SATURDAY July 18, 2009
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APA’s new chief expected to bring balance to environmental agency By Thom Randall firstname.lastname@example.org RAY BROOK — A new executive director with economic development experience was named to lead the operations of the environmentally-driven Adirondack Park Agency, and local officials are pleased with the choice as it may mean a more moderate direction with the agency they’ve sparred with for decades. State officials appointed Terry Martino, now Adirondack North Country Association’s chief as the new executive director of the Adirondack Park Agency effective Aug. 12. Among those praising the choice of Martino was Warren County Board of Supervisors Chairman Fred Monroe, who serves as executive director of the Adirondack Park Local Government Review Board, an APA watchdog panel. For decades the two agencies have clashed over land use regulations, with the Review Board fighting for landowner development rights and job development, while the agency has battled for environmental conservation. “I see this as a very positive step,” Monroe said, noting that in Martino’s position leading ANCA, she was immersed in seeking ways to spur the economy of the Adirondacks. “She’ll most likely be providing some realism in decision-
making, and she’ll balance the interests of environmentalists with those who realize we need economic development in our communities.” State Sen. Betty Little (R-Queensbury)offered a similar opinion. “Terry’s a very good selection,” Little said. “She understands our economic issues and she’s worked for many years with local governments so she knows the pressures they face. I think she’ll do a very good job of bridging some of the differences we see between the environmental and economic development communities.” Monroe noted Martino had worked as director for many months on the Adirondack Regional Assessment Project, which concluded in a report recently that Adirondackers desperately need economic development to provide good jobs for an adequate lifestyle. Martino also was praised by APA officials, including APA Chairman Curtis Stiles. “Terry Martino brings an incredibly rich background and understanding of the Adirondack Park, its people and its needs,” Stiles said. “We are extremely fortunate to have someone with Terry’s established management abilities, leadership skills and demonstrated success in the key leadership position at the Agency.” Martino gave a glimpse of her approach in a prepared
Jazz pianist Spike Wilner to make appearance at Tannery Pond July 24 NORTH CREEK — Popular Greenwich Village Jazz Pianist Spike Wilner will appear at Tannery Pond Community Center in North Creek on Friday July 24, at 7:30 p.m. He will be accompanied by Bass player Tal Ronen. The concert is presented by Upper Hudson Musical Arts, a not for profit corporation dedicated to bringing excellent music to northern New York. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students. For more information go to www.upperhudsonmusic.org or call 2512633. Spike Wilner has been playing professionally for 22 years. He is a fixture on the New York City Jazz scene and has played
with a number of well known musicians including Tony Bennett, Maynard Furgeson, Wynton Marsalis and Artie Shaw. He has released eight recordings under his name including his most recent, “Three to Go” featuring Lincoln Center ’s Ryan Kisor l. Wilner holds a MFA in Jazz piano from the State University of New York and is co-owner of the Greenwich Village Jazz Club, Small’s, where he performs regularly. For more information see his Web site www.spikewilner.com This performance is made possible in part by funding from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.
Gospel music returning to Adks BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE — On Sunday, July 26, The Church of the Transfiguration will once again come alive with the sounds of gospel music when the Expressions of Faith Gospel Choir makes its fifth visit. On Sunday, a concert will be held at 9:30 a.m., followed by the 10 a.m. Gospel Mass. The choir, established in 1995 by the then rector of St. James Episcopal Church Lafayette Square, the Rev. Michael B. Curry (now the Bishop of North Carolina), has extended its music ministry by singing at multiple Blue Mountain Lake venues on Saturday and Sunday. In 2003, the choir made its first The "Expressions of Faith Gospel Choir" from Baltimore, visit to the Adirondacks. The Rev. will return to perform Saturday morning, July 25, at the InLyman Farnham, former rector dian Lake I.R.A., along with a free floating concert late afof the Church of the Transfigura- ternoon at various resorts on Blue Mountain Lake. Photo provided tion in Blue Mountain Lake, and associate clergy at St. James, finally realized his dream of bringing the choir ing many denominations. Rev. Dr. Chip Lee, the church's new Priest-In -Charge, welto the area. Guided by Mr. Charles Oglesby, informal- comes and encourages people of all faiths to ly called the summer director, the choir will attend. Active in attending the needs of the sursing at a group home, at a floating concert on Blue Mountain Lake, and at a picnic in rounding community, a large proportion of Byron Park Saturday. "The choir is excited the church's total budget goes to assist the larger community. They regularly conto be returning to the Adirondacks," says tribute to the Community Action Agency, Linda Harris, its president. "We've been rethe Home Health Care Agency, and have an hearsing since May and planning since our outreach fund to assist those in distress belast visit in 2007. The current rector of St. cause of emergency situations. James, the Rev. Dr. Allen F. Robinson, supScholarships are offered each year to colports our efforts to share our love for the lege bound students from Long Lake and InLord through our music." dian Lake. Every Sunday paper products, The Episcopal Church of the Transfiguralaundry supplies, and toilet articles, items tion, the oldest log church in the Adirondacks, and a National Historic site, is a di- not covered by food stamps, are donated by verse community of worshippers represent- the congregation and distributed to the working poor in the area. Past Polls This event is made possiReaders Poll ble with public funds from the New York State Council Do you think Warren County should on the Arts Decentralization abandon the 16-year scenic railroad project? Regrant program. In Hamilton County, the Decentralization program is administered by the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts loNo, keep investing Yup, too costly cated in Blue Mountain Lake. For more information, call Cast your vote and comment online today at... Suzanne Farnham, 648 -5471, www.northcreeknewsenterprise.com or Deborah Jones, 624-2419.
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statement she issued last week. “Throughout my career, I have recognized the tremendous value of balancing economic and community development with environmental stewardship inside the Park,” she said. Martino has worked for the ANCA since 1986,serving as as Program Director before her promotion, in 1991, to the top posiTerry Martino tion in the non-profit agency that is committed to economically viable communities, environmental stewardship and protecting a rural quality of life. She has also worked with other agencies supporting economic development, including the Adirondack Common Ground Alliance and CBN Connect, which is seeking to extend broadband into the Adirondacks. Jon Lundine of the Lake Placid-Essex County Visitors Bureau praised Martino’s appointment. “For the region, the appointment of Terry is a huge plus,” he said. “Being a native of the area, she has a real understanding of the issues, and her work with ANCA allows her to elevate the human side of the issues facing us all, blending with them the needs of economic development.” Where are you playing
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