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Information Alert: Lake George Park Commission Codifying Dock Decisions

February 26th, 2015 · No Comments

Members of the Lake George Association staff attended a presentation by Lake George Park Commission officials on Wednesday where Commission staff presented to the public a proposal it had drafted discussing the Commission’s jurisdiction over various components of docks and wharfs.

As part of the Lake George Association’s educational mission, they wanted to make sure members and friends were aware of the Commission’s proposed changes.

The Commission says that it wants to codify into policy years of Park Commission decisions that officials say have been based on current regulatory definitions and longstanding practice.

For instance, the Commission’s draft policy notes that permits are generally not required on accessories and incidental structures associated with docks and wharfs like diving boards, slides (that don’t pass the 16-foot height limit), temporary timbers used between docks in the off-season, as well as boat whips and cleats.

There is a list included in the Commission’s draft policy of 16 examples of additions where permits are not required. You can find it on the Commission’s website at

On the other hand, the Commission’s proposed policy notes that permits are required to change or add ramps, new square footage on docks, independent tie-off points in the Lake, sundecks and permanent frame structures (with or without canvas), and rails and fences, among other projects.

There are 12 examples of projects where permits are required that are listed in the draft policy. Those are included in the Commission’s document on the commission’s website at

The Commission’s draft policy notes that structures or items not listed in the document are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

You can find the Commission’s draft Policy and Procedure Memorandum on the Commission’s website at

If after reviewing the proposed changes you would like to comment, the Commission is taking comments through the Commission’s email account until March 1. You can send comments to

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Now For Some History: 1959

February 26th, 2015 · No Comments

Whitehall’s William B. Franke (left) being sworn in as Secretary of the Navy by President Eisenhower in June 1959.

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Congresswoman Stefanik Commemorates “Miracle on Ice” on House Floor

February 24th, 2015 · No Comments

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Webinar: Invasive Plant Disposal Methods February 25

February 24th, 2015 · No Comments

A webinar will be presented on Proper Disposal Methods for Invasive Plants on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. The webinar is sponsored by the New York State Invasive Species Speaker Series and Partnerships for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM). Information presented in the webinar will include the two Connecticut guidelines for disposal of terrestrial and aquatic plants, available on the CIPWG website at The webinar also will include updates from the 8 PRISMs in New York.

Click on the link below to join the webinar on Wednesday, February 25 at 11:00 a.m.:

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Bits of Everything

February 24th, 2015 · No Comments

Whitehall School Superintendent to Leave

The Whitehall Times reports on Whitehall School Superintendent Liz Legault leaving the district.

Ticonderoga IP Plant Pipeline Project Buried by Vermont Gas

The Times of Ti reports that there will be no natural gas pipeline running under Lake Champlain to the International Paper Ticonderoga Mill.

Ranking The States From Most To Least Corrupt recently published a ranking of the most “corrupt” states. Guess which state was ranked #1 in corruption convictions?

“Caveman” Blogger Wins Right to Blog Advice about Food and Fitness without a State License

North Carolinian Steve Cooksey had been obese, diagnosed with Diabetes, and almost keeled over, but emerged from his near-death experience to adopt a simple, “Caveman” or paleo diet of meat, nuts, and veggies along with exercise including running and jumping, sometimes without shoes. He lost a lot of weight, felt great and healthy, and wanted to share with the world, so he started a blog, wherein he dispensed advice about food and fitness. Recipes, grocery lists, general advice.

The state of North Carolina declared this illegal “counseling and assessing” without a license provided by the state. For three years, the “Caveman” has been fighting for the right to blog without a license.

Recently, Mr. Cooksey won. The Institute for Justice which represented Cooksey made this video.

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Colligan Wins Gold in Lake Placid

February 21st, 2015 · No Comments

Pickerel Bay’s, Aileen Colligan, recently won a Gold Medal in figure skating at the 2015 New York State Winter Games.

Competing in the pre-juvenile figure skating division on Feb. 6th, at the prestigious 2015 New York State “Winter Games” in Lake Placid, Pickerel Bay’s, Aileen Colligan amazed the judges and her viewers with an outstanding performance that took the gold medal.

Aileen is the daughter of John and Beth Colligan of Troy, New York. She also participated in the opening ceremonies at the Games with her synchronized skating team. Aileen, who has been an ardent competitor of ice skating for 6 years, is a firm believer that “practice makes perfect.”

Aileen was also quick to add that she attributes her skating successes to date to two very important attributes, namely “Outstanding Coaching” and “Supportive Parents.” The Colligan’s are members of the Pickerel Bay Association here on the Landing, and John is a member of the Huletts Landing Volunteer Fire Department.

Congratulations Aileen!

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Saturday Quote

February 21st, 2015 · No Comments

While the cock with lively din
Scatters the rear of darkness thin,
And to the stack, or the barn door,
Stoutly struts his dames before,
Off list’ning how the hounds and horn
Cheerly rouse the slumb’ring morn.

