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A Winter Chill

January 18th, 2018 · No Comments · Adirondack Life

Winter Chill

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DEC Reminds Anglers to Put Safety First When Enjoying Ice Fishing

January 30th, 2014 · No Comments · Adirondack News

A Minimum of Three To Four Inches of Solid Ice Is Usually Safe For Anglers on Foot

NYSDEC LogoIce thickness can be difficult to predict, however, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today reminded ice anglers to enjoy the ice responsibly. With the early cold weather that New York has experienced this year, anglers will likely be headed out on the ice earlier than they have in the past few years. DEC cautions that the presence of snowmobile tracks or footprints on the ice should not be taken as evidence of safe ice conditions. Individuals are strongly encouraged to check ice conditions for themselves and avoid situations that appear to present even a remote risk.

“Governor Andrew Cuomo is committed to expanding recreation opportunities throughout the state, and ice fishing provides a great opportunity for people to get outdoors during the long winter months,” said DEC Commissioner Joe Martens. “Unlike other angling techniques, ice fishing is relatively simple and all one needs is a warm pair of boots, a good ice auger, some tip-ups or a jigging rod and the willingness to experiment to have success.”

Ice thickness varies on every body of water or even within the same body of water, and anglers should be particularly wary of areas of moving water and around boat docks and houses where bubblers may be installed to reduce ice buildup. Testing the thickness of ice can be done with an auger at various spots. For more information on ice fishing visit DEC’s website.

The use of fish for bait is very popular when ice fishing and bait fish may be used in most but not all waters that are open to ice fishing. Visit the DEC website for a list of special regulations by county to find out where bait fish can and cannot be used, and for other regulations that apply to baitfish.

Anglers are reminded to take these important steps when using baitfish while ice fishing:

  • Follow the bait fish regulations to prevent the spread of harmful fish diseases and invasive species.
  • Use only certified disease-free bait fish purchased at a local tackle store, or use only personally collected bait fish for use in the same water body in which they were caught.
  • Do not reuse baitfish in another water-body if you have replaced the water they were purchased in.
  • Dump unused baitfish and water in an appropriate location on dry land.

Anglers looking for a good place to ice fish should check out DEC’s Public Lakes and Ponds map available on DEC’s website. This interactive map provides recommendations on waters open to ice fishing provided by DEC staff.

Ice fishing is an example of Governor Cuomo’s NY Open for Hunting and Fishing Initiative, an effort to improve recreational activities for in-state and out-of-state sportsmen and sportswomen and to boost tourism opportunities throughout the state. This initiative includes the streamlining of hunting and fishing licensing and reducing license fees, improved access for fishing at various sites across the state, and increasing hunting opportunities in various regions.

In support of this initiative, Governor Cuomo this year has proposed the creation of 50 new land access projects, which will connect hunters, anglers, bird watchers and others who enjoy the outdoors to more than 380,000 acres of existing state and easement lands that have gone untapped until now. These 50 new access projects include building new boat launches, installing new hunting blinds and building new trails and parking areas.

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Notice: High Water in the Adirondack High Peaks

March 13th, 2013 · No Comments · Adirondack News

Danger Thin IceTuesday’s rain and warm temperature has raised the levels of waters in streams and drainages throughout the High Peaks. Crossings may be treacherous if not impossible.

Lakes and ponds, such as Avalanche Lake and Lake Colden, have a foot of water and slush on their surfaces and are not skiable.

Below freezing temperatures overnight have begun to harden snow but beware of thin crusts of snow or ice over top slush and water especially in low lying areas, over and around streams and drainages and on lakes and ponds.

Temperatures are expected to remain below freezing through the weekend. Water levels will drop and snow, ice and slush should harden.

Courtesy of: NYSDEC

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DEC Reminds Ice Anglers To Await Safe Ice As Ice Fishing Season Approaches

January 10th, 2013 · No Comments · Adirondack News

A Minimum of Three To Four Inches of Solid Ice Is Usually Safe For Anglers on Foot

NYSDEC LogoWith the onset of winter, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today reminded ice anglers to enjoy the ice responsibly. DEC cautions that the presence of snowmobile tracks or footprints on the ice should not be taken as evidence of safe ice conditions. Individuals are strongly encouraged to check ice conditions for themselves and avoid situations that appear to present even a remote risk.

“During warm winters such as the one we are currently experiencing, some anglers take risks that they would otherwise not take,” said DEC Commissioner Joe Martens. “Last year safe ice did not form on many larger waters, but smaller lakes and ponds eventually provided sufficient ice for safe angling. Although the wait can be frustrating, falling through the ice is not a risk anyone should take.”

Ice thickness varies on every body of water or even within the same body of water and anglers should be particularly wary of areas of moving water and around boat docks and houses where bubblers may be installed to reduce ice buildup. For more information visit the DEC website: Ice Fishing

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“Ice fishing provides a great opportunity for people to get outdoors during the long winter months, added Commissioner Martens. “According to a recent DEC survey, ice fishing participation has doubled over the past 10 years. Unlike other angling techniques, ice fishing is relatively simple and all one needs is a warm pair of boots, a good ice auger, some tip-ups or a jigging rod and the willingness to experiment to have success.”

The use of fish for bait is very popular when ice fishing and bait fish may be used in most but not all waters that are open to ice fishing. See: Special Regulations on the DEC website for a list of special regulations by county to find out where bait fish can and cannot be used, and for other regulations that apply to baitfish.

