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By Teah Dowling email@example.com P L AT T S B U R G H Ñ The City Beach will celebrate its official opening weekend with activities, music and fun in the sun at an event billed as the first annual Beach Bash on Saturday, June 14. “We have never done something like this before, so we wanted to give something back to the community as well as our visitors who come from out of the area,” said Jessica Shields, recreation supervisor in Plattsburgh. “It’s a great way for families to get together, and I know I would want to celebrate the summer season after such a harsh winter we CONTINUED ON PAGE 6
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A ﬁre dancer performs in front of Saranac Lake’s Blind Owl Band at a recent First Weekend’s event in Plattsburgh event. Photo by Shawn Ryan
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PLATTSBURGH — Some big changes are in store for the City of Plattsburgh’s July 4th parade and celebration. In a press conference Monday, Mayor Jim Calnon announced the changes. The most noticeable change, according to Calnon, will be the parade route itself. Because of road construction on South Catherine Street, the city was forced to change the previous route to avoid closing too many of the city’s bridges at one time. The new route will include line-up on Jay Street and lower Bridge Street and will step off onto Hamilton Street. The parade will go west on Bridge Street to City Hall Place, down City Hall Place to the bridge and over the bridge to Cumberland Avenue. It will continue on Cumberland Avenue to Wilcox Dock. The start time for the parade is 2 p.m. Also new this year, there will be a reviewing stand on the steps of City Hall, and floats will be reviewed in as yet unspecified categories. Also new this year, the city is handing over organization of the parade and festivities to First Weekends in Plattsburgh. The theme of the parade and celebration is “Hero’s of Clinton County,
Mayor Jim Calnon shows a map depicting the new route this year’s July 4th parade will take through the city. Street construction forced the city to change the typical route of the parade.
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All Things Diva invades Rouses Point By Shawn Ryan
firstname.lastname@example.org ROUSES POINT — If affordable, designer inspired handbags and jewelry or organic bath and body products are your speed, Rouses Point might now be your place. Tracy Grimes just opened All Things Diva at 69 Lake Street in Rouses Point, and so far her merchandise has been so popular she’s been having trouble keeping her shelves stocked. “It’s all at a price point people can afford,” Grimes said. “The jewelry especially is flying off the shelves.” Grimes has been selling this line of handbags at parties and on the internet for about five years, and has been in direct sales for 20 years. She decided recently that sales were so good that the time was right to open a store. She found the small space on Lake Street that fit both her inventory and the feel she hoped to cultivate perfectly. Her clientel has been a mix of locals, and the seasonal tourists who summer in Rouses Point’s ubiquitous marinas. For her jewelry, Grimes went to the company’s warehouse facility and hand selected the lines she would feature. Her bath and body products, she points out, are from New hampshire. “It’s important to know the products you’re selling,” she said. “As for hand bags, camo has been a big hit. We carry both Mossy Oak and Real Tree.” All Things Diva is currently open Thursday through Sunday, but Grimes is planning on expanding to Wednesdays as well. Information on Grimes’ inventory and hours can be found at her All Things Diva Facebook page.
Tracy Grimes at her store All Things Diva in Rouses Point. Photo by Shawn Ryan
Head Start Program gets $1.5 million shot in the arm email@example.com PLATTSBURGH — Congressman Bill Owens announced June 5 that the federal Department of Health and Human Services has awarded $1.5 million in grant funding to the Head Start Program run by the Joint Council for Economic Opportunity (JCEO) of Clinton and Franklin counties. Owens said this grant: “is one that allows the Head Start Program to continue, and it is focused on getting children, if you will, prepared for school so that they have the skills they need in order to perform.” JCEO of Clinton and Franklin counties is a private, not-forprofit human service agency that focuses on support for individuals and families that are actively pursuing self-sufficiency, serving low-income communities across Clinton and Franklin counties, operating the Head Start Program in Clinton County since 1965 and Franklin County since 1998. “JCEO’s mission is providing dignity and resources to families to help them become more self-reliant,” said Jackie Skiff, Head Start director of Clinton and Franklin counties. “That’s kind of our mission for the Head Start program too, except it focuses on the 3 or 4 year old and their family.” The Head Start Program is a comprehensive early childhood
education program providing services to income eligible families with children ages 3 and 4. It includes 17 Head Start Centers and three home visit options that deliver comprehensive early childhood education services to 337 children and their families. “I’m very supportive of this,” Owens said. “It’s very important, in my view, to get students prepared so that they have the skills to succeed in school, and I think we know that when students are not prepared, they have higher failure rates, and that leads to all types of socioeconomic disadvantages.” Currently, there are 10 classrooms in Clinton County and seven classrooms in Franklin County, with three home-visiting options. For the home-visiting option, the Head Start visitor will go to the home of the child for one and a half hours once per week and do home teaching activities with the child, parents and any other children who are in the house. Later in the week, a two and a half hour socialization session will take place in a classroom with approximately 12 other children. For the classroom option, students will stay for six hours, participating in circle time, learning activities, free play and more. Because of this expansion, funding increased from the Department of Health and Human Services since 1965 and has become a standard, annual funding for the Head Start Program. “That’s what the funding announcement was,” Skiff said. “It’s a common practice.”
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JCEO’s Head Start Program was awarded the first half of the grant at the beginning of their fiscal year in February. JCEO applies every year to receive the grant. After applying, the request goes through the Department of Health and Human Services where they approve it and then Owens announces it. JCEO’s Head Start Program is one of the many programs that the Department of Health and Human Services provides funds to. According to JCEO’s website, JCEO of Clinton and Franklin counties is one of 58 Community Action Agencies in New York State that “continues to implement the philosophy of self help through practical, timely and innovative programs and services that emphasize and develop problem solving skills for people.” This statement is made possible by the array of staff such as Bruce Garcia, CEO of JCEO, Skiff and the rest of the Head Start Program staff that separately focuses on children with disabilities, education, health, home base, mental health, nutrition, parent involvement and social services. “It (Head Start) has been my life for 25 years,” Skiff said. “I think it’s wonderful to give the opportunity to these children who would not normally be able to have an opportunity for a early childhood classroom setting. “Seeing the families grow and learn throughout the year is really, really awesome.”
