The Huletts Current

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Students Submit Entries to Congressional Art Competition

April 25th, 2015 · No Comments

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Multiple Candidates Running for Three School Board Seats

April 25th, 2015 · No Comments

Voting for three open seats on the school board and the annual school budget will take place on Tuesday, May 19th between 12:00 noon and 9:00 pm in the large group instruction room at the Whitehall high school on Buckley road.

There are many candidates running for the three vacant seats. I will be covering this during the next few weeks, so please stop back for more updates.

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Saturday Quote

April 25th, 2015 · No Comments

Had I serv’d my God with half the zeal
I serv’d my king, he would not in my age
Have left me naked to mine enemies.

William Shakespeare
Henry VIII

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Now For Some History: 1912

April 19th, 2015 · No Comments

ATTACKED BY WILD CAT
Former Warrensburqh Man’s Thrilling Adventure Near North River.

Louis Napoleon Beach, a former Warrensburgh man, who is now employed in Harry Raymond’s livery stable at Riverside, while driving from North River to Hooper’s Mines, late Friday afternoon, had a thrilling experience with a bob-cat which has been hanging around that section all winter.

Mr. Beach was driving a pair of horses, belonging to his employer, hitched to a light wagon, and as they passed under a large pine tree, about three miles from North River, he heard a noise in the branches, and down into the back of the wagon dropped the big cat. The horses became frightened and bolted, while the driver was struggling with the animal.

Mr. Beach attacked the cat with the butt of his horse whip, but this only served to enrage the fury of the creature and it clawed and bit, making several ugly wounds on the unfortunate man. The horses made a sudden jump to one side of the road which dislodged the cat from the wagon, and (the) thoroughly maddened team ran wildly toward the village of Garnet. As they came to the house of R. J. Bennett, they bolted into his barn yard, where they stopped so suddenly that Mr. Beach was thrown to the ground.

After he was somewhat recovered he went into the house, where Mr. Bennett dressed the wounds inflicted by the cat. The attack has stirred up the people of that section. One of the horses, valued at $250, was badly injured, and will probably have to be shot.

Warrensburgh News – April 18, 1912

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Ice is Breaking Up

April 14th, 2015 · No Comments


A picture taken on the evening of Monday, April 13th, of a singular ice sheet from the overlook/rest area north of Tongue Mountain on state Route 9N across the lake from Huletts, near Sabbath Day Point.


The same view from this morning, Tuesday April 14th: You can see the ice sheet is now in multiple moving pieces – with just about 11 hours difference.

Here is a bit of good news. The ice is finally breaking up. The above pictures come from the Lake George Association who sent these out in an email today.

To see the entire LGA email, with pictures from around the lake, look here.

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Volunteer Fire Department News

April 13th, 2015 · No Comments

Congratulations to Fire Chief, Jay Vander Plaat, and Barbara Semcken who both passed the Practical Skills Test and then the New York State Written Test on a course that started at the end of August 2014. Both Jay and Barbara attended class two nights a week at the Hartford Fire House between August and November and then one night a week, December through March.

On Saturday, April 11th, they both received passing test scores and officially became Certified Emergency Responders for our fire department. The cost to the fire department was $1,000 and was made possible because of community support. The Huletts fire department now has 4 AED’s, 22 American Heart Association Certified CPR AED’s and 3 BLS (Basic Life Support) card holders.

Also in October 2014, the Huletts fire department was asked to participate in a Mutual Aid Drill with Putnam, Dresden and Whitehall. For almost 3 hours, Hulett volunteers filled tankers at Chubb’s Dock on Lake Champlain in support of a tanker shuttle relay drill. There were 5 tankers running and our volunteers refilled one every 3 minutes for 3 hours using the newly acquired Turbo Draft, a device that allows our volunteers to draft from 150 feet away instead of the normal 20. Again because of Community support, though the fund drive, the Huletts fire department was were able to acquire this $5,000 piece of equipment.

Thankfully, the department did not need to use its ice rescue equipment this past winter.

Weekly drills will begin again be on Monday nights at 5:00 pm. Many people say they’ll come and help if there’s a fire. The real question question is what will they be able to do if they haven’t trained. For those who volunteer, please come to the weekly drill. That is the time to learn what to do. Drills start at 5:00 pm and end at 6:00 pm. Please consider coming out for an hour of important community service.

One final bit of good news to end on. Because of Fire Chief, Jay Vander Plaat, and Barbara Semcken going to the CFR class, they made multiple contacts with other local fire departments. They received 6 Scott air packs and 9 air bottles, donated by the Cossayuna fire department, along with turnout gear donated by West Fort Ann and Queensbury departments. Way to go, to the best students in the course!

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Bits of Everything

April 12th, 2015 · No Comments

Expanded Lake George Trail System Eyed

The Adirondack Almanack reports on the “Trails Master Plan” for the west shore of Lake George.

New Fishing Tournament for Lake George

Grab a fishing pole and maybe you can win $2,500 in grand prize money between Friday, July 10 to Sunday, July 12th. Read in the Lake George Mirror.

Cuomo’s Quiet Medicaid Miracle?

“New York still spends more on Medicaid than California and Texas combined.” Read the NY Daily News article.

NASA JPL: Heat-Converting Material Patents Licensed to Troy Company

The future is happening now. Read the JPL Press Release.

Adirondacks Burn Ban In Effect

With fire season upon us, Dresden is covered until May 14th. So says the Adirondack Almanack.

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Washington County Business Showcase to be held in Whitehall: June 11th

April 11th, 2015 · No Comments

The Washington County Local Development Corporation and Washington County Tourism will present the 2015 Washington County Business Showcase on June 11, 2015 at the Whitehall Athletic Club.

