The Huletts Landing Volunteer Fire Company was able to test their new reach and rescue pole recently on the ice on Lake George. It extends from 9 to 60 feet long. Here it is being tested at the Marina.
A simulated ice rescue drill was done recently by the the Huletts Landing Volunteer Fire Department. Below are pictures from the day’s training.
A “person in the water” was dragged toward solid ice.
The fearless volunteer got a bit cold even with his protective gear on.
The “drowning person” was saved successfully.
All in all – a very good training day for our Huletts volunteers.
Many thanks to Fire Chief, Jay VanderPlaat, for coordinating this training as well as all the volunteers who made the day a success.
Tags: Lake George · The Landing
The minutes from the Febraury 2017 Dresden Town Board meeting were recently approved and have been posted on the town’s website.
Additionally a Public Notice setting forth Dresden’s snow and ice policy was also posted.
Snow and Ice Policy
The March minutes will not be approved until April and so on.
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The Lake George Park Commission will again be holding free 8-hour NYS Boater Safety Courses for the interested public. Satisfactory completion of this course provides the attendee with a NYS Boater Safety Certificate which is required to operate a vessel in NYS for anyone born after May 1, 1996. The certification is also required for all operators of PWC’s/Jetskis in NYS. Participants in the class must be at least 10 years old. Three courses are scheduled as follows:
• Saturday, April 1, 9:30-5:30, Great Upstate Boat Show, The “Dome” Adirondack Sports Complex, register at www.thegreatupstateboatshow.com, click on seminars.
• Saturday, June 17, 9am-5pm, Lake George Association, call 518-668-3558
• Monday/Tuesday, July 10 & 11, 9am-1pm, Bolton Fire Hall, call 518-668-9347
These free training classes are conducted by Lake George Park Commission Marine Patrol officers who are certified trainers under the NYS Parks Boater Safety Education Program. Participants will learn safe boat handling and docking procedures, the navigational “rules of the road” on the water, the importance of personal safety and responsibility, handling a boat, and much more. These trainings are part of the Commission’s ongoing public safety initiatives for all boaters in the region.
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The Whitehall School Board has begun to put the minutes to their monthly meetings online. The Board should be commended for this.
Here is a link to the minutes for the Regular Board Meeting from Wednesday, January 18, 2017. I will begin to post these. (There is no easy way to link directly to these. They have to be printed out and saved as a pdf.)
Please note the following budget items where discussed by the Superintendent in his remarks (Item # 4 Superintendent Comments):
Patrick Dee stated that the State Aid Budget runs will be approximately 1.7% increase in aid. The Governor’s budget: Approximately $124,000 present budget runs for Whitehall.
Patrick Dee stated that there will be an approximate 15% budget increase (approximately $300.000 budget increase) in health insurance for 2017-2018. Whitehall is part of a consortium, which includes twenty eight out of thirty districts within WSWHE BOCES.
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The NY State Comptroller has completed its audit of the Town of Dresden and the operations of the Town Clerk. That audit, as well as the Town’s initial response, is included in the report. The Town’s complete response is due to the state within 90-days.
This was a comprehensive undertaking that encompasses the financial health of the entire town, including the general and highways budgets, as well as the overall health of both sewer districts.
The audit has been posted on the Town’s website here.
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French vernacular architecture at Carillon will be the topic of the next Fort Fever Series program on Sunday, March 12, 2017, at 2:00 P.M. given by Assistant Director of Interpretation Nicholas Spadone. Admission is $10; free for Members of Fort Ticonderoga and Ambassador Pass Holders.
Fort Ticonderoga’s “Fort Fever Series” continues on Sunday, March 12th, at 2:00 p.m. with “Basse Ville: Vernacular Architecture of the Lower Town at Carillon,” presented by Assistant Director of Interpretation, Nicholas Spadone. The cost is $10 per person and can be purchased at the gate; Fort Ticonderoga Members and Ambassador Pass Holders are admitted free of cost. The program will take place in the Mars Education Center.
This Fort Fever presentation will examine the vernacular architecture of Ticonderoga’s temporary structures and shed light on how the peninsula appeared from 1755-1759. “Today, the impressive stone fort protrudes on the peninsula prominently,” said Nicholas Spadone, Assistant Director of Interpretation. “Much less known are dozens of temporary structures that dotted the landscape during the French occupation at Carillon, later named Ticonderoga. What remains of those structures are simply stone foundations or merely a drawing on a map. However, new research has revealed the structure’s rich story.”
