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Adirondack Public Observatory

06/29/2004 10:02AM

Adirondack Public Observatory
TO: Area Media
FR: Marck Staves-518-359-9305
RE: Adirondack Public Observatory

On Monday, June 28th a press conference was held in Tupper Lake, to announce the development of a large-scale observatory in the central Adirondacks. The Adirondack Public Observatory will be a state-of-the art facility with remote viewing capabilities.

The Adirondack Public Observatory, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization with a Board of Directors that come from various backgrounds, including area universities. President Marc Staves greeted the public and press, and
offered a brief history on the observatory project. Channel 5 meteorologist
Gib Brown, an APO Board member, then offered a power point presentation detailing the project schedule and costs.

The total project cost is expected to be over $500,000 and will include a dome with large telescope, a structure with a roll top roof that will house additional telescopes, and a control building. The APO will be located on a
portion of land owned by the Town of Altamont, known as the Big Wolf Road. Design Associates of Plattsburgh has been contracted to do the engineering work for the project.

President Marc Staves stated, "I believe we have assembled a top notch group of astronomers and educators who give a tremendous amount of credibility to this project." Besides Staves, the Board consists of Tim Moeller, Vice-President and amateur astronomer; SteveDurham, amateur astronomer as Treasurer;Jim LaValley, secretary; Phil Bogdanovitch, natural resource
consultant; Gib Brown, meteorologist & science teacher; Dr. Robert Dixon, professor of astronomy at SUNY Canton; Gordon Duval, physics and astronomy teacher at Tupper Lake High School; Carol Levy, amateur astronomer; Dr. Jeff
Miller, professor of physics and astronomy at St. Lawrence University; Mark Moeller, VP of Maroun Insurance; Dr. Glenn Myer, director of the North Country Planetarium and physics professor at SUNY Plattsburgh; Dr. Aileen
O'Donoghue, associate professor of astronomy at St. Lawrence University; Dr. Jan Wojcik, director of Clarkson University Reynolds Observatory.

The APO has scheduled several "Star Parties" and fund-raisers throughout the north country this summer, that will raise awareness of the project and help recognize it as a regional observatory.