Saratoga County Announces Youth Team Sports Funding Grant Recipients
February 15, 2024

More than $100,000 provided to youth sports teams for underserved youth

BALLSTON SPA, NY — Saratoga County officials today announced grant recipients of the County’s Department of Aging and Youth Services Youth Team Sports (YTS) Funding. The funding supports youth development through team sports programs.

More than $100,000 was made available to support youth team sports programs for underserved youth under the age of 18. Community-based organizations and nonprofits were eligible to apply for funding.

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The following organizations were awarded grants:
• Old Saratoga Athletic Association was awarded $31,999 to purchase a vinyl storage garage.
• Schuylerville Lacrosse was awarded $6,917 for equipment, supplies, tournament fees and scholarships.
• Mechanicville Stillwater United Soccer Club was awarded $5,606 for field and gym rental, medical kits, and registration fees for low-income youth.
• Mechanicville Area Community Services Center was awarded $12,542 for infrastructure improvements, volleyball equipment and staffing.
• Mechanicville Stillwater Little League was awarded $15,000 for infrastructure improvements.
• Corinth Ice Hockey was awarded $18,000 for indoor ice rink rental and a temporary liner for an outdoor ice rink.
• Galway Baseball Softball League was awarded $18,160 for infrastructure improvements.

TEAM Sports funding is provided by the Saratoga County Department of Aging and Youth Services with funding from the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS). A new fund was created under OCFS in the state fiscal year 2023-2024 budget to provide awards to support youth team sports programs for underserved youth under age 18. Repeat funding from the State is not guaranteed.

For more information, contact the Saratoga County Department of Aging and Youth Services at 518-884-4100.

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Photo: Saratoga County Officials present checks to recipients of Saratoga County Youth Sports Teams Funding, Old Saratoga Athletic Association and Schuylerville Lacrosse. Pictured: Supervisor Tom Richardson of the City of Mechanicville, Supervisor Eric Butler of the Town of Corinth, Rebecca Robarge, Youth Program Coordinator at Saratoga County Department of Aging and Youth Services, Sandra Cross, Director of Saratoga County Department of Aging and Youth Services, Mike Prendergast of Old Saratoga Athletic Association, Saratoga County Board of Supervisors Chairman Phil Barrett, James Ducharme of Schuylerville Lacrosse, Supervisor Ian Murray of the Town of Saratoga, Supervisor J.D. Arnold of the Town of Galway, and Schuylerville Mayor Dan Carpenter.


Bivalent Vaccine

Saratoga County to Hold Senior Influenza Clinic
February 12, 2024

Saratoga County Residents Age 65 or Older Can Make an Appointment for this Free Clinic

BALLSTON SPA, NY — Saratoga County Department of Health is holding a free influenza vaccination clinic for Saratoga County seniors on Thursday, February 15, 2024, from 9AM to noon at the Saratoga County Public Safety Building in Ballston Spa (6012 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020).

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Appointments are required and can be made by calling 518-885-2276. Walk-ins cannot be accommodated.

While there is no out of pocket cost to seniors, health insurance information will be collected during the registration process.

Fluzone High-Dose Influenza vaccine will be available to seniors 65 years of age or older who reside in Saratoga County.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends that everyone six-months and older get an influenza (flu) vaccine every season with rare exception.

Detailed information about influenza vaccine is available from CDC.

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Saratoga County Department of Aging and Youth Services to Hold Free NY Connects & Health Insurance Information Session for Seniors in Saratoga Springs
February 8, 2024

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY – The Saratoga County Department of Aging and Youth Services is holding a free New York Connects and Health Insurance Information Session for seniors on Monday, February 12, 2024, from 1PM to 2PM at the Saratoga Senior Center (290 West Avenue, Saratoga Springs).

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At 1PM, representatives from the Saratoga County Department of Aging and Youth Services and the Independent Living Center of the Hudson Valley will make a presentation about the New York Connects Program. New York Connects is a locally based No Wrong Door (NWD) system that provides one stop access to free, objective, comprehensive information and assistance on long term services and supports for people of all ages or with any type of disability.

From 1:30-2PM, representatives from Saratoga County Department of Aging and Youth Services will present “What’s new for 2024 with Health Insurance Information Counseling and Assistance” with a question-and-answer period.

The event takes place directly following the Dine and Gather program, which begins at noon. Reservations are required for Dine and Gather. Seniors who would like to attend lunch can call 518-884-4100 by noon the day before to make a reservation.

The Saratoga County Office for the Aging provides services for seniors throughout the County of Saratoga. These services create opportunities for active older people and meet the needs of those at risk of losing their independence. The Department provides older people with access to information and referral services, transportation, job and volunteer opportunities, senior center and day care center programs, congregate and home delivered meals, as well as case management and in-home services.

For more information about the Saratoga County Department of Aging and Youth Services, visit www.saratogacountyny.gov/DAYS.

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Saratoga County Announces Lifeguard Training Sponsorships Available for Youth Ages 15 to 17
February 7, 2024

Saratoga County Department of Aging and Youth Services has sponsorships available for residents ages 15 to 17 years old who would like to become lifeguards. The sponsorships will provide eligible residents with the opportunity to take the American Red Cross Lifeguard Training this spring.

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Applications are due March 1, 2024 and are available on the Saratoga County website at www.saratogacountyny.gov/youth.

Those interested must participate in a pre-requisite swim at the Saratoga Springs YMCA (290 West Avenue, Saratoga Springs) on March 9, 2024 at noon. This requirement will take approximately two hours. Participants will take part in swimming 300 to 500 yards continuously (depending on pool or waterfront certification), treading water hands-free, and retrieving a weight, both under time limits. Participants will be eligible to apply for sponsorship upon completion of these components.

