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High Notes: Bike-pedestrian fest, butterfly protection, library opening

High Notes: Bike-pedestrian fest, butterfly protection, library opening

Spotlighting the good being done in our communities

In Niskayuna, the community hosted about 100 bicyclists young and old for its inaugural “Bike-Pedestrian Festival,” an event designed to promote bike safety in the community. The event was organized by the town of Niskayuna’s Complete Streets Committee and the town Planning Department, and featured bike-helmet giveaways, safety rides led by a town police officer and volunteers, a bike safety video, distribution of a list of “rules of the road” spelling out the rules for both motorists and cyclists on how to keep bicyclists safe, and live music by The Rogues.

In Wilton, the Saratoga Acoustic Blues Society and The Resonators, a local blues band, drew awareness of the endangered Karner blue butterfly and great blues music by hosting a free concert and walking tour at the Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park. People were invited to tour the site and look at the butterflies, which feed on the wild blue lupine, which carpets the meadow at the part with lavender flowers. Saratoga Arts was able to make the event possible with a community arts grant funded by New York State Council on the Arts and your state tax dollars. For more information on the Karner blue butterfly and the Wilton Wildlife preserve, visit www.wiltonpreserve.org. For more information on Saratoga Arts, visit www.saratoga-arts.org.

In Galway, local children are invited help break ground on the new Galway Public Library by bringing shovels to the ceremonial ground-breaking ceremony on June 30. The library, officially turns 20 years old on July 2 and which continues to operate in cramped quarters, is expected to move into its spacious new 5,930-square-foot building sometime next summer. The new library will include space for expanded collections of books and ebooks, a larger children’s section and dedicated teen area, a 45-seat multi-use program room, more computers and technology equipment, a work space with wi-fi, a study and research area of local history and genealogy, and ample parking, according to a library press release. In addition, the 13-acre parcel on which the new library will sit will offer a full range of outdoor study and recreational activities.
The groundbreaking will be held June 30 from 1 to 2 p.m. at the site of the new library at 2110 East Street in Galway.

High Notes is a feature of The Gazette Opinion section that appears every Monday to spotlight the good being done in our communities by individuals, organizations and businesses. Reader submissions to High Notes are welcome. Send suggestions to Editorial Page Editor Mark Mahoney at [email protected]

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