Last Updated: Sunday, August 24, 2014 5:03:11 PM
You haven't accomplished half the things you wanted to do this summer, and already some early signs of fall have arrived. One is the availability of sporting licenses, and while many license-issuing agents are still having problems with the new electronic system, licenses are available. _I don't know if the DEC dumped the previous provider (Verizon) when the contract ran out or vice-versa, but since the transition took place last year the agency has had plenty of time to get the kinks out.
Last Updated: Sunday, August 24, 2014 4:59:27 PM
ABOUT THE WEEK OF AUG. 27, 1965, the Albany Office of Selective Service had notified this newspaper that these men had been called for armed forces physical examinations: Kenneth Tubbs and Norman Reese, Lake Pleasant; George Orr and James Fuller, Wells; and Phillip Joyce, Blue Mountain Lake. Induction Sept. 9 included Walter DeLong, Indian Lake; Willard Frye, Speculator, who volunteered; and William Staley, Hope, enlisted in the Navy.
At INLET, an unusual experiment in camping was being held at ...
Last Updated: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 2:23:14 PM
Unless you were celebrating a birthday or wedding anniversary Aug. 15, the date was of little or no significance. But if you own a hunting dog and enjoy running that dog on rabbits and/or upland birds you were definitely aware it was the day you could legally start field training.
It's no secret the reason most sportsmen purchase a hunting dog is to locate more game. But after the first few days of the season, many of them come to the shocking conclusion they would have been better off had they ...
Last Updated: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 10:37:47 AM
ABOUT THE WEEK OF AUG. 20, 1965, New York's big game gunning season would begin Oct. 25 in the Adirondacks and Northern Zone counties and end Dec. 7. It would begin Nov. 15 in the rest of state.
The 1965 season would be the longest possible under state law. Based on the 1964 deer harvest, winter starvation data, talks with sportsmen, landowners and department field personnel as well as other factors, the Conservation Department had established a total of 41,600 party permits, a drop from 1963's ...
Last Updated: Friday, August 08, 2014 2:21:13 PM
ABOUT THE WEEK OF AUG. 13, 1965, Assemblyman Glenn Harris, Arietta, representing the Fulton-Hamilton District and a candidate for nomination for assemblyman from the new 22nd Assembly District on the Republican ticket in the September primary, had been appointed as a member and secretary of the newly created Joint Legislative Committee on Natural Resources and Scenic Beauty.
The committee was empowered to proceed with a comprehensive study and investigation of all aspects of the problems of the ...
Last Updated: Friday, August 08, 2014 2:11:37 PM
Move over Mr. Brown, catch you later Mrs. Rainbow, swim aside little brookie.
With area trout streams warming up faster than a pitcher of ice tea on a hot summer day, it is no wonder anglers are turning their attention to bass. Even the fly guys are making the switch.
With bass bugs in tow, many fly-fishers have found that bouncing big insect-type flies such as dragonflies, butterflies, moths, beetles, and grasshoppers off the water can be very rewarding. And, if you're fishing big water such as ...
Last Updated: Tuesday, August 05, 2014 5:35:35 PM
ABOUT THE WEEK OF AUG. 6, 1965, about 100,000 holders of chauffeur licenses would find renewal punch card applications in their mail boxes, returnable to Motor Vehicles to be validated as their new licenses before Aug. 31. Motor Vehicle Commissioner W.S. Hults suggested they complete the applications and mail them with the renewal (record of convictions) stub and the $6 fee to the nearest motor vehicle issuing office to their residence.
State Comptroller Arthur Levitt had announced the distribut ...
Last Updated: Friday, August 01, 2014 3:53:37 PM
Fire! Depending on where you are and how it is used, hearing the word can scare the dickens out of anyone.
Wind, rain and fire are probably the three most devastating elements people have to deal with, regardless of where on the globe they live. When it comes to wildfires, the devastation can go way beyond the loss of thousands of acres of forestland, especially when it spreads out of control and starts burning up residential areas.
It happens much too frequently in Arizona, California, Oregon a ...
