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 The Huletts Current — News & Opinion About Huletts Landing, N.Y.

The Huletts Current

News & Opinion About Huletts Landing, N.Y.

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Friday Fun

November 16th, 2018 · No Comments

Eric Chien, performing the routine that won him the grand prize at the World Championship of Magic.

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Saturday Quote

November 10th, 2018 · No Comments

“God meets daily needs daily. Not weekly or annually. He will give you what you need when it is needed.”

Max Lucado

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Ten Years Old

November 9th, 2018 · No Comments

Well, here it is – another November 9th. Today is the day I celebrate the “birthday” of the Huletts Current. It’s now been exactly ten years since my first post in 2008. This year, I have not been able to devote as much time as would like to updating the site but I will announce that over the next couple of months, an overall update in the design of the site will occur. It’s time for a fresher / cleaner look. The content will still be easy to read and all of the historic posts will still be there, but it’s time for a change.

The one comment I consistently get, is why isn’t there more news? Well I don’t make the stuff up, I have to rely on all of you to pass things along. So if you have some news, please let me know.

So as is my custom, here are the most read posts from the past year.

1.) Pictures from the 2017 Huletts Christmas Party
2.) Pictures from the 2017 Dresden Christmas Party
3.) An Aerial View on ‘Black Friday’
4.) New LGLC Leeming Jelliffe Preserve Opens in Huletts Landing
5.) President Trump Visits Fort Drum
6.) Star Trek Original Series Set Tour in Ticonderoga is Unbelievable
7.) Pictures from the Master’s Golf Championship
8.) Postal Service Renews Huletts Post Office Lease
9.) Dresden Final Election Results
10.) 2018 Columbus Weekend ‘Halloween’ Parade

So thanks again for reading and now onto year eleven!!

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Dresden Town Hall Painted

October 29th, 2018 · No Comments

Many thanks to Town Supervisor, Paul Ferguson, who has been painting the Dresden Town Hall. Here is a picture of how the front entrance looks tonight. (Click image to see larger view.)

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Congresswoman Stefanik Announces Federal Investment in Fort Ticonderoga

October 26th, 2018 · No Comments

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (left), and Beth Hill, President and CEO of Fort Ticonderoga (right), at Fort Ticonderoga on Friday October 26th. (Click image to see larger view.)

Fort Ticonderoga announced today plans for a major capital campaign and collection preservation. Aided by federal investment, announced today by Congresswoman Elise Stefanik and supported by Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, Fort Ticonderoga continues to expand its collections catalog and rediscover more pieces of our nation’s amazing treasures. Fort Ticonderoga was awarded $249,400 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services as part of a $619,630 project to inventory, catalog and store more than 30,000 items from its objects collections. This 3-year project will also aid in the updating of the online collections database recently launched by Fort Ticonderoga making its rare museum collections accessible to the world.

Additionally, Fort Ticonderoga announced it is beginning the next phase of a $70 million capital campaign to support plans to enhance the visitor experience, which includes the construction of a new state-of-the-art museum to house and display the growing collections of historical importance. The museum will serve as the premier North American military history museum, spanning the early modern era from 1609-1815.

This investment shows the strength of the organization, and why Fort Ticonderoga has gained a reputation as a world class destination important to our nation’s history. This is the most aggressive expansion in the history of Fort Ticonderoga and will be one of the largest economic development projects in the North Country.

“In the last decade, Fort Ticonderoga has experienced significant growth in visitors, economic impact, and educational reach,” said Beth Hill, President & CEO of Fort Ticonderoga. “We continue to offer an unmatched glimpse into the past through our collections, living history programs, and academic programming on the very grounds where freedom was advanced. We’re excited to move forward with these plans to ensure that people can have access to our singular collections and experience all that Fort Ticonderoga has to offer for generations to come.”

This investment comes on the heels of a $2.45 million grant awarded to Fort Ticonderoga by New York State for the preservation and adaptive re-use of the Pavilion, the historic home on the Fort Ticonderoga campus. The Pavilion was built in 1826 and is considered one of America’s first summer homes.

The restoration project, expected to be complete in 2020, will save a national treasure while expanding Fort Ticonderoga’s capacity as a national cultural destination. The future Pavilion will include expanded visitor amenities, conference center capacity, and new educational and exhibition space.

“I’m proud to help secure nearly $250,000 in federal funding through the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ Museums for America Grant program for Fort Ticonderoga’s newly announced expansion,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “Our region thrives on the tourism and commerce we generate from our unique historical heritage, and Fort Ticonderoga is a pillar of our area’s culture. As a child, I remember spending many days at Fort Ticonderoga with my brother and parents, exploring the grounds and watching historical reenactments. The expansion announced today is great news not only for our tourism economy, but for the countless families like my own that will be enriched through the educational programs at Fort Ticonderoga. I’ll keep working in Congress to ensure our North Country history is shared for generations to come.”

“Fort Ticonderoga shaped world history,” said New York State Senator Betty Little. “I’ve been honored to support the fort in many different ways and am very pleased to join in today’s announcement of funding that will help shape Fort Ticonderoga’s future. Preserving the fort and creating a more enriching experience is a true team effort that will benefit our region for decades to come. Kudos to Congresswoman Stefanik, Beth Hill, the dedicated members of the board of trustees and everyone else who is playing a role in making this historic jewel shine even brighter.”

“The preservation of this historical collection will allow Fort Ticonderoga the ability to provide a greater understanding of the history and rich tradition the Adirondacks has amassed over the years,” said New York State Assemblyman Dan Stec. “Sharing this piece of history with future generations will enrich the lives of many visitors and ensure the viability of this world class museum.”

“Fort Ticonderoga is one of America’s greatest historic treasures and one of the North Country’s greatest tourism attractions,” said Garry Douglas, President of the North Country Chamber of Commerce and Co-Chair of the North Country Regional Economic Development Council. “This latest federal support for the fort’s collections and assets is another building block in the continuing enhancement of Fort Ti as an economic asset to the entire region. We thank Congresswoman Stefanik, as well as Senators Schumer and Gillibrand, for their steadfast support for the fort, and we know that great things lie ahead thanks to this kind of federal partnership.”

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LGLC Protects French Mountain

October 26th, 2018 · No Comments

Photo of the view from the newly protected French Mountain property, looking west over the southern end of Lake George. © Alexander Novick, LGLC (Click image to see large view.)

On October 18, the Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) closed on the purchase of 317 acres on French Mountain, which lies within the Towns of Lake George and Queensbury, for $525,000. The LGLC will sell the property subject to a conservation easement to the Towns of Lake George and Queensbury; these transactions are expected to take place within the following months. The conservation easement will not only ensure that the land is protected, but also create a permanent relationship between the towns and the LGLC.

The protection of the land offers direct water quality protection. More than 2,000 feet of seasonal streams flow down the steep slopes of the property and join with East Brook far below. Zoning of the property would have allowed for the development of up to 15 new houses, potentially visible from I-87, Million Dollar Beach, resorts along Lake Shore Drive, and many other locations on the lake. In addition, these houses would have contributed to the runoff that flows into East Brook, and then into the south basin of the lake. Although the LGLC is not anti-development, the benefits to the watershed from protecting this particular land and retaining its natural state outweigh the possible value from development.

The property also offers another positive benefit: recreation. The towns plan to create a multi-use trail system on the property, which the LGLC will help to maintain. Because of its historical use for logging, the property has skidder trails throughout that could be used for hikers and mountain bikers. Although the trails would have a steep incline, the view from the lookout area will prove to be worth the effort. From the lookout area, those who have made the climb will be able to sit under the shade of the forest and catch their breath, taking in the expansive views of the lake, the village below, and the surrounding Adirondacks.

The property also provides a great link to the neighboring East Brook Preserve, which the McPhillips family sold to the LGLC earlier this year through a generous bargain sale. The Preserve contains wetlands and over 500 feet of the main branch of East Brook. The LGLC plans to develop a trail system and install educational signage at the property to explain how important land protection is to ensuring clean water in Lake George for generations to come.

The French Mt. project became the LGLC’s second great demonstration of how a land trust can successfully partner with municipalities for land conservation, and the shared goal of protecting Lake George. Similar to the LGLC’s partnership with the Town of Bolton to protect The Pinnacle in 2015, the LGLC brokered a cooperative agreement that benefits the lake as well as our partners’ communities.

LGLC Executive Director Jamie Brown said, “This project could not have happened without everyone involved being fully committed and dedicated to its success. We are grateful to the Towns of Lake George and Queensbury and to the McPhillips family, and look forward to other partnerships like this that will protect the land that protects the lake and create wonderful community resources.”

