YIR 2008: Extreme weather burdens county

The $50,000 grant was awarded to the Northeast Parent and Child Society's YouthBuild Schenectady Program, during a ceremony at Mohawk Ambulance Service, Thursday, Sept. 11.

Students accepted into the program had to attend a group informational session, find an adult sponsor, complete an application, take a test of adult basic education and interview with staff.

After months of looking near and far for a new chief of the Scotia Village Fire Department, village officials were told that the position will have to be awarded to a current village firefighter. The Schenectady County Civil Service Commission ruled that the village must choose a new chief from within the department. According to village officials, the commission's decision was based on the fact that there are a number of candidates within the department who are qualified to fill former Chief Richard Kasko's position.

That ruling was good news to Ken Almy, president of the Scotia Permanent Fireman's Association.

"We are confident that one of the people chosen from the department will be able to do the job," said Almy.


The leaves are brown and there's a chill in the air, but on Sundays in the Electric City, farm-fresh goods will be available year-round at the Schenectady Greenmarket, which will be held inside Proctors.

The idea for the Schenectady Greenmarket, which kicked off Sunday, Nov. 2, started when Richard Shave, who is on the board of the Troy Farmers' Market, contacted Schenectady City Council member Barbara Blanchard because he thought there was a need for one in Schenectady.

"I got really, really jealous of the Troy market. I wanted it in my city," said Shave, who is chairman of the Schenectady Greenmarket.

The winter market, which opened Sunday, Nov. 2, will take place every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through April 26, inside the Proctors arcade.

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