Last Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 8:33:31 PM
ABOUT THE WEEK OF JULY 30, 1965, there was life in Old 790 yet. The old girl was in the Utica yards getting her journal boxes repaired. Some of the young whippersnapper diesels set too fast a pace for the 62-year-old steam engine. While they were hauling 790 somewhere between here and Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the boxes burned out.
Luke Wood of Saranac Lake, a ticket agent for New York Central Railroad and a member of the group that had plans for 790's future, hoped the old engine could be fired up an ...
Last Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 8:31:44 PM
Ever since the passage of the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been bending over backwards trying to gain favor with gun owners and other sportsmen. And while he has taken credit for much more than he deserves -- the most recent being the new state record freshwater drum -- he has signed off on a number of pro-sportsmen issues.
Caught by James VanArsdall from Lake Ontario's Irondequoit Bay (Monroe County) June 14, the fish measured 33.5 inches and we ...
Last Updated: Friday, July 18, 2014 5:07:40 PM
This is generally the time of the year when upland bird and waterfowl hunters begin sharpening up on clay targets at trap, skeet and sporting clay facilities, the latter being more conducive to grouse and pheasant hunting.
Originally called "hunter's clays," sporting clays was developed to simulate upland game bird shooting and waterfowl hunting. Clay targets are thrown from traps hidden behind hedgerows, at treetop level, at the waterline or just about any location so targets simulate the fligh ...
Last Updated: Friday, July 18, 2014 5:07:17 PM
ABOUT THE WEEK OF JULY 23, 1965, the Adirondack Museum, open for its eighth season, featured what had been described as one of the world's most interesting collection of small boats. Most of the collection was housed in a new building which contained also an expanded gallery of Adirondack art, including recently acquired works by painters famous a century ago who found inspiration in the mountains, lakes and forests of this region.
The time required to complete the new buildings and to classify ...
Last Updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 8:55:18 PM
ABOUT THE WEEK OF JULY 16, 1965, Glenn H. Harris, assemblyman from the Fulton-Hamilton District and the first person from Hamilton County to be elected to a state office, had announced he would stand for re-election. Born in Gloversville in 1919, he attended public schools there, the University of Miami and Utica College.
He was in the hotel and restaurant business in Hamilton and Fulton counties. A veteran of World War II, serving three years in the Navy Air Corps; a member of St. Lutheran Chur ...
Last Updated: Sunday, July 13, 2014 7:43:25 PM
Having lived in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn during my pre-teen years, I had a picture-perfect view of the Statue of Liberty from my bedroom window. However, as a youngster, I never truly appreciated the significance of Lady Liberty or the impact it had on immigrants who viewed her for the first time as the ship that brought them to America entered the New York Harbor.
I mention this only because as often as I looked at the historic statue, I never made the trip to the island on which she st ...
Last Updated: Wednesday, July 09, 2014 8:58:00 AM
In a new report, "Rising to the Challenge," (www.tu.org/rising-challenge) Trout Unlimited details the importance of small seasonal streams across America and urges anglers to take action to protect them by contacting their members of Congress and telling lawmakers to keep the Clean Water Act intact.
What the report doesn't mention is how passage of the measure would give the federal government control in regulating state waters regardless of size.
Both Congressman Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio), chairman of ...
Last Updated: Wednesday, July 09, 2014 8:54:41 AM
ABOUT THE WEEK OF JULY 9, 1965, 76 high school students at three Hamilton County central schools had received New York State Civil Defense Commission youth achievements certificates for completing Civil Defense projects designed to evaluate individual homes for fallout shelter facilities, according to Frank Parker, Wells, Hamilton County Civil Defense director. The certificates were presented to 35 students at Indian Lake, 33 at Long Lake, and eight at Lake Pleasant schools during final award pr ...
Last Updated: Sunday, July 06, 2014 4:59:12 PM
The Historical Society of Lake Pleasant and Speculator has already been very busy this year.
The inside of the Historical Museum has a new coat of paint as well as new displays, including Hunting Camps, A Woman's Work is Never Done, Rhinelander's and School Days.
Another new display is a Wall of Veterans. We are looking for pictures of any veterans from this area, whether a year-round resident or a summer resident. We would love to copy these pictures and put them up.
