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Spectators line Moose River for new TOBIE bridge installation

A crowd of spectators gathered at vantage points along the banks of the southern branch of the Moose River on Tuesday, October 8 to observe the placement of the new Old Forge TOBIE trail bridge.

Photo by Gina Greco

Photo by Gina Greco

The bridge, which crosses the river, connects the section of the TOBIE pedestrian/bike trail between Hemlock Lane and Pullman Avenue in Old Forge.

The bridge arrived on Monday in two pieces amid torrents of rain. On Tuesday, under clear skies, the pieces were put together on the ground with splices and then set in place in one piece. Continue reading

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Town of Webb Health Care Center to welcome new Physician’s Asst.

St. Elizabeth Medical Center and its Medical Group announced that Karla Dalious will join the staff at the Town of Webb Health Center as the new Physician’s Assistant.

It is hoped she will start November 1, said Robert Scholefield, Chief Operating Officer for St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center. Karla Dalious

Dalious said she now has her New York State license and is currently awaiting her Drug Enforcement Agency licensing to write prescriptions.

Dalious will provide primary care to patients of all ages according to Sandra Fentiman, manager of marketing and public relations for St. Elizabeth Medical Center.  Continue reading

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Adirondack Loon Celebration slated Sunday, October 13 at Paul Smith’s

The Adirondack Loon Celebration will take place at Paul Smith’s College Visitor Information Center (VIC) on Sunday, October 13th.

This family-friendly event is open from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. with activities including a scavenger hunt, crafts, face painting, as well as a loon calling contest and silent auction.

Adirondack singer/songwriter Jamie Savage will perform two half-hour shows at noon and 1:30 p.m.

There will be a field trip to Black Pond to see loons up close from 9 to 11:30 a.m.

Preregistration is required. Sign up at adkloon@briloon.org,  call 888-749-5666 ext.145, or call the VIC at (518) 327-6241. Continue reading

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Gardners seeking Kickstarter funds for Indian Givers: The Documentary

Adirondack Mountain Productions (AMP) of Old Forge has started the process of making a documentary film that tells the true story of the occupation at Moss Lake from 1974 to 1977 by New York traditional Mohawk Indians.

The story of the occupation includes the shooting and injury of a local man, Stephen “Gus” Drake, and nine-year-old girl, Aprile Madigan, and the long period of negotiation that ended in a peaceful resolution and relocation of the Mohawks.

AMP, which is doing the project pro bono, has produced a trailer and is now seeking funds to complete a full-length documentary. The trailer is posted on Kickstarter, a web-based fundraising site where individuals can support independent projects. Continue reading

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TOBIE Trail: River closure slated as project nears completion

A quarter-mile stretch of the Moose River from the Route 28 bridge south will be closed to paddlers from noon on Tuesday, October 8 until noon on Wednesday, October 9 due to the installation of the bridge to connect the pedestrian/bicycle TOBIE trail.

Buoys and signs will be put in place to mark the area of river closure for the 24-hour period, according to Mike Carpenter, resident engineer for project contractor Barton & Loguidice.

Workers putting the finishing touches on TOBIE’s Eagle Bay Welcome Center.  LEFT: The TOBIE Trail as it leaves Eagle Bay to enter Hamilton County.  Photos by Dawn Montanye

Workers putting the finishing touches on TOBIE’s Eagle Bay Welcome Center.
LEFT: The TOBIE Trail as it leaves Eagle Bay to enter Hamilton County.
Photos by Dawn Montanye

A 350-ton crane will lift and place the entire bridge on a new bridge seat, a shelf on the face of the bridge abutment.  Continue reading

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Capacity crowd: Leaf season visitors enjoy spectacular weekend

Last weekend’s sun and temperatures in the 70s served to highlight the fall colors and bring lots of visitors to this part of the Central Adirondacks.

“In terms of weather and leaves, it was a perfect storm,” said McCauley Mountain Manager Steve Udavinis.

Photo by Gina Greco

Photo by Gina Greco

Uzdavinis reported that the McCauley chairlift served close to 1,000 people per day on Saturday and Sunday.

“It was a blockbuster weekend. We always like to say there is room for more, but we were at capacity,” he said.

Town of Webb Publicity Director Mike Farmer commended Uzdavinis and his staff for continuing operation of the chairlift after the usual 4:30 p.m. closing time to accommodate the folks who were still waiting in line to enjoy the experience.

Cars filled the streets and downtown parking lots, as well as trailheads. Vehicles lined Rondaxe Road from the Bald Mountain trailhead down to Route 28. Continue reading

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State comptroller: Town of Forestport needs to improve budgeting, oversight

An audit of the Town of Forestport, conducted last month by the New York State Comptroller’s Office, found that the Forestport Town Board repeatedly underestimated revenues, and that portions of the fund balance for subsequent years’ budgets were not used as planned.

The audit, which covered the period of January 1 to December 31, 2012 and looked back to January 1, 2008 to review financial trends, also showed that the water and sewer districts were not properly funded—resulting in the general fund having to make interfund loans to these districts to support their operations.

The audit compared the Town’s budgeted revenues with actual results for fiscal years 2008 through 2012.

It was found that the Town underestimated revenues by a total of $1.2 million, or 41 percent of the total estimated revenues for the period.

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