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Fresh Air child, local family maintain bond 9 years later

Katirish Pintor, left, has been  visiting her Fresh Air “siblings” Mia Gorla, center,, and Eleni Gorla, right, since she was 9 years of age. Pintor has “aged out” of the Fresh Air program but she still stays in touch with the Gorla family of Niskayuna.
Katirish Pintor, left, has been visiting her Fresh Air “siblings” Mia Gorla, center,, and Eleni Gorla, right, since she was 9 years of age. Pintor has “aged out” of the Fresh Air program but she still stays in touch with the Gorla family of Niskayuna.
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Nine years ago, two families’ paths crossed, changing their lives forever. Vicki Michela and her Niskayuna family made the decision to host a child from the Fresh Air Fund, a nonprofit agency that provides a summer getaway for children living in inner-city New York City. The Michelas first began hosting Katirish Pintor when she was 9 years old and living in Harlem. “They just took me in like family,” said Katirish. “There was never a ...


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