High Notes: Memorial scholarship, fire truck donation, food for veterans

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In Schenectady, the Zonta Club of Schenectady, in cooperation with Proctors Education Department, has established a memorial scholarship in the name of the late Marge Maas, a long-time Zonta member and Proctors volunteer. The scholarship will be given in her name to a deserving student in Schenectady County to further their dream of studying the arts. Officials from both organizations say they hope this will become an ongoing scholarship.

In Washington County, the Hampton Volunteer Fire Company recently donated a fire truck to a fire company at an Indian reservation in South Dakota. The company received the truck in 2010 for $1 from Fort Edward. Now that the local fire company has a new truck, its members decided to donate the other truck to the Alpha One Fire and Rescue on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Other local fire companies, including Whitehall and Putnam, donated hoses, ladders and other equipment to help stock the truck before sending it to South Dakota. Fire companies wishing to donate other spare equipment, especially older air packs, should contact Hampton Volunteer Fire Company President Richard Cole at (518) 812-4205.

In Halfmoon, the town of Halfmoon recently delivered 40 bags of donated food items to the Albany VA as part of its continued outreach to help individuals in need. Town of Halfmoon Recreation Director Ross MacNeil and Halfmoon Recreation Leader Jennifer Harrell personally delivered the non-perishable food items recently. The bags were assembled by local volunteers, Halfmoon Town Board Members and Halfmoon Town employees during the town’s 2022 Thanksgiving Food Drive. The food came in from donations by many people and highlighted the town’s desire to always help individuals in need. As part of the town’s continued dedication to the community, the town in February also provided 461 nutritious, affordable home-delivered meals to Halfmoon senior citizens and 431 monthly rides through the town’s Senior Express van, which transports Halfmoon seniors to doctor visits, hair appointments, the post office, grocery shopping and Halfmoon Senior Center activities at no cost.

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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