02/10/15 Winter Snowshoe to Stewart Lake - Friends Jane and M.J. joined me on a snowshoe this winter to a special place in the Adirondack Forest Preserve, the trail to Stewart Lake in the Shaker Mountain Wild Forest near Canada Lake.
For many years, Larry and Maryde King led snowshoeing trips to this area for the Adirondack Mountain Club’s Schenectady chapter. Whenever I visit this place, I think of Larry in the lead breaking trail, Maryde as the “sweep” taking up the rear, and veteran and beginner snowshoers between them. read more >
02/02/15 State Agency Logos: Endangered or Extinct? - The recognizable logos of our individual New York state agencies, symbolic of each agency mission and purpose, suddenly appear to be endangered, or extinct. They have lasted in many cases for 40 years or longer.
For instance, there was the familiar round NYS Department of Environmental Conservation logo, quite attractive really, with symbols indicative of its mission to protect our waters, our air, our land, and our mountains. read more >
02/02/15 Bakers Mills: Remembering Earl And Daisy Allen - It was during the late 1980’s that Paul Schaefer introduced me to Daisy and Earl Allen in Bakers Mills. Earl has passed away this past month, and his wife Daisy died some 14 years before. But the memories of Daisy’s warmth and kitchen, and Earl’s legend as a teamster, maple sugar maker, artisan, maker of hay rakes, and master of old engines remain strong. Both would do anything they could for people.
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01/20/15 Commentary: More Badly Designed Development - September 2013 was the high point in the Adirondack Park Agency’s history of engagement on conservation development for new subdivisions.
By January, 2015, as evidenced by their actions in support of New York Land and Lakes corporation’s project for 24 residential lots that parcel out two water bodies (along with streams and wetlands, all on Resource Management lands), APA had lost interest. read more >
01/03/15 Gov. Mario Cuomo: His Final Adirondack Speech- There will be many eulogies this week for Mario M. Cuomo. For me, the former Governor, like a certain white pine in our woods whose annual whorl of branches totes up the years I have lived here, is a measure of my time on this earth.
Thirty years ago last summer, Mario M. Cuomo gave that great address in San Francisco to the Democratic National Convention. I had just moved to upstate New York that year to be with Susan. As Governor, Mario Cuomo helped define the first eight years I worked for the Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks. read more >
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