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 ...
Last Updated: Sunday, September 07, 2014 11:17:05 AM
The coverage of the dedication of the enlarged Speculator Village Park to honor the legacy of boxers Gene Tunney et. al. (Hamilton County Express, September 3-9, 2014), was impressive and very much appreciated by all who participated in this community effort.
I would like to highlight one aspect that was overlooked: the presentation of a granite etching of a likeness of Tunney that was commissioned by his son, Jay Tunney, and given to the village at the ceremony. The artist, David Min ...
Last Updated: Sunday, September 07, 2014 11:15:45 AM
To the editor,
Piseco Volunteer Fire Department will check and clean chimneys for Town of Arietta property owners again this year. The courtesy service will be provided Saturday, Sept. 27.
Any Piseco resident wanting this service should call Robey at 548-5400. Leave your name, 911 address, best phone number to reach you to schedule, and your availability in Piseco Sept. 27. In order to accomplish a complete job, we normally need access to your residence.
Please call to schedule on or before Sept ...
Last Updated: Sunday, September 07, 2014 11:14:21 AM
Many years ago [when I was on the Village of Speculator Planning Board] we outlawed the use of "sandwich-board" signs because we didn't want to see Speculator mirror downtown Lake George.
I still think it was a good idea; however, today as I was driving down by the "four corners" I saw what was even worse.
The people serving on the garden committee, who have done such a fabulous job in upgrading our village, must be as incensed as I am in seeing the "Vote For" placards spotted around these floral displays like a case of chicken pox.
I hope ...
Last Updated: Sunday, September 07, 2014 11:12:51 AM
Now, with the unofficial end of summer looming before us, it is time again to think about the long, cold winter just around the corner. This year again, the Lake Pleasant Volunteer Fire Department will be cleaning chimneys for residents of the Lake Pleasant Fire District Sept. 27, 2014 starting at 8 a.m.
With the ever-rising cost of heating oil and gas, more and more people are resorting to wood heat to ease the pain of these higher costs. This increases the possibility of more chimne ...
Last Updated: Sunday, September 07, 2014 11:11:07 AM
What a fabulous community this is!
The expansion and beautification of Osborne Point and Gene Tunney Memorial, as well as the community in general, has involved many people.
Over 64 people made financial contributions.
Close to 32 members of the Garden Club spearheaded by Lynne Brown and Judy Nelson.
Art Brown (and his occasional helper, Tom Brown) watering plants and barrels.
Mitzi Fox heading the campaign for the contribution of benches from some 38 people... and is spearheading the ...
Last Updated: Tuesday, September 02, 2014 8:53:47 PM
The Speculator women’s softball team would like to thank the fans and supporters that came out to watch us play this summer. We would also like to thank Steve Page and Seth Weaver for generously officiating the games, Diane Fedor for graciously keeping score, and Dave Bayly for giving up his precious time to coach us, with the assistance of Andy Weaver. We had a great time, and really liked the fact that so many people came out to share their enthusiasm at our games.
We would, ...
Last Updated: Sunday, August 31, 2014 6:53:54 PM
The Adirondack Women's Softball League would like to thank all coaches, players, fans and sponsors for another fun-packed summer. Thank you to Jim Dillon the sponsor for the Raquette Lake Tap Room.
Tuesday, Aug. 26, the Adirondack Women's Softball League held its first annual All Star Game to celebrate the end of the season. The game was held on the field next to the Black Mountain Pub, which hosted the post-game festivities, including the awarding of trophies.
The first place team ...
Last Updated: Sunday, August 31, 2014 6:53:21 PM
I just received my copy of the Aug. 20-26 Hamilton County Express.
In reference to the article “Essex Chain Draft UMP to be Revised,” releasing the information on a proposed snowmobile trail from Indian Lake to Newcomb, I am so happy for all of the snowmobile enthusiasts. I know if passed, it would be a much needed boost to the economy.
Snowmobilers have succeeded in at least getting a revision proposed. Growing up in the Town of Indian Lake, and having many relatives an ...
Last Updated: Friday, August 29, 2014 8:19:40 AM
The Speculator Lions Club thanks everyone who supported our 2014 Kayaks Raffle and our Fly-In Breakfast held Aug. 23.
Your generosity helped us raise a significant amount of money for Lion charities, which includes our Scholarship Fund, our Halloween Party for kids, the Eyesight and Hearing Foundations, and other beneficial programs.
We look forward to your continued support in 2015 and once again thank you for helping us serve our community.
Dick Newell for
Speculator Lions Club
Last Updated: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 1:52:35 PM
For all the naive suckers who made Barack Hussein Obama president, I have some questions starting with: are you happy now? If you dare answer -- not for me but for yourself, your children and grandchildren -- then please continue.
Do you see now what you voted into the White House? A rookie, an over-confident, not-nearly-so-smart, empty suit community organizer who is looking more and more narcissistic and dissociative by the day, a Mr. Cool, perfect leader of the "whatever" ilk.
Last Updated: Sunday, August 24, 2014 5:09:06 PM
School resumes shortly for all our area youngsters, and with that comes the need for back-to-school supplies.
You can help our kids have a great start this upcoming school year. Warren - Hamilton County Community Action is asking for your help in donating school supplies for our local students.
