Meet Rännei (Bensen) Rambow

Name: Rännei (Bensen) Rambow

Where do you live?

We live just north of the Schroon Lake Central School

Full time? Part time? Seasonal?

Full time

When did you move here or discover this part of paradise?

 I was born here. I'm a third generation native of the Adirondacks :)

Where did you grow up?

Right here in Schroon Lake... on Charlie Hill Rd

How do you -- or did you -- make a living? 

I primarily work for a woman who lives in town doing office/bookkeeping work. I also work for Word of Life at the Family Lodge part time. And I am also a photographer.

How do you spend your free time?

I love to go photo-hunting on beautiful days!

Coffee, Tea, or…? 

Anyone who knows me know this answer! Coffee!!!

What’s your idea of a perfect Saturday?

 I love to take day trips - a nice drive over to Vermont, taking photos along the way, maybe stopping at an antique shop or two, is relaxing to me. But I also love a good day at the beach!!!

What’s your favorite local restaurant? 

Oh goodness! I feel like I would be betraying friends if I picked one over any of the others! I like them all!!

Favorite season(s) and why?

It's not really a season, per say... Anytime from May til Mid October. I love May because it's still springtime, but it's warm like summer. The tourists haven't arrived in full swing yet and we can enjoy the town and the lake while it's still somewhat quiet. June is beautiful as it gets hotter and the tourists arrive and things get a little more lively! July... well I mean, the best day ever is the 4th of July! I love that the whole town comes out to celebrate our anniversary! ;) It's such a fun day! August you start to feel the town thinning out a bit as folks head home for school and work but there are still lots of things to do. September it starts to cool off and the town gets much quieter after Labor Day but it's still hot enough for long beach days without the crowds (is my introvert showing?). Then October - I mean, you cannot beat the fall colors in the ADK! 

What’s on your nightstand?

A lamp, a clock (battery operated... had the power go out on me one too many times), my phone (I always tell my friends that if they need me to call me, I don't care what time it is), a noise machine, and "The Ultimate Nikon SLR Handbook Volume 1"

What are you listening to?

 Last week's episode of Downton Abbey

What are your current addictions?

Mostly coffee :)

Who/what makes you laugh?

My family!! Both of my parents have a fantastic sense of humor! Our family loves to laugh!

Talent you would most like to have?

I'm thankful for the talents that I have, but I've always wished I could draw. 

What’s the best kept secret about Schroon Lake and or surrounding areas?

Ah, it's not the best kept secret for nothing! My lips are sealed!

What do you hope they say about you at your funeral? 

That I lived in such a way that the love of Christ was evident in my life. 

Meet Tammy Whitty-Brown

Name:  Tammy Whitty-Brown

Where do you live?

When I returned to the area in the Spring of 2015 my husband and I were blessed to have found a beautiful home to purchase at Palmer Pond in North Hudson, plus additional acreage.  This was a dream come true, as Palmer Pond is the original location of Roth's Forge Village, which, during Civil War days, made steel from the iron ore produced in the region.  Originally the pond was simple a river and then it was damned. My great great grandfather worked at Roth's Forge Village and had a home, and later his son Frank Palmer Sr. married the daughter of the owner of Roth's Forge Village and served as the Town of North Hudson Supervisor for years, where he raised his family on the pond. He also managed the power dam at Palmer Pond.   As he became ill in his old age he sold off most of his property and gave the remaining land to Art Benson, original owner of Frontier Town, so they could rebuild a replica Roth's Forge Village.  Unfortunately, the State of New York took this parcel of land from Mr. Benson under the rule of emanate domain to build the exit ramps for the Northway.   So it meant a lot to purchase family property back.

Full time? Part time? Seasonal?

Full time

When did you move here or discover this part of paradise?

I was born at the Ticonderoga Hospital and raised at the Whitty Family Homestead/Farm at Schroon Falls started in the early to mid 1800's by my great-great grandfather John Whitty and his bride Hester Tyrrell. My heart as always belonged here. As I have moved over the years,  I missed my hometown, and I am glad to be back living in this amazing and beautiful region and the communities of North Hudson and Schroon Lake.

 Where did you grow up?

See last question...lol.

How do you -- or did you -- make a living? 

I am currently serving as the Schroon Lake Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, however before that I was a sales and marketing manager for two Plattsburgh Region manufacturing companies, the Manager for the War of 1812 Museum in Plattsburgh for three years, and coordinator for the Adirondack Coast Cultural Alliance.  

 How do you spend your free time? 

Ilove to cross stitch, scrapbook in my art studio, take photographs of nature, architecture and family, read, fish, hunt, cook, bake, spend time with my family and travel and visit museums and aquariums.

Coffee, Tea, or…? 

Well as an English, Irish, Scottish lass, I love my tea.  I love it unsweetened hot or cold.  

What’s your idea of a perfect Saturday?

