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Overtime law Our 2016 dead in the water All-Valley Team and it’s a good thing, too

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Essex County Chairman Ferebee signs off Randy Preston tapped as new leader of county supers; Shaun Gillilland to serve as deputy By Pete DeMola

ELIZABETHTOWN — Essex County Board of Supervisors Chairman Bill Ferebee formally resigned on Monday after 17 months of leading the county’s legislative body. Ferebee stepped down to take a job with the state Environmental Facilities Corporation, where he has been tapped as a community assistance liaison working out of the agency’s

Warrensburg office. “I believe we’re moving in the right direction for the future success of Essex County,” Ferebee said. Ferebee, who also resigned as Keene supervisor, said he was proud of his record of public service, and looked forward to continuing to work with local officials to navigate funding for clean water projects. The lawmaker’s colleagues hailed Ferebee as a “tireless advocate” for Essex County at the local, state and federal levels, citing his efforts to help the region recover following Hurricane Irene in 2011. “They surprisingly know who Essex County is in Albany

The steep, direct route dates to the 1850s, but forest rangers began keeping watch almost 100 years ago as the Fire Tower will celebrate centennial in 2017



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Snowmobilers mobilize at Boreas hearing

RangerÊ Trail ResurgenceÊ CHESTERFIELD — With one, possibly two, seasons left of construction work, Friends of Poke-O-Moonshine are resurrecting the Ranger Trail up this popular Adirondack peak. It was the straight, steep path taken by forest rangers when the fire tower was first built in 1917. Kim Dedam Poke-O-Moonshine friends spokesWriter man David Thomas-Train said they have accounts of access along the trail that date to the mid 19th century. “It basically is the only walkable route up the east side of the mountain,” Thomas-Train said in an interview. “We have an account of an abolitionist headed to Plattsburgh in the 1850s for an abolitionist meeting. His notes have lots of flowery language about the view from the top. “I don’t know exactly when it became a state hiking trail. The Fire Tower was built in 1917. We are coming on the centennial of its construction,” Thomas-Train said. The steep and direct routes were functional, intended for

because of (former Chairman Randy) Douglas and him,” said Randy Preston (I-Wilmington). Preston recalled an anecdote from a function in Albany when Ferebee sent a governor’s aide a text message about funding for the Whiteface Veterans Memorial Highway. That text landed an immediate powwow with the governor, Preston recalled. “Ten days later, there was $12 million,” he said. Ferebee thanked his colleagues and county personnel and said there was never a day when he didn’t enjoy coming to work.

The Friends of Poke-O-Moonshine are working on a new route up the mountain that resurrects a trail once used by forest rangers accessing the fire tower at the top, pictured here. Photo by Joanne Kennedy/Friends of Poke-O-Moonshine

ready and hurried access by forest fire rangers. “On Fire Tower mountains, the requirement was to be able to get up the mountain fast. So most had a short, straight, steep trail to the tower. There was no trail design, it was just get up the mountain. This one does happen to be the only route you could walk the entire way, around the rock outcroppings, and it goes up 1,200 feet in 1.2 miles. That tells you how steep it is.” Initially, the state Department of Environmental Conservation had looked to close this east flank Ranger’s Trail, Thomas-Train said. But the Poke-O Friends started their preservation and fundraising effort three years ago So far, crews have spent 15 weeks in total on reconstruction, which will offer a second hiking passage up Poke-O>> See RANGER TRAIL | pg. 9

Access to newly-acquired state lands critical to jumpstarting local economies, say local biz, sportsmen groups at Schroon Lake hearing By Pete DeMola

SCHROON LAKE — Plaid outweighed green last week at Schroon Lake Central as the Adirondack Park Agency hosted the latest public hearing as part of the classification process for Boreas Ponds, the newly acquired parcel of state land located in the central Adirondacks. Local sporting groups, snowmobilers and business leaders said it is critical to allow as much recreational use as possible on the tract in order to accommodate aging sportsmen and to facilitate recreation that will aid the local economy. Many speakers endorsed Alternative 1, which cleaves the parcel in two, allowing a split between Wild Forest and Wilderness. Three other Adirondack Park Agency proposed alternatives >> See BOREAS HEARING | pg. 10

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Essex County files tentative budget Spending plan comes with projected 3.75 percent tax increase By Pete DeMola

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Essex County tentative 2017 budget has been filed. The projected increase in the tax levy for the $98 million spending plan is 3.75 percent, or about $798,000 over 2016 levels. The tax rate per $1,000 in assessed value is projected to be $3.25 — up 8 cents, an annual increase of $8 on a $100,000 home. But, said County Manager Dan Palmer, that’s the “clean rate” and town chargebacks could drive those numbers higher. CONTRACT AGENCIES Despite an uptick in requests, spending for contract agencies has been kept at 2016 levels. This was done in order to streamline the budget process, Palmer said, which has been confusing in past years as lawmakers scrutinized each line item for possible savings, leading to sprawling discussions and complicated parliamentary procedures. Current allocations for those groups have been set at $469,000, down from the $508,000 requested from the agencies. Several groups requested funding increases, including the Essex County Arts Council and the Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library System. Lawmakers indicated they were open to supporting the requests from those two organizations, both of whom spoke at Monday’s public hearing. ECAC is requesting $20,000, a 39 percent increase over current levels. “The funds we are requesting go directly back into the communities,” said Executive Director Margaret Gibbs. The ECAC assisted 23 local arts groups last year, but wants to reach all 60 in the county. Most recipients receive $1,000, an amount that makes a difference if events happen or not, she said. “Each of these groups let us know the impact the funds have made on them,” Gibbs said. The ECAC is also requesting donations from private individuals, which they want to leverage with public funding. “They’ve done a wonderful job in the town of Keene,” said outgoing Essex County Chairman Bill Ferebee in his final meeting, citing local efforts, including a summer music program. “What it does is brings people together. Some people don’t look

