HIGH NOTES: Veteran gatherings, new handicap ramp, pavilion for seniors


In Clifton Park, 95-year-old Allan Atwell, a veteran of the Battle of the Bulge and a local veterans advocate, is helping his fellow soldiers share experiences and camaraderie by organizing weekly veterans’ breakfasts in Clifton Park. The coronavirus crisis interrupted many such gatherings, depriving veterans of an opportunity to get together. The former commander of the local VFW post, American Legion member and director of Patriot Flights hopes the number of veterans attending grows. The first breakfast gathering was this past Tuesday at the iHop in Clifton Park. The restaurant is offering a special area for the breakfasts and discounts to the veterans on their meals.

In Ballston Spa, the Saratoga Springs Rotarians have made a generous donation toward a new ramp for the disabled at the Brookside Museum. The Saratoga County History Center will dedicate a new handicap entrance at the museum on Tuesday at 2 p.m. The ribbon cutting will feature participants wearing their favorite fun hats and tipping them to the Rotarians to thank them for their contribution. For more information on the History Center and the museum and to donate, visit https://brooksidemuseum.org/.

In Clifton Park, the Clifton Park Senior Community Center is getting a new pavilion for seniors, thanks to a generous donation from Highmark Blue Shield of Northeastern New York. The pavilion will allow bocce players to get a break from the sun, as well as host other games and senior activities. A ribbon cutting for the new pavilion will be held today at 10 a.m. at 6 Clifton Common Court. For more information on the center and other activities in Clifton Park, visit https://www.cliftonpark.org/.

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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