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Gubernatorial hopeful Rob Astorino (R) visited Lake Placid’s Herb Brooks Arena on Tuesday, April 15 as part a campaign swing through the region. While the Westchester County Executive criticized the state’s high taxes, the SAFE Act and Albany’s culture of corruption, he had nothing but kind words for the North Country. “This is such a beautiful part of the world, it’s stunning. I can’t wait to come back and go in the lakes — it’s beautiful,” he said. Photo by Shawn Ryan
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LAKE PLACID Ñ The Supreme Court recently ruled in a Wyoming landowner rights case that property from a defunct rail line reverted back to the original land owner, thwarting a rails-to-trails effort proposed for that line. This ruling, however, will have no effect on local efforts to convert unused
tracks, such as the 90-mile stretch of abandoned rail corridor between Lake Placid and Old Forge, to recreational trails. Ò It has no effect on it at all,Ó said Tony Goodwin, Director of the Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates. Ò The state owns the entire corridor in fee, and on top of that, since there was no Federal land in any of the original 13 colonies, because it was all Crown land which then became state land, there are no federal grants of Rights of Way in those states.Ó
The Wyoming case involved land which was federalized under the 1875 General Railroad Right of Way Act. The stretch of rail corridor in question in the North Country, which is part of a larger, 120 mile corridor from Remson, N.Y. to Lake Placid, was abandoned by New York Central Railroad in 1972. The state of New York bought the entire right of way prior to the 1980 Winter Olympics, CONTINUED ON PAGE 5
ELIZABETHTOWN Ñ Volunteer fire departments in the North Country are nearing a flashover and for many local agencies, there isnÕ t an extinguisher in sight. The main accelerants are manpower and recruitment. A generation of fighters are aging out of the profession and few are waiting in the wings to replace them. Other stressors are the same that curse other agencies across the region: anemic budgets, plummeting populations and an increase in state mandates. North Country departments have two additional strikes against them: Sparsely-populated areas make consolidation tricky and a paralyzed tax base makes it difficult to supplement their ranks with paid staffers. To combat the situation, several local departments will participate in RecruitNY this weekend, a statewide effort by the FiremenÕ s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) designed to recruit new blood by throwing open their department doors to showcase equipment, vehicles and otherwise engage the public and ignite an interest in civic involvement. Isaac Guenther, Second Lieutenant of the Elizabethtown Fire Department, said while itÕ s in the nature of volunteer departments to deal with an ebb and flow of resources, it becomes a problem when firefighters are faced CONTINUED ON PAGE 8
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New 5K run aims to honor local resident By Pete DeMola
email@example.com WESTPORT Ñ Lightfooted locals are encouraged to lace up and register for a new 5K run designed to honor a local educator and community fixture. Spearheaded by Moriah Central student Halie Snyder as part of her senior project, the Dan McCormick 5K Dudley Run, which is scheduled to be held on Sunday, May 4, takes its name from the former Westport guidance counselor and prospective assistant coach who is recovering from a stroke. Ò She wanted to do something to honor Dan,Ó said Howard Hammonds, co-coach of the combined EKMW track and field team that comprises student athletes from the Elizabethtown, Keene, Moriah and Westport school districts. Ò It was touch and go there for a while.Ó Ò WeÕ re running for him,Ó said Snyder. Runners will take off from the pillars outside of Camp Dudley on Dudley Road and end 3.1 miles later at the facilityÕ s track. McCormick lives on the street and his driveway will act as the turnaround spot for the 100-or-so runners who are expected to participate. Hammonds said five kilometers is the standard for the road races that are gaining in popularity in the region. Ò ItÕ s a good distance that most people can run without a lot of training,Ó he said. The average time runs about 16 minutes, he said. Ò YouÕ ll be a national contender if you break 15.Ó Hammonds said he hopes the event will become an annual tradition. Ò The running boom is coming late to the North Country with
the weather and all, but itÕ s growing,Ó he said. All proceeds will go toward the EKMW track and field team: $20 for adults, $15 for kids under 12 (or $15 and $10, respectively, without a t-shirt). Deadline for registration is Saturday, April 26. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info or download the registration form at ekmwtrack.org.
CATS hike drawing visitors from afar WESTPORT Ñ The Champlain Area Trails Grand Inn-to-Inn Hike is attracting local residents, people from neighboring counties, and out-of-state visitors to walk on trails and scenic back roads from the Westport Hotel & Tavern to the Essex Inn on Saturday, May 3. The hike will be followed with a block party celebration at the Essex Inn featuring the Wadhams Waddlers Band, restorative yoga and chair massage from Lake Champlain Yoga & Wellness, and a photo booth. Ò We expected hikers from around here and as far away as Plattsburgh, Saranac Lake, and Peru,Ó said Chris Maron, CATS executive director, Ò so it has been a big surprise to see people register from Saratoga Springs, Connecticut, Vermont, and even Albuquerque, New Mexico. We are expecting the trails to be in good shape for everyone.Ó The hike starts at 9 a.m. at the Westport Hotel where breakfast is available at 7:30 and check-in begins at 8. Participants can park there or in Essex where a free shuttle will take them to Westport. The block party begins at 5 in the Essex Inn courtyard. Everyone is welcome for the hike and block party, which nonhikers can attend. There is a registration fee of $5/person or $10/ family for the hike. The block party is free and open to all. To preregister go to the CATS website ChamplainAreaTrails. com or call 518-962-2287.
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April 26, 2014
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Congressional hopeful talks in run-up to GOP primary By Pete DeMola
trend towards fiscal insolvency,” she said. One idea she mentioned was raising the retirement age. “I think its important for those programs to reflect reality and common sense solutions.Ó
email@example.com WILLSBORO Ñ Elise Stefanik, one of the two Republicans seeking her partyÕ s nomination in the race to replace outgoing Congressman Bill Owens (D-Plattsburgh), doesnÕ t mince words: Ò My focus is on promoting small businesses and promoting economic growth,Ó she said during an interview with the Valley News to discuss her campaign as the race intensifies in the runup to the primary with GOP challenger Matt Doheny on June 24. HereÕ s where the candidate stands on policymaking and other issues facing the expansive 21st District that covers the entirity of the North Country.
IMMIGRATION The candidate said immigration reform is needed and sheÕ s against giving amnesty to illegal immigrants. Ò First, we have to secure the borders,Ó she said. Ò Then we can focus on the legal aspects.Ó Stefanik said reform is needed to help key industries in the in the district Ñ like agriculture, for example Ñ and she will continue to flesh out specific policy positions as she meets with voters throughout the campaign. Ò This is the right direction,Ó she said.
SMALL BUSINESS GROWTH Stefanik said the countryÕ s business climate is unfavorable and comprehensive reform is needed to allow small businesses to grow and thrive. Ò The current tax code is riddled with loopholes that have led the country in the direction of crony capitalism,Ó she said. Ò We have to start from scratch and get back to a place where small businesses are making decisions themselves.Ó During the half-hour phone interview, the candidate spoke briskly and articulately as if she was giving a stump speech and repeatedly referred back to her small business background. Stefanik, 29, currently wears many hats with Premium Plywood Products, her familyÕ s business that employs over 20 people in Albany County: Ò Marketing, sales... you know how it is with small businesses,Ó she said. Ò We all play many roles.Ó The candidate said this experience uniquely positions herself as a candidate who can combat the challenges facing the district. Ò We have to deal with regulations that the industry faces,Ó she said, citing tightened EPA regulations and federal statutes that she feels have grown more expansive over time. Stefanik said she envisions a return back to a Ò main street economyÓ consisting of individual and small businesses contributing to robust local economies: Ò They service local schools, businesses and are done literally on kitchen tables,Ó she said. Ò ThatÕ s what makes my background unique: we do business day-to-day with hundreds of small businesses.Ó Stefanik said the key to job growth is tax reform, getting rid of government-imposed burdens and repealing the Affordable Care Act. Another measure is exploring increased partnerships with Canadian businesses and promoting tourism of the districtÕ s natural resources that she called Ò one of the most beautiful places in the country.Ó Ò We have to encourage people to start small businesses that will draw in more tourism and will allow them to set down roots here,Ó she said. Stefanik was born in Albany County and moved to Willsboro in mid-2013 after a series of positions in Washington DC. According to her bio, those included prepping 2012 Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) for his debates with Vice President Joe Biden and a three-year stint with the Bush Administration working with the Chief of Staff’s Office where she Ò assisted in overseeing the policy development process on all economic and domestic policy issues.Ó Documents from the state board of elections show that she switched her voter registration to Essex County from Albany County on April 14, 2013.
