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Melissa Dubin
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Guilderland Girl Scout Leader a ‘Hometown Hero’

Melissa Rosenthal-Dubin has been leading a troop of Girl Scouts for the past several years, showing passion for her troop and for her community.

When she's not helping her girls earn badges, the Guilderland resident also owns her own business and is raising four kids of her own

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Kerry Lawler is a lyme disease advocate from Watervliet.
Kerry Lawler is a lyme disease advocate from Watervliet.
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Lyme Disease Advocate a ‘Hometown Hero’

Kerry Lawler of Watervliet is this week's "Hometown Hero." She earned this title because of her work as a Lyme disease advocate after being diagnosed with the disease herself.

Kerry makes herself available to those who have Lyme disease and need help with what they are going through and making sense of it all

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TJ created a charity to provide families in need with food for the holidays.
TJ created a charity to provide families in need with food for the holidays.
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13-Year-Old Founder of TJ’s Turkeys a ‘Hometown Hero’

TJ is a 13-year-old boy who is helping families that are less fortunate than his own celebrate the holidays.

He founded TJ's Turkeys when he was nine and has been working to give families in need food and gifts ever since

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Clarence Jackson with his nominator  Denise Montemarano
Clarence Jackson with his nominator Denise Montemarano
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Director of Albany’s Cure The Violence a ‘Hometown Hero’

Clarence Jackson, of Albany, is the Director of Cure The Violence, an organization that works to protect the community and keep violence off the streets by hosting awareness events and rallies.

Clarence used his own personal experiences to start a movement in Albany to encourage a peaceful environment

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23-Year-Old Guilderland Asst. Fire Chief a ‘Hometown Hero’

Frank Zabinski may be one of the youngest assistant fire chiefs in the entire Capital Region.

At 23, Frank serves the Guilderland Fire Department  and goes above and beyond in his job. According to the person who nominated Frank as this week's "Hometown Hero," "he is a devoted member of the fire department and is always the first responder at each fire call

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Chatham + Stockport Chief of Police a ‘Hometown Hero’

Peter Volkmann, of Stuyvesant, is the Chief of Chatham Police, Chief of Stockport Police, Police Academy Director, and a Certified Trainer for International Critical Incident Stress Foundation. He is a man who wears many hats and who, according to the person who nominated him, his wife Layne, "is always doing something for someone

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Volunteer fighter, Donald Coons Jr.
Volunteer fighter, Donald Coons Jr.
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Taghkanic Firefighter a ‘Hometown Hero’

Donald Coons Jr., of Taghkanic, NY, has been a volunteer firefighter since he was 16 and is now the first Assistant Chief of Taghkanic Fire Company in Columbia County. In addition to being a firefighter, he also works part-time as an EMT for Copake Rescue Squad

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Sharon Dion volunteers with the 4-H Youth Development Program of Cornell Cooperative Extension. She is pictured here (right) with the kids she volunteers with.
Sharon Dion volunteers with the 4-H Youth Development Program of Cornell Cooperative Extension. She is pictured here (right) with the kids she volunteers with.
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Gloversville Youth Volunteer a ‘Hometown Hero’

Sharon Dion, a Gloversville woman who volunteers her time with the 4-H Youth Development Program of Cornell Cooperative Extension in Fulton and Montgomery Counties, was recently honored as an "outstanding volunteer" for her commitment to serving the community's youth through the organization

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5-Year-Old Hair Donor a ‘Hometown Hero’

This week's Hometown Hero is Karis Ward, a five-year-old from Caroga Lake who donated her long hair to Locks of Love.

Karis saw a photo of a child without hair on her babysitter's computer. When she asked why the child did not have hair, her sitter, Kim, explained the child was undergoing chemotherapy treatments

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Volunteer Who Gives Birthday Parties to Homeless Kids a ‘Hometown Hero’

Fazana Saleem-Ismail believes everybody deserves the chance to celebrate his or her birthday in a big way.

The Albany resident created her own foundation, Jazzy Sun Birthdays, to provide parties, gifts and birthday love to homeless children in the Capital Region

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Schenectady Community Foundation Leader a ‘Hometown Hero’

Emily Wiley, of Schenectady, cares deeply for her community and everyone in it. She created a foundation in her name to help gather items for families in need in Schenectady, including school supplies and warm winter coats

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Credit: Louise Belensz
Credit: Louise Belensz
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Therapy Dog Owner a ‘Hometown Hero’

This week's "Hometown Hero" is Louise Belensz.

Louise volunteers throughout her community, including at a local school tutoring children and teaching others how to ski at the Double H Ranch. But she really enjoys bringing her therapy dog, Otis, to local nursing homes to help and cheer elderly residents

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