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 Schenectady Today

In & Around the Capital Region

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Guest Line Up for the next four weeks of filming. (May be subject to change)

Below you will find listings for our interesting on-air guests for the next four weeks.  Check out the lists below for our great variety of topics.  We start filming at 10 am in THE ADDY THEATRE on Tuesday. A live audience is always welcome and there are plenty of seats. You can meet the guests in person and learn more about their projects or even get involved yourself1

May 8, 2018 #1032

Scheduled Topics on the Show with Guests

(Listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Information below has been provided by the Guests or from their websites

~~~ Segment ONE~~~

APF’s Foster Animal Program

  • Amy Duskiewicz, Shelter Director
  • Brianne Doherty, Volunteer and Placement Coordinator
  • Organization: Animal Protective Foundation
  • Mission: The Animal Protective Foundation promotes and protects the human-animal bond by providing resources to our community and humane care to companion animals. Our vision is a community where all companion animals are loved, respected and receive exceptional care.
  • Event: Foster Animal Program
  • Location: 53 Maple Ave. Scotia/Glenville
  • Contact Information: 518-374-3944
  • Facebook: Yes “Animal Protective Foundation”
  • Website:

~~~ Segment TWO ~~~

The Joy of the Journey

  • Jeff Vredenburg, Conductor, Mendelssohn Club
  • Colleen Pratt, Guest Artist

Most of this concert’s numbers deal with travel, and most of those with returning home.  At least one of these journeys isn’t joyful, while another looks forward to another, better life.  No doubt you’re enjoyed a journey or two, the goings and comings, and great varieties of travel with song.

Re: Colleen Pratt: The product of a musical family, Colleen is the daughter of musicians Helen and Norman Pratt and the niece of well-known jazz man Bobby Pratt. Colleen often devotes her full, rich vocals to the swing and jazz idioms, but also enjoys singing contemporary ballads, pop and Motown.

Colleen performs with several area bands along with her own group, “Colleen Pratt & Friends”, a dynamic four-piece band comprised of Jazz pianist John Nazarenko, bassist Tom Crudo,  bassist/guitarist/vocalist Bobbie Van Detta, drummer Bob Halek and saxophonist Cliff Lyons.

  • Organization: Mendelssohn Club of Albany
  • Mission: The Club is dedicated to preserving and presenting male choral music and blends musical experiences with fellowship for members through rehearsals, concerts, and other musical events, afterglows, and social gatherings.
  • Event: The Joy of the Journey
  • Location of event: Chancellor’s Hall, 89 Washington Ave. Albany, NY
  • Date/Time: Friday, May 18 at 7:30 pm
  • Cost: $20
  • Contact Information: 518-428-5382
  • Facebook: Yes “Mendelssohn Club of Albany”
  • Website:  and

~~~ Segment THREE ~~~

Freihofer’s Run for Women

  • Patrick Lynskey, Co-Director, Freihofer’s Run for Women
  • Nicole Runyon, Charitable Partners Program and Volunteer Coordinator

Freihofer’s®, a leading baker of delicious products, is committed to fostering the growth and recognition of women in sports and inspiring all generations of women to experience the benefits of exercise and nutritious eating. Freihofer’s continues to set the pace by sponsoring the annual Freihofer’s Run for Women 5K. Now in its 40th year, the event is home to the current masters 5K World Record of 15:48 set in 2004 by Colleen DeReuck and features thousands of women from recreational joggers to Olympians who challenge themselves on the picturesque 3.1-mile course. For more information, visit

Training Challenge: Freihofer’s co-director Patrick Lynskey found that women needed something else before the race to help jump-start their training and to supplement it. Since starting the program, they’ve expanded and now have intermediate training sessions for those who ran in previous years and are looking for more of a challenge, as well as an advanced group for those who regularly run five miles or more.

  • Organization: Freihofer’s Run for Women
  • Event: 40th Freihofer’s Run for Women
  • Location of event: Washington Ave. At the NYS Capitol
  • Date/Time: Saturday, June 2 at 9 am
  • Cost: Varies
  • Website:

~~~ Segment FOUR ~~~

Living Resources

  • Fred Erlich, CEO
  • Deneen Palmateer, Director of Philanthropy

Our 2nd Annual Art of Independence event is an exciting arts and culture event featuring a unique arts exhibition that showcases the art and creativity of our supported individuals together with a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception. One of our featured artists is Pam Lake, Pam graduated from Edinboro University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1983. In 1990, Pam suffered a traumatic brain injury while at work and had to learn to paint again from scratch. With our help Pam strives to be independent and be seen as a working artist.
We hope that you will attend the event and perhaps bring a new friend to Living Resources as your guest. All proceeds from the event directly benefit the many worthwhile programs of Living Resources.

