Daily Archives: November 22, 2012

Area churches join the spirit of giving for the holidays

by Wende Carr

It’s a beautiful thing when people from various backgrounds work together for a common cause. And this holiday season, there is no shortage of cooperation evidenced here in the Adirondacks. In the past two weeks, deacons and laypersons from Niccolls Memorial Presbyterian Church, St. Bartholomew’s Catholic Church of Old Forge, and St. Anthony’s Catholic Church of Inlet have worked to make this Thanksgiving a more special one for families in the region.

Lisa Lloyd wheels Thanksgiving baskets to delivery vehicles at St. Bartholomew’s Church. Photo by Wende Carr

Linda Hippisley, moderator of the Niccolls Memorial Board of Deacons, and Eileen Tobin, Food Pantry Coordinator at St. Bartholomew’s, communicated with each other to assure that Thanksgiving dinners would be provided to families and individuals in need of assistance this holiday.

The sharing of recipient lists assured that the two groups wouldn’t duplicate or leave anyone out.

Niccolls Church deacons met last Thursday evening and filled boxes decorated for the holiday with food and added handmade Thanksgiving cards containing gift cards to a local store. Most of the food was donated by people in the church.

Kinney Drugs, Town of Webb Schools and the Old Forge Post Office also set out donation boxes and delivered their contents to Niccolls, to be included in the gift boxes.

According to Tobin, the Knights of Columbus and St. Anthony’s Altar & Rosary Society each contributed $200, and members of St. Bartholomew’s Altar and Rosary Society contributed homemade breads. Continue reading

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Old Forge: Goodsell Museum to open new exhibit on Nov. 23rd

The Town of Webb Historical Association’s latest exhibit, “Mapping Our Adirondack Wilderness: Historic Pathway to the Settlement of the Town of Webb”, will open to the public on Friday, November 23. Featured in the exhibit will be a display of maps that range from the years 1792 (Macomb’s Purchase) through 1916, as well as photographs, books and artifacts featuring stories of explorers, surveyors and cartographers.

The official opening of the exhibit will be at the Holiday Open House on Sunday, December 2.

All are invited to stop by the Goodsell Museum from noon to 3 p.m. to view the exhibits, enjoy refreshments, and visit with neighbors and friends.

The museum is located at 2993 State Route 28 in Old Forge and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. year around and by appointment. Admission is free.

More information is available by calling the museum at (315) 369-3838 or at www.webbhistory.org.

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Town of Webb Board: Police Chief weighs in on local dog control law

Town of Webb Police Chief John Russell gave a presentation to the town board when it met on Monday, November 19 in Old Forge.

The subject was the town’s dog control ordinance and whether or not it is sufficient to satisfy the public safety and quality of life needs of the community.

Russell said that from a law enforcement standpoint the ordinance is largely okay in its present form.

He did add that some modifications are required in his department to better keep track of complaint patterns.

This he said came to his attention as a result of some recent dog control cases.

Currently the computer program that records complaints has been failing to flag repeat offenders sufficiently, he said.

Officers are not always aware of the extent to which a dog might be causing a nuisance to the public. Continue reading

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The Weekly says goodbye to its longtime reporter Carol Hansen

by Marianne Christy

The Weekly Adirondack photographer/ reporter Carol Hansen was the subject of a watercolor portrait by Lewis County artist Loretta Lepkowski which was recently on display at the 2012 Signature Exhibition at the Arkell Museum in Canajoharie. Lepkowski said she was inspired to paint Carol’s portrait, titled “Adirondack Journalist,” when she saw her at work photographing the start of the 90 Miler Canoe Classic in September of 2011.

“I photographed this local journalist who usually is the one capturing photographs of others for reporting on community events. I thought it would be a good challenge to paint this woman showing her infectious smile and the value contrasts,” Lepkowski said.

When the Arkell exhibit closed, Carol’s daughter Kelly Santamour purchased the painting.

She donated it to the Old Forge Library where it is hung in tribute to her mother’s many years of service to the library.

Carol stepped down from her library duties in the spring of 2011, and on Tuesday, November 20, she finished her work here at The Weekly Adirondack.

She and her husband Jon will be starting another chapter in their lives as they move to Boonville.

At this time of Thanksgiving, we are grateful for Carol’s six-plus years with us.

We wish her much love and happiness in her retirement.

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Webb Way dinner set Dec. 4

The Webb Way will be sponsoring a chicken and biscuits dinner as a fundraiser for the school-wide positive behavior and intervention services program in the school cafeteria on Tuesday, December 4 from 5 to 7 p.m.

The menu will include chicken and biscuits, tossed salad, applesauce, beverage, and dessert. The cost will be $7 for adults and $5 for children age 8 and under.

There will be a $20 maximum charge per family attending.

Take-outs will also be available for pick up.

The dinner will also be cooked and served by teachers, administrators, and staff of the Town of Webb School. Continue reading

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Celebrated ecologist to present View program

Paul Feeny, Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Cornell, will speak on “The Impact of Plant Poisons on the Evolution of Butterfly Lifestyles” on Sunday December 2 at 2 p.m. in the Eco Gallery at View.

The lecture is free and open to the public and part of View’s Science on Sunday programming.

Dr. Feeny taught and conducted research in chemical ecology at Cornell for more than 40 years and is recognized as an international expert in the field.

He is a long-time board member of the Max Plank Institute for Chemical Ecology in Germany, and recently received the Silver Medal Career Achievement Award from the International Society of Chemical Ecology. Science on Sunday is a program of presentations about nature, jointly sponsored by View and the Central Adirondacks Arts and Science Advocacy (CAASA).

More information about View programming can be found at www.ViewArts.org.

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Local food banks continue to give all year ’round

by Wende Carr

Eileen Tobin initially got involved with the local churches’ holiday meal baskets program as an outgrowth of the relationships she developed with families participating in the weekly food bank at St. Bartholomew’s Church. The food pantry doesn’t just provide food, according to Tobin. It is also stocked with toiletries, cleaning supplies and other household necessities.

Parishioners and non-parishoners are always welcome to drop donations in a box located in the lobby of the church.

“As supplies come into the pantry, people do take them, so we always need to restock supplies,” Tobin said. “We go through a lot, especially at the beginning of each month.”

She adds that grateful recipients ask what they can do to help and “give back.”

Their work is welcomed in stocking and other work required to keep the pantry running, she said.

A longtime supporter of the holiday food basket project and the food pantry is Dan Hitchcock of Dan’s Big M in Eagle Bay.

Hitchcock regularly donates meats and other perishable products that are stored in a freezer at the food bank.

He also places a donation jar for the food pantry at the store’s checkout counter.

“It’s easy to help people who are helping others. Eileen has always been good to us, shopping here. She’s fantastic! We’re in the food business and it’s hard to think of people going hungry,” he said.

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