Franklin County Youth Bureau announces summer funding

SARANAC LAKE - Legislators have announced the recipients of funding provided by the Franklin County Youth Bureau.

A wide variety of organizations and municipalities benefit from the approximately $50,000 doled out by the Youth Bureau, with about $23,000 going to recreational programming and $21,000 for service groups.

Just over $8,000 has been allocated to local initiatives. In Tupper Lake, the youth hockey program received $1,839, the skating club got $766, and the town received $967. Tupper Lake Youth Activities and the Town of Tupper Lake received service grants of $1,231 and $1,161 respectively.

Tupper Lake Recreation Director Mike Fritts said the funds are necessary to keep recreational activities running smoothly.

"Of course we're always thankful to receive funding from the county," he said. "This money plays an integral role in helping these programs continue year-after-year."

Fritts said the money primarily goes to the baseball, softball and soccer programs, and a portion also goes to swimming lessons at Little Wolf Beach.

"In general we end up spending the money on equipment," Fritts said. "Every year there's something that needs to be replaced."

The Saranac Lake Youth Center received $2,000 for initiatives, which Executive Director Elizabeth Carless said is used for salary and operational costs.

"For us, this money is used sort of like a general fund," she said. "It's used for whatever we spent money on over the course of the year."

Other organizations receiving youth bureau funds are Adirondack Experience, North Star Behavioral Health, the Town of Franklin, ComLinks and Girl Scouts of the North Country.

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