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Economics in the North Country to be focus at Authors address

PSUC Professor Colin Read to speak at Literacy Volunteers fundraiser

Jim Ballard with ted Zoli at the 2011 Literacy Volunteers Author's fundraiser

Jim Ballard with ted Zoli at the 2011 Literacy Volunteers Author's fundraiser Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— The Literacy Volunteers of the North Country will hold its seventh Annual Authors Address fundraiser in an evening dedicated to the economic future of the North Country on Aug. 26.

SUNY Plattsburgh professor Colin Read will lead a lecture titled “The Rise and Fall of an Economic Empire and what the North Country can do about it,” at the Witherbee Auditorium at Camp Dudley, 126 Dudley Road at 1 p.m.

“People who live and plan to continue to live in the North Country can come and see good economic projections for this part of the world, and be helpful to visualize,” Literacy Volunteers board member Jim Ballard said.

Ballard said the annual fundraiser is the biggest pull for support for the organization that works in Essex and Franklin County.

Last years event speaker was Champlain Bridge designer Ted Zoli, which was the most attended of any of the events the organization has held in the past.

Literacy Volunteers Director Maria Burke said the program, which turned out to be a “standing room” only event raised about $2,000 for the program. She said the organization hopes to have last year’s success this year.

“We wanted someone local to engage the community members and to recognize in this tough economic time everyone is struggling and we want it acknowledged where the North Country stands on the issues,” Burke said.

Other fundraisers for the year will include the “Run for Reading” fundraiser with Franklin, Essex and Clinton counties to be held on Sept. 23, and the organization’s annual Spring Spelling Bee in Lake Placid.

“Our outreach extends from Ticonderoga to Malone to hep encourage reading and basic literacy in people in the area,” Burke said. “All proceeds help adult literacy and we need all the help me can get.”

Admission to the event is $15 per person or $25 for a couple. Tickets will be available at the door or people can pre-order tickets by calling 546-3008.

“Our needs are that of a typical non-profit that relies on donations,” Ballard said. “We hope that members of the community will come to enjoy the lecture and support the group.”

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