To the People of Northern New York and Vermont:
It has come to our knowledge that many hotels and saloons are selling a very inferior quality of Beer or cheap Ale and trying to palm the same off as Merkel’s Boss Lager. We would therefore charge the public to take notice that we are the sole agents for BOSS LAGER, the only good Lager to be had in this section, and we sell no other — not like others selling four or five different kinds in one season under the same name — that every bottle is marked in the glass “Merkel’s Boss Lager,” and no other is genuine. Look at the bottle before it is opened and take no other. Respectfully,
MERKEL & KAHNER,
Plattsburgh, N. Y., 1878
More about: I. Merkel and Sons, A Pack-Peddler’s Legacy
On the weekend of June 9, DEC Environmental Conservation Police made one arrest and issued numerous tickets related to an incident at the DEC Hearthstone Campground in the Town of Lake George, Warren County.
Anthony McPhillips, 21, of East Greenbush, NY, was charged with disorderly conduct, failure to register as a camper, failure to comply and failure to observe quiet hours, all violations. McPhillips faces total maximum possible penalties of $1000 in fines and up to 60 days in jail.
In the same incident, 26 youths from Rensselaer County, ranging in age from 16 to 20 were issued appearance tickets for underage possession of alcohol. The violation has a maximum possible penalty of $250 in fines and up to 15 days in jail.
Four of the youths received additional charges of violations:
- One was charged with failure to register and failure to comply, for a combined maximum possible penalty of $750 and 45 days in jail;
- Another was charged with littering on state land, for a combined maximum possible penalty of $750 and 45 days in jail; and
- Two others were charged with possession of marijuana, for a combined maximum possible penalty of $500 and 30 days in jail for each of the defendants.
All of the tickets were returnable to the Town of Lake George Court.
DEC warns high school graduates and others that the possession of alcohol by underage persons is prohibited at DEC campgrounds and on all State lands.
Tags: booze·crime·dec·lake george·warren county
On May 26, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) Division of Law Enforcement charged Raymond R. Muncil, 18, of Saranac Lake with boating while intoxicated (misdemeanor) and operating a vessel at a speed not reasonable and prudent (a violation under the New York State Navigation Law).
“Boaters operating a vessel while ability impaired by drugs or alcohol is a serious offense,” said Captain Lawrence DiDonato of DEC’s Ray Brook Office. “In addition to being subject to arrest, fines and imprisonment, the safety of all who enjoy New York’s waters is jeopardized when vessels are operated by intoxicated individuals.”
DEC Environmental Conservation Officers responded to a boat accident on the Saranac River Channel near the Lower Lock where Mr. Muncil was found to be intoxicated. He was taken to the New York State Police Barrack at Ray Brook for processing and was issued a ticket to appear in Harrietstown Town Court. Muncil faces maximum possible penalties of $2,100 in fines and up to 1 year in jail.
Tags: boating·booze·crime·dec·saranac lake
Update: It’s a happening again this weekend! September 13 – 4pm
My most excellent friend Ingrid in Montreal just notified me of one of the coolest things for cycling beer-lovers.
Stones and Beer Bike Tour
The Stones and Beer Bike Tour
Sunday August 16 – 4 pm
An exciting bike trip exploring local history, architecture, secret spots and building stones.
The tour starts with ancient fossils at the Redpath Museum, travels along Sherbrooke street west to the Sulpician’s reflecting pool at the Grand Seminaire, heads up the old Indian trail on Côte Ste. Antoine road that leads to Leonard Cohen’s boyhood home, glides downhill through the Glen to McAuslan Brewery for a tasting of 5 different micro-brews, and finishes with the ghosts of Griffintown.
Price: $25 regular or $15 for students /seniors
Includes the popular booklet What Building Stones Tell and beer tasting at the McAuslan Brewery with fresh market bread, fruit and cheese.
Reservations: 514-398-4094 or email: email@example.com. Limited to 20 participants.
Seriously, this is super-special.
When I think “hardcore” and “biking”, I immediately have flashbacks of dirt, pain, and red hair. Let me introduce you to one of my best friends ever. Santa Barbara – BIG HILLS, CHEAP THRILLS.
Ken Foraker lived in a greenhouse, had a custom mountain bike, and a wicked Cold Steel hunting knife. He ate from his organic garden. We first met at the Isla Vista Food-Coop. I spied this scruffy, sort of homeless-looking dude, with what was clearly a hand-built ride. This was back in the late 80′s when mountain bikes were still a novelty. I was the King with my numbered Fat Chance Kicker. Well, I suggested we “go for a ride”. Heh. Tell you what, that first ride was the beginning of an epic journey.
After just a couple of really radically brutal years of “fun rides”, Ken began to kick some serious ass. I blame it all on Gaviota, where we learned the Zen of spinning up dirt hills and near-death experience of racing back down. Shortly thereafter, I split the scene for parts more Asian and Ken got a paid gig racing for Yeti.
In March of 1989, Ken was out with a group of cyclists on Highway 101 when they were struck from behind by a drunk-driver. The driver was a multiple offender. It was total carnage. One cyclist died at the scene, Ken was creamed, thrown and had his leg ripped off. The details of his injuries defy comprehension, as does his recovery. Since then, he’s continued to ride and promote cycling, and he’s an Alaskan guide. Even though I haven’t spoken to Ken in a few years, I’m sure he would not approve of the idiocy up in St Lawrence County.
Prison sex, smuggling, murder, stabbings, mutilations – all that and more. That’s St Lawrence County. Now we’ve got George Olmstead. Now that his plea deal is out, it’s up to the “justice” system. I don’t blame the mother for crying. The St Lawrence County “Justice” system clearly has failed by letting this multiple drunk offender back on the road only to kill a 12 year old boy. (My son is 12 too). There is the very real possiblility that this guy could actually go free again. Please do the right thing. Wake up you people up there!
Tags: booze·crime·st lawrence county