In Saratoga Springs, the Prevention Council hosted its 34th annual Spring Student Leadership Conference to promote responsible decision-making and safety to hundreds of Saratoga County school children. Thirteen schools in the county sent representatives to the conference, where they learned how to make their SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) chapters more effective and how to share messages about such matters as drug and alcohol abuse with their fellow classmates. The timing of the conference coincides with the start of prom and graduation season in the spring, when the dangers of destructive behaviors such as drug abuse and drinking and driving can escalate.
In Colonie, the Hannaford supermarket chain is making it easier for people to donate their recyclable bottles and cans to charity through a new recycling kiosk. The kiosk, which is operating now at the Latham store but which will expand to Niskayuna, Glenville and other Hannafords, allows customers to drop off their recyclables, which then are recorded and credited to an account the customer sets up. The customer can then direct the redemptions to a charity or school of one's choice. Customers pay for bags, which they then drop off without having to go through the hassle of sorting the recyclables. That makes it easier on customers and allows charities and schools to more readily receive donations.
In Amsterdam, 83-year-old Thedosia Krywulych has been volunteering at the St. Nicholas Ukrainian Church Bazaar for the better part of half a century and is still going strong. The annual fund-raiser for the 106-year-old church, held this past Saturday, featured traditional Ukrainian food and crafts. Krywulych contributes by preparing food and undertaking other tasks.
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