HIGH NOTES: Baseball camp, veterans park, riding for veterans


In Schenectady, dozens of local boys and girls aged 7-12 got to experience America’s Pastime recently as part of the second annual children’s baseball camp in Central Park, thanks to numerous volunteers and sponsors. The camp, which started in 2019 but wasn’t put on in 2020 due to covid, featured 55 children and more than three dozen volunteer coaches and former local baseball standouts, who taught the kids basic baseball skills with the goal to build in them a love for the game. The event was organized by the Schenectady Ole Timers Baseball Club and run by Alex Jurczynski, a native of Schenectady and current assistant baseball coach at Princeton University. Others, including club President Don Blaha, camp committee Chairman Paul Moore and Jerry Rosen, Jurczynski’s assistant, were among the many people responsible for planning and organizing the event. The city of Schenectady and Mayor Gary McCarthy also were instrumental in supporting the camp.

In Glenville, a nearly five-year-old idea to build a veterans park in Glenville to honor Capital District veterans is finally coming to fruition, thanks to hard work by veterans and town officials, the generosity of a local developer and years of perseverance. Legacy Park will be built on six acres at the intersection of Dutch Meadows Land and Route 50, and will feature a cafe that will serve as a gathering place for veterans and their families, a living museum with a veterans coordinator, granite monuments honoring local veterans, benches, a walking trail and a pavilion for events. The town hopes to secure state funds, and organizers will raise money through the sale of memorial bricks and private donations. For more information about the people and efforts behind the project, read the article that appeared in Thursday’s Daily Gazette. For more information and to donate online, visit: https://capitalregionveteransmemorial.org/.

In West Sand Lake, motorcyclists helped raise more than $12,000 to help Capital Region veterans with disabilities. Charity riders recently rode from Chatham High School to S&S Farm Brewery in Nassau to help raise money for STRIDE Wounded Warrior Program. The party afterward included live music, drinks, food trucks, free ice cream from Stewart’s Shops, a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle.

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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