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 ...
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, ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
This letter is to recognize the Hamilton Count Public Health Nursing Service.
As a result of a recent health issue, I had need of the service. I had known of its existence, having known several of its past and present employees and having attended its presentation at a Wells Senior Citizens Club meeting last year.
The service is well run and organized and we definitely need this service in Hamilton County. I would specifically like to recognize Gail Monthony, Beth Ryan, Tracy Hunt, ...
The use of the poppy was inspired by the World War I poem "In Flanders Fields." Its opening lines refer to the many poppies that were the first flowers to grow in the churned-up earth of soldiers' graves in Flanders, a region of Europe that overlies a part of Belgium.
The poem was written by Canadian physician and Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae May 3, 1915 after witnessing the death of his friend, a fellow soldier, the day before. The poem was first published Dec. 8, 1915 in the London ...
Cats Limited of Hamilton County Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit operating exclusively in Hamilton County, will hold its annual meeting Saturday, May 9.
We will meet this year at the home of Glyndeen and John Schiavoni, in Wells, at 1 p.m. Interested residents of Hamilton County are welcome. Please call Glynny at 924-2332 to tell her you will attend.
This organization, which facilitates spay / neuter of Hamilton County cats, was founded in September, 1991, and has been a huge help to re ...
A call for help is what the Wells Volunteer Ambulance Corps responds to on a regular basis and has for 65 years. We are now asking for your help -- to give two hours per month of your time at our Redemption Center.
For over five years the Ambulance Corps has been raising money to buy new and more modern equipment for our ambulance, which will ensure the safety and well-being of those in need.
Raising these necessary funds has been through the many volunteer hours of work at our Rede ...
To the editor,
As a small business owner for over 25 years, I couldn’t be more disappointed with the details of the cover article featuring Rachel Pohl’s business and the 50K loan provided by the Hamilton County IDA. With a 10-year term (most small businesses never see year 10) and inventory as collateral (no personal assets?), this very well could be a grant when the books are eventually closed.
However, kudos to Ms. Pohl for developing a product with selling value and securing stro ...
Gathering my thoughts has taken some time, to reach out to the community as to why one of their finest had chosen to leave this earth.
My father’s tragic story ended similar to the love story of Romeo and Juliet. His heartache and anguish, expressed by the great poets, summarizes what he endured after her passing. He often referred to a quote by Pedro Calderon de la Barca, “If love is not madness, it is not love.”
Their love was for nearly a lifetime of 60 years to ...
I’ve been following, with interest, the articles about the proposed motel expansion in the Village of Speculator and have a few questions.
1. When did the DOT excess ROW, “The Greenway,” get transferred to the Town of Lake Pleasant?
2. Why wasn’t this right of way transferred to the Village of Speculator since it is part of their Master Plan?
3. How much did Don Rhodes pay for this right of way?
4. The current snowmobile trail being used ...
National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is an annual observance to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and to celebrate the achievements of immunization programs in promoting healthy communities throughout the United States. This year, NIIW was April 18-25.
Vaccines are among the most successful and cost-effective public health tools available for preventing disease and death. They not only help protect vaccinated individuals, ...
Hi folks! Well, I'm baaack! Sorry to keep my fans waiting. All three of you!
My focus today is the proposal to build an 80-room hotel on the Lake Pleasant Lodge parcel, formerly Gables Motel, based on my experience with planning and zoning starting in 1957. Part of the time I was Speculator's land use code enforcement officer. At the beginning of zoning I was involved with the creation of the land use code and the joint Village of Speculator / Town of Lake Pleasant Master Plan adopt ...
Speculator needs hotel
Today our community is debating the merits of a proposed new lodging project despite the fact that for years we have experienced a steady decline in available tourist and guest accommodations. We are debating it despite the fact that much of the history and character of this area was forged by a multi-seasonal influx of visitors drawn by our extraordinary natural resources and the many hotels, lodges and cottage colonies available to them for extended stays.
To the editor,
Is anyone else disturbed by the Tips From a Former Smoker ads on TV?
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) just announced a new campaign that started March 30. I’ve seen one new ad so far, ‘Julia’s Story.’
Julia smoked for more than 20 years before developing colon cancer at age 49. Her “tip” is to have a strong stomach. She explains that if you get colon cancer and have to have your colon removed, you will need to have an ostomy bag taped to yo ...
I am writing in light of the current political scene revolving around the New York state standardized tests.
There is a pull from Governor Cuomo to strengthen the weight of NYS tests against teacher evaluation scores, and a pull for the New York State United Teachers union to encourage parents to have their children refuse to take the tests. This is called an "opt out movement."
"Opting out" affects Lake Pleasant Central School, as well as our children.
New York state does not ackno ...
To the editor,
The Lake Pleasant Central School ski / snowboard club would like to thank everyone who helped make its season so enjoyable.
Mr. and Mrs. Lane, thank you for being gracious enough to let the members hold bake sales at your store (Charlie Johns). From these sales, and from the exceptional donors we were able to go to Royal Mountain, West Mountain, and Pico Mountain in Vermont for an overnight trip.
The club would also like to thank the administrators for letting the members make tri ...
To the editor,
The time has come for the criminal justice system to treat young people across New York state as children, not adults.
Currently, New York is one of just two states in the U.S. - the other is North Carolina - that imprisons and jails offenders younger than 18 years of age. According to Raise the Age, a public awareness campaign, other states have rejected this practice because "research into brain development underscores that adolescents are in fact children and that the human bra ...
On behalf of Lake Pleasant Central School's Drama Club, we would like to invite the community to support this year's musical production of "Snow Off-White."
Snow OFF-White? Well, this Snow White still has a good heart, but she's an ungraceful, rough-around-the-edges tomboy. Still, she wants to please her father, the king, when he returns with Vilenity, his bride-to-be.
Unknown to Snow, her future stepmother is a witch with designs on the kingdom. When the Magic Mirror reveals ...