A Queensbury man is releasing his second book of photographs that his father took of Glens Falls and Lake George.

Bob Bayle’s book is titled “A Glens Falls–Lake George Area Portfolio, 1904–1946, The Photographs of Francis Bayle and Some Local History,” and it will be available by the end of the month.

Francis Bayle worked at the Glens Falls Portland Cement Co. for 40 years until retiring in 1962, according to his biography. His hobbies were exploring the Adirondacks and photography.

The book also contains two articles written by Francis Bayle: “Memories from An Old Phone Book (1893–1894)” and “A History of the French Population of Glens Falls.”

The first book of photos of the Adirondacks, titled “An Adirondack Portfolio, 1902 – 1935,” was released in 2016 and also contained stories of the elder Bayle’s hikes in the mountains.

Bayle has scheduled events to promote the book. On Nov. 4, he will be at Autumn Leaves, The Chronicle’s Book Fair, at the Queensbury Hotel. He will hold a program and book signing on Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Crandall Public Library. Bayle also will be participating in The Shirt Factory’s Open House held from Nov. 23 to 25 on Lawrence Street.

Parade canceled

A proposed parade to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I will not step off as planned.

Dave Collins of American Legion Post No. 233 had attempted to organize a parade for Nov. 10. In addition to it marking the end of the year, it also is the 75th anniversary of Look magazine’s designation of Glens Falls as hometown USA.

Collins said Wednesday that he could not do it effectively without the participation of bands and that all of the high school bands were tied up with performing at school football games. In addition, he was not getting a lot of participation from veterans.

“We didn’t get the response we thought we’d get. I think that has to do with other veterans’ events going on,” he said.

Top weekend destination

USA Today has recognized Lake George on a list of weekend getaway destinations.

The newspaper selected one community from each of the 48 states in the continental United States for its story “Perfect towns for a weekend trip in every state,” which appeared online on Monday.

The article calls Lake George “a quintessential vacation area” and cites activities such as riding the Adirondack Eagle Flyer zip line, taking a cruise with the Lake George Steamboat Co. and touring Fort William Henry. It also mentions activities technically outside Lake George including the Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdom, the outlet shops in Queensbury, the Natural Stone Bridge and Caves in Pottersville, the rail bike trail at Revolution Rail Co. in North Creek and The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls.

Mayor Robert Blais mentioned the article at Monday’s Village Board meeting.

Tourists have continued visiting Lake George into the fall, according to Blais. Columbus Day weekend was busy.

“There were no rooms to be had in all of the hotels in the village,” he said.

This is a change from years ago when the entire village shut down after Labor Day, Blais added.

Open air dining

Lake George village officials are considering allowing businesses to leave in place their sidewalk cafes and decks open year round.

The Village Board is set to hold a public hearing on Nov. 19 at 6:30 p.m. on the local law that would replace the existing requirement for businesses to remove outdoor dining areas and decks by Oct. 31.

Blais said he has gotten requests from businesses including the Courtyard Marriott.

“They would love to be able to be up year round because the way the weather is, they’re using them later and they want to decorate them,” he said.

As part of the local law, there would be a clause holding the village harmless for any liability. The business owners also would be responsible for keeping the sidewalks clear.

Taking the plunge

Hundreds of people are expected to dive into Lake George on Nov. 17 for the Polar Plunge to benefit the Special Olympics.

The event is set for noon at the Lake George Beach Club. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m..

Organizers have set a fundraising goal of $115,000 for the program, which supports sports competitions for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

Last year, the organization raised $109,000. Jennifer Frame, director of development for Special Olympics New York is hoping that each person who plunges will raise $300. This year, there is a new minimum donation set for $25.

There will be a pre-party for people participating the night before the event at the Lake George Beach Club from 8 p.m. until midnight.

For more information, contact Frame at 518-388-0790 or jframe@nyso.org. More information can be found on their Facebook page.

Anti-regulatory movement film

The documentary film “War on the EPA” will be shown on Monday at the Crandall Public Library.

The film talks about the rise of the anti-regulatory movement in the country.

The free event will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the Christine McDonald Community Room and is sponsored by the Tri-County Transition group. It is part of the “In the Public Interest” fall film series.

Third Ward Community Forum planned

Glens Falls Third Ward Supervisor Claudia Braymer and Councilwoman Diana Palmer will hold another Third Ward Community Forum on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Kensington Road School.

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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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