Classes for the water skills portion of the Lifeguard Training will take place April 1st through 3rd from 9AM to 5PM. Additional classes will be announced for May and June.

Students will be certified in American Red Cross CPR, First Aid, AED and Water Rescue Skills. These classes will provide pool certification. Waterfront certification is available upon request and requires additional skills.

The program is provided through funding from the New York State Office of Children and Family Services.

For more information, please contact the Saratoga County Office of Aging and Youth Services at 518-884-4101 or visit www.saratogacountyny.gov/DAYS.

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Naloxone

Saratoga County Expands Naloxbox Program to Public Libraries
February 2, 2024

Partnership with Southern Adirondack Library System brings NaloxBoxes to 12 Locations

SARATOGA COUNTY, NY – Saratoga County officials today announced the Saratoga County Department of Health has expanded its NaloxBox Program to include a partnership with the Southern Adirondack Library System.  The Southern Adirondack Library System has installed NaloxBoxes at all its members in Saratoga County providing access to lifesaving Naloxone at 12 locations.

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The NaloxBox Program aims to address the opioid overdose crisis by providing public access to Naloxone, a life-saving medication that can reverse an opioid overdose.

Inspired by the life-saving concept of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs), the NaloxBox serves as a public emergency intervention tool that houses multiple prepackaged doses of nasal naloxone spray. Like an AED, bystanders can freely access the box and its contents to help save the life of someone experiencing an opioid overdose.

Saratoga County Board of Supervisors Chairman Phil Barrett (Clifton Park) said, “Saratoga County is committed to combating the opioid epidemic through a multi-pronged approach that includes education, prevention, treatment, and response efforts. Through the NaloxBox Program, we are bringing resources to the community and empowering people to save lives. We are thankful to the Southern Adirondack Library System and their member libraries for their partnership in this important program that provides public access to life-saving Naloxone.”

NaloxBoxes may be found at any of the eleven public libraries (and one branch) in Saratoga County:

  • Ballston Spa Public Library
  • Ballston Community Public Library
  • Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library
  • Corinth Free Library
  • Galway Public Library
  • Mechanicville District Public Library
  • Round Lake (Women’s Round Lake Improvement Society Library & Malta branch library)
  • Saratoga Springs Public Library
  • Schuylerville Public Library
  • Stillwater Public Library
  • Waterford Public Library

Commissioner of the Saratoga County Department of Health, Daniel Kuhles, MD MPH, stated, “The persistence of opioids and other illicit substances in our community represents an imminent threat to public health, which makes providing the community with access to potentially life-saving tools like naloxone, so important. We are thankful for this partnership with the Southern Adirondack Library System and their members in Saratoga County.”

“Public libraries are a vital community resource,” said Erica Freudenberger, the Outreach, Engagement, and Marketing consultant at the Southern Adirondack Library System. “We are committed to supporting community health and appreciate the opportunity to partner with the Saratoga County Health Department on this important initiative.”

The County’s Department of Health will distribute a total of 35 NaloxBoxes to community organizations, businesses, and towns for installation in public spaces countywide. The program’s cost of $9,134 was paid for with Opioid Settlement Funds.

Naloxone, sold under the brand name Narcan, is a safe medication that can save someone’s life by reversing the effects of an opioid overdose. It only works on opioids, such as heroin, prescription pain medications and fentanyl, but it is safe to use even if opioids are not present. 911 should always be called after administering Naloxone. New York State’s Good Samaritan Law allows people to call 911 without fear of arrest if they are having a drug overdose that requires emergency medical care or if they witness someone overdosing.

Saratoga County has received approximately $1,156,700 in Opioid Settlement Funds since 2022 and has dedicated its use to a multi-agency approach between the Saratoga County Department of Health, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and the Sheriff’s Office to provide prevention, education, treatment and response services and programs to fight the effects of the opioid epidemic in our communities.

The Southern Adirondack Library System (SALS) is a voluntary association of 34 public libraries in Hamilton, Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties. We work together to provide the best possible library services to residents of our region. For more information about SALS, visit https://salsblog.sals.edu/.

For more information about Saratoga County’s efforts to combat the opioid crisis, visit www.SaratogaCountyNY.gov/DOH.

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Saratoga County Department of Aging and Youth Services to Hold Free NY Connects & Health Insurance Information Session for Seniors
February 1, 2024

MECHANICVILLE, NY – The Saratoga County Department of Aging and Youth Services is holding a free New York Connects and Health Insurance Information Session for seniors on Tuesday, February 6, 2024, from 1PM to 2PM at the Mechanicville Senior Center (178 North Main Street, Mechanicville).

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At 1PM, representatives from the Saratoga County Department of Aging and Youth Services and the Independent Living Center of the Hudson Valley will make a presentation about the New York Connects Program. New York Connects is a locally based No Wrong Door (NWD) system that provides one stop access to free, objective, comprehensive information and assistance on long term services and supports for people of all ages or with any type of disability.

From 1:30-2PM, representatives from Saratoga County Department of Aging and Youth Services will present “What’s new for 2024 with Health Insurance Information Counseling and Assistance” with a question-and-answer period.

The event takes place directly following the Dine and Gather program, which begins at noon. Reservations are required for Dine and Gather. Seniors who would like to attend lunch can call 518-664-9884 Ext 317 by noon the day before to make a reservation.

The Saratoga County Office for the Aging and Youth Services provides services for seniors throughout the County of Saratoga. These services create opportunities for active older people and meet the needs of those at risk of losing their independence. The Department provides older people with access to information and referral services, transportation, job and volunteer opportunities, senior center and day care center programs, congregate and home delivered meals, as well as case management and in-home services.

For more information about the Saratoga County Department of Aging and Youth Services, visit www.saratogacountyny.gov/DAYS.

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