Newsletter 6/13/17 – Sch’dy Today Show’s Guests and Topics

Schenectady Today

In & Around the Capital Region

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

Now In our 19th year!

Looking forward to our 1,000th Show and Beyond!

SAVE THE DATE – September 19, 2017 in the GE Theatre – 10 am

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 at Proctors Underground 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 yourself.

June 13, 2017 #987

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 ~~~

Producing New Artists !

Guests:  Betsy Sandberg, Kids Arts Festival Chair and Lily Hanna, Student Artist

            The purpose of the event is to provide an outdoor arts festival in downtown Schenectady for pre-school and school-age children. Thousands of children of all incomes and backgrounds participate in hands-on arts activities that are both fun and promote sound visual education principles. This year’s festival focused on the growing mental sport of robotics as well as kindness and caring, for the heart that robots often lack.

Thousands of kids and their families came to the 23rd annual Kids’ Arts Festival June 3 on the streets around City hall and the pedestrian mall on Jay Street. More than 50 community groups, businesses, non-profit groups and artists joined firefighters, the county sheriff and the Dudley observatory to provide tried and true arts and crafts activities for kids. Robots were a theme and we highlighted kindness and caring, celebrating the huge number of groups that really care about kids in Schenectady

Nearly every activity is free thanks to support from the Schenectady County Legislature, the City of Schenectady, the ElectriCity Arts district, dozens of volunteers and a long list of sponsors, which are on our website.

Organization: Electric City Arts and Entertainment District

Event: Kids Arts Festival

Location of event: Held the first Sat in June as an annual event

Cost: Free Event

Contact Information: 518-573-2922

Facebook: Yes


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Life Snacks for Women !

Guests: Sharon Burstein, Author & Award Winning Marketing & PR Strategist

            From the back cover: Life Snacks for Women inspires readers of all ages to look at life in diverse ways from different points of view. As women, each of us is unique with none of us the same. The words, tips and messages presented throughout the book are uplifting, make you pause, think, reflect and take action.  Each healthy bite-sized tidbit give your life a boost.

Sharon is a highly successful and one of America’s most respected speakers.  As an owner of several businesses, sought out speaker, author, trainer, parent and educator, she has made meaningful differences in hundreds of thousands of people’s lives.

She is also the author of “What’s Your Leadership Image” –

Publisher: Outskirts press at

~~~ Segment THREE ~~~

Adopt a Kitten !

Guests: Brianne Doherty, Shelter Team Leader &

Colleen Guyer, Adoption and Rescue Relations

            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.

The Animal Protective Foundation is guided by these values:

Collaboration; Compassion; Excellence; Integrity; Respect

Organization: Animal Protective Foundation

Topic: Foster Program and Kitten Season

Location: 53 Maple Ave Glenville

Contact Information: 374-3944

Facebook: Yes


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Alpha-1 Support Group !

Guests: Richard Lovrich, Group Leader, Upstate NY Alphas

            ALPHA 1 — EDUCATION. ALL PERSONS SUFFERING FROM COPD OR ANY BREATHING DIFFICULTY NOT RESPONDING TO MEDICATION SHOULD BE TESTED FOR ALPHA 1. FREE TEST AT ALPHA1.ORG. The next meeting of our support group is on July 15. Anyone with interest in Alpha 1 education or of course, any Alpha, guardian, nurse or caregiver is welcome. I also have a photo show MAKERS 365 opening at the Albany Center Gallery on June 21. Lots of fun!

Organization: Alpha-1 Foundation

Event: Support Group Meeting and Photographic Show “Markers 365”

Location of event: Meeting: Proctors Guild Room – Exhibition: Albany Med Center Gallery

Date/Time: July 15 meeting of support group at 11 am and Jun 21 exhibition

Cost: no charge

Contact Information:

Facebook: Yes

Instagram: @Lovrich


~~~ Segment FIVE ~~~

Bumpin Uglies – an Indy Film at Proctors !

