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Enjoy a movie and chicken barbecue

LAKE LUZERNE — The Hadley-Lake Luzerne Historical Society will host an outdoor movie night featuring the new DVD “Harnessing Nature, Building the Great Sacandaga” at dusk on Monday at the Hadley-Smead Memorial Park, at the corner of Stony Creek Road and Maple Street.

“Harnessing Nature” is the story of how the people of the Sacandaga Valley had to sacrifice their homes, their farms and their livelihoods for the greater good. It is a story of heartbreak, rebirth and a remarkable engineering project in its own right.

Bring a chair or blanket to this family-friendly event. Concessions will be available. DVDs and books by local authors will be on sale.

A chicken barbecue will take place from 4:30 to 7 p.m., prepared by Dizzy Dave’s Backyard Barbecue. Menu includes half a chicken, salt potatoes, coleslaw, corn on the cob, roll, butter, lemonade or iced tea. Reservations are appreciated; call 518-696-4947. A $15 donation will be accepted.

Zonta Club honors eight young women

GLENS FALLS — The Zonta Club of Glens Falls recognized eight outstanding young women at its Scholarship Awards Dinner on June 12 at the Park Theater. Lynn Seidel, chair of the Awards Committee, introduced the recipients of three special awards.

Jordan Knapp from Queensbury Senior High School received the Ellie Shaw Award, which is given in memory of a beloved member and is awarded to a young woman who demonstrates qualities of determination and success.

Charlotte Holding from Lake George High School received the Jean M. Coon Humanitarian Award, which is given to a graduating senior who is magnanimous in her work for others.

Kara Alyssa Stanton from Hudson Falls High School received the Young Woman in Public Affairs Award.

All three received a monetary award.

The club’s Scholarship Committee selected those who will be receiving educational stipends awarded to applicants best meeting the criteria of scholarship, need, leadership and community service, and support of the club’s mission and for whom the funding will truly make a difference.

Morgan Milhollen-Dukes of Hudson Falls also received club funding as well as the Betsy E. Lucci Memorial Scholarship, initiated by her family and Zonta friends, totaling $2,850.

Marlee Kosakowski was honored with the $3,500 Sears-Lautenbacher Award.

Other scholarships went to:

  • Emily Weaver of Hudson Falls, $2,500;
  • Rachel Swart of Queensbury, $2,250; and
  • Kierra McCarthy of Hudson Falls, $1,500.

More information is available at the club’s website.

Greenwich seniors to travel to Maine

GREENWICH — The Greenwich Seniors are sponsoring a trip to Maine from Sept. 10-13. The cost is $519 per person. This includes tours of Portland and Kennebunkport. Anyone is welcome; no need to be a member or even a senior to go.

For information and reservations, contact Eileen DiNisio at 518-937-1838.

Grant Cottage to be open on more days

MOREAU/WILTON — U.S. Grant Cottage State Historic Site will hold several activities in July, including additional admission days on Tuesdays during Saratoga’s racing season, and a variety of programs.

The cottage will host Bonus Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday. Grant Cottage will be open on Tuesdays during Saratoga Race Course’s season.

Tours run every 30 minutes, with the last tour of the day at 3:30 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults; $5 for seniors and children ages 6 to 17; and free for active-duty military and children 5 and younger.

The cottage will host Gen. Grant’s “Write Hand Man” at 1 p.m. Tuesday. Steve Trimm will discuss Noble Dawson, the stenographer who became Grant’s indispensable aide and friend, and Camp Ford, Texas, the prison camp where he was imprisoned. The suggested donation for this program is $5 per person.

Haynes House has new board members

GRANVILLE — The Haynes House of Hope, a comfort care home for the terminally ill in Granville, announced that Carol Finke and Susan Perry have been elected to the group’s Board of Directors. Carol Finke is the former executive director of Haynes House. She is a registered nurse who was formerly a supervisor with High Peaks Hospice. A resident of Argyle, Finke is also a Methodist minister. Susan Perry has volunteered extensively for Haynes House and has worked as a registered nurse for 43 years. She has a master’s degree in nursing and has served on the faculty of SUNY Adirondack. Perry, a resident of Hampton, is also a member of the Granville Board of Education.

