Last Updated: Monday, March 02, 2015 7:47:17 PM
What may very well be the last big ice fishing event of the season, the 17th annual Food N' Fuel Weekend Long Ice Fishing Contest, is expected to draw hundreds of participants to Great Sacandaga Lake, each of whom will be hoping to cash in on a prize structure that will pay down to six spots in four categories with the top spot in the Walleye category paying $600; Northern pike, $500; Trout, $300; and Perch, $200.
Held out of Wally's Driftwood Park Marina from Friday, March 6, at 4 p.m. and endi ...
Last Updated: Monday, March 02, 2015 7:33:11 PM
ABOUT MARCH 4, 1966, New York hunters killed a record 648 black bears during the 1965 big game season, the state Conservation Department reported. This topped the previous high of 622 set in 1960.
Northern New York continued as the state's best bear hunting region with a record 545 bruins taken during the 44-day season. The previous Adirondack high of 495 was set in 1960. No records were broken in other sections of the state, but the take was generally above or near the 10-year average.
Last Updated: Tuesday, February 24, 2015 1:33:29 PM
With almost two feet of ice on the lakes you would think most would be bustling with activity. Not so, and it has nothing to do with cold or wind chill but with the knee-deep, crusty snow.
Having to dredge through deep snow by foot, or getting your four-wheeler or snowmobile bogged down before you are halfway to where you want to go, kind of puts a wrinkle in that old saying getting there is half the fun. When devoted ice fishermen stay close to the nest that tells you something about conditions ...
Last Updated: Sunday, February 22, 2015 7:18:39 PM
ABOUT FEB. 25, 1966, At HAMILTON COUNTY, a letter to Superintendent of Highways John Kathan read:
"On behalf of Mr. Franklin Moon, Mr. Ronald Thropp and Hans G. Blocklin Jr., I would like to extend my appreciation for the superb performance of the County and Town crews in keeping our highways plowed during the blizzard of Jan. 30-31, 1966.
"Your task of clearing and maintaining the Highway System was performed to the greatest advantage to the traveling public. The manner in which you and your pe ...
Last Updated: Saturday, February 14, 2015 8:48:53 PM
Once a cherished way of life, trapping is now one of the most controversial issues in the country. But even though trapping's roots can be traced back to early Dutch settlers, few people realize we may not have had a nation if the fur resource wasn't as plentiful as it was.
While that resource continues to prosper, the number of full-time trappers has been in decline for decades, mostly because of the price of fur. According to DEC spokeswoman Lori Severino, New York sold 16,435 trappers license ...
Last Updated: Saturday, February 14, 2015 8:39:21 PM
ABOUT FEB. 18, 1966, at 89 years old, World Day of Prayer was truly worldwide in countries on six continents. In the United States it was sponsored by the United Church Women, the national cooperative fellowship of Protestant and Eastern Orthodox women's agencies, which was a department of the National Council of Churches' Division of Christian Unity.
Observed each year on the first Friday of Lent, World Day of Prayer was observed in 125 countries in 1966. The same order of service, translated i ...
Last Updated: Sunday, February 08, 2015 7:56:10 PM
ABOUT FEB. 11, 1966, At HAMILTON COUNTY, the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors passed resolutions asking to have half-year motor vehicle registrations restored; asking for repeal of the state-mandated salary scale for some county employees; protested the new state-mandated method of paying county Highway Department accounts; and accepted the annual report of the county treasurer, John E. Heffernan.
The board also appointed Willard Payne, Inlet, as director of Multiple Housing to succeed K. Le ...
Last Updated: Sunday, February 08, 2015 7:55:33 PM
I don't know what was more overwhelming, the New England Patriots' 28-24 win over the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX, or the latest bout with Old Man Winter. The old boy has certainly tightened his grip on the region and from the look of it, he's not about to let go anytime soon.
Between sub-zero temperatures, high winds, and snow you either have to be a fool or foolish to leave the comforts of your home. Even Punxsutawney Phil -- the nation's most celebrated groundhog -- had to be dragged ...
Last Updated: Saturday, January 31, 2015 9:09:54 PM
As I watch the snow blow horizontally across my window, I can't help wonder how much more of this we have to endure. Officially spring is still 44 days away, but as far as I'm concerned it's not soon enough.
