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Crandall Pond

Zach Pickens, center, of South Glens Falls, passes the puck with his younger brother, Josh Wood of Hudson Falls, on the pond in Crandall Park recently in Glens Falls. 

Night skating at Crandall Pond is a hit, and the city is discussing adding more lighting next season.

The city began allowing skating on the pond on Monday after the recent cold snap made the ice sufficiently thick. Public Works crews cleared the surface and added water to smooth the ice. A light had been put up to provide illumination.

Mike Mender, the city’s interim recreation superintendent, said he received anecdotal reports of anywhere from a handful to a couple of dozen skaters on the ice at any given time. He did not have any specific numbers, but noted that there are many skate tracks across the surface.

The city has discussed putting a light or two on the other side of the pond to improve the illumination, according to Mender. That would require burying the electric lines, however, so that work would have to wait until the ground thaws.

MLK event

The Glens Falls chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will hold its Martin Luther King Celebration 2019 on Sunday.

The event begins at 3 p.m. with a march from Glens Falls City Hall to Christ Church United Methodist at 54 Bay St. The formal program will begin at 4 p.m., according to the organization’s Facebook page. It will feature speeches and musical performances. Local schools will be participating in the program and there will be refreshments afterward.

Fireworks fizzle?

Lake George Village Mayor Robert Blais is still looking for business sponsors for the village’s weekly Thursday fireworks series during the summer.

The village is not going to be able to fund the series, which costs more than $70,000, because officials have to borrow millions of dollars for the new wastewater treatment plant. Blais has been putting out the call for help since the summer and is working with the Lake George Regional Chamber of Commerce and Bill Dow of the Lake George Steamship Co.

Each show cost about $6,500, except for July 4, which costs $12,000.

Blais said so far only one sponsor has stepped forward and that is a bank from Saratoga Springs.

“I think that speaks for itself,” he said.

Blais also made a pitch for sponsors in his annual newsletter.

“Lake George Steamship Co. has always sponsored at least two shows a year and I believe others that benefit should also contribute, e.g. Price Chopper, Glens Falls National, TD Bank, Sysco Foods, Stewart’s, etc. Arguably, the weekly shows are our greatest seasonal draw to the village.”

Getting the right mixture

Lake George village officials are trying to find the right consistency of brine solution to effectively treat village streets.

Highway foreman Keith Lanfear said Lake George Waterkeeper Chris Navitsky said the salinity of the brine solution they’ve been using is higher than it is supposed to be.

“Having a higher percentage is actually detrimental to the product working properly. I haven’t seen it be very effective,” Lanfear said. “We’re continuing to put it down to see if we can get a better result under different conditions. It really hasn’t been overly effective.”

Public Works Superintendent Dave Harrington said the village is going to keep tweaking the mixture. The village is not facing any out-of-pocket cost since this project was funded by a grant. He plans to buy a special meter that can test the concentration of brine.

Sharing services

The village of Lake George is continuing its agreement with the town of Bolton to run its wastewater treatment plant, but officials want to get a permanent person in place.

Village officials have been sending one of the plant operators to run the Bolton facility since June after the arrest of the former operator, Thomas A. French II. He was accused of falsifying reports about the amount of effluent being discharged from the plant and having raw sewage leave the plant. He was attempting to show that the plant was compliant with state regulations when it was not.

French was sentenced last Friday in Albany City Court to three years on probation, according to NewsChannel 13, The Post-Star’s media partner.

Blais said the town of Bolton was attempting to find someone to operate the plant, but one person did not pass the required civil service test.

Blais said he is asking for Supervisor Ron Conover to advertise for the position.

“We just can’t keep waiting for somebody,” he said.

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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 and follow his blog at


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