Don Potter

The Adirondacks Have Lost a Great Friend


Donald with his dog
Donald Potter

ALA members and folks throughout the Adirondacks share in the sadness of the passing of Donald B. Potter of Brandreth Park. Don was 91 years “young”….for he was never considered old by anyone’s measure. He loved the outdoors and all that went with it…few could match his woodcraft or keep up with him on the trail.


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Donald Potter

Don was part of the "greatest generation" and served bravely in the 10th Mt. Division during World War II. He was devoted to the woods and waters of Brandreth Park, and to the rich history and stewardship contribution that his family has made during the last 160 years. Don was a professor at Hamilton College for over three decades and was admired and respected for his work in both his job and his community.

Donald at the 10th Mt. Division battle monument in Italy
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Donald Potter

A memorial service will be held at the Hamilton College Chapel at 1 PM on Saturday, February 7th with a reception to follow. There will be no calling hours. In place of flowers, memorials may be sent to St. James Episcopal Church in Clinton, NY, or the Clinton ABC Program.

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ALA 2014 Winter Membership Meeting

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ALA Winter Dinner

Our annual winter meeting held at the Adirondack League Club was a great success. We had a record turnout for the Friday nite activities…there was a wonderful social hour followed by a delicious buffet dinner with little auction fun thrown in to keep things lively.

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ALA Winter Auction

The highlight of Friday nite was the presentation of our 2014 ALA Stewardship Award to NYS Senator Betty Little. Betty is well known to ALA members and to just about everyone else in the north-country. She has worked tirelessly to help promote a better quality of life for Adirondack residents while at the same time supporting sound conservation and stewardship of both public and private lands in the Park. We were honored to have her with us and pleased to be able recognize her for the great work she does in the Adirondacks.

2014 ALA Stewardship Award presented to NYS Senator Betty Little
(l-r) ALA Senior Advisor Ross Whaley, Sen. Betty Little,
ALA President Tom Williams
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Ross Whaley, Betty Little, Tom Williams

Our Saturday morning meeting began with an interesting presentation by Paul Jensen, Senior Wildlife Biologist with DEC. He filled us in his Pine Marten study which has been very successful because of a unique partnership between ALA members and the DEC. Learn more at:
http://www.dec.ny.gov/pubs/40480.html

Paul Jensen, DEC Senior Wildlife Biologist
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The Pine Marten discussion was followed by our regular business meeting which included reports from ALA President Tom Williams and our Senior Advisor Dr. Ross Whaley. The meeting concluded with a tasty luncheon and everyone headed home to get ready for the holidays.