Monthly Archives: April 2012

State puts Inlet Wastewater Project back on track with $1.5 million grant; work to start this summer

State Environmental Facilities Corp. says planned sewer project vital to town’s residents, businesses and environment

Inlet Supervisor John Frey

The long-awaited wastewater collection and treatment facilities planned for the Town of Inlet will now be a reality thanks to a $1.734 million grant from the New York State Environmental Facilities Corp. (EFC).

The project was put in jeopardy last year when construction bids came in far above the anticipated figures.

But that changed this week when EFC President and CEO Matthew Driscoll announced that Inlet will receive an additional $1.534 million.

That is on top of a $200,000 grant that EFC had previously committed to the $4.1 million project.

“With this grant, EFC is helping the Town of Inlet to better serve its residents and businesses,” President Driscoll said.

“[It is] also protecting the environment of the Adirondacks and preserving one of the state’s most-popular tourism destinations,” he said, commending those that spearheaded the effort.

“The town and its leaders are to be congratulated for sticking with this important project despite many challenges,” he said. Continue reading

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Community Pride Day Set May 2nd

Town of Inlet Tourism Director Adele Burnett, reminds all area volunteers that Community Pride Day is Wednesday, May 2nd.

All who show up to clean up the streets of their respective towns will receive a free shirt and a free lunch.

Check-in begins at 8 (where designated) or 9 a.m. at the following locations where volunteers can sign up for a section of roadway and pick up their shirts, trash bags and rubber gloves.

A complimentary lunch in participating areas will follow the clean-up from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Check-in and lunch locations are as follows:

Inlet area – Inlet Information Office (Lunch to follow at Eagle Bay Fire Hall)

Eagle Bay and Big Moose – Eagle Bay Fire Hall (Lunch to follow at same location.)

Old Forge and Thendara – Town of Webb Visitor Center beginning at 8 a.m. (Lunch to follow at Point Park, weather permitting. Otherwise held at Old Forge Fire Hall. Food and beverages provided by Adirondack Café, Walt’s Diner, Randy’s Restaurant, Ozzie’s, Kinney Drugs, and DiOrio’s Supermarket.)

Long Lake – Mt. Sabattis Greiger Arena (Lunch to follow at same location.)

Raquette Lake – Raquette Lake Tap Room (Lunch to follow at same location.)

Indian Lake – Indian Town Hall (Lunch to follow at same location.)

More information is available by calling the Inlet Information Office at (315) 357-5501. Community Pride Day is sponsored by the Central Adirondack Association.

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Arbor Day: Local forester to present school program

In recognition of Arbor Day, Friday, April 27, area arborist and forester Paul Ritz, will present programs on tree care to Town of Webb School elementary students.

Ritz, owner of Old Forge Tree Company, will talk with first grade students in their classroom in the morning.

From 12:30 to 1:15 p.m., he will meet fourth graders at the white pine tree in front of the school to present a hands-on demonstration of the equipment and techniques used in the care and maintenance of trees.

The students will have an opportunity to learn, through participation, proper tree climbing form and other physical aspects of tree care. The public is invited to come and observe the demonstration.

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Paper Trails from The Weekly

Billy Martin was among those born to be remembered Had Billy Martin been a film maker, he probably would have found company with Woody Allen, Sean Penn, Orson Welles… those actor/directors that are said to star “on both sides of the camera.” He loved to tell stories and was frequently the subject of stories others liked to tell.

I grew up on the outskirts of Old Forge and, thanks to mobility issues inherent at that age, I was largely “cut off” from the kids and people that occupied “town.”

I had no visible neighbors to the left or right, and the woods beyond my backyard went forever. The Caprons, who would eventually settle across the street, had not arrived yet, so we faced a wall of trees out our front window.

Then, one day, a young man took residence diagonally across the street. Billy Martin was the only adult male I was able to observe regularly, other than my father, and his comings and goings animated the neighborhood.

Youth and inexperience had me first assuming Billy was typical. I mean, you don’t know till you know, right?

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Kiwanis: Youth Hike set May 15 at McCauley Mt.

Town of Webb students in grades third through fifth are invited to participate in a Youth Experience Hike at McCauley Mountain on Tuesday, May 15th.

The hike is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of the Central Adirondacks in cooperation with Carl Klossner, Interim School Principal and the Kiwanis Youth Experience Committee.

The hike will begin at the McCauley Base Lodge and will proceed to the top of McCauley via one ski trail and down another route.

While at the top, the children will have the opportunity to see a spectacular view of the Fulton Chain of Lakes.  Continue reading

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Senate passes reform bill: Woodgate, other rural Post Offices to stay open

by John Isley

The United States Senate passed Senate bill 1789, the Postal Reform Act, by a vote of 62-37 on Wednesday, April 25th.

One of the amendments approved, as sponsored by Senator McCaskill, will prohibit the closure of rural post offices, such as Woodgate, for a period of one year until all options to continue service have been exhausted.

Other amendments require the postal service to consider the impact on rural small businesses before any closing can occur, consider the economic savings before closing postal facilities, and establishing standards for closing rural offices that include demographics, weather and citizens served. Continue reading

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Calling hours set Saturday, May 5 for William S. Martin, 68

William S. Martin, 68, of Old Forge, NY passed away on Friday, April 20, 2012, with his beloved wife Linda by his side.

William was born on September 23, 1943 in Tupper Lake, NY, a son of Stanley and Mary (Hough) Martin.

He graduated in 1963 from Tupper Lake High School, where he was honored as “Athlete of the Decade” for his outstanding athletic ability in football, basketball and track.

William served in the Army Reserves during the Vietnam War.

He married Linda Clark on July 4, 1980 in Old Forge. William established and operated “Bill Martin Excavating,” a business that was very special to his heart. As one friend and customer wrote about Bill, “Your fingerprints are all over this town, and what a beautiful place it is because of you.” Continue reading

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