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Special Reports

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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.

Books: The Couloir

Todd Moe talks with author Richard Manichello about his debut novel The Couloir. He reads from his book this afternoon (3 pm) at The Bookstore Plus in Lake Placid. The Couloir refers to the thrilling, non-stop descent that marks the greatest challenge for a skier. It's a "ski read" with action-packed drama and romance set in the Alps. Manichello's career in film, theatre and television includes an Emmy award for "Olympic profiles of '84" while at ABC Sports. He lives and writes in Nyack, but says he loves the Adirondacks.  Go to full article
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In Tupper Lake, A Wild Beginning

Tupper Lake's new "Wild Center" opened yesterday. The $25 million natural history museum has been more than eight years in the making. The massive celebration was attended by some of New York state's leading politicians, as well as more than 5,000 visitors. As Brian Mann reports, they found live otters, a miniature glacier, and a town eager for a fresh start.  Go to full article

Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks: Opening Day

The Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks opened today in Tupper Lake. Brian Mann called in from a press tent in a makeshift village built to handle the crowds...he spoke with David Sommerstein.  Go to full article

Fireworks Craftsman May Have Trouble Continuing Explosive Hobby

Tonight's fireworks show in St Regis Falls was designed and handmade by Peter Henry, a pharmacist at Adirondack Medical Center. He makes fireworks out of his home workshop in...  Go to full article
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Clinton Tests Rural Waters In North Country

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton began a two-day swing through the North Country yesterday. She drew praise in Plattsburgh for helping to arrange a one million dollar grant from...  Go to full article
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Interview: "Wild Center" Founder Betsy Lowe

Tomorrow in Tupper Lake, the new Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks will open its doors to the public for the first time. Billed as "The Wild Center" by its founders,...  Go to full article
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Heard Up North: Building An Adirondack Guideboat

Paddlers competed yesterday in the 44th annual Willard Hanmer guide boat race in Saranac Lake. Hanmer was one of the great Adirondack boat builders. In today's Heard Up...  Go to full article
The Biava Quartet

String Quartet, Op. 74 #3, "The Rider," by Franz Joseph Haydn, performed by The Biava Quartet

The Church in the Hollow in Saranac NY hosts the Hill and Hollow Music series. One of this season's finest performances was by The Biava Quartet. In this live concert excerpt...  Go to full article

New Book celebrates New York's Natural Beauty

Saranac Lake writer Chuck Brumley and renowned Adirondack photographer Carl Heilman have collaborated on a new book that explores New York State's unique natural beauty from...  Go to full article

Judge Blocks Adirondack Mansion Near Old Forge

A state judge in Herkimer County says a mansion in the western Adirondacks will have to be torn down. In a ruling issued Wednesday, Judge Michael Dailey found that Timothy...  Go to full article

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