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High Notes: Dip for cancer, hay for horses, silk for workers

first_imgCategories: Editorial, OpinionIn Schenectady, more than 100 Union College students braved the winter elements, then made it worse for themselves by diving into ice-cold water, all to raise money for cancer victims affiliated with the college. The seventh annual Dutchman Dip featured students in costumes, sports uniforms and regular bathing suits diving down a water slide outside the Reamer Campus Center. The annual event, organized through the Colleges Against Cancer club, this year raised money to help out Gina Brown, the wife of assistant football coach Peter Brown, who is in remission from stage 4 breast cancer. It also honored a former student, Justin Lloyd, who died in August from adenocarcinoma. Through Saturday, the students had raised more than $3,800. To see photos from the event and to make a donation, visit https://rally.org/f/dLZ931Z1Efk.In Clifton Park, a local volunteer at a horse rescue sanctuary is collecting recyclable cans and bottles to raise money to feed the horses. Ed Wagner has been the force behind Hydrate for Hay for the past three years. He collects recyclables and turns them into cash, which he then uses to buy hay for horses at the Peaceful Acres Horses sanctuary in Pattersonville. The sanctuary is home to more than 90 horses, ponies and donkeys that have either been destined for slaughter or otherwise were at-risk. The sanctuary makes horses available for adoption and also uses them for human therapy. In three years, Wagner has raised more than $8,000. Recyclables can be dropped off at several drop-off areas. Visit Facebook, #HydrateforHay, for more information about the fund-raiser. To learn more about Peaceful Acres, visit www.peacefulacreshorses.com.In Schenectady, a local woman, Nicole Snow, is helping women in India and Nepal earn a living wage by having them create yarn out of used fabric and selling it online. Darn Good Yarn helps the women in India and Nepal who work in women’s cooperatives. Through these cooperatives, the women reclaim off-cuts and discards from commercial clothing factories and use the material to spin sari silk yarn, a high-quality traditional fiber valued by hobbyists and knitters. Through its website, www.darngoodyarn.com, the company sells yarn, patterns, fabrics and clothing.High Notes is a feature of The Gazette Opinion section that spotlights the good being done in our communities by individuals, organizations and businesses. Reader submissions to High Notes are welcome. Send suggestions to Editorial Page Editor Mark Mahoney at mmahoney@dailygazette.net.More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img

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