Water chestnuts growing along the side of Lake Champlain near the South Bay boat launch.(Click picture to see full-scale.)
With September drawing to a close, Dresden has completed another year of removing the invasive water chestnut plant from the South Bay of Lake Champlain.
Dresden is reimbursed up to a total of $80,000 by the Department of Environmental Conservation for removing the pesky weed from the shoreline of Lake Champlain. The big red floating harvesters can be seen throughout the summer removing the weeds from the lake.
The water chestnut creates tangled dense webs of almost impenetrable floating leaves that can snarl boat propellers.
After cutting and harvesting, the weeds are brought ashore and removed by the dump truck.
The area in front of the South Bay boat launch is now clear after the 2015 harvesting.(Click picture to see full-scale.)
There will be many things happening in the Casino on the Columbus Day weekend.(Click to see larger version.)
Friday: October 9th
Dance party with free salsa lessons with DJ BILLY CASANOVA (From Queens, NY)
Saturday: October 10th in the daytime….
The casino will be turned into a haunted house!!!! The Columbus parade will end at the Casino where people will have to enter the haunted casino and “gamble with their life” in order to get to the soda fountain for free ice cream. Pizza party in the parking lot to follow.
the TUCCI BROS. and guest DJ’s (FROM NYC) will host a haunted house costume ball along with a psychedelic light show by THE FELLOW COSMONAUTS (from Syracuse, NY)
A boat being inspected as it enters Lake George at Mossy Point Boat Launch.
The Lake George Park Commission at its monthly meeting this week voted to move ahead with the process to create a permanent Boat Inspection Program on Lake George, calling the two-year pilot — which expires at the end of this year — very successful.
The vote represents a major milestone in protecting Lake George from invasive species arriving by trailered boats.
As you likely know, the Park Commission’s Boat Inspection Program is the regulatory outgrowth of the Lake George Association’s successful Lake Steward Program.
At the LGPC meeting in Ticonderoga this week, Park Commission Chairman Bruce Young said that among the reasons why the program should become permanent are:
• It is effective in managing the risk of invasive species entering Lake George,
• It is widely accepted by boaters and by residents, and
• The data shows that the program is not hurting tourism or cutting back on boating traffic to Lake George. In fact, more boats were inspected in 2015 than in 2014.
LGA Executive Director C. Walter Lender said the LGA is pleased to support the effort to make the inspection program permanent.
“We know that the Lake George Park Commission’s Boat Inspection Program is critical to protecting Lake George. That is why the Lake George Association has pledged $30,000 a year for the next three years as part of the local match for the program.”
“That $30,000 comes from our members, who have told us that the inspection program is quite important to them. It’s a smart investment,” Lender said.
In the last two years, the Park Commission’s personnel at boat launches have had contact with nearly 42,000 boaters. In each instance, the boat has been inspected and decontaminated, if necessary (16% have needed to be cleaned in 2015). Nearly 250 confirmed aquatic invasive samples have been removed from boats in the last two years – and 40 samples are still being analyzed.
Before a permanent program can be put in place, there must be public hearings – two are being tentatively planned for December. The Park Commission will also accept written public comment on the proposed regulations that make the program permanent.
Let’s say you are not in Huletts Landing or even Washington County, and become aware of an emergency in Huletts Landing, perhaps even in your Huletts home, and you need to contact Washington County 911 from outside the county or even from outside the state. Is there a quick way to get Washington County 911 on the phone from outside the area?
Supervisor Gang was kind enough to look into this question. He spoke to the head of Public Safety for Washington County and provided me a direct number to call the Washington County 911 office in the event of an emergency.
It is: 518-747-3325
This would be a good time to print out this number and post it next to your “other” house phone and/or program it into your smart phone. It may save a life someday.
Frank Schlamp receiving the Volunteer of the Year award from Fort Ticonderoga’s President & CEO, Beth Hill during the annual Volunteer Reception held on Thursday September 10, 2015.
Fort Ticonderoga recently announced that Frank Schlamp of Ticonderoga, NY, has received the 2015 Fort Ticonderoga Volunteer of the Year Award. Mr. Schlamp received the honor in recognition of his years of dedicated service, commitment to Fort Ticonderoga’s educational mission, and generous support in all areas of Fort Ticonderoga’s operations. Mr. Schlamp has earned the highest status in Fort Ticonderoga’s Volunteers Count! rewards program, the Triple Diamond level, with 546 hours logged as of the end of August.
