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Kalia earns Career Assistance Award

Lake George Music Festival Co-Founder and Music Director Roger Kalia was one of eight recipients of the 2018 Solti Foundation Career Assistance Award. It’s the top award for young conductors worldwide.

“Supporting and encouraging young conductors at the beginning of their careers is the mission of The Solti Foundation U.S.,” said Penny Van Horn, board chair of the foundation. “As I have stated in the past, the young musicians we recognize are part of the fabric of our future musical landscape. From what we have seen and heard, it is going to be a glorious, immense vista, full of creativity, energy and passion.”

Kalia is the assistant conductor of Pacific Symphony and music director of Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra. Previously, he served as assistant conductor of the Charlotte Symphony, and music director of both the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra in California and Columbus Symphony Orchestra in Indiana. His 2018-19 engagements include the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, the Lake George Music Festival Symphony Orchestra, and Symphony New Hampshire. Guesting engagements have included the Szczecin Philharmonic in Poland, Chicago Sinfonietta, Boise Philharmonic, and the National D.C., Long Beach, Bakersfield, Great Falls and Memphis symphonies, among others. Kalia has worked in various capacities with the New York Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Pittsburgh, Seattle, Utah, Fort Worth and Danish National symphonies. Recipient of 2018, 2017 and 2013 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance awards, Kalia also won Second Prize in the 2011 Memphis Symphony International Conducting Competition and a 2011 Fellowship at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music.

‘Back at the Ranch’ photography shown

LAKE LUZERNE — Sue Clark invites all to see her body of photography on display for the month of July titled “Back At the Ranch,” all things western Americana. An artist reception with refreshments and an artist “meet and greet” is scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Hadley-Luzerne Public Library, 19 Main St.

Clark hopes to display historic photos of local Bennett’s Riding Stables. Clark has also been a volunteer for the “Ranches Wranglers and Rodeos Day of the Cowboy Reunion” for several years now with Pam Morin, Lake Luzerne historian.

Corinth library to talk about water

CORINTH — The Corinth Free Library will be hosting “Saratoga County Water Works” with Anne Clothier of the Brookside Museum at 1 p.m. Tuesday at 89 Main St. She will explore how water was, and continues to be, an important natural resource in Saratoga County agriculture, industry, tourism and everyday life.

Free lunches offered to children in region

GLENS FALLS — The Warren-Hamilton Counties Community Action Agency, in conjunction with the Glens Falls Recreation Department, Southern Adirondack Educational Center and Warren County Employment and Training, will once again be offering free lunches to Glens Falls area children.

Lunches will be served at 11:45 a.m. Monday through Friday at the East Field Recreation Site until Aug. 17. Lunches usually consist of a sandwich, 8 ounces of milk, a piece of fruit and a vegetable. Hot lunches, such as hot dogs, will also be served. All children, 18 years old or younger, are welcome for lunch.

Funded by the USDA, this is the 21st year of program operation. Many area children are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches while attending school. Lunches not being available during the summer increases the strain on many families. Understanding this problem, the Community Action Agency took the lead to establish a free lunch program. The agency is pleased to be able to provide this service again this summer.

All children at the site will be served the same lunch at no charge, regardless of race, color, sex, age, disability, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation or national origin.

For more information on the lunch program, call Community Action at 518-793-0636.

Long Lake Friends of Music to perform

LONG LAKE — The Long Lake Friends of Music will present Peter Griggs, guitarist and composer from New York City, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the United Methodist Church next to the Town Hall. His repertoire includes classical as well as flamenco, jazz, Brazilian and his own compositions.

Following the performance, a reception will be held to meet the artist. Donations are appreciated at each event to help defray the cost of this series.

Interfaith fellowship golf tourney planned

GREENWICH — The 14th annual Greenwich Interfaith Fellowship Golf Tournament will be held Aug. 3 at the Battenkill Country Club in Greenwich. The deadline to register is Friday.

This tournament is a four-person scramble with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. and again at 1 p.m. Registration and a continental breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m. for the morning competition. Registration for the afternoon competition and lunch will begin at noon. The cost to register is $80 or $320 for a team.

Space is limited, so register today by contacting Don Brooks at P.O. Box 124, Greenwich, NY 12834, or call 518-692-2198.

This is the only fundraiser that GIF holds in support of its many charitable services for the greater Greenwich community. One of the major services that GIF provides to the community is the transportation services through the “Van-Go” bus and the McQuade Van. Volunteers put in hours of time on the road getting community members without other means of transportation to medical appointments, to the grocery store, to the Food Pantry and to other vital services.

GIF also provides emergency funds for families that fall behind on rent and utilities, it feeds hundreds of meals to area kids over the summer through its ever popular “Food For Kids” program held in the town park, it coordinates the drive for “Back-to-School” supplies, organizes the annual CROP walk in support of the Comfort Food Pantry and international food relief efforts, and supports many other services and initiatives throughout the year.

There are several ways one can participate in the golf tournament. Consider being a “Major Sponsor” or make a donation to Greenwich Interfaith Fellowship Inc. Individuals, companies and organizations can sponsor the tournament with a tee sign, a cart sign, donate something for the raffle or play in the tournament.

To make a donation or sign up as a sponsor, make checks payable to: Greenwich Interfaith Fellowship Inc. and send it to either P.O. Box 124, Greenwich, NY 12834; or to the treasurer, Margaret Roberson at 2 Pine View Drive, Greenwich, NY 12834. Greenwich Interfaith Fellowship Inc. is an approved 501 © (3) organization, so any contributions are tax deductible to the greatest extent allowed by law.

