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HIGH NOTES: Cat shelter, lemonade, scholarships

HIGH NOTES: Cat shelter, lemonade, scholarships

Spotlighting the good being done in our communities
HIGH NOTES: Cat shelter, lemonade, scholarships
Brendan Mulvaney at his lemonade stand last year.
Photographer: Erica Miller

In Schoharie, the Schoharie United Presbyterian Church Mission Fund of Schoharie recently awarded $3,000 to the Animal Shelter of the Schoharie Valley to help update its feline isolation kennels. Cats need to be isolated when they first arrive at the shelter due to health reasons. With a growing number of felines entering the shelter, the purchase of new crates will allow their litter boxes to be separated from the animals’ food and sleeping areas, enabling staff to clean the sections separately, . Over the years, the fund has awarded a total of $300,000 to many causes, including help in various areas of the country that have devastated by flooding, as well as the needs in Schoharie County. For more information on the fund and to donate, visit https://www.schohariepresbyterian.org.

In Ballston Spa, Brendan Mulvaney is donating half the proceeds from his summer lemonade stand to help conduct research into childhood cancer. The 8-year-old entrepreneur was in the news last year after the state Health Department shut down his lemonade stand, which is located across the street from the Saratoga County Fairgrounds. He’s up and operating without government oversight this year, helping raise money for a trip to Disney World. But he’s also helping kids with childhood cancer by splitting proceeds from his lemonade sales with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation is a national organization started by the parents of Alexandra “Alex” Scott, who died of cancer at the age of 8 in 2004 and who had raised money during her short life to fight childhood cancer by selling lemonade at a stand similar to Brendan’s. To learn more about the foundation and to donate, visit https://www.alexslemonade.org.

In Mechanicville, 126 runners helped support scholarships for two Mechanicville High School graduates entering the criminal justice field by participating in the 3rd Annual Paul Luther Memorial Run at Tallmadge Park earlier this month. Luther, a patrolman with the Mechanicville Police Department, was shot and killed by a sniper while responding to a call at Joyce’s Log Cabin in Mechanicville in 1976. 

High Notes is a Monday feature of The Gazette Opinion section spotlighting the good being done in our communities by individuals, charitable organizations, schools, colleges and businesses. Send your suggestions for High Notes to Editorial Page Editor Mark Mahoney at [email protected]

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