“Frank’s support and assistance at Fort Ticonderoga has had a substantial impact on our overall organization,” said Beth Hill, President and CEO. “Always willing to support projects in Collections, King’s Garden, Buildings and Grounds, and other areas, Frank has offered invaluable leadership with special projects and in operations. He has shared his talent with Fort Ticonderoga for more than 22 years, working approximately 40 hours a week with our team. His record is monumental and his service and support has been considerable. We are very, very grateful.”
“Frank has been the heart of the ongoing commitment to reconstructing Ticonderoga’s past. From sorting archeological remains to piecing together fragments of ledger books, his tireless attention to detail, commitment, and passion for the work of history is all the more remarkable when we stop and consider that he does this because he truly loves and believes in it. His work embodies to the truest and highest spirit of volunteerism.”
Mr. Schlamp’s work in Fort Ticonderoga’s collections department was recently featured in an interview with Mountain Lake PBS:
The Volunteer of the Year Award is part of Fort Ticonderoga’s Volunteers Count! Rewards Program. The volunteer rewards program was initiated in 2012 and allows volunteers with eleven or more hours donated to earn a Volunteer Ambassador Pass granting free general admission for the season as well as other benefits.
Fort Ticonderoga volunteers have given nearly 8,000 hours so far in 2015 in areas including interpretation, horticulture, education, development, collections, exhibitions, and buildings and grounds.
New volunteers are welcome to apply to the program which offers numerous and enriching volunteer opportunities. Volunteer information and applications are available on Fort Ticonderoga’s website at www.fortticonderoga.org or by calling 518-585-2821.
Diamond Point resident Tom Hall is the newest member of the Lake George Land Conservancy’s Board of Directors.
The Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) has announced that Diamond Point resident Tom Hall is the newest member of its Board of Directors. Mr. Hall joins the Board with extensive environmental and management experience, as well as a deep local connection to the lake.
LGLC Executive Director Jamie Brown said, “We are thrilled that Tom has agreed to join our Board. His passion for Lake George, the outdoors, and the environment are a perfect fit for LGLC. Tom’s experience working at the DEC will provide a helpful perspective on our efforts to protect the special places around the lake.”
Mr. Hall said, “I am excited by the good work the Lake George Land Conservancy does, and am looking forward to the opportunity to put my skills and experience to work to advance the mission and objectives of the organization.”
Mr. Hall retired from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) nearly 5 years ago after a 33 year career in public service that focused on environmental protection. At retirement, he held the position of Special Assistant/Assistant Regional Director for NYS DEC Region 5 – an eight-county upstate area approximately the size of the State of Vermont that includes most of the Adirondack Park and all of the Lake George watershed.
During his tenure with DEC, Mr. Hall was involved with implementing NYS’s Freshwater Wetlands Law, an important but controversial regulatory program that set the stage for protecting NYS wetland resources; managed environmental permitting as an Environmental Analyst and Permit Administrator; was responsible for the oversight and management of NYS DEC’s environmental permitting program within NYS DEC Region 5 as Regional Permit Administrator; and, as Assistant Regional Director, served as a NYS representative to the Lake Champlain Basin Program, administratively managed the Warrensburg DEC office and oversaw the Regional Legal Affairs Office. He also served as a Lake George Park Commissioner for a number of years.
Since retiring from public service, Mr. Hall has worked part-time as a Regulatory Specialist for AECOM and currently holds the same title with VHB Engineering & Planning. Both are private sector engineering and environmental planning firms with local offices in the Albany area.
Mr. Hall is President of the Board of Trustees of the Hillview Free Library in Diamond Point, Treasurer of the Town of Bolton Local Development Corporation, on the Board of Directors of Norowal Marina, Inc. and on the Board of Directors of the Lake George Music Festival.
Mr. Hall and his wife, Lydia, live in Diamond Piont, and their two adult children also live locally.
George, we just wanted to let everyone know that we returned from a wonderful trip to the Maine coast. We used the gift certificate and gift card given to me by the Community at the time of my retirement last December 31.
My husband and I enjoyed 4 nights and 5 days in the hot sun in Ogunquit. It was even warm enough for swimming in the ocean! We ate lobster, walked on the Marginal Way, relaxed, played in the waves and totally enjoyed ourselves. Thank you, thank you to everyone who made this trip possible. It was fabulous!