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by Pete Bardunias, President/CEO, the Chamber of Southern Saratoga Count

For more than 150 years, the Saratoga Race Course has been a major tourist attraction not only for thoroughbred horse racing fans but for tourists from up and down the Hudson River corridor looking for a unique, historic experience. The “Track”, as it is locally known, takes visitors back in time to 1800s ambience and charm, yet contains all the 21st century accoutrements needed for a first-class racing experience. This year’s meet commences on Friday, July 21 and runs through Monday, September 4, 2017.

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It would not be Verplanck without “The Feast”, the Our lady of Mount Carmel Society annual Italian celebration on July 12-16. 2017.

The iconic four days of carnival like atmosphere of music, rides, games, food and everything Italian is as traditional as the sun coming up every morning.

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Wednesday, 28 June 2017 12:15

Sallie’s Boat Top Repairs

Hi, I can’t believe that I ‘ve been working on boat canvas for over 40 years! My head is full of thoughts about what you should do and not do with your boat canvas. That includes Bimini’s, cockpit covers, bow covers, curtains, and any other canvas or sewing that needs to be done on your boat.

When I ventured into boat canvas, I thought to myself, “what could be so hard about this, I have been sewing all my life”.

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Tuesday, 27 June 2017 12:06

FIREWORKS FOR THE FOURTH OF JULY

From Lake George and Lake Champlain to New York Harbor there are Fourth of July Fireworks…. Everywhere!

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Monday, 26 June 2017 12:03

Police Inspections on the River

Hi Lex,

The information below describes the relationship between a person’s Fourth Amendment Rights and law enforcement’s authority to stop a vessel. This is taken, almost verbatim, from the student manual that we use at our Marine Law Enforcement Training Course. Not all officers attend our training, of course, and even then they are not obligated to follow our training. As far as vessel stops are concerned, if a law enforcement officers signals a boater to stop, they should comply. Always bear in mind that these officers are there to ensure the safety of everyone using our waters, and they may have a valid reason for requesting the stop. However, the officer conducting the stop must be able to explain why they made the stop; they witnessed a violation, have probable cause, or they are offering a safety check. If it is the latter, the boater has the right to politely decline, and should not be further detained.

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Sunday, 25 June 2017 11:46

SCHROON LAKE MARINA BOAT RENTALS

Summer watersports are fun, exciting, and family friendly activities that people of all ages can enjoy. There’s no better way to spend a weekend at Lake George, Schroon Lake, or Loon Lake than out on the water soaking up the sun. But it’s no secret that boats and aquatic crafts can be expensive to purchase, time consuming to maintain, and difficult to transport between home and your vacation destination.

That’s why at Schroon Lake Marina, there’s a wide variety of boat styles and watersport equipment available for rent so that you can take full advantage of your time at Schroon Lake without the hassle of having to haul your own equipment here.

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Saturday, 24 June 2017 11:30

A COMMON SENSE APPROACH

At our annual Hudson River Marine Trades Association Christmas dinner on December 13, 2016 there was an eye
opening individual present, who by pure circumstance gave a realistic, down to earth perspective of what it is like to be on the Hudson River seven days a week working with the Hudson River Pilots. His name is Captain Joe Thomas, owner of Sea Tow Mid-Hudson and he patrols the Hudson River from Newburgh to Troy.

Captain Thomas works closely with the Hudson River Pilots’ Association as operator of the pilot boat located at
Norrie State Park. This pilot launch, the Sen. John E. Flynn, is responsible for changing out ship pilots coming upriver from Yonkers or down river from one of the marine terminals.

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Friday, 23 June 2017 11:24

I Remember Robert Boyle

Living in Verplanck since 1960 and being born in Buchanan, NY only a half mile away, my memory and experiences with Robert Boyle are many, some wonderful and a few not good at all….

Our lives were entwined throughout the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. (Bob lived on Finny Farm Road in Croton, NY only 4 miles away in the 70’s.)

I was a simple, hard working salesman with an absolute passion for duck hunting, fishing, flying, ice boating and all things Hudson River. Bob Boyle, being a senior writer at Sports Illustrated also had a passion for the Hudson River. He, however, was in a very strong position to do something about the tremendous pollution that was occurring in the Hudson River and along its shores.

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Thursday, 22 June 2017 11:21

WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT

Each time we have a Children’s Catfish Contest at Billie Joe’s Rib Works they get better in terms of total enjoyment by everyone involved. Maybe it is the location, practically child proof, maybe it is the wonderful enthusiasm of Joe Mallie manager and his staff, and maybe it is the volunteers from the HRFA but for all of the above, including a beautiful day to be fishing, this group of wounded warrior veterans and their families all had a wonderful day!

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I travel the Hudson River Valley almost every day, all day, seven days a week!

This gives me an extraordinary perspective on everything Hudson River Valley as I have lived in the same town, (almost) and still have enough of my mind, (some would question that) to see the differences in life style that we live in today as compared to say the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s.

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