From left: DEC forest ranger Ian Kerr; Tech. Lt. Peter Mclain; Blake Alois; Madison Popolizio; and Tech. Sgt. Brian Rumrill. Courtesy of New York State Police.

Rescued Niskayuna high peaks hikers visit angels

ZACHARY MATSON Gazette reporter The New York State Police Huey 2 helicopter that helped lift a pair of stranded hikers off the state’s second-highest mountain in December has a new name: Algonquin Angel. The Niskayuna hikers — Madison Popolizio and…

Blake Alois and Maddie Popolizio are seen at the hospital Tuesday. Photo provided.

Back in Niskayuna, rescued hikers begin recovery

Zachary Matson Gazette Reporter The day after they were rescued from the top of Algonquin Peak, Blake Alois, 20, and Maddie Popolizio, 19, were continuing to recover from two days stranded in the bitter cold and three feet of snow….

Maureen McGuinness, Family Services Manager for the Albany Dioceses and Denise McGraw, council member for the Town of Niskayuna walk the area where plans are for a proposed for a Schaefer-style mausoleum towards the front property at Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery on Route7 in Niskayuna. Paul A. Schaefer, was the founder of several organizations for the preservation of the Adirondack wilderness, died on July 13 after knee surgery at St. Clare's Hospital in Schenectady. He lived in Niskayuna and in an Adirondack cabin on St. David's Lane. Mr. Schaefer began working to preserve the Adirondack back country in the 1930's, organizing coalitions to campaign for laws to protect the state's northern wilderness areas from development. His work is credited with playing a role in the development of the six million-acre Adirondack State Park, a huge land mass of private and public properties governed by strict regulations limiting construction. Photo by Marc Schultz/Gazette Photographer

Niskayuna mausoleum will pay tribute to Schaefer

Project to mirror architect/conservationist’s style By KELLY DE LA ROCHA Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — A mausoleum in the style of famed local architect and conservationist Paul Schaefer is slated to be built in Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery next summer. The…