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St. Rose, Siena, come together for 'One Billion Rising'

Two local colleges are coming together on Friday to help women who are victims of violence.

Events for the "One Billion Rising" campaign are taking place at St. Rose and Siena Colleges on March 28.

Through 1 p.m. the St. Rose event include representatives from Albany County Crime Victims and Sexual Violence Center, among others. Additional events will also be taking place on the Siena campus.

Spindle City celebrating 20th anniversary

An organization dedicated to preserving historic buildings in Cohoes is celebrating their 20th anniversary.

Spindle City was first created to save the Silliman Memorial.

Their cause later expanded to other historic buildings.

The celebration will be held on March 29 from 3-6 p.m. at the Cohoes Visitors Center, 58 Remsen Street.

More information on Spindle City can be found here.

Saratoga County listed as 5th healthiest in NY

A new report lists every county in the country on its health merits.

The report was released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Saratoga County is the 5th healthiest in New York State.

Schoharie County ranks 9th and Warren County is 13th.

Rensselaer County ranks 34th, right behind Albany at 30th but ahead of Washington County at 36th.

Columbia sits at 46th, Montgomery 47th and Fulton County is 56th out of 62.

Greene County ranked lowest in our viewing area at 57th.

In Massachussets, Berkshire County ranks 9th out of 14.

And in Vermont, Bennington County scores 11th out of 14 counties.

For a link to full list of all counties click here.

Northeast NY Make-A-Wish marks $1 million milestone

Representatives marked the milestone with a celebration at the East Greenbush Applebee’s location. - Applebee's

EAST GREENBUSH – The Northeast New York chapter of the Make-a-Wish foundation is celebrating a major milestone.

The non-profit has received $1 million in donations, thanks to the support of Applebee’s customers across upstate and Connecticut.

Representatives marked the success at the East Greenbush Applebee’s location.

The restaurant chain sold Make-A-Wish star magnets, hosted “wish dinners”, auctioned décor and more to raise money for the non-profit.

More than $120,000 was raised in the Albany area which includes Queensbury, East Greenbush, Schenectady, Saratoga, Glenmont, Latham and Hudson.

Applebee’s is now launching its spring fundraiser to support the Foundation.

The restaurant chain will be selling wristbands for $2.

All proceeds directly benefit the local chapter.

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Albany County looking for volunteer award nominations

Do you know someone who gives back to the community for nothing in return?

Albany County is putting out a last call for nominations for the Albany County Executive’s Volunteer Award.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, March 28.

All volunteers will be celebrated on April 24, with one receiving the award.

To nominate someone for the Albany County Executive’s Volunteer Award, please click here.

National Grid uses 'Sniffer truck' to detect gas leaks

Freezing and repeated thawing doesn't just create potholes.

National Grid says a wild swing in temperatures can also affect underground pipes.

The company showed NewsChannel 13 a new truck they are using to detect gas leaks.

The truck drives along the streets and sensors go off if it detects natural gas.

The sniffer trucks are a proactive step to stop leaks.

National grid reminds you to use your senses, natural gas has an odor similar to rotten eggs.

Also look for dust or bubbles in water outside your home and listen for a whistling sound.

If you suspect a leak, get out of the house and call 911, then call National Grid. 

Cohoes prepares for Easter Egg Hunt

Cohoes is getting ready for their annual Easter Egg Hunt.

The egg hunt is scheduled for Saturday, April 12 at 10 a.m. at George Street Park.

If the weather is bad, it will be held at Cohoes Community Center.

There will be three different age groups: 4 and under, 5 to 8, and 9 to 12.