Last Updated: Monday, November 24, 2014 8:45:17 PM
In August I sent out a request for donations of school supplies in an effort to accommodate all those within Hamilton County who might not otherwise be able to purchase all the items on their school lists.
Prior to the beginning of school we were inundated with items ranging from erasers and pens to flash drives and backpacks. When all was said and done 91 students received backpacks and all the supplies they needed.
Additionally, 11 students received clothing, underwear, and socks ...
Last Updated: Monday, November 24, 2014 8:43:56 PM
The Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry Committee would like to take this opportunity, during the holiday season of giving, to offer a special thank you to our generous community for their loyal support and kindness over the past year.
To our community churches, local businesses, charitable organizations, community gardeners, and our wonderful residents... whether you volunteered your time, your money, or bought and delivered needed stock items, your contribution was much appreciated and ...
Last Updated: Saturday, November 15, 2014 6:43:30 PM
To the editor:
A renaissance of steadily growing political clout among even the smallest of senior retirees centers located throughout the nation commenced to materialize in 2013, at the same time that Brand, USA was created by Congress to serve as a not-for-profit advocate dedicated to attracting foreign tourists to America's shores.
Since its inception, Brand, USA has been responsible for increasing foreign tourism travelers to America by 1.1 million visitors who contributed $7.4 billion in sp ...
Last Updated: Saturday, November 15, 2014 6:41:21 PM
With all things, change will occur.
For many years, A Pretty Good Band (PGB) and Mountain Arts Consortium (MAC) have been able to raise most of their funding through grants, playbill advertising, and community parades. The remainder of the funding has come through gracious gifts, fundraisers, and donations.
We have come to the time in our history where qualifying for grants is no longer a possibility since neither organization holds non-profit status, and major musicals are no longe ...
Last Updated: Saturday, November 15, 2014 6:38:23 PM
I just read the article you wrote in the Nov. 12-18 issue of Hamilton County Express on Kunjamuk Cave. I enjoyed it very much and thought you might like to know that there is a book written about it entitled, "The Mystery of Kun-Ja-Muck Cave."
George "Pop" Tibbitts, who founded Camp-of-the-Woods, wrote the book back in 1928. When I was on staff at Camp-of-the-Woods in the 1930s I, along with many others, purchased it... and now treasure it.
I don't know if there is a copy in our pub ...
Last Updated: Saturday, November 15, 2014 6:36:54 PM
The festivities of the holiday season will soon be upon us. It is my hope that everyone will experience a joyful holiday season.
Unfortunately, some will not easily find joy this season due to those unavoidable issues or other preventable problems that can turn a good time into chaos and even grief. One of those preventable problems is driving while under the influence of a debilitating substance such as a drug and/or alcohol.
According to the 2012 statistics from the National Highw ...
Last Updated: Saturday, November 15, 2014 6:33:45 PM
There are some things in life more precious than money, gold or diamonds. It's the little ones, theirs and ours. Look out your picture window and you will see them by the swing set and slide.
Bugs, birds, bucks, bears come from the forest, coaxed by grain. They let you look at them while you eat dinner and they seem tame but can't tell you one was killed crossing the road to get grain.
Back across the road they go to the next grain and the diners exclaim, how wild they look by the k ...
Last Updated: Saturday, November 15, 2014 6:29:32 PM
New York City is the single most important city in the world. Upstate New York is a much larger geographical area, mostly rural, and with clear political and economic differences. It is common sense that the two should be on separate but equal representation, with neither governing the other.
I believe the views of the people who live in the upstate and downstate areas of New York state are very different and it really should be divided into two completely autonomous regions.
The pe ...
Last Updated: Sunday, November 09, 2014 9:34:53 PM
So, Lyme Timber Company of Hanover, N.H. wants us to close the Perkins Clearing Road to snowmobilers. I drove that road in my SUV three weeks ago and witnessed their logging operations. It was very upsetting.
I compared it to the logging done by the former owner, International Paper Company. IP was proud of the way they treated the woods. The Leadley camps were leased on IP lands.