A perfect Saturday is taking a road trip... some of my favorite places to visit... The Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake,  The Wild Center in Tupper Lake,  The Old Forge Hardware Store in Old Forge,  Cape Vincent in the 1000 Islands,  the Vermont Country Store in Weston, Vermont.  The Echo Center in Burlington,  The Cabot Cheese Factory and Dakin Farms in Vermont.   Or simple taking a ride and finding a great Adirondack pond or lake to do some fishing with a big ole' picnic basket.

What’s your favorite local restaurant? 

I love them all! I have a favorite food item at each one! For example... I have traveled as far away as Hawaii and the Bahamas and I have never found Pizza that I liked better then Decesars Pizza. It is my favorite pizza in the world. I love Marie's homemade pie, soups, and her pulled Pork Reuben at Pitkin's Restaurant.  I love Patti's Prime Rib and Lamb Chops at Witherbee's.  I love the salads at Sticks and Stones,  Black and Blue Burger at Flanagan's with Coconut Shrimp.  Best Chicken Wings in the world are at the Timberwolf Pub, and I love getting Subs at the Adirondack General Store in Adirondack and the Lazy Moose Market in  Brant Lake.

Favorite season(s) and why?

My favorite seasons are Spring and Fall... Spring because everything is coming alive and you can smell the earth coming to life, and fall because of the brilliant fall colors and the whisper of the dry leaves as they float around.

What’s on your nightstand?

An alarm clock, flashlight, lamp, the control for my electric blanket ,my Ipad for late night Scrabble Games and Jigsaw Puzzle work, and a copy of mine and Jennifer St. Pierre's book we recently wrote... "Frontier Town Abandoned Theme Park Then and Now".

What are you listening to?

Pandora... Classic Rock!

What are your current addictions?

I am currently addicted to playing online Scrabble against my husband and doing online jigsaw puzzles.

Who/what makes you laugh?

My husband and our children!  After having a few frogs in my life, my husband is my prince.  He is the most loving, hardworking, devoted, and kind man a girl could ask for.   He is also very funny!   Our favorite time of the day is at night, when we are laying in bed holding hands, watching TV and just laughing at anything and everything.  And our children have the same great sense of humor and we are finding that our grandson can also be quiet funny!

Talent you would most like to have?

Ahhh... if I could have one talent... it would be to have the ability to ballroom dance.  I love to dance, but I have never been too good at it. 

What’s the best kept secret about Schroon Lake and or surrounding areas?

I would say fishing holes... But if I told everyone where the best ones are,  it would no longer be a secret.  I wont give up that info.... That is against the Adirondack Fishing Code of Ethics...lol.

What do you hope they say about you at your funeral?

There goes a true strong Adirondack woman that loved not only her family but also her community and she was a survivor!

Meet Kathy Mosher-Hill and Mike Hill

Where do you live?

Adirondack - whenever anyone, not from here, asks where we live, I always say Adirondack NY and quite often they say, "we know where the Adirondacks are, but really, which town do you live in?"  :)

Full time? Part time? Seasonal?

Full time, Mike jokes that there are weeks when he never leaves Adirondack

When did you move here or discover this part of paradise? 

I moved to Adirondack in 1995 after meeting Mike who is a second generation Adirondacker.  Mike's Dad was born in the white house next to the Post Office across from the Adirondack General Store

How do you -- or did you -- make a living? 

Mike and I package together a "bunch of livings", I think that is what it takes to be successful in our area.  Mike has been a residential builder in Adirondack since 1989 and together we have created Adirondack Home Watch, providing our eyes and ears to clients that don't live at their homes full time.

Where did you grow up? 

I grew up just outside of Warrensburg and my folks still reside there. 

How do you spend your free time?

Mike and I like to explore back roads, just day trips and drives.

Coffee, Tea, or…? 

We like both, but tea is our new current fave - lots of different flavors.

What’s your idea of a perfect Saturday? 

A perfect Saturday is like the first day you say to yourself, WOW look how green the Spring leaves are on the trees or the Peak of Fall Foliage Season or the first beautiful white snow.  Adirondack offers many perfect Saturdays and almost every day has a great Sunset over Schroon Lake.

What’s your favorite local restaurant? 

Our favorite restaurant is the last one we visited.  We are super lucky to have many to choose from.

Favorite season(s) and why?

Our favorite season is Winter, we like to snowmobile and it is how we met.

What’s on your nightstand?

My night stand has a charger for my cell phone, a lamp and my grandmothers turquoise bracelet which I wear almost every day - Mike has a Sudoku puzzle book and a flash light, oh and the TV remote.

What are you listening to? 

I have been a huge fan of Country & Western music, I am a dyed in the wool -  Willie, Waylon and Cash fan  - Mike is much more diverse and likes all types, especially 70's rock - We discovered Red Molly two years ago, they are awesome, not total country but old sounding and super harmonies.

