LOOKING AHEAD – With a new week underway, here are five events and news items our team of reporters is tracking.
FIRST FRIDAY AT GROOMS TAVERN
Learn the importance of trees and how they improve lives. Host Lauri Dittmer is a Master Naturalist, Master Gadner and Clifton Park Tree Committee member. The event will start at 7 p.m. April 7 at the Historic Grooms Tavern in Clifton Park, and will teach about sustainable landscaping with trees, and how to improve and sustain their health with low maintenance techniques. No registration is required.
— Natasha Vaughn-Holdridge
LORDS OF 52ND STREET HEAD TO SCHENECTADY
The Lords of 52nd Street return to Schenectady this weekend with a show at Rivers Casino. The band recorded and performed with Billy Joel for a decade and can be heard on his biggest hits and Grammy award-winning albums. In the last few years, The Lords have played Schenectady several times, including at Harbor Jam. Fans can expect hits including “Only The Good Die Young,” “Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song),” “Just the Way, You Are” and more.
The show kicks off at 7 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $30. For more information visit riverscasino.com.
— Indiana Nash
NISKAYUNA SPRING HAT AND BUNNY PARADE
The Niskayuna Spring Hat and Bunny Parade will take place Friday from 10-11 a.m. at Niskayuna Town Hall. The bunny will be collecting boxes of macaroni and cheese for the NiskyNOW (Nutrition on Weekends) organization. Children are encouraged to show off their handmade spring hats or ears while they parade around the circle. Coloring stations, games and balloon art will be available. After the parade, kids will be able to get a picture with the bunny and a small bag of candy.
DUANESBURG SCHOOLS HOLDING BUDGET PRESENTATION
The Duanesburg Central School on Tuesday will hold a presentation regarding a proposed $18.9 million budget for the 2023-24 academic year. The proposed spending plan would increase the tax levy by 2.43%, or just over $207,000, the equivalent of around $37.86 for residents with an assessed property of $100,000. If the proposal is approved by the district’s board of education, voters will have to decide whether to approve the spending plan during the May 16 budget vote.
The presentation will take place at the district’s school board meeting on Tuesday beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the auditorium of the Duanesburg Jr.-Sr. High School, 163 School Drive, Delanson.
— Chad Arnold
ST. JOHNSVILLE TO HOLD BUDGET WORKSHOP
Trustees in the village of St. Johnsville will hold one of three budget workshops on Wednesday. Mayor-elect Dawn White recently expressed concerns over funding sewer infrastructure upgrades. The budget is expected to go up for a vote in May and last from June of this year to next year. St. Johnsville’s current budget totaled $1,527,690. This will be the first meeting in elected office for White, along with Trustee-elect Steve Elwood.
— Tyler A. McNeil