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Mayor's Phish fanaticism gets filmmaker's attention

2014-04-15T07:00:00Z 2014-04-16T09:35:30Z Mayor's Phish fanaticism gets filmmaker's attention Glens Falls Post-Star

Glens Falls Mayor John “Jack” Diamond’s “Gone Phishing Day” proclamation has caught the attention of a filmmaker producing a documentary about fans of the band Phish.

Michael Ryan Lawrence, president of Philly Philms, contacted Diamond on Thursday and requested a copy of the proclamation Diamond issued on the day of the band’s concert in Glens Falls in October.

The proclamation urged Glens Falls residents “to mellow out, grab a grilled cheese sandwich and welcome Phish and its phans to our fine city.”

Lawrence also asked to interview Diamond.

“Perhaps a few words on camera to explain the proclamation and why you did it and how it was a huge success,” Lawrence suggested.

Diamond said he wrote back to Lawrence that he would be happy to be interviewed.

Lawrence said the documentary, “We’ve Got it Simple,” has been in production since summer 2013 and will include footage shot in Glens Falls in October.

The company’s previous films include “The Living Dead,” a documentary about the Philadelphia’s zombie culture, and “Beeradelphia,” a documentary about breweries in Philadelphia.

Local name on program

Gloria Brilling was excited that “Improvisation on St. Agnes,” by composer Maurice Whitney of Glens Falls was among the musical selections at the ordination Mass on Thursday for Monsignor Edward Scharfenberger, the new Roman Catholic Bishop of Albany.

“In fact, I didn’t know the woman next to me and I said, ‘Oh my goodness. Look at this. I knew this man,’” Brilling said Friday, speaking about her emotion when she noticed Whitney’s name on the program.

Whitney, who died in 1984, was head of the Glens Falls school district music program for 25 years.

He also was organist and choir director at Christ Church United Methodist Church and was active in the Glens Falls operetta club, now Glens Falls Community Theater.

Whitney composed more than 100 works for choir, band, orchestra and soloists during his career, and he served on the editorial board of “Music Educators Journal,” according to documents on file at The Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library.

Brilling, a 1948 Glens Falls high school graduate, said Whitney was music teacher when she was in school.

“He was just such a wonderful, wonderful man,” she said.

Kidney walk

The Northeast Kidney Foundation will hold a 5K fundraising walk at 10 a.m. April 27 beginning and ending at the SUNY Adirondack campus on Bay Road in Queensbury.

Deadline to register is noon April 26.

For information, contact Carol LaFleur at 533-7880 or carol@healthykidneys.org.

Guardsman honored

Staff Sgt. Jeff Dorvee of Queensbury won “non-commissioned officer of the year” at the New York Army National Guard annual Best Warrior Competition April 3-5 at the Camp Smith training site near Peekskill, the state Division of Military & Naval Affairs announced.

The competition tests a range of soldier skills, including marksmanship, physical fitness, endurance, military knowledge and land navigation.

Dorvee, a member of the 1427th Transportation Battalion, joined the National Guard in 2003, and has been deployed twice to Afghanistan.

He will represent New York in the eight-state northeastern regional competition May 13-15 at Camp Ethan Allen in Vermont.

Town Board talent

Queensbury 1st Ward Councilman Tony Metivier is learning to play guitar.

“It’s on my bucket list,” Metivier said at a Town Board workshop meeting Thursday.

The topic came up when Supervisor John Strough asked about changing the traditional evening for workshop meetings from Mondays to Tuesdays because 4th Ward Councilman William VanNess, a volunteer firefighter, has fire safety training classes some Mondays.

Metivier said he just started guitar lessons on Tuesdays.

The board compromised on Wednesday evenings for workshop meetings.

Staff writer Maury Thompson covers Glens Falls and Queensbury. You can contact him at thompson@poststar.com. You can friend him on Facebook at Maury Thompson Post-Star. You can follow him on Twitter at PS_Politics.

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