September 18, 2013

Letters to the Editor: Sept. 18, 2013.


---- — Kilkeary


TO THE EDITOR: The second Mitchell Kilkeary Scholarship golf tournament was a great success again this year, thanks to the many golfers who played.

Two scholarships were awarded to Plattsburgh High School seniors Eunice Choe and Alec Odnoha for 2013.

The sponsor-a-hole donations were greatly appreciated.

The donors are: Lake Champlain Anglers, Payson & Stoughton Jewelers, Villari, Perrywinkle Jewelers, G&G Auto, Dry Dock, LaPoint Realty, McCadam Distributing, Plattsburgh Distributing, Log Jam Restaurant, Butcher Block (who put out a delicious buffet), Dunkin Donuts, Day’s Inn, Econo Lodge, Lake City Electric, Shumway Insurance (who also sponsored a hole-in-one), John and Pat Landry, Panes Bread, Steve and Maria Visco, NYSCOPBA Clinton, McSweeney’s Red Hots, Plaza Barber Shop, Lake Champlain Pools, Allan and Phyllis Helson, Liquor & Wine Warehouse, MaryAnne Bukolt-Ryder, Dannemora Federal Credit Union, David Cohen/Alan Tetreault, James D. Stinson, Jabaut Insurance Agency, Haley Lumber and Building Supply, Dame’s Discount Liquor Inc., KLM Development L.L.C., Lee Appliance Co. Inc. NYSCOPBA Altona, Eye Care for the Adirondacks, Niles & Bracy PLL, Meron’s, Cantwell Law Firm PLLC, Stewart’s Shops, Plattsburgh City Police and Kneucraft Fine Jewelry & Design.

Also, thanks to the many contributions of gifts and gift certificates from so many local businesses. You made our ticket raffle a big success. 

Finally, a special thanks to all friends and relatives who donated or offered to help with the tournament. All funds were placed directly in the Mitchell Kilkeary Scholarship for the Plattsburgh High School. We thank everyone for the great support. If any contributor was overlooked, we certainly apologize.




Will be


TO THE EDITOR: I’m writing to express my gratitude to Josh and Gladys Archer, chef and inn manager at the Essex Inn in Essex.

To my immense sadness, they will not be returning. This means our small community is losing two amazing, hard-working people who brought a year-round, top-notch menu to an area where many eateries close down by Columbus Day.

We have been blessed the past few years to be able to eat local, organic food and to have a chef that offered not only traditional and creative fare but also a gluten-free menu.

Josh and Gladys kept the Essex Inn open year-round, a feat that no one has sustained in more than a decade. They partnered with local farms to get the freshest produce, meats and cheeses. They employed happy people.

And most of all, they made you feel as though you were coming home when you walked through the doors.

Thank you, Josh and Gladys, for being part of our little community and feeding us through the seasons. You are truly loved and appreciated and will be missed more than words can say.




Rest Area

TO THE EDITOR: We want our rest area back.

As I was driving from Saratoga to Wilmington, I again drove past the lonely, closed rest area near Exit 27.

It was closed June 4, 2010, by then-Gov. Patterson as a cost-saving measure.

I make this trip often and always enjoyed the Rest Area at the halfway point. It meant more than a bathroom break. It has the best view on the entire Northway and it’s free to the public.

The north-side view has become grown up over the years so the lake is not visible, but the hills are magnificent, especially in the fall.

The southern side has a view that is awesome. It’s up on a hill overlooking Schroon Lake with a grand view with no visible buildings. Just mountains, trees and sky.

I think my favorite time to visit is at night. Very little ground lighting gives the stars a full show. It is something many of us do not get to witness in our crowded communities.

The closest Rest Area to the north is 17 miles away and 39 miles to the south (that is 56 miles between rest areas). The area is sparsely populated, and there are few gas stations at exits. It has electric, phone and plumbing in place.

We don’t want a large facility (like near exits 30 and 9); we just want our cement block facility reopened. If it cannot be brought up to code, then please give us back our parking area.

Let’s save this wonderful spot so my grandchildren can climb on the “lion” and enjoy the Adirondack splendor like I did and my children did.


Saratoga Springs



TO THE EDITOR: I am writing to express my support for the conversion of the Remsen/Lake Placid rail line into a multiple-use recreational trail.

As a year-round Adirondack Pesident, I have had ample opportunity to understand the rail line itself and the issues surrounding it and have come to the conclusion that the interests of the vast majority of residents and visitors would be better served by the creation of a multi-use trail.

As someone who has extensively traveled the central portion of the corridor — the stretch between Big Moose and Tupper Lake — I can vouch for the fact that this area of the Adirondacks is particularly beautiful and wild.

A multi-use trail would provide access for campers, hikers, fishermen and hunters to an incredible variety of state-owned lands along the route. It really would be a world-class recreational trail that would bring much-needed tourism dollars to the lesser-visited western Adirondacks.

By the same token, having walked the line, I have a first-hand perspective on the current condition of the tracks in this area, and the condition is deplorable. For much of this section, nearly every tie is rotted and in need of replacement. Also, the rails themselves are severely worn, especially on curves in the line, and are in need of replacement. And then there are the culverts and bridges.

So, do we pump tens of millions of dollars into a rail operation that has not demonstrated financial viability to date and would benefit only a relatively few businesses even if it were successful?

Or do we tear up the tracks and open this corridor for an incredible variety of recreational uses that would have a far superior impact on the local economies that make up the line?

To me, the answer is clear: Create a multi-use trail.





TO THE EDITOR: Literacy Volunteers of Essex/Franklin Counties would like to acknowledge and thank Kristin Kimball, author of “The Dirty Life,” for presenting at our Annual August Author Address on Aug. 25 at Camp Dudley in Westport.

Whether you knew anything about farming or not, Kimball’s passion and energy for farming were contagious. She spoke on the profound joy and various challenges that come with establishing and operating a Community Supported Agriculture farm.

She shared photos, answered questions and made herself available afterward to sign books and share farming techniques with a Literacy Volunteers international student from Bosnia.

The audience hung on every word while she read aloud a piece from her much-anticipated sequel. 

Literacy Volunteers would also like to thank all the volunteers and individuals who provided refreshments. A special thanks to Fred Guffy and Matt Storey of Camp Dudley for allowing the use of its unique and beautiful facility.



Literacy Volunteers,Essex/Franklin Counties