In Schenectady, over a dozen members of the Rotary Club turned out to help clean up Vale Park. Their work, which included picking up a lot of litter, is just one step in a greater effort to increase activity at this 40-acre city park. The Vale Park Task Force is planning a series of events this spring and summer, including a 5K run, an overhaul of the playground. and a monthly cleanup — the first Saturday of every month. Mark your calendars.
In Saratoga Springs, hundreds of people participated in the fourth annual Mother-Lovin’ Day 5K race at the Saratoga Spa State Park. The event raises money for Kelly’s Angels, a support group for children and families affected by cancer. The fundraiser is in honor of Kelly Mulholland, who died of breast cancer in 2007.
In Troy, students of the Brown School of Schenectady’s social action club, led by Emily Klotz, recently tied off a number of small quilts for the St. Paul’s Women and Children Shelter. The social action club is newly formed and has visited animal shelters and made small cat blankets for the shelters, in addition to tying the quilts. The quilts were sewn from squares cut at a free community lunch program at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Scotia. The free sandwich lunch program begins on June 24 and runs to Sept. 2 at the church, where more squares will be cut for more small quilts.
In Schenectady, the sidewalk along McClellan Street outside Schenectady High was decorated with posters painted by students as part of the school’s Schenectady Students are smART program. The posters, created under the guidance of local artist Peg Foley, were a beautiful addition to the streetscape.
At Union College, a new exhibit celebrates the work of Adirondack conservationists, including Niskayuna’s own Paul Schaefer and his mentor John Apperson Jr. The exhibit is based on a massive archiving project at the college that will allow researchers and hobbyists, students and visitors to learn more about Schaefer’s and Apperson’s early environmental battles.
In Auriesville, the Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs in Auriesville opened for the season and announced a new relationship supporters say will keep the shrine open for years to come. Bishop Edward Scharfenberger of the Albany Diocese said he is happy to be a part of keeping the shrine open and available to visitors from all over the world, as well as providing priests to handle any scheduled religious services.
Free military concerts are making a return to Saratoga Springs after a five-year lapse. The concert honoring veterans will be on Labor Day at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center and feature the Naval Northeast Band from Newport, Rhode Island. Saratoga County offered free annual military concerts at SPAC for several years, but hasn’t held the show since 2011, when the $50,000 expense was cut from the county budget during a financial belt-tightening.
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