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HARTFORD Registrations are being accepted for a Hunter Safety Education Course that will be offered from 6 to 10 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, April 9 to 11, at the Hartford Fish and Game Club on Route 196. Pre-registration is required by April 1 with Bill Pike at 6325993. u

ARGYLE There’s a new way to keep in touch with your neighbors in Argyle. The Argyle Community Enhancement Team encourages everyone to go to FrontPorchForum.com and sign up. More than 130 neighbors already have joined this free, community-building service. u

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WASHINGTON COUNTY The Washington County Soil and Water Conservation District is taking orders for its annual Tree and Shrub Sale. Order forms are available at Walkers in Fort Ann, the country buildings in Fort Edward, Country Power in Greenwich, A&J

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Camp Registrations SARATOGA SPRINGS Saratoga Arts at 320 Broadway in Saratoga Springs is accepting registrations for its Summer Camp 2012 for children who love art and theater. Infor mation/re gistration: Information: 518-584-4132, email ttobias@saratoga-arts.org, or visit www.saratoga-arts.org. u

Hams, Dog Baskets CAMBRIDGE The New Skete monastic community in Cambridge is selling Easter hams at a 20 percent discount and dog lovers Easter baskets, featuring a range of dog-friendly items made in the United States. Information/orders: 518677-3810, email orders@newskete.com, or visit the store at 343 Ash Grove Road in Cambridge. u

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GRANVILLE Sylvan Star/ Skenesborough Chapter 122 will hold a Rummage Sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, March 16, at the Slate Valley Masonic Center, 95 North Street in Granville. This sale will be held on the third Friday each month, with few exceptions. Donations of clothing, household items and toys may be brought to the Masonic Center on the day of the sale. Information: Jean MacLeod at 518-260-0460. u

Seniors Game Day GREENWICH Greenwich Seniors Game Day will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Friday, March 16, at the VFW Post on Abeel Avenue in Greenwich. Play games provided or bring your own. There’ll be door prizes and refreshments, too, and everyone will be welcome. u

Irish Dinner SALEM Everyone is invited to an Irish Dinner at 6 pm. on Friday, March 16, at the First United Presbyterian Church, 13 W. Broadway in Salem Village. Corned beef and cabbage and other dishes, and Irish music by Dave Moore and Sarah Weber, will be featured. Cost: $10 adults; $5 younger than 12. Information: 518-854-9471. u

Community Ceili CAMBRIDGE Hubbard Hall will present a Community Ceili event in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, March 16, in the auditorium at the Cambridge Central School on Route 22. Irish music and dance will be featured and dance instruction will be provided. Refreshments will be available. Cost: Free admission/ non-perishable food items will be accepted for the Cambridge

Food Pantry. Information: 518677-2495, or www.hubbardhall. org. u

Night of the Iguana CAMBRIDGE “The Night of the Iguana” will be staged on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and 2 p.m. Sundays, through March 25 at Hubbard Hall, 25 E. Main Street in Cambridge. Cost: $25; $22 members; $15 students; free subscribers. Information/ tickets: 518-677-2495, or www. hubbardhall.org.

Saturday17 Maple Weekend WASHINGTON COUNTY On one hand, it looks as though the maple-sap run will very likely be over by the weekend. On the other hand, the next two weekends will offer a variety of chances to taste the results of that sap run. Local sugar houses open their doors for Maple Weekends, scheduled for March 17 and 18 and March 24 and 25 in New York and March 24 and 25 in Vermont. But while maple-syrup producers throughout the region got off to an early start because of this year’s mild winter, they may find the season ending this week, because of an early spring. “Once you get the temperature above 60 for three or four days in a row that’s it, because the trees start budding,” said local maple producer Matt Rathbun. “Once the buds start, that changes the taste of the syrup, and you’re all done.” This week’s forecast called for CONTINUED

