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High Notes: Pets, domestic violence, Peace Week

High Notes: Pets, domestic violence, Peace Week

Spotlighting the good being done in our communities
High Notes: Pets, domestic violence, Peace Week
Yoga Bliss owner Marie Claire O'Connor discusses her business with John Samatulski in 2014.
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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 [email protected].

 In Saratoga Springs, the Wellspring domestic violence services organization and the Adirondack Veterinary Clinic will be raising money and awareness of the fight against domestic violence and animal abuse through an event that will help ensure domestic abuse victims and their beloved pets are safe. Abusers often use pets as leverage against their partners. Wellspring’s Safe Pet Partnership helps to reduce the coercion and protect pets and their owners with a network of volunteer foster families, who temporarily house the pets while the victims of domestic violence transition to new homes. The pets are returned when the victim resumes violence-free living. On Saturday, Sept. 29, Wellspring and partner/sponsor Adirondack Veterinary Clinic will host the annual Pooch Parade in Congress Park to support the Safe Pet Partnership program. The event will feature a walk around Congress Park with owners and their pets, as well as an agility course, vendors, giveaways and pet nail-clippings. Registration costs $5 and can be done at the walk or by calling 518-583-0280. For more information on the services provided by Wellspring, visit http://www.wellspringcares.org.

In Schenectady, the city recently held “Peace Week,” a week-long initiative in August designed to help people alleviate stress and reduce violence. Also known as “Mediation Week,” it featured trained mediation leaders leading free group mediations open to the public at various locations around the city. The goal was to get 1,000 people to participate. Events were held at various businesses and public locations throughout the city. The event included discussions from mediation specialist Keith Mitchell, entertainment by the Hamilton Hill Arts Center’s Emoja Dancers & Drummers, Carla Page, the Pennies for Peace fundraiser with Grand Central Station Band at Johnny’s and Peace Songs & Poetry at Yoga Bliss. Among the organizations and businesses offering meditations to their staff and/or clients during Peace Week were MVP, Golub Corporation and New Choices. For more information, visit https://www.peacefulcities.org/events.

Also see: Group looks to reduce crime in Schenectady through meditation, July 24, 2018

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