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High notes: July 20, 2015

High notes: July 20, 2015

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High notes: July 20, 2015
Lindsey Ozment works at Wendy's on Altamont Avenue in Rotterdam on Friday.
Photographer: Patrick Dodson

In Rotterdam, Lindsey Ozment, an employee at a Rotterdam Wendy’s restaurant helped out a patron, doing her part to pay it forward. Ozment said that when the woman pulled around to pay, she realized she did not have the money. “I told her ‘I got you,’ and I paid for the sweet woman’s meal. I do this quite often so I didn’t hesitate and it felt good to help someone else,” Ozment said. She said that she did it simply because she had always been taught to treat others how she would want to be treated.

In Stillwater, a small group of volunteers gathered at the Saratoga National Historic Park to tell the story of a group 18th-century men and women who are often forgotten by history. The encampment was set during the American Revolution, where there were soldiers and craftsmen. During the war, a small group of craftsmen traveled with the army. They were shoemakers, wood workers, tin smiths, tailors and blacksmiths. They were key in supporting the army. Jack Marshall, a volunteer demonstrating the process of shoe making, said that this is a part of history most do not consider. “I think it's a real cool thing because it shows the history beyond the muskets and cannons,” he said.

In Schenectady, thanks to a $125,000 grant from the Schenectady Foundation, more youths than ever before will be provided with opportunities for summer part-time employment. The grant will help expand the Schenectady Job Training Agency’s six-week Summer Youth Employment Cooperative by 100 participants age 14 to 21. The program will offer participants 20 hours a week at $8.75 an hour. Robert Carreau, executive director of The Schenectady Foundation, said that the program teaches youths financial literacy and responsibility. He said that they have also seen the program's participants perform far better in school when they've returned following the program.

In Milton, Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo handed out tickets for free ice cream cones to children who wearing helmets at Saratoga County’s Safe Summer bike helmet safety program kickoff.

In Schenectady, second- and third-graders got a hands-on chemistry education on Wednesday as part of MiSci’s "When School is Out Science is In" program at the Rotterdam Boys & Girls Club. The program is designed to get children into science at a younger age and keep their minds active while school is not in session. The kids performed several experiments, including observing the reaction between vinegar and baking soda.

High Notes is a feature of The Gazette Opinion section that appears every Monday to spotlight the many good works being done by individuals and organizations in our communities. If you have a suggestion for High Notes, please send it to Joseph Tingley at [email protected] .

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