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SCOOP a run of five days of temperatures in the 60s. Rathbun’s Maple Sugar House on the Granville/Whitehall line is open for breakfast year-round and will be taking part in New York’s two upcoming Maple Weekends. Grottoli’s Maple in Middle Granville will also be open for the two-weekend event. Three Salem farms -- Dry Brook Sugar House, Wild Hill Maple and Mapleland Farms – will be open, as will Rascher’s Sugar House in Shushan, Highland Maple Farm in Argyle, and Sugar Mill Farm in Greenwich. Farms will be offering tours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and several sites will be hosting pancake breakfasts. In Vermont, maple farms will hold a single-weekend open house on March 24 and 25. The Merck Forest & Farmland Center in Rupert, Mountain Valley Maple Farm in West Rupert and Havoc Hill Sugar House in East Dorset will be open. Other Bennington County sugar houses open for the weekend event are Mance Family Tree Farm, Maple Hill Maple and Peacock’s Pure Maple Syrup, all in Shaftsbury, and Senecal’s Sugar House in Stamford. Families and neighbors are invited to watch demonstrations of maple syrup production and taste fresh maple syrup. While it’s too soon to know how this season will shape up, last year, New York maple producers had their best season since 1947, with 564,000 gallons of syrup produced. For more information on the New York Maple producers weekend, visit www.mapleweekend.com. u

Pancake Benefit GRANVILLE The South Granville Congregational Church on Route 149 will kick off its “Raise the Roof ” project with a Pancake Breakfast and Bake Sale from 8 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 17. Cost: $6 adults, $3 ages 5 to 11, free 4 and younger, with proceeds going toward replacement of the church’s slate roof. Everyone will be welcome. Information: Joan at 642-9510. u

Little League CAMBRIDGE Cambridge Little League will hold open registration from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 17 in the new cafeteria at Cambridge Central School. Registration will also be held on Thursday, March 22 from 5 to 7 p.m. Information: www.cambridgelittleleague. com. u

Thrift Sale ARGYLE The Argyle United Methodist Church Thrift Shop will have a $1.00 Bag Sale from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday March 17 and 24. Information: 638-6002. u

Food Pantry Open SCHAGHTICOKE The Food Pantry at the Hoosic Valley Community Church, 2024 Route 40 in Schaghticoke, will be open from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 17. The pantry is open on the third Saturday each month. Information: 753-6984. u

Hunter Safety SALEM The Salem Coon & Cat Club will host a home study Hunter Safety Education Course from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 17 at the club on Quarry Road in Salem. Pre-

registration is required; call John Bowe at 854-3369. u

Scout Cookies HOOSICK FALLS Local Girl Scouts will sell Girl Scout Cookies as follows: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays through March 31 at the Big Moose Deli and Country Store, corner of South Street and Route 7 in Hoosick; and 4 to 9 p.m. on Fridays and 2 to 7 p.m. Sundays through April 1 at Stewart’s Shop, routes 7 and 22 in Hoosick. Cost: $4 per box, cash only. Information: Joyce Brewer at 518-686-4942, or email GirlScoutsHoosick@gmail.com. u

Irish Celebration GRANVILLE The Slate Valley Museum at 17 Water Street in Granville will celebrate the immigrant Irish community of the Slate Valley from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on St. Patrick’s Day, Saturday, March 17. Featured will be Irish tea and food, along with the screening of the 1952 film classic, “The Quiet Man,” starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara. Also, view the museum’s award-winning exhibit on immigration from 1840 to the present. Information: 518-642-1417, or www.slatevalleymuseum.org. u

St. Patrick’s Day GRANVILLE Area children are invited to the Pember Library in Granville at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 17, for a special St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Crafts, stories, refreshments and more. Wear green! Information: 518-642-2525. u

Food Donations SCHAGHTICOKE/VALLEY FALLS Cub Scout Pack 680 will

collect food donations from residences in Schaghticoke and Valley Falls beginning at noon on Saturday, March 17 (no glass items). The scouts will drop off bags for the food on March 10. Information: Donna at 753-7518. u

Great Graves SCHUYLERVILLE Heritage Hunters of Saratoga County will meet at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 17, at the Town of Saratoga Town Hall, corner of routes 4 and 29 in Schuylerville. Chuck D’Imperio will discuss his book, “Great Graves of Upstate New York.” Chuck has documented the final resting places of Kate Smith, Lucille Ball, Mark Twain, and others. Everyone will be welcome. Information: 587-2978. u

St. Pat’s Parade HOOSICK FALLS With thousands of people expected to line the streets of Hoosick Falls, one of the area’s biggest Irish events is the 21st Annual Hoosick Falls St. Patrick’s Parade. Starting at 1 p.m. on St. Patrick’s Day, S a t u r d a y, March 17, the parade will feature more than 40 marching units and music by several bands. “Our St. Patrick’s Parade attracts more than 2,000 people, from Massachusetts, Vermont, Albany and beyond,” said organizer Kevin O’Malley. “It’s become like First Night; it’s a very festive atmosphere.”

