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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


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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Thursday, 22 June 2017 11:21


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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Tuesday, 20 June 2017 11:07

The High Line, Revisited

We visited Manhattan’s High Line—an abandoned elevated freight line in the Chelsea District on the Lower West Side between Hell’s Kitchen and the West Village, that had been transformed into a mile-long elevated linear public park—in early June 2013. At that time, the park ran from Gansevoort Street (near Greenwich Village) to West 30th Street and the two original sections had only been open two years, and were relatively “undiscovered”. We’d heard that it had been extended north a half-mile to 34th Street, and this new section swung pretty much due west towards the Hudson and the West Side Highway: Tuesday was to be sunny and in the low 80’s: a far far cry from overcast weeks and weeks in the 30’s-50’s: “Let’s go!!!”.

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It began four years ago as a way of keeping a tradition alive by focusing on children!

Pat Harbolic and Tom Colandra, brought up in the wonderful fishing community of Verplanck felt that the recreational fishing industry needed a boost. So with no money and only a dream the two began talking up a really tiny striped bass fishing derby for just a few friends. It wasn’t untll Pat and Tom began sellng the idea to supporters that they realized they had hit a “hot button, ” Families
and individuals alike were turning away from the Hudson River in droves, something needed to be done.

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Sunday, 28 May 2017 15:35


Of all the striped bass derby’s and catfish contests that the Hudson River Fisherman’s Association an I have been involved in, none had the dramatic influence on kids and adults that the April 15th, 2017 catfish derby Had on so many children and adults that this one did.

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Friday, 26 May 2017 15:27

Uber is almost here.....

New York State government has approved Uber throughout the state!

Uber is making fast strides in providing services from various waterfront locations to Fill boaters requests. The above is a screen shot example of one of the earliest Uber estimates from Pearl River Hilton to Haverstraw Marina.

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Thursday, 25 May 2017 15:22



Sustainable Energy Systems, Inc. and Gerr Marine Team with Museum to Design and Construct Zero-Fuel, One Hundred Percent, Solar-Electric Passenger Tour Boat.

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Tuesday, 23 May 2017 15:08


It used to be that many a child would go to their grandparents when they were old enough to walk to get a basic understanding of what life is all about! That included fishing, hunting, trapping, and how to operate a boat. These children were perfectly capable of handling the boat and going fishing by the time they were twelve years old.

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