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Dept. for Children, Youth and Families needs donors

Dept. for Children, Youth and Families needs donors

The Albany County Department for Children, Youth and Families (DCYF)  needs more donors for the annual Adopt-A-Family program. 

“Each year the Albany County Adopt-A-Family program gives hundreds of families a happy holiday season,” said County Executive Mike Breslin in a statement.  “This year we hope to help even more families, but in order to achieve our goals, we need the help of the community.”

The Adopt-A-Family program connects individuals, groups or organizations to a family in need during the holiday season.  Donors are provided details about the family including the ages and interests of the children and appropriate gifts according to the needs of the family. 

Many families are in need of basic items, such as blankets, winter coats and sheets. For those who cannot take on a whole family, DCYF is accepting new, unwrapped gifts or monetary donations to help brighten the season for a child or family.

Holiday craft fair tonight

Holiday craft fair tonight

The Waterford Halfmoon School is holding their Holiday Craft Fair and Vendor Night tonight.

Local crafters will be selling goods from 6 to 9 p.m.  There will also be door prizes, a bake sale, raffles and a 50/50 raffle to sponsor the cost of the choir's bus to go and sing with Kenny Rogers at the Proctors Theater.

The fair will be held at 125 Middletown Road in Waterford.


Students fundraise with cocoa for competition

Students fundraise with cocoa for competition

Students at Tech Valley High School are raising money to compete next spring in the annual Odyssey of the Minds Competition.

The students are selling hot chocolate each morning on the school campus to raise funds to compete in the event that seeks to determine which students are the most ingenious and creative with their designs and problem solving, says the school’s communication’s coordinator.

For over 30 years, Odyssey of the Mind has been providing students with opportunities to participate in creative problem solving as a team. Twenty-first century skills such as creativity, collaboration, communication, problem solving, flexibility, adaptability, critical thinking, and innovation have long been staples of the program.

The regional competition will take place in March.

Taking part in the competition for Tech Valley High will be a number of students who will put their most elaborate designs up against those from other schools in the Capital Region.

Stewart's to team up with customers for 'Holiday Match!'

Stewart's to team up with customers for 'Holiday Match!'

Stewart’s Shops are once again teaming up with their customers for the 25th annual Holiday Match.

Last year’s Holiday Match! resulted in $640,000 in customer donations for a total of $1.28 million. According to Stewart’s Shops, the company has donated almost $15 million to local children’s organizations since 1986.

From Thanksgiving Day through Christmas Day, Stewart’s Shops will match individual donations to the Holiday Match! program in stores throughout New York and Vermont. The goal this year is to encourage individual giving and broaden the base of support for local charities.

In Cohoes, Stewart's is located at 94 Columbia Street.

Church holds Thanksgiving Day dinner

Church holds Thanksgiving Day dinner

The United Church of Cohoes is holding a Thanksgiving Day Dinner on Thursday.

Dinner is from 1 to 4 p.m.  at the church on 123 Mohawk Street in Cohoes. 

Anyone wishing to help with preparation or able to make a monetary donation to the dinner can also call the church office at (518) 237-0278.


Retailers to get help on protecting businesses during the holidays

COLONIE - Some local businesses will be getting help from the secret service to protect against crime this holiday season.

On Monday, retailers in Albany County are invited to a conference at Colonie Center. Members of the Albany County District Attorney's office, secret service and local law enforcement will be there giving free advice on how to spot counterfeit money.

The event begins at 10 a.m. at the mall's meeting room, down the hallway next to Sephora.

Rotaries donate winter coats to Schoharie County schools

Rotarians from around the capital district delivered 340 brand new warm winter coats to several Schoharie County schools today.

Thirty-three clubs in Rotary International District 7190 which includes Albany, Fulton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren and Washington counties, raised several thousand dollars in the past two weeks reported Rotary District Governor, Bill Nathan.  A $5,500 grant from The Rotary Foundation made the purchase possible.

The coats are purchased from Operation Warm, one of the largest non-profit organizations providing new winter coats in the United States said Matt Hosek, President of the Mechanicville Rotary Club.