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Senior reporter John Purcell has worked at Spotlight News for four years and covers Albany County suburbs.
Purcell covers the towns of Guilderland and New Scotland, the villages of Altamont and Voorheesville and Albany County news and feature stories. He also covers the school districts of Guilderland and Voorheesville. Previously, he covered Schenectady County for Spotlight News.
In the New York Press Association's 2011 Better Newspaper Contest he received third place honors in Spot News Coverage for his story on the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene in Schenectady County. Also, in NYPA's 2010 contest he received honorable mention for best news story.
Before joining Spotlight, he interned at The Legislative Gazette covering state government. He graduated from SUNY New Paltz with a B.A. in Journalism. Also, he is a Schenectady County native.
Bethlehem man ordained as deacon later in life, seeking priesthood
Many people try to find, and fulfill, what they believe is their true calling in life. A local man, however, feels he found his second calling later in life.
Tonko rewards local man’s fight to honor another soldier
A local Korean War veteran’s elation was only beginning to subside two days after attending the 2015 State of the Union address, with him proudly pulling his gold-tinged ticket out an envelope.
Guilderland Garden Club to hold annual Greens Show at Mynderse-Fredrick House
The annual Open House and Greens Show at the historic Mynderse-Fredrick House, located at 451 Main St. in Guilderland Center, will kick off on Friday, Dec. 5, from 4 to 8 p.m. The show continues through the weekend and is open from 1 to 5 p.m. on Dec. 6 and 7.
Toy Truck Mobile Museum stops in Slingerlands, showcases its 50-year history
Fascination over Hess’ toy trucks seemed to hold an ageless appeal at a recent and rare showing of the entire collection.
‘Muffin Man’ expands fundraising efforts to breakfast in bed service
A basket of muffins might not change the world, but one man is proving it’s a good place to start.
Keith Lee releases book that includes more than 200 historic photographs
At least one image will come to mind for most area residents when thinking about the Village of Altamont — its annual fair. A new book aims to highlight a few more historic images, too.
Community Caregivers raffles custom pendant, to hold appreciation reception
Community Caregivers is celebrating its 20th anniversary by holding a raffle for a one-of-a-kind gold pendant featuring the nonprofit’s logo of clasped hands forming a heart.
St. Peter Women’s Guild to commemorate 100th anniversary with dinner
Many things were different 100 years ago, with modern technology seeming more like science fiction. At least one thing remains unchanged — the dedication of a faithful group of women.
Village waited several years for state funding after purchasing vehicle
Seniors had cheered years ago at an Altamont Board of Trustees meeting upon hearing a new van would be bought, but the mayor recently was the one cheering after state funds for the purchase finally arrived at Village Hall.
CarFit helps older drivers stay safe behind the wheel
CarFit volunteers converged at Westmere Fire Department on Wednesday, Dec. 4, to make seniors aware about vehicle safety equipment and to fit cars to each individual. Information is given to enhance driver safety, too, along with recommending certain items that can be purchased to make driving safer.