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Designing the Future for Fort Ticonderoga’s Pavilion

February 9th, 2016 · No Comments

Fort Ticonderoga’s Pavilion is located on the shore of Lake Champlain below the Fort.

A very historic building lies on the grounds of Fort Ticonderoga that many people don’t know anything about. Located below the Fort, on the shore of Lake Champlain, stands the Pavilion. It was built as a summer home in 1826 by William Ferris Pell. He and his family occupied it through the 1830s.

By 1840 the house had begun to be used as a hotel, its primary function through 1900. As a hotel the house welcomed travelers passing through Ticonderoga while traveling by steamboat on Lake George and Lake Champlain. The hotel is known to have accommodated such guests as Robert Todd Lincoln, son of President Abraham Lincoln; the prominent French & Indian War historian, Francis Parkman; and prolific Adirondack photographer, Seneca Ray Stoddard. When William Ferris Pell’s great-grandson, Stephen H.P. and his wife Sarah G.T. Pell began the restoration of Fort Ticonderoga in 1909, they simultaneously undertook the restoration of the Pavilion and used the house as a summer residence for many years. After Stephen Pell’s death in 1950 his son John occupied the house until 1987.

The design phase for Fort Ticonderoga’s Pavilion, is now underway thanks to a grant from the New York Council on the Arts and generous individual donor support. John G. Waite Associates, Architects PLLC, a leading consultant in the field of historic preservation architecture, has been hired to prepare schematic design and design development documents for the historic home located on Fort Ticonderoga property. The documents will allow Fort Ticonderoga to move forward with the stabilization and complete restoration of this nationally significant building as part of their overall site master plan.

Plans for the Pavilion’s reuse include meeting space, hospitality functions, administrative support, dining, and guest services. The Pavilion’s restoration is part of a larger multi-year capital initiative being undertaken by Fort Ticonderoga.

“Fort Ticonderoga is extremely pleased to begin this important project,” said Beth Hill, Fort Ticonderoga President and CEO. “As one of the earliest summer homes and hotels in the region, the Pavilion is considered one of the most important historic structures in the Adirondacks. The Pavilion is a critical link spanning nearly two centuries of Fort Ticonderoga’s history encompassing the stories of landmark preservation, the birth of American tourism, and monumental restoration.”

Although much of the Pavilion’s early fabric remains, the building has been altered over the years and today is in poor condition because of decades of little or no maintenance. Interior features have deteriorated along with elements of the building’s exterior. Without stabilization and rehabilitation work, the building would be in jeopardy of being lost, making this project vital and timely.

A team of architects, architectural historians, and building conservators from John G. Waite Associates carried out a thorough investigation of the Pavilion in 2013-2014, to document and understand the current state of the building and identify the various phases of the building’s evolution. Dendrochronology was conducted on timbers in the structure during that time and identified beams dating from the late 17th century, 18th century, and 19th century. The research provided the foundation for future plans of restoration and reuse.

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Calling all Sports Fans – Please Help

February 9th, 2016 · No Comments

With the Superbowl behind us, I am working on a post regarding individuals involved in sports with a connection to Huletts or the local area. Now I know that we have many fans of various professional teams, but what I’m looking for is the local connection.

Do we have any people who live in or visit Huletts who play for a college team? Do we have anyone who visits or who stays in Huletts with a connection to a certain sport? It’s always more fun to root for a team or person who has a local connection and I would like to spotlight those people. Do we have any retired athletes, either amateur or professional, who would like to share their sporting stories? So if you know a person with a certain unique connection to a team and/or an athlete, no matter how small the connection to the Landing, I would appreciate you dropping me a note.

Do you know the former professional Quarterback who visited the Casino? Please consider letting me know any connection you are aware of by dropping me an email or by using the “contact us” page. I hope to finish this in the next two weeks and I want to be sure I have as many as possible. Thanks in advance for sharing.

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February Dresden Town Board Agenda

February 7th, 2016 · No Comments

The agenda for this month’s February Town Board meeting to be held on Monday, February 8, 2016 at the Dresden Town Hall at 7:00 p.m. has been posted here.

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Dead Tree Along Third Fairway Removed

February 5th, 2016 · No Comments

Dead limbs can be see scattered along the ground under a tree that was recently cut down.

