The Huletts Current

News & Opinion About Huletts Landing, N.Y.

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A Good Old Fashioned Dance-Off

November 21st, 2017 · No Comments

Before you get in the car for that long Thanksgiving ride, here’s a choreographed dance-off that will keep you attention.

Which group was the best? Watch the moves again!!

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Rep. Elise Stefanik: Fox News ‘Power Player’ of the Week

November 19th, 2017 · No Comments

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Dresden 2018 Town Budget Posted

November 19th, 2017 · No Comments

The 2018 town budget for Dresden has been posted on the town website. 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.

In brief, there is a 11.38% increase in the town-wide budget for 2018 and an increase of 3.188 % in the tax levy. The fire protection budget stays the same. Page 13, lists the salaries of all town officials.

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October Dresden Town Board Meeting Minutes

November 17th, 2017 · No Comments

The minutes from the October 2017 Dresden Town Board meeting were recently approved and have been posted on the town’s website.

October Minutes

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

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LGLC Receives Grant from TNC, Dome Island Committee

November 16th, 2017 · No Comments

Dome Island as seen from Bolton Landing.

The Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) has received a grant of $10,000 from The Nature Conservancy via its Dome Island Endowment, in support of the stewardship of Dome Island and other lands in the Lake George watershed.

The Nature Conservancy’s Dome Island Committee meets several times a year to review projects funded by past grants and advise future spending. Funds are sourced from an endowment that was created before John Apperson donated the 16-acre Dome Island in Bolton to The Nature Conservancy in 1956. John Apperson challenged The Nature Conservancy and the Lake George community to raise a $20,000 endowment to support stewardship of the property, which was to be protected in perpetuity.

The people of Lake George responded to this challenge and the endowment has grown over the years to allow for the distribution of generous grants each year for research, stewardship and conservation initiatives on Dome Island and within the watershed. To date, the Committee has granted more than $100,000 to the LGLC, for stewardship of the land that protects the lake, and for specific conservation projects that have significant impact on the water quality.

“We are once again honored to have the support of the Dome Island Committee members and The Nature Conservancy, which oversees the endowment,” said LGLC Executive Director Jamie Brown. “John Apperson would be proud to know his donation of Dome Island has resulted in a huge impact on the health of Lake George, for Dome Island and beyond. We thank the Committee for their continued partnership in our efforts to protect the land that protects the lake.”

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Burger King: Stop Bullying Commercial

November 16th, 2017 · No Comments

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Dresden Final Election Results

November 14th, 2017 · No Comments

Today at the Washington County Board of Elections, 20 absentee ballots were counted in the Dresden election. Below are the updated complete totals – which include the machine and absentee ballots. The town board election was decided by one vote when all was said and done.

Town Supervisor     Votes
George Gang     89
Paul Ferguson*     135*
Town Board (2 winners)
Marc J. Brown     118
Donald P. Greenough*     145
Edwin F. Raymond*     119

* Projected Winner

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Saturday Quote

November 11th, 2017 · No Comments

“Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.”

Judy Garland

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Stanley R. Barber: R.I.P.
December 19, 1917 – November 06, 2017

November 11th, 2017 · No Comments

I was sorry to learn of the death of Stanley Barber this past week, 44 days shy of his 100th birthday. Stanley was born Dec. 19, 1917 in Dresden, N.Y., he was the last surviving child of the late Royden and Eunice Barber.

Royden Barber, was instrumental in selling the first Hulett hotel to William H. Wyatt. (Which is detailed in my book: The Hulett Hotel Fire on Lake George.) Stanley’s Aunt and Royden’s sister, Cora Barber, was married to Henry Buckell. The Buckell’s owned and operated the original Hulett hotel.

I interviewed Stanley in 2012 about growing up in Dresden in the early 1900′s. His thoughts on aging and never giving up are worth re-reading in his interview with me.

I learned much about the history of Huletts Landing and Dresden from Stanley Barber and found him to be a delightful and engaging fellow. He will be missed by those who knew him.

Stanley’s obituary can be read here.

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Nine Years Old

November 9th, 2017 · No Comments

Well, here it is – another November 9th. Today is the day I celebrate the “birthday” of the Huletts Current. It’s now been exactly nine years since my first post in 2008. Today, when checking the logs – we get readers from all over the United States and the world. I think this comes back to the fact that so many people love Huletts Landing and Lake George and it is truly a community of people who care about each other who want to stay informed. It’s a unique place in this crazy world of ours.

There were times this past year when I couldn’t devote as much time to the blog as I would have liked but don’t fear I’m still going strong. I’m always looking for new ideas, news, and “goings-on” to post. I enjoy learning from you and sharing your thoughts and pictures about Huletts. I count on you – to send in pictures and news that other’s would want to see. I’m thankful for all those who have made the site so successful.

