Last Updated: Friday, March 07, 2014 11:43:58 AM
I hope this title grabs you. My message is that scooping cat boxes is every bit as important as flushing toilets. Enlightened owners quickly scoop and get poop out of the house.
I am proud to say no one coming in would guess I have four cats, because there is no smell. I admit to being compulsive about scooping and airing. And, do you know what? My cats deserve clean litter, and by golly, they have it.
Because urine and poop are quickly removed, the four boxes stay socially acceptable much longe ...
Last Updated: Monday, March 03, 2014 6:45:29 PM
ABOUT THE WEEK OF MARCH 5, 1965, mobile cottages and camping trailers were two of the biggest reasons for the camping explosion in the United States. These four wheel "homes away from home" would be on display in the Utica Memorial Auditorium for the Upstate Outdoor Show.
They would be just two of the hottest items on display in booths that would line the auditorium floor. During the past 10 years camping had enjoyed fantastic growth. By 1965 more than 15 percent of America's population particip ...
Last Updated: Saturday, March 01, 2014 12:58:28 PM
Open and hardwater fishing takes center stage
The 2014 Bassmaster Classic may have drawn national attention Feb. 23, but this past weekend saw the three-day Fuel n’ Food’s sixth annual Ice Fishing Contest on the Great Sacandaga Lake. This is where registrants not only had an opportunity to win cash prizes for walleye, trout, pike and perch, but some lucky angler drove home pulling a brand new Bass Tracker boat, motor and trailer behind.
Held in Fuel n’ Food’s parking lo ...
Last Updated: Sunday, February 23, 2014 1:24:54 PM
DEC’s license promotion aimed at sportsmen
As a current holder of a lifetime hunting and fishing license I'm not sure how I feel about Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s latest maneuver to garner favor with New York sportsmen and sportswomen since signing the NY SAFE Act, legislation that targets the guns and ammunition hunters and shooters use.
Cuomo recently announced a promotion that will provide free motor vehicle license plates to anyone who purchases new lifetime hunting or fishing license ...
Last Updated: Friday, February 21, 2014 7:09:13 PM
ABOUT THE WEEK OF FEB. 26, 1965, Assemblyman Glenn H. Harris of Fulton and Hamilton counties had introduced in the state Legislature a bill on state aid to school districts which would permit no school to receive less state aid than that which was provided by the former formula without any adjustment in aid ratio decline.
He had also introduced a bill to provide that under no circumstances, nor for any scientific study or biological research, shall the Conservation Department or its agents or em ...
Last Updated: Monday, February 17, 2014 10:13:45 PM
Area trapper has his own axe to grind
There has been a huge uproar among gun owners since Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act into law, including protest rallies and lawsuits. The most widely known lawsuit is the one initiated by the NYS Rifle and Pistol Association.
But without a bit of publicity, Mayfield trapper Doug Kampher has also been fighting to have the controversial gun law declared unconstitutional. Unlike the NYSRPA that is challengin ...
Last Updated: Monday, February 17, 2014 10:05:46 PM
ABOUT THE WEEK OF FEB. 19, 1965, At HAMILTON COUNTY, the Hamilton County Public Health Commission held its bi-monthly meeting at Harr's Hotel, Indian Lake. These officers were elected: Chairman Dr. M.J. Hosley, Vice Chairman Dr. H.F. Carroll, Secretary Norman Storer (County Welfare Commissioner) and Recording Secretary Mrs. Stella King. Other members were Public Health Nurse Mrs. Beatrice Simons and supervisors Donald Wadsworth of Hope and Carlo DiMezza of Benson.
District Health Officer Dr. C.M ...
Last Updated: Friday, February 07, 2014 10:32:27 PM
ABOUT THE WEEK OF FEB. 12, 1965, the New York State Supreme Court held that three Hamilton County towns were being wrongfully deprived of taxes by the state Board of Equalization and Assessment. Justice Harold E. Koreman of the Supreme Court in Albany delivered the opinion holding that two large tracts of land acquired by the Conservation Department should be listed as taxable real estate.
The case was started in 1963 by supervisors Ernest Hutchins, Norton Bird and Arthur Parker of the towns of ...
Last Updated: Saturday, February 08, 2014 12:48:27 PM
On your mark, get set, show!
