Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli has released a report stating the Mohawk Valley had the worst job growth at minus 2.9 percent between 2009 and 2014. Job growth in the North Country was minus 1.6 percent. In the same period New York City enjoyed the best job growth among regions in the state at 11.3 percent.
With municipal elections coming up this year it is obvious the No. 1 issue to be addressed by the candidates has to be how they directly propose to secure future job growth. This ...
Post offices are crucial anywhere, but especially crucial in rural areas that depend on the postal service to stay connected through news delivery, services crucial to businesses, and, in some communities, a link to prescription drugs and other services.
The mail service is a national treasure that has been in operation for 240 years. Every day, the United States Postal Service provides affordable, universal mail service to all, without using taxpayer dollars for its operation.
It’s a new school year and kids are back in their routines, which in many cases means walking to and from school past the millions spent by the tobacco industry on marketing.
The vast majority of the tobacco industry’s marketing is focused on the point of sale – the retail establishments where tobacco is sold. For tobacco companies, these retail locations are the primary place where they can recruit new tobacco users.
Tobacco marketing inside the retail environment ...
After reading the article about Hope Town Clerk Marleen Webster resigning rather than violate her religious beliefs by issuing same sex marriage licenses it renewed my faith in the good old U.S.A. and the Lord who watches over us.
I realize what this must have cost Mrs. Webster in more ways than one, but in the end she will win in more ways than one. If I ever get to meet Mrs. Webster I want to shake her hand.
I don't go to church but I say my prayers every day.
I believe the U.S. g ...
I was born in Indian Lake. I remember fishing the Essex Chain.
I also remember, as a youngster, fishing from the Hutchins Bridge, which spanned the Cedar River on Chain Lakes Road. My dad was a lumberjack working with Frank Arsenault for Ernie Hutchins. I rode in the log truck and fished off the bridge.
Many times I went fishing on First Lake, as we were able to drive to the southeastern shore in our four-wheel drive vehicles. It was always exciting talking to George Spring, who campe ...
On behalf of the members of the One Square Mile of Hope Committee, co-chair Carolyn Belknap and I express our deepest gratitude to all who made our 2014 event not only a remarkable success in crushing the Guinness Book World Record for the largest raft of canoes, kayaks and guide boats on open water (for the third time), but also in far surpassing our goal of raising $100,000 to fight breast cancer.
From an incredibly dedicated and generous community to the many individuals and comp ...
I read with interest Dick Newell's letter (A Significant Question) to the editor in the Sept. 16 edition of Hamilton County Express. This letter seems to be right on point.
The race for supervisor of the Town of Lake Pleasant between incumbent Neil McGovern and opponent Dan Wilt is an interesting one to say the least.
Mr. Wilt’s Sept. 23 letter to the editor attempting to rebut Mr. Newell’s letter was in essence a non-answer and did not address the very valid question as t ...
My name is Linda Baldi. I live on Long Island and in Florida. I am 72 years of age. On vacation in the Adirondacks recently I woke up very ill in my room at Cedarhurst Motel in Speculator.
I sent my boyfriend Ken to speak to Bob, in the office to find out where the walk-in clinic was located. Bob mentioned he is an EMT and he asked if he could speak to Linda.
Because I was struggling to breathe, Bob recommended I go to Nathan Littauer Hospital by ambulance. I agreed.
The ambulance a ...
On behalf of Cedar River Golf Course we would like to thank those who contributed to the Memorial Tournament. Without their support the tournament would not have been the great success it was.
Over $2,000 was raised and will be given to charities in memory of Michael Curry, Parker Booth, and Christopher King.
In accordance with each family’s preference, the money will be given to the following charities: the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the Parker Booth Memorial Fund, ...
I am the owner of the Piseco Outlet Dam. The property extends from the West side of the dam along Big Bay through, including the dam to the East side of it.
When the boards are installed at the dam, the Big Bay side of the property is greatly benefitted from the dam operation because of the higher level of water. However, I have concerns about safety in general, and influences on the natural environment downstream from the dam resulting from the dam operation.
The negative impact on ...
Effective Sept. 8, 2015, the Lake Pleasant Volunteer Fire Department Inc. reluctantly announces that due to increased liability and regulations we will no longer be able to clean the chimneys of our fire district residents.
This was a decision that was not easily reached, but it is not only in the best interests of the department, but also of all of taxpayers of the district. We would suggest that any resident requiring their chimney cleaned and/or inspected to consult their local Y ...
To the editor,
The Piseco Volunteer Fire Department will not be doing chimney cleaning and inspections this fall. We regret this but there are a number of factors at work in our decision.
Our primary consideration is today’s insurance and legal climate which has introduced risks that we find difficult to continue to assume.
We can put out chimney fires. But we are not certified experts at inspecting wood-burning mechanisms such that we can provide building owners with complete assurance th ...
Thanks for the opportunity to respond to Dick Newell’s recent letter to Hamilton County Express regarding my ability to effectively discharge my duties if elected as Lake Pleasant town supervisor and also represent Lake Pleasant residents while serving as an Adirondack Park Agency commissioner.
While the APA exists to protect and preserve the beautiful resource that we call home, in my over three years as an APA commissioner I have fought hard for the APA to understand the urgen ...
To the editor:
Long Lake Central School District held its annual Superintendent's Conference Day at The Lodge on Long Lake Sept. 8 and it was outstanding.
The space was perfect for about 45 people to enjoy their training and the setting was well received by all. These conference days are typically spent in a school cafeteria and not on a lake with such history and charm.
The teachers and staff appreciated the hospitality and the available parking was right on target. Thanks to Marie and Robert J ...
I am writing on behalf of the Speculator area July 4 Parade Committee.
For years we have had one of the best old-fashioned hometown parades possible with many volunteers on the day of the parade. Much has to be done and money raised in preparation for our parade.
Over the years, the committee has taken on responsibilities for amusements as well as the parade, but the role of the Parade Committee may need to be redefined.
Last year we only had five members on the committee, although Ka ...
When I read your caption "The Village Gardener" and viewed the picture of Judy Nelson sharing her talent in your Sept. 9 issue, I was once again reminded of how blessed we are to live in The Village of Speculator where so many share their talents freely so the rest of us can enjoy them.
I read too, with great interest, the article re. Camp-of-the-Woods moving ahead upgrading the camp infirmary (now I guess resort infirmary.) Back when we erected the building it was there to hand ...
Words cannot express our awe and gratitude for the love and support that has come through for the "Steve Murdock Benefit." There are hundreds we need to thank, many whose names we know, and many more whose names we do not know.
Those who bought raffle tickets throughout the summer, those who wish to remain anonymous, those who donated items for the raffle, those who have put in their free time since May selling raffle tickets and running around the North Country soliciting and colle ...
The current Town of Lake Pleasant supervisor election contest between Supervisor McGovern and APA Commissioner Wilt raises a significant question that deserves to be be publicly addressed. That is: Can an Adirondack Park Agency commissioner who is also a town supervisor conduct both activities in a manner that properly and effectively serves both the interest of the APA and that of town constituents?
The question becomes even more significant when we recognize there are often very consider ...
Many individuals and organizations made the 20th Adirondack Waterfest a tremendous success. Event planning began last December with an awesome committee: Adirondack Speculator Region Chamber of Commerce's Anna Smith, Dean Nervik, Hamilton County Cornell Cooperative Extension's Nancy Welch, Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District, Lake Champlain - Lake George Regional Planning Board's Beth Gillis, Lake Pleasant Sacandaga Association's Bill Thielking, Piseco Lake Asso ...
Another lawsuit pending
Yes! Another lawsuit is about to be filed. We are asking a judge to make null and void the action of the Town of Lake Pleasant Board to give to Donald Rhodes, DBA Lake Pleasant Lodge, the abandoned NYS Right-of Way adjacent to the former “Gables Motel” parcel for one dollar. The Board was shepherded by supervisor Neil McGovern who has been supportive of Rhodes plan for an 80 room hotel. To provide some of the required parking space Rhodes intended t ...
My name is William Stuart. I have lived in Hope and Wells all of my life.
I have graduated from Wells Central School. I have a four year degree in Elementary Education. I am married to Sandy Stuart and have two wonderful sons, Coby and Byron Stuart.
I would love to become a town councilman for the Town of Wells. I will work hard for the community and do my best to represent the Town of Wells.
Please consider me as one of the candidates as you vote Sept. 10.
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to respond to Neil McGovern's letter to the editor regarding the recent opinion rendered by the Hamilton County Ethics Board. I would like to offer the following response.
First and foremost, while I am critical of the manner in which my opponent has carried out his responsibilities as town supervisor, my criticisms have always been fact-based and I have never called either his honesty or character into question. I'm therefore extremely disappoi ...
Perhaps now the Board of Ethics can see what an unscrupulous person my opponent is. While it is apparently legitimate for the paper to print a twisted narrative of the board's handling of his specious allegations in an advertisement, it should be clear how this candidate has manipulated the Ethics Board's mission and process as a political tool!
Lost in this exchange is the fact that my attempt to broaden the public's awareness of town government and its elected offices was not my &nb ...
When I filed my petition to seek the Republican nomination for Lake Pleasant town justice, I was not aware that it would be a highly contested race, nor did I fully consider the amount of time I would need to devote to campaigning.
Those who know me are aware that during the summer months my lawn service business keeps me occupied 24/7. I simply will not be able to devote the time campaigning for the position that it deserves and, most importantly, you the voters deserve from any ca ...
A reminder to your readers that, throughout New York state, this year’s primary election day is Thursday, Sept. 10.
Normally elections are held on a Tuesday. However, due to a number of conflicts, the Legislature determined that the 2015 primary election would be held on a Thursday.
If you are eligible to vote in a primary and your town has a primary this year, Democrat or Republican, please turn out and vote on Thursday, Sept. 10.
William H. Osborne, chairperson, Hamilton Cou ...
On Aug. 21 we lost all our cell service from Verizon in the afternoon.
My husband Richard has a cell phone and a lifeline from Verizon called SureResponse. This lifeline works on cell service so he is able to go away from the house and still have a lifeline in an emergency.
Up until now, except for his accidentally hitting the button, we never really knew if it worked.
Since we discovered the cell service was out I had him put the SureResponse in the charger as it beeps ...