TourExpo extended three days
Warren County's largest event is also the nation's most popular multi-brand motorcycle rally — and it will dominate Lake George Village between Monday June 3 — when registration begins — through Saturday June 8.
The festival that brings to life the legacy of Elvis has expanded to five days this year due to a long roster of Elvis tribute artists participating. The linup of daily shows and competitions starts Wednesday May 29 in Shepard Park with a free presentation of about eight performers.
Visiting Glens Falls, State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli expressed positivism that an economic rebound was underway in the state but he warned that the state and its municipalities were likely to experience continued financial stresses. He also spoke of a new initiative in his office to reinvest in local businesses — in order to spur job growth within the state.
Area leaders hail decision
Rebounding from the recession, the nationally renowned Sagamore Resort will now be open year-round, its general manager announced Friday May 3 as he conducted a tour of the resort's remodeled Lodge suites, their reconstructed Spa & Salon, and renovated Conference Center.
Whether it was the gourmet food or microbrew beer, a crowd of legislators and their staffers were drawn to the Adirondack Day expo held April 29 in the state Legislative Office Building — giving Adirondack advocates an opportunity to lobby for their concerns of economic vitality, sustainability and support for family farms.
U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and citizens of the southern Adirondacks region struck a harmonious chord this week as the Senator expressed support for a pending federal farm bill that would improve citizens' access to fresh local foods while boosting small family farm operations.
A slate of tax cuts, 100 percent funding for full-day pre-kindergarten, lengthened school days and launching "innovation hot-spots" to inspire and attract high tech entrepreneurs were some of the initiatives that state Budget Director Robert Megna detailed at a presentation of the 2013-14 state budget Thursday April 4 in Glens Falls.
With pothole season here, motorists swerving to miss those suspension-jarring pits in the asphalt can take solace in knowing that state legislators have boosted funding for local roadway and infrastructure repair by more than 20 percent.
In Republican territory, Democratic Congressman Bill Owens handles questions from the public on gun control, jobs and the proposed minimum-wage hike during a forum held March 26 in Glens Falls.
Warren County — known for tourism, its natural resources and its prominent role in American history — was honored this week on the 200th anniversary of its founding.
Lake George basketball team makes history as they overpowering a far taller team and top of an outstanding season by winning the New York State Class C. Boys Basketball championship.
An armored Brink's truck spewed $11,000 like a rolling ATM along a desolate rural roadway. Patty Wesner, following in her vintage SUV, couldn't believe her eyes. She pulled over, gathered the money and called the police, an act which a responding state Trooper called "unbelievable" honesty. To reward the good deed, Krystal Chrysler of Warrensburg fixed her car and filled her gas tank.
With volunteerism on the decline and ambulance squads short of ALS-trained manpower, a new idea has surfaced concerning meeting emergency medical needs in rural areas.
Lake George has always been known to provide a good time for revelers. But right out of the gate, the 'Sham Rock the Block event, a St. Patrick's Day party, has proven with its popularity that it's far more, providing a memorable time for children as well as the older partyers.
Wall-to-wall people intent on partying, gourmet hearty food, bands on two stages — It's northern New York's "mother of all parties" — the Bands 'N Beans benefit for the Lake George Arts Project!
For decades, the Lake George Winter Carnival has been curing "cabin fever" during weekends in February — by offering a prescription of family activities. The final weekend of the Winter Carnival for 2013 — set for Saturday Feb. 23 and Sunday Feb. 24 — includes a bonfire and entertainment, snowmobile rides, demonstrations, a petting zoo, outdoor games and fireworks at dusk.
Outhouse race to be featured
An outhouse race, a snowshoe softball game, ice skating, broomball, cross-country skiing, children's games, ice bowling, a lakeside bonfire, stellar entertainment, ice bowling and more are planned for the debut edition of the Brant Lake Winter Carnival — to be held beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday Feb. 9 at Jimbo's Club off state Rte. 8 in Horicon. The free family-friendly event is sponsored by the Tri-Lakes Business Alliance and Jimbo's Club.
