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Friday, August 29, 2014 - Updated: 10:29 AM

Bypass meeting is open to the public

JOHNSTOWN -- MJ Engineering and Land Surveying, PC of Clifton Park will present results of a feasibility study on the connector highway proposed to link Exit 28 on the state Thruway with Route 30A near the Johnstown Industrial Park. The public information meeting is scheduled at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10 in the theater room of the visual arts and communications building at Fulton-Montgomery Community College, 2805 Route 67. The firm, which was hired by the Fulton County Board of Supervisors, will provide a presentation regarding the work completed to date on the feasibility study to identify and evaluate alternative routes for trucks traveling between Exit 28 of the Thruway and the Johnstown Industrial Park. Information regarding the study can be viewed at

Museum receives grant from Elks

The Board of Trustees of the Walter Elwood Museum announces receipt of a $300 grant awarded July 31 from Amsterdam Elks Lodge No. 101 to support educational programming.

Cliff and Carmella Gillis and Randy Schimmenti stopped by to present the donation to the museum.

"This level of support will allow the Walter Elwood Museum to continue to provide interesting and innovative summer and school holiday camp programming to children and families in our region throughout the year at very low cost to the families and often times without any charge," museum director Ann Peconie said in a news release. "The Amsterdam Elks Lodge has sponsored the youth educational camp programming of the Walter Elwood Museum for many years, and we are so grateful to their time-honored commitment to our camp days, which continue to strive to bring safe and secure, fun and inspiring projects to the children of our region."

Free screenings offered for women

The Cancer Services Program of Fulton, Montgomery and Schenectady Counties is offering free cancer screenings to women aged 40-64 who do not have health insurance.

Screenings may include mammograms, breast and pelvic exams, pap tests and colorectal cancer screening kits for eligible women. Contact Suzanne Hagadorn at 770-6814 to pre-register.

The schedule is:

* Saturday, Sept. 20th from 8:30 to 11:30 am at Ellis Hospital, McClellan Campus, Schenectady.

* Saturday, Oct. 4 from 8 to 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Healthcare, Amsterdam.

* Saturday, Oct. 11 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Ellis Hospital, McClellan Campus, Schenectady.

* Saturday, Oct. 18 from 8 a.m. to noon at Nathan Littauer Hospital, Gloversville.

Farmers market doubles vendors

The Amsterdam Farmers Market, 100 Church St., has doubled in size since its initial week. It takes place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Among the new scheduled vendors include Josephine's Whole Grain Bakery, Ceci's Pierogies, Pop Pop Pesto, Windy Hill Goat Dairy, Hummingbird Hills Winery, Hessian Hill Farm, Swirl jams and jellies, and Willowplace Farm.

Center hosting series on bees

ESPERANCE -- The Schoharie River Center, 2025 Burtonville Road, will be hosting a Fall series on various aspects of bee keeping and related traditional arts involving bees, honey and bees wax. The programs run from Sept. 4 to Oct. 19.

* Thursday, Sept. 4 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. master beekeeper Anne Frey will present "The Life of Bees" at the center.

* Monday, Sept. 8 and Monday, Sept. 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. chef Jeannette Balins of A Taste of Europe, Cobleskill, will present a culinary arts workshop on cooking with honey at the restaurant, Route 156. The workshop costs $15 per session for center members, or $20. Pre-registration is required, call the river center at 320-4510 or log on to

* Saturday, Sept. 13 from 2 to 4 p.m. there will "bee" free activities at the center for children under age 12, featuring a movie. Children must be accompanied by a parent.

* Saturday, Oct. 4 from 2 to 4 p.m. herbalist Dina Falconi will lead a "kitchen cosmetics" workshop at the center featuring handmade cosmetics and lip balms. The workshop costs $20 for center members, or $25. The cost includes a $5 materials fee. Pre-registration is required, call the river center at 320-4510 or log on to

* Sunday, Oct. 19, a "bee summit" will be held at the center at a time to be announced. It is described as a cross-cultural look at bee-keeping and bee lore with master bee keepers representing traditional knowledge from Ukraine, Haiti and the Mohawk Valley.

Library announces sale and fall news

BROADALBIN -- The Wilkinson Memorial Book Station, 25 N. Main St., will hold an end-of-summer book sale Friday, Sept. 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to raise funds for the library, and clear the shelves to make way for new material.

The library is getting rid of older paperback books in order to keep a smaller, more updated collection. There will also be a large number of books on cassette tape available as the library makes space for newer audio books on CD.

The following titles are scheduled to arrive the week of Sept. 3: "Terminal City" by Linda Fairstein, "The Keeper" by John Lescroart, "Vertigo 42" by Martha Grimes, "No Safe House" by Linwood Barclay, and "Written In My Own Heart's Blood" by Diana Gabaldon. Also on order are new copies of Lois Lowry's "The Giver" and "Gathering Blue."

There will be a children's workshop on leaf printing Saturday, Sept. 20 and Saturday, Sept. 27. Patrons may call the library at 883-5976 with any questions.

Gallery to feature artist Bartscht

NORTHVILLE -- Oil and acrylic painter and pastel artist Kathryn Bartscht will be exhibiting her artwork at the SVAN Art Gallery at the Northville Public Library, 341 S. Third St.

Her artwork will be on display from Sept. 2 to October 29 during library hours, with a meet-the-artist reception Tuesday, Sept. 9 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Bartscht is a self taught artist whose primary medium is oil painting, though she also works with acrylic and pastel. She enjoys painting landscapes, wildlife, the figure, and still life. Bartscht has painted for 43 years, 16 of those years professionally, and attributes her inspiration to her travels across the US and Canada.

Bartscht teaches adult classes at the Mohawk Art Center in Little Falls, as well as private lessons in her studio. In 2013, she completed an art masters program with master artist, Daniel Edmondson. Bartscht is a member of SVAN, View, Saratoga Arts, Cooperstown Art Association, and National Museum of Women in Arts.

SVAN is a nonprofit organization supporting the visual and performing artists in the Sacandaga Valley region with gallery exposure, community concerts, and skill development workshops that are offered to the public. Learn more at or visit Sacandaga Valley Arts Network on Facebook.


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