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A Rockland County resident has bought the former Gold Shade Catering building.

Mike Barr bought the building at 97-101 Warren St. for $545,000. Barr lives in Pearl River but also owns a home in Brant Lake.

“We often stop in Glens Falls to eat and I really like the way it’s coming back. There’s great energy in downtown. I figure let’s make an investment here to go along with the wave,” he said.

Barr is a certified public accountant by trade but also owns investment properties in New York and New Jersey.

The building has 10 apartments on the upper floors. He plans to renovate the apartments as they become available and clean up the property to make it more attractive.

“I bought the building on Friday, and we had guys in there Sunday already working,” he said.

Senior Center grant

The Glens Falls Foundation has awarded a $10,000 grant to the Glens Falls Senior Center to support the campaign to restore its historic building.

The Senior Center is seeking to raise $500,000 to restore and update the Sherman House at 380 Glen St., which has been its headquarters since 1962.

Robert Dillon, who does publicity for the center, said the campaign has raised nearly $400,000. The next phase of the work will start as soon as the weather gets warmer.

A new roof was put on the main building in late fall and now the exterior wood, trim and corbels will be repaired or replaced where needed and given a fresh coat of paint, according to Dillon.

There is also some water damage at the rear of the building. He hoped the project would be completed by the end of the summer.

Phase I of the project was completed last year, and it included restoring the interior, painting, making minor renovations and replacing two nearly 100-year-old boilers.

In addition, Dillon said, the center will be creating a garden area with engraved brick pavers. The center hopes to have some type of celebration in the fall to commemorate its 60th anniversary.

Earth Day event

The Glens Falls and Queensbury Earth Day celebration will take place on April 20 from noon to 4 p.m. in City Park.

This year’s theme is “Protect our Animals.”

The event will feature environmental information, including about plastic alternatives; tables for presentations by local organizations; and speakers, according to a flier. There will also be food trucks, live music, yoga, songs, poetry and kids’ activities, including face painting. A parade of animals will take place at 2 p.m.

‘Wing Fest’

Glens Falls Collaborative is seeking restaurants to participate in the fifth annual Wing Fest, which will take place on April 27 from noon to 3 p.m. in downtown Glens Falls.

Restaurants can participate by applying online at www.glensfallscollaborative.com. The cost is $75 to participate for restaurants who are not members of the collaborative and is free for members.

Tasting tickets are $1 each. Participating restaurants will be listed on the event map and receive 60 cents for each ticket they take in. They set their own prices in regards to number of tickets per taste, according to a news release. Vendors can also set up tables.

There will be four prizes up for grabs: people’s choice best wings, people’s choice best meatless entree, rookie team and visiting team (for restaurants from outside Glens Falls). Guests will receive paper maps that include people’s choice ballots with their tickets.

The awards ceremony will take place at 3:30 p.m. in City Park.

For information, call 518-615-4687.

Open pickup

The city began open pickup for yard debris this week.

The collection schedule is as follows: Tuesday, Ward 3; Wednesday, Ward 2; Thursday, Ward 4 and Ward 5; and Friday, Ward 1.

“We remind people to separate brush and yard debris from grass clippings,” Third Ward Councilwoman Diana Palmer said.

The pickup will continue through May 31.

Hydrant flushing begins

The city has begun its spring water main and hydrant flushing program.

The purpose of the flushing is to reduce taste and odor issues by dislodging and removing mineral deposits that accumulate in the water mains and removing sediments from the pipes. It also improves fire protection by testing water valves and hydrants. Water service should not be disrupted during the flushing process.

Areas affected will have notices posted throughout their neighborhood about 24 hours in advance of when the flushing is to occur. The flushing will take place between 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

If people have discolored water, they should run several cold-water faucets at the same time until the water runs clear, according to the city.

Community forum

Third Ward Councilwoman Diana Palmer and Third Ward Supervisor Claudia Braymer will be holding their ward forum on April 18 at 6:30 p.m. at Kensington Road Elementary School.

Code Enforcement Officer Kris Vanderzee will be talking about the Building and Codes Department.

Street performers

The Lake George Village Board will hold public hearings on Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Village Hall on changes to street performer locations and snow emergency procedure.

The change to the street performers law would prohibit the performers from using space on the west side of Canada Street at the Mayard Center and at the corner of Canada and Amherst streets, as well as the Lake George Visitor Center.

Mayor Robert Blais said the village decided to cut the number of performance spaces in half. Two were in the vicinity of Shepard Park and it was tough for those performers to compete with the bands that were on the stage.

Performers would still be allowed in Blais Park, lower Montcalm and Canada Street and at the U.S. Post Office on Canada Street. In addition, performances would be restricted from 6 to 10 p.m. on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sunday. The village is eliminating Fridays.

The snow removal ordinance increases the fine for parking on the street during a snow emergency from $50 to $75. It also changes the ordinance to say that the village can inform people of snow emergencies through its Facebook page and three LED signs.

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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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