Schenectady Today -- In and Around the Capital Region
Filmed October 14, 2014 (Show #850)

Photographs by Thom O'Connor -- Website by Gregg Millett

Raise a Puppy for Guiding Eyes-- Segment on Sch'dy Today In & Around the Capital Region with Guest: Cheryl Lawyer (Volunteer Region Coordinator for Puppy Raising Program) and Mary Lynne "ML" Hansen (Region Manager -- employee/trainer) and "Boone" (Black Lab Puppy). Local volunteer puppy raisers, raise puppies to be guide dogs – from 8 weeks to 16 months – before returning them to guide dog school for formal training where they Teach basic skills, good manners, socialization and exposures and Attend puppy class for training twice a month. Raising a puppy for Guiding Eyes for the Blind is a real gift of love. A puppy is not born a guide dog, but created through the dedication and commitment of an entire team of individuals. The Puppy Raiser is the pivotal member of that team. Our network of puppy raisers includes a broad spectrum of caring individuals from various walks of life. They include couples, families with children, young adults and senior citizens. Some already have pets of their own. Raisers live in urban, suburban, and rural areas – and in apartments, town-homes, and single family homes. Sixty percent of our raisers are repeat raisers – meaning they have raised more than one Guiding Eyes puppy. We are extremely proud that so many raisers enjoy our program enough to renew their commitment to raise another puppy. A few have raised as many as 35 puppies! The relationship and bond between the raiser and pup will become the foundation for all the life lessons a guide dog needs to master. Raisers provide hours of patient teaching and numerous socialization journeys over a 12 to 16 month period, before they return a well-socialized young adult dog to Guiding Eyes training staff. All of the raiser's hard work culminates when a blind person receives their priceless gift – a guide dog providing independence, companionship, and mobility. Guiding Eyes is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit providing superbly bred and trained guide and service dogs that expand horizons for people to achieve life's goals. All services are offered free of charge to men and women who are blind or visually impaired and to families with children with autism. Guiding Eyes is dependent upon contributions to fulfill its mission. Our Headquarters and Training Center is located in Yorktown Heights, N.Y. and our Canine Development Center is in Patterson, N.Y. We are an accredited member of the International Guide Dog Federation (IGDF), the organization establishing worldwide standards for the breeding and training of guide dogs. Organization: Guiding Eyes for the Blind Contact Information: 1-800-942-0149 Facebook: Yes "Guiding Eyes For the Blind" and "Guiding Eyes Northern NY Puppy Raising Region" Website:

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Newsies at Proctors! Broadway's Smash Hit Musical -- Segment on Sch'dy Today In & Around the Capital Region with Guests: Jacob Kemp "Davey" and Zachary Sayle "Crutchie from the cast of the Broadway Tour of "Newsies'. NEWSIES, the new American musical, features a Tony® Award-winning score with music by eight-time Academy Award® winner Alan Menken and lyrics by Jack Feldman, a book by four-time Tony® Award winner Harvey Fierstein and is produced by Disney Theatrical Productions. NEWSIES is directed by Tony® nominee Jeff Calhoun and choreographed by Christopher Gattelli, who won a 2012 Tony® Award for his work. The entire creative team is reuniting to bring this smash break-out musical to audiences across North America. Set in New York City at the turn of the century, NEWSIES is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged 'newsies,' who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys' expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike for what's right. Event: "Newsies" Location of event: Proctors, Schenectady Date/Time: Oct 11 - 17 Cost: Various Contact Information: Tickets: Facebook: Yes "Newsies" Website:

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Emotional Freedom Technique! Guest: Stephen O'Neal/ MSEd/ EFT Practitioner. EFT or Emotional Freedom Technique is a method that anyone can use to reduce stress, emotional and physical issues. EFT is simple, safe and has been found to be highly effective in helping individuals improve their lives. The concept of EFT stems from the Chinese culture where they have long since believed your body is like a ball of energy and your chi (energy) flows in a certain direction. If there is a blockage somewhere in your body, the energy flow is disturbed which produces an emotional disturbance as well. By tapping on acupressure points, you can remove the blockage and your chi or energy will flow again which will reduce or alleviate the emotional disturbance. EFT can be considered a "cousin" to acupuncture except you use your finger tips to activate the acupressure points instead of needles. As a practitioner, I have used EFT with men, women and children with outstanding results and continue to use EFT myself on a weekly basis. Organization: EFT Contact Information: Website:
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Chemistry and Cocktails! An After Hours Event. -- Segment on Sch'dy Today In & Around the Capital Region with Guest: Mac Sudduth, Executive Director. Their mission is to celebrate, explore and inspire science and technology, past, present and future. Enjoy a night of mixology and molecular gastronomy with specialty drinks, food science, live music, interactive exhibits, planetarium shows & more! Call 518-382-7890 x 237 for tickets (includes food and one free drink ticket). Door prizes & cash bar. 21 & over. Featuring Jay "JayTheBartender" Larkin & Food by SCCC Culinary Arts Program & Chef Michael Stamets. New Planetarium Show is now open: Planetarium shows at the region's science center have just gotten a boost. miSci, the Museum of Innovation and Science, recently installed a new high definition, full-dome, computerized projector in the Suits-Bueche Planetarium. Using a series of mirrors to project on the full 30-foot dome, the new projector provides a much more immersive experience and allows for new planetarium shows, such as Earth's Wild Ride. Earth's Wild Ride, is currently playing at 2pm daily and 11am Saturday and holidays. Thanks to the newly installed projector, this show lets visitors explore the Earth as they've never done before -- as observed by a fictional family relocated on the Moon! Discover crashing asteroids, erupting volcanoes, roaring dinosaurs, electrifying lightning and booming thunder. See eclipses, the ice age, Earth's water cycle and the differences between the Earth and Moon on a roller-coaster-like ride through canyons of raging rivers and hot flowing lava. Earth's Wild Ride was produced in collaboration with Rice University, through NASA's Immersive Earth Project. Another show is titled "Night of Pegasus" Organization: miSci (Museum of Innovation and Science) Event: Chemistry and Cocktails Location of event: Nott Terrace Heights in Sch'dy Date/Time: Thurs. Oct. 23 from 6-8 pm Cost: Members $30 ; Not Yet Members $35 and at the door $35 7 $40 Contact Information: 382-7890 or Facebook: Yes. "Schenectady Museum" Website:

The Liar! Paris, 1643 and unable to tell the truth! Guests: Joe Fava, Director andCristine Loffredo, Actor. Dorante is a charming young man new in the capital and he has but one single flaw; He cannot tell the truth! He meets Citron, a manservant who cannot tell a lie and falls in love with Clarice, whom he mistakes for her friend Lucrece. What our hero does not know is that Calrice is secretly engaged to his best friend, Alcippe. Nor is he aware that his father is trying to get him married to Calrice, whom he thinks is Lucrece, who actually is in love with him. From all these misunderstandings springs some of the Western world's greatest comedies. Organization: Schenectady Civic Players Event: The Liar Location of event: 12 South Church Street, Sch'dy 12305 Date/Time: Oct 17-19 and Oct 22-26 Cost: Check box office Contact Information: for tickets Facebook: Yes Website:

It's a Halloween Haunt! -- Segment on Sch'dy Today In & Around the Capital Region with Guests: Scott Payne (Creator and Developer) and Lisa Hailes (Producer). Every Year the STC puts on a haunted house that is more like a haunted walk through theater show. Each area of our haunt is filled with actors who can be scary, or funny depending on the age of the group walking through. Everyone has their own threshold for "scares" we however ensure that we offer children friendly shows as well as more adult oriented shows that can be considered scary or creepy. Complete with jump scares and increase levels of darkness. Organization: Schenectady Theater for Children Event: Halloween Haunt Fundraiser Location of event: Rotterdam Square Mall near Sears Date/Time: Fridays – Oct 17 & 24 from 6- 9 pm Saturday – Oct 18 & 25 from 1-4 pm and 5-9 pm Sundays – Oct 19 & 26 (times not listed) Cost: We ask for donations, these donations are used to help finance our effort to bring art and theater to the children of Schenectady and the surrounding areas. Website: