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Talk topic: reaching out to youth

Warren County is very fortunate to have youth advocate Irv West adopt Thurman as his home.

For decades, he has worked tirelessly to inspire at-risk youth — which some people in our society turn their backs on — to follow a new fulfilling path in life.

He also possesses of knowledge on how to reach out and communicate with youth — that may simply be obstinate, or perhaps dealing with critical issues that may not be apparent.

Recently, he chronicled much of his experience in a book, “Breaking the Rules,” which details his fresh approach of building of the strength and courage of struggling youth, rather than being adversarial with them by enacting needless rules, or trying to impose one’s will on their lives. We hear the book is full of concrete examples, drawn from his personal experiences.

This week West will be offering a parenting session and a book-signing event, both at Crandall Library, Glens St., Glens Falls.

The first is the book-signing, accompanied by a talk on Monday Dec. 11 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The parenting workshop is to be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12. For details, see: www.youthadvocate.net.

All are welcome to both sessions.

Museum open during local fest

Just a reminder — This Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1 and 2, the Warrensburgh Museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the Christmas in Warrensburgh festival. Refreshments will be served both days.

The weekend features the opening of the museum’s holiday exhibit, "Our Toys" which promises to be a lot of fun. The exhibit includes toys and games from the 1920s into the 1980s. As always, Museum admission is free. For details, contact the museum at 623-2928 or check out the website at www.whs12885.org/museum.html.

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