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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 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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Whitehall Native Codie Bascue Heading to Olympics

January 27th, 2018 · Comments Off

The 2018 Winter Olympics will be starting soon and Whitehall native, Codie Bascue, will be driving the bobsled.

Read more in the Whitehall Times.

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Saturday Quote

January 20th, 2018 · Comments Off

Two Horses – Author Unknown

Just up the road from my home is a field, with two horses in it. From a distance, each horse looks like any other horse.

But if you get a closer look you will notice something quite interesting…

One of the horses is blind.

His owner has chosen not to have him put down, but has made him a safe and comfortable barn to live in.

This alone is pretty amazing.

But if you stand nearby and listen, you will hear the sound of a bell. It is coming from a smaller horse in the field.

Attached to the horse’s halter is a small, copper-colored bell. It lets the blind friend know where the other horse is, so he can follow.

As you stand and watch these two friends you’ll see that the horse with the bell is always checking on the blind horse, and that the blind horse will listen for the bell and then slowly walk to where the other horse is, trusting he will not be led astray.

When the horse with the bell returns to the shelter of the barn each evening, he will stop occasionally to look back, making sure that the blind friend isn’t too far behind to hear the bell.

Like the owners of these two horses, God does not throw us away just because we are not perfect. Or because we have problems or challenges.

He watches over us and even brings others into our lives to help us when we are in need.

Sometimes we are the blind horse, being guided by the little ringing bell of those who God places in our lives.

And at other times we are the guide horse, helping others to find their way.

Good friends are like that – you might not always see them, but you know they are there.
Please be kinder than necessary – everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.

For we walk by faith and not by sight!!

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LGPC 2017 Boat Inspection Report Released

January 15th, 2018 · Comments Off

The Lake George Park Commission has released the 2017 Boat Inspection report for Lake George. It’s a very interesting read with numbers of boats inspected as well as types of invasive species caught before they could enter the lake. (Click the image above to read the entire report.)

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LGLC Conserves Land on East Brook, Protecting Water Quality

January 11th, 2018 · Comments Off

East Brook, one of Lake George’s ten largest tributaries, flows through a property recently protected by the LGLC in the Town of Lake George. Photo Credit: LGLC (Click to see full-scale.)

The Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) has protected sensitive property in the Town of Lake George along the main branch of East Brook, one of the top ten tributaries of Lake George. The 12-acre property contains over 500 feet of stream corridor and riparian area as well as several acres of wetlands that help to naturally protect water quality.

Located on the west side of Bloody Pond Rd, the heavily wooded property abuts Lake George Elementary School land. Some of the land was zoned as High Density Residential and the topography would have allowed up to five homes right on East Brook. Although the LGLC is not anti-development, the protection of this sensitive land for the benefit of water quality made it a high conservation priority.

There is clear evidence of soil erosion from storm water coming off of I-87 and neighboring roadways. The LGLC is partnering with Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) to assess the property and define steps that can be taken to improve the condition of the stream and reduce further erosion.

“The 12 acre property the that the Lake George Land Conservancy recently purchased is an interesting piece,” explained Jim Lieberum, district manager of the Warren County SWCD, “as it has both the main stem and a tributary located on it. The property is heavily forested and has some impressive hemlock, white pine, ash and sugar maples scattered throughout. Walking the site reveals that there have been impacts to the streams and their channels as eroding banks and collapsed trees are found in various sections of the streams. I believe that some maintenance of the site is plausible to stabilize the affected sections, but a review upstream of the areas is warranted to ensure what is done will be lasting and compliments the conservation efforts on this parcel.”

The property was owned by the McPhillips family, who desired to see the land protected. They generously agreed to sell the land to the LGLC below the property’s appraised value through what’s called a bargain sale.

“We are so grateful to the McPhillips family,” said LGLC Executive Director Jamie Brown, “both for their generosity in selling the land to us through a bargain sale as well as their conservation ethic and wonderful stewardship of this land over the years. This is a model conservation project—we had a generous and willing landowner, an important conservation property, enthusiastic and excited supporters, and a really exciting game plan as to what we will be doing with the property in the future, which is bringing people onto the land to understand why it was important to protect, the role that it plays in protecting the lake, and just to get them out and see a beautiful spot.”

