In South Glens Falls, high school students — under the guidance of caring faculty and community volunteers and with great support from parents, teachers, business leaders and members of the community — raised a record $762,153 for more than 40 charitable recipients as part of the annual South High Marathon Dance. Each year, students in grades 9-12 prepare for months raising funds, making costumes and decorating while getting ready to dance in a locked-down high school for 28 hours. Since its inception 39 years ago, the dance has raised a collective $5.56 million for individuals in need and charitable organizations throughout the area.
In Saratoga Springs, 20 local bands and singers got together at the Union Gables Inn on Thursday to raise money for the restoration of the historic Caffe Lena at 47 Phila St. Caffe Lena has been an incubator and performing arts platform for hundreds of artists over the past 56 years, including Arlo Guthrie, Don McLean and Bob Dylan. The renovations of the building include structural and code improvements, addition of an elevator and performers' dressing room, and expansion of the performance space.
In the Adirondacks, conservationist Anne LaBastille — who died at the age of 77 in 2011 — has helped preserve the ecological and historical nature of the Adirondack Park by willing 32 acres of property on Twitchell Lake to the state for addition to the state Forest Preserve. The Forest Preserve, 2.6 million acres of "forever wild" land in the Adirondacks, provides residents and visitors a unique rural experience while protecting native flora and wildlife habitats from development.
High Notes is a feature of The Gazette Opinion section that appears every Monday to spotlight the many good works being done by individuals and organizations in our communities. If you have a suggestion for High Notes, please send it to Editorial Page Editor Mark Mahoney at [email protected]