HIGH NOTES: Plunging for Special Olympics, drug take-back, utility food bank donation


In Lake George, generous individuals risked their comfort and warmth recently to raise more than $141,000 for Special Olympics New York by participating in a Polar Plunge in Lake George. The event, held Nov. 13 at Shepard Park Beach, featured individuals and teams getting sponsors for them to wade into the frigid lake. As of Sunday, the event had reached 100% of its goal, with $141,383. Individuals had to collect a minimum of $100 to participate. Top team fundraisers included Feliciano Body Works (which raised $19,235), Bryce’s Bashers (18,588) and Spartans ($13,765). Top individual participant fundraisers included Kristen Ross ($13,000), Kim Reynolds (8,834) and Moira Nowc ($7,725). The Polar Plunge is the largest fundraiser for Special Olympics New York. For more information and to donate, visit: https://www.specialolympics-ny.org/.

In Rexford, Assemblywoman Mary Beth Walsh recently teamed up with the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department and the Coburg Village independent living retirement community to host a prescription drug take-back event. The event offered residents of Coburg Village and the public to safely dispose of old or unneeded prescription medication. Not only does this help to clean out cupboards and drawers, but it provides a convenient opportunity for residents to throw away expired or unwanted medication before it falls into the wrong hands, Walsh said. This was the second drug take-back held at Coburg Village and the fourth such event hosted by Assemblywoman Walsh in conjunction with the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department.

In the Capital Region, New York State Electric & Gas (NYSEG) is cutting down on paper waste and helping feed the area’s hungry by donating $1 to a local food bank for each of the first 10,000 customers to sign up for e-billing. The incentive, available through December, would provide up to $2,500 to each of four food banks in the utility’s service area, including the Regional Foodbank of Northeastern New York. Each $1 donation will mean the food bank will be able to distribute enough nutritious food in the community for 3 meals.

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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