August 31st, 2014 · No Comments
August 30th, 2014 · No Comments
“It was a wonderful, chaotic universe of clashing colors, temperaments and emotions, of brave deeds performed sometimes against odds seemingly insuperable, mixed with mean and shameful acts of pure skullduggery, cheapness, snide tricks, filth and greed, moments of sheer sweet courage and magnificence when the flame of the human spirit and the will to triumph burned so brightly that it choked your throat and blinded your eyes to be watching it, and moments, too, of such villainy, cowardice and depravity, of such rapaciousness and malice that you felt hot and ashamed even to find yourself reporting it.”
Describing his time as a sportswriter.
August 26th, 2014 · No Comments
Andrew Hudon practicing for his Lake George planned swim.
Some people can’t quit. Like Lake George man Andrew Hudon who is swimming the length of Lake George over the weekend of Sept. 6-7 to raise awareness and funds for cancer, an event called Ripple Effect. He will begin in Ticonderoga, NY and swim the 32-miles over two days to Lake George Village, NY. Meanwhile on the 7th a relay team of survivors and others touched by colon cancer will run 38 miles down the western shore of the lake. Fundraising goals are set at $10,000. All donations will be divided between colon cancer nonprofits The Colon Club and The Colon Cancer Alliance.
“When I was told I could no longer do any long distance cycling, and that running and triathlon were no longer an option for me, I wanted to show that there is always a way to give back.”
This isn’t the first time Hudon has gone to extreme lengths to raise money for cancer. He began riding for cancer charities in 2006. In 2010 his focus turned to colon cancer as he created and rode the Resilience Ride, a bike ride from Colorado to New York. In 2013 he co-founded Leave it on the Road, a ride across the U.S. that averaged 140 miles per day for 23 days and raised over $50,000. After Leave It On The Road, doctors told him that ultra distance cycling, and any amount of running, were no longer possible due to a knee injury. Andrew didn’t let that stop him. He returned to swimming to maintain fitness, a sport he had done in college and more recently for triathlon, and soon realized the opportunity to raise awareness and funds. Ripple Effect will be his first long-distance swim.
“Being told I could no longer ride or run was very difficult- those activities were a major part of my life. Swimming started as a way to maintain my fitness, but as my workouts got longer, I soon realized I had found a new way to make a difference, I just had to pick the venue.”
Hudon, a true athlete and philanthropist, has ridden thousands of miles and raised over $100,000 for cancer charities over the years. His cancer advocacy began after his mom’s diagnosis of liposarcoma in 2005. As he learned more about cancer and prevention he became inspired by the story of fellow Lake George area native, Molly McMaster, who skated across the U.S. following her colon cancer diagnosis at age 22 before founding the nonprofit The Colon Club. Hudon’s new-found understanding that colon and rectal cancer can be prevented through screening gave him a focus. His fundraising events since 2010 have all gone to raise awareness and funds in the hope of preventing future cases.
“While our Co-Founder, Molly McMaster Morgoslepov, originally inspired Andrew to give back and make a difference, Andrew has inspired the entire Colon Club staff, board of directors, and most importantly, the survivors and their families to continue to “make ripples in the pond,” said Krista Waller, President of The Colon Club. “Partnering with Andrew on the Ripple Effect event is the perfect fit for our organization and followers and we are looking forward to future events with Andrew.”
Hudon plans to be in the water for 18-20 hours over Sept. 6-7. He is available for interviews before and after the event. For more information about the Ripple Effect, please visit http://www.rippleeffectlg.com.
August 25th, 2014 · No Comments
South-facing view over Lake George from Cook Mountain in Ticonderoga taken during the Lake George Land Conservancy’s signature annual event, the Hike-A-Thon. Cook Mountain was LGLC’s first land donation and public preserve. Photo copyright Carl Heilman, II/Wild Visions, Inc.
The Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) has achieved land trust accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance.
