He has pledged to row solo in the historic 90-Miler Adirondack Canoe Classic guideboat race starting Friday. And he is inviting people to pledge support for a good cause.
Van Cott is rowing 90 miles to raise money and awareness for downtown
The organization, chartered in 2012, has already raised
For Van Cott, the 90-miler is a big row, especially solo.
"I have rowed every day of June and July on
"But I have not done any carries, and that will be a challenge since the guideboat I row is 70 pounds. Also, it is my mother-in-law's boat, so if I drop it, I will be in big trouble."
Van Cott is using his oars to ferry awareness.
He titles this trip: Rowing for
It's not like heading up the pond without a paddle. Economic growth and population increase have been hallmarks of
The population of 5,856 in the 2010 Census is up nearly 6.6 percent since 2000.
The median household income in 2000 was
Volunteers, artisans and engaged citizens have added at least 10 new events to the annual village schedule in a decade, including the Mayor's Cup Races,
These join the oldest winter festival in
So why does one trustee set out to row 90 miles?
"We need to build more awareness and support for revitalization in
"Our commercial property owners face herculean challenges. Their properties are older and require more maintenance, which in many cases has gone lacking. The money for facade improvement or other significant renovations is just not there."
Van Cott has a three-part dedicated crew, with his wife, actress Leslie Dame, and their children, Dylan and Sasha, helping at ports along the 90-mile course. The race continues into Saturday and Sunday.
Van Cott told the Press-Republican he is visualizing the finish line.
"We are so fortunate to have such an epic event as the 90-Miler finish on
"I hope to join them at the finish line on Sunday, and in celebrating
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