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Spotlighting the good being done in our communities

In Schenectady, Habitat for Humanity volunteer Virginia Newton will be honored later this month for more than a decade of service to the agency. She began her service in 2004 at the first Women Build project on Watt Street, a home for a female veteran. Since then, the group's longest-serving volunteer has worked on more than 25 new homes and rehabs, as well as Habitat team efforts helping those devastated by Hurricane Irene in Rotterdam Junction. She also shares her knowledge teaching Women Build training classes and serves as an inspiration to potential Habitat volunteers. She will be honored Saturday at the 2015 Women Build-a-Bash at the Schenectady Armory. Tickets to the event are available at www.schenectadyhabitat.org.

In Gloversville, Mike Medina, owner of the Fulton County Barbershop, encouraged young people to read while giving their parents a financial break by offering half-off haircuts for kids who agree to read aloud from a book while they're sitting in his barber's chair. Medina said the effort was designed to get kids off their tablets and iPhones and back into reading real books. His promotion also helped local parents save some money on back-to-school haircuts.

In Schenectady, the Schenectady High School soccer team hosted a fundraiser scrimmage with several other area teams to help offset the medical expenses for goalie Mahmoud Shohatee, who suffered a heart attack and stroke recently. Teams from Schalmont, Guilderland, Queensbury joined Schenectady in a joint scrimmage last month. Donations from participating teams and money raised through a concession stand and donation bucket all went for Shohatee's expenses. Other fundraisers to help him are planned in the future.

In Albany, hundreds of runners participated last Monday in the 27th annual SEFCU Labor Day 5K race to raise $20,000 money for three local charities. Among the recipients, the Veteran's Miracle Center — a nonprofit organization in Albany that provides veterans and active-duty military personnel with free clothing, personal care items, equipment, toys for their children and counseling services — received $15,000 from race proceeds. Stride Adaptive Sports wounded warrior programs and Operation Adopt a Soldier each received a portion of the remaining $5,000.

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 Editorial Page Editor Mark Mahoney at [email protected]

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