Lake Luzerne kids to get hot breakfasts

LAKE LUZERNE — The First United Methodist Church and St. Mary’s Episcopal Church will once again be serving a hot breakfast to the children of the Hadley Luzerne Central School District starting around 8:30 to 8:45 a.m. Monday through Thursday at the elementary school, in connection with the Hadley Luzerne youth commission.

This program will run until Aug. 9. The children will receive either pancakes or French toast, bacon or sausage, fresh fruit, milk and juice. A snack will also be supplied on Fridays when the children are at Hadley Park. This program is sponsored by the Stewart’s Holiday Match program, The Lions, the American Legion, Tops Supermarket, Walmart, the Episcopal Christian Womens group of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church and many other individual gifts.

Grant Cottage has special admission

MOREAU/WILTON — U.S. Grant Cottage State Historic Site will hold several activities in July, including additional admission days on Tuesdays during Saratoga’s racing season, and a variety of programs.

The cottage will host Grant Remembrance Day at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 22. It has become a tradition at Grant Cottage to mark the somber occasion of the anniversary of Ulysses S. Grant’s death by recreating the Grant family circle and allowing those who loved him most to speak about Grant the husband, father and grandfather. The suggested donation for this program is $5 per person.

Local girls to attend Girls State program

BROCKPORT Young women from the local area have been selected to attend the 77th American Legion Auxiliary Girls State session in Brockport. As part of the annual program, outstanding students are chosen from their local high schools to spend a week learning about the inner workings of state, local and county government.

This premier leadership conference is designed to provide practical insight into the workings of the government, promote youth civic engagement, instill a sense of pride in America, and empower the next generation of women leaders, providing them with a network that lasts a lifetime.

A key component of the ALA Girls State program is the mock legislative sessions in which the girls write and debate bills. Campaigns are held to elect local officials and an ALA Girls State governor.

In addition to their government forums, the delegates hear distinguished guest speakers, learn various aspects of Americanism and learn about the sacrifices of the American military.

Local girls selected to attend include:

  • Kiera Baird of Corinth;
  • Sydney Gagnon of Chestertown;
  • Amy Dixon of Fort Edward;
  • Natalie Coffman of Greenwich;
  • Maria Mangini of Porter Corners;
  • Meagan O’Sullivan of Warrensburg; and
  • Grace Pelletier-Hoblock of Schuylerville.

Women farmers to talk communication

GREENWICH — Cornell Cooperative Extension and Ag Stewardship Association are hosting a meeting for farm women called “Barriers to Communication” with speaker Claudia Kenny from NYS Ag Mediation Program from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Washington County Fair office meeting room, 394 Old Schuylerville Road, Greenwich.

One of the biggest ongoing challenges facing farms is communication, both within the farm generations as well as with the consuming public. Learning to recognize some of the hurdles enables farm women to be more successful in achieving effective communication. One participant said, “It is hard to be sure what you said is what was actually heard.”

Inspired by Annie’s Project, a working group of farm women selected this topic as a key skill which they wanted to learn. Farm women are invited to this first step toward starting a women’s discussion group which could meet to provide support, programming and networking opportunities.

Claudia Kenny has more than 20 years of practical experience as both a person working in dispute resolution and a farmer. She and her husband own and operate Little Seed Gardens, a 97-acre family farm in the Hudson Valley region.

The meeting is free and no reservations are needed. However, a call, text or email ahead to Sandy would be helpful for handouts and space, 518-380-1498 or 800-548-0881, or email

Museum to discuss slave trade in NY

WARRENSBURG — “Kidnapped!” a talk about black New Yorkers caught in the slave trade, will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Warrensburgh Museum, 3754 Main St.

David Fiske, a retired librarian who conducts genealogical and local history research, authored “Solomon Northup: His Life Before and After Slavery,” and co-authored “Solomon Northup: The Complete Story of the Author of Twelve Years a Slave.”

According to Fiske, some of Northup’s post-slavery life can be tracked via property records, court documents, and newspaper stories. Thus, it is known that he purchased a home for his family in Glens Falls, that he undertook a lecture tour throughout the Northeast, and was involved in the apprehension and trial of the two men who had kidnapped him.

Northup was by no means the only person who was kidnapped and sold into slavery. Fiske also wrote a book about some of these other victims, titled “Solomon Northup’s Kindred: The Kidnapping of Free Citizens before the Civil War.”

The talk is co-sponsored by Richards Library and the Warrensburgh Historical Society. There is no admission charge. Refreshments will be served.

The museum entrance and parking are located at the rear of the building, which is fully handicap accessible. For additional information contact the museum director at 518-232-7349.

Heritage Hunters to discuss genealogy

SCHUYLERVILLE — Heritage Hunters of Saratoga County will meet at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Town of Saratoga Town Hall, corner of routes 4 and 29 in Schuylerville. Michael Diana will present the Schenectady County Historical Society outreach program, “Hauling the World.” Schenectady has a vibrant industrial history, much of which was driven by the railroads that intersected our area. Michael will explore rowdy railroad boomtowns, like Rotterdam Junction, as well as factories that led to the motto “Schenectady Lights and Hauls the World.” Public is welcome. For information call 518-587-2978.

Ti to host Christmas in July and more

TICONDEROGA — “Christmas in July and So Much More” is coming to The Ticonderoga First United Methodist Church from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, rain or shine, at 1045 Wicker St. The fair will be held under the tents on the lawn near the Thrift Shop or inside in the lower area of the fellowship wing in case of rain.

Many church members have been working on seasonal decorations and crafts. There will be special edibles at the Bake Sale table to take home and a snack bar for lunch including homemade ice cream sandwiches.

Hometown is compiled by Gretta Hochsprung,


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