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GREENWICH JOURNAL Page 8 SALEMPRESS Thursday, September 9,1999 Girl Scouts dance School is hosting next week The Schuylerville Girl Scouts will hold a \Girls Are Great '1 Dance with DJ Big Al on Friday, September 17, at Schuylerville Elementary Cafeteria from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission for the dance includes pizza and refresh­ ments. In addition, girls will be able to register for Girl Socuts prior to the dance at 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts is open to any girl ages 5-17 or grades K-12, annual dues are payable at time o f registration. Girls o f all races, cultures, and religious groups are welcome in Girl Scouting. For more information on Schuylerville Girl Scouting, contact Robin Mitchell, (Mrs. David), 6 King- History program tour of battlefield Park volunteer, Joe Armer, will con­ duct a tour o f the historic Saratoga Bat­ tlefield on Saturday, September 11, at 10:30 a.m. Meet at the Saratoga Na­ tional Historical Park visitor center, then caravan by personal vehicle to lo­ cations on the battlefield that saw in­ tense fighting and heroic deeds - plus encounter period attired interpreters who will present stories o f that autumn in 1777 that changed world history forever. This program is fully accessible and has easy, paved walk surfaces. The p ro­ gram is free, however, there is an en­ trance fee to drive the Battlefield tour road Learn to make a colonial outfit Historic reenactor Cuthe Stark Mer- sereau will conduct a three-part work­ shop on women's colonial dress on Tuesdav evenings September 14, 21, and 28, at 7 p m. at Old Saratoga Books in Schuylerville. Participants will need to bring their own fabric to make a che­ mise. skirt, vest, pocket and cap. The workshop fee will benefit the Old Sara­ toga Historical Association. Class size is limited. Contact Old Saratoga Books for more information and to register. i ± : ± C o m m u n ity C a lendar M o n d a y , S e p tem b e r 13 7:30 P.M. Town Board o f Saratoga meets at the Town Hall. Tuesday, S e p tem b e r 14 y;30 - 12 and 1.30 - 3 .30 -W T C is In-hi at Saratoga Town Hall. Byron's IGA 20 Broad Street Schuyierviile, NY College Fair Does the College o f Saint Rose offer a degree in education? What kind of art classes are available at Skidmore Col­ lege? Are there opportunities for sports scholarships from Hartwick College? Find o«t the answers on Monday, September 20, as Schuylerville Central School District hosts a college fair. The fair is open to Schuylerville 11th and 12 th graders and their peers from around the region. The colleges repre­ sented at the event are all part o f the Hudson Mohawk Association o f Col­ leges and Universities. They include the following institutions: Adirondack Community College, Albany College of Pharmacy, The Col­ lege of Saint Rose, Columbia Green Community College, Fulton - Mont­ gomery Community College, Hartwick College, Hudson Valley Community College, Maria College, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, The Sage Col­ lege, Sage Junior College of Albany, Schenectady County Community Col­ lege, Siena College, Skidmore College, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Albany. For more details, contact the Schuylerville Central School District Guidance Office. Presentation about General Stark General John Stark, present at the Battle of Saratoga, is the focus o f a talk to be given by his eighth great- granddaughter, Cathe Stark Mersereau, on Thursday, September 23, at 7:30 p.m. at the Schuylerville Public Library on Ferry Street, Schuylerville. Her presentation will highlight the events in his long life, from his birth in 1728, to hih service during the French and Indian War as a captain in Roger's Rangers and as a commander o f the northern department during the Revolu­ tionary Wai. Stark occupied an extinct volcano north of Schuylerville at the Battle of Saratoga, thereby blocking General Burgoyne's retreat. This be­ came known as Stark's Knob. John Stark died in 1822. For the past 15 years, Mersereau has been researching the Starks and other related families and the social and mili­ tary history that they experienced. John Stark was one o f 11 children of Ar­ chibald Stark of Manchester, NH. This program is sponsored by the Old Saratoga Historical Association. A question and answer period and light refreshments will follow. T H E Y 'R E B A C K ! Please D rive C arefully T o w n o f S a r a toga Mail Items to: Kathleen Bartholomay 5288 Cty Rte, 113,Greenwich, N.Y. 12834 Phone 695-4734 FAX: 692-2589 News Hems may be left at Byron's IGA. M a s t e r p l a n fo r o ld c a n a l T h e O l d C h a m p l a in C a n a l d i s c u s s e d a t m e e t i n g Lisa Tonneson-McCorkell, repre­ senting the LAGroup o f Saratoga Springs, presented the Masterplan for the Old Champlain Canal Schuylerville Junction Lock at the September first meeting. Twenty residents met at the S.C.S. boardroom to h ear the basics of the Masterplan, the first step towards funding for goals cited both within the plan and for other plans not yet for­ mally investigated according to Sara­ toga County representative Cindy Allen. The Masterplan outlines the histori­ cal significance o f the old junction lock near the operating Lock #5 and is the only historical lock still located on public property in the entire Champlain Cana! that is accessible by water. The