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Friday, May 23, 2014 - Updated: 10:24 AM

Summer reading program to begin

NORTHVILLE -- The 2014 summer reading program "Fizz Boom Read" will begin June 17.

Signup can be done online by using the Book Tracker button on the library's webpage. The library is teaming up with the Village Scoop and for every 10 books read a free small cone is received. Weekly prizes are also available. Programs include: "Jackie the Magician" and "Take Flight." Details are available at the library.

The Sacandaga Book Group will meet Tuesday, June 10, at 10 a.m. in the library's program room. The group will discuss readings for the 2014-15 season.

The Sacandaga Garden Club will hold a non-juried flower show at the library from June 11 through 13. The theme, "Broadway Shows," will feature a variety of designs.

A program, "Secret Agent Spy Training," for students in grades 3 through 8 will take place Tuesday, June 3, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

The library received a $500 grant from Stewart's through its Holiday Match Program.

Watch for the following titles to be arriving: Loss of Innocence, Richard North Patterson; Terminal City, Linda Fairstein; City, Dean Koontz; Hurricane Sisters, Dorothy Benton Frank; Vertigo 42, Martha Grimes.

Contact Michael Burnett at 863-6922 for more information.

Ambulance meeting minutes posted

NORTHAMPTON -- Northampton Ambulance held their meeting May 13 with 12 members present. April calls were as follows: Northville, four; Northampton, seven; Hope, three; Benson, one. The ambulance logged 492 miles and 119 volunteer man hours served. The week of May 19 through May 25 is Emergency Medical Services Week.

The Ladies of Charity gather

The Ladies of Charity of Montgomery County held their monthly meeting May 20 at St. Stanislaus Church hall. An opening prayer was said by all.

The treasurer's report was given by Betty Niski and approved by Nancy Thompon and seconded by Dolores Liggero. The secretary's report was read by president Cheryl Skowronek in the absence of Cariayn Zumbolo. This was accepted by Dawn Dybas and seconded by Gloria Yevoli.

Under old business, the report about our spring baskets of food was given by Kathleen Joyce. We filled 16 baskets of food for the less fortunate. Everyone was thanked for their efforts.

Cheryl Skowronek read a notice from Boscov's to the organization. They hold a Friends helping Friends day each October. You can purchase a ticket for $5 from the Ladies of Charity and then use that ticket to get discounts on one day in October in all their stores. Kathleen Joyce volunteered to head this committee.

Our pot-luck dinner and Installation will be at the September meeting. A signup sheet was passed for people to put down what they would bring.

Anyone interested in joining this organization should call Cheryl Skowronek at 842-4103 or Betty Niski at 842-4597.

The golf tournament was then discussed by Betty Niski. This is an annual affair and will be held June 27 this year. The price includes 18 holes of golf, a cart, a sit-down dinner, lunch and coffee and pastries in the morning. It is a fun day and is for such a good cause. Anyone interested in getting a team together should call Betty Niski at 842-4597 or Karen Jurscak at 843-1274.

Our annual chicken barbecue will be held May 31 at the American Legion Post on West Main Street from 4 to 7 p.m. It is drive-through only and is a combined effort with our organization and the Sons of the American Legion. Call Melissa Kruger at 281-5886 or Cariayn Zumbolo at 848-2936 for any information or tickets.

A motion to close the meeting was made by Angela Spagnola and seconded by Gloria Yevoli. Closing prayers were said. The next meeting is Aug. 26 at 7 p.m.

Archeology at the Chuc is session topic

On Tuesday, May 27, Hope Luhman and Delland Gould will give a talk on the archeology that was done in preparation for the Amsterdam bridge project. The talk sponsored by the Friends of Schoharie Crossing will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Enders House at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site, 129 Schoharie St., Fort Hunter.

Luhman and Gould from the Louis Berger Group will discuss the archeological excavations at the Chuctanunda Terrace site at the confluence of Chuctanunda Creek and the Mohawk River in Amsterdam. First discovered in 2010 as part of the proposed Amsterdam bridge project, the work was sponsored by the ctate Thruway Authority. The Chuctanunda Terrace site preserves evidence of 6,000 years of occupation beginning with small campsites in the late Archaic period and continuing through to the late 19th century.

Following the talk, refreshments will be served, and those who are interested can stay for a meeting of the Friends of Schoharie Crossing. All are welcome.

For more information about this event, call the visitor center at 829-7516.

Arthritis sufferers can get help

The Arthritis Foundation of Northeastern New York is offering a free bilingual educational empowerment seminar for individuals who suffer from arthritis.

The Spanish-language Arthritis Basics for Change Program is scheduled June 3 at Centro Civico, 143 E. Main St., Amsterdam. Check-in begins at 5:30 p.m. with the educational program beginning at 6 p.m. The program is free and open to the public.

The program is designed to educate participants in an open and nurturing educational environment. The program provides content and opportunities to learn and practice self-help techniques, including exercise, nutrition, and communicating with health care providers.

Participants also learn about their disease, ways to decrease arthritis-related pain and master the skills necessary to better manage their symptoms.

This program will be presented by Dr. Aixa Toledo, rheumatologist for Center for Rheumatology in Albany. Toledo will be presenting on signs, symptoms and treatments for various types of arthritis.

There also will be a period of time for questions and answers. Anyone wishing to attend must register by June 2 by calling the Arthritis Foundation at 456-1203.

The Center for Disease Control estimates that 3.1 million U.S. Hispanics and Latinos suffer from arthritis. Of this group, at least one in five people report a significant arthritis-attributable effect (including severe joint pain and activity or work limitations).

Fundraiser walk planned May 31

BROADALBIN -- The Paige and Brandy Adirondack MG Walk will take place Saturday, May 31 at the American Legion Post 337, Route 29.

The walking event and fundraiser will benefit Paige Mackey and Brandy Mickus, two Broadalbin women who suffer from myasthenia gravis.

The walk will begin at the American Legion pavilion at 11 a.m. Registration is at 10 a.m., and a fundraiser will take place at the pavilion after the walk.

It will feature music and raffles, and food will be served at 1 p.m. Visit for more information on this disease.

For questions and/or information about how to make a donation, or how to register in advance, contact Jill Mackey at 866-1014.

Money being raised for trooper's family

MOHAWK -- A motorcycle blessing and fundraising event is scheduled Saturday, May 31, to benefit fallen State Trooper David Cunniff, who died from injuries he sustained in an automobile accident near Thruway Exit 27. All proceeds will benefit his family. The bike blessing will take place at 1 p.m. at St. Kateri Tekakwitha Shrine, 3636 Route 5, Fonda.

The benefit will take place immediately thereafter at Russo's Adirondack Grill, 3664 Route 30, Vail Mills. It will include raffles and t-shirts for sale. Entertainment will be provided by Pop Junkies and Bobby "Badfinger" Motyl.

Membership topic at fire house

FORT HUNTER -- There will be a public meeting at the Fort Hunter Fire House, 351 Main St., Wednesday, May 28, at 6 p.m. In attendance will be the Office of Fire Prevention and Control from Albany as well as many area fire departments. The agenda for the meeting will be to discuss membership for the Fort Hunter Engine & Hose Co. The public is invited to attend.


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