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2016 State Boys Basketball Tournament

Fans cheer during the State Boys Basketball Tournament at the Glens Falls Civic Center in March 2016.

Post-Star file photo

Lobbying efforts have already begun on pushes to return the State Boys Basketball Tournament to Glens Falls.

The tournament left its 36-year home in the city after the 2016 games to begin a three-year run in Binghamton.

Mayor Dan Hall has asked Fourth Ward Councilman Scott Endieveri to be the liaison between the council and the group working to win back the State Boys Basketball Tournament.

He has already contacted Glens Falls Athletic Director Chip Corlew, who is in the process of preparing for the re-bid, which is coming up in October.

“He’s very excited that the city has reached out to him,” he said.

Hall said he has been involved with the bid process for the last 20 years and will also assist in the effort.

“The last bid we did not win, but unfortunately there were some circumstances that were out of our control,” he said.

In December 2015, Binghamton was awarded the tournament by the administrative staff of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association following a re-bid. Glens Falls had won the initial bid in September of that year.

— Michael Goot

‘Share Table’

Argyle Central School has introduced a “Share Table” for breakfast and lunch to reduce food waste.

The tables allow students to return a whole food or beverage item they choose not to eat if it is in compliance with local and state health and food safety codes, according to a news release.

These items can be used as an additional helping of a food or beverage for a student at no cost, to be served during an after-school program or snack time or donated to a nonprofit organization such as a community food bank, homeless shelter or charitable organization.

— Michael Goot

Young scientists

Seniors Kierra McCarthy and Danielle Kitchner will join about 60 other local high school students at the Eastern Sub-Regional Junior Science and Humanities Symposium on Feb. 3 at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School.

McCarthy’s research topic is about using mayflies, stoneflies and caddisflies as biological monitors to study the impact of the chemicals perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid, or PFOS, on the Hoosic River.

She received a $5,000 grant from the Marjot Foundation to send water and tissue samples to the AXYS laboratory in Canada to test for PFOA levels, according to a news release.

Kitchner’s topic is about studying a sampling of plastic found along select shorelines of Lake George.

Seniors Ryan Clouse and Kayla Denny were selected to have posters detailing their projects at the competition.

Clouse’s topic is about the correlation between reading comprehension and stress and anxiety, and Denny has conducted research on how the size of the environment affects how slime mold travels through water.

The program is sponsored by the Army, Navy and Air Force to promote research in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

— Michael Goot

Uber in Capital Region

It was just six months ago that Uber brought its services to New York.

Recently, the ride-sharing service provided its top drop-off destination for the Capital Region.

Three of the top 10 destinations were in Saratoga Springs.

Here is the list: 1. Saratoga Springs; 2. Crossgates Mall; 3. University at Albany; 4. Albany Greyhound bus station; 5. Saratoga Race Course; 6. Pearl Street Pub in Albany; 7. The City Beer Hall in Albany; 8. Siena College; 9. Collins Circle in Albany; 10. Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

Ken Tingley

#518Gives Fundraiser sets new record

The #518Gives Fundraiser to benefit the Center for Disability Services set a new record on Sunday at the Radisson Hotel in Albany.

The fundraiser collected $2,282,317, topping last year’s mark of $2,172,105.

All proceeds from the event benefit Down Syndrome Aim High Resource Center, Life Quality Solutions Incubator, St. Margaret’s Center and the Prospect Center in Queensbury.

This year’s event was highlighted with visits by New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone, New York Giants tight end Evan Engram and winner of “The Voice” singer/songwriter Sawyer Fredericks also performed as well as several other acts.

Other special segments included the Prospect Center and Keyon Marshall of Gansevoort, who was a former resident of St. Margaret’s Center, who was weaned from his respiratory ventilator to move home.

Donations are still being collected, and one can donate at www.cfdsny.org, texting the phrase 518Gives to 41444 or by calling 518-944-2121.

— Adam Colver

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