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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...

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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...

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4-H Youth Program Volunteer a ‘Hometown Hero’

Breanne Duesler, of Ames, was not only honored as one of our "Hometown Heroes"-she was recently honored by her peers as well.

Breanne was recognized as an outstanding 4-H volunteer for her work with the 4-H Youth Development Program of Cornell Cooperative Extension in Fulton and Montgomery Counties...

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Credit: Tammy Chaverri
Credit: Tammy Chaverri
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Amsterdam Mailman a ‘Hometown Hero’

Rafael Chaverri, of Amsterdam, does much more than deliver mail to local residents. He delivers cheer.

Many neighbors along his route have come to love and respect Rafael, a Costa Rican native who came to America at age 18 and has been delivering mail for the past 10 years...

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The Autism Initiative Founder a ‘Hometown Hero,’ Vandalized Bakery in Need of Supplies

Sara Mae Hickey, president and founder of The Autism Initiative, a non-profit organization committed to improving the livelihood of families and individuals affected by autism, is in the process of building and opening Puzzles Bakery & Café, located on State St. in...

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Credit: John Sumpter
Credit: John Sumpter
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Amsterdam Mentor and Coach a ‘Hometown Hero’

John Sumpter was moved by the loss of two teenagers in Amsterdam two years ago and decided to create a not-for-profit organization geared toward mentoring and coaching the community's youth...

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Local Children in Crisis Founder a ‘Hometown Hero’

Rayn Boncie has devoted her life to helping children in need, providing clothing and essentials to them through a non-profit foundation she started, Children in Crisis...

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Coxsackie Nurse & Firefighter a ‘Hometown Hero’

There are few things Jennifer McKeon, of Coxsackie, does not do.

By day, McKeon works as a nurse at a pain clinic in Clifton Park and at night she teaches phlebotomy students...

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Credit: Michele and Hal Bergeron
Credit: Michele and Hal Bergeron
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Halloween Hot Dog Donors ‘Hometown Heroes’

For the past 19 years, Michele and Hal Bergeron, of Schenectady, have been helping the children of their community not only have a fun Halloween night, but one that includes a full meal...

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Amsterdam EMT + Soldier a ‘Hometown Hero’

Stephen Kolbe, of Amsterdam, dedicates his life to others, currently serving as a firefighter, EMT and member of the Army National Guard.

As part of the “Hometown Heroes” series, we’ve partnered with County Waste and Latham Ford to celebrate local unsung heroes for their good deeds and honorable work...

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