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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.
Local events let people run, walk or dance away those Thanksgiving calories
With Thanksgiving a few days away, some people are looking for ways to keep themselves off the couch and the calories at bay.
Thacher Nature Center holds annual celebration connecting families to natural gifts
Fast approaching is the mad dash to retail stores for once-a-year deals on the hottest merchandise, but there’s one event coming up that allows people to slow down and connect with nature before the big feast that kicks off the holiday season.
Give thanks to area farmers, businesses by buying local ingredients
A bounty of area businesses and markets make shopping local for all the ingredients of a customary Thanksgiving dinner a relatively easy task.
District plans to bring in K9 for locker searches; prior school shooting almost attempted
Guilderland school officials are implementing several measures to address safety issues, but the one attracting the most attention involves man’s best friend.
MiSci to hold Super Science Weekend, Dudley Observatory kicks off activities
Realizing the richness of the area’s science offerings will be a simple calculation at an upcoming inaugural science festival.
Albany Art Room reopens at new location, owner committed to staying in city
Finding a permanent home for a local business catering to artists of all ages ended up taking much longer than watching paint dry.
Three-mile section in New Scotland to open this fall, Albany portion eyed for 2015
Enhancements to two bridges along the Helderberg Hudson Rail Trail are progressing, and a three-mile section of the trail through New Scotland is expected to open next month.
Guilderland schools librarians help parents and students become cyber savvy
Guilderland Central School District librarians hosted on Thursday, Oct. 17, a program titled “Cyber Smart: Succeeding in a Digital World,” a series of workshops featuring interactive presentations containing tips for using online tools and accessing district resources.
Guilderland’s Trick-or-Treat Street offers festive indoor activities for local families
Guilderland High School is preparing to host its 10th annual Trick-or-Treat Street Saturday, Oct. 26. The event will see the school’s halls, cafeteria and gymnasium transformed into a Halloween haven.
Time in front of computers and digital devices could lead to vision problems in children
For teens and tweens, it might seem like the world revolves around the glowing screen of a smartphone. But even younger children are spending more time with computers and other digital devices these days, and health professionals are worried about what the effects might be.