Cooper Street Price Chopper

The Price Chopper on Cooper Street in Glens Falls will close July 29. The Arrow Grip Manufacturing Co., a global automotive equipment maker, operated there previously.

Adam Colver file photo, acolver@poststar.com

The Glens Falls Price Chopper supermarket, formerly known as Central Market, which is closing at the end of the month, has been a fixture at the corner of Cooper Street and Dix Avenue for decades.

But it has not been the only business venture at that location.

The Arrow Grip Manufacturing Co., a global automotive equipment maker, operated there previously.

The company made traction chains that fit over car and truck tires, and made lifting jacks.

The company shipped its products from Glens Falls to as far away as South Africa, according to a report in the March 7, 1921 Post-Star, on file at the New York State Historic Newspapers website, a project of public libraries.

George Tait, a Glens Falls businessman, invested in the company in 1920 and relocated the operation from Troy to Glens Falls.

The Post-Star reported several times in 1930 about a lawsuit when the company closed without paying its supplier of chain.

Battle of the Books

The fourth round of voting in the Crandall Public Library “Battle of the Books” reading tournament is underway through Wednesday.

Eight books remain in contention in the adult summer reading program, modeled after the National Collegiate Athletic Association March Madness basketball tournament, which started out with 64 books nominated by library patrons.

Readers, in this round, select their favorite book from four pairings:

1) “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak or “The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah

2) “The Boys in the Boat” by Daniel Brown or “The Time Traveler’s Wife” by Audrey Niffenegger

3) “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett or “The Light Between Oceans” by M. L. Stedman.

4) “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini or “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot.

Voting is at crandalllibrary.org or at the library.

The final championship round is Aug. 4-9.

Summerland

Summerland Music Society chamber concert series continues at 7 p.m. Thursday with “A Night at the Opera” in the community room in the basement of Crandall Public Library.

Mezzo-soprano Sahoko Sato Timpone and baritone Jose Adan Perez, stars of the Off Broadway show “Figaro! (90210)”, will perform.

The concert is open to the public free of charge. Donations will be accepted to defray expenses.

Charity ride

Wack’s Ride for Wishes, a charity motorcycle ride to benefit Make a Wish of Northeastern New York, will be held Saturday.

The ride leaves at 11 a.m. “sharp” from Full Moon Bar and Grill at Glen Lake Road in Queensbury and ends at about 4 p.m. at Adirondack Bar & Grill on Route 149 in Queensbury.

Cost is $20 per driver and $10 per passenger.

Call 792-3405 or 796-1456 for information.

Free concerts

Glens Falls City Jazz Band opens its concert season at 7 p.m. July 31 at Glens Falls City Park.

Concerts continue weekly at 7 p.m. Aug. 7, 14 and 21, with Aug. 28 as a rain date.

Concerts are open to the public free of charge.

VFW golf tournament

Adirondack VFW Post 2475 is seeking sponsors and golfers for its seventh annual Hole in One for Heroes charity golf tournament Sept. 24 at Hiland Park Country Club.

Proceeds benefit Adirondack Vets House, Fisher House, Global War on Terrorism Memorial, Leatherstocking Honor Flight and Post 2475.

Contact John LaNoir at 792-8219 or 6lanoir@gmail.com for information.

Follow staff writer Maury Thompson at All Politics is Local blog, at PS_Politics on Twitter and at Maury Thompson Post-Star on Facebook.

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