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Art and music on display at ILCS

Photo by Pete Klein Indian Lake Central School Elementary Chorus K-1 students were conducted by Mellissa Mulvey at the Spring Concert held in the gym on May 16. By PETE KLEIN Express News Staff INDIAN LAKE — It was an evening of art and music in the gym of Indian Lake Central School on May 16. A large crowd gathered to look and the variety of art on display before the bands and choruses took the stage and during the intermission between acts. Mellissa Mulvey was the conductor for the Elementary Chorus, Concert Choir and Pop Choir, while Jason...

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Temporary funds approved for Townsend property buy

Photo by Pete Klein This photo shows old Townsend Chevy dealership building on Main Street, between Indian Lake Petroleum and the Indian Lake Tavern and Restaurant. By PETE KLEIN Express News Staff INDIAN LAKE — The Indian Lake Town Board approved borrowing $250,000 from the town’s general fund to purchase the Townsend property on Main Street when it met on May 8. The borrowing is only temporary because the town was awarded a $300,000 grant to purchase the property and do site improvement work on the property, thanks to Sen. Hugh Farley before he retired. Under the terms of...

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Town holds hearing on proposed water line

By PETE KLEIN Express News Staff LAKE PLEASANT — The Lake Pleasant Town Board held a public hearing on a plan to run a water line from the village line to the town hall, a distance of about 5,000 feet. The stated purpose of the plan is to solve the salt contamination problem, a problem since 1999, by tapping into the Speculator Village water supply. Brendon Becker, P.E., Lamont Engineers, Cobleskill, was present to lay out the details of the plan. Becker updated the ballpark figure for the project from the $1.2 million previously stated to $1.5 million, plus another $200,000 if the board decided it wanted the project to include enough water pressure for fire hydrants. The estimated yearly cost to property owners within the water district would be about $420, plus charges from the village for water used, said Becker. Residents in the trailer park would pay about $100 less. Becker said now is the time to go forward with the project because there is an excellent chance of getting a grant to cover 60 percent of the cost, with the remaining 50 percent paid for with 30 year loan at zero interest. To apply for the grant, the board will hold a second public hearing on creating a water district at the end of the month. Those who showed up for the public hearing expressed doubts...

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The Way Things Were – 05/25/2017

by Anne Weaver About the week of May 25th, 1969, opening date forest campsites operated by the Division of Lands and Forests of the New York State Conservation Department this year will be May 24, it was announced recently by the Conservation Department. One completely new campsite has been added to the facilities operated in past years. Another, only partially completed last season, will utilize its full planned potential this year. Fully developed this season is the Luzerne Campsite in Warren County, off of Route 9N 10 miles southwest of Lake George. Luzerne, which only offered 15 sites to campers last year, will have 165 ready when the season opens May 24. Lake George Beach and Lake George Battlefield, also operated by the Division of Lands and Forest, will open to the public on June 14. At HAMILTON COUNTY, Hamilton County Attorney Charles S. Tracy of Speculator, has been granted a degree of “Juris Doctor” by recent authority of the Board of Trustees of the Albany Law School and which is a part of Union University. Attorney Tracy also is the holder of a Bachelor of Arts Degree, which was granted to him after a four year course at Union University in 1927 and also a Bachelor of Laws Degree which was awarded him in 1930, after a three year course of study at Albany Law School. Mr. Tracy...

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Local energy and unemployment update

GASOLINE State average: $2.45/gallon (last year $2.33). Upstate avg.: $2.40/gallon (last year $2.32). DIESEL State average: $2.74/gallon (last year $2.41). HEATING OIL Statewide avg.: $2.60/gallon (last year $2.34). North Country avg.: $2.49/gallon (last year $2.19). PROPANE Statewide avg.: $2.63/gallon (last year $2.24). North Country avg.: $3.44 (last year $2.60). ELECTRIC Statewide avg.: Feb. 2017 $0.175 per kWh (last year $0.168) Average energy prices as of May 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 March 2016 – 5.1%; February 2017 – 4.6% NYS March 2016 – 5.1%; March 2017 – 4.4% Hamilton County: March 2016 – 9.4%; March 2017 – 9.7% 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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Barnstormers get new trail equipment

Photo submitted Barnstormers President Ron Nihil, Trails Coordinator Ernie Gilbert and Treasurer Don Bartel with the new trail drag. The Inlet Barnstormers Snowmobile Club has taken delivery of a new 2017 Mogul Master trail drag, valued at over $10,600. Combined with their recent John Deere utility vehicle, this equipment will greatly improve the Barnstormers’ ability to groom and maintain local trails. The Barnstormers were the recipient of a Recreational Trails Program grant which is administered through the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historical Preservation. The source funding for the Recreational Trails Program is the US Department of Transportation...

