Last Updated: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 2:18:14 PM
Deerless hunters who had no luck this year will have to spend the winter grubbing venison from some of their more successful friends, hoping those pals are generous enough to give them a cut of meat other than the shank. You can include yours truly on that moocher list. In any event, should you happen to nail one during the late bowhunting or muzzleloading season, which runs through Dec. 15 in the Northern Zone and Dec.17 in the Southern Tier, be sure to have it scored by a New York State Big Bu ...
Last Updated: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 9:39:49 AM
There was a time when Thanksgiving Day was the second most productive day of the season. Even if you had filled your own tag, you spent the better part of the day helping family and friends fill theirs, either by walking around trying to spook a deer in their direction or by organized drives, which still account for a good portion of the total statewide harvest.
So why don’t 21st century deer hunters hunt as hard as their forefathers? I can sum it up in five words: football and electronic ...
Last Updated: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 8:29:46 AM
ABOUT THE WEEK OF DEC. 11, 1964, At HAMILTON COUNTY, the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors held a public hearing on the 1965 Tentative Budget in the Court House. No one appeared in favor of or against it.
In other business, Mende Shulman, publicity director of the Central Adirondack Association, appeared and explained his program as it affected the county. County officials were invited by the Conservation Department to an open house at its new building in Northville. Hamilton County News was ...
Last Updated: Tuesday, December 03, 2013 7:57:10 PM
ABOUT THE WEEK OF DEC. 4, 1964, the already over-taxed New York state motorist would resist strenuously any move to increase the state's $.06 a gallon gasoline tax, according to Daniel B. Clark, chairman of the Eastern Region Committee of New York State Petroleum Council. Clark made the statement before a meeting of the committee held at the Tarrytown Inn.
The Eastern Region Committee was made up of local oilmen from 14 counties in and around metropolitan New York City. "With state and federal g ...
Last Updated: Monday, November 25, 2013 6:34:20 PM
ABOUT THE WEEK OF NOV. 27, 1964, "as North Americans," Editor Clark Osborne wrote, "we have much to be grateful for this Thanksgiving season. Perhaps we are a little bit blasé about the matter and perhaps some of us consider Thanksgiving just another of the many holidays we celebrate in an offhand, casual fashion.
"To some of us it is the football day of the year. To others, it is 'a day off,' a welcome interlude to enjoy a lavish turkey dinner and then laze around the house in slippers a ...
Last Updated: Monday, November 18, 2013 5:56:34 PM
ABOUT THE WEEK OF NOV. 20, 1964, when New York state motorists registered their vehicles for 1965 they would receive a red reflective sticker to validate their 1964 number plates instead of the metal tab which had been issued in previous years.
Widows of World War II and Korean War veterans who died of service-connected disabilities could be eligible for a GI Home Loan, according to W.S. Cook, counselor of the New York State Division of Veterans Affairs, if they had not remarried. "The fact that ...
Last Updated: Thursday, November 14, 2013 5:44:56 PM
BY SHIRLEY SMITH, president
Friends of the Lake Pleasant Library
A new shipment of books, CDs and DVDs is in, so please stop in and check them out.
Adult Fiction: "Baked Alaska" and "Rocky Road" by Josi Kilpack, "Murder of a Stacked Librarian" by Denise Swanson, "Never Go Back" by Lee Child, "Bones of The Lost" by Kathy Reichs, "Gone With the Woof" by Laurien Berenson, "Hunting Eve" by Iris Johansen, "The Hero" by Robyn Carr, "The Mayan Secrets" by Clive Cussler, "The Whole Enchilada" by Diane D ...
Last Updated: Monday, November 11, 2013 3:43:51 PM
ABOUT THE WEEK OF NOV. 13, 1964, John J. Mahoney, manager of the Division of Employment, Utica, had announced the Unemployment Insurance Itinerant Office would be reopened Dec. 1 at Community Hall in Old Forge. Service would be available to Unemployment Insurance claimants Dec. 1. Thereafter the office would be open each Tuesday until further notice.
