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QBY Girls Basketball Capture Championship

Queensbury (12-6 overall, 12-1 Section 2 Foothills) scored 42, South Glens Falls (15-3 overall, 11-1 Section 2 Foothills) scored 15; the Queensbury girls basketball team captured their fourth consecutive Foothills Council Championship with a win over visiting South Glens Falls. The Spartans came out strong with both offense and defense in the first quarter of play, forcing 12 turnovers and out-scoring the Bulldogs 15 to 0.

Box Score

For the Spartans, Shea Canavan had 12 points and five steals. Kendra Ballard earned her second consecutive double-double, with 11 points and a season high 14 rebounds, along with five steals. Dyllan Ray contributed 11 points and eight rebounds. The South Glens Falls Bulldogs were led by #2 J. Wolf, who scored four points. 

The Spartans were looking forward to this matchup, because on December 12th, the Bulldogs had handed the Spartans their only Foothills council loss. This Foothills Council title is # 11 for the Spartans, which ties them with Glens Falls for the most in league history! The Spartans have shown success under the coaching of Megan Bethel, having won six titles under her leadership… 

However, the Spartans aren’t done yet! On Wednesday night, they face Saratoga Springs; then, it’s on to the Foothills Council Showcase at Albany’s Washington Avenue Armory. The Spartans will face Broadalbin-Perth at 1:00 PM on Sunday.

Glens Falls Unified Bowling Foothills Council Champs

Foothills Council Tournament

Unified Bowling was added to the sports line-up for Glens Falls High School, and they captured the Foothills Council Championship. The Championship was held at Kingpin’s Alley in South Glens Falls. 10 schools participated in the tournament, and Glens Falls rolled a six-game series: 6,006 to edge out Hudson Falls’ 5,842 in second place, and Amsterdam’s 5,842 in third place. 

In bowling, each game has 10 frames, with a maximum possible overall score of 300. The Glens Falls Co-Ed Varsity team committed to three practices or matches a week for the season, which included five matches against area schools. Kingpin’s Alley Family Fun Center – which is the home bowling alley for the Glens Falls team – is owned by Doug and Alison Bohannon. They have owned the bowling alley since 2013, and the venue features birthday parties, group events, casual open bowling times, and competitive league play.

QBY Girls Basketball Celebrate Senior Night With A Win

Queensbury 63, Hudson Falls 38 – The Queensbury Girls Basketball team celebrated Senior Night with a decisive victory over Hudson Falls. Seniors Kendra Ballard, Aislynn Dixon, and Liz Rowley led the team to victory over visiting Hudson Falls. 

Ballard had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds, along with a season high of eight steals. Dixon had four assists, and scored 16 points, shooting 6-of-9 on the floor and 3-of-5 from beyond the three point line. Rowley matched a career high of eight rebounds. 

The Spartans had some help from Junior Dyllan Ray, who added 10 points, seven rebounds, six steals and three assists. Sophomore Shea Canavan had nine points, and a career high eight assists. 

Hudson Falls was led by Williamson, who scored 21 points. Queensbury held Hudson Falls to three points in the first quarter of play. 

A a result of this game, Queensbury – 11-6 overall – improved to 11-1 in the Foothills Council.

The Spartans will soon host South Glens Falls, who are 12-0 in the Foothills Council… South Glens Falls beat Queensbury back on December 12, with a score of 37-30. This much anticipated rematch will be at Queensbury High School on Monday, February 6 – tipoff at 7:00 PM.  

Love of Community, Public Service, and Balloons: The Grishkot Foundation Expands Scholarship Opportunities

The Grishkot Foundation was established in 2009, and is launching a new Joan Grishkot Memorial Scholarship program for college students studying for careers in nursing and related fields. The foundation is also continuing The Walter Grishkot Memorial Scholarship for college students studying for careers in aviation, aerospace and related fields. The Foundation will partner with the Kiwanis Club to administer both scholarship programs. These scholarship programs are open to college students who live in Warren, Washington, or Saratoga counties, and each scholarship will be at least $2,500 per year for up to four years.

Joan Grishkot (1942-2021) was Warren County Director of Health for 31 years; she was a volunteer who served on 28 regional healthcare organizations and charitable groups. She was instrumental in raising funds and administering annual scholarships in memory of her late husband, Walter Grishkot.

The Foundation President, Maury Thompson remembers Joan fondly: “I used to say that I was president, but Joan was prime minister. Joan’s interest in scholarship recipients didn’t stop with awarding the scholarships. She stayed in touch with scholars or their families, and was delighted to share their academic progress with others”  Thompson said. 

