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Schenectady County: Banish the blahs during winter break

Moyer said there was a food drive, a pet food drive, the sheriff's department came and fingerprinted and took pictures of children for Operation Safe Child, and Friday there will be health day, where different agencies will talk about preventative health.

Maple Ski Ridge is also hosting Schenectady County's Winter Carnival this Saturday, Feb. 24, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Moyer said planned activities include a barbecue, and a winter gear sale and winter camping demo by Eastern Mountain Sports. Goldstocks will hold a snowshoe demo and race, and Glen Sander's Mansion will provide a huge block of ice for sculpting all day. The band Aged in the Hills is scheduled for two performances.

Moyer said it's no charge to come for the activities, and regular skiing and snowboarding will be going on all day as well.

For those who would rather stay out of the cold, the Schenectady County Historical Society is offering historical craft-making every day from 1-4 p.m.

Museum curator Kathryn Weller said each day they will make something different. On Tuesday children were making crafts from the Colonial period.

Weller said Thursday, Feb. 22, will be Victorian crafts and Friday, Feb. 23, will be crafts from the 1940s during General Electric's golden age.

Kim Monaco took advantage of the activities at the museum on Tuesday with her two children, Jack Szemansco, 5 and Ethan Szemansco, 8.

Weller said the activities are designed for grade-school children, but anyone is welcome to attend.

The Schenectady Museum and Suits-Bueche Planetarium also has an extended planetarium schedule this week, as well as activities for children each day from 1 to 4 p.m.

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