Elise Stefanik on the campaign trail last December. Photo courtesy of the Elise for Congress Campaign
HEALTH CARE The Affordable Care Act is a job killer, said the candidate, citing the higher premiums forced on her familyÕ s business Ñ they skyrocketed 30 percent, she said. Those increases, paired with higher deductibles and higher out-of-pocket co-pays, forced them to make a choice between absorbing costs or hiring additional employees. The company eventually switched insurance programs. Ò This is a lose-lose for small businesses,Ó she said. Armed with the trio of increased costs, Stefanik expressed criticism of how the sweeping reforms were presented to the public and cited discussions with voters she has had on the campaign trail since she announced her candidacy last August. Ò People were coming to us with questions at meet and greets,Ó she said. Ò There was a fundamental lack of certainty Ñ they were approaching us with letters and had no idea of what to do next.Ó The candidate said while she thinks health care is a vital national issue that needs to be addressed, itÕ s important for the country to Ò take pride in cost-effective and high-quality care.Ó Better free-market oriented alternatives, she said, are to make allowances for the purchase of coverage across state lines, pursuing tort reform and allowing individuals to write off costs the way that businesses can.
In response to hypothetical allegations by grumbling voters that both major political parties are awash in corporate funding and influence, the candidate referred back to her small business roots. Ò My father built it from the ground up,Ó she said, referring to Premium Plywood Products. Ò He started cutting doors before moving on to working as forklift operator. I was raised in the reality of a hard dayÕ s work.Ó She cited her Ò half-millionÓ in campaign donations from small businesses across the district as evidence of a groundwell of public support. Stefanik said she’s running for office to represent a new voice and a new generation of leadership. Ò Incumbents should be put on notice,Ó she said. Ò The Republican Party should not be the Ô Party of No.Õ Ó The candidate said if elected, she would take a Ò common senseÓ approach and hold fellow lawmakers accountable, in part by asking them not to pass any laws they wouldnÕ t want to live under, citing gold-plated health care subsidies as an example. Ò We have to get back to basics and focus on smaller, more tangible pieces of legislation,Ó she said. The candidate referred to a pledge she took that if elected, she would limit herself to five two-year terms. Ò We truly have to get back to citizen representatives,Ó she said.
SOCIAL SECURITY While the Valley News didn’t specifically discuss the intricacies of the Ryan Budget Plan, the GOP blueprint the House passed along party lines earlier this month that seeks to balance the budget with deep cuts to domestic spending, the candidate said no cuts should be made to those who have already paid into Social Security. “They deserve their benefits and it’s very important to make that clear,Ó she said. Stefanik, noting that she will turn 30 the week before the primary in June, expressed concerns that the program wonÕ t be there for her generation unless it is Ò modernized.Ó PRICE SENSITIVE TEST 1A: 1-SIDED Ò We need to have a bipartisan conversation to discuss the
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To frack or not to frack?
oliticians have a knack for skirting issues which might cost them votes at the ballot box, or worse, campaign dollars on the road to election. Never has this been more apparent than in Gov. Andrew CuomoÕ s refusal to take a stand on the growing fracking debate. Few environmental issues in recent memory have galvanized the opposing sides like hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking, has. Far from a distant national issue that has no resonance to the North Country, New York is one of 33 states in the Lower 48 where shale gas formations have been identified as targets for fracking. The massive and much coveted Marcellus and Utica formations cover all of western and much of central New York, lapping at the very foothills of the Adirondacks. And these are only the formations they have so far discovered. Could there be more in the mountains themselves? FrackingÕ s history goes back to 1947, when it was first used on a well in Grant County, Kansas to stimulate gas production. Fracking itself is a technique used for extracting natural gas trapped in shale gas formations be injecting a myriad of chemicals and massive amounts of water into the ground, causing the shale to fracture, releasing the gas held in the shale. A technique called horizontal drilling, perfected in the early 1990s, then captures a portion of the newly released gas, and pumps it to the surface. Two issues with fracking become obvious to anyone who doesnÕ t align themselves with the oil and gas industry. The first, is that these companies are not bound by the 1974 Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), and do not have to disclose what potentially deadly chemicals they are pumping into the ground. Most of these chemicals, which are trucked around the country to well sites, would generate a hazmat spill response if they were released on land. But because of lobbying, and deep national political penetration by individuals from the oil and gas industries (potential fodder for a later editorial), the fracking industry was written out of the SDWA. They simply do not have to say what chemicals they are pumping into the ground that was just fractured, and can thus seep throughout that ground. Second, is the fact that the gasses trapped in the shale are suddenly released, and can course throughout the newly fractured shale wherever they meet a path of little resistance. Unlike classic oil drilling, where an underground pool of oil is extracted at a specific drilling point, fracking allows the gas to go virtually anywhere underground; into drinker water wells, to the surface to be released into the atmosphere, or back into
the extraction point to be captured. A great deal of the gas is caught and extracted, but not all. Antidotes abound of contaminated ground water, where people are able to set their tap water, or water in a stream, on fire. Incidents of sudden bizarre illnesses in people, livestock and wild animals cropping up suddenly around a cluster of wells abound as well. Unfortunately, until the federal government commissions a conclusive study of these incidents, they remain Ò antidotes,Ó and are dismissed by many as just that. How many antidotes constitute a fact? How many people have to die of cancer, or lose their home to contamination before it constitutes a public health emergency? The federal government jumped all over General Motors after a handful of people died as a result of alleged ignition issues. Likewise the spinach industry has barely recovered from a government overreaction to an e-coli outbreak a few years ago, but where is the government now? The fox is running the hen house, and the fox if getting rich doing it. It is time for Gov. Cuomo to be the adult in the room, and admit that fracking is responsible for both environmental and personal destruction wherever it is used. Yes, we need to get out from under foreign fossil fuels, but at what cost? We canÕ t drill in Anwar, Alaska because it might harm some caribou, but we know that fracking does much worse, and it does it right in our back yards. Proponents inevitably argue about the potential jobs and money that accompany these wells. Antidotally, a family here or there might make some money leasing their land to a company to frack, but its seldom the monetary boon its made out to be. ItÕ s normally far from enough to abandon a contaminated house and start over again somewhere else. And, the family leasing their land for a well canÕ t guarantee that their neighborsÕ wells, neighbors who were not paid by the gas company, wonÕ t become contaminated. Yes, people are put to work at these wells, or in trucking the chemicals, but they would also be put to work building less destructive environmental projects like wind farms. Much of north-western Clinton County is now covered by job and energy producing wind mills. As of press time today, they have yet to contaminate a single well. WeÕ re left to wonder yet again what type of political algorithm Gov. Cuomo is employing to make his decision on fracking in New York. Money versus votes, cheaper gas versus the safety of the people and the environment. ItÕ s time for the governor to choose. Ñ Denton Publications Editorial Board
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April 26, 2014
A job well done is worth doing
recent survey by the website CareerCast.com came up with a list of the 10 most desirable careers and rounded out the report with the 10 worst careers. IÕ ve always been of the opinion that any job was far better than no job, but then again I come from a different era where we were happy to be employed. In general terms, one looked at their bank account and their lifestyle. If the career path addressed those needs and they were satisfied with the workload, that was far more important than what a poll would tell us about popularity. LetÕ s look at what the survey says are the top 10 careers accordDan Alexander ing to CareerCast.comÕ s Ò 2014 Jobs Rates Report:Ó Thoughts from 1. Mathematician 2. University Professor (Tenured) Behind the Pressline 3. Statistician 4. Actuary 5. Audiologist 6. Dental Hygienist 7. Software Engineer 8. Computer Systems Analyst 9. Occupational Therapist 10. Speech Pathologist Really? A Mathematician outscored all the other career choices and ranked No. 1? At No. 2, just behind mathematician, is the tenured university professor? When I was growing up I just canÕ t remember anyone naming off any of these top 10 positions. I should know since my classmates and I at St. LukeÕ s First Grade class in Erie, Penn., were highly sought after for our opinions on career choices in the Erie Daily Times back in 1960. Nurses, fireman, astronauts, police officers, doctors, and president all rated pretty high as I recall, but not a one is on this list for 2014. So, what are the worst jobs in the 2014 Job Rates Report?: 1. Lumberjack 2. Newspaper Reporter 3. Enlisted Military Personnel 4. Taxi Driver 5. Broadcaster 6. Head Cook 7. Flight Attendant 8. Garbage Collector 9. Firefighter 10. Corrections Officer These careers are now considered the worst jobs one can have? Times have sure changed. What would Clark Kent think today about being a mild mannered mathematician fighting for truth, justice and the American way? ItÕ s hard to understand what the criteria was for selecting these jobs, but it doesnÕ t seem possible that a newspaper reporter nor a lumberjack, for that matter, are the worst jobs. The report goes on to say that a newspaper reporter and lumberjack are at the bottom of the Jobs Rated Report in part due to dwindling hiring prospects. Dim hiring prospects according to the report are a recurring theme among the jobs ranked at the bottom of the report. Income and stress are noted as contributing factors. I donÕ t know of too many jobs that donÕ t entail some income challenges, especially when starting out, and stress can certainly add some excitement to an otherwise boring day. But the work we perform, while to some may seem mundane or of little quality, is a very personal choice and is based on our perception of happiness from our own unique perspective. There is so much more to oneÕ s life vocation then to stack it up against all the other job titles available and then do some sort of comparison. Reports like this do a great disservice to working America. Every job is worth doing and provides some form of public service to our fellow man and to the overall economics of the nation. Pride in oneÕ s work is so much more than the rate of pay and the ease at which one can perform the job. Dan Alexander is publisher and CEO of Denton Publications. He may be reached at email@example.com.
