The leaves were particularly brilliant in 1992 following a rainy summer. I was overwhelmed by the color; the area looked so different as compared to how green everything is in summer — and don't forget the smell of pine in the air.
You might think Long Lake is off the beaten path and not one of the Adirondacks' most popular summer resorts. However, it does offer one major attraction: a scenic seaplane ride that is hard to resist. People intending to drive through stop and watc ...
Just in case the Obama voters out there still – after seven years – need some clarification of the great victory they scored by electing the Magic Community Organizer, let us turn to the DSM 5: that’s the Diagnostic and Statistical Manuel of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition.
We find there clear evidence that Obama voters made a tremendous breakthrough for American mental health by electing the first certifiably mentally ill bi-racial POTUS. Now there’s some hi ...
We were privileged to attend Lake Pleasant Central School's breakfast and ceremony Nov. 10 honoring our country's veterans.
The display of patriotism through community donations, student wardrobe, decorations, a special breakfast and performances of songs, poems, and special music was both impressive and heartwarming.
We would like to salute the students, faculty and staff for their efforts to make this a memorable event and their obvious love for our country and its heritage.
I have had many concerned people asking about the newly placed guard rails that were blocking some of our trails near Mason Lake parking lot and Perkins Clearing.
After getting many different agencies (NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, NYS Department of Transportation in Utica, DOT Indian Lake, Adirondack Park Agency and several others) together they removed several 100 feet of guard rail and moved two other sections on either end of the Mason Lake parking lot.
I would lik ...
Tuesday, Nov. 10, the Lake Pleasant school recognized local veterans with an outstanding program which included a delicious breakfast and a phenomenal music presentation.
It included both poetry and songs. To see these young children filled with enthusiasm, sing the five branches of service songs, brought broad smiles, pride, and some tears of joy to many of us. All the songs and entertainment were as professional as a Broadway performance.
This community should be very proud of the ...
The members of the Town of Lake Pleasant Library Board of Trustees wishes to extend their thanks to everyone who helped make the Halloween Trunk of Treats at the library a success.
This has become an annual event at the library, and each year grows bigger and better because of the support from the community. We had an amazing array of goodies including cider and munchkins, cookies (thank you Timberline Café), candy, pencils and glow sticks! Each Trick-or-Treater was also able t ...
As the fall weather begins to cool in anticipation of winter it can be discouraging to be outdoors. You have to add extra layers of clothing and change up your routines from the summer months.
The Hamilton County Public Health Nursing Service wants to encourage everyone to continue to safely enjoy time outdoors by making sure you are wearing appropriate layers for the temperatures! Be sure to wear a base layer, an insulating layer and an outer layer for wind or water protectio ...
As Election Day fast approaches, we would like to remind voters of the “Raffle Law” on the ballot in the Town of Lake Pleasant.
This item will allow not-for profit-organizations (like Twigs, fire departments, EMS and local schools) to hold raffles to raise money for activities. In the case of Lake Pleasant Volunteer Fire Department, it would allow us to continue our annual 50/50 raffle.
This raffle allows us to raise money to help us hold down the amount of our annual budg ...
Last month current Town Supervisor Neil McGovern emailed the board of the Speculator Chamber of Commerce urging them to support the Speculator Planning Board’s approval of Lake Pleasant Lodge’s application for an 80-room hotel with a 90-seat restaurant.
There was a pending lawsuit against the Planning Board’s decision, and referring to those against the decision Mr. McGovern wrote, “We can't afford to allow the negative nabobs to... once again... have a vocal m ...
I’m writing this letter to the editor to announce my candidacy for Hope Town Clerk as a write-in candidate. For some time I had been thinking of a way to take a more active role in the community and the opportunity has now presented itself.
I was born and raised in the town and my parents have always been very involved in the community through the fire company, auxiliary and town. I have also been involved with the auxiliary and fire company since I was very young. I was t ...
The New York State Supreme Court has found that the application submitted by Donald Rhodes for a Conditional Use Permit to construct an 80-room, four-story hotel in the Village of Speculator was approved by village Planning Board in violation of state law.
General Municipal Law 239-m requires that the board refer an application to the regional planning board and to consider its recommendations prior to acting on the application. The planning board acted on the application without re ...
This letter is on behalf of Martin Auffredou, candidate for Supreme Court justice of the Fourth Judicial District.
Martin has the most extensive and varied experience of any of the four candidates for this office. In over 20 years of private practice Martin represented individuals, businesses, municipalities, school districts and the Lake George Park Commission. For the past four years he has served as Warren County sttorney.