Fun in store at Lk. Geo. Winter Carnival
The second weekend of the Lake George Winter Carnival is to feature the thrill-a-minute action of East Coast Snocross — championship sanctioned snowmobile racing
Newly elected 114th Assembly District representative Dan Stec, already named to several influential state posts, identified his initial objectives this week as he prepared to go to work in Albany.
The 114th state Assembly District has a new representative — Warren County's board chairman Dan Stec — and citizens expressed high hopes at his swearing-in ceremony jan. 1 for his prospects of bringing needed changes, progress and a spirit of consensus to the state legislature.
Vows he'll go to jail to prompt state to live up to legal mandates
A Warrensburg man's frustration over receiving a minor ticket in 1995 for driving to a campsite ended up in a landmark 2001 federal court settlement requiring the state to provide access to recreational woodland areas for citizens with disablities. Faced with another minor ticket, Galusha says the state hasn't followed through on the mandates, and he's willing to go to jail over the issue.
For the first time in recent history, Lake George shuts down a stretch of its main drag for pedestrians — and people love the festival atmosphere that's continuing through Sunday Oct. 6 at Lake George Iktoberfeest - complete with German music, various craft-brewed beers, craft vendors, and children's games.
The nationally renowned World's largest Garage Sale returns to Warrensburg Saturday and Sunday Sept. 29 and 30 — and a wide variety of vendors offering virtually anything imaginable — plus about 1,000 local garage sales — will likely attract crowds of 60,000 or more if a chance of rain doesn't deter them.
Thirty-two years ago, several Warrensburg citizens took a keen look at the character of local residents, and decided to start a community sale to get people to stop on their way through town. Within a few years, the sale had grown so large, it was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Whether to hike the prevailing minimum wage and legislative priorities were both issues discussed in a public debate Aug. 25 that showed the differences of opinion between the two candidates for the 114th District of the state Assembly.
National health care, Social Security reform and labor-union organizing were contentious topics as Congressman Bill Owens faced his political opponent Matt Doheny in the first of a series of three debates.
At the 40th annual Adirondack Balloon festival, which continues through Sunday, spectators, pilots, and event organizers talk about the event's success -- and why it's been so popular for decades.
For over a quarter-century, the Lake George Jazz Weekend has brought some of the finest jazz musicians alive to an incomparably intimate lakeside setting. This year's roster of talent is outstanding.
Filling upper stories a key factor
Do we want a vibrant, culturally rich, rural village lifestyle in the Adirondacks? Experts say filling the upper floors of the multi-story historic buildings is the key element, and they're going to tell us how to do it in a workshop Monday Sept. 10 in Keeseville.
A local code enforcement official said he believes top state environmental and health officials are covering up a sewage spill in Schroon Lake, and the town of Chester may be investigating the situation
Hundreds of volunteers waded, snorkeled and scuba dived into the waters of Lake George to retrieve litter, while others patrolled its beaches and collected trash from nearby waterways Saturday Aug. 4 in a Lake George watershed cleanup campaign sponsored by two affiliated environmental groups.
A children's educational day camp held in an old schoolhouse in the hamlet of Adirondack has been hailed by parents, but volunteers who rehabilitated the structure as a community center aired a grievance with the Horicon Town Board that the summer school's use of the structure is hampering its use by civic groups.
The Smoke Eaters' Jamboree is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and there are new activities for children planned for this highly anticipated annual North Country event which is occurring Friday July 27 and Saturday July 28 on the Warrensburg Recreation Field.
Lake George hasn't hosted a show like this in well over 30 years -- a circus with world-class performers. Saturday July 14, the Big Apple Circus starts its two-week run with aerialists, acrobats jugglers and performers from all over the globe.
A total of about 400 teenagers from Ohio and other midwestern and eastern states are spending a week this summer fixing up properties, public and private, in the towns of Warrensburg, Chester and Johnsburg through a YoiuthWorks mission program — while the youths enjoy fellowship, recreation, and learning about life in the North Country.
Fest to be held during Americade
Beer, motorcycles, barbecued food and rock music seem to be a natural combination — and a festival featuring all four is planned to be held at the corner of Amherst and Canada streetsdaily on Wednesday June 6 through Saturday June 9 during Americade.
