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Free guide helps houses of worship convince congregations to vaccinate
September 26, 2021, 2:02 am | Source

Chaplaincy consulting group in upstate publishes a handbook this week for church pastors (although it can work for synagogues and mosques) who want to convince congregants to get vaxxed, allay their fears. Interestingly, it highlights advice from the NIH director who is a devout conservative evangelical and does not believe the mass media or churches should ever present anti-vaxxers as the "con" in information about the pros and cons of vaccine. He said saying the vaccine is dangerous or gives you Nikki Minaj's friend's giant, sore testicles is the same as lying. Denialism is life and death situation.


Jesse Kuzmich leads Greenwich to shutout football win over Cambridge/Salem
September 26, 2021, 1:55 am | Source

Senior quarterback throws three touchdown passes, runs for a touchdown and adds two interceptions on defense in 49-0 victory


Grocery shopping, vaccine appointments: How Clifton Park volunteers stepped up last year
September 25, 2021, 11:11 pm | Source

Melissa Grattan spent months grocery shopping for a woman she has never met. Grattan was one of more than 175 volunteers in Clifton Park honored Saturday for stepping up at the start of the COVID crisis last year. 


UAlbany grad Juwan Green promoted to Atlanta Falcons' active roster
September 25, 2021, 10:16 pm | Source

Adding Green will help Atlanta’s depth at wide receiver. Starter Russell Gage and reserve Frank Darby have been ruled out of Sunday’s game because of injury, leaving the Falcons with four healthy receivers on the 53-man roster.

Green spent last season on Atlanta’s practice squad after signing with the Falcons as an undrafted rookie. This summer, he had three catches for 58 yards and a touchdown in Atlanta’s final preseason game against the Cleveland Browns. The Falcons released him in the cutdown to 53 players on Aug. 31 but re-signed him to the practice squad.


Freihofer's runners praise support, empowerment of the day
September 25, 2021, 9:14 pm | Source

ALBANY — More than 1,000 runners crossed the finish line Saturday as the Freihofer's Run for Women returned from its pandemic pause.

The women ranged in age from teens to octogenarians and traveled from communities in the Capital Region and across the Northeast. They gathered around the finish line after completing their runs, cheering along other participants as the race announcers encouraged women to raise their arms and smile as they took their final strides.

Runners expressed jubilation at the finish line for being able to participate in a shared experience with other women after so many races had been cancelled over the last year-and-a-half.

Laura McAlonen, who ran with her coworkers as part of MVP Health Care’s team, said she had run a couple of races virtually, “but the feeling isn’t the same – the atmosphere isn’t the same.”

Running with others also helps her run faster.

“I gauge the people around me, and then I set goals and try to get by them,” she said.

The race is usually held the Saturday after Memorial Day but was postponed until Saturday due to the pandemic. The race was staggered to allow for better social distancing.

Jennifer Richardson, who had run the race many years in the past, said she missed the 5K when it was cancelled last year and was glad it was back.

She runs with a group of friends, “but still, it’s nothing compared to race day,” she said.

Richardson, who plans to run in the Boston Marathon this October, called the 5K “a great race full of supportive women.”

“I think women can be friendlier…and not as competitive at times,” she said. “They’re really supportive on the course. Sometimes men don’t do that - or ever,” she laughed.

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Federal arts bailout totals $36 million locally
September 25, 2021, 6:24 pm | Source

The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program, part of the federal government's $1.9 billion stimulus plan to restart an economy staggered since early last year by the coronavirus pandemic, over the summer awarded a combined $88.3 million to more than 160 recipients throughout the greater Capital Region, Hudson and Mohawk valleys and the Berkshires. Here's a look at who got what.


Commentary: Dear Pope, please ordain women, let male priests marry
September 25, 2021, 5:59 pm | Source

Author of commentary argues that the only way Roman Catholic church can guarantee a future supply of priests by ordaining women and allowing priests to marry. Notes that Christ came to Earth supposedly to experience all that humans experience which for most people includes marriage or a romantic relationships and priests should be allowed to do the same in order to understand and help their congregants.


