In Averill Park, Class of 2003 A-P high school grad Marliu Gresens-Peries and her husband, Noel Peries, are traveling through Africa in an old Land Rover (nicknamed "Maggie") hoping to raise $30,000 for African charities. The couple is soliciting donations through GoFundMe and donating a portion of the money raised to nonprofits in each of the 15 countries they plan to visit during the next year. Among the countries on their itinerary are Botswana, South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia. Visit www.maggieinafrica.com for more information on their efforts and to donate.
In Schenectady, the Miracle on Craig Street group, which is working to reopen the Carver Community Center, is already stocking the center's new library through a book drive. The organization is seeking donations of multi-cultural books that represent diversity of children and families. Specifically, they're seeking donations of books representing culture and life for African-American, African, Caribbean, South American, Middle Eastern and Indian cultures. Books can be dropped off at several locations in the area through May 31. Visit the group's Facebook page, Miracle on Craig Street, for more information on the book drive, donation locations and the organization's efforts to restore the community center.
In Scotia, ice fisherman Joe Kolanchick's alert thinking and quick action saved the life of an ice-skater who had fallen through thin ice on Collins Lake late on the afternoon of Feb. 18. Kolanchick, of Colonie, was ice-fishing near the First Reformed Church when he saw the skater fall through. He quickly grabbed his sled and rope, pulled the skater to safety, and waited for paramedics to arrive. Because of the late hour, police said the man likely wouldn't have been rescued had Kolanchick not spotted him and pulled him out of the water himself.
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