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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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Happy March 4th

March 4th, 2018 · Comments Off

Today is March 4th, which is the only day of the year that issues a command.

Get it – March forth! (I can’ take credit for this, I heard it in a sermon once.)

Things have been quiet but very windy recently. Hopefully the warmer weather will be here soon!

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Bascue Pilots 4-Man Bobsled to Top Ten Olympic Finish

February 25th, 2018 · Comments Off

Congratulations to Codie Bascue, who piloted the top American sled to a ninth-place finish in the 4-man bobsled.

From NBC’s coverage:

Bascue led the top American sled with two solid runs on the second day of competition. Top U.S. pilot Steve Holcomb, who won gold in 2010 and double bronze in 2014, passed away in 2017, and Bascue filled in valiantly. He couldn’t put together a medal run, but still piloted his sled to a top-10 finish.

To see a highlight clip – scroll down the page here.

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USA Women Win Olympic Hockey Gold

February 22nd, 2018 · Comments Off

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Anne Diggory Show at Blue Mountain Gallery in NYC Includes Painting with Historical Connection to Huletts.

February 19th, 2018 · Comments Off

Local artist, Anne Diggory, has a wonderful show at the Blue Mountain gallery in New York City running until February 24th at 4:00 pm entitled: Out of place – shifts in media, location, and content. There will be a closing reception at 4:00 pm on February 24th.

If you live or work in New York – you should try to stop by. Below she talks about a painting she created in Huletts Landing, which contains nearly the same view as a work created by David Johnson in 1874.

I started the video below at the 4:20 mark and Ms. Diggory explains this painting until the 5:13 mark.

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Codie Bascue to drive Bobsled in the Olympics

February 17th, 2018 · Comments Off

Update: Monday February 19, 2018
Codie presently sits in 25th place after one run of the two-man Bobsled.

Peter Ballantyne also forwarded this link to an article in Sports Illustrated about Codie.

I recently learned from Dresden Town Supervisor, Paul Ferguson, that Olympian, Codie Bascue, actually hails from Dresden. Video from ABC News 10 below:

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Mikaela Shiffrin Wins Gold in Giant Slalom

February 17th, 2018 · Comments Off

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Mazdzer Wins Silver Medal in Men’s Singles Luge

February 14th, 2018 · Comments Off

See his medal winning run here.

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Comptroller’s Audit of Washington County’s Procurement Policy Released

February 11th, 2018 · Comments Off

Purpose of Audit

The purpose of the audit was to determine whether the County procured goods and services in accordance with its procurement policy and statutory requirements for the period January 1, 2016 through May 31, 2017.


Washington County is located in the eastern part of New York State and has a population of approximately 63,000. The County is governed by a Board of Supervisors, which is comprised of the town supervisors from each of the County’s 17 towns. Budgeted appropriations for 2017 totaled approximately $113.4 million.

Key Findings

The County did not competitively bid six purchases and public works contracts totaling $272,115.
The County did not obtain the required number of quotes or perform competitive bidding for 16 purchases totaling $154,083 and did not seek competition for nine professional service contracts totaling $1,055,270.

Key Recommendations

Ensure that the procurement policy and competitive bidding laws are adhered to when purchasing goods or entering public works contracts.

Ensure that County officials and employees adequately document actions taken when soliciting bids and quotes and retain documentation including other local government contracts when used.

Read the entire report here, including the county’s response.

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Our Local 2018 Olympic Athletes

February 10th, 2018 · Comments Off

With the start of the 2018 Winter Olympics, here is a list our local athletes from New York and Vermont who are competing:

