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Lake George Park Commission Executive Director Dave Wick said about 50 boats were inspected the first day of the new mandatory boat inspection and decontamination program at six stations around Lake George.

Because it’s early in the boating season, Wick said there were only a few boats in previous water bodies that required decontamination.

“It seemed to be pretty positive. Most of the people who showed up at the sites — 80 plus percent — were aware of the program,” Wick said.

The Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Program is the first mandatory boat inspection and decontamination program of its kind in the eastern U.S. Officials had about four months to prepare for the inaugural two-year pilot program, with the start date of Thursday chosen for two reasons.

“One, it was just starting to approach the boating season,” Wick said. “With invasive species, you have your plants and animals. Plants are just starting to come up in May and the animals, zebra mussels (for example) don’t start spawning until late May,” Wick said. “We’re at a lower risk this time of year, but we’re really starting to get into that season pretty quickly.”

Next year, the program is scheduled to start April 15, but that’s dependent on conditions. Every inspection is logged, so over time, Wick said they’ll have better data on launch patterns.

— Amanda May Metzger

Not impressed

Warren County STOP-DWI Coordinator Patti Miller wasn’t impressed with the reaction of some hockey fans during an educational event the county’s STOP-DWI program held at an Adirondack Phantoms game earlier this year.

Miller said many people reacted positively to the education materials that were available, but one person put down his beer on the program’s educational materials and remarked to her that the program was a “waste of time.”

“At one point, people had set down beers at opposite ends of my table,” she said.

— Don Lehman

When 'nothing' is better

Kingsbury Supervisor Jim Lindsay, at a campaign stop with Republican congressional candidate Elise Stefanik in Fort Edward on Thursday, recalled a conversation he had about five or six years ago with state Sen. Elizabeth Little, R-Queensbury.

Lindsay said he told Little he was frustrated that nothing was getting done in Albany.

“She said, ‘Let me tell you something. I know nothing is getting done in Albany, but nothing is better than what they want to do,’” he said.

— Maury Thompson

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