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Adirondack Kids™ Fishing Derby lures 24 young anglers inaugural event

by Theresa Taylor Guest Contributor

A Kids Fishing Derby was held in Inlet on Saturday, October 6 in conjunction with the first Adirondack Kids™ Day. Twenty-four kids entered the contest, with many participating in one-on-one casting and catching classes before fishing.

They departed from the channel between Fourth and Fifth Lakes and boated to Fifth Lake where sponsors and volunteers had thoughtfully set up a dock with a tent a few days prior.

Throughout the event, kids could come and go, fishing for as long as they wanted. Continue reading

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CASART honors founder Greg O’Hara at annual meeting & dinner

by Margie O’Hara, Guest Contributor

The Central Adirondack Search and Rescue Team (CASART) came into being on June 26, 2003, the brainchild of Greg O’Hara of Inlet. Greg believed that lives could be saved if a group of trained volunteers were readily available to assist Forest Rangers in searching for lost individuals.

From that day to this, Greg has maintained a leadership role in the organization. He has been a member of the Board of Directors since CASART’s inception, serving as president for eight of those years.

Now that CASART is in its 10th year of existence, it has grown to be one of the largest search and rescue teams in New York state, as well as the best trained and equipped team. Continue reading

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Goodbye for now to pumpkin pie days of the Central Adirondacks

by Ken Carman, Inspection ~ Guest Contributor

The Jeep and the ’98 Nissan Frontier sliced through pumpkin pie hills south of Rochester, NY, heading to Tennessee.

Just a few hours earlier we were slowly cruising under a canopy of brilliant oranges, reds, greens and yellows on a one lane dirt road, carefully bouncing over rocks, dipping down into water washed out potholes, wheels rolling over a carpet of freshly fallen leaves.

Destination: the barge to the mainland that crosses Stillwater Reservoir. For there are no roads to Beaver River Station, where I have been since late July. I decided to lead my wife in the Jeep for the scenic, slightly longer way home.

The mountains along old route 17 through Salamanca, Olean, and other lesser known New York woodland ports, did not disappoint.

The leaves had not changed yet in Tennessee, except a light frosting of red on a few, when we finally drove down our quarter-mile driveway the next day, finally arriving home to our own little valley.

But they were in full Monet mode in New York.

How do I pose prose worthy enough to express the richness of the colors in an Adirondack fall?

In Tennessee a tree changes here, changes there, until all that’s left is bare, lonely, limbs looking down upon a beatific ground cover that once hung high.

In the Central Adirondacks it’s as if a nuclear explosion of color swept the hills, radiating them with visual splendor. Continue reading

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It’s summertime & the grilling is easy… if approached safely

by Jason Pallotta, Asst. Chief, Inlet Vol. Fire Dept.

 Now that we’re in the midst of summer, many of us are firing up the grill to cook up our favorite summer time meals. I would like to share some facts and safety tips to help make your next barbeque safe and enjoyable.

Facts and Figures:

Between 2005 and 2009, fire departments across the U. S. responded to an average of 8,200 home fires involving grills, barbeques, or hibachis per year, including an average of 3,400 structure fires and 4,800 outside fires.

These 8,200 fires caused an annual average of 15 civilian deaths,120 civilian injuries, and $75 million in direct property damage.

More than one quarter (29%) of the home fires invoving grills started on a courtyard, terrace, or patio, with 28% started on an exterior balcony or open porch, and 6% started in the kitchen.

In 2009, 17,700 patients were sent to the emergency room because of injuries related to grilling. Children under the age of five accounted for almost one quarter (22%) of the injuries.

Roughly one-third of gas grill injuries were burns incurred while lighting the grill. Gasoline or lighter fluid was a factor in roughly one-quarter of the charcoal or wood burning grill burns.

With these facts in mind, here are some safety tips to help prevent injuries and/or fires while grilling this summer. Continue reading

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Accidental Museums: Goodsell display features artifacts from Teich’s, The Farm Restaurant, and Strand Theatre

"Accidental museums" give birth to an accidental exhibit at the Town of Webb Historical Association's Goodsell Museum.

by Dir. Gail Murray, Town of Webb Historical Association

The Town of Webb Historical Association would like to announce a few changes to the displays at the Goodsell Museum, 2993 State Rt. 28 across from the Old Forge Post Office.

During the past few months, volunteer Deb Evans has been hard at work putting together two interesting exhibits for the Webb Room on the second floor.

As Deb searched for new ideas in the photo and business files maintained at the Historical Association, she was attracted to three businesses and the new display “Accidental Museums” was created.

Deb learned that as Frank Teich and his brother Reinhold; Frank Burnap and his family; and Bob Card and Helen Zyma were establishing their primary businesses of eateries and a movie house, they morphed their buildings into museums—displaying their collections for the education and enjoyment of their patrons. Continue reading

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