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Happy Thanksgiving

November 26th, 2015 · No Comments

‘Signing the Mayflower Compact 1620′, a painting by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris 1899.

Before they established their colony in Plymouth, the Mayflower Compact was signed aboard the Mayflower on November 11, 1620 by the Pilgrims. They used the Julian Calendar, which, at that time, was ten days behind the Gregorian Calendar. Signing the document were 41 of the ship’s 101 passengers, while the Mayflower was anchored in what is now Provincetown Harbor within the hook at the northern tip of Cape Cod. They had planned to settle in Virginia but had reached America farther north.

Mayflower Compact (Modern Version)

In the name of God, Amen. We, whose names are underwritten, the loyal subjects of our dread Sovereign Lord King James, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, King, defender of the Faith, etc.

Having undertaken, for the Glory of God, and advancements of the Christian faith and honor of our King and Country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the Northern parts of Virginia, do by these presents, solemnly and mutually, in the presence of God, and one another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil body politic; for our better ordering, and preservation and furtherance of the ends aforesaid; and by virtue hereof to enact, constitute, and frame, such just and equal laws, ordinances, acts, constitutions, and offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the general good of the colony; unto which we promise all due submission and obedience.

In witness whereof we have hereunto subscribed our names at Cape Cod the 11th of November, in the year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord King James, of England, France, and Ireland, the eighteenth, and of Scotland the fifty-fourth, 1620.

Wishing you and yours a very happy Thanksgiving!


On PBS Thanksgiving Day at 8:00 pm EST (check your local listings)

The story of the Pilgrims – who they were, what drove them on – their searing first years in America and pivotal interactions with Native Americans – how they succeeded and how they failed – and how and why we have come to remember them as we do – is a tale far more harrowing and strange – and far more revealing – than the Thanksgiving myth we think we know.

From acclaimed filmmaker Ric Burns, The Pilgrims uncovers the riveting story of the men and women of the Mayflower – exploring the historic forces and personalities that motivated their crossing – and the harrowing events that unfolded in their crucial first decade in Massachusetts.

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Congresswoman Stefanik Makes Thanksgiving Week Visit to Fort Drum Soldiers in Afghanistan

November 25th, 2015 · No Comments

Congresswoman Stefanik with soldiers from Fort Drum at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan.

Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) returned from an official Congressional Delegation visit to Afghanistan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia with colleagues on the House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee. She released the following statement upon her return:

“This trip was an important opportunity to visit with our brave men and women of the 10th Mountain Division and thank them for their brave service this holiday season,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “These soldiers put their lives on the line for us each day, and as the Vice-Chair for the Subcommittee on Readiness, this was a chance to hear firsthand from our troops. We live in an increasingly dangerous world and I am proud that we have these brave men and women defending our national security.”

Congresswoman Stefanik with soldiers from Fort Drum at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan.

In addition to visiting troops in Afghanistan, Congresswoman Stefanik and the Congressional Delegation met with key officials in Egypt and Saudi Arabia to receive updates on issues including the conflict in Syria, Iran’s Nuclear Program, ISIL and Libya.

(Click pictures to see full-scale.)

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Lake George Towns Get Sophisticated Salt-Spreading Equipment

November 23rd, 2015 · No Comments

Lake George Town Highway Supervisor Dan Davis (right) shows LGA Project Manager Randy Rath (left) how a Lake George Town driver would use the Dickey-john equipment that the LGA purchased for the Town.

Just in time for winter, the Lake George Association has purchased a package of sophisticated salt-spreading equipment for the Town of Lake George – the latest step in the LGA’s effort to protect Lake George water. Dresden and other lake-adjoining towns have received temperature sensors to monitor local roads.

The need for the equipment was identified in a 2014 report developed by Beth Gilles, Assistant Director of the Lake Champlain-Lake George Regional Planning Board, and Lake George Association staff.

“The greatest threat to Lake George’s water is storm runoff and pollution from sources other than industrial or agricultural sites,” said C. Walter Lender, Executive Director of the Lake George Association. “One of those sources is salt applied to roads in the winter. We all want clear and safe roads, and we must balance that need with the concern about how winter road maintenance practices are affecting Lake George. This purchase is the next step in addressing those concerns.”

