Last Updated: Monday, April 13, 2015 10:56:57 PM
To the editor,
Is anyone else disturbed by the Tips From a Former Smoker ads on TV?
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) just announced a new campaign that started March 30. I’ve seen one new ad so far, ‘Julia’s Story.’
Julia smoked for more than 20 years before developing colon cancer at age 49. Her “tip” is to have a strong stomach. She explains that if you get colon cancer and have to have your colon removed, you will need to have an ostomy bag taped to yo ...
Last Updated: Sunday, April 05, 2015 6:25:26 PM
I am writing in light of the current political scene revolving around the New York state standardized tests.
There is a pull from Governor Cuomo to strengthen the weight of NYS tests against teacher evaluation scores, and a pull for the New York State United Teachers union to encourage parents to have their children refuse to take the tests. This is called an "opt out movement."
"Opting out" affects Lake Pleasant Central School, as well as our children.
New York state does not ackno ...
Last Updated: Sunday, April 05, 2015 6:23:40 PM
To the editor,
The Lake Pleasant Central School ski / snowboard club would like to thank everyone who helped make its season so enjoyable.
Mr. and Mrs. Lane, thank you for being gracious enough to let the members hold bake sales at your store (Charlie Johns). From these sales, and from the exceptional donors we were able to go to Royal Mountain, West Mountain, and Pico Mountain in Vermont for an overnight trip.
The club would also like to thank the administrators for letting the members make tri ...
Last Updated: Saturday, March 14, 2015 10:21:58 AM
To the editor,
The time has come for the criminal justice system to treat young people across New York state as children, not adults.
Currently, New York is one of just two states in the U.S. - the other is North Carolina - that imprisons and jails offenders younger than 18 years of age. According to Raise the Age, a public awareness campaign, other states have rejected this practice because "research into brain development underscores that adolescents are in fact children and that the human bra ...
Last Updated: Saturday, March 14, 2015 10:20:13 AM
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 "Snow Off-White."
Snow OFF-White? Well, this Snow White still has a good heart, but she's an ungraceful, rough-around-the-edges tomboy. Still, she wants to please her father, the king, when he returns with Vilenity, his bride-to-be.
Unknown to Snow, her future stepmother is a witch with designs on the kingdom. When the Magic Mirror reveals ...
Last Updated: Saturday, March 14, 2015 10:15:21 AM
I would like to thank the wonderful fans from Long Lake and Indian Lake who came out to support the Orange Varsity Boys Basketball Team this season. As the saying goes, you were all “Fantastic”!
Interest seemed to grow throughout the year as we continued to win some close games, and as we had two young men get closer to scoring 1,000 points for their high school careers. Congratulations to both Henry Sandiford and Curtis Seaman for achieving that goal.
It was a great sea ...
Last Updated: Monday, March 09, 2015 5:27:30 PM
March is National Problem Gambling Awareness Month and the National Council on Problem Gambling as well as the New York Council on Problem Gambling encourages everyone to "have a conversation" with family members, friends and your community about problems related to excessive gambling.
For many people gambling is a form of entertainment, for others it can become a serious addiction. Just like alcoholism, chemicals in the brain are activated during gambling activity which can lead to ...
Last Updated: Saturday, March 07, 2015 9:04:51 PM
The Village of Speculator election is Wednesday, March 18. I encourage all eligible voters in the village to exercise their right to vote. Terms have expired for mayor and two trustees.
I have been on the Village Board for the past four years and on the Planning Board prior to that. During that time, I have learned a lot and have a good appreciation of what village residents expect from their elected officials: good management practices which result in spending taxpayer dollars wisely ...
Last Updated: Saturday, March 07, 2015 9:03:24 PM
Our new community action group SPARC, Speculator - Piseco Area Regional Council, has recently formed as a result of our Village /Town Main Street Revitalization Plan.
All too often, communities do a study, identify needs, and because of a lack of funds, manpower and leadership the needs remain and our hometowns suffer. This wide array of community leaders and talents have gathered from one end of our region to the other, with business owners, teachers, local office holders, seniors, and yo ...
Last Updated: Monday, March 02, 2015 7:35:12 PM
It is often reported that there is nothing that can be done, legislatively, in order to repeal the S.A.F.E. Act. We are told our only hope is to wait for decisions in the multiple lawsuits that are going through the courts.
I remind you of the recent power shift in the NYS Senate. Upstate voters did not make that happen to hear the politicians say there is nothing they can do.
Downstate cheered when civil rights were destroyed by NY S.A.F.E. Act. Perhaps upstate will cheer as the re ...
Last Updated: Sunday, February 22, 2015 7:24:50 PM
Our community has sadly learned of the resignation of LLCS BOE President, Chris Blumberg. It appears she wanted to hold the BOE to standards of transparency, accountability and adherence to NYSSBA'S Code of Ethics to the community who elected and entrusted them with these duties.
Why is the BOE so eager to support the new BOE president, whose past and present dealings with the school reek of hypocrisy and raise many questions? Many issues have been swept under the carpet that have n ...
Last Updated: Friday, February 20, 2015 6:27:21 PM
To the editor:
Are you tired of feeling tired, grumpy, or sad? Have you lost interest in things you normally like to do? Are you sleeping more? Are you craving carbohydrates and gaining weight or had a change in your eating habits?
If so, you may be suffering from what is commonly known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a common form of depression that occurs during specific seasons and is linked to a decrease in daily sunlight. As you might expect, in the Adirondacks it is most common in th ...
Last Updated: Friday, February 20, 2015 6:25:29 PM
I want to thank everyone who helped make the American Legion Auxiliary's recent lasagna dinner successful. We were so very pleased with the response from people, braving the harsh elements of the weather that night! Brrrr, it was nasty.