Cold temperatures and snow may be welcome to skiers, snowmobilers, and the people who sell snow shovels, but for ice fishermen and the finny population they're trying to catch, large accumulations of snow often make the difference between convenience and inconvenience, or when it comes to fi ...
Last Updated: Saturday, January 31, 2015 9:01:55 PM
IL/LL 80, Wells 58
Athletic contests were limited last week while student athletes focused on mid-term and Regents exams as the first semester of the school year came to a close. Late in the week, the county's high school varsity basketball teams, Wells and Indian Lake / Long Lake, went head to head.
Thursday, Jan. 29 the boys matched up in Wells. The Orange improved their record to 8-2 with an 80-58 win over the Indians.
Henry Sandiford scored a season high 35 points to lead IL/LL. Curtis Seama ...
Last Updated: Saturday, January 31, 2015 8:21:15 PM
ABOUT FEB. 4, 1966, it wasn't too many years ago that June in the Adirondacks meant a month fighting off black flies and mosquitoes with very little outdoor activity permissible because of the miserable black flies. Carpenters and outdoorsmen who had to stay outside during the latter part of May and all of June rigged themselves with nets and plastered themselves with insect repellent and still they spent half their time swatting flies and scratching bites.
But if you think the oldsters had it r ...
Last Updated: Sunday, January 25, 2015 8:06:34 PM
If you think these days of winter temperatures aren't fit for man or beast, you don't know the caliber of ice fishermen. They've been out there taking all the nasty stuff Old Man Winter has to offer full in the face and coming back for more.
It's not exactly a parade of fishermen making their way across the frozen expanses, but there are enough out there to make you sit up and take notice.
During the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend snowmobiles and bundled-up ice anglers were noticeable on ...
Last Updated: Sunday, January 25, 2015 7:55:48 PM
ABOUT THE WEEK OF JAN. 28, 1966, the Girl Scouts would soon be taking orders for cookies. Deliveries would be made in March. A total of 82 percent of the funds realized went toward the Girl Scout camps included in the 3,125 square miles covered by the Foothills Council. Over 12,000 girls benefited.
Most of all, the money would go to a resident camp to be built on 624 acres of land in the vicinity of Panther Lake, which was purchased by the Council in 1965. Purchasing Girl Scout cookies not only ...
Last Updated: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 1:52:11 PM
You would think any self-respecting angler would spend the winter preparing for the opening of trout season. Well, if you thought that way you thought wrong.
Even during the coldest days, when numbing temperatures and winds are strong enough to tear the scales off a walleye, area lakes and ponds are dotted with anglers. Apparently many of those fishermen are as cold-blooded as the fish they're trying to catch.
As for me, I no longer have ice running through my veins. Seems I thawed out around th ...
Last Updated: Friday, January 16, 2015 9:43:28 PM
ABOUT THE WEEK OF JAN. 19, 1966, a million American mothers would stage a "protest march" during January. They were protesting that birth defects had been too long neglected. Even more, they were demonstrating their hope of assuring a Happy Birth Day for 11,000 American babies born each day, 700 of whom came into this world with birth defects that disfigured, disabled or killed.
During the traditional Mothers March for the March of Dimes, the women would enlist their neighbors' support and contr ...
Last Updated: Saturday, January 10, 2015 9:58:16 PM
Predicting the future is no easy task, and while I had no way of foreseeing all of the events in 2014 -- both on a personal and universal level - eight of my 15 premonitions came to be.
As predicted, Gov. Cuomo -- in his Jan. 9 State of the State address -- reinforced his position on the NY SAFE Act. As predicted, gun legislation, fracking and land access remained hot button issues.
As predicted, legal action to overturn the SAFE Act continued as earlier initiatives were stalled.
As predicted, t ...
Last Updated: Saturday, January 10, 2015 9:55:05 PM
ABOUT THE WEEK OF JAN. 14, 1966, private landowners in New York state planted more than 18 million seedling trees purchased from the state Conservation Department.
