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Working to get the creek straight

2013-07-15T20:45:00Z Working to get the creek straight Glens Falls Post-Star
July 15, 2013 8:45 pm

Sgt. Arthur Coon, a retired National Guard recruiter, was proud to see a photograph with Specialist Joe Barrow of Glens Falls featured on the state Division of Military and Naval Affairs website.

Barrow was part of a group of members of 827th Engineer Company that greeted Gov. Andrew Cuomo when the governor recently toured disaster relief efforts in the Mohawk Valley.

Barrow said Monday his unit was in German Flatts, in Herkimer County, from July 3-10.

Barrow said his unit worked with heavy equipment to redirect the course of a creek that eroded and overflowed its banks.

“We were tasked out with basically putting it back in a straight line. ... Basically we were just trying to help out the people that lived there so the rest of their yards didn’t just disappear,” he said.

Share the publicity

Margaret Lalor, a regular customer at Sam’s Diner on Dix Avenue in Glens Falls, thinks Villa Bread, baked locally on Walnut Street in the city’s 1st Ward, should share in the publicity with New Way Lunch hot dogs the next time U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., visits.

Glens Falls Mayor John “Jack” Diamond has a tradition of presenting the senator with a half-dozen hot dogs from New Way Lunch, on South Street, where Schumer once stopped for lunch during a tour of South Street.

Lalor, who contacted The Post-Star, said Villa Bread, served at Sam’s Diner as well as Poopie’s Diner on Lawrence Street, said when her brother visits from Seattle, Wash., he always buys a few loaves of Villa bread to take back with him.

It has been a family favorite since their mother moved to Glens Falls in the 1930s.

“Somebody told her there’s no such thing as one piece of Villa Bread,” meaning that you always have to serve several slices per person, Lalor said. “You can’t hand out just one piece for everyone to have with spaghetti.”

Diamond said he’d be happy to give Schumer a loaf of Villa bread the next time he visits Glens Falls, or perhaps even sooner.

“Maybe I’ll send him a loaf of Villa bread for Christmas,” Diamond said.

For the record, a check of The Post-Star archives found that Diamond did tout Villa bread to the congresswoman who is now New York’s junior senator.

Diamond and then Rep. Kirsten Gillirand, D-Greenport, campaigned at Poopie’s Diner on Oct. 17, 2008, during the special election when Diamond was first elected mayor.

Diamond pointed out to Gillibrand that Villa bread is baked right around the corner from the diner.

“Locally baked right up on Walnut Street,” Diamond said at the time.

Pink Whale returns to Great Escape

Great Escape in Queensbury annouced that the “Pink Whale,” a vintage sculpture that was an attraction at the original Storytown USA, has returned to public display.

The sculpture, a popular place for families to pose for photographs, was removed in 2005 when the children’s area was redesigned as Timbertown.

By popular demand, it has been returned as management prepares for the theme park’s 60th anniversary next year, according to a press release.

Restaurant reopens

The Vagabond restaurant at 21 Ridge St. in Glens Falls has reopened.

The restaurant had closed temporarily while the owner waited to receive a liquor license.

“That’s all in place now,” said Caroline Johnson, the restaurant manager.

A century of camping

The Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library will hold a reception from 5-7 p.m. Friday to celebrate the opening of a new gallery exhibit: “Heaven Runs Down to the Lake,” 100 Years at YMCA Camp Chingachgook.”

The reception is open to the public, free of charge.

The exhibit in the Folklife Gallery in the library basement runs through the end of the year.

Free museum admission

Admission at the World Awareness Children’s Museum at 89 Warren St. is free on July 23 as part of a celebration of “Jacky Touba Day,” to honor museum founder and longtime executive director Jacquiline Touba, who retired in May.

Taking them out to the ballgame

The Capital District of New York Chapter of the Association of the United States Army will sponsor “Military Appreciation Night” at East Field in Glens Falls on July 27, said Glens Falls Police Chief Will Valenza, an officer in the military support organization.

Military personnel and their families who show ID will be admitted free to the Glens Falls Golden Eagles double-header against the Amsterdam Mohawks.

The first game begins at 5 p.m.

Live-blogging from Take a Bite

I’ll be live-blogging from Take a Bite in downtown Glens Falls from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday. Follow my posts on Post-Star.com or on Twitter at PS_Politics, using #TAB13.

Staff writer Maury Thompson covers Glens Falls and Queensbury. You may 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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