Local loggers like Jerry Stuart from Wells were the jobbers and adhered to IP rules that conformed to ind ...
Last Updated: Saturday, November 08, 2014 10:54:45 AM
This Thanksgiving week, let's thank our Hamilton County Public Health Nursing Service's public health professionals who work 24/7 to protect our health.
Public health professionals, whose day-to-day work rarely garners headlines, dedicate their careers to keep us safe and healthy. These unsung heroes keep our drinking water safe and air clean, develop vaccines, track and investigate infections, and protect us against imminent health threats such as influenza, food borne illnesses, m ...
Last Updated: Saturday, November 08, 2014 10:53:02 AM
The Lake Pleasant Public Library Board of Trustees and staff would like to thank everyone for their help in making our second annual Trunk n' Treat a smashing success.
So many people donated candy and refreshments it is impossible to list them all.
We are already planning next year's Haunted House.
Thank you again for the overwhelming support for the library.
Debbie Desrochers, director
Lake Pleasant Public Library
Last Updated: Wednesday, November 05, 2014 7:50:25 AM
November is National Diabetes Month
November is National Diabetes Month. Dedicating a month to diabetes helps raise awareness of the issues surrounding the disease and of the many people impacted by it.
In New York State, diabetes prevalence is approaching 9%, but estimates indicate one in three Americans over the age of 20 is at risk for developing the condition. Addressing factors that increase the risk for diabetes is important for maintaining overall health. Commonly known risk ...
Last Updated: Monday, October 27, 2014 11:16:53 PM
Gun control. Health care out of control. Corruption run amok. Terrorism on the rise. Diminished liberty. Less opportunity. No economic growth. Declining incomes. A lower standard of living. A lack of leadership.
That is what Albany and Washington, D.C. have given us. That's why almost two-thirds of Americans believe we're headed in the wrong direction; that the next generation will have it much worse.
Please vote Nov. 4 to tell Andrew Cuomo and Sheldon Silver we don't like what they ...
Last Updated: Friday, October 24, 2014 9:46:25 PM
Quite some years ago I met Richard Leonard, a frequent patron of an Indian Lake coffee shop. Speaking with Richard I realized here was a guy who had more inexhaustible energy and dedication to the service of others than any community could ever hope to have.
Richard Leonard was an EMT for many years with Indian Lake Volunteer Ambulance Squad. It would be impossible to count the number of four-hour ambulance trips to the Glens Falls Hospital he accomplished.
Many times he undertook t ...
Last Updated: Friday, October 24, 2014 9:44:40 PM
The Indian Lake Community Farmers Market Steering Committee would like to thank the community for their support and participation in our successful 2014 Farmers Market held Saturdays, July 5 through Sept. 27.
The market witnessed an increase in the number of vendors, from four in 2013 to 13 this year. Thank you Town Supervisor Brian Wells for arranging permission to hold the market on the former grocery store property at the intersection of state routes 28 and 30. The location was s ...
Last Updated: Friday, October 24, 2014 9:42:40 PM
Over 20 states have in-person early voting. Some states keep voting booths open up to three weeks.
Voters or their children becoming ill, family emergencies, unexpected family obligations, after-school activities, weather, traffic, car trouble, home repairs requiring immediate attention, all impact getting to the polls.
Why isn't the State of New York more accommodating in light of such unpredictable realistic situations?
The opportunity and cost to vote are among the most imperativ ...
Last Updated: Sunday, October 05, 2014 10:12:12 PM
The Fourth of July Parade Committee wishes to extend thanks to everyone who made our fundraiser at the Historical Society of Lake Pleasant & Speculator's Apple Fest a success.
This was our second year at the Apple Fest and it was a huge success; we couldn't be more pleased with the outcome. From the apple crisp to the apple pies and everything in between, every item was sold out.
To all our customers and those who promoted the event, designed posters, baked for the cause, set up, ...
Last Updated: Saturday, September 27, 2014 11:44:23 PM
To the editor,
As president of the Indian Lake Board of Education, it will come as no surprise to anyone that I'm deeply troubled by the Sept. 12 report in the Watertown Daily Times that caused our superintendent, Mark Brand, to become labeled "the school superintendent who doesn't pay his school taxes."
In trying to understand this story, I kept asking myself questions like why Jefferson County hadn't foreclosed on the property after so many years of nonpayment of taxes. If I fell into arrears, ...
Last Updated: Sunday, September 21, 2014 9:18:33 PM
Dear Ms. Meixner,
I just read the article, "Brand accused of failing to pay property taxes," in the Sept. 17 Hamilton County Express.
How can a corporation "dissolve" without selling all its property? Doesn't NYS require all assets be sold or given away prior to dissolution?
I found the following on the NY Department of State Division of Licensing Services website: "Generally, Article 12-A of the Real Property Law provides that anyone who, on behalf of another and for a fee, 1) negotiates a sale ...
Last Updated: Saturday, September 20, 2014 7:32:28 PM
Since character, leadership, and accomplishments are just so over as voting criteria for so many Americans who choose instead to be influenced by things like skin pigmentation and gender, I would like to announce a new initiative.
How about we dig even further into the random whirlpool of genetic flukes and band together now to elect the first flat-footed - Sagittarius - balding - midget to the presidency? Oh, I know, it sounds impossible but Yes We Can!
It's time, my fellow Americans ...
Last Updated: Saturday, September 20, 2014 7:31:17 PM
It was Sunday. We were down in the hayfield along the fence where the timothy and clover grew thick and it was partly shaded sometimes from the sun.
That's where the strawberries grew; big, red, ripe and juicy. Me and Bo-Bo, Flufie and Aim had come there with our pails and cans to pick 'em.
I seen her first. I hollered to Bo-Bo, I said, "I think it's Geanie from the farm up the road" and sure enough she come over to us and she had a pail too. She said her mother would make strawberr ...
Last Updated: Saturday, September 20, 2014 7:31:04 PM
Wow. What can we say? This area is amazing. The benefit for Steveo' was wonderful. We're touched to the bottom of our hearts.
Matt and Laura, Pam, Vick, Rach, all the restaurants, vendors, stores, donors, Anna, Sarah, and most importantly all the people who worked so hard to get this done. The Lions Club. The people who traveled to be there. Jeff Eldredge.
To all the drivers who drive Steveo' to his treatments, to all my friends at work.
And most of all to my loving sisters Beth and ...
Last Updated: Sunday, September 14, 2014 7:58:41 PM
To the editor,
Paying for college is one of the most persistent financial challenges faced by students and families across the Adirondacks. With higher education costs rising, the role of philanthropy in helping our young people realize their dreams is more important than ever.
Every year, thanks to our generous donors, Adirondack Foundation helps distribute hundreds of scholarship grants to students from all walks of life. In 2014, 35 of our funds combined to award nearly $500,000 to deserving ...
Last Updated: Sunday, September 14, 2014 7:56:33 PM
It's Labor Day. John and Jane Doe are leaving their summer home in Lake Pleasant for their "down south" home.
As they approach The Four Corners in Speculator they are impressed by the library, health center, Village Hall, senior center, Grace Methodist Church, and Speculator Department Store. At the intersection there's the bank, post office, Lane Emporium with the chamber of commerce and Charlie Johns general store.
The flowers in the triangle are breathtaking, as are those in the ne ...
Last Updated: Sunday, September 14, 2014 7:53:49 PM
The Hamilton County Youth Board and the Four Rivers Alliance of Hamilton County would like to thank all our sponsors for the second annual Oak Runner Trail Run at Oak Mountain Ski Center Sunday, Aug. 31.
The list of this year's sponsors, who provided excellent prizes and donations, includes: Oak Mountain, Charlie John's Store, Speculator Department Store, Alpin Haus, Lake Pleasant Lodge, Melody Lodge, McComb's Maple Syrup, Road ID, The Inn at Speculator, Indian Lake Theater, Pretty ...