HIGH NOTES: Backpacks for kids, sprucing up Saratoga National Cemetery


In Amsterdam, Hill & Markes joined several partners to raise money for more than 1,000 backpacks and $15,000 worth of supplies for students in more than 15 school districts in New York. The wholesale distributing company’s Backpack Giveback Fundraiser featured ownership and employees working together to make the fundraiser a success. The company teamed up with vendors and local connections, including KCH, Clorox, FoodHandler, I.Rice, Morcon Tissue, Novolex, Westrock, Essendant, Essity, Bunzl, 3M, GOJO, NYSID, and state Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara.

In Schuylerville, New York State Electric & Gas crews were joined by 100 volunteers from local tree-care companies, arborists and professionals at the Saratoga National Cemetery to do tree work as part of the seventh annual Saluting Branches day of service. Veterans’ cemeteries require professional arborist care for their trees, including structural pruning and removals, to keep them safe and beautiful. In addition to tree care, NYSEG donated two replacement trees for the cemetery. Among the organizations that participated in last Wednesday’s event were: Asplundh, Carters Tree Service, Davey Resource Group, Davey Tree, DC Tree Service, Grand Arbor Tree Services, Greater Heights Tree & Land Management, Homestead tree care, Justin P. Page Tree Care, Lewis Tree Service, National Grid, NATS, NYSEG, Olympic Tree and Land Management, PFC Dwyer Veterans Peer Support Program of Rensselaer County, Veterans Resource and Outreach Center/ PFC Dwyer Renssealer County and WSWHE BOCES.

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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