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Aviation Mall will be hosting a community blood drive with the American Red Cross on Friday, September 22nd, from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM, across from Regal Cinema.

The American Red Cross national blood supply has fallen to critically low levels, dropping nearly 25% since early August, and potentially threatening the medical care of patients with an emergency need for blood. Donors of all blood types are urgently needed!

During this blood drive, donors will be automatically entered for a chance to win a trip for two and a VIP experience to the 2024 NASCAR Cup Series and Xfinity Races at Darlington Raceway! (Terms and conditions apply).

For more information, or to make an appointment to donate, please call 1-800-REDCROSS, or sign up online at redcrossblood.org with sponsor code AVIATIONMALLNY.

Glens Falls Hospital: C.R. Wood Cancer Center Offers Virtual Support Groups

The C.R. Wood Cancer Center is proud to offer a variety of virtual support groups, including the ABC (After Breast Cancer) Support Group. This group is intended for any individual that has been diagnosed with breast cancer, is currently undergoing treatment, has been newly diagnosed, or is a survivor.

These virtual meetings are currently every 4th Monday of each month from 6:00 PM to 7:00 pm. For more information and to sign up for a group, please contact Vicki Yattaw, RN, BSN,OCN, at (518) 926-6639, or vyattaw@glensfallshosp.org.

For more information on all of the service groups available, please visit https://www.glensfallshospital.org/services/hospital/cancer-center/support-services -surviorship-programs/ 

The C.R. Wood Cancer Center offers a broad range of services, from preventative care to clinically advanced treatments. The staff helps patients to balance the realities of day to day life with personalized treatment plans with compassion and expertise.

Three Harmful Algae Blooms (HABs) Spotted In Lake George

Three confirmed harmful algal blooms (HABs) were spotted in three different bays on Lake George on September 12th: Basin Bay, Huddle Bay, and Oneida Bay. This is the first sighting of a HAB in the northern basin of the Lake.

The blooms in the Lake’s southern basin were discovered by researchers for The Jefferson Project, with the bloom near Hague being spotted by LGA Water Quality Research Manager, Brea Arvidson. Photos for all three were sent to NY’s Department of Environmental Conservation, which confirmed the sightings as HABs and put them on its NYHABS map.

The Jefferson Project is currently analyzing samples of the blooms for genome and toxins to determine the species, if it is toxic, and if it carries the gene for toxins. Results are expected in the last week of September. Previously occurring HABs in Lake George have not been toxic.

The Jefferson Project team will also analyze the data it collects on Lake George to help identify the cause of these blooms. What is immediately apparent: Two of the HABs showed up in the same vicinity as last year, but a month earlier than the confirmed October 26, 2022 blooms in Basin and Huddle bays.

The small but recurring number of HABs on Lake George is what prompted the LGA to start its AlgaeWatch community science program in 2022. AlgaeWatch volunteers monitor shoreline or near-shore areas around their homes, businesses, or other areas they frequent, documenting and reporting any algae growth they see to the LGA. This information helps the LGA track the extent of ongoing blooms, and guides the establishment of HAB sampling locations for The Jefferson Project.

Queensbury Girls Tennis Beat South High To Keep Winning Streak Going!

Queensbury, 7… South Glens Falls, 0!

The Queensbury Girls Tennis team traveled to South Glens Falls to keep their streak alive! Queensbury’s varsity girls tennis team remains undefeated, having run its Foothills Council winning streak to 56 consecutive matches!

