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The American Legion Post 233 on Tuesday kicked off its annual poppies fundraiser by presenting one to Mayor Dan Hall.

The organization is distributing poppies at two or three locations through the city on any given day for a suggested donation of whatever someone can contribute.

“Little kids give us a dime and one time somebody dropped in $50,” said Carl Fosco, commander of American Legion Post 233.

The money is used to support veterans projects. Among the youth initiatives are the American Legion’s support of the summer leadership academy called Boys State, and its student oratorical contest, according to Fosco.

In addition, Fosco said the organization donates to the Veterans Administration hospital in Albany and individual veterans in need of assistance.

The use of poppies was inspired by the poem “In Flanders Fields,” which was written by John McCrae, who served as a military doctor during World War I.

The first stanza of the poem says: “In Flanders fields the poppies blow/ between the crosses, row on row.”

Farmers Market moves outdoors

The Glens Falls Farmers Market will hold its Opening Day on Saturday.

The event will take place from 8 a.m. to noon. It will feature 35 market vendors, music by the Schroon River String Band and face painting by SiMyles Unlimited.

New this year will be a weekly table and activities by the Friends of the Glens Falls Farmers market, which is a nonprofit formed to support the market, according to a news release. People are invited to stop by the Friends table and answer the “Weekly 1 Question Survey” to win a $10 market token. There are also maps of the market available.

The market offers apples and cider, artisan crafts, breads and baked goods, body care products, cheeses, cut and potted flowers, dairy products, eggs, herbs, honey, hydroponic vegetables, jams, meats and seafood, prepared foods, seasonal vegetables, sharpening services, syrups, wine and spirits and more, according to a news release.

‘Sound the Alarm’

The American Red Cross will be installing free smoke alarms throughout the city on Saturday.

The organization has the goal of installing 1,000 smoke alarms to help protect residents from tragedy.

The Red Cross launched the Sound the Alarm campaign in 2014. Since that time, the campaign has reached more than 1.7 million people and saved more than 500 lives nationwide.

To sign up for alarms or to find out how to volunteer, visit the website at SoundTheALarm.org/ENY or call 518-694-5121.

Jewish heritage film

The Warren County Historical Society will present a talk, “Adirondack Jews — Community and Contribution,” at 7 p.m. May 15.

The event will take place at Congregation Shaaray Tefila at 68 Bay St. in Glens Falls.

Diane O’Connor, managing director of the Ticonderoga Historical Society, will discuss the accomplishments and contributions by individuals of Jewish heritage in the Adirondack region. This program will look at people such as Louis Marshall, an attorney and conservationist, and his son, Bob Marshall, a founder of the Adirondack 46ers and The Wilderness Society, according to a news release.

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served following the presentation.

‘Drum Corps Showcase’ returning

The Glens Falls Music Academy Drum Corps will be back there this summer for a second consecutive year.

The show, which originated in 1981, returned in 2018 after a five-year hiatus. The event will take place on July 22 at 7 p.m. Ticket prices range from $20 to $28. Children 4 to 12 are charged $16 and those 3 and under get in free free with an adult. Tickets are available at the Cool Insuring Box Office or online at www.glensfallsmusicacademy.com. The price increases $5 the week before the event.

Sewer plant news

Lake George Mayor Robert Blais said Tuesday the village received one piece of good news during a conference call on Monday with representatives from the governor’s office and other state officials to discuss the new $24 million wastewater treatment plant.

State officials told him that, based upon the size of the project, it looks like the village would be eligible for zero-interest financing up to $20 million. The village previously had thought it would only be able to have no-interest financing on the first $15 million and would have to pay the going interest rate for any additional money bonded. The village could need to borrow up to $17 million, and Blais said the zero-interest financing could save it $200,000 over 30 years.

Lake George is under a consent order from the state Department of Environmental Conservation to replace the 1930s-era plant, because its effluent includes an excessive amount of nitrates, which can cause algal blooms that degrade the water quality of the lake. The new plant must be operational by August 2021.

The village is seeking more funding as the bids for the mechanical, electric and general construction portions of the project have come in higher than expected, pushing the cost to more than $24 million. Nobody bid on the plumbing portion of the project, so that contract is going to be rebid.

Community garage sale

The town and village of Lake George will host the 11th annual community garage sale this weekend.

The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at various sites around Lake George. Maps are available at both Village Hall and Town Hall during the weekday and at Shady Business on Canada Street and United Methodist Church on the weekends.

In addition, the weekend is an opportunity for village merchants to hold sidewalk sales.

Following the weekend, residents are also encouraged to take advantage of the Free-To-All Days from May 6 through 10. Residents can leave most items, except mattresses, curb-side for anyone to take after garage sale weekend until the following weekend. Items that have not been taken must be removed by Friday evening.

Also, from May 9 through May 11, the Caldwell Presbyterian Church will hold its bi-annual rummage sale. The church will start accepting clothes and housewares starting Sunday through Wednesday, May 8, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The church is asking for donations of winter clothes and winter season items. The First United Methodist Church of Lake George also accepts donated items such as clothes, hats, pocketbooks and jewelry year-round at a box behind the church on Montcalm Street, according to a news release. It is currently seeking spring clothes.

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Michael Goot covers politics, business, the city of Glens Falls and the town and village of Lake George. Reach him at 518-742-3320 or mgoot@poststar.com and follow his blog at http://poststar.com/blogs/michael_goot/.

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