HIGH NOTES: Help for Habitat, life-saving deputies, incentive for school attendance

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In Schenectady, Alltown Fresh in Schenectady is keeping the volunteers of Habitat for Humanity of Schenectady County well fed and nourished throughout March and April by providing 10 weeks of healthy lunches on Habitat build sites. The efforts of these volunteers, who donate their talent and labor to reduce construction costs, allow Schenectady Habitat to sell these homes to qualified, first-time homeowners with a truly affordable mortgage. Every week during pickup, Schenectady Habitat is met by friendly, helpful Alltown employees, who keep the lunches fresh with new dishes each week. For more information on Alltown Fresh, visit its website at https://alltownfresh.com/ or visit its new location at 1410-1424 Erie Blvd. in Schenectady. For more information on Habitat for Humanity of Schenectady County and to donate or volunteer, visit https://schenectadyhabitat.org/

In Wilton, three Saratoga County sheriff’s deputies are credited with saving the life of a 50-year-old Northern Pines Road man after they found him unconscious and not breathing. According Sheriff Michael Zurlo, the Sheriff’s Office received an EMS call on March 12 just before 3:30 in the morning. Deputies Kyle Basta, Jared Gardner and Samuel Speziale responded and performed CPR and used a defibrillator, giving the victim two shocks, to restore the man’s pulse. The man received medical treatment and has since returned home. The deputies will be recognized at a formal ceremony later this year. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Wilton Emergency Squad and the Wilton Fire Department.

In Schenectady, Bello Pranzo Pizza & Pasta in Scotia is helping students at Mont Pleasant Middle School with a little incentive to attend classes by providing pizzas to the students. Lauren Quinn, a sixth-grade teacher at the school, said teachers have had to find new and unique ways to educate students during the covid crisis, with one of the key challenges being to make sure students attend school and log in to remote classes. One of the ways they’ve attempted to address the issue is through positive reinforcement. It’s good to see one of our local businesses stepping in so generously to help, she said.

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