at music as art, but it is,” Ferebee said. “I wholeheartedly support that organization.” Lawmakers from Willsboro, Schroon and Westport echoed those sentiments. “These are two issues that generate more than we give, and I support both of those organizations,” said Michael “Ike” Tyler (R-Westport). The Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library System is asking for $23,107, a 3 percent increase over current levels. Executive Director Ewa Jankowska said funding and staffing has plummeted in recent years, and the library system is heavily reliant on public funding. The tri-county system has hit a record-low level of employees, hosting just 9 at present compared to 23 in 2001. If localities cut their budget by more than 5 percent, the state will reduce funding by 25 percent, Jankowska said. Essex County contains 16 of the 30 libraries in the system. Next year, the agency aims to apply for grants that will allow them to create a smartphone app to help those affected by drug addiction locate recovery resources. “This may be one of the answers that this country needs and we need agencies like fire departments and libraries and agencies similar to that,” said Charles Harrington (R-Crown Point). The Essex County Office for the Aging Advisory Council, who launched a campaign to kill the proposed merger of the OFA into Essex County Public Health, did not speak the hearing, and lawmakers did not indicate they would reverse that decision. BIG CHANGES Lawmakers are free to modify those requests, as well as personnel changes, with individual resolutions at next week’s regular board meeting. “I’m looking at Dec. 6 as the date of adoption,” Palmer said. One percentage point of the $22 million tax levy is about $220,000. Palmer said the increase can be driven down to 2.9 percent, citing additional items he found in the spending plan. Like in previous years, mandated and statutory costs constitute the majority of the budget, about 75 percent. If Medicaid was removed, the tax levy would fall by $2.18, Palmer said. “We would be at a $1.10, our tax rate, if it wasn’t for Medicaid alone.” Essex County isn’t immune to the effects of the low gas prices that have eaten into sales tax revenues this year across the state.

As a result of a loss of $750,000 in projected revenue, Palmer ordered every department to lower fuel line costs. But, he said, new retail properties in North Elba, including Marshall’s and Family Dollar, bode well for projected increases in sales tax revenues, which are estimated at $500,000. Another area of increase is $891,000 in highway equipment expenditures, attributed to a payment for the $3.6 million bond lawmakers approved earlier this year. “It is a one time hit to us,” Palmer said. Long-term planning, said county highway officials, will aid in future cost-savings, including when it comes to maintaining the county’s 178 bridges. Another area of increase was indigent defense, where allocations for those services increased $280,000 over 2016 levels — or 37 percent — to $700,000. Earlier this year, the state legislature approved a state takeover over of those costs. However, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has not yet signed that bill, which would have netted the county up to $600,000. “The state of New York keeps promising a takeover of that,” Palmer said. “You know what, it hasn’t been signed by the governor. When it comes to indigent defense, I think counties are on their own.” Budget funds for the county’s child welfare and preventative services also increased by $419,000. “That’s a constant problem, dealing with those kind of issues,” Palmer said. ‘HEALTHY’ SAVINGS The spending plan exceeded the state-mandated property tax cap. But the increase is not a surprise, and comes as part of the county’s five-year financial plan implemented after a state audit that criticized the county on an over-reliance on fund balance. The 2017 budget, which was filed last Monday, marks the fourth year of the plan. The budgeted $1.9 million use of appropriated fund balance is down 6.1 percent over this year. Essex County now has $15 million in available cash on hand, which Palmer called “healthy.” The state’s fiscal stress monitoring system has scored Essex County at 15 percent, Palmer said, “which is a pretty low rate — close to a balanced budget, and is operating at the correct way it should be in terms of fiscal responsibility.” Franklin County, he noted, was scored at 69 percent.

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“2016 was never expected to go the way it has, but I’ve got a feeling that trend will make for a nail biter come this fall. We may be about to witness the greatest drama American politics has ever seen.” I closed my April 23 column with the statement above, after suggesting a possible Trump-Sanders third party ticket should both lose their party’s nomination. Not only did I get heckled in emails from those proclaiming that the two would never combine forces, but I was also told in no uncertain terms that neither would survive their primaries. You’ve got to admit this was a very unusual election that has shaken the well established system to its core and continues to do so as President-elect Trump puts his cabinet in place, which has taken the same course as his candidacy, meaning the surprises just keep on coming. Perhaps by the time you read this he may have even nominated Mitt Romney for Secretary of State over his staunch supporter, Mayor Rudy Giuliani. If President-elect Trump has proven anything other than the fact that he is not your normal political candidate, he has certainly not been showing the vindictive side many feared would become his primary approach to governing. No Republican was more opposed to his candidacy than Mitt Romney. It’s almost unimaginable that he would even entertain a sit down with Mr. Romney, let alone give him any consideration for such a prominent position in his administration. Even more unimaginable is that Romney would consider a meeting, let alone consider a role that would tie him to Trump, a man he felt was morally unsuited for the office. While the national media scrambles about in a state of shock over the election results and tries its best to degrade the new President-elect before he even gets started, it appears the most predictable step is that President-elect Trump is planning to organize his administration like a wellrun business. Instead of appointing political hacks and cronies, Trump just may have another surprise for the pundits by putting the best people possible in roles where they will be held accountable for their success or failure. In my column of Sept. 26

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Overtime law would have hurt small biz, young workers


ing dong, the overtime extension law is dead — at least temporarily. A federal judge in Texas last week issued an injunction against a federal directive to expand the number of workers eligible for time-and-a-half overtime pay. The ruling by Amos L. Mazzant III, of the Eastern District of Texas, sweeps away a cloud of uncertainty and gloom that has settled over the business and creative communities for much of the year. Under the regulations proposed by the Labor Department in May, the eligibility requirements for workers eligible for overtime pay were scheduled to double by Dec. 1, from $23,660 to $47,476 per year. Some 4.2 million workers were to be affected by the directive. Like the minimum wage, the proposal is noble in its sentiments, but fails miserably in its execution. The reasons are simple: Small businesses simply cannot afford such a drastic shift in payroll expenses. Secondly, the directive would have wreaked havoc on the fields that rely on brutal hours to break into competitive fields, including the media, teaching, political and nonprofit professions.

Moving those staffers to an hourly wage to accommodate the shift would do nothing but reduce productivity and discourage distinguishing oneself through hard work. Such a shift in workplace culture is unfair to employers and employees alike, both of whom have historically enjoyed a mutual understanding. Work hard, and you will move up the ladder by virtue of your talents. These are not miserable wretches toiling for hours without pay, but rather ambitious young people who are pursuing the American Dream. While this country was also built on equality, it was also built on hard work. We first sounded off against this policy in July, calling it a “grievous government overreach.” The courts agreed that the Obama administration exceeded its authority. We feel the same way now, and hope the injunction holds, and this new assault on business not be allowed to take root. The only injustice here was not toward workers, but rather free enterprise. The Sun Community News Editorial Board is comprised of Dan Alexander, John Gereau and Pete DeMola. We want to hear from you. Drop us a line on our Facebook page, or follow us on Twitter, to share your thoughts.


