Youth Basketball Clinic
July 06, 2013
A two-day Youth Basketball Clinic will be held at the Wells Community Hall, State Rte. 30, on Saturday and Sunday July 6-7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The program's focus is on basic fundamental skill building, its goal to provide youngsters with the tools and guidance to improve their game. A variety of stations will be set-up to test skill levels and instructions will be provided by top area coaches.
The clinic is open to boys and girls in grades five through nine. Reservations are required as space is limited to 40 youngsters.
To reserve a spot, call Clinic Director Shawn Taylor, former Wells Central School head coach, at (518) 924-3572. Price is $10 per child to cover cost of an appearance by European professional Harley Fuller. Any unused portion of this revenue will be donated to the WCS Elementary Basketball Program.
Fuller is a 23 year old 188cm point guard from Gloversville, New York. He began his professional basketball career a few years back in Germany.and currently plays professional ball in Argentina.
Additional appearances will be made by former Siena College Basketball Coach Jim Zullo and former WCS Varsity Coach Randy Begeal. The program promises to be a very exciting way for kids to learn about sportsmanship, ball handling and teamwork.
2013 Private Well Testing Program Scheduled
June 04, 2013
The Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) will accept private well water samples for potability on the following dates:
Tuesday, June 04 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Tuesday, June 25 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Tuesday, July 2 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Tuesday, July 30 8a.m.-12 p.m.
Tuesday, August 6 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Tuesday, August 27 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
A well water testing kit may be picked up at the Town Clerk Office, 1438 State Rte. 30, during regualar office hours. Water samples are aralyzed for total coliforms, E. coli and chloride levels. The District is not a certified lab. Potability results are for information only, and are not to be utilized for legal purposes. Cost of the analysis is $15 payable by cash or check at the time the sample is delivered to SWCD..
For more information, contact SWCD at 518-548-3991.
The Community of Wells Memorial Day Service Will be Held Saturday, May 25th
May 25, 2013
"It is easy to take our freedoms and liberties for granted...the very things that deserve our gratitude the most." (Author Unknown)
As Memorial Day weekend unfolds, Town of Wells community members will take the time to honor the fallen heroes who fought to protect our freedom. A brief service commemorating the bravest among us will be held at the Community Hall on Saturday, May 25 at 9 a.m.
A few solemn words and the laying of a Memorial Day wreath will take place at that time. Wells Central School Band members will participate contributing quality selections during the event. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Virginia Hosley Free Library Events Scheduled
May 20, 2013
On Monday, May 20, the Virginia Hosley Free Library will present Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, a G-rated drama featuring an all-star cast. The inspiring drama begins at 6:30 p.m.
Complimentary popcorn and soda will be served and there is no cost for admission. Donations are accepted.
LIncoln focuses on President Abraham Lincoln's final four months wherein he pursues a course of action to end the Civil War and abolish slavery. Running time is 150 minutes.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY WELLS LIBRARY!
The Library will celebrate 15 years of existence on Saturday, May 25. Everyone is invited to enjoy cupcakes, punch, etc. as well as live music entertainment by Arrows of the Word from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the library.
Regular hours at the Virginia Hosley Free Library are Tuesday and Thursday, 6-8 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. For more information call Alice Megargle, 924-2220 or Edna Reu, 924-4207.
Spring Turkey Season Opens Wednesday May 1
May 01, 2013
The 2013 spring turkey season opens Wednesday May 1 in all of upstate New York lying north of the Bronx-Westchester County boundary, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).
Details for the Spring Turkey Season, May 1-31, 2013:
Hunting is permitted in most areas of the state, except for New York City and Long Island.
Hunters must have a turkey hunting permit in addition to their small game hunting or sportsman license.
Shooting hours are from one-half hour before sunrise to noon each day.
Hunters may take two bearded turkeys during the spring season, but only one bird per day.
Hunters may not use rifles or handguns firing a bullet. Hunters may hunt with a shotgun or handgun loaded with shot sizes no larger than No. 2 or smaller than No. 8, or with a bow and arrow.
Successful hunters must fill out the tag which comes with their turkey permit and immediately attach it to any turkey harvested.
Successful hunters must report their harvest within seven days of taking a bird. Call 1-866-426-3778 (1-866 GAMERPT) or report harvest online at http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/8316.html.
Did You Know...
May 01, 2013
In 1867 the town passed a resolution levying a tax to raise an amount to erect a Hall of Military Record, not to exceed $20.
Inhabitants also voted in favor of a $10 bounty on wolves and panthers.