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Beneﬁt planned to aid Peru man with cancer By Teah Dowling
email@example.com PERU — A benefit for Richard Calkins will take place at the Peru Memorial VFW Post 309 June 21. Calkins, who is 56 years old, has stage four esophagus cancer and is currently undergoing chemo treatment. The money raised will be put toward his medical expenses. Three years ago, Calkins was diagnosed with kidney cancer. Fortunately, he had the cancer successfully removed and didn’t have to undergo chemo treatment. This year, however, he was diagnosed again only with cancer on his esophagus. “He doesn’t like to say he’s sick or anything,” said Melissa Wiggins, daughter of Calkins and creator of the benefit. “He’s trying to stick with his normal routine as much as possible, trying to stay up beat and positive ... thankfully.” Currently, Calkins is going through his third round of chemo treatment with three more rounds to go. However, he’s still doing the things he always did such as supporting his son’s Jeremy, who coaches wrestling at Dodgeville, and grandson’s, Bryce, who wrestles for Mike’s garage and Peru school at 7 years old, wrestling dreams, not letting his cancer bring him down. “He’s kind of tired, but he’s still getting out and doing different things,” Wiggins said. During the benefit happening from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be a Chinese auction with handmade baskets made by the family and 50/50 raffles along with a flea market. To have a table during the flea market, it costs $25 for one table and $40 for two tables. Other donated items from local businesses such as Tops in Peru and Arnies, family members and friends will be sold as well. Following the benefit, there will be a dart tournament with a $10 entry free. The prizes are hand-made, one of a kind, trophies made by the family. Vendors are still wanted for the benefit. Melissa said that even though they don’t have a set goal to
Richard Calkins, a cancer patient with stage four esophagus cancer, will be having a beneﬁt to raise money for his medical expenses at the Peru Memorial VFW Post 309 June 21 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. followed by a dart tournament. Photo Provided by Melissa Wiggins
reach, she would like to raise about $5,000. If she doesn’t reach the goal, she might do another benefit in August. “By then, we’ll know if he has to do more than six rounds of chemo,” she said. “We’re hoping it’ll be a ‘yay, chemo is gone celebration,’ but, if not, we are considering other fundraisers.” To pre-register for the dart tournament, contact Jarett Wiggins
at 518-605-2253. To make a donation, mail to Richard’s Cancer Fund C/O Melissa Wiggins, 28 Arrow Head Dr., Morrisonville, NY 12962 or call Wiggins at 518-605-3023. “It’s stressful, but I try to be positive and think that he’s a strong person who is going to beat this because he just will,” Wiggins said. “He’s my dad, and he can do anything.”
Kent-Delord “Reliving History” this summer
PLATTSBURGH — On three Saturdays, June 14, July 12 and August 9, the Kent-Delord House Museum is conducting workshops for youths between the ages of 8 and 12. Called “Reliving History,” the programs are scheduled to be three hours in length and participants will be able to gain handson experience in a number of early 19th Century crafts and trades from haversack making , calligraphy, fire starting, butter churning, weaving, cartridge making and more. Each session will feature different activities. The cost is $10/session, but if you register for all three the cost drops to $27. Come and join in the fun. Period snacks will be provided. Attendance at these events will make one eligible to participate in the Battle of Plattsburgh parade and the opportunity to reserve period clothing early. Register forms are available on the museum website: www. kentdelordhouse.org For further information, one can call 561-1035.
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Kaeylynn Hernendez, left and Kylie Parah, right, go up in an Altec Lift from Northline Utilities with Safety Director Billy Martin for Dozer Days June 7. “This is a great event for the kids,” said Alisa Conley, Northline Utilities worker.
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The VA: Dysfunction at its best
treatment in, north or south. Is this the case in the civilian system? Do you have to pick which hospital you will receive your care in? Of course not. If you typically receive treatment in Plattsburgh but are on vacation, a couple keystrokes at the hospital will bring up all your medical records and insurance information while you sit there. Why can’t the VA figure this technology out? Now what if the soldier is one of the thousands who came back from one of our decade long wars disabled in some way? Their medical and service records transfer directly to the branch of the VA that handles disabilities, right? Nope, wrong again. Why? Again, it appears that the government can’t figure out the technology to make this simple transfer of records possible. Ditto for the branches that handles veterans’ educational benefits, and cemetery benefits. You start back from scratch each time you come to a new command; prove who you are, where you served, prove that you qualify for these benefits. These should have all been locked in the day that veteran left the service. Now think about this...what is the government actually capable of when it comes to tracking records? Currently the NSA is able to track every phone call made, apparently anywhere in the world. They can read and store every email sent, and are even in the process of combing the internet with their facial recognition software, for reasons they are quite reluctant to discuss. So is the VA unable to transfer veterans’ records because the technology doesn’t exist, or does the will to spend the money required to bring their Jurassic system into the twenty-first century simply not exist in Washington? Maybe instead of reading the emails of millions of law-abiding Americans or European allies, the NSA could and should be sharing their technology with the VA in order to build a system where veterans aren’t dying while waiting for their records to be processed; where snow-bird veterans aren’t forced to choose which VA facility will treat them, or prove a disability when they leave the service missing a limb or an eye. Our government simply doesn’t care enough about our veterans to pay to put in place technological systems that clearly have existed for years, if not decades. Perhaps the criminal malfeasance in Washington shouldn’t be placed just at the feet of the VA any more, but should fall to those of the President, Senate and Congress as well. ÑD
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he Veteran’s Administration is again under fire, and rightly so, but their incompetence, which borders at many times on criminal malfeasance, goes much more deeply than wherever their current flash point issue happens to be. The most recent issue surrounding the VA, which has caused their secretary to step down amidst the turmoil, revolves around VA hospitals falsifying records to show that veterans were seen within a certain amount of time, when in fact they hadn’t been seen within that time frame. Some veterans, it has been shown, have died while waiting to be seen. While the spectre of falsifying records is a new twist in the VA’s record of bureaucratic incompetence, their overall way of doing business is still just as bad. The VA has fairly simple marching orders: provide medical care and treatment for veterans once they leave the service. But the VA is a monolithic behemoth, which is nearly impossible for a individual soldier to make their way through on his or her own. Getting a foot in the door initially when a soldier leaves the service is the first stumbling point, but it shouldn’t be. A soldier might serve in the military for 20 years or longer. During this time their every move is documented; every deployment, every injury, every location they’ve ever lived is recorded by the Department of Defense. So when they leave the service and apply to the VA that information is digitally transferred from the DOD to the VA, right? Wrong. The soldier has to apply to the VA, provide their own documentation for things like known injuries or medical conditions, then wait for the VA to review their records and accept them into the system. Why? It’s understood that a soldier who qualifies will be applying to the VA when they leave the service. Why can’t their records automatically follow them to the VA? According to Washington officials, it’s just not technologically possible to do. The government has invested millions of dollars trying to figure out a way to employ some fairly simple 1990s technology to track these records, but were apparently not able to figure that one out. So a soldier applies, and finally, eventually makes their way into the VA medical system most likely after months of waiting. When you’re accepted into the VA system you can go to any facility nationwide, wherever you happen to be, right? Wrong again. Consider a veteran in our area, who winters in the south. That veteran has to pick which VA facility they want to receive their
June 14, 2014
