What caught our eye - 6/8/19

June 8, 2019


Photo of cross tombstones at veteran's cemetery in FranceFreedom’s Price Paid Here. The war to end all wars came to Utah Beach,
Colleville-Sur-Mer, France, on June 6, 1944. On the 75th anniversary,
The Wall Street Journal introduced us to some who survived.  

GREETINGS FROM RACHAEL RAY, NY: We’ll confess that The Pudding is new to us, but the cool extension to its URL is spot on. The  Pudding’s peeps have created what they call a People Map of the U.S., in which city names are replaced by their most — pardon the term — “Wikipedia’ed” resident, along with brief bios on each. Now that’s using data to both have fun and inform. Look up your favorite city and see who makes it famous. Like Kirk Douglas for Amsterdam, David Hyde Pierce for Saratoga Springs, Kate Snow and Abner Doubleday for Ballston. You get the picture. http://bit.ly/ThePeopleMap

GOLD MEDAL FOR SILVER BAY: Gorgeous Silver Bay on Lake George is a New York Times’ 25 best beach vacations choice for 2019. The Times extolls “naps on a sun-warmed dock, rowboat picnics, long swims in water so clean that it qualifies as drinking water.”   http://bit.ly/GoldMedalforSilverBay

TOP TEN: If you need a break from the Big Apple, Lake George and Lake Placid make Trips to Discover’s Top Ten list for weekend getaways. http://bit.ly/Top10NYCGetaways

A HERO IN ANY LANGUAGE: Louis Levi Oakes, who spent most of his life on the Akwesasne Mohawk Reservation in Northern New York and was among about 24 Mohawk code talkers who helped relay critical battlefield information to American soldiers during World War II, died the day after Memorial Day. At 94, he was the last surviving Mohawk code talker. http://bit.ly/LastOfTheCodeTalkers

FLY LIKE AN EAGLE: Can essential local newspapers survive in the digital era? Returning them to local ownership may be the key. It seems to be working in the Berkshires. http://bit.ly/BerkshiresPaperSuccess

SEEKING STANLEY: The Dineens of Hockey are not in the Stanley Cup playoffs this year, but their long family connection to Lord Stanley’s 34.5 pounds of silver endures. http://bit.ly/DineensStanleyConnection

Photo of Hudson Falls village officials and local businessmen, with image of renovations planned at park.Hudson Falls entrepreneurs Mike and Brien Moran (at right of easel) announced a $500,000 gift
to help transform the village’s Derby Park into a vibrant recreation and community space.
Deputy Mayor Bob Cook (left) and Mayor John Barton (second from left) celebrated the news.

CHAMPIONS OF HUDSON FALLS: If you grew up in the Washington County Village of Hudson Falls from the 1950s to the 1990s, you bought your sporting goods and bicycles from the Moran family and spent a good chunk of your childhood at “Derby,” formally known as Derby Park. Now brothers Brien and Mike Moran are giving back to their hometown in a big way, helping build a new Derby Park for generations to come and giving Hudson Falls game. http://bit.ly/MoransGiftToDerbyPark

THE RUB: Soak in some Alpine healing this summer at four Adirondack spas that Saratoga Living says will restore your zen. http://bit.ly/SaratogasZenSpas

THE HOLE STORY: Four locally owned bakeries make Yelp’s list of top spots for a doughnut in Upstate New York. Sweet. http://bit.ly/LocalBakeriesFetedByYelp

FLX CHARDONNAY? Maybe it’s time to take another look at Finger Lakes Chardonnays. They’re tastefully different from their tired California sisters and they’re coming of age. http://bit.ly/FingerLakesWines

SCHOOL’S OUT: Alice Cooper – yes, he’s still rocking — is coming to the Cool Insuring Arena. http://bit.ly/AliceCooperinGlensFalls

 A FARM GROWS…: What’s the oldest building in New York? A farmhouse. Where is it? You’ll never guess. http://bit.ly/NYSOldestFarmhouse

CAT STUMPS TRUMP: The tightest security in the world could not stop Larry.  http://bit.ly/UKcathidesunderUSmotorcade

THE GRADUATE: On tiny Cuttyhunk Island, Mass., (pop. 12) they’re planning for the elementary school graduation. A famous actress is coming. Set up the chair. http://bit.ly/GraduationOfOne

CAT SCRATCH FEVER: No pussy-footing around this one. The vets hate the bill. The humane society supports it. And the Legislature passed it. Now, this bill claws its way to the governor’s desk. Where do you stand on declawing cats? http://bit.ly/NYMayBanDeclawing

ALL THE RAGE: A few weeks ago, we introduced you to the Riot Room in Rotterdam. Evidently, the market for anger and stress relief is growing. A rage room is opening in southern Saratoga County. http://bit.ly/SaratogaCountyRageRoom

