For anyone that hasn't watched enough TV/Netflix since the pandemic hit, and is interested in supporting the Ausable River Association (AsRA) - a small organization that does great things for the Ausable River in NY - consider buying a ticket for the virtual Wild and Scenic Film Festival happening on Saturday, December 5th. You can find tickets information here: https://www.ausableriver.org/events/wild-scenic-film-festival Paddling: Most of the Ausable River watershed is best known for hiking, fishing, or white water paddling but there are a few places for flatwater paddling if you are in the area (think next year's Assembly!). About the organization (from their website): The clean, clear water, healthy streams, and rich habitats of the Ausable River, its tributaries and its lakes are essential to the communities – human and wild – that call the watershed home. While its headwaters and significant sections of the East and West Branches benefit from various protections at the state level, the river, nonetheless, faces challenges. Many of the threats to water quality, stream stability, and native wildlife have roots in past industrial practices, others are the result of present day development and management practices. None of these challenges, however, are insurmountable. Thanks to the creation of the Ausable River Association in 1998, the health of the river has been a topic of conversation, study, and action among residents, business owners, and visitors to the region. AsRA’s staff expansion beginning in 2014 has increased the application of up-to-date scientific and technical knowledge to advance watershed issues, improved access to public funding resources, and created rising public enthusiasm and engagement to protect and restore the river, it’s lakes, streams, and wetlands.