Archives for April 2019

John Brown Day Saturday

The 20th anniversary of John Brown Day happens from 2 – 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 4. This annual event is held at John Brown Farm in Lake Placid and hosted by John Brown Lives!, a freedom education and human rights project dedicated to keeping the spirit of John Brown alive. Keeping with the tradition of past John Brown Days, the afternoon will be packed with conversation, education, and stories from people whose work advocates for human rights. This year’s speakers are:
Dr. Barbara Ransby: Historian, professor, activist, and author of Making All Black Lives Matter.
Lewis Papenfuse: Civil Rights advocate and former Director of Workers Justice Center of New York.
Janet McFetridge: Compassionate witness for refugees and immigrants in the North Country.
This year’s special musical guest is Taina Asili.

Saranack Lake-Based NYSP Unit Gets New Helicopter

The New York State Police Aviation Unit, based out of SP Saranac Lake, have added another Bell UH-1-A Huey helicopter to help serve the people of the North Country. The Bell UH-1-A Huey helicopter is used for law enforcement and search and rescue missions. In 2018, State Police utilized four Huey helicopters for more than 250 flights. This included missions for the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation to rescue stranded hikers and other injured citizens, re-stock lakes with fish, take water samples of various Adirondack lakes to monitor quality and pollution, and conduct wildlife surveys that track various tagged species.

Olympian Celebrity Golf Classic In Lake Placid

United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc. will have their 19 th Annual Olympian
Celebrity Golf Classic on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. This year the tournament
will be held at the Lake Placid Club Mountain Course in Lake Placid.
This unique event randomly pairs an Olympic athlete or other Celebrity with a
registered three person team. The cost is $500.00 per team which includes greens
fees, cart, free raffle gifts, and Barbeque dinner. All proceeds from the golf
tournament will go to support United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc. and its
partner agencies which serve Clinton, Essex and Franklin Counties.
There are other sponsorships available also. You can take an ad in the program, a
Tee box or a Hole

Advisory For Use Of Trails In The Adirondacks

Officials are advising mountain bikers to avoid trails in the Adirondack Mountains until they dry out.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Barkeater Trails Alliance are urging the general public to also avoid closed seasonal access roads until conditions have dried and hardened.
Wet and muddy trails are easily rutted and damaged through use, and that can cause erosion. Biking on muddy trails also damages tree roots and widens trails, making them difficult for riding.
Mountain bikers are encouraged to check trail conditions reports before planning a ride. Conditions for the Wilmington Wild Forest, Saranac Lakes Wild Forest, and other networks on private and municipal land can be found on the alliance’s website .

Cemetery Getting Camers For Security Purposes

Cameras are being installed in the St. Alphonsus Holy Name of Jesus Parish cemetary in Tupper Lake after vandalism at the site earlier this year. Several graves were damaged in the incident reported to authorities on February 18th. The man who discovered it visits the cemetaryat Stetson Road and Hosley Avenue almost daily. He found a round ceramic headstone plaque was shattered and a metal shepherd’s hook meant for hanging plants was broken in half.

NCCC Student Awarded SUNY Chancellor’s Award For Student Excellence

Alicia Cook is North Country Community College’s recipient of the 2019 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence. Cook, a second-year student from Chateaugay, traveled to the award ceremony in Albany on Wednesday with a contingent of family and college faculty and staff. She was one of 210 SUNY students from across the state to be honored with a 2019 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence, presented by Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson. Cook was selected for her achievements in the classroom and on the soccer field. A student in NCCC’s Radiologic Technology program, she has maintained a 3.8 GPA, has received numerous awards, and has volunteered at Elderwood Senior Care and Petrova Elementary School. A captain and MVP on the Saints’ women’s soccer team, she was an NJCAAA First-Team All-Region selection and a United Soccer Coaches Second Team All-American. Last fall, she became NCCC’s all-time leading scorer in women’s soccer, amassing 45 goals and 34 assists.

New Report Being Released On Adirondacks Economic And Population Trends

Protect the Adirondacks is releasing a new report The Adirondack Park and Rural America: Economic and Population Trends 1970-2010 on Monday April 29, 2019 at 10:30 AM. Long-term economic and population trends of Adirondack communities, starting in 1970 and ending in 2010, were compared in this report. This period coincides with the establishment of regional land-use zoning and a period of sustained land protection in the Adirondack Park. This report analyzes standard economic indicators, including median household income, per capita income, the poverty rate, and the rates of employment and self-employment. It looks at standard population indicators, including population growth, median age, and the ratio of children to adults of childbearing age. The report also examines age groups to compare the experiences of young adults of college age, career age adults, and retirees.

Sen. Little To Deliver Keynote Address For Paul Smith’s Commencement

State Sen. Betty Little, of New York’s 45th Senate District, will deliver the keynote address for Paul Smith’s College’s 72nd Commencement on Saturday, May 11.

Little, whose service spans Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Warren and parts of St. Lawrence and Washington counties, has long been supportive of the college. Her efforts have included the securing of funding for tick-borne disease research and the college’s School of Logging, a summer program that received a $300,000 grant and a visit from Little in 2017. Little has also helped the Paul Smith’s College VIC through state budget funding.

Commencement will be held on the college’s Great Lawn and begin at 11 a.m. More information is available at

Rotary Members Vote To Keep Kate Smith’s Name On Scholarship

Her name has been embroiled in controversy of late, but the Rotary Club of Lake Placid plans to keep Kate Smith’s named on its annual high school music scholarship. Smith has become a topic of discussion recently after it was revealed recently that, in the 1930’s, she sang songs perceived as racist by many. The New York Yankees and Philadelphia Flyers have said they will no longer play Smith’s rendition of God Bless America. In addition, the Flyers removed a statue of Smith that sat ouside their arena. Rotary members Thursday took a vote and decided to keep Smith’s name on the scholarship.

Garden Trailhead Garden Parking Lot To Close

The Garden Parking Lot at the Garden Trailhead will be closed to public motor vehicles and pedestrians beginning April 29, and continuing until bridge construction is complete. This closure is for 2019 only, and is due to the replacement of the Johns Brook Bridge. No vehicles or pedestrians will be able to pass the bridge once construction is started through completion of the project.

Hikers and backpackers may gain access to the Garden Trailhead by parking at Marcy Field Parking Lot and using the Town of Keene Shuttle. The bus will transport hikers between the parking lot and the trail head. This will be the only means for accessing the Garden Trailhead during the closure period.

The Town of Keene plans to operate the Shuttle from 7 am to 7 pm seven days a week. The cost will be $10 round-trip per person ($13 Canadian). However, due to the current lack of bus drivers this schedule may be reduced. Please check the town website for up-to-date shuttle schedules.