HIGH NOTES: Fundraiser for hygiene products, park cleanup, anonymous rescue


In Schenectady, Schenectady Community Ministries (SiCM) recently partnered with Niskayuna Co-Op to host a feminine hygiene product drive in honor of Mother’s Day. As a result of the effort, SiCM received $308 in cash donations and collected 50 pounds of assorted care items, or about 70 boxes of product. These items are difficult to come by for users of the SiCM food pantry, as they cannot be purchased with EBT cards or food stamps. Yet they are often the organization’s most requested items.

In Schenectady, Bellevue residents recently showed up for the spring cleanup in Hillhurst Park and did an outstanding job cleaning up leaves and litter and distributing mulch supplied by the city. The regular volunteers from the Bellevue Preservation Inc. who participated in the cleanup included Pat and Bob Obrecht, John Polimeni, George Sykala, Lynne Faught, Ray Faught, Charlie O’Hern, Jean Marie Sefcovic and Janet Kolner. Additional volunteers included Omar McGill and Bob Schultz. Floyd Slater and the city Parks Department provided the mulch and other equipment that helped to improve the beauty of the park.

In Cossayuna, a man fishing in a Washington County lake rescued a 10-year-old boy who had fallen in the water while kayaking. The boy, Bryce Niles, and a friend were kayaking on Cossayuna Lake around 3 p.m. Sunday, May 2, when Bryce’s kayak overturned and he fell into the water. The boy was able to cling to the kayak, but could not pull himself out of the frigid lake. Luckily for them, a man fishing from a motorboat arrived and pulled the boy out of the water. The boater met first responders on the shore, but then motored off before anyone could get his name, police said.

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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