VERY COMPLEX TREES: President Reagan took a lot of heat, as it were, in 1981 when he claimed trees were a significant cause of air pollution. Remember killer trees jokes? Yes, trees remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, but they also contribute methane and could be contributing to global warming.  http://bit.ly/TreeswithMethane

RAY OF GOLD: Saratoga Springs author Ray O’Connor’s screenplay based on his book, “She Called Him Raymond,” has won top honors at one the world’s oldest and largest film and script competitions. The book is the true story of Ray’s mother, Helen Gregg, the daughter of Irish immigrant parents raised in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen during the Great Depression, and her husband, Raymond Stephenson, an aspiring World War II B-17 pilot from the struggling city of Ironton, Ohio. http://bit.ly/RaymondScreenPlayHonored

BIG BUCKS: To thin the deer population on Staten Island (who knew it was a problem?), the New York City Parks Department is spending $4.1 million on vasectomies. We snip you not. http://bit.ly/SIDeerVasectomies

ITUNES, 2001-2019: Just when we were getting the beat, Apple pulls the plug on iTunes. http://bit.ly/NoMoreiTunes

ANDY RUIZ? REALLY? He wasn’t even supposed to fight. He was a substitute. The fights he fought were not world class. His chances were widely dismissed. Meet the new heavyweight champion of the world. http://bit.ly/HeavyweightChampionOfTheWorld

Nightime photo of Saratoga City Center with cars driving byThe Saratoga Springs City Center, seen here, will host the centennial celebration of
the Plumbers and Steamfitters Local Union 773 tonight (Photo:
John Bulmer)

A CENTURY OF FINE WORK: The members of Plumbers and Steamfitters Local Union 773 are celebrating 100 years of service to our region tonight (June 8) at the Saratoga Springs City Center. More than 450 members, state and local government officials and other friends of the union are coming together to commemorate Local 773’s accomplishments, from some of the region’s early infrastructure projects to the history-making building of GlobalFoundries. Congratulations to Business Manager Scott Martel and his team! http://www.lu773.org/

FINGER LICKIN’ GOOD: What’s the K stand for in KFC? A Watertown woman thinks she knows. http://bit.ly/WomanFindsMysteryAtKFC

DEATH WISH FOR PLAQUE: Here’s a question to ponder over your second cup: Could coffee help you fight dental plaque in space? http://bit.ly/DeathWishCoffeeinSpace

THE BELLE OF BELMONT: This weekend is the Belmont, the third and final race of the Triple Crown. If you’re reading this trackside, perhaps you are also relaxing at the Garden City Hotel, opened in 1874 and still the comfortable home away from home for owners, trainers, jockeys and the journalists who cover them. http://bit.ly/BelmontsFavoriteHotel

Mark: War of Will (still)
John: Spinoff
Bill C: Everfast
Bill R: Master Fencer
Colleen: Intrepid Heart
Lisa: Bourbon War

A TWEENER? YOU ASK: Thank you. We weren’t familiar with the term either. We feared it might have something to do with Anthony Weiner. Not so. Here’s the answer. http://bit.ly/TennisTweener

FINAL RECKONING: What finally ended James Holzhauer’s $2.5 million run on Jeopardy? Here was the answer: “The line 'a great reckoning in a little room' in 'As You Like It' is usually taken to refer to this author's premature death." http://bit.ly/JeopardyJamesEnd  Meet Emma.

— Round Lake Antique Show
will take place Saturday, June 22nd to Sunday, June 23rd. http://www.roundlakevillage.org/antiques-festival

— The 50th Annual Lake Placid Horse Show kicks off Tuesday, June 25th and runs through Sunday, June 30th. The 2019 action continues with the I Love New York Horse Show from Tuesday, July 2nd through Sunday, July 7th. http://www.lakeplacidhorseshow.com/


“Each moment is our best opportunity to do good.”
— Anne Saile, former director of The Hyde Collection and former President and CEO of Bellevue Woman’s Hospital, who with Albany Common Council President Carolyn McLaughlin and retiring CAPCOM Federal Credit Union President Paula Stopera, was honored by The College of Saint Rose with a “Community of Excellence” award on Thursday, June 6. Ms. Saile was quoting her mother’s sound advice.


THEY’LL GIVE IT ANOTHER DRY: For the 11th time since the end of Prohibition and second time in 19 years, Argyle is considering repealing its law banning the sale of alcohol in the Washington County town. It’s not a sure bet. http://bit.ly/ArgylesDryLaw

Wondering about the answer to the Final Jeopardy question from above? The correct response is: "Who is Christopher Marlowe?"

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