Schenectady Today -- In and Around the Capital Region
Filmed September 29, 2015 (Show #900)

Photographs by Malcolm Kogut-- Website by Gregg Millett

Lost Mohawk Valley -- Segment on Schenectady Today In & Around the Capital Region with Guest: Bob Cudmore – Author "Lost Mohawk Valley" Lost Mohawk Valley uses archival photos and memories of factory workers to take a look back at Amsterdam's vanished carpet mill culture. Cudmore has uncovered other fascinating tales for his new book: John Philip Sousa's "special friend" from St. Johnsville; Sam Goldwyn's Gloversville roots; and a Fort Johnson speed skating team (pictured on the book cover) that produced nationally ranked skaters. Event: Release of "Lost Mohawk Valley" Cost: For Mail order and a signed copy, #26.99 (send check to bob Cudmore at 125 Horstman Drive, Scotia, NY 12302 Website:

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Low Vision Technology Fair 2015 -- Segment on Schenectady Today In & Around the Capital Region with Guest: Cheryl Lawyer, NABA Outreach The purpose of a Low Vision Technology Fair is to showcase the latest in technologies designed to assist the visually impaired with reading and daily activities. Low vision technology and other companies will be showcasing state-of-the-art products that help with reading and everyday tasks. Other related organizations will be available to provide service information including the NYS Talking Book & Braille Library, WMHT RISE Radio, the NYS Commission for the Blind, Guiding Eyes for the Blind, CDTA, Stratton V.A. Medical Center and more. Two local ophthalmologists will be guest speakers presenting the latest in eye health research and treatment, particularly for the "aging eye". Dr. Nicole Lemanski, practicing with Mabel M. P. Cheng MDPLLC in Latham NY, will speak at 10:30 a.m. and Dr. Fatima Ahmed of Retina Consultants in Slingerlands, NY will speak at 4 p.m. For over 100 years, providing low vision and vision rehabilitation to individuals of all ages who are blind or visually impaired to help them achieve goals and maintain independence. The Albany Association of the Blind officially became the Northeastern Association of the Blind at Albany, Inc (NABA) in 1978 when it broadened its services to assist individuals in seven upstate counties: Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Southern Saratoga, Schenectady and Schoharie. In 2002, some of NABA's services were expanded to reach individuals in the rest of Saratoga County and Eastern Montgomery, Fulton, Warren and Washington Counties. Today, NABA provides a wide range of services to individuals with visual impairments. Some of these services include training and placing legally blind adults in professional employment, and providing rehabilitation services to seniors with age-related vision loss. NABA, with over a century of experience, continues to help individuals overcome the challenges of vision loss, enabling them to lead more productive, independent lives. NABA also provides free vision screening for children 18 months to 4 years old through our KidSight Program Organization: Northeastern Association of the Blind at Albany (NABA) Event: Low Vision Technology Fair and White Cane Safety Day (National) Location of event: St. Sophia's Greek Orthodox Church at 440 Whitehall Road, Albany Date/Time: Thursday, October 15 from 10 am to 5 pm Cost: Free and open to all Facebook: Yes "NABA's Low Vision Technology Fair 2015" Website:

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WERC's 11th Annual Awards Ceremony -- Segment on Schenectady Today In & Around the Capital Region with Guest: Elizabeth Miller, Executive Director and April J. Volk, VP/business Banking Relationship Manager of Key Bank Our Annual Awards Celebration is a way for WERC to honor women and businesses in our community who have made important contributions to the personal and professional growth of women, as well as to the region's economic vitality, and who personify the mission of WERC. Funds raised will assist our program to grow and allow us to continue to serve the hundreds of women in our community who are looking for employment. Leaders being honored this year are: Annmarie Lanesey, President/CEO, Greane Tree Technology, will be awarded the Harriet Rifkin Leadership Award in recognition of her leadership, volunteerism, professionalism, and her work in creating opportunities for women to achieve personal and financial independence. Lisa Wilson-Good, Founder/Director, Urban Grief, will receive the WERCing Woman of Achievement Award. This award is presented to a woman whose career path has been filled with unique transitions, unexpected challenges, opportunities to take risks, and who serves as an excellent role model for women served by WERC. Ellis Medicine will be recognized with the Advancement of Women in the WERCplace Award for its longstanding efforts to remove barriers that keep women from achieving financial independence and success. This year Lois Smith-Law will be awarded the WERC Lifetime Achievement Award to distinguish her as a woman who lived her life with passion and truly embraced WERC's mission to help others through her entire career. Please join our Inspiration Sponsor, KeyBank, in helping women return to the workforce. Capital District Women's Employment & Resource Center (WERC) is a private, not-for-profit organization that works to advance women's success in the workplace by building their economic and personal independence. Since 1988, WERC has provided quality workforce development services to over 6,700 women from both Albany and Rensselaer Counties who have lost their source of income upon the death, divorce, separation, disability, or dislocation of a spouse or who are single mothers. Annually, WERC provides over 2,700 free services to more than 300 women who need to return to the workforce giving them the resources, computer and career skills training, and the confidence needed to find employment in today's competitive job market. Organization: WERC – Women's Employment & Resource Center Event: 11th Annual Awards Ceremony Location of event: Hilton Garden Inn, Troy Date/Time: Tuesday, Oct 6 from 11 am to 1:30 pm (Networking 11-12) Luncheon and Awards 12-1:30 pm Cost: $60 pp and $450 for table of 8 Facebook: Yes Website:
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Sch'dy Today Day in Schenectady -- Segment on Schenectady Today In & Around the Capital Region with Guest: Mayor Gary McCarthy From the Proclamation: NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gary R. McCarthy, Mayor of the City of Schenectady, do hereby proclaim September 29, 2015 as Public Access Day in the City of Schenectady, and thank Ann and her team for their many years of service to the community and wish them many more to come. Organization: City of Schenectady Event: Proclamation for Sch'dy Today Location of event: Proctors (at the show) Date/Time: Sept 29 from 10-11 am Facebook: Yes Website:

Walk for R.I.T.A. -- Segment on Schenectady Today In & Around the Capital Region with Guest: Laura Marx, Area Director for Capital Region Chapter The Walk for RITA is a suicide awareness and fundraising walk that brings together people who have lost someone to suicide, people who may struggle personally or people who want to bring suicide and mental illness out of the darkness. Money raised from this walk goes to support research in suicide prevention as well as local free suicide prevention education, prevention and support programs. Organization: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Capital Region NY Chapter Event: Out of Darkness -- Capital Region Walk for R.I.T.A. (Remembrance, Intervention, Together we can bring Awareness) Location of event: Saratoga County Fairgrounds, Ballston Spa Date/Time: Sunday, October 18, 2015 – 9 am check in; 10:30 opening program and walk Cost: Donations requested Contact Information: 518-791-1544 or Facebook: Yes Website: and

Better Neighborhoods Inc. -- Segment on Schenectady Today In & Around the Capital Region with Guest: James Flacke, Executive Director Since 1966 BNI has sought to improve the quality of life in Schenectady neighborhoods through improved housing and increased home ownership. Core program areas include: property management, renovation and new construction, homebuyer counseling, and foreclosure prevention. Organization: Better Neighborhoods Inc.
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