The tree pictured above, which stood along the third fairway of the golf course, was recently cut down. Limbs were perpetually falling off the tree and the assessment was that it was dead and rotted throughout, so it was taken down before someone got hurt.

You can see from the photo that this winter has been really mild in Huletts, so far, with almost no snow and the Lake looking more and more like it will skip the freeze this year.

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Saturday Quote

January 30th, 2016 · No Comments

“A sunny disposition is worth more than [a monetary] fortune. Young people should know that it can be cultivated; that the mind like the body can be moved from the shade into sunshine.”

Andrew Carnegie

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Lake Street Dive Performs ‘Call Off Your Dogs’

January 29th, 2016 · No Comments

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Lake George Land Conservancy Closes on Reed Parcel, Moves Forward With South Mountain Initiative

January 26th, 2016 · No Comments

Photo of the “Reed Property” on the east shore and north toward Ticonderoga, taken from the west shore’s Roger’s Little Slide. (Click image to see full-scale.)

The Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) has purchased 140 acres that are part of the South Mountain range in Putnam, for the price of $210,000. The closing took place on December 15, 2015.

Contrary to its name, South Mountain is in the northeastern corner of Lake George, stretching between Mount Defiance in Ticonderoga and the Anthony’s Nose property in Putnam.

The acquisition of this 140-acre piece, the “Reed property,” is the first major accomplishment in LGLC’s South Mountain Initiative, a project that aims to protect the entire South Mountain ridge line with the goals of ridge line protection, wildlife habitat protection, and recreational connectivity.

The entire South Mountain ridge line, which is mostly undeveloped, is highly visible from Roger’s Rock and LGLC’s Cook Mountain Preserve in Ticonderoga, and is also a dominant part of the visible landscape from Fort Ticonderoga.

Full panorama of South Mountain range, from Mt Defiance to Flat Rock, taken from the west shore. Huletts Landing is visible on the opposite side of the lake – far right hand corner. (Click image to see full-scale.)

In addition to providing a continuous stretch of forest for wildlife habitat, the mountain range has been identified as a “core forest block,” in a 2013 study conducted by the Vermont Chapter of The Nature Conservancy in partnership with the Staying Connected Initiative. These forest blocks are key to providing habitat linkage from Vermont’s Green Mountains to the Adirondack Park for wide-ranging mammals such as the bobcat, fisher and moose.

The Reed property contains a large vernal pool, possibly one of the largest vernal pools in the Lake George watershed. Vernal pools are critical breeding habitats for amphibians, including frogs and salamanders. In addition, birds such as egrets, ducks, and hawks use vernal pools as a seasonal source of food and water.

A major focus for the South Mountain Initiative has also been to increase recreational opportunities, especially to connect existing trails in Ticonderoga to those managed by LGLC in Putnam. The acquisition of the Reed property was a necessary step towards this goal. The LGLC has been in ongoing conversations with neighboring landowners since the summer of 2015 to implement trail easements that would allow the creation of a public trail corridor nearly 7 miles long, stretching from Mount Defiance to LGLC’s Anthony’s Nose Preserve trailhead. Further efforts are also underway to connect Anthony’s Nose to LGLC’s Last Great Shoreline and Gull Bay Preserves. Once completed, the trail would have multiple trailheads and include several scenic viewpoints that would look out over Lake George and the greater Adirondacks, as well as Lake Champlain and Vermont.

Funding for the Reed property acquisition was secured through grants from the Helen V. Froehlich Foundation ($135,000) and the Wildlife Forever Fund ($10,000), and through individual donors, most of whom gave during LGLC’s annual celebration on July 31, 2015.

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Video: Jimmy Fallon and Kevin Hart Ride a Roller Coaster

January 23rd, 2016 · No Comments

I laughed so hard, I had to turn it off it was hurting my ribs!

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Video: Here’s To Adirondack Traditions!

January 23rd, 2016 · No Comments

The Raquette Lake Ice Harvest – This video was taken February 2015. The Annual ice harvest in Raquette Lake, NY has been happening for over 100 years.

Here's To Adirondack Traditions! from Adirondack Mountain Productions on Vimeo.

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Bolton Receives Grant to Improve Public Docking at Park

January 22nd, 2016 · No Comments

File photo of Rogers Memorial Park in Bolton. (Click image to see full-scale.)