The Board of Directors has created an Advisory Board to consult with the Board on specific issues. The Advisory Board currently consists of Dave O’Brien and Joe Pofit. Anyone with experience that might be helpful to Haynes House who would like to join the Advisory Board should contact the house at 518-642-8155.

Wiawaka fundraises and gives awards

LAKE GEORGE — The 2018 Ladies of the Lake Luncheon was held on June 18th at the Lake George Club in Diamond Point. More than 160 people attended Wiawaka’s major fundraiser, which raised more than $16,000. The proceeds from the luncheon support the mission and preservation of Wiawaka.

Wiawaka Center for Women annually recognizes a person or an organization that exemplifies direct service to and impact on local women with the Mary Fuller Women Helping Women Award, which went to the Soroptimist of the Adirondacks “Service Committee.”

Seven years ago, members of the “Service Committee” rejuvenated and took over the operation of Victory’s Closet for the Domestic Violence Project of Catholic Charities in Glens Falls. The Spirit of Wiawaka Award, given to Joe Wylie, is given to an individual who not only understands the mission of Wiawaka but shows dedication to support the organization through their service.

‘Billy Goats Gruff’ coming to library

LAKE GEORGE — The Caldwell-Lake George Library will host Schroon Lake’s renowned Seagle Music Colony at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday featuring John Davies’ take on the beloved Norwegian fairy tale “The Billy Goats Gruff” at 336 Canada St. The production uses the music of Mozart, Donizetti and Rossini in a 35-minute show that teaches audiences about the perils of being a bully. This program is free and open to the public and recommended for children ages 4 to 10. Reservations are advised. For more information or to RSVP, contact the library at 518-668-2528.

Hemp program is offered in Hebron

HEBRON — The Hebron Preservation Society will present a program on a new hemp farming venture in Hebron at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 29 at the Organ Barn Bed and Breakfast, 672 Grimes Hill Road in Hebron.

Sisters Sarah Murphy and Iris Rogers, the eighth generation of the Rogers family to live on the family farm known as “The Old Homestead,” will educate the community about their new business. They are hoping to revitalize the farm. The land has not been farmed by the family since the 1960s.

Homestead Hemp is part of New York state’s Industrial Hemp Pilot program. Murphy and Rogers will explain the difference between hemp and marijuana. Their goal is to educate the public. They will also talk about the potential of hemp and how their business relates to the Hebron and Salem areas.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 518-854-3102.

Parks-Bentley opens a practical exhibit

SOUTH GLENS FALLS — The Historical Society of Moreau and South Glens Falls held the grand opening of its latest exhibition, “Practical but Beautiful,” June 30 at Parks-Bentley Place, 35 Ferry Blvd. Items on display include household necessities designed to also be appealing to the eye.

Among the artifacts are examples of homemade soap, crocheted items, handmade candles, hooked rugs and housewares, clothing and baskets. Also on display are the tools that early residents would have used to make each item. Historical society members will provide tours and answer questions concerning the history of the crafts used to produce the exhibited items. Tours of the historic house and its outbuildings are also available. The exhibition also has a scavenger hunt component to enhance the fun.

Self- and guided-tours of the historic house and grounds are available from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays through October and from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays in July and August. More information is available at

Bolton Free Library’s book sale scheduled

BOLTON LANDING — The Bolton Free Library’s annual book sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 29, at 4922 Lake Shore Drive.

The book sale is not taking any more books until after the sale on Aug. 6. Volunteers are needed to run the sale. More people are needed on Thursday afternoon to bring books down from the attic. Cashiers and cleanup crew are also needed. Volunteer sign-up sheets are at the library. For more information, contact the library at 518-644-2233 or at

Book-signing event to host 13 authors

HAGUE — The Hague Historical Society will host a reception and book signing from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Uptown building on Route 8 in Hague, next to the Firehouse Restaurant. At least 13 authors will be at the event, signing copies of their books and answering questions from guests.