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On the Affordable Care Act Dear Mr. Alexander: Thank you for shining the spotlight on the Affordable Care Act in your recent Veiwpoint column (Not so affordable health care, March 1). I love the Valley News and always find your columns amusing if not informative and thought provoking. Your column on the ACA however really does a disservice to your readers and misses an opportunity to encourage individuals on the fence about signing up for health insurance to do so. (Later in this piece I will provide the information on how to do just that.) Your perception about the efficacy of the new health care reform law appears to be more informed by FOX News than by the facts on the ground. LetÕ s review some of your questions and assertions and compare them to reality. WeÕ ll start with your question: Ò Looking back, one has to wonder how could we ever justify making such a major change to the American health care system, clearly seen as the best in the world.Ó The American health care system by most measures is nowhere near the Ò best in the worldÓ , although it is clearly the most expensive. According to the World Health Organization the U.S. ranks only 37th among countries with advanced economies for overall population health. Research published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2010 found that in 2006, the United States was number 1 in terms of health care spending per capita but ranked 39th for infant mortality, 43rd for adult female mortality, 42nd for adult male mortality, and 36th for life expectancy. Bloomberg.com last year found that the US healthcare system in terms of efficiency ranked 46th out of 48 advanced economy nations. We can do better than this and the Affordable Care Act puts in place powerful incentives for our health system to improve. There are many other factors that fueled the long over-due reform of our health system, to include: •Health spending climbing at twice the rate of inflation; •Health insurance policies that could be cancelled when you got sick; •Health insurance denied due to a preexisting condition; •Health insurance policies that lacked coverage for mental health and substance abuse services; •An estimated 57 percent of personal bankruptcies attributed to medical expenses; and, •47.3 million Americans between the ages of 0 and 64 without any health insurance coverage at all. These facts are the symptoms of a very sick health care systemÉ not one that is the envy of the world. Now that we have reminded readers why we needed health reform letÕ s address a few of your other assertions about the ACA. The ACA is Ò destroying the economy and millions of American families have lost their health insurance coverage and many more will be unable to afford coverage under the planÓ . Where on earth are you finding data that the ACA is destroying the economy? On the contrary since the ACA was signed into law the economy has been in a slow recovery. Recovery in my book is the opposite of Ò destroyÓ . (Mr. Alexander, such hyperbole risks undercutting your credibility with thoughtful
readers.) You are correct that over 3 million Americans have lost their previous policies. This has generally been attributed to the insurance companies changing the terms of the policy and thus voiding the grandfather status granted in the ACA. This was the act of the insurance companies and not the President. Research commissioned by the Associated Press found that most of the individuals who lost policies purchased plans directly from insurers, rather than through a workplace. The reason for the cancellations: their plans changed since the signing of the new healthcare law. On the other hand as of the end of February over 4 million Americans have enrolled in health insurance plans either through the exchange or through the expansion of Medicaid eligibility. In New York State alone over 500,000 individuals and families are now enrolled using the exchange. Yes there were terrible problems with the roll out of the Federal website but they have been fixed for the most part and the sites are working. New York StateÕ s site has been running smoothly since December 1st. What about the increase in cost to of policies since the ACA went into effect? You mentioned Excellus, an insurer that my company also uses. You mentioned that you are anticipating a double digit increase in premiums this year. You failed to mention what the increases have been over the past 5 to 10 years. I will share that since 2005 our small community rated non-profit company experienced increases of 12 to 17 percent every year. This year is the first where we could shop on the exchange compare apples to apples in available policies, and find a comparable policy at a 9 percent increase. We think that is progress and we anticipate further reductions in percentage increase next year. That being said, if you really want to assign blame for your companyÕ s Excellus premium increases start with Excellus. According to the Syracuse Post StandardÕ s Syracuse.com website, as a not for profit organization, Excellus posted a $106 million profit in 2012 and paid their former chief executive officer a tidy $3plus million pay check (and over $5 million in 2011). The new CEO is making $1.6 million and sixty-eight Excellus employees earn more than $200,000 annually. This is a hefty payroll that needs to be supported by hefty premiums. You seemed to take exception to the first lady’s characterization of individuals who do not sign up for health insurance as Ò knuckleheadsÓ . LetÕ s drill down a bit and perhaps we can understand her frustration with these folks (knuckleheads may be too mild). As a fiscal conservative I think that people should be accountable for their own actions and choices. On the other hand as a humanitarian and a registered nurse I support the social contract where in when someone is sick or injured they are able to receive care when they show up at the emergency room. The problem arises when an uninsured person (who we will call Max) shows up sick or injured and either cannot pay because he is broke, or refuses to pay. So who does pay? •Who pays when Max calls for an ambulance and the rescue squad cannot bill insurance? •Who pays when Max is delivered to the Emergency Room? •Who pays when Max is admitted to the hospital and needs life saving surgery? •Who pays when Max is then admitted to a skilled nursing facility because he has no insurance for homecare services and
no family to help out? •Who pays when Max misses work for an extended period? Who Pays? You and I both know who paysÉ you and me. We pay through higher taxes, we pay through higher health insurance premiums, and as an economy we pay in lost productivity. This is how our broken system has worked for decades. The Affordable Care Act fundamentally changes this equationÉ and fiscal conservatives should be doing everything in their power to encourage even knuckleheads to sign up for coverage. HereÕ s how: Health insurance navigators can assist with enrollment through the exchange and can be contacted: in Hamilton, Warren and Washington Counties by calling 866 708 2912. In Clinton, Essex and Franklin Counties call 866 872 3740. Or Visit NYState of Health at nystateofhealth.ny.gov Finally what about those huge deficits attributed to the ACA? Again the actual facts seem to contradict the predictions. 2012 and 2013 data (2 1/2 years into the ACA) indicates that medical prices are rising at their slowest pace in a half century with overall spending on healthcare rising less than 4 percent in 2012, less than half the rate of a decade ago, independent economists at the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently concluded. The prices paid for medical care in July 2013 rose just 1 percent from a year earlier, the slowest annual rate of growth since the early 1960s, according to Commerce Department data. Health-care increases now trail overall inflation, which itself has been historically slow in recent years. The trend, if continued, has big implications for the government’s finances because health-care costs are the biggest long-term driver of the federal deficit. As I mentioned earlier the ACA places strong incentives for health care providers to reduce cost while increasing access to, and quality of, care. New York State under the leadership of Governor Cuomo and Health Commissioner Shah are using the incentives in the ACA to create and environment which strengthens rural health care here in the North Country. The recently established North Country Health System Redesign Commission will soon make recommendations which will improve access to primary care services, integrate behavioral health and sure up the system of acute and long term care services we need. Forward thinking organizations such as the Adirondack Health Institute have already demonstrated better care at lower cost through the all payer Patient Centered Medical Home pilot project and the Medicaid Health Home program. As we look to the future, will changes need be made to our current way of delivering health care services? Yes of courseÉ they need to be. Will the system look like it does now? No it must change to be sustainable. Will we all be asked to be more accountable for our own well being and health? Yes, we will all have some level of financial risk (skin in the game) and we will be more aware of the lifestyle choices we all make and how they affect our health and well being. Barry B. Brogan, RN, MAPP Mr. Brogan is the Executive Director of one of the NYS Department of Health’s 35 Rural Health Networks, he is a former EMT and serves as a hospital trustee in Saranac Lake.
