Seventeen international students are now riding their bikes to work, thanks to Lake George’s new Student Connection.
Nearly 150 students attended two orientation celebrations hosted by the volunteer group at the Caldwell Presbyterian Church, where a raffle was held to offer the donated bicycles to the lucky students. Students from Jamaica, Ukraine, Macedonia, Russia and other countries, here on the J1 Visa program, enjoyed food, desserts and presentations by a variety of speakers. Speakers included Mayor Robert Blais, Chairman Howard Nicols and members of the Lake George Fire Department, Emergency Squad, Sheriff’s Office, Greater Glens Falls Transit and Warren County Safe Bicycling Initiative.
This past Wednesday, over 150 students were treated to a spaghetti dinner at the Sacred Heart Church, with another “Meet and Greet” dinner scheduled for Wednesday, July 18th. A farewell concert dedicated to all working seasonal students is scheduled for Friday, August 31st in Shepard Park.
Mayor Blais indicated complaints were down considerably this year, crediting the work of the Committee and local employers and accommodations. Several complaints about one location is being handled by the Town Code Enforcement Office concerning unhealthy and overcrowding conditions.
One local employer is evicting all his students to sell the housing units and the Committee is working to find those students rooms.
The Committee also discussed a partnership with a local bus company to provide cultural tours to Washington D.C., Niagara Falls and New York City.
The Student Connection Committee is comprised of representatives from the Town and Village of Lake George, Queensbury and Bolton, as well as several business owners and the Lake George Chamber.