Monday, January 17, 2022


John Gunther, 73, created & ran Toy Works for 47 years; closes it down

By Zander Frost & Mark Frost, Chronicle Staff Writer & Editor

After 47 years, John Gunther has closed The Toy Works toy and houseware manufacturing business on Fiddler’s Elbow Road, in Middle Falls just west of Greenwich in Washington County.

Now 73, Mr. Gunther says, “I had a great job….I definitely enjoyed the creative side of it. I worked with some terrific artists and illustrators and designers.”

Printing, stuffing and …

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No wild weddings

By Mark Frost, Chronicle Editor

New York State is easing its Covid wedding reception rules as of March 15 — allowing as many as 150 attendees or 50% of capacity, whichever is less — but don’t assume the party can be hearty.

The rules on dancing are many.

  • Attendees may dance with only members of their immediate party/household/family seated at their table.
  • Attendees must wear face coverings in their assigned

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Marathon Dance won’t be a dance this year; eye 3 ‘event’ options

By Cathy DeDe, Chronicle Managing Editor

Much remains up in the air about the 2021 44th South High Marathon Dance (SHMD), but there is one certainty.

“One thing we know is there won’t be dancing. Covid precautions just don’t allow it. We are calling it an ‘event,’ not a ‘dance’,” art teacher Tom Myott tells The Chronicle.

Mr. Myott, math teacher Jody Sheldon and alumnus Dan Albert are SHMD’s long-time …

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Fort Salem Theatre in new hands: Kyle & Jared West

By Cathy DeDe, Chronicle Managing Editor

Kyle and Jared West have bought Fort Salem Theatre from Jay and Lynne Kerr.

“They have great youth and energy,” Mr. Kerr said. He said it was a whirlwind sale, executed in under 30 days.

Kyle, who will be the Executive and Artistic Director, told The Chronicle in an email interview, “In all honesty, I found the theatre listing on a Monday, traveled to …

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Sam’s Diner raises record $61,500 for Operation Santa

Chronicle News Editor Gordon Woodworth writes:

Sam’s Diner on Dix Avenue in Glens Falls raised a record $61,500 — up from $38,600 last year — in its “Small Business Challenge” for Operation Santa.

Sam’s Diner owner Pete Brock said the $61,500 will provide coats, hats and mittens for 1,118 kids.

He said Operation Santa has personal meaning for him because years ago “I was one of those kids. I got …

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