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Town Supervisor Joe Landry congratulates Maryle King for 30 years of volunteering to teach line dancing at Niskayuna Senior Center. Also pictured from left: Rosemarie Mullaney and Sue Whitaker.

Senior Center volunteers honored

BY KRISTIN SCHULTZ Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — “It has been said that if you continually give, you’ll continually have,” town Councilwoman Lisa Weber said at a program to recognize Niskayuna Senior Center volunteers. Twenty-one volunteers had an afternoon of appreciation…

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Monday afternoon, July 13th, 2015, at the Schenectady County Jail's visitation room. The Reading is Fun Program (RIF) visited with inmate Carlos Diaz-Hernandez and his four children, currently in foster care. Retired University of Albany Professor and curator Al Magid worked with one child during the session.

Reading program continues to grow

BY INDIANA NASH Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — Across the country, elementary school educators are continually grappling with the question of how best to give students a strong academic base. After all, according to the Greek philosopher Diogenes, “The foundation of…

Volunteers work on a new playground behind Birchwood Elementary School in Niskayuna Saturday, July 11, 2015. (Peter R. Barber/Gazette Photographer)

Army of volunteers builds new school playground

UPDATE: The Birchwood playground will be ready for play in September. Organizers are still waiting for the special shock-absorbing floor to be installed for children’s safety. BY REBECCA ISENHART Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — Anyone at Birchwood Elementary School, from kindergartners…

Chris Sullivan stands at the site of his Eagle Scout project, where spring sports will soon begin. (Rebecca Isenhart/Gazette Reporter)

Service project allows Boy Scout to give back

BY REBECCA ISENHART Gazette Reporter LOUDONVILLE — Niskayuna High School senior Chris Sullivan recently discovered how much work and complexity often goes into things that appear elegantly simple. Like a staircase or an Eagle Scout service project, for example. “It…

Mariellen Boomhower plants tomato seeds using a popsicle stick. (Rebecca Isenhart/Gazette Reporter)

Volunteers bring spring to life in greenhouses

Annual plant sale a chance to raise money, teach beginners BY REBECCA ISENHART Gazette Reporter SCHENECTADY — Spring may be behind schedule this year, but in Schenectady, there’s one place where green things are always growing: the greenhouses in Central…