Guests: Kevin Craig West, Actor/Director/DP and Susie Griswold, Actor/Writer/Director

            Review: Independent films — and I mean truly independent films, not the ones bankrolled by a smaller subsidy of a gigantic movie studio — are often about relationships. And based on the name alone, you might think that Bumpin Uglies, a recently completed film shot in the Albany, NY area, is exactly that.

However, this engaging movie tries something different on an indy budget; it’s a police story with a good amount of drama, humor, and even some action, none of which are easy to pull off on a small scale nowadays. By Mike Spring, Times Union Independent Spotlight

            From IMDB Site: It’s not porn, it’s prostitution! Detective Sara Ross leads her misfit Police team on a hunt to find Pinsky, the world’s most notorious prostitution ring leader, only to come head to head with Mavis Bonder’s FBI team, causing a stir in her case and her short temper.

Event: Bumpin Uglies – Screening with the cast and crew

Location of event: Proctors GE Theatre

Date/Time: Thurs. Jun 15 at 7 pm

Cost: $10 pp (non-cast and crew)

Facebook: Yes “Bumpin Uglies the Movie”



June 20, 2017 #988

Scheduled Topics on the Show with Guests

Filmed Tuesdays at 10 am at Proctors Underground

Birding and More

Richard Guthrie

Holistic Health Approach

John Ferguson, DC

Iroquois Museum in Howe’s Cave – Summer Events & Featured Exhibit “Walking the Steel”

Colette Lemmon, Curator of Exhibitions

Alicia Burnett, Director of Marketing & Community Relations

Schenectady County Library Summer Events and Comic Con in Schenectady

Kaela Wallman, Director of Youth Services Librarian

Leah LaFera, Adult Services Librarian

The Soul Man – Don Hyman – Performing and Music Trivia

June 27, 2017 #989

Scheduled Topics on the Show with Guests

Filmed Tuesdays at 10 am at Proctors Underground

Nik Bisanz Performing on our Stage

Nik Bisanz is a guitarist/vocalist

Dudley Observatory

Valerie Rapson PhD, Astrophysicist

Mad Science — Demonstrations

Margaret Liberti

Music Haven Summer Events

Mona Golub

July 4, 2017 – Happy Fourth of July

Scheduled Topics on the Show with Guests

Filmed Tuesdays at 10 am at Proctors Underground

Repeat of last week’s show will be aired.

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Now in our 17th Year of giving voice to Capital District / Tech Valley communities. To receive our weekly announcements & guest list by e-mail, send your name & e-mail address to: How to watch the Show: Live Streaming on the web when aired on Channel 16 in Schenectady County: Schenectady County — Channel 16– starting on Wed. 10 am and 6 pm and continuing throughout the week depending on time availability Now on FIOS in Sch’dy – on Channel 36 – see above for times: Amsterdam – Channel 16 – Tuesday 3 pm (one week later) Albany (City) – Channel 18 on ChannelAlbany on Sunday at 5 pm – Same week as filmed Albany County, Clifton Park, Saratoga, Rensselaer, Troy — Time Warner Cable – Regional Public Access –– Tuesday 3 pm (one week later) Bethlehem/Delmar – Channel 18 – Wednesday 2:30 pm. (One week later) We can also be found on Facebook: Schenectady Today – In & Around the Capital Region. Please join our page. You can also watch many show segments, read about guests and browse / search our archives, here on the site. Show Content: The show usually includes six segments with a variety of guests interviewed each week. Regular guests include Representatives from the Animal Protective Foundation; faculty from the various area institutions of higher learning discussing health and community issues; Representatives from City, County and State agencies; actors and directors from the theREP, Proctors Theatre, Circle Theatre Players at Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Schenectady Civic Players, Schenectady Light Opera, Albany Civic Players, Classic Theater Guild, and many other area theatrical groups; Tax Specialists from the Internal Revenue Service (during tax season); Representatives from Schenectady County Library; area museums including miSci & ESAM and many area non-profit organizations. We also try to highlight local artists and musicians whenever possible.