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The Ahimsa Festival is This Weekend: Soul-Healing, Movement, and Music

Amid the beautifully colored leaves, a gathering of seekers and world-class teachers will again converge on the historic grounds of Lakota’s ’s Farm in Cambridge for the Ahimsa Yoga and Music Festival, September 23rd– 24th.

The Ahimsa Festival invites you to relax and release all those energies that no longer serve you. Let stress melt away in a nourishing environment of like-minded individuals within the earth-centered elegance of Lakota’s ’s Farm, a rolling 34-acre expanse of grass, ponds, and grazing horses.

Get a spiritual high from a schedule that includes approximately 20 different wellness sessions daily. These 90-minute workshops include yoga, meditations, and sound bath healings that settle your mind and focus your awareness. 

“Our goal is to bring people together in a safe place to connect on an amazing property. This festival is special because it has all these amazing offerings all in one spot,” said event organizer Kristen Zorda, owner of Yoga Mandali in Saratoga Springs. 

Steady the Mind, Restore the Soul

The Ahimsa Festival, which was founded in 2012, attracted more than 200 attendees from around the country last year. The ancient idea of Ahimsa, which means “non-violence” in Sanskrit, is an approach that encourages distinctions to fall away in this soothing space, creating a broader sense of compassion for all living beings, and inspiring a deeper sense of personal growth.

Kimberly Revet, owner of the Wedding Barn at Lakota’s Farm is passionately living her dream on the property, imbuing it with an energetic satisfaction that is palpable. 

In this nourishing environment, visitors further their spiritual development and experience the restorative teachings of a variety of skilled instructors including: the revered Patrick Franco, founder of the award-winning, internationally-acclaimed YogaRenew teacher training program; the dynamic Raghunath Cappo, co-founder of Supersoul Yoga and Farm; the Kripalu School of Yoga’s vibrant Coby Kozlowski; and former local Cindy Lundsford, the previous owner of several studios in the area including Hot Yoga Saratoga. 

Take part in the wealth of engaging activities, meditation sessions, Bhakti, Vinyasa, aerial, and chair-supported yoga in the 150-year-old post-and-beam Bhakti Barn and the welcoming Ganesha Tent, rain or shine. 

Release Further by Extending Your Stay

Adding to your transcendent experience, all weekend long attendees will have the opportunity to shop the Ahimsa Festival’s Vendor Village – a gathering of 20-30 food, beverage, craft, and wellness vendors selling clothing, jewelry, art, health products, meditation aids, and more. 

Hear the healing spiritual music of the New Orleans-based Sean Johnson and the Wild Lotus Band, and listen to the therapeutic sounds of the SOMA Kirtan Band. On Saturday night, DJ and digeridoo musician Ifa Halima Bumi leads an electrifying dance party as blazing bonfires illuminate the grounds.

Stay the night while reconnecting with the Earth in Lakota’s Farm’s limited rustic onsite camping. Just minutes away, find event partner, The Preserve Battenkill River Glamping, an idyllic riverfront retreat offering deluxe tent cabins, glamping cabins, and a geodesic stargazing dome. There is a riverside wood-fired sauna, pizza oven, fire pits, kayak/canoe boat launch, free Wi-Fi, an Outpost Resort Store for essentials, and the Provisions Food Truck offering a farm-to-table menu of breakfast, lunch, and dinner choices. For glamping reservations and more information, go to https://battenkillresort.com

The Ahimsa Yoga and Music Festival opens Saturday, September 23rd, at 9am and concludes Sunday, September 24th, at 5pm. Single Day passes start at $199; Weekend passes start at $349. For tickets and event details, go to https://www.ahimsayogafestival.com


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

Missing Teen: Aubrie Spencer Age 15

Aubrie Spencer, 15, went missing from her mother’s home in Glens Falls on September 13th, 2023. Aubrie is 5-foot 3-inches tall with brown hair, multiple nose piercings, and a birthmark on her neck. 

It is believed that she is with a 14 year old boy who is 5-foot 5-inches tall with bright red hair.

The family has posted fliers throughout Glens Falls and on some social media sites. Aubrie is familiar with the Capital Region, and could be anywhere between Glens Falls and Albany. 

She left her mother’s house through a window at about 11:20 PM on September 13th. The family is worried about the state of her mental health and ask people not to approach her, but to instead call Aubrie’s mother, Jennifer Donnelly at (518) 832-3374, or Brian Blachut at (518) 742-6891, or The Glens Falls Police Department at (518) 761-3840 .

Five Towers Media Adds Local Talent: Katherine Kressner

Five Towers Media “Where Quality Meets Creativity”,  the parent company to Glens Falls Today, has added Katherine Kressner to the team as Junior Creative Director! This will add depth to a growing and impressive creative team at Five Towers Media, which includes Kelsey Sherman as Creative Director, and Rosetta Anninio as Junior Creative Director. 

Katherine hails from Gansevoort, NY, and graduated from SUNY Cortland in 2023, with a Bachelor’s of Art in Graphic Design & Digital Media. Katherine is ready to use her great creative passion to help lead clients to success, and is expected to have an immediate impact as she begins this new chapter at Five Towers Media. 

Katherine embraces teamwork, and is looking forward to working in an open and supportive work environment. Her goal is to encourage and support her colleagues, and to help provide the best product for the Five Towers Media clients. 

In her free time, Katherine is an Indoor Cycling Instructor at the Saratoga YMCA. Katherine thrives when leading a class and finds that bringing high energy to a room is extremely rewarding. Katherine, through her work at the YMCA, enjoys helping to build a community of cycling enthusiast and gives her an opportunity to share her passion for cycling.

Katherine’s love of cycling and being a part of a creative team are two of the things that inspire her day in and day out. Katherine will use her positive energy and creative drive to help both Five Towers Media and your company succeed!

If you are looking for someone like Katherine to help get your company off the ground and thriving, go to https://fivetowers.us.