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North Country ARTS honors young artists

GLENS FALLS — North Country Arts held its opening reception and awards ceremony on Feb. 16 for the 2018 Youth Visions Exhibit at the North Country ARTS gallery in The Shirt Factory, 71 Lawrence St., Suite 114. The exhibit showcases the artwork of high school students around the region. This year’s show has student work from South Glens Falls, Glens Falls, Lake George, Schroon Lake and North Warren.

Jurors were local artists Jacquiline Touba, the NCA board president, and Paul Chapman. Winners were awarded a $50 prize, a certificate and a North Country Arts membership. Winners were:

  • Excellence in Photography — Michaela DeFranco from North Warren Central School for her digital photo “


  • .”
  • Excellence in Painting — Jenna Gillingham of South Glens Falls for her carefully constructed acrylic painting “

Block Portrait.”

  • Excellence in a 3D work — Jack Kelleher of Lake George High School for his work

  • Amigo Trio,” three exquisitely crafted bands of nickel and silver etched in acid.
  • Excellence in Drawing — Alysen Bruce of Schroon Lake High School for her eye-catching, jump-off-the-page work “Origami Crane.”
  • Excellence in Mixed Media — Graceann Bennett of Lake George High School for her thoughtful assemblage “Legacy Tribute to Pat Summitt.”

Friends both attain rank of Eagle Scout

Lifelong friends Kristofer Paton and Austin Underwood of Troop 156/56 both completed Scouts’ highest rank, Eagle Scout. These scouting buddies decided to shared their honor with a combined ceremony on Aug. 5 at the home of Julie and Alec Underwood (Austin’s parents). Family, friends, fellow troop members and leaders, a few former teachers and mentors joined in celebrating this time-honored tradition of the Eagle Scout ceremony.

Paton started his scouting journey in the first grade when he joined Pack 57. He later crossed over to the Boy Scout Troop 156, now Troop 56. Paton is also an active member of the United Methodist Church. Being a member of his church’s youth group is what prompted his choice in Eagle project. Paton said he chose his project of remodeling the youth group meeting room because of how good the church has been to not only him and his family, but also to the troop. Paton, with the help of fellow community members, church members, Scouts and Scout leaders, and generous donations from local businesses, did a complete remodel of the church’s youth group meeting room — everything from new lighting, fresh paint, some new hand-built furniture and a new rug. The room has been transformed into an exceptional place for future youth groups to gather.

Underwood also started his scouting journey in the first grade when he too joined Pack 57, later crossing over to what is now Troop 56. Like Paton, Underwood is an active member of the United Methodist Church, being a member of the youth group along with his friend. Underwood said he was inspired to do his Eagle Scout project of remodeling the HFUMC Sunday School room because he grew up attending that church and it is also the church where his troop meets weekly. In this remodel, he repainted walls, constructed a stool for small children to reach the sink, purchased a new television and some new school supplies, and much more.

New Visions to hold information sessions

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES Career and Technical Education program will hold information sessions on its New Visions Engineering and New Visions Health Careers Exploration programs in March. These academically rigorous one-year programs are for college-bound high school seniors who plan to major in either an engineering- or health-related discipline. Applications are being accepted for the 2018-19 school year. If approved by the student’s home district, the program is free to high school students in the WSWHE BOCES region.

The sessions include:

  • New Visions Engineering — 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Southern Adirondack Education Center, Building B, Room No. 4, 1051 Dix Ave., Hudson Falls. Snow date is Wednesday;
  • New Visions Health Careers Exploration — 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Wesley Health Care Center in the Activities Room, 131 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs. Snow date is Thursday; and
  • New Visions Health Careers Exploration — 6 p.m. Wednesday at Glens Falls Hospital, Auditorium A Basement Level, 100 Park St., Glens Falls. Snow date is Thursday.

Each information session is free and open to the public.

CTE is a division of the WSWHE BOCES. CTE provides an array of classes for secondary school students as well as adults. In addition to the New Visions program, CTE classes include auto body repair, automotive technology, construction trades, cosmetology, criminal justice studies, culinary arts and hospitality, early childhood education, environmental conservation and forestry, graphic and visual communications, health occupations, HVAC-R, heavy equipment maintenance and operation, horse care, horticulture, landscaping and floral design, machine tool technology, power sport technology and welding. For more information, visit

Library to highlight Adirondack Women

LAKE GEORGE — Caldwell-Lake George Library is celebrating Women’s History Month with a dramatic representation of Remarkable Women of the Adirondacks by local author and dramatist Sandra Weber at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. In this lively program of portrayals, stories and songs, Weber presents the wild spirit of Adirondack women. Dressed in period costume, she delivers dramatic narratives of several notable Adirondack women. This program was made possible in part by Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Co.

This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are appreciated. Contact the library at 518-668-2528 for more information.

Watch and try out lively Irish dance

CAMBRIDGE — Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with traditional Irish dance as the Hubbard Hall Irish Dancers perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Cambridge Central School, 24 S. Park St. Bring friends or family members, anyone who’d like to watch some Irish dancing or try it.