News in Brief SAMfest planned for this Saturday PAUL SMITHS Ñ DonÕ t miss Science, Art, and Music in the Mountains - a fun-filled, all-day day exploring the intersection of arts and science through music and visual arts. Everyone is welcome to join TAUNY and Paul SmithÕ s Visitor Interpretive Center (VIC) in Saranac Lake on Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., for a great day of musical performances, lectures, displays of fiber and wood arts, workshops, and more. Admission is $5; free for TAUNY Friends. For more information, directions, and detailed schedules of workshops and performances visit www.TAUNY.org or www.adirondackvic.org.
Homes needed for Fresh Air children ELIZABETHTOWN Ñ Fresh Air volunteers need your help to create another fun-filled summer for children from New York City. Each summer, more than 4,000 children visit volunteer host families in rural, suburban, and small town communities across 13 states from Virginia to Maine and Canada. Host families simply want to share their homes with city children and the pure joys of summertime outside of the city. Families find hosting so rewarding that more than 65 percent of all Fresh Air children are reinvited to visit the same host families year after year. First-time Fresh Air visitors are six to 12 years old and Fresh Air hosts range from young families to grandparents. All it takes is the willingness to welcome a New York City child to your community. For more information about hosting a Fresh Air child this summer, please contact Mary Sherman at 802-782-5426 or visit The Fresh Air Fund online at www.freshair.org.
Registrations now accepted for craft fair KEENE VALLEY Ñ Registrations are now being accepted for the 20th Annual Craft Fair, sponsored by the Free and Accepted Masons, on July 19 - 20 at the Marcy Field in Keene Valley.
From page 1 and it operated briefly after the Olympics as a tourist run, until operation was halted in October 1980. The railroad went bankrupt in February of 1981. The state finally regained control of the corridor in 1991 after a decade of the Adirondack Railway Corporation not making lease payments. In 1996 a corridor management plan was drawn up, which is supposed to be reviewed by the state every five years. According to Goodwin, the state has not reviewed the plan
Both covered and uncovered spaces are available for both oneday and two-day registrations. Registrations for covered spaces must be made prior to May 1. For information, contact Allan Clark 546-3519.
tish items will be held to benefit the St. Andrew’s Society of the Adirondacks Scholarship Fund. A donation of $5 will be taken at the door, there will be haggis tasting and a dessert table. For information call 891-2165.
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Clean up day planned
AuSABLE FORKS Ñ Registration and screening appointments for children entering kindergarten at AuSable Forks Elementary School are available. Kindergarten round-up days will be held on Thursday, May 8 and Friday, May 9. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 647-5503 from 7:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. To be eligible for kindergarten, a pupil must be five years of age on or before Dec. 1, 2014 and a resident of the AuSable Valley School District. Immunization for Poliomyelitis, Diphtheria, Tetanus (DPT), German measles (rubella), Red Measles and Mumps (MMR), Varicella (chicken pox) and Hepatitis B are required by New York State law. A physical examination is required before entering kindergarten. The physical should be done between Sept. 5, 2013 and Sept. 5, 2014. Parents are requested to bring immunization records, birth certificates and social security numbers when registering their children for kindergarten. Parents who have children who will be entering kindergarten this fall, and who have not been contacted, should call the school as soon as possible. This will enable the school to place the parent on a mailing list to schedule a kindergarten screening.
JAY Ñ A clean up day will be held Saturday, May 17 from 8:00 a.m. Ð 4:00 p.m. For residents only. Sorry, no businesses. All Residents must bring items to the collection site at the Town of Jay Highway Department on Valley Road, Jay. Allowed Items: Clothing, furniture, televisions, empty paint cans, vacuum cleaners, carpeting, copper, cast iron, steel, aluminum, old computers, stereo systems, radios, bikes, lawn mowers, light fixtures, lamps, refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners. Not Allowed: Tires, construction or demolition debris, no hazardous materials, fencing, propane tanks household garbage or returnableÕ s. Proof of residency required upon request. This is a free service to Town of Jay residents. Please make sure all children remain in the vehicle. For information call 946-7170.
Scottish Celebration planned SARANAC LAKE Ñ There will be a Scottish Celebration on May 3 at 7 p.m. at Will Rodgers in Saranac Lake. The evening will include entertainment with music provided by Sue Grim-Hanley and Steve Borsth (formerly of Innisheer) for listening and Scottish country dancing. Peter Fish will recite Robert Burns address to the Haggis. A silent auction with Scotsince itÕ s inception. Meanwhile, the state has been paying thousands of dollars a year to maintain the tracks, crossings and the corridor itself, in case they should ever be used again for railroad traffic. Ò TheyÕ ve made grants to the Railroad up to about $300,000 each year,Ó he said. Ò It also appears that a fair amount of Railroad expense is billed to the DOT and doesnÕ t come to the railroad in the form of a check. The state is spending money on this every year. The Railroad says it is to maintain the corridor the state owns, and it is just being paid for work done.Ó GoodwinÕ s group is advocating that the rails be removed on the 90 mile stretch, and it be utilized by mountain bikers in the
NCCC to host open house
SARANAC LAKE Ñ North Country Community College (NCCC) will host an informational open house for prospective students and their families on Saturday, April 26 from 8:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at the Saranac Lake campus. The open house is the first of its kind hosted by NCCC and will offer brunch, a welcome address by NCCC President Steve Tyrell, campus tours, a concurrent Academic and Student Services Fair, and opportunities for one-on-one conversations with faculty. Those interested in attending the April 26 open house are asked to RSVP by calling 888-TRY-NCCC or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit www.nccc.edu.
summer and snowmobilers in the winter. Snowmobilers do currently use the trail in the winter he says, but because of the danger of the tracks underneath, they can only use it when there is significant snow cover. Ò If the tracks were taken up, the snowmobilers would have a much longer season, and businesses like rests and lodges would do much better if snowmobiles could get there,Ó he said. Goodwin says that even if the rails were removed and the corridor turned into a recreational trail, the state would still own the corridor, and it could be reclaimed as a railroad line at some future date, should that option ever become viable.