Lake George Town Highway Supervisor Dan Davis (left) shows LGA Project Manager Randy Rath (right) the plow truck’s gate, through which the salt is sent to the spinner plate on the rear of the vehicle.

The Dickey-john Control Point System purchased for the Town of Lake George, at a cost of $6,000, allows the driver to precisely control the rate that material is sent to the truck’s spinner, and controls the speed of the truck’s spinner to maintain even coverage of salt, slowing and stopping when the truck does the same. Following the LGA’s investment, Warren County Soil & Water Conservation District purchased a second Dickey-john package to outfit a second truck for the Town of Lake George, allowing the town’s Highway Department to better control, monitor and track the amount of de-icing material being used on two of its major snow-clearing routes. The LGA also assisted the Regional Planning Board in the purchase of temperature sensors for the Town in 2014, and the Town is pairing the new equipment with the sensors.

The Dickey-john equipment is installed at the right hand of the Town of Lake George plow truck driver.

The sensors display the temperature of the roadway in real time. Because pavement is often warmer than the air – and because the snow or ice crystals will melt more quickly on warmer roads – the sensors allow the truck operator to apply enough material to ensure the snow/ice is melted without applying an overabundance of the material to the road.

In addition to the Town of Lake George, temperature sensors were purchased for and provided to the Town of Queensbury and the Town of Dresden. Dresden has temperature sensors as part of the purchase with the Lake Champlain Lake George Regional Planning Board. The Watershed Coalition subcommittee has discussed with Dresden the town’s needs and is working with them to get more information.

Dresden for years has used mostly sand on its roads – only 20% of what Dresden puts down is salt, according to the town. However, Dresden is working with the LGA and the LCLG Regional Planning Board to see where it can do more.

“We were pleased to accept the equipment for our trucks and have already installed both systems on two trucks,” said Dan Davis, Highway Superintendent for the Town of Lake George. “We are looking forward to seeing how well the equipment works to better control how much salt we are using.”

In addition to our own work, the Lake George Association is partnering with a subcommittee of the Lake George Watershed Coalition on a project to discover ways for regional DPWs to reduce their salt use if possible. The subcommittee includes Gilles, LGA Project Manager Randy Rath and LGA Education Director Kristen Rohne, and Dave Wick, Lake George Park Commission Executive Director.

The subcommittee has been surveying regional DPWs to better understand their winter road maintenance practices as well as develop a list of future equipment needs so the departments can better track and manage salt application.

(Photos Courtesy of the Lake George Association.)

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Dresden Final Election Results

November 23rd, 2015 · No Comments

Below are the final vote totals from this year’s local election. These totals include absentee ballots returned.

Town Supervisor     Votes
George Gang*     136
Joyce Banks     64
Town Board (2 winners)
John Barber*     157
Allen Wilbur*     123
Marc Brown (Write-in)     34
Town Clerk
Marcinda Wilbur*     124
David Fitzpatrick     63
Town Justice
Jack Eggleston (uncontested)*     159
Town Highway Superintendent
Richard Hobus (uncontested)*     167

* Winner

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Email to the Editor

November 22nd, 2015 · No Comments

The Burns’ note (in your Seven Years Old Birthday post) about their DelNoce days reminded me of my days working for your grandfather, George H. Eichler, during the summers of 1962 and 1963 as a waiter including an additional two years as headwaiter and then my final year, the summer of 1966 (the year I graduated from Princeton University), as a bartender. We also lived in DelNoce during the summers of 1970 and 1971 when I ran the Casino and soda fountain for GHE.

One of those 60′s summers was indeed the summer that “The Mohican” ran aground and settled in “Bosom Bay” as its passengers got out and set up a party place at the old “Big Boat Dock” area, with sodas thanks to GHE.

He, who by the way, wore an all white suit which I had never seen before nor did I ever see again; worn ironically the night of the “Mohican landing” when the steamship’s buses from Schenectady didn’t make it over the mountain, thus necessitating the “Dads’ caravan” to transport the Mohican’s beached occupants over the mountain and down to the buses, at the bottom of County Route #6, on Route #22.

