Next General Meeting 

Tuesday, November 12, 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.

Time and Agenda

6:30   EDUCATION WORKSHOP — Map & Compass Practice

As hikers, we are always told to carry a map and compass, but what are some of the best ways to use these tools before, after and during a hike? Join us to find out more and practice with your friends!

Dr. Jerry Sultz one of the founders of the Niagara Frontier Search and Rescue Team will give us some basic information on finding compass bearings, using a compass to make sure you are on the right course to your destination, and using a compass to help plan a hiking route.  Jerry is also a former chapter chair with plenty of experience hiking locally and in the Adirondacks.  He will give us a wonderful perspective!

After Dr. Sultz’s presentation we will practice taking compass bearings and walking in a given direction, and using a compass and topographic maps to plan a hike.  Please bring a compass if you have one!

Join us in the community room adjacent to the main meeting room from 6:30 to 7:15.  Questions, contact Education chair Teresa Corrigan, TeresaCorrigan85@gmail.com or text (716) 440-5755, or leave v. mail (716) 835-1905.

7:00   SOCIAL TIME — Meet & Greet + Refreshments & Sweets

7:30   PRESENTATION — Arctic Alpine Delicacies

Our program this month will be “Northern Exposure: Some Arctic Alpine Plants of North America” presented by Wayne Gall Ph.D.

Arctic Alpine plants display fascinating adaptations to their harsh environment. Wayne will present photos of wild plants that he captured in the Canadian Rockies at the edge of Arctic tundra on Hudson Bay at Churchill, Manitoba, and in the High peaks of Adirondacks.

Wayne is a WNY native and icon in his field. He has degrees in Entomology, Biology and a Ph.D. in Zoology. He’s held top position at Buffalo Museum of Science, New York Dept. of Health and U.S.D.A. He was the first Administrative Naturalist appointed to Tifft Nature Preserve and has held the position of Conservation chair for ADK-NFC. Our chapter has had the pleasure of having him speak on many topics in the past!

 Hope to see you all at the Presentation!

NOTE: A short business meeting will precede the presentation.

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, December 10th

  • 6:00 Deck the Halls – Any help with set-up is welcome!
  • 6:30 Dinner – Bring your favorite dish or dessert* to our annual holiday potluck to share with your fellow members!  Beverages will be provided!
  • 8:30 Clean up – any help you can give is wildly appreciated!

*We ask that you bring your own reusable plates, bowls, utensils and cups on behalf of our planet.

Our potluck is open to all adventurers!  Feel free to bring friends or family with you!


Tuesday, Nov. 19th

Contact Bob Van Hise for additional info adkpaddles.bvh@gmail.com or (716) 628-0355

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.

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.

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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