HIGH NOTES: Neighborhood cleanups, feeding the hungry, bingo for school groups

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In Ballston Lake, 30 Scouts and family members of Troop 3056 (Boys and Girls) recently collected 110 pounds of trash at the recent Ballston Lake / Burnt Hills Community Clean Up Day. Seventy-two volunteers registered to join in with the annual effort to promote awareness of the environment through a hands on initiative, including F.L Stevens School Daisy Troop 38, and Cub Pack 83. Clean Up Day began in the early 1970s. Its major sponsors are the Ballston Lake Improvement Association and the BH-BL BPA.

In Albany, the Feed Albany hunger relief effort has received a $25,000 challenge grant from Rick and Diana Ostroff of the Albany lobbying firm Ostroff Associates, and will be raising $25,000 to match the grant. Proceeds will be used to purchase equipment for a dedicated commercial kitchen that Feed Albany will open later this spring. Since it was founded shortly after the pandemic started, the organization has distributed more than 500,000 free meals. The group now has three part-time employees, a paid chef and 50 regular volunteers who produce 1,500 meals per week for pickup and delivery. To contribute to the Ostroff challenge campaign and for more information, donating and volunteering opportunities, visit the Feed Albany website at https://www.feedalbany.com/.

In Schenectady, with the theme: “A Thriving Neighborhood,” scores of students from Zoller and Yates elementary schools, their teachers and administrators gathered for a “Clean Up” initiative sponsored by the Goose Hill Neighborhood Association (GHNA). Representatives from GHNA, the Schenectady City Council and school board, and other Schenectady residents joined in to celebrate the environment and hear students’ ideas about how they could improve their neighborhoods. After a few remarks, the children took to the spacious lawn searching for litter. The grand finale occurred when a city of Schenectady sanitation worker demonstrated his bright and shining garbage truck “eating up” the trash that the students had collected.

In Niskayuna, about two dozen people recently participated in a bingo tournament at River Road Park to raise money for the Nisky Nutrition on Weekends (Nisky NOW) and the The Warrior Project at Niskayuna High School. The event, held outdoors on a chilly Saturday afternoon, was arranged through the Warrior Project and the Niskayuna Community Action Program’s drug-free community grant. Nisky NOW is a program that provides a weekly delivery of food to families of students in need. For more information and to donate, visit https://www.niskayunaschools.org/niskynow/. The Warrior Project is a school a club made up of student-athletes who promote a healthy lifestyle and school spirit.

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High Notes is a Monday feature of The Gazette Opinion section spotlighting the good being done in our communities by individuals, organizations, schools and colleges, and businesses. If you know of anyone who should be celebrated, send your suggestions for High Notes to Editorial Page Editor Mark Mahoney at [email protected]

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