The parade steps off at 1 p.m. from Wood Park, and will proceed down Main, Street, John Street, to Church St., Willard, and then back down Main. Marching in this year’s parade will be Excelsior Drum Corps of Troy, Capitol Brass Drum Corps of Albany, Galloway Gaelic Pipes and Drums of Glens Falls, Fyfes and Drums of Olde Saratoga, and the Taconic Pipe Band of Hoosick Falls. This year’s Grand Marshal, Roy Hand of East Hoosick, will lead the parade. Roy, whose grandparents hailed from Kilkenny, Ireland, is the former Fire Chief of the Hoosick Fire Department. This current incarnation of the Hoosick Falls St. Patrick’s Parade dates to 1991, when local Irishmen Mike Conway and TJ Carmody decided a parade was a great way to keep Irish culture and history alive in Hoosick Falls. However, the parade’s roots go back to the mid-1800s, when Irish immigrants in the village wanted to honor their heritage. The original parade continued until the 1950s. Following the parade at 2 p.m., enjoy the Irish Festival at the Hoosick Falls Armory. Music will be provided by the all-woman Irish band Triskile, who will perform until 4 p.m. Around 2:30 p.m., the Taconic Pipe Band and the Galloway Gaelic Pipes and Drums will join together for a combined concert. At 3:15 p.m., enjoy Irish Dance by the Jones Family. Great Irish foods and drink will also be available. Festival admission is $5 for CONTINUED

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Corned Beef GRANVILLE The Men’s Auxiliary invites everyone to a Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 17, at VFW Post 1653, 9 North Street in Granville. Eat in or take out. Cost: $7. Information: 642-1599. u

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SCHUYLERVILLE “Take a Shot for Breast Cancer,” a day of shooting to benefit breast cancer research, will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 18, at the Alcove Marina & Pub, 886 Route 4 South in Schuylerville. Prizes will be awarded. Cost: $10 round of 10; $20 round of 25. Open to people of all ages. Information: 6956079. u

SARATOGA SPRINGS Everyone is invited to a Corned Beef Dinner from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 17, at the Saratoga Springs United Methodist Church, off Northway Exit 14 at Henning Road and Fifth Avenue, across from BOCES. Cost: Free-will offering, with proceeds benefiting the church’s mission programs. u

St. Pat’s Dinner VALLEY FALLS Everyone is invited to an all-you-can-eat St. Patrick’s Day Dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 17, at VFW Post 1938 on Poplar Avenue in Valley Falls. u

Corned Beef, Ham SCHUYLERVILLE American Legion Post 278 at 6 Clancy Street in Schuylerville invites everyone to a Corned Beef or Ham and Cabbage Dinner from 4 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 17. Cost: $8 eat in; $8.50 take out. Families will be welcome and tickets will be sold at the door and at the post’s bar, 695-3011. u

Potato Supper, Music HARTFORD Herschel-Argyle Lodge 508 on Main Street in Hartford invites everyone to its Fourth Annual St. Patrick’s Day Potato Supper from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 17. Cost: $6, with proceeds benefiting the lodge and the Shriners Hospital Fund. Also, live country music will be enjoyed from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Information: 791-1149, or 632-5436. u

Dinner, Hymns HEBRON The East Hebron United Presbyterian Church on Route 22 in Hebron invites everyone to a Spring Hymn Sing and Free Italian Dinner on Saturday, March 17. Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m., with singing at 6:30 p.m. featuring the songs of blind hymn writer Fanny Crosby. Information: 518642-2672.