WillsboroÊ CentralÊ SchoolÊ Ô literallyÊ swimmingÊ inÊ moneyÕÊ To the Editor: How discouraging that Willsboro Central School District isn’t interested in looking into merging with E’town and Westport. We’re just too darn Willsboro proud, apparently! Let’s look at this, though, from the perspective of a taxpayer in the district. We have an $8.3 million per year budget for 265 students (which may or may not reflect the 25 students whose parents pay to send their child out of WCS District.) Don’t worry, lakefront property owners, that’s only $31,000 per year, per student. At that price, you’d expect WCS to be a PhD factory, yet, our last PhD was graduated in 1993. What a terrific little local employment club replete, with enough kitchen staff to run the Old Dock House on a busy Saturday night. Replete with fewer teachers than teacher’s aides. It is alleged that the Study Hall Monitor, the permanent substitute teacher, and WCS’s full-time attorney all have their own teacher’s aide, for crying out loud. If you’re paying school taxes, unlike half the WCS student’s parents who don’t even contribute financially to the district, you should be insulted that WCS is the 82nd highest per student per year cost in New York State. Unimaginable. If one didn’t know better, one might think WCS operates under a surplus and banks extra money for “rainy days” if/when needed in the future ... oh wait, that’s actually what they do with our valuable tax dollars. Literally swimming in money. Tens of thousands of dollars to go, after one of the best teachers in the building who was accused of wilting precious little flowers by daring to raise her voice in class, but not enough in the budget to hire a private investigator for two hours of their time to expose those who flagrantly disregard the rules by living outside the district and bring their children to WCS every morning — meanwhile using threats, coercion, and family connections so that all concerned parties will keep hushed. (I was told by the Queen Bee herself through a school official that if I choose to keep pushing this issue, I’d “better watch my anus.” (Promises, promises.)

So, let’s be clear: all you need is a false instrument saying you pay rent in the district and a wink and thumbs up from the school board in order to bring your out of district child to WCS. Rules be damned. Why have them in the first place? It might not be clear to all why Willsboro isn’t involved with merger talks, so, please allow me to show you how our local emperor wears no clothes: several of the local girls and a couple local guys will certainly lose their position and magic carpet ride benefits and retirements packages once Willsboro is forced by New York State to merge. Which will happen eventually. Until then, just keep quiet and get out your checkbooks. Let’s top the letter off by using this opportunity to point out that many of the teachers and staff at WCS push methamphetamines upon unwilling parents. BIG TIME. They call it medicine, but it’s methamphetamines; chemically indistinguishable from what your local meth dealer sells. Once a teacher gets it in their non-medically trained minds that a child has a specific and fictitious disorder, they have an entire program in place along with an alleged methamphetamines pushing school psychologist to strong arm young and impressionable parents into believing that their child was born with a methamphetamines deficiency. They say that they’re not allowed to suggest medical intervention or medicines — they say this until they’re blue in the face — but then, how on earth is it possible that there is alleged to be a class in WCS whereby the average number of kids who speak openly about “being on medicine” is more than five times the national average? Maybe we should have a closer look at community standards, too much time with video games and devices, the local culture of binge drinking cruddy canned beer, and amounts of alcohol sales tax collected locally to better understand why so many kids aren’t acting right in class? Am I the only one who drives by the local Drug Free School Zone and gets angry about the thought of buzzed out zombie children (as young as five) walking around zapped to the gills on methamphetamines for the convenience of the teachers? Willsboro Pride... yeah, right. Not since the 1990’s or before. My sincere apologies to the good ones who grace those halls and the ones who don’t push meth. Shame on the ones that do! Andy MacDougal Essex

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Ô WeÊ mustÊ doÊ betterÊ asÊ aÊ countryÕÊ To the Editor: Protests are disrupting the country and even now the simplest mention of President-Elect Trump’s name will send half of the country into disarray. Protests have rocked the country since the close election, and after all the drama and mudslinging, I just want everything to calm down so we can relax. I was with her, and she lost. Although I do not necessarily agree with President-Elect Trump, I can accept that he won. With problems, such as Standing Rock and Syria, we need to overcome our differences as a country and come together to, as President-Elect Trump says, “Make America Great Again.” Some of our candidates lost, some of our candidates won, and now, as a country, we must deal with the fallout. One thing is for sure though — we cannot afford another four or eight years of racial tension and anger. We must do better as a country. We must stay strong, unified and have faith in America’s ability to endure. Reanna Martin Moriah

TrumpÊ supportersÊ Ô gettingÊ exactlyÊ whatÊ theyÊ wantedÕ To the Editor: Trump supporters are getting exactly what they wanted! Trump said he would go after the bankers and big cats from Wall Street, and he has. Most of his close appointments are billionaires who run banks and Wall Street. He said he would build a wall across Mexico and now he feels it is not needed, as it would cost too much. His promise to lower taxes on the middle class is partly true but the top one percent will get a 13 percent cut while the most the middle class can expect is 2 percent if they are lucky. Actually, when one figures the loss standard deduction most of those in the middle class will pay more in taxes! There is also the matter of putting Hillary Clinton in jail! Now it seems the reality is, not only is he forgetting this promise, but he couldn’t do anything in the first place. There is no basis in law to charge Hillary with any crimes and the whole thing was a lie. Trump vowed to do away with the Department of Education on a Federal level but he recently put a billionaire friend in as the head of the Education Department. Speaking of vows, he touted “repeal and replace Obama Care,” but now he wants to keep most of the Affordable Care Act he said he would repeal. Surrounding himself with billionaires and putting them in high positions is contrary to what he said he would do to supporters. His claim at making government smaller seems to be put under the table as he finds more palaces for these very rich people he vowed to topple. Those belonging to unions who voted for Trump can be sure his colleagues in Congress will do their level best to put unions away for good. Workers can look forward to a government Department of Labor geared to protect their employers. Trump’s promise to keep jobs in America was a great way to get votes, but his record of buying foreign goods and having his brand manufactured in foreign countries shows differently. In point of fact his tax cuts to large companies will only benefit those companies. The money saved will go to his billionaire friends in the form of higher dividends on their stocks! Yes, Trump has fulfilled all his campaign promises and he hasn’t even been seated in office. I thank God everything mentioned here won’t be a bother to me. First, I happen to be in the 1 percent, so my taxes will be cut substantially! Second, I own several dividend paying stocks and other money producing options. Third, I don’t have any children of school age and I am retired living the good life with a home in Florida and a summer place in the Adirondacks. Fourth, I didn’t vote for Mr. Trump and I will receive all the benefits that will come from his presidency. What a Country, what a life! God Bless America and to those who were duped into voting for Trump I thank you! Gary Philip Guido, Ticonderoga

