Schroon Laker Wishes A Happy 75th Birthday To The Press-Republican

In an age where print journalism is heading the way of the dinosaur, it’s refreshing to know that there’s dedicated scribes  -- and their publishers and owners – who are champions of the art.

So it’s a happy 75th Birthday to the folks at the Press Republican, who keep area residents informed and educated about the world around them here in tye North Country and beyond.

And a special hat tip from us to Lohr McKinstry, one of the best. And our own Ann Breen Metcalfe, a former reporter for the PR, offers her congrats.

“Ann Breen Metcalfe, living in Mamaroneck and Schroon Lake after a career as a writer and then manager at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City: "Congratulations on the Press-Republican's 75th anniversary. It is a fine newspaper, giving excellent service to the North Country.

"My first job was as a reporter for the P-R. I started in the fall of 1953 and was there about two years.

"I covered many stories, from the construction of the Strategic Air Command's Plattsburgh Air Base to the summer-long chase for Major James Call, who had killed a Lake Placid police officer.

"Bill Babel was the editor, and Bill Lundquist was the general manager. The paper was owned by the Ottaway family, who gave each employee a turkey for Thanksgiving.

"We typed our stories on long rolls of paper, after which they were edited and sent to the linotype operators in the back of the building. The good old days.

"Good wishes for the future of your fine paper."


We hope you had a wonderful and blessed Passover and Easter with your friends and family. After a short break here at ‘Laker HQ, I’m happy to report Annette and I are back.

After a busy first quarter here at Schroon Laker, with our largest readership ever, we took a little break in the first weeks of April.  Kind readers have inquired if we are OK – you betcha.   

Annette recently had surgery on her ACL, after a skiing accident at Gore, and is well on her way to a full recovery.

We are ready to go, with more of your favorite stories and content. Got news to share or a story tip? Send us an email at Thanks for your loyalty and continued support. 

--Anthony Batson

So Long, Farewell Liz Welch

David Peterson, who runs the official Schroon Lake Facebook page, tells us of the upcoming retirement of one of Schroon’s best-known personalities: Liz Welch. Liz is retiring Friday (March 31) from the Post Office where she has served thousands of folks over a very memorable career. David is suggesting the occasion be celebrated. 

From David: "Let's shower her with love and appreciation by putting something special for her in your mailbox. Ideas: notes, cards, gift cards, cookies, etc. etc.”

Liz, may your next chapter in life be filled with happiness and good health.

RIP: Reverend William S. Bosch

Family Photo of William S. Bosch

Family Photo of William S. Bosch

William S. Bosch, a former Pastor at Schroon’s Mountainside Bible Chapel, has died. Reverend Bosch, 89, passed away on March 24, 2017, peacefully at the Stratton V.A. Medical Center.

More from his official obit:

Reverend Bosch was born on August 27, 1927, in Muskegon, Michigan. He proudly served his Country in the U.S. Navy. Reverend Bosch was a Pastor of the City Mission in Rutland, Vermont. and the Mountainside Bible Chapel in Schroon Lake. Reverend Bosch was one of the first to welcome the Word of Life Congregation when they moved their headquarters to the Schroon Lake area. After moving to the Capital District, Reverend Bosch attended and supported several church communities including the First Baptist Church of Westerlo and the Capital City Seventh Day Adventist Church in Albany. He was always willing to share the salvation Gospel of our Lord. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 20 years, Patricia J. Mailloux Bosch.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, April 1, at 10 a.m. in the Durant Funeral Home, 741 Delaware Ave., Delmar. Friends may call on Sunday from 5-7 p.m. in the funeral home. Interment with full military honors will be in the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery.