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Area news in brief

Johnstown school board sets meeting

JOHNSTOWN — The Greater Johnstown School District Board of Education will conduct its monthly business meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday in the Knox Building auditorium.

The Audit, Budget & Finance Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. today in the Knox Building Auditorium.

These meetings are open to the public.

The Arc Lexington awarded grants

GLOVERSVILLE — The Arc Lexington, a not-for-profit organization supporting people with disabilities in Fulton, Albany and Schoharie Counties, has been awarded $87,000 in grants from the Trustee Management Board of NYSARC Trust Services to support The Arc Lexington’s guardianship and recreation programs.

NYSARC Trust Services administers supplemental needs trusts and pooled trusts that can make dramatic improvements to the lives of people with disabilities by enabling individuals to maintain eligibility for Medicaid and other means-tested government benefit programs. For 2021, NYSARC Trust Services is proud to fulfill its commitment to enhancing the lives of people with disabilities by awarding a total of $3,080,500 to The Arc New York Chapters statewide.

This year, The Arc Lexington received $51,000 to provide guardianship services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who would not otherwise have a legal guardian or advocate. Supported by Chapter staff and community volunteers, the Arc Lexington’s Guardianship Program currently provides guardianship supports and services to eight (8) people and is Standby or Alternate guardian for four (4) additional people.

NYSARC Trust Services also awarded The Arc Lexington $18,000 to support new recreational opportunities and enrich the lives of the more than 1300 individuals it serves. The Arc Lexington plans to use the recreation grant funds to provide recreation activities that enhance social and emotional wellness as well as equipment that people can engage with for recreational activities such as equipment for Yoga, shoe horn, Bocce, softball, corn hole and other physical activity equipment.

To learn more about The Arc Lexington, please visit us online at www.thearclexington.org or on Facebook: LexingtonArc.

For information about our Guardianship program please contact Pamala Wilsey, WilseyP@thearclexington.org. For information about our Recreation Program please contact Josephine Bailey at BaileyJ@thearclexington.org.

GHA meeting slated for Sept. 20

GLOVERSVILLE — The Gloversville Housing Authority will host its monthly meeting Sept. 20 at 6 p.m. in person at the GHA Admin Building.

Fort Plain Library’s Round Table resumes Wednesday

FORT PLAIN — Dig out those family histories, scrapbooks, vintage photo albums, post cards, and mementos as the Fort Plain Free Library renews its popular Local History Roundtable forum on Wednesday.

Geared toward residents from Fort Plain, Nelliston, and the town of Minden who have an interest in local history, the free friendly gathering is facilitated by local history buff Rob Carter and Fort Plain and Minden Historian Eileen Chambers.

The casual discussion group meets at the 19 Willett St. library on the third Wednesday of each month. Call 518-993-4646 for more information. Please follow the library on Facebook for updates or visit fortplainfreelibrary.org.

Montgomery County Tire Recycling

The Montgomery County Soil and Water Conservation District will be hosting a tire recycling event on October 2, 2021. This event is for residents of Montgomery County only and requires advance registration. Only car and light truck tires will be accepted; no rims and must be free of any debris. Registration forms can be found on our website at http://www.montgomerycountyny-swcd.com/ or in our office at 4001 State Highway 5S, Fultonville. Residents may register by submitting the form before September 24th or until the event is full (999 tires). No more than 25 tires per household will be permitted. Registrations will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. If you have any questions, please contact our office at 518-853-7016.

Drop-Off Location: Western Transfer Station 4583 State Highway 5S Sprakers.

Drop-Off Date and Time: Oct. 2 8- 10 a.m.

Fort Plain Free Library launches fall programs

FORT PLAIN — With the start of a new school year, the Fort Plain Free Library is pleased to launch its free weekly program offerings for children, teens and adults.

• Each Tuesday at 11 a.m., the library hosts Animal Safari Story Time for toddlers, preschoolers and their parents or an adult caregiver. Weekly sessions of the educational program take place in the children’s room at the library and consist of stories, action rhymes, age-appropriate activities and/or crafts, and a healthy snack. Social distancing is practiced.

Also on Tuesdays, the library hosts a virtual meditation workshop. Area resident Harold Rolls, a Tibetan Buddhist monk based at Pullahari, Nepal, for over 20 years, leads the weekly workshop, which consists of periods of meditation and discussion about the book, “The Song of Lodro Thaye” by Rinpoche Thrangu. Each session begins at 6 p.m. and is held in a Zoom meeting format. Please call the library for the meeting invitation or for assistance getting started.

• Thursdays, the library hosts several in-person groups for creatives including the Creative Textile Fibers Group, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., and The Writers at Fort Plain, from 3 to 5 p.m.

Participants of all ages and walks of life bring their individual quilting, crocheting, knitting, embroidery, weaving, felting, and/or fiber-and-textile craft projects to the Fort Plain Free Library for the Creative Textile Fibers Group. Bring a project to work on and to share in the casual setting. It’s free and open to all each Thursday starting at 12:30.

If you like painting pictures with words, the Fort Plain Free Library’s writers’ group is for you! The group, which meets at the library each Thursday at 3 p.m., is a diverse and dedicated group of creative writers with a wide array of writing backgrounds, interests, goals and experience levels who support each other with constructive feedback in a friendly and fun setting. Weekly sessions consist of word play, writing prompts, readings and encouragement.

Finally, ‘tweens and teens in the library’s Teen Innovation Division meet at the Fort Plain Free Library each Thursday starting at 4:30 p.m. With a focus on innovation, recreation and imagination, the group offers opportunities for local youths to make art and jewelry, learn about digital photography, participate in collaborative team-building games, get involved in their community, and more.

Past projects have included journal-making, mixed-media self-portraits and digital photography with Fujifilm Instax Polaroid cameras. Newcomers are welcome!

Adults and children over the age of two must wear face masks while in the library.

All programs are free. Visit the library, located at the corner of River and Willett streets; call 518-993-4646; or email FortPlainFreeLibrary@gmail.com for hours of operation, information or to register for programs. Please follow the library on Facebook for updates or visit fortplainfreelibrary.org.

Fall Harvest Cruise-in slated

MAYFIELD — The Mayfield Historical Society is seeking participants for its Fall Harvest Cruise-In which will take place Sept. 18, at The Rice Homestead, 328 Riceville Road, in Mayfield.

Hot rods, antique, and classic vehicles are welcome with the first 50 registered and attending vehicles receiving a commemorative dash plaque of the event.

Pre-registration can be made by calling Bob Suits at (518) 725-5261. However, the cruise-in is open to all the day of the event and there is no charge for the cruise-in.

In addition to the Cruise-In, the event will also feature a hot dog sale with the locally iconic Lee’s hot dog sauce, cider and donuts, Make Your Own Sundaes, weaving demonstrations, a local produce sale, and free tours of the Homestead. The event will run from noon to 4 p.m.

For more information call (518) 725-5261.

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