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In Saratoga Springs, reviving the wells that made it famous

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. Ai??ai??i?? More than a century after scores of Saratoga Springsai??i?? famous mineral wells were capped in an early example of environmental conservation, a few of them could soon be flowing with naturally carbonated water once again.

A volunteer group has undertaken a project, with the cooperation of state officials, to find and restore a few of them. The effort succeeded on a recent summer day, with water shooting out of the top of one wellhead that had been weed-choked and forgotten for decades.

ai???Thatai??i??s probably the first time in 90 years that much water is coming out of there,ai??? said Richard Aichele, a member of Friends of Saratoga Spa State Park.

State officials point out the effort is limited to just a few wells in the Saratoga park. Alli Schweizer, the parkai??i??s educator, said the restoration groupai??i??s efforts wonai??i??t threaten the parkai??i??s aquifer and are purely for historical purposes ai???so future generations can enjoy them.ai???

Saratoga Springs has been known for its natural mineral springs since Colonial times, when Mohawk Indians introduced Europeans to the carbonated waters bubbling up from the ground in the Adirondack foothills. As Saratoga grew in the early 1800s, hotels sprouted to cater to visitors who traveled here to drink the water and bathe in the belief it would relieve various ailments, making ai???the Spaai??? one of Americaai??i??s first resort towns.

The parkai??i??s friends group plans to build a fountain on the newly reopened spring and landscape the surrounding grounds, similar to what has been done for other nearby springs. They also hope to revive a couple of other defunct springs that dot the park.

ai???Weai??i??re rediscovering history again,ai??? Aichele said.

Volunteers revamp historic Las Cruces church

LAS CRUCES, N.M. Ai??ai??i?? A historic New Mexico black church located near the U.S.-Mexico border has been restored.

Volunteers in Las Cruces have finished a seven-year project using mud, mortar and adobe bricks to revamp the Phillips Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church.

The one-room church was built in 1911 in the heart of Las Crucesai??i?? historic black neighborhood.

Both the exterior and interior of the building were restored, repairing windows, replacing doors and refinishing interior flooring and woodwork.

New Mexico State University anthropology professor emeritus Beth Oai??i??Leary says volunteers who worked on the church ranged from 8-years-old to 85.

The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is the stateai??i??s oldest existing African American church.

Community gardens unite residents in Beatrice

BEATRICE, Neb. Ai??ai??i?? Community gardens are growing in Beatrice.

Each with their own story and purposes, Beatrice community gardens at Centenary United Methodist Church, the YMCA and the Homestead National Monument of America all have the shared goal of continued growth, the Beatrice Daily Sun reported.

The Seeds of Hope community garden on the Centenary United Methodist Church property is a tool to connect the church with its neighbors and give back to the community, said Deanna Holland, chair of the garden team.

The garden was started four years ago by a grant from The Big Garden, an Omaha-based United Methodist Ministries project with the goal of creating community gardens in the region.

ai???At the time I thought, ai???Well, we have a vacant lot,ai??i??ai??? Holland said. ai???It just seems like a really good use of that empty space. And I knew about The Big Garden. … So I brought it up and got a group together interested in making it happen. It seems like a good ministry for our church.ai???

About 10 people form the garden team, with five of them tending to the six raised beds of vegetables and other plants in the garden this year.

Through the years, gardeners have consumed their produce at home and donated extra to the Community Food Pantry at St. John Lutheran Church or to church members at Centenary United Methodist.

ai???This past Sunday, we had our first round of produce after the service,ai??? Holland said last week. ai???Church members can leave a few dollars in the jar and take home what they can use.ai???

Montgomery rescue group is ai???dogai??i??s best friendai??i??

MONTGOMERY, Ala. ai??i?? For a dog that finds its way into a shelter, the relief is evident when it is pulled by a rescue organization and placed in foster care and then finally, its forever home.

And a Montgomery group, Helping Shepherds of Every Color Rescue, makes this possible.

ai???German shepherds donai??i??t do well in a shelter,ai??? said Debbie Tomblin, the groupai??i??s vice president. ai???Theyai??i??re very nervous dogs, very anxious. So they need to get out of the shelter and into a private home.

ai???Often a dog is completely different when you get it home. When you think about it, the dogs have been jerked around a lot. Theyai??i??ve been taken from their home. They may have had several different home adjustments before they come to our rescue. And that shakes them up. They donai??i??t know what to expect next.ai???

Helping shepherds finds homes for dozens of German shepherd dogs and mixes every year. Founded in 2005 by Dawn Knight, it has homed 36 dogs this year. In 2015, they rescued 66, up from 60 in 2014 and 47 in 2013.

ai???I had a white German shepherd for years and she was just such a great dog,ai??? Tomblin said. ai???And I thought that if I could ever be in a situation where I could foster dogs financially and with a home with space then I wanted to try and return that favor. And a few years later I was in that situation.ai???

Local shelters often email the rescue with pictures and stories of eligible dogs that have come in. Sometimes the dogs would have to be put down without Helping Shepherdsai??i?? intervention.

ai???Most of the dogs we take in have some health condition or some reason they wouldnai??i??t be adoptable straight off the shelter floor,ai??? said Tomblin.

