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Annual Harvest Craft Fair sees good turnout

Photo provided by Alex Roalsvig Donna Adams of Adirondack Fibers and Yarn Shop located year-round in Long Lake was at the Annual Harvest Craft Fair in Long Lake on Saturday, October 7, selling knitted items and raising funds for the victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico in memory of Ada Reiff. LONG LAKE — The Annual Harvest Craft Fair at the Long Lake Town Hall saw a busy day for vendors and visitors on Saturday, Oct. 7. Children painted pumpkins and enjoyed a bounce house while indoors, vendors offered a wide variety of high quality handmade goods including...

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Tax rates trending down as the town board begins budget work

By PETE KLEIN Express News Staff INDIAN LAKE — The Indian Lake Town Board will be working on its 2018 budget over the next few weeks. What follows is the first draft of the tentative budget. Below are figures for the tentative budget, followed by figures for the 2017 adopted budget in parentheses. Any of these figures could go up or down before the board adopts its final budget. THE GENERAL FUND shows appropriations of $2,069,982 ($2,029,347) with estimated revenues of $329,800 ($287,745), less $220,000 ($120,000) from fund balance, leaving $1,520,182 ($1,621,602) to be raised by taxes, down $101,420 from 2017. THE HIGHWAY FUND shows appropriations of $897,506 ($894,077) with estimated revenues of $69,000 ($100,100), less $0 ($41,000) from fund balance leaving $828,506 ($752,977) to be raised by taxes. This is up $75,529 from 2017. THE LIBRARY FUND shows appropriations of $257,890 ($242,107) and estimated revenues of $6,075 ($6,075), leaving $251,815 ($236,032) to be raised by taxes. This is up $15,783 from 2017. THE LANDFILL/TRANSFER STATION FUND shows appropriations of $196,887 ($195,049) and estimated revenues of $11,040 ($9,160), less $0 ($23,000) from fund balance, leaving $170,847 ($162,889) to be raised by taxes, up $7,958 from 2017. LAND CAPITAL shows appropriations of $11,000 ($11,000) and estimated revenues of $0 ($6), less $3,750 from fund balance, leaving $11,000 ($7,244) to be raised by taxes, up $3,756 from 2017. SPECIAL DISTRICTS WATER...

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Updated code of ethics ready for a vote

By PETE KLEIN Express News Staff LAKE PLEASANT — It is now up to the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors to vote on an updated code of ethics. For the past couple of years, the County Board of Ethics has been working to update the current code, which was adopted by the supervisors in 1995. The updated code has been presented to Board of Supervisors Chairman William Farber and according to Laura Abrams, secretary to the Board of Supervisors and the Board of Ethics, action by the supervisors to adopt the new code or seek additional updates is expected before the end of the year. Abrams made this announcement to the board when it met on Oct. 12. Abrams also informed them Farber is asking the supervisors to come up with one or more names to join the Board of Ethics to replace long-time member Cynthia Thompson, who will be retiring from the board this year. No action was required by the board at this meeting but the meeting was held open for one hour before adjournment. This is standard practice to allow time for someone with a concern to attend the meeting even if late. LITTLE KNOWN The Board of Ethics is one of the least known groups of volunteers in the county. It consists of Chairman M. Collie Smith, Speculator; Robert Limpert, Arietta; Jack Fitterer, Indian Lake;...

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LPCS open air class room

Photo by Pete Klein Lake Pleasant Central School Superintendent Heather Philo dedicated the newly installed outdoor classroom in memory of Judee Lauria. Most of the Lauria family stood to Philo’s right as she spoke about how much Judee Lauria wanted a classroom like this and how proud she would be to see it. Lauria was a beloved teacher at LPCS for 22 years before she passed away. The dedication was at the beginning of Open House on Sept....

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Local energy and unemployment update

GASOLINE State average: $2.59/gallon (last year $2.30). Upstate avg.: $2.59/gallon (last year $2.28). DIESEL State average: $2.93/gallon (last year $2.58). HEATING OIL Statewide avg.: $2.72/gallon (last year $2.46). North Country avg.: $2.53/gallon (last year $2.32). PROPANE Statewide avg.: $2.65/gallon (last year $2.32). North Country avg.: $3.26/gallon (last year $2.77). ELECTRIC Statewide avg.: July 2017 $0.188 per kWh (last year $0.179) Average energy prices as of Oct. 4 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 Aug. 2016 – 5%; Aug. 2017 – 4.5% NYS Aug. 2016 – 4.9%; Aug. 2017 – 4.9% Hamilton County Aug. 2016 – 3%; Aug. 2017 – 3.7% 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 – 10/19/2017