Martin has the temperament and work ethic to be an ...
To the editor,
My name is Danielle Williams, originally from Southwestern New York but, as a military family, we have been stationed all over the country for the last 16 years.
Myself, my husband, and our two children have been residing in Hope for the last two years and have decided to make this our permanent residence. After recently learning there is an opening for the Hope Town Clerk position, I see the opportunity to serve our community by running as a write-in.
I am currently employed at G ...
In response to Barbara Tracy’s letter the first thing I would like to state is that as town supervisor I will never take credit for the hard work and achievements of others.
Truthfully, the glowing accomplishments attributed to my opponent are in fact accomplishments of other elected officials, dedicated town employees, private individuals and community volunteers. For example, the reduction in the number of town employees my opponent takes credit for was actually achieved by th ...
While we have two good men running for town supervisor, Neil McGovern has a proven good record. You don't fire someone who is doing a good job. He reduced the staff to sustainable numbers, from 12 to eight over four years while still delivering on all services and intermunicipal commitments.
He completely overhauled the petroleum storage problems and underground tanks at our Municipal Center. This created the greenest town barn site in the park while cooperating with county and Ariett ...
To the editor:
“Supreme Court Chambers, how may we help you?”
For 22 years, Mary Farley’s very way of answering the phone as principal law clerk to retired Supreme Court Justice David Demarest has shown what she will bring to the bench as a Supreme Court justice. I write to endorse Mary Farley as the most qualified candidate for Supreme Court justice.
Mary Farley is rated "highly qualified" by the Independent Judicial Election Qualification Commission of the New York Supreme Co ...
Election Day, Nov. 3, is fast approaching and I urge your readers to vote for Martin Auffredou for Supreme Court justice for the 4th Judicial District.
Martin has proven himself in both the private and public sectors of law beginning in the late 1980s with his clerkship to Hon. D. Brock Hornby, justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Maine, his years with a private law firm in Glens Falls, and his current appointment as Warren County Attorney.
I have known Martin for almost 30 years and ...
To the editor,
A number of people have asked if the two portraits that appeared on page 8 of Hamilton County Express the week of Sept. 9-15, 2015 have been identified.
The woman was identified by her great-grandson, Dan Mead of Northville, as Julia Ann Gallup Courtney, born Jan. 3, 1837 in Lake Pleasant, died April 6, 1908 in Piseco. She was the wife of William Peck Courtney.
Dan had a portrait of his great-grandparents that was taken at Osborne's Bridge at the Mead's homestead, and he was able ...
I write in support of Attorney Martin Auffredou for the position of Supreme Court justice in the Fourth Judicial District.
I have known Martin for 20 years or more and he was a partner in my law firm for many of those years. He is now the Warren County attorney and has an outstanding record of honesty, hard-work ethic and a very broad knowledge of the law, having worked with many municipalities during the time he was in private law practice.
I encourage you to vote for him for Supre ...
Multi-billions of dollars – that’s with a 'B,' taxpayers – are spent on cyber security for the United States government. Many of these billions go to three groups: the intelligence community, Department of Defense and Department of State. Unfortunately even with all the money and effort there are still holes. Nothing’s perfect.
In this system there’s encrypted data, firewalls, anti-intrusion software and more to ensure that information is kept secure and ...
The Fourth of July Parade Committee wishes to extend its thanks to everyone who made our fundraiser at the Lake Pleasant Speculator Historical Society’s Applefest a success.
This was our third year at the Applefest and it was a huge success, we couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome. From the apple crisp to the apple pies and everything in between every item was a hit!
To all our customers and those who promoted the event, designed posters, baked for the cause, set up, ...
To the editor:
The New York State Administration appears to be schizophrenic.
On the one hand, Governor Cuomo has established the beneficial North Country Regional Economic Development Council, akin to such councils across the state. Hamilton County Express carried page-one good news Oct. 1 about priority being extended to the Lake Pleasant Lodge expansion for funding through the council.
But there are no page-one articles about the administration’s efforts to establish a population of wol ...
I am Vicki Prager and I am eagerly seeking the position of town justice in Benson.
I believe I am extremely well qualified for this job as I am currently a licensed practicing attorney. As an attorney I would not be required to take the otherwise mandatory training course to be town justice.
In addition to the educational requirements to be town justice, the job also requires someone who is fair and applies the law in an equal and consistent manner. I have these qualities and welcom ...
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 ...