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“In a Crowd of Thousands” | ANASTASIA The Musical

October 30th, 2017 · No Comments

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LGLC Receives International Paper Foundation Grant, Local Donation

October 23rd, 2017 · No Comments

The Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) received a grant of $2,000 from the International Paper Foundation for the creation of interpretive signage to be installed at its Cook Mountain Preserve in Ticonderoga.

The signage is part of the LGLC’s watershed-wide effort to increase awareness and educational opportunities along its 35-miles of trails. The Cook Mountain signs will include information such as the natural succession of a beaver pond and the cultural history of northern Lake George.

The Cook Mountain Preserve’s trail system includes a scenic viewpoint overlooking northern Lake George, Lake Champlain, and the mountains of Vermont. The ridgeline visible on the lake’s eastern side includes Mount Defiance, a historic site owned by Fort Ticonderoga. The entire area surrounding Mount Defiance has important historic significance that will be described on the new signage.

“We are grateful for the continued support from our friends at International Paper,” said LGLC Executive Director Jamie Brown, “Partnerships like this help the LGLC to increase the positive impact of our land on the community beyond the obvious benefit of protecting water quality. Thanks to IP, visitors to our Cook Mountain Preserve will now learn more about the land, why it’s protected, and be even more motivated to get out and enjoy the outdoors.”

The LGLC also received a donation of paper, valued at $455, from the International Paper’s Ticonderoga Mill, used for the printing of its fall/winter newsletter.

“International Paper, through its corporate Foundation and locally, has been a generous and solid partner over the years,” said LGLC Communications and Outreach Manager Sarah Hoffman. “The local mill has shown great support of our efforts in the Ticonderoga area, for conservation, volunteerism, and educational efforts that enhance the northern Lake George communities. We are grateful for their donations of paper and support of our grant applications for the continuation of these efforts.”

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Interview with George Gang: Candidate for Town Supervisor

October 22nd, 2017 · Comments Off

Today, I post a candidate interview with George Gang, Democratic nominee for Dresden Town Supervisor. Below are my questions and Mr. Gang’s responses.

1.) Could you please tell us about yourself and why you are running for Town Supervisor?

My name is George Gang living in Dresden for 38 years. I am a Viet Nam veteran and have a Business degree (BBA) from the City University of New York and a Masters degree in Public Administration (MPA) from the State University of New York .

I am currently Supervisor of Dresden. My job experiences have included managing a not-for-profit food coop, tax preparation with H & R Block and a Senior Buyer/Purchasing Agent for a local medical device manufacturer responsible for the on-time delivery of $20 million in raw materials.

I ran for Supervisor to use my vast experiences in helping Dresden to function in the 21st century in the ways the Town interacts with the State, County and most important YOU, the citizens of Dresden. The Town has made great progress and I feel that I can continue this growth into the future.

2.) Town taxes have gone up significantly in the last few years. Where do you stand on Town tax increases in the future?

When I first became Supervisor in 2014 I found the Town to be in dire financial condition. We had been raising taxes on the average of under 1% for the previous 10-years and we had depleted any fund balances we had. Our highway vehicles were very old and repair costs were very high to keep them on the road.

During the State audit in the summer of 2016 we were told that we had to stop using fund balances and to build reserves for future emergencies and highway needs.

My overriding goal for the Town has been to put us on a strong financial footing, thus increasing taxes while also decreasing expenses, where possible.

We have improved financially but still need to build up reserves. The tax increase will be at a minimum for 2018, a little over 3%, mainly due to health care expenses and highway payroll.

3.) The Town Supervisor sits on the Washington County Board of Supervisors. Could you name a few areas where you feel things in the county level could be improved? Will you challenge other Supervisors from larger towns when you feel they are wrong?

There are 17 Supervisors on the County Board of Supervisors each thinking (wishing?) they have a ‘Superior’ mind. Sometimes it is difficult to come to a consensus on important issues thus ending in little being accomplished or postponing a final decision.

All the supervisors work well together and have the best interests of their Town and County at heart. Sometimes national or state politics temporarily gets in the way but other supervisors, including myself, will end this very quickly.

Dresden is the second smallest town in the county, by population, but has an equal vote in all of the committees. At our monthly board meeting all votes are weighted with Dresden having the second lowest weight. I am known as a centrist and I always do my best to reign in the extremes. I have never had a problem challenging other Town Supervisors when they try to pull their ‘weight’.

4.) There’s a general feeling that people in Huletts landing and Dresden have that we pay a lot in taxes but we get very little in return. Is this perception correct or incorrect?

