HIGH NOTES: Downtown clock, Operation Adopt a Soldier donation, helping veterans transition


In Schenectady, local Rotarians and elected officials attended the dedication of the Schenectady Rotary Centennial Clock. The clock, located at 1410 Erie Boulevard, is a gift to the city of Schenectady from the Schenectady Rotary Club in celebration of the club’s 100 th Anniversary. It has been inscribed with the names of 100 Schenectady individuals,families, organizations, and businesses who donated $250 each as a lasting tribute. The site will soon feature a walkway utilizing a historic tunnel from when ALCO occupied the site. The tunnel will connect the Harbor District to Schenectady’s Little Italy, City Hall, the Jay Street Market Place and downtown. Complimentary refreshments were provided afterward at ALLTOWN Fresh.

In Rotterdam, the Rotterdam Seniors Association has donated $1,150 to the Operation Adopt a Soldier Inc. The donation was made at the association’s Nov. 12 meeting at the Rotterdam Sons of Italy.

In Albany, the Tully Rinckey Foundation is sponsoring a two-day event later this month to help veterans transition into civilian life. The Veterans in Economic Transition Conference (VETCON), will be held Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at the Crowne Plaza in Albany-Demond Hotel, giving veterans the opportunity to meet with over 50 New York State agencies and authorities, and grow their businesses through networking and educational sessions. Veterans are encouraged to make connections and perhals land a contract that will award them some of the hundreds of millions of dollars that state agencies have set aside for businesses like them. This year’s conference, the first since the covid pandemic began, will feature multiple award ceremonies to honor Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Businesses, including the inaugural Veterans in Business Awards. These awards highlight multiple veteran owned businesses that have exhibited exemplary achievements in areas of patriotism, leadership, community service, business activity, and more. For more information and tickets for VETCON, visit: https://www.vetconny.com/. The Tully Rinkney Foundation is the charitable arm of the Tully Rinckey PLLC law firm.

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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