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Wells library to hold concert series

WELLS — The Virginia Hosley Free Library announces its summer 2017 Concert Series. The concerts will be held at St. Ann church on Route 30, starting time is 3 p.m. Questions can be directed to Alice at 518-924-2220. The list of the concerts should appeal to all tastes and ages: • Sunday, June 11, 3 p.m. The Cloud lifters. Michael O’Donnell and Chris Cary. Look for information on Facebook, also google the cloud lifters Michael O’Donnell. • Saturday, July 22, 3 p.m. Quickstep. John Kirk, Trish Miller, Ed Lowman and Sarah Milonovich. Folk and traditional. Web site johnandtrish.com. • Sunday, Aug. 6, 3 p.m. Jamcracker’s. Dan Berggren, Dan Duggan and Peggy Lyn. ADK and folk web site berggrenfolk.com. • Sunday, Sept. 17, 3PM Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Boys. 4 Piece Country Western Band. Web site jimgaudet.com Also this summer, a special documentary on the life of our founder Virginia Hosley, a true Adirondack legend and a memorable lady. The film will be shown at the library also on Route 30. • Saturday, Sept. 9, 3 p.m. at the Library. A Memoir of Virginia Hosley. A video by Louise Wick with technical advisor Mark...

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Don’t panic, be sure who you are talking to, and don’t get scammed

If you get an unsolicited telephone call telling you that your computer has viruses or other problems, it is a scam. Do not panic. Do not allow them in to your computer. It’s most likely this was a random call. The caller probably knows nothing about you or your computer. If you get a pop-up warning message and/or computer voice warning you that your computer has been infected or hacked, it is almost certainly a scam. Do not panic. The mere fact you got the message does not necessarily mean that you have a problem. It’s highly possible that what you are seeing is nothing more than a specially crafted web page that looks like a legitimate error or warning message. If you have a problem and you call for support, make sure you know who you are calling. Be very careful trying to look up tech support numbers on the Internet. The vast majority of search results do not get you to the actual manufacturer’s support web site, and the listed phone numbers are not the manufacturer’s support numbers. Most likely, the ‘support representative’ will typically try to sell you an expensive support contract, and of course they will want to remote in to your computer to fix the problem. Don’t pay money and don’t let them in. I regularly get calls from people who have fallen victim...

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Class of 2017, explore the world

The Record Tribune News Service Commencement season is coming to an end at colleges and universities. High schools will soon follow. For the class of 2017, these are challenging times. Earlier generations faced the possibilities of the military draft and the impending fear of a nuclear war between the United States and the Soviet Union. While global tensions are on the rise, most young citizens are not worried about being sent into combat. Civil defense drills — a ubiquitous part of 1960s America — are a thing of the past. Employment possibilities are greater now than they were during the throes of the Great Recession. So things are good? Yes. But things should be better. And they get that way only when a new generation picks up the torch from the previous one. If that previous one hasn’t carried it that far or high, then it is so much harder for the next generation to respond to the call of civic duty. Graduates often see the immediate future — getting jobs, moving out on their own, maybe starting families. This is all part of growing into adulthood. But class of 2017, you need to see the importance of growing into citizenship — now more than ever. Now, when older Americans are consumed with labels of left, right, conservative and liberal. When news is “fake” and “spin” is real. When...

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Village officials express concerns about cost with town water request

By PETE KLEIN Express News Staff SPECULATOR — There was a meeting on May 8 between the Speculator Village Board of Trustees, the Town of Lake Pleasant Town Supervisor Dan Wilt and Brendon Becker, P.E., of Lamont Engineers, Cobleskill. Wilt and Becker where there to discuss extending the village water line into the Town of Lake Pleasant. The town is proposing there be an inter-municipal agreement between it and the village for a proposed distribution water line extension into the town. Wilt and Becker were told there would be no official decision as the entire Village Board of Trustees was not present. Two members were absent but the following items were discussed. It was proposed that the town users would pay the quarterly usage rate plus a base rate of about $105. The rate would be for the debt service and have approximately $2,000 excess which would be paid to the village. The village would bill each customer for the use. There was a discussion on the properties that will be included in the proposed district. Clerk/Treasure Bonnie Page said the village already provides water to her property on the north side on Route 8 and also her neighbor to the west. She said she felt her property should not be included in the district and there was some discussion of the other two customers in that area that...

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Regional Arts & Culture

  1. Ballet at the Kirkland Art Center

    May 30 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  2. Whallonsburg Grange to Host Hip-Hop Dance Classes for Kids

    May 31 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
  3. Learn to Meditate at The Arkell Museum

    May 31 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
  4. Call to Food Vendors

    June 1 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  5. Ballet at the Kirkland Art Center

    June 1 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

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