The Huletts Current

News & Opinion About Huletts Landing, N.Y.

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Bits of Everything

September 24th, 2016 · No Comments

Former Board Member Rejected by Voters Appointed to Whitehall School Board

From Manchester Newspapers.

How a Rembrandt Ended Up in Glens Falls

From North Country Public Radio

Painters Headed to Ticonderoga

From the Sun Newspapers

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New Area Code in Eastern Upstate New York Announced

September 24th, 2016 · No Comments

Telephone, Cell Phone Customers To Use 838 Area Code Starting in 3rd Quarter 2017

The New York State Public Service Commission (Commission) today announced that a new area code number has been assigned for eastern upstate New York. The new 838 area code will provide additional much-needed phone numbers for residents and businesses in the existing 518 area code region. The new area code will be activated by the third quarter of 2017.

The new area code will be overlaid on the existing 518 calling area, which will result in mandatory 10-digit dialing since two area codes will serve the same calling area. Regions served by multiple areas codes must employ 10-digit dialing as required by Federal Communications Commission (FCC) mandate. It is important to note that all existing telephone users in the region will retain their current phone numbers, including the 518 area code.

Throughout the implementation, the Commission will be conducting outreach to the public to ensure that customers are aware of the area code change and its implementation milestones. The geographic area associated with the new 838 area code is located in all or part of 17 counties: Albany, Clinton, Columbia, Dutchess, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saint Lawrence, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren and Washington.

Excepted from the Dept of Public Service Press Release found here.

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Saturday Quote

September 24th, 2016 · No Comments

“We cannot adequately combat environmental degradation unless we attend to causes related to human and social degradation.”

Pope Francis

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In Celebration of September 21st

September 21st, 2016 · No Comments

Earth, Wind & Fire – September

“Do you remember the
21st night of September?
Love was changing the minds of pretenders
While chasing the clouds away”

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NJ Supreme Court Decides Case Frank Kapusinski Argued

September 19th, 2016 · No Comments

Frank Kapusinski arguing a case before the New Jersey Supreme Court earlier this year.

Back in April, I reported that my brother, Frank Kapusinski, had argued a case in front of the New Jersey Supreme Court. He represented Bergen County’s County Executive in the case: Northwest Bergen County Utilities Authority v. Kathleen A. Donovan. The case revolved around a County Executive’s veto authority and had implications for the counties in New Jersey that have a County Executive form of government. The case was about a County Executive’s executive power and how that could be asserted over an independent agency.

Recently the New Jersey Supreme Court handed down its decision in this case.

Unlike a sporting event where there is a clear winner and loser, court decisions sometimes reflect the complexities of a case where competing statutes have to be interpreted with decisions that accept some of the arguments from both parties. This was that type of case.

The New Jersey Supreme Court decided the case Northwest Bergen County Utilities Authority v. Donovan by giving both parties something. The Court held that the then-Bergen County Executive, Kathleen Donovan, had been within her rights to use her executive veto to cut commissioners’ health benefits that had never been properly authorized. However, the Court held that her firings of the commissioners — when they ignored her vetoes – had not been undertaken consistent with applicable law.

So if you see Frank around the Landing, you can congratulate him for winning some of his arguments!

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Update on POSTPlan

September 18th, 2016 · No Comments

In 2012, the US Postal Service introduced POSTPlan as a means of keeping Post Offices open by reducing hours. The Huletts Landing Post Office is now only open 4 hours per day. POSTPlan reduced operations at many rural Post Offices to 2, 4 or 6 hours per day in hundreds of Post Offices throughout the country.

Although POSTPlan kept many offices open, they do not have Postmasters and many postmaster jobs were lost. According to rough statistics – there were roughly 32,000 Postmasters a decade ago, while today the number is closer to 14,000. The lowest level of Post Office with full-time Postmasters is known as a Level 18 Post Office and excludes Post Offices that are open 2, 4 or 6 hours per day which resulted from the POSTPlan implementation.

It is believed that the US Postal Service is evaluating the 337 Level 18 Post offices to see if they could be downgraded to 4-hour or 6-hour facilities in the near future. It is also believed that the Postal Service is evaluating the 2,296 4-hour and 6-hour facilities (of which the Huletts Landing Post Office is now included) to see if they could be downgraded to 2-hour and 4-hour facilities.

While little is known about the evaluation process, it does appear that rural America could see further reductions in postal hours at small rural post offices. The best way to see that no further reduction in hours occur at our local Post Office is to buy your stamps and postage in Huletts. One measurement that is used in determining Post Office hours is the amount of postage sold.

I will continue to follow this issue and will update the Huletts Current accordingly.

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August Dresden Town Board Meeting Minutes

September 14th, 2016 · No Comments

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

August Minutes

The September minutes will not be approved until October and so on. (Some months are not immediately approved at the following month’s meeting in the event of changes.)

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Powerful Storm Blows Thru Sunday Morning

September 11th, 2016 · No Comments

A storm powerful enough to break windows blew through Huletts on Sunday morning.

Update: 12:45 PM There are a bunch of limbs and a few trees down around the Landing. Looks like some other nearby areas got hit worse.

A powerful line of storms blew through Huletts on Sunday morning around 6:00 am. A number of limbs are down. Power and phones seem to be OK.

Updates throughout the day.

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Washington County Soil & Water Conservation District Explained

September 8th, 2016 · No Comments

As everyone knows, Washington county is a large county with much of its total acreage dedicated to farming and dairy production. I like to occasionally spotlight things going on in the county that might be of interest. Today, I wanted to explain what the Washington County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) does.