Singles Results:

1. Nicole Greenstein (Q) def. Emily Kamber, 6-0, 6-0

2. Lindsey Pepe (Q) def. Peyton Howk, 6-0, 6-0

3. Flavia Brizzi (Q) def. Hannah Geary, 6-0, 6-1

4. Maria Conway (Q) def. Nora Kelleher, 6-0, 6-0

5. Sedona Jones (Q) def. Sierra VanDerwarker, 6-1, 6-1

Doubles Results:

1. Briana Guay/Johanna Troelstra (Q) def. Michaela Tracy/Kiera Simmons, 6-0, 6-1

2. Amy Winchell/Lilly Trowbridge (Q) def. Kaitlyn Mulligan/Addison Nelson, 6-0, 6-1


Queensbury 8-0 (7-0 Foothills Council), South Glens Falls 3-4 (3-4 Foothills Council).

Narcan Distribution Day: September 21,2023

On September 21st, 2023, in recognition of National Opioid and Substance Awareness Day, there will be Narcan training and distribution in Glens Falls and Warrensburg. For this event, Warren County Health Services is partnering with the Adirondack Health Institute, Alliance for Positive Health, and the Hope & Healing Recovery Community and Outreach Center.

Training and distribution will take place from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM at Community Action located at 190 Maple Street in Glens Fall, and from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM at the Cumberland Farms located at 3805 Main Street in Warrensburg. This opioid antidote will be distributed free of charge!

Narcan is a medication used to reverse opioid overdoses… But Naloxone, which is sold under the name Narcan, is a safe medication that can save someone’s life by reversing the effects of an opioid overdose. Naloxone only works on opioids such as heroin, prescription pain medication, and fentanyl. These distribution sites will be staffed by community organizations trained in Narcan administration. The training will include recognizing an overdose, Naloxone administration, and what to expect after naloxone is given. There will also be harm reduction information provided with Narcan kits. 

This event is open to anyone in need of Narcan kits or harm reduction information. Individuals who are struggling with opioid addiction, or who have a loved one who is struggling with this addiction, are encouraged to attend to receive a free Narcan rescue kit and training for its use. 

Warren County Director of Health Services, Ginelle Jones, understands the need for this resource: “We continue to see the devastating impact that opioids have on our community… Increased availability of Narcan, and offering training to those who would like to learn how to use it, can save lives and give those struggling with opioid addiction a chance to seek treatment to overcome their addiction,” she said. 

New York State’s Good Samaritan Law allows people to call 911 without fear of arrest if they are having a drug overdose that requires emergency medical care, or if they witness someone overdosing. 

The Adirondack Health Institute has installed Narcan rescue kits around Warren County that are available free to the public 24/7. There are 37 emergency box locations within a twenty mile radius of Glens Falls. These Narcan emergency boxes are filled with four doses of Narcan, and are intended for emergency use during a suspected overdose.

For more information, please visit ahihealth.org

Glens Falls Boys Soccer Defeat  Hudson Falls To Remain Undefeated!

Glens Falls, 7… Hudson Falls, 0!

The Glens Falls Black Bears overpowered the Hudson Falls Tigers during their first matchup this season. The teams met under the lights at Putt LaMay Memorial Field, where Glens Falls dominated the first half, scoring five goals – Gavin Rittenhouse netted two, and Josef Frankenfeld, Nate DiFiore, and Tim Motsiff each scored one. In the second half, Zachary Moore added two more goals for Glens Falls, bringing the final score to 7-0.

Next Up: Glens Falls will travel to Queensbury – Glens Falls (5-0) and Queensbury (4-0-1) are the top two teams in the Foothills Council – on Thursday, September 21st, 2023… Game starts at 7:00 PM!

SSVF: Supportive Services For Veteran Families

Are You a Homeless Veteran? Do you have an eviction notice? Supportive Services For Veterans Families (SSVF) is a Veterans Administration (VA) funded Case Management program for homeless veteran families and at-risk veteran families. Supportive services grants have been awarded to selected private non-profit organizations and consumer cooperatives, that will assist very-low-income veteran families residing in or transitioning to permanent housing. Grantees will provide a range of supportive services to eligible veteran families that are designed to promote housing stability.

