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Senior reporter John Purcell has worked at Spotlight News for four 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 in Schenectady County. 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.
Cold weather did not dampen turnout for annual event
The Town of Bethlehem Parks and Recreation Department hosted its “Egg-stravaganza” event Saturday, April 11, at Elm Avenue Park. The main attraction, an egg hunt, featured more than 2,000 colorful plastic eggs placed across three areas at the park.
Local resident donates funds to bolster educational opportunities at Bethlehem Central
A local man is hoping his monetary donation not only enhances STEM education at the school district, but also encourages other community members to open their wallets.
V’ville teen suicide victim's family hopes legislation will spare others from tragedy
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed “Jerry’s Law” last month, which ended the three-year crusade of Mary Clark to get a state law passed to help other families avoid the same tragedy her family faced.
Report: A dozen toxic toys sold in county, call for local legislation
The Albany County Legislature held a public hearing Tuesday, Nov. 25, on its proposed Toxic-Free Toys Act, which would allow the county health commissioner to inspect merchandise sold in stores and issue fines for toys found to have dangerous levels of, or banned, chemicals.
Guilderland Garden Club to hold annual Greens Show at Mynderse-Fredrick House
The annual Open House and Greens Show at the historic Mynderse-Fredrick House, located at 451 Main St. in Guilderland Center, will kick off on Friday, Dec. 5, from 4 to 8 p.m. The show continues through the weekend and is open from 1 to 5 p.m. on Dec. 6 and 7.
Toy Truck Mobile Museum stops in Slingerlands, showcases its 50-year history
Fascination over Hess’ toy trucks seemed to hold an ageless appeal at a recent and rare showing of the entire collection.
Huck Finn’s Warehouse and More receives $650k in grants to relocate beloved amusement park rides
The “more” in Huck Finn’s Warehouse and More has taken on a whole new meaning after plans were announced to move the rides from Hoffman’s Playland to the store in North Albany.
‘Muffin Man’ expands fundraising efforts to breakfast in bed service
A basket of muffins might not change the world, but one man is proving it’s a good place to start.
Old favorites and new attractions showcased at weeklong event
Alongside fair food favorites, the Altamont Fair is offering up something new to taste with some local flavor.
Local beekeepers looking to spur interest in honey hobby, offer guidance
Jennifer Ford and Keith Freeman conducted their first beehive inspection Friday morning, July 18, at Farnsworth Middle School’s Organic Garden. The couple has kept beehives at their home since 2008 and started maintaining one at the garden this summer.