What caught our eye - 4/13/19

April 13, 2019

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To protect Lake George, upgraded sewer facilities are critical — as is New York State funding.

JUMPING IN FOR LAKE GEORGE: In a few weeks, thousands will come home to the lake they love, Lake George, in search of family memories and old traditions and the crisp, clear waters that Thomas Jefferson called the most beautiful he ever saw.  Lake George is an environmental, historic and scenic treasure without parallel and it’s in need of a little help from its many friends. Gov. Cuomo has championed the Adirondack environment and economy for many years. Here’s hoping he’ll come through for Lake George again.  http://bit.ly/HelpingOutALake

JIMMER NOT CATCHY ENOUGH? Jimmer Fredette is back in the NBA, fresh off his stint in the Chinese Basketball Association. His alma mater, BYU, has just released a documentary about his superstar status and the name he picked up in China. Watch the trailer here. See the whole film for free by downloading the BYUtv app. http://bit.ly/JimmerOnFilm

107 AND SHARP AS A BLADE: If barbershop conversations are proof that heads exist only for the sake of hair, New Windsor’s Anthony Mancinelli has heard it all, many times over. http://bit.ly/107StillMakesTheCut

DOUBLE-CROSSER: World War II veteran Ernie Andrus was 93 when he jogged across the country, from San Diego to Saint Simons Island, Ga. He liked it so much that, at 95, he’s doing it again. http://bit.ly/RunStrong95

FROM UFA WITH LOVE: A North Country nursing professor earns a Fulbright Scholarship and spends a semester in Russian medical school. What she’s bringing back goes far beyond medicine. http://bit.ly/FromUfaWithLove

ADVICE FROM AN EXPERT: Can’t wait to start handicapping the 2019 Kentucky Derby? You’re in luck. A bettor who has hit nine of the past 10 Kentucky Derby AND Kentucky Oaks winners in the same year sizes up what figures to be another full field in the Run for the Roses. http://bit.ly/OddsAreinHisFavor

WHAT INSPIRES US

ONE DROP OF RAIN: Molly McMaster of Wilton began fighting colon cancer 20 years ago. She was an active, seemingly healthy hockey player when she was diagnosed with the disease at 23. She beat it — and ever since she’s been fighting colon cancer by raising awareness, especially among young people. Now a nationally known health advocate, Molly’s out with a new book chronicling her effort to “create a wave of colon cancer awareness.” http://bit.ly/CallingOutColonCancer

A CURE FOR DEBT: Ken Langone is an American success story – a working-class kid who went to business school at night, started a venture capital firm and helped found Home Depot.  Now, he’s helping to make sure you have a doctor when you need one.  http://bit.ly/ACureForDebt

TRIBUTE TO A DONOR: Donating an organ so another may live is perhaps the greatest gift one can give. And when a donation is about to occur, hospitals honor the donor and the moment with a solemn tribute. http://bit.ly/OrganDonorHonors

WILD THINGS

BEAR’D THEY GO? Two black bears raised in captivity make a run for it. Some Adirondack communities are on watch. http://bit.ly/BearsNightOut

BLAME THE LORAX: For years, professional foresters have been frustrated that the public misunderstands the long-term environmental benefits of managed forests. A new forest cam may be changing minds.  http://bit.ly/BlameTheLorax

WHAT’S WORKING

A BUSINESS THAT STICKS: SheetLabels.com, a Glens Falls-based e-commerce business that was started when its founder, Adam Gray, was a high school student in Lake George, is on the move and growing. http://bit.ly/StickingWithSuccess

GOOD HOMES: The Animal Protective Foundation of Scotia reached a new level of success in 2018, finding homes for 90% of the pets entrusted to their care. Schenectady’s Daily Gazette provides an inside look at the organization’s progressive approach to pet placement. http://bit.ly/PetPlacements

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Yelp users ranked 9 Miles East pizza one of the best in upstate New York.

ZA WINNERS ARE: Best pizza lists always spark an argument, so here goes. The fabulous 9 Miles East Farm in Schuylerville is ranked third best in Upstate New York in a new Yelp survey. Local classics DeFazio’s in Troy, The Pizza Shop in Warrensburg, Marino’s Flying Pizza and Restaurant in Schenectady and Kay’s Burden Lake Restaurant also make the list. (At 9 Miles East, mentioning "Behan" when you order online this month will get you a discount.) http://bit.ly/UpstatePizzaWinners

PEOPLE

FOR THE AGES: Olympic Silver and Bronze medalist Andrew Weibrecht of Lake Placid is being inducted into the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame. http://bit.ly/AreaOlympianHonored

IN THE RUNNING: Albany native Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is getting some attention for her presidential campaign. But there’s a second presidential candidate with Capital Region cred. http://bit.ly/InTheRace

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As Nipper guards Albany, so, too, did writer and musician Greg Haymes who founded Nippertown (an online magazine) and brought his benevolent oversight
to the arts scene in the Capital Region and beyond. (John Bulmer)

 

DIM THE LIGHTS: Greg Haymes — aka Sarge Blotto — was a champion of the arts, whether it be a local act, an art show or a tour stop at the Times Union Center. A performer and artist himself, he brought first-hand experience, a keen eye and a dry wit to assignments. More importantly, he was just a cool dude who spread joy everywhere he went. http://bit.ly/RemberingSargeBlotto

FIREBALL: High school baseball season in New England is too short. You have to get on the field as soon as possible. That’s when crazy ideas come up. http://bit.ly/FieldofFireNotDreams

GOING THE DISTANCE: A Glens Falls man turned a personal tragedy into a mission to bike across the country. He leaves for his second trip later this month, in an effort to help others suffering from a devastating disease few have ever heard of. http://bit.ly/PedalingAwareness

BE HAPPY

WHINE COUNTRY: Wine production is helping farmers stay in business and creating revenue for rural communities. But not everybody is enjoying the glow. http://bit.ly/WhineCountry

MISERY LOVES COMPANY: Here’s an icebreaker for you to bust out in Western New York: Why do all the bars in Buffalo have their TVs on the floor? So you can watch the Bills while hanging your head. It’s no wonder, then, that ESPN finds fans of the Bills (and Sabres) among the most miserable in all of sports: http://bit.ly/TheBuffaloMoan

WORTH WATCHING

THE MAN HE BECAME: Dwyane Wade was a gift to basketball. But the gift is so much bigger. And as for assists, he's in a league of his own. Do yourself a favor and watch this video tribute — especially if you're not a sports fan. http://bit.ly/DwyanesGift

THE SIGNOFF

DON’T GET JERKED AROUND: We all can agree that there are more than enough jerks in the world, and that engaging with a jerk on his or her level can make you one, too. There’s a better way. We turn again to Adam Grant. http://bit.ly/DontBeAJerk

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THANK YOU to our content contributors John Brodt, Bill Callen, Lisa Fenwick, Colleen Potter, Tina Suhocki and Bill Richmond. Special thanks also to Mark McGuire of Make-A-Wish® Northeast New York for the remembrance of Greg Haymes, a longtime colleague.

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