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

1.) More Pictures of the HLVFC Response to September 15th Truck Rollover
2.) Megan Kennelly and Greg Leonardi Married in Huletts
3.) Rescue on Black Mountain
4.) Couple Celebrates 60th Wedding Anniversary
5.) Dresden’s New Veteran’s Sign Unveiled
6.) Huletts Landing Volunteer Fire Department Practices Ice Drill
7.) Pictures from the 2016 HLVFC Christmas Party
8.) Third Annual Firemen’s Appreciation Dinner a Great Success
9.) Now For Some History: Arthur Wyatt’s Fay & Bowen Boat
10.) Message from Fire Chief on Sunday Morning Bluff Head Event

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

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Dresden Election Results (Unofficial)

November 8th, 2017 · No Comments

Tuesday Machine Vote Totals (Unofficial)
Absentee Ballots still to be counted.

Below are the machine vote totals from Tuesday’s election. As of Wednesday morning, 16 absentee ballots had been returned to the Board of Elections from 21 sent out – these absentee ballots are not included in the totals below. The Town Board race will be only be decided after the absentee votes are counted on Tuesday November 14th. As soon as these are counted next week, I will update the final vote count then.

Town Supervisor     Votes
George Gang     80
Paul Ferguson*     124*
Town Board (2 winners)
Marc J. Brown     109
Donald P. Greenough*     132
Edwin F. Raymond     106
Town Justice
Jared N. Eggleston (uncontested)*     158

* Projected Winner

All those who ran for office should be commended. Contested races keep our democracy honest and dynamic.

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Bits of Everything

November 5th, 2017 · No Comments

Whitehall Times: Local Vendor May Quit because of ‘Honor System’ Decline
The Whitehall Times reports on a local produce vendor who is about to throw in the towel because of thievery.

Spectrum News Rochester (Article & Video): Golisano Withholding Tax Payment Because of Geese Problem
What do you do when the you have a really bad geese problem? Here is his response.

The Sun Newspapers: New ‘Text Stop’ on 87
New Northway “Text Stop” profiled in the Sun Newspapers.

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Tuesday, November 7th – Election Day

November 5th, 2017 · No Comments

Just a reminder that polls are open in Dresden from 6:00 am until 9:00 pm on Tuesday, November 7th at the Dresden Town Hall, located at 102 Clemons Center Road.

The local race for Dresden Town Supervisor has Paul Ferguson challenging incumbent George Gang; Jared Eggleston is running for reelection as town justice; and Marc J. Brown, Donald P. Greenough and Edwin F. Raymond are competing for two available town board seats.

There are also three statewide propositions on the ballot and the Washington County District Attorney is also running for reelection.

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Interview with Paul Ferguson: Candidate for Town Supervisor

November 1st, 2017 · No Comments

Today, I post a candidate interview with Paul Ferguson, Republican nominee for Dresden Town Supervisor. Below are my questions and Mr. Ferguson’s responses.

1.) Could you please tell us about yourself and why you are running for Town Supervisor?

I am a long time resident of Dresden. I have been married for over 25 years and have raised two sons here. I have worked for Washington County for the past 20 years in several levels of the highway department.

2.) Town taxes have gone up significantly in the last few years. Where do you stand on town tax increases in the future?

I do not support increasing taxes at the town or county level. In fact, the increase in taxes year after year is part of the reason I am running.

3.) The Town Supervisor sits on the Washington County Board of Supervisors. Could you name a few areas where you feel things at the county level could be improved? Will you challenge other supervisors from larger towns when you feel they are wrong?

I feel that some of the supervisors are not paying attention and are allowing our tax dollars to be wasted in some cases. Everyone at the table should educate themselves before placing a vote.

On highway level issues alone, there are many ways to save money that supervisors may not be aware of but can be made aware of. I have been with the highway department for 20 years and I have seen frivolous spending that could have been prevented.

4.) There’s a general feeling that people in Huletts Landing and Dresden have that we pay a lot in taxes but we get very little in return. Is this perception correct or incorrect?

Taxpayers pay too much for entire roads in Huletts to be ignored.

For example, this past summer, some trees were knocked down and were partly blocking county route 6 A/B in Huletts. Homeowners were forced to clean this up because the trees were unattended to by county workers for weeks. Shoulders were washed away and not fixed in a timely manner causing more damage to the road resulting in more tax dollars being wasted.

5.) What do you consider your greatest strengths?

I believe that I will bring a new voice to the Board of Supervisors. A voice that listens to the taxpayers of Dresden. I believe in honesty and taking responsibility for your actions.

Editor’s note: I would like to thank Mr. Ferguson for his responses. Interview questions and answers are published in the order in which they are received. Any bolded areas of text outside of the highlighted question were provided to me by the candidate.

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