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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
"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 ...
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 ...
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
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
I can't tell you how excited I am for the year 2015. The Historical Society of Lake Pleasant & Speculator has big plans for this year.
First they are co-sponsoring a Geocaching-Ham Radio Mid-winter event with Hamilton County Amateur Radio Club. We hope many folks will come and hunt for hidden caches in our community as they learn local history. To become a geocacher join free at www.geocaching.com.
The society is also sponsoring the first bi-annual Hamilton County History Fair. Th ...
Adirondack French Louie (Louis Seymour) made the wilderness between Inlet and Lake Pleasant his home from the 1860s until his death in Newton's Corners (now Speculator) Feb. 27, 1915.
A famous character throughout Hamilton and Herkimer counties while alive, Louie became a legend after the publication of the book "Adirondack French Louie: Life in the North Woods" in 1952, by Utica author Harvey Dunham.
Louie's life exemplified the hard work, determination and humor it took to make a ...
An internal email to IRS employees was leaked to the press the week of Jan. 11 where a senior IRS official warned that their budget was slashed so deeply that refund checks would be delayed, that less that half of the people calling the IRS would reach a human being, and that there would be more identity theft.
I'm sure the IRS's solution would be for the American taxpayer to pay more money to fund their effort to intimidate and harass us, have more people we could call that would g ...
By Congressman Bill Owens, NY-21
As I turn the page to a new chapter, I want to express my appreciation to all of you for allowing me to serve as your congressman in the House of Representatives.
I have often said our district is made up of Rockefeller Republicans and Reagan Democrats, and I have done my best to bring your reasonableness and moderate approach to Washington. For those who disagreed with me on occasion, I appreciate that our conversations were respectful and thoughtful.
Whether de ...
I am against Great South Woods development.
I believe what the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry and leader Dr. Colin Beier are proposing for the Adirondack Park and our small towns, hunters, trappers, animals, people who appreciate crime-free areas to live in, and free camping is the worst possible project yet. (Incidentally crime and drugs are increasing.)
I notice SUNY-ESF was awarded $220,000 to develop this project. I wish I could be awa ...
The APA Act recognized the complementary needs of all the people of the state for the preservation of the park's resources and open space character and of the park's permanent, seasonal and transient populations for growth and service areas, employment, and a strong economic base.
The Adirondack State Land Master Plan must be amended to better achieve this balance.
The APA has not respected this balance and has generally made life and economic survival more difficult for park reside ...
It's almost that time again -- time to reflect on the past year and time to resolve to do something differently in the months ahead. This year, why not make quitting smoking a priority?
Quitting is truly the best gift you can give your family, your loved ones, and yourself. Shortly after quitting your blood pressure and pulse rate return to normal, your risk of a heart attack drops, and breathing becomes easier as your lung capacity increases.
Your doctor's assistance will more than ...
The eighth grade at the Lake Pleasant school has once again been very thoughtful and caring to some of our elder senior citizens, as evidenced by a lovely Christmas "basket" of fruit and cookies delivered to my door Wednesday morning.
I am grateful to all of the students and staff for it and I wish for each one a blessed and wonderful Christmas, and a happy healthy New Year! God bless us one and all.
John M. Johansen
Dear Ms. Meixner:
It's that time of year for Pleasant Riders Snowmobile Club's local toy drive. This annual event will be Wednesday, Dec. 17, at the VFW Hall, located on State Route 8 in Lake Pleasant, from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. All gifts will be on display for parents to shop.
Donations of unwrapped gifts can be brought to one of three drop boxes located at Casey's Corner, Charlie Johns', or the Adirondacks Speculator Region Chamber of Commerce office. Gift card donations are also welcome.
If so ...
Executive amnesty for millions of illegal aliens, 3,500 new business crushing regulations, the feds attempting to regulate our local police departments -- all within the last two weeks!
State governments are waking up to the fact that they have the power to stop this federal overreach, regain state sovereignty, and bring power back to the people through use of a tool our Constitutional framers gave them for just this situation, an Article V Convention of States (COS).
Thursday, Dec. ...