Dear Mr. Rove: Please butt out! else from outside this district. This democracy, if it is to survive Why are you and the American this wave of political destruction, Crossroads super PAC taking over needs to compliment candidates the Republican candidate selection who choose to seek office and be for New York’s 21st Congressional tolerant of their different views. We District? must find solutions to overcome Money coming in from outside the differences in our politics. At the district to distort the vote is one time, this country celebrated its wrong. I respectfully urge you to ability to bring people together in cease your negative smear camthis great melting pot and unite her Dan Alexander paign. Let the people of this district people behind what was right. Your Thoughts from decide who will best represent their agenda, as is the case with most suBehind the Pressline interests in Washington without per PACs, is simple: Total control of flooding our district with mud. all three legislative branches, givLocal residents must have the right to select ing your party absolute and total control over this their representative without outside influence. country. Your goal is to completely obliterate all Regardless of their qualifications, selecting one opposition. Republican candidate over another, with a great We currently have a President who has proven infusion of cash and a large media blitz to dehe has little regard for a Congress controlled by stroy another candidate, is clearly not what our another party and the laws they pass. His own democracy and your party should be about. It is party is now questioning some of the action he bad enough when you ruthlessly attack a candihas taken in violation of the laws he has sworn date from the opposing party. Savagely attacking to uphold. Your group and those like you want to a member of your own shows how low you are push this type of party control even further. This willing to stoop in this selfish strategy. country will cease to be an open democracy if you Repeatedly, the American public have conhave your way. Americans out of frustration and demned these negative barrages, and while negadisgust will cease voting due to the severe negative campaigning might work, it is what’s wrong tivity coming out of these campaigns. with the American political system today! PowThe “my way or the highway” approach is erful leaders within the party such as yourself the example you are setting for our children. It’s put your self interests ahead of the wishes of the wrong. You are wrong. This is the way of totalipeople. tarian restrictive regimes. We are not at that level Your website states: “The people who started yet, but from my perspective we are on the road and support American Crossroads are united bethat will surely put us there in a few more elechind three simple convictions. First, we can’t keep tion cycles if this level of seek and destroy activity going on like this. Something’s got to give. Seccontinues to escalate. ond, America deserves better than this. Our kids This is not the America I learned about in deserve better than this. And third, it’s up to us school. America and her representatives should to bring the change about. No one else is going to not be bought and paid for regardless of what do it for us.” party or political ideology they represent. Please Mr. Rove, election after election, super PACs put a stop to this scorch and burn campaign. Allike American Crossroads and others have shown low the good people of the 21st district to make they can escalate the negativity. They can keep their choice based on issues facing our country, trying to outraise and outspend the opposition. not the worst of two evils, which is sadly what They have shown zero tolerance for any candidate this type of campaign ends up boiling down to who isn’t in complete lockstep with their agenda, once the gloves are off. all the while winking amongst themselves and Mr. Rove, tear down your destructive and mathe candidate of their choice who unilaterally say nipulative campaign. Let our candidates, regardthey are not in cahoots with each other. less of party affiliation, present their case to the America deserves far better than this brand of electorate based on the merits and strength of political warfare. Mr. Rove, what’s wrong with their candidacy. America is your approach to purchase congressioSincerely, nal seats with your handpicked candidates who Dan Alexander have no tolerance for any views but yours. This American Citizen & Resident NY-21 choice should be our choice, not yours or anyone Dear Mr. Rove:
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ave you ever sent yourself the message that you would try something new, BUT… and here you fill in the blank with anticipatory fears, doubt, or negative self-talk….and you decide not to try. This week we want to encourage you to quiet the voice of inaction and embrace an adventure, in particular, Bikram Yoga. Hot Yoga (Bikram) not for you? Think again! Our most recent speakers at the Wellness Series, MARY DUPREY and JULIE REIDY of EMPOWER FITNESS & YOGA, spent some time discussing the benefits and challenges of this practice along with their personal journeys of wellness. Having an interactive conversation with the group seemed to dispel some impressions from audience members and challenge them to try it out! If you are not familiar with Bikram Yoga (often called Hot Yoga); it is a practice conducted at 104 degrees with 30 to 40% humidity and the same series of 26 poses that are designed to heal, cleanse the body systems, release toxins, increase flexibility and build strength and focus. Having been Bikram fans ourselves, we were particularly excited when Julie and Mary bought the studio at the beginning of 2014. They are dedicated to the personal service, including welcoming and well trained instructors and a clean, serene atmosphere. Making new improvements each month is their initial, new business owners, goal. A wise person once said, pain is not the natural state of the physical or emotional body. Cultivating wellness takes mindful effort and while there may be discomfort along the way, do not confuse this practice with pain. We are often lulled into the belief that as we age there are certain facts we cannot avoid; sore joints, weight gain, tiredness, a generalized slowing down. Hot
eidi is a sweet little thing who is full of life and energy! She was rescued from a high kill pound in North Carolina. She was going to be euthanized due to a lack of space. Like a true Jack Russell, this little girl is very active, smart and loves to engage with her people. She likes to play with every dog she meets and enjoys toys of all kinds. Although she isn’t
Yoga can begin to dispel these beliefs and help you reclaim your strength and energy. While we do not encourage thrill seeking to fill a void in your life, we do encourage embracing change and maybe initial discomfort! Whether you choose Hot Yoga or some other form of exercise; personal contentment and comfort are also part of the wellness journey. For a beginner; come with an open mind, prepared for the experience rather than your own competence. It is a practice that is actually designed for beginners which you can grow to love. It takes time to train with the heat and the poses, which are unlike other yoga practices. The studio offers a great way to acclimate; unlimited classes for 2 weeks for only $20. The instructors will give you the information and strategies you will need to begin. As for Mary and Julie, they are both tri-athletes and marathon runners. They came to use hot yoga as a way to incorporate focus, stretching and breathing into their training. Hot Yoga may be a positive way for you to cultivate these qualities in your life as these two inspirational women did as part of their fitness routines. The studio is at a great central location on lower Broad Street. In addition to Bikram, EMPOWER FITNESS & YOGA offers a variety of other classes with varying degrees of heat that may be a better fit for you. The schedule is easy to access at plattsburghempower.com and this is the perfect time of year to incorporate something new to jump start your own personal training! Email us with questions, appointment requests, or to receive our emails at email@example.com
showing any at aggression, she does tend to bark at the cats she has met here at Rebecca Burdo •643-2451; firstname.lastname@example.org Elmore SPCA. Heidi is an adorably young dog that will do well in an active home. She is current on age appropriate vaccinations and has been cleared by our vet. She is ready to meet her new family! Come in and meet this gorgeous young dog that will happily entertain you for hours on end. Gaga was brought in by a concerned citizen who lives in the town of Peru, New York. She was seen by this concerned citizen being dropped off from a white van, and he brought her to Elmore SPCA. The poor girl has severe ear mites and is now receiving treatment. Gaga is an independent cat who has been very sweet, even though she is extremely uncomfortable. Gaga is very vocal! She meows and growls to encourage or discourage attention respectively. Although her ears are very infected, and it isn’t
comfortable to have them touched right now, she is only trying to get away and not being aggressive. When we are not treating her ears, she is very sweet and loves to have her head rubbed. She will nudge your hand with her head until you pet her... she is not shy! Gaga loves to be brushed! She adores being pet and tolerates being held and cuddled. She will be able to go home after she is cleared by the vet and altered.***UPDATE***Lady Gaga is doing wonderfully! Her ears are now much more healthy, and she is happy to be pet and cuddled. When we introduced her to the colony, she hid at first. After a few days, she realized that her favorite place to be was lounging on the window sill in the sun shine! Gaga is now current on vaccinations, has been altered and is ready to go home.
