Frank Heili, left, and Ed Talone
by Mike Farmer
Old Forge was the gathering point on Thursday morning, October 8 for cross-country travelers Frank Heili and Ed Talone.
Heili, of Kansas City, MO, stopped by on his drive to the Atlantic coast.
Talone, of Maryland, is hiking the 4,600-mile North Country National Scenic Trail from Lake Sakakawea State Park in central North Dakota to Crown Point, NY. He was particularly interested in the TOBIE Trail and any trails and roads that were once railroads. Continue reading
By Mike Farmer
Old Forge will host the inaugural Red, White and Blue “Spring Into Summer” family festival Memorial Day Weekend, May 22 through 25.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday will be filled with activities and entertainment for the entire family, while Monday will be the traditional observance of fallen veterans.
A local committee has partnered with the Town of Webb and the Central Adirondack Association to build a blockbuster weekend festival. Continue reading
American Legion Covey-Pashley Post 893 of Old Forge held the annual Wounded Warriors Golf Tournament at Thendara Golf Club Saturday, June 21st.
Dave Peck, Covey-Pashley Post 893 Commander Bill Ransom, Army SFC Roy Mitchell, Past Commander Brad Birnie at the American Legion-Wounded Warriors Golf Tournament at Thendara Golf Club, Saturday, 21st. Courtesy photo
Twelve teams participated, including two active duty wounded warriors from Ft. Drum, organizer SFC Roy Mitchell and SSgt Jeff Toniatti. Continue reading
The Central Adirondack Association, at its Spring Fling held Thursday, July 19th at Northwoods Inn, honored Webb DPW employee Kent Massacar for his assistance with CAA events. Kent and his wife, Amy, were guests at the CAA Spring dinner meeting, where the award was presented by Kelly Greene, CAA president.
Kent Massacar, Town of Webb DPW, holds his Certificate of Appreciation, flanked by CAA President Kelly Greene, CAA Event Coordinator Laurie Barkauskus, and Mike Farmer.
The certificate reads as follows: “For extended and diligent service to The Central Adirondack Association far above regular responsibilities in conjunction with events at the George T. Hiltebrant Recreation Center.
Your competence and immediate, dedicated support has added value and prestige to CAA signature and partnered events. Without you, building maintenance and operations could not accommodate the wide variety of participants and activities at the Recreation Center.”
Paddlers are flocking to Old Forge with the good weather. Clearly, the word is out. “Through-paddlers” on the Northern Forest Canoe Trail are launching from the Trail’s Western Terminus at Old Forge Dam on a regular basis, joining whitewater rafters and kayak fishermen for the spring season.
Emma Carlson and Emily Rooney begin the Northern Forest Canoe Trail in Old Forge, April 2013.
“Through-paddlers” are people who paddle the entire 740-mile route from Old Forge to Fort Kent, Maine.
In 2013, Emma Carlson of Maine and Emily Rooney of Vermont fulfilled their ambition to be the first through paddlers of the season.
They launched on April 23rd with cold weather gear and ice axes, because some lakes were still iced over.
They held to their schedule, dragging their canoe across frozen water where necessary.
The Northern Forest Canoe Trail, organized in the 1990s, connects the major watersheds across the Adirondacks and Northern New England. Continue reading
On the heels of the biggest and best St. Paddy’s Parade to date, Central Adirondack Association officials are looking at ways to improve parades on Main Street.
It is apparent to them that given the size and popularity of the numerous parades in Old Forge, safety and control issues must be improved.
CAA director Chip Kiefer, coordinator of several local parades, has initiated a standardization program to ensure that all parades currently scheduled and any future parades will have a format to follow. Continue reading