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LGLC Welcomes Jennifer Waterhouse Cooper to Board

January 24th, 2015 · No Comments


Jennifer Waterhouse Cooper has been named to the Board of Directors of the Lake George Land Conservancy.

The Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) is pleased to welcome Jennifer Waterhouse Cooper as the newest member of its Board of Directors.

Ms. Cooper has a bachelor’s degree from Pace University and comes to LGLC with a strong financial background. She worked for her father, Lawrence Waterhouse, Jr., full time from 1988-2001 as a broker, manager, and lastly, executive marketing manager at the family business, Waterhouse Investor Services (later sold to TD Bank and then became known as TD Waterhouse, a subsidiary of TD Bank, and now currently known as TD Ameritrade; the company is still known as TD Waterhouse in Canada).

Her connection to Lake George runs deep; Ms. Cooper has spent every summer of her life on Lake George, and continues to summer at the lake at her family’s home in Bolton Landing.

“My family has a deep love and respect for Lake George,” said Ms. Cooper. “I am honored to be asked to become a board member for The Lake George Land Conservancy and I hope I can bring value to this endeavor.”

Ms. Cooper’s grandparents bought a home in the Rainbow Beach Association on Basin Bay in the 1950’s. In 1993, her father bought a home on Northwest Bay, where she enjoyed summers with her four siblings until 1999, when her father purchased their current family home in Bolton Landing.

“We spend a great amount of time on Lake George and it is a treasured place in our family,” said Ms. Cooper. “My children enjoy the lake and it is with great hope that the love of Lake George is being passed down to my children and their cousins.”

Ms. Cooper lives in Pleasantville, NY, with her husband, Perry, and two children.

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Saturday Quote

January 24th, 2015 · No Comments

“Lay down your arms, you damned rebels.”

A British officer to American militiamen on Lexington Green in 1775. The site of the first skirmish of the Revolutionary War.

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Mars Rover’s 11th Anniversary: Hilltop Panorama & U.S. Flag

January 23rd, 2015 · No Comments


A panorama from one of the highest elevations that NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has reached in its 11 years on Mars includes the U.S. flag at the summit. (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell Univ./Arizona State Univ.)

The view is from the top of “Cape Tribulation,” a raised section of the rim of Endeavour Crater. The panorama spans the interior of the 14-mile-wide (22-kilometer-wide) crater and extends to the rim of another crater on the horizon. (See full picture here.)

The U.S. flag is printed on the aluminum cable guard of the rover’s rock abrasion tool, which is used for grinding away weathered rock surfaces to expose fresh interior material for examination. The flag is intended as a memorial to victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center in New York. The aluminum was recovered from the site of the Twin Towers in the weeks following the attacks. Workers at Honeybee Robotics in lower Manhattan, less than a mile from World Trade Center, were making the rock abrasion tool for Opportunity and NASA’s twin Mars Exploration Rover, Spirit, in September 2001.

Opportunity has driven 25.9 miles (41.7 kilometers) since it landed in the Meridiani Planum region of Mars on Jan. 25, 2004 (Universal Time, which was Jan. 24, PST). That is farther than any other off-Earth surface vehicle has driven. The rover’s work on Mars was initially planned for three months. During that prime mission and for more than a decade of bonus performance in extended missions, Opportunity has returned compelling evidence about wet environments on ancient Mars.

Opportunity has been exploring Endeavour’s western rim since 2011. From a low segment of the rim that it crossed in mid-2013, called “Botany Bay,” it climbed about 440 feet (about 135 meters) in elevation to reach the top of Cape Tribulation. That’s about 80 percent the height of the Washington Monument.

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Lake George Now Has Ice

January 22nd, 2015 · No Comments


The recent cold has seen the lake freeze.

With the webcams experiencing technical difficulties, I know people have been interested in seeing pictures of the lake.

Ice in occurred about a week ago (around 1/14/2015). There was about 6″ of clear black ice this past weekend, which was perfect for ice skaters. There were fisherman out on the lake and even one four wheeler.

All is pretty quiet with very low temperatures.