At that time Isaiah Morrison was Town Supervisor. Other officails included Road Commissioners John Gilman and William Petit; Town Clerk John Z. Bass; Town Justices Rose Whitman, Jacob E. Lobdell and Nelson Dunham; and Overseers of the Poor Richard Peck and A.J. Smith.
(Excerpts are taken from the minutes of the Wells Town Board written in the years cited.)
NYS Proposes Increased Opportunities for Sportsmen
February 27, 2013
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is proposing changes to regulations that would provide increased hunting and trapping opportunities for sportsmen in an effort to address a growing bobcat population. DEC Commissioner Joe Martens recently announced rules related to a five-year Bobcat Management Plan are now open for public review and comment.
Over the past several decades the bobcat population has increased throughout upstate New York. New York's bobcat population is estimated to be approximately 5,000 animals and growing, even in areas where regulated hunting and trapping seasons have been in place since the 1970s.
A bobcat management plan was adopted by DEC in October 2012 following public input.
In accordance with the management plan, proposed regulations simplify season dates in areas where hunting and trapping seasons have been open for many years. The plan also establishes new hunting and trapping opportunities in several wildlife management units across the Southern Tier.
Public comments on the proposed regulations will be accepted until April 8, 2013. Citizens who wish to make formal public comments may do so by writing: Mr. Bryan L. Swift, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233 or emailing email@example.com.
Additionally,the governor's Executive Budget proposes that hunting and fishing licenses be simplified and fees be reduced. For more information, go to http://www.governor.ny.gov/press/02202013-ny-open-for-fishing-and-hunting.
The specific regulatory proposals can be seen at www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/propregulations.html.
Wells Food Pantry Hours
August 14, 2012
The Wells Food Pantry is now open on Thursdays only from 9-11 a.m. Please be advised the Pantry no longer accepts donations of used clothing.
2012-13 Hunting and Fishing Licenses Available at the Town Clerk Office
August 13, 2012
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) 2012-13 hunting, fishing and trapping licenses and Deer Management Permits (DMPs) may be purchased at the Wells Town Clerk Office, 1438 State Rte. 30
The Town Clerk Office is open Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 6-9 p.m. and Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Left over Deer Management Permits (DMP's or doe Permits) will be available on a first come first serve basis beginning Thursday, Nov. 1 The Town Clerk will have hours from 9-11 a.m. to accommodate anyone interested in applying for one.
Buyers who have not obtained a license through DECALS previously should bring proof of residency information (driver's license number or non-driver's ID number with a valid NYS address to qualify for a resident license). Hunting license purchases require individuals to provide proof of hunting education certification or a copy of a previous license unless this information is already contained in their DECALS file.
New Regulations for 2012-2013
Several new laws and regulations are in effect for 2012-13:
· The Southern Zone bowhunting season and the regular season in Westchester County (bowhunting only) begin on October 1.
· A late bowhunting season will run concurrent with the late muzzleloader season in the Northern Zone.
· The Northern Zone regular season will now begin on the 2nd Saturday after Columbus Day each year (October 20, 2012 this season).
- Deer Management Permits (DMPs, "doe tags") may be used in all seasons in the Northern Zone. DMPs may only be used in the Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) for which they are issued.
- Mandatory antler restrictions (3 points on one side minimum) are now in effect in WMUs 3A, 4G, 4O, 4P, 4R, 4S, and 4W during all seasons for all hunters 17 years and older.
- All of Suffolk County will be open for the special January firearms season, subject to local discharge ordinances.
- A Deer Management Focus Area in central Tompkins County will intensify use of hunting to assist communities in the Ithaca area with the burden of overabundant deer populations.
- Bear hunting seasons will run concurrently with the newly adjusted deer seasons.
- New legislation now allows use of rifles for big game hunting in Cayuga County.
Sacandaga Task Force for Senior Living Has Much to Offer
April 05, 2012
The Sacandaga Task Force for Senior Living (STFSL) is an independent council of citizens interested in attracting or developing Senior Living services and facilities to our area. It is a grassroots effort dedicated to community enhancement and the well-being of our Adirondack society.
The following outlines some of the activities STFSL offers:
Red Rooster Cafe, corner of Bridge and Main Sts., 113 N. Main St.,, Northville
Seniors meet here around noon on Thursdays for lunch and a program.
A meal is provided by Fulton County Office of the Aging (OFA). A $3.00 donation is suggested or you can bring your own lunch.
To order a lunch, call OFA at 736-5650 by Wednesday afternoon.
Entertainment begins at 12:30 p.m.
Need A Handyman?
Call the Task Force answering service at 863-4040, Ext. 42. Leave your name and phone number and mention you are looking for a handyman or woman. Your call will be returned within a day and details worked out.