WillÊ weÊ reallyÊ beÊ betterÊ off ? To the Editor: We will now have a Republican President, House, and Senate. Will the economic life of our middle class improve? Many voters believed it would, especially with the selection of Donald Trump. A word of caution about great expectations. My Dad voted Republican his entire life. However, trickle down economics never made it to him or most of the families I grew up with. Like many other North Country men he worked two jobs; and my mother also worked, unusual for the 1950s and 1960s. Dad still found time to serve in the Rouses Point Volunteer Fire Department for 50 years. We got by: food, car, house, hunting, fishing, boy toys and good family gatherings, but nothing to spare. I went to college on aid, assistance jobs, and summer janitor work. We survived the way most do up here, we worked hard. So will it change when the new administration gives massive tax cuts to the rich? The rich will dump most of the extra money into the market; so if you are not invested there, you probably are not going to benefit. And if NAFTA is curtailed, the beneficial investments of our Canadian friends will dry up. I hope I am wrong, because so many are depending on their fortunes improving under Trump. Many white people voted for him because of hope for a better life, not because of racism or bigotry. Of corse there are white supremacists who voted for hate, but hopefully they are the exception. If you read my earlier letters, you know I believe Mr Trump is a danger to our national security, and an immoral person. However, many of my fellow voters believe he offers hope! For the sake of our country, I pray they are right. God Bless America! Joseph D. Dumoulin Lieutenant Colonel, USAF, Retired Jay


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Ô PartisanÊ witchÊ huntÕ Ê moreÊ importantÊ Ô thanÊ servingÊ AmericanÊ peopleÕ To the Editor: Embassy attacks during the presidencies of Republicans George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan:


Wisdom the GOP ignores at its peril Tom Purcell

DURING BUSH ADMINISTRATION • 13 embassy attacks • 66 deaths • 3 American diplomats killed • 22 embassy employees killed Number of investigations: 0



DURING REAGAN ADMINISTRATION • 10 embassy attacks • 318 deaths • 1 US ambassador killed • 18 CIA officers • 254 marines Number of investigations: 1 DURING CURRENT ADMINISTRATION • 2 embassy attacks • 4 American deaths Number of investigations: 13 Cost to taxpayers for partisan witch hunt: $14 million. This is what Republicans think is more important than serving the American people. Joe DeMarco Jay

HelpÊ spreadÊ Ô lightÊ of Ê ChristmasÕ Ê inÊ December To the Editor: Christmas is a special, exciting time of year where families get together and have fun. Serving others and giving of their time and talents can help spread the spirit of Christmas to your family and others. Some of the best joyful memories are made by simple acts of service, such as caroling or bringing cookies to a friend. This December, we invite everyone to join us in spreading the light of Christmas to the world starting on Dec. 1, a worldwide day of service. Choose anyone and any way to serve. To help you, suggestions and an advent calendar can be found on, along with an inspiring video on how we can spread light like Christ did. #LighttheWorld. We know and hope that by taking time to reach out and help others, this Christmas season will become a very joyful one for all those involved! Elder Bade and Elder Randall Middlebury, Vt.

SnopesÊ showsÊ noÊ riotersÊ afterÊ election To the Editor: We’ve got someone wanting to call out the National Guard to quell rioting protesters (and of course President Obama is a twerp for not doing so!) When I read something like this, I immediately think: this is really bad, very bad. So, I immediately turn on the TV to see. Guess what? There are no rioting protesters. I know what follows a statement like that. You can’t trust the regular media. Trump says they are part of the conspiracy! So, I go to Now, if you don’t trust Snopes, you are a knucklehead. It has won awards for its non-partisanship. I find out that someone has taken a picture of a riot in Greece in 2012, to show? This kind of thing is evil. The person doing it is whatever, but the act is evil. It makes for a very, very bad day! Don Austin Elizabethtown

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last year shortly after a few Republican primary debates, I suggested then that Mr. Trump might consider an alternative to insulting his Republican presidential competitors and instead ask them to consider accepting a senior role in his administration. Each and every candidate claims they want to turn this country around. Each and every one recognizes the big challenges that lie ahead, so now is the time for them to put their talents where their mouths are and put the American people ahead of their personal ambitions and do what needs to be done. Join forces as a party, come together as a team and tackle the reformation that Trump frequently refers to as “Making America Great Again!” The President-elect is famous for building outlandish things. Here’s his chance to build a real A-Team for America. Save all the money wasted on campaigning and political advertising and start planning today. God help Trump and God help us, he’s tapped into something, and it better not be just hot air. I think the next few years will be anything but the same old thing. Dan Alexander may be reached at

ow that Republicans will be running the White House, the House and the Senate, they’d better succeed in streamlining and simplifying our bloated government. Quotes from some of our greatest minds can guide them. While President Obama sought to make government cool again, many great minds have long been wary of government: “Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.” ---Ronald Reagan “A government big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take everything you have.” ---Barry Goldwater “A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.” ---- Edward Abbey Ronnie, we miss you, but your spirit guides us still. Barry, you’d roll in your grave if you saw how big our government has gotten. And Eddie, our IRS recently turned against people whose nonprofit organizations promoted the “wrong” political point of view. Being self-employed for many years, I’ve found that high income taxes and complex rules have been the bane of my existence. Republicans had better heed these quotes as they reform our tax system: “Did you ever notice that when you put the words ‘the’ and ‘IRS’ together, it spells ‘THEIRS’”? ---unknown “What at first was plunder, assumed the softer name of revenue.” ---- Thomas Paine “It would be a hard government that should tax its people one-tenth part of their income.” ---- Ben Franklin Hey, guys, too many politicians and bureaucrats think we owe them MORE of our hard-earned dough. Tommy, you’d be shocked at the level of plunder. And Ben, the only Americans who enjoy an income tax around 10 percent these days are the ones who moved to Russia. As Republicans attempt to roll back the massive expansion of government that occurred under Obama’s presidency, here are some points to consider: “The single most exciting thing you encounter in government is competence, because it’s so rare.” ---- Daniel Patrick Moynihan “Government is inherently incompetent, and no matter what task it is assigned, it will do it in the most expensive and inefficient way possible.” ---- Charley Reese “Government is an association of men who do violence to the rest of us.” ---- Leo Tolstoy Hey, Leo, folks often forget how nasty government can be ---- particularly the millions of college-age Americans who think socialism is hip and that “the rich” should pay off the thousands they borrowed to get graduate degrees in the dining habits of sub-Saharan crossdressers. Tom Purcell, author of “Misadventures of a 1970’s Childhood” and “Wicked Is the Whiskey,” a Sean McClanahan mystery novel, both available at, is a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review humor columnist. Send comments to Tom at

