Monthly Archives: June 2011

Just Call me Mrs. Lucky by Jan from Woodgate

My personal war: Secrets for prevailing against annoying insects

This has been one incredibly wet soggy Spring, and while my flowers are oh so happy there has been a huge downside to all the rain.

I, for one, am waging my own personal war against the travesty that is trying to force me inside my deep-woods home during the few warm months that Mother Nature bestows on the North Country.

The Bugs.

Is it just me, or are these critters waaaay bigger and hungrier than in past years? Following is a little letter to this entire community of creeping, crawling or flying insects:

Dear Ants:

Ya almost had me there. One day nuttin. The very next day you tried (and semi succeeded) to enter our home from each and every eentsie weentsie crack or crevice.

I’m sure you were quite amused by my ninja warrior tactics-i.e. stomping and screaming with vaccum in one hand and Ace Ant Spray in the other.

I’m pretty sure you’re not laughing now; once again thanks to another Ace product spread all around our home which successfully eradicated your entire colony. WINNING. And not in a Charlie Sheen kind of way, cuz I really won this one. Nary a stupid ant to be found, inside OR out.

Dear Black Flies:

How I hate you. I despise your tiny little bodies as well as your big huge blood sucking teeth; and I cannot for the life of me figure out your purpose on this earth. The welts you leave on my neck are despicable, painful, and take days and days to go away. I will fight you till the death with my impressive supply of Deet laced products which really do deter your horrible species.

Truly, you should be ashamed of your heritage-no one likes you guys.

Dear Mosquitoes:

Well well, lookie here. It seems that you, in particular, have been amazingly empowered by the excessive rainfall amounts this year. I’ve never, EVER, seen such long legs, or huge bodies, on your kind in the past.

My advice to you? Put the fork down!!! You’re foraging a destructive path, like many other Americans, directly into obesity due to your voracious appetites.

True, many of you are the size of my car this year, but I will not back down. How lucky was I to be one of the first to purchase an Off Clip-On? I’ve been screaming it from the rooftops-if you haven’t done so yet please-oh-please do yourselves a favor and giddy up down to Kinney’s for one of these babies-they’re amazing!

Ha ha Mosquitoes. I’m still gardening while you hover around me but dare not enter the protective shield billowing from my Clip-On.

In addition to my new clippy little friend I have purchased truck loads of citronella candles, tikis, and anything else available-so keep on flyin by suckers.

Remember that fateful night last week when you all had the audacity to enter my kitchen while I was preparing dinner? How’d that work out for ya?

Admittedly I was a bit out of control (again), but the fact that I now leave your smashed mutilated bodies upon the kitchen window screens appears to be a nice little shout-out to your friends and family-THIS WILL BE YOU IF YOU TRY TO ENTER.

I hope you, your grandparents, and your unborn children become diabetic this summer resulting in stinger fallout. Take that. Clearly you are trying to mess with a true Warrior here.

Dear Greenies:

No doubt you are cringing while reading this. I am mightily contributing to the eventual demise of our planet by using many of these products (yup, kinda rapture-y for sure), but if it makes you feel any better I do recycle religiously.

This is my personal war and I need to fight it with all available weapons, so the Greenie Gloves need to come off.

The Enemy can suck my blood, but they will NOT take my summer soul, and I will not be forced into my home in such beautiful weather.

We humans need to band together here-I’m pleading with you to visit your local stores and help me win this war!


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View dedicates Kinderwood Suite to program founder, Miriam Kashiwa

Family, friends, colleagues, neighbors and former students of Miriam “Mirnie” Kashiwa gathered at View, the new arts center in Old Forge, on Saturday, June 25 for the dedication of the Miriam Davis Kashiwa Kinderwood Suite, named in honor of her founding of the area pre-school program.

Mirnie’s family took advantage of the opportunity and organized a weekend reunion for over 115 family members who traveled from all over the United States to be in attendance for the celebration.

Weekend events included a catered dinner at the McCauley Mountain Chalet on Friday night and a pre-dedication luncheon at the art center’s Gould Hall which was attended by close to 200 people.

