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The former post office building on Warren Street is seen on Wednesday. Developer Peter Hoffman has nearly completed renovations to the building, which will house office space. 

Developer Peter Hoffman said Tuesday he anticipates completing most of the renovations to the old post office on Warren Street in a couple of weeks.

“We’re really just about done until the tenant fit-up begins,” he said.

Hoffman is in the process of leasing out for the property, but nothing he could announce at this point.

The Planning Board on Tuesday approved a proposal to reconstruct the parking lot at the back of the building. Hoffman is planning to reconfigure the property to make a one-way entrance coming in off Warren Street, leading to parking behind the building. Cars would exit out Jay Street.

The building stopped being a post office in 1977 and was used as an Army Reserve Center until 1994. St. Mary’s Church acquired it in 2001 and had planned to demolish the structure but withdrew its application after an outcry from the community.

Hoffman bought the property in 2010 as part of his redevelopment of that section of the city, which includes renovation of Warren Street Square into a complex of apartments and offices.

Flag ceremony

The Glens Falls Center is getting a head start on Veterans Day with a special flag ceremony on Thursday.

The senior living facility at 152 Sherman Ave. will present a flag that flew over the U.S. Capitol to veterans with a certificate.

Those who will be in attendance include Warren County Veterans Services Director Denise Di Resta, Veterans of Foreign Wars Queensbury Quartermaster Barry Cronkhite, Army veteran Rob McAvoy, Saratoga National Cemetery representatives, Chaplin Richard Lee and Warrensburg American Legion members.

‘Strides Against Sarcoma’

The fourth annual Strides Against Sarcoma walk will take place on Saturday.

The event was started by 2009 Lake George High School graduate Caroline Savitz, who was diagnosed with epithelioid sarcoma in 2014. Sarcomas are types of cancers that originate in the muscle, nerves or bones, according to sarcomahelp.org. Epithelioid sarcoma affects hands and forearms and other extremities. These tumors can cause muscular weakness and numbness.

Savitz died in September 2016 at the age of 25. This year, a portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit Kristen Shinebarger, a junior at Saratoga Springs High School who has been diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma. She has undergone surgeries, radiation and the loss of her leg.

Nick Heale was diagnosed with sarcoma in 2010 and died in 2017 at the age of 24. His family has raised $2,400 for the cause.

The 3.5-mile trail run/walk begins on the New Rush Pond Trails in Queensbury and ends at the Queensbury cross country trail. People can preregister online or on the day of the event at Queensbury High School from 8 to 9:15 a.m. Shuttle buses will carry runners to the starting line.

The cost is $25 to preregister and $30 to register on the day of the race. All participants will receive a long-sleeved T-shirt. For more information, visit stridesagainstsarcoma.itsyourrace.com

Student Connection plans

The Lake George Student Connection Committee is already looking ahead to 2019.

The group that assists international student workers plans to expand its bus trips and welcome orientations and certification of participating businesses that employ and house students.

“Adequate, affordable housing remains our number one priority, along with making certain the students receive a warm welcome when they arrive and all the information they need to insure a great time while in the United States,” said Mayor Robert Blais in a news release.

Nearly 1,000 international students arrive in early May and stay until October on J1 visas, which require that they complete at least 30 hours of cultural experience.

This year, the Student Connection staffed an office at the Lake George Visitor Center and created a website and Facebook page. It handled more than 35 complaints and cited one business for labor law violations. Two landlords had unsanitary conditions and the students were moved to another location, according to a news release.

The connection also sponsored bus trips to Boston and Niagara Falls, two welcome orientations, free dinners, English tutoring classes and a spring seminar for interested businesses. The committee also distributed 26 bicycles, bike safety lights and 250 reflective backpacks to the students.

Pay hike

The village of Lake George is raising its starting pay for Public Works employees.

The Village Board on Monday signed off on a proposal by Public Works Superintendent Dave Harrington to increase the starting pay for laborers without a commercial driver’s license to $18 per hour and the pay for people with a CDL to $20 per hour.

Harrington said he has been having difficulty finding employees, because some other area municipalities are starting people at higher rates. He has had three open positions at the wastewater treatment plant that he has had difficulty filling.

His proposal was to boost by $1 per hour the pay of employees who have been with the village longer so they are not making less than someone just starting with the department.

The estimated cost of implementing these raises is about $67,000, according to Harrington. The money is in the budget because of the currently vacant positions.

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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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