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Chapter News   Updated: 2014-08-18    
September/October Chepontuc Newsletter is Available Online!   View
Additional Fire Tower Information added to this web site!
This page now contains a link to a Google map that shows the locations of the ADK and Catskill fire towers. Using the Map, you can request directions to each trail head. This information was supplied by Richard Conlee.

In addition, the Firetower Details page has links to most towers (all but three) for information about the towers
Program: Visit Iceland at Saratoga Library, Wed September 17, 7pm
Join ADK Schenectady Chapter Chair Rich Vertigan and Holly Hawkes as they present their program, "Visit Iceland." This presentation follows them as they drive around the entire island.

Enjoy stunning landscapes, huge waterfalls, active geysers, glaciers, volcanoes, and rocky coastlines. Here is a country where you can have one foot in North America while the other foot is in Europe. Don't miss it!
Please Register for Our Chapter Annual Dinner on Friday, Oct 24!
Our Annual Dinner will be held at the Wishing Well in Gansevoort!

James Bruchac of The Ndakinna Educational Center in Greenfield Center will entertain us with his stories. Bruchac is an award winning author, story teller, animal tracking expert, wilderness instructor and guide. He is the eldest son of World renowned Abenaki Indian storytelling and author Joseph Bruchac III.

For Annual Dinner Details, click link Details
For Menu and Registration Form, click link Registration form
To view proposed changes to Chapter Bylaws: Changes to vote on
Nominating Committee Slate of Officers for 2015
Chapter members will be asked to vote at the Wishing Well Restaurant in Wilton, Friday, October 24, 2014. The slate of officers for 2015 is:
  • Chapter Chair: Laura Fiske (re-election)
  • Secretary: John Caffry (re-election)
  • Treasurer: Steve Mackey (re-election)
To view the nominee's biographies, click link View Nominees
New Chapter Policy Regarding Dogs on Chapter Outings!
The chapter executive committee has discussed this issue over the last several months and has approved a chapter policy regarding dogs on outings.

View the policy using the Chapter Information / Forms & Guildelines link.
Where is Steve Mackey hiking on the Pacific Crest Trail?
Steve Mackey (our chapter's treasurer) is currently hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, which is on the west coast from Mexico to Canada. The trail is 2600 miles long and should take him around 4 1/2 to 5 months (mid to late August, he hopes) to complete.

The email that he sends us will be posted on a web page on this site. To view his progress, click on the link: Steve's Email (Updated 8/04/2014)
Mobile support for smart phones and tablets added to website!
Devices that respond as mobile (smart phones, tablets) will have pages sized to fit on those devices. Non mobile devices (pc, mac) will receive a fixed width web page.

The web server will determine the appropriate page (mobile or pc) to be delivered, based upon the device reporting itself as "mobile". Your mobile browser will detect the device's screen width in pixels and size the page to fit, which should eliminate zooming and left-right scrolling.
2015 Chapter Winter Weekend Heart Lake
The 16 reservations for the Wiezel Cabin, Feb. 20-22, 2015 have been filled. Thanks to Rick Lennox, we will happily celebrate his Winter 46R finish, on 2/21/15. There are 5 on the waiting list, which is a reasonable limit. Participants will be sent details early in 2015. We look forward to another great winter weekend.

  Steve Mackey
  21 MacArthur Dr
  Glens Falls, NY 12801-2317

Please email any questions to: smackey33@verizon.net
Your Chapter Needs Some Good Volunteers!
As a way to develop a listing of chapter members that want to help out with the chapter, a volunteer request form has been developed. Please complete the volunteer form indicating your areas of interest and a member of the executive committee will get back to you to discuss the next steps.

The form is located in the Chapter Links under "Chapter Information Forms & Guidelines" or the link: Volunteer Request Form

Contact Laura Fiske at 518-884-0345 or email chapterchair@adk-gfs.org
J. Schneider Report on Pharaoh Lake Wilderness Area to DEC View
Fill out report if you hiked Pharaoh Lake Wilderness Area Details
Reminder: Include your email address when renewing membership!
We receive membership information bimonthly and update our membership list with your info! You may renew your ADK membership online by clicking on: Renew Online! - Make sure to select "Glens Falls Saratoga" as your chapter!

You may also update your email address at any time, by clicking on the Email Icon.