The “Fort Fever Series” is just one of several programs taking place at Fort Ticonderoga this winter and early spring. Clothing and Accoutrements Workshops are offered March 11 & 12 and April 8 & 9. Fort Ticonderoga presents the living history event “Four Divisions formed at Fort Carillon: Rigaud’s Attack of Fort William Henry” on March 25th. The Sixth Annual Garden & Landscape Symposium will be held on April 8th. You can learn more about all of these programs by visiting www.fortticonderoga.org. Some programs require advanced registration.
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February 19th, 2017 · Comments Off
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February 18th, 2017 · Comments Off
The minutes from the January 2017 Dresden Town Board meetings were recently approved and have been posted on the town’s website. This meeting set the salaries for town officials and which members of the Town Board would serve on which committees.
Additionally a Public Notice setting the standard work day for certain town employees was also posted.
Standard Work Day Resolution
The February minutes will not be approved until March and so on.
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February 12th, 2017 · Comments Off
About 10 to 12 inches of snow has fallen in Huletts so far today. Very, very blustery and definitely a severe storm. Orson is being quite rough.
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February 11th, 2017 · Comments Off
Michele DeRossi has joined the staff of the Lake George Land Conservancy.
The Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) is pleased to announce the addition of Michele DeRossi as the organization’s community engagement and events manager. In her new role, Ms. DeRossi will be managing community and fundraising events for the LGLC and working with the staff to raise funds and awareness for the importance of land protection throughout the Lake George watershed.
Ms. DeRossi brings a versatile background in development, event planning, and conservation. Prior to joining the LGLC, Ms. DeRossi worked for The Nature Conservancy, where she spent 3 years working in development, most recently as a Donor Relations Manager for both individual donors as well as foundations and corporations around the eastern New York region and in New York City. Prior to her work at The Nature Conservancy, she worked as events manager for the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation, organizing and facilitating major events to raise money for restoration projects around historic Saratoga Springs. Ms. DeRossi got her start in non-profit work while living in Jackson, Wyoming where she was the marketing and events associate for Jackson Hole WILD, an organization dedicated to promoting stewardship of wildlife through the use of media.
Born and raised in Connecticut, Ms. DeRossi grew up coming to Lake George in the summers with her family and continued to be a part of the Bolton Landing community through college, working at several local restaurants and contributing to the Lake George Mirror. Ms. DeRossi holds a BA from Fordham University in Journalism and Communications and attended the Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, CT. Although she now lives in Saratoga Springs, Ms. DeRossi can often be found at her family’s home in Diamond Point. In her free time, Michele writes a food column in Saratoga, is working on becoming an ADK 46’r with her fiancé and loves to explore new places, whether on skis or by foot.
Tags: Lake George · Our Neighbors · The Environment
February 5th, 2017 · Comments Off
NewYorkUpstate.com has an update on the boat crash on Lake George that killed a young girl last summer.
The NY State Comptroller’s Office recently released a report showing sales tax collections have been down in Washington County.
The Lake Placid News reports on the old Frontier Town.
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February 4th, 2017 · Comments Off
“Touch of the Master’s Hand,” by Myra Welsh
T’was battered and scarred, and the auctioneer
Thought it scarcely worth his while
To waste much time on the old violin,
But held it up with a smile.
“What am I bidden, good folks,” he cried,
“Who’ll start the bidding for me?”
“A dollar, a dollar,” then, two! Only two?
“Two dollars, and who’ll make it three?
“Three dollars, once; three dollars, twice;
Going for three . . . ” But no,
From the room, far back, a grey haired man
Came forward and picked up the bow;
Then, wiping the dust from the old violin,
And tightening the loose strings,
He played a melody pure and sweet
As a caroling angel sings.
The music ceased, and the auctioneer,
With a voice that was quiet and low,
Said: “What am I bid for the old violin?”
And he held it up with the bow.
“A thousand dollars, and who’ll make it two?
Two thousand! And who’ll make it three?
Three thousand, once; three thousand, twice;
And going and gone,” said he.
The people cheered, but some of them cried,
“We do not quite understand
What changed its worth?” Swift came the reply:
“The touch of a master’s hand.”
And many a man with life out of tune,
And battered and scarred with sin,
Is auctioned cheap to the thoughtless crowd,
Much like the old violin.
A “mess of potage,” a glass of wine;
A game, and he travels on.
He is “going” once, and “going” twice,
He’s “going” and almost “gone.”
But the Master comes and the foolish crowd
Never can quite understand
The worth of a soul and the change that’s wrought
By the touch of the Master’s hand.
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