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Spring will be seasonally delayed | Notes from the North Woods

Although the arrival of the spring season has come and gone, it appears the winter season will continue to maintain command over the local landscape, with a deep snowpack in the woods, and chilly temperatures in the air.

DEC, police rescue stranded Marcy climbers

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on Sunday, March 22 commended the Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers, Environmental Conservation Officers and New York State Police involved in the rescue of a mother and her two sons from the summit of Mt. Marcy in Essex County after searching overnight in extreme weather conditions.

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‘Great Upstate Boat Show’ returns to Qby.’s sports dome next weekend

A boat show that is hosted in a dome for all-weather comfort, is set to open Friday March 27 featuring event discounts, prizes and a wide array of watercraft accessories.

The sporting life: Old as the hills, fresh as the rain | Notes from the North Woods

As has been my custom for more than a decade or so, I recently spent another fine, March day traveling down Schroon Lake way in order to attend the annual Adirondack Sportsman’s Dinner.

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Thurman ‘Maple Days’ to begin this weekend

Over the next three weekends, area visitors and residents can experience how maple syrup is made if they participate in one of northern Warren County's signature events — Thurman Maple Days. There's also a lot more on tap, including craft sales, visits to a goat farm that produces nationally renowned cheeses, and demonstrations at a rural sawmill.

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Learning my lesson | Notes from the North Woods

Recently, while watching our family dog toss his stuffed toy around the room, I wondered if he was simply playing, or actually refining his hereditary hunting skills.

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Armchair angling | Conservation Conversations

North Country winters are normally long and cold. That’s the way it is here. But last year, and now this frigid season, however, things are way out of control.

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Schroon Lake readies for annual ice fishing contest

 Tourists takeover this popular summertime destination between May and September, but as the ice covers the lake, the locals come out to reclaim what is theirs: the fish.

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Jack Jay, Robber Jay | Notes from the North Woods

Last weekend, I witnessed a fairly large bird repeatedly attack a group of smaller birds at my feeder.

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Ice/cold water training on Bulwagga Bay | Conservation Conversations

It may not seem like spring will ever get here, but in time, Lake Champlain will thaw and pose a potential danger. Ice fishermen, dog walkers, cross country skiers and cold water wanderers of all sorts, can become victims if they break through thawing or rotten ice.

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Colby Classic Derby set for March 7-8

The Saranac Lake Fish and Game Club will host the 31st Annual Colby Classic Ice Fishing Derby on Saturday and Sunday, March 7 and 8 at Lake Colby in the Village of Saranac Lake.

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Damn coyotes! | Notes from the North Woods

In last week’s column, I referred to the process of rewilding our youth, in the same manner we rewilded our lands.

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Conservation Conversations

The Beatles did a song a while back called Day Tripper, if you are lucky, you can listen to it on your way to one of the following programs.

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Snowmobiler attempts stunt atop water, sinks into Lake George

Wary insurers have prompted stunts like driving snowmobiles atop water and polar swimming to be eliminated from the Lake George Winter Carnival — but event officials are trying to get the two features to be reinstated by next year. Meanwhile, a snowmobiler attempts to careen on the surface of Lake George Saturday but ends up with a submerged sled.

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Snowshoe softball tournament enters sixth year

If you’re looking for some good old fashion North Country style fun in the great outdoors with your family, neighbors and friends, exercise a bit and demonstrate your support for a great cause, then sign up for the annual “Be A Donor” (B.A.D.) Snow Shoe Softball Tournament.

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