In Clifton Park, the Clifton Park and Halfmoon Emergency Corps is offering a free six-month EMT training and certification course for veterans. Many veterans returning from active service such as Pierre Brown feel that they could or should be doing more. “This looked like an opportunity to basically be of service,” he said. Tuition for the course is usually $1,000. However, emergency corps officials say that despite them waiving the fee for veterans, this is not a handout. They say they are asking veterans to help others and serve their communities.
In Mariaville, nearly 300 runners turned out for the fourth annual Run the Ridge mud run. The event benefited the Albany Veterans Center and the new Veterans Count program of Easter Seals, which assist veterans in their readjustment to civilian life. The event has raised as much as $4,000 in past years. The run featured at least 34 obstacles and, of course, plenty of mud.
In the Capital District, the Capital District Transportation Committee is taking the next step in implementing bike-share programs in Capital District cities. The committee is currently looking for interested municipalities and businesses to submit proposals. Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy said that after a year-long pilot program last year, he is cautiously optimistic about the idea of a Schenectady bike share. The deadline to submit a proposal is Aug. 7.
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