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Entries from February 24th, 2012

New Snow Means Winter Fun in the Adirondacks

February 24th, 2012 · No Comments · Adirondack News

Adirondack Mountain ClubLAKE PLACID, NY – The Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) urges winter sports enthusiasts to dust off their cross-country skis and snowshoes and head for the Adirondack High Peaks.

More than 6 inches of new snow fell Wednesday night at ADK’s Heart Lake property near Lake Placid, and more snow was falling on Friday, creating great conditions for winter fun.

“Winter is definitely here in the High Peaks,” said Ryan Doyle, ADK’s outdoor leadership coordinator. “If you’ve been waiting all winter to get outside and play in the snow, now is your chance.”

ADK offers a variety of winter recreation programs for all ages and skill levels, from beginner snowshoe and cross-country skiing workshops to winter hikes up trailless high peaks. All ADK outdoor workshops are conducted by our experienced, highly trained staff, who can help you develop the confidence and skills you’ll need for safe and rewarding winter adventures in the backcountry.

If you are looking for a chance to get outdoors with the kids or grandkids, join ADK for Family Snowshoe Day on Saturday, March 3. Spend the day snowshoeing on the beautiful trails at our Heart Lake property while learning about natural history and winter ecology. ADK will provide the snowshoes and instruction. Kids under 6 are free.

For more information about ADK’s winter outdoor workshops, visit our website at www.adk.org or call (518) 523-3411.

ADK also offers incomparable lodging at the historic Adirondak Loj, 8 miles south of Lake Placid and as close as you can get to the East’s greatest wilderness. Accommodations include private rooms, bunkrooms and a loft, and meal plans are available. For reservations, call (518) 523-3441.

For current information on weather and trail conditions, contact the High Peaks Information Center at (518) 523-3441 Ext. 21.

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Lake Placid set to Unveil Plans for an International Sliding Sports Museum

February 22nd, 2012 · No Comments · Adirondack News

New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA)LAKE PLACID, NY – The Lake Placid Olympic Museum, in conjunction with the New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA), is in the planning stage for the International Sliding Sports Museum (ISSM) and its Science and Technology Park to be located at the Olympic Sports Complex at Mt Van Hoevenberg. This will be the inaugural annex for each of the ORDA venues and their respective sports.

Fans are invited to join the committee, Saturday, Feb. 25, at 2:30 p.m., for the unveiling of the museum’s planned exhibits and programs, at the Mt. Van Hoevenberg Lamy Lodge.

The first of its kind anywhere in the world, this preeminent facility will feature the history of the sports of bobsled, skeleton and luge at the home of North American sliding, where current and future Olympians from around the world train and compete.

With a significant collection on display at the Olympic Sports Complex and the Lake Placid Olympic Museum, the groundwork for this museum is already in place. Historic race sleds, equipment, video, photos, medals and trophies can already be seen at both locations, but a greater, more complete story remains to be told.

“Lake Placid is an ideal location for such a museum, it has played a vital role in the development and history of all of the sliding sports,” said ORDA chairman Patrick Barrett. “And because of its unique location, within a facility used by thousands of athletes from around the world, this location is ideal for educating the current and future athletes about the history and the development of their sports, while at the same time educating and inspiring a global audience.”

The Lake Placid Olympic Museum is a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit museum and invites your participation in this plan. If you wish to sponsor some part of this experience or have artifacts or stories that would enhance the collections, please contact the Museum at 518-302-5363, museum@orda.org or Rebecca Dayton at the Olympic Sports Complex at 518-523-3419, rdayton@orda.org.

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Help Wild Life

February 20th, 2012 · No Comments · Miscellania

I believe they are referring to WWI.
Help Wild Life

History of DEC

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Cheese-a-Let Infestation

February 17th, 2012 · No Comments · Adirondack Life

Detail of “Cheese-a-Let Infestation” by Charles Clary
Neat stuff happening down at View.

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Paper Anniversary & Rock Paper Scissors Opening at View

February 17th, 2012 · No Comments · Adirondack News

In celebration of the first year in their new building View will open 2 exhibitions, “Paper Anniversary” and “Rock Paper Scissors” on Saturday, March 10 from 2 to 5pm. Visitors will enjoy live music, hors d’oeuvres, and a competitive Rock Paper Scissors tournament with prizes. The exhibitions will be on display March 10 through May 6.


