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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
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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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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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Sara Mae Hickey
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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. The Scotia mother of four sacrifices much of her own time to help between 4,000 and 5,000 children per year

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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. In between, she volunteers as a firefighter and also finds time for her three children and one grandson

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