LOOKING AHEAD – With a new week underway, here are five of the events and news items our team of reporters is tracking.
DUANESBURG SCHOOL HOSTING CAPITAL PROJECT TOUR
The Duanesburg Central School District on Thursday will host a tour of its proposed $28 million Centennial Capital Project unveiled last month. The proposed project includes new roofs at elementary and Jr.-Sr. high schools, as well as kitchen and cafeteria renovations at both buildings, upgrades to select classrooms, a new playground at the elementary school and an office addition at the bus garage. District officials are projecting no tax increase for the project, which would be paid for using $6 million in capital reserve funds and $22 million in borrowing that would need to be approved by voters in a Dec. 8 referendum. The tour is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. at the entrance of the Jr.-Sr. high school.
— Chad Arnold
SARATOGA CITY COUNCIL MEETING MOVED
The Saratoga Springs City Council will meet on Thursday rather than Tuesday in consideration of Yom Kippur. The meeting will include public hearings to take place at 6:45 p.m. During the meeting, which begins at 7 p.m., Finance Commissioner Minita Sanghvi will give a budget presentation. She said she anticipates the presentation being about an hour long. She said the PowerPoint presentation will be available Thursday evening and will also be made available on the city’s website.
— Shenandoah Briere
DROUGHT TEAM CONSIDERS NEXT STEPS
The state Drought Management Task Force is set to meet on Thursday to reevaluate if conditions signal a drought watch, warning, emergency, or disaster. Gov. Kathy Hochul encouraged the Department of Environmental Conservation to expand its drought watch on Aug. 16. The current watch includes most areas except the North Country, Eastern Great Lakes, and New York City. The DEC encourages residents in affected regions – especially households on private groundwater wells – to conserve water whenever possible during the coming weeks.
— Tyler A. McNeil
SARATOGA FLAVORFEAST IS BACK
After a two-year hiatus, the Saratoga International Flavorfeast is set to return on Saturday. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., select restaurants around the Spa City will offer up samples of dishes from a mix of cultures and traditions, including French, Japanese, Italian and others. The dishes range from sweet to savory, with some eateries offering churros or cotton candy and others serving gnocchi bolognese or tamales.
More than a dozen restaurants are participating and samples are $1. For the list of restaurants and dishes, visit saratogaflavorfeast.com.
— Indiana Nash
GROOMS TAVERN PARANORMAL EXPLORATION
The Tri-City New York Paranormal Society will be holding an evening of “paranormal exploration” Friday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Historic Grooms Tavern. The group will share stories about and possible evidence of paranormal activities at the historic Clifton Park tavern. No registration is required. The Tri-City Paranormal Society is a group of paranormal investigators who volunteer their time conducting research and field work into possible paranormal activities and events which can not be explained.
— Natasha Vaughn-Holdridge