by Anne Weaver About the week of October 19th, 1969, At ARIETTA, Volunteers of the Piseco Volunteer Fire Department applied a coat of paint to the firehouse at a work session. Those who helped were Michael Popp, Richard Higgins, John Ploss, Gregory Popp, Floyd D. Abrams, William Abrams, Craig Abrams, Burton Grier, Richard Leadley and Peter Preston. The survey of Oxbow Lake will be made in the spring by the State to determine the feasibility of stocking it with rainbow trout, according to a report given by Carl Parslow at a meeting of the Piseco Fish and Game Association. He said the information came from Robert Brewer, Regional Fish Manager, who made the decision in response to a petition forwarded to him by the association. The membership discussed pollution in Piseco Lake and found that there are widely divergent opinions and little concrete information regarding official surveys. Secretary F. Wilson Wagner was, therefore, instructed to write the State Board of Health to request results of tests if they have been made. Wagoner, who is Forest Ranger at Higgins Bay, reported that the Forest Rangers are opposed to a proposed separate Division of Law Enforcement that would relieve them of enforcement duties. He said they feel it would downgrade status. The Rescue Squad of the Piseco Volunteer Fire Department has purchased a new Superior ambulance on a Cadillac chassis, Captain...

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BMLVFD reminds residents of new area code requirement

By PETE KLEIN Express News Staff INDIAN LAKE — When the Indian Lake Town Board met on Oct. 10, Indian Lake Supervisor Brian Wells read from a joint letter received from Blue Mountain Lake Volunteer Fire Department Chief Greg George and Blue Mountain Lake Association Vice President Andy Coney that read in part, “With the new requirement to add 518 to local calls, it’s a good time to remind everyone the direct line for Blue Mountain Lake Fire/EMS is now 518-352-7711. “If your telephone has a FIRE/EMS key programed with merely 352-7711, it’s important you reprogram it now to add the 518 area code. 518-352-7711 rings simultaneously in several spots locally and if not answered in four rings transfers to Hamilton County Emergency Services. “But what about 911? It’s getting better but the cellular portion of 911 is still not fully implemented here. While a landline 911 call rings at Hamilton County Emergency Services in Lake Pleasant, cellphone 911calls still may reach a distant dispatcher who may not be able to quickly determine your location.” CHAMBER REPORT Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce President Bill Murphy reported 61 renewal notices have been sent and 57 memberships renewed as of Sept. 30. New members added for 2018 include: Allen Van Hoff – Reality USA Broker, Linda McInerny, North Country Workforce Partnership, Inc., Garnet Hill Lodge, Burke’s Cottages, Black Fly Challenge, Blue...

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Active shooter drill to be conducted at BOCES center

MALONE — The Franklin-Essex-Hamilton BOCES at the North Franklin Educational Center will be collaborating with the New York State Police, Village of Malone Police Department, other area law enforcement and emergency responders to conduct an Active Shooter Drill on Thursday, Oct. 19, as part of a staff development exercise. Students will not be present as this activity will occur after all students have left the building. Like any drill, this will provide important information on how to best address a potential emergency situation in the...

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Letter to the Editor – 10/19/2017

Bob Klafehn for Wells Supervisor My first introduction to Bob was almost 20 years ago. He met my best friend, Aline, and a match made in Heaven began. I called him “Bob the Builder” because who could pronounce that last name? He had a constant companion, a beautiful white German Shepherd, named Sammy, who never left his side. Now, Bob also had a wonderful woman to stay by his other side. I feel very fortunate to call Bob a friend. He is a man of many talents. He is a master carpenter, a true old world craftsman who was well known in Connecticut and New York for stair work and cabinetry. He is also passionate about his community and country. Many times, I have seen his pick up truck backed up to someone’s home. He quietly helps when someone has a need. A business man, a talented worker, a responsible community member, and an intelligent patriot is my friend Bob Klafehn. I hope he becomes your friend, too, Wells! Linda Maile Chase Wells and Millerton,...

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Time for a less hacker-friendly Social Security system

Last month’s announcement by Equifax that its consumer-credit database suffered a catastrophic hacking attack meant that nearly half of all Americans had their Social Security numbers and vital financial information exposed to theft. The threat of massive-scale identity theft is very real. Equifax is only the latest of multiple, large-scale data-hacking incidents. It’s time for the federal government to come up with a more secure identification code to protect citizens. That’s not just our assessment; the White House cybersecurity coordinator, Rob Joyce, also has concluded that the Social Security numbering system has “outlived its usefulness.” Think about your own Social Security number and the hundreds of times you’ve shared it with companies, schools, doctors, government agencies or other institutions that insisted they had a legitimate need for it. Always with the promise to keep it confidential, of course. Older Americans can recall when their Social Security numbers were used on their driver’s license or university IDs. There were those nine digits, for all to see. Really industrious hackers can find Social Security numbers by accessing old court documents. No one is safe, and it really comes down to whose number hits on the hacking roulette wheel of chance. There has to be a better, more secure way. “It’s a flawed system,” Joyce told The Washington Post this month. “If you think about it, every time we use the Social...

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