The Huletts Current

News & Opinion About Huletts Landing, N.Y.

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Hide the Kids: Soda Fountain Opens Tonight

June 24th, 2016 · No Comments

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice-cream! You heard it right – the Huletts Soda Fountain opens tonight, Friday, June 24th at 7:00 pm.

School’s out and the summer is beginning!!

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Liam Ballantyne’s Pictures from Afar

June 24th, 2016 · No Comments

Liam Ballantyne (right) with his Eagle Scout sponsor, Mike Philbrook (left) on-board the United States Coast Guard’s Barque Eagle in London Harbor before the Eagle set sail for Norfolk, VA. Mr. Philbrook, a 1983 graduate of the Naval Academy, happened to be in London before the Eagle set sail.

Liam Ballantyne, son of Peter and Angela Ballantyne, is spending his summer on-board the United States Coast Guard’s Barque Eagle. Liam, aboard the Eagle, is sailing across the Atlantic heading toward Norfolk, VA. He was kind enough to send the following pictures home.

Liam’s view facing forward from the upper royal on the foremast.

Liam’s view facing aft from the upper royal on the foremast.

The approach to Funchal on the island of Madeira, off the coast of Morocco.

What a fantastic adventure and just think he started his sailing career in Lake George! (Click all pictures to see full-scale.)

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April & May Dresden Town Board Meeting Minutes

June 21st, 2016 · No Comments

The minutes from the April and May 2016 Dresden Town Board meetings were recently approved and have been posted on the town’s website.

April Minutes

May Minutes

The June minutes will not be approved until July and so on.

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Email to the Editor

June 21st, 2016 · No Comments

On Monday, June, 20th, the guys from our Fire Department were really put to the test.

There are some locations in Hulett’s Landing where the Fire Department has easy access to water for drafting. Other places are challenging, and some have no access at all. Land’s End Road is the ultimate challenge for accessing water.

The Fire Departments of Hulett’s Landing, Dresden, Putnam and Whitehall, held a mutual aid, tanker shuttle relay drill. At the end of Land’s End Road, we set up 3 portable ponds with approximately 4,000 gallons of water on the ground. Our engine can put out 1,000 gallons per minute on a fire. All the fire companies combined, 30 firefighters successfully ran 5 tankers, holding 1500 to 2,000 gallons for over an hour.

I am unbelievably proud of what our senior volunteer’s were able to do in the 90 degree temperatures.

Generously volunteering, the ladies had the hot dogs, sauerkraut, pasta salad and desert waiting at the finish.

It is very rewarding to be part of the Hulett’s Landing Volunteer Fire Company family.

Standing tall,

Jay VanderPlaat
Huletts Fire Chief

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Fire on Nobles Island Extinguished

June 20th, 2016 · No Comments

Update: 6:00 pm Monday

I spoke to the Narrow Island forest ranger and he said the fire had been extinguished. The Lake George Park Commission, the Bolton fire department, and the Hague fire department all responded. The fire was most likely started by some embers that were blown out of a fire pit by a strong south wind blowing today. In situations like this, they are concerned that the fire could get underground which makes extinguishing it much harder. All in all, we were quite fortunate that the smoke was seen and the fire was spotted early.

Shortly after noon today, a fire was spotted on Nobles Island off of Huletts. The ranger station on Narrow Island was alerted and responded quickly. Below are two pictures I took by boat. (Click image to see full-scale.)

A state forest ranger boat pumps water from the lake onto the fire on Nobles Island.

Smoke rises from the fire on Nobles.

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New Sign Installed at Huletts Library & Gallery

June 19th, 2016 · No Comments

A new sign has recently been installed by the Friends of Historic Huletts Landing at the Huletts Library and Gallery. The original pen and ink drawing of the graphic was created by Suzanne Straton as part of a logo for the FHHL. Sign production was managed by Dan Hollander. Bill Clough, Stephen White, Tom Keating, Lucy White, and Jim McMaster handled the installation.

Many thanks to all those who contributed to this worthwhile project which improves the “Landing.”

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Bridge Dedication in Memory of Maynard Rushia Well Attended

June 18th, 2016 · No Comments

A plaque on Dresden bridge T-11 on Pike Brook road, now commemorates former Dresden Highway Superintendent, Maynard Rushia.

On Saturday June 18th, a large crowd attended the bridge dedication ceremony on Pike Brook Road in honor of former Dresden Highway Superintendent, Maynard Rushia. “Maynard” as he was known to the people of Dresden, served many years as the Highway Superintendent. Friends and family gathered to remember the man who did so much good around the town for many years.

Dresden Town Supervisor, George Gang, spoke to those assembled, about Maynard Rushia’s many good deeds for the townspeople of Dresden through the years.

Former Dresden Town Clerk, Patricia LeClaire, remembered how “Maynard” worked diligently on the many roads in Dresden.

Former Dresden Town Clerk, Patricia LeClaire, (left) former Dresden Town Supervisor, Robert Banks, (center) along with Mrs. Rushia (right).

The Rushia family was appreciative for those who came out in honor of Maynard.

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County Route 6B Bridge Update

June 17th, 2016 · No Comments

I wanted to give a quick update on the work progressing on the 6B bridge to Bluff Head. I spoke to the county crew yesterday and they’re hoping to have it completed by the first week in July. A lot depends on the weather but they’re finishing up on the abutments and work is progressing rapidly. There is water to the golf course and work will continue next week. Below is what things look like as of this morning. (Click images to see larger view.)

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Mrs. Connie Ballantyne, R.I.P.

