Monthly Archives: July 2011

Old Forge Library hosts annual Authors Fair

The Weekly AdirondackArea authors sold and signed books at the Old Forge Library’s annual Authors’ Fair on Tuesday, July 26.

The event was held on the grassy knoll of the Forge Motel and was held in remembrance of local authors Anne LaBastille and Ruth Timm who passed away this year.

Among the authors in attendance were Old Forge-area authors Linda Cohen and Peg Masters, co-authors of “Old Forge and the Fulton Chain of Lakes; Gary and Justin Van Riper, authors of the Adirondack Kids adventure series; and John Briant, author of the Adirondack detective series.

Briant is promoting the latest installment of his series, “Adirondack Detective – As Autumn Leaves Turn”, which is scheduled for release in the next few weeks.

“It consists of two cases for private detective, Jason Black. One is an abduction in the Adirondacks, and the second case covers the theft of honey bees near North Creek,” Briant said.

Longtime seasonal resident Nancy Lee Canfield was also present with her inspirational book, “A Rose for my Mother”.

Canfield said she has received 5-star reviews on and sales of the book are doing well in Great Britain, India, the Cayman Islands, and Italy.


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Police: Search continues for man suspected of assault at Moss Lake

On Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at approximately 4:50 p.m. the Town of Webb Police received a call that a woman was assaulted by a man carrying what appeared to be a hunting rifle.

The incident occurred in the Moss Lake area near Big Moose.

Law enforcement officers interviewed a 33-year-old Central Square, NY woman at the Moss Lake Trail Head. The woman stated that while hiking on the Bub and Sis Trail she was startled by a man carrying what appeared to be a black barreled rifle.

As the man approached the woman, she attempted to call 911, but discovered that there was no cell service in the area.

She was then grabbed by the man, and after a brief struggle, she was able to break free and run to safety.

The woman continued to run a considerable distance along the Moss Lake Trail until she came across other hikers who assisted her out of the woods and drove her out to Eagle Bay where law enforcement officials were then notified.

Law enforcement officers from the Town of Webb, Town of Inlet, NYS Forest Rangers, Herkimer County Sheriffs, along with aviation units and patrols of the New York State Police searched into the night for the alleged perpetrator. The woman was treated at the scene for minor cuts and bruises by Inlet Volunteer Ambulance personnel.

The perpetrator is described as a white male between the ages of 40 and 50, approximately 6 feet tall who was wearing a dark green or black t-shirt with a duck or goose logo, camouflage pants, and tan gloves. He is bald with an unkempt beard.

Anyone having information into this incident should contact the Town of Webb Police at (315) 369-6515.


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Sunday softball games continue at Old Forge Little League Field

The second Slow Pitch Soft Ball Game for men and women players over the age of 40, was held Sunday, July 24 at the Little League Ball Field on Park Avenue.

According to organizer Bill Brooker, Sr., enough players, ranging in ages 40 to 75, showed up to field two teams.

Among those who played were Doug Riedman, Dory Wagner, Bob Gates, Nancy Langham, Jack Flora, Tom Smith, Mike Waterman, Marty Droz, Laurie Humbert, Jim Baker, Joe Rintrona, Neil and Aline Newman, Billy Brooker, and Kent Menges.

“Everyone had a great time, including the spectators,” Brooker, Sr. said.

The special rules Slow Pitch games will continue every Sunday through the end of August. The games begin at 4 p.m. at the Little League Ball Field.

All are invited to join in the fun. Just bring along your own glove.


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Performing at McCauley Music Festival Mark Doyle & Maniacs pay homage to rock guitar’s pioneer masters

A second band of maniacs has been scheduled to perform at the McCauley Mountain Festival on Saturday, August 6—one that’s very different from the 10K variety—they are Mark Doyle and the Maniacs, a talented quartet out of Syracuse.

The eponymously named outift is the brain-child of Grammy-award winning producer and guitarist, Mark Doyle.

Signed to RCA in the early ’70s with his first band, Jukin’ Bone, Doyle has has gone on to record and tour with artists as varied as Meat Loaf, Judy Collins, Leo Sayer, and Hall & Oates.

