I remember when a venison roast in the oven, fish frying, Grandfather trapping beaver and camping in West Canada country was recreation and free for folks that didn't have much money. Relatives had line camps for trapping and shelter year-round in big range country by the Siamese Ponds.
DEC rangers could fine me up to $2,500 for storing equipment, boats and shelter on state land. They said modern ways are better and only one permit a year for trappers and hunters. I disagree.
Why are ...
Indian Lake American Legion Post 1392 is reaching a critical period in its long history. Participation by existing membership, which is currently 95 on the roster, is very poor.
About a dozen members are active at maximum effort, and with normal routine activity only six to eight are steady participants. These few are carrying the load for the other 80 or so members.
Most of the handful of "regulars" mentioned above are well advanced in age; how long they can carry on is a moot ques ...
Everyone is thinking about the proposed merger of the Northville and Mayfield central schools. I started considering this from an emotional standpoint. As a proud graduate of NCS, I wanted my children to graduate on the same front lawn.
I love that when I am in the school, I know everyone. I wanted to ignore the idea of a merger because I didn't want anything to change.
However, I decided this decision is too important to be made just from emotion. I got involved to get the facts be ...
So many thanks need to be extended to all the volunteers -- and those who shopped locally -- to make this year's Country Christmas Tour a success.
I would like to extend special thanks to the Girl Scouts who helped with decorations at Byron Park; the ladies of North Country Crafters who sold their handmade items with all profits going to the ambulance corps, fire department and local charities; the school for the use of its cafeteria by other crafters; and the town for use of the sk ...
I am writing this letter Nov. 21 because it is the Great American Smoke Out Day sponsored by the American Cancer Society. The goal for this day each year is to convince smokers / tobacco users to quit for one day, but the hope is that they will quit forever.
The Smoke Out has been around for 38 years now, but tobacco use is still the leading cause of preventable disease and death. Around 25,000 people in New York state die each year from tobacco-related diseases.
According to the AC ...
When the high school students attended "Les Miserables" at the Theatre Institute Oct. 4, they learned Indian Lake had lost a good friend.
Mrs. Julia Cadbury was a member of our community here at Indian Lake and a benefactor to our school children. She honored us with her generosity on many occasions, making it possible for elementary, middle and high school students to see shows we might not have otherwise.
She spent her own money to provide bus transportation several times. Wheneve ...
The Board of Trustees of the Lake Pleasant Library is looking at the present and future needs of our community library. The library is a major source for people using their own laptops, smartphones, tablets etc. as we have a superb Wi-Fi system accessible 24 hours a day. The library board is now planning an expansion to prepare for the future.
The future library will have books because our community is a book community and books will not disappear. E-books will be increasingly more po ...
To the editor,
The United States Postal Service is proud to be an integral part of the Long Lake community, where records of postal operations date back to at least 1863.
As manager of postal operations across the High Peaks area of the Postal Service's Albany District, our commitment to you is professional, reliable and courteous service. Here in Upstate New York, we strive for top performance in terms of customer satisfaction and are among the tops in the nation in meeting that goal.
We take s ...
I am writing this letter as a concerned postal customer and retired postmaster. I have been retired for four years and have concerns (along with numerous other customers) as to the service we are receiving in the Long Lake Post Office.
After I retired, a PTF Clerk (Crystal Tracey) took over as officer in charge and held that position until this past August, doing an amazing job. She was the lone employee in the office, as was I. We occasionally worked together during peak mail volum ...
While Mother Nature wasn't very kind this summer there was great commitment within Indian Lake to improve and expand the community garden. Due to the vast number involved please forgive me if I fail to mention you, for you were no less important.
Once again Rev. Hartwig played a vital part as he tilled the garden in the spring and plowed it under for winter. The fantastic men at the Indian Lake Rec Department built two gates and a ramp, hauled away accumulated debris, framed and sec ...
Dear Ms. Meixner,
I am deeply alarmed at New York state's acceptance of a program that is constitutionally unsound. Education should fall under state's rights according to the 10th Amendment, yet the Common Core initiative usurps these rights.
It is astounding that we are putting the education of our children into the hands of people who are not "in the business" of education, i.e. Bill Gates, Rupert Murdoch, John King et al., people who themselves use different modes of education for their own ...
Thank you for moving the names of those now deceased veterans, from those living to deceased. For many of us who were fortunate to survive the three or four years served in the military, it was our expression and way of saying "Thanks" for the privilege of living in our great country; however, for some less fortunate [and their families] who didn't come home, the column can, and does, say "thanks for your service and your sacrifice" and helps us to remember them.
When I read the most recent edition of th ...
With the holidays quickly approaching Pleasant Riders Snowmobile Club is once again holding a toy drive.
We ask that your readers while out shopping pick up something for another child, whether it be for an infant or up to a teenager. These unwrapped items can be dropped off at Casey's Corners in Piseco, Charlie Johns Store and Oak Mt. Ski Center in Speculator or given to any club member.
Parents or grandparents can then stop in at the VFW in Lake Pleasant Wednesday, Dec. 18, between ...
I wanted to send a letter of thanks to the people of Long Lake. Starting in June of 2013 the individuals of the Long Lake Day-Hab started a bottle, can and donation drive for High Peaks Hospice in Saranac Lake. On Nov. 1 we reached our goal of $1,000.
This goal could not have been reached without the generosity of the people and businesses of Long Lake. This was much more than just raising money for a great cause, for the people in the Long Lake Day-Hab it was also an opportunity to ...
Dear Ms. Meixner,
I am writing on behalf of the Wells Central School District to clarify the situation that occurred regarding school district land and its resources.
Approximately 18 months ago, it came to our attention that persons who own land adjacent to the school district property on Route 30, forested trees and removed gravel from school district property, without the school district's permission.
The District investigated both situations and received an estimate of the value of both the ...
To the editor,
On page 5 of the Oct. 23 edition of the Hamilton County Express there is a paid political advertisement that by innuendo infers that the current town supervisor is not "committed to doing what is right for the Taxpayers of Lake Pleasant."
Politics by innuendo does not serve the taxpayers, and is one of those activities that discourages citizens from participating in healthy political debate.
It would be helpful to promptly learn from the candidate what improper activities the curr ...
I'm writing today to urge voters in Lake Pleasant to re-elect Neil McGovern as their town supervisor.
Before I ran for Congress, I knew very few people in Hamilton County. So I asked around. Who should I go see there? Who knows the issues, big and small? Who can explain what drives the local economy? Who can tell me how the government is run and what taxpayers' biggest concerns are?
The answer was always the same: Neil McGovern.
I knew exactly why people pointed me in his direction after ...
To the editor,
On behalf of the Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce, we thank the community for your support and participation in our very successful 4th Annual Great Adirondack Moose Festival (GAMF) Sept. 28-29.
Thanks to our generous Bull Moose sponsors: Adirondack Camp Antiques; Frontier Communications; gra*Fix; Hamilton County Planning, Tourism & Community Development; Hutchins Construction Inc.; Indian Lake Restaurant, Tavern and Liquor Store; Indian Lake Theater; North Country Public Radio ...
The League of Women Voters of New York State is pleased to provide all voters with fuller information about the six ballot proposals. Paper copies of 2013 Voters Guide Part II may be found distributed around the county in public places. The guide may also be accessed online at www.lwvny.org.
Each proposition is presented in the language that will appear on the ballot followed by an explanation of what the amendment will do if approved and the background of the proposal. Both sides of ...
To the editor:
Proposition 5, on the Nov. 5 ballot seeks approval to exchange 200 acres of "forever wild" forest preserve in the Adirondack Park with a mining company. This is a raw deal and should be voted down.
There are three main reasons to vote "No" on Proposition 5.
First, Proposition 5 sets a terrible precedent. It marks the first time that forest preserve lands are swapped for private commercial benefit. Recent forest preserve amendments instead were for public benefits like protecting d ...
To the editor:
October is National Primary Care Month, an annual celebration highlighting the importance of primary care in our communities. The event brings together health care professionals to discuss and learn about generalist and interdisciplinary health care, particularly its impact on underserved populations.
This year's theme, "Step Up to Primary Care," focuses on the importance of interdisciplinary education and professionalism in primary care, and the critical need for advocacy and hea ...
The Lake Pleasant Public Library will hold a Trunk-or-Treat Thursday, Oct. 31. We have several participants already and would like to see more.
If anyone is interested in participating please call the library to be added to the list.
We will also be offering computer classes again this fall, if there is enough interest; there are only six slots available. The classes will be Wednesday mornings when the library is closed.
Please call the library if interested, 548-4411.
Debbie Desroche ...
The Town of Indian Lake, the town without a grocery store, moved closer to providing fresh affordable food to residents during summer 2013, thanks to a few committed residents.
The Indian Lake Community Farmers Market (ILCFM) Steering Committee would like to thank the community for their support and participation in the town's first ever Farmers Market Saturdays, July 13 through Sept. 28, on the school lawn, Route 28.
Location is everything, and thanks to Indian Lake Central School ...
The July 4th Parade Committee wishes to extend thanks to everyone who made our fund-raiser at the Lake Pleasant - Historical Society's Apple Fest a success.
This was our first event and we couldn't be more thrilled with the outcome. From the apple crisp to the caramel apples and everything in between, every item was sold out. To all of our customers and those who promoted the event, designed posters, baked for the cause, set up, showed up and cleaned up: Thank you, Thank you, Thank yo ...
To the editor,
Piseco Volunteer Fire Department will be doing courtesy checks and cleaning chimneys for Town of Arietta property owners again this year. The service will be provided Saturday, Oct. 12.
Any Piseco resident wanting this service should call Tom at 548-7327. Leave your name, 911 address, best phone number to reach you to schedule and your availability in Piseco Saturday. In order to accomplish a complete job, we normally need access to your residence. Please call right away; this is ...
I received four tickets for storing boats, equipment, shelter on state land. I still think the state APA, EnCon, could come up with a better permit system for tenting on state land.
How about a tent permit system similar to Lyme Timber Co. lease programs? Remember tents are not permanent structures. The permit could be revoked at any time.
Did you know you can't legally cut brush or trim trees for your tent site? This puts your tent 150 feet from water or trail, where there are alread ...