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Notes from the North Woods

NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo admires his daughter's catch,  while fishing on the Saranac Lakes.  The Governor recently signed legislation that will permit the DEC to host additional Free Fishing Clinics throughout the state.  It is expected the introductory clinics will attract newcomers to the sport,  and generate additional licenses, fishing equipment sales and additional expenditures

NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo admires his daughter's catch, while fishing on the Saranac Lakes. The Governor recently signed legislation that will permit the DEC to host additional Free Fishing Clinics throughout the state. It is expected the introductory clinics will attract newcomers to the sport, and generate additional licenses, fishing equipment sales and additional expenditures

In conjunction with the annual Elizabethtown Days Celebration, Margaret Bartley, author, historian and current town supervisor will present a historic slide presentation featuring, “Old Time E’Towners: At Work & At Play.” The event will be hosted at the Adirondack History Center Museum on Sunday July 22, at 3 p.m. as part of the Elizabethtown Weekend Celebration.

Although there are many larger museums in the region, including the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, and The Natural History Museum, aka The Wild Center in Tupper Lake; travelers interested in learning more about the region’s vast history should take the time to travel to the small hamlet of Onchiota. Located just down the road from the NYSDEC Buck Pond is the Six Nations Museum. The small, seasonal museum was founded in 1954 by the late Ray Fadden, and it is only open during the summer and autumn months. It is open July 1 through Labor Day, and by appointment. For further information, contact the museum at 891-2299.

It is a small intimate facility that is bursting at the seams with information. Ray Fadden, and his Six Nations Museum are likely better known among members of the Iroquois Confederacy, than by the general public. It’s a shame, for the true beginning of all Adirondack history start with the native people. Featuring a vast collection of wampum belts, tools and numerous other native American artifacts including a dugout canoe, the museum continues to carry on the legacy of Ray Fadden. It is one of the hidden Adirondack locations that you won’t want to miss.

Learn to fish for free

In a continuing effort to get people fishing, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo recently signed legislation that will expand the opportunities for the NYSDEC to host free fishing clinics across New York State. This governor gets it, he understands the value of outdoor recreation, and the importance of providing children and adults with the skills and knowledge to truly enjoy the local environment.

Joe Hackett is a guide and sportsman residing in Ray Brook. Contact him at brookside18@adelphia.net.

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