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Local artist’s exhibit opens
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Artist and author Deborah Friedson, a Niskayuna resident, opened an art exhibit titled “Hamsas for Heart and Home” Thursday, July 3 at the Symmetry Gallery, 48 Broadway in Saratoga Springs.
The exhibit will be on display through July 22. It focuses on symbolism from Middle Eastern culture that combines old traditions with modern art and the artist’s imagination.
Blood drive
NISKAYUNA — The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive at the Walmart Pharmacy at 3429 State St. from 2 to 6 p.m. Monday, July 7
Contact the American Red Cross at 1-800-RED CROSS or to schedule an appointment. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome.
Learn to row
NISKAYUNA — The Aqueduct Rowing Club’s annual summer learn-to-row program begins its first session Monday.
Learners row in sweep boats (those with one oar for each rower) and can also learn to scull (using two oars). The Learn to Row Program is two evenings a week working with a dedicated coach. Novice rowers should be in good physical condition and capable of strenuous activity, although conditioning improves throughout the session. Rowers must also be able to swim and/or float unassisted.
Upon completion of one session, novice rowers are invited to join the club for a reduced fee and finish the season. Novices are also eligible to compete in club races and in regattas. The first session begins costs $150; rowers can add the second session for a reduced fee. For information call Michelle at 383-7745.
Nursery school set to reopen
SCHENECTADY — Park Avenue Nursery School will be holding a grand reopening with ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday, July 22, at 4:30 p.m.
There will be refreshments, balloon animals, and an open house for interested families of preschool-age children. Park Avenue is a play-based, cooperative preschool with classes for 3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds that has served the area for over 60 years.
The new location is inside the Eastern Parkway Methodist Church, at 943 Palmer Ave., Schenectady. For more information, call 374-8760 or visit

  • Niskayuna Town Board Meeting Thursday, July 10, 7:00 p.m. at Town Hall, 1 Niskayuna Circle.
  • Board of Education organizational meeting, Tuesday, July 8, 5:30 p.m. in the District Office Board Room, 1239 Van Antwerp Road.


Doctor graduates
Ryan Christopher Mason, a Niskayuna native, recently earned his medical degree from the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University in Providence, R.I.
He graduated with an award for scholarly concentration in disaster medicine and response, and has been published in several medical journals during his studies.
Mason follows in the footsteps of his father, the late Dr. Thomas H. Mason, who was a neurosurgeon at Ellis Hospital for many years. He will complete his residency at University Hospital in Seattle, Washington.
Niskayuna swimmer makes national rank
Fourteen members of the Sculpins synchronized swimming team are competing for a national title at the eSynchro Age Group National Synchronized Swimming Championships in Washington.
The June 27-July 5 meet features competition in the 11-19 age group divisions. The athletes qualified for the National Championships by placing among the top three finishers at the 2014 regional championship, which featured top athletes from the Northeast. Carolyne Guo, 18, of Niskayuna High, is among the qualifiers.

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Rebecca Isenhart
Rebecca Isenhart is the reporter/writer for Your Niskayuna, presented by the Daily Gazette of Schenectady.