Group of youth and parents enjoy the view at the top of the Pinnacle during the LGLC’s Scavenger Hunt and Hike event.
The Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) hosted its 2nd annual scavenger hunt and hike for kids on Tuesday, July 26. Designed by 15-year-old Jahnavi Bhavsar of Huletts Landing, this year’s hike focused on wilderness survival skills.
Starting with a brief lesson in map reading led by volunteer Todd Earl, the group of 23 youth and a parents were divided into teams before heading for the trail at The Pinnacle Preserve in Bolton Landing. The Pinnacle, which is owned by the Town of Bolton and managed by the LGLC, was protected through a unique partnership between the LGLC, the Town of Bolton, and the Fund for Lake George in 2015.
The teams encountered trivia questions along the trail that tested their knowledge in hiking safety and wilderness survival. Lunch at the summit concluded with an additional challenge of finding a list of edible and poisonous plants in the woods and along the trail on their descent. Prizes were awarded and everyone cooled off with some ice cream from Ben and Jerry’s, where they all were able to look up at the Pinnacle peak from the front porch.
Bhavsar has big plans for 2017, including a shelter building challenge and animal tracking at the LGLC’s Amy’s Park. The date for this free event is to be determined, but those interested may contact Helen Barton Benedict at firstname.lastname@example.org or check lglc.org for updates
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An aerial view over the wetlands of Amy’s Park, which is a major part of the Indian Brook watershed. The peak in the middle is Pole Hill; on the right is High Nopit, and on the far left is Walnut Ridge. Walnut Ridge is part of the New York state Pole Hill Pond Forest Preserve, and the future Isabel La Roche Godwin Preserve lies adjacent, to the east. (View southeast toward Bolton, (near side of lake) and Diamond point, (opposite side of lake).(Click image to see full-scale.)
The Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) has received a grant of $200,250 from the Helen V. Froehlich Foundation in support of focused conservation projects and initiatives that will help protect the land that protects the lake forever.
The grant will be used on priority projects highlighted within the LGLC’s recently adopted Strategic Plan, which focuses on core conservation values that include: community partnerships to protect land and places that are important to the people who live and play in Lake George; and projects that protect land vital to protecting the water quality of Lake George as well as provide recreational opportunities, and protect habitat, viewshed, and historical and cultural resources.
Of the amount received, $82,000 will be used to support land protection efforts within the relatively undeveloped area of the Indian Brook watershed in Bolton.
An additional $82,000 will go towards several key parcels on the northeastern shore of the lake that will link the proposed ridgeline trail along South Mountain to the LGLC’s Last Great Shoreline and Gull Bay Preserves. New properties will also be added to the Preserves, increasing the acreage of protected wetlands and tributaries so as to protect water quality, as well as important wildlife habitat and hiking trails.
The LGLC is currently working to conserve a total of 470 acres in these two regions that will result in the immediate protection of the water quality of Lake George, as well as provide better access to state protected land, link trail systems, preserve a wetland complex, and create additional recreational opportunities. By working with willing landowners to ensure that sensitive lands are protected forever, the LGLC is making a substantial, lasting impact on the water quality of Lake George.
An additional $36,250 will enable LGLC staff to further the organization’s mission. The staff are responsible for managing over 35 miles of trails, monitoring easements, and working with landowners to protect sensitive lands.
“We are so grateful to the Froehlich Foundation for its generous support of our work,” stated LGLC Executive Director Jamie Brown. “They have been an important part of what we do for a long time, and helped us to make a real impact on the protection of Lake George They are making a real difference.”
The Helen V. Froehlich Foundation was created in 1993 with funds provided by the late Helen V. Froehlich to assist with the conservation and preservation of Lake George. The Lake George Land Conservancy is just one of several local organizations that benefit from the Foundation’s generosity. This most recent gift is the 22nd consecutive grant awarded to the LGLC by the Froehlich Foundation, a total of over $3 million.
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The Friends of Historic Huletts Landing will sponsor an event for children in the Huletts Gallery on August 4th between 10:00 and 11:00 am.
Come visit 1775 as a soldier garrisoning Fort Ticonderoga. Kids learn all about what it was really like to be a soldier on the Lake Champlain frontier during the American Revolution. What was daily life like? What did you have to carry around with you? Pounds and pounds of stuff. Kids get to touch representative objects like blankets, food, soap, canteens, gunpowder and writing notebooks, and try on clothing. Kids learn about the purpose and function of each item and big ideas about what it was to serve in America’s War for Independence. It was a very big deal to equip and feed an army in a remote location. $5 suggested donation.
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Bring a dish to share , beverage of your choice and cutlery. There will be a raffle to support the outreach of The Women’s Guild of Huletts Landing. All are welcome!
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400 people attended this year’s Lake George Association Gala at the Sagamore. (Click for full-scale.)
It may be known as the best party on the Lake, but the Lake George Association’s annual gala has another important function: To raise money to protect Lake George’s famous water quality. Thanks to the generosity of more than 400 guests at The Sagamore Resort in Bolton, the 2016 Gala (themed “Celebrate at the Speakeasy to Safeguard our Queen”) raised more than $120,000 after expenses, according to the LGA’s preliminary estimates.
All of that money will be used on projects that benefit the Lake George watershed from Ticonderoga to Lake George Village. “We are so pleased that people from every community around the Lake came to Celebrate at the Speakeasy,” said Nancy Cobb-Zoll, LGA Director of Development. “It is the largest gala and most support we’ve ever had.”
