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Harold Weston: Remembering an Adirondack painter's "Wild Exuberance"
The Adirondack Museum features a Weston exhibition this summer: "Wild Exuberance." Brian Mann with curator Caroline Welsh.
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Researcher Finds New Mite Species In Adirondacks
Heather Root has found at least one new type of tiny tree mite at the Huntington Wildlife Forest near Newcomb. Root does her research while dangling in a harness high above the ground in the maple tree canopy, where she also found rare forms of lichen not seen in the Adirondacks for decades.
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A Look Inside Temple Beth Joseph, Tupper Lake
Beth Joseph Synagogue in Tupper Lake is the oldest synagogue in the Adirondacks. Built in 1905, its origins stem from the late 1800s, when Jewish immigrants from Russia and eastern Europe arrived in America. It had been closed up for decades when a summer resident asked to take a look inside. What she found was a national treasure.
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St. William's on Long Point
In the late 1800s, St. William's was the parish church for Raquette Lake and served many of the Irish and French-Canadian Catholics who were the early pioneers on the Lake. Today, it's a seasonal camp and cultural center, accessible only by boat. Todd Moe visited during restoration work.
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Skiing The Route of the Seven Carries
Over the weekend, temperatures in the Adirondacks topped sixty degrees. There's not much snow in the backcountry, but many lakes still have a solid layer of ice—and people are still getting outdoors. Brian Mann skied the Route of the Seven Carries—a traditional canoe route north of Saranac Lake.
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90 Miles by Canoe… in a Single Day
The 90-mile Adirondack Canoe Classic takes paddlers from Old Forge to Saranac Lake. Race organizer Brian McDonnell paddled the entire course in a single day—a journey he describes as the "90-mile cannonball."
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A Trek up Mt. Adams
A land deal will add thousands of acres to the state forest preserve, but it will almost certainly mean the removal of an antique fire tower that sits on Mt. Adams, near the town of Newcomb. Brian Mann made the climb.
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Adirondack Rail: on the Old New York Central Line
For seventy years, the New York Central carried passengers to Malone and Lake Placid and points in between. The old line is all but abandoned now. But trains still make the run a few times each year, bringing supplies and equipment to the tourist railroad in Lake Placid. Brian Mann made the trip this spring.
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Children's Camps in the Adirondacks
The Adirondack Museum opens today for the summer season. A major new exhibition looks at the history of the region's summer camps.
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Gary Randorf: Wild Adirondack Photography
Gary Randorf is one of the region's veteran photographers. His new book is called The Adirondacks: Wild Island of Hope. Brian Mann talked with him on a shoot in the Dix Mountain Wilderness.
Photo Audio Essay
Summer at the Seagle Music Colony
For 87 years, the Seagle Music Colony in the eastern Adirondacks has offered talented young singers a secluded summer haven to polish their skills.
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Winter Camping in the Adirondack High Peaks
The Adirondacks' High Peaks can be a hard place to find peace and quiet during the busy summer months. Many people choose the winter to get their fix for solitude among New York's tallest mountains. Winter camping offers unique pleasures and sometimes, unexpected perils. Brian Mann and David Sommerstein got plenty of both on a late winter expedition to Lake Colden and Algonquin Peak.
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Rock Climbing in the Adirondacks
People climb looking for adventure and amazing views—and a deeper connection to the mountains. Brian Mann climbed Hurricane Crag during the peak of this year's leaf season.
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Discovering Adirondack Old Growth Forest
The Adirondacks are home to some of the East's largest Old Growth Forests. Martha Foley talks with a naturalist who spent part of this summer finding the towering trees.
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Preserving Adirondack Alpine Meadows
Adirondack Nature Conservancy program volunteers haul rocks up into the High Peaks to protect fragile ecosystem from erosion.
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A Barn-Raising in Upper Jay (Real 6:23)
These days, most new barns are built quickly with steel frames and sheet-metal siding. But some landowners are taking a little more time, using methods and materials passed down over hundreds of years.
Diane Leifheit sketches Sarah Clarkin at Compass Printing in Saranac Lake. Photo:  Todd Moe
Diane Leifheit sketches Sarah Clarkin at Compass Printing in Saranac Lake. Photo: Todd Moe

Artist, easel, pastels and lots of faces in Saranac Lake

Adirondack artist Diane Leifheit is spending a lot of time this year getting to know her neighbors in Saranac Lake. She's been drawing their portraits and talking with local folks as part of her "Face to Face: Drawn to Saranac Lake" project.