Thank you all for your support! Freedom is not free! Thank you to all the ladies that served, and a huge thank you to the American Legion for being so generous in letting us use the Legion Hall.
God bless our servicemen and women!
Katie Hutchins for th ...
Last Updated: Friday, February 20, 2015 6:23:54 PM
"I hate people who smoke." That's what my son said the other day as we drove by a group of smokers standing outside one of our local businesses.
The comment made me sad. I used to smoke a long time ago. I told him that.
He thought for a minute and asked critically, "Why did you smoke, Mom? That's just gross!"
I told him, "For the same reason those people do ... it's really hard to quit."
I just joined the North Country Healthy Heart Network as project coordinator for a new State of ...
Last Updated: Wednesday, February 18, 2015 10:20:25 AM
The final figures are in! Pleasant Riders Snowmobile Club has donated $12,519 to the American Cancer Society, thanks to Riding for the Cure Jan. 24.
There were 94 riders, and local cancer survivors and people fighting cancer served 173 dinners; thank you!
Thank you to the 10 group leaders and 10 tail runners who took groups of riders to Indian Lake, Ohio, and on local runs.
The live auction and tricky tray raised $2,728. Thank you to all the people and businesses that donated everythi ...
Last Updated: Saturday, February 14, 2015 8:58:58 PM
The Mid Atlantic Branch of the Second Indianhead Division Association will have its annual reunion in Lancaster, Pa. May 1-3, at the Continental Inn.
All veterans of the Army's 2nd Infantry Division are invited, in particular those in the states of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, New York, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia.
For more information call Harry Roye at (804) 526-0828 or send an email to Hkroye@comcast.net.
Mike Davino, chairman
Last Updated: Saturday, February 14, 2015 8:55:15 PM
On behalf of the Speculator Lions Club we send our sincere thanks to all who participated in making the Feb. 7 Lions Club Poker Run a huge success.
The business owners who through the years have provided space in their establishments for conducting the games and who have generously provided the door prizes have been most instrumental in the success of the event.
All the participants from the community, including the participants from out of town, have contributed significantly to en ...
Last Updated: Saturday, February 14, 2015 8:51:27 PM
For over two years I've been writing about preserving the park for future generations and animals, and keeping it free without permits and tolls, the way it was when my ancestors camped, hunted, and trapped here.
I knew I was fighting a losing battle but I wanted to state my side. To be able to hike back into remote country and be alone was the best life for me. I received a ticket from rangers for doing just that.
I wanted to preserve the park and a way of life that is long gone. T ...
Last Updated: Sunday, February 08, 2015 8:00:29 PM
The Four Rivers Alliance and our Hamilton County partners, Sheriff's Department, the District Attorney and Stop DWI program would like to thank all those who participated in our recent holiday safe driving / riding campaign Lights on for Life.
The campaign raised awareness about the dangers of impaired / distracted driving while attending holiday events.
It worked. According to local authorities (sheriff, troopers and Town of Inlet PD), there were no recorded impaired driving arrest ...
Last Updated: Sunday, February 08, 2015 7:58:02 PM
Indian Lake Goes Orange is a scholarship fundraiser and community beautification project being spearheaded by the Indian Lake School Community Service Club.
Club members are representative of students in grades 6-12. The main focus of this year's project is to raise money for the club's scholarship program through the sale of marigold seeds harvested from the school's garden.
Club members review scholarship applications and award a scholarship to a high school senior each year durin ...
Last Updated: Tuesday, February 03, 2015 5:57:21 PM
As a private business owner and member of Hamilton County Workforce Investment Council it is my privilege to work with a number of talented, caring people helping to develop greater opportunities for Hamilton County residents. The council has developed programs that assist residents to secure training that creates more employment choices, helps our youth secure summer employment, and helps employers secure new employees.
It is now time to take an additional step. No fewer than five ...
Last Updated: Saturday, January 31, 2015 9:18:05 PM
After 40 years in home health care, Helping Hands Caregivers of Hamilton County is closing its doors.
As rural health care delivery evolves, it has presented economic and logistical challenges that a small business, like ours, cannot overcome. Because of the heroic efforts of a truly dedicated staff, we have been able to continue services until now.
The good news is that people are staying healthier longer, and the demand for home care in Hamilton County continues to shrink. A number ...
Last Updated: Saturday, January 31, 2015 9:16:07 PM
Don Rhodes, owner of Lake Pleasant Lodge, brought a proposal to the Village of Speculator July 22, 2014 to build a 60-room, 38-foot high hotel on the parcel adjacent to the Village Public Beach Park. Adjacent homeowners on Elliott Lane have expressed strong reservations about the proposal.
The map he submitted showed a blacktop parking area for 64 vehicles. The blacktop would come to the neighbors' property line. Headlights, doors slamming, people shouting, vehicles with snowmobile ...
Last Updated: Saturday, January 31, 2015 9:14:35 PM
We would like to take this opportunity to express our appreciation for all of the continued support we receive at our monthly church dinners.
Everyone is susceptible to hard times for many reasons; low wages, job loss, increased cost of living, injury and illness, just to name a few. This not only affects people on an individual basis, but it also has a community-wide result on our non-profit organizations.
We are writing this letter asking for help to keep one of our most basic sup ...
Last Updated: Saturday, January 31, 2015 9:12:34 PM
I am running for the position of village trustee in the March 18, Village of Speculator election. I would appreciate your support.
I have been a resident since I was a baby, and have lived here full-time since 1992. My wife, Barbara, and I love the area, and have always volunteered our time and energy to support local activities.
I have been active in the Lions Club since 1982 serving as president, and for many years secretary. I am currently on the board of directors for the Lake Ple ...