Next General Meeting – Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Board of Director’s Meeting Report — Rob Laing

At the June ADK Directors Meeting held in Lake George, the following items were reviewed and discussed:

  • The Heart Lake Property construction is finally coming to a close. From plan to completion has been about 4 years. New or updated facilities include: new well, new septic, new water filtration system, new washhouse, updated existing washhouse, remodeled HPIC, landscaping, new campground loop, new campsites, new camping cabin, new snack bar.
  • The Hungry Hiker snack bar adjacent to the HPIC opened in May and so far has seen steady business. Hours have been expanded in June to include breakfast. The season will run until weather forces closing probably in October. The Hungry Hiker is open 7 days a week. The liquor license should be approved in July.
  • The Executive Director search continues. The job description has been modified to remove the requirement for a law degree and is more focused on not-for-profit management experience. Neil Woodworth is hoping to retire at the end of the year.
  • Broadband will be coming to the Heart Lake property this summer. Fiber cable is being run on existing raised power poles down the Loj road and should be functional by the end of July. An acceptable use policy is being developed to help guide how internet access will be used by guests and visitors.
  • Club membership numbers continue to rise slowly with 17,432 member households as of May, 2019
  • One of the major fundraising events, the IdidaRide, has lower registration than past years and any potential participants are urged to register soon.
  • The Executive Committee and BoD voted on and approved the expenditure for a 5 year strategic plan utilizing an outside consultant. An RFP was submitted to 6 organizations, 4 responded and 1 was selected. The strategic plan ideally will help guide the club’s direction in the coming years.

As always, if anyone would like more information on any topic please don’t hesitate to contact me at rlaing537@gmail.com.

Message from the Chair, Paul Gannon

Well, we certainly had beautiful weather for our picnic at Chestnut Ridge. During our annual business meeting, I was re-elected for another two-year term as your chapter chair. I thank everyone for their support and will try my best to live up to your expectations.

Rob Laing, Cheryl Peluso, and Kate Hacker will continue in their roles as Director and alternates, respectively.

Mary Schraven has completed two terms as 1st Vice-Chair/Outings, and must step down. We thank Mary for all her hard work on our behalf and look forward to benefiting from her commitment to our club and chapter in other ways in the future.

Victoria Rowley was elected to succeed Mary, and we all welcome her as our new 1st Vice-Chair/Outings.

The chapter presented Larry Beahan with our annual Volunteer of the Year Award (see article, below). Everyone who knows Larry would agree that it was well deserved.

At this time, I would like to also acknowledge all of the unsung individuals who help make our chapter so successful. So, here’s to all the people who participate in our activities, set up and clean up at meetings, present a positive image of ADK in the community, and help to spread the word about our organization.

I hope everyone enjoys a wonderful summer full of adventure. I look forward to our annual ice cream social and slide show in September. Until then, keep on trekking.

New Newsletter Editor!

Mary Kathryn Noack has graciously agreed to serve as the new newsletter editor for the Niagara Explorer. Mary comes to us with leadership experience on the board of our Niagara Frontier Chapter and a wealth of web design and marketing know-how. She will surely spruce up future editions of the Niagara Explorer. Please join me in thanking Mary for her willingness to serve our chapter. Mary is also an avid hiker who is working her way through the 46ers and the Finger Lakes Trail. Email her your submissions at marynoac@buffalo.edu

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

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 deena.mueller1@gmail.com about your suggestions and to let me know that you’d like to be a part of the Young Members group. Cheers! – Deena Mueller

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).

To visit our 46ers webpage, click ‘Our Chapter’s 46ers’ in the menu bar at the top of this page, or 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!

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

Congratulations to our Chapters Recent 46ers!

The climbers listed below were celebrated at the October and September 2018 ADK General Meetings as new 46ers. Bravo!

Name  – Final Peak

  • 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

We want YOU on our 46er List!
Please submit any new entries or updates to David Kowalski (dfk2008@gmail.com).

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.


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.


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

ADK By-Laws2016

Education Scholarship Application

Education Scholarship Guidelines

Education Scholarship Info

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