  • Organization: Living Resources
  • Mission: Living Resources is dedicated to providing life enhancing services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in a safe and nurturing environment. We are proud to serve as the agency that helps individuals meet and exceed their personal goals. Growth and happiness are unique for each person. At Living Resources, our more than 850 staff assist and support people who are disabled due to birth trauma, accident or illness. More importantly, our staff see their strength, capability and potential. When individuals and families choose Living Resources, we make a promise to provide support for a lifetime.
  • Event: Art of Independence
  • Location of event: Fort Orange Club, Albany, NY
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, May 30, 2018 from 6-8 pm
  • Cost: $100 pp
  • Contact Information: Deneen Palmateer, 518-218-0000 x 5334 or
  • Facebook: Yes “LivingResources NY”
  • Website:

~~~ Segment FIVE ~~~

125th Anniversary! Brown School

  • Patti Vitale, Head of School
  • Elizabeth Vitale, Administrative Assistant

Brown School, a nursery through grade 10 independent school, is celebrating 125 years in the Capital Region community. The school, located in Schenectady, opened its doors in 1893 with only 12 students. It was originally located in Helen “Nellie” Brown’s own home at 237 Liberty Street in downtown Schenectady, with two rooms serving as classrooms.  Offered as an alternative to public schools, Brown School supported small class sizes and an individualized approach to learning that would foster self-confidence, intellectual curiosity, and a life-long love of learning. These values remain today.

“It is important to honor our accomplishments and bring together all facets of the community. We are excited about the future and playing a prominent role in the community,” said Vitale.

  • Organization: Brown School
  • Mission: To inspire each student to love learning while striving for academic excellence.
  • Contact Information: See website
  • Facebook: Yes “Brown School”
  • Twitter: @BrownSchool
  • Instagram: @BrownSchool
  • Website:

~~~ Segment SIX ~~~

Celebrity Row at Proctors

  • Jan Walz, Committee Member

Walking through Robb Alley at Proctors, you’ll notice photographs on some of the posts.  These photos represent local celebrities that have accomplished goals in various fields. We’ll talk about them on today’s show.

  • Organization: Proctors Historical Committee
  • Mission: To inform and promote Proctors Theatre and its varied activities
  • Contact Information: Audrey Hughes at
  • Website:


~~~~~~~~~~ Upcoming Shows ~~~~~~~~~~

May 15, 2018 – #1033

Filmed at THE ADDY THEATRE at Proctors

 (Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)


Catholic Charities Senior & Caregiver Services

  •             Marlene Hildenbrandt, Executive Director
  •             Susan Napierski, Director, RSVP, Volunteers and Health and Wellness


  •             John Russel Cring, filmmaker

Girl Scouts Northeastern NY

  •             Mary Buszuwski, CEO of Girl Scouts of Northeastern NY

miSci – Museum of Innovation and Science

  •             Guests TBA

Schenectady County Human Rights Commission Event

  •             Angelicia Morris, Executive Director

Schenectady County Tourism “Discover Schenectady”

  •             Becky Daniels, Executive Director

May 22, 2018 – #1034

Filmed at THE ADDY THEATRE at Proctors

 (Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)


Circle Theatre Players “The Importance of Being Ernest” (Event Jun 1-10)

  •             Criss Maccione, Director
  •             Other Guests TBA

Kids Arts Festival (Event June 2)

  •             Fran Giordano, Volunteer
  •             Colleen Merays, Volunteer

Mad Science of the Capital District

  •             Margaret Liberti-Wiegert, Owner


  •             Oded Ben-Ami, Instructor

Musicians of Ma’alwyck (Event June 8 & 9)

  •             Anne-Marie Schwartz

May 29, 2018 – #1035

Filmed on Location

 (Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Electric City Barn

Empire State Aerosciences Museum

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