Saturday, October 1, 2022

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Challenging times for the Balloon Fest

By Cathy DeDe, Chronicle Managing Editor

The 49th Adirondack Balloon Festival has faced challenges on multiple fronts.

There will be fewer balloons than pre-Covid, said organizer Mark Donahue. “We have 68 balloons signed up. People in the field won’t really notice the difference, but we usually try to get close to 100.”

Maybe more notable, he says, the Crandall Park launches on Thursday and Sunday afternoon will be limited to …

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Cathy’s handy tips to enjoy the Balloon Festival

Chronicle Managing Editor Cathy DeDe advises:

  • Please be patient. Hot air balloons fly weather-permitting only. Safety is key.
  • My Number One suggestion: Get to the airport for a morning launch. Yes, it’s painfully early, and the cars are lined up by 4:30 a.m., well before the gates open, but there’s nothing like the excitement of 100 hot air balloons rising with the sun while bleary-eyed thousands cheer them on. Sunday

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Open Door’s Balloon Fest Breakfast is back, in a tent

By Cathy DeDe, Chronicle Managing Editor

The Open Door Mission’s Big Balloon Breakfast is back this year at Warren County Airport but it will take place in a tent, not in the hangar, which is undergoing renovations.

Breakfast is served during the Balloon Festival on both Saturday and Sunday, from 6 to 10 a.m. Cost: $10, $6 child.

About 26 volunteers are still needed for Sunday morning to do jobs …

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Glens Falls installs 150 parking sensors to help drivers find spaces; let city monitor use

By Cathy DeDe, Chronicle Managing Editor

The City of Glens Falls has installed sensors under 150 parking spaces on downtown streets, part of a Smart City Technologies Grant overseen by development director Jeff Flagg.

The sensors are on Warren, Glen and Ridge Streets in the first block out from the roundabout, and on South Street from Glen Street to School Street.

“It’s a pilot program,” Dr. Flagg tells The Chronicle. …

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Queensbury native buys land in Fort Ann, launching haunts ‘Boo Town’ & ‘Ghoul Town’

By Zander Frost, Chronicle Staff Writer

Queensbury native Mary Ryther is betting that people who love Halloween just can’t get enough of it.

After working in the entertainment industry in Los Angeles, she’s bought six-and-half acres in Fort Ann and is building a Halloween “haunt” due to open on Sept. 30 and operate weekends through Halloween this year and future years.

“I call it Boo Town by day, Ghoul Town …

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