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Taste NY food and beverages will be offered at the new Adirondack Welcome Center on the Northway, south of Exit 18 in Queensbury.

A newly hired cooperative extension educator will help farmers with product development, marketing plans, licensing requirements and details like packaging, labeling, regulations, distribution, pricing and more.

As the county’s Taste New York Agricultural Marketing Educator, Jessica Ziehm will be responsible for connecting farmers and food processors to the new Taste NY Market, located in the Adirondacks Welcome Center between Exits 17 and 18 on the Northway in Queensbury.

“We have an abundance of small-scale producers and micro-manufacturers who have created excellent, unique and high-quality products,” said Brian Gilchrist, executive director of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Washington County. “From beef jerky to maple milk, we want to help ensure these products are reaching their maximum exposure in the marketplace. Jessica’s experience both professionally and personally will help take our producer’s marketing plans to the next level.”

County students to visit state assembly

At a meeting of the Washington County Board of Supervisors Health & Human Services Committee in late January, the director of the county youth bureau requested funds to bring two Whitehall students and two at risk students to the state assembly to view the legislature in action.

The request was approved.

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Washington County Healthy Schools

Glens Falls Hospital’s Creating Healthy Schools and Communities has recognized four county schools — Whitehall, Fort Ann, Hudson Falls and Granville — for their wellness efforts.

According to the New York State Department of Health, Creating Healthy Schools and Communities started in 2015. The state public health initiative’s goal is to reduce major risk factors of obesity, diabetes and other chronic diseases in 85 high-need school districts and associated communities by 2020.

Glens Falls Hospital was one of the state grantees for the program.

The schools that excelled made strides in developing and implementing local wellness policies, increased access to healthy, affordable foods and established comprehensive physical activity programs, according to the DOH.

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Kathleen Phalen-Tomaselli covers Washington County government and other county news and events.

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