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LGLC Receives Grant for Land and Water Protection

April 27th, 2017 · Comments Off

Photo of beaver pond in Putnam; its protection has been supported by the Conservation Partnership Program grant awarded to the LGLC.

The Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) has been awarded a $40,000 grant from the 2017 Conservation Partnership Program, administered by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Land Trust Alliance. The LGLC was one of 58 nonprofit land trusts across New York State to receive grants, totaling $1.8 million.

The grant funds will be used towards the cost of protecting a 72-acre beaver pond in Putnam, purchased by the LGLC in 2016. The property’s extensive wetlands are crucial for protecting the water quality of Lake George as well as provide high quality habitat for wildlife and migratory avian species. This land is also part of the LGLC’s overall plan to expand the existing trail system to connect the Gull Bay Preserve and Last Great Shoreline to the Anthony’s Nose Preserve and beyond.

“We are once again grateful to the Land Trust Alliance and the DEC for supporting our efforts to protect Lake George through the Conservation Partnership Program,” said LGLC Executive Director Jamie Brown. “Protecting ponds and wetlands such as these in Putnam are crucial to protecting the renowned waters of Lake George clean and beautiful.”

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Fort Ticonderoga 2017 Season Begins Saturday, May 6th

April 25th, 2017 · Comments Off

Spend the day at Fort Ticonderoga, rain or shine May 6-October 29. Special events and programs are offered throughout the year. (Photo Credit: Copyright Fort Ticonderoga, Photographer: Carl Heilman II)

Experience Fort Ticonderoga on land and water during the 2017 season, beginning on Saturday, May 6. Fort Ticonderoga is a historic site, museum, and family destination that encourages visitors to build their perfect adventure in America’s most historic landscape. Every day is an event at Fort Ticonderoga and every year is a new experience. It is the only site in the world that tells a new story each year through dynamic historical interpretation. This year is 1757, the year made famous by the novel “Last of the Mohicans.” Visitors will discover the real story of 1757 as they step into Fort Carillon (later named Ticonderoga) bustling with activity with French soldiers, native warriors, and cannon preparing to take the fight for New France all the way up Lake George to British-held territory.

The daily experience will bring to life this epic story through new programs and museum exhibits, living history weekends, special events, breathtaking gardens, daily boat tours aboard M/V Carillon, Mount Defiance, hands-on family activities, hiking trails, and more!

“Fort Ticonderoga is a must-see destination, a center of learning, and an interactive, multi-faceted experience,” said Beth Hill, President and CEO. “It’s exploring the beautiful gardens, finding adventure in our events, marching with the Fife and Drum Corps, and learning about a historic trade. It’s a visit through the reconstructed fort, a stroll overlooking Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains of Vermont, and an afternoon in our exhibit galleries exploring our premier collections. Fort Ticonderoga is the one place in America that tells the complex international story of the origins of the nation’s military and its role in the founding of the United States.”

Fort Ticonderoga is open daily from May 6 through October 29, 2017 from 9:30 am until 5:00 pm. Special events and programs are offered throughout the year. General admission tickets can be purchased online at or on site at the admissions booth upon entry. Members of Fort Ticonderoga and Ticonderoga Resident Ambassador Pass holders are admitted free of charge. Combination tickets for admission and Carillon boat cruises are available. Two-day admission tickets are available at a discounted rate.

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Seven Candidates to Run for Five School Board Seats

April 20th, 2017 · Comments Off

Seven candidates have filed to run for the five school board seats up for election this year in the Whitehall Central School District. Those candidates are:

James Brooks
Chris Dudley
Jason Hoagland
Richard LaChappelle
Michele Redmond
Virginia Rivette
Roxanne Waters

More to come.

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Friends, Visitors and Guests

April 18th, 2017 · Comments Off

Some visitors to Huletts circa the 1990?s.

With Easter behind us and the weather getting warmer, many people are beginning to think about returning to Huletts. We sometimes forget all those talented guests and friends we have visiting us and our neighbors in the summer. I’m beginning to work on the speaker series for the Friends of Historic Huletts Landing as well as planning other acts and performers who would be a good fit for the Casino. So if you have any guests with unique talents who would make for an interesting speaker or show, please consider letting me know. You never know who might be visiting next door.

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Congresswoman Stefanik Visits Afghanistan

April 18th, 2017 · Comments Off

Congresswoman Stefanik with servicemen in Afghanistan.

This weekend Congresswoman Stefanik returned from a bipartisan Congressional Delegation visit to Afghanistan and the Middle East. As the Chair of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, this was an important opportunity for the Congressional delegation to conduct oversight of the policy, strategy, and resource issues associated with Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq/Syria and Operation Resolute Support in Afghanistan.

Among the briefings and meetings, the delegation met with the Commander of all U.S. Special Operations Forces in Iraq and Syria for full updates on current and future operations to counter ISIS, including partnering engagements and operations with the units from the Iraqi Army and the Syrian Democratic Forces.

This trip was also a special opportunity to visit with the brave men and women in uniform deployed in this region. Congresswoman Stefanik had the opportunity to visit many constituents from our district, including servicemen and women from Greenwich, Plattsburgh, Star Lake, Schuylerville, Turin, Saranac Lake, Saratoga, Wilton, Cambridge, South Glens Falls, Lake George and Massena.

