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High Notes: Rolling science bus, Music Maven, cat saved

High Notes: Rolling science bus, Music Maven, cat saved

High Notes: Rolling science bus, Music Maven, cat saved

High Notes is a feature of The Gazette Opinion section that appears every Monday to spotlight 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.

In Niskayuna, students and teachers are working feverishly to put the final touches on a roving portable classroom housed in a retired school bus that will travel around the region as a rolling science lab to promote education about STEAM -- science, technology, engineering, arts and math. The project to retrofit the school bus with educational stations and science experiments is being organized by Iroquois Middle School English teacher Frank Adamo and school librarian Steve W olfort. Students have been working on the project for months in hopes of getting it ready for its debut this fall. Monolith Solar, an Albany-based solar power developer and installation company, is donating the solar energy system to power the electronics on the bus. The project has also received donations of equipment from the Northeast Advanced Technological Education Center at SUNY Polytechnic Institute and financial contributions from individuals and organizations, including The Daley Family Foundation.

In Schenectady, one of the driving forces behind the design of Music Haven’s newly expanded and upgraded concert venue was honored as this year’s Music Haven Maven for her contributions to the project. Mary Moore Wallinger, a Schenectady-based landscape architect and urban designer, was instrumental in the redesign of Music Haven’s newly expanded and upgraded House and Hill, as well as other beautification projects in and around Schenectady. The A gnes Macdonald Music Haven Stage in Schenectady’s Central Park has hosted hundreds of concerts and community gatherings since 1999, including the annual summer Music Haven Concert Series. For more information on Music Haven, visit www.musichavenstage.org.

In Rensselear County, a state trooper and workers at a local veterinary hospital went beyond the call of duty when a cat was struck by a car on Route 2 in Grafton recently. The cat actually had been struck by two cars and was lying by the side of the road when a trooper responding to a call found the cat alive but with leg and head injuries. The trooper spoke with witnesses first, then put the cat in his patrol vehicle and took it to the Brunswick Veterinary Hospital. There, the staff patched the cat up, posted a photo of it on the hospital’s Facebook page, and were eventually able to reunite it with his owner.

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