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Pease advances to Marksman Class

WHITEHALL — The Whitehall Junior Shooting Program finished its 2018 session on March 31 on a high note: most participants advancing in class.

Logan Pease lost a leg in an ATV accident, which has made position shooting very difficult for him. Sitting and kneeling is tough; his prosthetic simply will not allow him to bend enough to get into position. He only needed 24 points to advance to Marksman Class, but with a zero in kneeling, he had a problem. The instructors, all from the Whitehall Senior Team, decided it would not be right to simply give him the badge, he’d have to earn it. They applied a rule from the senior league where if a shooter cannot get into a position, they may fire two strings on the next more difficult position. Logan would have to try his luck in the difficult standing position. He would have two tries to get his 24 points.

On the first try he failed to make the needed score, so it all came down to the last string of fire. Logan has worked hard learning how to deal with his handicap and adjusting to pain. He’s tough, but shooting at this level requires a cool head and lots of discipline. His second string in standing caused him to be uncomfortable. The instructors could see he was struggling and gathered around him, keeping him calm and advising. As the other youths finished their own strings, they too came over and cheered his every shot. When his last shot went down range, there was a cheer: he needed 24 and scored 55. It was a huge step in finishing what he set out to do. Nobody handed it to him, he earned it. The smile on his face says it all, and his smile was shared by his fellow shooters and instructors alike.

Learn how to clean with essential oils

LAKE GEORGE — The Caldwell-Lake George Library will host the second program in its “Essential Oils Series” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at 336 Canada St.

Young Living representatives Stacey Doltz and Mel Baker will present “Spring Cleaning with Essential Oils.” They will discuss how to create cleaning products that are chemical-free, safe to use around children and pets, and budget-friendly, all the while supporting your immune system.

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

SUNY Adirondack to show documentary

QUEENSBURY — SUNY Adirondack will screen the award-winning documentary “Chasing Coral” at 7 p.m. Thursday in the college theater on the Queensbury campus.

The program will include a presentation by Timothy Scherbatskoy, SUNY Adirondack professor of biology, and Amy Macalusa, SUNY Adirondack adjunct professor of science, as part of the college’s annual Earth Week celebration.

The audience will have a chance to view “The Reef,” the college’s new 600-gallon aquarium, during the event. The saltwater aquarium is home to a variety of tropical corals and fish, including a regal angelfish, radial filefish and clownfish.

“Chasing Coral,” which won the 2017 U.S. Documentary Audience Award at Sundance, chronicles the fight to protect coral reefs from becoming extinct. Featuring breathtaking and distressing underwater footage, the movie puts into perspective just how endangered coral reefs are and tracks the effort to save them.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, email

Garden club starts year with florals

TICONDEROGA — The Carillon Garden Club of Ticonderoga and Hague will start its new club year at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Hague Community Center, Route 8, with a demonstration program, “Spring Floral Designs,” given by Francine Burke of The Country Florist and Gifts. All interested area residents are welcome to attend the program. Refreshments will be available. Bring lunch if you wish to linger and socialize after the program. Club members will meet for their regular business meeting after lunch.

Francine Burke is the owner/designer of The Country Florist and Gifts in Ticonderoga and is well known for her wit, wisdom and creativity. The program is free to all who come and the arrangements may be raffled off after the program.

New members are always welcome to join the club, which is dedicated to community beautification, education and protecting the environment. For more information about the club, contact Joyce Cooper, vice president and membership chair, at 518-585-2640, or co-president Ann Westervelt at 518-585-6548.

Teens can paint T-shirts at event

LAKE GEORGE — The Caldwell-Lake George Library is hosting a T-shirt painting workshop for teens at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at 336 Canada St. Kids in grades 7 through 12 are welcome. All materials will be provided.

This program is free, but space is limited. Preregistration is required. Call 518-668-2528 with T-shirt size by Monday.

This program is made possible in part by funding from the Lake George Region Women for Women In Need.

Pember to host ‘60s ‘Java & Jive’ event

GRANVILLE — The Pember Library and Museum is turning the clock back 50 years to the atmosphere of a 1960s coffee house with an open call for musicians, singers, poets, writers and stand-ups to make their voices heard at a ‘60s “Java & Jive” open mic from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at 33 E. Main St.

Admission is free. For more information, contact the Pember at 518-642-2525.

Mark birthday of Charles E. Hughes

HADLEY — Author Maury Thompson, former reporter for The Post-Star newspaper, will discuss his new book, “The Animated Feather Duster,” that focuses on Glens Falls native Charles Evans Hughes, at noon Saturday at Mollie’s Mason Jar Restaurant, 13 Park Ave. Extension. Hughes is recognized as one of the most influential American statesmen during the early-20th century. He was the 1916 Republican presidential candidate, chief justice, secretary of state and governor of New York as well. His roots in Glens Falls were important to him throughout his life.

A buffet-style lunch will be served including garden salad, Italian bread, meatballs in marinara, baked ziti, chicken and biscuits, mashed potatoes and gravy, as well as coffee, soda and dessert. The price is $19.95. For reservations, call Rosemary Stanton at 518-696-3143 by Monday. For more information, go to the Hadley-Lake Luzerne Historical Society site at

Greenfield seniors set murder mystery

GREENFIELD CENTER — The Greenfield Center Seniors will present a Murder Mystery matinee at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Greenfield Senior Center, 7 Wilton Road. Hors d’oeuvres and desserts will be served.

