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Battenkill Conservancy Annual Meeting & 'A Journey Down the Hudson' presentation by Doug Vincent.

The Battenkill Conservancy (or BkC) is proud to announce that Doug Vincent, an inspirational speaker and river enthusiast who has lived and worked in the Capital District for more than twenty years, will be our featured speaker on Sunday, Nov 5 beginning at 2pm. Vincent will offer a talk and slide show presentation about his 28 day canoe trip down the Hudson.

Beginning near Lake Tear of the Clouds, Vincent and a colleague paddled continuously along vast stretches of the river before ending 180 miles down river at Manhattan's Battery Park City and within sight of the Statue of Liberty. The presentation is part of BkC's annual public meeting held to update as well as collect feedback from the community on its the current activities, past successes and future plans for the Battenkill watershed and beyond. The talk will be held at the newly formed Fort Miller Meetinghouse located at 1239 Fort Miller Road in Fort Edward, NY. The Meetinghouse is part of the historic Fort Miller Reformed Church complex that sits between the Hudson River and the NYS Canal System just off Route 4.

Vincent is a licensed clinical social worker with a Masters in Social Work from Rutgers Graduate School of Social Work. He has worked in both private practice and for the not for profit Samaritan Counseling Center in Scotia focusing on outpatient counseling services. His time spent at the New Brunswick Theological Seminary in New Jersey accounts for his activities in the area churches as a well known and in demand preacher. A gifted speaker, Vincent is noted for his well researched, historically based and topically relevant sermons.

However it is Vincent's love for outdoor activities and canoeing that lead him to plan a “Journey Down the Hudson” in 2008. A break in his work schedule and a change in his personal situation provided a kind of sabbatical for him to take advantage of the opportunity. Vincent currently resides along the river in Fort Miller adjacent to the Fort Miller Meetinghouse. The corresponding sanctuary and current church structure was originally built as a community meeting house for Fort Edward and the surrounding area in 1816 and celebrated its 200th anniversary last October.  Given its scenic and historic location on a prime stretch of the Hudson River, BkC decided that would be the perfect setting for the talk. Attendees are encouraged to come early and tour the grounds, the church sanctuary, the historical archives and the River Road cemetery located just down the road. The meeting is open to the public and all are welcome. Seasonal refreshments and light fare will be served.

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