Annual Holiday Potluck !

6 PM, Tuesday, December 10, 2019 

Fellowship Hall
Amherst Community Church
77 Washington Highway
Snyder, NY 14226

NOTE: Park in rear, enter back door, and go up to 2nd floor.


Looking Ahead

Our first meeting of 2020, January, 14th will be a historical journey back in time! How fitting as we jump into the New Year!

The Niagara Region Parks will be sharing the history of The Great Gorge Route. The rail system ran alongside the Niagara Gorge Rapids between 1895-1935. They will share historical photos and some fascinating stories from that era. Look forward to seeing you folks at our January General Meeting!

In Case you Missed it…

EDUCATION: We would like to thank Dr. Jerry Sultz for the November education workshop on map and compass. Our workshops are before the meeting at 6:30, they are informal, and we hope, informative! As we jump into winter and the new year, we want to hear from you!! What topics do you want to see addressed? Do you know an expert in outdoors skills, or conservation issues that would be able to teach a 45 minute workshop?
Please contact our Education Chair, TeresaCorrigan85@gmail.com.

Meanwhile, if you want to become an expert, we will help you. Our chapter provides scholarships for those interested in attending workshops to learn more – available workshops in the back of Adirondac magazine or other outdoor organizations. Contact Teresa Corrigan for scholarship forms!

PRESENTATION: As for our fascinating November presentation on Arctic plants, Wayne Gall shared his knowledge and beautiful pictures of Artic Alpine plants he had photographed from past trips to the Canadian Rockies, Manitoba and the High Peaks region of the Adirondacks. Amazing how they adapt and thrive in such harsh environments.

— Maureen Rowley, Programs Chair


Riverline: is the name given to the future 1.5 mile greenway recreational corridor that will run from near Canalside at the DL&W terminal, to the Buffalo River across from Solar City.

Good News: New York’s last coal-burning power plant (SOMERSET) announced plans to shut down operation in February. A park and data center is expected to take its place.

Do you still POISON your lawn? Those chemicals also kill birds, bees & other insects, and can even kill your pets. Keep this in mind for the spring! Dandelions are beautiful.

Déjà vu: Recently, I picked up a great old book, “Murray’s Adventures in the Adirondacks: Tourist’s Edition”. It’s an 1869 publication that is generally credited (or blamed) for the surging post-Civil War popularity of the Adirondacks that gave rise to the great camps, and attracted so many other “sports” to make the long trip from NYC & Boston to experience the natural beauty of a place we now know so well. It even included a companion map of the “New York’s Wilderness”, depicting the region before roads and dams changed the terrain.

        MAP: Click Here

Next Conservation Committee Meeting:

Tuesday, December 17, 7:00 pm
Bob Van Hise’s home, 91 Kohler St., Tonawanda, NY 14150

If any member has conservation-related information that you think would be of interest to our chapter, please email content or a link to adkpaddles.bvh@gmail.com for possible inclusion in an upcoming newsletter.

— Bob Van Hise, Conservation Chair

Message from the Chapter Chair

Well, the holiday season is upon us, with all its hustle and bustle. On December 10, we will gather once again for our annual ADK holiday party. I look forward to seeing everyone, and enjoying our potluck dinner together.

We have some exciting news. As I announced at our November meeting, we have found two new leaders. Greg Germaine, a new member of our chapter, has agreed to take on the role of First vice chair / Outings chair. The positions of hiking co-chair and winter outings co-chair have been vacant for several years. Leslie Salathe, a longtime member and trip leader, has volunteered to fill both of these openings. We welcome Greg and Leslie, and thank them for their service.

During this hectic time, I hope all of you take the opportunity to step back, and enjoy some well-deserved quiet. The approach of winter, with its shortened days, and long, cold nights, is nature’s chance to slow down, rest, and recover, after a busy year. We should follow that example.

On behalf of the executive committee, I want to wish all of our members a season filled with peace, joy, good health, and good fortune. Happy Holidays!

— Paul M. Gannon

Director’s Report — Rob Laing

We are now able to share with you all the exciting news of our State-wide Executive Director Approval. At the September 2019 Board of Directors Meeting, Michael Barrett was unanimously approved!

Please see the full Press Release for more information!

As always, if anyone would like more information on any topic please don’t hesitate to contact me at rlaing537@gmail.com.

46er NEWS

Our Chapter’s 46ers webpage has been updated. It now includes useful information for Aspiring 46ers and a colored, terrain map showing the locations of the 46 High Peaks in Adirondack Park. Also updated is the list of Niagara Frontier Chapter members who have completed the 46 High Peaks.

We want you on our list! Please submit any new entries or updates to David Kowalski (dfk2008@gmail.com).

Congratulations to our Chapters Recent 46ers!

Name  – Final Peak

  • Gayle Schutte, Marcy
  • Leslie Salathe, Allen
  • Patty Pikul, Allen
  • Lin Pierce, Whiteface
  • Stephen Pierce, Whiteface
  • Marion Hanover, Redfield

And for 2nd Round of 46!