Sunday18 Country Breakfast G A N S E VO O RT The Gansevoort Volunteer Fire Dept. invites everyone to an allyou-can-eat Country Breakfast with pancakes, omelets and more from 8 to 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 18, at the Gansevoort Firehouse. Cost: $7 adults; $6.50 age 60 and older; $5 ages 4 to 12; free 3 and younger. u

Buffet Breakfast GREENWICH Elks Lodge 2223 on Route 40S in Greenwich invites everyone to a Sunday Buffet Breakfast from 8:30 to 11 a.m. on March 18. Omelets, pancakes and more will be served at $6 per person, $5 senior citizens, and $4 children. u

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Ladies Tea STILLWATER As part of Women’s History Month, Saratoga National Historical Park will offer a special Ladies’ Tea and Iroquois Storytelling program from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 18. Enjoy Native American-inspired strawberry water and sassafras tea while listening to Mohawk storyteller Kay Olan talk about the important role women played in the culture of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois). Cost is $15 per person to benefit the Friends of the Saratoga Battlefield. Reservations: megan_stevens@nps.gov by March 14. u

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Christian Music GRANVILLE Bradly Thomas Wilder and his band will perform a Christian music concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 18, at the handicap accessible Granville Baptist Church, 23 Quaker Street. Cost: A free-will offering will be accepted. Information: Pastor Jim Peterson at 518-642-2245, or email JCPeterson@roadrunner. com. u

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March 11-17, 2012 100 YEARS OF SERVICE… AND COOKIES A look at 100 years of Girl Scouting By James Schubert It’s that time of the year when colorful boxes of cookies fill people’s pantries and tables outside plazas and businesses. Each box is covered with images of happy, energetic and giggling Girl Scouts doing what they do best: learn, serve and have fun. While the cookies are the most familiar emblem of scouting, there’s a lot more to the organization. From 1912 to today, Girl Scouts have weaved themselves into the fabric of every American community. The Girl Scouts of America have declared 2012 The Year of The Girl. This is a celebration of a century of leadership, community involvement and character development; all while having fun. On Mar. 12, 1912, Juliette Gordon Low gathered 18 girls together in Savannah, Ga., for the first Girl Scouts meeting. Low believed that girls needed to be active and in the community all while growing and learning. Today, 80 percent of women business owners and two-thirds of women in Congress are former Girl Scouts, noted in a press release from The Girl Scouts of America. “I think it shows Girl Scouting meets the needs of girls and will continue to change to meet the girls’ needs,” Diane Wescott said. Wescott is a community chair in Washington County and oversees troops in Granville and Whitehall. Wescott also leads a troop of Junior Scouts, girls 10 to 12, in Granville. Girl Scout troops in Granville are celebrating the centennial by having a party where Scouts bring 100 of an item to put on display, then watching a film produced by Girl Scouts in 1915 called “The Golden Eaglet.” The premise of the film is “Don’t worry, I’m a Girl Scout!” Wescott said.

Former Girl Scouts like Wescott remember their times at camp. Wescott reminisced about her time at Camp Meadowbrook in Queensbury, even though they didn’t have running water. The latrine aside, Wescott remembers songs sung by the campfire like the “Brownie Smile Song” which today she passes down to her Girl Scouts. Wescott noted that as Girl Scouts continue with their journeys and unite together in sisterhood, they make new friends but keep the old; one is silver, and the other is gold. Scouts earn awards for service and skills throughout their scouting journey. For example, Brownie Scouts, girls aged 6 to 9, in Rutland are working on their “Wonders of Water” Journey. Journeys are special programs that Girl Scouts work through with their leaders to discover skills and beliefs within themselves; identify and connect to the community; and solve a problem within that community. In this Journey, Girl Scouts help educate people on conserving water. Bryony North, a troop leader in Rutland noted that one Brownie pointed out to her principal that a faucet in their school was leaking and they were able to fix it, saving both water and money. As Girl Scouts grow, they move on to higher levels like Cadette and Ambassador Scouts. With rising levels of achievement, these girls have the opportunity to achieve the highest awards in the Girl Scout program, the Silver and Gold Awards. These awards involve many long hours of planning and gathering resources to make a lasting improvement to the community. Cadette Troops in Granville have worked on Silver Award projects in the past. Their goal a few years ago was to make new bleachers for the Little League field in town.

