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LGPC 2017 Boat Inspection Report Released

January 15th, 2018 · No Comments

The Lake George Park Commission has released the 2017 Boat Inspection report for Lake George. It’s a very interesting read with numbers of boats inspected as well as types of invasive species caught before they could enter the lake. (Click the image above to read the entire report.)

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LGLC Conserves Land on East Brook, Protecting Water Quality

January 11th, 2018 · No Comments

East Brook, one of Lake George’s ten largest tributaries, flows through a property recently protected by the LGLC in the Town of Lake George. Photo Credit: LGLC (Click to see full-scale.)

The Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) has protected sensitive property in the Town of Lake George along the main branch of East Brook, one of the top ten tributaries of Lake George. The 12-acre property contains over 500 feet of stream corridor and riparian area as well as several acres of wetlands that help to naturally protect water quality.

Located on the west side of Bloody Pond Rd, the heavily wooded property abuts Lake George Elementary School land. Some of the land was zoned as High Density Residential and the topography would have allowed up to five homes right on East Brook. Although the LGLC is not anti-development, the protection of this sensitive land for the benefit of water quality made it a high conservation priority.

There is clear evidence of soil erosion from storm water coming off of I-87 and neighboring roadways. The LGLC is partnering with Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) to assess the property and define steps that can be taken to improve the condition of the stream and reduce further erosion.

“The 12 acre property the that the Lake George Land Conservancy recently purchased is an interesting piece,” explained Jim Lieberum, district manager of the Warren County SWCD, “as it has both the main stem and a tributary located on it. The property is heavily forested and has some impressive hemlock, white pine, ash and sugar maples scattered throughout. Walking the site reveals that there have been impacts to the streams and their channels as eroding banks and collapsed trees are found in various sections of the streams. I believe that some maintenance of the site is plausible to stabilize the affected sections, but a review upstream of the areas is warranted to ensure what is done will be lasting and compliments the conservation efforts on this parcel.”

The property was owned by the McPhillips family, who desired to see the land protected. They generously agreed to sell the land to the LGLC below the property’s appraised value through what’s called a bargain sale.

“We are so grateful to the McPhillips family,” said LGLC Executive Director Jamie Brown, “both for their generosity in selling the land to us through a bargain sale as well as their conservation ethic and wonderful stewardship of this land over the years. This is a model conservation project—we had a generous and willing landowner, an important conservation property, enthusiastic and excited supporters, and a really exciting game plan as to what we will be doing with the property in the future, which is bringing people onto the land to understand why it was important to protect, the role that it plays in protecting the lake, and just to get them out and see a beautiful spot.”

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November Dresden Town Board Meeting Minutes

January 4th, 2018 · No Comments

The minutes from the November 2017 Dresden Town Board meeting were recently approved and have been posted on the town’s website.

November Minutes

The December minutes will not be approved until January and so on.

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Happy New Year

January 1st, 2018 · No Comments

Welcome 2018! I hope that everyone had an enjoyable, and safe evening last night, and that 2018 brings you much happiness and prosperity.

The weather was pretty cold in Huletts last night, around -25 degrees below zero, but hopefully you were someplace warm.

So once again, Happy New Year to everyone, and please continue reading the Huletts Current. 2018, I’m sure, will be an exciting year.

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Top News Story of Huletts: 2017

December 31st, 2017 · No Comments

Huletts Landing Volunteer Fire Company members responding to the truck rollover accident the morning of September 15th.

Well here it is – the end of 2017. While all the major media outlets are recapping the big events of the past year, I like to move into the new year by taking one last look back at what I consider the top “news” story of Huletts Landing from this past year. This year instead of one unique event, there were several stories – that all made the top 10 posts of the previous year – that highlight something special that I feel deserves spotlighting.

When I looked back at the most read posts on the Huletts Current this past year, I noticed a trend in some of the stories that highlighted something quite special.

