Daily Archives: February 7, 2013

February 14 at View: V-Day event calls attention to violence against women

Valentine’s Day. The mere mention of the holiday conjures up images of greeting cards, red roses and heart-shaped boxes filled with chocolates.

But this coming February 14, a group of local women will be bringing awareness of another V-Day to View.

They will join women and men worldwide in recognition of the 15th anniversary of V-Day—the movement to end violence against women and girls.

The V-Day event, One Billion Rising, will bring attention to the statistic that one billion women—one of every three women on the planet—will be violated in some way during their lifetime by rape, incest, battery, genital mutilation, bullying, or sexual harassment.

In an act of solidarity for victims of violence, participants from around the globe will gather to dance, rise up, and demand an end to this violence.

Connie Perry of Inlet—who only last week became aware of One Billion Rising—is responsible for spearheading the local event.

The urgency to pull a local awareness event together was inspired by an internet article she read on gendercide in China and other countries.

“Female children are aborted, killed, or left to die simply because they are girls. That’s where this started for me. It was two related postings that led me to One Billion Rising,” she said.

Perry immediately went into action. She contacted friends Linda Valette, a life coach, and Robin Dwyer, minister of Inlet’s Church of the Lakes, to help pull a program together. Continue reading

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Park-wide strategy in place to save Adirondack theaters

The Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) and the Adirondack Film Society have been working with 13 north country theater owners and CAP-21, to help address the digital conversion costs facing our local theaters, including the Strand of Old Forge.

Recent closures have left the Strand as one of only two small theaters left in Herkimer County.

With the closure of the Tamarack Theater in Inlet, Hamilton County now has the Indian Lake Theater as its only remaining community theater.

To address the cost of digital conversion, ANCA and the theater owners will be implementing a fundraising campaign titled, Go Digital, or Go Dark.

The campaign, which will be initiated in March or April, will have two strategies.

There will be a regional North Country strategy that will initiate an on-line marketing and fundraising campaign with funds being distributed to participating theaters.

As funds will be distributed through the non-profit Adirondack Film Society, donations will be tax-deductible.

To complement this regional campaign, The Strand and Indian Lake Theater will implement local fund raising campaigns.  Continue reading

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Old Forge hosts annual snowmobile law enforcement school

Rescue drills on the frozen Old Forge Pond. Photo by Wende Carr

Rescue drills on the frozen Old Forge Pond. Photo by Wende Carr

Law enforcement personnel representing the New York State Police, state park police and civilian parks and recreation staff have been participating in the annual Snowmobile Law Enforcement School this week in Old Forge.

The snowmobile training program, hosted yearly at The Water’s Edge Inn and Conference Center, includes 28 students—six of whom have never been on a snowmobile.

The program began on Monday, February 4 and runs through Friday, February 8.

Six law enforcement educators have been conducting classroom and field components of the training throughout the week.

Tim Dusza of the Erie County Sherriff's Office. Photo by Wende Carr

Tim Dusza of the Erie County Sherriff’s Office. Photo by Wende Carr

Subjects covered include laws related to snowmobile operation, general snowmobile operation, Emergency Vehicle Operators’ Course (EVOC), use of checkpoints and radar, accident investigation and water rescue.

This is the third consecutive year Old Forge and Water’s Edge have hosted the training program.

Organizers site the Water’s Edge and its related facilities, and the consistent snow in Old Forge as ideal for this type of instruction.

Water’s Edge provides space across Route 28, on the grounds of Enchanted Forest/Water Safari, for snowmobile maneuvers. And its waterfront location on the Old Forge Pond is just right for the water rescue portion of the training.

The New York State Office of Parks and Recreation Historic Preservation oversees the training, with public safety as the ultimate objective.


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Kiwanis honors Webb Students of Month

From left, Student of the Month Chairman Ray Schoeberlein, Students of the Month Ali McCumber and Danielle Gibbs and Danielle's parents Linda and Jeff Givvs and Town of Webb School Counselor Kandis Griffin. Courtesy photo.

From left, Student of the Month Chairman Ray Schoeberlein, Students of the Month Ali McCumber and Danielle Gibbs and Danielle’s parents Linda and Jeff Givvs and Town of Webb School Counselor Kandis Griffin. Courtesy photo.