“There are few places other than Lake George where you can get that kind of wide support, and we are humbled that our Lake and the Lake George Association has that kind of endorsement from the public,” Cobb-Zoll said.
The evening included cocktails, dinner, a silent auction that included hundreds of items that were donated by local businesses and restaurants, and constant conversations as attendees renewed old friendships and made new ones. Many dressed to the Speakeasy theme of “Prohibition and Pearls,” and danced to the music of The Bob Halek Band.
A final tally will be released after everything has been settled, and planning is already beginning for the 2017 gala!
The LGA’s next two gatherings are Sunday, August 14 – a Clambake at the Boathouse Restaurant – and Friday, August 19 – the LGA’s Annual Meeting at the Lake George Club. See their website for more details.
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Lucinda Bhavsar, Board Trustee for the Fund for Lake George and Huletts Landing resident (left), welcomes Jessica Rubin, Director of Development and Marketing for the Fund for Lake George (right), to Huletts Landing prior to Ms. Rubin’s talk to the Friends of Historic Huletts Landing on Thursday night.
Ms. Rubin spoke about the Fund for Lake George’s important work to a large group of Huletts Landing residents and visitors. To learn more about the Fund for Lake George, visit their website at: fundforlakegeorge.org
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The Helen V. Froehlich Foundation has granted the Lake George Association $327,000 for 2016, a significant investment in the future of Lake George and the twenty-third year that the Froehlich Foundation has financially underwritten the LGA’s programs and projects that protect Lake George water.
That money will go directly to work in Lake George, said C. Walter Lender, LGA Executive Director. “We’re pleased to see the trust that the Helen V. Froehlich Foundation has again put in the Lake George Association to wisely invest the foundation’s money in projects and programs that benefit the whole lake.”
This grant award will provide $119,000 toward our Lake-Saving Projects that include “priority” projects that slow or stop stormwater from entering Lake George, identified as the largest threat to Lake George water quality.
It will also provide $66,000 toward our education and outreach programs like our EPA award-winning Floating Classroom, our in-school programs and our Lake-Friendly Living educational program.
It will also provide $142,000 toward our Lake Quality Programs, including invasive species management, land use management, winter road maintenance (including salt reduction strategies and equipment) and outreach into local communities.
The Lake George Association focuses on actions that, if taken now, will protect the Lake’s water quality now and for the long term – including using the grant money to help pay to clean the Beach Road porous pavement, install stormwater reduction projects on the east side of Lake George, and reduce runoff in Glenburnie and Huletts Landing.
The Froehlich Foundation grant money will also be used for stream monitoring and water quality testing, as well as to continue our regular testing and experiments performed during the Floating Classroom programs.
In some cases, the money that the LGA invests in projects is used to fulfill matching grant requirements for municipalities – grants that ensure projects to protect Lake George water are able to be completed.
All of the money donated to the Lake George Association stays in Lake George and is focused on projects that benefit the Lake George watershed from Ticonderoga to Lake George Village.
“We’d like to thank the Froehlich Foundation for their grant and their trust. With these resources, we can continue our mission as guardian of Lake George water, and continue our century of service to the Lake,” said Lender.
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Crosses have been placed in remembrance of the victims at the location of Friday’s fatal crash on Route 22. (Click for full-scale.)
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Jessica Rubin, Director of Development and Marketing for the Fund for Lake George, will speak at the Mountain Grove Memorial Church on Thursday, July 21st.
The Friends of Historic Huletts Landing Speaker Series begins on Thursday July 21st at 7:30 pm at the Mountain Grove Memorial Church.
Jessica Rubin, the Director of Development and Marketing for the Fund for Lake George, a not-for-profit, privately funded organization dedicated since 1980 to the protection of Lake George will show a short video and then talk about Legacy and Low Impact Development (LID) strategies, especially as they effect storm-water runoff. The U.S. EPA has declared storm-water runoff and pollution to be the “Nation’s largest source of water quality problems.”
More than 30 years of water chemistry monitoring at Lake George reveals a decline in lake health including measurable losses to the lake’s signature water clarity. The “Queen of American Lakes” provides an ideal test bed for demonstrating how to reduce storm-water impacts through application of Low Impact Development (LID). LID practices manage storm-water as near to its source as possible, allowing for, rather than altering, the natural processes that filter and clean runoff entering the lake.
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Sunday Morning – July 17th
The Post Star has complete coverage here, including the names of the victims and what is believed to have happened.
Update 7:55 pm
Because of the fatality, an accident reconstruction investigation is taking place. State Route 22 will be closed for a few more hours. Pike Brook road is being used as a detour.
Update 7:30 pm
Route 22 may be closed for another couple of hours. I’m hearing it may not reopen until close to 10:00 pm.
There has been a bad accident on Route 22, near Blue Goose Road. Two cars were involved. One fatality has been reported. There is a helicopter on the scene now. Cars are being diverted up and around Pike Brook Road. One car was burned. The other car flipped over. The entire scene is closed right now. (More as this develops.)
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Below is a link to the 2016 fundraising appeal letter for the Huletts Landing Volunteer Fire Company which includes their “wish list” for this upcoming year. Please give generously to our neighbors who protect us.
2016 Fundraising Appeal Letter
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Two flocks of geese with approximately 75 members swimming off of the beach this morning. There were so many I couldn’t fit them all in one picture. (Click image to see full-scale.)
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