Prior to the 3 p.m. ribbon-cutting and dedication, words of thanks written by current Kinderwood Director Page Hannah and Head Teacher Diane Heroux were delivered to the audience, as the Kashiwa clan filled the classroom space.

A message of congratulations from Senator Charles Schumer was also read.

“It was a wonderful dedication that can be shared by the entire Kashiwa family. It was the family’s matching fund effort that made the new suite possible, and we are so grateful for their participation in honoring their mother in this way,” said Heroux.




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Congressman Owens, Assemblywoman Tenney join rally, pledge support for continuation of Woodgate Post Office

Compiled from reports by Carol Hansen & John Isley

Congressman Bill Owens, supporter of keeping the 24 post offices in his 23rd Congressional district open, arrived in Woodgate on Wednesday, June 29 to meet with constiuents opposed to the closing of their postal facility.

Owens said that, to date, he has the support of 160 congressman for House Bill HR 1351-the USPS Pension Obligation Recalculation Reform Act of 2011, a bill that would recover $6.9 billion in overpayments to postal pensions.

Woodgate Citizens Committee Chairman John Isley informed Owens at the opening of the Town Hall Meeting that Woodgate is under a time line and requested support of an “immediate moratorium” on office closings until Congress can act.

Owens will introduce the moratorium and provide a list of congressman not yet committed to the House Bill so they can be lobbied by the Citizens Committee.

Owens was presented a copy of the petition containing 693 signatures of postal customers opposing the Woodgate closing.

Citizens Committee member Walt Paprock also provided Owens with letters signed by the 42 business owners and 10 non-profit community organizations within the Woodgate postal service area.

Paprock said the 42 businesses employ a total of 115 people. Each one is a “mom and pop” owner-operated enterprise with an average staff of 2.7 persons.

Paprock added that three summer youth camps employ over one hundred people and the Woodgate Post Office serves the needs of over 3,000 youth campers each year.

New York State Assembly-woman Claudia Tenney was also present and told the Citizens Committee that as an attorney, she would represent the group before the Postal Regulatory Commission in Washington when Woodgate files an appeal to the closing.

Tenney is the former owner of the Oneida-Madison Pennysaver newspaper group and has testified before the Commission in the past.

Town of Forestport Supervisor William Hasenauer explained to Congressman Owens that the Woodgate Post Office has operated since 1878, survived two World Wars, and the Great Depression.

“The Woodgate Post Office has served its citizens by Pony Express, by train, and by car through rain, sleet, snow and the dark of night. With all that in mind, the government has been able to provide the necessary services here.

“The United States government has taken our people to serve the country, and we have paid into our country by way of taxes. Now, the United States Post Office wants to take our heritage away. We would appreciate that you keep our heritage here as long as you possibly can,” he said.

Hasenauer added that the Woodgate closing would leave a 25-mile vacuum between post offices.

Prior to Wednesday’s gathering the Postal Service informed the Woodgate Citizens Committee that they were not allowed on postal property, and the news media was not allowed within the postal facility.

Instead, Congressman Owens was greeted in front of the Woodgate Library by residents, including two on horseback in emulation of the Pony Express, before moving to the Woodgate Community Hall on Bear Creek Road for the Town Hall Meeting.

The Citizens Committee had received a letter Wednesday morning from Jane Wolfgang, Albany District Office Optimization Coordinator, verifying that she had received their petition containing 693 names, and that the petition had been added to the official record.

The letter to the Committee stated that “the Postal Service of the future will be smaller, leaner and more competitive, but will continue to drive commerce, service communities and deliver value.”

During the meeting, Isley cited the 2013 and 2020 visions document of the Postal Service.

“While the Postal Service, at this time, wishes to close post offices and move to rural carriers, the vision documents call for stopping rural carrier service and operating services by the internet and cluster units within convenience stores,” he said.

Congressman Owens told the group he would try to obtain cost comparisons on the income of the Woodgate Post Office vs. rural carrier costs which brings in no income.

However, he noted that sometimes his office is stonewalled on information as much as the Citizens Committee has been in their requests to receive the actual financial data related to the Woodgate Post Office.

“We need to be able to show how important these facilities are in these communities and throughout my district. And I assure you we will do everything we can to assist you in that process,” Congressman Owens said.