John Milton

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Congresswoman Stefanik Visits Fort Drum Soldiers During Visit to Middle East

February 20th, 2015 · No Comments

Congresswoman Stefanik during a visit with troops in Afghanistan. (Click image to see full-scale.)

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21), member of the House Armed Services Committee, returned today from an official bipartisan Congressional Delegation visit to Afghanistan, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates. Stefanik was one of few Members invited to attend this Congressional delegation. Upon returning from her visit, she released the following statement:

“Over the last week, I had the honor of being invited to attend a small congressional delegation visit to Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan. As a Member of the House Armed Services Committee and the Representative to Congress for the Fort Drum community, this trip was essential to gain a personal perspective of the circumstances under which so many of our brave soldiers from Fort Drum have served abroad.

“On this trip, I was privileged to meet with soldiers who are based out of Fort Drum as well as many who have trained there. I thanked them for their service and discussed ways we can work to strengthen and protect Ft. Drum for our district.

“Additionally, I was able to meet with many important foreign dignitaries, including King Abdullah II of Jordan, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, and Iraqi President Fuad Masum to discuss issues of concern to the region and to our national security.

“Our nation and our world face enormous threats right now and this trip was a historic opportunity to hear from our service men and women on the ground about real issues related to the readiness of our armed forces and the tools they need to keep our country safe. Serving the Fort Drum community in Congress and as a Member of the House Armed Services Committee is an incredible honor and I thank our men and women in uniform and their families for their service to our country.”

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Former Vietnam POW Proudly Wears Whitehall Shirt

February 19th, 2015 · No Comments

Richard D. “Moon” Mullen, Commander United States Navy and former Prisoner of War in Vietnam, proudly wears his Whitehall shirt given to him by Peter Ballantyne. Captain Mullen is the recipient of the the Silver Star, Legion of Merit, 3 Bronze Stars, Air Medal, 2 Purple Hearts, POW Medal and other decorations.

On a cold winter day, this story will warm your heart.

As I previously reported, Peter Ballantyne when in Whitehall this past summer, picked up some tee-shirts commemorating Whitehall’s contribution to the birth of the U.S. Navy. He distributed these to some veterans he works with at the Paralyzed Veterans of America, at his winter home in San Diego, California.

Last week Peter had the privilege of meeting the daughter of Captain “Moon” Mullen, whose story of bravery as a POW for over 7 years in Vietnam is well chronicled and presented below. Captain Mullen is the recipient of the Silver Star, Legion of Merit, 3 Bronze Stars, Air Medal, 2 Purple Hearts, POW Medal and other decorations. Peter Ballantyne gave Captain Mullen’s daughter one of the Whitehall shirts for her father, who proudly accepted the gift. Cdm. Mullen’s daughter passed along the above picture of her father wearing the shirt. In another coincidence of local significance, Captain Mullen’s last flight before he was shot down originated from the USS TICONDEROGA.

Cdm. Mullen was shot down on January 6, 1967 and was not released until March 4, 1974. Below is a partial account of Captain Mullen’s ordeal as presented in WE CAME HOME copyright 1977 Captain and Mrs. Frederic A Wyatt (USNR Ret), Barbara Powers Wyatt, Editor P.O.W. Publications, 10250 Moorpark St., Toluca Lake, CA 91602 Text is reproduced as found in the original publication.

Lt. Cdr. Richard D. Mullen was the pilot of a single seat fighter, a F8E Crusader assigned to Fighter Squadron 191 onboard the aircraft carrier, USS TICONDEROGA (CVA 14). Mullen launched on January 6, 1967 on his 31st combat mission over North Vietnam. During the mission, Mullen’s aircraft was seen to be engulfed in flames and explode. A good parachute was sighted and subsequently, Mullen was observed standing on the ground and waving. Contact between him and the airborne aircraft was established and Mullen reported to be “OK”. At this time, Mullen was near the coast of Nghe An Province, about five miles south of the city of Tho Son.

On subsequent passes, neither Mullen nor the parachute were sighted. However, intermittent emergency radio transmissions were heard. It was believed that Mullen was captured, and he was classified as a prisoner of war. Richard Mullen had been captured and was held prisoner by the North Vietnamese in the Hanoi Hilton (New Guy Village, Heartbreak), Zoo (Office, Pig Sty, Carraige House, Pool Hall), Camp Hope, Hanoi Hilton (Rm 3, 5) back to Heartbreak) Skid Row, Hanoi Hilton (Rm 2,3) until March 4, 1973. At that time, he was released with 590 other Americans from POW camps. He had been a prisoner for just over seven years.

He sustained no injuries upon ejection, but while captive was subjected to “the normal bone crusher manacles, ropes, leg stocks and whipping with a fan belt. The worst was strangling noose around neck tied to manacles behind my back.” While in captivity, he suffered a severe blow to his head. Since the war ended, nearly 10,000 reports relating to Americans missing, prisoner or unaccounted for in Southeast Asia have been received by the U.S. Government. Many authorities who have examined this largely classified information are convinced that hundreds of Americans are still held captive today.

Of the Crusader pilots shot down, nearly 50 are still missing. These fighter pilots in Vietnam were called upon to fly in many dangerous circumstances, and were prepared to be wounded, killed, or captured.