This is the time of the year when you start reading about “cabin fever,” and I’m not referring to the maple-flavored whiskey of the same name. I’m talking about the claustrophobic malady that supposedly occurs from being cooped up for a long period of time.
Actually, it’s hard to picture anyone in this day and age feeling closed in, what with Facebook, Twitter and other microblogging sites most people can’t seem to do without; not ...
Last Updated: Monday, February 03, 2014 6:42:59 PM
ABOUT THE WEEK OF FEB. 5, 1965, At BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE, General Telephone Co. planned to spend more than $340,000 in the Northeastern District during 1965 to improve facilities. Among the communities affected were Long Lake, Blue Mt. Lake and Indian Lake. Over $100,000 had been earmarked to provide additional toll circuits and trunking facilities in Indian Lake. In order to house new central office equipment and provide for growth, an addition to the present building at Blue Mt. Lake was planned ...
Last Updated: Friday, January 31, 2014 11:22:44 PM
Ice fishing derbies draw thousands of anglers
Much the same as it has been doing since old man winter turned open water into frozen expanses the wind blew across the Great Sacandaga Lake like a howling coyote last Saturday, Jan. 15, and if the more than 2,000 anglers competing in the Sixth Annual Walleye Challenge and/or Great Sacandaga Lake Fisheries Federation (GSLFF) ice fishing derbies didn’t keep their bodies in motion, they were at risk of becoming a permanent part of the landscape; ...
Last Updated: Friday, March 07, 2014 11:28:23 AM
ABOUT THE WEEK OF JAN. 29, 1965, At HAMILTON COUNTY, two men who broke out of Hamilton County Jail were captured early Monday, Jan. 25. Ronald Coleman, 28, and James Robison, 38, overpowered the jailer, Alfred Cole, 68, locked him and his wife in a cell and escaped.
After the escape a third prisoner, Wilfred Steurnagei, kept working a switch, blinking an outside light. This attracted the attention of Allen Hunt, who was driving by. He went to the jail and called Sheriff Arthur Parker.
Shortly af ...
Last Updated: Friday, March 07, 2014 11:26:22 AM
If you had trouble finding a spot to drill a hole in the ice on Great Sacandaga Lake last weekend it was probably because of the Sixth Annual Walleye Challenge and the Great Sacandaga Lake Fisheries Federation (GSLFF) ice fishing derbies. Between them there were well over 2,000 fishermen competing for cash and prizes.
Hosted by Food n’ Fuel in Mayfield -- in conjunction with the Fulton-Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce and scores of others who donated cash and/or merchandise -- the Wal ...
Last Updated: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 4:39:10 PM
ABOUT THE WEEK OF JAN. 22, 1965, the New York Section of the Society of American Foresters held its annual meeting at Grossinger's Catskill Resort Hotel in Liberty. The technical sessions would be devoted to new developments in forestry with papers on new techniques that effect the management of timberland.
A professional forester is a manager of a valuable renewable resource. He manages his tract, whether publicly or privately owned, for the greatest good. The statement "he can't see the forest ...
Last Updated: Saturday, January 18, 2014 10:48:52 PM
The ice is nice in spite of the thaw
Much has taken place over the past week. The on-again, off-again winter has been playing havoc with the ice. Not so much with its strength as with hardwater anglers slipping and falling. Carry creepers and wear them.
Despite last week’s thaw – and to be honest with you I hope we have a few more before spring arrives -- there is still more than a foot of frozen water on the Great Sacandaga.
Consuming his catch was the last thing Northville’ ...
Last Updated: Sunday, January 19, 2014 11:34:13 PM
BY SHIRLEY SMITH, president
Friends of the Lake Pleasant Library
We are off to a good New Year at Lake Pleasant Library. A new shipment of books, CDs and DVDs is in... stop by and check them out.
Adult Fiction: "Brink of Chaos" and "Edge of Apocalypse" by Tim LaHaye; "Forget Me Not," Fern Michaels; "Hazardous Duty," W.E.B. Griffin; Robert B. Parker's "Bull River;" Robert Knott; "Standup Guy," Stuart Woods; and "The Invention of Wings," Sue Monk Kidd.
Adirondack Books: "Discover the West Central ...
Last Updated: Thursday, January 16, 2014 11:51:21 PM
Hunters answer the call of the howl
There was a time when the only people that came in contact with Eastern coyotes were hunters and trappers. The thought that one of these varmints would come close to a home and snatch a pooch from the backyard was practically non-existent.
