Monthly Archives: July 2011

Old Forge sets First Friday Art Walk exhibits and activities for August 5th

A First Friday Art Walk in Old Forge will take place on August 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. All are invited to visit participating local galleries and businesses that will be showcasing the art work of local and regional artists. The Art Walks will run through October.

A pocket map that includes the locations of Art Walk events will be available at the participating businesses and at the Old Forge Visitor Information Center prior to the first event.

Participating in the August 5 Art Walk are:

View – Ice Cream Social at Point Park featuring ice cream served in pottery bowls handmade by local potters. Rain location is the Old Forge Fire Hall

Old Forge Library – Opening reception for Three Artists: On and Off the Wall featuring the work of Suzanne Firsching, Steven Specht, and Victoria Zacek

Wrap City ‘N Glue – Michael Branch will play on the keyboard on the deck. Barb Baumann will offer a painting demonstration and Linda Kennerknecht of Over the Moon Salon will present a hair extension demonstration.

Starving Artists Gallery – Stop by and view the vast display of pottery, photography, jewelry and other works of art created by area artists

Five Corners Café – View the paintings of local artist Greg Klein

The Artworks – Outdoor demonstration by Brenda Petty who will offer presentation on the art of creating jointed teddy bears.

Gallery 3040 – Wine Reception for accomplished popular artist Jim Camann. All are invited to stop by and say hello and view his many works on display and available for purchase.

The Goodsell Museum – Area photographer Sue Kiesel will display her vast Adirondack collection of moose, loons, birds, landscapes, buildings, lakes, and rivers. Images available for purchase.

Gallery North Fine Art/ Custom Framing – Wine and cheese reception featuring the outstanding oil and watercolor paintings of Judson Brown.

A great selection of Judson’s most recent work will be on display.

Ozzie’s – Local artist and jewelry maker Shelly Madsen will be featured. Free face painting by Alex.


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Push underway to induct 10K Maniacs into Rock Hall— but not before next week’s Old Forge performance…

The McCauley Mountain Music Festival is just around the corner—Saturday, August 6, to be exact—and area music lovers are anticipating a great show by contemporary music legends, 10,000 Maniacs, which will be headlining the day-long, multi-band event in Old Forge.

“I’m very excited about how things are gelling together for this, and we’re very pleased with current ticket sales,” festival promotor Felicity Davey, of the Adirondack Tourism Association, said.

The festival, now in its second year, has added a second stage Continue reading

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Candidate Hiltebrant says he’ll focus on necessities, not niceties

George Hiltebrant of Thendara is running on the Democratic ticket for Town of Webb Supervisor in the general election in November.

Hiltebrant, who retired as Town Supervisor in 2001, after serving 25 years in that post, said that if elected, a priority would be to finish projects that have been started, such as Lock and Dam and the Sewer Pump Station.

“I would want to get these projects behind us, then only spend on what’s necessary. With the shape this country is in we shouldn’t be spending on niceties. We should only be spending on necessities,” he said.

“When I came into office the first thing I did was build the Sewer Plant. We started it in 1977,” he said.

Other major town undertakings during his administration included: construction of the Covered Bridge, rebuilding of Lock and Dam, improvements at McCauley Mountain that included putting in snowmaking, construction of the North Street Pavilion and the new police building, a new landfill and the closing of the old landfill at McCauley, and replacing of the Green Bridge, the Covey Bridge in Big Moose, the Rondaxe Bridge and the Beaver River Bridge.

“We also did a lot of road paving, I got the Senior Citizen Housing built, and I promoted Cable TV for the area,” he said. “When I left office the town was debt free and I left close to a $2 million surplus.”

Hiltebrant who was born and raised in Old Forge and was a graduate of the Town of Webb School, also attended Norwich University, graduating in 1965 with a degree in business management.

He spent two years in active duty in the US Army and 26 years in the Army Reserves, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1993.

“I did duty at Ft. Knox, KY, training officer candidates. I had different commands and I ended up as an instructor for the command and general staff college at Malone and Dover, Delaware,” he said.