Whether it was pictures of the Huletts Landing Volunteer Fire Company’s response to the September 15th Truck Rollover (#1), to a rescue on Black Mountain (#3), or the HLVFC’s Practicing an Ice Drill (#6), or pictures from the 2016 HLVFC Christmas Party (#7), or highlighting the third annual Firemen’s Appreciation Dinner (#8), or even learning from the Fire Chief about a big bang on Bluff Head this past summer (#10), the Huletts Landing Volunteer Fire Company played the biggest role in our community this past year in almost every major story. That’s unique and worth highlighting.

The many brave men and women who serve us in Huletts Landing are a blessing to our community. Here they hiked to the top of black mountain to assist a hiker who had fallen.

So for 2017, I’ve selected: the dedication and hard-work of the Huletts Landing Volunteer Fire Company in protecting us all, as the: Top News Story of Huletts Landing for 2017. Without the Huletts Landing Volunteer Fire Company and the dedication of its many volunteers, this year could have seen numerous disasters of fatalities in Huletts – but we didn’t – because of the many dedicated volunteers who serve us so faithfully.

There were many other instances, not included in the stories highlighted above, where their dedication protected us all. There was the day when phone and internet service went down that the HLVFC manned the firehouse with two way radio communication to the outside world, their weekly drills during the summer take valuable time away from their member’s vacations, and last but not least on every call they respond to – they put their lives on the line – whether it be from downed power lines, fire and/or explosions.

Many of us take for granted that when there is an emergency – they show up. However, there’s a lot of planning and hard work before the “showing up” part. There’s budgeting, training, keeping the equipment ready, drilling and more drilling, as well as communication between members and other departments in Washington County. I could go on and on. The “showing up” just doesn’t happen. It happens because of hard work and true dedication.

So for 2017, the Top News Story of Huletts Landing is: the dedication and hard-work of the the Huletts Landing Volunteer Fire Company in protecting us all. If you have a chance to say thank you to one of their members or to make a donation, please do so – because they deserve it! Many thanks for their service to us all.

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Bits of Everything

December 30th, 2017 · No Comments

WCAX TV – Lake George Patrol Officers to be Armed Next Year
That’s right. They’ll be carrying guns now.

The Adirondack Explorer: Grant to Help Salt Runoff and Invasives in Lake George Basin
With the cold, comes salt and it’s harmful effect on the environment. Now a grant seeks to combat this.

NY Post: Snowy Owls being Tracked as they Head South
They have been seen in Huletts. Learn more here.

North Country Public Radio: 50-55 Below Zero Possible on Some Adirondack Summits this Week
No fooling around with cold this cold.

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Now for Some History: Late 50′s / Early 60′s

December 28th, 2017 · No Comments

Golf tournament winners with their trophy’s circa late 1950′s or early 1960′s. (Click images to see full-scale.)

Update: Thanks to the many people who responded that the two men on the left in the picture above are George Sherger (father) & George Sherger (son). Also pictured together below.

If you recognize any of the people in either of these photos, I would appreciate hearing from you.

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Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays

December 25th, 2017 · No Comments

To celebrate Christmas, I offer a short video below about the Church of the Navity in Bethlehem which has the greatest historical significance to Christians throughout the world. I would also like to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas. May you be at home with the ones you love.

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Lauren Daigle – Trust In You

December 23rd, 2017 · No Comments

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LGLC Receives $50k for Pilot Knob Restoration and Enhancement

December 21st, 2017 · No Comments

Visitors relax at the gazebo on the Lake George Land Conservancy’s Schumann Preserve for Pilot Knob in Fort Ann. View of Lake George is west toward Bolton and north up Lake George.

The Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) has been awarded a $40,000 from the New York State Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) and a $10,000 grant from the Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust for a comprehensive Trail Reconstruction and Enhancement Project at the Schumann Preserve at Pilot Knob in Fort Ann.

