Regional Girl Scouts announces new hire

ALBANY  The Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York (GSNENY) hired Marcy Stryker as its new vice president for fund development. Bringing with her decades of fundraising and marketing experience, Stryker will be responsible for designing, implementing and managing all fundraising activities.

Stryker most recently served as director of development at Excelsior College, where she also teaches as an adjunct professor.

Stryker has held other marketing and fundraising roles as well. She was the director of young adult programs at the Jewish Federation of NENY, where she created outreach initiatives and special events to engage young adults in leadership activities in their community. Before that, she was the director of marketing at WMHT, the PBS affiliate station in the greater Capital Region. Stryker also worked for eight years as a senior marketing account executive at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).

The immediate past president of the Hudson Mohawk Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Stryker is a member of AFP International’s Committee for Fundraising Innovation.

Stryker also holds a personal connection with the Girl Scouts.

“I was a Girl Scout in my childhood and have fond memories of the activities that helped bond my friends and me together, especially our first camping experience,” she said.

To learn more about the Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York (GSNENY), visit www.gsneny.org.

County offering teen employment

BALLSTON SPA  The Saratoga County Department of Employment & Training is accepting applications for the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). The program offers summer employment opportunities for youth between the ages of 14 and 20 who live in Saratoga County and meet federal income eligibility guidelines.

SYEP is a work experience opportunity for youth in a real environment. Young adults enrolled in the program gain useful skills based on the actual work they are doing in addition to soft skills such as responsibility, time management, budgeting and how to conduct themselves professionally.

The 2016 program will begin at the end of June and run through the summer. Youth will be placed in work sites throughout Saratoga County, paid minimum wage and work 25 to 30 hours per week. They will attend a mandatory Career Day being held at SUNY Adirondack and will be offered a raise incentive based on performance and attendance halfway through the summer.

The Saratoga County Department of Employment & Training has applications available in their office at 152 W. High Street, Suite B-204, or online at www.saratogacountyny.gov under Departments: Employment and Training. Youth can also ask at their school guidance office for an application. SYEP applications will continue to be accepted until all available positions are filled. For additional information or to request an application, call Saratoga County Department of Employment & Training at 884-4170.

Hannaford bag program to aid EMS

General Schuyler Emergency Squad was chosen by the Greenwich Hannaford as part of the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program.

Anytime someone purchases the blue reusable bag with the good karma message and Yellow Straps at Hannaford Greenwich, 1165 Route 29, Greenwich, during the month of May, $1 will be donated to the organization.

The bags retail for $2.29 and are located at the reusable bag rack.

Waldorf School will host circus

SARATOGA SPRINGS  Circus Smirkus, the acclaimed international youth circus, returns to the outdoor polo field at Saratoga Casino and Raceway for four performances July 8 and 9. Families can gather under the “Big Top Tent” as the Waldorf School proudly presents the Circus Smirkus 2016 “Big Top Tour.”

Circus Smirkus will perform at 1 and 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults 13 and older and $23 for children ages 2 to 12. Children younger than 2 are free on an adult’s lap.

All proceeds raised will go to the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs. Tickets are available by calling 1-877-SMIRKUS toll-free or visiting www.smirkus.org. Tickets are available at the Children’s Museum at Saratoga on 69 Caroline St. and at Crafters Gallery, 427 Broadway.

Thirty budding circus stars ages 11 to 18 bring youthful exuberance and polished circus skills from all parts of the country and the world.

This year’s tour continues the tradition of Smirkus theme-based shows with “Up, HUP and Away: The Invention of Flight!”

Circus Smirkus is a nonprofit, award-winning international youth circus founded with the mission of promoting the skills, culture and traditions of the traveling circus and inspiring youth to engage in life-changing adventures in the circus arts. Now in its 29th year, the Vermont-based organization has raised over $2.5 million for non-profit partners.

For more information, visit www.WaldorfSaratoga.org.

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hurch offers women’s conference

WARRENSBURG  The North River United Methodist Church will host its inaugural Regional Women’s Conference from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. June 11 at the First United Methodist Church of Warrensburg, 3890 Main St.

Keynote speaker will be Kathy Hammond featuring Wade Hammond as the musical guest. The theme of this conference is “When Life Gives You Lemons.” The program focuses on how to overcome the trials and tribulations of everyday life through the teachings of Jesus Christ. The Hammonds have been working together in full-time ministry for 18 years, which keeps them traveling throughout the country from coast to coast as well as Canada.

The program is $20 per person, which includes a light lunch. Preregistration is required by sending a check to the North River United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 218, North River, NY 12856. Deadline is June 3. For more information, contact Amy Sabattis at 251-2519.

Folk School hosts arts dinner

LAKE GEORGE  The Adirondack Folk School will host its seventh annual Hearts for the Arts Dinner and Silent Auction at 6 p.m. June 4 at the Lake George Holiday Inn Resort, 2223 Canada St.

The Post-Star will receive the School’s Patron of the Arts Award, which is given to people or entities whose actions further the advancement of local cultural arts.

“The Post-Star has been extremely instrumental in making the community aware of the financial and cultural importance of the Folk School to the region” said Rand Condell, president of the Board of Directors.

The Adirondack Folk School seeks to preserve Adirondack arts, crafts and culture through a diverse offering of more than 200 classes each year. The evening benefits the continued operation of the school, and it will include music, dinner and a silent auction of locally made Adirondack crafts and wares. The silent auction items have been donated by the school’s renowned instructors and various local artisans including furniture made by Half Moon Works.

Hearts for the Arts is $45 for Adirondack Folk School members, and $50 for nonmembers. Reservations may be made by calling the school at 696-2400.

Vendors sought for craft festival

LAKE LUZERNE  The Adirondack Folk School is hosting a Summer Craft Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 27.

The school is seeking vendors for unique and handmade crafts. The festival typically draws hundreds of visitors to the event which features crafts, music, food and a kid zone. If interested, call the Adirondack Folk School at 696-2400.

Longhorn hosts dine, donate night

LAKE LUZERNE  The Longhorn Restaurant will donate a portion of all dining room food sales from 4 p.m. to close Wednesday to Adirondack Folk School.

Farmers market seeks growers

WARRENSBURG  The Warrensburgh Riverfront Farmers Market is looking for additional organic (naturally grown) produce) at the market. In its 18th year, the market’s customer base is strong, and farmers who follow organic practices are needed to keep up with the demand.

Since 1998, the market has been encouraging local agriculture and promoting small farmers in the region.

Contact Teresa Whalen, market manager, at 466-5497 or taawhalen@yahoo.com for more information.

Seniors group plans trip to ‘Chicago’

Greenwich Seniors will host a bus trip to the Mac-Hayden Theater in Chatham to see the play “Chicago.”

The public is invited on the July 13 trip. Price for nonmembers is $70. Call Diane Snyder at 692-2786 or email her at lorib16000@hotmail.com or call or email Eileen DiNisio at 937-1838 or edinisio@nycap.rr.com. Deadline is June 16.

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