HIGHNOTES: Suicide prevention bake sale, food bank donation, honoring fallen heroes


In Johnstown, a local woman recently organized a bake sale to raise money and promote awareness of suicide prevention. Marissa Miller, a local suicide prevention advocate, hosted the event last month in memory of Baily Field, a 19-year-old woman who died last September. Miller told News10 that she hoped the event would help people remember her friend in a good way instead of how she died. Miller is a baker, and the money she collected will be donated to the Capital Region Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. She also plans to put together a team for the foundation’s Out of the Darkness Walk in September. For more information on the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and to donate, visit: https://afsp.org/chapter/capital-region-new-york.

In the Capital District, motorcyclists from around the area and the country participated in the 12th annual Tribute to Fallen Soldiers Memorial Torch Motorcycle Ride, a national cross-country motorcycle event to honor local military heroes. The caravan travels from Eugene, Ore., to Arlington National Cemetery, making stops along the way to recognize local soldiers in their communities. Among those honored during the event last month was Army Sgt. Raymond Warlikowski of Rotterdam and Army Sgt. David Fisher of Watervliet. For more information on the annual tribute, visit: https://tributetofallensoldiers.com/.

In New York state, New York State Electric & Gas (NYSEG) and Rochester Gas and Electric (RG&E) recently donated a total of $54,500 to food security organizations across New York state. Among the food banks receiving a donation was the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern NY, which received $7,500. The donation will support the food bank’s hunger relief efforts, which includes distributing food and basic need items to a network of 985 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and other charitable feeding programs. In addition, the companies’ 2021 Corporate Donation Program supported more than 20 health and welfare organizations earlier this year.

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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