HIGH NOTES: Fundraiser for animal shelters, funds for irrigation, grant for 4-H expansion


In Fonda, students and teachers in the Fonda-Fultonville Central School recently raised nearly $1,500 and collected food and supplies for local animal shelters through the school’s annual fundraiser. Sherri Lott’s Spanish classes, Mary Brown’s Seniors in Government and Economics students, and Sheri Lloyd’s FFA chapter led the fundraiser. This year’s effort collected $1,450 and a carload of goods, which were divided up and sent to the Ayres Animal Shelter, the James Brennan Humane Society, the Montgomery County SPCA, the Humane Society, the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, Feline Guardian Angels, the ASPCA, Best Friends Animal Sanctuary and the World Wildlife Fund.

In Rotterdam, the Schenectady Rotary has awarded a grant of $977 to the Schenectady ARC Horticultural Center to help grow mums that are sold at local venues. The grant will be used to purchase a drip irrigation system at the ARC Greenhouse in Rotterdam. The system will automatically hydrate over 800 mums and save 180 hours in labor costs at the greenhouse. Currently, the lack of an automatic irrigation system requires manually watering ARC’s 2,000-square-foot area of mum plants. The labor for hand-watering the plants interferes with other pressing horticultural and direct care responsibilities. The horticulture center in Rotterdam features a 3,000 square-foot commercial greenhouse, where 90 people with I/DD receive training in growing over 100 varieties of flowering plants, herbs and vegetables. They also design and create centerpieces for events and holidays.

In Ballston Spa, the Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust recently awarded a grant of $25,000 to the Saratoga County 4-H to be used toward its capital fund campaign for a new classroom facility. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Saratoga County is raising funds for its “Lead the Legacy” capital campaign to benefit the expansion of the 4-H Training Center on Middleline Road in Ballston Spa. The proposed project will provide three state-of-the-art classrooms and ADA accessible restrooms with shower units. This expansion will have exponential possibilities for 4-H, CCE Equine, CCE Saratoga and the general public. For more information on the project and to donate, visit: http://ccesaratoga.org/4-h/lead-the-legacy.

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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