Village receives sizeable pledge of public funding

• Great Escape's "Holiday in the Park" events from Dec. 10 through 31, 2010, a grant of $25,000, up from $12,309in 2009;

• Hudson Valley Volunteer Firemen's Association's annual Convention and Parades June 16 through 20, an award of $20,000;

• Americade Motorcycle Rally, the traditional annual stipend of $50,000;

• Lake George Regional Chamber of Commerce's Restaurant Week promotions, $8,000; plus $7,000 to the Chamber of ongoing Canadian tourism promotion;

• Velo Quebec Bicycle Tour, with thousands expected for a two-wheeled adventure in August starting in Lake George, an award of $3,000;

• Lake George Winter Carnival, $5,000 for their four February weekends; and

• Lake George Community Band's Summer and Holiday Concert Series, an award of $1,000. The Community Band was denied funding for its Summer Community Band Festival, which annually features 500 musicians in more than a dozen bands from all over the Northeast. It had been funded for the past three years, but Glens Falls Supervisor Bill Kenny recommended it not get funding because there wasn't proof that it prompted any substantial overnight stays - although it runs three days. No sponsors of the event were present Monday to defend their application.

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