BALLSTON – The Ballston Lake Fire District paid $700 each to three firefighters in 2015 for unearned service credits, according to an audit by the Office of the New York State Comptroller. [Read more…]
The Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdom in Lake George is celebrating heroes. From July 25th thru July 31st all military personnel, police and corrections officers, firefighters, doctors, nurses and EMS personnel will receive FREE admission to the park when they show a valid occupational ID. Plus, all guests accompanying a hero will receive admission for the kid’s price of $46.99. [Read more…]
MILTON – The Rock City Falls Volunteer Fire Department is sponsoring a free week at a Department of Environmental Conservation educational camp this summer for two children, ages 11-17. [Read more…]
BALLSTON — On Saturday, May 18 Ellms Family Farm in Ballston hosted Hero Rush, the firefighter-themed obstacle race. It was the second straight year the farm hosted the event.
READ EARLIER PREVIEW STORY HERE >>>(http://theballstonjournal.com/2013/05/16/hero-rush-readied-at-ballstons-ellms-farm/).
By GREG HITCHCOCK
As Herb Jackson, 40-plus-year veteran of the Ballston Lake Volunteer Fire Department, holds steady a board, firefighters Bill Coleman and Mike Murdza put last minute adjustments of candy canes onto Snoopy’s Doghouse that would have made Peanuts creator Charles Schultz proud.
“It’s a nice promotion for the fire department,” said firefighter Robert Pierce.
A Snoopy’s Doghouse float, being built by the Ballston Lake Volunteer Fire Department with donated material, will be part of this year’s annual Gazette Holiday Parade in Schenectady this Saturday, Nov. 19. This year’s theme is Schenectady Celebrates Cartoon Characters.
As Snoopy’s Doghouse rolls past spectators on State Street in downtown Schenectady, firefighters will be walking alongside the float, while others will be dressed as Snoopy, Woodstock, Charlie Brown and other Peanuts characters.
Among the awards is the Red Suspenders Award. The winning fire company will receive a $500 gift certificate to a local supermarket.
Pierce said the Ballston Lake Volunteer Fire Department won first place four years ago for their Pirates of the Caribbean float, but he said it is not about winning prizes, but of winning hearts and is another positive way of getting name recognition.
The Ballston Lake Fire Department, 25 active firefighters strong, also marches in the Flag Day parade.
“It gets us out in the community,” he said. “There is a sense of teamwork about us.”
To learn more about the Gazette Holiday Parade, contact Gail Kehn at 518-372-5656 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By RICHARD HALLETT
When the fire truck pulled up in front of 59 Chapman Street, curious neighbors walked outside to see what brought the firefighters to their quiet little side street.
There was no fire or apparent accident, just a gathering of volunteers on hand to attend the Monday, June 13, Village Board meeting hosted by Thomas Schroeder and Roberta Tozier, where the two newest members of the village’s Junior Firefighters Program were scheduled to be inducted.
The board appointed Zachary Lawlor and Walker Tedford to the year-old program, now boasting seven members.
Eagle Matt Lee Assistant Fire Chief Paul Marozzi said the program is growing at a steady pace and the original five members have completed the Firefighters 1 Program, a vigorous training regimen that taught them basic rescue, response and survival skills.
Marozzi said by completing the course, the young volunteers are now certified as firefighters by New York state.
“What they have accomplished at that age is truly astounding,” he said.
Also, Mayor John Romano announced an agreement had been reached with village police department on terms for a new five-year contract.
“We had five very friendly, cordial, productive meetings that incurred no legal fees,” said Romano. “Last contraction negotiations cost the village $50,000 in legal fees.”
Highlights of the terms of the new contract include a three-percent pay raise for each of the first three years, and a 3.5 percent hike for the remaining two years.
Police officers will also receive a substantial clothing allowance increase with dry cleaning service included, five personal days and, for the first time, they will not have to work Easter Sunday.
The board also announced the village’s Concert-in-the-Park series this summer would be hosted by the Ballston Spa Professional and Business Association in partnership with radio station WEQX, which will emcee the Thursday, June 23 and Thursday, Aug. 4, concerts and feature “nationally-known artists.”
Scheduled to perform June 23 are Sirsy and Ra Ra Riot. The Thursday night concerts begin at the close of Farmer’s Market at 6 p.m.
The board also announced the opening of the village pool, operating hours, costs and dates for swimming lessons.
Beginning Monday, June 20, until school recesses for the summer, the pool will be open weekdays from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., and weekends from noon to 8 p.m.
Normal summer hours begin Monday, June 27. For times and detail, visit the pool’s Web site at http://ballstonspavillagepool.weebly.com.
The daily fee per swimmer is $2 and a season’s pass costs $35. Family passes for families of four of more are available for $130.
Registration dates for swimming lessons are Saturday, June 25 and Sunday 26, from 9 a.m. to noon. Children must be at least three-years-old and toilet trained.
The board also said construction of the new pavilion in Kelley Park is all but done and all that remains is completion of the restrooms, which will require new plumbing, electrical wiring and a concrete floor.
Finally, the board announced the village’s 18th Annual Fun Day would be held at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds Sunday, June 26, from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Events include magic and juggling acts, face painting, bouncy bounces, karaoke, a dance party and pie-eating contest. There will also be drawings for new bicycles and a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m.
The next outdoor village board meeting will be held at the home of Robert and Mary Cavanaugh on 20 Crestline Drive, July 11, at 7:30 p.m.