Ballston Spa Presents Contributions to BSBPA, BACC

Ballston Spa Presents Contributions to BSBPA, BACC

BALLSTON SPA – The Village Board of Trustees presented contributions to the Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association and the Ballston Area Community Center Monday.

Mayor John Romano presented a check for $18,500 to BSBPA President Stacy Simmons and a check for $10,000 to BACC branch manager Kathy Leigh during Monday’s meeting.

The village incorporates the annual contribution to the two non-profit organizations into the budget each year. The village has contributed a total of $347,074 to the BSBPA and $335,655 to the BACC since 1997 when the village began keeping digital records.

“These two organizations have done an outstanding job promoting our village, working with our youths and they’ve been an integral part of this village and the revitalization of the village,” Romano said.

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The BSBPA was founded in 1983 with the mission to make the village a “great place to visit, do business and live.” To accomplish this, the BSBPA promotes area businesses, encourages business development, educates the public on the benefits of a thriving business district and carries out revitalization projects throughout the commercial district and the village.

Programs include Movies in the Park, Concerts in the Park, the Farmers Market, First Fridays, the Way We Were Car Show, Breakfast with Santa, the Christmas tree in Wiswall Park, the Holiday Parade, ribbon cutting ceremonies and more.

“Thank you, it’s always been a great partnership with the village and it will continue,” Leigh said. “I am the committee chair for the Adopt-A-Plot committee which is where this check is going. It helps fund the beautiful flowers and some of the public works that go on through town. But we work hand in hand with the village.”

The Adopt-A-Plot program manages all of the village green space from the hanging plants to the parks.

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The BACC was founded in 1981 seeking to provide community services, programs and support for village youths and their families through programs intended to enhance social, emotional and recreational development.

Programs include before and after school child care, universal pre-kindergarten, summer day programs, operation of the William S. Kelley skatepark, swimming lessons, summer field trips, basketball tournaments and more.

The $10,000 contribution from the village will help fund the organization’s year-round youth programs.

“We’re very fortunate to have two active organizations that do so much for the village and we’re very appreciative of it,” Romano said.

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Reporter Ashley Onyon is a graduate of the journalism program at SUNY Albany. She wrote for the Mohawk Valley Compass for two years covering the GASD Board of Education. She has contributed articles to The Mohawk Valley Independent and the annual journal Upstream.

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