Daily Archives: November 17, 2011

Volunteers ready McCauley ski area for yurt arrival

Facility upgrade to make for better racing venue at local mountain

Thanks to the volunteer efforts of Don Murphy Construction, TA Down Construction, Tony Lawrence, Mark Hannah, and Jim Holt, construction on the foundation and the platform for the new yurt at McCauley Mountain is well underway.

Dave Schneeburger, left, and Don Murphy prepare the foundation for McCauley's new yurt. Photo by Dana Armington

The yurt will arrive sometime between November 21 and December 1, said Will Hollister, Polar Bear Ski Club representative and coordinator of the project.

Once the yurt arrives, Hollister invites volunteers to participate in a work weekend to help with its installation, and build and arrange the interior lockers.

The addition of a yurt to McCauley Mountain came from a need to house the countless racers who come to compete at McCauley, the home mountain for the Polar Bear and Mohawk Valley Ski Clubs.

And the yurt will be arriving just in time. Continue reading

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New calendar showcases faces of Old Forge for ’12

Frankie Zammiello of Frankie’s Taste of Italy is well known for his cooking and gelato-making skills, but a new collaborative effort with View has exposed another of his artistic passions—portrait photography. Zammiello came up with the concept for a Faces of Old Forge calendar earlier this year and proposed the idea to View as a fundraising opportunity.

He provided the photographs, and with the layout assistance of View’s Media Manager Jody Pritchard, the newly released calendar is currently available for sale, with proceeds to benefit the arts center.

Jennifer Potter-Hayers, Executive Director at Biew, Frankie Zammiello, and Jody Pritchard. View will receive proceeds from sales of photographer Zammiello's new 'faces' calendar. Photo by Carol Hansen

“I’ve always done photography, especially portraits. I came up with the idea for the calendar after photographing the everyday people—the backbone of Old Forge—the faces that everyone is familiar with,” he said.

Featured on the calendar pages are Town of Webb Supervisor Robert Moore, John “Louie” Ehrensbeck, Charlie Kiefer, James “Doc” Foley, Nanette Shovea-Burke, Rocco DePaul, Bob Card, Sandy Fetterman, Ronnie Parent, Al Nathan, Alice Deis, Miriam Davis Kashiwa and Walt Parent.

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Old Forge Ballet to present two holiday Nutcracker performances at the Strand

The Old Forge Ballet Company will present two performances of the Nutcracker at the Strand Theatre in Old Forge on Saturday, November 19.

A matinee will take place at 2 p.m, and the evening performance will begin at 7 p.m.

A reception at the Forge Motel Lobby will follow the final showing and all are welcome to attend.

The Nutcracker, which has become a local holiday tradition, will feature principal guest artists Jennifer Grapes and Darren McIntyre dancing the roles of Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier.

Tickets for the performance are available at The Naked Moose and Tony Harper’s Pizza and Clam Shack on Main Street, Old Forge, and at the Strand box office the day of the show.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and teens. Children ages 12 and under will be admitted free of charge.

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From left, are Commander Brad Birnie, Chaplain Zachary Brombacher, Bill Ransom, Bill Simpson (1st Vice Commander), Donna Myers, and Helen Dolan. Photo by Carol Hansen

Old Forge American Legion Post 893 honors Veterans

A Veterans Day Ceremony was conducted from the porch of Old Forge American Legion Post #893 on a blustery Friday, November 11.

From left, are Commander Brad Birnie, Chaplain Zachary Brombacher, Bill Ransom, Bill Simpson (1st Vice Commander), Donna Myers, and Helen Dolan. Photo by Carol Hansen

The ceremony began with opening remarks by Master of Ceremonies Bill Ransom who explained to the audience the history of recognizing the holiday on the 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour.

Following Ransom’s remarks, Zach Brombacher, Chaplain of the Post, read an opening prayer.

Other speakers who presented traditional Veterans Day readings were Commander Brad Birnie, Beverly Meeker of the Ladies Auxiliary, Navy Lt. Helen Dolan, and Vice Commanders: Bill Simpson, Robert Dibble and Michael Tigue. Continue reading

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Vision for the Adirondacks: Economic growth group supports rehabilitation of rail corridor

Improving Remsen to Lake Placid line part of five-year plan for the North Country

Following three months of debates and discussions, the North Country Regional Economic Development Council’s co-Chairman, Anthony G. Collins, has submitted a plan for economic development and growth in the North Country to State officials in New York City.

The council, which unveiled a draft of its strategic plan earlier this month, believes it to be a solid foundation upon which the North County communities may thrive.

In the plan, eight of the council’s “visions for the future” are highlighted and discussed. Some of the goals include creating the greenest energy economy in the state by harnessing solar and hydropower, which, in the opinion of the council, will see the beginning of an agricultural revolution in the area.

Perhaps most importantly to the plan, however, is the council’s desire to improve and rehabilitate the various railroad lines that run through the North Country. Continue reading

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Thendara Candyland opens next Friday

 The historic Thendara Town Hall is in the process of being transformed into Candyland for next weekend’s Adirondack Christmas on Main Street event.

Riders on the Santa Train and other visitors to the area can stop by and see Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves and enjoy games, refreshments and holiday crafts.

Admission to Candyland is included in the ticket price for train passengers, with a nominal fee charged for non-riders.

Candyland will be open next Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on December 2, 3 and 4 during the same hours.

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Polar Bear Club registration set

Registration for new and past members of the Polar Bear Ski Club is being conducted through November 23. On-line registration is available at: polarbearskiclub.org. Information for nordic/ biathlon is available by calling Janine Phaneuf at (315) 369- 3240. For alpine, contact Kristie Lawrence at 369-8073.

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