In Clifton Park, the Saratoga County Cooperative Extension recently partnered with Quick Response and local emergency responders and businesses to host a free holiday car-seat check. The event featured nationally-certified instructors and technicians to educate parents on car seat safety laws, best practices and how to properly install a car seat to ensure safe travel for children. Nationally, it’s estimated that about 80% of car seats are installed incorrectly. That’s especially dangerous in the winter months when the roads make travel particularly hazardous. Among the partners of the Dec. 3 event were the State Police, the Mechanicville and Saratoga Springs police, Saratoga and Fulton county sheriffs, Clifton Park-Halfmoon EMS, New Country Toyota and others, according to the CCE Facebook page.
In Schenectady, for the fourth year in a row, Home Instead Senior Care Albany and Schenectady has been the top fundraising Home Instead team in the nation in raising money in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. This year, the local team raised more than $52,000, and over the past four years has raised about $250,000. The largest fund-raiser of the year is the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s. But as Jim Hurley, franchise owner of Home Instead Senior Care, said, “We don’t just fundraise on walk day – it really is a year-round effort,” singling out Briana Malone, one of the organization’s client care coordinators, who chairs the Schenectady walk. Nationally, Home Instead Senior Care raised more than $313,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s from 247 teams in 2020.
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