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Turkey season starts May 1

By PETE KLEIN Express News Staff HAMILTON COUNTY—The season for hunting turkeys starts May 1 in all of upstate New York, including Hamilton County, where the big birds are often seen alongside the roads. According to the Department of Environmental Conservation, the most successful turkey hunters use a variety of calls (e.g., box calls, slate calls, mouth calls) to bring a bird within gun range (usually 30 yards or less). Head-to-toe camouflage helps hunters to stay undetected prior to th ...
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Cameron Orr wins contest

Cameron Orr, son of Tom Orr formerly of Wells, won the National Hoop Shoot Contest held in Chicago. He competed against nine other regional champions.  He made 24 of 25 free throw shots for the win. It is the fourth time he shot 24 of 25 throws during this hoop shoot season. He made 140 of 150 shots in the past six competitions in the Elks Hoop Shoot Competition.  Orr’s name will be engraved on a plaque at the Basketball National Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. 

DEC announces there were no fatal hunting accidents in 2015

2015 is the first year in decades without a reported fatality, marks growing trend of improved hunter safety The 2015 New York hunting season proved to be one of the safest on record and yielded the first year without a hunting-related shooting fatality since the 1950s, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Acting Commissioner Basil Seggos announced today. DEC’s 2015 Hunting Safety Statistics report highlighted a total of only 23 hunting incidents, the third lowest ...
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Second largest bear harvest announced

ALBANY — Forty-seven bears were taken in Hamilton County during the 2015 hunting seasons. Across, the state, hunters took 1,715 black bears, the second largest bear harvest on record, state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Acting Commissioner Basil Seggos announced on April 4. Only the 2003 harvest (1,863) surpassed the 2015 year’s take. “Our bear population is flourishing in New York State, providing increased opportunities for hunters and wildlife watchers alike ...

Columns

Microsoft ‘Support’ / Is Windows XP really obsolete?

By PETE NEWELL For the Express Microsoft discontinued extended support for Windows XP two years ago. In reality, other than Windows Updates, the average Windows user never had much support available directly from Microsoft. Virtually everyone buys a computer with Windows preinstalled. This means you have an OEM Windows license and support (if any) is provided by the computer manufacturer, not Microsoft. If you want support directly from Microsoft, you need to have a support contract or pay for ...

The way things were by Anne Weaver

About the week of April 28th, 1968, At HAMILTON COUNTY, the Hamilton County Public Health Committee met at Schultz Inn (formerly Buck’s) Speculator with Dr. R. P. Alderman, chairman, presiding. Mrs. Simons, Public Health Nurse, gave her report showing clinics throughout the county and the conferences she attended. At LAKE PLEASANT, Camp Agaming, the YMCA resident camp at Lake Pleasant, which ceased operations in 1965 after many years, was sold April 16 to Adirondack Sports Camps, Inc. The ...

Hamilton County hunters harvest fewer deer in 2015 by Dick Nelson

New York state deer hunters killed an estimated 202,973 deer during the 2015-16 hunting seasons, which was 15 percent lower than the previous year. Of that number 103,401 were antlerless deer and 99,572 were antlered bucks.  Statewide, this represents a 20.5 percent decline in the antlerless deer harvest and an 8.3 percent decline in the buck kill, all of which confirms what hunters were saying throughout the season. Here in the Northern Zone, hunters harvested a total of 23,589, with gun h ...

Homeland Security: Beware of ransomware

By Pete Newell For the Express   The Department of Homeland Security recently released an alert regarding ransomware, in light of the appearance of new variants that have been causing serious problems. Ransomware is a category of malware that infects computers and restricts user access until a ransom is paid. In some cases the malware may display a screen saying your computer has been locked by the FBI or IRS until you pay a “fine”.  In others it shows what appears to be an ...

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Where to write

U.S. SENATORS Charles Schumer Leo O’Brien Bldg. Room 420 Albany NY 12207 (518) 431-4070 (518) 431-4076 fax www.schumer.senate.gov/ senator@schumer.senate.gov Kirsten Gillibrand Leo W. O’Brien Office Bldg. 11A Clinton Ave. Room 821 Albany NY 12207 (518) 431-0120 (518) 431-0128 fax www.gillibrand.senate.gov/ Senator@gillibrand.senate.gov U.S. REPRESENTATIVE 21st Congressional District Elise Stefanik 136 Glen St. Glens Falls NY 12801 518-743-0964 518-743-1391 fax https://stefanik.hous ...

Economic development investment secured, but more freedom needed for growth by Assemblyman Marc W. Butler

Over the past few weeks, I gave an overview of the state budget and discussed the portions that impact agriculture. This week I’d like to review some of the economic development investments that I voted for in the budget. Last year, the Mohawk Valley and North Country were shortchanged by the governor’s Upstate Revitalization Initiative, which was more like the Hunger Games than a thoughtful economic development program. This year I had the opportunity to correct the disparity in fun ...

Downstate Democrats send mixed signals to family farmers in budget by Assemblyman Marc W. Butler

Last week I gave an overview of the budget and how the closed and secretive process resulted in a spending plan that falls short of truly serving the needs of New Yorkers, especially upstate. It was a budget I could not fully support and I split my votes between the various bills. This week I’d like to touch on how the budget will impact our family farmers. Agriculture is a powerhouse in New York that drives much of the upstate rural economy, contributing roughly $6 billion in sales. Famil ...

Cards of Thanks

Thank you for participating in Bicentennial launch To the Editor: I’d like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to all who participated in the Hamilton County Bicentennial launch on April 12, and especially to our schools, churches, historical societies, community groups and individuals who organized bell-ringing events across the county or attended our Birthday Party at the courthouse on such a blustery April day. The celebratory images contributed to Bicentennial website are a testament to ...

Police Reports

Police Report - 03/10/2016

LAKE PLEASANT—A Speculator man is facing two counts of first degree rape. John K. Martz, 23, was arrested in the Town of Lake Pleasant on March 3 by the Hamilton County Sheriff and charged with two counts of first degree rap ...

Police Report - 02/25/2016

INDIAN LAKE--An Indian Lake woman faces three criminal charges after an incident Sunday night, Feb. 14, in which another person’s property was damaged. Allisa C. Blanchard, 24, was arrested Sunday night after an investigatio ...

Police Report - 02/11/2016

• On Feb. 6, at 11:51 p.m., an officer from the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department contacted DEC Central Dispatch reporting two missing snowmobilers. A 23-year-old man from Fishkill and an 18-year-old man from Poughqu ...

Police Reports - 02/04/2016

• Tuesday, Jan. 26, at 4:04 pm, Gary E. Cotton of Little Falls was injured in a snowmobile accident in the Town of Lake Pleasant. Cotton was traveling across Sacandaga Lake when his front ski of his 2006 Arctic Cat Snowmobile ...
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