Last Updated: Sunday, July 26, 2015 5:06:18 PM
There is something noticeably missing from the latest round of I Love New York outdoor recreational activities television commercials. You must have seen it. It’s the one featuring people whitewater rafting, hiking, fishing, canoeing and horseback riding. And, if you haven’t guessed where I’m going with this, I’ll tell you. It’s hunting.
I have yet to see one commercial that features hunting and, it has nothing to do with this time of year, because hunting isn&rsquo ...
Last Updated: Sunday, July 19, 2015 6:36:58 PM
You’ll never convince John Zeis the fishing has been poor. Not this year anyway.
The Wells angler recently netted two hefty brown trout from Lake Pleasant, the first weighing 7-1/2 pounds, the other closer to 8. Zeis caught the fish while trolling a silver-colored trout harness with pink / chartreuse and white beads at the far end of the lake in 66 feet of water.
Zeis is the manufacturer of Hillbilly Lure & Tackle in Wells, so needless to say he caught the fish on one of his own rigs. ...
Last Updated: Sunday, July 19, 2015 6:35:58 PM
ABOUT JULY 15, 1966, At HAMILTON COUNTY, at its regular July meeting, the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors heard Robert Muncil of the Warren and Hamilton Counties Economic Opportunity Committee report that a survey was being made; and that a program was to be submitted to the federal government for a Youth Corps Program for 70 young people at a cost of $97,000 for 1967. Possible plans concerned Day Care, Senior Citizen, Nursing Home.
The county had been given a $4,000 grant by the federal go ...
Last Updated: Monday, July 06, 2015 9:14:32 PM
It looks as though Mother Nature has some patriotic blood running through her veins. For the most part, the long Fourth of July Holiday Weekend was a yankee doodle dandy. The only problem fishermen had was boat traffic.
Anyone who owned a boat, personal watercraft, kayak or canoe was on the water somewhere and on a number of lakes the boat traffic resembled the state Thruway on a Friday night.
Generally speaking, kayakers and canoeists generally don’t interfere with fishing, but the people ...
Last Updated: Monday, July 06, 2015 9:01:27 PM
ABOUT JULY 8, 1966, the New York State Department of Public Works had several highway projects pending for the 1966-67 contract period, including one in Hamilton County.
The Canada Lake-Arietta Piseco project, estimated at $3 million, involved 15 miles of the dirt State Route 10. It would generally follow the existing road with improvement to grades and alignment. There were three bridges involved: over the West Branch River, State Brook, and Piseco Lake Outlet.
A Regional Heart Association embr ...
Last Updated: Wednesday, July 01, 2015 9:08:31 AM
ABOUT JULY 1, 1966, At HAMILTON COUNTY, an unofficial tabulation of the votes cast in the Republican Primary showed these results. In the new 42nd District (comprised of Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Washington, Hamilton and Herkimer counties), it was reported Stafford piled up 14,858 votes to Proller’s 8,400. District Attorney: Intemann 673, Cassada 573; Committeeman (2) Indian Lake No. 1, King 275, Mitchell 191, Hutchins 146.
In the Democratic Primary: Committeemen (2) Indian Lake No. 1, Gau ...
Last Updated: Wednesday, July 01, 2015 9:08:11 AM
Just about everyone who owns a rod and reel will have it in the water this weekend. Many will be trying to catch a largemouth or smallmouth bass on everything from crankbaits, spinnerbaits and rubber worms. But if you want to have some “reel” fun over the long holiday weekend toss out a surface lure.
Bass fishermen employ a variety of lures in their pursuit of catching a lunker largemouth or scrappy smallmouth, but if you ask a bass angler which lure is the most fun to use, surface l ...
Last Updated: Wednesday, June 24, 2015 10:43:15 AM
Scammers and malware writers are always looking for new ways to attack you. Naturally they are going to target the most popular platforms and applications.
This is one reason why Windows computers are much more likely to be infected than Apple computers. Apple's OS-X may be more secure than Windows, but many more users have Windows.
The simple fact is that since Windows is the operating system used on 95 percent of personal computers, most malware targets Windows. You can probably get by without ...
Last Updated: Monday, June 22, 2015 6:59:21 PM
Several weeks ago I had mentioned how -- with the exception of what they do for members of the armed forces, wounded vets and kids -- I don’t often agree with New York Bowhunters Inc., especially when the issue involves crossbows.
For more than a decade NYB was successful in keeping the crossbow out of the hands of hunters. As small as this band is, the squeaking wheels of their compound bows were loud enough to persuade lawmakers not to give the DEC the authority to regulate the use of cr ...
Last Updated: Monday, June 22, 2015 6:47:10 PM
ABOUT JUNE 24, 1966, the all new 13th edition of the Thruway-Interstate Highway Guide was available. No need to get lost on highway tours in 1966 with a copy of the all-season guide. The revised guide, formerly the Thruway User’s Guide, had a face-lifted, newly-designed, four-color, four-season travel cover.
Over 200 pages covered the travelers’ main requirements, attractions, accommodations and restaurants. The guide was used not only by car and armchair travelers but also by studen ...
Last Updated: Sunday, June 14, 2015 11:42:12 PM
Bass fishermen can start sharpening their hooks now that the season for largemouth and smallmouth bass is about to open. It opens June 20 and, for the first time in seven months, anglers won’t have to release what they catch, or at least up until they catch the five fish limit.
I don’t know if the third Saturday in June was chosen as the opening of the black bass fishing season because the weekend coincides with the official start of summer or because spawning largemouth and smallmou ...
Last Updated: Sunday, June 14, 2015 11:39:14 PM
ABOUT JUNE 10, 1966, there would be many 4-year-old Americans ringing bells on July 4th, who would grow up believing this was always the custom. Actually it was, from the first Independence Day until about a century prior, when the sounds of peace were drowned out by the noise of war and the day became celebrated only with firecrackers and rockets.
Writing a book called “The Seasons of America Past” a few years ago, the author unearthed the story about Independence Day bell-ringing, ...
Last Updated: Tuesday, June 09, 2015 12:42:42 PM
ABOUT JUNE 10, 1966, the 70th Annual Convention of the Northern New York Volunteer Firemen would open in Lake Placid and conclude with a parade; 1,500 volunteer firemen from approximately 100 northern New York communities were participating in the affair.
At HAMILTON COUNTY, all members were present at the regular meeting of the Board of Supervisors held in the Hamilton County Court House in Lake Pleasant. The board went on record as favoring a revision of the state Medical Assistance Act.
The r ...
Last Updated: Tuesday, June 09, 2015 12:40:24 PM
With the exception of what they do for members of the armed forces, wounded veterans and kids, I don’t often agree with New York Bowhunters. But you have to give the devil his due, and right now the organization is right on target in its opposition to a proposed new deer hunting regulation that would increase the antlerless deer harvest in more than a dozen wildlife management units across the state –- or more specifically, the way the DEC plans to go about it.
The agency announced t ...
Last Updated: Thursday, June 04, 2015 4:40:41 PM
Every so often I get a phone call from someone who has called "tech support" for some problem and has clearly been misled about who they are talking to.
Typically the "technician" talks my customer in to allowing remote access to their computer, then proceeds to tell them they have found all sorts of critical problems and it will cost something like $300 to get fixed.
Every one of these instances I have heard about has been a scam. I can't say for sure how people get in to this situation, but I ...
Last Updated: Wednesday, June 03, 2015 8:23:01 AM
It’s been called the fish of 10,000 casts — and for good reason.
Fishing for muskellunge is unlike fishing for other species inasmuch as they are very discriminating on what they eat. Even during times when they are desperate for a meal, what you have at the end of your line may not appeal to this toothy predator once you toss it into the water.
Then of course there are those sharp teeth that have been known to chew up an 8 inch lure the way people would a grilled cheese sandwich; wh ...
Last Updated: Wednesday, June 03, 2015 7:48:09 AM
About the week of June 3rd, 1966, Frank C. Staples, State Masonic Grand Master, of Floral Park, has announced the appointment of Stanley M. Johnson, Tupper Lake, as District Deputy Grand Master for Franklin-Hamilton District to serve for one year. He succeeds Karl S. Dewey, Malone.
