Last Updated: Monday, April 21, 2014 9:54:10 PM
Once again, it is time to alert Hamilton County cat guardians that the Cats Limited of Hamilton County Inc. Annual Meeting is coming. The meeting is planned for Saturday, May 3, at 1 p.m. at my home.
The public is invited. We welcome all interested people to come, meet the board of directors, ask questions, receive our annual reports, and learn about the workings of this vitally important organization, which exists to improve quality of life for all Hamilton County cats.
Call me at (5 ...
Last Updated: Monday, April 21, 2014 9:52:59 PM
A few months ago, I had the privilege of working on a large project with Patti Southworth. Our goal was to organize and expedite a town parade for the Ballston 225 celebration. We had three weeks and no finances to do this.
Patti and I were the only organizers with a few of our friends and family as helpers. I was amazed at how she handled herself, not only at the town board meetings, but how she gets things done. She was able to get all the permits needed, helpers and donations in ...
Last Updated: Monday, April 21, 2014 9:51:27 PM
I just received a 248-page book titled "Where To Watch Wildlife - New York Wildlife Viewing Guide" by Watchable Wildlife Series Inc. Possibly it came to me through The Conservationist magazine? I do not know.
It amazes me that our state government, wanting to attract businesses and tourists to NYS, has the nerve to release this book. It was published by Adventure Publications Inc., 820 Cleveland St. South, Cambridge, Minn. Do we not have a publishing company in NYS capable of publis ...
Last Updated: Friday, April 18, 2014 10:58:17 AM
The Long Lake Central School District Board of Education has a very important decision to make: whether to extend the contract of the superintendent. I have expressed my concerns about the way the BOE is going about this, and I write now with even greater concerns.
It is the board's seeming refusal to hear people out, to not gather as much information as possible to make this important decision, that really concerns me.
The past five years of superintendent evaluations have been shr ...
Last Updated: Sunday, April 13, 2014 6:47:00 PM
Are you wondering, like me, why your electric bills have doubled or tripled in the last few months and no one seems to know why?
We're being told the reason for the skyrocketing prices is the unusually cold winter, resulting in natural gas price increases. Are we naively waiting for the price to go back down as soon as it warms up?
According to an article by Steven H. Ahle of Columbia Public Policy Examiner, "In May 2012, the U.S. Energy Information Administration released a report [Annual Energy Outlook 2012] s ...
Last Updated: Sunday, April 13, 2014 6:44:50 PM
Do you have a Forestry Management Plan? Would you like to have one for your forested land?
The United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service has an ongoing sign-up period for programs that may help you manage your forested land and keep it sustainable for the future. There are funds available and several landowners in Hamilton County have already signed up and will be receiving funds. The process is easy and there are no acre limits.
If you already h ...
Last Updated: Sunday, April 13, 2014 6:43:15 PM
A little more than six years ago, I walked away from a well-paying job as a supervising pharmacist and entered the world of public service.
I was elected supervisor in the Town of Ballston, becoming the town "CEO" and its representative at the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors. Immediately, I plunged in headlong, attending seminars and training sessions, immersing myself in the arcane language and decades-old rules and regulations.
While campaigning, I walked from one end of my t ...
Last Updated: Saturday, April 05, 2014 5:20:59 PM
Some say the opposite of love is not hate, it's actually indifference. That's because it takes energy and commitment to hate, and that ultimately takes a serious toll on the hater. But unfortunately, we can't always control what we feel.
Every time I hear another weak, whitewashed, dishonest explanation from the liars in the current administration about what happened in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012, I have to remind myself yet again about the perils of hate.
But then I think of those gu ...
Last Updated: Saturday, April 05, 2014 5:17:29 PM
In regard to your March 26 article, "Views Vary on Renewing Dickerson's Contract," Mrs. Dickerson states, "Effectiveness of leadership has always been questioned in Long Lake."
This implies disgruntled teachers have been responsible for the high turnover of superintendents since 1996, which is simply not true.
Pat Vartuli passed away from cancer. Jim Beardsley retired to enjoy the good life. Ken Slentz moved on to West Canada Valley and the state Education Department to satisfy care ...
Last Updated: Saturday, April 05, 2014 5:14:52 PM
In the March 26 Express article entitled, "Views vary on renewing Dickerson's contract," Superintendent of Schools Mary Dickerson claimed to have started several school committees. I would like to point out that at least two of those committees were established before her arrival at Long Lake Central School.
The Maintenance Committee was started by Tisha White, LLCS guidance counselor, when acting as interim superintendent following the departure of Kevin Crampton. In addition, the ...
Last Updated: Tuesday, April 01, 2014 11:37:14 AM
To the editor,
This is my sixth year as the school nurse at LLCS and I have read your article about Mary Dickerson and I feel that it is terribly one-sided. I do not agree that 75 percent of the faculty and staff are dreadfully unhappy with the direction and leadership of LLCS.
I for one hope that Mary Dickerson's contract is extended and I don't believe that I am the only one that feels that way. Mary's door is always open to anyone who wishes to sit down and discuss anything no matter how big ...
Last Updated: Tuesday, April 01, 2014 11:35:39 AM
I am writing to alert residents of Hamilton County to a telephone scam. I had a call this morning, probably from India, Malaysia, or China, in which a hard-to-understand person said I had won $5 million dollars. I said that is not possible because I do not enter contests. He assured me it was true. Sensing a scam, I drew him out, letting him talk, until he said that all I need do is to send a check. I knew then it was a scam because in this country, it is illegal for any contest to re ...
Last Updated: Tuesday, April 01, 2014 11:33:00 AM
On Saturday, March 15, a Blue Line Geocachers' Winter Geocaching Get-together tradition was continued in Lake Pleasant rather than Long Lake.