Walter Grishkot (1926-2011) predeceased his loving wife of 45 years. He was a photographer, publicist, event organizer and aviation enthusiast, and was known for his sense of humor – and locally known as co-founder of The Adirondack Balloon Festival. The Grishkot Foundation, based in Glens Falls, is funded by a bequest of the late Joan Griskot, and from private donations. A volunteer board manages the foundation’s investments and operates scholarship programs in collaboration with the Glens Falls Kiwanis Club.

The application period for both programs is now open – the deadline to apply for the 2023-2024 academic year for these scholarships is March 3, 2023.  Information about these scholarships can be found at: grishkotfoundation.org

Spa City Digital and Five Towers Design announce merger as Five Towers Media

Chad Beatty (left), owner/publisher of Saratoga TODAY Newspaper, Brad Colacino (middle) and Michael Nelson (right), co-founders and partners of Five Towers Media.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Five Towers Design Company and Spa City Digital have officially announced a merger of the two companies, forming Five Towers Media.

Five Towers Media will combine the offerings of both companies, providing digital marketing and design in a variety of spaces. The company will offer website design, SEO services, social media management, videography, graphic design, branding services, digital marketing, and more for clients. Five Towers Media also owns print publications, online news platforms, and podcasts. 

Co-founders and partners Michael Nelson, Brad Colacino, and Chad Beatty said the merger came about as a way for both companies to grow, expand, and improve their offerings in the community.

“We were both at a point where we were looking to expand, and we both have very similar business offerings,” said Colacino. “We have very similar views on how to conduct business, and goals for where we wanted to take our business. … It just seemed like a really good complement of skills.”

Nelson said that Spa City Digital was looking to grow, and said that Five Towers and Colacino were a “perfect fit” for the company’s goals.

“From our standpoint, growth over the course of the next one to two years was going to be challenging without Brad,” Nelson said. “His personality, his skills, and his company were a perfect fit.”

The merged company will be known as Five Towers Media, with Nelson saying the name change reflects the long-term goals of the company.

“We have plans on moving into Vermont and Florida very soon, with an overall long-term objective of being all across the country,” said Nelson. “Our brand, Spa City Digital, would not allow that type of growth into other markets, because it is such a geographic name. The rebrand will make for a seamless transition into new markets.”

Nelson, Colacino, and Beatty said that the merger will make things more efficient and convenient for their clients, compressing all of their offerings into one location. 

“From a client standpoint, they are going to see an increase in deliverability from us,” said Nelson. “Not only are we going to be able to do what we were doing, but we’re going to be able to do it better, and we’re going to be able to do it faster.”

“If (clients) wanted, for instance, Google ad campaigns or email marketing, I would send them over to Mike before,” Colacino added. “Well now, I don’t have to do that. Now, we’re one company. It just integrates things a little more cleanly, and we can provide those clients with an expanded offering, more opportunities.”

Colacino said this will make things more convenient for clients, and provide them with additional methods of growing their businesses.

“We have print marketing available with the news publications, we have these marketing automation email campaigns we can do,” said Colacino. “We can do online paid ads, things like that, all under one roof, with a single bill.”

Nelson, Colacino, and Beatty also stressed the importance of building connections with their clients, noting that they work with many small businesses in the local community. 

“It’s always going to be more important for us to form relationships than make a sale,” Colacino said. “We want to form long-term partnerships with them, and help them grow. It’s a case where the rising tide floats all ships.”

Five Towers Media is located on Route 50 in Saratoga Springs, sharing a building with Saratoga TODAY Newspaper. Beatty is the publisher of Saratoga TODAY.

“It really is a perfect fit,” said Beatty. “Our teams work side-by-side and form a symbiotic relationship. As the old Chinese proverb states, ‘None of us is as smart as all of us.’”

Property Transactions: Jan. 23 – Jan. 29, 2023

ARGYLE

Paul Dean McWhorter sold property at 1335 Coach Rd to Thomas Pollock & Amanda Cordiale for $225,000

Nancy Ross sold property at 1482 Mahaffy Rd to Timothy LaFountain for $130,000

FORT ANN

Douglas Vaughn sold property at 1045 County Route 16 to John Flewelling for $130,000

FORT EDWARD

Four Leaf Builders, LLC sold property at 00 Smith St to Monsour Enterprises, LLC for $28,000

Kimberly Thistle sold property at 59 Mechanic St to Josef & Fawn Coffey for $166,900

DKC Holdings, Inc. sold property at 48 Hudson St to Elizabeth Olesen for $160,000

GLENS FALLS

Hugh Matson sold property at 26 Grand St to Buena Fe, LLC for $165,000

GRANVILLE

Damian & Kimberly Truttling sold property at 370 & 366 Carrera Ln to Bruce Ferguson, Sr. for $33,000

Lori Johnson & Pamela Bailey sold property at 1320 County Route 24 to Kenneth L. Thomas III for $65,000

