Last Updated: Wednesday, July 01, 2015 9:06:53 AM
As we head into summer, our thoughts turn to family, sun and fun; long days enjoying our fabulous outdoors here in Speculator and Lake Pleasant.
It is, as well, the beginning of our local election cycle for our elected leaders. In our town we have two council seats, highway superintendent, two town justices and supervisor positions up for your votes, as well as several county-wide posts.
I am very proud of the collaborative work our town board, highway superintendent and myself have b ...
Last Updated: Wednesday, July 01, 2015 9:06:41 AM
To the editor,
Baltimore Riots: Killings, shootings, burnings, immense property damage, over 200 injured law officers, millions of dollars of damages, a city
torn asunder by insane haters and rioters. Inspired by the hate and race baiting of Obama, Al Sharpton, Eric Holder, the mayor and DA.
Church Massacre in Charleston, S.C.: Family members and friends of the nine murdered. "We forgive and pray for you."
Inspired by the love of Jesus Christ. What a difference!
Caroga Lak ...
Last Updated: Wednesday, July 01, 2015 8:29:38 AM
While we have a lot to be grateful for as we celebrate our nation's 239th birthday, I can’t help thinking how our founding fathers would be turning over 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 ...
Last Updated: Sunday, June 21, 2015 11:25:28 PM
In the June 10 edition of your newspaper, you listed the high school graduates from Hamilton County. I wanted to bring to your attention that missing from your listing are four graduating seniors who are residents of Long Lake.
Steven Lamos and Abigail Rider are graduating from Mountainside Christian Academy in Schroon Lake, and John Lance Gocke and Madison Miller are graduating from Newcomb Central School, raising your total graduating number from 38 to 42.
Last Updated: Monday, June 15, 2015 12:03:40 AM
I would like to congratulate Alex Harris and Brian Penrose on their election to the Long Lake Central School Board of Education. I would also like to thank Jules Comeau for again stepping up in support of our school.
Let us hope this will usher in a new spirit of putting student education as our first priority and a renewed sense of fiscal responsibility. It would be nice to move forward.
I have been very disappointed in recent board decisions and the last school budget which seem t ...
Last Updated: Monday, June 15, 2015 12:01:35 AM
To the editor,
Cycle Adirondacks, Wildlife Conservation Society’s new road-cycling tour of the Adirondack Park and surrounding region, will be Aug. 22-29. The event will bring hundreds of people to our special corner of the world. To date, guests have registered from nearly 30 states and Canada, many of whom are saying it will be their first visit to the region.
The cycling, and the memories it will provide our guests, will be amazing; we know that. But it’s the connections with peop ...
Last Updated: Sunday, June 14, 2015 11:59:50 PM
Summer is approaching and we are headed into the busy tourist season, when many people visit Hamilton County to vacation and relax.
As district attorney it is my goal that tourists and residents alike stay safe during this busy period. On the highways, in particular, safety is a compelling concern.
On Nov. 18, 2009, the State of New York adopted Leandra’s Law. It is named after 11-year-old Leandra Rosado, who was killed in a crash while a passenger in a car driven by a drunken ...
Last Updated: Sunday, June 14, 2015 11:55:22 PM
It has been brought to my attention that a rumor is being circulated about my lack of desire to continue serving the community of Wells in my current capacity. Nothing could be farther from the truth!
While holding public office certainly has its peaks and valleys, I remain steadfastly dedicated to the tasks that lay ahead. So with the political season still young, I wish to confirm that my name will once again appear on the ballot this November for the office of town supervisor.
Last Updated: Monday, June 08, 2015 11:42:07 PM
I would like to inform Wells residents I will not be running for councilperson this fall.
Last year I decide I would not seek another term in office. I enjoyed my time on the board, and am particularly grateful to Wells residents for their support for the past 12 years as a town councilperson.
I learned a lot about the town and I hope I served you well. I wish the candidates running for my seat the best of luck.
Last Updated: Monday, June 08, 2015 11:40:19 PM
After much thought and consideration, I have decided to run for the position of Wells Town Clerk. Mari Wilson has done a wonderful job for the town and I would strive to serve the town with the same dedication and hard work that she has shown us over the years.
My husband and I purchased a camp in Wells in 2004 and then a house in 2005, moving here in 2007 so we could be nearer to his family, who have lived here for generations.
I am a Katherine Gibbs graduate and also have a strong ...
Last Updated: Monday, June 08, 2015 11:38:45 PM
“Are e-cigarettes safe?” While the answer to that question remains unclear, one thing is certain. E-cigarettes pose a serious threat to our children.
Findings from the CDC’s 2014 National Youth Tobacco Survey revealed that use of e-cigarettes (vaping) is becoming increasingly popular among youth. As a matter of fact, students are vaping more often than smoking cigarettes these days.
Almost 4 percent of middle school students and 13.4 percent of high school students ...
Last Updated: Monday, June 08, 2015 11:36:25 PM
How heart-warming was the large attendance at the Memorial Day observance here in Wells.
Our town supervisor, Brian Towers, spoke, reminding us of the debt we owe to those, past and present, who fought and are fighting for us and for our country. Our new minister in town, the Rev. John Dale, also spoke and asked for God's blessing, not only on our servicemen, women and veterans, but also for all of us and for our country.
Wells school band was present and played several patriotic se ...
Last Updated: Wednesday, June 03, 2015 7:52:21 AM
Stofelano running for clerk
To the editor,
The residents and business records of the Town of Wells have been well served for the past several years under the supervision and guidance of Mari Wilson. Since her recent announcement I have given quite a bit of thought as to how the town can continue to keep these records on the same track. Therefore, I would like to ask your consideration of my candidacy as town clerk.
