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On scene in the Adirondacks

A few years back, North Hudson was the location of a major commercial television project. The production, featuring an all terrain vehicle (ATV), was situated at the Blue Ridge Falls Campsite in North Hudson as a result of a Department of Environmental Conservation ruling that banned ATV use on Forest Preserve lands. The commercial project featured a Yamaha Rhino ATV which had been adapted for use as a swift water rescue vehicle by Niagara County Search and Rescue Department The 30 second spot features a whitewater kayaker taking a spill over Blue Ridge Falls. The paddler is quickly plucked from the water by a rescue line attached to a winch on the Rhino ATV. The story-line was developed in an effort to present a positive image of ATVs, instead of the usual ATV ads which feature machines sloshing through the mud and ripping up the landscape. Viewers of Saturday morning television on the Outdoor Life Channel may have seen the commercial, but very few would recognize the river scene since it was filmed on private property. On Saturday, Nov. 22, another Adirondack-based television production will air nationwide at 8 p.m. on the Discovery Channel. Americas First Nations will feature a story that details the history of the Iroquois Confederacy. The joint production of Think Films and Half Yard Productions of Washington, DC is the first episode in the First Nations Series. The production was filmed on location at Elk Lake and Clear Pond in North Hudson, at the Pack Forest in Warrensburg and at High Falls in the Catskills. The plot follows the story of the creation of the Iroquois Confederacy. The cast includes Native American actors from across New York, representing each of the original Five Nations, as well as members of the Sioux, Cheyenne and Blackfoot nations. Many in the cast came from Akwasasne, the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation near Massena including Joanne Shenandoah, a Grammy Award winning Native American singer/songwriter/actor. John Fadden of Onchiota and Doug George of Akwasasne also served as project consultants to ensure the integrity of the production and to authenticate historic accuracy and traditional scenes. Outdoor travelers familiar with the High Peaks region surrounding Elk Lake or the Pack Forest in Warrensburg are sure to recognize the scenery. Members of the Lake George Fire Department will certainly recognize the rain, as they helped to produce such special effects with a pumper truck while on location at the nearby Pack Forest. Joe Hackett is a guide and sportsman residing in Ray Brook. Contact him at brookside18@adelphia.net

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