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November Dresden Town Board Meeting Minutes

January 4th, 2018 · Comments Off

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

November Minutes

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

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Happy New Year

January 1st, 2018 · Comments Off

Welcome 2018! I hope that everyone had an enjoyable, and safe evening last night, and that 2018 brings you much happiness and prosperity.

The weather was pretty cold in Huletts last night, around -25 degrees below zero, but hopefully you were someplace warm.

So once again, Happy New Year to everyone, and please continue reading the Huletts Current. 2018, I’m sure, will be an exciting year.

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Top News Story of Huletts: 2017

December 31st, 2017 · Comments Off

Huletts Landing Volunteer Fire Company members responding to the truck rollover accident the morning of September 15th.

Well here it is – the end of 2017. While all the major media outlets are recapping the big events of the past year, I like to move into the new year by taking one last look back at what I consider the top “news” story of Huletts Landing from this past year. This year instead of one unique event, there were several stories – that all made the top 10 posts of the previous year – that highlight something special that I feel deserves spotlighting.

When I looked back at the most read posts on the Huletts Current this past year, I noticed a trend in some of the stories that highlighted something quite special.

Whether it was pictures of the Huletts Landing Volunteer Fire Company’s response to the September 15th Truck Rollover (#1), to a rescue on Black Mountain (#3), or the HLVFC’s Practicing an Ice Drill (#6), or pictures from the 2016 HLVFC Christmas Party (#7), or highlighting the third annual Firemen’s Appreciation Dinner (#8), or even learning from the Fire Chief about a big bang on Bluff Head this past summer (#10), the Huletts Landing Volunteer Fire Company played the biggest role in our community this past year in almost every major story. That’s unique and worth highlighting.

The many brave men and women who serve us in Huletts Landing are a blessing to our community. Here they hiked to the top of black mountain to assist a hiker who had fallen.

So for 2017, I’ve selected: the dedication and hard-work of the Huletts Landing Volunteer Fire Company in protecting us all, as the: Top News Story of Huletts Landing for 2017. Without the Huletts Landing Volunteer Fire Company and the dedication of its many volunteers, this year could have seen numerous disasters of fatalities in Huletts – but we didn’t – because of the many dedicated volunteers who serve us so faithfully.

There were many other instances, not included in the stories highlighted above, where their dedication protected us all. There was the day when phone and internet service went down that the HLVFC manned the firehouse with two way radio communication to the outside world, their weekly drills during the summer take valuable time away from their member’s vacations, and last but not least on every call they respond to – they put their lives on the line – whether it be from downed power lines, fire and/or explosions.

Many of us take for granted that when there is an emergency – they show up. However, there’s a lot of planning and hard work before the “showing up” part. There’s budgeting, training, keeping the equipment ready, drilling and more drilling, as well as communication between members and other departments in Washington County. I could go on and on. The “showing up” just doesn’t happen. It happens because of hard work and true dedication.

So for 2017, the Top News Story of Huletts Landing is: the dedication and hard-work of the the Huletts Landing Volunteer Fire Company in protecting us all. If you have a chance to say thank you to one of their members or to make a donation, please do so – because they deserve it! Many thanks for their service to us all.

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Bits of Everything

December 30th, 2017 · Comments Off

WCAX TV – Lake George Patrol Officers to be Armed Next Year
That’s right. They’ll be carrying guns now.

The Adirondack Explorer: Grant to Help Salt Runoff and Invasives in Lake George Basin
With the cold, comes salt and it’s harmful effect on the environment. Now a grant seeks to combat this.

NY Post: Snowy Owls being Tracked as they Head South
They have been seen in Huletts. Learn more here.

North Country Public Radio: 50-55 Below Zero Possible on Some Adirondack Summits this Week
No fooling around with cold this cold.

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Now for Some History: Late 50′s / Early 60′s

December 28th, 2017 · Comments Off

Golf tournament winners with their trophy’s circa late 1950′s or early 1960′s. (Click images to see full-scale.)

Update: Thanks to the many people who responded that the two men on the left in the picture above are George Sherger (father) & George Sherger (son). Also pictured together below.

If you recognize any of the people in either of these photos, I would appreciate hearing from you.

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