May 23, 2019 - Fort Plain superintendent to take BOCES post


JOHNSTOWN — The Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery BOCES Board of Education is pleased to announce the selection of current Fort Plain Superintendent David W. Ziskin to be the new HFM BOCES District Superintendent and Chief Executive Officer.

The HFM Board is expected to formally appoint Ziskin at its May 29 meeting. He’s set to begin his official duties with HFM BOCES in early August.

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Fort Plain Central School District Superintendent David Ziskin has been hired as the new superitendent for the Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery BOCES.

“We are extremely pleased to be able to appoint a highly experienced, local candidate who has a deep understanding of our communities and the opportunities and challenges we face here,” HFM Board of Education President Joanne Freeman said. “Dr. Ziskin has a strong ability to lead, an incredible commitment to students and a positive outlook for our region.”

An Amsterdam native, Ziskin has spent most of his 27-year career in education working as a teacher and administrator in local districts serving in Amsterdam, Broadalbin-Perth, Fonda-Fultonville and Fort Plain. He also worked for a year for at Successful Practices Network, a Saratoga County-based non-profit that supports school achievement.

“I am very excited to join the committed faculty and staff at HFM BOCES and to partner with our component school districts to continue the mission of transforming the lives of the children of our region,” Ziskin said. “It has been an honor to serve the Fort Plain Central School District, and I will always value the people I came to know and respect during my time as superintendent. While I have great affection for Fort Plain, the opportunity to support all of the school districts in the region that I have called home my entire life is one that I cannot pass up.”

As district superintendent, Ziskin said he intends to nurture HFM’s valued partnerships with the component school districts and the community to provide opportunities for student success and local workforce development.

“HFM BOCES has a strong relationship with the local business community and the Regional Chamber of Commerce, and we will continue to cultivate those relationships. Our P-TECHs, our CTE program, special education, alternative and adult education and our instructional and support services provide excellent opportunities for our students and address a regional need for a skilled, educated work force,” Ziskin said. “The work of BOCES is critically important, and I look forward to helping every child in this region have the best chance they can to become successful.”

Ziskin will replace current Capital Region BOCES District Superintendent Anita M. Murphy, who has been serving in an interim capacity at HFM since the retirement of Patrick Michel last summer.

Ziskin was one of 6 candidates interviewed for the position.

Ziskin has been the superintendent of the Fort Plain Central School District since 2015. Prior to serving as the top administrator in Fort Plain, Ziskin was the Amsterdam High School principal for six and a half years and the high school principal at Fonda-Fultonville for two years. He was also an assistant principal and director of athletics at Broadalbin-Perth for three years. Before entering school administration, Ziskin taught social studies at Amsterdam and Broadalbin-Perth for 10 years.

Ziskin attended the state University of New York at Plattsburgh, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science, and earned a master’s in teaching social studies from SUNY Albany. He completed his school administration certification at Plattsburgh and the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and earned his doctorate in educational leadership from the Sage Graduate College.

He lives in Amsterdam with his wife and has three children.

May 22, 2019 - Caboose in Inlet gets a fresh start

Jill and Karl Marsh are the new owners of The Caboose in Inlet. (Terry Newman/For The Express)


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The new owners of the Caboose in Inlet, Karl and Jill Marsh are living their Adirondack dream. Originally from Rochester, the Marshes married and honeymooned in Blue Mountain Lake. 

They have been together for ten years and have raised two children. They would often stop in Inlet on their visits to the Adirondacks and would always admire the little caboose. They always knew they wanted to move to the area someday and when they found the perfect house on Fifth Lake three years ago they relocated to Inlet and fully embraced life in their new community. They knew they wanted to open a business here and The Caboose seemed like a perfect fit. 

“This place has always held a soft spot in our hearts,” Jill said. “Karl’s father worked on railroads so it has a connection for us there too. It is like it was meant to be.” 

Karl, wearing an engineer’s cap, and looking the part of the railroad man himself, speaks with great pride about his father. 

“He worked as an electrical engineer designing and installing switches on the railroad,” he said. “He travelled the country, and that’s what he did all of his life.” 

The Caboose in Inlet will open for business on Friday, May 24 just in time for Memorial Day. It will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week through the summer serving a variety delicious paninis made to order by Karl and Jill themselves. Their two daughters are excited to help too, and will be there throughout the summer.

There is also a rental home on the property that the Marshes have dubbed Behind the Caboose that they will rent throughout the year. The newly renovated space has three bedrooms with five beds sleeping six, one and a half baths a full kitchen, great room, screened in porch and a deck, and a fire pit. Behind the Caboose is listed on ADK By Owner at

It’s a big change from the 25 years Karl spent working as an IT executive,  Jill is still working full time in marketing. 

“Someone said we traded a 40 hour week to work an 80 hours a week and be a million times happier and I think that’s totally true,” Jill said. 

