General Meeting

Tuesday, May 10th
Education Workshop 6:30 – 7:15pm                                                                                         Happy Half Hour 7 – 7:30pm                                                                                                  Program 7:45 – 8:45pm                                                                                                                        77 Washington Highway, Snyder Amherst Community Church
NOTE: Please park in rear and enter through back door.

Program – Paddling by Bob Van Hise

 Spring is in the air and Bob Van Hise is kicking off the paddling season with a IMG_0302 May Trips 017presentation of recommended gear for an enjoyable and safe day trip or weekend outing.  A kayak or canoe will make its way into our lecture hall for a hands-on demonstration. Bob will highlight the rescue and paddling technique classes that will be offered by ADK-NFC this summer. Bob’s love of the water began in the late 1980’s during his many backcountry canoe trips which he continues today. Kayaking entered into his life 10 years ago. This interest has now led to his becoming ACA-certified for the last 5 years and running. This certification enables Bob to keep fellow ADK members safe during club paddling outings, and others in the community safe as a Safety Paddler with Buffalo-Niagara Riverkeeper. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to sharpen your skills and be inspired by a paddling expert!

Education Workshop  – Paddling and the Use of Geological Surveys

If you want to paddle on a greater variety of area waterways then this education session is for you! Learn how to use the US Geological Survey website to determine if water levels on your USGSdesired creek or stream is at a safe and passable level.   Gary Wall, Associate Director of Science from the USGS will remotely present how to use the website to monitor creeks and rivers for good paddling conditions and other various tools available from USGS.  Don’t miss this highly relevant and important educational session.

Did you miss our March program? Read about what you missed!

Looking Back At Bees
I believe Mike Masterson felt the enthusiasm of ADK wanting to learn more about bees. Who knew that bees only live 6 weeks and in that short time each bee only produces 6-7 drops of honey! The numerous benefits of natural honey ranging from a source of food to innumerable  medicinal benefits was astounding. Most importantly, the main concern was the plight of honey bees vanishing from the hives. Although many factors can contribute such as declining food source or environmental stress,   the main culprit is pesticides. These toxins interfere with bee’s natural GPS to get back home after a day of foraging. Remember to look for the term “systemic” on many pesticides and avoid using them at home. If this has sparked your interest in honey, don’t forget to look for the bee and honey information session held at Masterson Nursery in the fall.

Message from the Chair   Janet Kowalski

Our Niagara Frontier Chapter is further away from the Adirondacks that any other chapter, so it is not surprising that many Western New Yorkers are not familiar with ADK. The best advertisement for the Adirondack Mountain Club is its wonderful members. To create awareness for the club, we are encouraging members to wear ADK garb whenever they are hiking, running errands, or attending a sporting events. A fun ADK hat or Tshirt is a great conversation starter, a chance to share outdoor stories and the missions of ADK. Purchasing clothing and gear online from the ADK store (adk.org) is a great way to support ADK and also to proudly represent your membership . To encourage local ADK outreach, lightweight breathable ADK hats will be sold at the next monthly meeting for $5, greatly reduced from the $17.95 retail price thanks to support from the club and our chapter. So buy a hat and spread the good news!

ADK CARES about Conservation, Advocacy, Recreation, Education and Stewardship

NFC Offers Scholarships for a Variety of Education Programs

In addition to the Winter Mountaineering School scholarships, awards for several other ADK classes are also available from the Niagara Frontier Chapter. ADK’s Education classes provide the skills and ethics needed to explore the wilderness safely with maximum enjoyment and satisfaction. Most classes are offered at the Heart Lake Program Center with trained professional instructors. Options include the popular Wilderness First Aid and Wilderness First Responder courses offered throughout the year. These courses will help you prepare for an emergency when you are miles from help. Other skill workshops including Map and Compass Fundamentals, Leave No Trace Master Education courses, and Guides License Training. Learn more about ADK classes on the state website ADK.org, and find out about scholarship support from the chapter’s website adk-nfc.org. Build up your skills and share what you have learned with local ADK members. It’s a win-win for everyone!

The 46er Outdoor Skills Workshop  

The information for the 46er Outdoor Skills Workshop at the Loj in Lake Placid has been listed in the Adirondac magazine and the information is on their website. Richard and Mary Schraven have attended in the past and will be attending again. They state that it was a blast and that they learned so much and met really great people and want to promote this. The cost is only $20 and everything is included.   Check it out at www.adk46er.org

April 29-May1. Comparable weekend workshops would be hundreds of dollars.

 YOUNG MEMBERS (20s & 30s)

Young Members (YM) form a vital component of ADK, rejuvenating the club with fresh ideas and energy. Across the state, YM ADK groups are forming, with their own outings and social scene. If you’re interested in becoming an Outings Leader or heading up the YM efforts in the Niagara Frontier area, e-mail Outings Chair Mary Schraven maryschraven1@gmail.com or Chapter Chair Janet Kowalski janetk300@gmail.com to learn more!

Want to explore the Adirondacks? Check out these upcoming opportunities for YMs:

JBL Young Adult Member Takeover: Sept 9 – 11

ADK’s young members (20s & 30s) are taking over Johns Brook Lodge for the weekend! Enjoy the comforts of a backcountry lodge, make friends from across NY state, explore the Johns Brook Valley, and hike a high peak! Cost: $165 (Members receive 10% off), includes two nights lodging, six meals, and guided hike options. Scholarships are available from the NF chapter. See www.adk.org for more info or e-mail Stephanie@adk.org.

Supervised Trail Projects:

Volunteers work with trained ADK trail crew leaders to complete trail maintenance and reconstruction projects in Adirondack Park. ADK provides leadership, group camping gear, tools, transportation from base camp, and food. For details on projects ranging from 2-5 days, visit www.adk.org or see page 30 in the March-April Adirondac Magazine.

Employment in Adirondack Park:

Did you know ADK hires both seasonal and year-round staff? Check out ADK’s job board for current openings at www.adk.org/page.php?pname=job-board.


Are You a 46er? We Want You on Our List!

Loretta Yerke, who is a long term member of our chapter and former ADK Newsletter editor, made up a list of all our chapter 46ers in 2008. Wilma Cipolla and Loretta thought we should update the list to include all of the new 46ers since then. If you don’t have a number because you didn’t register we can still add you to the list.

Click here to see the current list. To add your name send it to Cheryl Peluso, cherylp17@verizon.net, or call Kate Hacker at 688-8618.

Education Scholarship Application                ADKBy-Laws2016

Education Scholarship Guidelines  

Education Scholarship Info



Our next meeting is Wednesday, April 27 at 6:30 PM in the Meeting Room at the Eggertsville-Snyder Library Branch at 4622 Main St in Snyder, near the corner of Burroughs and Main. We will discuss “Bellefleur” by Joyce Carol Oates, a gothic novel set in the Adirondacks about the wealthy and notorious Bellefleur clan. Newcomers are always welcome! For more information contact Janet at janetk300@gmail.com

Last book of the season:

May 25: Woodswoman II, by Anne LaBastille

The public library has a few copies of most selections. Purchase options include abebooks (used and inexpensive), adirondack-books.com, or amazon. Our ADK-NFC chapter library also has some of these books. Books can also be shared among club members if necessary.