Allan P. Atwell PFC is a past Commander and current Chaplain of Clifton Park/Halfmoon VFW Post #1498. In 1943, at the age of 18, he graduated from Breesport High School in Chemung County. A few days later, he visited the Selective Service Board and was drafted.He was assigned to the 28th Infantry Division and landed on Omaha Beach in Normandy on Labor Day, 1944.
Marie Valachovic is a tireless educator who has spent her adult life making a difference in the lives of all those she meets. A lifelong resident of Fulton County, Ms. Valachovic graduated from Johnstown High School, where she was renowned for her exceptional all-around athletic abilities. She went on to study at SUNY Oswego, eventually earning a bachelor of science degree in education from SUNY New Paltz. She later earned a masters in reading and a Certificate of Advance Studies in School Administration from SUNY Fredonia.
Master Sgt. Corine Lombardo is a 30 year veteran of the Army and the New York Army National Guard. Currently the Director of Communications for Patriot Hills, a not-for-profi t organization focusing on veterans’ reintegration and resource services, she has spent her career in working in the field of Public Relations. As a Public Relations Specialist for the Army National Guard and a full time employee of the New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs in Latham, New York since 1986, Corine specializes in media relations, environmental community relations and photo/broadcast journalism.
The Honorable Ann C. Crowell made history in the November 2011 elections when she became the first woman to be elected to the New York Supreme Court in the eleven county Fourth Judicial District. She is particularly enjoying the experience of assisting attorneys and their clients in reaching settlements that save them from protracted litigation and the drain and expense of trial.
James A. Wilson, of Schenectady, enlisted in the U.S. Navy in December 1944. Four of his brothers served in the U.S. Army. He achieved the rank of Yeoman Second Class, was honorably discharged on July 14, 1949, and received the Good Conduct Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal and Navy Occupation Medal.
Jim has dedicated himself to assisting fellow veterans, including serving for many years as Director of the Schenectady County Veterans Service Agency before his retirement.
Bonnie (Buckley) Daggett’s legacy of compassion is an inspiration to all, as she perpetually shows where there is a will, there is a way.
A life-long resident of Schenectady County, Ms. Daggett graduated from Linton High School, received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from SUNY Albany, and earned her Master’s Degree in Technical Communication from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
As a tribute to her daughter Audrey, Ms. Daggett has worked tirelessly for more than 30 years on behalf of people with disabilities, specifically devoting much of her e‑ orts to Wildwood Programs.
Charles Merriam lived at 1060 Parkwood Blvd, Schenectady until moving to Virginia where he attended Hampton-Sydney College eventually obtaining his Bachelor of Science. Following the outbreak of war, the college entered the V-12 Officers Training Program. He entered this program July 1, 1943 following his joining the Navy.
It’s hard to believe, but it is true. Fifty years after the 1963 Equal Pay Act was signed into law, pay discrimination in the workplace still exists in America.
In June, the Senate unanimously passed legislation to strengthen New York’s laws and ensure that women receive equal pay for equal work. However, action is still needed by the State Assembly on this bill.