GREEN MORE THAN JUST A COLOR Community service and environmental awareness are also major parts of the Girl Scout’s celebration. “Girl Scouts Forever Green” is their nationwide project for their centennial. With partnership with the EPA and a $1.5 million grant from The Alcoa Foundation, the Girl Scouts will get family members and communities involved in three-month-long environmental projects until April. As part of the project, Scouts in Granville are each given 10 labels to place on people’s reusable water bottles to track how many times they’re reused, preventing more plastic from entering landfills. Girl Scouts also help those in need. When Hurricane Irene hit Vermont, Girl Scouts in Rutland helped set up fundraisers for relief aid that went to the Salvation Army; in turn helping distribute hundreds of meals to survivors and emergency workers in the surrounding areas. “Some people don’t realize that they’re out there,” Jennifer Woodbury said. Woodbury is a volunteer and troop leader for Girl Scouts in West Rutland. She believes that even though the girls are out in the community helping out, some people don’t notice the time and effort the young girls put in.

100 YEARS OF SCOUTING The Girl Scouts are getting ready to celebrate their 100th birthday. For Memorial Day, Scout Leaders in Rutland County are planning on creating a float for the Castleton Memorial Day Parade to commemorate the occasion. They’re calling upon Girl Scouts, past and present throughout the area, to join them; they hope to have 100 former and current scouts walk with them in the parade. Girl Scouts in Rutland are planning on celebrating at a community event at Spartan Arena in Rutland on March 30. At the event, they’ll play their 100th celebration game with the community. Scouts under the Girl Scouts of The Green and White Mountains Council are planning on an encampment celebration at Camp Farnsworth in August. There will be adult learning courses for volunteers and older scouts, woodworking and crafts for scouts of all ages; along with learning the history of Scouting and a birthday bash to encompass their five-day weekend. Still, the cookies play a role. The sales the Girl Scouts have, starting every January, are an iconic part of American life. The door-to-door sales and their cookie tables are seen in every town in America. The girls gain experience making and managing sales, and counting and working with change, skills that North pointed out are very practical for them in the real world. The sales of the cookies that top over 200 million boxes sold, support every effort the Girl Scouts are involved in, including helping Scouts pay their way to camp. Girls earn “Cookie Dough” through their sales, which they can redeem to pay up to 100 percent the cost of going to camp.

CAMPING REMAINS IMPORTANT Growing and learning through experience are core parts of education in the Girl Scouts. They go to camp at one of many Girl Scout-owned camps like Camp Farnsworth in Thetford, Vt. They learn horseback riding, rock climbing, camping and other outdoor skills. At the same time, they make friends and memories.

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Fanny Crosby Story CAMBRIDGE Local hymn historian Bill Dagle will present the Fanny Crosby Story at 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 18, at the Whiteside Church on Center Cambridge Road in Cambridge. This multimedia presentation about the blind hymn writer will feature narration by the late Bonnie Witham and her husband, Pastor Cal Witham. Everyone will be welcome.

Monday19 Women Meet CAMBRIDGE The Embury Unit of United Methodist Women will meet at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 19, in the Fellowship Hall at the Embury United Methodist Church, 41 E. Main Street in Cambridge. Lois Sheaff will present a program on “National Ministries.” Bring a sandwich for lunch and dessert and beverages will be provided by Fran Voerman. Everyone will be welcome. Information: 518-677-3602. u

Entrepreneur program FORT EDWARD The Washington County Local Development Corporation will conduct its Spring 2012 Microenterprise Assistance Program beginning Monday, March 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. The eight-week course is open to all Washington and Warren County prospective entrepreneurs, as well as existing small businesses with fewer than 10 employees. The program provides information on building an effective business plan, advertising, legal issues, taxes, permits, financing and more. Fee: $125 per person. Call the LDC at 518-746-2290, or email info@ wcldc.org for more information. u

Potluck Supper HEBRON Everyone is invited to a Potluck Supper at 6 p.m. on Monday, March 19, at the East Hebron United Presbyterian Church on Route 22 in Hebron. Bring a dish to share to this event that will be held on the third Monday each month, with few exceptions. Information: 518-854-7017, 854-3805, or 8547716. u

Legion Bingo CAMBRIDGE American Legion Post 634 at 2106 Route 22 in Cambridge will host Monday Bingo at 7 p.m. on March 19. This bingo is held each Monday, with few exceptions. Information: 518-677-8069.

