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Newcomb Campus Helps Celebrate Teddy Roosevelt Weekend

College joins community in honoring link to 26th president

The Newcomb campus of the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) will participate in the town of Newcomb's Teddy Roosevelt Weekend with presentations that include music and storytelling, information about what it's like to be a forester and opportunities for sportsmen to learn more about coyotes.

The weekend activities, which will be Sept. 9 through 11, celebrate Newcomb's connection to the nation's 26th president, a conservationist who established five national parks. Roosevelt's name is forever linked to Newcomb because he was visiting the area in September 1901 when he learned that President William McKinley had been shot in Buffalo. Roosevelt, vice president at the time, was en route from Newcomb to Buffalo when McKinley died.

This year's Teddy Roosevelt Weekend includes the following events on the ESF Newcomb campus:

Friday, Sept. 9: Adirondack singer, songwriter and storyteller Chris Shaw in concert at the Adirondack Interpretive Center, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 10: ESF Certified Forester Mike Gooden will staff the Goodnow Mountain fire tower from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., offering interpretive information about what it's like to be a forester and ranger. The hike from the parking lot off Route 28N to the tower at the summit is just less than two miles with a roughly 1,000-foot ascent.

Sunday, Sept. 11: "Teddy Roosevelt: The Sportsman," at the Adirondack Interpretive Center, 10 a.m., featuring an appearance by TR himself (as portrayed by Roosevelt impersonator Joe Wiegand); and a presentation and panel discussion called"Sportsmen: Got Game?" about Adirondack coyotes for sportsmen and women, 11 a.m. at the Adirondack Interpretive Center.

Other weekend activities at the Adirondack Interpretive Center include a fly-fishing program 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. It will be led by Adirondack guide and outdoor columnist Joe Hackett and includes instruction and fishing on waters within ESF's Huntington Wildlife Forest that are not normally open to the public. The fly-fishing program requires registration in advance. There is a $25 fee.

Anyone wishing further information can call the AIC at 518-482-4551.

The AIC is the central point for public programs, events, courses and other activities offered through ESF's Northern Forest Institute. The center is located on State Route 28N in Newcomb.