HIGH NOTES: Ride for K-9 unit, Free food fridge, generous donation


In Fulton County, the Pine Tree Rifle Club recently raised nearly $27,000 for the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department’s K-9 Unit through the 13th annual K-9 Ride. More than 141 riders participated in the 110 mile ride through local communities. The ride concluded at the Pine Tree Rifle Club in Johnstown where riders enjoyed a picnic and camaraderie at the clubhouse. The K-9 Unit is funded largely from donations, not county taxes. Since the ride’s inception in 2009, the Pine Tree Rifle Club has donated more than $120,000 to support the department’s K-9 Unit. This year’s event raised $26,865, with over $10,000 raised from the raffle of a custom rifle raffle.

In Schenectady, Schenectady Community Ministries, The Schenectady Foundation and Free Food Fridge Albany have collaborated to set up a free food fridge to make food available for residents in need. The solar-powered refrigerator is located at the corner of Fehr Avenue and Central Park Road at the urban farm run by Schenectady Community Ministries (SiCM). It’s accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and is stocked with fresh vegetables, pre-packaged meals, snacks for children, eggs and more. The purchase of the solar panels to power the fridge was funded by The Schenectady Foundation through a $9,700 grant to Schenectady Community Ministries. For more information on The Schenectady Foundation and the fridge project, visit: https://www.schenectadyfoundation.org/.

In Schenectady, Hannaford Supermarkets recently donated $1,000 to the Schenectady Community Ministries to help fee local families and support the community. The Schenectady Community Ministries is an interfaith, community-based collaborative founded in 1966 to address issues of marginalization and disenfranchisement in Schenectady County. For over 30 years, SiCM focused on food insecurity as a way to make a difference in people’s lives. To learn more about the ministries and to donate, visit: https://www.sicm.us/.

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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