New Store Open in Keene, New Coffeeshop Open in Keene Valley
There is a new store in Keene, Big Crow Trading, located in the renovated taxidermy shop. Also, Sub-Apline is a new coffee house in Keene Valley, next to Keene Fitness.
The Town of Keene has a new website. Here is the link to hiker parking and shuttle information. For current outdoor conditions start on this page maintained by The Mountaineer.
Recovery from the flooding caused by Irene continues, passing the 4 year mark. The Keene footbridge is being replaced this fall with an old used single lane bridge. By the end of 2015 almost every bridge from I-87 to Lake Placid will have been replaced. So we have temporary stoplights(!) in town, which means that you will notice more about town. Stop and visit a shop, have a coffee, a meal, get gas, go the the ATM. Or buy a piece of pie - no kidding - there are now 4 excellent pie places: Noonmark and Rivermede Farm Store in Keene Valley, and Cedar Run Market along with ADK Cafe and Market in Keene all sell amazing pies. We're becomming pie HQ for the entire region!
Keene is doing well. Broadband all over town has brought new residents, including families with children who are also attracted by our award winning school. Verizon cell service covers both hamlets and much of the surrounding lands. Both hamlets have new drinking water systems. The Keene Valley library is thinking of a major improvement project. Our Supervisor, Bill Ferebee, is now Chair of Essex County. We have new, zero-sort, recycling at the transfer station. So the town is well, and everyone will be happy to see fall visitors.
It is Oct 1 as I write this and there is still lots of green in the forest. In 2 weeks or so, the leaves will all be down and will forest open up again. You can see though the forest, unlike summer, so hiking is an entirely different experience. With newly fallen leaves and needles, the ground almost glows golden brown and it's just beautiful.