The Huletts Current

News & Opinion About Huletts Landing, N.Y.

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LGPC Boat & Dock Fees to Increase in 2017

December 5th, 2016 · No Comments

The Lake George Park Commission has received approval from the state legislature to raise dock, mooring and boat fees in 2017. From the bill authorizing the increase:

Dock, wharf and mooring fees. The owner of a dock, wharf or mooring within the park used for non-commercial residential purposes shall pay an annual fee of fifty dollars. The owner of a dock or wharf within the park used for commercial purposes shall pay an annual fee of five dollars per linear foot for each such dock. The owner of a mooring used for commercial purposes shall pay an annual fee of one hundred dollars for each mooring. New docks constructed for commercial use after the effective date of this section shall pay a first time fee of ten dollars per linear foot and five dollars per linear foot annually thereafter.

Boat fees. In addition to the registration required by the state, any mechanically propelled boat or vessel with ten horsepower or more used on Lake George shall have an annual permit issued by the commission. The fee therefor for boats twenty feet or less in length overall shall be forty dollars; for boats twenty-one to twenty-five feet in length overall, fifty dollars; and for boats over twenty-five feet in length overall, fifty dollars plus seven dollars and fifty cents for each foot by which the length overall exceeds twenty-five feet; for boats over twenty-five feet in length overall outfitted for overnight use, fifty dollars plus thirty dollars for each foot by which the overall length exceeds twenty-five feet. The commission may establish a one week use permit for twenty dollars. The commission may establish a one day use permit for twelve dollars for any mechanically propelled boat or vessel with ten horsepower or more.

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Bronze For USA Luge In Lake Placid World Cup Team Relay

December 3rd, 2016 · No Comments

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Saturday Quote

December 3rd, 2016 · No Comments

“There are five stages in the life of an actor: Who’s Mary Astor? Get me Mary Astor. Get me a Mary Astor type. Get me a young Mary Astor. Who’s Mary Astor?”

Mary Astor – American Actress

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Cyber Monday: Local Online Merchants

November 28th, 2016 · No Comments

I sometimes get asked the question: “Who are some local merchants – where we can buy some items with a Washington County or Adirondack flare?” So for Cyber Monday here are some ideas:

Adirondack Life Magazine has an online Marketplace and gift subscriptions available.

Will Moses (who is related to the famous Grandma Moses) has an online store dedicated to Washington County art.

The Washington County Historical Society has books on local history that can be purchased online.

The Argyle Cheese Farmer has many gift baskets, among other products, that can be purchased online.

The Dancing Ewe Farm Store has many local products, including olive oils, marmalade’s, and cured meats.

Mapleland Farms is a Washington County producer of many different maple products.

The well-known photographer of all things Lake George, Carl Heilman, has an online store where you can purchase puzzles, prints and playing cards, among other great products.

There are many others, I am sure, and if you know of others, please let me know.

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Generations of Service

November 28th, 2016 · No Comments

Mr. Reginald “Buck” Ballantyne (center) meets with Rear Admiral James Rendon, the Superintendent of the United States Coast Guard Academy (right) along with Mr. Ballantyne’s grandson, Liam, a cadet at the Academy (left).

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Shiffrin Wins USSA World Cup Slalom at Killington

November 27th, 2016 · No Comments

The first Alpine downhill World Cup race, to be held on the east coast in 25 years, happened this weekend in Killington, Vermont. 16,000 fans showed up to watch the best skiers in the world race. Team USA’s Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) grabbed first place in the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women’s slalom.

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Little Red Seaplane Flyby

November 27th, 2016 · No Comments

Neal Vandorsten sits in the cockpit of a small seaplane he flew up Lake George last week.

The aerial photo I posted on Thanksgiving day inspired Neal Vandorsten to pass along these two shots from a small red seaplane he piloted up Lake George last week.

The lake was calm on a clear autumn day.

Many thanks to Neal for passing along these photos.

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Dresden Christmas Party: Saturday December 17th

November 26th, 2016 · No Comments

Santa Claus dropped by last year’s Dresden Christmas party.

The Town of Dresden will host the annual town-wide Christmas Party on Saturday December 17th at 1:00 pm in the town hall.

If you would like to make a donation or help volunteer please contact either Linda Barber or Sue Foster.

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Postmaster General Announces Moratorium on Post Office Downgrades

November 25th, 2016 · No Comments

According to Postmaster General, Megan Brennan, the USPS will not downgrade Level 2, 4 and 6 Post Offices during Fiscal Year 2017. Brennan made the announcement at the 2016 National Convention for the newly created United Postmasters and Managers of America.

This is good news for the Huletts Landing Post Office which is considered a Level 4 Post Office (open 4 hours per day).

Post Offices are evaluated using data that includes (among other things) determinations of the number of customers a Post Office serves and the amount of revenue it takes in. These evaluations are used to help determine the number of hours a Post Office should be open to adequately serve the community in which it is located.