For businesses that would like to participate, here is the attached sponsorship/exhibitor registration form. To secure a sponsorship or exhibit table, simply return the attached form completed with payment…It’s that easy!

Please consider taking the time to come to this event as Washington County showcases the unique businesses and service providers in Washington County. You’ll better understand what a diverse, successful and thriving business climate we have here. It’s a wonderful opportunity to meet business leaders, learn about growing sectors and identify ways we can collectively support the thriving business base in Washington County.

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Saturday Quote

April 11th, 2015 · No Comments

The Apple Pie ABC is a simple rhyme meant to teach children the order of the alphabet and relates the various ways children react to an apple pie.

Apple Pie ABC

Says A, give me a good large slice,
Says B, a little bit, but nice,
Says C, cut me a piece of crust, Take it, says D, it’s dry as dust,
Says E, I’ll eat it fast, I will, Says F, I vow I’ll have my fill,
Says G, give it me good and great, Says H, a little bit I hate,
Says I, it’s ice I must request, Says J, the juice I love the best,
Says K, let’s keep it up above, Says L, the border’s what I love,
Says M, it makes your teeth to chatter, N said, it’s nice, there’s nought the matter,
O others’ plates with grief surveyed, P for a large piece begged and prayed,
Q quarrelled for the topmost slice, R rubbed his hands and said “it’s nice,”
S silent sat, and simply looked, T thought, and said, it’s nicely cooked,
U understood the fruit was cherry, V vanished when they all got merry,
W wished there’d been a quince in, X here explained he’d need convincing,
Y said, I’ll eat, and yield to none, Z, like a zany, said he’d done,
While ampersand purloined the dish, And for another pie did wish.

*The Apple Pie ABC is one of the earliest and most enduring English alphabet rhymes for children.

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1915 – 2015 Hulett Hotel Fire Anniversary: Judge Erskine C. Rogers

April 10th, 2015 · No Comments


Washington County Judge Eskine C. Rogers, as he would have appeared in his Judicial robes, circa the 1920′s.

2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the Hulett Hotel fire, which I chronicled in my book, The Hulett Hotel Fire on Lake George. After the fire, there was a trial which I also detail in the book.

The Judge who presided over that trial was Washington County Judge Eskine C. Rogers. In my book, I shared two pictures of the judge, both of which were hard to come by. On page 82, I have a picture of the judge as a young man graduating from high school, which I obtained from the Old Fort House Museum/Fort Edward Historical Association. On page 137, I presented a picture from his obituary, which was reproduced from a newspaper microfilm printout. Neither picture was ideal, but they were the best I had when the book went to print.

Shortly after the final edits were done on the book, I was able to speak to Judge Roger’s grandson, an attorney in Florida. He had a picture of his grandfather on his mantel and snapped the above picture on his mobile phone (which you can see the reflection of in the lower left of the photo.) It was too late to include this picture in the book, but I share it here because it captures what the judge would have looked like as he presided over the trial.

Rogers was described as hardworking, earnest and of good judicial temperament. I think the picture above captures all of that and more. What I see is a determined man who looks eminently fair in his demeanor. In my opinion, he looks like an excellent judge. The ornate, carved, high-backed chair adds to the prestige of the photograph.

My conversation with his grandson gave me additional insights into who Judge Rogers was. While I document in the last chapter of the book how Judge Rogers continued his distinguished career after the trial ended, he died unexpectedly in 1940. His grandson told me his grandfather’s sudden death was an extreme blow to his family and one which was difficult for them to overcome. His grandson was happy to share the above photo. I share it here for history’s sake in light of the 100th anniversary of the Hulett Hotel fire.

(Click on the picture to see full-scale.)

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Jack Nicklaus & Others Hit Hole-In-Ones at Masters Par-3 contest

April 9th, 2015 · No Comments

Before they even start the Masters today, we see why they’re playing in the Masters.

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Dresden April Meeting Agenda

April 8th, 2015 · No Comments

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Dresden Town Board will be held:
Monday, April 13, 2015 at the Dresden Town Hall at 7:00 p.m.

Please note that both Al Nolette (County Treasurer) and Kevin Hayes (County Administrator) will talk about the State Tax Cap and Shared Services.

The meeting agenda has been posted here.

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Congresswoman Stefanik Announces 2015 Congressional Art Competition

April 6th, 2015 · No Comments

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) has announced the 2015 Congressional Art Competition for New York’s 21st district. The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students in the 21st District.

“The North Country is home to many gifted students and the Congressional Art Competition is a great opportunity for them to showcase their talents,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “The winner of this competition will have their artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol for a year where it will be seen by visitors from around the world. I look forward to seeing what our students can create!”

Artwork entered in the contest must be original in execution, may be up to 28 inches by 28 inches, 4 inches in depth and cannot weigh more than 15 pounds. The artwork may be:

Paintings – including oil, acrylics and watercolor
Drawings – including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers
Collage (must be 2 dimensional)
Prints – including lithographs, silkscreen and block prints
Mixed Media – use of two or more mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor
Computer Generated Art
Photography

Art submissions along with a Congressional release form must be submitted to one of Congresswoman Stefanik’s district office locations no later than April 24, 2015. The Congressional release form can be found here and more information about the competitions rules and guidelines is posted here.

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Happy Easter

April 5th, 2015 · No Comments


Resurrection of Christ
1407-1411
Guerau Gener
Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya – MNAC, Barcelona

On a cold morning in Huletts, I hope this Easter finds you and your family well. Hopefully everyone will be back in Huletts soon.

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