HIGH NOTES: Feeding the hungry, fulfilling a tree-house wish, supporting youth baseball


In Schenectady, the Feed the City group is helping feed the hungry this week, as well as help parents with child-safety seats, with an event on Thursday at St. Luke’s Church. Feed the City, a partnership with Schenectady police, Feed Albany and SUNY SCCC, will be giving free meals from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday. Thursday’s giveaway is the second of two events, the other having been held last Thursday. In addition to the meals, the group will be demonstrating for parents how to install car seats and providing other child passenger safety information with educators from the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schenectady County. For more information on Feed the City, visit the Schenectady Police Department Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/SchenectadyPD.

In Schenectady, Make-A-Wish of Northeast New York and its supporters granted an 8-year-old boy with a rare heart condition his wish to have a tree house in his backyard. Jaxon Monlea suffers from hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a congenital heart defect. But he’s able to be active, and the tree house reflects that. The elaborate two-level cedar tree house included carpeting, a desk, a swing, a slide, a climbing wall and a picnic table. Project co-sponsors included BBL Construction Services, Curtis Lumber and Delaware Engineering D.P.C..

In Rotterdam, local firefighters and police recently participated in a softball tournament to benefit the Rotterdam Babe Ruth Youth Organization. The third annual Battle of the Badges Softball Tournament raised money for field maintenance and to offset participation costs for youth players in the league. Each team was made up of 12 players, who each paid $30 to participate. Funds also were raised from concession sales and a raffle. To learn more and make a donation, visit the league Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/Rotterdam-Babe-Ruth-1490826227844294/.

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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