Spring/Summer 2014 Newsletter
ALA’s New Members
We Will Miss Her Smile...The ALA has sadly lost another member this week, Rose Marie Laucik. She, along with her husband George were regular attendees of ALA events. Rose Marie especially enjoyed the winter meeting at the League Club and was always part of the "auction team". Her family was involved in Little Rapids Park and in recent years she fulfilled her dream of building her own north country cabin on a beautiful lake in the Southern Adirondacks. We will miss her warm smile and generous heart...she was a great lady!
Visitation will be Friday, October 3, 2014 from 2 - 4 & 7 – 9 P.M. at the Hagan Chamberlain Funeral Home in Boundbrook, New Jersey. Funeral Services will begin 9:00 A.M., Saturday, October 4, at the funeral home, followed by a 10:30 A.M. Mass of Resurrection at Our Lady of the Mount Church in Warren. Cremation will follow at Somerset Hills Memorial Park in Basking Ridge. Burial of ashes will be private. Memorial donations may be made to VNA of Somerset Hills, 200 Mt. Airy Road, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920 or www.visitingnurse.org.
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Remembering Ted WickershamThe ALA is saddened by the recent passing of one of our founding members Ted Wickersham. Ted was a lifelong member of the North Woods Club in Minerva, was a regular at all our meetings, served on the ALA board for many years and was a past President. He was a gentleman of the finest order and will be truly missed by all of us in the ALA.
His family offered these thoughts which speak volumes of their love and respect for Ted.
A message from Tod and Walter WickershamOur Father, Ted Wickersham, died on September 8th at the age of 75 after a long battle with aggressive prostate cancer. The end was peaceful with his loving and loved wife Norma by his side.
He is now free to fish, hike and explore all the wonderful lands and waterways of the Adirondacks as well as anywhere he chooses. His love, humor, generosity and compassionate action will be missed, but we are all better for knowing and sharing time with him. In his new place and with an enhanced connection to the divine, you can be assured he is still working to protect the Adirondacks, support the nature and people who call it home, maintain the gift of the North Woods Club and work for the betterment of all.
There will be a memorial service with reception following at the Church of Heavenly Rest, Fifth Ave and 90th St. in New York City on Friday September 19 at 2:00 pm. Memorial contributions can be sent to Legal Aid Society of NY, 199 Water Street, NY, NY 10038 or Adirondack Foundation, The Community Fund for the Gore Mountain Region, P.O. Box 217, North Creek, NY 12851 would be appropriate.
New York Times Obituary
ALA 2014 Spring MeetingThe Adirondack Landowners Association held their annual membership meeting on May 9/10 at Minnowbrook Conference Center on Blue Mt. Lake. “Early-birds” were treated to a special private tour of the Adirondack Museum with Museum Director, David Kahn. We then started the meeting with a discussion forum attended by key Adirondack legislators, the NYS Comptroller’s office and the ALA Board of Directors. This was followed by our evening social hour/reception and then with a great dinner in the main dining room.
Following dinner we heard from NYS Assembly members Marc Butler and Dan Stec along with Elizabeth Wolters, Legislative Director for NYS Senator Betty Little. We had a number of special guests including Fred & Carol Monroe, Bill Farber, Brian Towers, Steve Hamilton, Willie Janeway, Karen Feldman, David Kahn, Dennis Phillips, Kim Finnigan and Bob Stegemann.
Our Saturday morning meeting featured a presentation titled: “The Challenge of Property Taxes and Generational Change" by Dennis Phillips, a well known and respected Adirondack attorney. The ALA members found this presentation to be very informative and it kicked off some interesting questions and discussion.
This was followed by the “members” portion of our meeting where we heard reports from ALA President Tom Williams and our Senior Advisor, Dr. Ross Whaley. Minnowbrook is a great venue for our meeting and it was obvious all the attendees had a great time in Blue Mt. Lake.
From the President of the ALA
Get Your New ALA Pin with Gift Box!
It's been almost 20 years since the first ALA pins were produced...this new edition is sure to be a hit with everyone. The pins are available in a custom engraved presentation box for $20 or $15 separately. We have a limited quantity available, so be sure to contact Ingrid to purchase yours now!!
Many thanks to Peter Bertine for helping to get these new pins for our members.