Tag Archives: Toys For Tots

Toys for Tots brings holiday cheer

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By PJ Ferguson “For a small community we can pull off something big for the kids,” said Danielle Jones, a volunteer organizer for American Legion Post 83’s Toys for Tots event held last Sunday. With the Legion’s dining room packed to the brim with families drinking hot cocoa and delving into Santa’s cookie stash, the […]

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Whitehall rallies, saves Toys for Tots

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By Matthew Saari In the face of obstacles caused by corporate America, nearly every organization in Whitehall is coming together this holiday season to ensure that less fortunate children have a Merry Christmas. Members of the Whitehall Police Department, Whitehall Volunteer Fire Company and Whitehall Elks Lodge 1491, along with Good Samaritans from the community, […]

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Amtrak derails Toys for Tots tradition

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By Matthew Saari One of Whitehall’s most cherished holiday traditions may be at an end. Amtrak announced last week that its train will not be hauling Santa Claus, U.S. Marines and bags full of toys for children this year as a part of the Marines’ annual Toys for Tots program due to new guidelines the […]

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Toys train delivers smiles

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By Matthew Saari Nearly 300 children had their Christmas brightened more than a little Sunday morning when the 2017 Marine Corps Reserve Dunkin Donuts Amtrak Norfolk Southern Holiday Train pulled into the Whitehall Amtrak station, with much fanfare. “Just the train itself is a nice thing to witness,” said American Legion adjutant Jim Lafayette. “With […]

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Toys for Tots helps 207 kids

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By Dan King Many children – 207 in all – had their holidays made a little brighter Sunday when the 2015 Marine Corps Reserve Dunkin Donuts Amtrak Norfolk Southern Holiday Train rolled into Whitehall. “It’s the people’s train,” said Gunnery Sgt. Albert Roman, Jr., director of the Capital Region Toys for Tots. “This is a […]

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Toys for Tots comes to town Sunday

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By Dan King One of the holiday season’s most popular Whitehall traditions will take place this Sunday. The Marine Corps Toys for Tots Train will roll into the Amtrak station at 10:40 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 6, in front of what will most likely be a packed crowd. “We want as many people as we […]

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New system, all smiles: Toys for Tots delivers toys for 164 children

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The train may have been late, but that didn’t stop Christmas from arriving early for about 160 local children. A year after organizers were left scrambling to find toys for everyone, Sunday’s Toys for Tots event went off without a hitch. “It was a much nicer system,” said Jim Lafayette, the local coordinator for the […]

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Toys for Tots facing uncertain year

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A charitable endeavor that provided more than 200 children with gifts last December is facing an uncertain future. The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve which has for years delivered toys to children in need is no longer participating in the Toys for Tots program because of budget cuts and increased combat deployments. And while the program […]

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Toys for Tots a roaring success

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Three local organizations got a big jump on their Christmas shopping this weekend as they came together to raise a couple of thousand dollars for a local charity that provides toys to underserved children during the holidays. The Sons of the American Legion Squadron 83, the Leathernecks Motorcycle Club, and McDermott’s Harley Davidson organized the […]

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Record turnout for Toys for Tots: Volunteers sent scurrying for more toys

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Jim Lafayette is always prepared for a few extra kids when the Marine Corps Reserve Dunkin Donuts Toys for Tots Train pulls into town, but even he was unprepared for what he saw on Sunday. As families began to arrive at the Amtrak Station on Sunday morning, Lafayette realized that his projection of 160 kids […]

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Obituary: Tasia Oakman Benson

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Tasia Oakman Benson of Poultney passed away suddenly of a stroke on June 13, 2020.  Born February 2, 1951 to […]

North Country FreePress – July 3, 2020

Lakes Region FreePress – July 3, 2020

Health center to reopen

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By Matthew Saari The Whitehall Health Center will reopen next week. Whitehall town supervisor John Rozell announced Thursday he had […]

Summer swim program starts July 7

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By Matthew Saari Children will have the opportunity to learn safe swimming techniques from certified instructors this summer as part […]

Whitehall Times 7.2.20

Granville Sentinel 7.2.20

Whitehall school increases its regional ranking

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By Matthew Saari Whitehall Central School jumped 15 spots in a ranking of regional schools. Every year, Albany Business Review […]

Granville falls in regional ranking of state’s schools

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By Matthew Saari Granville Central School dropped 13 spots in a ranking of regional schools. Every year, Albany Business Review […]

Obituary: Ramon (Ray) George Vaughn, Sr.

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Ramon (Ray) George Vaughn, Sr., of Moss Beach, CA passed away on June 19, 2020 after a 20 year struggle […]

State travel ban forces Magill out of concert

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By Matthew Saari Granville’s flashiest musician has pulled out of this year’s Summer Concert Series. Daryl Magill announced Tuesday that, […]

Ask Matt: Will another network pick up canceled Single Parents?

Question: Is there any word on Single Parents being picked up by another network? The talented adults and kids were […]

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