Active in Masonry, Johnson has held almost every office of his lodge. He was Assistant Grand Lecturer for the District for the last 6 years.
Persons on springtime excursions through fields and woodlands are cautioned ...
Last Updated: Sunday, May 24, 2015 6:23:30 PM
It would have been nice had the DEC given campers and others more than two days notice on the partial opening of the Moose River Plains road system in Hamilton County during Memorial Day Weekend. By doing so, there may have been a larger influx of campers and hikers into the county, who in turn would have spent money on fuel and anything they may have forgotten to bring with them, but I guess that would have been too much to ask.
The agency opened the Moose River Plains (Limekiln Lake-Cedar Rive ...
Last Updated: Saturday, May 23, 2015 11:14:08 AM
ABOUT MAY 27, 1966, Republican Assemblyman William R. Sears suggested the Conservation Department blaze a “blue line” completely around the Adirondack Forest Preserve. He said he asked various conservation officials where the “blue line” was and no one seemed to know. Other than the fact that it was on maps and did cross various roads where signs said, “You are now entering the Adirondack Forest Preserve,” he reported no one knew where the line ran.
Sears cont ...
Last Updated: Monday, May 25, 2015 11:42:25 PM
This is traditionally the weekend when fishermen outnumber the fish. It seems anyone who has a hankering to go fishing picks the Memorial Day Weekend to test the waters. Trouble is they tend to expect too much, and get frustrated if the fish aren’t cooperating.
Still, as long as the weather is nice, anyone who owns a boat will be puttering around out there somewhere and all that boat traffic would drive any self respecting fish out of its gills. But that’s no reason to stay home. Fis ...
Last Updated: Sunday, May 17, 2015 8:17:30 PM
ABOUT May 20, 1966, the Republican committees of Hamilton, Franklin and Fulton counties had unanimously endorsed Glenn Harris as their candidate for assemblyman for the new 109th District (which was composed of the three counties). Harris, a resident of Hamilton County, was a former member of the Assembly, where he served on the Taxation and Claims Committee and also was secretary of the Joint Committee on Natural Resources and Scenic Beauty.
New York’s public campsites, a summer home away ...
Last Updated: Monday, May 25, 2015 11:43:37 PM
Much the same as the big game hunters who took the field with gun and bow last season, the 2014 deer harvest was slightly below the 243,567 taken in 2013. According to DEC statistics, hunters harvested a total of 238,670 deer last year -- 130,068 antlerless deer (adult females and fawns) and 108,604 adult bucks.
The highest number of those deer (100,381) was tagged with deer management permits (DMPs) of which 671,782 were issued. In addition, another 12,627 were taken with the use of a Deer Mana ...
Last Updated: Saturday, May 09, 2015 9:03:46 PM
ABOUT MAY 13, 1966, a series of workshops was to be conducted during the summer by State University of New York College at Cortland at its Continuing Education Center at Raquette Lake. The workshops, which included short-session courses in creative writing, art and field biology, would be offered consecutively from June to August.
The courses were open for credit to all participants. Students would be held in rustic quarters on the lake shore and study amid the natural setting of the Adirondack ...
Last Updated: Monday, May 04, 2015 7:14:10 PM
If the number of junior hunters seen during the Youth Turkey Hunting Weekend is any indication as to what the regular May 1-30 season will bring, turkey hunters should do better than anyone expected.
According to DEC Public Information Officer Lori Severino, the reported take during the youth hunt is about 50 percent above what was reported during the same time frame last year. Plus, as she pointed out, hunters have seven days to report their harvest, which only means those numbers have no other ...
Last Updated: Monday, May 04, 2015 7:06:58 PM
ABOUT MAY 6, 1966, spring was supposed to be just around the corner, and so were the dangers that go with kite flying and model airplane flying, Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. reminded area youngsters. Raymond Kolarz, area manager for Niagara Mohawk, said kite flying and airplane flying can be great fun for children and adults who observe a few safety rules as follows.
1. Fly kites and model planes in open fields away from electric wires and automobile traffic.
2. In kite flying, use only string tha ...