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Northeast NY Make-A-Wish marks $1 million milestone

Representatives marked the milestone with a celebration at the East Greenbush Applebee’s location. - Applebee's

EAST GREENBUSH – The Northeast New York chapter of the Make-a-Wish foundation is celebrating a major milestone.

The non-profit has received $1 million in donations, thanks to the support of Applebee’s customers across upstate and Connecticut.

Representatives marked the success at the East Greenbush Applebee’s location.

The restaurant chain sold Make-A-Wish star magnets, hosted “wish dinners”, auctioned décor and more to raise money for the non-profit.

More than $120,000 was raised in the Albany area which includes Queensbury, East Greenbush, Schenectady, Saratoga, Glenmont, Latham and Hudson.

Applebee’s is now launching its spring fundraiser to support the Foundation.

The restaurant chain will be selling wristbands for $2.

All proceeds directly benefit the local chapter.

New photography exhibit at Columbia County Council on the Arts

A reminder that a new photography exhibit is now on display at the Columbia County Council on the Arts.

“Not Necessarily Black and White” looks at traditional darkroom and digital photography, but also focuses on panoramic, sepia, anamorphic and others.

The show is juried by Ken Bovat, Jr.

It runs through May 16.

For more information on Columbia County Council on the Arts visit their website by clicking here.

Students show off STEM skills at science and engineering fair

After months of research, building and writing codes, it was time to show it all off in what some consider the super bowl for young students who are interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

The Greater Capital Region Science & Engineering Fair brought together kids in grade 6 through 12 from all over the Capital Region. Their projects ranged from animal sciences to physics and astronomy.

Shaker High School 11th grader Gili Rusak wanted to teach young kids about computer science, so she created an app for that.

Her codester app is already available for the Android market. She says it gives kids a positive exposure to computer science.

Scotia-Glenville High School junior John Dean has created a new kind of lens. He says his double liquid lens is good for surveillance applications because it allows a camera to focus on two different things at once.

NYS sap dripping slowly this season

New York State ranks second in the nation for Maple Syrup production, behind only Vermont.  This year's late start, due to weather, likely won't cause a shortage.  Producers who usually begin boiling at the end of February are hoping they will be able to continue boiling through mid-April

Chatham woman arrested on grand larceny, forgery charges

CHATHAM – New York State Police say a Chatham woman was stealing personal checks, forging them and then cashing in.

Troopers arrested 58-year-old Barbara Laspada for grand larceny and forgery.

She’s accused of stealing more than $14,000 from an unsuspecting victim.

Police say a Chatham resident reported suspicious activity on their bank account.

Laspada was arraigned and sent to jail in lieu of bail.

She’s due back in court next week.

Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region opens new satellite office

The Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region has opened a new satellite office in Schenectady’s Hamilton Hill neighborhood.

The office is located at 920 Albany Street in the Schenectady County Business Center. The space is being donated by the county.

The office will be open Monday and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesday afternoons.

In addition to funding, training courses will also be offered.

The Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region covers 11 counties including Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren and Washington Counties.

For more information, please call (518) 436-8586, or visit the Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region’s website here.

One dead in Thruway rollover crash

BETHLEHEM - One person has died as a result of a rollover crash on the thruway.

The crash happened around 8:30 Wednesday morning in Bethlehem.

Police say Margaret Seyfarth, 64, of Kingston was pronounced dead at Albany Medical Center.

Three others remain at Albany Medical Center -- including one in critical condition.

Police say the person who suffered the least amount of injuries was an 86-year-old woman who was the only one wearing a seatbelt.