If such evaluations lead the USPS to believe a Post Office is not needed for all the hours it is open, the Post Office can be downgraded or closed. Decreasing a Post Office’s retail hours also can make the facility less relevant in the community, make it harder to staff and further reduce it’s business.

While it is good news that it appears that no such downgrading will occur in 2017, the Huletts Current will continue to report on this and I once again encourage everyone to buy your stamps at the Huletts Post Office.

See my previous post on POSTPlan here.

(Excerpted and condensed from the AUSPL November 2016 newsletter.)

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Happy Thanksgiving (from the Air)

November 24th, 2016 · No Comments

An aerial view of Huletts, taken on Wednesday November 23, 2016. (Click to see full-scale.)

While you are hopefully celebrating with family and friends today, here is an aerial view of the Landing, taken from above the Casino, looking north up Lake George. Our heartfelt good wishes go out to you and your family on this Thanksgiving day. (Many thanks to Lloyd Ballantyne for the photo.)

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Thanksgiving Giving

November 24th, 2016 · No Comments

Congratulations to Margot Kapusinski who dropped off 480 pounds of food to the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, which she collected from a food drive earlier this month. Her family is very proud of her!

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LGLC Takes Steps Towards Completing Vision of Protection in Putnam

November 22nd, 2016 · No Comments

The Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) recently acquired 72 acres in the Town of Putnam from Thomas and Mary Ellen Eliopoulos. The land, known as the Beaver Pond property, joins another 65 acres purchased from the Bain family in September as the latest additions in a focused effort to protect the 2,000-acre watershed of Sucker Brook, a major tributary of Lake George.

As one of Lake George’s ten largest tributaries, Sucker Brook drains directly into the lake at Glenburnie, and makes a significant impact on the lake’s water quality. Its protection provides a safeguard against excess storm water runoff, erosion of the stream corridor, and nutrient loading from neighboring sources of fertilizers and road salt, further protecting the lake’s water quality.

“We have wanted to protect these properties for a very long time,” said LGLC Executive Director Jamie Brown, “and are grateful for the support of the local community, including the residents of Glenburnie, for helping to make the projects happen.”

“The landowners shared the LGLC’s vision of seeing this environmentally-sensitive property protected,” Brown continued, “to ensure that it would help to keep the waters of Lake George clean forever.”

Both the Beaver Pond and Bain properties primarily consist of wetlands, which help to filter and slow the waters of Sucker Brook before entering Lake George. Specifically, beaver ponds have been shown to be particularly beneficial for water quality. Studies indicate that these ponds can trap and remove nearly 50% of excess nitrogen from the water. High levels of nitrogen, resulting from chemicals like lawn fertilizers being carried downstream in storm water, can trigger algal blooms and fish kills.

Generally, protected land also provides thousands of dollars in natural resource benefits to the community each year in the form of storm water protection, aesthetic value, habitat, and pollution control. In addition, properties such as this one are open to the public for everyone to use and enjoy for multiple purposes, including hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, bird-watching, and hunting.

Growing Recreational and Educational Opportunities

The location of these properties allows for an extended public recreational trail corridor. Between the LGLC’s Gull Bay Preserve on Sagamore Road and the peak of Record Hill on Anthony’s Nose, the region currently includes 7.5-miles of marked trails, including ½-mile newly added to show off the Bain property’s unique white cedar swamp. An additional 1 mile of trail on the beaver pond property is proposed, which would also connect to the Anthony’s Nose trailhead.

Nine educational panels have been installed along the region’s existing trails, with information about nocturnal wildlife, hardwood forests, wetlands and more. Future plans include additional signage, as well as the construction of bridges or boardwalks with viewing platforms through the wetland and beaver pond areas.

The entire system will be a draw for school groups, birders, and other guests may observe the plants and animals that are present, while at the same time gain a better understanding of how the land functions to protect the water.

Altogether, the region between Glenburnie and Gull Bay Roads offers 925 acres of contiguous protected land. Due to the complexity of having so many different parcels, the LGLC plans to merge all of the properties together to create one cohesive preserve. A revised trail map and other resources are expected to be completed for the 2017 summer season.

This project, as well as other efforts north of Anthony’s Nose, are ongoing, and the LGLC welcomes support from the community and interested individuals who wish to help financially, or with the research and creation of additional educational materials. Schools and other community groups interested in having a guided field trip to the area are also welcome and encouraged to contact the LGLC’s Communications and Outreach Manager Sarah Hoffman at 518-644-9673 or email

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October Dresden Town Board Meeting Minutes

November 22nd, 2016 · No Comments

The minutes from the October 2016 Dresden Town Board meeting were recently approved and have been posted on the town’s website.

October Minutes

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

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Link: Washington County Adopts 2017 Budget

November 22nd, 2016 · No Comments

Washington County supervisors adopted next year’s budget with a 1.76 percent tax increase. Read about it in the Post Star.

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