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Newcomb acquires properties from The Nature Conservancy

January 31st, 2012 · 1 Comment · Adirondack News

Community and conservation goals advance together

Town of Newcomb, NYNewcomb, NY – The Town of Newcomb on January 27, 2012 purchased 348 acres for a total of $256,591.00 from The Nature Conservancy. The town’s purchase of the properties helps to advance economic development, particularly along the Route 28N travel corridor, and other community objectives outlined in its Comprehensive Plan, which was updated in 2009. Descriptions of the properties are as follows:

  • Newcomb - Farmhouse Parcel by C. HeilmanFarmhouse Parcel – a 4-acre property along State Route 28N that includes a two-story residential house that had been used in the past as a field office for foresters and logging contractors. The town, in cooperation with Newcomb Central School, is considering converting the house into a dormitory for foreign exchange students or substitute teachers.
  • Log Yard Parcel – a 20-acre triangular-shaped tract near the intersection of the Tahawus Road and State Route 28N that has been used for temporary storage of logging equipment and logs. The property, zoned by the Adirondack Park Agency for industrial use, has potential to attract and support a small-scale private enterprise.
  • Newcomb - Aerial Hudson River by C. HeilmanGolf Course Parcel – a 324-acre tract bordering the town’s public golf course and a winding stretch of the Hudson River. This parcel may be suitable for expanding the High Peaks Golf Course from nine holes to 18, as well as developing cross country ski trails. Under the terms of a conservation easement now held by the Adirondack Land Trust, approximately three miles of Hudson River shoreline, as well as an ecologically significant wetland complex, will remain undeveloped. Those natural features will continue to provide flood and storm-water runoff controls, which are recognized in the town’s comprehensive plan as valuable, cost-effective services.

“There are all kinds of options for these lands,” said Newcomb Supervisor George Canon. “Now that the transactions with The Nature Conservancy are complete, we look forward to exploring those options. The log yard parcel is probably the most important acquisition; it is an excellent site for a potential business.”

The Nature Conservancy“This is another great example of DEC working closely with The Nature Conservancy and other stakeholders to make sure that the disposition of the former Finch lands benefits the communities and residents of the Park,” said Joe Martens, Commissioner NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. “Congratulations to The Nature Conservancy and the Town of Newcomb for this agreement that will help bolster the community.”

“Working with Newcomb on these land sales—and the larger conservation project—demonstrates how community and conservation goals can go hand in hand,” said Michael Carr, Executive Director of The Nature Conservancy’s Adirondack Chapter. “We quickly learned how important new economic development opportunities are to the town, as well as how much Newcomb residents value their rural quality of life and view the surrounding natural beauty as an asset.”

The lands sold to Newcomb were originally part of The Nature Conservancy’s 2007 purchase of 161,000 acres touching 27 towns in six counties in the Adirondacks. The community enhancement parcels are part of a balanced conservation plan that also includes commercial working forests and new state lands. The working forest component was solidified in December of 2010 when New York State purchased a conservation easement on 89,000 acres—20,270 of which are in Newcomb. That transaction is already helping to advance the community’s recreation objective to develop snowmobile trails to surrounding communities. The new state lands, when they are acquired, will enhance additional recreational opportunities for hunting, hiking, fishing and other activities.

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DEC Seeks Information Regarding the Killing of a Bald Eagle

January 27th, 2012 · No Comments · Adirondack News

NYSDEC LogoThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is seeking help from the public to identify the person responsible for killing a female Bald Eagle earlier this week, on the Oswegatchie River near the Village of Heuvelton in St Lawrence County. The eagle had been observed feeding on a deer carcass on the far side of the Oswegatchie River along the River Road in the Town of Oswegatchie as recently as Tuesday afternoon. Wednesday evening the eagle was lying dead on the ice near open water.

An Environmental Conservation Officer was able to retrieve the eagle and upon initial evaluation it appears to have been shot by someone located on the River Road side of the Oswegatchie River. The eagle will be examined by the DEC pathology unit to determine the cause of death.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Environmental Conservation Police at (315) 785-2231 or toll free at 1-800-TIPP-DEC (1-800-847-7332). Information may also be submitted by e-mail to r6dsptch@gw.dec.state.ny.us . All information will be kept confidential.

It is illegal for anyone to kill or injure a Bald Eagle in New York state. Anyone convicted of killing a Bald Eagle may be subject to a penalty of up to $5,000 and/or 90 days in jail. A person or persons providing information leading to the conviction of the shooter is/are entitled to half of the fine paid in court, up to $2,500.

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Saranac Lake Midwinter Carnival

January 26th, 2012 · No Comments · Miscellania

Everyone was quite impressed with Kurtz’s fireworks photo from last year’s carnival. I thought you might enjoy this picture from 1909:

Midwinter carnival, children's parade, dog sleds, Upper Saranac Lake, N.Y.

1909. “Midwinter carnival, children’s parade, dog sleds, Upper Saranac Lake, N.Y.”

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Gore Mountain Restaurant Week Starts Sunday!

