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 ...
Last Updated: Friday, June 06, 2014 10:04:35 PM
ABOUT THE WEEK OF JUNE 11, 1965, a House of Representatives subcommittee, in a report made public recently, accused the late Rachel Carson of "unnecessarily" alarming the public over the dangers of pesticides. It said her bestselling book, "Silent Spring," created an atmosphere of panic, foretelling an impending disaster played by pesticides in the U.S. economy.
Miss Carson, a noted biologist who died in 1964, published her book in 1962. She reviewed the uses of pesticides in the U.S. and conclu ...
Last Updated: Friday, June 06, 2014 10:30:24 PM
Most malware starts up when Windows starts, and it modifies the Windows code to hide itself from the user and from other programs such as virus scanners.
This is why it is much harder to remove a virus than to block it in the first place. Sometimes booting to safe mode is sufficient to prevent the malware from starting, making it easier to detect and clean. Other times it is not so easy.
There is a class of malware called a master boot record or boot sector virus. This malware starts before the ...
Last Updated: Monday, June 02, 2014 11:40:49 PM
ABOUT THE WEEK OF JUNE 4, 1965, on the job training for inexperienced and unemployed persons interested in qualifying for employment as assistant cooks and kitchen helpers was being offered both in Utica and Poughkeepsie under the State-Federal Manpower Development and Training Act. Local offices of the New York State Labor Department's Division of Employment were interviewing persons for enrollment in future courses.
At HAMILTON COUNTY, John S. Kathan, county superintendent of highways, enterta ...
Last Updated: Monday, June 02, 2014 11:38:56 PM
I don't know why anyone would need a congressional proclamation to enjoy a day on the water, but since both state and federal lawmakers always seem to agree on issues of little or no importance, you may be interested in knowing that June 1 was the start of National Fishing and Boating Week. So whether you plan on sitting in a boat or canoe or relaxing in a shady spot along shore, the U.S. Congress (bless their overworked hearts) want to remind you about fishing and boating.
Not to be confused wi ...
Last Updated: Monday, May 26, 2014 9:58:32 PM
ABOUT THE WEEK OF MAY 28, 1965, At HAMILTON COUNTY, state Comptroller Arthur Levitt announced the distribution of monies as per capita assistance to the cities, towns and villages of the state. This quarterly payment was the first to be made under the provisions of the Anderson Bill, which established new formulas for the computation of per capita aid.
These included a new unit of distribution known as the town outside village area. This unit was devised to assist towns in providing services to ...
Last Updated: Monday, May 26, 2014 9:47:11 PM
To paraphrase Charles Dickens' opening words in the novel "A Tale of Two Cities:" these are the best of times and they are the worst of times.
The best of times, because as sportsmen we go about our business of hunting, fishing, trapping and/or the shooting sports better equipped and with more opportunities than anyone throughout the past century. The worse of times, because never in the history of this country have those who pursue these activities been such a large target for both government a ...
Last Updated: Monday, June 02, 2014 11:43:24 PM
ABOUT THE WEEK OF MAY 14, 1965, Hamilton County's 134 service establishments had total of $2.1 million in 1963, a decrease of 16 percent from 1958, according to a report of the Bureau of the Census. The service trades include personal services, miscellaneous business services, auto repair and service and other repair services. Also included were movie houses, other amusement and recreation services, hotels and motels. The establishments in the county employed 109 persons (besides proprietors) an ...
Last Updated: Sunday, May 18, 2014 9:53:00 PM
Anyone who reads this column with any regularity knows I've never hesitated to take the state Department of Environmental Conservation to task when it did something wrong, so it's only fitting I commend it when it does something right. The recent appointment of Major Timothy Duffy as the new top cop of the Division of Law Enforcement definitely fits the description.
Now don't take that to mean past directors were poor choices, although some didn't have the leadership quality the position demands ...
Last Updated: Monday, May 12, 2014 5:00:52 PM
ABOUT THE WEEK OF MAY 21, 1965, New York's public campsites in the Adirondacks and Catskills would open May 26, four days before the traditional Memorial Day start of tent and trailer season, the Conservation Department announced. In 1964, despite the drought-caused reduction of the camping season, state-operated campsites were a summer home away from home for a record 498,028 campers.
It was expected that the 1965 season would bring more than a half-million members of the camping fraternity to ...
Last Updated: Thursday, May 08, 2014 6:42:56 PM
Sitting along the edge of a field high atop a Delaware County mountain on opening day of the spring turkey hunting season, with rain coming from above and strong winds blowing through my mesh facemask, I couldn’t help thinking how much more comfortable I would have been had I chose to take part in the Great Sacandaga Lake Fisheries Federations Spring Fishing Contest.