Results from 43rd annual Freihofer's Run for Women 5k
September 25, 2021, 4:40 pm | Source

Place, Name, Age, Residence Net Time

1. Aisling Cuffe, 28, Concord MA 16:34

2. Cara Sherman, 24, Schenectady NY 17:14

3. Annika Sisson, 25, Pawtucket RI 17:24

4. Caitie Meyer, 30, Albany NY 17:34

5. Kerry Allen, 33, Washington DC 17:39

6. Karen Bertasso Hughes, 37, Selkirk NY 17:42

7. Tricia Longo, 31, Waterford NY 17:50

8. Sarah Danner, 28, Gowanda NY 17:57

9. Elizabeth Debole, 36, Albany NY 18:02

10. Sascha Scott, 46, Syracuse NY 18:17

11. Suzie Clinchy, 32, Brooklyn NY 18:26

12. Nicole Moslander, 34, Rotterdam NY 18:28

13. Abbi Wright, 24, Delmar NY 18:31

14. Leonni Griffin, 14, Watervliet NY 18:37

15. Meghan Mortensen, 36, Glenville NY 18:50

16. Marisa Sutera Strange, 58, Millbrook NY 18:56

17. Renee Tolan, 46, Clifton Park NY 18:57

18. Laura Kline, 44, Syracuse NY 18:59

19. Erin Lopez, 40, Ivoryton CT 19:01

20. Kaleigh Higgins, 15, Watervliet NY 19:08

21. Gina Pardi, 23, Falmouth ME 19:21

22. Charlotte Dunkel, 14, Latham NY 19:43

23. Kaitlyn Phillips, 24, Rome NY 19:51

24. Brina Seguine, 32, Rensselaer NY 20:00

25. Ciara Bullington, 17, Cohoes NY 20:02

26. Lauren Scarupa, 30, Clifton Park NY 20:03

27. Marta Dauphinee, 43, Glenville NY 20:13

28. Kirsten McMichael, 24, Clifton Park NY 20:13

29. Diana Tobon-Knobloch, 40, Schenectady NY 20:26

30. Birtu Diefenderfer, 16, Albany NY 20:33

31. Kaitlin Bogucki,...


Green Island, Cohoes experiment with sharing fire chief
September 25, 2021, 4:18 pm | Source

Green Island, Cohoes share fire chief.


Aisling Cuffe wins Freihofer's Run for Women
September 25, 2021, 3:27 pm | Source

Cuffe, 28, opened a sizeable lead in the opening mile and prevailed by 40 seconds over runner-up Cara Sherman, a Mohonasen and University at Albany graduate, who finished in 17:14. Annika Sisson, a Stony Brook graduate who lives in Providence, finished third in 17:24.


Hochul may seek out-of-state, military pros to ease health care staff shortage
September 25, 2021, 1:32 pm | Source

Gov. Kathy Hochul said Saturday she will enlist the help of health care professionals from other states or countries, deploy medically trained National Guard members and seek federal disaster medical assistance teams if staffing shortages in hospitals and other health care facilities surge after a vaccination mandate begins Monday for those workforces. 


Churchill: Howard Zucker should have been fired after Hoosick Falls
September 25, 2021, 1:00 pm | Source

What good is a health commissioner who wouldn't sound the alarm on poisoned water?


Autumn hikes offer calm amidst chaos
September 25, 2021, 1:00 pm | Source

Fall is the best time for hiking. Here is a look at one hike, and a guide for others.


Wyeths' exhibit at Albany Institute a family affair
September 25, 2021, 12:30 pm | Source

 The Wyeth family has been a fixture in American visual art for well over a century. “The Wyeths: Three Generations,” a collection of work by N.C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, Henriette Wyeth and Jamie Wyeth, is running at the Albany Institute of History and Art until Jan. 2. 


Area hospitals face tough decisions as 'alarming' staffing crisis worsens
September 25, 2021, 11:00 am | Source

Capital Region hospitals are scrambling to find new ways to recruit and retain staff amid a staffing shortage they say has reached crisis levels and as Monday’s deadline looms for health care workers in New York to get vaccinated against COVID-19.


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