January 24th, 2012 · No Comments · Adirondack News

NORTH CREEK – Gore Mountain’s 2nd Annual Restaurant Week begins Sunday, January 29, featuring a variety of unique menu items, specials, and restaurant events daily through Saturday, February 4. The return of the Gore Mountain Restaurant Race on Monday, January 30 promises fun for all skiers and snowboarders!
Gore Mountain Restaurant Week
A complete list of specials for all seven days can be viewed on the events page at GoreMountain.com. These include Sushi Night at Basil & Wick’s, chances to win gift certificates and eat free chili at the Black Mountain, a five-course Suhru Wine dinner at barVino, prix fixe dinner nights at Café Adirondack, Friends Lake Inn, and Garnet Hill Lodge, the famous Copperfield Inn Wing Night, and authentic German Cuisine at Andie’s. The week culminates on February 4 with several dining specials preceding the Valentine Hit Parade at Tannery Pond Community Center to benefit the North Country Outreach Center.

Throughout Gore Mountain Restaurant Week, guests can find numerous 10% off specials, dessert promotions, drink bonuses, and game nights especially tailored for this annual celebration of Gore Region dining. Meanwhile, Gore Mountain’s concessionaire Centerplate will be presenting their value-added lunch specials every day of the ski season, while showcasing new dining opportunities at the Open Pit Grille, Ski Bowl Lodge, and the recently renovated Tannery Pub & Restaurant.

The Gore Mountain Snow Train offers an impressive breakfast menu on the way to North Creek from Saratoga Springs, as well as après-ski cocktails and foodservice on the return trip. Packages that combine the new train service with discounted lift tickets, tubing, and scenic gondola rides are available.

“We are so excited about all of the new opportunities guests of the region have for lodging, dining, and shopping,” commented Emily Stanton, Gore Mountain Marketing Manager. “Gore Mountain Restaurant Week is one more way for us to share our progress and for everyone to have some extra fun.”

More teams are expected to be added to those restaurants vying Monday, January 30. Fork, spoon, and knife trophies will be awarded to those restaurants with the fastest ski times, most spirited racers, and most popular teams respectively. Anyone who races will be given a $5 coupon from the restaurant they race for in exchange for a $5 entry fee, and will be entered to win in a raffle for several prizes including a new pair of skis. Restaurants presently entered include Basil & Wick’s, Team Tannery, The Black Moun-tinis, and barVino.

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Lake George Area 2012 Events

January 19th, 2012 · No Comments · Adirondack News

2012 is a Time to Celebrate
In the Lake George Area in New York’s Adirondacks

Everyone loves a good celebration, and the Lake George Area in New York’s Adirondacks has a bevy of anniversaries to celebrate in 2012.

Let’s start with the Hudson River Whitewater Derby in North Creek. Celebrating its 55th year, this storied event began in 1958 with an eight-mile down river race that included 25 canoes. The derby made headlines in 1967 when U.S. Senator and Mrs. Robert Kennedy, and their seven children, were in attendance. This event now boasts slalom races on Saturday, May 5th and downriver races on Sunday, May 6th, with upwards of 10,000 spectators in attendance. You will want to be part of this historic event.

Moving into June, the world’s largest motorcycle touring rally, Americade, celebrates its 30th year in and around the Lake George Area from June 5-9. This week-long festival includes two massive trade shows, vendors, demos and displays, exclusive attendee events and guided motorcycle tours. If you are a fun-loving, social motorcyclist, you won’t want to miss this event.

Returning for its 10th year, the Glens Falls Soap Box Derby comes rolling into town June 15-16th. In this amateur racing event takes place on Murray Street Hill in Glens Falls, where participants’ race in non-motorized cars in several categories including stock, super stock, masters.

Looking for some hometown summer fun? Look no further than the 50th (that’s right, 50th) Annual Smoke Eaters’ Jamboree in Warrensburg. This family event takes place at the town recreation field and includes carnival rides, entertainment, BBQ, food vendors, fireworks and more! Stop by on July 27-28th for this family fun event!

If you haven’t been to the Adirondack Balloon Festival – or even if you have been – don’t miss this 40th annual hot air balloon extravaganza from September 20-23rd. The oldest and largest balloon event on the east coast is set against the backdrop of the beautiful Adirondack Mountains, featuring special shaped balloons, a block party, musical entertainment, craft fair, children’s activities and of course – hot air balloons – and lots of ‘em.

Celebrating its 35th Anniversary, Youtheatre of Lake George presents three Broadway musicals during a four-week period each July and August. This summer’s productions include Legally Blond, Seussical the Musical and Fame. Performers ages 11-18 participate in all aspects of musical theatre from lighting, sound and design, in addition to superb acting, singing and dance.

Other events celebrating an anniversary include the 35th Annual Cooper’s Cave Coin and Stamp Show on April 29th; the 250th Sestercentennial Celebration of the Town of Queensbury with a celebration of the Issuance of the Town Patent on May 20th and an Open House on August 24th http://queensbury.net ; the 10th Annual Warrensburg Bike Rally takes place in Warrensburg beginning June 1; and the 25th Annual Feeder Canal Canoe and Kayak Races take place on June 2nd.

