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Happy Easter

April 20th, 2014 · No Comments

Easter Morning
circa 1818
Johann Friedrich Overbeck
Museum Kunstpalast

I wish everyone peace and joy this Easter and throughout the year!

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Good Friday 2014

April 18th, 2014 · No Comments

Lamentation of Christ (circa 1490-1495)
Sandro Botticelli,
Museo Poldi Pezzoli of Milan.

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ESPN: Trump to Consider Buying Buffalo Bills?

April 17th, 2014 · No Comments

From ESPN:

New York City businessman and billionaire Donald Trump says he is committed to buying the Bills and keeping them in western New York, according to The Buffalo News.

“I’m going to give it a heavy shot,” Trump told the News on Monday from his office in Manhattan. “I would love to do it, and if I can do it, I’m keeping it in Buffalo.”

Multiple sources confirmed to the News that Trump has had two conversations with Bills president and CEO Russ Brandon.

Trump, who earlier this month confirmed that he was contacted by a group looking to purchase the Bills following the death of longtime owner Ralph Wilson, also wanted to ease concerns that he would move the team to Los Angeles or Toronto.

He has previously said it would be “catastrophic” if Buffalo lost the Bills. “I live in New York, and it’s easier for me to go to Buffalo than any other place,” Trump said. “Where am I going to move it, some place on the other side of the country where I have to travel for five hours?”

Trump believes his history with the NFL would play no role in a potential purchase of the Bills.

In 1983, Trump bought the New Jersey Generals and was largely responsible for the USFL switching from a spring schedule into direct competition with the NFL in the fall.

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March Dresden Town Board Meeting Minutes

April 15th, 2014 · No Comments

Here are the minutes of the March 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 March which were approved in April. The April minutes will not be approved until May and so on.

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Lynn Kapusinski’s Book Announced as Finalist for “Excellence in Publishing Award”

April 13th, 2014 · No Comments

I’m happy to share that the best selling author in the family, Lynn Kapusinski, has been named by the The Association of Catholic Publishers (ACP) as a finalist for the new Excellence in Publishing Awards, which will be given out at the 2014 Religious Booksellers Trade Exhibit (RBTE) in St. Charles, Illinois. The goal of these awards is to recognize the best in Catholic publishing.

While Lynn has always supported my books on local history, it has always been her books that people stop us all over the country to talk about. Her love of children dealing with the aftermath of separation or divorce has taken us all over the world and she is much deserving of this recognition.

When Parents Divorce or Separate: I Can Get Through This (A Catholic Guide for Kids) is a guidebook for children ages 8-12 and one of six finalists nominated for the Resources for Ministry category. This category encompasses books used as tools in parish faith formation.

Finalists are judged by a three-person panel. Final judging will narrow the entries down to first, second and third place winners for the awards ceremony at the RBTE.

“This year’s finalists reflect a range of topics that are timely like Pope Francis, evangelization, and social media,” noted Therese Brown, ACP’s executive director. “At the same time, a number of them also address a depth of human-sacred experience that explores the fragility and tenuousness of our lives. The call to live the Gospel, to evangelize, to bring the brokenness of our lives to our loving and all-embracing God is striking.”

For a comprehensive list of finalists, see the press release on the ACP website at:

To see a sample chapter or obtain the book, please visit

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Agenda for Dresden Town Board: April

April 13th, 2014 · No Comments

Below is a link to the proposed agenda for the Dresden Town Board meeting this Monday, April 14th. The meeting starts at 7:00 pm.

Proposed agenda.

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Easter Sunrise Service

April 13th, 2014 · No Comments

Easter Sunrise Service, 7:30 A.M on Easter Sunday, April 20th at the McMasters on Bluff Head Road.

Wear your Easter Bonnet, bring your cup of coffee and some finger food to share. For more information speak to Helenmarie or Trudie. 499-1238

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Historical Ice Cover Information

April 13th, 2014 · No Comments

Following up on my prior post on the dates that the ice left the lake, Mark Stanton forwarded me this link to the Lake George Association website which has the dates the lake was covered with ice from 1908 to 2011. May 2nd looks like the latest day (in 1940 and 1971) that the lake had ice on it.

Many thanks to Mark. Hopefully with this week’s warm temperatures, the ice will be gone soon.