This year, 13 dogs have been treated for heart worms ai??i?? which has cost a total of about $6,000 ai??i?? four were treated for mange, and two have undergone serious orthopedic surgery, which could mean automatic euthanization in a shelter.

ai???Itai??i??s so expensive, shelters canai??i??t do that kind of surgery,ai??? Tomblin said. ai???And itai??i??d be very painful to be lying in a shelter.ai???

Tomblin says that one of the most memorable rescues turned out to be a surprise.

It was a dog, she said, that was pulled from a shelter. Infested with mange so badly ai??i?? with huge swatches of fur missing, exposing inflamed skin ai??i??nobody knew what kind of dog he was or what color he would be.

As he was treated and healed, his fur grew in to reveal that he was not a shepherd at all.

ai???He turned out to be a real cool little dog, really beautiful ai??i?? but no shepherd,ai??? Tomblin said, laughing.

The dog, who was named Louie, found a home with an owner that still keeps in touch with the rescue, and has been named an ai???honorary shepherdai??? for his troubles.

Audubon Society calls for volunteer osprey nest monitors

SMITHFIELD, R.I. Ai??ai??i?? The Audubon Society of Rhode Island is looking for volunteer osprey nest monitors in Westerly and other southern Rhode Island communities.

The Westerly Sun reports there are approximately 12 nests in Westerly and only a handful of monitors.

This summer, a total of 100 volunteers are watching 246 nests. Thatai??i??s 25 more nests than in 2015.

Officials say monitoring the nests provides valuable information on population trends and also on the population health of fish and conditions of local waters.

The osprey population has rebounded since DDT, an insecticide that weakened the shells of their eggs, was banned in 1972. The large fish-eating raptors are now common summer residents of Rhode Island and Connecticut. They typically migrate to South America in the winter.

Erie-area women firefighters share why they volunteer

ERIE, Pa. ai??i?? If you want to meet a lot of strong women with hearts of gold, visit one of the dozens of volunteer fire departments in the region.

ai???These women can do everything men can, and some of them can do things that the men canai??i??t,ai??? said Crystal Meyer, a volunteer at Girardai??i??s A.F. Dobler Hose & Ladder Co. who isnai??i??t a firefighter herself but does a lot of behind-the- scenes work for her husband, Rick, the fire chief.

Each woman firefighter has a story to tell, and all of them have been involved in rescues, emergency calls for health issues and much more.

The reasons they choose dangerous volunteer efforts are as varied as their ages and occupations. For some, itai??i??s in their blood. Megan Crotty, 26, is a fifth-generation firefighter. She grew up as an only child who was constantly at the fire station with her dad, Joe Crotty, the fire chief at Lawrence Park Fire Dept. Her cousin, Michael Crotty, died in the line of duty during the Port Erie Plastics fire in March.

ai???My dad has been doing this for 40 years, and I started as a junior firefighter in 2004,ai??? she said. The emergency medical and firefighter training she has been through have been valuable to her career goals. Crotty earned two degrees in nursing and is currently enrolled at LECOM with plans to become a trauma surgeon.

Trauma is something she knows personally. While on the scene of a fire in North East on March 19, a fellow firefighter fell off a roof and landed on her. She ended up with a concussion and back issues that resulted in surgery. She hopes to be back to firefighting this month.

ai???Growing up, I never thought about it, but I bought into it. Youai??i??re capable if youai??i??re determined ai??i?? male or female,ai??? she said. ai???You let your tools do your talking, and we work as a team. You have a family at the fire station.ai???

Amy DiBacco, 43, of the Wesleyville Hose Co., said she got involved in firefighting to help people. ai???Thatai??i??s what itai??i??s all about,ai??? she said. DiBaccoai??i??s husband, John, is the deputy fire chief at Wesleyville Hose Co. Amy DiBacco and Crystal Meyer recruited numerous women to be interviewed for this story.

Seeing women in fire gear is not unusual these days. The ranks of volunteer female firefighters have increased in the past decade to account for about 13 percent of the regionai??i??s volunteers, according to Jen Waxam, 36, of Lake City. She started out as a volunteer firefighter in Girard in 1996 at age 16. She moved to Lake City Fire Co. in 2008, and she is now married to the chief, Marvin Waxam Jr.

ai???I wanted to help my community, and normal community service wasnai??i??t for me,ai??? she said. She has seen many fires and rescues, but the Gudgeonville Bridge fire stands out as one of the worst, along with a garage fire. But itai??i??s not just fires. She is also an emergency medical technician who said her most memorable rescue was an elderly male. ai???I brought him back,ai??? she said.

Being a woman, she added, was a disadvantage when she started training. She remembered that the late Girard Fire Chief Louis Hannah wasnai??i??t a fan when she first joined. ai???It took a long time to gain his respect, but I was voted in as the first female fire officer at Girard,ai??? she said.

ai???You have to have a good sense of humor. Donai??i??t take anything too personally,ai??? Waxham said. She is a 911 communicator during her regular career. She added that with the disasters all firefighters see, some comments and conversations that men participate in canai??i??t be seen as offensive. ai???They are letting off steam and stress. We all do,ai??? she said. 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