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Flagpole manufacturing and restoration is more than a job for Adirondack Flagpoles owner Danny Kaifetz, it’s something he believes in. Sure, he knows the technical stuff as well as people know their own names, but when he starts getting into why he makes flagpoles his voice changes. There's deep emotion there, an unmistakably strong feeling of pride when he says words like salute, sacrifice, and veteran.  Danny is the...
It's festival time at the fairgrounds, featuring some of my favorite things: Hand-crafted, gorgeous, and delightful objects and other works of art. Made by nice people. I'm talking about the second annual Essex Arts and Crafts Festival held at the Essex County Fairgrounds in Westport. It was so popular the first year that there are now two separate events in 2018. Plan for Friday, July 6 and Wednesday, August 1. Stroll...
Feature photo: Copyright Fort Ticonderoga; photographer Carl Heilman II Written by guest blogger Beth Hill, President and CEO, Fort Ticonderoga As one of the most important Revolutionary War sites anywhere in the country, an Independence Day visit to Fort Ticonderoga is an unforgettable experience. Not a day goes by that I don’t learn something new about the Fort and its amazing history! Visitors — young, old, and...
At approximately 125 miles long and 12 miles across at its widest point, Lake Champlain offers over 435-square miles of surface area; a huge water recreation playground particularly for anglers. Thinking of trying out your luck and testing your fishing skills on this vast lake? Here are a few details you may not know. Tops in Bass Fishing Lake Champlain consistently ranks in Bassmasters Top US Bass Fishing Lakes list. In...
Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce written by Katelyn Chevier It’s hard not to show excitement for warmth and sunshine as flowers bloom promising summer. Ticonderoga invites you to make the most out of summer by attending some of the many annual events and activities offered every year. Show your spirit! There’s surely no better way to celebrate 4th of July than Historical Ticonderoga’s “Best 4th in the North.”  This popular...
Business Name: The Village Inn and Red Brick Cafe Opening Date: January 2017 Number of Employees: Two full-time and four part-time Location: 1 Star Way, Port Henry, NY 12974 Tim Bryant and his stepson, Timur, opened the Red Brick Café in downtown Port Henry in 2017. Since opening, the café and inn have built a local and regional following. Read below to learn more about this local start-up success story. Tell us about...
Chesterfield is a very old town. The native Algonquin people were the original inhabitants. This area is still a rich source of fascinating structures with great appeal, both natural and man-made. This classic example of an Adirondack water-powered mill community was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. Locus of water power As seen above, the famous bridges in the hamlet of Keeseville, part of the Keeseville...
“There’s a THEATRE in here?” the Amtrak passenger asked, pointing to the Actors’ Equity sign in the lobby of the train station. “There sure is,” I answered as usual, preparing my regular spiel. “It’s very convenient, as actors can ride the train from Broadway directly to the stage here in the Adirondacks!”  It’s a frequently asked question about a unique situation. The circa 1876 historic building located in the community of Westport...
Whether you're dreaming of reeling in The Big One or you want your child to get excited about their first fish, the Lake Champlain region is a great place for all of those angler delights. From the big lake to fast rivers to little ponds, we've got it all. Here are some tips to make sure that fishing trip will be full of memories. The big one We are thrilled to announce that our own Lake Champlain is not only a big lake, it is the...
The Lake Champlain region is host to numerous ponds, rivers, and, of course, the big lake itself. Knowledgable anglers know that all of these bodies of water offer terrific fishing opportunities, but here are five Lake Champlain region fishing facts for the rest of us!   1. There’s a fish hatchery that you can visit! The Essex County Fish Hatchery is located in Crown Point, and is open to the public. The hatchery raises rainbow,...
Tim Rowland, New York Times best-selling author, writes about building trails in the Adirondacks with the Champlain Area Trails.  I’ve been building a lot of trails lately, some of them intentionally. Others just sort of spontaneously happen when I am out flailing about in my woods and I have to brush out a thicket just to get home. Being that my property is not in the forest preserve, I’ve seen fit to try to build a...
It was a fight for the ages, a battle of wits that ended with the triumph of man over beast. I caught a fish. But it wasn’t just any fish — this was a beautiful, 30-inch long lake trout that weighed about 12 pounds.  A catch of that caliber might not have excited a hardier fisherman; a hardy fisherman I am not. Most of my adventures involve walking and climbing, and since this was my first time fishing on Lake Champlain I was ecstatic...
Here it comes... the first traditional holiday of the summer season and many of us are beginning to make our long weekend plans. The Town of Crown Point is gearing up for their annual Memorial Day celebration held Saturday, May 26 through Monday, May 28. This community has been hosting Memorial Day celebrations for 150 years! They extend gracious hospitality for everyone to come and enjoy the activities and events planned, but also...
You don't have to believe those splashy ad campaigns that tell you how good the fishing is on Lake Champlain. Ignore that Madison Avenue stuff, and listen to the best bass anglers in the world, guys who fish all over the country. Let them help make your decision on where to go fishing. Take FLW tour pro Scott Martin, for instance. He's pitched, flipped, and drop-shotted all over the country, including Lake Champlain. Here's what he says: "...
This blog contributed by Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce by Katelyn Chevier.  Top 10 Things To See & Do in Ticonderoga: There is no wonder why Ticonderoga manifests historic charm, scenic beauty, and an abundance of recreation and activities, being the name’s origin is from the Iroquois word tekontaró:ken, meaning "it is at the junction of two waterways." This lovely little town nestled between Lake George and Lake...