Saddened by the loss of the event for this year, Pete Newell put out a call for help to make it happen. Although it was hastily planned, we had a good turnout and a great time with lots of new snow to enjoy.
A few of us placed a lot of new winter-friendly caches around the area to make the event more appealing. We hosted about 37 attendees from ...
Last Updated: Tuesday, April 01, 2014 11:25:10 AM
April 7-14 is National Public Health Week. This year Hamilton County Public Health Nursing Service (HCPHNS) is celebrating Public Health Week and would like to encourage others to do so too.
“National Public Health Week helps educate and engage Americans in the movement to create a healthier America for ourselves and the generations to come,” said Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP (E), executive director of the American Public Health Association. “We all have a ...
Last Updated: Saturday, March 22, 2014 8:08:37 PM
What if there were a college, even just a two-year college, in Hamilton County?
This may sound absurd, but it was a possibility in 1990. What happened in 1990 was what didn't happen in 1990. To understand, look back to the mid-1980s.
Between 1982 and 1985 and, despite the restrictions in the Adirondack Park Land Use and Development Plan, sales of subdivided property tripled, and doubled again by 1988. This rapid growth (mostly of vacation homes), increased the price of real estate, encouraged th ...
Last Updated: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 11:42:41 AM
To the editor:
Throughout the nation, March is Red Cross Month. During this time, we like to recognize our Everyday Heroes who reach out to help their neighbors when they are in need.
These everyday heroes are our volunteers who help disaster victims get on the road to recovery. They give blood to help someone in the hospital. They brighten the day of an injured service member in a hospital far from home. They take our classes and step forward to help someone having a heart attack or save a drow ...
Last Updated: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 11:41:03 AM
Once again our wonderful community came out in force on Saturday evening, making our son Eric's fundraiser a fabulous success.
The generosity of people like you -- the hard working volunteers from Pleasant Riders, those who donated provisions, prizes and hard earned money -- made for an evening of food, fun and fellowship and raised almost $9,000 to offset the huge medical expenses Eric has incurred.
These funds will be a great help to him as he works to get back to strength after his ...
Last Updated: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 11:39:28 AM
Join us in NeverLand! On behalf of Lake Pleasant Central School's Drama Club, we would like to invite the community to support this year's musical production of "Disney's Peter Pan Jr." April 4 and 5 at 7 p.m.
Wendy Darling loves to tell stories to her brothers, Michael and John. But when her father announces she must move out of the nursery, Peter Pan comes to visit the children and whisks them away to NeverLand. Their adventure introduces them to the Lost Boys, Mermaids, Indians a ...
Last Updated: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 11:37:56 AM
Promote tourists from Pennsylvania to Canada along Rt. 30 (the old Indian trail) with free overnight tent camping, firewood, playground for kids and pets, dumping stations at state campgrounds; large enough for new motorhomes and trailers, tourist maps with side trips and free camping.
Some examples: new farmers' museums in Middleburgh; promote fishing, hunting and trapping in park; build a snowmachine and ATV trail along Rt. 30 from Pennsylvania to the Canadian border; open the old s ...
Last Updated: Monday, March 10, 2014 12:57:47 PM
I would like to comment on the article you wrote in the March 5 issue of Hamilton County Express. It concerns the subdivision at Oak Mt. and the water and sewer line in relation to the road (right of way).
Now that Mr. Osborne has his old job back, his memory of the project is a little fuzzy. I am the previous owner he refers to.
The sewer line is on one side of the road and the water line is on the other side of the road. They are both in the correct position in relation to the road.
Last Updated: Saturday, March 08, 2014 5:00:57 PM
The women of the Speculator and Lake Pleasant Methodist churches would like to express their sincere appreciation to all of the people who attended the Benefit Dinner for Janis Perkins.
Due to the impressive support of well over 200 attendees the event was a tremendous success monetarily and socially. It was an outstanding example of community spirit in action to be of assistance to a neighbor in need.
The substantial monetary donations collected at the dinner have been presented to ...
Last Updated: Thursday, March 06, 2014 9:04:08 PM
It has been brought to my attention that there are still a lot of our county residents not familiar with a service we offer at Lake Pleasant Public Library.
We are in our third year of partnering with United Way and the IRS to provide free tax preparation for our communities. If you have an income of $58,000 or less you are eligible.
Please look for the posters in the post offices, Charlie Johns store and the library to see what they can help you prepare. We also have federal and stat ...
Last Updated: Thursday, March 06, 2014 9:01:59 PM
I would like to tell the voters of the Village of Speculator that I am running for re-election to the village Board of Trustees, but failed to get my petition in on time to be on the ballot.
I have enjoyed being on the board, and believe that my input is important and that we can continue to move forward.
I would appreciate the voters writing in my name as 'Edward Brooks' on Election Day March 18.
Thank you for this opportunity to let me continue.
Last Updated: Monday, March 03, 2014 7:08:32 PM
What fun, and something for everyone! That is what anyone who attended any of the huge array of events at the Indian Lake SnoCade expressed over and over.
There was everything from a serious look at how an ice rescue is carried out, perhaps saving a life, to fun and games for over 60 children as The Adirondack Museum opened its doors in welcome.
There were hikes, snow sled rides and a very popular Star Gazing program. There was unrestrained laughter as the cast of "Forever SnoCade" ...
Last Updated: Monday, March 03, 2014 7:06:29 PM
To the editor:
This spring, Adirondack Foundation is offering $140,000 in scholarship opportunities to students and families seeking financial aid for higher education. We encourage you to learn more from your school guidance counselor, or by visiting www.generousact.org for a list of scholarship grants available to Adirondack students, application information, and deadlines for submission.
A limited number of scholarships are available for current college students; the majority of scholarships ...