To the editor,
As most Village of Speculator residents have probably heard, the Village Board made an offer on the former office building of Sunmount on Rt. 8 owned by Mr. Ryan.
The offer for $210,000 was accepted contingent on a building inspection. The present Village Hall is in need of many repairs; just from a casual look at the Ryan building, it does also. I am totally opposed to this purchase.
A quick check with a well-known supplier of modular buildings in the area reveals that a heavy-duty commercial grade building, with our layout inside, could be purchased for about $100,000. I believe a four-foot foundation could be done for less than $20,000 for a total of about $120,000.
We have an existing lot to put it on. We would save $90,000 and have a brand new (instead of over 30 year old) building.
In this age of pinching pennies, I think this would be the smartest move.
I don’t believe the Village Hall will fall down in the near future, so what’s the big rush?
Robert H. Hoffman, trustee
Village of Speculator
Thanks for the help
To the editor,
On behalf of the Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce we thank the community for its support and participation in our successful 3rd Annual Great Adirondack Moose Festival (GAMF) Sept. 22-23.
Thanks to our generous Bull Moose sponsors: Adirondack Camp Antiques; Frontier Communications; gra Fix; Hamilton County Planning, Tourism & Community Development; Hutchins Construction Inc.; Indian Lake Restaurant, Tavern and Liquor Store; Indian Lake Theater; NCPR; Town of Indian Lake; and WBRV. This year’s success was achieved because of your support.
The two-day family fun event continues to grow and was visited by more than 2,000 people who came from all over the Northeast and as far away as California, Texas and internationally Athens, Greece. The highlight was the “Forever Locked” moose exhibit, which features taxidermy of two bullmoose whose antlers became permanently locked during a fight.
The annual Moose Calling Contest attracted 160 people who cheered on 21 adult and youth contestants at Indian Lake Theater. In addition, the Big Moose Tent on the Indian Lake school lawn featured 14 vendors who sold Adirondack-themed and handmade crafts.
Thank you Vicki Virgil and Jennifer Zahray for hosting more than 50 children during Moosterpiece games and activities.
We thank all our Festival activity facilitators and volunteers, Big Daddy and Momma Moose sponsors, Hamilton County Express, News Enterprise, Indian Lake Garden Club, Indian Lake Museum, Indian Lake Central School District, ALCA, North Country Crafters, American Legion, Marty’s Chili Nights, Indian Lake and Blue Mountain Lake Fish and Game Club, McCadam Distributors, Indian Lake Fire Department, ADK Refuge and Rehabilitation Center and Blue Mountain Lake Boat Livery for helping make our 3rd Annual Great Adirondack Moose Festival profitable, entertaining and educational.
Brenda Valentine, Christine Pouch, Aaron Gadway, chairpersons, 3rd Annual Great Adirondack Moose Festival, Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce
New snowmobile trail
On Friday October 26, I had the pleasure of walking the new multi-use trail being built in Moose River Plains UMP, between the MRP and Raquette Lake. It didn’t take long on such a beautiful fall day for me to realize how this is an excellent example of a trail that will benefit a wide variety of outdoor enthusiasts, while remaining extremely sensitive to the natural beauty that is the Adirondacks. The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) should be commended for the strategic planning that went into the Moose River UMP and turning a good idea into reality.
Once completed, this new community-connector trail will provide nature enthusiasts a path to travel between Raquette Lake and Indian Lake or Inlet, while staying clear of local lakes and roadways. I appreciated the opportunity to see the great partnership of DEC and local volunteers who are working hard to ensure this multi-use trail is ready to be enjoyed by walkers, hikers, winter enthusiasts, hunters, snowmobilers and many more who love the Adirondack Park and see it as a source of sustainable economic opportunity and environmental enjoyment.
DEC officials have done a great job in staying within the guidelines and keeping this trail (which can be ridden by snowmobiles) from being considered in the characteristic of a “road”. The safely-designed trail winds around the forest utilizing old Adirondack roads built by past generations while taking into consideration the sensitive regulations where wet areas needed to be by-passed and keeping within the width requirements set by the APA.
All trail users will be able to see the natural Adirondack beauty as it’s meant to be viewed along this trail, including the snowmobiling public who will be pleased that the design of this trail keeps speeds down. Specific design of this trail will allow tracked grooming, making the trail especially safe for riders and easier for cross-country skiers to navigate. The trail will not require an Inlet/Webb town snowmobile permit either.
While the natural reaction of some is to instantly reject any new trail in the Adirondack Park, it is impossible to not be excited about this new multi-use trail in the Moose River Plains UMP. I look forward to enjoying scenic rides on this trail this winter, while sharing it with my fellow hikers, snowshoers and cross-country skiers. Now we just need to pray for some snow!
Jim Rolf, Statewide Trails Coordinator, New York State Snowmobile Association