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Students provide a local Adirondack lesson

Last week, students and teachers hailing from Tupper Lake, Newcomb, Indian Lake and Potsdam school districts traveled to Tupper Lake to present their Adirondack Challenge projects. Their efforts included original poetry inspired by Adirondack art, a presentation about Adirondack animals, a reader's theatre presentation, a display about Adirondack habitats, artwork created out of leaves, and a combined musical effort that included the voices of all the students.

Not only did these efforts meet or exceed New York State Board of Education Standards, the students discovered the unique commonality they all share in the culture of the Adirondacks. In a similar manner, they all crossed an Adirondack creek on the same log bridge.

Funded by the Pearsall Foundation, the event was more than just a fun-filled day of learning, it provided an opportunity for the students to broaden their horizons. It also allowed them to discover the common thread that is woven into a tapestry of local culture that they all share.

Seniors from Newcomb joined second graders from Tupper Lake as part of a North Country culture that has endured for centuries before them, and if their combined energy and enthusiasm is any indication; it is a culture that will exist well beyond their time.

Although I consider myself a conservationist, I am also a preservationist, but not in the common sense of the word. I believe in preserving our way of life, the heritage of outdoor sporting pursuits and the numerous North County traditions that make our region unique.

These traditions, which include a love of the outdoors, respect for nature and an overwhelming sense of belonging, are also regularly amplified by the seasons.

We suffer the similar sting of winter and bleed equal pints of blood during blackfly season. We travel the same rutted roads in mud season and enjoy the same sweet summer waters.

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