Creative Expressions Artist Joy Pendlebury Receives Honor

Joy Pendlebury is a dedicated artist in Lexington's Creative Expressions art program. Joy works hard to develop her own style and has an eye for design and color along with a keen ability to see what changes need to be made in order to make her work the best that it can be. She welcomes input from others and actually enjoys the critiquing portion of class time. Her painting, “Diva,” was recently selected as the cover artwork for the ARC Otsego’s VOICE, which was an incredible honor for Joy. This year’s exhibit marks the VOICE’s tenth anniversary celebrating the creative voices of artists with disabilities. The exhibition and reception were held at the Martin Mullen Gallery at SUNY Oneonta on July 18th. Many kind words were said about Joy and her art during the awards ceremony. She was told that her painting of a confident young woman gave a face to the VOICE.


New Nature Trail Opens in Ephratah Thanks to Community Partnerships

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at 1:30 pm on Saturday, July 12 to open a new nature trail in Ephratah. The trail was the brainchild of Lyn Wood, a member of the Ephratah Planning Board. Wood previously worked at the Adirondack Center and wanted to bring a piece of the Center into town for everyone to enjoy. The trail begins at the Transfer Station on Route 29 in Ephratah and is open to all daily from dawn until dusk.

It took a great deal of work to prepare the trail for opening and many people and organizations played significant roles in the project. Wood would like to thank both the Planning and Town Boards of Ephratah for their wonderful support, Lexington’s Pathfinders Day Program for clearing brush on the trail through the woods and creating the registration box at the start of the trail, Jack Wood for walking the trail and identifying all of the trees, Ron Dygert for making all the trail signs, Chris Simonds for making and donating the road sign indicating the presence of the Nature Trail, Head of Ephratah’s Recreation Commission Al Cretser, and Crester’s son Ethan and daughter Abby for helping to lay out the trail and for erecting all the signage for the trail.

Crester has been behind this project from the very beginning and his enthusiasm and support have driven it to completion. Thanks also to Chair of the Ephratah Planning Board JudyTownsend for her enthusiasm, contributing baked goods for the opening and for landscaping beneath the road sign. Wood would also like to thank Melissa Pedro who made posters advertising the grand opening and Abby Tavolaro of Lexington’s Home and Career College Program who baked a cake for the occasion. Her choice for a nature themed decoration for the frosting was perfect. Wood had this to say about the grand opening of the nature trail, “It started out as a dream and now that it’s a reality, I can’t believe it. I am so appreciative to all who helped make the trail happen.”

Wood volunteers at Lexington’s Day Habilitation programs, teaching participants about team building and the importance of self-esteem. When the idea for the trail project was born, it seemed as though Lexington’s Pathfinders Day Program would be a perfect fit as participants in the program had worked on similar projects in the past. The members of Pathfinders were thrilled to volunteer their time and expertise to help make the trail a success. Lexington Program Participants volunteered over 10,000 hours in the community last year.

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Lexington Raises Flag in Honor of Memorial Day

On Friday, May 23, 2014, Lexington's Day Habilitation program held a Flag Raising Ceremony at Lexington's Gloversville facility in honor of Memorial Day. The flag was very generously donated by the Meco Fire Department and was raised by Joe Looman and Patrick Foote, two Lexington program participants. Several staff and individuals supported by Lexington attended the ceremony, including several employees in uniform.

Meco Firemen Gary Stoller and Richard Ruby present Lexington participants Patrick Foote and Joe Looman with a new American flag that was raised at Gloversville's Bishop Burke facility.

Meco Firemen Gary Stoller and Richard Ruby present Lexington participants Patrick Foote and Joe Looman with a new American flag that was raised at Gloversville's Bishop Burke facility.

Lexington Safety Manager and Technical Sargeant, New York Air National Guard William Roe gave a moving speech about the history and meaning of Memorial Day.

Lexington Safety Manager and Technical Sargeant, New York Air National Guard William Roe gave a moving speech about the history and meaning of Memorial Day.

Joe Looman and Patrick Foote prepare to raise the flag.

Joe Looman and Patrick Foote prepare to raise the flag.

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Joe Looman and Patrick Foote raise the flag while Lexington Employees Staff Sergeant Gary Davis, US Air Force Reserve; Senior Airman Quentin Hallenbeck, US Air Force Reserve; and Airman 1st Class Samantha Gifford, New York Air National Guard look on.

Joe Looman and Patrick Foote raise the flag while Lexington Employees Staff Sergeant Gary Davis, US Air Force Reserve; Senior Airman Quentin Hallenbeck, US Air Force Reserve; and Airman 1st Class Samantha Gifford, New York Air National Guard look on.

Lexington Artists Show Their Work at the Northville Public Library

Lexington artists had a wonderfully successful art opening at the Northville Public Library last Tuesday evening. Many people came to meet our talented artists and see their creations. The Leader Herald had a very nice piece in their Sunday edition which you can read by clicking here.

The show is on display through June 30 at the Northville Library Gallery located at 341 South Third Street, Northville.

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