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KeyBank fills Route 50 void

Jeffrey Stone, president of the Capital Region KeyBank, said the town was "business friendly and easy to work" with and helped got the project done.

"It is our first new branch in over 10 years," said Stone. "This location is just a dynamite location It is a growing area, this is the place you want to be."

Reaching out to the community

With schools cutting their budget, Scotia-Glenville Central School District included, KeyBank's "You Choose" donation program is coming through at a key time.

The District's GIVE program and Superintendent Susan Swartz decided what programs or services in the school could best use the $1,500 donation offered by KeyBank. There were four choices residents will get to vote for through June and the three most voted for programs will receive a portion of the funds. Ballots will be distributed at the high school along with the branch location.

"Whenever we open a new branch we like to celebrate it by supporting the local community. We decided to do something a little different this time," said Ellen Sax, spokeswoman for KeyBank. "Now it will be up to the community to help decided how that money will be spent."

The choices include an "After Prom" alcohol-free alternative party to keep prom night safe for students and the community, which is funded through the PTSA and community donations. Second, is the SGHS Booster Club, which is an all-sports booster club providing extra funding for athletic events and programs not funded by the school. When school is out, the Life Skills Summer curriculum was targeted for funds, which needs help with transportation costs and fees for special education students.

Lastly, while not directly within the school, "Mission Meals," a GIVE program with students serving meals to the hungry and needy twice a month, is looking for funds to provide desserts with meals when the students serve. Also, funding for baking supplies and equipment at the Schenectady City Mission is needed.""

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