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 ...
This is to thank everyone who helped to make a success of Cats Limited's 25th Annual fundraiser Crafts Fair. I couldn't have done it without you! Thanks go to:
-- Cris Meixner, for printing our information in Coming Attractions, and Brian Krohn for placing our ad seeking more crafters within the first few pages of Hamilton County Express.
-- The talented crafters who signed up, and made the event attractive and fun. Also, as usual, you helped me in many other ways!
-- Local post offic ...
Hamilton County Public Health Nursing Service wants to remind parents that with school soon beginning they should check their children’s immunization records to make sure they are up to date.
They can call their child’s physician or our office at (518) 648-6141 with any questions they may have. Thank you.
Avis Warner, RN
Hamilton County Public Health Nursing Service
Last month I took part in the Meet the Candidates forum hosted by the Lake Pleasant Town Board. That opportunity allowed me to share some information about my background and reasons for wanting to run for the position of town justice. There were many local people there that evening, but for those not able to attend I’d like to share that information with you now.
I grew up in Indian Lake but the majority of my adult years have been spent in the Town of Lake Pleasant. Over 40 yea ...
I’m Katie Smith and I hope to serve as one of the town justices in Lake Pleasant. It’s an important position in our community and I believe I have the right disposition and background for it.
A good town justice is fair, open minded and consistent. My experience as a practicing attorney and my education suit me well for this position.
My husband, Kevin, daughter, Chase (10), and I love our community and are here for the long run. I have now been practicing law in New Yor ...
To the editor:
Correction Town of Arietta Minutes of Aug. 12, 2015...
It was stated that the Town of Arietta created a new position of road supervisor to the Arietta Highway Department. This is not correct. This mix-up and a wrong resolution, #15-1-04, has been going on since Jan. 5, 2015.
That resolution removed the title, road supervisor / foreman, from the Arietta Highway Department. Civil Service job titles are made by Hamilton County, not the towns.
The Arietta Town Board literally took the ...
The Centers for Disease Control issued a press release in July announcing a recently published study found three of four adults support the concept of raising the minimum legal age for purchase of tobacco products to 21.
The CDC’s study follows publication of a report issued by the Institute of Medicine earlier this year that estimates the number of Americans who smoke would be reduced by 12 percent if the minimum age is raised. Here’s why …
Just 10 percent of adu ...
The Raquette Lake Volunteer Fire Department's annual fund-raising auction Saturday, Aug. 8, raised $16,860.
Awesome thanks to the people, businesses and organizations that donated all of the items that were auctioned and sold. Thanks to all of the volunteers who helped make the auction run so smoothly. Thanks to the people who bid on or purchased all of the great stuff that was donated.
Special thanks to our illustrious auctioneer George Tucker, who has served as our auctioneer for ...
In the closing days of July Great Camp Sagamore sponsored a workshop entitled "Introduction to Cemeteries, Materials and Care.” I along with several dozen others attended, and I was astounded at how much we learned in the space of two days.
The workshop offered instruction on the legal and proprietary issues involved in cemetery care, as well as the practical restoration of historic markers. This workshop, among many other events, is an excellent example of how Sagamore serves n ...
Driving through Lake Pleasant recently, I was disturbed to see the Civil War-era Confederate losers' flag high on a flagpole, next to the Stars and Stripes!
I have no desire to meet the person who put that up, but I hope he or she reads this as a reminder that the State of New York was never a part of the Confederacy. Quite to the contrary, upstate New Yorkers are justly proud of our heritage of abolitionism.
Our ancestors helped runaway slaves get to Canada, and you can find a list ...
On April 4, 2011 the Town of Lake of Pleasant held a regular public meeting for regular business. Neil McGovern, town supervisor, conducted the meeting. At the very end he submitted a resolution #33 to obtain ownership of the former NYS right-of-way from the state D.O.T. so the town could sell the old right-of-way to Donald Rhodes, new owner of the former Gables Motel, now Lake Pleasant Lodge.
Rhodes claimed he needed it so he could move his business sign closer to NYS Route 30/8 an ...
The officers and members of the Raquette Lake Volunteer Fire Department would like to recognize and thank Dean Pohl and Pohl Construction for the time, use of their heavy equipment and assistance in removing the old buildings on the newly purchased land across from the current fire hall.
The purchase of the land for a potential new fire hall was realized by the RLVFD this past fall. The demolition of the existing buildings and removal of the debris seemed, at one time, almost imposs ...
Dear Ms. Meixner,
The grant from Senator Farley and the intent of the Town of Indian Lake to use it to purchase the Townsend Property has sparked numerous questions and concerns. As a strong supporter of this effort, I would like to address some of these.
The Townsend property is one of the most unsightly on Main Street. Because of the possibility of contaminated soil there has been no interest in purchasing the property for fear of brownfield cleanup liability. With this in mind and with input ...
The board of Community Transportation Services Ltd. would like to thank the individuals, organizations, churches and municipalities for their contributions. The funds provided for the ability of CTS to provide over 1,000 rides covering 69,000 miles during 2014.
The contributors for 2014 were our riders, groups, businesses, and memorials, the Town of Inlet, Town of Webb, Hamilton County, Herkimer County, Niccolls Memorial Church, St. Anthony’s Church, St. Bartholomew’s Ch ...
Sorry Winkie, Speaker of the House John Boehner already has made history with tears streaming and cameras rolling. And, allof our greatest Presidents were skillful liars. Some were forgivable lies, some were unforgivable.
President Carter did not lie to the American people but he only lasted one term in office. So I guess history has already been made for liars and crybabies.
We’ve been there and done that already. Hillary won’t be setting any precedent for that wh ...
When the New York State Legislature passed the SAFE Act and violated our constitutional rights, it did so in a rushed and illegal manner.
Now, in an attempt to avoid further political fallout with Upstate voters, the State Senate announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the SAFE Act, illegally bypassing the legislative process.
While we as citizens are expected to follow and obey laws, our Legislature and governor mockingly trample them. We are tired of individual legislativ ...
Anyone who knows me knows I have an opinion, I am proud, and I fight for what I believe in. To a certain extent, we all have these qualities, good or bad.
That is what is great about America. We have the right to be all of these things.
Let's talk about the Civil War. Seven states seceded from the union to fight for what they believed in. Sounds pretty American, right? Eventually that number would climb to 13 states.
These 13 states, The Confederate States of America, fought for the ...
So, two people have filed an Article 78 lawsuit to nullify the Village of Speculator Planning Board's vote to approve a permit for an 80-room hotel on the former Gables Motel small lot next to the Village Public Beach / Park.
Our town supervisor and a few others were supportive of the hotel and very vocal in their support of it. They apparently chose to ignore the requirements of the Land Use Code which is law!
That law was not followed by the Planning Board either by ignorance or int ...
The Town of Inlet and Inlet Youth Commission thank everyone who was involved in our 38th Annual Ping Pong Ball Drop July 4. Over 800 children came, collecting ping pong balls and prizes.
Prizes included gift certificates, drinks, snacks and novelty toys. Attached to each novelty toy was a coupon for a free donut at The Donut Shop in Eagle Bay. The prizes, drinks and most of the snacks were purchased with monetary donations, which also helped replenish the ping pong ball supply ...
A huge Thank You to all who participated in the 25th anniversary of the July 4 Sacandaga Lake Boat Parade Saturday.
What a sight this year's parade proved to be. With an all-time record of 44 boats, this is a year to remember. What started as a one-man show, myself with a new boat and 48 American flags, has turned into a tradition with many friends and family spirit.
The Crisbackers joined us the second year and helped
with the great success we have enjoyed over the years. Thank you! ...
As I was driving past our Hope Town Hall today I saw Bob Edwards and his lovely wife Linda on their hands and knees planting beautiful flowers around our new flag pole. They look very nice.
Also, I would like to recognize the Rugen Family for their efforts putting the flowers in our Town Park and Hope Falls Road.
We all love the Town of Hope, and it is little things like this that show how much they care about our little town.
However, I feel the cemeteries could receive a little more ...
Pulitzer Prize winner William Safire, of the New York Times, once called Hillary Clinton a “congenital liar.” Wow. Now, I ask you, did that man have an accurate crystal ball or what? Did he succinctly define this woman or not?
Every sane person who even remotely follows the news these days has a very hard time doubting Mr. Safire’s word. In fact, only yellow-dog Democrats even attempt to defend Hillary and God knows, they’d defend Charles Manson if he’d h ...