In Schenectady, residents of the Stockade are taking it upon themselves to spruce up their cracked and crumbling sidewalks, replace dying trees and improve traffic conditions for the historic neighborhood. The Stockade Association is using about $53,000 raised through various fundraising events to make the improvements as part of a comprehensive streetscape plan. Money for the project comes in part from the neighborhood’s Walkabout events and garden tours and through private fundraising efforts that resulted in grants from the Schenectady Foundation, the Wright Family Foundation and the Golub Foundation. The association hopes to work with the city of Schenectady and the city’s Historic District Commission and to generate more private and public funds. The Stockade, located along the Mohawk River on the city’s west side, was New York state’s first historic district and includes historic churches, businesses and 40 pre-Revolutionary War houses. For more information on the streetscape plan, visit the Stockade Association’s website at http://historicstockade.com/ and click on “Streetscape Project.”
In Saratoga Springs, the Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council (EOC) put together 800 Thanksgiving baskets to help families across Saratoga County celebrate Thanksgiving. Each basket had all the fixin’s for a full Thanksgiving dinner, as well as a gift card to purchase a turkey. The Saratoga County EOC Thanksgiving baskets were a true community effort. More than 400 individual and corporate donors stepped up to sponsor baskets for families. Fidelis Care and Val’s Sporting Goods in Mechanicville helped offset the cost of each reusable bag. Saratoga Apple in Schuylerville donated over 7,000 apples. Volunteers helped pick the apples in October, and the Skidmore baseball team helped bag the apples in November. Gordon Creek Elementary in Ballston Spa and Saratoga Girl Scouts donated food to supplement the baskets. The Saratoga Chamber of Commerce had several ambassadors volunteer with EOC staff, board members and students from Saratoga High School to pack the bags. The Presbyterian New England Congregational Church is always very generous with their space. Church volunteers also helped distribute the baskets. For more information on the Saratoga County EOC and its efforts, visit: saratogaeoc.org.
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