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 The Huletts Current — News & Opinion About Huletts Landing, N.Y.

The Huletts Current

News & Opinion About Huletts Landing, N.Y.

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LGLC Protects Land in Huletts Landing

May 27th, 2018 · Comments Off

The Lake George Land Conservancy has purchased a parcel along Bluff Head Road which they intend to conserve.

The Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) has protected 37 acres in Huletts Landing, Washington County by purchasing a 33.3-acre upland piece and a conservation easement on the adjoining lower 3.7-acres lakefront property. As a result, this conservation project is providing permanent water quality protection by preventing the development of uplands directly above the lake, viewshed protection, and the addition of a small, family-friendly recreational opportunity.

Located on the eastern shore of Lake George, Bluff Head Road forms the approximate boundary between the two parcels that were sold by the Wilkening family. The lower property includes an old home (“the White House”), nearly 1/4-mile of stream corridor, and over 600 feet of Lake George shorefront. The upland property has an existing path leading to a viewpoint overlooking the narrows and Silver Bay on the western shore. The uplands also share a 1/2-mile boundary with Spruce Mountain, owned by New York State.

Current zoning would have allowed the construction of up to three homes on the larger parcel, and the smaller parcel could have been subdivided to allow for one additional home. However, the Wilkening family welcomed the possibility of protecting the land that has meant so much to them.

According to an oral history documented in 2010 by Friends of Historic Huletts Landing, the Wilkening family owned the property since the late 1800’s when Helena “Bunny” Wilkening’s grandfather, Smith Ely Jelliffe, bought 150 acres of land in the area. That land was then divided between his children; Ms. Wilkening’s mother was given the land that Ms. Wilkening enjoyed coming to for more than 80 years.

The conservation project was made possible thanks to the generous support and cooperation of Paul and Kaye Lawler, and Paul’s employer, the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, which matched their gift.

The Lawlers made a generous donation to the LGLC with the desire that it be used on future land conservation projects, to protect the land they love. As it turned out, this gift was just what the LGLC needed to move forward on the Wilkening project.

“I am thrilled to see my gift and the matching funds from the Kellogg Foundation being used on these great projects in Huelletts Landing,” Mr. Lawler said. “It’s a special place to me, and it will do so much good for the lake.”

“We are so grateful for the Wilkening family for working with us on this exciting project,” said LGLC Executive Director Jamie Brown, “and to the Lawlers and Kellogg Foundation for making it fiscally possible. It’s been more than 20 years since the LGLC has completed a conservation project in the Town of Dresden, and we’re pleased to once again be active in this tightknit community.”

“This is just the start of things to come in Huletts Landing,” Brown continued. “Foster Brook and other smaller tributaries flow through the area, which is mostly undeveloped. By protecting the surrounding land now we will safeguard the land’s natural ability to filter and manage stormwater for the health of Lake George. Additionally, we are looking into a number of other projects that will help to protect critical conservation values, including viewshed, in this part of the watershed.

The LGLC intends to make modest improvements to the uplands property to allow for minimal passive recreational use. A small parking area will be identified so as to not interfere with traffic on Bluff Head Road, and a short trail will lead to one or two picnic tables installed at the lookout area.

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March and April Dresden Town Board Meeting Minutes

May 21st, 2018 · Comments Off

The minutes for the March and April 2018 meetings of the Dresden Town Board, were recently approved and have been posted on the town’s website.

March Minutes

April Minutes

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

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It’s Been Awhile

May 21st, 2018 · Comments Off

Due to some technical challenges and life being way too busy recently, I haven’t been able to post over the last few weeks. However, things are getting back to normal and the Memorial Day weekend will be here soon so things should begin flowing on the Huletts Current again!

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Three Candidates Running for Two School Board Seats

April 29th, 2018 · Comments Off

The following individuals are running for the two seats on the Whitehall school board that will open up this year:

Carrianne Arquette
Frank Barber, Jr (Current Board President running for reelection.)
Stiling Knight

The two board seats up for election this year are of different lengths. One is for a full three-year term and the other is for a one-year unexpired term of Jason Hoagland who resigned without completing his full term.

I will send questionnaires out to all the candidates shortly and will post their answers here.

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The Old ROMA to be Auctioned

April 27th, 2018 · Comments Off

The building that housed the Roma restaurant in Whitehall (seen here in 1975) has been a popular destination for many years. On May 1, 2018 it will be auctioned off.

Whitehall Times: The former Roma restaurant will be auctioned off on Tuesday, May 1, 2018

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July 25th: Water & Light

April 21st, 2018 · Comments Off

I’m pleased to announce that on July 25, 2018, the Friends of Historic Huletts Landing is sponsoring; Timothy Weidner, Director of the Chapman Museum in Glens Falls, who will present an exhibit and lecture entitled: “Water & Light.” This unique presentation will focus on Sennaca Ray Stoddard images of Lake George from the 1880′s. Be sure to put it on your calendar now!

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Pictures from the Master’s Golf Championship

April 21st, 2018 · Comments Off

“Amen Corner” at Augusta National Golf Club with its famous bridge.

So we all know the most picturesque golf course in the world is the Huletts golf course but there’s another course in Augusta GA, where every year they have a little tournament called the Masters.