That’s no longer the case. One needn't live or play in the deep woods to hear the spine-tingling howls or the barking sounds these canines make as they prey and scavenge for food. Howls and barking can be heard in pr ...
Last Updated: Saturday, January 11, 2014 4:23:43 PM
ABOUT THE WEEK OF JAN. 15, 1965, At HAMILTON COUNTY, all members were present at the Organizational Meeting of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors. Included were two new members: Robert E. Jennings, Long Lake, who succeeded Arthur Parker, who had been appointed county sheriff (Charles Farr served as interim appointment); and John Orr, Wells, succeeding John Heffernan, who was elected county treasurer.
Donald Wadsworth acted as temporary chairman. William E. Baker, Arietta, was chosen unanim ...
Last Updated: Sunday, January 05, 2014 3:02:36 PM
ABOUT THE WEEK OF JAN. 8, 1965, a comprehensive study of public use of snowmobiles to determine their impact on the Forest Preserve would be conducted during the winter by the Conservation Department, Commissioner Harold G. Wilm announced. "Recreational use of snow vehicles is on the increase and indications are that the use will grow at an even faster rate in the future," the commissioner said.
Rangers, conservation officers and department airplanes would be used to spot-check snowmobile routes ...
Last Updated: Friday, March 07, 2014 11:32:20 AM
I'll trade my camouflage cap in for a more colorful turban and give you my predictions for 2014. Don't laugh; last year I was 12 for 17, which isn't bad for a part-time soothsayer.
As predicted, the United Nations reinvigorated its international treaty to regulate the global arms trade -- an agreement that would have turned our second amendment constitutional rights over to the United Nations -- and, as predicted, the Baa administration signed onto it. Fortunately it was blocked in the U.S. Sena ...
Last Updated: Sunday, December 29, 2013 7:52:59 PM
The Legend of Lake Sacandaga
During the late 18th and early 19th centuries many settlers arrived in an area we now call the Town of Lake Pleasant, where an old Mohawk Indian, who called himself Captain Gill, was a local trail guide. Captain Gill would help these early settlers discover the local lakes and mountains of this mysterious region, and show them fishing and hunting spots.
Even though Captain Gill lived among these early settlers, he preserved the customs of the Mohawk people. Captain G ...
Last Updated: Sunday, December 29, 2013 7:50:03 PM
The good, the bad and the downright ugliness of 2013
Okay, so you didn’t find the new rod, reel or rifle you wanted under the tree. And that Kawasaki Mule 4x4 UTV or Ranger Bass Boat you were hoping to find in your driveway wasn't there either. Don’t feel bad, a lot of people were in the same boat and considering everything that has happened this past year, material things should be the least of our concerns.
I never gave much thought to superstitions. I’m not afraid to walk ...
Last Updated: Sunday, December 22, 2013 10:09:38 PM
ABOUT THE WEEK OF DEC. 25, 1964, "And there were in the same country, shepherds abiding in the fields keeping watch over their flocks by night..." So begins a story first told by an ancient writer some 2,000 years ago. But it hasn't lasted that long because of the shepherds or the sheep or the three searching wise men bearing gifts, who were also part of the original story.
Shepherds have continued to watch over their sheep both night and day, many a king has toppled from his throne, and the gif ...
Last Updated: Sunday, December 22, 2013 10:05:35 PM
Hunters will be called off feral hogs in NYS
The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation has decided to prohibit the hunting or trapping of free-ranging Eurasian boars or, as they are also known, “feral swine” and/or “wild pigs.”
On one hand the agency says Eurasian boars are a great threat to natural resources, agricultural interests, private property and public safety and it should do everything in its power to ensure they do not become established in the wild any ...
Last Updated: Saturday, December 14, 2013 3:46:12 PM
ABOUT THE WEEK OF DEC. 18, 1964, At HAMILTON COUNTY, among the 746 freshmen enrolled at Plattsburgh State University College were four Hamilton County residents: George H. Baldwin, Indian Lake, secondary education (mathematics); Richard E. Beckingham Jr., Indian Lake, secondary education, (social studies); Paula J. Gauvin, Raquette Lake, home economics education; and Cynthia M. Potter, Wells, general elementary education.
County Clerk Earl C. Farber announced the sale of Conservation Department ...