Saratoga Tuesday Morning Wire - news you can use and other curiosities

Daniel James Brown’s nonfiction book, The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and their epic quest for gold at the 1936 Olympics, has been selected by public vote as this year’s book of choice for Saratoga Reads, a community-wide reading program. The story, set during the Great Depression, tells the story of how nine working-class young men from the American West competed for the Gold Medal in rowing at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. An adaptation of The Boys in the Boat for young readers will serve as this year’s junior companion book. Saratoga Reads invites young readers to participate in discussions on the book Feb. 4 and 11 at the Saratoga Springs Public Library.

The formal announcement of the book selection and a celebration of the 12th year Saratoga Reads will be made 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Northshire Bookstore. In April, a conversation featuring Ginny Gilder - an Olympic silver medal rower and author of Course Correction, will take place at Skidmore College.

The Saratoga Springs Heritage Area Visitor Center invites participation in its annual “Mitten Tree” program, through Dec. 31. Individuals, organizations and youth groups are invited to contribute new, store-bought or handmade mittens, gloves, hats, scarves, or earmuffs to decorate the tree; all sizes, colors and styles are welcome. The items will be donated to area organizations that support those in need during the winter season. Donations can be placed on the Mitten Tree in the Visitor Center at 297 Broadway, Monday-Saturday from 9 am-6 pm and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. For more information, call the Visitor Center at 587-3241.

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U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand Monday announced $2.3 million in federal funds was targeted for 16 municipalities and housing authorities in the Capital Region. These funds were allocated through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) program. The FSS program assists local social services agencies, community colleges, businesses and other local organizations in providing education and job training in order to help those participating in HUD’s housing voucher program and living in public housing gain marketable job skills. Of the 16 groups in the Capital Region, two in Saratoga County are to receive this HUD funding. They are the village of Corinth ($33,237), and the village of Ballston Spa ($41,623).

Plum Dandy Frozen Yogurt & Toppings has closed its two satellite locations, in Malta and Troy, the Times Union reports. The stores opened about a year and a half ago. The stores’ contents are being sold by Collar City Auctions in a sale labeled “by order of a secured creditor.” The first Plum Dandy, at 419 Broadway, opened in 2010. A related Saratoga business, Plum Dandy Cookies & Milk, has been open since mid-2013 at 55 Railroad Place.