The Huletts Current

News & Opinion About Huletts Landing, N.Y.

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Now for Some History: 1950′s

January 30th, 2017 · Comments Off

Entering Huletts Landing in the winter. Circa 1950′s.

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Fort Ticonderoga Receives Grant from International Paper for Shoreline Buffer Garden

January 29th, 2017 · Comments Off

Fort Ticonderoga’s historic 1826 Pell home, the Pavilion, with the garden behind it. (Photo Credit: Carl Heilman II – Click to see larger image.)

The Ticonderoga International Paper Foundation has recently awarded Fort Ticonderoga a grant supporting a shoreline buffer garden designed to educate visitors on how native plants prevent erosion, provide a buffer on the Lake Champlain shore, and promote pollination. Specifically, the $1500 grant will be used to purchase the plants, compost, and mulch for the shoreline buffer garden, and for the development and installation of interpretive signage. The garden will be open to the public beginning in May 2017.

“Fort Ticonderoga is grateful to the International Paper Foundation and to our partners at the International Paper Mill at Ticonderoga for their support,” said Beth Hill, Fort Ticonderoga’s President and CEO. “The grant provides important funding for our horticultural program to create and interpret the new garden. We look forward to this opportunity to highlight our shared commitment to Lake Champlain’s regional environmental goals of land preservation and water quality.”

The shoreline buffer garden will be located at the entrance of the newly installed Fort Ticonderoga dock. Beautifully situated in front of the historic 1826 Pell home, the Pavilion, the garden sits between the sweeping Pavilion front lawn and the stunning natural beauty of Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains.

The new garden is an addition to a $350,000 waterfront recreation and maritime project that was completed in 2016. Fort Ticonderoga acquired the 60 ft M/V Carillon tour boat in 2015. Boat tours embark from the 200 ft dock, which was installed in the summer of 2016. Daily tours, charters, and sunset cruises carry guests onto the historic waters of Lake Champlain from May through October.

“From the top of Mount Defiance, to the fort and the gardens, and onto Lake Champlain, Ticonderoga is the transformative American history experience that provides an unmatched combination of grand, immersive storytelling and breathtaking scenic beauty,” said Hill.

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Saturday Quote

January 21st, 2017 · Comments Off

“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.”

John Wooden

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Video: How to survive a fall through frozen ice

January 19th, 2017 · Comments Off

I don’t know if we’ll get any this year, but here is a great video of how to survive falling through the ice.

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Please Buy Postage in Huletts

January 14th, 2017 · Comments Off

A postage paid order form to buy stamps by mail from the Huletts Post Office.

OK, so while things are very quiet in Huletts right now, there is one constant of activity on the Landing. The Huletts Post Office. So if you’re going to be “in town” for a long weekend or even if you’re not, please consider purchasing your postage from the Post Office.

One thing we can all do, (even if you are not in Huletts) is to buy postage from our local Post Office. Ordering stamps by mail is a great way to support the Huletts Post Office. It’s free and incredibly easy. The order form comes in a return postage paid envelope and the stamps arrive at your door within a few days. It’s that simple and it helps.

If you don’t have a pre-addressed envelope, you can just write your order on a piece of paper and mail a check to:

Huletts Post Office
962 County Route 6
Huletts Landing, NY 12841-9998

It helps to have a Post Office in Huletts, so please support it.

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December Dresden Town Board Meeting Minutes

January 11th, 2017 · Comments Off

The minutes from the December 2016 Dresden Town Board meetings were recently approved and have been posted on the town’s website.

December Minutes

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

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Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) Officially Sworn In

January 3rd, 2017 · Comments Off

Rep. Elise Stefanik being sworn in by Speaker Paul Ryan. (Click image to see full-scale.)

Tuesday, January 3, 2017, Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) was officially sworn in to represent New York’s 21st district in the U.S. House of Representatives in the 115th Congress.

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President Taft’s Visit to Fort Ticonderoga focus of Fort Fever Series Program January 8th

January 2nd, 2017 · Comments Off

President Taft speaks at Fort Ticonderoga during his visit on July 6, 1909.

Fort Ticonderoga’s “Fort Fever Series” begins on Sunday, January 8th, at 2 p.m. with “President Taft Comes to Ticonderoga,” presented by Director of Education, Rich Strum. Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased at the door; Fort Ticonderoga Members are admitted free of cost. The program will take place at the Mars Education Center.

“William Howard Taft is the only sitting President of the United States to visit Fort Ticonderoga. Taft’s visit came early in his term, July 6, 1909, as part of the week-long Champlain Tercentenary Celebrations throughout the Champlain Valley,” said Rich Strum Fort Ticonderoga Director of Education. “The early restoration work at Fort Ticonderoga, undertaken by museum founders Stephen and Sarah Pell, was underway, and the President was given a tour of the work by Sarah Pell. Thousands attended the day-long event on the Ticonderoga peninsula. Learn about the advance planning, the scope of the celebration, and the details of Taft’s visit.”Rich Strum is the Director of Education at Fort Ticonderoga, serving as the Project Director for the Fort Ticonderoga Teacher Institute. He is managing Editor of The Bulletin of the Fort Ticonderoga Museum and the North Country Coordinator for New York State History Day.