When Lake George's mayor sent out invitations to various attractions to set up in the village's new festival grounds, he was astonished to get an enthusiastc response from one of the nation's top circus troupes. The result is that the renowned big Apple Circus — which has attracted crowds in Boston, NYS's Lincoln Center and the Washington D.C. area — will be situated in Lake George for two weeks this July. This series of 25 performances in Lake George is seen as providing a vital marketing tool to bring other top-quality events to Lake George and boost the area economy.
For many decades, Lake George has been one of the purest water bodies in the U.S. Environmentalists — and now municipal leaders — are seeking to uphold water quality as they are pushing for the state to pass a mandatory boat inspection and decontamination law to prevent the introduction of invasive plant and animal life into the lake.
$5 million federal grant approved
For decades, Warrensburg health care professionals have complained about the problems posed by their existing building housing the Warrensburg Health Center, which hosts 41,000 patient visits per year. Also, town of Warrensburg officials have complained about the high utility bills in the building originally constructed as a grocery store. Now, due to a $5 million grant announced May 1, the health center — a patchwork of additions and expansions — will be replaced with a brand new, $6 million state-of-the-art facility.
Synthetic marijuana, which prompts delusions, violent behavior, suicide attempts, convulsions and various health problems, has been a spiraling problem with area youth. But April 30, the state Senate passed a bill criminalizing the use, distribution or possession of the substance, along with so-called 'bath salts' which mimic methamphetamine. Now it's up to the stae Assembly to join the movement towards curbing the use of the substances.
Property tax exemptions are popular, as people hold opinions that some facing particular hardships ought to have a break. But awhen people realize that all the other taxpayers have to pick up the taxes exempted -- including the working poor and financially stressed middle class, the question of fairness arises.
Property taxes are bad enough without the state's excessive regulations and dictates that are costing taxpayers millions of dollars unnecessarily, protesters said April 21 at a rally held against unfunded state mandates.
Before the annual Rachael Ray benefit show at Lake George High School, the perky talk-show host and celebrity chef modestly wondered why local people would come back year after year to see her cook up a few entrees and chat about her life. An hour later, the auditorium was packed with her adoring fans, many of them said they simply love her personality — as well as easy-to-cook meals.
Last month, the race to succeed Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward was crowded. This week, with Thurman Supervisor Evelyn Wood dropping out of the quest, it's down to two Republican candidates in a mutiple-county region that's a G.O.P. stronghold. The candidate that's lined up nearly all the political endorsements, Warren County Board of Supervisors Chairman Dan Stec, talked this week about his campaign's momentum.
While the fortunes of weekly newspapers in the area remain strong, the southern Adirondack region's daily newspaper laid off one-third of its entire remaining news reporting staff.
For 19 years, Dave Wick has worked on efforts to stop erosion, clean up and restore waterways and curb stormwater in Warren County, and a lot of these projects were in the Lake George watershed. This week, he was notified he's been chosen to become the next Executive Director of the Lake George Park Commission. Wick assumes the post April 23.
Brutal, violent crimes have been linked to ingestion of synthetic marijuana and herbal incense, which is sold legally across most all of New York State and the U.S. Recently informed that it can prompt savage and near-psychotic behavior — and prompt hallucinations and suicide — Warren County leaders have taken action to ban the use, sale, possession or distribution of the substances.
While many thought there would be a protracted tussle between Essex and Warren County factions of the Republican party over who'd be their endorsed candidate, Doug Hoffman of lake Placid announced a jaw-dropper Thursday March 22 in front of assembled Warren County G.O.P. committee members soon after he made a pitch for his candidacy.
Renowned for its love affair with automobiles, Lake George's carbon footprint may shrink a little starting this year, after a fleet of pedal-powered rickshaws start offering rides through the village to various accommodations, events and attractions. Adirondack Pedal Cab Service is planning to offer the service in exchange for voluntary donations -- people are to pay merely what they want, say the pedalcab entrepreneurs.
Concerned members of the Lake George Park Commission are taking action to try to prevent the spread of nuisance species in Lake George through a boat inspection and decontamination program — and they've now devised a way they say will minimize the inconvenience of launching a craft to many who seek to merely pull their boat out of the waterway temporarily.