The Little Falls Public Library is pleased to announce an upcoming presentation by the author Marty Podskoch on the topic of his book “The Adirondack 102 Club: Your Passport and Guide to the North Country” as well as Adirondacks history and tourism, on Wednesday, August 17th at 1 PM in the Little Falls Public Library’s Community Room. The library’s Community Room is a handicap-accessible meeting space, the event is free and open to the public.
“The Adirondack 102 Club: Your Passport and Guide to the North Country” was published in 2014 as a comprehensive guide to travelers listing the history and interesting places to visit in all 102 towns and villages in the Adirondacks. It is also a journal and passport, a place to get each town stamped or signed by a store or resident, and the chance to discover the secret and lovely places that the main roads do not reveal. Mr. Podskoch will be sharing the knowledge gathered in the creation of the book in this upcoming informative presentation.
Martin Podskoch was a teacher for 28 years at Delaware Academy in Delhi, NY. He retired in 2001. Marty and his wife, Lynn, raised their three children, Matt, Kristy, and Ryan, in a renovated farmhouse along the Delaware River. He became interested in fire towers after climbing the fire tower on Hunter Mountain in 1987. He met its observer, listened to his stories, and was hooked. He set out on a quest to find out all he could about the history and lore of the fire towers. In 1997 Wray Rominger of Purple Mountain Press asked Marty to write a history of the Catskill Fire Towers and their restoration processes.
After interviewing over 100 observers, rangers, and their families, Marty gathered hundreds of stories and pictures about the fire towers of the Catskills. In 2000, his book “Fire Towers of the Catskills: Their History and Lore” was published by Purple Mountain Press, which also published his second book “Adirondack Fire Towers: Their History and Lore, the Southern District,” in June 2003 and his third “Adirondack Fire Towers: Their History and Lore, the Northern Districts” in November 2005.
Marty also wrote a weekly newspaper column, “Adirondack Stories,” in five area newspapers, noted comic book artist Sam Glazman noted comic book artist illustrated tales, culminating in 251 illustrated stories as two books “Adirondack Stories: Historical Sketches” and “Adirondack Stories II: 101 More Historical Sketches”. In 2011 Podskoch wrote and published Adirondack Civilian Conservation Corps Camps: History, Memories & Legacy of the CCC. In the fall of 2013, he received the “Arthur E. Newkirk Education Award” from the Adirondack Mountain Club for his work in preserving the history of the fire towers and Civilian Conservation Corps Camps in the Adirondacks and Catskills. The depth and breadth of his research and work with the history of New York’s mountain ranges inform and enrich the upcoming presentation.
For more information on this and other upcoming library events, you can visit the Little Falls Public Library’s website at www.lflibrary.org, check out the library’s Facebook homepage at http://www.facebook.com/littlefallslibrary, or contact by phone at 315-823-1542. The Little Falls Public Library appreciates this opportunity to share local arts and history with the community!