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Make A Wish seeks past Wish Kids

To mark their 25th Anniversary, MAke-A-Wish of Northeastern New York is looking for faces and stories from some of the 1,200 wishes that it has granted since 1987.

Through the "Welcome Back Wishes" campaign, the chapter is looking fro former wish children to be highlighted in its newsletter and on a website gallery.

Make-A-Wish is looking for pictures of children on their wish experience as well as some recent photos. They would also like some information on what has happened in the childs life since theri wish was granted.

If you or your child has had a wish granted through the local chapter, please contact the Make-A-Wish office, 518-782-4673.


CDPHP suceeds in energy saving campaign

ALBANY - CDPHP has announced the results of an aggressive energy savings project undertaken last year. The project was designed to cut costs and reduce the company's environmental footprint.

A study has found the company saved $154,315 in energy costs over a twelve month period and greatly reduced its environmental impact.

In 2011, CDPHP partnered with American Energy Care, Inc, which designed a light replacement plan and installed a computerized lighting system. The state-of-the-art system includes dimming sensors, automatic shutdowns, customized lighting, offsite monitoring feature, hotspot identification, and the ability to harvest natural sunlight.

Since the partnership began, CDPHP has removed 2,500 light bulbs from its headquarters and reduced energy consumption by 40 percent.

NewsChannel 13 honors the Class of the Capital Region

QUEENSBURY –Top high school students will come to the Great Escape on Wednesday, June 6 for NewsChannel 13’s Class of the Capital Region.

This year’s Class of the Capital Region consists of 85 students from different area high schools. The students will participate in a day of fun at the park and each one was told to bring a friend along for the day.

NewsChannel 13 will be Live at Noon on Wednesday with the students and NewsChannel 13’s Jim Kambrich will be there to congratulate them.

They will be live in front of the new Splashwater Kingdom ride Alpine Freefalls. Students involved are asked to like NewsChannel 13 on Facebook. Share your photos and videos from the day. Also, follow WNYT NewsChannel 13 on Twitter. Tweet us @WNYT.

Annual Albany Kidney Walk and 5K to take place June 10

Annual Albany Kidney Walk and 5K to take place June 10

The Annual Albany Kidney Walk and 5K will take place on Sunday, June 10 at the University at Albany.

The Northeast Kidney Foundation will host the event that will begin with the run registration at 7:30 a.m. The run kicks off at 8:30 a.m. and walk registration is at 9 a.m. The walk will begin at 11 a.m.

The walk and run will take place at the University of Albany Dutch Quad Field and they are designed to raise awareness and funds for community programs like free kidney disease screenings, patient assistance programs, public education and healthcare advocacy.

According to a statement, there are over 1.2 million New Yorkers with kidney disease. To learn more about the Northeast Kidney Foundation click here.

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Child safety seat checkup to take place June 8

Child safety seat checkup to take place June 8

On Friday, June 8 the Sears at Colonie Center will host a large scale child safety seat checkup event. The safety checkup will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This is the fifteenth event since the first one back in August of 1998.  According to a statement, the misuse of child safety seats is still high and their have been two child fatalities in the Capital Region this year.

Correct use of child restraints will keep children safe and help is available for free installation assistance at events like this one.


New York Army National Guard tests “Firehawk” helicopter firefighting system in Mohawk River

Crescent – A New York Army National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter will be testing the National Guard’s Firehawk helicopter firefighting system on the Mohawk River between the Thaddeus Kosciusko Bridge (Twin Bridges) on I-87 and the Route 9 Crescent Bridge Tuesday morning in Crescent, Saratoga County.

The Firehawk system consists of a 1,000-gallon tank and spray apparatus that fits beneath a Blackhawk helicopter and can be filled with a pump system and hose from a river or lake in 60 seconds.

Tomorrow’s flight is expected to take place between 10 a.m. and noon. The helicopter will practice drawing water from the Mohawk River and discharging it from the tank.


Albany Comic Con to be June 10

Albany Comic Con to be June 10

The Albany Comic Con will take place Sunday, June 10 at the Holiday Inn on Wolf Road in Albany.

According to Kevin Marshall’s America website, guests will include:

  • Ron Marz
  • J. M. DeMatteis (who wrote one of my favorite comics of all time, Justice League International, amongst many others)
  • Matthew Dow Smith
  • Jim Starlin (legend and creator of Thanos)
  • Fred Hembeck
  • And more

There will be booths and deals on trades. A silent auction will take place to benefit the Ronald McDonald House. Click here for more information.