Diane Leifheit usually likes to be outdoors, "plein air," but these days you'll find her with easel and pastel sticks at Compass Printing on Main Street in Saranac Lake -- her portrait studio for the project. That's where Todd Moe caught up with her as she waited for her next portrait "sitter." Leifheit told Todd that there's nothing as marvelous as the medium of pastel for painting on location.  Go to full article
"Resurrection", 91 x 70 inches, is among Tim Fortune's large watercolors on display through August 3rd at View in Old Forge.

Tim Fortune's very large watercolors on display in Old Forge

Some of Saranac Lake artist Tim Fortune's largest watercolors are on display at View in Old Forge. The show opens Saturday evening and includes wall-size paintings, some as tall as seven feet, that capture small moments on a grand scale. The 38 pieces in the exhibit include flowers, trees, rocks and water in the Adirondacks.

Todd Moe stopped by Tim Fortune's studio/gallery in Saranac Lake to talk about his love of watercolor and large format paintings.  Go to full article
Bob Noody (second from right), a bazooka man from Fox Company, 101st Airborne, on the night of June 5, 1944. Waiting for the C-47 to take off on the eve of D-Day.   Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/brevort/6035219135/">Doug Barber</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved.

Star Lake D-Day vet remembers: "scared stiff"

This Friday marks the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy during World War Two. Now a dwindling band of brothers, D-Day veterans -- in their late 80's and 90's -- will pause to remember the day with solemn reflection.

Star Lake veteran Robert Noody was a paratrooper on the eve of the D-Day invasion. He recently returned to France and was awarded the Legion of Honour, France's highest medal for military conduct. Noody is also the recipient of two Bronze Stars, two Purple Hearts, and is featured in an iconic D-Day photograph. Todd Moe spoke with him just before his return trip to England and northern France. Noody, 90, shared memories of the night the photo was taken, parachuting into France and tributes to his fallen comrades.  Go to full article
Olivia Zeis plays Dorothy in The Community Theatre Players spring production, "The Wizard of Oz", in Saranac Lake.  The show opens on Thursday night in the Harrietstown Town Hall.  Photo:  Community Theatre Players Inc.

Off to see "The Wizard" in Saranac Lake

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the classic American film, "The Wizard of Oz." A large cast and crew from the Saranac Lake area is in the midst of final rehearsals...  Go to full article
Annie, Mary, and Sarah Brown, ca. 1851. Photo: Library of Congress<br />

Women and abolition the focus of lecture in Lake Placid on Saturday

The women in John Brown's family will be the focus of a lecture at the John Brown Day event in Lake Placid on Saturday. John Brown, the famous abolitionist, was convicted of...  Go to full article
Students from Beekmantown and Saranac Lake gathered at Pendragon Theatre this month for a playwrighting festival, led by      Executive Artistic Director Karen Lordi-Kirkham (right).  Photo: David Zwierankin

Saranac Lake's Pendragon Theatre taps next generation of playwrights

High school writers gathered in Saranac Lake this month to learn more about theater and writing plays. Pendragon Theatre hosted a day of playing with words and acting as part...  Go to full article
Christopher Buerkett will sign copies of "69 Seconds: Poetry in Time's Need" at The Bookstore Plus in Lake Placid from 3-5 pm on Saturday. Photo: Christopher Buerkett

Saranac Lake poet and clock repairer publishes first book

Christopher Buerkett composes poems while focusing on the inner workings of clocks.

Buerkett owns a clock repair shop in Saranac Lake and has just published his...  Go to full article

New photo book celebrates Saranac Lake's history

From the earliest settlers, to winter ice palaces, to Adirondack tourism, a new book celebrates the history of Saranac Lake. It was compiled by Neil Surprenant, who teaches...  Go to full article
Mike Farrell, director of Cornell's Uihlein Forest, in the sugar shack at the maple syrup research station near Lake Placid.   The evaporator is able to process about 25 gallons of syrup an hour.  Photo:  Todd Moe

Why maple syrup matters: from tree to tap to market

With the start of the traditional maple sugaring season just weeks away, Todd Moe talks with Mike Farrell, director of Cornell's maple research field station near Lake...  Go to full article

Pendragon Theatre looking for young playwrights

Pendragon Theatre will hold its first annual Young Playwrights' Festival the first week in April. 7th grade, 8th grade and high-school aged playwrights across the region are...  Go to full article

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