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Second phase of ECH expansion nearly complete Patient rooms completed last summer, now ECH is nearly ready to move into the new rooms that will expand, improve inpatient care rehabilitation By Kim Dedam

ELIZABETHTOWN — Rectangular field stones for a wall in the new physical therapy den area are laid out on the floor in neat piles. The adjoining new walls are partially painted in soft sage and sand tones that match the adjacent new patient hospital rooms. And stacks of drywall mud buckets take up the spot where a kitchen table will go. Construction of the next phase of a planned upgrade at the University of Vermont Health Network, Elizabethtown Community Hospital (ECH) will be finished next month. This second round of the $10 million renovation program with significant equipment upgrades follows the construction of 18 new patient rooms last summer. The physical therapy, or PT, wing opens from a bank of rooms on the southwest corner. Patients needing additional care to get back on their feet will be arranged around the PT core. Careful progressive physical therapy is often indicated after prolonged illness or surgery, such as might occur from a stroke or joint replacement. Sometimes people recovering from heart conditions or pneumonia need inpatient PT as they prepare to return home, the medical staff explained. William Doherty is Director of Rehabilitation at ECH. “If a patient is not ready to go home, they would have access physical therapy twice a day, six days a week here. It can ensure a safe transition,” Doherty said. The inpatient hospital rooms are designed for the initial care then augmented by outpatient physical therapy at Elizabethtown Health Center just up the road. Often patients have the same medical staff, assuring a strong continuum toward recovery. “Communication is critical,” Doherty said. “We have therapists that work both inpatient and out, which enhances a successful outcome.” The Phase 2 PT area at ECH is designed for inpatient access.

For Michael Theeman, a physical therapist, the new unit is integral to improving patient treatment plans. “One of the newest additions is a ceiling track and that allows us to involve a host of options,” Theeman said in a recent tour. The track crosses nearly one entire room in the new area. “Patients can more easily and safely access PT equipment, like the treadmill,” Theeman said, showing how it connects to a patient to reduce the body’s weight, a traction that can be slowly increased over time. The track is combined with “ambulation shorts,” a kind of knee-length jumpsuit that is suspended on elastic straps. “This will allow for body-weight supported treadmill training,” Theeman said. And it helps patients begin rehabilitation earlier. “It improves the quality of care, the safety and the dignity of the patient,” Doherty said. “These systems are being used in major hospitals in the country.” But this is the only one in eastern upstate New York. And it aligns with the AlterG equipment, originally designed by NASA for space training, that is in place at the Elizabethtown Health Center. “It all works in synergy,” Doherty said. “And it is very patient centered. We do provide that one-to-one care.” “We do treat our neighbors,” Theeman added. ECH spokeswoman Jane Hooper said the upgrade project was organized and designed by Doherty, Theeman and the hospital’s PT staff. “It’s not a top-down strategy, the administration looked directly to its staff for information,” Hooper said. This rural hospital’s move toward more sophisticated use of high-tech equipment also aligns with evidence based theory and practice, but is not cookie cutter in its clinical approach. “We utilize an interdisciplinary group meeting twice a week with doctors, PT staff, pharmacists and nursing staff to coordinate individual care for each patient,” Hooper said. People living in the rural Adirondacks often have unique living conditions, sometimes with a steep driveway or stairs, a stone or cement brick walkway or even wood to haul. “We also provide home visits as part of the continuum of care,” Hooper said. “All of the unique aspects of a home setting are taken into account to assess an individual PT program.”

Physical Therapist Michael Theeman shows how the ambulation shorts connects to an overhead track system, attached here in one of the new patient rooms while the new PT area at Elizbethtown Community Hospital is in construction. The new body-weight supported treadmill training will add state-of-the-art options for patient recovery programs at ECH. Photo by Kim Dedam

The ongoing renovation at ECH is being managed by PC Construction with Luck Builders contracted for framing and walls. The PT rehabilitation rooms, its storage area, the occupational therapy reception desk, kitchen and den are set to be finished in December, Hooper said, and the focus will turn to Phase 3, which updates a family gathering room, private medical exam rooms, the new hospital laundry and kitchen. The entire project is on track to be completed by next June. Funding for the $10 million expansion and renovation comes from ECH reserve funds with some financing. “The hospital is financially well-managed and is in a great position to be able to undertake such a renovation,” Hooper said. A successful capital campaign meant that financing requirements are not significant, she said. “It was accomplished the same way it worked in 2007-08 for the Emergency Department renovation and expansion. The community was tremendously supportive of the last capital campaign,” Hooper said. “We are always working hard to improve this facility.”

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From page 1 The outgoing chairman also hailed the lawmakers he tapped for committee assignments. “Those guys did a great job,” he said. Preston was elected by the board to fill Ferebee’s remaining term, which expires in January. “He is truly a hard worker, and always willing to jump in and make a difference,” said Roby Politi (I-North Elba), who offered the nomination. Preston said he preferred to hold off on a speech until January, when he will campaign for a full-term as chairman. “If you do put me back in this position the first of the year, I will deliver comments at that time,” Preston said. Shaun Gillilland (R-Willsboro) was elected vice chair. Ron Moore (R-North Hudson) cited the lawmaker’s stewardship of the Public Safety Committee and numerous task forces as examples of his dedication and conscientiousness. “Shaun has all of the qualities we look for in a leader,” Moore said of the U.S. Navy veteran who took office in 2014. COMMITTED TO THE JOB Ferebee has served as the county’s top elected official since June 2015, when his predecessor, Randy Douglas, vacated the seat, also to take a state job.


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Preston and Gillilland said they plan on serving in leadership positions for the next session, and both said they have no intentions to pursue a state job. “No, I have a job,” Preston said. “I’m not going anywhere — unless the voters send me, of course.” Gillilland said he wanted to continue working on some of the thornier problems facing the county, including EMS coverage, animal cruelty and fairgrounds issues. “I’ve had a long and distinguished career and I’m where I want to be,” Gillilland said. IN KEENE… Deputy Keene Supervisor Paul Martin was expected on Monday to be appointed by the town board to serve the remainder of Ferebee’s term, which expires next January. Martin has served on the board for 36 years, including the past 15 as deputy. Seven applicants have applied for the top slot, and applications are in the process of being reviewed by the town board, Ferebee said. A decision is expected to be made at the next board meeting, which is scheduled for Dec. 13. Ferebee, who served as supervisor for 12 years, introduced lawmakers to Martin on Monday. “I’ll enjoy working in here with you through the month of December, anyway,” Martin said.