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Interesting editorial To the Editor: As a school board president, it was most interesting to read your editorial regarding the affordability of school resource officers. Concern for student safety in this day and age has given rise to an impassioned dialogue, with lots of folks rightly pointing out that it’s a priceless commodity these officers would be protecting. Lots of others are all too eager to vote down hefty school tax increases. But the need to react to current events is inescapable. Many new safety measures have already been put in place in most districts. At Indian Lake, we’ve installed video surveillance and forced people to be buzzed through doors that previously had remained unlocked. Troopers and deputies patrol the building from time to time. Would any of these measures stop a committed assailant? Certainly not. They’d come back later if they saw a cop car parked out front. There are dozens of eye-level windows in our
building. There are 11 separate entry doors. The playgrounds and ball fields are open top the woods. Would a full time “resource officer” solve the potential problem? I think not. Since these attacks are extraordinarily rare (although increasing), this officer would presumably have nothing to do day after day, month after month. Individuals in that type of situation can’t be expected to maintain a high degree of alertness indefinitely. I have proposed, on a couple of occasions over the years, that we send one or more willing individuals from our building for law enforcement training sufficient to qualify them to become deputized and keep a firearm on the premises. This could be the Principal, a teacher, a custodian or a cafeteria worker. Any of them would already be at work in the building, doing a job, active and awake. Then we would no longer be the sort of defenseless gun-free zone that has attracted nearly every one of these atrocities. Help would no longer be a phone call and up to a 45 minute drive away. I was surprised that not a single person expressed support
for my proposal here at Indian Lake. Perhaps in Essex County you can do better. Jon Voorhees Indian Lake
To the Editor: Where are your proofreaders? Did they never hear of the “I before E” ditty? Of course, it must be modified to something like this: I before E except after C, where it’s pronounced á, as in neighbor, weigh and inveigh. Except for when it is pronounced é such as receive, inveigle, seize and weir; and finally when pronounced í as in height. With spelling and grammar checkers on most computers, there is no excuse for a headline with a word spelled recieved. Richard Schwartz, Peru
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June 14, 2014
National funds now pouring into the race for NY21 By Pete DeMola
email@example.com ELIZABETHTOWN — American Crossroads, the political action committee co-founded by Karl Rove, a senior official in the George W. Bush Administration, has dipped a toe into the race for New York’s 21st District. In doing so, the organization has made history. It marks the first time the powerful group (it spent $300 million during the 2012 election cycle) has entered the fray in a Republican primary, indicating, at the very least, judging by the content of their television ad that began airing on Tuesday in the Albany, Watertown and Plattsburgh media markets, that they are not supporters of GOP hopeful Matt Doheny. American Crossroads, which is called a “super PAC” because of its ability to raise an unlimited amount of money from individuals from anywhere in the country, sunk $242,000 into a half-minute spot that features ominous, horror movie-type music as it attacks Doheny on several issues, including his past races for the seat, lawsuits and allegations that the candidate, an investment banker from Watertown, violated labor laws. “It would be a big mistake to send him to Congress,” it concludes before identifying American Crossroads as the organization responsible for the advertisement. Aside from Doheny, no other candidates or their campaigns were mentioned. The Doheny campaign was outraged: “I’m deeply troubled by the mean, personal and, in part, untruthful attacks launched on me by Elise Stefanik’s out of town supporters,” said Doheny in a written statement on Tuesday. “Partisan politics is tough enough, but even
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more troubling to me is the precedent set today that wealthy Republican donors and a reported ‘fundraising terrorist’ from outside our district have decided that they will choose who the next representative will be from the North Country.” Doheny is referring to Paul Singer, a billionaire hedge fund manager whose committee, Winning Women, kicked in 41 percent of the campaign contributions reported by Elise Stefanik, Doheny’s opponent in the Republican primary, in the first quarter of 2014. That sum was $110,917, according to campaign filings. The committee also contributed to several other female Republican congressional candidates in Arizona and Virginia. The Stefanik campaign is not affiliated with American Crossroads and Singer’s relationship to the candidate is confined to that of donor. A spokesperson for the Stefanik campaign denied involvement in a written statement to the Valley News on Wednesday afternoon: “Elise has run an issues focused, positive, grassroots campaign from day one, and will continue to do so. She has stayed positive in all her campaign messaging, unlike her opponent, and her message is resonating with voters all across the North Country,” said Charlotte Guyett, campaign press secretary. “If Mr. Doheny doesn’t like the issues raised by a group that used to support him, he should complain tothem, not to us. They obviously believe Elise is the strongest candidate to win this seat with new ideas and a fresh direction.” American Crossroads President and CEO Steven Law also issued a statement: “Local Republicans are uniting behind Elise Stefanik as the kind of exciting, conservative leader who can win and hold this seat,” he said. “Elise will be a champion for lower taxes, smaller government and dismantling Obamacare.” In Q1, Stefanik reported a fundraising haul of $268,000. The number of donations at or below $250 was 310.
‘I CAN’T BE BOUGHT’ In his statement, Doheny stressed his connection to the region and the voters. “Whether you support me or not, everyone knows I can’t be bought,” he said. “People of the 21st Congressional District know me. I’m a mainstream Republican, a proven vote getter who has been vetted by Republicans, Democrats and news organizations throughout the district. Nothing in
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the ad is new, or news. The fact is as a true son of the North Country, I have the experience, knowledge and resources to win. Most importantly, polling shows our campaign with a commanding twenty point lead over Democrat Aaron Woolf, leaving only one question: “Elise Stefanik, what is the deal? Who are the donors that are behind your campaign and what have you promised them that is so important that Crossroads would cross a line they have never crossed before?”
