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Soft-hearted Ruth Sedaker buys hard bricks for BH-BL

McArthur said in past years the foundation has awarded grants for the purchase of buzzers for the Science Olympiad team and money for the purchase of high-resolution projectors in addition to other grants for pilot programs. McArthur said sometimes teachers want to test programs before they purchase them and grants from the foundation allow for this testing.

"It's a pleasure to be in schools and see these things in place," McArthur said.

The education foundation board is made up of several people from retired school officials to interested community members.

Bricks are available in three sizes from the education foundation and are engraved by AJ Fine Company of Burnt Hills by retired school board member Wayne Wheeler.

To order bricks, visit the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Education Foundation Web site at http://library.bhbl.neric.org/edfoun/index.html or call McArthur at 399-9050.

Sedaker first purchased a brick for her grandson who died in a snowmobile accident several years ago after seeing a sign while voting outside one of the schools advertising the brick sales.

At 87, she is more like an energetic teenager " she volunteers at the Baptist Retirement Center and goes swimming in the afternoons at the YMCA.

Sedaker moved to Burnt Hills in 1950 and lived on Pashley Road in Ballston for 47 years before buying a mobile home in Florida with her husband where she would winter spending her summers in Ballston. She decided to become a bus driver when her youngest daughter reached the third grade and she wanted to keep busy. Sedaker worked for the school for more than 19 years, where she was known as the "Bus Mom."

"The kids were great," she said. "I loved everyone of them."

Sedaker still keeps in touch with several of her former students through Christmas cards and periodic visits.

At the retirement home, and really everywhere else around town, Sedaker is known for her loving ways.

"I don't wear lipstick," she said. "I'm always giving kisses.""

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