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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.
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.
Community group to host annual Victorian celebration
The village will be transformed into a festive hot spot during Altamont Community Tradition’s 12th annual Victorian Holidays Celebration on Sunday, Dec. 15, from noon to 6 p.m.
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.
Company spending $3B to upgrade electric infrastructure
Tackling some of what the worst winter storms inflicts has National Grid “hot stick” workers preparing for the chilly reality of living in the Northeast.
Agricultural land assessments held to 2 percent increase annually
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation on Tuesday, Oct. 22, capping agricultural land assessments at 2 percent annually. The measure aims to offer a more stable and predictable tax climate for the state’s agricultural industry.
Experts say this fall has already been a banner year for leaf peepers. And locally, the peak is near.
Leaves are big business in New York. By official accounts, the yearly fall foliage fireworks draw billions in tourism dollars. And it is expected this year will offer a sensational season.
NYS Writers Institute announces season’s Visiting Writers and Classic Film series
The New York State Writers Institute recently announced its fall semester Visiting Writers Series and Classic Film Series, which kicked off Wednesday, Sept. 11, with fiction writer and extends until the final event on Dec. 3 with author Ayana Mathis. All of the events are free and open to the public.
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.
Troop G Commander Maj. Steven James on Wednesday, Sept. 4, said drivers should use “extra caution,” because “vacation minded” children are less likely to be careful while traveling to and from school.
Women Against War urge negotiation during Food Festival demonstration
The group Women Against War rallied during the Empire State Plaza Food Festival on Wednesday, Aug. 14. A group of about a dozen members spoke out against the idea of the country entering a war with Iran.