For the boaters from the “Landing” who visit Bolton, this story should be of interest. Recently, the town of Bolton was awarded an additional $362,000 from the New York State Department of State to further improve Rogers Memorial Park on Lake George. Specifically the docks that come off the pier will be upgraded and a small increase in public docking will be added.

The park is on a hillside which slopes down to the lake, and downtown Bolton can be accessed by walking up through it. The grant money will also be applied to an irrigation system for the park which is heavily trafficked during the summer months.

From the NY State announcement:

Applicant: Town of Bolton
Project Name: Rogers Memorial Park Phase 4 Waterfront Improvements Project

Description: The Town will implement: improvements to Rogers Memorial Park through construction of a pedestrian overlook and accessible, lit paths; installation of irrigation and stormwater infrastructure; stabilization of the hillside; and rehabilitation of the North Dock and extension of the public boat docks. The project will increase evening park visitation, improve aesthetics and stormwater management, correct erosion issues, reduce accidents on the swimming dock and increase use of the boating dock.
Amount Awarded: $362,000

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ANNUAL Rachel Ray Cooking Show: APRIL 29, 2016

January 21st, 2016 · No Comments

ANNUAL Rachel Ray Benefit Cooking Show: APRIL 29, 2016 6:30-10:30 pm

Lake George High School Auditorium

Pre Show: Pet and People Food Exchange for Door Prize Chances

Evening Program includes Recipe Handouts, Books Sales & Signing, Photo Opportunity and Recipe Tasting.

Proceeds are directed to LGHS graduates (Alumni) entering their 2nd year of an educational program including college and/or tech schools and also to the LG High School and Elementary enhancement projects.

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December Dresden Town Board Meeting Minutes

January 18th, 2016 · No Comments

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

December Minutes

The January minutes will not be approved until February and so on.

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Now for Some History: June 1913

January 17th, 2016 · No Comments

Hudson Falls Man Killed While Robbing House at Hague
Shot By Artist Harry Watrous
Frank Cardinal Fatally Wounded by Two Bullets from Colt Automatic—His Brother Escapes Uninjured But is Captured and Jailed.

Harry W. Watrous, a New York artist, at 2 o’clock Monday morning discovered Frank and Joseph Cardinal, of Hudson Falls, engaged in burglarizing his summer home at Hague and opened fire on them with a Colt Automatic revolver. Two bullets struck Frank Cardinal in the abdomen, inflicting wounds which caused his death in the Moses hospital in Ticonderoga at 3 o’clock in the afternoon. The brother jumped through a window and escaped. He was pursued by Sheriff Richard Bolton, and was captured at 10 a. m. and lodged in the county jail at Lake George.

Mr. and Mrs. Watrous occupied a room in the second story of the cottage and the latter was first awakened by the noise the men made in their operations. She aroused her husband, who took an electric flashlight and a revolver and went to investigate the cause of the noise. Entering the dining room, clad only in his night robe, Mr. Watrous flashed his light and its rays fell directly upon the crouching figure of a man. Not knowing whether the intruder was armed, Mr. Watrous fired at him and at the same instant his thumb slipped from the button on the flashlight, leaving the room in darkness. Again he flashed the light and saw what he thought might be a different man, so aimed a shot at him. The man fell to the floor with a groan and at the same time a crash of glass was heard as the other man plunged through a window in another room and fled in the darkness.

Warrensburg New
June 19, 1913

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Letter to the Editor

January 15th, 2016 · No Comments

Dear Dresden Town Resident,

This letter is to inform you that the Dresden Town Board has recently discussed the condition of the current Veterans Plaque. We decided that the plaque needs to be updated and replaced. We have recently formed a committee to plan the replacement/upgrade of the existing Veterans Memorial at the Dresden Town Hall. We have established the following qualification must be met in order to be placed on the new plaque.

• Must be a resident of the town of Dresden for at least 10 years.
• Must have 180 uninterrupted days of Federal Service. (excluding boot camp and technical school)
• Must provide proof of service with a DD214 (except veterans who are currently serving). An honorable discharge is required.

If you or a family member qualify or if you have any questions or ideas, please contact D. Patrick Greenough (518-499-1899) or F. Chet Foster (518-499-2160).

We are accepting donations, which are non tax deductible for this endeavor and may be sent to: Town of Dresden Box 16 Clemons, NY 12819 in care of George Gang.


Veterans Plaque Committee

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