“LGLC’s accredited status demonstrates our commitment to permanent land conservation that benefits the entire Lake George community,” says LGLC Executive Director Nancy Williams. “Our land trust is a stronger organization today having gone through the rigorous accreditation program.”
LGLC is a non-profit land trust based out of Bolton Landing, NY. Since 1988 LGLC has worked with willing landowners and other partners to protect the world-renowned water quality of Lake George and to permanently preserve the natural, scenic, historic and recreational resources of the Lake George region. Since its inception, LGLC’s land protection program has worked directly and with partners to permanently protect nearly 9,500 acres of Lake George wilderness and 6.5 miles of lake shoreline, and manages nine parks and preserves that are open to the public year-round with nearly 25 miles of trails for hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and at some preserves, hunting and snowmobiling.
One of LGLC’s current projects includes the development of a management plan for its wildlife refuge in the northeastern region of Lake George. The refuge includes extensive wetlands and forested wildlife habitat, and provides important watershed protection, a trail system for public access, and educational resources for community groups and the general public.
LGLC was awarded accreditation this August and is one of only 280 land trusts from across the country that has been awarded accreditation since the fall of 2008. Accredited land trusts are authorized to display a seal indicating to the public that they meet national standards for excellence, uphold the public trust and ensure that conservation efforts are permanent. The seal is a mark of distinction in land conservation.
“This round of accreditation decisions represents another significant milestone for the accreditation program; the 280 accredited land trusts account for over half of the 20,645,165 acres currently owned in fee or protected by a conservation easement held by a land trust,” said Commission Executive Director Tammara Van Ryn. “Accreditation provides the public with an assurance that, at the time of accreditation, land trusts meet high standards for quality and that the results of their conservation work are permanent.”
Each accredited land trust submitted extensive documentation and underwent a rigorous review. “Through accreditation land trusts conduct important planning and make their operations more efficient and strategic,” said Van Ryn. “Accredited organizations have engaged and trained citizen conservation leaders and improved systems for ensuring that their conservation work is permanent.”
According to the Land Trust Alliance, conserving land helps ensure clean air and drinking water; safe, healthy food; scenic landscapes and views; recreational places; and habitat for the diversity of life on earth. In addition to health and food benefits, conserving land increases property values near greenbelts, saves tax dollars by encouraging more efficient development, and reduces the need for expensive water filtration facilities. Across the country, local citizens and communities have come together to form more than 1,700 land trusts to save the places they love. Community leaders in land trusts throughout the country have worked with willing landowners to save over 47 million acres of farms, forests, parks and places people care about, including land transferred to public agencies and protected via other means. Strong, well-managed land trusts provide local communities with effective champions and caretakers of their critical land resources, and safeguard the land through the generations.
“We are proud to display the accreditation seal,” said Williams, “as recognition of LGLC’s efforts to be a transparent, efficient, and trustworthy organization.”
August 24th, 2014 · No Comments
The Friends of Historic Huletts Landing Art Auction on Saturday night drew a crowd.
The Friends of Historic Huletts Landing annual art auction was well attended this past Saturday night.
Many came out to support the FHHL while looking at the art contributed by local artists.
While most of the art was sold on Saturday, there are still a few items available. Anyone interested can still stop by and make a bid or leave money and note in the cash box.
While I cannot post pictures of all the art donated by local artists, here are some shots that demonstrate the talent our local artists have!
If you missed this year’s auction, plan on attending next year!
August 24th, 2014 · No Comments
Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014 – Starting At Noon
All Welcome For A Full Day Of Fun, Food & Drink, Games, Raffles, Children’s Talent Show, & More
Each Family Is Asked To Bring A Dish To The Picnic And/Or A Bottle Of Cheer For The Raffle Baskets
Door Prize: 32” Hdtv
Raffle Prizes: 2 Hdtvs, Kayak, Samsung Galaxy Tablet (8gb), Restaurant Gift Certs., Golf Packages, 4 Thomas Kincaid (Artist Of Light) Framed Prints, Irish Tapestry, Lead Crystal Bowl, Sports Memorabilia & Apparel (Red Sox, Yankees, Bruins, Rangers, Pats, Jets, Giants), Children’s Gifts
Tickets: Adults $30; Kids $15 (Under 8, Free) Tickets, Questions, or to Volunteer For Grilling, Set-Up, Cleanup,
Contact: Mike or Nancy Gorman Kmbgor@aol.com
August 24th, 2014 · No Comments
The Norman Rockwell Museum of Vermont is located in Rutland.
