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Summer shift arrives during time of transition

June 28, 2017
By JOE HACKETT - Outdoors Columnist ( , Lake Placid News

As the annual "summer shift" returns to the Adirondacks for the briefest season of all, local residents have been busy opening camps, battling black flies and welcoming the usual influx of weekend visitors. Despite such traditions, year-round residents and visitors alike will likely encounter a number of unexpected changes across the region.

Sadly, these transitions will include the passing of several local citizens. Of special note to Adirondack anglers is Paul Dooling, of Lake Placid, a Boston native who arrived in the North Country after a long career with the William Esty Advertising Agency in New York City during the era of "Mad Men." Paul was responsible for the development of Mr. Peanut, an iconic character that drove sales of Planter Peanuts over the top. He often laughed at the irony of rising through the ranks from a Peanut character to the president of the company.

However, his contributions to the North Country were no small peanuts either. He was a closet philanthropist with a keen sense of community, which led him to develop a reasonably priced housing project for the community. Around the same time, Paul purchased the sprawling Windfall Pond property, which is located about 8 miles off the nearest paved road beyond Floodwood. The remote pond, which has never been stocked, shelters a unique "heritage strain" of brook trout.

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A mother goose leads her pack of goslings across a carry between two ponds. Paddlers should be aware that geese are among the most protective of all birds, as both parents protect the nest.
Photo — Joe Hackett

Paul allowed state Department of Environmental Conservation fishery biologists to harvest eggs from the native trout, which led to the development of DEC's highly successful heritage brook trout restoration program.

Rather than exploit the bountiful natural resources on the property by logging, development or other such means, Paul had a modest bunk room, a small cabin and a unique chapel on site.

During his early years in Lake Placid, Paul developed the Pine Hill Town Homes project, "for people who live and work in the area."

He leaves behind his wife, Sandra Danussi, son James, daughter Christine Rupp and an appreciative Adirondack community.


John Collins

The late, John Collins of Blue Mountain Lake was a soft-spoken Adirondack citizen, life-long educator, Adirondack Park Agency commissioner and a "not-so-soft spoken" environmentalist when the chips were down.

A native son, John loved the Park and its people, and he devoted a lifetime to protecting both. He was old school before there was such a term, and his passing may signal the end of an era - from a time when small communities thrived, politics were still local and the measure of a man was his word.

John passed away in his Blue Mountain Lake home at the age of 79.


George Canon

George Canon, a native of Tahawus, was born in Indian Lake and graduated from Newcomb Central School in 1957. He relocated to Newcomb after the entire community of Tahawus was relocated.

Canon loved the woods and waters, and the local residents who tromped them to hunt, fish, camp and recreate. He spent a lifetime protecting their rights to access the woods, in the traditional (motorized) manner.

Canon was roundly criticized or applauded - depending on the source - for his anti-APA stance. As a diehard supporter of "Home Rule" in the Adirondacks during the Adirondack Rebellion the early 1980s, Canon was credited with "decking" a Greenpeace protester at the Stones of Shame protest on the Crane Pond Road in the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness Area.

Although Canon could be a firebrand when necessary, he was actually a wise leader who learned the political process from the bottom up. Over the years, his talent for making his voice heard in the halls of the Capitol was legend. He passed away at the at Glens Falls Hospital at the age of 78. He is survived by his wife, Monica, and the legions of appreciative Adirondackers that he represented.

Above all, George Canon was an Adirondack original.



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