New York (19)
Lowell Bailey M Biathlon 6’1″ 170 7/15/1981 Lake Placid TBD
Codie Bascue M Bobsled 5’9″ 208 7/13/1994 Whitehall Four-Man, Two-Man/Pilot
Tommy Biesemeyer M Alpine Skiing 6’0″ 190 1/30/1989 Keene Super-G
Tim Burke M Biathlon 5’11″ 160 2/3/1982 Lake Placid TBD
John Daly M Skeleton 5’9″ 175 6/10/1985 Smithtown Men’s
Matt Gilroy M Ice Hockey 6’1″ 200 7/20/1984 Bellmore Defense
Brian Gionta M Ice Hockey 5’7″ 175 1/18/1979 Rochester Forward
Jordan Greenway M Ice Hockey 6’5″ 235 2/16/1997 Canton Forward
Erin Hamlin F Luge 5’7″ 156 11/19/1986 Remsen Singles
Justin Krewson M Luge 6’2″ 175 7/24/1996 Eastport Doubles
David Leggio M Ice Hockey 6’0″ 185 7/31/1984 Buffalo Goalie
Jon Lillis M Freestyle Skiing 5’6″ 130 8/20/1994 Rochester Aerials
Tricia Mangan F Alpine Skiing 5’8” 140 3/7/1997 Buffalo TBD
Chris Mazdzer M Luge 6’1″ 215 6/26/1988 Saranac Lake Singles
Matt Mortensen M Luge 6’0″ 192 12/11/1985 Huntington Station Doubles
Emily Pfalzer F Ice Hockey 5’3″ 125 6/14/1993 Buffalo Defense
Maddie Phaneuf F Biathlon 5’4″ 140 4/29/1995 Old Forge TBD
Morgan Schild F Freestyle Skiing 5’7″ 150 8/25/1997 Pittsford Moguls
Andrew Weibrecht M Alpine Skiing 5’7″ 190 2/10/1986 Lake Placid Super-G

Vermont (15)
Sophie Caldwell F Cross-Country Skiing 5’7″ 130 3/22/1990 Peru TBD
Caroline Claire F Freestyle Skiing 5’8″ 155 2/2/2000 Manchester Center Slopestyle
Ryan Cochran-Siegle M Alpine Skiing 6’1″ 200 3/27/1992 Starksboro Alpine Combined
Emily Dreissigacker F Biathlon 5’9″ 150 11/29/1988 Morrisville TBD
Susan Dunklee F Biathlon 5’7″ 143 2/13/1986 Barton TBD
Nolan Kasper M Alpine Skiing 5’8″ 180 3/27/1989 Warren Slalom
Devin Logan F Freestyle Skiing 5’9″ 185 2/17/1993 West Dover Halfpipe, Slopestyle
Kaitlynn Miller F Cross-Country Skiing 5’7″ 130 8/9/1991 Elmore TBD
Andy Newell M Cross-Country Skiing 5’10″ 157 11/30/1983 Shaftsbury TBD
Caitlin Patterson F Cross-Country Skiing 5’9″ 132 1/30/1990 Craftsbury TBD
Scott Patterson M Cross-Country Skiing 5’11″ 160 1/28/1992 Craftsbury TBD
Amanda Pelkey F Ice Hockey 5’3″ 135 5/29/1993 Montpelier Forward
Ida Sargent F Cross-Country Skiing 5’4″ 125 1/25/1988 Craftsbury TBD
Emerson Smith M Freestyle Skiing 6’1″ 168 2/13/1997 Dover Moguls
Liz Stephen F Cross-Country Skiing 5’2″ 105 1/12/1987 East Montpelier TBD

I will attempt to highlight the performances of our local athletes here.

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LGLC on the Frontline Facing HWA Threat

February 10th, 2018 · Comments Off

A damaged hemlock forest caused by hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA). (Jason VanDriesche

We sometimes take our trees for granted, but there is one that we need to start paying closer attention to now, before it joins the American chestnut in history books.

The Eastern hemlock is one of the most abundant trees in New York and a major component of the forests here in the Lake George watershed. It is an iconic part of the area, visible in nearly every corner of the watershed. They stabilize streambanks and shorelines, protect water quality of the streams that flow into the lake, and provide major economic value to the local timber industry.

The hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) is a terrestrial invasive insect native to East Asia that attacks hemlock trees and has been killing large swaths of hemlock forest from the Great Smokey Mountains to the Catskills since first discovered in the 1980’s. The pest spreads primarily by “hitch-hiking” on birds and other animals, and has been making its way north to the Adirondacks; just last summer a very small population was found on Prospect Mountain in Lake George. Extreme cold has been found to help slow its spread and reduce populations, but is still unable to completely do away with the threat of HWA.

