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14 of our prominent citizens ( Bob Akland, Crystal Burch, David Klingebiel, Donna Farringer, Gene Ceglowski, Janet Swears, Kay Tomasi, Mary Skelly, Maura Rapp, Mike Gray, Seth Pitts, Stacy Morrison, Susan Snyder and Susi Thomas) have been incarcerated by “Hanging Judge” Don McPhee for crimes against humanity.  Bail has been set and must be raised by Friday, March 27 at 7 pm, or there will be serious consequences. 

JailBail Salem Courthouse 2Please contact these individuals and help raise bail money to release them.  Bail checks may be made out to the Historic Salem Courthouse and mailed to PO Box 140 – Salem, NY 12865.  There will be a party at the Courthouse on Friday, March 27 at 7 pm to celebrate their freedom.






Exciting New Events at the Courthouse

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2015 March History Lectures

Eash Thursday in March at 7:30 in the first floor Archive Room, the CCC will present a special talk centered on the Civil War.  These talks are being offered in conjunction with the special activities being offered by the Town of Salem celebrating the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War and the return of the 123rd Regiment.
March 5: Salem Historian, Al Cormier, and author, Edie Meikle, will speak on Washington County’s own 123rd Regiment

March 12: Photographer, Clifford Oliver, will provide a first person narrative on Solomon Northup

March 19: Tom Smith who is associated with Grant’s Cottage will present “Ulysses S. Grant: His Life, His Work, His Death”

March 26: Attorney, Ken Aldous, will present “Yankees in the Basement: The Life and Legacy of the Civil War in the North” (originally scheduled for March 5 but moved due to a snow storm in New York City were Ken resides.)


K.-Aldous-Photo2-198x300The final talk in the 2015 March History Lecture Series:

Ken Aldous will present “Yankees in the Basement: The Life and Legacy of the Civil War in the North”

Thursday, March 26 at 7:30 in the Archive Room of the Courthouse Community Center

New York City attorney, Ken Aldous, is offering a most informative talk on Thursday evening.  In addition to being a lawyer who practices in New York, England and Wales, Ken is a historian with a keen interest in the Civil War.  Ken boasts of ancestors who actually fought in federal Civil War units including the 123rd Regiment.  He is also a Civil War reenactor in the 5th N.Y.S.V.,  a component of the largest reencating group in the country – the United Sates Volunteers.

“Yankees in the Basement: The Life and Legacy of the Civil War in the North” will focus  on the public will in the North that was a significant cause of the federal victory.  Much has been made of the effect the Confederate defeat had on the South, but the legacy of the war in the North is often overlooked.

Anthony “Tony” Jenkins

The Courthouse is greatly saddened by the passing of one of our Martial Arts instructors, Tony Jenkins.
Tony taught Kung Fu to the younger kids through adulthood. He passed unexpectedly and certainly will leave a huge hole in the hearts of all that knew him. He was a leader by example with his gentle and caring spirit. He touched many lives here at the Courthouse and we can only hope that his guidance and the qualities he passed on to others will be continued to be paid forward.

Please click the button below to visit Giveforward.com to contribute to a fund that has been created to raise money for his funeral costs.  Thank you.

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Art Naive

The Creative Works of Donna Wynbrandt. Join us for our newest exhibit coming to the Great Hall in March. A Cambridge resident, Donna’s whimsical and colorful creations will be on display through April 24. Representing a span of five years, this display is sure to warm your heart on a cold winter’s day!

Donna Wynbrandt (center) and friends at her opening on March 6.

Battenkill Inspired

A wonderful new collaborative presentation offered by the Folklife Gallery at the Crandall Public Library

Battenkill Inspired

Presentations for the new exhibition celebrating the waters of the Battenkill,
on view in the Folklife Gallery through June 30, 2015,
hosted at 2 sites:

The Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library
251 Glen Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801
518-792-6508 • www.crandalllibrary.org

Salem Courthouse Community Center
58 East Broadway, Salem, NY 12865
518-854-7053 • www.salemcourthouse.org


The Covered Bridges of Washington County, New York
Illustrated talk and book signing by Robert G. McIntosh, author/craftsperson

Monday, April 20, 7 pm at Crandall Library
Wednesday, May 13, 7 pm at the Salem Courthouse Community Center, Salem, NY.

By 1994 the condition of the three covered bridges still in use in Washington County had declined to the point where the longest, most used span was considered for replacement with a modern steel and concrete bridge. This book tells the story of how local concerned citizens organized, cooperated with elected officials, and secured funding for the complete restoration of all three bridges, which were rededicated in 2007.

This 72-page book includes an historic overview of local transportation, histories of five covered bridges, an introduction to trusses and how they work, and a detailed description of the engineering design process and construction techniques used to restore the three bridges. Over 150 illustrations.