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hough the dangers of cigarettes were long known, it wasnÕ t until 1971 that television advertisements promoting cigarettes was banned. Those television advertisements that featured the Ò Marlboro ManÓ and Ò Joe CamelÓ were powerful vehicles that lured in young and adult smokers alike. As a public relations war was waged against tobacco by public health officials and their initiatives, numerous tobacco alternatives have come to the fore. Among them, e-cigarettes have recently been in the public spotlight. Ecigarette advertisers have been so successful that 60% of the American public are aware of them. The promoters of e-cigarettes have suggested that e-cigarettes allow consumers all the pleasure associated with cigarette smoking with none of the risks of tobacco based cigarettes. Now a controversy rages around the safety and promotion of e-cigarettes. The purveyors of e-cigarettes have taken the same low road as their tobacco based predecessors in focusing advertising on children. Ecigarettes are available in flavors that kids love like bubblegum, cherry coke, gummy bear and other kid favorites. In addition, some public health officials and parents are concerned about the chemicals in e-cigarettes and also a rising number of accidents associated with them. Some health officials believe that e-cigarettes are “fatally flawed” because they contain nicotine, the very substance that addicts people to smoking in the first place. Researchers are also concerned that e-cigarettes may lure some former smokers back on the road to smoking again. There are also concerns around how bystanders may be affected
by e-cigarette use because so little is known about them. Other health officials are concerned that young people may find e-cigarettes a Ò gateway drugÓ just as youthful tobacco users did. A Chinese pharmacist invented the ecigarette in 2003 and it came to the market in the U.S. in 2010. The U.S. Federal Drug Administration attempted to regulate e-cigarettes as a drug delivery system but a Federal Appeals Court struck down that attempt. E-cigarettes work by utilizing a small heating coil that vaporizes a nicotine infused liquid to deliver a mist to the lungs of users. The main ingredients of e-cigarettes are nicotine, a flavoring, and propylene glycol. Propylene glycol is a synthetic liquid that is added to food, cosmetics, and certain medications. While propylene glycol is thought to be safe, it is unknown if it is safe when heated into a vapor and inhaled into the lungs. E-cigarettes are sold online and through the mail, so it is easy for kids to get them. A 2012 Center for Disease Control report found that over two hundred thousand children who never used tobacco had used e-cigarettes. All of the advertising blocks that exist for tobacco products are not in place for e-cigarettes and children are being targeted by e-cigarette advertisers. In addition to possible unknown health risks, a growing number of accidents where e-cigarettes have caught on fire or have blown up in the hands of the user have occurred. E-cigarettes operate from a lithium-ion battery. There have been numerous house and car fires caused as a result of over charged ecigarettes. The typical event occurs when the e-cigarette is left to charge overnight and once
overcharged catches on fire and puts the user’s life in danger. I find it inconceivable that no government oversight is being exercised over e-cigarettes. Given the abysmal track record of Chinese products in America, such as those seen with tainted dog food and childrenÔ s jewelry, and their general lack of regulation, it is inconceivable that e-cigarettes are not being investigated and regulated. Currently the state of Idaho is attempting to ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors. The Tacoma-Pierce County Board of Health in Washington has officially outlawed the use of electronic cigarettes by minors. As a result of this new legislation, selling e-ciga-
rette devices to minors will also be illegal. Hopefully these efforts will compel the Federal Government to assume a more aggressive posBy Scot Hurlburt ture around ecigarettes. Remember all kids count. You may contact the writer at email@example.com
ACAP Staff traveled to Albany to join staff from other agencies in a performance at NYSCAA’s 8th Annual Symposium on Poverty and Economic Security. The group sang inspirational songs in “The Well” at the Empire State Plaza, led by Kirk & Kellen, a Christian Pop/R&B Duo out of Western NY. Performers held up signs during the performance depicting the services Community Action provide, to highlight the positive effect our programs have on our communities. Pictured with Kirk & Kellen (each end) are Shelly Whiteman – Early Head Start Coordinator, Martha Santana – Child Care Training Specialist, Alan Jones CEO, Sue Martin – Account Clerk, and Kathy Robertson – Payroll Specialist.
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SAM Fest to take place at Paul Smith’s April 26 PAUL SMITHS Ñ Paul SmithÕ s College and TAUNY (Traditional Arts in Upstate New York) will hold a daylong festival of music, art and TED-style talks Saturday, April 26, at the Paul SmithÕ s College VIC. The event, called SAM Fest Ð for science, art and music Ð will feature musical performances by North Country musicians; presentations on Adirondack climate by faculty and students; exhibits of traditional folk and visual arts; maple syrup and refreshments; and a showing of Ò Green Fire,Ó an award-winning documentary
on Aldo Leopold. Ò This is going to be a blast,Ó says Curt Stager, a professor of natural sciences at Paul SmithÕ s College and the eventÕ s organizer. Ò Here at the college, weÕ ve been mixing art and science for a long time now, but weÕ re looking for a fun and exciting way to celebrate it with our friends and colleagues across the North Country. Our underlying goal is to use the arts to help explain science more effectively.Ó One of the highlights of the festival will be the TED-like talks on Adirondack climate
change. “We are not officially linked to the TED organization, but we like their style,Ó Stager says. “Unofficial versions of short, high-impact TED-talks are supposed to use the label TED-x, but as Adirondackers, we figure TED-axe works even better. So thatÕ s what weÕ re calling them. IÕ m especially looking forward to the student presentations on Adirondack climate, which will be customized for local artists, musicians, health researchers and fish and game club members.Ó Stager and several other North Country mu-
sicians, including Peggy Lynn, Dan Berggren, Celia Evans, Jamie Savage and Larry Montague, will perform between the talks, and there will be a wide range of displays and activities by painters, basket makers and visual artists from the North Country. SAM Fest runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5. The Paul SmithÕ s College community, Friends of the VIC and Friends of TAUNY will be admitted free of charge. For a full schedule of events and more information about the festival, visit samfest.org.
SARANAC LAKE Ñ BluSeed Studios will present Live at BluStage: Ò Bridging the YearsÓ featuring Dan Berggren and Alex Smith on Friday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $15/$12 for BluSeed members. Dan and Alex are united in their passion of folk traditions and songs that grow from the mountains. Their similarities far out-number their 40-year age difference: both were raised in small Adirondack towns, studied at St. Lawrence University, and they continue to keep a keen ear on local stories and write songs that reach far beyond the Blue Line. Both are featured in the PBS documentary on Adirondack music, Songs to Keep. Dan Berggren, the 40-year folk veteran, held various jobs before devoting his life to music full-time: working in the Adirondack woods with a forest ranger and surveyor, radio producer in Europe, professor of audio and radio
studies at SUNY Fredonia, and owner of Sleeping Giant Records which has produced fifteen albums. Tongues in Trees is his latest CD. Dan is a tradition-based songsmith who writes with honesty, humor and a strong sense of place. His songs explore the many dimensions of home, hardworking folks, taking care of our planet and each other. DanÕ s roots are firmly in the Adirondacks where he was raised but his music has branched out across many borders. For more information about this performer, visit his website at www. berggrenfolk. com. The doors at BluSeed Studios open at 7:00 p.m.,
reservations are recommended. For more information on this concert and other events call 891-3799 or visit us at www.bluseedstudios.org BluSeed Studios, located at 24 Cedar Street in Saranac Lake, is a non-profit organization
whose mission is to provide space where an artist can experiment, diverge, exhibit and perform; to move ideas and aesthetics forward and to share this diversity with the community.
BluSeed to present ‘Bridging the Years’ on Friday, May 2
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with the prospects that they might not have enough guys to man a truck. FLICKERING Guenther said although his department has enough people to get the job done Ñ about 30 people are involved in the organization — the real issue is maintaining a consistent flow of newcomers to replenish those that are aging out. Ò The brain trust of experience and knowledge are getting older and in some places, are getting to the point where they canÕ t engage in the work of firefighting,” he said. “They just can’t focus as they did at an earlier time in their lives. We have a great crew, a dedicated crew, and weÕ re looking to bolster the people we already have.Ó According to the National Volunteer Fire Council, nearly 70 percent of the firefighters in the country are volunteers. Their numbers declined by over 18 percent in the past three decades while the call volume has nearly tripled. Their average age? Forty-seven. “Men in their fifties generally don’t join the department,” said Don Jaquish, Director of Emergency Services in Essex County.
Elizabethtown Volunteer Fire Department, Woodruff St. 10am-2pm, 873-9944 Jay Fire Department, Route 9N 9am-1pm, 845-264-0905 Keene Valley Fire Department, 15 Market St. 9am-2pm, 576-4727 Keene Volunteer Fire Department, 10858 Route 9N 10am-2pm, 576-4301 Mineville/Witherbee Department, 121 Raymond Wright 9am-2pm, 942-7126 Moriah Volunteer Fire Department, 630 Tarbel Hill Rd. 10am-2pm, 546-7837 Port Henry Fire Department, 14 Church Street 9am-3pm, 546-7771 Schroon Lake Volunteer Fire Dept, 28 Industrial Drive 10am-2pm, 532-7477
April 26, 2014 Ó ItÕ s a young manÕ s job, one of the most physically demanding jobs you can have.Ó Jaquish, who has been a firefighter since 1972, said 70 percent of firefighter deaths are heart-related and it’s not uncommon to be fighting blazes for 12 hours at a time. Asking the public to dedicate a significant slice of their time to volunteerism can also be problematic, he said, especially in the remote North Country where a single call can eat up a good portion of the day. Ò We all work, we all have families and other obligations,Ó he said. Ò These arenÕ t simple jobs: you have peoplesÕ lives in your hands.Ó John D’Alessandro, a FASNY official tasked with recruitment and retention, agreed and cited other factors in the drop-off of public interest, including the misconception that recruits need prior experience (they donÕ t) and a perceived detachment from civic engagement. For many small towns, he said, firefighting is a legacy that spans generations. Ò ItÕ s just what you did,Ó he said. Ò In rural departments, you historically didnÕ t have a problem because there was always a farm team coming up. Many failed to realize there was a problem until the three 60-year-old guys getting on the truck saw there was no one coming up behind them.Ó RISING STATE MANDATES Tiffany Lee, the official who helps facilitate training across the 24 departments dotted throughout Essex County (26 if you count Saranac Lake), said sheÕ s seen a Ò huge declineÓ in enrollment since she started the job in 2006, something she chalks up, in part, to increases in state mandated training. The mandatory Firefighter I training is now at 100 hours and runs over three months, up from 80 a few years ago, while Firefighter II, the session that trains recruits in areas like arson awareness and other procedural and administrative fields, clocks in at 30 hours. Lee said training is not only difficult from a recruitment standpoint, but also from a logistical angle: Ò The instructors and specialists we have get paid part-time by the state, but they also have real life jobs,Ó she said. Working around the schedules of hundreds of volunteer and part-time personnel often makes facilitating the workshops an organizational nightmare, she said. Jaquish said while he doesnÕ t dispute that the training is crucial, it needs to be given in less time in order to make it less daunting.