I will not even try to change people’s perception. Some people believe that any taxes are too high. All of our taxes are based on property values.

The Town of Dresden has the second lowest tax rate in the county when including State, County and Town taxes. We flip/flop with Putnam for this honor.

The State pushes many mandates down to the County and thus to the Town. We have almost no say in this process. School taxes are set by Whitehall where their vote will always override our vote.

A large portion of our Town taxes (over 80%) goes to keep our highway department running. Besides plowing in the winter our workers have built bridges, replaced culverts and have done many other tasks that a lot of other Towns contract out at a much higher cost.

I definitely disagree that taxes are too high for the return we get.

5.) What do you consider your greatest strengths?

I am an organized person. The job of Town Supervisor has many facets with all needing to be juggled for time and energy to keep the Town moving forward.

Reports, bookkeeping, budgeting and listening, amongst many others, are very important tasks of the Supervisor on the local level.

There are numerous meetings and committees on the County level all of which are important because we eventually vote on many of the issues discussed. Often these issues directly affect the Town in either taxes or services.

I feel I am also very good at bringing people together to form consensus, whether it be internally or externally with Dresden citizens or County personnel.

We are a small town but we still need to keep our roads open, taxes low and adhere to all of the rules and regulations we are burdened with. I have proven that I am the person for the job.

Editor’s note: I would like to thank Mr. Gang for his responses. Interview questions and answers are published in the order in which they are received. Any bolded areas of text outside of the highlighted question were provided to me by the candidate.

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Bits of Everything

October 18th, 2017 · Comments Off

Tines Union: William Shatner to Visit Ticonderoga in May
The Times Union reports that Captain Kirk himself will visit the Star Trek set in Ticonderoga during May 2018.

Sports Illustrated: Examines the Impact of Football in America by Analyzing Whitehall’s 1973 Undefeated Team
A truly fantastic piece from Sports Illustrated about the 1973 Whitehall football team.

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September Dresden Town Board Meeting Minutes

October 17th, 2017 · Comments Off

The minutes from the September 2017 Dresden Town Board meeting were recently approved and have been posted on the town’s website.

September Minutes

The October minutes will not be approved until November and so on.

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Memories of Family Movie Night?

October 15th, 2017 · Comments Off

The movie, Last of the Mohicans, with Randolph Scott and Binnie Barnes, was one of the movies shown in the Casino on “Family Movie Night” in the 1950′s.

During the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s family movie night was a staple in the Casino. Movies such as: Cheaper by the Dozen, Robin Hood, Last of the Mohicans (the 1936 edition), and many Disney classics were enjoyed by many. I remember my parents ordering the films from a catalog and running off the mimeographed sheets advertising these. I recently came across a copy of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and remembered watching it in the Casino as a child.

If you have any favorite movies you remember seeing in the Casino during family movie night or memories you wouldn’t mind sharing here, I’d appreciate hearing from you.

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Rescue on Black Mountain

October 11th, 2017 · Comments Off

A state helicopter lands on Black Mountain on Sunday, October 8th, rescuing an injured hiker.

On Sunday, October 8, 2017, the Huletts Landing EMS responded to a mutual aid request from Dresden at 4:24 PM. A male hiker had fallen on the Black Mountain trail about 300 yards from the summit and broke his leg. A group from our fire company responded, including Jim Leghorn and Bill Clough climbing up the mountain to rescue the hiker.

The approximate area of the hiker’s fall.

A forest ranger helicopter made a difficult landing at the summit and then transported the patient to the Glens Falls Hospital. Jim, Bill, several Dresden firemen, and a State Trooper are to be commended for making the difficult climb up the mountain to perform the rescue, then hiking back down in the darkness while carrying a heavy stretcher and supplies.

Many thanks to the brave men and women who serve us in Huletts Landing.

(Click images to see full-scale.)

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Children’s Halloween Parade Pictures

October 8th, 2017 · Comments Off

Children stand in their costumes before the start of this year’s Halloween parade.

This year’s Halloween parade was oodles’s of fun as the pictures here demonstrate. Although the early part of the day served up a gloomy helping of cloudy and rainy weather, Mother Nature blessed us with bright skies and sunshine for the actual parade featuring the Landing’s children, in their colorful costumes.

The children were treated to free ice cream at the soda fountain at the parade’s end. Many thanks to the ice cream dispensers who tirelessly scooped on and until all cones were fully filled!

The children paraded to the soda fountain.

There were even free sprinkles.

Many thanks to those who made the children’s day complete.

Trick or treating commenced with many children getting candy from generous neighbors.

Many thanks to those who made this Hulett’s tradition a success.

