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Swanker’s legacy extended to state

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion In the early ‘80s, Esther was the driving force in the creation of an Employee Assistance Program in DOT, which was a first in state service. Working with the employee unions, the program trained employee volunteers to provide confidential referrals to fellow employees seeking assistance with family problems, drug-and-alcohol issues or other personal matters. Esther’s biggest challenge was to convince management that this program not only benefited the employees directly, but it paid off for the department with employees who could function more productively. This wasn’t a popular way of thinking at that point in time, but her determination and persistence got it done and many DOT employees across the state were helped.Around this same time, Esther was also instrumental in the creation of the Campus Day Care Center — another first. Esther was a driving force in the creation of the day care facility in Building 4 at the Harriman Campus, where employees could leave their children and be assured of quality day care close to their work locations. It was a very popular option for working parents from several agencies.Esther made many wonderful contributions to the Schenectady community. She also was an innovative leader during her tenure with the state and left lasting legacies there as well.Bonny CawleyRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Rotterdam convenience store operator feels results of having Stewart’s as new neighborCar hits garage in Rotterdam Sunday morning; Garage, car burnEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists I read with sorrow of the passing of Esther Swanker with whom I worked at the Department of Transportation (DOT) in the 1980s. The Jan. 8 tribute article you published on all her many contributions to several civic organizations in Schenectady was well deserved for sure. But, I also wanted to note a couple of ground-breaking efforts of hers while she worked for the state.last_img read more

Boys & Girls Club gearing up for signature fundraiser on Friday

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena, Mich. — The Boys & Girls Club of Alpena is preparing for their major fundraiser this Friday night.Organizer says this event is critical to keep the club operating. The ‘Signature Spring Gala’ will features dozens of prizes, auction items, and raffle opportunities to help support the club. Those that attend can also sponsor a child’s membership fee for the year.The Boys & Girls Club of Alpena started this signature fundraising event back in 1937, and every year, it continues to grow.“It’s a celebration,” said Bradley Somers, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Alpena. “I love to get groups of people together like this and be able to talk about we’ve what done, show people the impacts, and highlight how excited we are as a staff to work with the kids here in Alpena.”Tickets are $100 per couple. The event takes place the APlex. You can reserve your tickets by calling the Boys & Girls Club of Alpena at (989) 356-0214. For more information, visit their website http://www.bgcalpena.org/ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: alpena, aplex, auction, Boys & Girls Club of Alpena, Kids, Raffle Items, Signature Spring GalaContinue ReadingPrevious New library exhibit encourages thinking beyondNext Medilodge in Rogers City receives mayoral proclamation in honor of skilled nursing care weeklast_img read more

Matt Duchene injury update: Senators forward goes on IR and could miss weeks, report says

first_imgMatt Duchene, the Ottawa Senators’ leading scorer, has been placed on injured reserve, the team announced Saturday. A report says he could be out weeks. It’s a big blow to the Senators’ offense. Duchene is ninth in the NHL in scoring with 34 points (12 goals, 22 assists). Ottawa is also playing without veteran forward Bobby Ryan, who is out indefinitely with a concussion.Duchene, who is eligible to be an unrestricted free agent after this season, made headlines early last month when an Uber video showed him and several other Senators players mocking the team’s coaching staff. Duchene apologized for the incident. Related News Calgary’s Mark Giordano, Ryan Lomberg earn suspensions, will sit out at least one gamecenter_img The 27-year-old forward injured his groin chasing a puck in Ottawa’s 5-2 loss to the Canadiens Thursday night. GM Pierre Dorion told reporters Duchene is out for “weeks.”last_img read more