High notes: Jan. 9, 2017

Hats off to those doing good in our community
A brick perogola is being built this winter in Central Park in Schenectady.
A brick perogola is being built this winter in Central Park in Schenectady.

In Schenectady, the Rose Garden Restoration Committee is furthering its efforts to beautify the city by raising money to build at $200,000 brick pergola that will provide shade for visitors to the Central Park rose garden. The archway being constructed on a path at the back of the garden, will feature a shaded area, benches for resting and observing the flowers, lighting and climbing roses, and it will be handicapped accessible. Donors contributed money and bought bricks to help fund the $200,000 project. The pergola, which will be available for weddings in the spring, is just one of a series of projects initiated and supported through the committee’s efforts. And because of those efforts, Schenectady has a unique and beautiful feature for residents to enjoy.

In Clifton Park, a local foundation has raised $40,000 to help families and children affected by cancer. Nick’s Fight to Be Healed, a foundation started in 2009 by the family of 12-year-old cancer victim Nick Cammarata, donated $40,000 to the Bernard and Millie Duker Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center. The money will be used to fund a child life specialist at the hospital’s Melodies Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders to help families deal with a child who’s been diagnosed with cancer. So far, the foundation has raised $385,000 for the center and for other charitable endeavors for those affected by child cancer. Fund-raising efforts include an annual 5K run in September and other events.

In Niskayuna, the Girl Scouts of Niskayuna are in the process of collecting canned goods to donate to area food pantries. As part of the project, the canned goods collected will be used to create a structure at the Empire State Plaza that will help raise awareness of hunger issues in the community. The Scouts are looking for specific sizes and colors of cans for the structure. Details of the project are available on the Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York website: www.gsneny.org. Scroll down to News and click “Girls Can Do” to read more. Donations can be made at the Niskayuna Town Hall Through Wednesday. The Scouts are hoping to collect 400 cans for the project. After the sculpture is displayed for a few days, the cans will be taken down and distributed to the food pantries.

High Notes is a feature of The Gazette Opinion section that appears every Monday to spotlight the many good works being done by individuals and organizations in our communities. If you have a suggestion for High Notes, please send it to Editorial Page Editor Mark Mahoney at [email protected] .

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