More ski centers than in any other state in the East were listed in "Ski New York," the 1964-65 skiers' guide issued by New York State Department o ...
Last Updated: Sunday, November 03, 2013 7:41:47 PM
ABOUT THE WEEK OF NOV. 6, 1964, the state Department of Motor Vehicles cleared up an apparent misunderstanding of the meaning of the yellow light in a three-colored traffic signal as contained in the revised "Rules of the Road" which went into effect Oct. 1. The rules read: "Vehicular traffic facing a steady yellow signal is thereby warned that the related green movement is being terminated or that a red indication will be exhibited immediately thereafter when vehicular traffic shall not enter t ...
Last Updated: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 9:33:24 AM
My first column appeared in the Recorder on March 23, 1972. Little did I realize that the column would become a fixture in this paper for over 40 years and little did I realize that when I wrote my October 12, 2013 column, that it would be my last.
Between those two columns, I added the Hamilton County Express, Sacandaga Express, as well as other Recorder-based publications. I also wrote various freelance articles for national, regional, and state publications and earned a number of ...
Last Updated: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 9:07:52 AM
ABOUT THE WEEK OF OCT. 30, 1964, New York deer hunters from every section of the state had descended upon the Central Adirondacks the previous weekend for the opening of the big game season. Unofficial estimates indicated there were upwards of more than 5,000 hunters in the woods in the Central Adirondacks alone.
Long-time residents of the Old Forge-Inlet area could not recall a season on record that saw such a large influx of the red-clad nimrods begin as early as Friday. The string of cars and ...
Last Updated: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 10:28:36 PM
Being a father and now a grandparent, I've learned kids just don't fit into molds. So why should their education?
Kids learn in a number of different ways, and teachers know how to teach to these different learning styles. Common Core is threatening to break apart the productive relationship our children have with their teachers and their learning. Common Core's standardized testing puts pressure on teachers to "teach to the test." As more time is focused on teaching to pass a test, the educatio ...
Last Updated: Monday, October 21, 2013 10:00:58 PM
Outdoors columnist Ron Kolodziej is on hiatus. His Hamilton County Outdoors column is expected to resume Oct. 30.
Last Updated: Monday, October 21, 2013 7:24:27 AM
ABOUT THE WEEK OF OCT. 23, 1964, this inscription, "Dedicated in memory of men who have rendered distinguished service to their fellowmen and their country in Adirondack lumber camps," with the names of men underneath, would be inscribed on the gray granite monument which would be dedicated in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Boonville.
The monument was provided by the Woodsmen's Club from funds earned from Woodsmen's Field Day at Boonville and Tupper Lake. The list of names would include several old-ti ...
Last Updated: Sunday, October 13, 2013 11:11:59 PM
Ron Kolodziej has taken a two-week leave. His Hamilton County Outdoors column is expected to resume Oct. 30.
Last Updated: Saturday, October 12, 2013 11:22:01 PM
ABOUT THE WEEK OF OCT. 16, 1964, Superintendent J. Burch McMoran of the NYS Department of Public Works addressed the annual meeting of the Adirondack Park Association at Whiteface Inn, Lake Placid. McMoran said in part, "My report is concerned with our work in 12 counties which are in or adjoining the Adirondack State Park.
"These are the counties of Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Fulton, Saratoga, St. Lawrence, Warren and Washington. These counties only represen ...
Last Updated: Sunday, October 06, 2013 8:46:35 PM
Safe Act Field Guide issued for State Police
A directive recently surfaced that was apparently written for the benefit of the New York State Police, the agency charged with enforcing the Safe Act and its various provisions. It's too lengthy to quote it all here so I suggest you get a copy of the Safe Act Field Guide for yourself and peruse the sections you're most interested in. However, there are a few areas you may find of particular interest.
