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Group honors local woman

Community Caregivers will present Elaine Nichols the Joseph A. Bosco Community Service Award at its 12th annual gala. The award recognizes the contributions made by Nichols and her family through volunteering and community service. The theme of the of the gala, to be held on Nov. 17 at the Albany County Club, is Families Creating Community.

Nichols is the owner of Nichols Market, which she founded with her late husband, Jim Nichols, in 1995.

"(Nichols) and her family have done so much for the Voorheesville community and Greater Guilderland area by choosing to run an independent grocery," said Diane Cameron, executive director of Community Caregivers. "It's an extraordinary example of a family choosing to make a contribution to a community."

Don Stauffer, the publicity chair for Community Caregivers said the organization looks for someone who is an example in his or her community and who embodies the ideals of the service organization, such as helping neighbors in various ways.

"It's quite a long list of various things she's done," said Stauffer.

Among Nichols' many projects is the construction of the copper roof for the gazebo in the Voorheesville Hotaling/Evergreen Park to commemorate 75 years of Kiwanis service to the community. Each year, the Nichols family pays for the fireworks display at the close of the Voorheesville Memorial Day block party, in addition to contributing to the Memorial Day Celebration at the American Legion following the parade.

"She has supported a whole variety of community events and organizations," said Stauffer. "(Nichols) is someone who provides for the kind of organizations and services that Community Caregivers stands for."

The family has also made significant contributions to the Relay for Life event, which raises money for the fight against cancer, and to the efforts of the Voorheesville Community and School Foundation, which supports numerous community programs.

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