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Tuesday20 Pompanuck Farm CAMBRIDGE Pre-register by March 20 to receive a discount for upcoming events at Pompanuck Farm in Cambridge. At 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 24, the institute will present “Messages for Our Times: Visions of Our Future,” a lecture about the shift in consciousness and other changes underway on the planet. On Saturday, March 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., naturalist, photographer and sustainable grower David Cavagnaro will conduct a workshop. By pre-registering, cost of both events is $80. After March 20, the Saturday lecture will be $20 and the workshop will be $70. For more information or to register, contact David Armbruster at daswan9@gmail. com or call 518-677-3329.

Wednesday21 Equine Clinic SCHUYLERVILLE Upstate Equine Medical Center will hold an equine castration clinic on Wednesday, March 21. The clinic is open to rescue horses and horses that must be castrated in order to find a new adoptive home. Owners can nominate a horse by calling 518695-3744 or emailing UpstateEquine@aol.com in advance. Cost of the clinic is $100 per horse. The clinic is limited to two horses per owner or farm. u

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SCHAGHTICOKE The Schaghticoke Fair has announced that up to ten $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to New York State high school seniors and college students who are active at the Schaghticoke Fair. Information is available at the fair office, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County, and at high school offices. Print out an application at www.nyfairs.org. Deadline to apply is April 13. Information: 518-753-4411, ext. 13.

CAMBRIDGE Cambridge Little League will hold open registration from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 22 in the new cafeteria at Cambridge Central School. Information: cambridgelittleleague@gmail.com or www.cambridgelittleleague. com. u

Thursday22 International Dinner SALEM The Rotary Club of Salem invites everyone to its annual International Dinner, to be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 22 at the Salem United Presbyterian Church on West Broadway. Members of the Rotary are preparing foods from around the world. Enjoy dishes from Italy, Poland, Sweden, Russia, Scotland, Ireland, France, Greece, Brazil, California and more. The dinner benefits the Rotary’s Exchange program, which has run continuously for more than 40 years. All proceeds will go towards the exchange students’ expenses in the U.S. and abroad. Tickets can be purchased in advance of the event or at the door. To purchase in advance, go to Salem Hardware or see an Rotary member. Cost of the dinner is $10 for adults and $5 for children under eight. For more information, call Dan Garfinkel at 854-9777.

Community Panel HOOSICK FALLS HAYC3 will host a Community Conversation at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 22, at the HAYC3 building. A panel consisting of a college career development director, social worker, recent college graduate and a high school student will help explore how to help children in different stages of transition into adulthood. From this conversation, your community will explore how to help children determine their strengths for future success, how to better guide youth through their transition from

childhood to adulthood, and how to communicate to youth your goals for them without jeopardizing their personal roadmap. Refreshments will be served. HAYC3 is located 115 Church Street in Hoosick Falls. For more information, call 6869050. u

National Guard History SALEM Learn about the colonial origins of the militia system and the subsequent development of the federal militia system at 7:30 p.m. on T h u r s d a y, March 22, when Michael Russert presents a talk entitled “To Remedy the Evils of the Present System: The New York State Militia Prepares for War” at the Salem Courthouse Community Center. Russet will examine the miliCONTINUED

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Friday23 Pizza at Elks GREENWICH The Greenwich Elks Club on Route 40 South will offer Henderson’s Pizza every Friday night. In addition to pizza, the menu will include weekly specials such as mozzarella sticks, chicken wings, French fries, and more. Information/to order: 692-2061. u

Lenten Meals HOOSICK FALLS St. Mary’s Academy will offer Lenten Meals from 5 to 7 p.m. (or until sold out) on Friday, March 23 and 30, at the Immaculate Conception Hall in Hoosick Falls. Eat in or take out. Cost: $9 fish fry dinner, including a $1 coupon for a future fish fry dinner; $5 macaroni and cheese. Information: 686-4314. u

Cash Tribute HARTFORD The Hartford Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary will host “The Spirit of Johnny Cash,” a concert featuring Harold Ford, Laura Lucy and The Cash Band, at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 23, in the firehouse at the corner of routes 40 and 149. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and refreshments will be available. Cost: $15. Information/tickets: 632-5326. u

Eleanor Roosevelt EASTON “Eleanor,” an original musical by Suzanne Cohen, will be performed at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 25 at Burton Hall in Easton.

