•50 Years Ago - July, 1959•

County Municipal Center plans move ahead

A referendum to move the county seat from Lake George and Glens Falls to the county property on Route 9, four miles north of Glens Falls, will be on the ballot in the November election. If the voters give their approval, a new building will be erected to house the county jail.

The county offices, at present, are scattered in buildings in Lake George county center (now the Old Courthouse) and in the Colvin building and South and Broad streets in Glens Falls. The county jail in Lake George is under threat of formal condemnation and because of this a proposal has been made by the Board of Supervisors to build a county municipal center on Route 9 for about $3.7 million.

Swashbuckling pirate in Lake George

Commercial artist Jack Bender has for five years been creating in plastic heroic-sized figures for various Adirondack attractions. His latest creation is the 20-foot statue of a swashbuckling pirate, standing on a treasure chest, for Jolly Roger restaurant on Canada St., Lake George.

Binder has created more than a dozen larger-than-life statues in the Adirondacks. It all started when Paul Lukaris wanted an eight-foot ape for the entrance of Animal Land. Than Jack made the 12-foot Viking for Norge Village on Bolton Rd., followed by Gainsborough's Blue Boy. He used sawdust, plaster of paris, wood pulp, plastic and some metal for his durable, weather-proof creations.

Jack Binder became a refugee from New York City's Madison Ave. when he brought his large family to an old farm in Stony Creek in 1943 and he has lived in this area ever since. "I may not make as good a living as I could on Madison Ave., but I have more fun," says Jack. His friends call him "Jack the Giant Maker." (Note: At one time, in the mid-50s, Jack rented from Merv Hadden the house on Elm St. now known as the Grant Eldridge house, the former caretaker's cottage for the Isham estate, now called The Pillars.)

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