A “ceili” is like an Irish square dance, where dances are taught and anyone can participate or watch. The Hubbard Hall Irish Dancers are a family school of Irish Dance, dedicated to keeping cultural traditions alive and sharing and passing on a sense of creativity, fun, movement and community through music and dance.

Some of the dancers have been at Hubbard Hall for 10 years or more, learning set and ceili dances, traditional jigs, hornpipes, slipjigs and reels, as well as original and student-driven choreographies. The older ones help to teach the younger ones, and they carry it on into their lives, dancing at college and beyond. This special ceili event will take the place of regular Wednesday dance classes and will be held in the Cambridge Central School auditorium. All are welcome.

Admission is free, and delicious refreshments will be available for purchase. Proceeds from the bake sale and donations will support the Hubbard Hall Irish dance costume fund.

Theater company will hold auditions

HUDSON FALLS — The Hudson River Shakespeare Company will hold auditions for its spring production of “Troilus and Cressida” at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the United Methodist Church, 227 Main St. No previous experience or prepared material is necessary, but it is important to be on time.

“Troilus and Cressida” is a tragic love story set against the backdrop of the Trojan War. Characters include many of the well-known Greek and Trojan heroes such as Ajax, Hector, Achilles and Ulysses. This production will be directed by Andy Daly.

Rehearsals for this production will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday from March 19 through April 12. There will be two evening performances, April 13 and 14, and two matinees on April 14 and 15 at the Strand Theater on Main Street in Hudson Falls.

Call 518-747-4418, email or check the Facebook page or website at for additional information.

Church will serve roast beef dinner

The Kingsbury Baptist Church will serve an all-you-can-eat roast beef dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday on Route 4, four miles north of the Kingsbury Hannaford.

The menu includes roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, mixed vegetables, coleslaw, a roll, homemade dessert and a beverage. Prices are $12 for adults and $6 for children ages 12 and younger. Take-outs are available.

Library is hosting textile art exhibit

GLENS FALLS — The Adirondack Regional Textile Artists Alliance will show its textile art exhibit, “A New Twist on an Old Favorite,” now through March 30 at the Friends of Crandall Public Library second floor Art Gallery, 251 Glen St. The library is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The show features works in a variety of techniques and materials, including multimedia techniques designed to demonstrate the quilting works of today. Many of the pieces will be based on traditional quilt patterns but given the artist’s take on the block or use of it for inspiration. The show includes works on fabric, canvas, silk and acrylics.

American Legion is offering scholarship

QUEENSBURY — Queensbury American Legion Post 1797 is seeking applications for a $500 scholarship at SUNY Adirondack.

To be eligible, a student must be a veteran or a close relative of a veteran, specifically a son, daughter, grandchild, niece or nephew. The SUNY Adirondack scholarship will be awarded each spring semester.

Scholarship applications can be picked up at the Randles Veterans Resource Center on SUNY Adirondack’s Queensbury campus. Completed applications should be returned by March 31 to Veterans Benefits Advisor Ruben Acevedo Jr. at the Randles Veterans Resource Center.

Applications will be reviewed by an American Legion Post scholarship committee. If the committee finds more than one student deserving of the award, the American Legion Post will divide the scholarship between two applicants.

For more information, contact Ruben Acevedo Jr. at 518-832-7744 or

Become a trained financial coach

The Tri County United Way and RSVP are starting a financial coaching program utilizing the following Consumer Financial Protection Bureau programs “Behind on bills? Start with one step” and “Debt getting in your way? Get a handle on it.”

The organizations are looking for volunteers 18 and older to become trained financial coaches. Volunteers who choose to be financial coaches will work one-on-one with participants to help them discover ways to make better financial choices. Previous experience is not required. Training will be provided at the Tri-County United Way office at 696 Upper Glen St., Queensbury, at no cost.

Becoming a volunteer financial coach not only benefits clients, but the volunteers as well. Get out and meet new people, build coaching skills, strengthen financial literacy and, above all, have the tremendous satisfaction of empowering someone to improve their family’s financial future.

For more information or to sign up for the free training session, contact JoAnna Sheridan by phone at 518-743-9158 or by email at

Nominations are sought by Chamber

CHESTERTOWN — The North Warren Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations from the towns of Chester and Horicon for the Business and VIP of the Year. Nominations can be emailed to the chamber at or mailed or dropped off at the Chamber-3 Dynamite Hill, P.O. Box 490, Chestertown, NY 12817. Include the business/VIP name, address, telephone number, the reason for the nomination and the name, address and phone number of the person making the nomination. Submission deadline is March 31.

A recognition dinner to honor the winners will be held at Jimbo’s in Brant Lake on May 17. For more information, call the chamber at 518-494-2722 or Barbara Repp at 518-494-3955.

Free groceries are offered to women

Women who are pregnant, breastfeeding an infant or have a child younger than 5 can get free groceries through Washington County WIC. To find out if you qualify, call Washington County WIC at 518-746-2460 for an appointment. New York state residency is required. Appointments available on most days of the week at Hudson Falls office. Get free nutrition counseling, breastfeeding support, referrals to other services, a monthly nutritious food package and more. The institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Hometown is compiled by Gretta Hochsprung,


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