Jim Mettler
Huletts Landing

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Cool Link: Mohican Scanned for Hull Refit

November 21st, 2015 · No Comments

New York’s Lake George Steamboat Company recently commissioned API Services to laser scan the hull of the oldest boat in its fleet, the 107-year-old Mohican.


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What Are You Doing This Off-Season? Playing Music on the San Diego Waterfront on Veterans Day

November 21st, 2015 · No Comments

Peter Ballantyne plays on the San Diego waterfront last week.

The pictures here were provided to me by Peter Ballantyne, whose band played the San Diego Freedom Festival during last week’s Veteran’s Day parade alongside the parade route. The USS Midway is the big ship in the background.

Many in our Huletts community travel to different parts of the country when we’re not in Huletts. So if you’re some place fun, interesting or unique, send me a picture, and I might post it. I know lots of people who go to interesting places and see fun events when they’re not in Huletts. So if you’re doing something fun this off-season, send me a picture and let your friends see the excitement here on the Huletts Current.

Peter’s planning on playing in the Casino next summer, so come out and see him then!

(Click pictures to see full-scale.)

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Dresden 2016 Town Budget Posted

November 20th, 2015 · No Comments

The town of Dresden posted the 2016 budget on their website this afternoon. It is large download encompassing many pages, but the opening letter on page 2 and the summary on page 3 highlight the most important parts.

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Huletts Christmas Party: December 5th

November 16th, 2015 · No Comments

On Saturday, December 5th at 5:00 p.m., the Huletts Volunteer Fire Department will host the annual Christmas party in the Huletts Landing firehouse.

This is a different party than the town-wide Christmas party described in the post below.

Please RSVP to Nita Smith.

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November 14th: Hulett Hotel Fire 100th Anniversary

November 13th, 2015 · No Comments

The Hulett Hotel on Lake George circa 1913-1915. (Click image to see full scale – large file 8.3 MB’s)

Excerpted from the Hulett Hotel Fire on Lake George

November 14, 1915, was a Sunday. The Glens Falls Times and Messenger reported that the night had been fair and slightly colder. The weather that morning was clear and cool. Sunday was considered a day of rest, and most people would have been attending morning church services. By mid morning, there were only two people on the grounds of the Hulett Hotel. They were the caretaker, Willis Foster, who was expecting a quiet day, and Mr. Adelbert Buckell, the brother of Henry W. Buckell, the former owner.

The day would soon change things forever. Willis Foster smelled the smoke first and then spotted the fire coming from the hotel’s roof-line near the main chimney. By the time he saw it, it was already a blazing inferno. Because it raged from the upper floors near the center of the building out toward the ends, it appeared to have started near the chimney. When Foster discovered it, it had reached such proportions that it was impossible to put out. It burned fast and quick; it burned hot. He and Adelbert Buckell were alone by all accounts. Upon discovering that the fire could not be brought under control, the shock must have been instantaneous. What greater regret could the lonely caretaker have felt than to see the historic structure go up in flames on his watch?

The conflagration was so great that it was spotted almost immediately from across the lake. The fire did not stop at the hotel, either, quickly jumping to three nearby cottages as well. The Ticonderoga Sentinel reported:

The small number of men who crossed the lake to assist [Willis Foster] could do but little more than stand idly by and watch the flames eat up the buildings. From the hotel the fire spread to the three nearest cottages, all of the buildings burning like tinder. There are twenty cottages in connection with the hotel and for a time it was feared that all or most of them might go up in smoke, but, fortunately, the fire was confined to the three nearest the hotel.

Imagine the poor caretaker, Foster, discovering the roaring inferno in a deserted, out-of-the-way place like Huletts Landing, with little immediate assistance from neighbors and no fire company to respond. No wonder men rowed from across the lake to help. Those neighbors from the lake’s opposite shore knew when they saw flames that their assistance would be needed.

Accounts are few and unclear, but one of the men present, either Foster or Buckell, galloped off on horseback to round up assistance throughout the hamlet. A nearby neighbor, Cora Phillips, was one of the first people to arrive after she saw the thick black smoke. What a scene it must have been, with neighbors rowing across the lake and either Foster or Buckell doing his best imitation of Paul Revere, riding through the town shouting for help. Anyone seeing the smoke or hearing the cries would have immediately stopped what he was doing and run to the fire. All the while, the conflagration ate more of the hotel, spewing black smoke and bright orange flames high into the air.

The fire worked its way out of the center of the second floor, and within a half an hour, the west end of the hotel was completely gone. Because the day was somewhat windy, the fire easily jumped to nearby cottages.

Soon, more neighbors arrived and formed a bucket brigade to stop the fire’s spread. They were fortunate that the wind died down and the fire was prevented from spreading to additional cottages.

Within only two hours, the fire had completely destroyed the Hulett Hotel and three nearby cottages. Charred cinders and ashes were all that were left of the hotel. People from throughout the landing and the town of Dresden had come to look for themselves. The brick fireplace, remnants of the scarred chimney and some building supports were all that remained.

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Dresden’s Christmas Party: December 19th

November 13th, 2015 · No Comments

Dresden’s town-wide Christmas party will be held on Saturday, December 19th at 1:00 p.m. in the Dresden Town Hall. All are welcome and gifts will be given to all of the children. Food and refreshments will also be available.

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October Dresden Town Board Meeting Minutes

November 11th, 2015 · No Comments

The minutes from the October 2015 Dresden Town Board meeting have been posted.

October Minutes

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

Please Note: Assemblyman Dan Stec will be at the next Dresden Board meeting on December 14th at 7:00 p.m. to speak and take any questions. It would be great to see a full house!

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1915 – 2015 Hulett Hotel Fire Anniversary: “Lincoln Pictures”

November 10th, 2015 · No Comments

One of the actual “Lincoln” photographs that was turned over to me. The top picture depicts an image from the life of President Lincoln, the bottom picture of the “new” hotel is what was glued to the back. Nineteen of these images complete the full scene from Lincoln’s life on the “front,” while also capturing important scenes from Huletts Landing during the winter of 1915-16. Those nineteen pictures are all presented in the book, The Hulett Hotel Fire on Lake George. (Click images to see larger version.)

November 14, 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the Hulett Hotel fire, which I chronicled in my book, The Hulett Hotel Fire on Lake George. After the fire, there was a trial which I also detail in the book.

The story behind how nineteen pictures came to light from the winter of 1915-1916, which show the “new” hotel being constructed after the fire, are detailed in the beginning of the book. To see what the full Lincoln image that the Hulett pictures were attached to looked like, turn to page 14.

The nineteen pictures attached to the back make up a central part of the story. I present the one above, as it came to me, to historically commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the fire.

To date, how and why they were attached to the back of the Lincoln drawing is a mystery.

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Seven Years Old

November 9th, 2015 · No Comments

Well, here it is another November 9th which is the day I celebrate the “birthday” of the Huletts Current. It’s now been exactly seven years since my first post in 2008.

I love hearing from everyone with story ideas, news and community “goings-on.” It gets a little slow during the winter and when I’m busy with other things I can’t update the blog as much as I would like. However, I enjoy hearing from you and sharing your thoughts and pictures about Huletts. Here is an email I recently received which demonstrates how certain posts trigger other memories.

I want to thank you for having this blog available to read. My family (parents and 6 kids) spent 2 weeks every summer from about 1962 to around 1980 at Huletts Landing. We stayed in the cottage called DelNoce. We were there the year the Mohican sank. Mr. Eichler asked all the Dad’s to drive the folks from the ship over the mountain to Whitehall (It was a church party). My Dad tells stories about how much fun these folks were as he drove them to Whitehall.

Thanks again,
Kevin Burns

As is my custom, here are the most read posts from the past year.

1.) Eichlerville Bridge Opens
2.) Pictures from the Huletts Christmas Party
3.) The Ride of My Life
4.) Man Finds Unique Hulett Treasure
5.) 1915 – 2015 Hulett Hotel Fire Anniversary: Judge Erskine C. Rogers
6.) Former Vietnam POW Proudly Wears Whitehall Shirt
7.) Interview with Michael Rocque: Candidate for School Board
8.) Pictures from Dresden’s Christmas Party
9.) Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) Officially Sworn In
10.) An Interview with Adirondack Artist, Sandra Hildreth

I was even surprised that some of these stories were linked to by other media outlets.

So thanks again for reading and now onto year eight!!

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