The long-awaited Showtime series about the 2015 prison break at Clinton Correctional Facility has an air date and the official trailer was released on Monday.
The Ben Stiller-produced eight-part series “Escape at Dannemora” will air at 10 p.m. Nov. 18. Stiller also announced after an editorial by The Press-Republican he will premiere the first episode in Plattsburgh.
The series retells the real-life prison escape and ensuing manhunt for convicted killers Richard Matt, played by Benicio Del Toro, and David Sweat, played by Paul Dano, and dissects their relationship with seamstress Joyce Mitchell, starring Patricia Arquette, who aided the escape.
Matt was shot and killed in Franklin County, near Malone; Sweat, also shot, was captured in Constable, also near Malone. Sweat is incarcerated and serving a life sentence at Wende Correctional Facility in Broome County, according to the Department of Corrections inmate lookup.
Mitchell was found guilty of her role and sentenced in September 2015 to between 2-1/3 and 7 years after admitting to charges of promoting prison contraband. She was also ordered to pay $80,000 in restitution for damage to the prison.
According to reports, she has been denied parole twice, the latest time in September, and is serving her sentence at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility in Westchester County, according to the department’s inmate lookup.
The series was filmed locally at Natural Stone Bridge & Caves in Chester and in downtown Chestertown at O.P. Fredericks in late September.
According to Deadline Hollywood, the series will kick off MIPCOM film festival in Cannes, France on Oct. 15, with a sneak peek.
The escape and manhunt inspired a sub-par Lifetime movie as well as a book written by New York Daily News reporter Chelsea Rose Marcius, who spent more than 100 hours interviewing convicted murderer and prison escapee David Sweat on every aspect of the escape, manhunt and more.
— Adam Colver
Two ospreys saved after fire
An osprey nest situated on a power pole caught fire July 27 in the town of Putnam, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation.
Three juvenile birds were in the nest at the time. All were transported to wildlife rehabilitators. One did not survive, but the other two recovered, according to the DEC.
The power company repaired the damaged pole and added a nesting platform up top. One of the juveniles was returned to the nest. The other one was not yet mature enough to fly from the ground, so it was put on the roof of a nearby barn. Officers said they left the scene to let the nearby waiting parent ospreys attend to their babies.
— Gwendolyn Craig
Library revamps logo
Crandall Public Library is launching a new logo to coincide with its 125th anniversary and the 10th anniversary of its new addition and renovation.
The board of trustees, administration and staff believed it was a good time to re-evaluate the logo. The new logo emulates the window above the historic park entrance and uses vibrant colors to symbolize the diverse programs and bright future for the library, according to a news release.
“Changing the logo is a process that involves many steps and takes some time,” said Library Director Kathy Naftaly in a news release. “We will be rolling out new promotional materials throughout the summer, and coming this fall we will be launching a new website. There will also be a few decorative surprises within the library so that patrons can truly embrace the power of our new tagline: ‘Your Story. Our Mission.’ ”
The Leo Cox Beach Philanthropic Foundation provided the funding for the library’s re-branding project.
— Michael Goot
Another logo debuts
Speaking of logos, the Warrensburgh Historical Society has unveiled a new logo for its museum.
The logo resembles the geographic shape of the town, which is an hourglass, and is bordered entirely on the west by the Hudson River and on the east by a portion of the Schroon River and also Lake George. The northern border is with Chestertown and the southern border is with Lake Luzerne.
The logo contains the words “Discover Warrensburg” and is part of the goal of the museum to change public perception and attitudes toward the museum and history, according to a news release.
The museum will continue to provide history of the town but bring that story into the 21st century. There will be exhibits and digital offerings to include current activities and opportunities and provide an information source for both residents and visitors. The transition will occur gradually, according to a news release.
People can purchase the 3-inch by 6-inch logo as a white weather-proof decal to put on vehicles and storefront windows. The decal can be purchased for $2 at the museum or by mail for $2.50 including postage at the Warrensburgh Historical Society, P.O. Box 441, Warrensburg, NY 12885. Both prices include sales tax. It is also available at Miller Art and Antiques at 3729 Main St.
The museum is open on Wednesdays from noon to 4 p.m.; Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Sundays from 1 to 3 p.m. For more information, visit www.discoverwarrensburg.org, or Museum Director Steve Parisi at 518-232-7349 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Michael Goot
Thurman Free Store set
The Thurman Station Association is sponsoring another free store.
Gently used items will be collected at Thurman Town Hall at 311 Athol Road from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 18.
From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 19, all items will be free for the taking.
Among the items accepted will be clothing, toys, books, small appliances, household items, sporting goods and tools, according to a news release. Items must be clean.
Among the items that will not be accepted are large appliances, encyclopedias, electronics and furniture. However, people are invited to display photos of those goods with contact information.
For more information, contact Winefred Martin at 518-623-9595.
— Michael Goot
Women’s equality parade set
A parade to celebrate Women’s Equality Day will take place on Aug. 26.
The event is scheduled from 10 to 11 a.m. on Glen Street in Glens Falls. It is sponsored by the American Association of University Women-Adirondack Branch, in conjunction with The Hyde Collection and the Chapman Historical Museum.
The parade will commemorate the 1920 adoption of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which prohibits the states and federal government from denying the right to vote on the basis of gender, according to a news release.
A theme of the parade will be Equal Pay for Equal Work. The Assembly has passed the Fair Pay Act, but the Senate has not yet taken up the legislation.
— Michael Goot