What are your current addictions?

Our current addiction is growing a variety of hot peppers, jalapenos, habaneros, tobascos, asians - like in General Tso chicken.  We stuff and grill them, make jellies, dry and grind them and freeze them.  We are working to create a spice mix that we can share.  Stay tuned ...

Who/what makes you laugh?

Our two black cats make us laugh, they are a constant source of entertainment, great "tudes" - attitudes - always playing together and when you catch them cutting up they stop and look at you as if to say "Who me?"

Talent you would most like to have?

...would most like to have the talent of painting or pinstriping classic cars.  I love old cars and wish I knew how to rebuild them.  Mike would agree, he is such a wood head, being a home builder and he wishes his metal skills were as strong.

What’s the best kept secret about Schroon Lake and or surrounding areas?

The best kept secret in our Schroon Lake area is our wonderful local shopping.  People say that they spend less to buy elsewhere and that may be so, but I say, shop less and shop locally.  I love yo  buy at local events, the Church bazaars and holiday craft shows and in the Summer, the garage sales are fabulous. 

What’s the best kept secret about Schroon Lake and or surrounding areas?

At my funeral, I hope they say that I was fun to meet and that I had a great energy and because I want to be cremated, I hope they each take a pinch of my dust and take it somewhere I haven't been yet or somewhere that they really like.  I would be willing to bet we couldn't even get Mike to say "funeral"  :o)

This was fun - thanks for asking me to be a part of your profiles series. Kathy.

Meet Sue Repko

  Photo By Glen Repko  

 

Photo By Glen Repko

 

Name: Susan Repko

Where do you live?

On the west side where I can walk into town

 

Full time? Part time? Seasonal?

My husband, Glen, and I purchased our house in 2002 and we retired here two years ago.

 

When did you move here or discover this part of paradise? 

I'm proud that I am the 7th generation of my family (Huntley) to live in Schroon Lake.  My ancestors were original settlers of the town, my grandfather was an Adirondack guide, my mother was valedictorian of the class of 1938, and my grandmother owned Leonia’s, a very popular restaurant on Fowler Avenue.  People still rave about her pizza and I am fortunate to have the recipe.  I also met Glen here when I was 17 years old.  Schroon Lake has always called me home.

 

Where did you grow up? 

In Schenectady with my seven siblings.  My mother went there in 1938 for nurse’s training and my father had appendicitis.

 

How do you -- or did you -- make a living?

As a director at Marist College, I was responsible for a program that served 240 inner city youth in Poughkeepsie and Kingston.  The goal was to motivate failing students to graduate from high school and enter college- a challenge for many who were dealing with tough issues at home and in their neighborhood. 

 

In comparison, our young people here are fortunate to go to Schroon Lake Central School where they are supported in and out of school.  It’s a jewel. 

  

How do you spend your free time?

I treasure time with my daughters, Leanne and Carly and being silly with my grandchildren.  I like hanging-out with Glen, working on my landscape photography, and playing the piano loudly when no one’s around.  I enjoy sharing the load with other volunteers in town, especially serving on the Board of Education.

 

Coffee, Tea, or…? 

I like taking a cup of ginger-peach tea to my favorite wicker chair on our porch.  But give me a mug of strong coffee in the morning.

 

What’s your idea of a perfect Saturday?

There’s nothing like hiking in the woods with friends and eating lunch out of a paper bag while sitting on a log.  I also enjoy adventures with Glen that includes driving down mountain roads and discovering restaurants with wonderful food. 

 

What’s your favorite local restaurant?

I enjoy these specialties:  Pizza at DeCesare’s, pie at Pitkin’s, berry salad at Stick’s & Stone’s, nachos at Flanagan’s and salmon at Drake’s. 

 

Favorite season(s) and why?

Walking in the woods on a fall day just feels spiritual.  Spring always surprises me when it finally arrives and I can dig in my garden. Winter fun includes snow shoeing to meet friends on the lake no matter how cold it is.  I guess I’m just a cool weather girl. 

 

What’s on your nightstand?

A charming antique lamp that casts a pink glow.

 

What are you listening to?

Adele as of today.

 

What are your current addictions? 

It has always been warm chocolate chip cookies out of the oven with a glass of milk.  I often have dessert before dinner. 

 

Who or what makes you laugh?

My 3-year-old grandson, Glen, and Jimmy Fallon.

 

Talent you would most like to have?

To be able to sing like Glen or my daughter, Leanne. They are both cantors in the church.  

 

What’s the best kept secret about Schroon Lake and/or surrounding areas?

How interesting and happy folks are around here whether they are full-timers or second-home owners.  It’s amazing that so many people volunteer behind-the-scenes to make events happen.  This town is a family.

 

What do you hope they say at your funeral? 

That she loved her family and made a difference in the community.