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A shelf of chachkes at Candy Cottage in Old Forge, NY. Photo: Natasha Haverty
A shelf of chachkes at Candy Cottage in Old Forge, NY. Photo: Natasha Haverty

In Old Forge, can bears stay wild and coexist with humans?

The hamlet of Old Forge sees huge numbers of tourists this time every year. Many people come from all over the country to have their annual wilderness experience, along with all the creature comforts of Old Forge's main street.

But for years, residents of Old Forge and wildlife experts have been working to strike a balance with tourists: how to let humans have their fun but keep the wild animals of the Adirondack park like bears, wild, without turning any of that tourism away.  Go to full article
Built by Frederick Bourne, Singer Castle on Dark Island was completed in the fall of 1905. Photo: Todd Moe
Built by Frederick Bourne, Singer Castle on Dark Island was completed in the fall of 1905. Photo: Todd Moe

What's it like to manage a real castle?

One of the must-see historic landmarks on the St. Lawrence River celebrates its tenth anniversary as a tourist destination this summer. Singer Castle on Dark Island was built by Frederick Bourne during the Gilded Age in the early twentieth century.

Over the decades it has been a hunting lodge, private home, and religious retreat before being restored and opened for tours in 2004. Todd Moe stopped by for a visit this summer and had a chat with the general manager of the castle. Tom Weldon oversees all 30,000 square feet of Singer Castle including its 28 rooms, 10 fireplaces, eight bathrooms, towers, turrets, and secret passageways.  Go to full article
"Island Dave" is a familiar, friendly face around the city of Brockville's islands on the St. Lawrence. Photo: David Sommerstein
"Island Dave" is a familiar, friendly face around the city of Brockville's islands on the St. Lawrence. Photo: David Sommerstein

Listen: 'Island Dave' has the job you want in the Thousand Islands

Whether it's the Adirondacks or the St. Lawrence River, everyone's getting in their last licks of summer this week.

The city of Brockville owns 16 park islands on the St. Lawrence that are busy with boats docking and people picnicking and camping.

Many boaters are familiar with the friendly face of "Island Dave" Beatty, who manages and patrols the area for the city of Brockville. David Sommerstein produced this Heard Up North, which first aired in August 2013.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saratoga_National_Historical_Park#mediaviewer/File:SaratogaHistoricParkSign.JPG">Upstate NYer</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Upstate NYer, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Saratoga Battlefield gets $750K grant for upgrades

STILLWATER, N.Y. (AP) Saratoga National Historical Park has received a $750,000 grant to upgrade and re-design outdoor exhibits that have been in place since the 1960s and '70s.

Officials say the funds from the National Park Service for a comprehensive wayside rehabilitation plan will be used to improve more than 60 exhibits dotting the 10-mile scenic road that winds through the park, also known as Saratoga Battlefield.  Go to full article
Victory signs have been posted by supporters of the Adirondack Club and Resort in Tupper Lake since the July court ruling that validated the resort's permits.  But the legal fight may not be over.  Photo:  Brian Mann
Victory signs have been posted by supporters of the Adirondack Club and Resort in Tupper Lake since the July court ruling that validated the resort's permits. But the legal fight may not be over. Photo: Brian Mann

Activists appeal Big Tupper resort court decision

Two environmental groups and "a neighboring landowner" in Tupper Lake say they'll appeal a sweeping decision issued last month by a state court that upheld state permits for the Adirondack Club and Resort project.

In a statement issued late Monday afternoon, Protect the Adirondacks and the Sierra Club announced that they will challenge a unanimous vote by the state appellate court upholding state permits for the massive development.  Go to full article
Photo: Brad Miller
Photo: Brad Miller

NY Antique Boat Museum holds its 50th annual show

CLAYTON, N.Y. (AP) The Antique Boat Museum on the St. Lawrence River is holding its 50th annual show and auction this weekend.

The Watertown Daily Times reports that the museum's first boat show in 1965 featured 18 antique boats and a small exhibition. Up to 125 antique boats are expected to take part in this weekend's festivities at the museum in Clayton, in the Thousand Islands region along the Canadian border.  Go to full article
Marina at Keewaydin State Park. Photo: NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
Marina at Keewaydin State Park. Photo: NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Three Thousand Island-area state parks get upgrades

Long Point State Park in Lyme and Crane Point State Park in Redwood both have new boat launches.

Keewaydin State Park near Alexandria Bay also has two new buildings: a comfort station with upgraded bathrooms and showers, and a clubhouse.  Go to full article
The crash scene on Friday in North Hudson, a remote Essex County community in the Adirondack Mountains.  Photo:  New York State Police
The crash scene on Friday in North Hudson, a remote Essex County community in the Adirondack Mountains. Photo: New York State Police

14-year-old Quebec girl dies in Adirondack bus crash

The victim of a fatal bus accident in Essex County on Friday has been identified as 14-year-old Chelssy Mercier from Quebec.

State Police say Mercier died when the tourist bus overturned in North Hudson while traveling from Quebec to New York City with 55 passengers. Officials say Mercier's mother was also aboard the bus.

There's no word yet on what may have caused the accident. According to police, the bus operated by a company called Autobus Fleur de Lys entered the median and flipped over.

Passersby tried to help Mercier, who was trapped under the bus, and State Police also attempted to revive the girl, but she died at the scene.  Go to full article
Architect rendering:view from Kiwassa Road across Lake Flower. Image: Lake Flower Lodging LLC
Architect rendering:view from Kiwassa Road across Lake Flower. Image: Lake Flower Lodging LLC

New design for Saranac Lake resort and spa

The company that wants to build a controversial high-end waterfront hotel in the Village of Saranac Lake has revised its design.

Lake Flower Lodging has reoriented the building on the lakefront site and dropped its height by roughly 12 feet. The changes come in response to concerns raised by village residents and members of Saranac Lake's Planning Board.

But some still aren't convinced that the Lake Flower Spa and Resort's is a fit for the community.  Go to full article
DEC Commissioner Joe Martens hauls a canoe over one of the carry trails between the Essex Chain Lakes.  Photo:  Brian Mann
DEC Commissioner Joe Martens hauls a canoe over one of the carry trails between the Essex Chain Lakes. Photo: Brian Mann

New to explore in the Adirondacks: the Essex Chain Lakes

This is the final week for public comment on the new management plan for the Essex Chain Lakes in the central Adirondacks.

The 11,000-acre chunk of wild forest and lakes near the town of Newcomb is part of the massive Finch Pruyn conservation deal that has expanded the Park's public land.

State officials are hoping the Essex Chain will offer a popular new alternative for paddlers and hikers and anglers, drawing more visitors to a part of the Park that often sees little traffic.

Our Adirondack bureau chief Brian Mann made the trip last week and has our story.  Go to full article

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