NEXT GENERAL MEETING
Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at 6:30pm
Location: Fellowship Hall – Amherst Community Church
For our December meeting, we will be branching away from our usual schedule for our Annual Holiday Gathering and Potluck Dinner.
Please join us for an evening of general frivolity and fun!
6:00: Deck the Halls – Any help with setup (and cleanup) is welcome
6:30: Dinner – Eat, drink & be merry! Come one, come all, don’t let someone else eat it all! The potluck dinner is sure to please – Bring a Crock Pot before dinners freeze! Help us make a warm & memorable get together on Tuesday night by bringing your favorite hot dish or share your crock pot delights. We will have extra tables set up to keep all your dishes readily available. Beverages will be provided. A small supply of paper products will be available, but on behalf of the planet, members are asked to bring their own (reusable) plates, utensils, and cups.
Meeting cancellation policy: If Amherst Schools or Amherst After-School Activities are cancelled, then the General Meeting (2nd Tuesday of the month) will also be cancelled. This will be reinforced with a general email to membership and a Facebook posting.
LOOKING BACK: Joe Allen – Fascinating Presentation on Wolves
We had the great pleasure of hosting Joe Allen as our November speaker. Joe is a Wilderness Trip Leader at Earth Spirit Educational Services. He showed us spectacular images of his adventures in Yellowstone National Park, tracking and photographing wolves in their natural habitats. His first-hand accounts of wolf activity and behavior in the wild were captivating!
Message From the Chair
Well, the holiday season is upon us, with all its hustle and bustle.
On December 11, we will gather once again for our annual ADK holiday party. I look forward to seeing everyone, and enjoying our potluck dinner together.
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.
During this hectic time, I hope all of you take the opportunity to take a 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.
One of my favorite things to do at this time of year is to walk slowly through soft, newly fallen snow after dusk. The sky is filled with starlight, the air is crisp and cold, and sounds are muffled. After a while, the chill penetrates, and I return to the warmth of my home, perhaps to enjoy a steaming mug of hot chocolate. I always feel refreshed by the experience.
So, in spite of the pressures of your schedules, I encourage you to spend some time enjoying the natural beauty of our area.
–Paul M. Gannon
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:
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!
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 (email@example.com).
To visit our 46ers webpage, click ‘Our Chapter’s 46ers’ in the menu bar at the top of this page, or click here.
Future Workshops: In February and March we will get ready for backpacking season with a demo on backpacking stoves in February and water purification methods in March. Please e-mail Teresa Corrigan at TeresaCorrigan85@gmail.com if you would like to present at either or both sessions. It would be optimal to hear from a few members at each session.
Next Conservation Committee Meeting
Action Alert: Eire County Parks Master Plan
Acid rain could be on the increase
New York State Forest Rangers
The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)
Report submitted by Lynn Rehfeld-Kenney, NFC representative for the state wide ADK Conservation Committee. Meeting was held in Albany on 11-3-18.
Report: ANNUAL ADK FALL OUTING – Finger Lakes Area
October 26-28, 2018
One of the many benefits of ADK membership is the annual ADK Fall Outing, an opportunity to explore a new scenic part of New York State and be hosted by locals who know the surrounding terrain. The sublime Finger Lakes area around Watkins Glen provided glorious settings for this year’s Fall adventures. Numerous lakes, streams and waterfalls carved by ancient glaciers enabled nearly 30 hiking, paddling and biking options to choose from over the 3-day event. Since the ADK Finger Lakes Chapter has a small membership, our Niagara Frontier members provided invaluable expertise to organize the weekend.
NFC Outings Chair Mary Schraven did a formidable job organizing 28 outings. Our Webmaster Rob Laing oversaw the website for outreach and registration, and our Treasurer Doug Gaffney handled the finances. Many of the outings were enthusiastically led by Niagara Frontier members including Rob Laing (Sugar Hill Fire Tower, Goundry Hill hikes), Janet and David Kowalski (Finger Lakes National Forest and CT Hill Wildlife Management Area hikes), Mary Schraven (Watkins Glen and Taughannock State Park hikes, Richard Schraven (Chemung paddle), Teresa and Peter Corrigan (Cornell Ornithology Lab visit), and Cheryl Peluso (Tanglewood Nature Center hike).
Over 130 ADK members attended, with the diehards from the Niagara Frontier Chapter having the highest participation!
Of course the best perk of all was meeting and getting reacquainted with the congenial, terrific ADK folks from other chapters across the state. It was a joy to engage with others who share similar interests and values in the beautiful outdoor settings.
Look forward to the 2019 ADK Fall Outing that will be held September 6-8 in the Poughkeepsie area.
—Submitted by David and Janet Kowalski
Calling All Young Members!
The Young Members subgroup of the Niagara Frontier chapter is looking forward to another great year of events specially designed for members in their 20s and 30s. The goal of the Young Members subgroup is to promote greater participation and membership of young members through special events for them and communications from me, the Young Members Coordinator. My name is Deena Mueller and I recently joined the Niagara Frontier chapter. In the next few months, I will be reaching out to young members by email and Facebook to inform you of events and seek your input on what events you want the Young Members subgroup to organize. Until then, you can email at firstname.lastname@example.org about your suggestions and to let me know that you’d like to be a part of the Young Members group. Cheers! – Deena Mueller
RECOGNITION: Award Recipients Honored at Picnic
Volunteer of the Year Award
Conservationist of the Year Award
The Adirondack Mountain Club Niagara Frontier Chapter, Conservation Committee presented their 2018 Conservationist of the Year award at the club’s annual June picnic at the Chestnut Ridge Park Commissioner’s cabin. This award recognized the members from various groups who have spent decades working towards a proper and complete clean-up of nuclear waste at the West Valley Demonstration Project in West Valley, NY. The recipients gratefully accepted the award in honor of all of the past and present coalition members for their dedicated advocacy and community activism.
In particular they recognized Carol Mongerson, who was the founder and leading member of the Coalition on West Valley Nuclear Wastes until she passed, Maria Maybee from the Seneca Nation of Indians and Kathy McGoldrick.
The recipients are as follows:
Congratulations to our Chapters Recent 46ers!
Two climbers were celebrated at the October 9, 2018 ADK General Meeting as new 46ers. Congratulations to Leslie Salathe and Patty Pikul!
The climbers listed below were celebrated at the September 11, 2018 ADK General Meeting as new 46ers. Bravo!
Name – Final Peak
And for 2nd Round of 46!
We want YOU on our 46er List!
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.
ANNOUNCEMENT: 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.
BOARD OF DIRECTOR’S MEETING REPORT, Rob Laing:
I attended the Adirondack Mountain Club Board of Directors meeting held in Lake George on 4/7/18. This is a quarterly meeting that has representatives from each chapter along with the Executive Committee and many staff members. We review reports from staff members such as the Executive Director and Treasurer, and committee chairs such as the membership chair and Heart Lake Property chair, among many others. The meetings typically last 5-6 hours and a lot of information is discussed that pertains to how the club operates and how the resources of the club should be focused.
I’ll try to summarize the key points here, and if anyone has any questions or would like further information don’t hesitate to contact me at email@example.com
As always, if anyone would like more information on any topic please don’t hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s a fun way to display the wonderful opportunities offered by ADK!
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ADK-NFC Meeting Cancellation Policy
ADK-NFC Bylaws Changes
Gerry Rising Pens New Essay for ADK Chapter Visit
Affiliate Membership of the Niagara Frontier Chapter:
ADK CARES about: