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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
I would like to thank the wonderful fans from Long Lake and Indian Lake who came out to support the Orange Varsity Boys Basketball Team this season. As the saying goes, you were all “Fantastic”!
Interest seemed to grow throughout the year as we continued to win some close games, and as we had two young men get closer to scoring 1,000 points for their high school careers. Congratulations to both Henry Sandiford and Curtis Seaman for achieving that goal.
It was a great sea ...
March is National Problem Gambling Awareness Month and the National Council on Problem Gambling as well as the New York Council on Problem Gambling encourages everyone to "have a conversation" with family members, friends and your community about problems related to excessive gambling.
For many people gambling is a form of entertainment, for others it can become a serious addiction. Just like alcoholism, chemicals in the brain are activated during gambling activity which can lead to ...
The Village of Speculator election is Wednesday, March 18. I encourage all eligible voters in the village to exercise their right to vote. Terms have expired for mayor and two trustees.
I have been on the Village Board for the past four years and on the Planning Board prior to that. During that time, I have learned a lot and have a good appreciation of what village residents expect from their elected officials: good management practices which result in spending taxpayer dollars wisely ...
Our new community action group SPARC, Speculator - Piseco Area Regional Council, has recently formed as a result of our Village /Town Main Street Revitalization Plan.
All too often, communities do a study, identify needs, and because of a lack of funds, manpower and leadership the needs remain and our hometowns suffer. This wide array of community leaders and talents have gathered from one end of our region to the other, with business owners, teachers, local office holders, seniors, and yo ...
It is often reported that there is nothing that can be done, legislatively, in order to repeal the S.A.F.E. Act. We are told our only hope is to wait for decisions in the multiple lawsuits that are going through the courts.
I remind you of the recent power shift in the NYS Senate. Upstate voters did not make that happen to hear the politicians say there is nothing they can do.
Downstate cheered when civil rights were destroyed by NY S.A.F.E. Act. Perhaps upstate will cheer as the re ...
Our community has sadly learned of the resignation of LLCS BOE President, Chris Blumberg. It appears she wanted to hold the BOE to standards of transparency, accountability and adherence to NYSSBA'S Code of Ethics to the community who elected and entrusted them with these duties.
Why is the BOE so eager to support the new BOE president, whose past and present dealings with the school reek of hypocrisy and raise many questions? Many issues have been swept under the carpet that have n ...
To the editor:
Are you tired of feeling tired, grumpy, or sad? Have you lost interest in things you normally like to do? Are you sleeping more? Are you craving carbohydrates and gaining weight or had a change in your eating habits?
If so, you may be suffering from what is commonly known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a common form of depression that occurs during specific seasons and is linked to a decrease in daily sunlight. As you might expect, in the Adirondacks it is most common in th ...
I want to thank everyone who helped make the American Legion Auxiliary's recent lasagna dinner successful. We were so very pleased with the response from people, braving the harsh elements of the weather that night! Brrrr, it was nasty.
Thank you all for your support! Freedom is not free! Thank you to all the ladies that served, and a huge thank you to the American Legion for being so generous in letting us use the Legion Hall.
God bless our servicemen and women!
Katie Hutchins for th ...
"I hate people who smoke." That's what my son said the other day as we drove by a group of smokers standing outside one of our local businesses.
The comment made me sad. I used to smoke a long time ago. I told him that.
He thought for a minute and asked critically, "Why did you smoke, Mom? That's just gross!"
I told him, "For the same reason those people do ... it's really hard to quit."
I just joined the North Country Healthy Heart Network as project coordinator for a new State of ...
The final figures are in! Pleasant Riders Snowmobile Club has donated $12,519 to the American Cancer Society, thanks to Riding for the Cure Jan. 24.
There were 94 riders, and local cancer survivors and people fighting cancer served 173 dinners; thank you!
Thank you to the 10 group leaders and 10 tail runners who took groups of riders to Indian Lake, Ohio, and on local runs.
The live auction and tricky tray raised $2,728. Thank you to all the people and businesses that donated everythi ...
The Mid Atlantic Branch of the Second Indianhead Division Association will have its annual reunion in Lancaster, Pa. May 1-3, at the Continental Inn.
All veterans of the Army's 2nd Infantry Division are invited, in particular those in the states of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, New York, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia.
For more information call Harry Roye at (804) 526-0828 or send an email to Hkroye@comcast.net.
Mike Davino, chairman
On behalf of the Speculator Lions Club we send our sincere thanks to all who participated in making the Feb. 7 Lions Club Poker Run a huge success.
The business owners who through the years have provided space in their establishments for conducting the games and who have generously provided the door prizes have been most instrumental in the success of the event.
All the participants from the community, including the participants from out of town, have contributed significantly to en ...
For over two years I've been writing about preserving the park for future generations and animals, and keeping it free without permits and tolls, the way it was when my ancestors camped, hunted, and trapped here.
I knew I was fighting a losing battle but I wanted to state my side. To be able to hike back into remote country and be alone was the best life for me. I received a ticket from rangers for doing just that.
I wanted to preserve the park and a way of life that is long gone. T ...
The Four Rivers Alliance and our Hamilton County partners, Sheriff's Department, the District Attorney and Stop DWI program would like to thank all those who participated in our recent holiday safe driving / riding campaign Lights on for Life.
The campaign raised awareness about the dangers of impaired / distracted driving while attending holiday events.
It worked. According to local authorities (sheriff, troopers and Town of Inlet PD), there were no recorded impaired driving arrest ...