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Acts of kindness: Being a mentor can fill the void in a child’s life

Acts of kindness: Being a mentor can fill the void in a child’s life

Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015
Fishing in a lake, going to the library or a movie, helping with homework. Or just walking down the street and stopping for an ice cream cone.
 
Acts of kindness: Just being there can help someone in time of grief

Acts of kindness: Just being there can help someone in time of grief

Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015
From my kitchen window Monday morning, I watched my neighbor walk slowly down her driveway to get her newspaper, knowing she would find her wife’s obituary inside.
 
Acts of kindness: Mentee blossoms into confident young woman

Acts of kindness: Mentee blossoms into confident young woman

Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015
When I texted 18-year-old Caitlin and asked if she would share her thoughts about Saratoga Mentoring, an email arrived after 10 minutes.
 
To share kindness, first be kind to yourself

To share kindness, first be kind to yourself

Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015
"Can I give you a hug?” The other day, when I told the women in my yoga class that my 84-year-old Dad suffered a heart attack, one by one, each woman put her arms around me.
 
Acts of  Kindness: Tips for better nursing home visits

Acts of  Kindness: Tips for better nursing home visits

Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015
Nursing home officials offer tips for making visits more fulfilling and talk about rewarding volunteer opportunities at the facilities.
 
Thrift store aids Habitat’s house projects
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Thrift store aids Habitat’s house projects

Friday, Jan. 9, 2015
If January is the time to start a new indoor home-improvement project, the Habitat ReStore in Schenectady is the place.
 
Let's lift January: Gift brings awareness of a friend’s struggle

Let's lift January: Gift brings awareness of a friend’s struggle

Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015
When my friend stopped showing up at the Schenectady Inner City Ministry's food pantry, I never did more than wonder why, until Monday afternoon, when I dropped by her home unannounced.
 
Let's lift January: Christmastime march honors soldiers

Let's lift January: Christmastime march honors soldiers

Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015
Like the tiny acorn that grows into a mighty oak, a small act of kindness can get big and strong and branch out into a community.
 
New Year’s Day bird count set for Pine Bush

New Year’s Day bird count set for Pine Bush

Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015
After 18 years of stepping out into the Albany Pine Bush, the experience doesn’t get old for Education Program Director Erin Kinal.
 
First Day Hikes to show parks in winter splendor

First Day Hikes to show parks in winter splendor

Friday, Dec. 26, 2014
Anyone who’s lived in the Capital Region for a while has probably been to Saratoga State Park. But have they been there on a cold day in January?
 
Niskayuna girl's Northern Lights stand out in coloring contest

Niskayuna girl's Northern Lights stand out in coloring contest

Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014
Maya Healey has never seen the Northern Lights. But she believes Santa Claus has noticed shimmering greens and purples during his celestial travels. Her coloring effort captured this year's Gazette Christmas Coloring Contest.
 
Lutheran church open to many views, will be 113 years old next year

Lutheran church open to many views, will be 113 years old next year

Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014
Putting a modern label on something that’s been around for more than 100 years is going to be problematic. For example, take the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Niskayuna.
 
We’re ready for mistletoe, movies and Christmas music

We’re ready for mistletoe, movies and Christmas music

Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014
There are wonderful things about the coming days — and here are a dozen staff-generated diversions and duties that people will enjoy as the holidays begin.
 
Hess trucks roll out every winter, bringing joy to collectors

Hess trucks roll out every winter, bringing joy to collectors

Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014
Rexford’s Dick Tullock never pumped Hess gasoline at his Schenectady service station.
 
Writer tells story of losing weight in memoir/cookbook

Writer tells story of losing weight in memoir/cookbook

Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014
When Stacey Morris tipped the scale at 345 pounds, she didn’t go on a diet. She became a food explorer.
 
 

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