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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.
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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.

Newton Falls mill takes baby steps

A plan to re-open the paper mill in Newton Falls took a very small step forward this week. A board voted unanimously to support the site's inclusion in Potsdam's Empire Zone. That would make it eligible for tax breaks and low-cost power. A group led by Dennis Bunnell wants to re-open the paper mill as Newton Falls Fine Paper Company. The company wants to invest $20 million in the plant and hire 97 people. But after a year and a half of work, the plan is still preliminary. David Sommerstein has more.  Go to full article

Preview: Celebrate Tupper Lake

NCPR is media sponsor for Celebrate Tupper Lake tomorrow. It'll be held up and down Park Street and will feature music, artists, crafts and food. Todd Moe spoke with Tupper Lake Arts Council co-director Eileen Hayes about the festival of community and arts.  Go to full article

Tupper resort at "critical juncture"

Consultants hired by the Town of Tupper Lake will now be able to continue reviewing plans for a 700-unit year-round resort around the former Big Tupper ski area. The Hudson Group had stopped work until more money was set aside for the project by developer Michael Foxman. This week, the Tupper Lake Village Board agreed to return more than $20,000, which Foxman had placed in an escrow account. The money will be used to pay the consultants. After three years of work and $5,000,000 spent so far by his investors, Foxman is complaining that the project is moving at a snail's pace. Chris Knight reports.  Go to full article

DEC Tallies Adk Snowmobile Trails

For the first time yesterday, New York's Department of Environmental Conservation released an official mileage tally for snowmobile trails in the Adirondack Park. Over the...  Go to full article

Theatre Review: Arsenic and Old Lace in Saranac Lake

"Arsenic and Old Lace runs in repertory through the end of August at Pendragon Theatre in Saranac Lake. NCPR theatre critic Connie Meng was at a recent performance...  Go to full article
APA Chairman Ross Whaley

Adks After Pataki, Pt. 3: The View From Inside

This week, we're talking with some of the politicians and activists who will shape the Adirondack Park Agency's future after Governor George Pataki leaves office in January....  Go to full article

ORDA Ski Weekend Scrutinized

An Assembly committee put Olympic Regional Development Authority President and CEO Ted Blazer under the microscope Tuesday over the Congressional Winter Challenge. The annual...  Go to full article
Mapping the Adirondack Park's future

Adks After Pataki, Pt. 2: Beef Up APA?

This week, we're talking with some of the politicians and activists who will shape the Adirondack Park Agency's future after Governor George Pataki leaves office in...  Go to full article
State Sen. Betty Little

Adks After Pataki, Part One: Scrap the APA?

In their Sunday editorial, the editors of the Glens Falls Post Star suggested that the Adirondack Park Agency may have outlived its usefulness. A growing number of...  Go to full article

ORDA Claims Huge Economic Impact

The Olympic Regional Development Authority has released a new study showing that the state agency generated more than $320 million worth of economic impact in the North...  Go to full article

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