HELP US SERVE OUR NEIGHBORS IN NEED -- Mobile Pantry Volunteers Wanted
When: 3rd Thursday of every month from 10:10am to 1:30pm
Where: Day Town Hall, Hadley NY
For more information or to sign up to volunteer, please contact Diana Edwards (518) 696-3789 x1
SARATOGA COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH is currently doing a Saratoga County Community Health Assessment 2022.
What do you think about the health of our community? If you are 18 or older and live in Saratoga County, we want to hear from you! Please take this 15 minute survey and help us learn more. We will not share your answers with anyone.
MAXWELL COMMUNITY FOOD PANTRY FUND RAISER
They are doing well with our "Drop in the Bucket" fundraiser. They are over halfway to our goal of 100 pledges of $10 a month for a year (or $120), giving the pantry $1,000 a month to put towards their food purchases. This would certainly help since food costs are now between $3,000 and $4,000 a month. Numbers of families using the pantry are still up along with the price of food. The pantry is totally run by volunteers and utilities are covered by the Serendipity Thrift Store, so all of your donations are spent on food!
Donations may be mailed to the Maxfield Community Food Pantry, P.O. Box 490, Lake Luzerne, New York 12846, or dropped off at the pantry when it's open. Thank you so much for your consideration in supporting this worthwhile mission.
DEC Finalizes Recreation Management Plan for Edinburgh and Corinth Tracts, Saratoga County
Updated Plan Continues Public Recreational Access Within Conservation Easement TractsThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced the finalization of an updated management plan that will continue public recreational access and protect natural resources within the Edinburgh and Corinth Conservation Easement Tracts in Saratoga County.
The Edinburgh and Corinth Conservation Easement Tracts are owned by Lyme Adirondack Timberlands II and Lyme Timber Company. A conservation easement agreement between the landowner and the State of New York allows for limited public recreation access in addition to sustainable forest management. The Recreation Management Plan (RMP) outlines what public recreation activities are permitted under the agreement. The updated RMP applies to the combined 13,730 acres of the Edinburgh and Corinth Conservation Easement Tracts.
The combined easement tracts offer an exceptional snowmobile experience for winter recreators. Twenty-two miles of snowmobile trails exist on the easement tracts. The popular snowmobile trail system acts as a network, connecting a large area between Great Sacandaga Lake and the Towns of Greenfield and Corinth. A trail ending at the State land boundary 0.1 miles from the Spruce Mountain Fire Tower offers a unique opportunity for a combined day of snowmobiling and hiking.
The Spruce Mountain Fire Tower is located on a 2.5-acre parcel of Wilcox Lake Wild Forest and can be accessed by hikers, snowshoers, and cross-country skiers via a trail on the Corinth tract. Under the updated RMP, that foot trail will remain closed during big game hunting season, as was previously negotiated in a Cooperative Agreement with the landowner. Hunting, fishing, and trapping are not permitted on the easements.
For more information, the final plan can be viewed on the DEC website.
SARATOGA COUNTY COVID-19 VACCINATION CLINIC
For more information and to book an appointment, please visit www.SaratogaCountyNY.gov/COVID and click on COVID-19 Vaccines and Boosters or call 518-584-7460 for assistance.
Individuals may also visit www.vaccines.gov or call 800-232-0233 to find a primary vaccination or booster vaccination.
Daily Gazette - Saratoga is state’s healthiest county, according to U.S. News & World Report
By Andrew Waite | July 25, 2022
BALLSTON SPA – Saratoga County is New York state’s healthiest county and one of the healthiest counties in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report. Saratoga County finished 60th – which was in the top 2% – in U.S. News & World Report’s Healthiest Communities Rankings 2022, released last week.
The rankings, analyzing 500 communities, used 89 metrics across 10 health and health-related categories to evaluate nearly 3,000 U.S. counties and county equivalents – think boroughs or other municipal entities – according to U.S. News & World Report. The study looked at population health, equity, education, economy, housing, food and nutrition, environment, public safety, community vitality and infrastructure.
Saratoga County scored 79 out of 100 on the overall rankings, topping the state median score of 57 and the U.S. median score of 47, according to a Saratoga County news release on the study.
“The 2022 Healthiest Communities report establishing Saratoga County as the healthiest county in New York State underscores what we in local government, our economic development partners and local business leaders have known for a long time – Saratoga County is a great place to live, work and raise a family,” Saratoga County Board of Supervisors Chairman and Town of Moreau Supervisor Theodore T. Kusnierz, Jr. said in a news release about the report. “We’ve set the conditions for a robust economy and a healthful quality of life across Saratoga County through thoughtful planning, conservative budgeting practices, and limiting bureaucratic red-tape that leads to over-regulation. The proof is in our results – a safe and welcoming community for all in a county that also boasts the lowest property and sales taxes in New York State.”
Saratoga County scored 80 in education, 78 in public safety, 77 in economy and population health, 76 in infrastructure, 72 in food and nutrition, 71 in equity, 67 in environment, 64 in housing and 53 in community vitality. The next highest-ranking New York community was Nassau County at 98th. Los Alamos County, New Mexico, finished top overall.