At HAMILTON COUNTY, at the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors Organizational Meeting held in January William E. Baker, Arietta, was unanimously reelected chairman. Baker was escorted to the chair by supervisors Charles Wickes, Lake Pleasant, and Max Golde, Indian Lake. Donald Wadsworth, Hope, had acted as temporary chairman.
The cha ...
Last Updated: Tuesday, January 06, 2015 8:17:07 PM
ABOUT THE WEEK OF JAN. 7, 1965, The White Tail Deer Association of New York State, which had some 2,300 members, had scheduled its annual Central Adirondack Deer Forum for January in Old Forge. Chairman of the three-day event was Harvey Carr of Blue Mountain Lake, president of the organization.
Assisting him as vice chairman were Ed Cox of Clinton, Norton “Buster” Bird of Inlet, Otto Koenig of Forestport, and Roger Edkin of Oneida. Henry Blue of Cold Brook was registration chairman a ...
Last Updated: Tuesday, January 06, 2015 6:24:45 PM
Depending on your outlook, 2014 was either a great year or one that failed to lived up to expectations. In my case, it started out on the right path, but sadly ended with the passing of my wife Ann on Dec. 13. But before looking back at this storied year, I want to thank everyone who sent condolences; your thoughts and prayers were helpful in getting my family and me through the most sorrowful time of our lives.
As for 2014, the year began pretty much as it did the year before with gun owners pr ...
Last Updated: Wednesday, December 31, 2014 1:01:06 PM
In the last couple of weeks I have had several customers report they have received calls from "Microsoft Support" warning them of problems with their computer and attempting to get them to allow the caller to remote in to computer to "fix" the computer (for a fee of course.)
It is a scam. Neither Microsoft, nor your computer manufacturer, nor anyone else, is monitoring your computer out of the kindness of their heart. Microsoft doesn't know, and doesn't care, if your computer has problems.
Last Updated: Saturday, December 20, 2014 5:15:43 PM
ABOUT THE WEEK OF DEC. 24, 1965, readers were advised they could give to charity for Christmas without spending a cent. There was a charity called New Eyes for the Needy Inc., located in Short Hills, N.J., which did not want money.
All it wanted was discarded eyeglasses, antique and costume jewelry and bits of scrap precious metal. For 33 years this unique charity had been working to improve the vision of the needy the world over. Over half a million people had been helped.
Some 250 volunteers w ...
Last Updated: Saturday, December 20, 2014 5:22:18 PM
Why does there seem to be so many problems with computer software?
The simple answer is that consumer-grade software has not been 100 percent tested.
More testing could be done, but it would make the cost of software unacceptable. On top of that, there is just no way to test every possible configuration or combination of software that might be installed by a user, or every possible combination of inputs, commands, or variables that might occur.
The more functionality and flexibility a program of ...
Last Updated: Monday, December 15, 2014 1:43:44 PM
Another New York state big game hunting season has gone by the boards and, going by several early reports, it appears the kill will be substantially lower than the 208,325 taken in 2013. Even with the high number of deer management permits that were available, the number of does taken by hunters will -- in all probability -- also be lower than last year.
Due to my wife's health problems I didn't get into the deer woods at all this year, signing my DMP over to my son Richie, who also had one of h ...
Last Updated: Monday, December 15, 2014 1:36:48 PM
ABOUT THE WEEK OF DEC. 17, 1965, called noels in France, le pastorali in Italy and Weihnachtslieder in Germany, carols are the welcome sound of Christmas everywhere. But did you know that originally carols were not songs but dances? It's a fact.
These "round" dances were part of early Christian worship, and one of the first "carolers" was St. Francis of Assisi, back in the 12th century. The first carol was probably sung as an accompaniment to early nativity plays; one of the earliest of the chor ...
Last Updated: Sunday, December 07, 2014 11:39:44 AM
New York's regular big game hunting seasons are coming down to the wire. The gunning season ended Sunday and, unless you shoot something during the late bow and muzzleloader seasons, you'll have to go through a whole year of greasy pork chops, plain old beefsteaks, or other store-bought vittles.
Both the late bow and muzzleloading seasons end in the Northern Zone Dec. 14 and in the Southern Tier Dec. 16.
At any rate, it would be far better to nourish yourself with a healthy fat-free venison stea ...