The Marshes are excited to start this new chapter in their lives and they say they are already having fun trying new things and creating their menu. There will be eight different panini selections to choose from including a meal deal with chips and a 20 ounce soda. The Caboose will be featuring Coke products and offering what Karl says is an absolutely fantastic brownie or cookie for dessert. There will be free wifi available on the deck. The Marshes have also considered the environment at The Caboose, choosing to use paper products to serve their customers.

As the summer progresses the Marshes say they might include specials and incorporate some of the many ideas the community has shared with them for new paninis. 

“Everyone has lots of ideas,” Karl said. “We like being creative and trying new things and the community has been so supportive. Everybody is so excited for us. They are all in it with us, always willing to help.”

The Marshes have joined the Inlet Area Business Association and are grateful to have the opportunity to be part of life in the Town of Inlet. 

“We are looking to be as active as we can be in the community,” Jill said. “We really want to thank Len Payne, Risley and Townsend, and Luke Langworthy, really the whole community. Adele Burnett is always so helpful and more than happy to oblige with anything we need. Even the Health Department has been so helpful.” 

The Marshes are inviting everyone to come to their grand opening and try one or all of their tasty paninis and enjoy some live music on the deck. Jill and Karl’s brother, Ted Grey, an employee at Pedals and Petals who many will know from his performances at McCauley Mountain on Fridays during ski season as well from as many bands that play all over the Adirondack and Albany area, will entertain.

“The main thing is we want to have fun with it,” Karl said. “We’re really excited and we hope the whole community will come and see us on opening day.”

May 22, 2019 - Adirondack garage sale event celebrates 10th year

These young men were making sure that people stayed hydrated during the garage sales last year. (File photo)

The 2019 Great Adirondack Garage Sale will be held on Memorial Day weekend, May 24-26.

The 10th annual event continues to grow each year with more residents selling their items along a 200-mile trail stretching from Malone to Speculator, and Old Forge to Newcomb. 

With offerings of vintage antiques, rustic furniture, jewelry, kitchen items, toys, clothing and more, there is always something for everyone. 

The weekend sale includes towns located along state Routes 28, 30 and 3, including: Old Forge, Inlet, Raquette Lake, Indian Lake, Blue Mountain Lake, Long Lake, Tupper Lake, Lake Clear, Paul Smiths, Malone, Cranberry Lake, Piercefield, Newcomb and Speculator.

The website includes an interactive map that showcases the sale locations for easy navigation. The listings also include a list of the sale items, entered by the seller. 

For those interested in adding their garage sale to the event, simply go the the website and click the “add your sale” button. The listing is free and comes with an unlimited number of photos to enhance the listing. 

The regional garage sale originated in 2010 when Long Lake linked up with Old Forge, Inlet and Indian Lake to promote 70 miles of garage sales. The expanded event was initiated by Hamilton County in partnership with the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism.

Each community will also have a printed map to hand out during the event with mapped garage sale locations based on the website data.

May 22, 2019 - Homeowner workshop scheduled for June 15

INDIAN LAKE — The Indian Lake National Home Ownership Committee in partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), will hold a National Home Ownership Month, “How to Own Your Home” Open House on Saturday, June 15 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., in the Town of Indian Lake Byron Park Meeting Room on Route 28.

The How To Own Your Home Open House is an educational event organized to inform, educate, assist and encourage interested individuals on how they can own a Hamilton County home. 

During the event, local realty professionals and expert representatives from major lenders will be available to answer questions and provide guidance to individuals who want to learn how they can own a Hamilton County home and the benefits of homeownership. 

Open House organizers are pleased to report that the 2018 event, resulted in two homes being purchased in the Town of Indian Lake.

President Clinton began National Homeownership Week in 1995 and President G. Bush expanded the week-long event to a month in 2002. 

Since then, this month-long event has grown to provide a national spotlight on efforts to help Americans buy homes. Nationally, USDA provides mortgage loans to help low to moderate income homebuyers in rural communities. During 2016, USDA worked with nearly 1,500 lenders to help 116,000 rural individuals and families buy homes. USDA staff celebrates National Homeownership Month throughout the month of June with events across the nation that demonstrate the Department’s longstanding commitment to provide affordable housing opportunities for rural Americans.

Indian Lake NHOM How To Own Your Home Open House is hosted by the Indian Lake Community Development Corporation, Home Bridge Funding, Homestead Funding Corporation, Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, Select Sothebys’ International Realty and USDA. Admission is free and open to the public.

For further Open House information, call: Brenda – 518-648-5636 or Allen – 518-441-2640.

LPSA News MAY 20th

In Memory of Elaine Brophy

Our friend and LPSA Board member, Elaine Brophy passed away last summer.  Elaine volunteered her time to represent LPSA at the Farmers’ Market each week, helping to raise awareness of the threats of invasive species in our area.  We will miss her friendship and her contributions to LPSA. 

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Local News MAY 23rd

Fort Plain superintendent to take BOCES post

STAFF REPORT JOHNSTOWN — The Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery BOCES Board of Education is pleased to announce the selection of current Fort Plain Superintendent David W. Ziskin to be the new HFM BOCES District Superintendent and Chief Executive O...

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