Some items that have alread ...
Last Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014 8:14:15 PM
As we celebrate our nation's 238th birthday, I can't help thinking how our founding fathers would be turning in their graves if they were aware of the direction this great nation they so painstakingly structured is headed.
I can only imagine how Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Ben Franklin, Robert Livingston and Roger Sherman -- each members of the committee assigned to draft the Declaration of Independence -- and other patriots would feel knowing how far we have drifted from the nation they creat ...
Last Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014 8:14:00 PM
ABOUT THE WEEK OF JULY 2, 1965, eight friendly tips for being alive after a holiday weekend on the water were offered to the nation's approximately eight million small boat owners by the American Red Cross on the eve of National Safe Boating Week.
Be sure weak or non-swimmers wear life jackets. Most Red Cross chapters give swimming instructions, free.
Whether your boat is powered by sail, outboard or inboard motor, equip it with such safety equipment as a life jacket for every passenger, anchor, ...
Last Updated: Sunday, June 22, 2014 10:08:31 AM
I don't know if the third Saturday in June was chosen as the opening of the black bass fishing season because of the proximity to the official start of summer or because spawning largemouth and smallmouth bass are generally off the nest, but whatever the reason the season is now open across the state.
There is little doubt that when the bass fishing season opened June 21 thousands of bass fishermen were sitting on the edge of their swivel seats, casting everything from shiners and nightcrawlers ...
Last Updated: Sunday, June 22, 2014 10:04:04 AM
ABOUT THE WEEK OF JUNE 25, 1965, almost 8,000 square miles of woodlands, mountains and lakes in the primitive wilderness of the Adirondacks contain a remarkable assortment of accommodations and facilities for vacation enjoyment. The region is a favorite with those who enjoy such outdoor activities as hiking, fishing and canoeing.
Visitors with a preference for less strenuous vacations enjoy resort hotels and motels with swimming pools and golf courses close at hand, summer theatres, sports event ...
Last Updated: Sunday, June 22, 2014 10:59:54 AM
BY SHIRLEY SMITH, president
Friends of the Lake Pleasant Library
Our shipment of books, CDs and DVDs for June is in. Stop in and check them out.
New Adirondack Books: "Adirondack Trail of Gold" by Larry Weill and "All in a Day's Work" by Daniel Way.
New Adult Fiction: "Ghost Ship," Clive Cussler; "Resistant," Michael Palmer; "Skin Game," Jim Butcher; "Starfire," Dale Brown; "Sting of the Drone," Richard Clarke; "The First Phone Call from Heaven," Mitch Albom; "The Kraken Project," Douglas Presto ...
Last Updated: Saturday, June 14, 2014 8:04:13 PM
It may only be a coincidence that Father's Day and the frog hunting season opener were the same day this year, not that a plate of frog legs could ever replace the traditional necktie. What is surprising is how many people are not aware frogs are a protected species in New York state, and can only be taken between June 15 and Sept. 30.
My first introduction to frogging occurred when I was a member of the Boy Scouts. I don't know if frogs were protected back then or if the scout leader would have ...
Last Updated: Saturday, June 14, 2014 8:00:48 PM
ABOUT THE WEEK OF JUNE 18, 1965, At HAMILTON COUNTY, state Comptroller Arthur Levitt announced the distribution of monies as the initial installment of the newly enacted per capita assistance program to counties. "I am gratified," the comptroller said, "that counties have now been included in the per capita assistance program.
"Three years ago I caused a bill to be introduced which would have extended the per capita assistance to counties. The present law is a step in the right direction, but we ...
Last Updated: Friday, June 06, 2014 10:07:27 PM
Now that the spring turkey-hunting season is a thing of the past and hunters have gone through the necessary chore of cleaning their scatterguns what is there for enthusiastic sportsmen to do?
Trout and walleye fishing is one option, but when water temperatures warm even hungry trout get lethargic. And, even if you do find a decent pool with fish, there's a good chance someone will be swimming or bathing in it.
Walleye fishermen can always go deep and bass fishermen can play catch and release wi ...