Daily Archives: February 9, 2012

Raquette Lake Supply readies this weekend’s ice harvest

Raquette Lake Supply Company will begin preparations for the annual Raquette Lake Ice Harvest on Friday, February 10, a tradition that dates back over a hundred years.

Ice cutting on Adirondack lakes was originally—and still is—used as a means of refrigeration during the summer months.

During the winter, blocks of ice called cakes were cut and stored in insulated barns with an additional insulating layer of saw dust to keep the ice frozen in the summer months. Continue reading

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Now official: Inlet retakes Guinness record

1,902 BOATS: Final count blows Pittsburgh out of the water, by Adele Burnett 

Photos by Barry Lobdell Photography

Inlet’s One Square Mile of Hope Committee has received notification from the Guinness Book of World Records(tm) that on January 31, 2012 their claim for the world’s largest raft formation of canoes, and kayaks, and guideboats was approved.

The new record, 1,902 boats, eclipses the previous record of 1,619 boats that was held by Paddle at the Point on June 5, 2010 in Pittsburgh, PA. Continue reading

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Patrol named most outstanding

2010–2011 OUTSTANDING SMALL MOUNTAIN PATROL OF THE EASTERN DIVISION...Members of the Old Forge Ski Patrol were recognized for their contributions to the Eastern Division of the National Ski Patrol. Front row, from left: Mark Hameline, Jack Bamberger, Ryan Bamberger, Deanna (Dee) Hameline. Middle row: Annette Mahoney, Noel Rios (CNY Region Director, holding the award plaque), Tim Manion. Back row: Rusty Martin, James Snyder (holding a smaller plaque that remains on display at McCauley), Mike Hameline, William (Bill) Smith, Shane Sullivan, Michael Sobel, Chris Gaige, Kathleen Snyder, David Malone and Brian Bamberger. Courtesy photo

The Old Forge Ski Patrol at McCauley Mountain was awarded the 2010-2011 Outstanding Small Mountain Patrol of the Eastern Division by the National Ski Patrol. Brian Bamberger, who has been a member of the local ski patrol for 27 years, said the Eastern Division is comprised of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York state.

There are 7,500 to 8,000 patrollers in the Eastern Division according to Bamberger, who added that the McCauley Ski Patrol went on to take second place in the small mountain patrol National Division. “Our patrol is up to 28 people—all volunteers,” he said. Continue reading

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Individuals urged to return Webb health surveys as deadline nears

The Webb and Adirondack Communities Health Care Research Committee would like to remind taxpayers and visitors of the townships of Webb, Inlet, Long Lake (Raquette Lake), and Forestport (Woodgate, White Lake and Otter Lake), that the deadline for completion of the Town of Webb Health Care Survey is Friday, February 17.

Surveys were mailed to taxpayers in mid-January, and also appeared in local papers. Continue reading

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Valentine Bake-Off set Tues.

The Old Forge Library invites all bakers to enter the annual Sweetheart Dessert Contest on Tuesday, February 14.

Create your favorite dessert and bring it to the library between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. the day of the event to qualify for prizes in the Youth Student, Teen Student, Adult and Master categories.

A reception will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. and the community is invited to stop by and sample the delicious entries.

More information is available by calling (315) 369-6008.

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Letter to the Editor: Town of Webb School ski team success directly tied to the Polar Bear Ski Club

To the Editor:

It’s no coincidence that the Town of Webb Varsity Ski Team is so strong.

We have an amazing community which helps support the Polar Bear Ski Club. Most of the kids on the team have been ski racing since they were seven or eight years old.

The Polar Bear Ski Club provides an outlet for the children of our community to get outside and away from television and video games.

They learn from a young age to spend their after-school time and entire weekend outdoors in the mountains that we so proudly call home. Continue reading

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Letter to the Editor: Village of Herkimer staving off jail construction

To the Editor:

Congratulations and thank you to Mayor Ainsworth and the Board of the Village of Herkimer on their unanimous vote to amend the zoning regulations to prevent the construction of a new county jail within the village limits. Continue reading

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