The Kiwanis Club of the Central Adirondacks recognized Students of the Month for December 2012 and January 2013 at a recognition event on Monday, January 28.

Ray Schoeberlein, Kiwanis Student of the Month chairman introduced Ali McCumber as the recipient of the December honor and Danielle Gibbs as January’s recipient.

Ali is the daughter of Gail Weedmark of Old Forge. Danielle is the daughter of Linda and Jeff Gibbs of Old Forge.

During the program, each of the students was presented a certificate and a check for $50 in recognition of their individual achievements.

The students each presented a brief outline of their activities and plans following graduation.

Kiwanis Club Vice President Mike Griffin congratulated the students and thanked them for their dedication to school and community activities.


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Polar Bear U16 racers earn spots on Eastern State Team

Carter  Lawrence, Coach Jim Holt, Cy Barkauskas and Connor Glasser.

Carter Lawrence, Coach Jim Holt, Cy Barkauskas and Connor Glasser.

The five alpine racers on the Polar Bear U16 team, Carter Lawrence, Cy Barkauskas, Connor Glasser, Mara Gaffney and Adam Levi, have been busy competing on their race circuit since January 12.

The racers began competing at Whiteface Mountain on January 12 and 13, followed by competitions at Belleyare and Windham Mountains in the Catskills two weeks later.

On Monday, February 4, the racers competed in a Super G at Gore Mountain where Super G race athletes were named to the state team.

This team includes the top 24 boy and 21 girl racers from the East who will compete against the girls’ and boys’ team from the West at Whiteface Mountain on February 21 to 24.

There will be 121 athletes competing in Super G, GS, and Slalom disciplines over the four-day period.

Representing the Polar Bear Ski Club on the Eastern U16 State Team are Carter Lawrence, Cy Barkauskas and Connor Glasser.


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Herkimer County gets credit rating boost

Citing a healthy operating surplus, a large tax base, and growing reserves, Moody’s Investors Service has recently upgraded the Herkimer County general obligation rating to Aa3 bond rating from A1 bond rating.

An Aa3 rating is the second highest rating that can be received by Moody’s and signifies Herkimer County as high quality with a very low credit risk with the best ability to re-pay short term debt.

Moody’s believes that the county’s debt profile will remain manageable given its sizable tax base, population stability, modest future borrowing plans, and nominal direct debt burden.

According to Herkimer County Legislators, the upgrade in the County’s bond rate will be beneficial to any refinancing that is considered and is a testament to hard work done by the Legislature and in particular, the Ways and Means Committee, to build up operating reserves and keep debt low.

“Our healthy financial position is a direct result of our conservative management style as mentioned in the report, as well as taking the difficult but necessary steps in managing county government on a day to day basis,” said Patrick Russell, Herkimer County legislator and chairman of the Ways and Means Committee.


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Carl Heilman: Adirondack photographer to lead View photo workshop

Carl Heilman

Carl Heilman

Adirondack outdoor photographer Carl Heilman will be leading three upcoming one-day nature photography workshops at View which are open to beginners to intermediate photographers.

During the workshops, Heilman will offer instruction on the many facets of digital and film photography including camera basics, digital camera features and menus, RAW files, digital workflow, lenses, depth of field, composition, lighting, and various photo techniques.

The first workshop will be held on Saturday, February 23 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunset light at Inlet with a View workshop group last summer

Sunset light at Inlet with a View workshop group last summer

Heilman said his passion for photography began decades ago during a climb up Algonquin Mountain. Once he reached the top of the windswept mountain, he became overwhelmed by the view it afforded.

It was a desire to capture this experience in the Adirondack High Peaks that spurred him to buy his first SLR camera in 1975, he said.

Today, Heilman makes a living selling his photographs and photography books, as well as leading workshops and classes that help others learn the skills of the trade.

The author of 11 books, Heilman has written on photography techniques and tips. He has two more books slotted for release in June of this year with the tentative titles: Photographing the Adirondacks and 101 Top Tips for Landscape Photography.

heilPrimarily self-taught in the field of photography, Heilman said he took one class in black and white photography, where he gained darkroom experience, while at State College in Millersville, PA.

A Pennsylvania native, Heilman was introduced to the Adirondacks through childhood visits to his grandparents’ farm at Brant Lake.

In 1958, his parents also bought property there, and in 1973, Heilman packed a VW bus and moved there himself.   Continue reading

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