NEXT GENERAL MEETING
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 6:30pm
Location: Fellowship Hall – Amherst Community Church
6:30: EDUCATION WORKSHOP – Water Purification Techniques
Note from the Education Chair: If you would like to participate in the next workshop, get information about previous workshops, or if you have any questions or concerns please e-mail me! TeresaCorrigan85@gmail.com
7:00: SOCIAL TIME – Meet & Greet with Sweets & Refreshments
7:30: PRESENTATION – New York’s Forests: Past, Present, & Future
Looking forward to seeing everyone at the ADK March meeting!
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: If you missed the February meeting, you missed Mary Lou Frost and her fascinating pictures and stories of coral reefs and her up close encounters with fantastic fish, water birds and sea mammals. The more we understand our ocean environments, the more we appreciate them and want to protect them. For more information about our Oceans and their conditions, check out Oceanservice.noaa.gov. Want to assist with plastic removal from our oceans? Check out 4ocean.com. For every $20 donation, 1 pound of plastic trash is removed from the world’s oceans
Message From the Chair
First, I have an exciting announcement! This May, we will be holding another spectacular chapter T-shirt sale, just in time for the picnic. Look for further information in upcoming communications and during meetings.
According to our by-laws, every February we are required to appoint a nominating committee to seek out candidates to replace leaders whose terms of office are expiring. The slate of candidates is announced in the May newsletter, and voted on at our annual business meeting during the picnic in June.
This year we will be electing our Chapter Chair, our 1st Vice-chair / Outings, our Director, and Alternate Directors.
In addition, there are a number of other opportunities for members to assist in the operations of our chapter. We have been looking for co-chairs for Hiking and Winter activities for some time now. Jeremy Roethel has been recruiting members for his Outdoor Empowerment Network exploratory committee. Bob Van Hise will be seeking for volunteers to assist in marking the border between Allegheny State Park and Pennsylvania. We could always use more trip leaders.
Please consider this a call to service. I am asking each of you to think about volunteering some of your time, talent, and energy to our chapter. People who have become involved frequently remark that they get more out of it than they put in. I know that this has been true in my case. I am sure that you would find it to be so. We hope to hear from you soon.
– Paul M. Gannon
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
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.
Next Conservation Committee Meeting
National Fuel’s Northern Access Pipeline (from McKean Co. PA, through WNY and into Ontario), would trench through Cattaraugus Creek’s sole source aquifer. The fossil fuel giant is facing a court challenge from the NYDEC, but a recent court ruling stated the DEC did not do a sufficient job in providing evidence to support their decision to deny the permit. The ruling keeps open the opportunity for NYSDEC to come back to court with more evidence.
What can we do? PLEASE WRITE A LETTER (and get others to write) to GOVERNOR CUOMO asking him to to all he can do to support NYSDEC in defending their decision to oppose the pipeline.
Mail your letter to:
NAPL info: click here
IMPORTANT DATES & EVENTS
April 3 NYS DEC’s Buffer in a Bag initiative provides landowners that own at least 50 feet of land along a stream or waterbody with a free bag of bare-root trees and shrubs to enhance the streamside area on their property. Each Bag contains a variety of native trees and shrubs chosen specifically to improve streamside areas in New York by supporting wildlife and improving water quality. Applications must be submitted by 3pm April 3. Click here.
May 3 Each spring, Erie County has a special sale on COMPOST BINS and RAIN BARRELS. The cost is quite reasonable. I bought one of their rain barrels 2 years ago – it’s very well made and top quality. The offer ends May 3. Click here.
May 4-5 Are the tentative dates for us to head down to ALLEGANY STATE PARK to work on maintaining a walkable route along approx.12 miles of the park’s boundary with Pennsylvania. As soon as I can confirm the dates with the Regional Forester, I’ll begin to provide specifics to those interested in volunteering. If you would like more info, or want to volunteer to spend a day or 2 working in the forest, call me or send a message with the subject line “ASP BOUNDARY’ to firstname.lastname@example.org
Pencil in Saturday morning May 11 to join our chapter and Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper for a Spring Sweep shoreline clean-up day. Details to follow.
May 14 A representative from Apex Clean Energy will be the main program at our Chapter meeting, with a focus on how wind turbines impact/coexist with wildlife. On February 28, Apex/Heritage Wind will be offering a Q&A community forum at Albion Middle School. Click here
May 18 is the tentative date for our annual clean-up at Tillman Road Wildlife Management Area in the Town of Clarence. More on that in April.
Good Practices: When going out for a walk in the woods or paddling your canoe or kayak, bring a trash bag and do a little clean-up every time you’re out.
— Submitted by Bob Van Hise
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!
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
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!
To enlarge the image, click here.
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:
- HIKE – Niagara Gorge from Devil’s Hole State Park – 3/24/19
- Micro-Spike HIKE – Hunters Creek Conservation Park – 3/2/19
- Micro-Spike HIKE – Erie County Forest – 2/16/19
- Micro-Spike HIKE – Sprague Brook Park – 2/10/19
- SS/HIKE – Grand Island – 2/9/19
- XC SKI – Elma Meadows – 2/3/19
- ADK Allegany State Park Weekend – 1/18-20/19
- FAMILY HIKE – Deer Lick Conservation Area – 1/6/19
- HIKE – Royalton Ravine – 12/9/18
- HIKE – Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve – 12/8/18