Richard Mullen retired in 1978 from the United States Navy as a Captain. Although retired, he remains active with youth, church, golf and travel. He still says about returning to the United States after his ordeal, “I was so choked up seeing the American flag at Clark AFB (March 4, 1973) I could barely get off the plane. Seeing my wife and children (at NAS Miramar) had to be the happiest moment of my life.”

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Now For Some History: February 13, 1912

February 16th, 2015 · No Comments

Taken from the Glens Fall Star: February 13, 1912.

Wins First Money in Ice Race at Lake

Large numbers of lovers of horse racing assembled at the head of Lake George yesterday to witness the matinee races held over the kite-shaped course under the auspices of the Lake George Driving Association. The association officers are arranging for a three-day meeting to take place the last three days of this month. A number of excellent purses are to be offered and considerable interest is already being taken in the events.

The events yesterday consisted of two named races for purses of $50 each and a town race, with a prize of ten bushels of oats for first place and five for second. Four heats were necessary to decide the named races and five to decide the town race.

James Dougrey’s “Putnam Jack” of Glens Falls took first money in the first event of the afternoon, securing first place in the first, second and fourth heats and finishing second in the third, in which James Wilson’s “John O” nosed Putnam Jack out at the wire. The fastest time for the event was 2:23 1-2 made in the second heat.

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LGA’s Salmon in the Classroom Begins

February 15th, 2015 · No Comments

Salmon eggs have new homes in the Lake George watershed! This is the 4th year that the Lake George Association will be assisting classes with the Salmon in the Classroom, a program created by Trout Unlimited.

Students at Ticonderoga Middle School, Whitehall High School, and Lake George Elementary will raise salmon from eggs to fingerlings while learning about fish life cycles, water quality, aquatic ecosystems, biodiversity, conservation, and sustainability.

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21st Ticonderoga Ball: Union League Club in New York City, Friday, March 6

February 14th, 2015 · No Comments

Fort Ticonderoga’s fundraising event, the Ticonderoga Ball, begins at 7 pm on March 6 at the Union League Club in New York City, featuring music, dancing, a silent auction and a lavish dinner.

Spend an elegant evening at the Union League Club in New York City celebrating Fort Ticonderoga’s history and future. The Ticonderoga Ball will be held on Friday, March 6, 2015 beginning at 7 pm. Music, dancing, a silent auction and a lavish dinner make for a festive black-tie evening benefiting Fort Ticonderoga. Individual tickets are $325 and junior tickets are $210 (30 years old and under); Reservations are required.

“The Ticonderoga Ball is Fort Ticonderoga’s largest fundraising event of the year, “said Beth Hill, Fort Ticonderoga President and CEO. “The event, set in the elegant and historic setting of New York’s Union League Club, brings together Fort Ticonderoga supporters from across the United States to celebrate Fort Ticonderoga’s epic history, current programs, and future plans. The Ticonderoga Ball’s theme this year is inspired by Fort Ticonderoga’s 2015 annual focus on its French history in the year 1756. The elegant dinner will be inspired by Fort Ticonderoga’s rich French history which dates to its origin in 1755 when the fort was first established as Fort Carillon in the southernmost part of New France. Support for this event makes possible Fort Ticonderoga’s educational programs, exhibitions, gardens, and all other preservation and restoration efforts.”

The Ticonderoga Ball attracts more than 170 people each year who attend in support of Fort Ticonderoga’s mission of preservation and education. Event honorees for the 21st Annual Ball are Dr. and Mrs. C. Wayne Bardin, longtime Fort Ticonderoga supporters and enthusiastic advocates of Fort Ticonderoga’s French connection. The night begins with a cocktail reception and silent auction at 7 pm; followed by an elegant dinner at 8 pm. A live auction and dancing complete the night. Dance music will be provided by the Lester Lanin Orchestra, known for their unique, homogenized music with lively patina. For more information or to receive an invitation, please contact Martha Strum at 518-585-2821 or by emailing There is a flexible RSVP deadline of February 20.

Fort Ticonderoga is an independent non-profit educational organization. All proceeds for the Ticonderoga Ball support Fort Ticonderoga’s mission to ensure that present and future generations learn from the struggles, sacrifices, and victories that shaped the nations of North America and changed world history.

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2014 LGPC Boat Inspection Program – Final Report

February 11th, 2015 · No Comments

The Lake George Park Commission has released the Final Report for the 2014 Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Program (Boat Inspection Program). Click the image to read the entire report.

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LGA Visits Area Schools

February 7th, 2015 · No Comments

The Lake is frozen but that doesn’t stop the Lake George Association from teaching about it. It’s the perfect time of year to bring Lake George to the classroom.

In January, 5th graders from Queensbury learned about invasive species, 3rd graders at Lake George learned about fish adaptations to tie into their buoyancy unit, and 3rd graders at Malta Ave Elementary School learned about watersheds during the LGA’s “Water We Use” program.

Congratulations to the staff of the Lake George Association for bringing this important instruction to the classroom.

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