Ranger Trail From page 1

Moonshine. “Redesign includes some longer, winding reroutes where we can,” Thomas-Train said. But there is also a lot of work in building rock stairways. “The trail crews are doing a lot of rock staircase work there. Over two seasons, they’ve put in about 190 rock steps and water bars to get the water off the trail,” Thomas-Train said. The estimated cost for cutting in stone steps, adding water bars and interpretation of 11 points of interest is about $250,000. And the friends’ group has raised $196,000 in pledges and grant funding to date. “Our current goal is to raise $250,000 for the project through Friends of Poke-O-Moonshine,” the group’s spokesman said. “Our focus is all about outdoor environmental education and stewardship of the mountain. We actually work with DEC under what’s called a Voluntary Stewardship Agreement, or VSA, and the terms encompass everything that we are allowed to do on the mountain.” Most Fire Towers and other hiking destination sites have similar agreements with DEC. It helps share the cost of trail work and upkeep, ThomasTrain explained. “In this case, the Ranger Trail was badly eroded and the state was considering closing it. They couldn’t put a quarter of a million into one trail.” The stewardship agreement brought together a coalition of area preservation groups, including Adirondack Architectural Heritage, several Adirondack Mountain Club chapters and the Town of Chesterfield along with individual sponsors. “I think the Volunteer Stewardship Agreement is actually a fantastic public/private model. The state doesn’t have all the resources to take care of individual trails like this,” Thomas-Train said of the solution. Work is being done at PokeO-Moonshine by the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) professional trail crew and by a

Essex County Chairman Bill Ferebee stepped down Monday, Nov. 28 after serving since June 2015. Ferebee is pictured here (left) with Randy Preston (I-Wilmington), who will succeed him as the county’s top elected official. Photo by Pete DeMola

group called Tahawus Trails. Images of their work in lifting cut stones into the edge of the mountain show both the challenge and the care being taken to restore the Ranger’s Trail. With 15 weeks of work completed so far, the friends have spent $82,000 so far, Thomas-Train said. “We have one possibly two seasons of work left to go. There is a lot of intricate hand labor involved as well as sheer grunt work.” The trail may not open fully in time for 2017 Poke-O-Moonshine celebration events. But the friends are planning to mark the Fire Tower’s 100th year standing with much fanfare. “At the end of July, the weekend of July 30, we’re going to have a celebration at the mountain, a hike to the summit and a party at Ausable Brewery in Keeseville. Two days before, there will be a Poke-OMoonshine art show in Keeseville. We’re in the thick of planning at this point,” Thomas-Train said. More information about the Ranger’s Trail project and ways to help are listed on the Friends of Poke-O-Moonshine web page: The coalition is one of the oldest Fire Tower friends groups established in the Adirondack Park, and next year will celebrate its own 20th anniversary.

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Boreas Hearing From page 1

offer varying divides between the Wilderness-Wild Forest split, with each adding more wilderness than the last. ‘WE SPEND MONEY’ “This area would be a great area for snowmobiles because we have no work there,” said Ray Buckholts, of the New York State Snowmobile Association (NYSSA). Prior to the session, which packed the gymnasium last Monday, Access the Adirondacks rolled out a list of 34 sportsmen organizations who supported their preferred alternative for the 20,543-acre parcel, purchased by the state last May. The endorsements, said the coalition, are intended as a counterweight against those offered by BeWildNY, a coalition of green groups who support more restrictive uses. Buckholts said snowmobilers are good environmental stewards who want to use existing roads to minimize environmental impact, including a proposed snowmobile connector track between Minerva and Newcomb. But other alternatives would require cutting new trails through the woods, said Adirondack Local Government Review Board

President Fred Monroe. “We don’t want to destroy the environment, that’s not our thing,” said Tom Hudon, of the Crown Point-based Adirondack Trail Riders. “A lot of us are conservationists as well.” Hudon supports Alternative 1, which would allow for snowmobiling around the perimeter of Boreas Ponds to White Lily Pond and continuing on and back to the so-called Four Corners and along Gulf Brook Road. Advocates also argue connector trails — including the proposed route that would connect the Five Towns — are a critical lynchpin to a statewide snowmobile system, necessary to link southern areas to their North Country counterparts. “Everything outside the road will stay exactly how it is today,” said Dominic Jacangelo, executive director of NYSSA. The snowmobiling industry, he said, generates $868 million of economic activity annually, and one in three of those rides occur within the Blue Line. Members of the organization, which represents 230 clubs across the state, also fish, hike, hunt, canoe and kayak when they visit, Jacangelo said. “Snowmobilers bring a lot of money,” said Bonnie Best, treasurer of the Grafton Trail Blazers. “They’re good for the economy.” The Adirondack Council, a member of BeWildNY, supports

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limited snowmobiling via an expanded High Peaks Wilderness area, said Executive Director Willie Janeway. Under all alternatives, there are different ways of routing snowmobiles from North Hudson to Newcomb, he said. Instead of using existing roads, BeWildNY’s plan calls for the trail to be located further south, largely paralleling Blue Ridge Road. From east to west, between 3 and 4 miles of new trail would have to be cut, which the Adirondack Council doesn’t necessarily dispute. “We do support a snowmobile connector trail,” Janeway said. But, he said, the record does need to be corrected on how many miles of road exist on the parcel. Protect the Adirondacks Executive Director Peter Bauer, despite filing court injunctions to halt progress on DEC-approved snowmobile connector trails, agrees with Access’ proposal to use existing roadways. The construction of new trails takes down between 500 to 1,000 trees per mile, he said. “It makes no sense to keep Gulf Brook Road open to motor vehicles and not use it for a snowmobile trail, and cut a new snowmobile trail somewhere else,” Bauer said. Protect is against all four APA proposals, calling the options akin to “hanging a Van Gogh painting on a telephone post.” Retired Forest Ranger Peter Fish said mankind always leaves an imprint on nature, which can range from the “long smell of exhaust” and grease slicks from snowmobiles to disintegrated hiking paths trammeled by overuse. “I am an utter and complete Wilderness advocate,” Fish said. “There is no such thing as a wheel that is not destructive.” Wilderness advocates also said the Adirondack Park hosts plenty of places where snowmobiling and motorized recreation is available — including within close proximity to Boreas. Just eight of the 100 biggest lakes in the Adirondack Park are motor-free, said Tyler Socash. “When Access the Adirondacks talks about balance, they are obtuse on how accessible the Adirondacks already is,” Socash said. LOCAL ECONOMIES Business leaders at the four-hour hearing presented a mixed portrait of the local economy. Roger Friedman marveled at the packed auditorium — the same room in which he received his high school diploma 50 years ago. But class sizes have dwindled since then, said the local realtor. And the community is struggling. “The Boreas Ponds offer a great economic opportunity for the region,” Friedman said. We can preserve it, but we must make it accessible for all people.” Anything but full access, he said, would be “another nail in the coffin” for the local economy. “If you live in this area like I have, you can literally hear the shrinkage,” Friedman said. Schroon Lake Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tammy Brown said 68 percent of Schroon residents live under the poverty line, and it’s an ongoing struggle for businesses to stay open year-round. “When you get to be our age — when you look at how to feed your family, and keep businesses running — that’s also very important,” Brown said. Minerva Supervisor Steve McNally tied the decline directly to the increase in state land acquisitions. “These small towns are in jeopardy,” he said. “With the state purchasing lands, the people have lost their livelihoods.” But pro-Wilderness advocates said the economic picture was more complex, and said >> See BOREAS | pg. 12

