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High Notes: Life vest donations, historic marker upgrades

High Notes: Life vest donations, historic marker upgrades

Spotlighting the good being done in our communities

In Mayfield, Yamaha Motor Corp. recently donated about $10,000 worth of personal flotation devices to the Sacandaga Safe Lake Initiative, which provides life jackets for free to boaters on Sacandaga Lake who don’t have them or don’t have enough of them. The life jackets are distributed to boaters by the law enforcement agencies that patrol the lake, including the Fulton and Saratoga County sheriff’s departments, State Police and the state Department of Environmental Conservation. They’re also given out during boater safety courses. The Sacandaga Safe Lake Initiative promotes lake safety and is comprised of local businesses, volunteer groups, private foundations, law enforcement and local volunteers.

In Schenectady, 73-year-old Guilderland resident John Haluska is helping the city show off its historic buildings and locations by using his own money and time to spruce up the markers that identify the locations. The former high school social studies teacher and real estate appraiser was inspired to make the most of his retirement by a book review. Now among his many post-employment activities is preserving local history. He buys the blue and yellow paint that’s found on the historic markers in New York and takes his time going over the original colors to make them look bright, new and readable again. The state’s program for repainting the markers ended decades ago and the task is now done by local communities and volunteers. Haluska contacted the mayor’s office to get permission for his endeavor, which the mayor was happy to endorse. Among the markers he’s repainted or is planning to repaint in the city are markers at St. George’s Episcopal Church on North Ferry Street, Vale Cemetery, Schenectady City Hall and the Thomas Edison arrival marker on State Street near the Amtrak station.

High Notes is a feature of The Gazette Opinion section that appears every Monday to spotlight the good being done in our communities by individuals, organizations and businesses. Reader submissions to High Notes are welcome. Send suggestions to Editorial Page Editor Mark Mahoney at mmahoney@dailygazette.net.

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