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March Dresden Town Board Meeting Minutes

April 17th, 2017 · Comments Off

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

March Minutes

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

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Happy Easter

April 16th, 2017 · Comments Off

This morning’s Gospel reading is John 20:1–9:

On the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning, while it was still dark, and saw the stone removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them, “They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don’t know where they put him.” So Peter and the other disciple went out and came to the tomb. They both ran, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter and arrived at the tomb first; he bent down and saw the burial cloths there, but did not go in. When Simon Peter arrived after him, he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there, and the cloth that had covered his head, not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place. Then the other disciple also went in, the one who had arrived at the tomb first, and he saw and believed. For they did not yet understand the Scripture that he had to rise from the dead.

Crown Him With Many Crowns – Fountainview Orchestra and Singers

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

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Good Friday 2017

April 14th, 2017 · Comments Off

Christ Crowned with Thorns
Hendrick ter Brugghen 1620

“Christ is shown with his head down, quietly suffering in the forecourt of Pilate’s palace, surrounded by jeering soldiers.

The scene depicts one of the torments that Christ was subjected to on the long Friday that ended in his death upon the Cross. Mockingly he has been called the King of the Jews, and now his tormentors have crowned him with thorns and wrapped him in a scarlet cloak to indicate his kingly stature.

One of the soldiers kneels before Christ in mock humility, handing him a stick in lieu of a sceptre.”

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Palm Sunday 2017

April 9th, 2017 · Comments Off

Entry into Jerusalem
Pieter Coecke van Aelst
circa 1530 and 1535
From the collection of Bonnefantenmuseum

“In the foreground, several figures are cheering Christ on his entry into Jerusalem on a donkey. The Mount of Olives, where Jesus and his disciples have come from, can be seen in the distance. The painting gives a very lively impression. The movement in the composition, along with the abundance of human figures and the bright, fresh colours, creates an exuberant whole. A striking element of this painting is the unusual contortions of the figures. The architecture of the city wall works like a sort of stage set for the scene in the foreground. The bright colours are characteristic of the wings of a large retable, as the pictures had to be seen and understood from a great distance by people who were mostly illiterate.”

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New Book about John Apperson Coming in May

April 4th, 2017 · Comments Off

The cover of John Apperson’s Lake George by Ellen Apperson Brown.

A new book is coming in May 2017 from Arcadia Publishing entitled; John Apperson’s Lake George by Ellen Apperson Brown ( ISBN: 9781467124768 $21.99 | 128pp. | paperback ). The book focuses on the efforts of noted Lake George preservationist and conservationist, John S. Apperson Jr. (1878 – 1963).

In 1900, Apperson, a young man from Virginia, began working for General Electric in Schenectady. He discovered Lake George one summer while attending a boat race, and thus began his lifelong love affair with the magnificent scenery. He and his friends discovered the joys of island camping – of cooking over an open fire, trying out unfamiliar winter sports (skate sailing and skiing), and paddling a canoe in gale force winds.

Apperson devoted his energy and resources to saving the land from various threats. Apperson launched a two-pronged strategy, promoting Lake George for its recreational potential while recruiting people to help repair the shores of islands. Among other things, he started a campaign to start hauling rocks and building walls around the islands to protect them from erosion (a technique called riprapping).

He would earn the respect of leading politicians, philanthropists, and journalists, including George Foster Peabody, New York governor Al Smith, and Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. His actions brought him into open conflict with powerful adversaries, too.

John Apperson hauling rocks to riprap around the islands of Lake George. (Circa 1920)

For those who are familiar with the mid-section of Lake George, the story also touches on the efforts of a few determined people along with Apperson, who worked to add Tongue Mountain, Paradise Bay, Black Mountain Point, and the islands in the Narrows to the holdings of New York state, and which are now protected by New York’s constitution.

The author, Ellen Apperson Brown, grew up hearing colorful stories about “Appy,” her father’s favorite uncle. After many years of scholarly research, she has become a leading authority on his life and accomplishments. Most of the images are from her personal collection or from the Kelly Adirondack Research Center, Union College.

The book’s publication date is – May 15, 2017.

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Whitehall School Board: February Meeting Minutes

April 3rd, 2017 · Comments Off

The minutes for the February school board meeting of the Whitehall Central School district were recently finalized. Here is a link to the February minutes.

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Five School Board Seats Up for Election This Year

April 3rd, 2017 · Comments Off

Five school board seats will be up for election in 2017. School board President, Jeremy Putorti resigned in March, making a four-year seat available. Two other current members, James Brooks and Samantha Kingsley, will have their terms end this year. Those seats are three-year terms. Two two-year terms will also be up for a vote as Anthony Scrimo passed away and Any Austin resigned in 2016. Petitions of those seeking these seats must be returned to the district clerk by April 17th no later than 5:00 pm.

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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Back in Business

April 3rd, 2017 · Comments Off

If you’ve been trying to access the Huletts Current over the last few days, you received all types of error messages. I appreciate all those who emailed me about this. I apologize for the interruption in service. The database which stores the posts and the server which interactively serves the pages were not working together as they should have. I am hopeful that the issue has now been corrected. Thank you for your patience.

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Huletts Landing Volunteer Fire Department Practices Ice Drill

March 23rd, 2017 · Comments Off

The Huletts Landing Volunteer Fire Company was able to test their new reach and rescue pole recently on the ice on Lake George. It extends from 9 to 60 feet long. Here it is being tested at the Marina.

A simulated ice rescue drill was done recently by the the Huletts Landing Volunteer Fire Department. Below are pictures from the day’s training.

A “person in the water” was dragged toward solid ice.

The fearless volunteer got a bit cold even with his protective gear on.

The “drowning person” was saved successfully.

All in all – a very good training day for our Huletts volunteers.

Many thanks to Fire Chief, Jay VanderPlaat, for coordinating this training as well as all the volunteers who made the day a success.

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