June 16th, 2016 · No Comments

Mr. & Mrs. Ballantyne

Constance Aimee (Martin) Ballantyne, Connie, passed away gracefully on 8 June 2016, with her husband of 73+ years at her side. She was preceded to heaven by her brother Robert Arthur and sister Vivian Irene. Connie’s mother was a teacher, and her father was an architect.

Connie was born on 3 March 1923 in Southside Hospital in Bayshore, NY. She grew up in Garden City, NY, and attended The Stratford Avenue School and Garden City High School, advancing ahead of her class. Connie was great in math and sciences, and wanted to be a singer. She was president of her drama club, loved horseback riding and travel. Her favorite song while growing up was “Indian Love Call,” and her favorite flowers are gardenia, tulips and aster.

She met the love of her life, Reginald ‘Buck’ Ballantyne in 1939, and their first date was going to a polo match, followed by a bite to eat at Howard Johnson’s. She liked Buck because he was a gentleman and handsome. He liked her because she was “cute, blonde and fun.” They went to movies, dances and polo matches.

Although her mother told her they were too young, they married at 8 pm on 23 December 1942 in Spartanburg, SC, on their way to Fort Benning, GA, where Buck was preparing to deploy to Europe for WWII. Connie was a stay-at-home mother who raised six children. She took pride in the fact that each one is successful in their own way, and all are college graduates, and law-abiding good citizens, doing good for others. The family spent summers at the idyllic Hulett’s Landing on Lake George in the Adirondack mountains of NY.

Connie taught the family to waterski–you could say she taught much of the summer crowd at Hulett’s to waterski–and she was a skilled boat driver. She loved swimming, singing, and playing tennis. There wasn’t much she couldn’t do…except pass up chocolate; Connie loved chocolate!

After her six children were grown and on their own, she dove back into singing and acting, primarily with church groups and the local school fundraisers. She loved reading, summer swimming, watching “Jeopardy” and singing, especially “Danny Boy.”

When asked her favorite color, she’d say “Red and Blue,” likely because of her patriotism. She valued honesty, truth and trust.

She is survived by her husband of 73+ years, Buck, six children, Reginald III, Paula, Margot, Bruce, Peter and Barbara; ten grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Family will receive friends on Wednesday and Thursday from 2-4pm and 7-9pm at Donohue-Cecere Funeral Home, 290 Post Avenue, Westbury, NY, (516) 333-0615. Mass will be held this Friday at 10am at Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church, Carle Place, NY. Interment to follow at Calverton National Cemetery, Calverton, NY.

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Second Annual Lake George Fishing Derby

June 15th, 2016 · No Comments

Lake George is ready for the second annual King George Fishing Derby July 8-10. Are you ready? Do you have what it takes to win money for catching the biggest Lake Trout or Bass?

If you think so, join hundreds of other anglers and get your entries into the Derby officials by July 1.

You can find the entry form – electronic or in PDF form – on the event’s website at

Three prized fish are the targets for the derby — Lake Trout, Largemouth Bass and Smallmouth Bass.

Adults and children are invited to compete, as there are separate divisions for each. In each division, the top five sizes of each of the three species of fish will be given prizes: Cash prizes for the adult division are $2,500 for first place, $1,000 for second, $750 for third, $500 for forth and $250 for fifth. There will be merchandise prizes for the Junior division (for those who are under 16 by the end of the tournament).

Adults can register for $40 by July 1, and juniors can register for $30. It will cost $10 more after July 1. Fees for the entries are non-refundable.

For more information, please visit the event’s website at or email

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Bridge Dedication & Plaque Ceremony for Maynard Rushia

June 13th, 2016 · No Comments

The Town of Dresden is hosting a dedication service in memory of Maynard Rushia, for his many years of commitment and service to the Town of Dresden Highway Department and the very special attention that he gave to the needs of the citizens of the town of Dresden. Whenever property owners and residents were in dire need of help with their roads and driving needs in the town of Dresden, they could always count on Maynard Rushia’s help. All through his tenure as Highway Superintendent, Maynard strived to give the best service possible, not only to his own town, but to surrounding towns as well, wherever a helping hand was needed.

There will be a Dedication & Plaque Ceremony for Maynard Rushia in his honor on Saturday, June 18th at 11:00 AM at the newly constructed bridge by his & Marion’s family home at 776 Pike Brook Road.

All are welcome.

Family and Friends of Maynard & Marion Rushia

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Bears on Mountain Warning

June 13th, 2016 · No Comments

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My “Selfie” and Memories

June 13th, 2016 · No Comments

So I’m not into selfie’s but here is the story that goes with the above picture. We’re trying to get the Casino painted and the golf benches were stored inside for the winter. So around Memorial Day they got moved around the back. So the painters are now trying to finish the back and the benches are in the way – so I asked Mr. Quick if I could move them out onto the golf course. So today we started moving them. The dedications on the benches brought all types of memories back to me of the people whose names are emblazoned on the backs. So, because I’m getting older, as I stopped to take a break on the bench dedicated to Mr. Corby, I remembered that when I was about 8 years old, he gave me my first set of left-handed golf clubs. He said to me the day he gave them to me. “Sometime when you’re out on the course, take a break and remember who gave you your first set of clubs.” So I did it, and here’s the picture. Looking forward to a great summer of 2016 and new happy memories for everyone!

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It Was Windy Today

June 13th, 2016 · No Comments

It was windy and cold out on the lake today.(Click image for larger view.)

Yes, I know. It’s been quiet here on the Huletts Current for about a week. It’s been busy in Huletts and I will be getting caught up with some posts but there’s nothing I can do when the Internet goes down. You see we arrived last week but our phone and Internet have been “iffy.” Lots of work has been going on so don’t give up stopping by. I’ll be getting caught up in the next few days. See you soon!!

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