Daily Archives: July 4, 2013

Firewood Regulations: DEC seeks to curb spread of invasive insects

Visitors traveling along Route 28 enroute northward to the Old Forge area have noted a change to the message on the sign placed under the railroad bridge by the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC.)

The message, which previously warned visitors not to feed big game, now informs folks that a permit is required for transport of firewood.

The change is the result of the DEC’s mission to raise awareness about the dangers of trans-locating invasive insects into the Adirondack Park.

According to Town of Webb Supervisor Ted Riehle, the sign will be changed periodically throughout the summer to bring attention to various issues such as firewood and the dangers of feeding bear and deer.

In New York state it is illegal to transport firewood more than fifty miles.

The measure is in accordance with ECL Part 192.5, Firewood Restrictions to Protect Forests from Invasive Species regulation that was put in place on March 18, 2009 and updated on July 3, 2012.

According to the regulation, producers, buyers, and dealers are required to have source documentation that explains that the firewood was either heat-treated and kiln-dried, or if firewood has not been treated, documentation that outlines the exact origin of the wood as well as it’s destination and approximate volume.

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15th Annual Inlet Concert: Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra to present Latin-themed program under tent, Saturday, July 6

The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra will return to play under the tent at Inlet’s Arrowhead Park on Saturday, July 6 for the 15th annual symphony concert presented by the Fulton Chain of Lakes Performing Arts Council, Inc.

This year’s program will be Latin-themed and will include favorites from Carmen and the overture to West Side Story, according to Jerry Dupuis, FCLPAC chairman of the board.

The program also includes George Gershwin’s Cuban Overture, sections from Mitch Leigh’s Man of La Mancha, and Huapango by Jose Pablo Moncayo, which Dupuis described as “a bouncy, energetic piece.”

“It’s a fantastic program, with all of the beats that Latin music conjures up. Conductor Michael Butterman selected the entire program and has planned a surprise ending,” Dupuis said.

On Saturday afternoon, also under the tent, two quartets will play a free children’s concert for ages 12 and under from 3 to 4 p.m.

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An open letter to community Broadway Meets Opera: Great musical experience

To the Community:

On Thursday, July 18th at 7:30 p.m., tenor Luigi Boccia, soprano Claudia Boyle and pianist Arthur McManus will once again grace Gould Hall at View.

Luigi Boccia has garnered numerous awards and recognition. After his solo recital on the closing day at Ireland’s prestigious Wexford Music Festival, Opera News declared him “the festival’s star discovery.”

Claudia Boyle, a Dublin native, graduated from the Masters course at the Royal Irish Academy of Music with first class honors.

In July 2009, she was awarded third prize at the Belvedere International Singing Competition in Vienna.

Pianist Arthur McManus has collaborated with numerous singers in the New York metropolitan area for over 20 years.

He served as pianist for master classes conducted by such illustrious singers as Licia Albanese, Robert Merrill and Martina Arroyo as well as in the studio of Metropolitan Opera baritone Theodor Uppmann.

Once again we thank Deke and Carol Morrison for another Broadway Meets Opera at View.

Laurie & Steve Montanye

Old Forge

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62nd Central Adirondack Art Show opening at View on Friday, July 5th

The 62nd Annual Central Adirondack Art Show at View, the arts center in Old Forge, will begin with an opening reception on Friday, July 5 from 5 to 7 p.m.

The exhibition, known for its wide variety of fine arts including acrylics, oils, watercolors, drawings, pastels, graphics, mixed media and sculpture, began as an exhibition hung on its founder Miriam Kashiwa’s lawn.

It has grown to include quality work from local and national artists.

The opening will include music by Bob Liddle on saxophone, hors d’oeuvres and free admission.

The show will be on display through August 11th.

Exhibition admission is $8/$4 members and groups of six or more, and free for children under the age of 12.

More information is available by calling (315) 369-6411 or at ViewArts.org.

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Goodsell Museum: Webb Historian Peg Masters to give talk July 10th

The Goodsell Museum in Old Forge will begin its Wednesday afternoon Lectures on the Lawn series on July 10 with a program by Town of Webb Historian Peg Masters titled, Dead Body at Bisby.

Masters will share an intriguing story of the mysterious death in the woods of a Civil War veteran.

Following an inquest in 1884, his bones were buried at the old Seymour Camp on Bisby Lake.

All are welcome to bring a folding chair and enjoy the free program which will begin at 2:30 p.m.

The Goodsell Museum is located at 2993 State Route 28, across the street from the Old Forge Post Office.

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

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Water testing pickup slated for region

Verona Labs will provide pick up of water samples for testing on Tuesday, July 9th.

Local businesses or individuals that wish to utilize this service can drop off water samples by 10 a.m. on Tuesday at the Forestport Town Hall or Adirondack Grocery in Otter Lake, or by 11 a.m. at the Visitor Information Center in Old Forge, or by noon at The Tavern in Eagle Bay or the Inlet Town Hall.

The cost for bacterial testing is $33 per sample that includes a $5 pickup charge per customer. A business that also needs nitrate or nitrite testing can also drop off additional samples. The cost is $34 for the first test and $29 for each additional test.

This service is for individuals and businesses in northern Herkimer County, Hamilton County, and northern Oneida County.

Sample kits and forms for this service can be obtained from the pickup locations. Chlorinated samples use a bottle with a white top.  Unchlorinated samples use a bottle with an orange top. Be sure to ask for the correct bottle for your sample. A phone number should be included on the forms so the lab can reach the sender if necessary.

Questions should be directed to Bonnie at Verona Labs at (315) 363-5841.

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The Strand Theatre announces conversion timeframe for digital projection equipment

Sue Kiesel, left, recently donated this Wood Duck photograph to Bob Card, center, and Helen Zyma, right, to be raffled off on Wednesday, July 31 for a $5 donation. Photo by Dana Armington

Sue Kiesel, left, recently donated this Wood Duck photograph to Bob Card, center, and Helen Zyma, right, to be raffled off on Wednesday, July 31 for a $5 donation. Photo by Dana Armington

Bob Card and Helen Zyma, owners of the Strand Theatre, will be looking to install their digital projection systems sometime between mid-October through mid-November.

In addition to obtaining digital projectors and servers, the new digital systems will require upgrading of electrical, sound and even air conditioning which is required to keep the servers at specific temperatures.

With the Strand’s four screens and the level of work required, the total cost of conversion will be close to $300,000.

The Save Our Strand (SOS) committee is seeking to raise $150,000 through its fundraising and the 90th Anniversary Gala scheduled for Thursday, July 25th. Continue reading

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