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From page 10 Wilderness buoys local economies, acting as a magnet for many, including young people who view the designation as a desirable magnet. Planting permanent roots will revitalize an ailing economy, they argue, and will repopulate the school districts that are hemorrhaging students. Samantha Brooks spoke of visiting the region from a young age. A seasonal job led to a permanent full-time position, and a full Wilderness designation is paramount to that attraction for her and other potential transplants, she said. Brooks said she couldn’t estimate how many times she has frequented local businesses after a long day on the hiking trail, including the Noonmark Diner in Keene Valley, the Lake Placid Pub and Stewarts in Long Lake. “They will stop in your town to buy stuff,” Brooks said. Pete Nelson, the co-founder of Adirondack Wilderness Advocates (AWA), said both sides needed to move past a debate he said has historically been “myopic and insular.” “I think it’s an unfortunate debate, this specific debate,” Nelson said. Nelson pitched the idea of leveraging Frontier Town, the abandoned theme park in North Hudson, as a gateway to a new Wildness High Peaks area. Peer-reviewed studies of communities surrounding federally-protected land in the western U.S., he said, reveal when properly leveraged, the protected assets can be used as tools for economic development. Economic profiles in communities near the National Park Service lands are similar to urban counties, he said. That can happen here, he said, and development needn’t clash with full Wilderness protection. “Let’s make a smarter debate,” Nelson said. “Let’s go somewhere that helps out towns — they need it.” Chris Lincoln said he was torn between watching communities decline and allowing snowmobiling and mountain biking in ecologically-sensitive areas. “I don’t know what the answer is, but I don’t think this is it,” he said. AWA is calling for a full Wilderness classification, a concept that is not included in any of the four APA alternatives. Checkered flannel outweighed the green t-shirts last week, and the hearing again saw a mobilization of those calling for support of that plan, many of them students and young professionals. And while the sessions have largely been tranquil, one pro-Wilderness speaker who spoke out against snowmobiling was jeered and booed by the crowd after revealing he was from Michigan. “You don’t understand because you’re from Michigan,” yelled a woman. Another speaker lashed out against what he perceived as idealistic and naive attitudes, and said roads were necessary on a practical level to ensure public safety.

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“It’s amazing how you people get hurt,” said Michael Carruso, citing DEC rescue reports. “It’s amazing how you fall and break bones and get carried out of there. “You want to get rid of the roads? Great idea!” That dynamic has been a constant push-pull during the sessions. “Yes, you are the future of the Adirondacks, but only if you live and work in the Adirondack Park,” said Newcomb Supervisor Wes Miga. “You may be the future, but we are the now.” NEW VIEWPOINTS The hearing, which drew 89 scheduled speakers (although many left earlier) did upend some conventional narratives. One disabled speaker endorsed the full Wilderness plan, an option that would close the Gulf Brook Road entirely to all but foot traffic. The Adirondacks is now at a critical point, and a historic moment, said Joan Cunningham, of ADK Community Works, a Schroon Lakebased nonprofit. An expanded High Peaks Wilderness would be the largest motor-free area east of the Rocky National Park in Colorado, she said. “Humans can co-exist and protect our beloved Adirondacks,” said Cunningham, who uses a motorized mobility device. “I choose not to access the Boreas Pond regions, but instead keep them as pristine as possible for my children and grandchildren to explore on foot.” Dan Lynch owns 200 acres on both sides of Blue Ridge Road, making him one of the closest private property owners. Lynch called for Alternative 2 (with several minor modifications) and said motorized use wouldn’t necessarily lead to an economic boost for the surrounding area. “No motors, including electrics, should be allowed to operate on Boreas Ponds,” Lynch said. Peter Hornbeck, owner of Hornbeck Boats on Trout Brook Road, said his customers are drawn to Wilderness, and that the classification isn’t necessarily “the kiss of death” to local merchants. “Our economy is real good,” he said. The buzz around Boreas, he said, is really helping his business, which employs six. “We have seen a spurt of interest this year because of that property.” Hornbeck, like many other speakers, urged the DEC to draft a proper Unit Management Plan following the classification to ensure environmental safeguards — including the use of parking lots as a management tool, which would open and close access on a seasonal basis. Pete Finch, a member of the Barkeater Trails Alliance, called for more study on the relationship between the economy and recreational land use. For years, people said Wilderness would be an economic driver, he said. But that hasn’t happened yet. “To this point, it really hasn’t done much for local economies,” Finch said. The increase in Wilderness areas, he said, has led to an overburden on trail systems. “Literally thousands of people (are) at trailheads on a daily basis,” he said.

Hundreds attended the Adirondack Park Agency’s public hearing on land classification on Monday, Nov. 21. The Boreas Ponds Tract was the chief topic of discussion.