If venturing onto the ice, please be careful. Not all areas are exactly 6″. Please use caution.

(Click images to see full-scale. The top picture is a high resolution panoramic view which shows the lake in detail. )

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The LGLC Announces New Executive Director

January 21st, 2015 · No Comments


Jamie Brown has been announced as the New Executive Director of the Lake George Land Conservancy.

The Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) is announcing its new executive director, Jamie Brown. Brown officially began January 5, 2015, following the retirement of current Executive Director Nancy Williams.

“Nancy has built the Lake George Land Conservancy into a strong and solid land trust,” said Brown. “I am humbled, honored, and excited to be LGLC’s next Executive Director.”

Brown has worked in the land protection field for over 10 years, most recently as the director of land protection for Ducks Unlimited out of their headquarters in Memphis, Tennessee. Prior positions also include conservation director at the Frenchman Bay Conservancy in Hancock, Maine, and land preservation specialist at the Morris Land Conservancy in Boonton, New Jersey.

In addition to receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston University and Master’s degree from the University of Maine, Brown has a law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law. As an attorney, Brown practiced law for five years in the areas of real estate, land use and municipal law.

This is a critical time for land conservation on Lake George, and Brown is joining LGLC at a peak of activity. As Williams prepares to leave LGLC, several major conservation projects are either just closing or in the process of coming to fruition. Brown will need to jump in with both feet, taking over land negotiations as well as major fundraising campaigns, and meeting many of LGLC’s key supporters and community members.

“I am really moved by the obvious dedication of LGLC’s donors to protecting the lake,” said Brown. “So many people have generously supported LGLC, in the form of providing the extra bit needed to move specific land protection projects forward as well as the annual support that allows LGLC to fulfill its mission. But what has really impressed me is their collective connection to the lake. I find these close ties to the lake and the community to be such an important part of our work, and I really look forward to visiting with donors and hearing their stories about time spent on and around Lake George. I also look forward to hearing their ideas for how we can continue to build on what they and LGLC have already accomplished.”

Brown is not a stranger to the Lake George region. Having grown up in rural northwestern New Jersey, he frequently visited the Adirondacks as a kid, and later would often stop to admire the lake on his way to his wife’s family farm in Addison, Vermont.

“I am thrilled to be returning not just to the Northeast, but to such an amazingly beautiful and familiar place. I am looking forward to seeing my young son, Isaac, and my wife, Laura, enjoying themselves out on the lake or hiking on one of LGLC’s wonderful preserves.”

Gatherings will be scheduled over the next few months for the public to meet Brown; the public is also welcome to visit any staff at the LGLC office at 4905 Lake Shore Dr. in Bolton Landing, during regular business hours, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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John M. Barber Sr., R.I.P.

January 19th, 2015 · No Comments

I am sorry to post that John M. Barber Sr., father to Dresden Town Councilman, John Barber Jr., passed away on Thursday, January 15th.

John M. Barber Sr. served on the Whitehall Board of Education at one time and was an advocate for prudent spending and high student standards. He also was an avid fisherman.

Here is his obituary from the Post Star.

“May God support us all the day long, till the shades lengthen and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over, and our work is done. Then in His mercy may He give us a safe lodging, and a holy rest and peace at the last.”

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December Dresden Town Board Meeting Minutes

January 19th, 2015 · No Comments

Here are the minutes from the December 2014 Dresden Town Board meeting.

The minutes for any given month are not approved until the next month’s meeting. So these are the minutes from December which were approved in January. The January minutes will not be approved until February and so on.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 19th, 2015 · No Comments

Now there is a final reason I think that Jesus says, “Love your enemies.” It is this: that love has within it a redemptive power. And there is a power there that eventually transforms individuals. That’s why Jesus says, “Love your enemies.” Because if you hate your enemies, you have no way to redeem and to transform your enemies. But if you love your enemies, you will discover that at the very root of love is the power of redemption. You just keep loving people and keep loving them, even though they’re mistreating you. Here’s the person who is a neighbor, and this person is doing something wrong to you and all of that. Just keep being friendly to that person. Keep loving them. Don’t do anything to embarrass them. Just keep loving them, and they can’t stand it too long. Oh, they react in many ways in the beginning. They react with bitterness because they’re mad because you love them like that. They react with guilt feelings, and sometimes they’ll hate you a little more at that transition period, but just keep loving them. And by the power of your love they will break down under the load. That’s love, you see. It is redemptive, and this is why Jesus says love. There’s something about love that builds up and is creative. There is something about hate that tears down and is destructive. So love your enemies.