One short day trip from Huletts Landing is the Norman Rockwell Museum of Vermont located in Rutland.
The famous American artist, Norman Rockwell, known for his covers of the Saturday Evening Post, moved to Vermont in 1939 where his work began to reflect small-town life.
The museum itself is very easy to find, being located near the corners of Rt 4 and Rt 7, just two miles east on Route 4. (You will need to go through Rutland if you’re driving from Huletts.)
The museum’s picture and painting collection is quite extensive. It’s a great place to purchase Rockwell art.
To illustrate of how life imitates art, I post below the famous Rockwell piece “The Soda Jerk” from 1953 and a shot from the Soda Fountain from the 1960′s.
“The Soda Jerk” from 1953.
The Huletts Landing Soda Fountain in the 1960′s.
August 22nd, 2014 · No Comments
At the LGA’s 129th Annual Meeting, J. Buckley Bryan, Jr., long-time Lake George Association member and twice past president has announced his plan to donate $1 million over the next few years, but he doesn’t want to be the only one giving.
“The Lake George Association has been around for almost 130 years, and I’m of firm belief that it’s the reason this lake is as clean as it is. But it needs to be around for 130 more years and then some to continue to protect this place. My donation will help ensure the long-term protection of Lake George through the long-term sustainability of the LGA. I’m hoping that others will follow my lead and send some money our way for the LGA’s Second Century Reserve.”
“Mr. Bryan’s donation will be placed in the LGA’s Second Century Reserve, an account set up by the Board to support the organization in the future. The revenue generated by the Reserve will provide funding for programs and projects that protect the Lake in the future,” according to Walt Lender, LGA’s Executive Director. “Lake George continues to face threats and challenges. It will into the future as well. We need to be ready to face them and protect the lake for future generations,” Lender added.
“No one knows for sure what the future holds for Lake George, but we need to be prepared to handle anything. We need to be here and be ready,” said Lender. “The only way we can do that is if we have solid funding, skilled and experienced staff, and steadfast supporters like Buck.”
“The LGA’s Board appreciates Buck’s plans to add to our Second Century Reserve,” says LGA Board President Victor Hershaft of Bolton. “He has been a generous and passionate supporter and a great friend.”
Bryan is a long-time Bolton resident on Northwest Bay and served as Lake George Association President from 1975 to 1979 and again from 2008 through 2010.
Other announcements made at the LGA’s Annual Meeting include a funding commitment to extend milfoil hand harvesting efforts for at least two additional weeks on Lake George.
Volunteers and staff members who have helped develop and expand the Floating Classroom were also recognized for their role in the program receiving the US EPA Environmental Excellence Award.
NYS Assemblyman Dan Stec provided keynote remarks on invasive species efforts regionally and statewide, and Lake George Park Commission Executive Director, Dave Wick, gave an update on the mandatory boat inspection program on Lake George.
New directors were elected by the membership:
Carla Burhoe – Diamond Point
Charles Crew – Assembly Point
William Dutcher – Pilot Knob
Alan Washington – Bolton Landing
August 21st, 2014 · No Comments
Picture of a fish swimming in the water this past week.
August 20th, 2014 · No Comments
I’m pleased to announce that on Saturday August 30th at 7 pm, the Mountain Grove Memorial Church will host a concert by two world acclaimed artists; Findlay Cockrell and Lincoln Mayorga. (This is a change from a former date.) You will not want to miss this event!
This event will be a fundraiser for a new piano for the church. Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased from Bruce or Sue Young, Arnie Galbraith and/or Wayne Smith. Tickets will be limited and are sure to sell out fast so be sure to get yours soon.