The Washington County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) is a unique unit of local government that was founded in 1945. Their mission is to assist agricultural producers, rural landowners and municipalities with the management, conservation and best use of our natural resources. In plain terminology – they protect the County’s soil and water resources while maintaining the viability of agriculture as a preferred land use.

In that regard, I subscribe to their newsletter which spotlights what they do in the county. Recently, they published an article which focused on their work at a nearby farm which I found interesting and which the SWCD gave me permission to reprint here. Red Top farm is located in Granville, NY.

Ag Non-Point Source Grant – Round 20 – Red Top Farm
By Ben Luskin, Natural Resource Technician

Last Autumn Red Top Dairy completed a bedded pack waste storage and transfer system. All of the farm’s heifers were moved into the system where manure and feed nutrients are contained and controlled. The engineered system was put into place with the help of the Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) because the heifers were being fed on concrete pads with no curbing or roof structures to control clean or dirty runoff. The 340 Animal Units were allowed free access to the entire stream corridors in the pastures; polluting the watercourse, eroding stream banks, and denuding vegetation. The feeding areas in both locations were upslope from Class C(T) trout tributaries to the Mettawee River.

This Spring the heifer facilities, Diplock and Red’s House, where the livestock were previously housed were remediated. Concentrated manure from the feeding and loafing areas was scraped up and spread on farm fields that needed the nutrients. All of the headlocks and concrete infrastructure used for feeding at the Red’s House facility was removed and disposed of. The equipment crossing at Diplock’s was renovated by installing an adequate culvert, cleaning out sediment deposition at the inlet, and constructing large headwalls at the inlet and outlet. Both sites were graded and shaped to stable more attractive slopes which involved trucking in additional clean fill when on site material was not available. Farm equipment was used to prepare a good seed bed before Car-O-Vail came to broadcast the seed. The farm ensured seed to soil contact by cultipacking the acreage. Areas along the stream that were hard to access with equipment were hand seeded by the SWCD. For now, both facilities will remain vacant but the farm looks forward to working with the SWCD to develop grazing plans on each site that will supply vegetation to a suitable amount of heifers, while protecting the areas natural resources.

Diplock Before

Diplock After

Red’s House Before

Red’s House After

Click all images to see full-scale.

Administrators Note: Many thanks to the Washington County Soil & Water Conservation District for their permission to reprint their article and pictures here.

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New Book: The Battle of Lake George

September 7th, 2016 · No Comments

The Battle of Lake George: England’s First Triump in the French and Indian War by William R. Griffith IV was released this past week.

This is a great new release that sounds very intriguing.

In the early morning of September 8, 1755, a force of French Regulars, Canadians and Indians crouched unseen in a ravine south of Lake George. Under the command of French general Jean-Armand, Baron de Dieskau, the men ambushed the approaching British forces, sparking a bloody conflict for control of the lake and its access to New York’s interior. Against all odds, British commander William Johnson rallied his men through the barrage of enemy fire to send the French retreating north to Ticonderoga. The stage was set for one of the most contested regions throughout the rest of the conflict. Historian William Griffith recounts the thrilling history behind the first major British battlefield victory of the French and Indian War.

ISBN: 9781467119757
$21.99 | 144 pp.| paperback
Available: September 5, 2016

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Labor Day Brings End to Summer “Season”

September 5th, 2016 · No Comments

The summer of 2016 was a memorable one.

While Labor Day marks the end of the summer tourist season, I wanted to remind everyone there’s still a lot of good weather left and things will be happening throughout September and October which will be covered here.

A few reminders: The Casino will be transitioning to “off-season” hours, open on Friday and Saturday nights through Columbus Day. The soda fountain is officially closed for the summer. Everyone I spoke to the last few days was out enjoying the Labor Day weekend and was having a great time.

Many thanks to those who worked so hard to make the summer of 2016 a memorable one. It certainly was a great year. If you’re leaving Huletts today – please come back soon!

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Link: Weekend Boat Accident Explained

September 5th, 2016 · No Comments

The Post Star has an account of the boating accident that occurred near Burgess Island this past weekend. If you were in Huletts this weekend, you may have seen the search lights from the police as this occurred after dusk on Saturday night.

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Labor Day Weekend Events

September 2nd, 2016 · No Comments

There will be a lot going on over the Labor Day weekend in Huletts. Here are the events that I’m aware of.

9:15 am – AED dedication followed by corn husking at the Caddy Shack
12:30 pm – Family picnic at HLPOCA Beach
7:00 pm – Talent Show at Casino

12:30 pm – Canoe race at HLPOCA Beach
Dusk (8:00 pm ?) – Golf Course

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Now for Some History: July 1922

August 28th, 2016 · Comments Off

This postcard from July 20, 1922, depicting Huletts Landing, was mailed from Silver Bay NY.

Sometimes the most interesting part of an old postcard is what was written on it. Many thanks to Russ Considine for providing this glimpse into the summer of 1922. Here is what was written on the back:

“Have come to Silver Bay Y.M.C.A Conference and I never dreamed it was so nice. I am having a fine time. Hope to see you when I get back. Was so busy before I went away. – Amanda”

Addressed to:
Miss Leslie S Lifie
723 McKnight Street
Reading, PA

Postmarked: July 20, 1922 Silver Bay NY

“I never dreamed it was so nice,” were the words that I think we would still agree with today! (Click images to see full-scale.)

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