So in order to keep your attention I pass along some pictures from the 2018 Master’s practice round (from the Wednesday immediately before the tournament) for all the avid golfers and fans out there. These were given to me by a friend who recently returned from the Master’s and who wanted me to pass them along.

The iconic 18th hole.

Jordan Spieth practicing his putting.

Tiger Woods walking the fairway.

People having their picture taken with the clubhouse and the Master’s logo in flowers in the background.

The 15th hole.

The 16th hole.

The 16th hole.

Georgia pine trees along the fairway.

While at Augusta National, spectators and fans are called “patrons.” Additionally, there is an entire par-3 course alongside of the 18 holes that the Master’s tournament is played on.

(Click all images to see full-scale.)

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Email to the Editor

April 12th, 2018 · Comments Off

It is that frightful, devastating moment when fire starts or there is a medical emergency, that makes us grateful for our volunteer firefighters and their companies. Men and women arriving to the emergencies are Firefighters, First Responders and EMTs.

I am the spouse of a Fire Chief to our local volunteer fire company. I experience the middle of night siren and dispatch that sends my husband out in a moments notice. I wait patiently for him and pray for his return. I, like all other family members of these volunteers, understand and respect their dedication to being on-call 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. These volunteers jump to the call, no matter what they are doing and put themselves in harms way to keep their communities safe.

As of late, I am hearing more and more firefighting and first responder volunteers and leaders, realizing that support from their communities is dwindling. Hearing that their efforts are underestimated and under appreciated. If we lose these very precious volunteers, there is no one else that assists in those dire emergencies. These volunteers are essential to our safety; they are literally saving lives.

Volunteer fire companies and their personnel are not paid for their dedication or heroism. These volunteers are community members and deserve to be respected and appreciated by everyone in their communities. It begs me to ask the question of everyone, “ what would we do if they were not here for us?”

When the fire company fund raising letters go out, I hope folks will consider that the donations made, support the very people that make them. YOUR donations help to keep YOU safe. Just maybe, there could be a small note of thanks to let these volunteers know that we appreciate all that they do for us.

Gail Vander Plaat
Huletts Landing

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High Winds and Loose Ice

April 6th, 2018 · Comments Off

The ice is starting to break up on Lake George.

Extremely high winds caused all types of havoc in Warren county and Washington county yesterday. Trees and power lines were down and ice is being pushed around the lake as it breaks up.

Large chunks of ice in many bays, as it is pushed toward shore by the high winds.

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January and February Dresden Town Board Meeting Minutes

April 2nd, 2018 · Comments Off

The minutes for the January and February 2018 meetings of the Dresden Town Board, were recently approved and have been posted on the town’s website. There are many interesting facts in these notes – including salaries of town officials for 2018 and an update on the proposed power transmission project down state route 22.

January Minutes

February Minutes

The March minutes will not be approved until April and so on.

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Postal Service Renews Huletts Post Office Lease

April 2nd, 2018 · Comments Off

The Huletts Landing Post Office.

I’m happy to report that the U.S. Postal Service has renewed the lease for the Huletts Post Office for an additional 5 years, through 2023. So thank you to all those who purchase stamps and postage there. The Postal Service recognized the benefit it brings to the community and actually renewed the lease early.

As I document in my book, Huletts Landing on Lake George, the first application for a Post Office was made in 1874 and is the first historical document where the area is designated as Huletts Landing. While the actual Post Office building has occupied different locations since it first arrived, it is an added benefit to the community and its central location makes it convenient for everyone.

Please keep buying your stamps and postage in Huletts.

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Happy Easter!

April 1st, 2018 · Comments Off

Noli me tangere (Do not touch me) c. 1630 Jan Brueghel the Younger (Jan Brueghel the Younger [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons) (Click image to see larger view.)

This scene by Jan Brueghel the Younger, depicts Christ and Mary Magdalene on Easter Sunday. This Latin expression means “don’t touch me” or “don’t hold me back”. Lamenting over Christ’s death, Mary Magdalene sees him before her without knowing it’s him: she thinks he’s the gardener. Jesus says to her: “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him: “Sir, if you have carried Him away, tell me where you have laid Him, and I will take Him away.” In this episode, Jesus prevents Mary Magdalene from touching him: he must first ascend to Heaven. Then Mary Magdalene says to the disciples: “I have seen the Lord and this is what he said.”

Wishing you much much happiness and joy as the world celebrates Easter today.

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Good Friday 2018

March 30th, 2018 · Comments Off

The Deposition, also known as the Pala Baglione, Borghese Entombment or The Entombment, is an oil painting by the Italian High Renaissance painter Raphael. Signed and dated “Raphael Urbinas MDVII (1507)”, the painting is in the Galleria Borghese in Rome. (Click image to see full-scale.)

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Two School Board Seats Up For Election

March 30th, 2018 · Comments Off

Two school board seats will be up for election in 2018. School board President, Frank Barber’s term expires, making a three-year term available. The seat formerly occupied by Jason Hoagland, who resigned before completing his term, will come up for election as a one-year term. Petitions of those seeking these seats must be returned to the district clerk by April 16th no later than 5:00 pm. To run, a person needs to be 18 years old by May 15th, must have resided in the school district for at least a year, and must submit a petition signed by 25 eligible voters.

I will be covering these contests and will be sending out questionnaires to all those who enter the race. Stay tuned.

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