Newsmakers - 05/22/2012

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - Updated: 10:08 AM

Jack Leach
Lance Maly of Old Forge was elected President of the Town of Webb Historical Association for 2012 at the Association’s Annual Meeting on May 15, 2012, at the Goodsell Museum in Old Forge. Sarah Morin of Old Forge was elected Vice President and Jane Slack of Old Forge, Secretary/Treasurer. Elected to the Board for second three-year terms were Edmund Girtler of Old Forge and Sarah Morin. Continuing Trustees include Sue Freese, Lance Maly, Lee Minnie, Robert Moore, George “Skip” Oswald, Jane Slack, Ron Walker and Mark Webster, all of Old Forge. Outgoing Trustees Jon Martin and Bob Lowenberg of Old Forge received Certificates of Appreciation and gifts for their six years of service, the maximum two terms allowed by the Association’s By Laws. Overviews of 2011 accomplishments and finances were presented. Anyone interested in joining the Association as a volunteer, member or board member should contact Director Gail Murray, at (315) 369-3838 or The Goodsell Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and by appointment.


Adirondack Jack Leach of Old Forge hooked this monster 10 pound, 30 inch Rainbow Trout (with a 19 1/2 “ girth) Trout fishing in a very remote area of the Upper Black River (South Lake Region) in the Town of Ohio over the May 12, 2012, weekend. His bait was a huge night crawler, and he had a lot of trouble bringing in his catch. The fish is now the unofficial State Record Rainbow Trout from the Upper Black River.

Suzanne Firsching of Old Forge and Frankfort, along with Diane, Jane, Steve and Jack Mulvihill of Eagle Bay and New Hartford, packed their Adirondack Expresses for an extreme sport trip to New Zealand that included skiing Queenstown, Zorbing, 143 meter Bungee Jumping off Original AJ Hacket Kawarau Bridge, Four Wheeling with 20 foot drop, Helicopter Riding over the Southern Alps, Jet Boating and Float Planing over volcanoes. The group all agreed that Zorbing is the sport to bring back to Old Forge, and McCauley Mountain would be an excellent spot. To find out more about Zorbing visit


Roger Poor of Waitsfield, VT, Program Director for the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, encouraged all interested parents, kids and community individuals to attend the Trail’s Youth Program Open House at Paul Smith’s College this evening May 22, 2012 at 7 p.m. when Canoe Trail representatives will be at the College’s Visitor Information Center (VIC) telling stories from their successful youth program, Northern Forest Explorers, and encouraging registration for trips this summer. Beginning in June, 20 week-long trips will take place in the four states of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail: New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine, with 225 youths, aged 10-14, from communities along the Trail learning basic paddling/outdoor skills, environmental/ecological relationships and the fundamentals of leadership on the five-day adventures. All trips are guided by local outfitters. Three trips will take place in the Adirondacks this summer: Old Forge/Long Lake region, Tupper Lake/Saranac Lake region and the Plattsburgh area.  Refreshments will be served, and attendees at the open house will have an opportunity to register for upcoming trips while past participants share their stories and excitement. In addition, local writer/filmmaker Mike Lynch will be on hand to show his film highlighting his 2011 trip when he paddled the entire 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail. Contact (802) 496-2285 or


Susan Jones at Fort Stanwix in Rome invites everyone to, French and Indian War Encampment: Crossroads of Culture, at Fort Stanwix National Monument, on this 258th Anniversary of the French and Indian War, an historic immersion experience for the entire family on Saturday, May 26, 2012, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, May 27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reenactors will be on hand to guide guests through this turbulent time in the Nation’s history. Learn about colonial life on the frontier and military operations at Fort Stanwix, listen to 18th Century music, tremble as the canons roar and witness cultural demonstrations. The Haudenosaunee Dancers will perform social dances of the Oneida Indian Nation at 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Suzanne Firsching of Old Forge and Frankfort, along with Diane, Jane, Steve and Jack Mulvihill of Eagle Bay and New Hartford