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Amendment allows Raquette Lake well in ADK preserve

Next Tuesday, millions of New Yorkers will vote on a constitutional amendment that will determine the future of one tiny Adirondack village. The proposed change would allow the 160 residents of Raquette Lake to draw drinking water from a well that sits on the Adirondack forest preserve. The constitutional amendment is needed because most human structures are banned on state land in the six-million acre park. As Brian Mann reports, the ballot initiative represents a partnership between local government leaders and pro-environment groups.  Go to full article

Most of the power restored to western Adks

National Grid wants to hear from customers who are still without power from Sunday's wind and snow storm. Spokesman Patrick Stella says over 42,000 people lost power during the worst of the storm. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

Raquette Lake residents digging out from storm

Parts of the Adirondacks remain without power this afternoon after up to 16 inches of wet, heavy snow accompanied by high winds hit the region over the weekend. Northern Herkimer and Hamilton counties were the hardest hit. David Sommerstein spoke with a Raquette Lake resident about the snowstorm.  Go to full article

Fall colors on the eve of autumn

The autumn equinox occurs at 12:03 am Saturday. Bright fall colors are starting to dominate the Adirondack landscape. Todd Moe chats with Raquette Lake resident Jackie Hornstein for a fall foliage update.  Go to full article
The dining tent with Dr. Gerster, family and friends (photo: Adirondack Museum)
The dining tent with Dr. Gerster, family and friends (photo: Adirondack Museum)

Remembering 19th century life on Raquette Lake

Physician, scholar, humanist, writer and artist are some of the monikers of a colorful visitor to the Adirondacks in the late 19th century. Dr. Arpad Gerster vacationed on Raquette Lake in the 1890s, and left behind pages of journal entries, musings and sketches of those summers in the Adirondacks. Todd Moe spoke with Sidney Whalen, editor of Notes Collected in the Adirondacks 1895 & 1896.  Go to full article

The simple life on Raquette Lake

For the last few weeks, we've been bringing you excerpts from StoryCorps, the national oral history project that visited the North Country last month. Well, we recently learned about someone who couldn't make it to StoryCorps, but she sure has stories to tell. Josephine Marbury has spent every summer for nearly 90 years on her family's island on Raquette Lake. This past Sunday we brought our microphones to Bluff Point on Raquette Lake to record Josephine being interviewed by her friend Mary Gearhart about what an Adirondack Summer was like back in the teens and early twenties.  Go to full article

Keeping an Eye on the Sky

A couple living on the north shore of Raquette Lake will be keeping an eye on the weather this year. Jackie and Jordan Hornstein recently attended a severe weather watch workshop by the National Weather Service. The NWS relies on volunteers to help track the weather in remote parts of the North Country. Todd Moe spoke with Jackie Hornstein about the region's weather -- from lake effect snow to "Black Fly" season.  Go to full article
The main lodge at Camp Sagamore (above), and a view of Sagamore Lake (below)
The main lodge at Camp Sagamore (above), and a view of Sagamore Lake (below)

People, Places, Things: Camp Sagamore Caretaker Bob Heinsler

Every so often during The 8 O'Clock Hour, we'll introduce you to a North Country resident. It could be your neighbor or a friend--someone with an odd job or a story to tell. Today, we meet a man who is the caretaker of one of the grandest of the Adirondack great camps. Bob Heinsler is the superintendent at Great Camp Sagamore, near Raquette Lake. He's one of the behind-the-scenes heroes of the Great Camps. For the last 20 years, Heinsler's job has been maintaining and restoring a complex of 27 buildings, deep in the woods. All of them a century old. He gave Todd Moe a tour of some of his favorite places at Sagamore.  Go to full article
The Chalet at Camp Huntington. (photo: SUNY Cortland)
The Chalet at Camp Huntington. (photo: SUNY Cortland)

Raquette Lake Great Camp Named Historic Landmark

SUNY Cortland will formally celebrate the designation of its Huntington Memorial Camp on Raquette Lake as a National Historic Landmark. A special celebration will be held Saturday on Long Point of Raquette Lake. Todd Moe talks with Jack Sheltmire, the Director of the Outdoor Education Center at Huntington Camp, which was originally called Camp Pine Knot, the first of the Adirondack Great Camps.  Go to full article
St William's Church on Raquette Lake. (above) One of its stained glass windows. (below)
St William's Church on Raquette Lake. (above) One of its stained glass windows. (below)

Caring for the Past on Raquette Lake

Long appreciated by Raquette Lake residents, summer people and passing tourists for its history, striking architecture and community significance, St. William's church on Long Point, is in the midst of restoration, rebuilding and repairs. In the late 1800's, St. William's was the parish church for Raquette Lake and served many of the Irish and French-Canadian Catholics who were the early pioneers on the Lake. Today, it's a seasonal camp and cultural center, accessible only by boat. Todd Moe visited historic St. William's on Long Point and some of the volunteers who are working to restore the 19th century church.  Go to full article

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