Dashboard Anthem

Dan Coler, lead vocalist of the Albany band, Dashboard Anthem, rocks out at the S.A.V.E. the Lake Festival on Aug. 5 at Shepard Park in Lake George Village. 

The King George Fishing Derby and the Save the Lake music festival have raised a total of $20,000 to be used for Lake George stewardship initiatives from the S.A.V.E. Lake George Partnership.

Each event raised $10,000. The funds will be used to acquire new live-edge plows, data collection devices and road cameras and to hire professional consultants to help with efforts to reduce road salt, according to a news release.

These events have raised over $45,000 in the last three years.

S.A.V.E. (Stop Aquatic inVasives from Entering) is a coalition of the communities around the lake and includes organizations such as The Fund for Lake George, Lake George Association, Waterkeeper and Lake George Land Conservancy. It initially formed to implement the boat inspection program to fight the spread of aquatic invasive species. The coalition still funds 50 percent of the cost of the program.

— Michael Goot

Dave Strader’s legacy continues

Dave Strader, the legendary play-by-play broadcaster, continues to live on as the NHL held its Hockey Fights Cancer night.

On Monday, the Dallas Stars invited Strader’s son, Trevor, to sing the national anthem at the American Airlines Center.

The aspiring singer/actor also performed during last year’s Hockey Fights cancer night following his father’s diagnosis. The team invited him back following his father’s death.

Special lavender jerseys and stick tape were used during warm-ups and auctioned off. The auction and proceeds from a 50/50 benefited HopeKids, Flashes of Hope and The Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation.

Trevor was a guest on NHL Now talking about the night and what is coming next for the Straders.

Dave will be honored this weekend at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. He was named the 2017 winner of the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for outstanding broadcasting contributions to hockey.

The Strader family will be on hand to accept the award.

In the interview, Trevor said he and his brothers, Christopher and Casey, will deliver a speech their father drafted.

Dave Strader died Oct. 1 after battling bile duct cancer. He was 62.

Adam Colver

Back in Queensbury

Former Queensbury Councilman Doug Irish, who resigned his Town Board seat amid criticism last month, two months or so after he moved to North Carolina, was among those who gathered at Warren County’s Republican election gathering on Tuesday.

Irish had come under fire for not resigning his Town Board seat or attending meetings after he moved. But he was able to make his way north for the annual Election Night party.

— Don Lehman

Village to light up

Lake George will host its 20th annual “Lite Up the Village” on Nov. 25 in Shepard Memorial Park.

The festivities begin at 4 p.m. and will end with a fireworks show and holiday light parade featuring illuminated vehicles from more than 11 fire departments, according to a news release.

There will be more than 30,000 lights illuminated simultaneously as Santa arrives to greet everyone at the Lake George Firehouse.

Other activities include the Zucchini Brothers band and ventriloquist/magician Steve Charney performing at 4:30 p.m. in the park. The Lake George Community Band Holiday follows at the firehouse.

There will also be a petting zoo, pony rides and merchants featuring holiday sales and free refreshments.

The village and town of Lake George, along with the Lake George Chamber of Commerce and Ladies Auxiliary, sponsor the event.

— Michael Goot

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