Helen Demong and accompanied by Tom Delahant. Afterward, there will be acts by Steven Gratto (“Comedy Juggler Extraordinaire”), pianist Joey Izzo, Adirondack singer/songwriter Roy Hurd, storyteller Doug Fitzgerald with “Tales of the North Country,” and finally, the Rotary Show Dancers.
The Winter Carnival Rotary Show is a major fundraiser for the Saranac Lake Rotary Club, which gives back to the community through scholarships and helping with projects such as the local skateboard park, Dewey Mountain, continuing improvements to public facilities at the Harrietstown Town Hall, Lift Mount Pisgah and the Adirondack Carousel.
Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door and can be purchased at the following locations: Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Borealis Color, Blue Line Sport Shop, Community Bank, Adirondack Bank, HSBC, NBT Bank, Eco Living, Dr. Neil Miller’s office, Post Office Pharmacy and the Saranac Lake Chamber of Commerce. For more information, contact Mary Brown at (518) 891-2709.
Website: Saranac Lake Winter Carnival