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John Vargo

John Vargo

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Wednesday, 10 August 2016 15:36

Your Finances - August 2016

Article provided by Art Stahl

Own a Retirement Account? Keep Your Beneficiary Designations Up to Date

When we complete an application to establish a retirement account for ourselves, we specify one or more individuals or charitable organizations to inherit our account when we’re gone, and typically don’t think about it again. As life circumstances change for ourselves or our loved ones, we might want to review our beneficiary designations; this article may help with this process. AFS.......READ FULL ARTICLE

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by John H. Vargo, Publisher

(This concept is increasing the value of local farms)

When I was five or six years old, during World War Two, there was a junk man with a horse and wagon as well as vegetable wagon also pulled by a horse that visited our street once a week. Each had a regular route they made and they always stopped at my grandmother’s house. I never realized until much later that it was grandfather’s homemade wine that was the main attraction for stopping at my grandparent’s popular home. Today the modern version of the junk man is everywhere. However most interesting is how the vegetable wagon has changed into a company call FieldGoods


Tuesday, 09 August 2016 20:00

A Turning Point!

by John H. Vargo, Publisher

The Hudson River Valley has changed dramatically over the last one hundred years. Many of us older folks have seen areas go from farms to suburbs in a few years! The area described below is one area that has not changed and is exceptional! To me it spells opportunity for the right individuals. The location is Flats Road, Coxsackie, NY. It is timeless and beautiful in the multitude of farms that front on this road. With its 10 or more farms, most of them for sale, this is an area that is dramatically going to change or could stay as farmland. The farms are of varying sizes, and can fit, into different economic buyers.



Wednesday, 03 August 2016 20:00

“He just wanted to give back a little bit”

by Leslie Spencer

George Mann, a retired educator and local boat owner at White’s Marina in New Hamburg, NY said, “He just wanted to give back a little bit”, when he developed the idea to take veterans on boat rides followed by a picnic lunch. He began by contacting Nelson Rivera, director of Veterans Services, Dutchess “He just wanted to give back a little bit” by Leslie Spencer County Department of Behavioral and Community Health, who collected names of veterans and guests who would like to participate.


Tuesday, 02 August 2016 14:46

William Emslie - 1937 - 2016

William M. “Bill” Emslie went to his eternal rest on June 12, 2016 after a long illness. Born at Vassar Brothers Hospital on December 6, 1937, he was the son of Weston S. Emslie and Lillian May Beckett. Bill graduated from Arlington High School. On April 18, 1964, he married the love of his life, Lorraine Josephine Sommers in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. Lorraine survives at home.


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

Larry Jensen is a classmate of mine from our formative days in the Lakeland school district in Shrub Oak. His family used to own a popular office supply store on Route 6 in Mohegan Lake, and they were a fixture in the local community. The “big boxes” eventually drove the Jensens out; Larry and I graduated from Lakeland in the early ‘80s and went our separate ways. We eventually reconnected thanks to the power of the Internet, and found ourselves living not too far apart – me in upstate New York, Larry in Vermont, although he traveled often throughout the USA by motorcycle, kayak, bicycle and boat with Lexie, his beloved Yorkshire Terrier.


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

Perhaps you are seeking to throw the boat on the trailer and cruise up the Thruway to the many inland bodies of water north of Albany. If so, there is a really great alternative that you may not have heard about, and that’s big, majestic Saratoga Lake, just a few short miles north of Albany. In the Lake’s southwest corner is a big marina, a newly refurbished restaurant and even some lakefront cabins for rent, so perhaps now is the time to consider checking it out


One of the least known of US government agencies is also the oldest!

In 1807, Thomas Jefferson signed a law authorizing a survey of the U.S. coast, leading to the establishment of the U.S. Coast Survey – the predecessor of NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Its mandate was to survey the coast and inlets of our navigable waterways for safe navigation.


Thursday, 30 June 2016 10:42

Tug Auction & Tugboat Trail Esopus, NY

The Tugfest Committee for the Town of Esopus is preparing for another Tug Auction and Tugboat Trail. This year our committee is excited to announce the addition of 10 Esopus Meadows Lighthouses and 15 Tugs to our fleet .It was a pleasure to meet friends from Boating on the Hudson at our last event. This year’s auction will be Saturday, September 24th with a rain date of the 25th. Our event will begin at 10:00am and the auction at 3pm at Headless Horseman – Hayrides and Haunted Houses (# 1 Tourist Attraction in U.S. for a Halloween Event).


Wednesday, 29 June 2016 15:40

A Boater’s Paradise!


Picture this; a beautiful, one owner home, with a deepwater dock, (5 feet at extreme low tides and 10 feet at high tide), and calm water out in front at all times! For those of you looking for a piece of paradise, here it is!

During every season there is activity happening in the fresh water creek which passes right by this beautiful home.

In the spring months of April and May, the yellow perch fishing is phenomenal and thousands of spawning herring arrive. At the same time, huge striped bass feed on the herring while getting ready to spawn. The largemouth bass create habitats right under your dock and at the edges of the creek.

Sounds like paradise to me! To someone who is a boater, and a fisherman, with a love of the outdoors; this is a superb place to live.


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