In total, more than $123,000 has been raised through grants and individual donors to complete the massive project, which includes an expanded parking area (completed this summer), the re-routing of the preserve’s trails and the installation of features that will result in less erosion from storm water, and a safer pathway for users. The LGLC has contracted with Tahawus Trails to design and complete the trail work. The Pilot Knob Project also includes the creation and installation of a new kiosk and trail-side educational signage to better promote the land’s ecological and conservation values.

The LGLC’s Pilot Knob Project is one of more than 1,000 projects across the state to receive $755 million in awards through the seventh round of the REDC competition, which was announced by Governor Andrew Cuomo on December 13.

The Capital Region Economic Development Council, whose coverage area includes Lake George, received $85 million supporting 110 projects that support economic growth. The LGLC grant comes through the Recreational Trails Program, administered by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

“Outdoor experiential recreation and education is proven to increase local economies,” said LGLC Executive Director Jamie Brown, “boost health and provide a positive impact for all involved, including the hiker, tourist, local business and local community. The work to be done at Pilot Knob will boost and improve the user experience by providing additional trail amenities, which in turn, will provide economic benefits to the surrounding towns.”

The grant from the Solomon Charitable Trust will fund the purchase of six educational signage panels and stands, as well as a sustainable kiosk at the head of the trail. This signage will present informative, relevant and useful information to visitors of all ages in regards to the Preserve, the plants and animals present, as well as the role of land conservation in protecting the water quality of Lake George.

All of these improvements will reflect positively on the Preserve and in turn will raise visibility of the LGLC and the importance of land protection and proper stewardship throughout the area and the Adirondack Park.

Preserve improvements like this newly expanded and improved parking area are part of an overall reconstruction project for the LGLC’s Schumann Preserve for Pilot Knob in Fort Ann.

In addition to these latest grants, the LGLC also received $40,000 for the Pilot Knob Project from the New York State Smart Growth grants awarded in August, and $33,600 from private donors.

“We are very excited to see so much support for this iconic Preserve,” said Brown. “The Preserve’s location and relatively short hike with a beautiful view of the lake makes it very popular, and these grants will allow us to make sure the trails stay safe and environmentally sustainable for many years to come.”

Named in honor of LGLC’s past executive director, Lynn LaMontagne Schumann, who was instrumental in its preservation, the Schumann Preserve at Pilot Knob is a 223-acre preserve on Pilot Knob Road. Protected by the LGLC in 2000, the popular Preserve now hosts over 4,000 visitors each year, which is not sustainable with the existing trails.

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$2.45 Million Grant to Support Fort Ticonderoga’s Pavilion Restoration and Adaptive Reuse

December 20th, 2017 · No Comments

The Pavilion, A Landmark American Country Home – William Ferris Pell built this summer home between 1826 and 1837. It represents an important shift in the architecture and history of the American country estate, situated far from a major urban area. By 1840, the home had become a hotel welcoming guests from across the United States to the iconic ruins of Ticonderoga. Plans are underway for the restoration and adaptive reuse of this National Historic Landmark.

Fort Ticonderoga has been awarded a $2.45 million grant from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and Empire State Development (ESD) as part of their Arts & Cultural Facilities Improvement grant program. The grant award was announced at the 2017 New York State Regional Economic Development Council Award Ceremony in Albany, NY.

The Fort Ticonderoga Pavilion Restoration and Adaptive Re-use project will save a national treasure while expanding as a national cultural destination. The adaptive re-use project will include needed visitor amenities, conference center capacity, and new educational and exhibition space.

“Today we have the opportunity to bring new life and purpose to an American treasure. The 1826 National Historic Landmark, the Pavilion, is a major component of our plans to transform Ticonderoga into a national cultural destination,” said Beth L. Hill, Fort Ticonderoga President and CEO. “The restored Pavilion will offer Fort Ticonderoga a wide array of opportunities for guests who might prefer to focus on non-military aspects of the Ticonderoga experience – horticulture, agriculture, culinary, decorative arts, and the scenic beauty of the site. This will enhance the guest experience, extend guest’s length of stay, and expand Fort Ticonderoga’s educational impact.”

Among the plans for the restored Pavilion:

Dedicated exhibit space to tell the story of 200 years of preservation and restoration efforts across the site, and the rich decorative and fine arts collection.

Re-establish the Pavilion as a place for visitor welcome, offering new amenities including indoor and outdoor dining facilities, museum retail and restrooms. New space for programs, special events, conferences and meetings will offer opportunities for rental and food and beverage revenue. The Pavilion operations will also support Fort Ticonderoga’s new maritime program, including tours aboard the Carillon, a 60 ft. tour boat.

Create a teaching kitchen and new culinary programs that will connect Fort Ticonderoga’s gardens and produce with centuries of international history and hospitality and respond to a growing demand for culinary experiences and training. Students will also have the opportunity to dig deep into the site’s rich agricultural story and carry their experience into the teaching kitchen to learn about healthy eating in the past and today.

Expand the space available for museum collections and research by bringing key administrative staff to the center of operations by relocating offices currently housed at Fort Ticonderoga’s Thompson Pell Research Center to the second floor of the Pavilion.

The goal for the project is to raise $5.4 million to complete the project in time for a 2020 grand opening to mark the 200th anniversary of William Ferris Pell’s first efforts to preserve Ticonderoga for future generations.

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Saturday Quote

December 16th, 2017 · Comments Off

“Human greatness does not lie in wealth or power, but in character and goodness. People are just people, and all people have faults and shortcomings, but all of us are born with a basic goodness.”

Anne Frank

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Gift Idea: Water & Light – S.R. Stoddards Lake George

December 13th, 2017 · Comments Off

The cover of Water & Light, a new book of Seneca Ray Stoddard’s photos of Lake George. (Available in hard cover or soft cover.)

The Chapman Historical Museum is offering for sale a wonderful new book comprised of the best Seneca Ray Stoddard photos from its collection. Stoddard, who photographed Lake George in the 1870′s to 1890′s, captured fantastic views of the lake’s hotels, islands and dramatic shorelines.

With an introduction by historian Joseph A. Cutshall-King, the book contains 150 inspiring and original photos of Lake George and its surroundings. It can be purchased from the Chapman Museum online store.

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Pictures from the 2017 Dresden Christmas Party

December 12th, 2017 · Comments Off

Town Supervisor, George Gang (left), with Supervisor Elect, Paul Ferguson (center), and his wife, Jean Ferguson (right) at this year’s Dresden Christmas party.

The town of Dresden put on another great party this year. Door prizes included a prize for a girl and a prize for a boy, poinsettias, gift cards from the Historic Grounds Restaurant, coffee mugs, maple syrup, and small fruit cakes for the adults.

Town Councilman, John Barber, Jr., has played Santa for many years. Jack Eggleston, the Town Justice, has read “Twas the Night Before Christmas…” for many years also. Many thanks to Linda Barber and Sue Foster Ives for buying the refreshments and presents, setting up and getting everything ready.

This year was a blast!!! It was a very happy party with lots of comradely, Laurie Brunelle always put out the decorations. A few years ago some volunteers made the Gingerbread House. Miraculously, it has stayed together all this time.

Here are some pictures from the fun afternoon.

John and Julie Barber’s son, John, stands with some of the donated refreshments.

Bill and Rita Huntington’s grandson, Collin, played some holiday music on the keyboard.

Many people came and enjoyed the day.

Supervisor George Gang called the winners of the door prizes.

Santa Claus gave out gifts to some very happy children.

Town Justice, Jack Eggleston with Santa Claus (played by Town Councilman John Barber, Jr.) and Town Supervisor Elect, Paul Ferguson.

Many thanks to those who worked so hard and donated so much to make the holiday bright!

(Many thanks also to Sue Foster Ives for the photos.)

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