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NOT ENOUGH In Wilmington, fire and emergency medical services are combined and the latter faces similar challenges. Town supervisor Randy Preston was chief of the department for 14 years and has been involved in some shape or form since 1977. Ò People want to get involved, but 90 percent of the time, that initial discussion is the last time you ever see them,Ó he said. Ò [FASNY] can put on all the shows and seances they want, but until the state changes the regulations, itÕ s not going to work.Ó DÕ Alessandro said while he recognizes the frustrations voiced by local officials, he said the job has become increasingly dangerous over the past 20 years, in part due to different construction materials, developments that have directly led to the additional training. The rise in lightweight, synthetic and oil-based materials, he said, means that fires burn faster and hotter than they did before. This is in contrast to older brick and wood buildings, for example, that take longer to fire up and develop into potentially deadly situations. Ò ItÕ s one of those issues that hits rural departments harder,Ó he said. “The catch-22 is that training is necessary to keep firefighters safe — it’s just one of those things inherent in the job.” The training issue also ties into manpower, he said. ItÕ s easier to send a contingent away for training if you have a bigger pool from which to draw, something that would allow departments to plan more effectively and better allocate their resources. OPENING THE BAYS
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Despite these challenges with no easy solutions Ñ creating a blend of paid and volunteer staffers is often difficult for cashstrapped fire districts working within the tax cap — local departments hope the campaign on Saturday, April 26 will awaken interest within the community. Ò WeÕ re going to throw the doors open and give folks the opportunity to look at our equipment,Ó said Guenther. Individual fighters might have their gear out and will try to provide encouragement to newcomers. Other participating departments include those in Jay, Keene Valley, Keene, Mineville, Moriah, Port Henry and Schroon Lake. All will put their own personal spins on the event, from a jaws of life demonstration and thermal imaging exhibitions in Jay to CPR training sessions augmented by an easter egg hunt and bake sale in Keene. ALL ARE WELCOME
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Both Guenther and DÕ Alessandro were quick to dispel the notion that all department-related positions are for manly men who are required to be on the front lines of emergency situations, a viewpoint that has traditionally held recruiting efforts back. Ò There are dozens of other jobs in departments that are absolutely critical to functioning, from administrative to maintenanceÓ said DÕ Alessandro. “You don’t need to be the firefighter running into a burning building,Ó said Guenther. Ò Anyone who lives in the town of Elizabethtown, including women, high school students and children, are welcome to come and find out whether it’s the right thing for you Ñ volunteer departments can never have too many people.Ó
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was driving past the farm in Chazy thinking about a friend who passed away. The sunny skies had turned to rain, while I was on my way to his funeral service. ItÕ s not where I wanted to be, but where I had to be. No one wants to attend a friendÕ s funeral. My respect for the man would not let me stay home. It was about 8 years ago; maybe more, maybe less. It really doesnÕ t matBy Rich Redman ter. Part of my conservation job at the time was to walk the farm to check for any hazardous products on site that needed to be discarded properly before an easement went through. On this farm I had about a mile of stream bank to walk and I needed to do both sides of the river; half a dayÕ s cruise through brush, vines and tangles along the river. I looked forward to being outside. I have walked a hundred farms in my day and have seen the usual junk piles along stream banks. Plastic jugs, old cars, hay wagons and the usual collection of ÒI canÕ t get rid of thatÓ steel collections on stone walls that every farmer has. ÒI t may be useful somedayÓ i s what is usually said. This farm was different though. After walking a stretch of river, I found nothing, no junk, wasted wagons or tires to show the presence of humans. What I did find was a river that was a stream walkerÕ s heaven. Between those tree lined shores, I found a wildlife sanctuary that was unbelievable. There were wood ducks, mallards and other birds. Fish, frogs and many other forms of wildlife all lived within or near the waters. Grassy lined banks in some areas, along with Black Willows, Red Maple and other riparian trees and shrubs held the banks together. Clear water was feeding Lake Champlain.
After walking back to the farm headquarters, my report to the farmer was short with cleanup items, but long on praise for what he and the family were doing. What I thought I would find versus what I did was a grand surprise. The human past was not there to haunt anyone. I left the farm and drove east toward the four corners, on the knoll by the tiny cemetery. I love that spot, it reminds me of Illinois or some mid-western state that is big on farm fields. As I looked back towards the farm I was proud to know that I knew that farmer, and prouder still of how he took care of that farm. Dutch has done a great job! Yesterday evening before sundown, I was walking down the road. I live just down the road from a small family farm and I enjoy walking past it every now and then, just to get farms back into my life. This working farm has a stream running through it and it is absolutely beautiful. There are no cows in the stream; the banks are growing up with willow, alders and grasses. The floodplain is connected to the stream. The land floods the way itÕ s supposed to and gently recedes back to the channel with no damage. I know there are trout in the stream. I need to ask permission to try a fly or two in some of those runs, pools and glides that flow through the old pasture land. The stream bends and meanders through the property and adds a value that most people donÕ t see. They just drive by. I see its value. ItÕ s a haven for trout, woodcock, turkeys and grassland birds. I know the kids on the farm enjoy it too. I have heard rumors that they know where every trout lies in waiting, for a worm or buggy meal. Downstream in the boulder section, I saw stoneflies hatching out last year, a sign of clean water running through this farm, feeding the lake. Tom, Belinda and their sons deserve a thank you from all of us streamwalkers. Here are two farms that have beautiful streams connecting to Lake Champlain. Farmers are often criticized for polluting the streams and lakes, but I have seen firsthand farmers who have achieved wonders on their farms by doing some simple things. Yes, there is a loss of farmland by doing the right thing. Having buffers along the stream uses potential crop land, but the added value to the farm, the wildlife ecology of the farm and just being conservation farmers are worth it in my book. Streams need some nutrients. A fertile stream supplies the feed for invertebrates and they in turn feed the fish. Too much though can be a problem. We need to find that balance. Farming is not an easy adventure in life. The roller coaster ride of farm economics stresses the best, but they never give up. New York farmers are doing great conservation work to help reduce and stop pollution. Its farm families like these that make conservation farming a way of life. Thank You! Dedicated to Marinus ÒD utchÓ Rovers. Rest in Peace my friend.
Ryan Crossman caught the ﬁsh is this photo. He told me he keeps one every year and all the rest get returned to the waters. Rainbow trout catch and release. An excellent conservation state of mind! Both of these guys are friends of mine and have released ﬁsh so they can perpetuate the future. Ryan told me where he caught this, but I just can’t remember where!
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.