Cost is $15. Seating is limited, so call and leave a message at 518-584-8943 to reserve a table. This is a fundraiser for the seniors.

Microscope lessons at Cambridge library

CAMBRIDGE — Howard Romack returns to Cambridge Public Library at 10 a.m. Saturday to offer microscope use instruction. Participants will learn to make their own microscope slides and discuss the structure and purpose of cells.

This is an educational and engaging presentation and fills up fast. Space is limited, so please call the library at 518-677-2443 or stop in to reserve a spot.

Workshop for those who help the poor

CAMBRIDGE — The Cambridge United Presbyterian Church will host a free workshop for individuals or groups involved in advocacy or direct ministry to poor people from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at 81 E. Main St. The free training is called “Bridges Out of Poverty.”

With recent changes in tax law, along with federal and local budgetary constraints, churches will have more opportunities to serve people who live in or near poverty. Most congregations, however, are culturally middle class and find themselves frustrated when, for the best intentions, they offer help that does not seem to help.

Bridges out of Poverty is a course designed by Dr. Ruby Payne, president of AHA! Process Inc., that helps people from different financial cultures understand the strengths and weaknesses of each. Participants often awaken to the assumptions that hinder connections and understanding. This workshop is a comprehensive approach to understanding poverty. Bridges out of Poverty uses the lens of economic class and provides concrete tools and strategies for a community to alleviate poverty.

The Washington County Economic Opportunity Commission will provide this workshop. Several trainers are coming so there can be large and small group interaction with the material. Materials will be provided. Bring a lunch or buy lunch that day for $8. Registration is helpful but not necessary.

Event to re-create Rice Bull service

CAMBRIDGE — The Washington County Historical Society will present “Experiences of a Wounded Washington County Soldier at Chancellorsville, May 1864” at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 15 in the freight depot behind Hubbard Hall on East Main Street. Historian Robert Mulligan will be portraying Rice Bull, a soldier in the Union Army, 123rd Regiment from Washington County.

Rice Cook Bull was born at Hartford on June 9, 1842. At the age of 19, he joined Company D of the 123rd New York State Volunteers on Aug. 13, 1862. His account of his service, written 50 years after the event in 1913, reposes in the Rensselaer County Historical Society. It was edited by Professor K. Jack Bauer of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and published in 1977 as “Soldiering, the Civil War Diary of Rice C. Bull.”

Robert E. Mulligan Jr. was born in Albany and graduated from SUNYA and the Cooperstown Graduate Program in Museum Studies. He was for a quarter-century the military curator of the New York State Museum. One of his hobbies was “re-enacting” soldier life of the Civil War. He knew Professor Bauer and developed a program based upon Bull’s harrowing account of his wounding at Chancellorsville, and the 11 days Bull spent as a prisoner of war, without medical attention.

Bull settled in Troy after the war, married and became a respected businessman and civil leader. Mulligan, now retired, has given this “re-creation” of a lecture Bull “might” have given in 1913 to numerous local audiences.

This presentation is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Donations will be accepted to help defray expenses.

ADK Churchwow to celebrate Earth Day

JOHNSBURG — ADK Churchwow will hold a Community Earth Day celebration from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, April 22, at the North Creek Ski Bowl park.

The celebration will include live music, family and kids’ activities, a cookout and pizza party and prizes while helping to clean up the park. The event is free and open to the public. More information can be found on Facebook at ADK Churchwow or by calling 405-742-7048.

Church collecting items for soldiers

SALEM — Members of the First United Presbyterian Church of Salem will be collecting new items for Operation Adopt A Soldier during the month of April. This is one of the many projects started by the Church Mission Team.

Operation Adopt A Soldier was founded in 2003 by Cliff Sequin, who sent care packages to his son who was in a nine-member platoon from Rutland, Vermont. The project grew quickly and soon had more than 40 dedicated volunteers and several groups to help in the one facility based in Saratoga Springs. The Salem Church has conducted several successful collections during the past few years. The items go to regional service personnel located around the globe.

Plastic grocery bags containing suggestions for donations and instructions for doing so will be hung on doors in the village of Salem. It is possible that the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts will help to distribute the bags.

Suggestions for items to be collected include: personal care items for both female and male; books and magazines; and non-perishable food. Everything will be accepted except glass, pork, porn and alcohol. Cash can also be donated and money will purchase needed items. Make checks out to Salem UP Church and mail them to P.O. Box 281, Salem, NY 12865.

A collection bin will be located at the church for people to drop off donations. For questions or more information, contact Dolores Phaneuf at 518-854-7275.

Northshire wins excellence award

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Northshire Bookstore Saratoga has won the 2018 Pannell Award for Excellence in Children’s Bookselling, in the general bookstore category. This award is given annually by the Women’s National Book Association.

Jurors noted that the store is one the most energetic bookstores and lauded its passionate staff and year-round schedule of creative programs and events.

This year, dozens of bookstores across 16 different states received enthusiastic nominations from loyal customers, authors, bookstore employees and publishing professionals. A five-member jury selected the 2018 WNBA Pannell Award recipients. The winning stores will each receive a check for $1,000 and a piece of original art from a children’s book illustrator, to be presented at BookExpo America’s Children’s Book and Author Breakfast on June 1.

Hometown is compiled by Gretta Hochsprung,


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