Queensbury Supervisor John Strough said, “The creation of a 317-acre jointly-owned French Mountain Park, is huge. This effort initiated by Lake George Town Supervisor Dickinson and LGLC’s Jamie Brown is going to be a boon for both Lake George’s water quality and our area’s recreational offerings. A beautiful property with beautiful views—flora, fauna, visitors and locals will love it.”

Bernice McPhillips, whose family owned the French Mountain property for over 90 years, expressed support for the land to be used as a recreational resource for the community. “The partnership with the Towns of Lake George and Queensbury and the hiking and biking trail system will have a very positive impact for the economy year round,” she said. “The beautiful view from the top is from the village straight up the lake and will most definitely be appreciated by the hikers and bikers using the trail system.”

A map of the parcel can be found here.

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Fort Ticonderoga Makes Major Land Acquisition

October 20th, 2018 · No Comments

View of Mt. Defiance from Fort Ticonderoga. Credit: Fort Ticonderoga (Click image to see larger version.)

The Fort Ticonderoga Association announced recently that it has acquired 47 acres on the east face of Mount Defiance, ensuring the entire historically important mountain will be forever protected. The acquisition was made possible through partnership with the Open Space Institute (OSI) which provided a $46,000 grant for the purchase and related expenses.

“Fort Ticonderoga has a long history of land conservation and historic preservation dating back to 1820 when William Ferris Pell purchased the garrison grounds and placed a fence around the fort ruins marking the earliest act of preservation by a private individual in America,” said Beth L. Hill, Fort Ticonderoga President and CEO. “This recent acquisition is an important addition to our 2000-acre historic campus and will preserve the historic land and its natural beauty forever.”

“Fort Ticonderoga is one of New York’s most valuable historic resources, connecting families to a priceless heritage. OSI is proud to have helped protect this significant, storied, and visually stunning area,” said Kim Elliman, OSI’s President and CEO.

Mount Defiance is one of Fort Ticonderoga’s most important historic features and provides more than 75,000 visitors the opportunity to visualize and understand why Ticonderoga was the key to the continent in the 18th century. Best known historically for its role in the British capture of Ticonderoga in 1777, the mountain was utilized in some degree by every army who occupied Ticonderoga. Today, the summit of Mount Defiance is part of the Fort Ticonderoga experience, offering a unique vantage point of the epic military landscape as visitors discover how the mountain shaped America’s history.

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New Matt O’Malley Mystery Thriller, Ghost Guns, Released

October 14th, 2018 · Comments Off

With the recent publication of the book, Ghost Guns, there are now four books in the Matt O’Malley mystery/thriller series set on Lake George. The other three books, include Desperate Hours, Desperate Days, and Kateri’s Treasure.

Another Matt O’Malley mystery/thriller has been released. Entitled; Ghost Guns, by author Thomas G. Kane, Ghost Guns is a thrilling mystery set in both Orlando and the Adirondack’s own Lake George.

The plot involves Kaitlyn Clancy and Matt O’Malley both becoming targets for a ruthless international arms dealer. Neither knows the other, nor do they know why they have been targeted; and yet, their fates, and the fates of countless others, are inextricably intertwined. If Matt cannot save Kaitlyn, he probably cannot save himself; and, a weapon of unimaginable power will be set loose on the Earth. The way wars are fought, and the balance of power among the world’s nations will be forever altered. No one will ever feel safe again!

All of the books in the series are set in the area in and around Lake George, Glens Falls, and the Adirondack Park. Each of the books is designed first and foremost to tell an exciting story and explore a bit of the rich history of the area. Beyond that, each book explores a serious theme. In Desperate Hours, the vulnerability to terrorist attack of “soft targets” in a free and open society were explored. In Desperate Days, the theme dealt with the pervasive evil of human trafficking in the modern age. In Kateri’s Treasure, O’Malley is confronted with the evils of illicit diamond trading while the characters must also deal with the issue of what in nature holds true value. Finally, in this just released thriller, Ghost Guns, the increasingly troublesome issue of untraceable guns is explored along with our failure to protect one of most precious resources—water.

The local color, history and the many plot twists are quite enjoyable and the story-line keeps the reader guessing until the end. The protagonists in this book are middle aged guys who have been friends since college. They are not super heroes or James Bond style heroes. They are ordinary people who, when put in extraordinary circumstances, rise to the challenge and do the right thing. In Ghost Guns, a quirky new character is introduced, the landscaper Bill Bell, or more appropriately, since everyone crams his name together, Billbell. He is a retired lobbyist so disillusioned with the world that he keeps it at bay by working alone as a landscaper and limits attempts at conversation by responding only with Shakespearean quotes.

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Saturday Quote

October 13th, 2018 · Comments Off

“The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and to also love our enemies; probably because generally they are the same people.”

- G. K. Chesterton

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Fort Ticonderoga Exhibit Features Objects from the Bodies of George Washington, John Trumbull, and the Legendary Jane McCrea

October 9th, 2018 · Comments Off

The Lord Howe Mourning Pendant bearing the date of his death; July 6, 1758.

Fort Ticonderoga today announced a new museum exhibit, ‘Pieces of Eight: Curiosities from the Collection,’ featuring objects from the bodies of famous or interesting characters from early American history including George Washington, renowned “Painter of the American Revolution” John Trumbull, and even a human rib tied to the legend of Jane McCrea.

The exhibit opened October 5th and runs through April.

Strange and perhaps macabre by modern standards, these objects were often cherished keepsakes among family and friends. Today, they are a reminder how people in the past used objects to remember loved ones and other important figures. These objects reflect momentous events, tender sentiments, and sometimes the trauma and lasting wounds of 18th-century warfare in North America.

“‘Pieces of Eight’ offers visitors to Fort Ticonderoga a unique opportunity to explore very personal mementos, their meaning to the people who held them, and how they reflect defining moments in history,” said Beth Hill, Fort Ticonderoga President and CEO. “Because of the depth of our collections we have many opportunities to be creative and curate exhibits with interesting and never-before-seen items. ‘Pieces of Eight’ is a new way for Fort Ticonderoga to educate and share American history in a unexpected and meaningful way.”

The exhibit was conceived following the overwhelmingly positive response to Fort Ticonderoga’s display of extremely rare locks of Benedict Arnold’s hair in May. Curatorial staff began extensive research and identified eight intimate artifacts that compromise the new exhibit. Many involve human hair, which was trimmed, saved, mailed, and even made into jewelry where it was carried across the world.

‘Pieces of Eight: Curiosities from the Collection’ will give context to this somewhat forgotten practice and explore how Fort Ticonderoga acquired and continues to document, preserve, and make accessible these and other treasures using modern museum protocols.

Items going on display and the stories behind them include:

Locks of George Washington’s Hair

George Washington is one of the most recognizable and important figures in American history and mementos of his life were sought after even before his death. Fort Ticonderoga holds numerous Washington mementos including trimmings from flags, furniture, and clothing associated with Martha and George. The museum also holds two clippings of hair identified as Washington’s, one certified by a letter confirming it was clipped from Washington’s head while he lived and another donated to the museum by Martha Washington’s great-grandson.

Lock of John Trumbull’s Hair

John Trumbull is best known as the “painter of the Revolution” whose canvases now grace the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, D.C. Before beginning his painting career, when he was just 20 years old he served as the Deputy Adjutant General of the Continental Army at Ticonderoga during the critical campaign of 1776.

Jane McCrea’s Rib Bone

The killing of Jane McCrea, the fiancé of a loyalist officer, by British-allied Native Americans in 1777, was used by Americans to incite fear and anger against the British and their allies. The event also fueled racial animosity towards Native Americans and that continued to be used in history, art, and literature well into the 19th century to justify the extermination of Native American communities. Jane’s body was disinterred twice during the 1800s when this bone was likely removed, a reminder of the trauma and the lasting wounds of 18th century warfare.

Lord Howe Mourning Pendant

George Augustus Lord Viscount Howe was amongst the most popular British officers of the French and Indian War. He served as second in command of the British army that tried to capture Fort Carillon and tragically he was killed near Ticonderoga on July 6, 1758 in a minor skirmish. He was just 33 years old. This gold pendant was made for the Chaplin of Howe’s regiment the 55th Regiment of Foot.

Locks of Hair from Benedict Arnold and Margaret Mansfield Arnold

Locks of the Arnold’s hair were presented to Fort Ticonderoga in 1952 by a descendent. Benedict and Margaret were married in New Haven, Connecticut in 1767. Margaret died when she was just 31 years old while Benedict was away capturing Fort Ticonderoga. Their youngest son Henry, settled in Upper Canada, now Ontario, and was given this lock of his father’s hair after Benedict Arnold’s death in 1801.