Need a Ride?
The Wheels Program can help you. Call 863-4040 Ext 42. Leave your name and phone number and we will call you back to schedule a trip.
A minibus is scheduled to go on trips to malls, museums and local social events twice a month. Call 863-4040 Ext 42. Leave your name and phone number and we will call you back to work out trip details.
Other Activities of the STFSL
Conducts targeted surveys to determine interests and needs; holds flu clinics and diabetes clinics, exercise classes;; etc. The STFSL has formed collaborations with the Village of Northville, the Northville Rotary, the Sacandaga Valley Arts Network, the Sacandaga Seniors and the Wells Seniors.
Bringing Senior housing to the Sacandaga Valley has been one of ithe Task Force's top priorities and it continues to seek help to reach this goal. Anyone interested in assisting STFSL with this goal, please call 863-4040 Ext 42 and leave your name and number; a board member will call back to discuss your interest.
For more infomatrion about this group, email STFSL at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit its website at www.sacandagaseniorliving.org
DEC Adopts Emergency Rules to Reduce Blackfish Exploitation
January 10, 2012
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has set new recreational and commercial fishing rules for blackfish (tautog) beginning mmediately. According to a DEC press release, these emergency changes are necessary to comply with interstate management measures to assist in rebuilding blackfish populations.
NYS has Banned Disposal of Rechargeable Batteries
December 06, 2011
Last December, the State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced a provision in the New York State Rechargeable Battery Recycling Act which prohibits disposal of most rechargeable batteries as a solid waste. The new provision of the law gives consumers the opportunity to drop off rechargeable batteries at local retail stores. The law already requires battery manufacturers to provide for collection and recycling of rechargeable batteries in a statewide program at no cost to consumers.
Most retailers that sell rechargeable batteries are required to accept used ones from individuals during normal business hours. The law requires battery collection by both local retailers and direct sellers of rechargeable batteries (i.e., catalog, telephone, or internet sales). Retailers must also post signs alerting consumers about the disposal ban and the opportunities to return rechargeable batteries at their location.
Rechargeable batteries covered by this law include; nickel cadmium, sealed lead, lithium ion, nickel metal hydride and any other dry cell rechargeable batteries weighing less than 25 pounds. This law does not cover vehicle batteries or non-rechargeable batteries such as common alkaline batteries. Rechargeable batteries from cordless power tools, laptops, telephones, cameras and other electronic devices are among a growing list of products New Yorkers can return to retailers for recycling at the end of its useful life.
For more information on the New York State Rechargeable Battery Recycling Act, visit DEC's Web site at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/72065.html.
Website Will Help New Yorkers Find Jobs Within the State
December 02, 2011
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced the launch of "Jobs Express," a new website designed to help New Yorkers who are seeking employment.
The Jobs Express website makes it easier to learn about what jobs are available in the state and to know where to find them. The site takes over 42,000 job openings and sorts them by region to help job seekers evaluate what industries are growing in their area and what opportunities are available in specific companies.
Jobs Express also contains helpful features such as video tutorials on resume writing, interview techniques, and transitioning to a new career.
Click the following link to visit the Jobs Express website. www.labor.ny.gov/jobs/regional.shtm
Hamilton County Home Improvement Program has funding available for eligible residents
February 09, 2011
The Hamilton County Home Improvement Program has up to $25,000 of grant funding available per eligible single family, owner occupied home to help residents with badly needed repairs. Included are electrical and heating upgrades, roofing, windows and doors, porch and entry repairs, siding and exterior protection, wells, and other important upgrades that many homeowners simply cannot afford on their own.
More than 40 home owners throughout Hamilton County have been assisted through this program since 2005. The County hopes to keep the pace moving to justify additional HOME grant funding from New York State by assisting 10-15 home owners this year.
Brochures outlining income eligibility guidelines are available at the Town Clerk Office, 1438 State Route 30. To obtain a Pre-application form, homeowners may call Avalon Associates, Inc. Program Coordinator, at 518-798-0777 Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
The program is supported by a grant from the NYS Housing Trust Fund Corporation (HTFC) using funds from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under the HOME Investment Partnerships Program.
New State Law Allows For Lifetime LIicense Transfers
February 09, 2011
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced a new state law that allows for the one-time transfer of lifetime hunting, fishing, and trapping licenses under certain circumstances. Previously, lifetime licenses could not be transferred to another individual, regardless of the situation.
Under the new law, lifetime sporting licenses may be transferred to a qualifying relative if the lifetime license holder passes away within one year of purchase of the license or if the license holder passes away while in active United States military duty during a time of war.