Hague, nestled on the peaceful shores of northern Lake George, has long been home to a wide range of artists and authors who find inspiration in this idyllic town. From 1917 until about 1928, the New York City-based Pen and Brush Club owned a house in Hague with accommodations for up to 15 overnight guests. Membership in the club was open to women who earn their living from the arts. Still today, many writers make their home in Hague or are frequent visitors to the town.

The book signing event is free and open to the public. Light hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served. The authors attending the event are Kristen Balouch, Russ Bellico, Linda Fusco, Denise Huestis, Jessica Kane, Ginger Henry Kuenzel, Donna Lagoy, Laura Seldman, Marty Podskoch, Fred Provoncha, Nancy Scarzello, Richard Strum, Annie Tanyeri, Bill Smith, Frank Varney and Daniel Way.

Lions Club bottle drive to raise funds

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Lions Club of Saratoga Springs is conducting a year-round bottle drive and fundraiser to raise funds to support The Lions’ mission of fighting complications with eyesight, hearing and diabetes as well as supporting youth programs such as “Camp Abilities” for the sight impaired. Bring bottles and cans to the Minogue Beverage centers in Saratoga Springs, Wilton, Malta or Queensbury and donate your receipt to the Lions Club account at the checkout counter.

Museum will host a treasure hunt

LAKE GEORGE — The Lake George Historical Museum and Bookstore will host a family event from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday at 290 Canada St. Help the museum launch its new artifact discovery game and to earn a free LGHA artifact coloring book. Refreshments will be served.

Children of all ages are invited to fill in a fun and educational list of clues as they roam through the museum to identify old artifacts in our display cases and galleries; parents and grandparents are most welcome to help them. The new coloring book illustrates these artifacts while teaching about the history of Lake George through pictures and verse.

Use essential oils to avoid ticks and fleas

LAKE GEORGE — Summer has finally arrived and so have the ticks and fleas. The Caldwell-Lake George Library will host part three of its Essential Oils Series at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at 336 Canada St.

Learn how to make non-toxic tick and flea repellent. Join Stacey Doltz and Mel Baker at the Caldwell-Lake George Library and learn how to substitute chemical-laden products with natural homemade products using essential oils. This program is free and open to the public. For more information or to make a reservation, contact the library at 518-668-2528.

Concert for A Cause set in Lake George

LAKE GEORGE — The fourth annual Concert for A Cause is slated to begin at 5 p.m. Saturday at Shepherd Park to benefit Prospect Center in Queensbury, a division of the Center for Disability Services.

Musician/performer Ryan Clark organizes this event and Ryan Clark and his band will perform. Other acts include E.J. Ray, which is an acoustic trio, and The Stockbridge Band.

For more information, go to

Tsan to give vocal concert in Long Lake

Vocalist Danan Tsan will give a concert at the United Methodist Church in Long Lake at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Tsan, from Syracuse and Newcomb, is a versatile performer with a background in classical singing. When she isn’t singing the alto solos in Handel’s “Messiah,” she is performing cabarets in the Syracuse area. Tsan was in a chorus in the military and was the featured soloist with Symphoria for its run of Holiday Pops concerts.

Tsan has appeared with Syracuse Opera as Charlotte in “A Little Night Music,” and Aldonza/Dulcinea in “Man of La Mancha,” with Oswego Opera as The Mother in Menotti’s “Amahl and the Night Visitors” and Maddalena in Verdi’s “Rigoletto,” and starred as Fantine in the Baldwinsville Theatre Guild’s production of “Les Misérables.” She continues to be featured in recitals and with orchestras around central New York.

While living in New York City, Tsan was in the ensemble for “Timmy the Great” with Savion Glover, led her own award-winning band, and sang back-up for Chris Isaak and Wynona Judd.

She holds degrees from Southern Methodist University and The Eastman School of Music, and now lives in Syracuse with her husband and three children. She currently teaches voice and directs the Chamber Singers at LeMoyne College. The family has a summer home in Newcomb.

The concert is free, but donations are appreciated. A reception to meet the artists will follow the program. For more information, call 518-582-2462.

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