CAN’T COORDINATE Legally, super PACs are forbidden from coordinating with campaigns, said Chris Faricy, an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the Maxwell School of Public Affairs at Syracuse University, in an interview with the Valley News. “The donor lists are not public, so there’s truth to that,” he said. “But the campaigns have ideas who these people are. The parties pass around a list. You have access to their lists. Technically, you don’t know the names, but honestly, a campaign manager who doesn’t know the names of people who traditionally support you should be fired.” Faricy, who oversaw community outreach for David Fink, a 2002 congressional candidate in Michigan’s 9th District, said Citizens United, the 2010 Supreme Court decision that held that the government cannot restrict political independent expenditures by corporations, associations or labor unions, “blew the ceiling off” of groups like American Crossroads, allowing them to pour outside money into political races. The Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision gave the green light for corporations and labor unions to spend as much as they want to convince people to vote for or against a candidate. While it is still illegal for corporations and unions to give money directly to candidates for federal office, Citizens United allowed those entities to spend as much as they want to convince people to vote for or against a political candidate. It’s a subtle distinction but an important one. “These folks they try to influence races all over the country,” said Faricy. “There are only so many moderate districts left. As parties have gotten more money, they’re not spending on 435 races — they’re spending on 15.” Democrats need 17 seats to retake the House of Representatives this November and the 21st district, which covers 16,000 square miles across parts of 12 counties, is trending increasingly purple. Incumbent Bill Owens, a Democrat, won the seat by one percentage point in 2012. In an interview with the Capitol Pressroom’s
Susan Arbetter on Tuesday, Stefanik said the district has been a challenge for Republicans since the decisive special election in 2009 after President Obama appointed John McHugh to serve as the Secretary of the Army. “I think we’re looking for someone who can win this district,” Stefanik said. “I’m focused on running my campaign and spreading my message.” On Wednesday afternoon, the Doheny campaign released a second statement addressing some of the claims in the American Crossroads spot, many of which mirrored Stefanik’s points of discussion with Arbetter. “Doug Hoffman stayed on the Conservative line and split the vote in 2010,” said the statement. “In 2012, [Doheny] lost by less than 5,000 votes in a district Obama carried by six percent.” This election cycle, Doheny has the Independence endorsement and Stefanik, the Conservative Party. Both have indicated they will stay in the race if they do not win the Republican primary on June 24. ‘FOCUSED ON THE ISSUES’ “This is the very reason why I feel the need to run for office — it’s a travesty,” Green Party candidate Matt Funiciello told the Valley News when asked about American Crossroads. “They will spend literally millions of dollars. Advertising is what a modern campaign is all about.” Funciello said he hopes the voters will disregard the outside spending and focus on the issues, which, he said, are the only barometer to judge the candidates as a result of their lack of elected experience — including himself. “What’s in it for them?” he asked, referring to outside donors. “We need the answer. This is where principles come in.” Reached by phone, Stuart Rosenberg, the campaign manager for Democratic candidate Aaron Woolf, said the candidate was focused on his jobs tour in Lewis County. “We’re just making sure Medicare and Social Security remain intact and our seniors can retire with peace and security,” said Rosenberg. “Our campaign is open and available to anyone in the public who would like to share their ideas. Aaron Woolf is available and accessible. We just think this campaign should be about the issues and that’s what this is all about.” Registered Republicans will head to the polls on June 24 for the primary. Stefanik, Doheny and Funiciello will meet in Hague at a candidate’s night on Wednesday, June 11. On Thursday, June 12, Doheny and Stefanik will meet for a debate, their second, in Watertown.
Beach Party From page 1
went through.” The day will start at 8 a.m. with registration for the Champlain Valley Family Center 5K Run for Recovery at the beach at 9 a.m. This run will raise funds for Champlain Valley Center Youth programming. After, the North Country Chamber of Commerce will hold its 16th annual Great Adirondack Car Show, Craft Fair and Giant Garage Sale at the Crete Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., an event that started as just a car show 16 years ago and has grown ever since. “This year, we’re happy to be part of the City of Plattsburgh’s Beach Bash,” said Jody Parks, executive vice president of the North Country Chamber of Commerce. “It’s a great way to celebrate summer and make a ‘splash’ on the opening day of the city beach.” Also during that time, staff and volunteers from the Imaginarium Children’s Museum will be on hand with crafts and activities for children at the beach until 2 p.m. Joe Kovacs from local juice bar Smooth Moves will be hosting a BBQ in the beach concession stand with beach foods and smoothies from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., while The Cabana Beach Bar opens its doors for a beer garden from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Later in the afternoon, the City Recreation Department will host a two-on-two beach volleyball tournament on the beach’s two volleyball courts, which will last from 1 to 7 p.m. Throughout the day, there will be music provided by Social Relief, a musical movement to create events with a captivating atmosphere and promote a better nightlife in Plattsburgh, from 1 to 5 p.m., leading up to a performance by Lucid, a self-described “wood-rock” band from Plattsburgh, from 5 to 8:30 p.m. A bonfire will be set up from 6 to 9:30 p.m., which will end the night. “People want to see things happening, so it’s been easy to have the businesses engaged and involved and really take on providing these opportunities,” said Chris Rosenquest, president of the Plattsburgh Renewal Project. “They (the businesses) were very excited and open to the opportunity.” Admission will be $3 per person and free for children 12 and younger, covering the entire day. This event was created by the City of Plattsburgh Recreation Department and the Plattsburgh Renewal Project. Steve Peters, superintendent of recreation, said the planning started in November and took off in February, which came all together in the last few weeks, a plan to showcase one of Plattsburgh’s biggest attractions. The Plattsburgh City Beach takes the title as one of the longest freshwater beaches in America that features Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains of Vermont. “It’s always good for us to focus some of our attention on the beach,” Peters said. “It’s truly a gem that we want to encourage people to enjoy because it’s here.” To register for the 5K run, visit ageeracetiming.com/events/241. For the two-on-two beach volleyball tournament, register at plattsburghrecreation.com. To be part of any of the events for the Great Adirondack Car Show, Craft Fair and Giant Garage Sale, visit www.northcountrychamber. com. “There’s a chance to get some fitness in, such as the 5K run, but also a chance to relax and enjoy one of the best views that we have on the lake,” Peters said. “Hopefully, we’ve provided something that people can find some enjoyment out of.”
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Chasm continues to add more adventures to its repertoire By Teah Dowling
firstname.lastname@example.org KEESEVILLE — Judd Arnold continues to add more to the adventure side of Ausable Chasm. Started in 2012 and finished in 2013, the Adventure Trail became one of the first adventurous activities the chasm has to offer. “You kind of learn how to use the personal safety device that attaches to the cables that go throughout the course,” said Judd Arnold, assistant general manager and adventure program director of Ausable Chasm. “Then, you go throughout the various elements to get to the end of the course.” This trail starts in the upper chasm, a region of the chasm that is not accessible from any other trail. The trail starts with a cargo net along the chasm ledge 15 to 20 feet above the river, which leads into a Tyrolean traverse, a level cable that pulls a person across the river, giving him or her a chance to look at the raging river below them. After is the via feratta, a number of rebar staples attached to the wall to climb like a ladder, leading up to the low route, a similar version of the Tyrolean traverse only at an incline of 45 degrees, where a guide lowers the person down the cable and controls his or her’s decent. Once descended comes the v-bridge, a wobbly, one-cable walking bridge that stretches to 70 feet over Class IV, advanced, rapids, which Arnold describes as “eye-opening” and “pretty awesome.”
