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Lake Pleasant Revitalization committee looks ahead

By PETE KLEIN Express News Staff LAKE PLEASANT — Robert Camoin spoke to the Lake Pleasant Town Board about the past, present and future of the Lake Pleasant Community Revitalization Team on Aug. 7. Camoin began by saying he was at the meeting because of talks held between him and Lake Pleasant Supervisor Dan Wilt. They agreed, Camoin said, that looking at the recent past would help the town board help plan for the future. THE BEGINNING Early efforts (pre 2008) to make the Speculator/Lake Pleasant community a great place to stay, visit and grow included The River Pathway, the Senior Center, the children’s playground, the primary care center, improvements at Osborne Point and work done in and around the community by the Community Beautification Committee. Between 2009 and 2012, 39 benches were placed throughout the town and village, a community survey was done, other communities were visited to see what they do to improve their quality of life and to attract residents and visitors. Renovation of Osborne Point continued and several grants were obtained to improve the area. Since 2013, Gene Tunney Park has been renovated; 35 trees and bushes have been planted to help beautify the town and village; the library has been expanded and is nearing completion; the Historic Route 66 Village has been installed at the park and there is now a state grant application...

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Wells Museum offers a look at local history

Photo by Pete Klein Take some time to stop by and enjoy the inside and the outside of the Wells Historical Society on Main Street, Route 30, Wells. By PETE KLEIN Express News Staff WELLS — The Wells Historical Society Museum on Main Street offers a chance to step back in time. Part of the house was moved from the former hamlet of Griffin to make a kitchen downstairs and a bedroom upstairs. The upstairs bedroom is cozy and Adirondack winters were kept at bay by homemade quilts. For many, especially the children, the best part of the upstairs...

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Local energy and unemployment update

GASOLINE State average: $2.45/gallon (last year $2.26). Upstate avg.: $2.39/gallon (last year $2.20). DIESEL State average: $2.75/gallon (last year $2.41). HEATING OIL Statewide avg.: $2.52/gallon (last year $2.32). North Country avg.: $2.37/gallon (last year $2.19). PROPANE Statewide avg.: $2.56/gallon (last year $2.23). North Country avg.: $3.35 (last year $2.54). ELECTRIC Statewide avg.: May 2017 $0.185 per kWh (last year $0.177) Average energy prices as of Aug. 10 are from New York State Energy Research and Development Authority with statewide and North Country prices for 87-octane gasoline from NYSERDA, google.com, gasbuddy.com; residential electricity prices are from U.S. Energy Information Administration. LATEST UNEMPLOYMENT RATES US June 2016 – 5.1%; June 2017 – 4.5% NYS June 2016 – 4.7%; June 2017 – 4.5% Hamilton County June 2016 – 3.8%; June 2017 – 4.8% Note: Hamilton County always has one of the highest unemployment rates in the winter and one of the lowest unemployment rates in the...

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The Way Things Were – 08/17/2017

by Anne Weaver About the week of August 17th, 1969, Gov. Rockefeller issued a statement commending President Nixon’s proposal for reform of the welfare system but pointed out that, in its present form, it was inadequate with respect to New York and other industrial states. The “new concepts” are needed, he said, and he hailed “the greater recognition that welfare is a national problem.” The plan, he said, is in the right direction but must be modified to achieve equitable relief for states such as New York. An aide to the Governor noted that while New York has ten percent of the nation’s population and 15 percent of its welfare recipients, it would, under the Nixon plan, get only six percent of the proposed Federal aid. New York State taxpayer’s would contribute $340 million to support the $3.4 billion Federal welfare program, but would get back only $44 million in Federal Funds. At ARIETTA, CW2 Richard Higgins, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard C. Higgins, Higgins Bay, pleasantly awaken his parents at 5:30 Saturday morning with a telephone call from Sidney, Australia. He is on Rest and Relaxation from his second tour in Viet Nam. ‘Rick’ has been skiing at Mt. Kosciusko and was enjoying his visit to Sidney. He said that the hotel accommodations for service men were ‘great,’ and that the Australians are quite hospitable. He has...

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Inlet sets public hearings dates

By PETE KLEIN Express News Staff INLET — When the Inlet Town Board met on Aug. 8, it set the dates for two public hearings. The board set a public hearing on a proposed vendor permit for 7:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 12. The title of the proposed local law – Town of Inlet Vendors, Peddlers and Solicitors Ordinance – reads in part: “The business of vending, peddling, soliciting and transient commercial activities in the public streets, sidewalks, places and from door to door in the Town of Inlet should be regulated to protect the public health, safety and welfare of the inhabitants of the Town of Inlet. “Unless specifically authorized by this chapter, vending, peddling, soliciting and/or operating a transient business in the Town of Inlet within any public right-of-way, public sidewalk or public property or place is prohibited. “No person shall engage in vending, peddling, soliciting or in a transient business in the Town of Inlet without first obtaining a permit as required by this chapter. “No motor vehicle shall be used for vending, peddling, soliciting or for a transient business unless a permit shall first have been obtained, which permit shall at all times be displayed in a conspicuous location that is visible from the outside of the vehicle. “The standard permit fee shall be $25 per day, except, as to mobile food trucks and transient...

