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Melissa Hart
Adirondack Almanack Editor
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The July 4th holiday weekend is almost here and this one will be looking different for those of us who are used to spending the holiday in an Adirondack campground or watching a community fireworks display. As it stands now, neither of those traditions are available for most residents or visitors in our region.

Luckily, Adirondackers are a resilient bunch and we've got plenty of examples of things worth celebrating this week, as we look at the top stories we're following on both our news sites: and

If you like what you see and want to dig in deeper, take a look at our full slate of topical Explorer newsletters, and/or subscribe to receive our daily Almanack updates.

What's new this week

Making the case for constitutional amendments

Article 14, Section 1 -- the "Forever Wild" clause of New York's constitution -- has been amended 16 times since 1938, and talks have been under way about three new amendments that could be put before voters.

In the Almanack, Peter Bauer, Executive Director of Protect the Adirondacks, has been working on a five-part series about these proposed amendments.

Writing in the Explorer, reporter Gwen Craig breaks down the issues surrounding the Cathead Mountain tower, and how installing a much needed emergency communications equipment can get complicated, fast. READ MORE

In her weekly "Adirondack Report" newsletter, Gwen gives a look at how she reported this story (which included climbing Cathead, pictured above) and the challenges of reporting during coronavirus. READ IT (and subscribe!)

Top story of the week

A recent survey shows Adirondack residents have mixed feelings about visitors. This story was widely shared and sparked some discussion on the Almanack. READ MORE

Coronavirus related stories:

In his weekly "Backcountry Journal" column this week, Explorer reporter Mike Lynch reflects on a camping trip he took last summer. READ MORE
As we head into the July Fourth holiday weekend, Adirondack campgrounds are open, but only to those with existing reservations. I'm among the people disappointed by this news, as I would have been returning to Lake Harris campground with my family this week. We originally had reservations but moved them to 2021 when we weren't sure if campgrounds would open. Here's a story I wrote last summer about camping with my three year old twins: READ MORE
In the wake of many Fourth of July fireworks displays being canceled, the communities of Long Lake and Raquette Lake have teamed up on a new way to celebrate READ MORE
Common Ground Alliance goes virtual in 2020
The annual event is set for July 14-15, to be held online. READ MORE 

What we're following

In the Almanack: Fort Ticonderoga and arts organization reopen. Enchanted Forest in Old Forge and Six Flags in Lake George remain closed for now. Click here for more COVID-related openings and closings  

Recent news headlines

Celebrating pollinators
Last week was National Pollinator Week and Almanack contributor (and master beekeeper) Jackie Woodcock wrote a series of articles about various pollinating insects and animals. 
Check out this article on native bees
Click here for all of her articles
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