I think of one of the best examples of this. We all remember the great president of this United States, Abraham Lincoln—these United States rather. You remember when Abraham Lincoln was running for president of the United States, there was a man who ran all around the country talking about Lincoln. He said a lot of bad things about Lincoln, a lot of unkind things. And sometimes he would get to the point that he would even talk about his looks, saying, “You don’t want a tall, lanky, ignorant man like this as the president of the United States.” He went on and on and on and went around with that type of attitude and wrote about it. Finally, one day Abraham Lincoln was elected president of the United States. And if you read the great biography of Lincoln, if you read the great works about him, you will discover that as every president comes to the point, he came to the point of having to choose a Cabinet. And then came the time for him to choose a Secretary of War. He looked across the nation, and decided to choose a man by the name of Mr. Stanton. And when Abraham Lincoln stood around his advisors and mentioned this fact, they said to him: “Mr. Lincoln, are you a fool? Do you know what Mr. Stanton has been saying about you? Do you know what he has done, tried to do to you? Do you know that he has tried to defeat you on every hand? Do you know that, Mr. Lincoln? Did you read all of those derogatory statements that he made about you?” Abraham Lincoln stood before the advisors around him and said: “Oh yes, I know about it; I read about it; I’ve heard him myself. But after looking over the country, I find that he is the best man for the job.”

Mr. Stanton did become Secretary of War, and a few months later, Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. And if you go to Washington, you will discover that one of the greatest words or statements ever made by, about Abraham Lincoln was made about this man Stanton. And as Abraham Lincoln came to the end of his life, Stanton stood up and said: “Now he belongs to the ages.” And he made a beautiful statement concerning the character and the stature of this man. If Abraham Lincoln had hated Stanton, if Abraham Lincoln had answered everything Stanton said, Abraham Lincoln would have not transformed and redeemed Stanton. Stanton would have gone to his grave hating Lincoln, and Lincoln would have gone to his grave hating Stanton. But through the power of love Abraham Lincoln was able to redeem Stanton.

That’s it. There is a power in love that our world has not discovered yet. Jesus discovered it centuries ago. Mahatma Gandhi of India discovered it a few years ago, but most men and most women never discover it. For they believe in hitting for hitting; they believe in an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth; they believe in hating for hating; but Jesus comes to us and says, “This isn’t the way.”

Taken From “Loving Your Enemies,” Sermon Delivered at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church
Martin Luther King Jr.
17 November 1957

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Fort Ticonderoga Purchases Carillon Cruise Boat

January 14th, 2015 · No Comments


Fort Ticonderoga announced today that it has acquired the Carillon cruise boat, 60 foot replica 1920s 1000 Islands cruise boat. Plans are underway for 2015 waterway tours and programs at Fort Ticonderoga.

Fort Ticonderoga, a not-for-profit educational organization and major cultural destination, announced today that it has purchased the Carillon cruise boat, formerly located on the shores of Lake Champlain in Shoreham, Vermont. Waterway tours will be offered by Fort Ticonderoga beginning in the spring of this year. The acquisition of the boat is part of a larger Fort Ticonderoga waterway recreation and transportation initiative that is anticipated to continue to develop over the next several years.

