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For three years now, the Inn at Erlowest has helped the Caldwell Presbyterian Church in Lake George host a Christmas Day dinner for people who live alone or have small families and no one with whom they can celebrate the day.

The church has been hosting the dinner for 16 years, but with the inn’s help, it can host even more. This year, the church and inn served 75 meals, provided more than 40 take-home meals and delivered 10 dinners to homebound people, according to Helene Horn, a longtime member of the church.

The tables are decorated with bright red and green table cloths accented by poinsettia plants. Attendants are able to chat with each other and bring home enough leftovers for another meal.

“They are so thankful to be sharing a great meal on Christmas day,” Horn said.

The Inn at Erlowest closes its own restaurant on Christmas Day in order to provide the food and staff at the dinner, said inn General Manager Frank Dittrich, who said they split the duties with church members, who provide the desserts and coffee.

The chef at the inn made roast turkey with gravy, roasted leg of lamb, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, Brussels sprouts and squash.

“It’s a nice thing for our staff and our families to participate in,” said Dittrich, who lauded Horn and her family.

He added, “It’s one of those things you actually hope overtime the numbers will go down.

— Gretta Hochsprung

Billboard targets drugs

A new billboard will be going up in January on Route 9 in Moreau to remind parents to monitor the prescription medications that are in their home.

The Super Parents-Supervise billboard is designed to increase parents’ understanding of the opioid epidemic and help prepare their children to make positive choices. The most common source of prescription drugs is in teenagers’ own homes, according to a news release from the Community Coalition for Family Wellness, which is sponsoring the Super Power Your Parenting initiative.

The coalition says that medications that treat attention deficit, sleep disorders, pain pill and cough medicine can have effects similar to illicit medications if used improperly.

The organization cited the New Year’s Holiday as an opportunity to clean out medicine cabinets. They highlighted a product called Deterra that deactivates medications. People can place unused medication in the pouch, add water and throw it in the trash. A patented molecular absorption technology deactivates the drugs, according to a news release.

More than 70 free drug deactivation systems have been distributed at 34 local businesses, municipal buildings, religious organizations and community and educational facilities. Also, police and emergency medical service agencies in northern Saratoga County have received more than 650 pouches.

The kits are free and a full list of sites where they are available is at

— Michael Goot

New student shuttle bus

Students at The Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs will have a new bus in 2017.

Jason and Stacy Komorny, the parents of a seventh grader, donated the 25-passenger bus, which will be used to shuttle students to gym classes, after school programs and community venues for field trips, according to a news release.

This new bus will eliminate the need to arrange for caravans or rent buses to transport students to various venues.

The school has about 260 children from preschool through 12th grade.

— Michael Goot

Hockey help

The Queensbury High School hockey team’s annual effort to collect food for the needy resulted in more than 800 food items being donated this week.

Team members delivered the food to Community Action in Glens Falls on Wednesday.

— Don Lehman


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