Based on the life of Eleanor Roosevelt, the musical stars Sylvia Eowyn Bloom. Ms. Bloom brings an extensive background in theater to the role, h a v i n g appeared in “Phantom of the Opera” in San Francisco and with the San Francisco Opera. President Franklin D. Roosevelt will be portrayed by newcomer John (J.P.) Dartt of Hoosick Falls. Suzanne Cohen will serve as narrator. Other performers include Erin Ouellette of Cohoes as Lorena Hickock, Cassidy Percoco of Greenwich as Lucy Page Mercer, and Dave Moore of Greenwich as President

Theodore Roosevelt. Stage Manager will be Susan Frisbee. Writer/composer of “Eleanor,” Suzanne Cohen, previously produced her original usical comedy “Queen Esther of Persia” in Greenwich in 2007 and Glens Falls in 2009. The production of “Eleanor” was made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. To reserve tickets, call 518-480-9071.

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Flea Market HUDSON FALLS A Flea Market will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 24, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 25, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 188 Main Street, Route 4, in Hudson Falls. This

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GLENS FALLS The Winter Farmers’ Market will be open from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 24 and 31, at Christ Church United Methodist in Glens Falls. Information: 518792-0438, or www.gffma.com.

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Quilting Workshop MANCHESTER Nationally known quilter Fronice Quinn of Hoopla Patterns will lead a hand piecing workshop, “A Miniature Sampling of History,” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 24, at the Southern Vermont Arts Center off West Road in Manchester. Infor mation/re gistration: Sarah Warren at 802-362-1405, Ext.10, or www.svac.org.

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Time Traders SCHUYLERVILLE The Battenkill Time Traders organization will hold an information session at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 24, at the Town of Saratoga Town Hall on Spring Street in Schuylerville. Time banks allow people to exchange talents and skills for other services, without paying cash. Information: 518-288-5241.

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We are one of the new business arrivals and so excited about all the Cindy Miller & Crystal Burch buzz going on in town! We are a new-age 21st century variety store. We found out that in the 50’s that is what this building was. Today we are called the Local Artisans Co-op, we feature my goats milk soap and lotion, lip balm, soy candles, bath salts, sea salt scrub, body spray, and massage oils. Local artisan with pottery, painted glass, jewelry, etched glass, antiques and much more. The Wedding & Party Planner in the back of the store with Krystals little D.J. Service. Also in the back is Mike Berkal, M.S.,L.M.T. Massages by appointment. Crystal and I are working on a Cinderella’s Corner where you can come and rent a gown and not have to pay the high price for a one day affair! I have all local farmers products, Murray Hollow Bread, Argyle Cheese farmer, Battenkill Milk in Glass bottles! Cage-free eggs from Egg Mountain Farm, Polymeadow goat milk and goat cheese, Dry Brook Sugar House syrup, Harry’s Honey. I want people to see that you can shop local and save money! I have great neighbors here on Main Street and I believe we can all work together as family and help each other out and that is very important I think! Egg Mountain ~ The All Natural Products Store 81 Main St. in Greenwich ~ 518-692-2900. Owner Cindy Miller

Argyle History ARGYLE Volunteers are asked to gather at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 24, at the Argyle Town Municipal Building to work on a new Argyle history book that will be used to raise money for the town’s 250th anniversary in 2014. Ideas for the 250th celebration also will be appreciated. Information: Diana Eggleston at 638-6207, or email kendianaegg@wildblue.net.

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Breakfast, Activities RUPERT Merck Forest and Farmland Center at 3270 Route 315 in Rupert invites everyone

to its annual Maple Breakfast and Family Activities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, March 24 and 25. Enjoy breakfast of locally sourced ingredients, see the sugaring process, walk or hike the forest, and explore Merck Farm, including a scavenger hunt guided by riddles and rhymes. Cost: $10 adults; $5 ages 2 to 11; free younger than 2 ($2 of each adult ticket will go to local food pantries). Information: 802-3947836, or www.merckforest.org.

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Candy Sale HOOSICK FALLS The Eagle Bridge Church ladies group will hold its annual Easter Candy Sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 24 and 31, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 25, at the Grand Union Family Market in Hoosick Falls.

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Fireside Stories GRANVILLE Fireside Stories for children will be offered at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 24, at the Pember Library, 33 W. Main Street in Granville. “Let’s get Moving!” will be this week’s theme. Information: 518-6422525.

