In Caroga Lake, the spirit of voluntarism has resulted in a unique effort that rings Caroga Lake Music Festival musicians and local residents together for daily meals. A total of 60 lunches and dinners were provided by donors during the recent five-week festival — some at donor homes or concert venues, and most at the Arts Hub, the “home base” for practice, meetings and jazz concerts — for the weekly group of about 30 young world-class musicians. More than 150 volunteer team members, families and individuals have supported and experienced opportunities to engage with this very accomplished group.
In Niskayuna, students and volunteers from the Birchwood Nature Park and Garden Club are helping ensure that the area’s less fortunate have fresh fruits and vegetables to eat by donating the crops they raise over the summer to the City Mission of Schenectady. Each spring, the group plants lettuce, cherry tomatoes and cucumbers in raised garden beds at Birchwood Elementary School. They then tend to the gardens during the summer and donate the produce to the mission.
In Glenville, Jacob Leffler and some of his fellow Boy Scouts and their families restored a long-neglected part of the town’s history by cleaning up weeds, putting up a fence and adding flower boxes and a historic marker at a 19th century family cemetery on Stone Arabia Road. The project, part of Jacob’s Eagle Scout project, came about after his father told him of an old cemetery in town that he remembered as a longtime resident. Jacob researched the cemetery’s history with the help of members of the Schenectady County Historical Society and resources at the society’s Grems-Doolittle Library. Included in his research was information about the family buried there.
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