GREENWICH

Christine A. Shappy sold property at 10 Corliss Ave to Zachary T. Schieberl for $210,000

HEBRON

Koren L. Sword sold property at 330 Lang Hill Rd to Elena S. Fecco for $120,000

JOHNSBURG

Rachel L. Farmer sold property at 8 Oven Mountain Rd to Denise Campbell for $230,000

KINGSBURY

Robert E. Hoffer III sold property at 349 Main St to Jeffrey & Joshua Hoffer for $145,000

Annie Ogden & Cargel Clifford sold property at 18 Pine St to Brenda Yagy for $132,500

Kim Griffin & Barbara Griffin Jordan sold property at 4 Brook Rd to Barry & RoseAnn Viola for $188,000

LAKE LUZERNE

Grandma’s Home, LLC sold property at 44 Harris Ave to Renee Elliott, Richard Buys and Charles Buys for $165,000

QUEENSBURY

Edwin & Kelly Seeley sold property at 123 Sherman Island Rd to William Coates III & Alexandra Coates for $415,000

Lisa M. Peoples sold property at 17 Terrace Rd to Roger L. Kallop for $520,000

THURMAN

Joseph Mannuci Jr. & Cathy Mannuci sold property at 0 Zaltz Rd to David & Debra Carpenter for $19,500

WHITE CREEK

William C. Johnston sold property at 23 Lake Ave to Shania Goyette for $8,000

WHITEHALL

The Nature Conservancy Inc. sold property at 40 Ward Ln to Linda Ida Bujan for $75,000

Lake George: Controversial Herbicide Proposal is Back

Eurasian watermilfoil

The Lake George Parks Commission is applying for a 2023 permit to use a chemical herbicide in Lake George. The Parks Commission announced their intentions on January 24, 2023, with a Letter of Notification: Proposed Invasive Plant Management Program for Blairs Bay & Sheep Meadow Bay in Lake George. The letter explained that the Lake George Park Commission is applying to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) and the Adirondack Parks Agency (APA) to use an aquatic herbicide in the spring of 2023. This herbicide would be used to control the invasive plant Eurasian watermilfoil (EWM), which is rooted at the lake bottom and has created thick, dense beds. It reduces biodiversity in the lake, and competes with native species.

Conventional control efforts – such as mechanical harvesting – have been found to be unsuccessful for providing much more than short-term relief fighting this invasive species. The manual or mechanical harvesting of the watermilfoil inevitably leads to the release of fragments, and as a result, the harvesting process itself may be responsible for spreading the plant into uninfested areas.  There are two areas of the lake that the Lake George Parks Commission would like to use the herbicide – Blairs Bay, Glenburnie (4 acres), and Sheep Meadow Bay, Huletts Landing (3.6 acres). 

The use of herbicides has been found to be more effective, but can potentially have negative effects on non-targeted organisms. The proposed herbicide for usage – ProcellaCOR EC – has been registered and approved by the EPA, and will be applied at less than 10 parts per billion: “The herbicide ProcellaCOR EC will control invasive Eurasian watermilfoil for multiple seasons in the treatment areas, but will not impact most native plants” the notification stated.  

This project did not go forward in 2022 because The Lake George Association Waterkeepers, and thousands of citizens, expressed concern over the first-ever use of a chemical herbicide in Lake George. There was concern from these groups regarding the potential consequences to the water quality and ecosystems, as many people use the lake as a source of drinking water. 

Last year, the APA issued a permit to the Lake George Parks Commission to use the herbicide… Then, the Lake George Association Waterkeepers and co-petitioners filed a lawsuit. The suit charged that the APA should have held an adjudicatory hearing to gather expert scientific testimony prior to making the decision regarding the safety of the herbicide… As there has been successful hand harvesting of the watermilfoil in Lake George for years, and overwhelming public opposition to using the herbicide. 

Written arguments were reviewed by the State Supreme Court Justice Robert Muller, who issued a preliminary injunction preventing the use of ProcellaCOR EC, pending oral arguments. These arguments are scheduled for 10:00 AM on Tuesday, February 17, 2023. They will take place at the Warren County Municipal Center on Route 9 in Queensbury, and this session is open to the public.

GFSD: Cold Weather Precautions

GGFT Schedule

In preparation for the expected brutally cold weather, GFSD is providing information to help students and families prepare… The forecast is for dangerously cold wind chills, as low as 30 to 50 below zero! The impact of weather this cold can be frostbite on exposed skin in as few as 10 minutes.  

GFSD wants families to be aware that there is an alternative to walking to school – the Greater Glens Falls Transit route is free for middle school and high school students. Students show their school ID when getting on the bus; this is a warm and dry alternative to walking to and from school.

