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Being a good board member is about more than volunteering

Spotlight on Finance

The late Maya Angelou once said: “To make a difference is not a matter of accident, a matter of casual occurrence of the tides. People choose to make a difference.” This rings true for all volunteers. Throughout America, the communities in which we live, work and play are better because so many give so selflessly of themselves. They choose to make a difference, and what they do is not nearly as important as the fact that they are simply doing something—something of substance that fills a need. Volunteering to serve on a nonprofit board is a little different. Effective board service is about much more than filling a seat at the table and attaching your name to a cause.

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Football: Voorheesville spoils Watervliet's home opener

Denman rushed for three touchdowns in Blackbirds' victory

The first Friday night football game in Watervliet did not go the way the Cannoneers planned.

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Cross country: Emily Burns out-kicks Peyton Engborg for first place

Saratoga girls, Guilderland boys win Springstead Invitational team titles

Emily Burns has a finishing kick few Section 2 cross country runners possess.

Making sure you saw it

Guilderland native builds website to crowd source online video; launches Indiegogo campaign

There is a seemingly endless stream of videos across the Internet, but a Guilderland native is hoping to make finding the best videos an engaging and simple experience.

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John Boyd Thacher: The man behind the park

John Boyd Thacher is the namesake of the New York state park in which the geologic wonders, fossil record, and scenic beauty of the Helderberg Escarpment are preserved for all time. The preservation of the area for scientific value and public use was a logical culmination of the life of a man dedicated to exploration, preservation and the public good.

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Unearthing a hidden talent

Delmar woman lets her creative side out and publishes her first book

Patricia Cleary of Delmar flirts a little with her own reality in a fictional life she created in her recent book, “Beneath the Roses.”

Get To Know: Phil Ridgway

This Get To Know appears in the Sept. 10 editions of Spotlight Newspapers.

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Guilderland Community Fest to benefit local family

Music, food, and fun for a great cause at Tawasentha Park

When a community member is in need of help, the Town of Guilderland rises to the occasion. That is exactly what has happened at the past two Guilderland Community Festivals.

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Boys soccer: Guilderland off to improbable start

Young Dutchmen remain unbeaten following victory at Niskayuna

To hear Guilderland boys soccer coach Mike Kinnally describe his team's 3-0-1 start, one would think he was talking about a program that never had much success before this season, rather than one coming off a Section 2 Class AA championship and a state semifinal appearance.

Boys soccer: Shen. Shaker remain unbeaten

Plainsmen score three times in second half to knock off Bethlehem

Shenendehowa and Shaker remained undefeated in Suburban Council boys soccer by posting impressive victories Thursday, Sept. 11.

Girls soccer: Guilderland stuns Niskayuna

Ford's corner kick goal holds up for Lady Dutch

The Guilderland girls soccer team withstood intense pressure from Niskayuna's offense to pull off a 1-0 Suburban Council victory Thursday, Sept. 11, in Guilderland Center.

LETTER: Democrats aren’t the only choice

This letter to the editor appears in the Sept. 10 edition of The Spotlight.

New Scotland mulls park fixes

Town targets Swift Road Park, eyes expanding scope to more areas

At least one park in New Scotland could be getting a makeover as town officials look to boost recreational opportunities offered.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Good neighbors for 20 years

This guest commentary appears in the Sept. 10 editions of Spotlight Newspapers.

Sports poll: Which Suburban Council boys soccer team will have the best record?

This sports poll question appears in the Sept. 10 editions of Spotlight Newspapers.

LETTER: Albany County nursing home needs everyone’s support

This letter to the editor appears in the Sept. 10 editions of Spotlight Newspapers.

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Injury gives author time to write

Delmar resident pens novel about people trying to survive worldwide outbreak

Shawn Purcell always knew he wanted to write a novel.

EDITORIAL: Be aware with school in session

This editorial appears in the Sept. 10 editions of Spotlight Newspapers.

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Many voices for new tobacco rules

Proposed law would outlaw sales at pharmacies

A public hearing for a county law that would ban cigarette sales in some stores drew a crowd of mostly anti-tobacco supporters to voice their opinions.

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Listen to Cassandra

Musical at Proctors inspired by Schenectady man’s own experience with the fickle dot-com bubble

In Greek mythology, when Cassandra, the princess of Troy who was had the gift of foresight, tried to warn the people that the city of Troy would be destroyed in the Trojan War, her dire predictions were ignored. A large wooden horse opened up one night and Spartan soldiers spilled out to attack the city.

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