Local farmers’ market is back
The Bolton Farmers’ market kicks off its third season Friday June 28 in great style.
To be held 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Fridays through summer at Blessed Sacrament Church on Goodwin Avenue (off Main St. behind the local bank), the market features local fresh produce along with meats, fish, wine, gourmet foods, cheese, breads and baked goods, waffles, plus naturally grown meat. Live music and local crafts complete the shopping experience.
A Master Gardener from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Warren County will also be on hand, providing gardening information. Cooking demonstrations are also planned. For a vendor list, see: www.boltonlandingfarmersmarket.com.
New to the market this year is the Bolton Farmer’s Market shopping bag, a large canvas bag printed by Cedar Graphics of Bolton. Also, the market is collecting recipes to be featured in the “Best of Bolton Pot Luck” cookbook to benefit the Bolton Free Library. Bring favorite recipes with accompanying stories.
All businesses and non-profits are encouraged to drop off flyers and brochures. Local organizations and businesses can contact the Bolton Chamber of Commerce — sponsor of the market — or market manager Penelope Jewell — to reserve a free spot for promotional materials. To reach Jewell, call 480-9118, or email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bolton EMS seeking volunteers
Although Bolton Emergency Medical Services is always in need of trained emergency medical technicians, the agency also needs drivers, administrative help, equipment maintenance assistance, as well as help stocking medical supplies.
Help from both full-time and part-year residents is appreciated. Assistance from Bolton’s fair-weather residents is welcome because summer is the agency’s busiest time of the year when extra help is vital and immensely appreciated.
Bolton EMS officials said this week they strive to provide local communities with the highest level of emergency medical care and transportation over 24 hours, seven days per week.
Until a few years ago, Bolton EMS was able to provide expert services utilizing only volunteers who were full-time residents. But with a declining volunteer membership and the prevailing demands on people’s time, particularly in the summer months, the organization began to hire Paramedics, Critical Care technicians and EMT staffers from out-of-town.
Routinely, Bolton ambulances now respond staffed with either a volunteer or paid crew or a combination of the two.
However, because so many other North Country community-based ambulance services are also lacking volunteers, the agencies are all competing for the limited number of advanced medical technicians available. Also, it is increasingly difficult to find staff or volunteers to crew an ambulance 24/7, agency officers say.
Bolton EMS Operations Administrator Earl Mikoloski talked recently of the pressures on agency personnel and finances.
“Reluctantly in May 2012, when our increasing payroll burden surpassed the level of financial support the Town of Bolton was able to commit, we found it necessary to begin billing for emergency medical services,” he said. Even with this additional income, financial stresses continue, he added.
Bolton EMS, like so many other smaller rural ambulance corps, doesn’t have enough ambulance calls a year to be self-sustaining on medical service billing alone. Mikoloski noted that increasing costs of personnel, fuel, ambulance fuel and maintenance, utilities, medical supplies and equipment — as well as the expense of mandated oversight by an agency medical director — continue to stress the agency’s budget.
Area residents who can help out by volunteering their time in virtually any capacity are urged to contact Mikoloski at 644-9283 or: email@example.com.
Lake Geo. Hike-A-Thon slated
In celebration of its 25th anniversary, the Lake George Land Conservancy is hosting a Hike-A-Thon on Friday July 5, the first of its kind for Lake George.
The lake-wide event will involve various parks and preserves in six towns and is expected to engage hundreds of participants of all ages.
The Hike-A-Thon will feature nine simultaneous hikes and events at eight locations around Lake George, plus eight different hikes and one gathering at Peggy’s Point, a park in Hague.
Participation is free and open to the public. Everyone who pre-registers will receive an event t-shirt and participation certificate.
To document the occasion, aerial photographs will be taken by renowned photographer Carl Heilman, from a helicopter flown by Bruce Mowery of North Country Heli-Flite.
Sarah Hoffman of the Conservancy said the Hike-a-Thon, despite its scope, has been fun to organize.
“We’re excited to get 400, maybe 500 people from all around the region to come together as one community, for the love of Lake George,” she said.
Each hike or gathering is scheduled to match the helicopter’s flight path from Bolton to Ticonderoga on the lake’s west side, then down the east shoreline to Lake George Village and back up to Bolton on the west. Starting times for the hikes are detailed at: www.lglc.org.
LGLC’s trails vary in length and difficulty to suit most ages and abilities. For those who prefer a less intense activity, a garden party is planned for Peggy’s Point, a flat and accessible waterfront park in Hague. Flowers will be available there to plant.
For details or to register for the event, see: www.lglc.org or call 644-9673. Donations are accepted but not required to participate.
Bus trip to attend Yankees game
The Bolton Town Recreation Department has planned a bus trip downstate for area residents to see the New York Yankees compete against the Minnesota Twins on Saturday July 13.
The bus departs the Bolton Town Hall parking lot at 7:15 a.m. and returns at 9 p.m. Travel is on an air-conditioned bus with restrooms and video screens.
Participants may bring a cooler and two small bottles of water (no glass) per person into the stadium. The game begins at 1:05 p.m. and the group will be seated in the grandstand. The cost is $60 per person, no refunds. Sign up in advance at the town hall Mondays through Fridays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The town Recreation Department has scheduled a wide variety of activities this summer, detailed on calendars that were sent to local households. Details are also available at: www.boltonnewyork.com.
The town-sponsored six-week summer camp sessions can still accept several more children — applications and information are available online.