Superstar actor and Just Water investor Will Smith and his son Jaden visited a few businesses in downtown Glens Falls on Thursday, as part of a “field trip” to see Just Water’s operation.
Samantha’s Cafe & Catering posted a picture on its Facebook page of the actor and his son at the Glens Falls eatery on Thursday. Several people also commented that Smith visited Mean Max Brew Works.
Photos and video of a man who — from behind and across the street — resembles the Fresh Prince getting into a car with a large entourage were shared all over Facebook.
Another Facebook report had him at an unspecified business in South Glens Falls as well.
On Friday, articles appeared in New York Magazine and Vanity Fair‘s online versions about the Smiths visit to Glens Falls, which can be found at nymag.com/thecut/2016/09/a-field-trip-to-jaden-smiths-water-bottle-factory.html and www.vanityfair.com/style/2016/09/jaden-smith-field-trip.
— Rhonda Triller and Don Lehman
Hannaford helping Washington County
Buying a reusable grocery bag at Hannaford in Hudson Falls could help your neighbors next month.
In October, Hannaford will donate $1 for every blue Hannaford Helps reusable bag bought at the 3758 Burgoyne Ave., Hudson Falls store.
The donations will go to the Washington County Economic Opportunity Council, which will use the money for its programs, designed to help people become self-sufficient.
“We are pleased to be chosen by Hannaford to benefit from their “Bags 4 My Cause” during the month of October,” said Washington County EOC Executive Director Claire Murphy. “All of the funds raised on our behalf will be used to support the programs of EOC to assist people who are in need such as our food pantry and our emergency assistance program.”
She is hoping to raise $500 next month through the program.
— Kathleen Moore
Jimmer lights it up in Asia
Jimmer Fredette had little trouble in his debut with the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association on Thursday, hitting for 33 points in his team’s first game in the Merlion Cup tournament in Singapore.
Fredette was the best player on the floor as he added 6 rebounds and 3 assists and his team rolled to an easy win.
Hopefully, future games in China will be better attended, as there appeared to be only a few hundred fans in attendance at the game in an arena that was smaller than most U.S. Division I college hoops facilities.
The Glens Falls native signed a one-year contract with the team, which is partially owned by former NBA star Yao Ming, earlier this year.
— Don Lehman
Pulling, raising money
The event was more than two months ago, but Scott Lufkin doesn’t want to forget all the people who made the seventh annual “Pull for a Cure” a success.
The pull, held in July, is a memorial to Lufkin’s father, Carl, a lifelong Argyle resident and businessman who died of cancer.
Entry fees, combined with a family food tent, a basket raffle and donations from sponsors, netted a profit of more than $14,000, pushing the seven-year year total over the $100,000 mark.
“Once again, my family and I are humbled and thankful past words to everyone for the overwhelming support of our show,” Scott Lufkin said in a note to those who took part. “You folks are the best bunch of people we could ask for to help us in our mission of honoring the memory of my dad and raising money for the fight against the cancer that took him away.”
This year, the event included garden tractors, pro-stock diesel tractors, stock and super-stock 4-wheel drive, pulls, as well as diesel 4-wheel drive and farm tractors, plus an open class.
Proceeds from the event are donated to the American Cancer Society, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, The Cancer Research Institute and The Charles R. Wood Cancer Center, and the group funds the Carl Lufkin Memorial Scholarship at the Argyle Central School.
— Bill Toscano
Students learn finances
Eight Saratoga and Warren County school districts used a free program through Adirondack Trust Company to teach students about financial literacy during the 2015-2016 school year.
The company’s EverFi Program includes information on topics such as savings, banking, investing, renting versus owning, credit scores, financing higher education and consumer protection, according to a news release. More than 900 students participated in the program.
Queensbury was one of the schools. Teacher Marc Biddiscombe said it was an effective program.
— Michael Goot