My business experience as a former bank manager for more than 25 years has provi ...
Last Updated: Tuesday, May 26, 2015 12:02:48 AM
To the editor,
The 4th of July Parade Committee is busy making final preparations for this year's "Hats Off to America" parade to be held July 4 at 7 p.m.
In recognition of the independence of our nation, the parade will feature participants from local organizations, floats, antique cars, and vehicles. The popular Mohawk Valley Frasiers, Saratoga Fife and Drum Corps and Tamara Healy’s Horse and Carriage will return.
We are also excited to add to our family entertainment this year DJ "Sound ...
Last Updated: Saturday, May 23, 2015 11:23:12 AM
To the editor:
We would like to extend our sincere appreciation to the voters of Long Lake Central School District for their continued support and for recently approving the 2015-16 school budget.
We are extremely grateful to be part of a community that values our small school and provides us with the opportunity to work with multidimensional students who showcase their talents in thoughtful, creative, and unique styles each and every day.
It truly takes a village to raise a child, and we are mo ...
Last Updated: Saturday, May 23, 2015 11:21:40 AM
It has come to my attention that some, nitpicking my recent letter informing the public I will not seek another term, are all a-buzz that Brian Towers was not mentioned by name. I would like to put the buzz to rest.
To keep words within the limit allowed for a letter to the editor, I consolidated some wording. This short note will clarify my meaning:
"Wells Town Supervisor Brian Towers and all other members of the town board I have ever had the privilege to serve with are, ...
Last Updated: Tuesday, May 19, 2015 10:22:16 AM
Hamilton County Public Health Nursing Service and the Town of Indian Lake are supporting a new and exciting fitness challenge this summer. “Cross the Park Challenge” encourages participants to walk, hike, or run a total of 236.4 miles, which is the equivalent distance between the northern and southern borders of the Adirondack Park, from June 1, 2015 through Aug. 31, 2015.
To participate, we ask that at the conclusion of each week participants report the number of miles ...
Last Updated: Sunday, May 17, 2015 8:31:57 PM
Over the years Community Action has received support through a variety of means, and with each donation I like to personally thank everyone in a timely fashion.
However, this year with such a significant increase of need among Hamilton County residents, I've found myself focusing on their needs rather than thanking those who allow us to provide the help we do. So, if it seems as if you were forgotten or your support wasn't appreciated, please know each and every donation we receive ...
Last Updated: Monday, May 11, 2015 12:25:36 AM
I am urging a vote against the Northville Library budget this year to send a message to the board that governs it. We have a great library in a beautiful setting, but we are not getting as much as we should for our tax dollars.
Note that you vote for the library budget and trustees when you go to vote for the school budget May 19. They are separate items and a vote against the library budget is not a vote against the school budget.
One of my peeves is I have tried to donate ne ...
Last Updated: Saturday, May 09, 2015 9:18:04 PM
The Board of Trustees of the Long Lake Public Library has issued a 'Call for Candidates' to run for election to the board in the June balloting. Two seats need to be filled.
Trustees serve without renumeration. Their reward derives from an important civic service to the community and the pride that arises from participation as an elected public official.
The library is an important and vital institution that strives to meet the educational, artistic, intellectual and entertainment n ...
Last Updated: Saturday, May 09, 2015 9:16:15 PM
To the editor:
As a Long Lake resident for over 14 years, I appreciate how prominent a role Long Lake Central School has played in my life, first as a student and now as a taxpayer and parent. As a new parent, my days are spent thinking of my daughter’s future, and I hope Long Lake Central will play as important a part in my daughter’s life as it has had in mine.
I am running for Long Lake Central School Board because I believe in the power of a small school with big ideas. My ...
Last Updated: Saturday, May 09, 2015 9:13:59 PM
To the editor,
Picture this: 200 plus people, more than already use the beach, on the village beach every day.
Also, Mr. Rhodes has said nothing about the boats, jet-skis, kayaks that will come with these people. Is this what you want?
We have had a place in the area for 50 years and have liked it very much despite street-roadside lights and added noise.
Last Updated: Saturday, May 09, 2015 9:11:32 PM
To the editor,
It is time that Northville Library taxpayers looked at our library budget and asked if our tax dollars are being wisely used. Is the library Board of Trustees doing what they were elected to do as trustees of those dollars? In answer to that question one item immediately comes to mind: salaries.
Please note that while I love the library, have used it often, and have nothing against our current library director something has to change. His current annual salary is $70,533. Accordin ...
Last Updated: Saturday, May 09, 2015 9:09:31 PM
It is with some regret that I announce my decision not to run for a fifth term as Wells Town Clerk. Interested persons may run during the 2015 General Election.
Term for this office is four years. A candidate must be 18 years of age and a resident of Wells. As in any job, honesty and integrity are important qualities; in part the position entails collecting state and local fees as well as discreet and confidential handling of vital statistics. A town clerk must be willing to keep tran ...
Last Updated: Monday, May 04, 2015 7:30:02 PM
The Drug Quiz Show is returning to Hamilton County as the Elks Drug Quiz Show.
Thursday, May 7, there will be a Hamilton County Drug Quiz Show at the Piseco Community Hall at 9 a.m. We welcome anyone who would like to attend.
Two teams, Lake Pleasant Central School's 7th Grade Health Class and Indian Lake Central School's 6th Grade Health Class, will test their knowledge of 17 different Health and Life Skills related topics.
We are thankful to the Elks USA for recognizing the ...