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Commencement: Town of Webb UFSD honors Class of 2011

Twenty-six seniors at the Town of Webb School received their diplomas during the commencement on Friday evening, June 24.

The Class Valedictorian was Charles Hanford, Jr., the Salutatorian was Michael Branch, and the Co-Laureates were Courtney Holt and Ada Rannels. Continue reading

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Old Forge: Senior players wanted for slow-pitch softball competition

Bill Brooker, Sr. of Old Forge and Florida, is planning to start a Slow Pitch Softball team in Old Forge this summer.

Brooker, who has been active in Slow Pitch Softball for years, said he had teams in the Old Forge area in the 1970s and 1980s before moving to Florida, where he is in charge of an Over 50 Senior Softball Team.

“When I lived here year ’round, we played all summer long and we’d get into big tournaments in Port Leyden, and anywhere else they had a team,” he said.

Brooker said he plays every morning with his Florida team. The senior softball club includes 200 players and teams are made up daily.

“We keep everybody active. There are guys who are 87 to 90 years old, and actually I’ve had a few who have played up to age 93. They can hit and run and they have a great time,” Brooker said.

They have tournaments all year long he added, and they have special rules.

“One is no sliding,” he said.

Now that he is spending summers in Old Forge, Brooker said he misses playing ball.

“Generally I pitch or play second base. Those are my two favorite positions, but I’ll play any position, depending on what we need at the time,” he said.

Brooker said the age range for players is 50 to 90, and he’s had a lot of local interest about starting a team in Old Forge.

“People I mention it to who want to play think it’s great,” he said.

Brooker said has a supply of bats and balls, and is ready to play ball.

Anyone interested in joining the Slow Pitch Softball team can give him a call at (315) 369-3233.

An Olde Tyme Family Fun Day of Slow Pitch Softball action is planned for Sunday, July 19 at 2 p.m. at the North Street Field in Old Forge.

All are invited to join in the fun, just bring a glove.



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10,000 Maniacs: Multi-platinum selling band to play at McCauley

The 2nd Annual McCauley Mountain Music Festival is planned for Saturday, August 6 and will feature headliner band, 10,000 Maniacs.

One of the most critically acclaimed bands of the last three decades, 10,000 Maniacs-which was formed in 1981 in Jamestown, NY-continues to perform in front of sold out audiences.

The multi-platinum band was founded by Robert Buck, Dennis Drew, Steven Gustafson, John Lombardo and Natalie Merchant in the fall of 1981. Jerry Augustyniak joined in 1983.

Along with artists such as R.E.M., the band is credited with defining college rock and creating the first wave of alternative rock bands and what became known as the alternative rock format on FM radio.

Today, original band members Drew, Gustafson, and Augus-tyniak are joined by Jeff Erickson and Mary Ramsey.

“We are very excited we were able to book a band of this caliber at McCauley for this summer’s concert. The band is currently in the midst of their 30th anniversary tour and we are extremely happy they were able to fit us into their tour schedule,” said Nick Bankert, co-organizer of the Music Fest.

Bankert said that other bands will also be playing at the festival and a complete line-up will be announced soon.

The Music Fest will run from 2 to 11 p.m. Food and legal beverages will be available for sale on-site and rustic camping will be permitted on Saturday night.

Tickets are $25 and are currently available on-line at:

Major sponsors include Adirondack CafĂ©, Adirondack River Outfitters, Souvenir Village, Paragon Productions, PM Electric, and Van Auken’s Inne.


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Bob Marshall Complex: New Wild Lands map targets eco-tourism

Officials and wildlife specialists speak to Old Forge crowd on Wednesday

Representatives of The Adirondack Council and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation gathered at the Town of Webb Board Meeting Room in Old Forge on Wednesday, June 29 to announce the promotion of the Bob Marshall Wild Lands Complex, a new cooperative effort to help increase eco-tourism in 24 historic Adirondack communities.

Brian Houseal, executive director of the Adirondack Council, described these communities as the natural gateways to the largest wild lands area in the eastern United States, and believes that “all New Yorkers should be proud that this Forest Preserve is unique in the world.” Continue reading

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