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Movie Trailer OK’d in Ballston Spa

BALLSTON SPA – The Village Board on Monday approved a plan to shoot a movie trailer at the Old Iron Spring on Front Street.

The movie of “The Twelve Dancing Princesses” would be directed by village resident Nicole Coady, Mayor John Romano said. It is based on a Grimm Brothers fairy tale.

The tunnel near the Old Iron Spring would be used in the trailer, Romano said, and the film-makers would be authorized to temporarily remove the fencing at the site. They will also be responsible for putting the fence back in its original condition, and providing $1 million insurance.

Romano said Coady aims to use the trailer to build support for the movie she hopes to make. The trailer will be shot July 30 (or on an Aug. 3 rain date), and the mayor said “I think it would be neat to watch.” He noted that Ballston Spa has a history of movie-making, with scenes in the films “The Way We Were” and “Ironweed” being shot here.

Monday’s meeting was held at the Doubleday Woods housing project, outside in a corner of the parking lot by a wooded area. A couple of dozen people, mostly residents of Doubleday Woods, attended. Flickering lamps burned to keep the bugs away, and after the meeting there were coffee and doughnuts available inside. The board tries to schedule a few meetings in different neighborhoods every summer.

The board authorized the Ballston Spa Lions Club to park cars along the village right-of-way on Fairground Avenue next week, during the Saratoga County Fair. During the public comment period, one resident objected to this, saying the Lions charged the public too much to park, and the service should be put out to bid.

Romano responded that the Fairgrounds board has long designated the Lions in this role, granting the club a cut of the parking revenue, and he supports the designation. The Lions, Romano said, have contributed much to the community, including support for the municipal swimming pool by Kelley Park.

On the motions of Trustee and Deputy Mayor Stuart Hodsoll, the board authorized spending up to $2,400 for a sewer jet hose and $1,400 for a new trash pump.

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Reporter Bob Conner has worked 21 years in various positions at the Gazette of Schenectady, and before that four years as a reporter at the Glens Falls Post-Star. He won two first-place writing awards from the New York Associated Press Association for newspapers with circulation between 50,000 and 250,000. Bob has a Phi Beta Kappa bachelor’s degree in journalism from New York University, and an associate’s degree in chemical dependency counseling from HVCC. He is a published author and is currently writing a historical novel about the last four months in the life of Ulysses S.Grant


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