Archives for June 2019

ROOST 2018 Leisure Travel Study

The results of the 2018 Leisure Travel Study show a return of 58 dollars for every dollar spent on marketing by the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST) in 2018. The average stay reported by 2018 visitors was three nights. The average daily traveler party spending in 2018 is estimated at $358 per day, which almost a 10 percent increase over last year. Peak summer (July/August: 36%), followed by fall (September/October: 21%), continue to dominate the travel cycle. The top two greatest reported areas of residence for travelers to Essex County are Albany (24.5%) and New York City metro area (18.6%); Franklin County’s is Albany (14.9%) and Burlington/Plattsburgh area (12.6%); and Hamilton County’s is Albany 24.6%) and Syracuse (17.7%).
The mean annual reported household income of travelers to all regions was $100,455, which is 8 percent higher than in 2017.

Adirondack Common Ground Alliance Forum

Community infrastructure, clean water and entrepreneurship will be among the issues discussed at this year’s Adirondack Common Ground Alliance Forum, where people from around the Adirondack Park will gather to discuss regional issues, as well as opportunities to shape policy.
The 13th annual CGA Forum will take place Wednesday, July 24, at the Lake Placid Club Golf House from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Registration is open to everyone. The Common Ground Alliance (CGA) announced a slate of eleven discussion topics for this year’s forum, an annual event that brings community stakeholders together for collective action. Outcomes from the forum guide policy recommendations and action items that benefit the Adirondack Park, its people, communities and environment.
The forum offers an opportunity for local government representatives, municipal leaders, business owners and anyone concerned with the Adirondacks to bring their perspectives and experiences to conversations about economic, community and environmental issues.

Determining The Future Of The Remsen to Lake Placid Travel Corridor

The New York State Departments of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Transportation (DOT) are seeking public review and comment on a Draft Scoping Document to determine the future use of the Remsen to Lake Placid Travel Corridor. The draft scoping document identifies potential impacts of the proposed action to be analyzed in a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (DSEIS) and the Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor Unit Management Plan (UMP) 2019 Amendment. · DEC has acquired the parcels within the Travel Corridor located in the North Country Community College campus; · DEC and the North Elba-Lake Placid Historical Society are partnering on an access agreement to allow public access to the Society’s lands around the Lake Placid Depot; In addition, DOT is preparing to rehabilitate the railway between Big Moose and Tupper Lake.

Essex County Gets High Court Ruling In Its Favor

A ruling in favor of Essex County at the hands of the state’s highest court. It involves scanned images of ballots and the court ruled that those electronic images should be subject to the same restrictions as paper ballots, which can only be examined within two years of an election with a court order or direction from a state legislative committee. According to the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, the court’s 4 to 3 decision marks the end to a four-year-long lawsuit that started with a Freedom of Information Law request in 2015.

North Elba Ranger Rescue

A rescue over the weekend in the Town of North Elba. DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch received a request for assistance from a 51-year-old female hiker from Montreal, Quebec, with an ankle injury. Forest Rangers Robert Praczkajlo and Kevin Burns and Assistant Forest Ranger Jonathan Leff responded to assist the hiker. Leff located the subject near the Phelps Mountain junction on the Van Hoevenberg Trail and advised she was being helped by another hiking party. The hiker was escorted by Leff to the Marcy Dam Outpost and transported by a Forest Ranger UTV to the Adirondak Loj. The subject advised she would seek medical assistance on her own.

‘The Weekender’ This Weekend At Paul Smith’s College

Cycle Adirondacks family-friendly road cycling event, the Weekender at Paul Smith’s College, returns to the campus and surrounding communities June 28-30. It’s the second straight year Paul Smith’s College has hosted the CycleADK new event. The 3-Day tour will host over 100 guests and feature cycling routes through Saranac Lake, Lake Clear, Gabriels, Rainbow Lake and Loon Lake.
A highlight of the event is free community entertainment from 4-6 p.m. on Saturday afternoon at the Paul Smith’s Visitor’s Interpretive Center (VIC) with live music from Alex Smith, a renown folk musician from Long Lake.

Tupper Lake Woodsmen’s Days Returns Soon

The Tupper Lake Woodsmen’s Days returns to Tupper Lake Municipal Park July 12-14 for a celebration of the region’s storied heritage of logging and lumberjacking. This year’s theme, Lumberjack Revival, will bring with it a host of new additions for adults and kids, including a large bounce house, an obstacle course, and a silent auction to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network. The New York State Lumberjack Association (NYSLA) will also attend Woodsmen’s Days for the first time. Members of the organization pay dues to compete in similar events around the state.

NYSLA contests will being at noon on Saturday in the grandstand and continue throughout the afternoon. Spectators can look forward to exciting events like the axe throw, women’s bow saw, men’s springboard, and Jack and Jill fire building. Admission to the competition is free for kids under 5, $5 for ages 6-12, and $7 for 13 and over.

The Woodsmen’s Days parade will return to the old route this year, starting on the corner of McLaughin Ave. and Park St., going through Park Street business district, and continuing down Lake Street before ending at the Municipal Park.

NCCC Enters Partnership With St. Joseph’s Addiction Treatment & Recovery Centers

Employees of St. Joseph’s Addiction Treatment & Recovery Centers will have the opportunity to grow their career skills and gain a college degree through a new partnership with North Country Community College.
This unique educational model will allow St. Joseph’s staff to pursue an Associate’s Degree in Human Services at North Country, receive up to $5,000 in tuition reimbursement and take one-half of the classes during a workday on St. Joseph’s main campus in Saranac Lake.

“This initiative is a new component of our continuing efforts to serve those who work at St. Joseph’s, and by extension, contribute to the community,” says St. Joseph’s Chief Talent Officer, Katie Kirkpatrick. “We recognize as a human services agency that our greatest resource is truly the people who work here and fulfill our mission of hope and healing, and that our investment in their personal goals can also benefit the Tri-Lakes through residents with potentially higher incomes, greater job satisfaction, and enhanced quality of life.”

St. Joseph’s recently received its seventh Best Company to Work for in New York recognition from the Society of Human Resources Management, and an important element of this designation is employee satisfaction.

In addition, the partnership represents St. Joseph’s and NCCC’s response to a very high state-wide priority of lessening the difficulties of attracting and retaining qualified personnel, particularly in the addiction treatment field, in rural areas.

This initiative is also part of an ongoing effort by the college to build and deliver educational programs for adult learners. NCCC recently announced the launch of two online, seven-and-a-half week programs in business administration and liberal arts that are designed to accommodate working adults.

Swimmers Tossed From Saranac Lake Beach Due To No Lifeguard

You need a lifeguard to be able to swim at Lake Colby Beach in Saranac Lake, and without one, about forty people were told leave the beach Monday. Village officials say the rules, set forth by the state Department of Health, require that the beach can’t be open without supervision. So when will that happen? Village Manager John Sweeney says the beach will be open this weekend after high school graduation Friday.

DEC Completes Sluice Gate Vandal Damage On Saranac River

DEC has reopened a section of the Saranac River after vandals damaged the sluice gate at the Lower Locks last week. The river was shut down between Second Pond and the Lower Locks when the sluice gate could not be closed. The loss of water made part of the river impassible to motorboat. Repairs were made and the next day operations were able to resume. Officials say low water levels were the result of vandals breaking into the controls for the sluice gate and fully opening it. The sluice gate was further damaged and could not be immediately closed. DEC completed repairing the sluice gate and shut the gate, allowing water levels to rise. DEC will continue monitoring water levels and asks boaters to use caution while passing through until water levels return to normal.