In Clifton Park, Shatekon Elementary School teacher’s aide Donna Cusick, whose fast action may have saved the life of a local first grader. According to WTEN-TV, Cusick was supervising a class of first-graders when she overheard a student ask if another student was OK. She approached the student, noticed that he wasn’t speaking and that face was turning red, and realizing he was choking. She administered the Heimlich maneuver, and on the third thrust forced him to cough up a meatball and some Spaghetti-o’s the child had been choking on. Cusick’s response to a critical situation averted what could have been a tragedy.
In Queensbury, Farmland Flatbread, a local pizza restaurant and tap room, is helping honor and assist first responders and healthcare workers on the front line of the covid crisis by offering free meals, raising money and encouraging other businesses to help. Organizer Jane Sutton said on the GoFundMe page that the restaurant set up that they wanted to “do something for those that have been working tirelessly during the pandemic, and who wouldn’t love a little pizza in their life!” They’re encouraging people to donate to the GoFundMe page, suggest workers they can cook for, and the restaurant will deliver meals to a lucky location on Fridays. They’re encouraging other local businesses to be a sponsor of the effort. As of Sunday, the GoFundMe page had raised more than $1,600 toward a $2,000 goal. For more information and to donate, visit
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