“Paper Anniversary” will be an exhibition of sculpture and renderings made from paper. Exhibiting artists include Debe Abbott, Charles Clary, Melinda McDaniel, Carlos N. Molina, and Angie Pickman. The striking pieces are varied in technique and breadth. Stunning topographic like landscapes of colored paper, geometric wall pieces and both bold and understated designs will be displayed; all linked by their versatile common material.

“Rock Paper Scissors” exhibits artists and writers contemplations on the simple, yet competitive game and its elements.

Exhibition Admission is $8/$4 members and groups of 6+/Children under 12 free. View is a multi-arts center located at 3273 State Rt. 28 in Old Forge, NY. To learn more about View programming visit www.ViewArts.org or call 315-369-6411.

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DEC Proposal to Change Fishing Regulations – Adirondacks

February 16th, 2012 · 1 Comment · Adirondack News

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today some proposed changes to the state’s freshwater fishing regulations.

“New York provides some of the best fishing in the nation and every two years DEC modifies existing freshwater sportfishing regulations and proposes new regulations to help ensure this remains the case,” said Assistant Commissioner for Natural Resources Kathleen Moser. “We encourage anglers to review these proposed changes and provide DEC with comments.”

The proposed regulation changes are the result of careful assessment of the status of existing fish populations and the desires of anglers for enhanced fishing opportunities. Several of the changes being considered are to remove special regulations that are no longer warranted.

These proposed changes are available on the DEC’s website, and feedback from all interested parties is welcomed.

Proposed changes which impact Adirondack region fisheries

Draft regulation changes that pertain to walleye:

  • Establish a special walleye regulation of 18-inch minimum size and three per day in Lake Pleasant and Sacandaga Lake (Hamilton County) to aid restoration of the walleye populations in these waters.
  • Prohibit fishing in the following stream sections from March 16 until the first Saturday in May (opening day for walleye) to protect spawning walleye: Lake Pleasant outlet to the mouth of the Kunjamuk River (Hamilton County)

Draft regulations that pertain to trout and salmon:

  • Open Lake Kushaqua and Rollins Pond (Franklin County) to ice fishing for lake trout as these populations are considered stable enough to support this activity.
  • Open Blue Mountain Lake, Eagle Lake, Forked Lake, Gilman Lake, South Pond and Utowana Lake (Hamilton County) to ice fishing for landlocked salmon and reduce the daily limit for lake trout in these waters from three per day to two per day. Combined with an existing regulation this change will create a suite of nine lakes in Hamilton County that will have the same ice fishing regulations for lake trout and landlocked salmon.
  • Delete the catch and release trout regulation for Jordan River from Carry Falls Reservoir upstream to Franklin County line (St. Lawrence County) because this regulation is considered inappropriate for this remote stream section.

Draft regulations that pertain to ice fishing and baitfish:

  • Delete special ice fishing regulation for Square Pond (Franklin County) because this water will no longer be managed for trout.
  • Open specific waters to ice fishing currently deemed as trout waters in the counties of Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida and St. Lawrence Counties as ice fishing can be allowed for at these locations.
  • Provide for ice fishing at a privately managed water in Hamilton County (Salmon Pond) that is stocked with trout by a private party, as requested.

Draft regulations that pertain to gear and angling methods:

  • More clearly specify that attempting to take fish by snagging is prohibited.

DEC is proposing additional regulation changes to remove special regulations that are no longer relevant, to provide more clarity in the current regulations and to make minor adjustments to current language. The full text of the draft regulation as well as instructions for submitting comments can be found on DEC’s website at: Proposed Regulations

Comments on the proposals can be sent via e-mail to fishregs@gw.dec.state.ny.us, or mailed to Shaun Keeler, New York State DEC, Bureau of Fisheries, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4753. Hard copies of the full text can be requested from Shaun Keeler at the same addresses listed above. Final regulations, following full review of public comments, will take effect October 1, 2012.

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Climbing Mt Marcy from Heart Lake

February 16th, 2012 · 7 Comments · Adirondack Life

Everything you need to know about climbing our Highest Peak in New York.

More Info, Pics, and Map: Mount Marcy

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