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John Purcell has worked at Spotlight News for more three 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. 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.
Old Songs hosts monthly gatherings featuring simple moves and a social element
Dancing isn’t everyone’s favorite activity, but one local man bets he can get even the most reluctant of dancers off the sideline and moving in no time.
Local events let people run, walk or dance away those Thanksgiving calories
With Thanksgiving a few days away, some people are looking for ways to keep themselves off the couch and the calories at bay.
Give thanks to area farmers, businesses by buying local ingredients
A bounty of area businesses and markets make shopping local for all the ingredients of a customary Thanksgiving dinner a relatively easy task.
Three-mile section in New Scotland to open this fall, Albany portion eyed for 2015
Enhancements to two bridges along the Helderberg Hudson Rail Trail are progressing, and a three-mile section of the trail through New Scotland is expected to open next month.
Chamber to hold annual ‘Souped Up on Guilderland’ at a new location
The Guilderland Chamber of Commerce will on hold Saturday, Sept. 28, its seventh annual event combining ladles of savory soups and awesome automobiles: Souped Up on Guilderland.
Guilderland native starts exclusively mobile veterinary service
Capital District Mobile Veterinary Services aims at reducing stress around the veterinarian experience by bringing their office to pets. Owner Sarah Nolan and veterinary assistant Anne Giagni started making house calls about three months ago and both said the business is quickly taking off.
Palace announces three one-night performances for its Broadway Series
The Palace Theatre recently announced a new Broadway Series for the 2013-14 season, which includes three one-night performances of popular music driven productions.
Three-county event marks 120th year, offers more than thrill rides and good eats
The Altamont Fair is opening its gates and welcoming patrons for its 120th year on Tuesday, Aug. 13, featuring many of the popular attractions people look forward to every year, with some new ones mixed into the three-county celebration as well.
Thacher Park to host fourth annual ‘Wheels in the Woods’ car show
John Boyd Thacher State Park in New Scotland is revving up for its fourth annual “Wheels in the Woods” car show on Saturday, July 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Pear Orchard Picnic Area.
New Salem Fire Department to host 71st annual Punkintown Fair
The 71st annual Punkintown Fair, hosted by the New Salem Volunteer Fire Department, kicks off Thursday, July 25, this year, and runs through Saturday, July 27, with doors opening at 6 p.m. each day.