Johnson “Vanity Case”

This small case may have been owned by Sir John Johnson’s wife, Lady Johnson, or her sister. One of the most important and powerful families in the colonies, the Johnson’s remained loyal to the crown during the Revolution and were forced to flee their Mohawk Valley homes during the war. The lid of this gold, ivory, and enamel case is decorated with a beautiful woven pattern of hair that probably belonged to Lady Johnson’s mother, a small memento of the family and past that could be carried during the tumultuous years of war and Revolution.

Portrait Miniature of Lady Bowes

William Johnson’s family remained loyal to the Crown during the Revolution and well afterwards. William’s granddaughter Catharine Maria Johnson married a British officer who fought for King George during the Napoleonic Wars in the early 1800s. This miniature portrait of her as Lady Bowes incorporates woven locks of her hair on the reverse and may have been carried by her husband, who was killed in Spain fighting the French in 1812.

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2018 Columbus Weekend ‘Halloween’ Parade

October 7th, 2018 · Comments Off

Children assemble near the Huletts Post Office before the start of the 2018 Halloween parade.

The annual tradition of celebrating Halloween over the Columbus Day weekend continued in Huletts on Saturday, October 6th. Assembling near the Post Office and walking to the Casino, where ice cream was provided by many helpful volunteers, children spread out over the Landing to enjoy a cool day collecting candy.

Many unique costumes were worn this year.

Anyone can join in the fun.

Many pictures were taken.

Where else would you rather be?

See everyone next year!!

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Canned Heat: Let’s Work Together

September 27th, 2018 · Comments Off

A good message to remember – on a very divided day.

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July & August Dresden Town Board Meeting Minutes

September 16th, 2018 · Comments Off

The minutes for the July and August 2018 meetings of the Dresden Town Board, were recently approved and have been posted on the town’s website.

July Minutes of the Dresden Town Board.

August Minutes of the Dresden Town Board.

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New LGLC Leeming Jelliffe Preserve Opens in Huletts Landing

September 10th, 2018 · Comments Off

From left to right, at the ribbon-cutting ceremony of new Leeming Jelliffe Preserve in Huletts Landing: LGLC Development Manager Helen Barton Benedict, Paul Lawler, LGLC Executive Director Jamie Brown, LGLC Board President Mike O’Reilly, Sylvia Jelliffe Lawler, and LGLC Board Member Patty HasBrouck.

On Friday, September 7th, 2018 the Lake George Land Conservancy marked the opening of the Leeming Jelliffe Preserve in Hulett’s Landing with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by nearly 40 community members and key supporters of the project.

Visitors and guests enjoying the new trail system.

The 33.3-acre upland preserve was purchased by the LGLC in April. Over the summer, LGLC staff and volunteers blazed a short, easy trail to the preserve’s viewpoint overlooking the narrows and Silver Bay on the western shore. There is currently a small road-front area for parking; a larger parking lot may be created, if needed.

The purchase was made thanks to the willingness of the Wilkening family to work to protect it, and to a timely and generous donation by Paul and Sylvia Jelliffe Lawler, which was matched by Paul’s past employer, the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. The donation also made possible the purchase of a conservation easement on an adjoining house lot with over 600 feet of Lake George shorefront.

The Lawlers joined LGLC Executive Director Jamie Brown to cut the ceremonial ribbon at the preserve’s entrance on Bluff Head Road. Sylvia then spoke about her family’s roots at Lake George, and specifically, Hulett’s Landing.

Sylvia’s great-grandparents, and Helena “Bunny” Wilkening’s grandparents, Dr. Smith Ely Jelliffe and Helena Dewey Leeming Jelliffe, bought 125 acres of land in Hulett’s Landing in the early 1900’s. Over time the land was divided between their children; Bunny’s mother, Winifred, was given land that Bunny then inherited, including the property which is now the Leeming Jelliffe Preserve. The Preserve is named after Winifred’s brother, and Sylvia’s grandfather, William Leeming Jelliffe.

A reception followed the ribbon cutting at “The White House”, hosted by Paul and Sylvia Lawler.

“My grandfather, Leeming, died before my dad was born. He was a dearly beloved brother and he loved the lake. Dad was able to connect with his Aunts and Uncle here when I was young, and Lake George continues to be the strong thread that keeps us together. There is really something magical and comforting about this place, and its ability to keep people together.”

The LGLC also announced a new campaign, launched with a challenge pledge of $1 million from the Lawlers and Kellogg Foundation for conservation in the Hulett’s Landing area. The LGLC will be fundraising to match the generous pledge, so that $2 million in total will be available for permanent land protection in the region.

The view from the new Leeming Jelliffe Preserve.

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