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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.
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
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 of its newly revived Young Playwrights Festival.

More than 30 young writers from across the region entered their original one-act plays that were judged by a panel of experts. Two plays were given public performances. It's part of Pendragon's mission to help foster the next generation of theatre artists.  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 first book of poetry: "69 Seconds: Poetry in Time's Need." In the book, his poems are adorned with photos of old timepieces and clock parts. He told Todd Moe that, for him, poetry feels like painting with words.  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 American history and is the director of the library at Paul Smith's College.

Surprenant tells Todd Moe that he's lived near Saranac Lake for more than 30 years and really enjoyed exploring its history through hundreds of photos. His new historic photo book of Saranac Lake is part of the popular "Images of America" series.  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
Caleb Strong, center, of Victor, stands inside the Berkeley Green gazebo in Saranac Lake with Loring Porter of Lake Placid, left, and Kyle Forbes Bissell, right, of West Salem, Mass. Strong was the first hiker to complete the village's Winter 6er Challenge Saturday. Porter, who was the first Saranac Lake 6er in May, took second place, and Bissell finished third. Photo: CHris Knight, courtesy <em>Adirondack Daily Enterprise</em>

Winter 6ers battle weather across six peaks

Dozens of hikers battled rain, snow, sleet and ice recently for the chance to become the first to hike the six mountains in the Saranac Lake area in winter in less than 24...  Go to full article
Local residents, including Lindy Ellis, right, and Ginger Dora, center, listen to a presentation Wednesday night during a public hearing in the Harrietstown Town Hall in Saranac Lake on a proposed 90-room Lake Flower hotel. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy <em>Adirondack Daily Enterprise</em>

Saranac Lake residents weigh in Lake Flower hotel project

The first in a series of public hearings on a major hotel project proposed in Saranac Lake was held Wednesday night in the village. Lake Flower Lodging LLC wants to build a...  Go to full article
The Northern Adirondack Vocal Ensemble presents two concerts of a Festival of Lessons and Carols in Plattsburgh and Lake Placid this weekend.  Admission is a suggested $10 donation.  Photo: NAVE

Preview: Festival of Lessons and Carols in Plattsburgh, Lake Placid

The Northern Adirondack Vocal Ensemble will give two performances of a Festival of Lessons and Carols -- anthems, carols, hymns and spoken word -- that illuminate the...  Go to full article
Common Core isn't working for everyone, including (according to her parents) six- year-old Maddie. Photo: courtesy of Jennifer Hansen

Common Core: looking for alternatives

Common Core is making its way into classrooms across New York state. The new standards and curriculum emphasize conceptual learning and critical thinking. But that approach...  Go to full article
Roseanne Gallagher, with chickens. Photo: Sarah Harris.

Certified naturally grown: an organic alternative

It can be expensive and time-consuming for farmers, especially small farmers, to go through the organic certification process. But there's another option. It's called...  Go to full article

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