During that time he learned to make quick decisions.

“You didn’t have a lot of time to make decisions. When I was asked a question by the General, I had 10 minutes to brief him about everything that was going on.”

Consequently, he learned to cut to the bottom line and give direct answers, he said.

His other town interests include the Town of Webb School where he is a member of the School Board.

He also serves as Treasurer of Home Aide Service of the Central Adirondacks (HASCA), and he is President of the Thendara Golf Club. Hiltebrant also served five years as Town Councilman before taking office as Supervisor in 1977.

With his business management background he loves working with numbers, he said.

“I think that in the 25 years I served as Town Supervisor, I have proven my fiscal responsibility, and I proved that I was a leader. I have the experience to serve as Town Supervisor and, if elected, I would not need on-the-job training,” Hiltebrant said.

Editor’s Note: Though George Hiltebrant announced his candidacy in a letter to the editor that was published in The Weekly on March 24, 2011, this is his first candidate profile to appear in this paper.


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Inlet: 10th Mountain Division Band to offer Sunday program under tent

The U.S. Army 10th Mountain Division Band from Fort Drum will perform a free concert under the tent at Inlet’s Arrowhead Park on Sunday, July 31 beginning at 2 p.m.

The 20-member band will present a program that includes patriotic, jazz, rock and Dixieland music.

According to Jerry Dupuis, chairman of the Fulton Chain of Lakes Performing Arts Council, Inc. (FCLPAC), the organization responsible for arranging for the concert, the band will join in formation in the parking lot of St. Anthony’s Church at approximately 1:45 p.m. to march to the concert venue.

Following the musical program, the Inlet Youth Commission will host a BBQ picnic for the band members. Youth Commission children will have the opportunity to meet the “Fighting Musicians” during the picnic. Continue reading

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Patty Delano opens scrapbooking studio on Main Street, Old Forge

The Weekly AdirondackThe new Paper Crafts Studio, operated by Patty Delano, recently opened on Main Street in Old Forge. The shop is next door to the Goodsell Museum.

“My main focus in the shop will be to teach classes on scrapbooking and the different techniques for making a scrapbook,” she said.

A dye cutting machine, a Cricut machine and punches are available in the shop in addition to rubber stamps and scrapbooking kits.

Delano is currently developing new kits and rubber stamps that are specifically themed for the Adirondacks, Old Forge, and the Fulton Chain.

“When visitors come here to go camping, kayaking or canoeing, they can come in, buy a kit and take it home to make a scrapbook of their photos,” she said.

She also plans on stocking premade scrapbooks that will only need to have personal photos inserted, she said.


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Town of Webb School gets new sign, courtesy of the Class of 2008

Hans Schmid, co-owner of Middle Branch Woodworking in Old Forge, installed a new informational sign in front of the Town of Webb School on Wednesday, July 26.

The new sign was made possible by a donation from the Class of 2008 which had leftover proceeds from the sales of their yearbook.

The school was contacted by Audrey Cross, a co-editor of the 2008 yearbook, who said her class wanted to earmark the funds to build the fresh signage as a gift to their alma mater.


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Thank You to Old Forge Fire Department

We wanted to express our sincere appreciation to the Old Forge Fire Department for a quick and professional response to our call for assistance with a chimney fire that was threatening to extend to our home.

The response was immediate. The team quickly diagnosed the scope of the problem and how to remedy. We are extremely fortunate that the Old Forge Fire Departartment was able to extinguish the fire before it spread to our home.

We always knew that we had a terrific fire and emergency response capability in our community. The true depth of training, skill and commitment of the Old Forge Fire Department comes thru when you are a customer of their services.

We would like to thank Assistant Chief Chuck Hanford, Trevor Tormey, Ron Parent, Hanson Schmidt, A. J. Kott, Pat Venetz, Larry Ventura, Jim Carpenter and Leo DeVincenzi for their terrific on site work. And, by extension we would like to thank all members of the department and supporters for building such a great organization.

Let’s continue our support.

Kevin and Candy Jost,

Old Forge


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