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Fort Ticonderoga Receives Award for Interpretive Programs

April 12th, 2014 · No Comments

Photo: Stuart Lilie, Director of Interpretation at Fort Ticonderoga.

Fort Ticonderoga recently received an Innovation in Interpretation Award from the Museum Association of New York (MANY) which recognized Fort Ticonderoga as a leader in historic interpretation. The award was presented at MANY’s annual meeting in Albany, NY.

“Fort Ticonderoga Interpretative Department, developed in 2011, has in remarkably short time become a national leader in historical interpretation, setting and implementing unparalleled interpretive standards,” said Beth Hill, Fort Ticonderoga President and CEO. “The program outcomes under the leadership of Director of Interpretation Stuart Lilie have seen nothing less than amazing results in attendance, school field trip participation, and increased Scout attendance. Through the creation and implementation of a unique interpretive approach, Fort Ticonderoga has defied the professional trends and has embarked on a major transformation.”

“By highlighting a specific group of soldiers during a specific year in the Fort’s history, staff has been able to faithfully study and recreate the experiences of soldiers at Fort Ticonderoga,” said Stuart Lilie, Fort Ticonderoga Director of Interpretation. “Utilizing the wealth of resources in Fort Ticonderoga’s world renowned collections, staff is able to pattern garments, shoes, and accoutrement and faithfully reproduce the items for the upcoming season’s use.”

Each year Fort Ticonderoga highlights a specific moment in time –a specific year and regiment that served at the Fort. In doing so, Fort Ticonderoga has become the only site in the world to take this unique and defining approach, which allows for staff to faithfully research a topic, develop the associated reproduction material culture, and present a dynamic and innovative living history program each year to its guests. The annual seasonal narrative informs interpretive activities such as fatigue duty, gardening, foodways, and trades. The outcome of this revolutionary approach has resulted in significant growth in new marketing opportunities (each year is new at Fort Ticonderoga!), increased and repeat attendance, and a 54% growth in Friends membership to Fort Ticonderoga since 2011.

The new program debuted in 2011 with the 1759 experience of Massachusetts Provincials. In 2012 staff interpreted the 1775 experience of Connecticut troops and in 2013 the 1755 experiences of French soldiers from the Languedoc Regiment. In 2014, the interpretive focus will be on the Fourth Pennsylvania Regiment at Ticonderoga during the year 1776.

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The Significance of April 24th

April 9th, 2014 · No Comments

While I am sure there are official records of when the ice has historically left the lake, I did an informal poll of longtime Hulett residents and the latest anyone remembers the ice leaving the lake is April 24th.

Right now we’re in store for some warm weather, but there’s still a lot of ice out there. My grandparents used a simple formula: the ice leaves the lake the first week in April during a moderate winter, mid to late April for a harsh winter.

Right now it looks like the April 24th date might be in reach this year. I hope I’m wrong!!

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EWTN to Broadcast the Ordination of New Albany Catholic Bishop

April 7th, 2014 · No Comments

On Thursday, April 10th, the ordination of Bishop-elect Edward B. Scharfenberger as the new Roman Catholic Bishop of Albany will be broadcast live starting at 1:30 p.m. on EWTN and Time Warner Cable News and on the internet via the Albany Diocese’s website,

Read more about it in the Evangelist.

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LGPC: Press Release – Boat Inspection Website

April 5th, 2014 · No Comments

The Lake George Park Commission released this press release announcing a new website for boat inspections:

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LGA’s Floating Classroom sealed as part of the LGPC Frozen Boats Program

April 2nd, 2014 · No Comments

LGPC Executive Director Dave Wick joined LGA staff to seal the Floating Classroom boat to its trailer as part of the Commission’s Frozen Boats Program. Boats sealed now will not need to be inspected this spring prior to launching.

The Lake George Park Commission (LGPC) has established a “Frozen Boats” Program that allows local residents to have their boats certified as invasive-free with a Vessel Inspection Control Seal (VICS) in advance of the 2014 boating season.

Each VICS is numbered, and when a boat is sealed the seal number and the boat registration number are both recorded. The LGA’s Floating Classroom was sealed with Vessel Inspection Control Seal #1885 in honor of the Association being founded in 1885 and for recognition of the critical role the Association has played in the development of a mandatory boat inspection program.