He also contributed backing vocals and arrangements to Bryan Adams’ hit “Straight From The Heart.”

Later he became a producer for the New Kids On The Block.

In describing “Shake ’Em On Down,” his first record with The Maniacs group, Mark said he reached back to his earliest musical influences, specifically Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Peter Green and Kim Simmonds.

“Old heroes die hard, and these were mine back when I was a teenager and first started playing the electric guitar. I’m sure [they] had their own heroes—‘authentic’ blues men like B. B., Albert, and Freddie King, Otis Rush, Hubert Sumlin and Buddy Guy, but I did not yet know of them, and only discovered them translated and morphed through the brilliant playing of those four English kids,” Mark said.

Their most recent album, “Comin’ Home,” was created as a way to preserve and respect the great music of the British Blues Boom era of the Sixties.

With an impassioned line-up that includes Frank DeFond on drums and percussion, Michael P. Ryan on bass and vocals, and Terry Quill on harmonica, second guitar, and vocals, this quartet has set out to preserve the pioneering sounds of Blues, Rock and British Blues.

And they are anxious to bring their performance to McCauley’s Old Forge audience.

“We’re thrilled to be a part of the festival!” wrote Greg Jackson, the band’s manager, on Facebook.


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You’ll know ’em when you hear ’em: Lucid coming to McCauley Fest

Lucid, a band formed in Plattsburg, NY, has been honing its act in the recording studio and with live performances across the North Country for the past seven years.

They are scheduled to take the stage at the McCauley Music Festival between 7 and 8:30 p.m., on Saturday, August 6.

“Our sound is catchy yet eclectic. The songs get stuck in your head, and there is a very distinct tone,” said Andrew Deller, the band’s keyboardist.

“The influences and the styles we play are wide ranging. But always at the center of it all is a thick thread of rock tying everything together. Our music has a little something for everybody,” he said.

And audiences can be very appreciative. “We get applause, we get hooting and hollering, and sometimes nakedness. They’re always dancing,” Deller said.

Releasing their first album “Miles Deep” in 2005, the group says it focuses on the Three P’s—performance, production, and partying.

The band prides itself in being “the total package,” Deller added.

They can fit onto a postage stamp for an acoustic show, throw down in a backwoods bar for six hours, and pack a hall or pack a field, he said.

Deller’s bandmates are James Armstrong on sax, Kevin Sabourin on guitar, Ryan “Rippy” Trumbull on drums, and Lowell Wurster on percussion. All contribute on vocals.


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McCauley Fest: Popular local musicians to share stage too

Case, Liebing, and Notarthomas looking forward to great day of music

Other Native Upstate musicians that are known for great live performances and enthusiastic followings—and who will be performing at the McCauley Music Festival on Saturday, August 6—are Jon Liebing, Jamie Notarthomas, and The Nards featuring Paul Case.

Paul Case

When asked about the festival, Paul Case said he is excited that such a day of music is being held locally.

“It’s a great thing to come to Old Forge,” he said. “And we’re looking for it to take off and be a great success. There’s going to be some really great music, and because it’s a day-long event we’ll try to get as many locals on as we can and see what happens.”

When asked about the headline act, Case described 10,000 Maniacs as “a staple of American music.”

Jamie Notarthomas

Singer/songwriter Jamie Notarthomas has been key in the region’s underground music scene since the late ’80s, performing an average of 200 shows a year throughout the eastern U.S.

Over the years, he has become known for thought-provoking songwriting and electrifying performances. Continue reading

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Niccolls Dance to support Parkinson’s unit, Aug. 7

Life is Motion will be the theme of a Scottish square dance or Ceidhli (kay-lee) that will be held on Sunday, August 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the Niccolls Church Fellowship Hall in Old Forge.

No dancing experience is necessary and all ages are welcome to join in the fun. Dance instruction will be taught, and dances “called.”

The evening will celebrate retired Niccolls’ pastor Jim Ulrich’s 40th year in Old Forge. Cake and beverages will be served throughout the evening. Continue reading

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