Adirondack Tree Surgeons last Thursday took down what is believed to be one of the city’s oldest elm trees, which had survived the Dutch Elm epidemic of the 1960s.
The tree at the corner of Maple and Ridge streets had lasted through the onslaught of the disease.
“It was sprayed and it was pruned for many, many years. It just kind of died on its own,” said Phil Viger, president of Adirondack Tree Surgeons.
Elm trees once lined Glen, Maple, Ridge and Warren streets. But beetles, believed to have come from Europe in the 1930s, spread the deadly fungus disease. The fungus infects the tree and causes it to drop its leaves within about six weeks, according to a 1994 Post-Star article.
The disease was first discovered in a tree on Sheridan Street in August 1947 and spread through the city. Efforts to stop it failed, and nearly one-third of the city’s elm trees had died by 1963. The city replaced those trees mostly with maple trees, but they have not grown to the size of the elms.
Halloween event returns
Little ghouls and goblins will take the streets on Oct. 27 for the annual Boo2You Halloween festival.
The event will take place along Glen Street and in City Park from 2 to 4 p.m. Activities include trick-or-treating at downtown storefronts and along a “candy lane” with businesses and organizations. There will also be a meet and greet with costumed characters, spooky dance performances by local dance schools and a “Fun Zone” including pony rides, a petting zoo and games.
A bounce house, provided by Glens Falls YMCA, will be set up. A costume parade will step off at 3:45 p.m.
The event is presented by the Glens Falls Collaborative and sponsored by the Glens Falls Business Improvement District and the city of Glens Falls.
If people want more information or businesses want to register, they should visit www.glensfallscollaborative.com and click on the Boo2You link.
Website nearly ready
Councilwoman Diana Palmer said Tuesday that redesign of the city’s website is nearly complete. The Technology Committee on Oct. 23 will meet to get a preliminary look at the current website in the new format.
“We want to make sure it’s what we want it to be before we launch it in November,” she said.
The city agreed to spend $6,000 for its vendor, CivicPlus, to revamp the website to improve its appearance, make it easier to navigate and make it more compatible with mobile devices.
The city has received a $463 grant from the Pomeroy Foundation to buy and install a brass plaque at Glens Falls Cemetery, informing people that the cemetery was placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the U.S. Department of the Interior in 2004.
Catskill Castings will design the plaque.
Leaves are falling
The city has begun open pickup for its yard debris.
The pickup will continue until about Dec. 1. Mayor Dan Hall said it will depend on how the leaves fall.
“Last year, they were late,” he said.
The city will try to get everything picked up before the snow flies, Hall added.
People are asked to make sure brush is separate and not piled with grass clippings and yard waste.
The weekly schedule is: Ward 3 on Tuesday; Ward 2 on Wednesday; Ward 4 and Ward 5 on Thursday; and Ward 1 on Friday.
Hall will be out of the office starting on Friday and gone for most of next week, so Councilwoman-At-Large Jane Reid will be the acting mayor.
“So, if you have any complaints, get them to her,” Hall said at the Common Council meeting.
“And she will take them in due course,” Reid quipped.
Reminder: Fit Fest will take place on Saturday from 8:30 a.m.to noon in City Park. It will feature an obstacle, tug-of-war, sample fitness classes, healthy food for sale and interactive demonstrations.
Ronald McDonald House
Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region has bought property at 161 Ottawa St. in the village of Lake George.
Executive Director Jeff Yule said in a news release that the seller offered a price that was substantially below market value. The Ronald McDonald House’s board unanimously decided to buy the property to create a program to support seriously ill children and their families.
Yule said he would have more news to share about plans for the property later this fall.