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Windows tips & tricks review (part 4) – keyboard editing shortcuts

By PETE NEWELL For the Express In previous installments of this series, I covered some basic selection and editing techniques, primarily using the mouse and context menus. This isn’t necessarily the fastest way to get things done. Keyboard shortcuts allow you to select, cut, copy, past, and move between windows without having to use a mouse or select from menus. If you select or highlight something, then hold the “Ctrl” (control) key and press “X” (this sequence is usually written as “Ctrl-X”), it is the same as selecting Cut from the edit or context menu. Ctrl-C is Copy, Ctrl-V is Paste. Easy to remember: X looks crossed scissors blades, C is the first letter of Copy, and V looks like the little insertion mark you might make when physically marking up text on paper. There are many other shortcut keys. For example, Ctrl-A selects everything in the active window. In a document window, Ctrl-Z usually undoes the last action. It does not always work in every program or when manipulating files. You can use these keys while editing a document, writing email, moving/copying/deleting files, selecting email messages in a list, and similar situations. Shift-Delete: If you hold the Shift key when you delete an item, it is really deleted. If you delete a file or folder, it does not go into the Recycle Bin. If you delete an email...

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Letters to the Editor – 08/17/2017

Elected officials should work for constituents Editor, As the summer wanes and our local primaries come into view, I feel obliged to share some thoughts with my neighbors in Lake Pleasant.  For many years, my experience in village, town and county government has given me an opportunity to serve with some truly fine people. These positions can be challenging and, by their nature, can put friends and community  members on different sides of local issues. When these times arise, it is very important that leaders lead! With intelligence, with an even hand, and with Civility. Recently, I had occasion in a 36 hour period to do some volunteer trail work with and have social meetings with Collie Smith, Dave McComb, and Frank Mezzano. All three fine men have very different styles but they have two things in common… All have our community’s  best interest at heart, and I ran against them all at one time. Whatever small divergent policies we may have had in the past, I believe our mutual respect  would always put the people of Lake Pleasant and Hamilton County first. This sort of  professional accountability is quite important in an elected official, especially at our local level. Hard work, honesty, and the desire to learn both the most pressing needs of your constituency, and the municipal process to effect positive change are the character traits needed for a supervisor or town board member. It is important for our future to elect those who will serve all...

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School board addresses teacher’s conduct

By PETE KLEIN Express News Staff LONG LAKE — Personal and personnel matters are always matters of concern and privacy is important when these matters come up, especially when they involve teachers and students. The issue came up at the start of the Long Lake Central Board of Education meeting held on Aug. 10 when Sharon Penrose spoke to the board about a concern she had. Penrose told the board she is concerned because of hearing about a student at the school who plans to leave the school because the student has been told a particular teacher has been talking about them in a negative way. “It is really sad when teachers talk down about their students. Teachers should be treating students as though they were their own children. I hope something is being done to make this right,” Penrose said. Superintendent Noelle Short responded by saying she has already spoken with the staff in question, the student and the student’s parents. “I’m doing everything I can to make this right,” Short said. SPECIAL MEETING The board held a special meeting on July 24, during which it approved to set the tuition rate for non-resident employee children at $100 for the first child and $50 for any additional children for the 2017-2018 school year. The board also approved discontinuing the employment of math teacher Charles Schulman, effective Aug. 23....

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Annual Fly In Drive In

PISECO — The annual Fly In Drive In Pancake Breakfast sponsored by the Speculator Lions Club is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 26. This fund raiser for Lions Club Charities generally serves more than 500-600 breakfasts in the very scenic Adirondack area surrounding Piseco Airport. The event has become a family event where diners can enjoy a hearty meal while viewing the many airplanes of various design and age, including war birds, antique and classic personal and experimental aircraft, and contemporary designs. Hikers can enjoy the 1.5 mile trail to Fall Lake. This is a rain or shine event. Breakfast is served from 8 to 11 a.m. and costs $10 for adults and $5 for children 11 years old and...

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Speculator, Lake Pleasant, Arietta Community Calendar

Thursday, Aug. 17: 9 a.m., Osteobusters, LP Methodist Church. Friday, Aug. 18: 10 a.m. to noon, adult walking, Piseco Community School, 518-548-7638; 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Food Pantry Open, North Country Bible Fellowship. 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., Clothing Closet, North Country Bible Fellowship. Saturday, Aug. 19: 1 to 4 p.m., Piseco Museum Open, Old Piseco Road. Sunday, Aug. 20: 1 to 4 p.m., Piseco Museum Open, Old Piseco Road. Monday, Aug. 21: 9 a.m., Osteobusters, LP Methodist Church; 10 a.m. to noon, adult walking, Piseco Community School, 518-548-7638; 6 p.m., Morehouse Vol. Fire Dept. Drill Night, firehouse; 7 p.m., Hamilton County Amateur Radio Club meets, LP Fire Hall; 7 p.m., LP Town Board meets, Town Hall. Tuesday, Aug. 23: 7 p.m., Speculator Planning Board meets, Village Hall; 7:30 p.m., AA meeting, Lake Pleasant Methodist Church. Wednesday, Aug. 24: 10 a.m. to noon, adult walking, Piseco Community School, 518-548-7638. Thursday, Aug. 25: 9 a.m., Osteobusters, LP Methodist Church. To contribute to the calendar, call (800) 453-6397, ext. 132, or email to...

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