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Program will take public to high arctic

GLENS FALLS — Peter Benoit will present a program on his tour of the high arctic aboard the National Geographic Explorer at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Crandall Public Library’s Community Room, 251 Glen St. The program will feature a slideshow of his cruise deep in the Norwegian fjords and glacial bays from Zodiacs and hikes of the islands of the Svalbard archipelago.

Witness the constantly changing weather conditions from blue skies to fierce polar storms. Experience the legendary midnight sun and the ethereal light of the northern spring and early summer when the sun never sets. Share in sighting of Arctic birds, terrestrial and marine mammals of the Arctic, including Svalbard reindeer, Arctic fox, bearded seals, walrus and polar bears in their natural habitats.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, go to

Travel opportunities available to locals

FORT EDWARD — St. Joseph’s Church in Fort Edward will explore the nation’s capital with a local group of travelers on a visit to Washington, D.C., from April 24-27. Highlights include: Capitol Hill and the Supreme Court Building; tour of the U.S. Capitol and Library of Congress; National World War II Memorial, Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial and Korean War Veterans’ Memorial; Lincoln Memorial; Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial; tour of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception; Arlington National Cemetery Tram Tour; Washington D.C. at night, Illuminated Tour; plus free time to visit the Smithsonian Museums. Trip includes lodging at a four-star hotel; all breakfasts; three dinners and more. For more information, call 518-374-3142, option 1.

Also, St. Joseph’s Church in Fort Edward is sponsoring a trip to London and Paris from Oct. 9-16. Trip includes guided tours of London and Paris; Big Ben, Harrod’s; Trafalgar Square, the Tower of London; Notre Dame Cathedral, Arc de Triomphe; dinner at the Eiffel Tower; cruise on the Seine; travel through the “chunnel,” the Eurostar train, between cities; plenty of free time to shop and many other sights included. Join a local group of travelers for this exciting adventure. The trip leaves from Fort Edward, so no parking or driving worries. All are welcome. Call 518-824-3802 for more information.

Antiques shop to mark anniversary

LAKE GEORGE — The Antiques Market Place will conduct their seventh Anniversary Celebration on Presidents’ Weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, and Sunday, Feb. 17, offering homemade refreshments and storewide discounts at 650 State Route 149, Lake George.

The 20-dealer shop displays an eclectic, fun and sophisticated mix of both high-end and affordable finds, from 18th century to mid-century modern. The shop offers a varied selection of Adirondack items, fishing, advertising, toys, jewelry, furniture, paintings, china and porcelain, military, books, local ephemera, along with all styles of furniture from country to modern. For more information, call 518-798-0010.

Heritage Hunters to discuss genealogy

SCHUYLERVILLE — The Heritage Hunters of Saratoga County will meet at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Town of Saratoga Town Hall, corner of routes 4 and 29 in Schuylerville. The program, “The Lonely Child,” presented by Rochester author Susan Moyer, will trace her journey to find her biological family. Her suspicions were confirmed when she turned 16 that she was adopted. Moyer’s story relives her 30-year-long process.

The public is welcome. For more information, call Ginny at 518-885-9309.

Valentine dessert fundraiser planned

SALEM — The First Presbyterian Church in Salem will host a Valentine Dessert Extravaganza to benefit the Rotary Fuel Fund from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the church. All proceeds go to the Salem/Shushan Fuel Fund. Meal includes meatloaf, mashed potatoes and vegetable, as well as loads of desserts from the best professional amateur bakers in the Salem area. Price is $12 for adults; $6 for children ages 6 to 10; and free for children 5 and under. Takeouts are available.

Poetry slam slated for Valentine’s Day

LAKE GEORGE — The Caldwell-Lake George Library will host a Valentine’s Day Poetry Slam for Teens from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday. All teen poets are invited to present their work at the poetry slam and share it with other local teens.

Poetry Slam is a great way for students to explore the art of poetry and share it with others. Not a poet? Not a problem. Bring in one of your favorite poems or song lyrics. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

This event is free and open to students in grades 7 through 12. For more information or to register, contact the library at 518-668-2528.

University Women offering scholarship

For the 65th year, the Adirondack Branch of the American Association of University Women will award its local memorial scholarship. AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education philanthropy and research.

Scholastic record, financial need and evident commitment to completing the college program are factors considered in the selection process. The branch has budgeted for two $1,000 scholarships to be awarded. Completed applications are due back by March 1. Residents of the area served by the AAUW branch are invited to apply. An application package and qualifications are available by logging on to Applicants may also call 518-668-2985 for information.

Community Hospice recruiting volunteers

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Community Hospice serving Saratoga and Washington counties is in need of volunteers to make friendly visits and to provide emotional support to hospice patients and their families.

Information sessions will be held at 1 p.m. March 25 at 179 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, and at 1 p.m. March 27 at the Greenwich Library, 148 Main St., Greenwich. A required 25-hour volunteer training will be provided at the beginning of May. To register, call 518-581-0800.

February nature workshop planned

Dionondehowa will offer “Deep Ecology with Beauty and Delight,” an in-depth introduction to “being in nature ... and the nature of being,” from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday in the raucous quiet of the 217-acre nonprofit forever-wild Dionondehowa Wildlife Sanctuary, located on the Battenkill near Shushan in southern Washington County. Dionondehowa Director Bonnie Hoag guides this spirited adventure. She has been a practitioner of Reiki since 1989 and engaged with nature’s enchantment even longer.

The cost is $60. For more information and to reserve a place, call 518-854-7764 or email

Hunter Education Field Day offered

WARRENSBURG — Classes are being offered at Dunham’s Bay Fish and Game from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Space is limited to 30 seats. All classes are free and open to the public (ages 11-1/2 years of age and up).

The course is “Home Study,” and materials must be picked up at the CCE Education Center, 377 Schroon River Road, Warrensburg, by 4:30 p.m. Monday. The CCE office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Those who have already completed an online class and need a “field day” must register for the class and bring the online completion certificate to class. Bring your own lunch, indoor and outdoor shoes, and clothing appropriate to the weather. Homework must be completed or you will be denied access to the class. To register, follow this link and scroll down to the Saturday class at Dunham’s Bay Fish & Game. Follow the directions at

Hospital volunteers offering scholarships

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Since 1990, the Saratoga Hospital Volunteer Guild has offered scholarships to high school seniors in the Saratoga County area interested in pursuing a variety of healthcare careers.

This year, the guild is offering five $1,500 scholarships. Eligible students must be entering college in September 2019, have at least a 3.0 grade point average and a documented record of community service, especially in a healthcare environment.

Application deadline is March 20. Scholarship recipients will be honored at the Volunteer Guild’s Annual Recognition Dinner on May 2.

Description, requirements and application forms are available through local high school guidance offices and online at

Figure Skating Club to start new session

SARATOGA — The Saratoga Springs Figure Skating Club is registering now for Learn to Skate USA classes. The next session starts Sunday, Feb. 17. Instruction is offered from 5 to 6 p.m. Sundays at Vernon Rink, 30 Weibel Ave., Saratoga. The six-week sessions cost $90 and run from Feb. 17-24. Go to to register. Email or call 518 490-1231 for more information.

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Hometown is compiled by Gretta Hochsprung. If you’d like to let her know about an upcoming event, email or call 518-742-3206.


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