The Safe Act requires the creation of a statewide ...
Last Updated: Sunday, October 06, 2013 8:45:48 PM
ABOUT THE WEEK OF OCT. 9, 1964, the week of Oct. 5 a large number of sportsmen would be afield from all corners of the state. The hunting season provides recreational opportunity unsurpassed for outdoor enthusiasts.
Increased popularity of hunting had caused some misunderstandings between sportsmen and property owners. In many locations no trespass signs greeted enthusiastic hunters and frustrations flourished.
The state Conservation Department had taken steps to provide a place to hunt for all ...
Last Updated: Sunday, September 29, 2013 4:32:10 PM
Outdoor writers gather in Lake Placid
This is the times of year when everything seems to be happening at once.
To bring you up to speed, let's go back a few weeks and begin with the Sept. 13-16 joint Outdoor Writers Association of America / New York State Outdoor Writers Association Conference in Lake Placid. As I mentioned in an earlier column, OWAA conferences are held annually in a variety of locales to give their national membership a taste of what other areas have to offer.
The 2012 confer ...
Last Updated: Friday, September 27, 2013 10:09:31 PM
ABOUT THE WEEK OF OCT. 2, 1964, sportsmen were reminded that first-time hunters must pass a hunter safety course before they can be licensed. The four-hour, state-approved safety course was required by law for all prospective hunters, regardless of age, if they could not show proof of a previous license.
Safety training courses were conducted by volunteer sportsmen certified by the NYS Conservation Department. First-time hunters were advised to watch for announcements of classes being held in th ...
Last Updated: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 11:39:52 AM
ABOUT THE WEEK OF SEPT. 25, 1964, the Motor Vehicle Department suggested that drivers check the expiration date of their New York state operator's licenses, for some 600,000 of them had to be renewed by the end of the month. Drivers who were among this group should have received a punch card renewal application by now through the mail, but some may have gone astray and have been misplaced after receipt.
For some renewal applicants, those whose last initials began with "A" through "F," a test of ...
Last Updated: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 11:38:15 AM
DEC program halts Chronic Wasting Disease
We haven't seen a case of Chronic Wasting Disease in New York state for about eight years, but the Department of Environmental Conservation has issued its annual warning about it anyway. CWD was first confirmed in NYS in 2005, but after a rigorous extirpation and examination program the diseased animals were identified and removed, halting the spread of this potentially troublesome disease.
Existing CWD regulations still prohibit importing certain parts ...
Last Updated: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 1:31:59 PM
ABOUT THE WEEK OF SEPT. 18, 1964, the forests would soon be approaching the season of maximum color when a great display of varied hues is evident on every mountain and hillside as one travels the Adirondack lakes or views the scene from an airplane while flying over the area. Many travelers bring their cameras along on Adirondack trips to capture the bright reds, brilliant yellows and deep greens that help make the color photograph or movies a thing of great beauty.
As one looks upon these autu ...
Last Updated: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 1:30:29 PM
A new tick-borne disease has surfaced
As if Lyme Disease weren't bad enough, now the Powassan virus has surfaced. While Lyme disease derives its name from Lyme, Conn., where it was initially identified, the Powassan virus gets it name from Powassan, Ontario, where it was first found. So far this new tick-borne disease has been restricted to down-state areas here in New York state, but authorities are warning people about it because it can be particularly dangerous and can be spread from a tick ...
Last Updated: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 9:00:41 PM
ABOUT THE WEEK OF SEPT. 11, 1964, New York's bothersome bruins would be legal game in six Adirondack counties Oct. 2-11, the Conservation Department announced. A special 10-day season would be held in Clinton, Franklin, Essex, Hamilton and Warren counties, and in the "party permit" section of St. Lawrence County.
In 1963, 7,369 big game hunters killed 127 black bear during the special 10-day season. Hunters could apply in person at all Conservation Department offices where regular hunting licens ...