In Clifton Park, more than 290 golfers and 60 volunteers helped raise $128,300 last week to benefit St. Peters Hospital ALS Regional Center. The center provides free medical equipment and health care services to 130 patients living with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. The money was raised during the 26th Annual John C Daly-James W Michaels ALS Memorial Open at Van Patten Golf Course. In the past 26 years, the tournament has helped raise $1.78 million for the center.
In the Capital Region, volunteers have helped restore a bit of the area's Dutch history and are sharing it with residents through the Onrust, a replica of a 17th century sailing ship. The original Onrust, which featured boat design and materials unique to Dutch ship builders, was launched from its home in New York Bay in 1614. The replica of the ship was built in Rotterdam with hundreds of volunteers over a three-year period, culiminating with a launch in 2009. Since then, it has been traveling up and down the Mohawk and Hudson rivers, providing rides and history lessons. For more information, read Sara Foss's column online at dailygazette.com or visit the Onrust Project website at theonrust.com.
In Schenectady, more than 400 volunteers from around the country came to our city to help out seniors and others in need of home repairs through a Christian ministry program called "Group Cares." The effort involves teenagers traveling around the country, sleeping on floors (in our case, Schenectady High School classroom floors), and then visiting homes doing such work as painting, repairing decks, building wheelchair ramps and other tasks that might be too difficult or expensive for the homeowners. During the group's recent visit to Schenectady, the kids helped fix up 60 homes in providing more than 12,000 hours of work.
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]