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Northern Rivers Welcomes Foster Care Homefinder

Northern Rivers Family of Services has hired Claude Peart as a Homefinder for Schenectady County foster families through the organization’s Give Hope a Home foster care campaign.

Peart will be responsible for finding, maintaining and supporting foster families throughout Schenectady County as part of Give Hope a Home, which serves nearly 300 foster children throughout a 21-county service area in New York. He will work out of the organization’s 1 Genium Plaza office in Schenectady.

Peart rejoined the organization in 2017, previously having served from 2007 through 2013 as a residential supervisor, waiver service provider and teaching assistant. He earned his bachelor’s degree in history from the University at Albany.

Troy Dance Factory celebrated 10 years in business in downtown Troy in November. Owned by Nadine Medina, Troy Dance Factory is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Troy and offers one-hour lessons in tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, contemporary, modern, and more. Visit for schedules and more information.
Troy, N.Y. – MVP Health Care has donated $5,000 to Unity House for use towards its Healthy Choices: A Medically Tailored Food Pantry. Healthy Choices is a dedicated food pantry for guests whose doctors have prescribed groceries that are lower in sodium or sugar and high in fiber; it also offers fresh vegetables and fruit. The food pantry has been…
Albany, NY – Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York (GSNENY) has announced that Jill Rafferty-Weinsich has been named vice president of mission, strategy and delivery. In her new role, Rafferty-Weinisch is responsible for overseeing the departments most directly related to delivering the Girl Scout experience: Membership, Volunteer Services and Girl…
Jump-start your holiday season, get connected, develop leads and build relationships at this fast-paced networking event. This event is one of our most…
Details: Check-in and Lunch 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.; Networking 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Cannabis opportunities? Hear from panel experts on the current and future cannabis landscape, including direct and indirect economic opportunities.  …
Lively panel discussion with Q&A
Join the Chamber at the 2022 State of the County Luncheon and learn what's ahead for Rensselaer County and the business community in the new year. …
Check-in and Lunch at 11:30 a.m. followed by the County Executive's address at 12 p.m.