Pete Olesheski of Up Yonda Farm tells Kindergarteners from Johnsburg about maple sugaring in a session at Up Yonda Farm in March. The environmental education facility is considered a valuable resource for not only visitors but local families, with its nature walks, displays of wildlife, snowshoeing expeditions and educational sessions.
Open House set at Conservancy
The Lake George Land Conservancy is hosting a Holiday Open House from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday Dec. 18 at its office at 4905 Lake Shore Drive. The public is welcome to stop in to meet the staff, enjoy tasty holiday treats, see a new slide show of beautiful Lake George images, and learn about current projects like Round the Lake Challenge.
Information will also be offered about the area’s preserves and trails, including the newest trails at Amy’s Park, Cat and Thomas Mountains Preserves, Gull Bay Preserve and the Schumann Preserve at Pilot Knob. Reservations are not required. For more information, contact Cornelia Wells at 644-9673 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don’t forget the annual Christmas Bird Count sponsored by the Conservancy. "Volunteer citizen scientists" nationwide assist the Audubon Society in observing birds, and volunteers in the Bolton Landing and southern Lake George area will be surveying them by car, foot, boat or at the bird feeder. To register or obtain details, call 644-9673 or see: www.lglc.org
Church plans Christmas gathering
The Solid Rock Assembly of God Church at 11 Church Hill Road is holding a Christmas gathering at 6 p.m. Sunday Dec. 16 in their fellowship hall. All in the area are extended a heartfelt welcome to enjoy a warm time of fellowship, music, games, dessert and coffee.
Up Yonda gets a small boost
On Dec. 10, Up Yonda Educational Farm received a small increase in their support from the county through an occupancy tax grant.
Warren County supervisors decided to raise their annual bed tax stipend from $3,000 to $4,500 — and considering the valuable programs Up Yonda presents, we applaud the move. This marvelous community resource not only welcomes visitors, but hosts many school children through the region to learn about nature and ecological issues.
We at the Adirondack Journal would like to see the county’s support for Up Yonda boosted to pre-recession levels so the facility can restore the programs that were cut due to the tough economic times.