When it’s bitterly cold outside, there is risk of frostbite and hypothermia. Dress your child in several loose layers of warm clothing, so that the air trapped between the layers can act as insulation against the cold. Children should wear windproof and waterproof outer layers, and mittens rather than gloves. If your family needs assistance getting proper winter clothes, please call the principal, nurse, or school counselor, and the staff can assist the family. 

The National Weather Service also advises to avoid leaving the house at the coldest parts of the day. If you go outside, dress in layers and cover exposed skin, and make sure that at least one other person knows your whereabouts and is updated when you arrive at your destination. Make sure that your car has at least a half tank of gas, and that you have an updated survival kit.

Extensive Collection of African American Art Featured at The Hyde Museum

The Harmon and Harriet Kelley Collection of African American Art: Works on Paper is a traveling exhibition celebrating African-American artists and their contributions to American art and culture. This exhibit is now on view at The Hyde Collection.

Curated from the extensive collection of Harmon and Harriet Kelley, this exhibition’s featured artists include Grafton Tyler Brown – the first documented professional graphic artist on the West Coast – contemporary printmaker Margo Humphrey, and internationally known figures Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, Aaron Douglas, Jacob Lawrence, and Henry Ossawa Tanner. Presented by The Hyde Collection and organized by Landau Traveling Exhibitions of Los Angeles, the exhibition began on January 28, and is on view through April 23.

“It’s a very special collection of nearly 70 watercolors, pastels, drawings, and a variety of print media by leading African American artists,” said Derin Tanyol, The Hyde Collection’s Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art. “The show chronicles the lives of Black Americans through a series of representative themes: labor, landscape and cityscape, portraiture, community, and entertainment. The Kelleys’ curatorial vision focuses on uplifting, positive themes, although a small section of the show confronts racism and injustice. Sourced from one of the most celebrated private collections of African-American art, this exhibition is sure to provide visitors with a rich and thought-provoking experience.” 

This exhibition provides an opportunity for visitors to experience the master graphics of African-American art on a large scale. The majority of the works were produced during the Great Depression period of the 1930s and 40s; during this period, the Federal Arts Project – a relief effort to employ struggling artists as part of The New Deal – helped many artists continue to create throughout that difficult time.

Elizabeth Catlett (1915–2012), Sharecropper, 1952. Two-color linoleum cut, The Harmon & Harriet Kelley Collection

Many works depict rural and urban settings in a bold Post-Cubist style, including scenes showing factory workers, dockworkers, farmers, bridge builders, and road-menders. By the 1950s, some African American artists began to favor Abstract Expressionism, choosing nonrepresentational content over traditional imagery; other artists, including Charles White, Jacob Lawrence, John Biggers, Claude Clark, and Elizabeth Catlett – all of whom are featured in this exhibition – defied this influence, and continued their figurative exploration of African-American themes.

The 1960s and early 70s gave birth to the politically-motivated and African-inspired art of the Civil Rights period – while African-Americans had always made valuable contributions to American art, they had yet to be truly recognized, due to the brutalities of slavery and the systemic racism of Jim Crow laws. Despite continued oppression, African-American artists continued to create works that would reflect their experiences; among the civil rights-themed works in this exhibition are a 1963 lithograph by Jacob Lawrence titled Two Rebels, and Elizabeth Catlett’s well-known print Malcolm X Speaks For Us from 1969.

More recent artists, such as Margo Humphrey, Alison Saar, Robert Colescott, Lionel Lofton, CharlesCriner, and self-taught artists Bert Long and Ike E. Morgan, bring a contemporary perspective to this extensive exhibition.

The Hyde Museum is located at 161 Warren Street in Glens Falls, NY. Hours of operation are Thursday through Sunday, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

General Admission is $12 for adults over the age of 18, $10 for Seniors (of age 60 and up), and free for Hyde Members, NARM (North American Reciprocal Museum Program) members, ESMRP (Empire State Museum Reciprocal Program) members, students (with ID or other form of proof), children 12 and under, and veterans and active-duty military and families.

For more information, please visit Hydecollection.org

QSD Girls Basketball Beats Glens Falls

Queensbury 57, Glens Falls 22 – Queensbury Girls Varsity came out strong with 20 points, before Glens Falls sank a free throw to get on the board with 1:21 remaining in the first quarter.

Shea Canavan delivered 22 points, eight steals, and six rebounds. Kendra Ballard scored 10 points and had eight rebounds. Dyllan Ray scored eight points, had six rebounds, and five steals. Aislynn Dixon tied a career high six assists – five of which occurred in the first quarter. 

Spartans have been featuring impressive defense, holding the last two teams that they have played scoreless for over 32 consecutive minutes of play! The Spartans have now climbed to 10-6 overall, and 10-1 in Foothills Council.

Next up, Queensbury will host Hudson Falls for Senior Night on Thursday, February 2nd – tip-off is at 7:00 PM.


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