ATTENTION ALL ADK-NFC’ers
Now here is a unique volunteer opportunity!!!
SPECIAL MEETING – Tuesday, September 11, 2018
ICE CREAM SOCIAL & SLIDE SHOW
Location: Fellowship Hall – Amherst Community Church
7:00: ICE CREAM SOCIAL
Reconnect with ADK chapter friends after the summer break over ice cream and beverages. A great Welcome Back before the ADK Chapter updates and Slide Show
7:30: GENERAL MEETING & SLIDE SHOW
Recent 46ers will be Honored: Celebrate recent ADK members who have climbed the 46 Highest Peaks!
Annual Members Slide Show: Plan to share the adventure & fun you’ve had over the past year with fellow ADK members at the Annual Slide Show! Start thinking about TEN pictures you’d like to present! They can be from one outing or a few. It’s always fun to see what others have experienced. They are great suggestions for future trips for all of us!
Send 10 pictures to Slide Organizer Doug Gaffney by Monday, September 10. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
LOOKING BACK – Annual Chapter Picnic 6/9/18
Animal Adventures Visit
– Dana Jandzinski
“In Your Back Yard” Presentation
In keeping with the theme of “In our own backyard”, we raffled off a rain barrel from Buffalo Niagara Water Keepers, a composter and native plants. Thanks to Mary Schraven and Kim Downing for organizing the raffle.
Sierra Club Niagara Group, also made an appearance, Diane Strablow and Ellen Banks, both ADK members as well as officers of Sierra Club, presented some of the initiatives Sierra Club is working on that will positively impact our local townships. READY 100 is an effort to have our local townships set a goal of being 100% Clean Energy and take concrete action steps to make that a reality. We look forward to working closely with Sierra Club on this important initiative. Join ADK Conservation Committee to learn what you can do to make a difference.
Elections and Departures
We gratefully say good bye to Dana Jandzinski who was the Program Chair for 3 years and to Lynn Kenney, a long-time Conservation Chair. We hope you both will take some time to relax, but we also hope to see you on outings and at the monthly meetings. Your contributions were greatly appreciated.
The Volunteers of the Year Award was presented and the Conservationist of the Year Awards were presented to five long time activists working on the total cleanup of the West Valley Demonstration Project.
Conclusion & Thank You
The delicious variety of grilled offerings were supplemented by an eclectic array of salads, sides and desserts, and made for an outstanding summer picnic feast. ADK pot-lucks are always excellent with many choices of healthy and creative dishes as well as decadent desserts.
We couldn’t have our successful picnic without the assistance of many members who helped out: THANK YOU ALL! • Food Shoppers Carol and David Schuster, • Set Up: Mary and Richard Schraven, Janet and David Kowalski, and many others! • Grillers: David Schuster and David Kowalski, • Outing Leaders: Paul Kochmanski (bike), Richard Schraven (paddle), Lynn Kenney (nature hike), and Kim Newland (hike). And all those who stayed late to help clean up! Next year the picnic will be on Sunday, June 9, 2019 again at the beautiful Commissioner’s Cabin in Chestnut Ridge.
– Mary Schraven
– Dana Jandzinski
RECOGNITION: Award Recipients Honored at Picnic
Volunteer of the Year Award
Conservationist of the Year Award
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:
Message From the Chair, Paul Gannon
Well, the beautiful warm weather has finally arrived. Our annual picnic is always a perfect kick-off to our summer schedule.
Unfortunately, I was unable to attend this year. I was on my ADK High Adventure trip, rafting on the San Juan River in Utah. I would like to, once again, encourage all of our members to consider going on one of these high adventure trips. Check out the schedule in every edition of Adirondac.
This trip has got me thinking about how important it is to challenge ourselves once in a while, and to reach out beyond our comfort zone. I am used to the woods and mountains of the Northeast. The desert is a completely foreign environment.
We all have our favorite activities, and probably spend the majority of our time outdoors pursuing them. This summer, I would like to challenge every one of you to try something different. Have you ever been on a stand up paddleboard? Been sailing? Gone white water rafting? Pick one and see what it is all about. How well do you know about trees, birds, or wildflowers? Get a guidebook and really study the subject. Open our Wilderness Weekends book. Find a place that you have never been before and plan a visit.
Learning about a subject, trying something new, going some place that you have never been before, are the things that add spice to our lives. This summer, give it a try.
Conservation Corner — Lynn Rehfeld-Kenney, Chair
The Conservation Committee was busy in May and June promoting a healthy environment. Member’s organized the May Education Workshop and recommended Heidi Gee to be the general meeting speaker. She spoke about the importance of planting native plant species in your own backyard to provide homes and nourishment for pollinators, insects and the birds that feed on them. This was followed up by an informative display at the June picnic regarding information on organic cleaning products that will not harm the environment. The committee topped this off by providing several free cleaning products and sponsoring a drawing for milkweed plants, a rain barrel and a composter to encourage all club members to protect our planet.
Thank you to Jay Wopperer, and Lynn and Doug Kenney for completing the Adopt-A-Highway clean-up on the roads surrounding the Tillman Wetlands area in Clarence. Three large bags of garbage, a tire and multiple large boxes were picked up this year. There will be another opportunity to help with the fall clean-up in September.
