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Ticonderoga teen center aids youth, town

Silver Bay operating new program

Ticonderoga Supervisor Deb Malaney speaks during the formal opening of the new Silver Bay YMCA teen center. The program, supported by private donations, is free to students. Silver Bay is renting space at the Armory for $1,500 a month.

Ticonderoga Supervisor Deb Malaney speaks during the formal opening of the new Silver Bay YMCA teen center. The program, supported by private donations, is free to students. Silver Bay is renting space at the Armory for $1,500 a month.

— The program offers a wide variety of activities — video games, basketball, pool, air hockey, volleyball and more — along with homework assistance and a Leader’s Club. The center offers wifi and cable television.

“It’s really a kids-run program,” Palandrani said. “We talk to the kids and see what they would like, then we try to provide it.

“Our students quickly began to appreciate the program and, largely through word of mouth, helped to grow the program beyond what any of the organizers had anticipated,” she said. “On average, approximately 40 students visit the teen center each day. Special programs, like the New Year’s Eve lock-in, can see that number grow to almost 100.”

For more information about the YMCA teen center, contact Palandrani at 503-5136 or jpalandrani@silverbay.org.

The Ticonderoga youth commission used to operate two after-school programs at the Armory, one for elementary students and the other for middle and high school students. The middle-high school program has been eliminated in favor of the Silver Bay program, but the elementary school program is still available.

The elimination of the town-sponsored middle-high school program is saving the town money, Malaney said, while the rent being paid by Silver Bay is helping cover the cost of maintaining the town-owned Armory.

The elementary program is housed downstairs in the Armory along with the town senior citizens club and the Adirondack Community Action Program.

“That’s working out very well,” Malaney said of the elementary school program. “We’ve developed some very good interaction between the kids and the senior citizens.”

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