The items in highest demand for this school year are book covers, index cards, paper, pens / pencils, markers / highlighters, folders (pocket and accordion) and protractors.
As always, other ...
Last Updated: Sunday, August 24, 2014 5:07:34 PM
Mr. Cuomo, we are glad to hear you came up to Indian Lake to take that raft trip. I'm sure that helped to promote rafting.
I was wondering if you might come up north again to Speculator via Rt. 30 and notice all the new imported weeds and firewood for sale signs along the way; also all the tourists and boats we already have on the lakes.
They tell me some of the lakes are becoming polluted. Take time and visit the state campgrounds and you will notice attendance way down at times and ...
Last Updated: Sunday, August 24, 2014 5:05:03 PM
On behalf of the Hamilton County Youth Board I would like to thank the countless individuals who helped make our Family Fun Day another huge success. We had over 400 people attend this year's event.
First and foremost, we would like to thank our sponsors: Stop DWI Program, Camp-of-the-Woods, Blue Line Electrical Services, Charlie Johns, Speculator Department Store, G.A. Bove and Sons Fuel, Lake Pleasant Marine, Tanners Outdoor Sports, Lake Pleasant - Sacandaga Association, Wilt Indu ...
Last Updated: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 11:02:50 AM
To the editor,
Town of Long Lake employees want to update those who have been following our efforts to meet with the Town Board to discuss wages and benefits.
The board has refused to meet with us, stating it would do so at "budget time." We wanted an earlier meeting to give the board time to discuss, investigate and come to an agreement with the employees before they do the 2015 budget.
Of the employers we investigated (towns of Newcomb, Tupper and Indian Lake, Long Lake Central School, Long La ...
Last Updated: Saturday, August 16, 2014 9:43:02 PM
As Northern New York section emergency coordinator for the Amateur Radio Emergency Service, I would like to thank the members of the Hamilton County and Tryon Amateur radio clubs who provided communications during the Piseco Triathlon.
Radio operators were stationed around the course to provide real-time tracking and report problems should any occur. Fortunately the event went smoothly.
Participating in these events not only enhances their safety and smooth operation, it is excellen ...
Last Updated: Saturday, August 16, 2014 9:41:35 PM
Once again I've been bombarded with questions: "How long have you been here?" "What do you do?" "Where is the garden?" "What do you take?" followed by "What are your needs?"
In response we have been here in Indian Lake for nearly 40 years. Community Action is here to help residents within Hamilton County, who are facing a hardship.
Our food pantry and emergency services are based upon income guidelines and according to funds available. We also offer lightly used clothing, household ...
Last Updated: Saturday, August 09, 2014 10:53:43 PM
After much discussion we have decided to open the Wells Food Pantry to residents of Wells only. We will no longer include residents of other towns.
With the increase in patrons to the pantry and the fact that more than 95 percent of our donations are given by the residents of Wells, and our volunteers are all residents of Wells, we feel this is the only fair option we have at this time.
All residents of Hamilton County may use the county-run food pantry in Indian Lake, which is oper ...
Last Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 8:00:19 PM
On behalf of Cathy Ferguson we would like to thank everyone who worked so hard in organizing the benefit for her.
Cathy had been traveling to the cancer center in Chicago where she underwent surgery. She will continue to go back for follow-up.
We are all so thankful for the love and gracious donations from our Wells community along with neighboring towns. I want to personally thank the committee members, friends and family who made this benefit happen with monetary gifts, food and esp ...
Last Updated: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 10:36:32 AM
The North Country Hardship Fund Inc. was created in 2009 following a tragic motorcycle accident to Wayne Bukovinsky. The outpouring of support from family, friends, and community inspired Wayne to create an organization whose mission was to offer immediate financial assistance to victims of tragedy in the counties we serve.
Since 2010 the NCHF has awarded over $100,000 to victims of tragedy. This is no easy task. We rely solely on public donations and fund-raising events throughout ...
Last Updated: Saturday, July 19, 2014 9:36:51 AM
The recent spate of bad weather reminds us that while our area has avoided recent large-scale natural disasters anything can happen, and it is best to be prepared.
The tornado that touched down recently in Lewis County shows us the potential. We only have to look back about 15 years to see the havoc wreaked by a major ice storm in the St. Lawrence Valley and northwestern corner of the Adirondacks.
A slight change in weather conditions and it could have affected large areas of the Ad ...
Last Updated: Saturday, July 19, 2014 9:34:35 AM
In my opinion it's worse now and getting even worse for our rural lifestyle and worse yet for our deer and moose populations in the Adirondack Park.
Deer have not recovered yet from the doe season in the 1960s and I think the moose population that we are supposed to be expanding will be harassed from the new snowmachine trails and will want to find new territory.
Unfortunately they don't realize there is no place to go and will be killed crossing the roads and cause car wrecks or wors ...
Last Updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 9:15:12 PM
To the editor,
I am writing this letter about Bonnie Eldridge and her 27 years of service to Indian Lake Central School. Bonnie regretfully retired from a job she loved over several unresolved issues.
During this tough time for Bonnie and her family several issues have been brought out into the public as to what is going on behind closed doors at Indian Lake Central School. Many of these issues are costing us taxpayers thousands of dollars.
Maybe it is time for some of us taxpayers to start look ...