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Hometown Holidays

Children with the Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra sing Christmas carols on the steps of Crandall Public Library during the Hometown Holidays celebration in Glens Falls in 2017.

Downtown Glens Falls will usher in the holiday season on Nov. 30 with its “Hometown Holidays” celebration.

The event will kick off in City Park beginning at 5 p.m. with the ceremonial tree lighting at 5:45 p.m. The Business Improvement District has installed lights in many of the park’s trees.

Santa Claus will greet the crowd and then events will continue throughout the downtown. Children can have their picture taken with Santa and tell him their wish lists at Glens Falls National Bank. Other activities taking place include refreshments and cocoa, live reindeer, musical performances, horse and wagon rides, pony rides, costumed characters and children’s activities, according to a news release.

There will also be a free showing of the movie, “The Polar Express,” at the Charles R. Wood Theater at 7 p.m., along with strolling carolers, a game to find the “Elf on the Shelf,” a Gift Back Alternative Gift Fair, and the Colgate 13 Choral Concert at the First Presbyterian Church with admission by donation.

Downtown stores will be open for holiday shopping and there will be a window display competition.

The festivities continue on Saturday, Dec. 1. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be a tour of Glens Falls historic properties including First Presbyterian Church of Glens Falls, the Chapman Historical Museum, Sherman House, Hyde House and Bell House Inn, according to a news release.

At 2 p.m., there will be a free concert at The Hyde Collection featuring the Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra Children’s Choir, South Glens Falls’ VocalPoint and SUNY Adirondack’s MountainAirs. Admission is by donation.

From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., local restaurants and shops will offer a food or drink special, food tastings, or a discount or sale to coincide with Hometown Holidays.

The event is organized by the Glens Falls Collaborative, the Glens Falls Business Improvement District and the city of Glens Falls. Nancy Turner of the Bell House Inn serves as the chairwoman.

For more information and to see a map of all the holiday attractions, visit www.glensfallscollaborative.com.

Sewer plant money

A project to install a new roof and a heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system at the Glens Falls wastewater treatment plant recently got a boost with the awarding of $815,000 in state funding.

Work has already started to replace the leaking roof on the plant, install an updated HVAC system and install lightning protection on the building.

City Engineer Steve Gurzler said previously that the work should be substantially completed by the end of the year.

The city has bonded $3.5 million to complete the work, but the cost estimates came in closer to $2.5 million.

On camera

The Glens Falls Housing Authority has installed a new camera system at its properties in Glens Falls and Hudson Falls.

Executive Director Robert Landry said about 95 percent of the system has been installed and it has been up and running for a couple of weeks.

Landry said Housing Authority officials are not monitoring the cameras live, but they are useful to go back and review footage, including a recent incident in which a man had fallen off a scooter in a parking lot and another in which a woman claimed that a Housing Authority vehicle damaged her car in a parking lot.

The cameras cost about $280,000 to install. The Housing Authority board on Tuesday approved a change order to include a camera for the community room at Stichman Towers, which was an oversight, and a laptop to help process footage from Larose Gardens.

Landry pointed out that the community rooms are used by outside groups for parties and, over time, the carpet has been stained and chairs broken. The footage would be able to help determine the responsible parties.

Raking in cash

The town of Lake George has pulled in over $72,000 in 2018 from its parking meters on Westbrook Road. It also has budgeted $15,000 in parking fines in their budget.

The town spent $100,000 on the meters and pay-and-display stations, which were installed in the summer of 2017.

Board member Nancy Stannard said the town will be making back that money in less than two years.

“And then, from now on, this is all gravy,” she said.

Preserving land

The town of Lake George next month will bond about $77,000 for its share of the cost to purchase the 313-acre French Mountain conservation parcel.

The Lake George Town Board on Monday agreed formally to name the land the McPhillips Preserve in recognition of the family that is selling the land, which is located off Bloody Pond Road, about halfway up the back side of the mountain.

The Lake George Land Conservancy is buying the land for $525,000. The nonprofit plans to put conservation easements on the property, and then it will sell it to Lake George and Queensbury at the discounted price of $134,000. Each town is also contributing $10,000 for maintenance costs.

Queensbury and Lake George officials want to preserve the property, which has expansive views of the lake and will be used for hiking and mountain biking.

Coming down

The town of Lake George is preparing to demolish the old Corkland family property on Birch Road to clear the way for a potential reuse for a joint public works department with the village and a motor pool complex.

The town last summer bought the house next to its current highway garage for about $175,000. The property is being eyed for combined motor pool at the site, which could service vehicles from the town, village and school district.

Dan Barusch, director of planning and zoning for the town, said a consultant has completed about one-quarter of the data collection for the shared services study.

Slowing down

The town of Lake George wants to post a speed limit of 40 mph on Truesdale Hill Road.

Dan Barusch, director of planning and zoning, said there is no posted limit on the road, which means that it is 55 mph. There is more development along that road and new subdivisions going in, which will lead to increased traffic. There are tough sight lines and turns, he said.

The request has to go to the state Department of Transportation for its blessing.

Happy Thanksgiving

Have safe travels and enjoy the time with family.

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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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