After the v-bridge begins the edge walk 40 feet above the water, finishing with the cable bridge, a planked out, easy-going bridge about 65 feet long. “I kind of like to describe the Adventure Trail as fast and smooth, and it’s cheaper, and it’s quicker, and it gives you a little bit of the taste of adventure,” Arnold said. “But it’s not really in depth, not like the rappelling tour.” The rappelling tour was created in 2012 at the opposite end of the chasm and starts out with a 30-foot rappel and a 150-foot Tyrolean traverse, 50 to 60 feet above the water. The last rappel consists of a 80-foot wall, where people can decide whether to do the via feratta climb back up the wall or finish the rappelling tour with a 150 foot long Tyrolean traverse 90 to 100 feet above the water. With this tour, one can learn specifics on how to properly rappel, similar to the chasm’s new rock climbing option added this year. “This one is still a work in progress,” Arnold said. “But it’s one of a kind.” Currently, Arnold has created three different walls with different routes that accommodate people ranging from beginner to expert, walls that are less than 10 feet away from the river. Arnold’s goal is to add more walls and more climbing routes to the rock climbing walls. Arnold’s other goal is to keep creating new adventurous activities for the chasm. “For winter, it’s still in the process of being planned out, but the plan as of right now is to have ice climbing this winter,” Arnold said. After checking out some walls, Arnold said that adding ice climbing to the list of adventure
The photo shows the end of Ausable Chasm’s Adventure Trail cable bridge, which stretches up to 65 feet long across the chasm and over the river. Photo by Teah Dowling
activities would be a great way to get people to go to the chasm during the winter months. After observing the walls, Arnold said he discovered that ice formed from 5 feet tall to over 100 feet. He also said, if he needed to, he would make his own ice. “The ice that forms there is beautiful and perfect,” he said. “It has the potential to be a popular ice climbing destination.” To learn more about the costs, restrictions
and requirements for the adventure activities, visit Ausable Chasm’s website ausablechasm. com. To find out about new things happening at the chasm, check out their Facebook page “Ausable Chasm.” “It’s not like we’re losing focus on our tradition, but we’re also opening up the doors in allowing more people to enjoy what the chasm actually has to offer,” Arnold said. “The possibilities are endless.”
Safe Call Now helps emergency services members who are in a crises PLATTSBURGH — When an emergency services member is in crisis, be it from substance abuse, mental issues, problem gambling, etc. seeking help can often be harder than it is for a civilian in the same crisis. Police officers, fire fighters, EMS personnel, correction officers and emergency dispatchers often worry about the ramifications they might face within their departments if they reach out for help. Most departments have employee assistance programs to deal with such problems, but many first responders don’t trust these programs, feeling that they are simply a conduit back to their department’s management. This is where Sean Riley hopes to step in. Riley is a former police officer from the Seattle Washington area. He is the founder and president of Safe Call Now, an independent not-for-profit gatekeeper organization that hopes to reach out a hand to responders in crisis who are afraid to go to their own agencies for help. “We will handle everything, whether its Internet gambling, substance abuse, PTSD, even if it’s relationship issues, marriage, infidelity...we handle just about everything,” Riley said. “It’s any first responder and their family members. We took an oath that if anybody calls we’re not going to turn them away.” Riley knows of which he speaks. A former homicide detective from the Seattle area, Riley suffered from a prescription drug abuse problem that eventually ended his police career. He sought treatment, then went back to school for chemical dependency counseling. Working in a treatment center he saw the same pattern over and over; first responders who were afraid to go to their agency for help, often times at the peril of their career. “I thought ‘this is crazy,’ because I knew from my past experience that I had gone to Employee Assistance, and Employee Assistance had a lot of really good programs, but I knew that I wasn’t going to say anything to them because I didn’t know where my records were going,” he said. So Riley went to the Lieutenant Governor’s office for help in starting what would become Safe Call Now. What he got as well, was a unanimously passed law in Washington state protecting the confidentiality of these records. Calls to Safe Call Now are held confidential under the Washington State law, and even a state agency in New York cannot touch them.
“It’s important for people to know that if they’re in immediate crisis, where they’re going to hurt themselves or somebody else, we have an obligation to notify people...that said, if it is not an imminent situation where somebody’s going to hurt themselves, people can rest assured that we’re going to keep their records confidential,” said Barry Thomas, chair of Safe Call Now’s board of directors and second vice president of the FBI National Academy Associates. Riley and Thomas have stood up to threats of jail time rather than divulge their records. Every case that has gone to court thus far has been thrown out based on Washington’s law. Safe Call Now was so successful in the North West that they decided to go national a year ago. They field calls from anyone involved in the public safety network, including the military. The people who man Safe Call Now’s phone lines are all current or
former public safety workers. Thomas says this is a critical aspect of Safe Call Now. “I think that that’s imperative, because when people call they know that they’re going to be talking to someone who has been there, seen it, done it.” Safe Call Now representatives will work with a person in crisis to diffuse the issue on the phone, and will refer the person to a local treatment center, depending on the issue. They will even work with insurance companies if payment is an issue. They have helped hundred of responders since their inception, and hope to reach more now that they have gone nation-wide. More information about Safe Call Now, as well as the text of the Washington confidentiality law, can be found at their website, www.safecallnow.org. Their contact number for people in crisis is 1-206-459-3020.
July Fourth From page 1
a Salute to the Armed Forces” according to First Weekends’ president Tim McCormick. “We want to show that we really need to remember all those who have served, not just in Clinton County, but the entire region,” McCormick said. Following the parade, the “Mayor’s Cup Voice” competition will take place at the band shell behind the MacDonough Monument. Winners of this year’s singing competition, formerly tagged “Mayor’s Cup Idol”, will perform at the Clinton County Fair, opening for “The Voice” winner Danielle Bradbury and runners-up The Swon Brothers. Following Mayor’s Cup Voice, the band “Movin On” will perform at the band shell. Fireworks will follow at 9:20 p.m. “As for the fireworks, we expect an even bigger show than normal this year,” Calnon said. “We think it’s going to be a full day of fun.” Calnon addressed the issue of parking, saying that the city has made no special plans to deal with parking this year, but says that the city is examining the issue for next year. “Parking and getting out of downtown is a difficult thing, but this year we are not changing anything,” he said. As for the cost of the celebration, Calnon said the fireworks are the most expensive part of the celebration, but that most of the cost for the fireworks is donated, and very little money comes from city coffers. Sponsors, he said, have been very generous in the past. Being the first weekend in June, First Weekends will also be celebrating July 5 with their signature road closures and street performers on City Hall Place. Space in the parade is still available. Interested groups can contact Beth Carlin at the Mayor’s Office at 563-7701.
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Arrest made in OxyContin robbery at Walgreens PLATTSBURGH — On July 10, 2012 at approximately 2:30 p.m., Plattsburgh Police Officers responded to a reported robbery at Walgreens Pharmacy located at 301 Cornelia Street, Plattsburgh. The suspect was described as a tall, thin white male in his twenties with short hair, wearing jeans, a hooded sweatshirt, a baseball hat and sunglasses. The robber threatened the use of a knife and demanded OxyContin. The suspect fled west on Cornelia Street with over 1100 OxyContin and Oxycodone pills. A manhunt ensued with assistance from New York State Police, Clinton County Sheriffs Department, SUNY Police, US Customs and Border Protection Airwing, DEA and subsequently
the Burlington, South Burlington, Colchester and Essex Police Departments in Vermont. Plattsburgh PD Detectives investigating the case collected evidence at the scene as well as at the LCT Ferry Dock on Cumberland Head identifying the John Doe suspect’s DNA profile. Additionally, video evidence identified the make model and color of the suspect’s vehicle which, along with the pharmacy surveillance video footage, were utilized to create a Champlain Valley CrimeStoppers video which was aired in 2012 and early 2013. Detectives have followed up on numerous leads over the past two years but all have reached a dead end. Recently, the CrimeStoppers footage was
re-aired and developed a lead. Plattsburgh Detectives, worked the lead and developed a suspect, Donald R. Wyrick III, 30yrs, formerly of Colchester, VT. This morning, Plattsburgh PD Detectives, working with the US Marshals Service took Warick into custody in Wilmington, Delware where he was interviewed and subsequently arrested for committing the Walgreens Robbery. He was arraigned as a fugitive from justice, waived extradition, and is currently enroute to Plattsburgh with the Detectives. He will be arraigned in Plattsburgh City Court this evening or tomorrow morning on a charge of Robbery 1st Degree, a Class B Felony.