We are fortunate to have a an event of this magnitude during the summer of 2014.
For many years, Lincoln enjoyed one of the busiest studio careers in Hollywood. He was the staff pianist for Walt Disney Studios and contributed to the soundtracks of such motion pictures as Chinatown, Pete’s Dragon, The Competition, The Rose, and Ragtime. As pianist, arranger, and conductor, Lincoln made many recordings with such artists as Johnny Mathis, Barbra Streisand. Vikki Carr, Mel Torme, Phil Ochs, Andy Williams, Frank Zappa. and Quincy Jones.
Findlay Cockrell, is a retired professor of music at SUNY Albany, a teacher, pianist and mentor. Findlay attended Harvard and the Juilliard School (BS, MS), and has taught at Albany for almost 50 years. Those in the Capital District have enjoyed his recitals (especially the Noon Concert series), chamber music, and performances with the Albany Symphony and other local orchestras. Findlay was also the first performing artist to play at the EGG (The Empire State theater of performing arts in Albany). He was also guest soloist with the San Francisco Symphony under Arthur Fiedler, and a highlight of his career were guest solo performances in Tula, Russia and in Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow with the noted Ossipov Russian Instrumental Orchestra.
A native of California, and a part time resident of the Napa Valley, Findlay has his own amphitheater there for local concerts. This September and November he will be giving two concerts at the request of Earlham College in Indiana for the opening of their new arts center.
Many thanks to Carol Putnam for planning this event and notifying me.
August 18th, 2014 · No Comments
The Huletts Landing Fire House was dedicated to Arthur Borin this past Saturday.
On Saturday, the Huletts Landing Volunteer Fire Department conducted dual events …”Santa comes to Huletts” and the “Re-dedication of the Firehouse” to the Company’s former President, the late Arthur (Art) Borin.
The Huletts Landing community was treated to an outstanding performance of “Santa” (played by one of HLVFD fire fighter members..John Colligan), who toured the Landing, on top of one of the Company’s fire trucks, heralding all of the children to come to the Fire House to personally visit with Santa plus sharing in games, goodies, face painting and lots more fun.
Obviously Santa’s invitation was well received as evidenced by the large turnout of happy faces that joined in the fun at the firehouse. Later during the activities the crowd was asked to join in the re-dedication ceremony conducted by HLVFD President, Luke Smith and Fire Chief Jay Vander Plaat in assisting Mrs. Carol Borin in uncovering the beautiful bronze plaque to her late husband’s memory. Mrs. Borin eloquently addressed the crowd thanking the Fire Company for this honor. Carol was accompanied by many members of the Borin family for the picture taking activities that followed, thus ending quite a remarkable day of both excitement and historical memory for our Huletts Landing families.
August 15th, 2014 · No Comments
A screenshot of Dresden’s new website.
Dresden officially entered the digital age this past Monday with the launching of the new town website: http://www.TownOfDresdenNY.com
The site, which has been in the works for a few months, has descriptions of popular places to visit in the town, a list of town officials with contact information, a meetings page to keep people informed of upcoming meetings, as well as assessment information and minutes of town meetings. It is expected that the site will continue to grow in the future. Hopes include historical information about areas of the town.
Supervisor George Gang said at Monday’s town board meeting; “When I was elected, this was one of my priorities. It’s great to have this up and running. We will expand on it in the future but it’s now live.”
August 14th, 2014 · No Comments
Here is 18 year old Californian Gentry Stein from the 2014 WYYC2014 yo-yo championship. Give it up for American youth who dominated the event!
August 13th, 2014 · No Comments
Thanx for the photo of the young man by Laocoon. I’m using it in my class to show perspective. So many other tourist shots look too touristy. Yours was terrific!
University of Albany
Editor’s Note: You made my day because I’m the young man in the photo, albeit a few years ago. I’m glad to help the students at the University of Albany with perspective. I have to give credit to my wife, Lynn, for the picture though.