action of recreating a working lock, a lock tender's shack,, a small amphi­ theatre, re-creating parking to enable school buses to safely unload, provid­ ing further use o f the only interpretive powerhouse on the Champlain Canal, and providing color coordinated sig­ nage throughout the site and the larger region to educate and direct tourists or groups to the villages, or other histori­ cal sites were all on the list o f possibili­ ties in the near future if volunteers come forward to assist with reaching the proposed goals. Funding through grants is the next hurdle and grant applications will need to be made throughout the coming months. Town Supervisor Robert Hall was not present at the meeting but has stated at the town board meeting that grants not requiring matching funds are his intent. He stated a balance needs to be struck oetweei. Town o f Saratoga residents living in the northern p arts of the town that are near the old lock and residents in the southern part o f the town that are along Saratoga Lake. His proposal thus far is to provide $2500 towards grant applications, matching funds provided to lake residents dealing with milfoil. Residents at the meeting questioned whether or n ot the Supervi­ sor fully supported the plan and Miss Allen stated that he definitely did. NYS M useum interested The New York State Museum is ver> interested in the plan and will be overseeing several aspects o f it, if funding is found, since the junction lock is on public land. The old junction lock, according to the Masterplan, was last used in 1950 or 1951 and is pres- by K athleen B a rtholom av ently in poor condition. The old doors can't be re-used and may be kept on display at the site but replicas would be necessary in order to put the lock back in use. Small water craft such as canoes or kayaks will ultimately be able to go through the lock. The walls o f the lock are cracked and the NYS Museum will be overseeing their renovation. Walk­ ways and steps will be restored if fund­ ing is acquired. Cindy Allen stated that money is not a problem as more than ten million dollars has been provided to the Schuylerville area through grants in the last ten years, displaying the intent o f New York state to recognize and fund the historical and educational pos­ sibilities abounding in the Town of Saratoga. The LA Representative also stated most communities would \die for\ the wealth o f historical attributes available to Saratoga to build on People needed to make this plan happen Miss Allen emphasized what is needed to make Saratoga an educa­ tional, historical and recreational desti­ nation is for regional people to come forward to volunteer to work on small goals set over the next year. She has already seen several grant opportunities lost in the last several months and people able and willing to help with grant writing are urgently needed. Other residents car. help with a score o f projects that simply need someone to adopt them as their project. If no one comes forward to help, residents should not necessarily expect to prosper from the goals of the Masterplan in the near future o r other Masterplans that may be in the works. If people step up to the plate and take on small-scale projects that are components o f larger projects then much can be accomplished in the next several years. She reminded the small group in attendance that the National Cemetery and restoration of the Saratoga Battle Monument are no longer in the distant future. Volunteers may attend Old Saratoga/Mew Schuylerville meetings or contact Miss Allen at the Saratoga County Chamber o f Commerce for further information Volcanic plug a t S tark 's K n o b A second project being looked at is Stark’s Knob, located just north o f the village o f Schuylerville. It is the only volcanic plug in the state o f New York. It is owned by the State University of New York and Miss Allen stated a survey is presently being planned. Creating another educational site is be­ ing looked at for that location, too. M a sterplan input The Masterplan was formulated with assistance from a wide and varied group o f interests including representa­ tives from the Town of Saratoga, Vil­ lage o f Schuylerville, New York State Canal Corporation, New York State Museum, Saratoga County’ Chamber of Commerce, Canal Recreationway Com­ mission, Old Saratoga/New Schuy­ lerville Association and Champlain Canal Tour Boats. Small business workshops at ACC Adirondack Community College (ACC), in conjunction with the Warren County Regional Economic Develop­ ment Corporation (REDC), will host a series o f 11 micro-enterprise small business training workshops beginning Thursday, September 16. The cost of the entire program includes tuition and fees. The workshops will be held each Thursday from 7 to 9:20 p.m. through December 2. One on one counseling will be available. Instructors and counselors for the individual sessions include area business people and professionals in their field. Workshop topics include goal setting, developing marketing and advertising strategies, product critiques, establishing good customer service, re­ cord keeping and bookkeeping, legal issues, and developing and writing fi­ nancial statements. No class will be held on Thursday, November 25. To register, contact ACC's Office of Continuing Education in Queensbury. Beekeepers start new season The Southern Adirondack Bee­ keepers Association will hold its first meeting o f th e