To collect and analyze the data behind the rankings, U.S. News collaborated with the University of Missouri Extension Center for Applied Research and Engagement Systems (CARES). Data was collected from well-recognized and validated sources including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Census Bureau, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, according to U.S. News & World Report.
Saratoga County’s data supported its strong ranking. In education, Saratoga County’s high school graduation rate is at 90.8%, compared to 89.3%, nationally, according to the county. Meanwhile 53.6% of Saratoga County’s residents have an advanced degree, compared to 30.6% nationally. In public safety, Saratoga County’s $441 per capita spending on health and emergency services is stronger than the national median at $358. The county’s violent crime rate is half that of the national average at 102.6 per 100,000 compared to 204.5 per 100,000 nationally.
Economically, the county’s poverty rate of 5.9% is below the national average of 13.6%, while Saratoga County’s median household income is $84,971 compared to $58,759 nationally, according to the county. The county’s business growth rate clocks in at 8.2% compared to the national rate of 7.7%.
“Saratoga County continues to grow upon our global hub of talent, innovation and opportunity. The combined efforts of county leadership, partner organizations and continued development investment positions us to support existing industry and encourage continuous investment; while also attracting targeted, complementary businesses,” Dennis Brobston, president of Saratoga Economic Development Corporation, said in the news release.
Saratoga’s recognition in the U.S. News & World Report rankings follows last year’s U.S. Census Bureau data showing Saratoga County to be the Capital Region’s largest population gainer, growing by 7.24%. Saratoga County’s population gain came at a time when nearly two-thirds of the state’s counties saw a decline in population.
SARATOGA COUNTY CAREER CENTER ANNOUNCES SEPTEMBER 2022 VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS
Free Career Workshops Provided by the Greater Capital Region Career Centers
BALLSTON SPA, NY -- The Saratoga County Career Center in conjunction with the Greater Capital Region Career Centers will hold the following free virtual career workshops:
Registration is required for all workshops. Visit https://thejoblink.org/calendar/ to register or call the Saratoga County Career Center at (518) 884-4170 for more information. The workshops are offered as part of the Saratoga County Career Center’s WorkPays! workforce education campaign.
September 27 at 11AM: Overcoming Barriers. Join an informal discussion about how to overcome potential stumbling blocks to finding a job. Whether you’re facing transportation needs, childcare needs, prior justice system involvement, inexperience, health concerns or more, this workshop will provide you with resources and strategies to help you meet your goals. Facilitated by Saratoga and Fulton-Montgomery-Schoharie.
Saratoga County Sheriff's Office partners with OffenderWatch
The Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with OffenderWatch to offer a new and free family safety mobile app to keep children and families safe. OffenderWatch is the nation’s leading sex offender registry partner.
The Sheriff’s Office announced the partnership on Wednesday and is offering the OffenderWatch App for free download on Android and iPhone smartphone devices. The app, which offers online safety information and tips for how to talk to children about sex offenders, will allow citizens to see registered sex offenders located near them or their family members. They will also receive alerts when a registered sex offender moves into their neighborhood.
“The safety of our community is one of the most important fundamental concerns we have as police officers,” said Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo. “Our partnership with OffenderWatch provides our citizens with one more tool to keep them and their families safe.” Families will have the option to upgrade the app to a paid version, which will include additional features.
Mike Cormaci, president and co-founder of OffenderWatch, said that their mission is to help law enforcement protect their communities from sexual predators better. "As predators continue to groom and solicit children online, we’re helping law enforcement and families combat these efforts before it becomes a tragedy,” he said.
The OffenderWatch App works as follows:
Parents who sign up for the OffenderWatch App download the app on their own smartphone and their child’s android or iPhone device.
In the free version of the app, parents can see their child’s location and the location of registered sex offenders.
Parents will receive notifications if a sex offender moves into their neighborhood.
For the paid version, the app also monitors the child’s smartphone texts, emails, location and phone calls in the background without storing the child’s messages or interfering with its use.
If a registered sex offender contacts the child, or the child lingers near the address of a sex offender the parent or guardian receives an instant notification. From there, parents should ask their children about their smartphone activity or contact law enforcement to investigate. Parents and guardians can download the app or learn more at communitynotification.com or OffenderWatch.com
SARATOGA COUNTY ADVISORY YOUTH BOARD
The Saratoga County Advisory Youth Board encourages closer cooperation between employers, labor, schools, churches, recreation commissions, State and local employment programs, service clubs and other public and private agencies so as to stimulate employment for youth and encourage sound youth programs on the basis of community planning.
All members of the Youth Board are appointed by the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors. Membership is between 13 and 28 members, composed of a representative of each of the 19 Towns and 2 Cities in the County. Representatives from various agencies engaged in youth service, minority groups consistent with the Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Plan, and 2 Youth 14-21 years of age.
The Youth Board meets at least 4 times per year. Regular meetings are open to the public.
Saratoga County Advisory Youth Board
is looking to appoint a member to the Board. This appointment would represent the Town of Day and is a volunteer position. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Diana Edwards 518-696-3789 ext. 1
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