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Chamber confers Good News honors on six

Chamber confers Good News honors on six

Organizations, initiatives and businesses honored for impact on community
Chamber confers Good News honors on six
Debbie Fowler, founder of Eyes Wide Open NENY, talks to master of ceremonies Greg Floyd.
Photographer: Marc Schultz

GLENVILLE — Six businesses and organizations were honored Thursday for their impact on the community.

The annual Good News Awards are presented by the Chamber of Schenectady County, an affiliate of the Capital Region Chamber, to recognize strong growth, excellent community support, launch of a new product or service, or just for being a success story.

The honors were presented Thursday at River Stone Manor to the following recipients:

Appolo Heating, an HVAC service company that was founded in 1968 and has shown significant growth in revenues and workforce over the past five years, and recently created a training center for its paid training program. 

Eyes Wide Open of Northeastern New York, whose mission is to raise public awareness of human trafficking in the region and establish a safe residential program of hope and healing for women who have suffered because of it.

Habitat for Humanity of Schenectady County, which since 1993 has worked with hundreds of families to meet their need for safe, decent and affordable housing; it unites more than 2,000 volunteers annually and recently opened a second store for donated home furnishings.

Home Instead Senior Care, a licensed home care agency that opened in Schenectady in 2007 to provide in-home non-medical senior care; today it employs about 400 caregivers and aides who deliver over 300,000 hours of care annually.

Roosters NY, a cafe serving breakfast and lunch that recently celebrated its first anniversary in business; it offers a wide-ranging menu and recently acquired a liquor license.

The Schenectady Ale Trail, which gives beer enthusiasts of all levels a taste of craft beer at an affordable price point. It is a collaboration between Discover Schenectady, Back Barn Brewing Company, Druthers Brewing Company, Frog Alley Brewing Company, Great Flats Brewing, Mad Jack Brewing Company and Wolf Hollow Brewing Company. 

Also Thursday, the chamber recognized five companies for reaching milestone anniversaries:

Environment One, a Niskayuna manufacturer of sewer and electrical utility components, 50 years;

Galesi Group of Schenectady, one of the largest real estate developers in upstate New York, 50 years;

New Choices Recovery Center, a Schenectady non-profit addiction treatment services company, 50 years;

LeChase Construction Services, which built parts of Mohawk Harbor and now has an office there, 75 years;

Mohawk Honda, a large family-run new and used automobile dealership in Glenville, 100 years; 

The Daily Gazette Company, an independent print and online news publisher, 125 years.

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