Your complete source of things to see and do in the North Country Thursday, June 12
SARANAC LAKE — The Lucky Jukebox Brigade perform at The Waterhole at 6 p.m. PERU — Gilbert & Garrow Experiment perform at Livingoods Restaurant & Brewery at 6 p.m.
Sunday, June 15
Friday, June 13
PLATTSBURGH — Formula 5 will perform at 10 p.m. Monopole, 7 Protection Ave. Call 518-563-2222 for food and drink specials. LAKE PLACID — There will be an Out of Darkness Walk Kick Off Event at 6:30 p.m. at the Beach House. Call 518-791-1544 for more information.
WADHAMS — There will be a Boquet River Duck Derby at 3 p.m. The cost is $5. KEESEVILLE — The Keeseville Elks Lodge will be hosting a motorcycle Ride of Honor to benefit the North Country Honor Flight. The ride will leave from the Keeseville Elks Lodge around 11 a.m. on Father’s Day June 15 with registration starting at 9 a.m. All proceeds will go to help fund the future flights for the area WWII veterans who wish to go to the WWII Memorial in Washington D.C. The cost is $15 per bike and $5 for an extra passenger. One complimentary meal is included per motorcycle. This event is in conjunction with the Keeseville Elks 6th Annual Pig’n’Swig. For more information please contact the lodge at 834-2072. WADHAMS — There will be a Strawberry Festival at the Church Hall from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday, June 14
Wednesday, June 18
LAKE PLACID — There will be a story time at 10 a.m at the Bookstore Plus. Call 518-523-2950 for more information. PLATTSBURGH — The Edd perform at 10 p.m. at the Monopole, 7 Protection Ave. Call 518-563-2222 for food and drink specials. PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh Lodge of Elks will host their annual Flag Day program on Saturday, June 14 at 11AM at Plattsburgh Lodge # 621. The Lodge is located at 56 Cumberland Ave. Light refreshments will be served following the program. This event is free and open to the public. In 1907, the Grand Lodge of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks designated, by resolution, June 14 as Flag Day. The Grand Lodge of the Order adopted mandatory observance of the occasion by every Lodge in 1911, and that requirement continues. The Elks prompted President Woodrow Wilson to recognize the Order’s observance of Flag Day for its patriotic expression. But it was not until 1949 when President Harry Truman, himself a member of the Elks, made the proclamation that thereafter June 14 would be a day of national observance for the symbol of our country. It was through his Elks Lodge in Independence, Missouri, that President Truman got the idea for a national observance of Flag Day. CHAMPLAIN — The Northern Lights Square Dance club is having a ‘ Pie Night‘ dance at 7:30 p.m. at Northeastern Clinton County School, 103 Route 276. Call 518236-6919 for more information. NEWCOMB — There will be a Northern New York Aubudon Bird Walk at 9 a.m. Call 518-582-2000 for more information.
PLATTSBURGH — There will be an open mike at 10 p.m. at the Monopole, 7 Protection Ave. Call 518-563-2222 for food and drink specials. CHAZY — CCRS jazz combo and chorus group will perform at Chazy Public Library at 7 p.m. The event is free.
Thursday, June 19
PERU — Dollar Past Sunset will perform at Livingoods Restaurant & Brewery at 6 p.m.
Friday, June 20
PLATTSBURGH — Funk Wagon perform at 10 p.m. at the Monopole, 7 Protection Ave. Call 518-563-2222 for food and drink specials.
Saturday, June 21
PLATTSBURGH — Universal Transit perform at 10 p.m. at the Monopole, 7 Protection Ave. Call 518-563-2222 for food and drink specials.
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ALTONA — An Old Home Days will take place at Holy Angels Church. There will be a mass at 10 a.m., a parade at 11 a.m. and a barbecue at noon. Live entertainment will be performing throughout the day. Altona’s Got Talent Show will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. There will be a fireworks display at 9 p.m. PLATTSBURGH — There will be a sensory-friendly showing of How to Train Your Dragon 2 at Cumberland 12. The event is ponsored by Autism Alliance of Northeastern NY & Cumberland 12 Cinemas. Tickets are $5. Only cash or check are accepted. SARANAC — Lavrova-Primakov Piano Duo Natalia Lavrova and Vassily Primakov formed their Duo in 2012. Their June 22 concert at 3 p.m., will feature the premiere of new works by the rising young South African composer Braam van Eeden, who will be present at the performance, as well as Arensky’s Twelve Pieces, op.66 and Rachmaninoff’s Six Morceaux, op. 11. The piano is a fine re-built 1925 Steinway D. Reception to meet the artists following performance. For further information please telephone 518-293-7613 or e-mail email@example.com. It takes place at Saranac United Methodist Church. The cost is $12-$15.
Wednesday, June 25
PLATTSBURGH — There is an open mic at 10 p.m. at Monopole, 7 Protection Ave. Call 518-563-2222 for food and drink specials.
Friday, June 27
PLATTSBURGH — North Funktree will perform at 10 p.m. at the Monopole, 7 Protection Ave. Call 518-563-2222 for food and drink specials.
Saturday, June 28
LAKE PLACID — There will be a book signing with Hallie Bond and Stephen Topper from 3-5 p.m. at the Bookstore Plus. Call 518-523-2950 for more information. PLATTSBURGH — Domm and Friends perform at 10 p.m. at the Monopole, 7 Protection Ave. Call 518-563-2222 for food and drink specials. PLATTSBURGH — Champlain Valley Habitat for Humanity will hold a garage sale from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 616 Route 3.