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Couples Compete for North American Wife Carrying Championship

October 8th, 2017 · Comments Off

The 18th Annual North American Wife Carrying Championship took place in Newry, Maine, on Saturday. The contestants raced each other over a 278 yard obstacle course, in which husbands waded through water and clambered over hurdles while carrying their wives.

This year’s winners were Kirsten and Jake Barney from Lexington, Virginia. The first-placed pair won beer totaling Kirsten’s weight, and an entry into the World Championship, which takes place in Finland the following summer.

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Ballot Proposal # 3 Helps Forest Preserve Communities While Protecting the Enviornment

October 8th, 2017 · Comments Off

Election day will be November 7th this year. Over the next few weeks, the Huletts Current will spotlight some local elections as well as some ballot proposals. Today, Ballot proposal # 3 is explained.

The NY State Senate gave the required second passage to a proposed New York State Constitutional amendment to create a 250-acre Forest Preserve Health and Safety Land Account for the Adirondack and Catskill parks. It will now appear on the November 7th ballot as Proposal # 3.

New York State’s Constitution protects the State’s forest preserve as wild forest land and generally prohibits the lease, sale, exchange, or taking of any forest preserve land. The proposed amendment will create two new exceptions to this broad protection of the forest preserve to make it easier for municipalities to undertake certain health and safety projects.

First, the proposed amendment will create a land account of up to 250 acres of forest preserve land. A town, village, or county can apply to the land account if it has no viable alternative to using forest preserve land for specified health and safety purposes. These purposes are (1) to address bridge hazards or safety on specified highways; (2) to eliminate the hazards of dangerous curves and grades on specified highways; (3) to relocate, reconstruct, and maintain highways; and (4) for water wells and necessary related accessories located within 530 feet of a specified highway, where needed to meet drinking water quality standards. The State will acquire 250 acres to add to the forest preserve to replace the land placed in the health and safety land account, subject to approval by the Legislature.

Second, the proposed amendment will allow bicycle paths and types of public utility lines to be located within the widths of specified highways that cross forest preserve land. The work on the bicycle paths and utility lines must minimize the removal of trees and vegetation. The proposed amendment will allow a stabilization device (such as a guy wire) for an existing utility pole to be located near the width of a highway when necessary to ensure public health and safety and when no other viable option exists. The proposed amendment prohibits the construction of a new intrastate gas or oil pipeline that did not receive necessary state and local permits and approvals by June 1, 2016.

Washington county would be one of the counties eligible to use the Proposal 3 land bank.

A “yes” vote supporting this amendment would: create a 250-acre land bank, which would allow local governments to request state Forest Preserve land for qualifying projects in exchange for the state adding 250 new acres to the preserve; and allow bike paths, sewer lines, and utility lines within the width of highways on preserve land.

A “no” vote opposes this amendment to:
create a 250-acre state Forest Preserve land bank; and allow bike paths, sewer lines, and utility lines within the width of highways on preserve land.

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Megan Kennelly and Greg Leonardi Married in Huletts

October 5th, 2017 · Comments Off

Megan Kennelly and Greg Leonardi

Congratulations to Megan Kennelly and Greg Leonardi who were married on Saturday, September 23, 2017 in Huletts Landing.

Many relatives and friends of the large Lancaster/Kennelly and Leonardi families were able to attend. The happy couple exchanged their vows on the point, which once contained the original dock for Huletts Landing. A lively and fun reception followed at the HLPOCA Pavilion. The dance floor was filled with family and friends.

The sun shined brightly throughout the afternoon and the reception continued into the night where the couple danced their first dance on the beautiful shores of Lake George and finished the night by jumping off the dock, gown and all.

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Casino’s Columbus Day Weekend Schedule

October 1st, 2017 · Comments Off

For the Columbus Day weekend, the Casino will be open from 9 pm to close on Friday and Saturday nights. .

The Halloween party will happen on Saturday night, beginning around 10:00 pm. DJ, Paul Ferguson, will be taking music requests. Come early in your best costume and enjoy the party. ;-)

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Saturday Quote

September 30th, 2017 · Comments Off

“Good and evil both increase at compound interest. That is why the little decisions you and I make every day are of such infinite importance. The smallest good act today is the capture of a strategic point from which, a few months later, you may be able to go on to victories you never dreamed of. An apparently trivial indulgence in lust or anger today is the loss of a ridge or railway line or bridgehead from which the enemy may launch an attack otherwise impossible.”

C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

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August Dresden Town Board Meeting Minutes

September 29th, 2017 · Comments Off

The minutes from the August 2017 Dresden Town Board meeting 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.

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