Rainbows, steelies or bows, it doesn’t matter, here Cole Glebus and his father Brian have one name for it, HAPPY! The rainbow was caught on a Lake George or was it a Lake Champlain tributary, I just can’t remember. The ﬁsh was released to return to the water to live another day.
n a recent column detailing the history of Adirondack guides, I included a quote taken from an 1880Õ s era tourist guidebook. After detailing the benefits of hiring a guide for Adirondack adventures, the guidebook author had included a mention that guides were Ò often to be found available for hire at all the local taverns.Ó While it may have been the case in the1880Õ s, itÕ s far less common in modern times, and itÕ s likely to remain so if Sen. Betty Little has her way. Little is the sponsor of Senate Bill Number:S6663 which is intended to amend the NYS Environmental Conservation Law, in relation to guides and outfitters. DEC last revised guide licensing laws in the early 1980Õ s and the updated standards were eventually enacted into law in 1985. There have been very few revisions to the statute of what defines the term Ò guideÓ even though the range of guided adventures has grown exponentially since that time. Guides now provide adventures that go far beyond the traditional pursuits of hunting, fishing and hiking. Currently, the business of guiding is defined as ‘providing services for hire whereby a guide directs, instructs or aids another person in fishing, hunting, camping, hiking, whitewater canoeing and rafting, or rock and ice climbing.Õ However, the new standard is expected to define guides as a person Ô who offers services for hire, part or all of which includes directing, instructing or aiding another on the lands or waters of New York State.Õ The updated revisions may also encompass guided activities such as birding, SUP/paddle boarding, caving, mountain biking and a host of similar outdoor pursuits conducted Ô for hireÕ on Forest Preserve lands. Some of these pursuits werenÕ t even considered adventure pursuits when DEC last revisited the guide-licensing program in the early 1980Õ s. The proposed legislation will likely include an increase in the guide licensing fees necessary to fund administration of the program. Currently, there are more than 2,100 licensed NYS guides. Many are state residents, but thereÕ s also a large contingent of non-resident guides who provide services in the state during specific timeframes such as the whitewater season, fishing season, hunting season, etc. As the licensing authority, it is important for DEC to ensure all NY state guides are properly trained, fully licensed and not under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol at the time they are providing guide services. It is equally critical for businesses offering guides service to ensure they provide only sober licensed guides. According to the proposed legislation, Ò The purpose of the bill is to amend the Environmental Conservation Law (ECL) to amend the definition of a guide, prohibit the act of guiding while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and increase penalty provisions related thereto.Ó Section 1 of the proposed legislation would Ò prohibit any person from guiding while in an intoxicated or impaired condition as defined and prohibit outfitters from knowingly providing guides for service who are or appear to be intoxicated or impaired.Ó The proposed legislation will also define the extent of penalties for violation of the standards established by ECL ¤ 11-1205 and it will address the definition of “outfitter” to mean any person soliciting to provide or providing guide services for hire. The legislation will require outfitters to ensure their guides are fully licensed for the services they will be providing. Many guides believe the proposed legislation is the result of a tragic incident that occurred on the Hudson River in which a guest drowned while rafting with a guide who had been drinking. In addition, the proposed legislation will require all guides and outfitters to provide clients with a written contract defining the terms of services to be provided. Licensed guides, who are considered to be independent businesses, will be required to provide New York state with a Federal Tax ID number. ItÕ s expected the revisions offered in the proposed legislation will benefit both the guides and their clients. The updates will also benefit many of today’s aspiring guides, who are no longer just a Ò bait and bullet bunch.Ó Many of the new breed of guides are college grads and they have specialized in a variety of areas including backcountry ski touring ice climbing, birding and naturalist studies, wildlife photography, SUP trippers and mountain biking. The mix includes a youthful influx of traditional hunting and fishing guides, as well as trained Chefs who can whip up a 5 Star meal over a campfire, or prepare lightweight, high energy, meals for extended adventures. TodayÕ s guides also know how to develop a small business, and how to market their adventures online. While many are from the local area, others were attracted to the region for educational opportunities at local institutions such as SUNY Adirondack in Glens Falls which features an excellent program in Adventure Sports: Leadership and Management. SUNY Plattsburgh now offers a masters level program in Expeditionary Studies, to compliment its well-established undergraduate program. North Country Community College in Saranac Lake, likely the only institution in the country to offer a college level guideboat-building course, continues to offer an associate degree program in Wilderness Recreation Leadership, which is among the oldest of its kind in the country. Of course there will always be opportunities for prospective guides to further their education at Paul Smiths College, which was founded to honor a legendary Adirondack guide. The college offers programs in Forestry and Natural Resource Management, Recreation and Adventure Travel, Fisheries and Wildlife Services, Culinary Arts and more. Course work is enhanced by a 13,000-acre campus that is set in the middle of some of the best fishing, skiing, hunting and paddling in the park, which is not a bad place for future guides to hang out. Joe Hackett is a guide and sportsman residing in Ray Brook. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Call Rich @ 1-866MOBILE HOME poses, exclusive of272-7533 public monies may be obREAL ESTATE tained by a resident or taxpayer in the district $29,000 REMODELED 2 BDRM, .3 during the fourteenacre, days Rte. 9, Front Street, KeeMORIAH 1BR apt $495. (597immediately preceding 3584) Clean, Laundry, referseville, NY. Live in or a P/E Ratio the Budget Vote/Election NOTICE OF FORMATION ences and security required.Pay of 5 to 1 investment. 518-335own utilities. Small pet ok.OFNo LIMITED LIABILITY except Saturday, Sunday 6904 OUR smoking. and holidays, at the1 DisCOMPANY (LLC) COME VISIT ACRE OF LAND at Wood Rd., trict Office duringWest the Name: Adirondack NEW Com-MODELS Modular, Mobilehours Homes &8:00 a.m. toChazy, NY, close to schools, of munications Sites, LLC RETIREMENT APARTMENTS, ALL nice location. Please call 518-493DoubleWides. 4:00 p.m. (DST). 2478 for more information. Articles of Organization INCLUSIVE. Meals, transportation, No PressureNotice Staff. is given that a filed with the Secretary activities daily. Short Leases. RT.7 Pittsford VT 05763 for the purproposition State of 600 New York Monthly specials! Call (877)of210(SSNY) on factorydirecthomesofvt.com 2/19/2014 pose of establishing ADIRONDACK a “BY OWNER” 4130 1-877-999-2555 7 days 9-4 Office Location: Essex reserve fund to AdkByOwner.com be 1000+ photo Ticonderoga – Senior Housing County. The SSNY is known as the Translistings of local real estate for (55+). Rent $455 or $550 *FREE FOR SALE; 1990 Redman Double designated as agent of portation and Maintesale, vacation rentals & timeHEAT & HOT WATER*. Somethe sub-LLC Wide, bath, walknance in pantry, in upon2 whom shares. Equipment Re- Owners: List with us for sidy avail. Smoke free. Pet friendly. Pine Rest East Trailer Park in be $299 per year. Visit on-line process against it may serve Fund will only New appliances. Laundry onbesite. Beekmantown Military or call placed on the ballot. served. SSNY shall District, FHEO. Handicapped Accessible. Turnpike. Price on Call 518-310518-891-9919 Notice is given that a mail a copy of any pro518-558-1007 0051 proposition for the purcess to the LLC at: P.O. pose of establishing a NOTICE OF FORMATION Box 6, Elizabethtown, LEGALS NY 12932. Purpose: To reserve fund to be OF FORBIDDEN FOREST NOTICE OF QUALIFICA- engage in any lawful act known as the Capital Im- LLC. Art. Of Org. filed with Sec. Of State TION OF 100 SOUTH provement Reserve Fund or activity. BROADWAY, LLC. Ficti- VN-3/22-4/26/2014will be placed on the bal- (SSNY) 2/4/14 Office location: Essex County. tious name: 100 South lot. 6TC-41528 SSNY is designated as Broadway Irvington, Notice is given that an LLC. Authority filed with THE ELIZABETHTOWN- election will be held for agent of LLC upon CENTRAL whom process against it Secy. of State of NY LEWIS the purpose of electing (SSNY) on 3/11/14. Of- SCHOOL two (2) Board of Educa- may be served. SSNY BUDGET HEARING, tion members of the Dis- shall mail a copy of any fice location: Essex VOTE & trict. One seat for the process to the LLC at PO County. LLC formed in BUDGET Box 177, Jay, NY 12941. California (CA) on BOARD MEMBER ELEC- term of three (3) years Purpose: To engage in 2/28/14. SSNY desig- TION to fill the seat of Karen nated as agent of LLC Notice is hereby given Hooper whose term will any lawful act or activity. that a Budget Hearing of expire on 6/30/14. One VN-3/29-5/3/2014-6TCupon whom process the inhabitants of the three (3) year term to fill 41843 against it may be served. Elizabethtown-Lewis SSNY shall mail process the seat of Alan Jones Central School District, whose term will expire to: 100 South Broadway, Irvington, NY 10533. Essex County, New on 6/30/14. NOTICE OF FORMATION Address to be main- York, qualified to vote at Notice is given that you OF LIMITED LIABILITY tained in CA: 27162 Sea school meetings in the COMPANY. NAME: must be a registered District will be held at Vista Dr., Malibu, CA CUISINE voter to vote at the Eliza- FREESTYLE the school on May 13, 90265. Arts of Org. filed bethtown-Lewis Central LLC. Articles of Organiwith the CA Secy. of 2014 at 7:30 p.m. for School Budget zation were filed with the State, 1500 11th St., 3rd the purpose of hearing Vote/Election. A voter Secretary of State of Fl., Sacramento, CA the report of the meet- registration date of May New York (SSNY) on ing. 95814. Purpose: any 13, 2014 is being set in 02/10/14. Office locaNotice is also hereby lawful activities. the Main Office of the tion: Essex County. given that the vote on VN-3/22-4/26/2014SSNY has been desigDistrict between the adoption of the budget 6TC-41542 hours of 8:00 a.m. and nated as agent of the for the 2014/2015 4:00 p.m. A register LLC upon whom proschool year and levying NOTICE OF FORMATION shall be filed in the Main cess against it may be OF 278 FRATERNALAND a tax on taxable property Office of the school dis- served. of the District will take LLC trict and will be open for SSNY shall mail a copy place on Tuesday, May inspection by any quali- of process to the LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY 20, 2014, between the fied voter of the school 2126 Saranac Avenue, (SSNY) on 03/26/14. Of- hours of 12:00 noon and district from 9:00 a.m. Lake Placid, New York 8:00 p.m. fice location: Essex until 3:00 p.m. prevail- 12946. Purpose: For any County. SSNY designat- Notice is further given ing time on each of the lawful purpose. that a copy of the state- five days prior to the ed as agent of LLC upon VN-3/22-4/26/2014whom process against it ment of an amount of vote, except Saturday 6TC-41730 may be served. SSNY money which will be re- 5/17/14 & Sunday shall mail process to quired during the ensu- 5/18/14. ing year for school pur- Notice is given that Ab- NOTICE OF FORMATION The LLC, 80 Smugglers Loop, Jeffersonville, VT poses, exclusive of pub- sentee Ballots may be OF LIMITED LIABILITY lic monies may be ob- obtained at the office of COMPANY (LLC) 05464. Purpose: Any tained by a resident or the District Clerk. The lawful activity. Name: Hance Heating & taxpayer in the district VN-4/12-5/17/2014District Clerk must re- Plumbing LLC Articles of during the fourteen days 6TC-43517 ceive applications for Organization filed with immediately preceding absentee ballots at least the Secretary of State of the Budget Vote/Election NOTICE OF FORMATION seven days prior to the New York (SSNY) on OF LIMITED LIABILITY except Saturday, Sunday vote if the ballot is to be 3/12/2014 Office LocaCOMPANY (LLC) and holidays, at the Dis- mailed to the voter, on tion: Essex County. The Name: Adirondack Com- trict Office during the or prior to May 20, SSNY is designated as munications Sites, LLC hours of 8:00 a.m. to 2014, or if the ballot is agent of the LLC upon Articles of Organization 4:00 p.m. (DST). to be delivered personal- whom process against it filed with the Secretary Notice is given that a ly to the voter. The Dis- may be served. "United of State of New York proposition for the pur- trict Clerk must receive States Corporation (SSNY) on 2/19/2014 pose of establishing a Absentee Ballots no later Agents, INC" shall mail a Office Location: Essex reserve fund to be than 5:00 p.m. on May copy of any process to County. The SSNY is known as the Trans- 20, 2014. the LLC at: 7014 13th Avdesignated as agent of portation and Mainte- Lauri Cutting enue Brooklyn, NY the LLC upon whom nance Equipment Re- Clerk of the Board 11228. Purpose: To process against it may serve Fund will be VN-4/26,5/17/2014-2TCengage in any lawful act be served. SSNY shall placed on the ballot. 43520 or activity. mail a copy of any pro- Notice is given that a VN-4/5-5/10/2014-6TCproposition for the purcess to the LLC at: P.O. 42635 pose of establishing a Box 6, Elizabethtown, NY 12932. Purpose: To reserve fund to be engage in any lawful act known as the Capital Improvement Reserve Fund or activity.
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LAKE FLOWER LANDING, LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 3/17/2014. Office in Essex Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 421 Lake Flower Ave., Saranac Lake, NY 12983, which is also the principal business location. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. VN-4/5-5/10/2014-6TC42650 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY (LLC) Name: Main 2310, LLC Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 6/12/2013 Office Location: Essex County. The SSNY is designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of any process to the LLC at: PO Box 245, Essex, NY 12936. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. VN-4/26-5/31/20146TC-44906
that time all pertinent business that affects the operation of the Cemetery will be discussed. Plus the election of officers. All interested persons are cordially invited to attend & offer their input. Alan H. Hutchins/Pres. VN-4/19-4/26/20142TC-44333
tion: Essex County. The SSNY is designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of any process to the LLC at: 3174 Essex Road, Willsboro, NY 12996 Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. VN-3/22-4/26/20146TC-41687
NOTICE OF INVENTORY AND VALUATION DATA PUBLIC NOTICE Pursuant to Section 501 of the Real Property Tax Law) Pursuant to Section 501 of the Real Property Tax Law, the Assessor for the Tow of Westport has inventory and valuation data available for review of the assessments in the township. An appointment may be made to review this information by calling (518) 962-4419. David Wainwright, Assessor. VN-4/19-4/26/20142TC-43907
NOTICE OF NEW YORK DOMESTIC LIMITED LIABILITY CORPORATION formation on February 6, 2014. Teallholm, LLC was formed and filed Articles of Organization with the New York Secretary of State and designates the Secretary as agent for the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. The company's mailing address is 1069 Stowersville Road, Westport, New York 12993 in Essex County, New York. The Company is to engage in any lawful purpose. VN-3/29-5/3/2014-6TC42208
MOUNTAIN MEDICAL SERVICES, PLLC, a domestic PLLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 5/5/2004. Office location: Essex County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the PLLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The PLLC, 1927 Saranac Ave., Ste. 100, Lake Placid, NY 12946. Purpose: Medicine. VN-3/22-4/26/20146TC-41688
NOTICE OF INVENTORY AND VALUATION DATA PUBLIC NOTICE (Pursuant to Section 501 of the Real Property Tax Law) Pursuant to Section 501 of the Real Property Tax Law, the Assessor (s) for the Town of Essex has inventory and valuation data available for review of the assessments in the township. An appointment may be made to review this information by calling (518) 963-4287 David H. Sayre Patricia Gardner Dianne Lansing VN-4/26/2014-1TC44912
NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING OF THE REBER CEMETERY ASSOCIATION The annual meeting will be held at the Reber Methodist Church annex at 7:00 pm on Sunday evening, April 27th. At that time all pertinent business that affects the operation of the Cemetery will be discussed. Plus the election of officers.
NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY (LLC) Name: Stony Point House LLC Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 2/18/2014 Office Location: Essex County. The SSNY is designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of any
THE TOWN OF ESSEX WATER COMMITTEE will hold a water committee meeting in the meeting room of the Town of Essex on Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 at 10:00a.m. At this time the committee will discuss personnel matters, any water system improvements or updates that may be available, and any other issues that may come before the board. Sincerely, William J. Morgan Town Clerk VN-4/26/2014-1TC44905 THE TOWN OF KEENE HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT is seeking interested applicants to fill an opening for the position of Heavy Equipment Operator. Interested individuals may pick up a job application and/or job description at the Keene Town Hall, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:00 AM and 3:00 PM. Applications, accompa-
scription at the Keene Town Hall, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:00 AM and 3:00 PM. Applications, accompanied by a resume, will be accepted at the Keene Town Hall, 10892 NYS Route 9N, Keene, NY, until Wednesday, May 7th. Successful applicants will be interviewed during the week of May 12th to May 16th. The start date for this position will be Monday, June 2nd. If you have any questions call Gary Manley, Highway Superintendent, Monday through Friday, 6:00 AM to 2:30 PM, at 518-576-4755. Gary Manley, Highway Superintendent Town of Keene Dated: April 15, 2014 VN-4/269/2014-1TC44908 THE TOWN OF LEWIS Comprehensive Plan Committee will be holding a public hearing on May 7th starting at 6:30PM at the First Congregational Church Parish Hall for the purpose of eliciting responses for or against the draft Comprehensive Plan. Copies of the plan may be obtained at the Lewis Town Hall between the hours of 8AM to 4PM Monday through Friday. David H. Blades Supervisor VN-4/26/2014-1TC44910
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