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Amid inflation, high gas prices, Old Forge businesses hope for stellar summer

Seasonal employers remain upbeat about summer season. Tell-tale signs of an Adirondack summer are popping up in Old Forge: Enchanted Forest Water Safari has opened, and the farmers market is in full swing, and popular events have returned. Yet, big questions loom over tourism-dependent communities such as this one. Mainly one big question: How will staffing struggles, compounded by high inflation, impact small businesses that depend on the dollars that summer tourism brings?
OLD FORGE, NY
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What will happen to Bicknell’s thrush?

Concerns for potential disruptions to rare bird’s habitat. When I heard the Olympic Regional Development Authority planned to start cutting trees along the Whiteface Highway to create new ski trails, connector trails between the existing trails and the new ones, and to cut more trees for a path for a new lift, I wanted to learn more.
VERMONT STATE
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A new giant tree found near Bolton

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Digging up history

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Help wanted, but not found, throughout the Adirondacks

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Santa Clara tables vote on marina plans

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SARANAC LAKE, NY

Film takes a new, close look at Lake Champlain

Screening at the VIC, documentary portrays journey of discovery. Last summer, Jordan Rowell spent two weeks exploring Lake Champlain and its watershed. In the process, he experienced some of the best and worst the landscape has to offer. Rowell paddled alongside awe-inspiring 200-foot tall cliffs along the shoreline at Split...

Weston Mountain: A worthy destination

What do you suppose is the most popular mountain accessed from the Roostercomb trailhead in Keene Valley? Careful with your answer, it might not be the obvious. Well bad luck, it is the obvious. Most hikers scoot right up to Roostercomb, breezing on by the junction to Snow Mountain, which is an equally appealing, but on most days a far less crowded hike.
KEENE VALLEY, NY

Angling for science

Trout Power volunteers collect ‘brookie’ DNA around Sagamore Lake. Anglers from around the region met at Great Camp Sagamore earlier this month for a mission: fish for brook trout and collect their DNA. Trout Power, a nonprofit dedicated to studying native brook trout strains and connecting anglers to...
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Ensuring Adirondacks for all

Camp Dudley is a 19th-century Adirondack camp for boys on the shores of Lake Champlain. The complex of cabins and impressive lodges are tucked on a hillside off state Route 9N on a namesake road. The camp’s motto is “The Other Fellow First.”. Camp Director Matt Storey typically...
POTSDAM, NY

Future-proofing our landscape

Tips for planting trees that will thrive in the midst of climate changes. The changing climate has shifted weather patterns in small ways. Those minor changes, over time, have begun to affect the landscape of the Adirondacks. A warmer world affects trees in myriad ways. According to Paul J. Hetzler,...
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Schumer, scientists want EPA to reopen air-quality stations

Plan to suspend North Country monitoring challenged. U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and area scientists have joined Adirondack environmental groups’ calls to reopen three regional air-quality monitoring stations that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency suspended in May due to finances. “The North Country and Adirondack Mountains are home...
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Mapping summer temperatures across the Adirondacks

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A history of baseball and the players who broke through barriers

A team of Black players in the late 1800s helped shape sport. In the same years as visionaries in Albany were sketching out the details of what would become the Adirondack Park, hundreds of people in New York’s northeastern communities were enthusiastically paying good money to more often than not watch their home town baseball team get shellacked by a barnstorming band of players.
TICONDEROGA, NY

APA seeks public comments on invasive species management changes

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A scenic ride on Vermontville’s Norman Ridge

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VERMONTVILLE, NY

Judge halts Lake George herbicide plan

Order will block plan until suit brought by Lake George Association resolved. The Lake George Park Commission will have to wait to carry out its planned use of a chemical herbicide on Lake George after a Warren County judge on Monday halted the plan. Judge Robert Muller of state Supreme...
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Record summer temperatures predicted for Northeast (again)

Last summer was the hottest on record for the US. This one will be hotter. The Northeast has the highest probability in the U.S. of being hotter than usual this summer, along with parts of the West, according to the monthly climate report issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The above-average temperatures for June, July and August are expected across nearly all the lower 48 states.
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Take a number or wait in line?

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