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. ...
To the editor:
On Dec. 5 I had the pleasure of attending the first regional meeting of the Adirondack Lakes Alliance, held in Piseco. The goal of the day was to offer a forum for lake associations to network and find new strategies to fund aquatic invasive species prevention, education, and removal.
With roughly 60 people representing lake associations, advocacy organizations, municipalities, and state agencies in attendance, there was no question that the people in the park are eager to protect ...
The same greed and I couldn't care less for other small businesses attitude. 'Walmart' is coming to Speculator. It's in the form of a new motel.
In my opinion it's the worst possible thing that could happen to Speculator. I urge our town and village boards to stop this immediately before there is another 80 rooms tacked on.
I urge Hamilton County residents to read Hamilton County Express Dec. 3-9 issue and see what this new project thinks about our other restaurants in town.
In my o ...
I am pleased to report that our concerns for the safe, enjoyable snowmobiling through the key region of Perkins Clearing have been addressed.
Town of Lake Pleasant forces, with the determined lead of Superintendent of Highways Randy La Varnway, have worked under expedited permits from the state Department of Environmental Conservation, site visits from the Adirondack Park Agency and a cooperative partnership with Lyme Timber to cut and grub out a new corridor trail detour that will accommo ...
The Country Christmas Tour in Indian Lake was Nov. 28 and 29. Without all the support our steering committee received from the town and our many volunteers we wouldn't have been able to deliver such a wonderful experience.
I'd like to thank all those who attended this year's event and battled the weather.
Our steering committee plans this event seven months in advance. The process involves many groups and volunteers, ranging from town, school and county personnel to organizations su ...
Friends of Oak Mountain Inc. wants to let all our supporters know the group will be terminated as of Dec. 10, 2014. We feel that since the mountain has become privately owned we are very limited as to what we can do. We will continue our volunteer efforts.
In the last few years, with your generous donations, we have been able to support a race program, build a terrain park, help support youth programs, support the all-volunteer ski patrol, fund various clinics, and most recently help ...
I was pleased to see Donald Leadley's recent letter in which he took exception to the heavy timber cutting in the area north of Speculator by Lyme Timber Company. Unfortunately this kind of cutting -- forestry no -- is taking place in many areas of the Adirondacks. If it isn't clearcutting it is the next thing to it.
Clearcutting and land clearing were big factors in the creation of the Adirondack Park back in 1892. Not only was it a blight on the landscape but it contributed to dis ...
The holiday season is upon us. We are all looking forward to enjoying time with family and friends, home-cooked meals and Christmas cookies.
Holiday gatherings will be abundant and exciting. They are the perfect way to keep warm after days full of winter activities. Traveling to and from these gatherings can be tricky this time of year.
The Four Rivers Alliance of Hamilton County would like everyone to have a happy and safe holiday season. That is why we are promoting the Lights on ...
In August I sent out a request for donations of school supplies in an effort to accommodate all those within Hamilton County who might not otherwise be able to purchase all the items on their school lists.
Prior to the beginning of school we were inundated with items ranging from erasers and pens to flash drives and backpacks. When all was said and done 91 students received backpacks and all the supplies they needed.
Additionally, 11 students received clothing, underwear, and socks ...
The Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry Committee would like to take this opportunity, during the holiday season of giving, to offer a special thank you to our generous community for their loyal support and kindness over the past year.
To our community churches, local businesses, charitable organizations, community gardeners, and our wonderful residents... whether you volunteered your time, your money, or bought and delivered needed stock items, your contribution was much appreciated and ...
To the editor:
A renaissance of steadily growing political clout among even the smallest of senior retirees centers located throughout the nation commenced to materialize in 2013, at the same time that Brand, USA was created by Congress to serve as a not-for-profit advocate dedicated to attracting foreign tourists to America's shores.
Since its inception, Brand, USA has been responsible for increasing foreign tourism travelers to America by 1.1 million visitors who contributed $7.4 billion in sp ...
With all things, change will occur.
For many years, A Pretty Good Band (PGB) and Mountain Arts Consortium (MAC) have been able to raise most of their funding through grants, playbill advertising, and community parades. The remainder of the funding has come through gracious gifts, fundraisers, and donations.
We have come to the time in our history where qualifying for grants is no longer a possibility since neither organization holds non-profit status, and major musicals are no longe ...
I just read the article you wrote in the Nov. 12-18 issue of Hamilton County Express on Kunjamuk Cave. I enjoyed it very much and thought you might like to know that there is a book written about it entitled, "The Mystery of Kun-Ja-Muck Cave."
George "Pop" Tibbitts, who founded Camp-of-the-Woods, wrote the book back in 1928. When I was on staff at Camp-of-the-Woods in the 1930s I, along with many others, purchased it... and now treasure it.
I don't know if there is a copy in our pub ...
The festivities of the holiday season will soon be upon us. It is my hope that everyone will experience a joyful holiday season.
Unfortunately, some will not easily find joy this season due to those unavoidable issues or other preventable problems that can turn a good time into chaos and even grief. One of those preventable problems is driving while under the influence of a debilitating substance such as a drug and/or alcohol.
According to the 2012 statistics from the National Highw ...
There are some things in life more precious than money, gold or diamonds. It's the little ones, theirs and ours. Look out your picture window and you will see them by the swing set and slide.
Bugs, birds, bucks, bears come from the forest, coaxed by grain. They let you look at them while you eat dinner and they seem tame but can't tell you one was killed crossing the road to get grain.
Back across the road they go to the next grain and the diners exclaim, how wild they look by the k ...
New York City is the single most important city in the world. Upstate New York is a much larger geographical area, mostly rural, and with clear political and economic differences. It is common sense that the two should be on separate but equal representation, with neither governing the other.
I believe the views of the people who live in the upstate and downstate areas of New York state are very different and it really should be divided into two completely autonomous regions.
The pe ...
So, Lyme Timber Company of Hanover, N.H. wants us to close the Perkins Clearing Road to snowmobilers. I drove that road in my SUV three weeks ago and witnessed their logging operations. It was very upsetting.
I compared it to the logging done by the former owner, International Paper Company. IP was proud of the way they treated the woods. The Leadley camps were leased on IP lands.
Local loggers like Jerry Stuart from Wells were the jobbers and adhered to IP rules that conformed to ind ...