The Lake George Area is an easy-to-reach, affordable, year round vacation destination for the whole family. For free information on lodging, camping, eateries, outdoor recreation, events and things to do, call:

800-365-1050 X5100 or VisitLakeGeorge.com

Four great seasons – one out standing destination!

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DEC Opens New Snowmobile Trail Segment in Wilmington

January 13th, 2012 · No Comments · News

Trail Connects Essex County Hamlet’s Business District with Cooper Kiln Pond
A new snowmobile trail segment has been completed connecting the hamlet of Wilmington’s business district with a snowmobile trail that leads to the remote and scenic Cooper Kiln Pond, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC ) Regional Director Robert Stegemann announced today.
Wilmington Wild Forest Snowmobile Trails - Map
“DEC is pleased to provide this improved snowmobiling opportunity for Wilmington’s visitors and residents,” said Director Stegemann. “DEC continues to work with local communities to increase tourism and economic activity by providing and improving recreational opportunities in the Adirondacks.”

“The Town of Wilmington is looking forward to some snow to try out and promote our recently finished snowmobile trail,” said Randy Preston, Supervisor of the Town of Wilmington Supervisor. “This trail will become an economic boon for the Town of Wilmington, now and for years to come. DEC Forester Rob Daley has been hard at work all summer to make this a reality. We are very fortunate to have him working with us.”

The new three-mile trail segment will allow snowmobilers to travel from the Essex County hamlet, connect with the previously existing Cooper Kiln Pond Trail and travel another three miles to the pond. It creates a 12.6-mile round trip snowmobiling opportunity.

Cooper Kiln Pond is located below the summit of Stephenson Mountain in the Wilmington Wild Forest. Situated at an altitude of more than 3,000 feet the pond sits in a pass surrounded by the peaks of Stephenson Mountain. A lean-to next to the pond makes a great place to have a meal and enjoy the serenity of the mountains.

The new trail segment is part of DEC’s effort to develop a connector trail from the hamlet of Wilmington to the snowmobile trail system to the north. Once the connector trail is completed snowmobilers will be able to travel from Wilmington to Plattsburgh, Malone and throughout the Adirondacks.

DEC constructed the new trail segment with significant help from the Student Conservation Association Adirondack Program, the Department of Corrections Moriah Shock Camp inmate crews, and staff and volunteers from the town of Wilmington.

The hamlet of Wilmington, 12 miles north of Lake Placid, NY, is located in the Town of Wilmington – the home of the Whiteface Mountain Ski Area.

Download: Wilmington Snowmobile Trails Map (PDF)

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DEC Region 5 End of Big Game Season Enforcement Report

January 13th, 2012 · No Comments · Adirondack News

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Region 5 Environmental Conservation Police were busy enforcing against poaching activities during the recently ended big game season.

NYSDEC LogoOn November 29, 2011, an Environmental Conservation Officer (ECO) was interviewing a witness as part of investigating a possible hunter trespass complaint in the Town of Benson, Hamilton County. The witness reported confronting three men allegedly on property without the owner’s permission and attempting to retrieve a female bear that they had previously shot in its den. After observing the dead bear in the den, the ECO followed human tracks to a camp on an adjacent property. Finding nobody present the ECO staked out the camp and when two of the men returned observed them attempting to clean alleged bait pile and salt licks. After interviewing the two men the ECO instructed them to retrieve the dead bear and to have all three men meet with him at the camp the next day. On November 30, 2011, the ECO seized the bear and issued multiple tickets to each of the men returnable to the Town of Benson Court as follows:

  • Benjamin I. Van Nostrand, 38, of Northville was charged with aiding in the illegal taking of a bear, a misdemeanor, and trespassing while hunting and unlawful feeding of deer, both violations. He faces maximum possible penalties of $2500 in fines and up to 1 year in jail.
  • Daniel J. Van Nostrand, 40, of Edinburg, was charged with the illegal killing of a bear, a misdemeanor, and two violations – hunting with the aid of bait, trespassing, failing to tag a bear as required. He faces maximum possible penalties of $2750 in fines and up to 1 year in jail.
  • George J. Van Nostrand, 36, of Northville, was charged with trespassing on posted property, a violation. He faces maximum possible penalties of $250 in fines and up to 15 days in jail.

On Tuesday, January 10, 2012, two DEC ECOs investigated a complaint of antlered deer shot near Lindsday’s Orchard’s in the Town of Clifton Park, Saratoga County. The deer was reportedly shot under the apple orchard’s nuisance deer permit, which allow only for the taking of antlerless deer. The ECOs reviewed the permit and associated paperwork and interviewed the orchard’s caretaker and another worker. Upon concluding the investigation, Duane R Lindsey, 59, of Rexford was charged with taking big game out of season, taking deer with the aid of an artificial light – both misdemeanors, and violating the terms and conditions of a deer nuisance permit, a violation. He was issued an appearance ticket for the Town of Clifton Park Court and faces maximum possible penalties of $4250 in fines and up to 2 years and 15 days in jail. In additions the deer’s antlers were seized as evidence, the remaining nuisance permits were confiscated, and the permit was terminated.

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