Early campaign contributions from labor unions to the re-election campaign of U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, have dried up this election cycle, so far.

In the first six months of 2019, labor union political action committees contributed $15,000 to Stefanik’s re-election campaign, while in the first six months of this year, the most recent information available, labor PACs contributed nothing to Stefanik’s campaign.

Stefanik, who no doubt would appreciate labor support, has backed some legislation favorable to labor this year, but also has backed legislation to rein in jurisdiction of the National Labor Relations Board, and she led Republican opposition…


This is the latest in an occasional series of posts about news reported in 19th century weekly issues of the Ticonderoga Sentinel.

Evidence of the changing of seasons was all around.

“The croquet grounds are deserted,” the Ticonderoga Sentinel reported on Oct. 10, 1874. “Only a few city boarders are at the hotel.”

The selection of a poem “A Revery,” meaning day dream, indicated that nostalgia for summer had already set in.

“There’s beauty in the summer sky, when grandly from its ocean bed, like a strong man refreshed by sleep, proudly the sun uplifts its head,” began the poem…


This is the latest in a series of posts about news reported a century ago in the Ticonderoga Sentinel.

A lack of rain was threatening crops in the Ticonderoga area a century ago.

“Another draught,” the Crown Point correspondent reported in the Ticonderoga Sentinel on Sept. 1, 1921.

“Corn is gaining rapidly and is considered a good crop. Potatoes are a light crop and some fields show signs of blight,” the Ironville correspondent reported. “Pastures are drying up and rain is needed. Oats are reportedly a light crop where they have been threshed.”

Meanwhile, Sarah Pell’s flower garden at Fort…


The Lake George post office garnered national publicity, including from President Richard Nixon, and won the top eastern regional honor, fifty years ago with a multi-modal stunt to celebrate the first day of the new U.S. Postal Service, the private entity that replaced the former government-run post office system.

“The (July 1) event received widespread newspaper, radio and television coverage,” The Post-Star reported.

Local construction contractor Duke Kubricky supplied a helicopter to fly over Lake George and pick up a sack of mail from the Lake George Steamboat Co. vessel Mohican.

The chopper flew the sack to the Ghost Town…


U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik has introduced legislation to establish a commission to study the involvement of the United States in Afghanistan.

Rep. John Katko, R-Camillus, has co-sponsored legislation to conduct an analysis of possible security threat of prisoners the Taliban released.

And Rep. Claudia Tenney, R-Clinton, co-sponsored legislation to prohibit U.S. aid to the Taliban.

  • Stefanik introduced HR 5174 — legislation to establish the National Commission on the United States Involvement in Afghanistan — on Sept. 3.

The legislation had one original co-sponsor — Rep. Robert Wittman, R-Va.

A summary and text of the legislation were not yet available on…


Backroads PAC, the political action committee Tedra Cobb founded to support Democratic congressional candidates in rural areas, has backed its first challenger — Jeff Sites, a forklift operator from Lima, Ohio, who is challenging Rep. Jim Jordan, a Republican who co-founded the conservative House Freedom Caucus.

Jordan represents Ohio’s 4th Congressional District, often called the “Duck District” because of its unique shape that some say was drawn to provide a Republican enrollment advantage.

Backroads PAC contributed $1,000 to Sites campaign in June, and endorsed his candidacy on his campaign Facebook page.

Backroads PAC also contributed $1,000 to incumbent Democratic Rep…


This is the latest in an occasional series of posts about news reported in 19th century weekly issues of the Ticonderoga Sentinel.

At a meeting at the offices of Delano & Ives on Sept.26, 1874, town residents determined that moving forward with a water works system would be the best option for fire protection.

“With comparatively small cost, we can have a water works that cannot be improved upon,” the Ticonderoga Sentinel reported on Oct.3, 1874. …


Works of Bach, Handel, Mozart and Debussy were among the transcriptions scheduled for harmonica virtuoso John Sebastian’s concert at Christ Church Methodist in Glens Falls, but no works of Schumann, Brahms or Chopin.

“My instrument does not have the lush sentimental tone so necessary in ‘Romanic’ music,” Sebastian told Post-Star music writer Brunnhilde Decker McCune, for a column published Nov. 1, 1946. “The harmonica can be plaintive, pastoral, ascetic, gay, whimsical — but never ‘romantic’ in the true sense of the word.”

The Nov. 1 concert, the first in the annual Community Concert Series, was sold out in advance.

Sebastian…


Lake George cottagers passing by in canoes and and row boats must have thought it was a wedding, the Silver Bay correspondent to the Lake George Mirror reported on Aug.3, 1918.

But it was just an example of the whimsical spirit that still inhabits Silver Bay today.

“Why all the hilarity on the Silver Bay dock Monday evening as the (steamboat) Sagamore approached?” the Silver Bay correspondent asked, going on to explain.

There was shouting and dancing among a group of merrymakers that gathered at the dock.

“Soon showers of rice were in evidence, and when the gang plank stretched…


This is the latest in a series of posts about news reported a century ago in the Ticonderoga Sentinel.

Wide-spread strikes at papers mills around the northeast and Canada, including the Ticonderoga International Paper Co. mill, caused a drastic reduction in demand for pulp wood.

“Lumbering operations in the eastern section of the Adirondacks are practically at a standstill, and lumbermen hold out no hope of immediate improvement in the situation,” the Ticonderoga Sentinel reported on July 28, 1921. “One prominent lumberman said that what lumbering is now in progress is about 10 percent of normal.”

The Ticonderoga IP mill…

Maury Thompson

Freelance history writer and documentary film producer from Ticonderoga, NY

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