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News and upcoming events from your neighbors and non-profits across Saratoga County. Unless otherwise noted, all posts are press releases provided by the organization. Have something to share? Email Curated by Community Content Coordinator Aubree Cutkomp.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

The Faculty Association of Adirondack Community College donates to local area organizations

The Faculty Association of Adirondack Community College (FAACC) has donated $1,500 to two area organizations that provide groceries and hot meals to people in need. A $750 donation was made to the Open Door Mission in Glens Falls on Tuesday, December 18th. 

The Faculty Association also donated $750 recently to The Fort Edward Community Food Pantry in Fort Edward.
Harry Lowe, FAACC president, presented the donation to Open Door Mission Director Rebecca Endieveri. During the presentation, Lowe said, “The Faculty Association sincerely appreciates the very important work being done by the Open Door and other community organizations. We're glad we can
help them fulfill their mission especially during the holiday season.”

The FAACC encourages everyone to contribute to these and other food banks.

Donations to The Fort Edward Community Food Pantry can be sent to: 131 Broadway Fort Edward, NY 12828. Donations to The Open Door can be sent to: PO Box 3306, Glens Falls, NY 12801.

The FAACC is the collective bargaining organization that represents more than 200 full-time and adjunct
faculty at SUNY Adirondack.

For more information, contact Kevin Ankeny, Community Relations Chairperson, at (518) 743-2200
x2457, or

Friday, December 21, 2012

Allegiance Bowl donates $10,000 to local sports programs

The Allegiance Bowl Committee Inc. recently presented a check in the amount of $10,000 to the Saratoga-Wilton Soccer Club and Ballston Spa Pop Warner Football & Cheerleading programs. This check represents the net proceeds from the eighth annual Adirondack Trust Allegiance Bowl featuring sprint football teams from Army and Post University.

“We are extremely pleased that the community turned out to support this charity event and its beneficiaries, Saratoga-Wilton Soccer Club and Ballston Spa Pop Warner football and cheerleading,” said Scott Perkins, Allegiance Bowl Committee Chair. “The proceeds from the event will assist these two programs in their mission to offer children the opportunity to participate in competitive youth sports while developing character and confidence through team play,” he said.

The Allegiance Bowl is made possible by the continuous support of the organizing committee and its primary sponsors: The Adirondack Trust Company, The Saratogian and Star Radio 101.3. The game took place at the Saratoga Springs High School football field. Former Saratoga Springs High School, University of Notre Dame, and NFL star Anthony Weaver was the event’s Honorary Chair. To date, the Allegiance Bowl has raised over $60,000 for youth athletic programs in the greater Saratoga Springs area.
Sprint football is regulation, varsity-level tackle football with one exception; no player may weigh more than 172 pounds three days prior to game day. The sport is known for its quick, explosive play where there is an emphasis on athleticism and play execution rather than on player size. Teams competing in the Collegiate Sprint Football League include Cornell, Mansfield University, Penn, Post University, Franklin Pierce University, Princeton, Army, and Navy.
For more information, visit the bowl game's web site at

(L to R): Margaret Noel, Scott Perkins, Bob Turner, Tim Garland, Mark Baker, Robert Ward

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park's 1st annual Photography Show and Contest

Carolina Wierzbowski // Best in Show: Black, White and Red

Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park hosted its first Photography Show and Contest and its opening coincided with its 2012 Annual Meeting (12/11).  The space was filled with people enjoying the exhibition opening and guests were able to meet many of the photographers who had submitted entries into the show.  All of the entries to the show were to highlight the beauty and the mission of Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park and had to have been taken somewhere at the Preserve & Park.  

Kenny Barnett / American Toad

Shari Crocker / Fall reflection

Ray Clauser // Blue Karner Twins

Prize winners were: Carolina Wierzbowski - Best in Show for “Black, White and Red;” Deb Hall -  Best Nature in Winter for “Winter;” Lynn Cianfarani - Best featuring Conservation for “November;” Kelly Dennis - Best featuring Education for “Catch and Release;” Bob Reepmeyer - Best featuring Recreation for “Lean To;” Kenny Barnett - Best Animal Shot for “American Toad on Scout Road;” Ray Clauser - Best Karner blue butterfly for “Blue Karner Twins;” Shari Crocker – Best Nature in Autumn for “Fall Reflections;” and Shea Weilbaker -Best under-13 for “Pine Needles.”   

The selected photographs will be on display from Dec. 11, 2012 to April 1, 2013 at 80 Scout Road in Gansevoort during office hours. For more information, 450-0321 or

Shea Weilbaker // Pine Needles

Lynn Cianfarani // November 


Friday, December 7, 2012

Saratoga County Kids Care Club spreads holiday cheer at Maplewood Manor

Last Sunday, Dec. 2, the Saratoga County Kids Care Club visited the residents of Maplewood Manor to distribute over 50 homemade pine-cone ornaments and spread holiday cheer with Christmas Carols. 
The Club members were very excited to visit with the residents of Maplewood Manor and were happy to spend time with them as well as put smiles on their faces with Christmas Carols and ornaments.  While there, the Club members were also able to visit with and give ornaments to the 30 residents that were displaced by the fire at the Home of the Good Shepherd.

Club facilitator Caterina Fuda-Sajjad said, "While many Children look forward to the holidays as time off from school and receiving gifts, the Members of the Saratoga County Kids Care Club consider the holidays as a time to give and share with others that are less fortunate!" 

Saratoga County Kids Care Club members that attended the event: Ariana  and Aydin Sajjad, Isabella Fuda,  Erik, Troy, and Greta Gottman; Members not included in the photo that participated include: Stevie and Elizabeth Peplowski, Jonathan and Ariel Jones.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Yesterday's snow geese sighting...

Saratogian Donna Cameron was the first resident to call and share her excitement of yesterday's rare snow geese sighting. Like a lot of onlookers, when Cameron first spotted the geese in the West Avenue field she thought the area was covered in snow. She called our newsroom to alert us of the phenomenon: "I've never seen them here before. They come from Canada and usually fly along the Connecticut River to down south...the closest they've been seen has been the Tomhannock Reservoir (in Troy) but never this many, just a few." 

Photo by Donna Cameron

Photo by Donna Cameron

Thanks again, Donna!  

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