“We are glad to be able to lead by example and help get the word out about the frozen boats program at the same time, said Walt Lender, the LGA’s Executive Director. “The LGPC’s efforts to create a comprehensive mandatory inspection program to protect the Lake is no small task – and seemingly minor details, such as tagging frozen boats, can help decrease congestion at the inspection stations early on in the season, which will be important to the success of the program this first year,’ said Lender. “When folks arrive at the Lake this summer we want them to understand that lake protection and recreation can go hand in hand. It’s like a first impression – you want to get it right.”

LGA Educator Jill Trunko shows off the Floating Classroom’s Vessel Inspection Control Seal

Having a boat with an intact inspection seal acquired through the Frozen Boats Program removes the need for that boat to visit one of the six regional inspection stations for a ‘clean, drained, and dry’ inspection prior to its first launch of the year into Lake George. This local program will provide inspection seals for trailered boats that have been demonstrated to be exposed to the winter elements sufficiently long to kill aquatic invasive species.

“In general, three days of continuous freezing is long enough to kill any AIS present on a boat or trailer,” said Emily DeBolt, the LGA’s Outreach Coordinator. “And we have certainly had more than three days in a row of below freezing temperatures this winter.” The earliest ice out on the area’s local water bodies will signify the end of the 2014 Frozen Boats Program, and Vessel Inspection Control Seals will not be applied through this program after that date. “Ice out is typically early to mid-April, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it isn’t a bit late this year, said DeBolt. “Although, you just never know what the weather is going to do, so if you have a boat that you want sealed as part of this program, I would be sure to get it taken care of sooner rather than later.” The new mandatory inspection program will go into effect May 15, 2014. “If you plan to launch your boat before May 15th you won’t be required to be inspected and sealed. But if you aren’t sure – you can go ahead and get your boat sealed now to be safe,” added DeBolt.

“If your boat is stored at a local storage facility, the LGPC has drafted agreements with local marinas and haulers which include provisions for the Frozen Boats Program,” said Dave Wick, Executive Director of the Lake George Park Commission. “If your boat is presently in the care, custody, and control of a local winter storage facility, please contact your facility for details. It is likely that there is nothing further you have to do.” The LGPC is also coordinating its program with local haulers as well as storage facilities. “If your boat is stored on blocks and seasonally transported with a hydraulic trailer by a local hauler, please contact your hauler for details. Many regional haulers will also have agreements in place for the program.”

The LGPC has teamed up with its local partners to administer the Frozen Boats Program. If you have a trailered boat that qualifies for the program and you would like to receive this service, you can contact the Commission office or your local Frozen Boats representative listed below.

Town Representative Contact Info

Town of Dresden: Tom Conrad 518-499-0801,

Town of Lake George: Dennis Dickinson 518-796-0400
Village of Lake George: LGPC 518-668-9347
Town of Bolton: Joe Stanek 518-668-9272
Town of Hague: Steve Ramant H: 518-543-6542,
Town of Ticonderoga: Walt Lender 518-668-3558
Town of Putnam: Robert Rudt W: 518-547-8717 H: 518-547-8740
Glenburnie : Tim Dorian 508-254-9404,
Town of Fort Ann: Marc Migliore 518-260-0779
Town of Queensbury: Bill Mason 518-726-0693

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Bits of Everything

March 30th, 2014 · No Comments

Post Star: Whitehall School District Plans to Increase Spending in Budget Proposal

Your eyes are not deceiving you. With student enrollment plummeting and test scores lagging, the district is proposing to spend more money next year hiring more employees. The Post Star reports.

Buffalo News: Bills at Risk of Being Moved to Larger Market

The NFL’s Buffalo Bills’ tenure in Western New York may be coming to an end. Team founder and owner Ralph Wilson, passed away last week at age 95. The team will presumably be up for sale soon and the new owner will want to move the team to greener pastures. Likely sites may include L.A., Toronto and yes, even London. Read the column here.

Times Union: Fort Edward GE Plant Gets Temporary Reprieve

The Times Union reports that the Fort Edward GE Plant will stay open a few more months.

Imaging 100-year-old negatives discovered in Antarctic

An interesting story about 22 exposed but unprocessed photographic negatives, found frozen in a solid block of ice for nearly one hundred years.

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