ADK legislative staff and state legislators were successful in convincing the state legislators not approve the recommendation by Governor Cuomo’s budget staff to change how the tax base costs were determined for the Catskill and Adirondack Parks. Such a change would have resulted in local governments voting against any new land acquisitions in the future. The empty oil tanker railroad cars parked on the spur railroad track leading to the Tahawus Mine in the Adirondacks are being removed thus preventing the remaining oil left in the tankers from leaking into the nearby river as the railroad cars rusted.
There are no Conservation Committee meetings scheduled for the summer. Conservation meetings will resume in September.
Attacks on the environment never stop. To learn the latest environmental news, join the Conservation Committee!
Congratulations to our Chapters Recent 46ers!!
The climbers listed below were celebrated at the September 12 ADK General Meeting as new 46ers. Bravo!
46er #, Name, Date Completed, Final Peak
10,449, Mike Hilburger, 8/26/17, Skylight
Beth Hartz from Clarence climbed Gothics this summer to finish her 46 High Peaks!
ANNOUNCEMENT: 46ER FLAG
ADK 46er Update: Nearly 100 members in our chapter have accomplished this impressive goal since the chapter’s formation in 1971. To add your name, send it to Cheryl Peluso, email@example.com, or call Kate Hacker at 688-8618. If you don’t have a number because you didn’t register we can still add you to our 46er list.
Many Niagara ADK members are currently working towards this objective. 46er Lynn Kenney is the keeper of our chapter’s official 46er banner, an impressive prop to display from the summit of your 46th peak. Please contact Lynn if your completion is imminent, to borrow the banner and properly photo your achievement! (Lynn Kenney: 716-825-7329).
DIRECTOR’S REPORT, Rob Laing:
I attended the Adirondack Mountain Club annual meeting and quarterly Directors meeting in Lake George on April 1. There are typically up to 50 people attending these meetings, including chapter Directors, club officers, club staff and committee chairs. This meeting also included a Directors roundtable, which I’ll mention later, but in total we spent over 6 hours discussing past performance, current status and future direction of the club. The annual meeting reviewed the financial performance of the club for 2016 – in summary 2016 was a solid year: operating surplus, increasing revenues, increased donations and increasing membership. Not spectacular performance, but solid performance.
2016 also saw the start of a major reconstruction project at the Heart Lake property. ADK received a 3:1 matching grant from NYS to improve the High Peaks Information Center and the surrounding facilities and campground. The HPIC was closed late in October 2016 and reopened in February of this year. The interior was completely gutted and rebuilt. A new well was also dug in the fall. Exterior finishing will commence once the weather indicates winter is over. The next steps will be construction of a new washhouse, concession area, new septic and new campground loop. The existing washhouse will be renovated as well, however that will not happen until the end of the project. Over 600 hours of volunteer effort went into the reconstruction of the HPIC with some local chapter members participating.
An ongoing concern has been increased use (overuse?) of the Eastern High Peaks region. With the increased use have come parking and traffic issues, waste disposal issues and backcountry abuse. The effort to address this started last year and will continue this year. This is a complicated issue and if anyone wants to discuss in more detail please contact me, but to summarize: discussions are ongoing with the State DOT regarding traffic and parking, education efforts are ongoing to address waste disposal and LNT efforts in the backcountry, and discussions are ongoing with the DEC about reopening the UMP for the Eastern High Peaks region.
Some conservation issues that ADK will take a public stance on include:
Finally, we started the day with a Directors Roundtable. An effort is being made to assist less active club chapters to increase local participation: whether that means increasing local chapter outings or having an increased voice on local conservation issues is up to each individual chapter to decide where to focus. We are lucky in the Niagara Frontier Chapter that we have an active chapter with many dedicated volunteers. Other chapters around the state are not as lucky and we, as Directors, are attempting to share ideas on what makes our chapter successful. This is something that will precede each Directors meeting for the foreseeable future until we run out of ideas to talk about.
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
ADK Adventure Travel: BROADEN YOUR HORIZONS!
The newest ADK Adventure Trips include Hut-to-Hut Backpacking in Norway, Hiking Alaska’s Denali National Park, Cycling throughout Germany’s Wine Country, and Hiking in Finland’s National Parks. Look for details in the Adirondac July/August issue, or on the adk.org website.
ADK-NFC Member Paul Gannon recalls a recent ADK Adventure Travel trip to the Canadian Rockies: “Do you love the outdoors? Enjoy our local club trips? Consider taking part in ADK Adventure Travel. Every edition of Adirondac lists club- sponsored trips around the world. I have attended three of them so far, most recently one to the Canadian Rockies last fall. Based out of the Lake Louis Inn, every day we drove to a different trail head in Banff National Park for a wonderful day hike in the spectacular Canadian Rockies. I enjoyed the company of fellow ADK members, who are some of the best people I know. It was literally a life-changing experience for me. Next spring, I will take a float trip through the desert canyons of Utah along the San Juan River. There are still openings. Maybe you will join me. See you out there!”
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