In Latham, members of District W representing a number of area Lions Clubs, along with employees of Empire BlueCross BlueShield (an Anthem company), volunteered together at the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York. In three hours, the group sorted 15,000 pounds of frozen food. The food had been in cold-storage when volunteers arrived. It is now in active inventory, ready for distribution. This is the third year of the Lions/Anthem collaboration. The groups are looking to expand their joint efforts to twice a year with another outing in the spring. For more information on the food bank and to donate or volunteer, visit: https://regionalfoodbank.net/.
In Schenectady, a group of volunteers with ReTree Schenectady recently planted a variety of trees along Edward Street, Parkwood Avenue, Sumner Avenue, Union Street and Avenue-A to replace trees that had been removed in the past. The effort was part of a 20-year effort by volunteers to make the city’s urban streetscape greener and more attractive. Since its founding, the group has planted more than 3,000 trees throughout the city, including in Central Park and in many city neighborhoods. For more information on the group’s efforts over the years, see Sara Foss’s Nov. 17 column, “ReTree Schenectady makes the city better” on our website, www.dailygazette.com, or visit: https://www.cityofschenectady.com/252/ReTree-Schenectady.
In Saratoga Springs, more than 50 volunteers recently joined together to celebrate months of work renovating and building trails, building bridges, doing drainage work, installing beaver-damage prevention measures and performing other tasks necessary to restore the Bog Meadow Brook Nature Trail on Meadowbrook Road. The trail has been closed since spring while renovations took place. The work was conducted through the efforts of volunteers with Saratoga PLAN and supported with donations of money, labor, engineering and planning work, and equipment from the state Department of Environmental Conservation, the Land Trust Alliance; the city of Saratoga Springs, 3M Company, Stewart’s Shops; D.A. Collins Companies, Curtis Lumber Co., TRAK Equipment Rental, Munter Enterprises and Foothills Tree Service. The Bog Meadow Brook Nature Trail was developed in 1993 by the Saratoga Springs Open Space Project (now Saratoga PLAN) in cooperation with the City of Saratoga Springs. For more information on Saratoga PLAN, visit: https://www.saratogaplan.org/.
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