Robert G. McIntosh was born in Lynn, Massachusetts. He studied architecture at RPI, made furniture and cabinets for twenty years, and is now a luthier making and restoring double basses. He lives in Cambridge, New York with his wife, Bliss, and his dog, May.
Battenkill Kitchen Wild Edibles
Workshop with Bliss McIntosh & Bill Rose, local foragers & chefs.

Sunday, May 3, noon to 3 pm, or Monday, May 4, 6 to 9 pm
Cost: $35. Reservations required: Salem Courthouse Community Center, 518-854-7053.

The Battenkill Kitchen of the Historic Salem Courthouse in conjunction with Crandall Library’s Folklife Center’s exhibit “Battenkill Inspired” will be offering a cooking class featuring preparation of delicious wild edibles as well as traditional fish dishes from and around our local Battenkill River with consideration given to important fish and wildlife conservation.
Local chefs Bliss McIntosh and Bill Rose will be preparing wild leeks, fiddlehead ferns, and marsh marigolds to name a few, used in soups, salads, and risottos and will also feature trout and other fish dishes created in an interactive fun-filled class.
Two classes will be offered; Sunday, May 3 from 12PM-3PM and the second class will be held Monday, May 4 from 6-9PM. The Battenkill Kitchen is located behind the Salem Courthouse Community Center, 58 East Broadway, Salem, NY.
Space is limited and these classes will fill up quickly. The cost is $35 to be paid at the time of registration. Call 518-854-7053 to register.
The Battenkill Kitchen is a not-for-profit certified commercial kitchen available for rent in order to create and produce food products for your home or business.


Beginning Ornithology
Illustrated talk with live birds by Steven Jay Sanford, ornithologist, decoy carver, boat builder.

Monday, May 11, 7 pm at Crandall Public Library
Wednesday, May 20, 7 pm at Salem Courthouse Community Center, Salem, NY

Steven Jay Sanford is a retired wildlife ecologist with a lifelong passion for the natural world – and a need to create. He was born and grew up on Long Island’s south shore and so has always enjoyed birds and boats, everything about duck shooting, and all things – animals and plants – that live on the natural landscape.

He currently lives on an old farm in Washington County, and spends many hours in creative pursuits – painting, carving, woodworking, building, repairing, restoring, etc. His decoys (both decorative and working) and a boat he uses on the Battenkill are featured in the exhibition, “Battenkill Inspired”.

Kiss the Water
(film by director Eric Steel, USA, 2014, 80 min)
Tuesday, May 12, with 2 showings 2:30 and 6:30 pm at Crandall Public Library’s Film Series.

In a small cottage on the northern coast of Scotland, Megan Boyd twirled tiny bits of feather and fur, silver and gold into fishing flies that were at once works of art, magical – and absolutely lethal. Wherever men and women cast their lines for the mighty Atlantic salmon, her name is whispered in mythic reverence, and stories about her surface and swirl like fairy tales.–Film Director Eric Steel

“Impressionistic animation illustrates the beauty Boyd created…Megan herself comes off as some kind of fabled creature, never seen, but always admired and respected.” Jamie S. Rich, Oregonian, 1/27/2014
Teaching Trout to Talk: The Zen of Small Stream Fly Fishing
Reading and book signing by Stuart Bartow, SUNY Adirondack & Battenkill Conservancy-NY.

Monday, June 1, 7 pm at Crandall Public Library
Wednesday, June 10, 7 pm at Salem Community Courthouse, Salem, NY

Are these places real, or mere dream? Are they illusions, tricks of the mind, fata morgana, that the angler imagines might exist? These green pools, where the brook trout are even greener, that can be glimpsed just around the bend? The small stream fly angler is the fool who is ever in search of the perfect pool that no one knows about, hidden away in a brook everyone else ignores. Still, sometimes, the angler is lucky and stumbles upon that place that is ever-changing, elusive.

Stuart Bartow is a widely published poet, an avid fly fisherman, a long time member of the Clearwater Chapter of Trout Unlimited, a Professor of English at SUNY Adirondack, and Chair of the Battenkill Conservancy.
Batten Kill: A Fly-Fishing History
Illustrated talk by Cathi Comar, exec. director of the American Museum of Fly Fishing

Monday, June 8, 7 pm at Crandall Public Library.
Wednesday, June 3, 7 pm at the Salem Courthouse Community Center, Salem, NY

The Batten Kill has long been considered one of the most hallowed fly-fishing rivers in the eastern United States. From global companies to conservation organizations, this important river has inspired anglers of all levels. Learn about the fly-fishing history of the Batten Kill in Vermont and New York.

Cathi Comar is the author/curator of “A Graceful Rise: Women in Fly Fishing Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow”. Born and raised in Hudson Falls, she has pursued her museum career at a number of institutions, including the National Geographic Society, South Street Seaport, and the Shelburne Museum, before becoming the executive director at the American Museum of Fly Fishing in Manchester, VT in 2008.
“Battenkill Inspired” a new exhibition curated by Todd DeGarmo on view in the Folklife Gallery through June 30th and its programs are produced by the Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library and made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts-Folk Arts Program, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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