  • Kate Hacker
  • Ken Redding

Recently we heard from Kristen Taylor and added her information to the list. She completed a Winter round of 46 high peaks on Phelps (#8689W – 3/18/17) and a Regular round on Saddleback (#8689 – 9/24/14).

We also added information for Lynne Blanchard (#7957) and Jan Errick (#7958) who both finished on Haystack (7/16/13).

To view Our Chapter’s 46ers List, click here.

46er FLAG

Carry on our Chapter tradition of carrying our ADK-NFC 46er Flag to the top of your 46th peak. Call Lynn Kenney (825-7329) to pick up the 46er Flag so it can be a part of your celebratory photo when you complete your final peak to become an Adirondack 46er.

Volunteer of the Year Award!

At our annual picnic on June 9, 2019 we presented Larry Beahan, “the Spirit and Voice of ADK and Niagara Frontier Conservation”, with the Volunteer of the Year Award in honor of his many years of service as secretary of the Executive Committee and member of the Conservation Committee. He was our chapter representative for the statewide Conservation Committee for a number of years. In 2007, he was presented with the ADK-NFC Conservationist of the Year award for his life-long commitment to preserving and protecting urban green space, wild forest and waterways.

Larry has also been active in the WNY Environmental Alliance, Sierra Club, and Niagara Relicensing Environmental Coalition standing committee of the Greenway Commission. He was active in preserving the Great Baehre Swamp Wildlife Management Area in the Town of Amherst. Larry has a great love and commitment to Allegany State Park. He is a member of the Allegany State Park Historical Society. He advocated against the state park master plans in the 1980’s and the 1990’s that would have permitted extensive logging to be done. Instead, in 2010, a master plan was adopted that provided protection to the old growth areas and allowed for natural forest succession.

He is a prolific writer with a great command of the English language. He has authored many books and is a frequent contributor to the Buffalo News editorial page. His writings will leave a legacy of knowledge to future generations. He also has a great sense of humor, and is very down to earth and easy to talk to. He is very involved with his family and has been married to his wife Lyn for many years. He is a true lover of the Adirondacks and its history and has spent his life hiking and enjoying nature. His leadership, passion, and shared wisdom will have an immeasurable impact for years to come.

In keeping with Larry’s values regarding conservation, instead of buying him a physical gift, or another plaque, a $100 donation in his name has been made to the ADK Conservation and Advocacy Campaign in the Adirondacks. On behalf of the Executive Committee and the general membership, we offer our heartfelt gratitude to Larry for his many years of service, and for the stellar example that he sets for the rest of us.

To read tributes from ADK-NFC members, Click Here


Kathy Clerkin

Kathy Clerkin is the cheery face that welcomes ADK members to our monthly meetings. She also reaches out to new members every month with a friendly phone call and a Welcome Letter.

In addition, Kathy serves one week every summer as the Heart Lake Campground Host near the epicenter of the Adirondack High Peaks. There she assists campers and as usual, provides that warm cheerful welcome to ADK guests.

As the coolest grandmother ever, over the years she has invited her grandson to spend the week with her, and his resulting love for the Adirondacks has shaped his desire to attend Paul Smith’s College near Saranac Lake.

A retired 70-something nurse, Kathy realizes the benefits of staying active for a long and healthy life. She works out 6 days a week at her local YMCA and quick-walks several miles on most days in Chestnut Ridge Park.

It is a challenge to keep up with her, as evidenced on a recent roadwalk she led for ADK!

Kathy was recently featured in a Buffalo News article on the secrets to aging gracefully, based on a study by the UB Center for Successful Aging.

Her top 3 tips for healthy aging:
• eat healthy
• keep active
• have a good outlook on life!

Kathy is an avid hiker and traveler, and is also blessed with close family and friends.

We are honored to have this spunky, inspiring example in our ADK family!

Here’s a fun way to display the wonderful opportunities offered by ADK!

To enlarge the image, click here.

ADK-NFC Meeting Cancellation Policy
The Executive Committee approved a new policy coordinate the decision to cancel the Monthly General Meetings with the Amherst Central School Closings. Since the Amherst Community Church property abuts Amherst High School, the winter weather conditions that warrant school closings will also dictate our General Meetings. When Amherst Schools or After School Activities are cancelled on the day of our ADK meeting on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, then our monthly general meeting will be cancelled. Cancellation news will be reinforced with emails and Facebook postings.

Join the ADK Niagara Frontier Chapter!
Click here to visit the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) website. Select a Membership Type and Number of Years. Under Chapter, select Niagara Frontier.

Affiliate Membership of the Niagara Frontier Chapter:
We welcome ADK members of other Chapters to become Affiliate Members of the Niagara Frontier Chapter! Affiliate Members receive our monthly newsletter and may attend our chapter outings and events. Annual dues are $5. Contact the ADK Membership office to arrange Affiliate Membership: (518) 668-4447 or laurie@adk.org

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