Monthly Archives: September 2012

Sign-ups under way for Oct. 3rd Elf Walk

Burt Yuhasz, Kandis Griffin, and Izzie Worthen at last year’s Elf Walk. Courtesy PhotoThe Old Forge Library staff invites all to join library elves Jingle Belle and Snowflake as they participate in the annual Elf Walk Benefit on Wednesday, October 3.

The Old Forge Library staff invites all to join library elves Jingle Belle and Snowflake as they participate in the annual Elf Walk Benefit on Wednesday, October 3.

This year’s benefit walk will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Participants will walk a total of three miles from the library to Thendara and back.

Shuttle service back to the library will be provided for those choosing to walk one way.

Pledge sheets can be picked up at the library. You can ask your friends and neighbors to support you in your support of the library, or you can just come to walk.

No pledge is too small to participate.

Prizes will be awarded for the most sponsorship money raised by an individual and group.

A pizza party will follow the walk.

The library is located on Crosby Blvd. and is open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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

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CAP-21 thanks flower basket volunteers

THE HANGING BASKET WATERING TEAM above, in no particular order, are: Jimmy Cole, Tommy Smith, Fred & Carolyn Trimbach, Art Milligan, Jim & Joann Zurakowski, George Lapinsky, Bill & Linda Keener, Eileen Tobin, Deke & Carol Morrison, Bob Brussel, Bob & Eleanor Stanton, Peg & Doug Masters, Paul Mills, Al Brussel. Members of the team missing are: Peg Brussel, Connie Milligan, Tom Smedley, Dave Lacovino, Bill & Mary Ann Ransom, Jim & Lani Ulrich, and Frank Rudolph.

The community Flower Basket program, sponsored by CAP-21, is winding down its 14th year. With the great weather this season the hanging flower baskets were exceptionally beautiful and the town constantly receives praise about how much the flowers add to the look of the area.

Under the capable direction of Flower King Fred Trimbach, the hanging basket program extends through Forestport, Thendara, Old Forge, Eagle Bay and Big Moose.

Fred gives full credit to his cadre of community volunteers who freely give their time to ensure that the baskets remain fresh and vibrant.

The official thank you for these volunteers was held at Van Auken’s Inne on Wednesday, September 27.

This is a great group and a great community project that just adds another reason why we all love to live and play in this area.

CAP-21 is currently exploring the possibility of implementing a winter Main Street basket program.

The hanging flower basket program is paid for through business and personal donations and is currently operating at a deficit.

If you are interested in supporting this project please contact CAP-21 at (315) 369-3353 or donate on line at

The CAP-21 Board of Directors

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Karate instructors take part in NY City training seminar

Area karate instructors Andrew Croniser and Dan Maher attended the International Karate Connection Association’s Gathering and Seminar in New York City on Saturday, September 8 where they taught an instructional segment and enjoyed learning techniques by other martial arts educators.

Croniser, a Kenpo Karate Certified 5th Degree “Associate Professor” Black Belt, is owner and head instructor of AMC Karate and is currently offering classes in Old Forge and its surrounding areas.

Maher is a Certified 7th Degree “Senior Professor” Black Belt, and owner and head instructor of Maher’s Kenpo Karate which serves the Camden area.

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Estabrook and Farnham wed in Tully

Lauren Anna Estabrook and John Sherman Farnham were married August 31, 2012 at St. Leo’s Church in Tully.

The bride is the daughter of John Evans Estabrook III and Claudia Anna Estabrook of Fayetteville, and formerly Tully. The groom is the son of Saundra Bill Farnham of Victor, and the late Thomas Hargrave Farnham.

Matron of honor was Annika Estabrook, sister of the bride. Bridesmaids were Briana Estabrook, Margaret Tugwell, Jennifer Cleveland, Katherine Kozsan and Justine Bertolo.

Flower girl was MacKenzie Gray Tugwell, niece of the groom. Best man was Matthew Tugwell, brother-in-law of the groom. Continue reading

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Webb School: Slain Columbine teen’s message of caring continues

The Town of Webb School hosted “Rachel’s Challenge,” an enlightenment program resulting from the Columbine High School shooting tragedy of 1999, on Wednesday, September 26, in the school gymnasium.

The program was inspired by the writings and untimely death of Rachel Scott, the first victim shot in the Columbine High School shooting.

Rachel’s father, Darrell Scott, founded “Rachel’s Challenge” after discovering the young student’s diaries.

Six volumes worth, they contained essays and entries that challenge students to replace acts of violence, bullying and negativity with kindness.

It asks students to look for the best in others.

This can start a chain reaction of kindness and compassion in fellow students, according to Scott.

The program, designed for students in grades six through twelve, has been presented in 12 school districts this fall, which are served by Herkimer County BOCES.

It is being sponsored locally by the Herkimer County Youth Violence Prevention Initiative.

Rachel’s Challenge has been presented throughout the United States and in many countries around the world. Continue reading

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Inlet youth wins Moose Calling Contest

Ed Kanze, emcee of the Moose Calling Contest, awards Cullen Rose his first prize. Photo by Andy Flynn

One of the many events enjoyed at the Great Adirondack Moose Festival held last weekend in Indian Lake was a Moose Calling Contest for adults and youths on Saturday, September 22 at the Indian Lake Theater.

The winner in the kids’ category was Cullen Rose, 11, of Inlet.

Cullen, a sixth grade student at the Inlet Common School, prepared for the contest by trying to emulate the calls of moose he found on the internet.

He is the grandson of Nick and Cindy Rose and the great grandson of Letty Haynes of Inlet.

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Ethel Gurney Betz, 93, passes away

Ethel Gurney Betz died peacefully on September 1, 2012 at Winthrop University Hospital on Long Island. She had just returned home from an active summer with family and friends in Inlet. She was two months shy of her 94th birthday.

Born on October 31, 1918, Ethel (more commonly known as Butchie) is survived by her husband O. John Betz Jr.; their three sons, O. John Betz III and wife Anna Howes Betz; Robert G. Betz; and Alexander K. Betz and wife Rebecca Blodgett Betz; her sister, Esther Gurney Cruikshank; and 13 grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her brother, John K. Gurney. Continue reading

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