SSVF provides intensive short term case management services and assistance in looking for affordable housing units, as well as providing educational programs, including financial literacy and budgeting. They also provide resources to find both public and federal benefits, aid in job searches, make referrals to community resources, and potentially even financial assistance – which is based on need and availability, and determined on a case by case basis. 

Eligibility for this program includes:

  • 1 day of active duty (If national guard or Reserves, must have been activated under presidential orders) 
  • Under 50% area median income (AMI) for your county (Income qualify)
  • Discharge must be anything other than Dishonorable or Bad Conduct by General Court Martial  
  • Veteran household must be homeless or have an eviction notice

Required Documentation:

  • DD214/VA card/ HINQ
  • Eviction (prevention) & Lease
  • Income documentation for all household members

If you are a veteran who is homeless or in need of assistance due to an eviction notice, please call (518) 885-0091, or visit va.gov/homeless/ssvf

Ndakinna Harvest Celebration is this Weekend

All photos courtesy of Barb Tyler.

GREENFIELD CENTER, NY – Join Ndakinna Education Center September 23rd for the 2023 Harvest Celebration! Located just 3 miles from downtown Saratoga Springs at 23 Middle Grove Rd, Greenfield Center, NY 12833, the event will be open from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM. 

The celebration will feature a traditional Haudenosaunee Opening Ceremony by Tom Sakokwenionkwas Porter. Porter (Sakokwenionkwas-“The One Who Wins”) is the founder, spokesperson and spiritual leader of the Mohawk Community of Kanatsiohareke (Ga na jo ha lay gay) located in Fonda, New York, and is a member of the Bear Clan of the Mohawk Nation at Akwesasne. 

The celebration will also have native vendors and food (available from Iroquois Eatery), performances by the Haudenosaunee Singers and Dancers, and storytelling by Kay Ionataiewas Olan, Perry Ground, and Ndakinna’s own James, Jesse, and Joseph Bruchac. 

“We’re excited to bring back the harvest celebration for a second year here at Ndakinna,” said James Bruchac, Director of the Ndakinna Education Center. “It’s important that we celebrate the rich heritage, history, and continuing survival of our region’s indigenous peoples and their cultures.”

Porter will finish the afternoon off with a Traditional Haudenosaunee Closing Ceremony.

This event is fun for all ages; but be aware that space will be limited, and reservations are recommended. The event has a suggested donation of $10 per adult, or $15 per family.

Funded in part by the MDOCS Co-Creation Initiative and the Mellon Foundation.

Saratoga Arts made this program possible through the Community Arts Regrant Program, funded by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

Adirondack Region Cat Adoption Center’s Featured Cat of the Week: Ivy

Five-year-old Ivy, rescued from an overcrowded home, was used to being just another face in the crowd. It took her a little while to adjust to receiving one-on-one attention. She can still be a little cautious at first introductions but will quickly relax with a good petting session. When comfortable, Ivy is so full of love, giving it with her whole heart, and eager to share that love with everyone.

If you are interested in learning more about Ivy, please contact the Adoption Center at 518.409.8105 ext 101 or adoptadk@animalleague.org. You can also complete the adoption application using the link: www.animalleague.org/adkpreapproval

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Glens Falls Boys Soccer 2-0 Over Mechanicville

On Saturday, September 16th, Glens Falls and Mechanicville met in a key test for both teams at Mechanicville High School. Following a scoreless first half of play, Glens Falls was the first team to score on a Tim Motsiff penalty kick (PK) after Landon Becker was taken down in the box.

Gavin Rittenhouse got the insurance goal to give Glens Falls the win! Mechanicville had their own penalty kick attempt late in the match, but Glens Falls keeper, Ayden Grieve, had yet one more PK save to keep the clean sheet. Grieve has three PK saves on three attempts this year.

Glens Falls now stands at 6-0 overall, and holds first place (4-0) in the Foothills Council.

Glens Falls will face Hudson Falls on the turf under the lights on Tuesday September 19th, at 7:00 PM.