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New fishing line recycling program begins park-wide

Gary Lee installs a line collection canister at the Fourth Lake Access to Alger Island

Gary Lee installs a line collection canister at the Fourth Lake Access to Alger Island

A fishing line recycling container was recently installed on the shore of Fulton Chain of Lakes to encourage the proper disposal of fishing line and hopefully save some Loons and other wildlife from injury or death.

It is located at the Fourth Lake Alger Island State Camp-ground Boat Launch.

The canister, installed by Gary Lee of Inlet, is the first in this area and part of the Fishing Line Recycling Program sponsored by Biodiversity Research Institute’s Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation. Continue reading

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Strand: 90th Anniversary Celebration set July 25th

The Strand 90th Anniversary Gala and fundraising celebration will take place on Thursday, July 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. on the Forge Knoll.

The event will include a silent and live auction, cocktails and food and live entertainment by Al Nathan and Joe Bolton.

Attendees will be able to have a commemorative photo next to Cary Grant’s Jaguar convertible that will be on display during the event.

Following cocktails, there will be a video presentation at the Strand highlighting its 90 year history, followed by a champagne toast.

Tickets for the entire event are $50 per person and can be purchased at the Old Forge Information Center, by calling CAP-21 at (315)369-3353 or online at

The event is sponsored by CAP-21 and the Central Adirondack Association.

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Library hosts Tuesday Night Performance Series

Joe Davoli and Nick Piccininni performing at Old Forge Library. Photo by Dawn Montanye

Joe Davoli and Nick Piccininni performing at Old Forge Library. Photo by Dawn Montanye

Acoustic musicians Joe Davoli and Nick Piccininni played to a packed house Tuesday, July 16  at the Old Forge Library with over 75 people filling the library hall and listening to a mix of waltzes, swing and bluegrass.

The event was part of the Tuesday evening performances that the library will host throughout the summer.

Upcoming performances include: a “Common Threads: Adirondack Quilts tell their Stories” with Hallie Bond on July 30, “Adirondack Trilogy” with author Tony Holtzman on August 6, “The American Songbook: Jazz Standards” with Elaine Schwart and Roger Bruno on August 13, and “Adirondack Trail of Gold” with author Larry Weill on August 20th.

The Tuesday programs begin at 7:30 p.m. and are sponsored fully or in part by the New York State Council on the Arts.

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Old Forge: Goodsell Museum hosting Wednesday afternoon lectures

Peter Nelson describes the art of surveying with assistance from hi wife. Photos by Dawn Montanye

Peter Nelson describes the art of surveying with assistance from his wife. Photos by Dawn Montanye

The Goodsell Museum's Kate Lewis

The Goodsell Museum’s Kate Lewis

The Goodsell Museum in Old Forge is hosting a Lectures on the Lawn series on Wednesdays throughout the summer that cover various regional topics.

Featured on July 17 was Peter Nelson who gave a program titled, “The Magic of Surveying.” Presented in a fun and interesting narrative, Nelson demonstrated and offered instruction on the fine art of surveying through the use of fractions and triangles. At one point he was assisted by his wife who appeared on stilts.

Lecturer Peter Nelson

Lecturer Peter Nelson

Nelson teaches college math and is the author of the Lost Brook Dispatches column that appears in the Adirondack Almanack.

Lectures on the Lawn take place on Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m. on the grounds of the Goodsell Museum and are free of charge. Donations are accepted and appreciated.

The topic of the July 24 lecture will be Lost Ski Areas of the Southern Adirondacks. The Goodsell Museum is located at 2993 State Route 28 across from the Old Forge post office. For more information  call (315) 369-3838.

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Inlet Public Library: More than 30 years old…and still growing

The Inlet Public Library has experienced a tremendous amount of growth since its beginnings over 30 years ago.

Established first as a reading room in 1982 with community donations and $500 from the Inlet Town Board, the Little Schoolhouse Library Reading Center, as it was called at the time, was housed in the former Inlet one room schoolhouse.

Karen Lee volunteered as the first librarian.

“Eventually the library outgrew the one room schoolhouse and following renovations, was moved into the old firehouse in 1998, the same year it was officially chartered,” said board member, Jean Bird.

The library continues to operate at the building which is leased from the Town of Inlet. Continue reading

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Inlet/Eagle Bay community event raises funds for charitable causes

IMG_4975 IMG_4973 IMG_4960 IMG_4958 IMG_4970An event highlighting and celebrating businesses in the Inlet/Eagle Bay area was a huge success according to event organizer Jennifer Lamphear.

Visitors to the July 13th event won giveaways donated by over 45 local businesses and enjoyed a live remote broadcast by The Moose radio and music by singer/songwriter Andy Minnie.

Some of the prizes donated for the raffle included rounds of golf at Inlet Golf Club, and overnight stays at area hotels such as Nelson’s, Sunset Beach and Harvey’s Cottages and Marina Motel.

Fundraising events included a car wash, raffle and foods sales, all benefiting Inlet and Eagle Bay Fire Departments, Cousins that Care and Equine Rescue League of Cooperstown.

Lamphear said she was pleased with the turnout, adding that people were shocked at the prizes that were being given out.

In addition to what the charities raised themselves during the event, Lamphear said that over $1,000 was raised through food sales and raffles that will be divided among the three charities.

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Inlet’s Cousins That Care planning 5K Run/Walk for August 24th

The Cousins that Care are organizing their first 5k run/walk to raise funds for their charitable work giving to families in need, charities and scholarship.

The event will take place Saturday, August 24 and will begin and end at the Ole Barn restaurant on Limekiln Rd. in Inlet.

The 5k course is part trail and part paved road. It follows a snowmobile trail to Gilbert Rd., turns onto the South Shore, and links up with Route 28 to Limekiln Rd.

The fee for those registering by August 10 is $25, and $30 thereafter. Those who register by August 10 will be guaranteed an event t-shirt. Registration  is available at

The race begins at 8 a.m. A post-event raffle and auction will begin at 9 a.m.

Donations of raffle and auction items are welcome. Anyone wishing to make a donation or help in any way can contact organization founder Melanie Levi at (315) 357-3216 or email

Cousins that Care is a not-for-profit organization made up of seven cousins from Inlet ranging in age from eight to 14. Since 2009 they have raised over $28,000 for a number of causes.

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