Weight Watchers nix town offer but birders closer to perching in visitor center

B y Lee Tugas

Several weeks after the town requested a $100 monthly donation, the Whitehall Weight Watchers group has chosen the Whitehall High School library as its meeting site over the town Senior Citizen Center.

The for-profit group was asked last month a make a monthly donation of $100 for using the senior citizen wing of the Whitehall Recreation Center. Supervisor George Armstrong said that he assumed that it was the requested donation that caused the group to reject the senior citizen site.

The group numbers nearly 40 members, Armstrong said.

He added that he did not know whether Whitehall Central School was charging the weight reduction group a fee for use of the high school library. Checking town correspondence, Armstrong noted all that Weight Watchers has said was that it has chosen the high school library over the senior citizen center for their weigh-in and counseling sessions.

The request for a $100 donation came about as a result of the town’s last meeting in February, where the board members agreed to study and develop a policy for charging not-for-profit and for-profit groups who use the recreation center.

The consensus was that some kind of sliding scale should be used to differentiate between for-profits and non-profits. In studying and developing such a policy, the board agreed to follow the advice of its town attorney, Erika Sellar Ryan.

Birders will nest free

In contrast to the rebuff from the Weight Watchers Group, Armstrong reported that an official from Washington County Grasslands IBA “had been favorably impressed” in her recent tour of the Canal Corp Visitor Center.

“Laurie LaFond,” Armstrong said, “told us that her group (the IBA) will meet in mid-March to decide whether or not to occupy the main suite of rooms of the Canal Corp Visitor Center.”

Unlike the Weight Watchers Group, the town is not seeking any monthly stipend from the bird group, a fact that sparked complaint from Town Councilman Farrell Prefountaine.

“They’re going in there and not paying?” Prefountaine asked loudly at the February meeting of the town board.

At that meeting, Armstrong persuaded board members that seven-day occupancy by the bird group would keep the building safe from summer-time vandalism and quite possibly attract grant monies that would offset heating costs in winter.

The board members were also persuaded by Armstrong’s arguments that “birding” is an enthusiasm shared by millions of people both in Canada and the U.S. Establishment of Whitehall as a birding center could bring much-needed tourism dollars to cash-strapped Whitehall.

On Monday, Armstrong reiterated his conviction that the bird group will indeed occupy the Visitor Center.

“They would use one section of the center for offices, and the two other sections for displays,” Armstrong said, the same kind of exhibits the group displayed at Whitehall’s recent winter carnival.

 

 

 

 

Comments

comments

Read more in this week's Times in newsstands now or click here to read right now with our e-edition.

Tags: , , ,

Northshire Freepress 02/27/15

North Country Freepress – 02/27/15

Lakes Classifieds – 02/27/15

Lakes Region Freepress 02/27/15

Classifieds 02/25/14

A year later, Pember on path to recovery

Bob and Mary (3)

By Derek Liebig A year after a state audit revealed the Granville institution was in a precarious financial state, the […]

A day in the life of a Whitehall Cop

Patrolman Joel Archambault issues a ticket during Monday's ridealong

By Dan King For a small town, there is always something to do as a cop in Whitehall. At 9:30 […]

Behavioral Specialist program to continue

Liz Legault

By Dan King The Whitehall Board of Education voted Monday to continue the district’s much-discussed behavioral specialist program. In an […]

Snail Mail gets slower

Whitehall Post Office

By Dan King People in New York’s rural municipalities, including Whitehall, may have to wait an extra day for delivery […]

Granville spirit night

By Derek Liebig Bolstering school spirit is the aim of an event that will be held tomorrow night at Granville […]

Hampton puts aside funds for equipment

By Derek Liebig The Hampton Town Board is putting some money aside for a rainy day. The board voted last […]

Whitehall Rifle Club still perfect

The Whitehall Rifle Club finished the first half of the season 7-0 with its strongest outing of the year, by […]