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Warren Co. government leaders choose 2013 events to bankroll

Among the Warren County supervisors reviewing occupancy tax grant applications Dec. 10 were  (clockwise, from left): Edna Frasier of Hague, Dennis Dickinson of Lake George, Bill Kenny of Glens Falls and Ralph Bentley of Horicon.  (Not pictured): ,Gene Merlino of Lake Luzerne, Mark Westcott of Queensbury and Ron Conover of Bolton.

Among the Warren County supervisors reviewing occupancy tax grant applications Dec. 10 were (clockwise, from left): Edna Frasier of Hague, Dennis Dickinson of Lake George, Bill Kenny of Glens Falls and Ralph Bentley of Horicon. (Not pictured): ,Gene Merlino of Lake Luzerne, Mark Westcott of Queensbury and Ron Conover of Bolton. Photo by Thom Randall.

— Newly funded for 2013 were: The Lake George Music Festival, $4,000 for their classical music concerts; the Lake George Elvis Festival, $6,500 for their 10th annual edition; Sunkiss Balloon Festival, $1,500; Gore Chamber’s Outdoor Education Seminars, a sum of $500; Improv Records, $2,000 for their Haunted Halloween Bash and their “Creekend” fest set for April 26 and 27; Lake George Community Band, $2,500 for their Community Band Festival and their Concert series — both held in Lake George; and $2,000 to the lake George Chamber for its local Oktoberfest; and to Ed Zibro of Lake George, $3,000 for his expo of motorcycle accessories at the old county fairgrounds — entitled Warrensburg Bike Rally.

Receiving increases from 20112 were: the Lake George Triathlon, up from $11,000 to $12,000; the Adirondack Theater Fest, up $500 to $5,500; the North Country Triathlon, doubled to $4,000; the Girls and Boys State Volleyball tournaments, doubled to $1,500; and UpYonda Farm, up 50 percent to $4,500 for their educational program series.

Some events see grants reduced

Receiving decreases were two enterprises of the Bolton Landing Chamber of Commerce: Girlfriends Getaway, down $1,000 to $5,000; “Crossroads of the French & Indian War Encampment, down $1,000 to $9,000. Also experiencing decreases were: Last of the Mohicans Outdoor Drama, down 21 percent to $16,500 — despite testimony that it generated 1,850 bed nights and the popular show won national awards; Lake George Winter Carnival, down $500 to $14,500; Gore Mountain Chamber’s Adventure Festival, reduced 40 percent to $3,000; Lake George Performance Weekend, down 33 percent to $2,000; Lake George Restaurant Week, down 50 percent to $1,000; Lake George Chamber’s Canadian Visitor program, down $500 to $3,500; and the Marcella Sembrich Opera Museum, down 25 percent to $1,500.

Special awards granted

Events receiving special awards, to be drawn out of the county’s $320,00 treasury of reserve occupancy tax funds, are Big Top Circus, $15,000; Adirondack Sports Complex — The Dome for its softball tournament series, a sum of $25,000, and Eastern NY Marine Trades, $1,500 for their boat show.

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