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High Notes - Union swimmers and a camp fundraiser

High Notes - Union swimmers and a camp fundraiser

High Notes - Union swimmers and a camp fundraiser
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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 Schenectady, the Union College men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams spent a recent Tuesday helping victims of flooding and hurricanes around the country by filling 28 flood buckets with cleaning products as part of the Flood Buckets relief program. Flood Buckets is an initiative in the United Methodist Committee on Relief to help victims in need after flooding disasters. This is the second year in a row that the Union swimming and diving programs made these buckets, which cost about $35-$40 each to fill. Last year, the student-athletes provided buckets for victims in Texas, Florida, North Carolina and Puerto Rico, according to a school news item. Each five-gallon flood bucket is filled with laundry detergent, household cleaners, dish soap, insect repellent, cleaning wipes and sponges, heavy-duty trash bags, dust masks, work gloves and more. Financial support was provided with the assistance of other Union College athletic teams, including the field hockey, football, men’s lacrosse, women’s lacrosse and men’s basketball programs. The Lowe’s home improvement store in Glenville provided assistance.

In Lake George, the ADK Pub & Brewery in Lake George helped raise nearly $15,000 for the Saratoga Springs Lions Camp Abilities Saratoga program as part of its 13th Annual “Adirondack Oktoberfest for Charity” Celebration. Camp Abilities Saratoga is an active one week overnight sports camp held annually every August for children and teens who are blind or visually impaired. The Saratoga Springs Lions hosted its fifth annual camp this past summer. This year’s “Adirondack Oktoberfest for Charity” event raised a record total of $14,900 for the Lions program. This donation will go a long way in the Lions’ efforts to continue providing campers with an inclusionary summer camp experience with their peers. John and Cindy Carr and the ADK Pub & Brewery have been longtime supporters of the community and the Lions.

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