The “Fort Fever Series” is just one of several programs taking place at Fort Ticonderoga this winter and early spring. Clothing and Accoutrement Workshops are offered March 11 & 12 and April 8 & 9. Fort Ticonderoga presents living history events January 21st (1757 Battle on Snowshoes), February 18th (1775 British Garrison at Ticonderoga), and March 25th (Four Divisions formed at Fort Carillon; Rigaud’s Attack of Fort William Henry). The Sixth Annual Garden & Landscape Symposium will be held on April 8th. You can learn more about these programs by visiting Some programs require advanced registration.

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Top News Story of Huletts: 2016

December 30th, 2016 · Comments Off

Washington County highway department workers placing the new deck on the 6B bridge in Huletts Landing during June 2016. (Click image to see full-scale.)

Since I’ve been writing here on the Huletts Current, I’ve gotten in the habit of recapping at the end of the year what I consider to be the top news story of Huletts Landing from the past year. This is sometimes obvious, sometimes it is not. A lot happened this past year but the story that stood out to me, and was obvious to all in the Landing, was the county replacing the entire 6B bridge.

This work started in the Spring, continued into the Summer and was not finally completed until the Fall. The old bridge was entirely removed, the abutments were re-poured and a new deck and railings were added. The construction even impacted the water line to the golf course for a few weeks.

So for 2016, I’ve selected the rebuilding of the Washington County 6B bridge, as the: Top News Story of Huletts for 2016.

(Click images to see larger view.)

So for me, 2016 will ultimately be remembered as the year that the infrastructure in the center of the Landing was vastly improved even if it meant some minor inconveniences getting around. It took some time but hopefully it will last!

Now on to 2017!

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Now for Some History: 1919

December 29th, 2016 · Comments Off

The NY State Archives has an image in their collection of William C. Noble, fire observer, sitting in the doorway of a wooden shack used for observing the outbreak of forest fires on Black Mountain in 1919. It can be enlarged to see full-scale.

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Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays

December 25th, 2016 · Comments Off

To celebrate Christmas, I offer you a poem by J.R.R. Tolkien, most famous for his work The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. This and another of Tolkien’s poems were uncovered in 2013 by researchers in England. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas.

NOEL by J. R. R. Tolkien

Grim was the world and grey last night:
The moon and stars were fled,
The hall was dark without song or light,
The fires were fallen dead.
The wind in the trees was like to the sea,
And over the mountains’ teeth
It whistled bitter-cold and free,
As a sword leapt from its sheath.

The lord of snows upreared his head;
His mantle long and pale
Upon the bitter blast was spread
And hung o’er hill and dale.
The world was blind, the boughs were bent,
All ways and paths were wild:
Then the veil of cloud apart was rent,
And here was born a Child.

The ancient dome of heaven sheer
Was pricked with distant light;
A star came shining white and clear
Alone above the night.
In the dale of dark in that hour of birth
One voice on a sudden sang:
Then all the bells in Heaven and Earth
Together at midnight rang.

Mary sang in this world below:
They heard her song arise
O’er mist and over mountain snow
To the walls of Paradise,
And the tongue of many bells was stirred
in Heaven’s towers to ring
When the voice of mortal maid was heard,
That was mother of Heaven’s King.

Glad is the world and fair this night
With stars about its head,
And the hall is filled with laughter and light,
And fires are burning red.
The bells of Paradise now ring
With bells of Christendom,
And Gloria, Gloria we will sing
That God on earth is come.

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Video: Disney’s the Most Magical Time of Year

December 24th, 2016 · Comments Off

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Dresden Christmas Party Enjoyed by Many

December 19th, 2016 · Comments Off

Mrs. and Mr. Santa Claus (played by Town Councilman John Barber, Jr.) with the Honorable Jack Eggleston.

Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus came early this year to the 2016 Dresden holiday party on Saturday because so many children have been good in Dresden this year. A large crowd attended and enjoyed the festivities.

Linda Barber (left – above picture) who every year works diligently to make this party happen, including going out and purchasing the presents, drinks, and whatever else is needed, making sure the Town Hall is set up, and lastly, bringing Santa to the Party.

The Honorable Town Justice Jack Eggleston, (center – above picture) (who every year somehow manages to get a room full of parents and kids to enjoy the festivities including cookies and juices, reads the “Twas’ the Night Before Christmas”, leads the singing of Christmas Carols and introduces Santa Claus. This Christmas, Mrs. Claus came to the party as well.

Julie Barber, (right – above picture) wife of Councilman, John Barber, Jr. and part-owner of Apple Hill Orchards, who managed to help Mrs. Claus give Santa the presents for the kids (Mrs. Claus is getting so old, she had a hard time remembering which child got which toy) plus, Julie also jumped back and took pictures of each child with Santa.

Some of the decorations.

Mrs. Santa Claus, (portrayed by Helen Goodwin) when the original Mrs. Claus could not get to the annual Dresden Christmas party due to the inclement weather, stands with the presents given to the children at the party.

Reading of “The Night Before Christmas.”

Town Councilman Allen Wilbur with wife (and Town Clerk) Marcie Wilbur and their grandchildren.

Children who won door prizes received a 2016 Teddy Bear with $$ in a card and adults received a gift certificate to Historic Grounds restaurant in Whitehall in a Christmas coffee mug.

Many thanks to those who made this party such a huge success!!

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Saturday Song: ‘All I Want for Christmas’ Carpool Karaoke

December 17th, 2016 · Comments Off

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