EXISTING STRUCTURES Infrastructure remains a sticking point. Wilderness advocates say man-made materials, including some 53 miles of roads, can fade back into the landscape, and that much of the Adirondack Park was once trammeled by man. But advocates of Alternative 1, including state Assemblyman Dan Stec (R-Queensbury), say existing infrastructure goes against the legal definition of Wilderness. “These roads rival a lot of town roads in terms of their construction and their capability,” Stec said, noting the ponds themselves were artificially created by the construction of a dam. Monroe, of the Adirondack Local Government Review Board, said the maps provided by the APA do not accurately convey the current road infrastructure, as well as culverts. He said he has asked the agency for accurate maps, “but so far I haven’t seen them.” Access mapped the parcel earlier this fall, and those findings are available upon request, Monroe said. BeWildNY agreed that a broader inventory is necessary, and indicated discussion will continue after the public comment period ends on Dec. 30. “That level of analysis needs to happen, and it hasn’t happened yet,” said Rocci Aguirre, director of conservation at the Adirondack Council. Nearly the entire park was laid waste at one point, said Russ Hartung, and made barren from fires and logging. “Increased access results in increased destruction — there’s no doubt about it,” said Hartung, a Saranac Lake art gallery owner. But some said letting the structures be reclaimed by nature would pose undesired results. Lukas Dobie, an engineer, said if the dam was allowed to deteriorate, it will jeopardize the wetlands, and possibly even result in state DEC enforcement action. “I can’t believe people are talking about taking out the dams,” Dobie said. “The dam erosion would be unfathomable.” Dave Reckahn said he fails to see how Wilderness will provide more water quality protection than any other safeguards in the wake of High Peaks degradation, and warned against the loss of habitat in the event of a dam blowout. ACCESS FOR DISABLED Owing to the format of the hearings — comments were limited to three-minute segments without back-and-forth discussion — nods to opposing views have generally been limited to

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lip service, and the comments generally run along parallel paths. But many officials tailored their comments to address concerns made in past hearings, including those in Ray Brook, Northville and Newcomb. Hamilton County Board of Supervisors Chairman Bill Farber said local governments have actually taken the lead in combatting invasive species. “I don’t want that to get lost in these fights,” he said. Farber added: “A Wilderness population by itself has not protected the High Peaks,” citing trampling, herd paths and overuse. BeWildNY and Access attempted to clarify where they stood on motorized usage, particularly when it came to access for the disabled. Access is against any land use classification that disallows access for the widest possible amount of people, and disagrees with BeWildNY over the best way to accommodate disabled visitors. Wilderness and Wild Forest offer varying degrees of accommodation, including the use of the DEC’s CP3 parking spaces, which are prohibited under Wilderness. BeWildNY says CP3 opens the doors to ATV usage; Access says that is not their intent. “Permitting parking for the handicapped and bicycling around the perimeter of the ponds would not be permitted under a Wilderness classification,” said North Hudson Supervisor Ron Moore. In a follow-up email, Moore wrote: “Again, we have not ever proposed the use of ATVs in any of the many meetings that we have had with the DEC, APA, or any of the other stakeholder groups.” John Sheehan, a BeWildNY spokesman, says a Wilderness designation would not bar access. “I think it’s important for everybody to know that a Wilderness designation is not an impediment to handicapped access to the area,” Sheehan said. All that is required is a level path from LaBier Flow to Boreas Ponds, he said. Public comments will be accepted until Dec. 30. Written comments can be sent to: Kathleen D. Regan, Deputy Director, Planning Adirondack Park Agency PO Box 99 1133 State Route 86 Ray Brook, NY 12977






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PO Box 839, Keene Valley NY 12943. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity for which limited liability compaPublished by Denton Publications, Inc. be formed innies may cluding with or without limitation, management LEGALS of real estate holdings, NOTICE OF FORMATION and engaging in any and OF LIMITED LIABILITY all activities necessary COMPANY (LLC) or incidental to the foreName: J Sawyer Custom going. Carpentry LLC Articles VN-12/03-01/07/2016of Organization filed with 6TC-137543 the Secretary of State of NOTICE OF FORMATION New York (SSNY) on 08/05/2016Office Loca- OF LPM Events, LLC a domestic limited liability tion: Essex County. The SSNY is designated as company. Art. of Org. filed with Sec'y of State agent of the LLC upon whom process against it of NY (SSNY) on may be served. SSNY 10/24/16. Office locashall mail a copy of any tion: Essex County. process to the LLC at: SSNY is designated as PO Box 24, Jay, NY agent of the LLC upon 12941. Purpose: To en- whom process against gage in any lawful act or the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy activity. of such process served VN-10/29-12/03/2016upon it to LPM Events, 6TC-133910 LLC, 1936 Saranac Avenue Suite 2-257 Lake NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY Placid NY 12946. PurCOMPANY (LLC) Name: pose: To engage in any Keene Boathouse LLC. lawful activity. VN-10/29-12/03/2016Articles of Organization 6TC-134330 filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on September 30, 2016. 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 839, Keene Valley NY 12943. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity for which limited liability companies may be formed including with or without limitation, management of real estate holdings, and engaging in any and all activities necessary or incidental to the foregoing. VN-12/03-01/07/20166TC-137543

NOTICE ALL PERSONS EXCEPT CURRENT NYCO EMPLOYEES ARE WARNED Against Hunting, Fishing, Trapping, or Trespassing for Any purpose on Lands Owned by NYCO Minerals Inc. Such Lands are Situate in the Towns of Lewis and Willsboro. Violators are subject to Prosecution under all Applicable New York Criminal and Civil Laws. Date: 1st October 2016 by: NYCO MINERALS, INC. 124 Mountain View Drive Willsboro, NY 12996 VN 10/1-12/10/16-11TC131751

Lewis and Willsboro. Violators are subject to Prosecution under all Applicable New York Criminal and Civil Laws. Date: 1st October 2016 by: NYCO MINERALS, INC. 124 Mountain View Drive Willsboro, NY 12996 VN 10/1-12/10/16-11TC131751 NOTICE OF FORMATION of Limited Liability Company (LLC) Nellies Bakery, LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on November 14, 2016 for business conducted from an office located in Essex County, NY. The SSNY is designated as the agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of any process to the LLC at 6 Lilly Lane, Willsboro, NY 12996. Douglas R. Ferris, P.E. President VN-12/3-1/7/2017-6TC137145 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF RL Weber, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/28/16. Office location: Essex County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 1149 NYS Rte. 86, Ray Brook, NY 12977. Purpose: any lawful activities. VN-11/19-12/24/20166TC-136262 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY Name: Vavro Holdings LLC Articles of organization were filed with SSNY on 11/21/2016 . Office location: 1479 Highland Rd Keeseville, NY 12944, County of ESSEX. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to LLC, 1479 Highland Rd Keeseville, NY 12944. Purpose: any lawful purpose. VN-12/03-01/07/20166TC-137545 Vision Team Works, LLC Arts of Org. filed SSNY 10/7/16. Office: Essex Co. SSNY design agent of LLC upon whom process may be served & mail to PO Box 22, Lake Placid, NY 12946. General Purpose. VN-12/03-01/07/20166TC-137544

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