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Tri-Lakes business group proposes new events

Canadian law enforcement officers destroy barrels of liquor in a 1925 raid against bootleggers in Elk Lake, Ontario.

Canadian law enforcement officers destroy barrels of liquor in a 1925 raid against bootleggers in Elk Lake, Ontario.

— The event is to be held during the bicentennial year of Warren County, and a parade through Pottersville is scheduled for Aug. 24, 2013 — and the rumrunner participants will likely be driving their antique autos in the procession. The weekend might include a mock race of the motorcars, with their drivers and passengers garbed in clothes of the 1920s. Morin said this week that Chestertown was reputed to be a popular stop-off for bootleggers who were transporting liquor between New York City and Montreal, and that the Remington Building downtown may have been a secretive gambling joint.

Morin, who serves as Events Coordinator for the First Wilderness Heritage Corridor, is guest speaker at the Alliance’s February meeting.

A Farmers Market was suggested for the summer months with fresh produce and homemade goods and crafts including bakery items, jewelry, and quilts.

Don Butler of Panther Mountain Inn reported the presentations he and others made recently to Chester officials regarding the extension of snowmobile trails into the town center — and exploring the feasibility of a small-scale downtown municipal sewer system. The idea latter was well received, and Butler as well as various town officials scheduled a meeting with state Dept. of Environmental Conservation officials for Jan. 26 to obtain more information.

Butler also aired a request with the town about opening up village streets or sidewalks to snowmobiles. It was decided that those supporting the change need to present the concept to the board earlier next year to strategize how to accomplish it, while addressing public safety and quality of life concerns.

It was noted at the meeting that the upcoming Brant Lake Ice Fishing Tournament has been rescheduled for February 4 because of unsafe lake conditions.

New ideas raised at the meeting include improved signage directing people into downtown Chestertown. Linda Muench volunteered to head this committee pursuing this objective.

Glens Falls Economic & Community Development Director Edward Bartholomew will be guest speaker at the next meeting of the Alliance, set for 9 a.m. Friday Jan. 27 at the Panther Mountain Inn.

He’s likely to talk about the work of the Adirondack Gateway Council, a consortium of municipalities in Warren, Washington and northern Saratoga counties that's developing a regional plan for housing, transportation, broadband, sustainable living and economic development — bankrolled with a $750,000 federal grant.

Details on Alliance meetings can be found at www.wix.com/cmead3/Tri-Lakes-Business-Alliance.

Adirondack Journal Editor Thom Randall contributed to this report.

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