Daily Archives: May 17, 2012

Progress continues in Town of Webb Revamping Local Health Care: St. Elizabeth rep. tackles community concerns at Tuesday meeting

The future of Town of Webb health care came into finer focus Tuesday, as the town board hosted Robert Scholefield, Chief Operating Officer for St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, for an informational meeting that had Scholefield answering questions from the local public for about an hour.

And the audience indicated its approval of the presentation by its closing applause.

As reported last week, St. Elizabeth’s has been tapped by the board as the most promising provider of future health services for the Town of Webb, following the review of two viable proposals.

A contract has yet to be drawn and details are still being worked out, but Scholefield was able to give some precise detail as to what a clinic run by St. E’s would look like. Continue reading

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From left, the Mountainman team of Bill Reynolds, Matt Conley, Dan Beacon, Mick Schoen, Joe Gately, John Nemjo, Michael O'Brien. Photo by Carol Hansen

Adirondack Paddlefest: New clinics, contest, film fest set for 2012

John Nemjo, owner of Mounainman Outdoor Supply COmpany at the Adirondack Paddlefest site at the Old Fore lakefront. Photo by Carol Hansen

Mountainman continues to expand Canoe and kayak offerings at nation’s largest on-water demo event

Adirondack Paddlefest 2012 in Old Forge will present another big outdoor show on the Old Forge lakefront on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, May 18, 19 and 20.

This is the 14th year of Paddlefest, which has grown from a modest display of canoes and kayaks on the Little League field in Inlet in 1999, to the largest on-water Canoe and Kayak Demo in the nation.

The man behind it all is John Nemjo, owner of Mountainman Outdoor Supply Company, who coincidentally will be celebrating his 20th year of business in the area on Friday.

Clark Lubbs of Mountainman Supply Company, left, with kayakers Judy and Joe McKenie of Illion. Photo by Carol Hansen

Nemjo said Paddlefest was moved to Old Forge in 2007, and the present setting is ideal for for the paddle event because it’s held right in the center of town.

With a sizable beach for displaying scores of the leading manufacturers of canoes, kayaks, and accessories, it also borders the waterfront which allows plenty of area for test paddling.

There’s also more than adequate lodging in town, he added.

“And with the good weather forecast for the weekend I’m hoping for one of our best shows—if not the best. This is a jump-start to our season, a week ahead of everyone else in the Adirondacks. So hopefully everyone in town will realize a large windfall from the efforts we put into this,” Nemjo said.

“This year we have 24 different manufacturers of kayaks and canoes,” he said. “When I started, kayaks were pretty new, but the big new thing this year is the Stand-up Paddle Board (SUP). Continue reading

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U.S. News ranks Town of Webb among top schools in state, nation

The Town of Webb Junior-Senior High School in Old Forge is one of three area schools that were ranked in the top 130 in New York state, according to the U.S. News and World Report’s 2012 list of Best High Schools.

According to the report, the Town of Webb School was ranked 90th out of 667 schools in the state and 713th out of 22,000 schools in the nation.

The other area schools that made the list of Best High Schools were Lowville Academy, ranking 69th in the state and 498th in the nation, and Hamilton Junior-Senior High School, ranking 130th in the state and 979th in the nation. Continue reading

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Voters pass Webb school budget; Evans, Nahor & Phaneuf elected to board seats

Voters in the Town of Webb Union Free School District turned out at the polls on Tuesday, May 15 to vote on the 2012 to 2013 school budget and to elect three individuals to the Board of Education.

The $7,572,695 budget was accepted with 336 voting yes and 69 voting no.

Joseph Phaneuf, who was seeking one (1) five year on the Board of Education and ran unopposed, received 315 votes.

Kathleen A. Nahor, a candidate to fill the remainder of one (1) five-year Board of Education term running after the annual meeting May 15, 2012 until June 30, 2014, received 346 votes. She also ran unopposed. Continue reading

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Raquette Lake voters approve school budget

The Raquette Lake School budget passed 32 to 4 with 94% of voters voting in favor of the budget, on Tuesday, May 15th.

The proposed budget called for appropriations of $264,814, a 0.94 percent decrease from the previous year.

The estimated tax levy will be $139,870, which reflects a zero percent change.

The Library Resolution was also passed with 30 yes votes and 6 no votes.

Board of Education member James Kammer was re-elected to another five-year term, receiving 34 of 36 votes cast.

Tom Beckingham and Elizabeth Noonan each received one write-in vote.

According to Mitchell H. Edelstein, Raquette Lake School District Clerk, there were 32 voters on the poll list along with four absentee ballots, for a total of 36 votes cast.

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Annual Camp & Home Show Brooker Hardware seeks not- for-profit for profit opportunity

The 4th Annual Adirondack Camp and Home Show is scheduled for Friday through Sunday, June 8, 9, and 10 at the George T. Hiltebrant Recreation Center on North Street in Old Forge.

The event is hosted by Brooker’s True Hardware & Lumber, and owner/organizer Bill Brooker is seeking a non-profit organization to run the food concession. Continue reading

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Webb Health Plan: Spokesman outlines timeframe for assumption of operations

Provided that an agreement can be reached with the town, Robert Scholefield outlined a process to the clinic’s opening, along with an anticipated timeframe.

“In order to get approval to operate, first I have to work with the New York State Health Department. I have to file what’s called a ‘certificate of need’ application for the opening of an extension clinic in the Town of Webb,” he said.

That means preparing a Patient Care Plan, a Building Plan, a Staffing Plan, and a Business Plan that the Health Department would have to approve. Continue reading

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