season on Monday, Sep­ tember 20, a{ 7:30 p.m., at the Coopera­ tive Extension Building in Bailston Spa. The meeting will be preceded by our annual potluck supper, 6 p.m. set up, eat at 6:30 p.m. Bring a dish to share..,jpreferably something prepared with honey. Following the supper, Fred Ludewig will speak about processing beeswax and candlemaking. If you have a personalized honey label, bring one along. We're starting a collage poster o f member's labels . The public is invited and new members are welcome. This picture is actually an antique souvenir card provided by Saratoga Town C lerk Jean Casey. It displays the Old C h a m p lain C a n a l and tow p ath looking south tow a rds Ferry Street. The square brick building is known as the pum p h o u se and the large brick building was once hom e to a restaurant, The Saratoga Battle M o n u m ent may be the spire th a t appears above the horizon line. A public meeting to recreate parts of the Old C a n a l was recently held to seek funding v ia grants (article adjoining). A n c e s t o r c o n n e c t io n d a y a t 4 - H c e n t e r , B a i lsto n S p a Ancestor Connection Day will be held between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Sat­ urday, September 18, at the 4-H Train­ ing Center on Middle Line Road, Bailston Spa. The purpose is to share and receive information and tips from experienced researchers. This free annual event, sponsored b> Heritage Hunters o f Saratoga Count}, will bring together town and count) historians, representatives of heritage societies and repositories, and research­ ers with resources, such as cemeteiy re­ cords, family genealogies and computer genealogy programs, to share. Re­ searching on the Internet will also be presented. Several mini-seminars will offer spe­ cific information on a varietj of topics Mike Haley of Albany will lead off at 9:30 a.m. with tips on researching French-Canadian ancestors. At 10 30 Meetings on by-ways are scheduled Two meetings are scheduled in the area to provide an overview of details o f the Champlain Canal/NYS Scenic By-way. The region being addressed is the Waterford to Whitehall area and regional citizens may want to mark their calendars to attend one of the two scheduled meetings. The first is on September 16 at the Stillwater Community Center in the village o f Stillwater and will begin at 7 p.m. The community center is located about 20 minutes south of Schuylerville on School Street. Take Route 4 south to the village of Still­ water, and School Street is a right hand turn just after the caution light. Attendants may expect a briefing on pedestrianways and bikeways, the eco­ nomic impact of the scenic trail and how this effort ties into other plans for the Hudson Valley region. A second meeting reviewing the same material will be held at Roger's Island Visitor's Center on September 21 at 7 p.m. Public meetings such as these pro­ vide information to the public and they also provide a forum for area interests to be discussed and items o f interest that have been overlooked may be added to agendas. The public is welcome to attend. a m. Dan Lorello will discuss researching your Civil War ancestor at the New York State Archives. Jean Nudd, Director o f the National Archives branch in Pittsfield. Mass.. will describe their holdings at 11:30 a.m. Beth Pfaffenbach, president of the Friends of Grant Cottage, will describe Genera! Grant's last days at the cottage in Wilton and his funeral at 12-30 p m Flow to apply for membership in socie­ ties such as the Mayflower Society and DAR is the topic for Bette Rradway at 1 30 p.m Bradwav is NYS Registrar for the Mayflower Society and is a member of w e r a l other societies If you are just getting started or need help or are looking for a Saratoga County ancestor, stop by and browse, sit in on a seminar, watch a computer demonstration, and search through the many records on display More street flags to be purchased Schuylerville was recently adorned with handsome American banners on the southern Broad Street business dis- trict. They were in place in time to greet travelers to the Saratoga National Cemetery dedication and Mayor Kim Gamache and the Schuylerville D.P.W. crew deserve a few kudos for obtaining them and installing them, according to some residents at the July village meeting. Some residents would like to in­ crease the number of banners and a co- operative effort is underway to provide them. The Schuylerville Chamber of Commerce, the village office, the vil­ lage D.P.W. residents and other inter­ ested citizens have begun to raise fuiids for the banners. Any persons or group interested in seeing these improvements or helping the fundraising effort may contact the village office or the Chamber of Com­ merce. The eost per banner includes the necessary hardware. The number o f banners to be purchased is not known at this time but a second set of six was mentioned by the mayor at the July village board meeting. Other fix-ups of note are some new trash containers for the village business district to help with tidiness. Do you have a student going away to school? Why not send them a student subscription to the The Journal-Press f i i n for the school year? O n ly q>ly. Send name & address with payment t v\>* The Journal-Press P.O. Box 185 Greenwich, N.Y. 12834 The newspaper will start at once and continue throughout the school year. 7 5

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