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West Branch Ausable’s Two Fly Challenge
hile I was pulling into the Mountain Brook Lodge in Wilmington, I couldn’t help noticing all the license plates from various states. It is way too early for all the family tourists to be coming so they must be fly fishing folks I thought. The Two Fly Challenge was starting Friday, May 16 and the rod and reel, fly flicking guys where coming to the West Branch of the Ausable for a fishing rendezvous! Normally I wouldn’t be getting a room to go fishing as I live only an hour away, but with the festivities going into the night, I didn’t want the hassle of driving back and forth from fishing and going to the nightly events and banquet. Besides my brother just celebrated his 60th, May 12th, so I got him registered for the Two Fly for his birthday. He is new to fly fishing and it’s time to break him in, West Branch Ausable River Adirondack New York style of course, isn’t that what brothers are for! During the morning registration, everyone who had fished any other streams was required to dip their waders and boots into a solution that decontaminated the waders before fishing the Ausable. This would disinfect the waders from invasive species, especially didymo , which is also known as rock snot. In HAZMAT terminology it’s called DECON! The Two Fly, is a fishing challenge where only two flies of your choice are used each day for the two day contest. If you lose your flies, that day is over as far as the contest is concerned. You can still fish, but it doesn’t count. Each participant is given a score card, and buddy up with a partner. They are on the honor system when they go fishing on the river. At the end of each day the fly fishing aficionados would turn in their cards with the type of fish caught and its length. The challenge ends the second day, and the total lengths for each entry are tallied. Our first day out, Friday, was in fair weather, overcast with a storm threatening. We fished below the ski slope in some large boulder pocket water, where the rock is as slick as the proverbial manure. Cleats or felt soles are highly recommended in this water during early spring fishing. A wading stick is also recommended, fly rods don’t function as support staffs when you’re going down. Losing two flies is one thing, snapping a “boo” wood rod, and mashing face on granite would not be cool! I did get one nice Brown that day, out of a seam, so I was happy, the team didn’t get skunked! As many as 75 guys had registered for the challenge and we met many of them. Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Ontario Canada were all represented by some of the best folks one could ever meet. All corners of New York were covered as far as participants. Newburgh, Potsdam, and even some guys from Cheektowaga, a town in western New York where we grew up, home of some slammer polish kielbasa sausage! That evening there was a fly tying demonstration at the ski center, while auction and raffle items were shown. During the program, two guys, Seth Warden and Doug Moody played acoustic guitar and violin. They did some serious Tom Petty. Donations were given by local fishing shops. The Two Fly Fishing Shop owned by Tom Conway and the HARDY Grey Company were the primary sponsors of the program. Supporters included the Hungry Trout, the Fly Shack, and numerous other businesses such as the Mountain Brook Lodge. Local artists did paintings, and one fellow donated a 4 weight homemade bamboo rod. All sorts of fly fishing equipment such as rods, reels and all the other jingle and jangle equipment that hangs from a vest was on hand. Local support for the event runs strong in Wilmington, I even saw Randy Preston, Wilmington’s supervisor on hand for the event. I noticed him eyeballing some of the fishing equipment; I think it was the sinkers. That night it rained, and I mean it rained. The reports I got were that the cubic feet per second of river flow went from 1600 to over 12,500, with a river rise of over 5 feet. We are talking, serious killer kayak conditions with white caps. Nymph fishing in that would be like standing along the track fence during the Daytona 500. Saturday, we went up stream in what Fran Betters called the sweet water sections. Even there though, with a five foot rise, the bank was now along the road or in the woods. We gave it a try, but we knew we didn’t have a
real chance anyway. But we came to fish and that’s what we did! While fishing, I am always observing the river and what is happening, it’s the stream walker in me. It’s amazing what the wetlands along the upper Ausable do. They hold all the excess water and let the river rise and lower the way it’s supposed too. The By Rich Redman floodplain and wetlands along the river absorb the impact of the rising water and slowly release nutrients back into the waters. Willow, alders and red osier dogwoods line the banks and bend with the flows, the way things should be. I was bending with the flow and after some fruitless efforts to hook a brookie, brownie or bow, we headed back to town. Needless to say, it was time to meet and greet all the other guys. The banquet was held at the Whiteface Ski lodge, CloudSpin Room. The winners were announced and awards given out to professional, adult and youth classes. Winners were as follows: Children’s Division 1st Place Jake Weaver 2nd Place Michael Hoffman
i s torically, brook trout and lake trout have been the primary spring species for anglers on most local lakes and ponds, however Fathers Day weekend has long signaled the traditional opening of Bass Season. Although legislation now permit anglers to practice ‘catch and release’ bass fishing year ‘round across most of the state; I always believed the traditional Bass Season Opener on Father’s Day was a most fortunate occurrence. Bass are voracious feeders, and when they are “turned on”, there is likely no finer species to fish for. When they are ‘on’, bass are hard charging, tough fighters with a flair for acrobatics and drag screaming runs. In terms of recreational angling opportunities, there is likely no finer fish than a smallmouth bass. If taken home, their white, flakey meat makes a wonderful meal on the grill or fried in the pan. While bass are one of the most abundant game species in the state, they are also one of the most
underutilized sporting resources in our region, which has historically been regarded as a haven for trout and salmon. Although Lake Champlain is regularly identified as one of the most productive bass fisheries in the entire country, most of the region’s lakes and ponds are relatively untapped in terms of bass waters. Bass are also to be found in a majority of the region’s major rivers including the Saranac, Raquette, Hudson, Schroon, Sacandaga, and the Indian. While Lake Champlain is likely to remain king of the region’s bass waters, they are also found in a majority of the region’s lakes and ponds, which makes them one of the most accessible game species available. A top ten list of suggested bass waters includes: 1. Saranac River and Chain of Lakes 2. Long Lake 3. Raquette Lake and and Raquette River 4. Blue Mountain Lake 5. Lake George 6. Black Lake (St. Lawrence County) 7. Indian Lake 8. St. Regis Lakes 9. Floodwood and the Fish Creek Ponds 10. Forked Lake Joe Hackett is a guide and sportsman residing in Ray Brook. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adult Division 1st Place Bill Sullivan 2nd Place Jason Yanary 3rd Place Joe Morelli Competitive Division 1st Place Ron Both 2nd Place Don Clute Fran Betters Award Jake Weaver (Biggest Fish) 21 inches Money was also being raised for a memorial bronze statue of Fran Betters to be constructed along the Ausable in Wilmington, an enduring Adirondack tribute, to a fly fishing mentor. During the dinner, the main speaker, Gary Hodgson from Lake Placid, spoke about building a birch bark canoe and pack baskets out of local White Birch trees. Auction items where won and given out along with some complementary gifts promoting the event. Every one of us had a great time. The town of Wilmington and all the great people who supported this event are doing a great thing to promote our area. Fly fishing of course, was the hot topic of conversation, along with who went where and fished what stream in Alaska, Colorado or Montana. There were some fish tales being told, and some where even believable! Fly fishing was the language of the night, but we all spoke the same words, we all agreed that New York’s West Branch of the Ausable is one special jewel. Everyone agreed we would all be back next year, come hell or high water once again! Life is not just about the fish, it’s about living! Special thanks to Tom Conway and the HARDY Grey Rod Company for their donations and especially to Michelle Burns of the Whiteface Region Business and Tourism Center. Without these folks it would not happen! Rich Redman is a retired District Conservationist for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and an avid outdoorsman. His column will appear regularly. He may be reached at rangeric@ nycap.rr.com.
Anthony Masina lands a 13 inch Brown Trout during the 2014 Ausable Two Fly Challenge. Photo by Mark Price
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