Once HWA is discovered, insecticides can be used to treat infected trees, but this can be a costly and labor-intensive process, and its success depends on early detection. Alternatively, biological controls are being developed, including beetles and flies that are natural predators of the HWA, though creating populations large enough to make a difference will take time.

The Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) is on the frontline facing the HWA threat here in the Lake George watershed. When the HWA was discovered on Prospect Mountain in 2017, LGLC staff worked side by side with the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program (APIPP) and NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to survey the area around the infected trees for signs of additional HWA infestation, and also assisted with the treatment work on the infected trees.

In October, the LGLC was part of a community workshop in Hague put together by town officials and discussed the issue along with APIPP, the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK), and Professor Mark Whitmore of Cornell University, a leading authority on HWA. Professor Whitmore is working to develop the bio-control that may help to manage the HWA infestation in the future. The LGLC hopes to work with other local partners, including the Fund for Lake George, Lake George Association, and towns around the lake to host additional workshops for municipal leaders as well as residents and other community members. The LGLC is also working with the S.A.V.E. Lake George partnership to raise awareness and seek funding for efforts to address this major threat to the watershed.

As one of the largest landowners within the watershed, the LGLC is being pro-active in its efforts to meet the challenge of the HWA on its own land. This winter, their land steward has begun surveying its preserves and checking hemlocks for the invasive pest. Focus is put on critical stands along stream corridors and wetlands.

HWA infestations can be most noticeably detected by the small, white, woolly masses produced by the insects that are attached to the underside of the twig, near the base of the needles.

Volunteers are also being trained in what to look for and how to report their surveys of trails and other lands. All of these surveys and any possible findings are then uploaded to iMapInvasives, a collaborative, state-wide online invasive species database and mapping system that is accessible to the public.

The scope of this early detection work is enormous, and volunteer help is crucial. The LGLC plans on continuing its partnerships with ADK and APIPP to host and support additional training workshops, to increase the number of volunteer “citizen” monitors. With this additional help, once the LGLC monitors the 4,200 acres that it owns and holds conservation easements on, it will be able to expand efforts to monitor the 3,200 acres that the LGLC manages for the DEC, and possibly other DEC land as well (with permission).

In the event that HWA is discovered on its own land, the LGLC is prepared. By the end of this winter, its staff will have the necessary credentials to apply the treatments to infected trees and the surrounding area. The LGLC cannot treat private lands or DEC land, but will alert its partners if any HWA outbreaks are found there. It is also looking into ways to provide habitat for the biocontrol predators, as well as cones and stock for hemlocks so that if an outbreak occurs on protected land, new hemlocks can be grown to replace those that die.

The HWA is a challenging threat to Lake George’s hemlock forests, as evidenced by its impact on the Smokey Mountains and Catskills, but the LGLC is a formidable force in Lake George’s defense. To date, the organization has spent approximately 1,500 hours of staff time on outreach, research, training, and on the ground monitoring to battle this invasive, at a cost of $75,000. We won’t be able to check every hemlock, or entirely stop it from coming, but by preparing now, we can lessen its impact and help our native hemlocks continue to be an icon for generations to come.

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Justin Timberlake – Man of the Woods (Official Video)

February 5th, 2018 · Comments Off

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Puppies Predict the Super Bowl Winner on The Tonight Show

February 4th, 2018 · Comments Off

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December Dresden Town Board Meeting Minutes

February 4th, 2018 · Comments Off

The minutes from two December meetings of the Dresden Town Board, were recently approved and have been posted on the town’s website.

The regular monthly meeting of December 11th, begins the minutes, and a special “year end” meeting, held on December 29th, closes out the minutes. There are many interesting topics in this months meetings notes: – including discussions on rattlesnakes, snow events and the need for a wildlife control officer.

December Minutes

The January minutes will not be approved until February and so on.

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Beautiful Panoramic View of Mars

February 3rd, 2018 · Comments Off

On a cold winter day, here is a beautiful panoramic view of Mars taken by the Curiosity Rover. Curiosity Project Scientist, Ashwin Vasavada, gives a descriptive tour of the Mars rover’s view in Gale Crater. The scene looks back over the journey so far.

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