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Chicken Barbecue JOHNSONVILLE The Johnsonville Volunteer Fire Co. invites everyone to a takeout only Cabin Fever Chicken Barbecue from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 24, at the Firehouse Hall. Cost: $9.

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Chicken and Biscuit PITTSTOWN A Chicken and Biscuit Supper will be served from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 24, at the Pittstown United Methodist Church Hall off Route 7 in Pittstown. Eat in or take out. Cost: $10 adults; $5 ages 5 to 12; free 4 and younger. Reservations are suggested with Bev at 518-663-5607.

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Bill McKibben MANCHESTER Middlebury College professor, author and environmental activist Bill McKibben will present “Notes from the Frontline of the Climate Fight” at 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 24, at the Maple

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Future Visions CAMBRIDGE Pompanuck Farm at 494 Chestnut Hill Road in Cambridge will present “Messages for Our Times: Visions of Our Future” with David Cavagnaro from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 24. A workshop will follow from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 25. David is a naturalist, photographer, and sustainable grower. Cost: $20 lecture; $70 workshop; $80 for both if registered by March 20. Information/registration: 518-677-5552, email info@pompanuck.org, or www. pompanuck.org.

Sunday25 Sunday Breakfast SCHAGHTICOKE The Knights of Columbus of Northern Rensselaer County invites everyone to an all-youcan-eat Pancake/French Toast Breakfast from 7:30 to 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 25, at the Hoosic Valley Rescue Squad on Route 40 in Schaghticoke. Cost: $6 adults, $3 ages 6 to 12, free 5 and younger, with proceeds benefiting the Hoosic Valley Athletic Assn.

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Skeet Shooting VICTORY The Fish Creek Road and Gun Club on Route 32 south of Victory Village will continue its Skeet Shooting Competition at 10 a.m. on Sunday, March 25. Bring your own shotgun and ammunition and everyone will be welcome. Information: Chris at 695-3917.

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Chicken and Biscuit SOUTH HARTFORD The Hartford Yoked Parish invites everyone to a Chicken and Biscuit Dinner from noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 25, in the South Hartford Church House at routes 40/196 and Gilchrist Hill Road in South Hartford. Takeouts will be available. Cost: $9; $4 ages 5 to 12; free 4 and younger.

~ Eye On Business ~ The Red Roost delicious specialty Restaurant is due to open sandwiches, burgers, on Tuesday, March 20, homemade soups and 2012. We have done major salads and plenty of renovations. The building appetizers. In addition to sat vacant for several years our regular menu, the and was in desperate need dinner menu will feature of a fresh, new look. We got a handful of additional rid of the lovely green and entrée specials that will David Harrington purple exterior and hope to change frequently. We have created a very clean, have incorporated many locally-made comfortable and casual atmosphere. Keeping products into the menu and look forward with our name, it is decorated with a casual, to supporting our local vendors and French country feel with lots of roosters. We wanted to open a restaurant that farmers. We tried to include something created a comfortable family dining for everyone. There is a children’s menu atmosphere with a little bit of fun mixed as well. We will be open seven days a week and in. A portion of the restaurant is sectioned off as an arcade-like area with gaming and starting early at 5:30am, with a delicious video machines for the enjoyment of both breakfast menu. As we get going, our plans young and old. I think the adults have are to incorporate theme nights (Mexican, played the pinball machine more than the Italian) with very affordable pricing for kids. We call this the “Red Zone” and have the family. In addition, we would like to included a juke box for kids and adults use the facility to host other activities who like to have a little bit of fun. With our aimed at entertaining the younger close proximity to the school, we thought members of our community. We are it would be nice to give the kids welcome to ideas and look forward to somewhere they could go to relax, have being part of our local community. It has been fun implementing our ideas some fun and get some good food. Our dining room will be open from 5:30am- and resurrecting the restaurant. Our kids 9:00pm serving breakfast, lunch & dinner. have certainly been helpful. We look We plan to stay open a bit later on the forward to seeing everyone here and hope weekends. The main menu features they will share in our enthusiasm. Owners of Business: David & Scott Harrington 59 South Park Street, Cambridge, New York (diagonally across from the school, next to Napa) Phone: 518 677-2700, Open: Mon-Thu 5:30am to 9:00pm. Fri & Sat, 5:30am to 10:00pm. Sun, 5:30am to 3:00pm.


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