Anglers are reminded to take these important steps when using baitfish while ice fishing:

  • Follow the bait fish regulations to prevent the spread of harmful fish diseases and invasive species.
  • Use only certified disease-free bait fish purchased at a local tackle store or use only personally collected bait fish for use in the same water body in which they were caught.

Anglers looking for potential ice fishing locations should request a copy of the DEC “I FISH NY Guide to Freshwater Fishing”. This map and brochure provides locations of good public fishing opportunities throughout New York State. Anglers can obtain a copy at any DEC regional office, or can request a copy on-line by e-mailing DEC at fwfish@gw.dec.state.ny.us. Please put NY FISHING MAP in the subject line. Additional information on ice fishing, ice safety, and regulations can be found on DEC’s website: Ice Fishing.

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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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FIBT Bobsled & Skeleton World Championships Lake Placid Team Selections

February 13th, 2012 · No Comments · News

Even though there’s not much snow…. We have ICE.

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FIBT World Championships 2012The much anticipated World Championships of Sliding is happening all next week and athletes are already arriving in Lake Placid. This will be the 9th time Lake Placid’s Olympic Track is used for the FIBT World Championships – the last time being 2009 when Steve Holcomb piloted to a US-victory over Switzerland and Germany. That is a BIG DEAL in the sliding-world.

The US-team selections for bobsled and skeleton were just announced today:

The selection committee met yesterday to decide teams competing in World Championships. Holcomb will team with Justin Olsen (San Antonio, Texas), Steve Langton (Melrose, Mass.) and Curt Tomasevicz (Shelby, Neb.) in the USA-1 BMW Night Train sled. Langton was selected to compete with Holcomb in the Under Armour two-man sled.

John Napier (Lake Placid, N.Y.) will compete with Adam Clark (Owenton, Ky.), Chris Fogt (Alpine, Utah) and either Jesse Beckom (Chicago, Ill.) or Chuck Berkeley (Walnut Creek, Calif.) in his National Guard four-man sled, and Fogt will be Napier’s brakeman in the Alamo two-man sled.

Nick Cunningham (Monterey, Calif.) earned his spot as pilot of USA-3. The rookie driver will race with Dallas Robinson (Georgetown, Ky.) in two-man, and Johnny Quinn (McKinney, Texas), Robinson and either Beckom or Berkeley in four-man. Beckom and Berkeley will race off on Wednesday to determine if they will compete with USA-2 or USA-3 next weekend.

The U.S. will field three sleds in the women’s bobsled competition. Elana Meyers (Douglasville, Ga.) will team with Katie Eberling (Palos Hills, Ill.) in the KOA sled as USA-1, while Bree Schaaf (Bremerton, Wash.) and Emily Azevedo (Chico, Calif.) will partner in the Sliding for Hope sled as USA-2. Jazmine Fenlator (Wayne, N.J.) will compete with Ingrid Marcum (Elmhurst, Ill.) in the USA-3 FDNY sled to complete the roster.

Women’s skeleton athletes Katie Uhlaender (Breckenridge, Colo.) and Annie O’Shea (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y.) both hold records on the Lake Placid track and will be threats for the podium. Matt Antoine (Prairie du Chien, Wisc.) and John Daly (Smithtown, N.Y.) are expected to set the pace in the men’s skeleton event.

I’m looking forward to following Team Night Train and also the nighttime skeleton races. No reason to miss the action:

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Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Rotary Show Set for Feb 10

February 6th, 2012 · No Comments · Adirondack News

SARANAC LAKE, NY – The Saranac Lake Rotary Club will present its annual Winter Carnival Rotary Show at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10 at the Harrietstown Town Hall.

Saranac Lake Winter CarnivalThe Sons of Sound — students from the Saranac Lake High School — will provide pre-show entertainment. Steve Borst and Sue Grimm will provide music, and there will be dance routines by the pages and court members. There will be performances by the Saranac Lake High School Vocal Ensembles, directed by Drew Benware and accompanied by Tom Delahant; a barbershop quartet called the Meter Maids; Crackin’ Foxy; the High Peaks Juggler, Eric Geoffrey-Belcher; and finally, the Rotary Show Dancers, celebrating the 83rd anniversary of dancing for Saranac Lake.

“We look forward to the opportunity to showcase some really good talent,” said Rotary Show organizer Mary Brown.

The Winter Carnival royal party will participate in the festivities. They are the king (Tim Fortune) and queen (Kelly Morgan), grand marshal (Ron Keough), archbishop (Jason Wamsganz ), chamberlain (Josh Marlow), princess (Breonna Seifried), prince (Rand Jasung Snyder), pages (Helena Dramm, Gwendalyn Mader, Chloe Reardan, Tucker Jacobe, Wyatt Martin and Forrest Monroe), royal spokespersons (Nickie Trudeau and Jack Rockefeller), and the High School Court ladies (Jazzmyn Tuthill, Hope Laramee, Irma Cecunjanin, Mackenzie Cotter, Gabi Bevilacqua, Marisa Farmer and Gabby Lewis) and gentlemen (Sam Annis, Ricky Schmidt, Ethan Barge, Max Calderone, Lukas Atkinson, Brady DeAngelo and Jamaal Tuthill).

Last year, the Winter Carnival Rotary Show raised about $5,000 to help with their local charities. The 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, the Community Lunchbox and the Adirondack Carousel.

“The money people pay for tickets all comes back to the community in support of local organizations,” Brown said. “To me, that’s what gives the show meaning.”

Tickets are $13 in advance and $20 at the door. After Feb. 7, the tickets will only be available at the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce.

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