ALA Winter Membership Meeting
December 5 & 6, 2014
Adirondack League Club

On December 5 and 6 we will once again be holding our winter meeting at the Adirondack League Club. This is an opportunity to get an update on Adirondack Park issues, give your input on how ALA can best serve its members, learn from invited speakers and enjoy good food, a delightful location and camaraderie with friends, ALA members and government officials.

This year ALA will be presenting its Stewardship Award to Senator Betty Little for her consistent hard work on behalf of the citizens of the Park. Her ability to work with a Governor of a different party sets an example for government policy makers from local government to national. We will be inviting Governor Cuomo to join us for this recognition of Senator Little.

NYS Senator Betty Little speaks to ALA Members
NYS Senator Betty Little speaks to ALA Members


Of course, something would be missing if the winter meeting didn’t have our annual auction. This is always fun, is a great opportunity to purchase a Christmas gift for someone special and to raise money which goes toward improving the effectiveness of the Adirondack Landowners Association.

We are also pleased to have Paul Jensen joining us for the Saturday morning meeting. Paul is a Senior Wildlife Biologist with the NYS DEC and works out of the Warrensburg office. He will be making a presentation on his very successful Pine Marten program which has been supported by a number of ALA members over the years. This is a great example of the public/private partnership that exists in the Adirondack Park. Learn more at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/pubs/40480.html

NYS DEC Senior Wildlife Biologist Paul Jensen
Paul Jensen


Pine Marten
Pine Marten


Every year one or more attendees at the winter meeting will claim ‘this has been the best one ever’. This sets a high bar, but we are working toward making this the best winter meeting ever.

We Will Miss Her Smile...

The ALA has sadly lost another member in September, 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!

Rose Marie Laucik
Rose Marie Laucik


Memorial donations may be made to VNA of Somerset Hills, 200 Mt. Airy Road, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920 or www.visitingnurse.org.

Rose Marie, with her ever present smile, joins with other ALA members for a "woods lunch" at one of the camps at the Adirondack League Club.
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Rose Marie Laucik


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Remembering Ted Wickersham

The 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.

Ted Receiving Adirondack Boat Seat to honor his time as President....ALA Spring Meeting 2011
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Ted Receiving Adirondack Boat Seat to honor his time as President....ALA Spring Meeting 2011


His family offered these thoughts which speak volumes of their love and respect for Ted.

A message from Tod and Walter Wickersham

Our 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.

Ted's Family in the Woods
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Ted Wickersham and his family in the woods
 

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.

Obituary
New York Times Obituary

ALA 2014 Spring Meeting

The 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.

ALA Members John Wunderlich, Wilbur Rice and Peter Bertine
ALA Members John Wunderlich, Wilbur Rice and Peter Bertine


Adirondack Museum Tour Guides
Adirondack Museum Tour Guides


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.

Dan Stec speaking to ALA members
Dan Stec speaking to ALA members

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.

Dennis Phillips
Dennis Phillips

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.

ALA Membership Group Photo
ALA Membership Group Photo


View from the Minnowbrook Terrace
View from the Minnowbrook Terrace


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