Newsletter 7/18/17 Guests and Topics on Schenectady Today Show

Schenectady Today

In & Around the Capital Region

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

Heading into our 20th year in September!

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.

July 18, 2017 #991

Scheduled Topics on the Show with Guests

(Listed alphabetically – subject to change)

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


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On our Stage!

Derrick Horton & the Jay Street Band

Organization: Derrick Horton and the Jay Street Band

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SICM’s Summer Lunch Program!

Rev. Phillip Grigsby, Executive Director &

Laurie Bacheldor, Development Director

  • Organization: Schenectady Inner City Ministry (SICM)
  • Event: Summer Lunch Program
  • Location of event: Many locations
  • Website:

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Sculpture on Display!

Vincent Forte, Jr., Artist

            Two different bronze sculptures of Sergeant Henry Johnson were sculpted by my dad.

First, was cast and installed during his lifetime in Washington Park, Albany about 1996. Second, I completed casting and install in Henry Johnson Park, Albany about 2007.

In 2014 Sergeant Johnson received the Congressional Medal of Honor.I completed the casting and install of the medal to both monuments this year.

Unveiling was June 5 (first annual Sergeant Henry Johnson Day).

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Recycling for All!

Angelina Peone, Recycling & Composting Educator

            Schenectady County Recycles is a collaborative partnership between Schenectady County and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schenectady County. The CCE,SC Recycling Educator develops and delivers educational programs and community outreach initiatives for both youth and adults in Schenectady County communities, with the ultimate goal of reducing the amount of solid waste being sent to landfills while increasing material recovery through recycling and other forms of waste reduction.

Master Composters/Recyclers are a network of trained volunteers who work in partnership with their local Cooperative Extension to educate the public and foster enthusiasm for waste reduction, composting, and recycling.

They help to extend the reach of the educational programming offered by the Cooperative Extension in many ways through volunteering their time and enthusiasm toward delivering outreach programs to both youth and adult audiences.

Anyone who has an interest in environmental sustainability can become a Master Composter/Master Recycler.

Master Composters/Recyclers attend ten training classes to become an expert in recycling and composting. These sessions are both highly informative and fun to attend, featuring many guest speakers, activities, field trips, and demonstrations.

Upon completion of the course, they receive a Master Composter/Recycler certificate and become part of network of individuals who work together to help achieve the goals of the Schenectady County Recycles program.

  •             Requirements: Must be able to pass a background check
  •             Training: Complete 24 hours of training. Ten (2 hour) sessions and two (2 hour) fieldtrips
  •             Volunteer Commitment: 30 service hours over the course of one year
  •             One Time Fee: $45 — Deadline: Aug 11

What are the benefits of being a Master Composter/Recycler Volunteer?

Through training sessions and workshops, you will become a more knowledgeable steward for environmental science and sustainability and acquire a deeper understanding of the importance of recycling and the art and science of composting. Through volunteering as an educator and through public speaking, you will gain valuable leadership experience that will assist you in developing professional skills and abilities.  You can find personal satisfaction in serving your community by furthering the goals of Schenectady County to reduce the amount of compostable and recyclable materials going to landfills while increasing environmental sustainability.  You will have endless opportunities to make new friends with similar interests and talents, and work with a team of individuals who believe in making Schenectady County neighborhoods more environmentally-conscious communities.

  • Organizations: Schenectady County and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Sch’dy County
  • Event: Schenectady County Recycles  -Master Composter/ Master Recycler Training Program
  • Location of event: Sustainable Living Center, Central Park Schenectady
  • Date/Time: Thursday evenings Sept-Oct
  • Contact Information: or 518-372-1622 ext 264
  • Facebook: Yes “SchenectadyCountyRecycles”
  • Instagram: @SchenectadyCountyRecycles
  • Twitter: @ScnctdyRecycles
  • Website:

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Paranormal Author!

John Griffin II, Author

Information has not yet been submitted


July 25, 2017 #992

Scheduled Topics on the Show with Guests

Filmed Tuesdays at 10 am at Proctors Underground

15 LOVE – Capital Region Youth Tennis Foundation

  •             Amber Marino, Executive Director

Chronic Disorganization and Aging

  •             Carri LaCroix Pan, “The Filing Fairy”

St. Catherine’s Center for Children

  •             Frank Pindiak, Executive Director
  •             Jackie Yusko, Chief Operating Officer

Tech Valley Hospitality Shuttle (based out of Schenectady)

  •             Trent Braaf, Owner

TEDx – Community Speakers

  •             Cristina James PhD JD, Academic Dean at The Benjamin School, Florida

Wish Jump-2017 — Annual Skydiving Fundraiser for Make A Wish NE NY

  •             Mary Kenney, Organizer

August 1, 2017 #993

Scheduled Topics on the Show with Guests

Filmed Tuesdays at 10 am at Proctors Underground

Capital Rep’s Summer Performing Arts School Performance

Guests TBA

Classic Theater Guild – Summer Performance

            Guests TBA

Proctors Summer Performing Arts School Performance “Pippin”

Guests TBA

Other Guests


Aug 8, 2017 #994

Scheduled Topics on the Show with Guests

Filmed Tuesdays at 10 am at Proctors Underground

Elvis Fundraiser – w/Performers

  •             Thomas Greene, Performing
  •             Matthew Boyce, Performing
  •             Spencer Boyce, Performing
  •             Deborah Austin

Empower Ethiopia

  •             Lisa Buoniconto
  •             Special Guest from Skidmore College

Proctors Historical Committee

  •             Janice Walz, Committee Member

Reading is Fun

  •             Al Magid, Founder and President
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