“Fort Ticonderoga is thrilled to have the opportunity to expand its cultural destination experience to the internationally significant waters of Lake Champlain. The lake is a tremendous asset for our region and with Fort Ticonderoga’s 2 miles of shoreline and story that is intricately linked to Lake Champlain, the development of a water experience is an obvious next step in our program development,” said Beth Hill, Fort Ticonderoga President and CEO. “Thanks in part to a New York Empire State Development grant and other generous supporters, Fort Ticonderoga’s waterway experience will expand our tourism demographic, increase the length of stay of our guests, connect our historic properties on both sides of Lake Champlain, and highlight Ticonderoga’s epic story in a new and exciting way. We are particularly enthusiastic about this project as it is directly linked with a Town of Ticonderoga priority to increase access and waterway experiences through tourism development.”

“We are extremely pleased to acquire this iconic vessel,” said Sanford W. Morhouse, Fort Ticonderoga Chairman of the Board. “My wife and I were privileged to be guests of Captain Paul Saenger and his wife Rene, the Carillon’s prior owners, on Captain Paul’s last Carillon cruise prior to his passing. Captain Paul clearly wanted the boat to stay in the southern part of Lake Champlain, and we at Fort Ticonderoga are exceedingly pleased that we will fulfill that wish while greatly enhancing the Fort Ticonderoga experience.”

The Carillon boat, a replica of a 1920s 1000 Islands cruise boat, is a 60 foot luxury vessel previously owned by Paul and Rene Sanger. The Saengers owned and operated the boat from a dock in Shoreham, Vermont, offering scenic and educational tours in southern Lake Champlain that highlighted the region’s history, beauty, and nature. Fort Ticonderoga plans to finalize ownership of the boat this spring as it builds plans for waterway tours on Lake Chaplain for the 2015 season.

Fort Ticonderoga recently received a funding in the latest round of the New York State Regional Economic Development grant awards. The grant was awarded to Fort Ticonderoga to support the first phase of development in a waterway transportation and recreation system. Specifically, the funding will be used to construct a dock. Fort Ticonderoga continues to seek philanthropic support to fund the development of this waterway initiative and related educational programs.

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LGLC Accepting Applications for Summer Stewardship Assistants

January 12th, 2015 · No Comments

The Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) is now accepting applications for two Stewardship Assistant positions. The positions are full time but temporary, to be filled late May through mid to late August.

The Stewardship Assistants will work together and primarily conduct field work, including trail maintenance and new trail construction, boundary posting, and monitoring of conservation easement properties. They will also lead public hikes and educational outings, and assist other staff as needed with summer events.

Should local knowledge, experience and training make it appropriate, one Stewardship Assistant will be offered the position of Lead Stewardship Assistant and will be given additional leadership responsibilities.

Application deadline is March 6. For more information about the positions, including full job descriptions, visit lglc.org/about/#jobs.

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Bits of Everything

January 10th, 2015 · No Comments

The Adirondack Almanack: Lake George from Green Island Bridge

A great picture of the lake in cold weather from the bridge to the Sagamore.

NY State DEC: Adirondack Forest Ranger Search and Rescue Highlights: 12/29/14-01/04/15

You might end up in this report if you get lost in the woods.

Governor Cuomo’s 2014 End of Year Report

The actual report is 44 pages but it’s broken down by category.

Office of the State Controller, Thomas P. DiNapoli

State Pension Fund Commits Additional $50 Million
to Invest in New York-Based Companies

USA Today: North Korean Reality Isn’t Funny for Christians

How North Korea treats Christians.

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Saturday Quote

January 10th, 2015 · No Comments

“Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius.”

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Valley of Fear (1914)

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The Tonight Show: Puppies Predict Ohio State or Oregon

January 8th, 2015 · No Comments

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Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) Officially Sworn In

January 6th, 2015 · No Comments


Rep. Stefanik being sworn in by Speaker John Boehner. (Click image to see full-scale.)

Washington, D.C. – Today, January 6, 2015, Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) was officially sworn in to represent New York’s 21st district in the U.S. House of Representatives.

“I am thrilled and humbled by this opportunity to serve the wonderful people of New York’s 21st district,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “I pledge to be a strong voice for our community in Congress and to work my hardest to advance bipartisan solutions. Washington is broken and now is the time for leaders to work together on behalf of the American people. I am grateful for this incredible opportunity.”

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