The Greater Good: World War II veteran honored, Celebrating Polish heritage

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Honoring public safety telecommunicators

Washington County is recognizing public safety telecommunicators this week. The county has more than 20 dedicated communications professionals. They remain calm while handling emergencies and provide instant lifesaving instructions while coordinating first responders. April 9 through April 15 is National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week.

Polish Festival at Empire State Plaza

A polish festival will be held on April 26 on the south concourse of the Empire State Plaza. The free event will include traditional food provided by the Polish Community Center. There will also be live music and vendors.

Canalway Trail System visits up

Visits on the Canalway Trail System are soaring. The trail system is seeing more than 3.5 million visits a year, said Parks & Trails NY. The Canalway Trail system was a vital resource for many New Yorkers during the pandemic, with nearly 80% of the Upstate New York population living within 25 miles of the Erie Canalway Trail. It served as an outlet for local recreation.

World War II veteran honored

A World War II veteran was honored during a ceremony in Rensselaer County on Monday. Congresswoman Elise Stefanik & Congressman Paul Tonko were on hand to remember John “JJ” King. They joined his family to celebrate the legacy of Private First Class King.