Newsletter Aug 6 2019 – Topics and Guests on the Show

 Schenectady Today In & Around the Capital Region

Now in our 21st Year! – Heading into our 22nd Year!

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 yourself.

August 6, 2019 – Show #1096

Segment ONE

Animal Protective Foundation

Molly Shaw, Client Care Coordinator & Evan Cavert, Feline Program Coordinator

            The Animal Protective Foundation is thrilled to participate once again this year in News Channel 13’s Clear the Shelters! All adoption fees will be waived courtesy of Capitaland Subaru of Glenville on Saturday, August 17 from 11:00 AM until 3:00 PM. Mark your calendars, stop by and meet your new best friend!

  • 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.
    We have been providing services to Schenectady County and the Greater Capital Region since 1931. Our open admission policy which ensures that animals are not turned away based on breed, age, condition, or circumstance.
  • Event: Clear the Shelter
  • Location of event: APF, 53 Maple Road, Glenville, NY 12302
  • Date/Time: Saturday, August 17, 2019 — 11AM – 3PM
  • Cost:  Free to Attend
  • Facebook: Yes “Animal Protective Foundation”
  • Website:

Segment TWO

The Scottish Games – An Annual Event

Performing on our Stage with Bagpipes

Bill Munro, Publicity Chair & Peter Plourde

            How many Scots does it take to toss a caber?   About 250…one to actually toss the caber, and 249 working together to present the annual Capital District Scottish Games to be held at the Altamont Fairgrounds on August 31st and September 1st .

            Clan MacRae stated this annual tradition in 1939, and it has continued under the auspices of the Schenectady Pipe Band since 1978.  The band will lead the Tartan Parade at 12 noon on Saturday at the Altamont Fairgrounds, and will have as many as 200 volunteers working on the Games Field while the parade marches past the Grandstands. These Scottish Games volunteer workers will be busy organizing events such as the Scottish Breeds Dog Show, the Bonniest Knees Contest, Children’s’ events, Vendor Booths, Food Services, Pipe Band & Highland Dance Competitions, Clan Gatherings and of course, the Athletic events. A few of the committee members have been volunteering their time since before the band took on the Games 42 years ago, and have seen the Games grow from a small gathering to as many as 15,000 in attendance. 

The Massed Band performances are the highlight of the day for volunteers and spectators, as hundreds of pipers and drummers play at opening and closing ceremonies.  Be sure to purchase your tickets in advance before August 20th.  As always, children 12 years old and under are free, so bring the whole family. For more information and advance discounted tickets go to  (Note: presenting a video 44 sec. long)

  • Organization: Schenectady Pipe Band/Capital District Scottish Games
  • Mission: As a band organization, we will promote the public appreciation and playing of pipes and drums through fellowship, performance, competition, and continuous development of skills.
  • Event: The Capital District Scottish Games
  • Location of event: Altamont Fairgrounds
  • Date/Time: Saturday/Sunday August 31st & September 1st — 8AM – 7PM
  • Cost: Saturday $18  Sunday $10
  • Facebook: Yes “Capital District Scottish Games”
  • Website:

Segment THREE

The Legal Corner

John Musacchio, Esq.

        He will discuss some updates on new laws and legal trends, including new laws involving sexual harassment in the workplace, new laws which may impact access to medical care by Medicaid recipients, and other developments.  He is also happy to discuss any other legal issues or topics that come up.    

  • Organization: Towne, Ryan & Partners, P.C.
  • Mission: to provide legal guidance and representation to individuals and businesses in a variety of areas, including estate planning, Medicaid eligibility, wrongful death, personal injury, corporate matters, employment matters, real estate transactions, and litigation.
  • Locations: Five (5) offices in New York State and Vermont, including three (3) in the Capital Region – Albany, Saratoga Springs and Burnt Hills.
  • Contact Information: 518-452-1800
  • Facebook: Yes  John A. Musacchio, Esq.’s Legal Corner – Group
  • Instagram:
  • Website:

Segment FOUR

The Forever Young Trio Performing on our Stage

Ashley Cross (Lead Vocals); David Gerard (Percussion/Vocals) and Peter Warren (Guitar and Vocals)

            From their Facebook page: HEY THERE, EVERYBODY!! You should know that the Forever Young Trio returns LIVE to the Schenectady Today show this coming Tuesday, August 6th! We will be performing more classic tunes, including the soul chestnut, “Rescue Me”! Tune in Tuesday via the ST Youtube channel at
10AM! And if you are unable to catch it, the entire show will be uploaded the following day, for you to view at your leisure.

You can also be part of the studio audience – the show tapes at the ADDY THEATRE at Proctors (3rd Floor). Arrive at 9:30 and watch the behind the scene goings-on prior to going LIVE ON THE AIR! Hope you can make it – we’d love to see you, either online or in the audience

  • Organization: The Forever Young Trio
  • Mission: Peace, Love, Music
  • Contact Information: Booking information available on their Facebook Page
  • Facebook: Yes – the Forever Young Trio
  • Instagram: @theforeveryoungtrio

—— Upcoming Shows ——           

August 13, 2019 Show #1097

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)


            Janene Bouck, Photographer/Artist

Conversation with:

            Byron Nilsson, Musician and More


            Pamela Carlisle Frank, PhD – President

            Joshua M. Frank, PhD – Executive Director

Jazz Performance in the Area

            Lindsey Weissman

            Additional Guests?

Additional Guests in process

August 20, 2019 Show #1098

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Amelia’s Restaurant

            Randy Loren, Owner and Performer

Author “The Blacksmith Vengeance Trail”

            Bryan Salisbury


            Lauren Harrington    

Refugees Welcome Center

            Tim Doherty, Executive Director Refugee Welcome Corporation

Schenectady Historical Society – Arts and Crafts Festival

            Mary Zawacki, Executive Director

August 27, 2019 Show #1099

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Filmmaker “Cradle”

               Prince Sprauve, Filmmaker/Director

Little Italy Street Festival

               Doreen Ditoro

               Additional Guests?

Place for Jazz – Fall Concert Series (Starts on Sept. 6)

               Tim Coakley

Schenectady Job Fair

               Peter Jones

               Additional Guests?

Additional On-Air Guests Pending Confirmation

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