These local members of the New York Army National Guard have recently been promoted:

— Tyler Center from Slingerlands, serving with the 1156th Engineer Company is promoted to the rank of Private First Class;

Girl Scout Service Unit 194, all of the troops on the hill, has been working on a community fundraising effort to collect at least 7,500 pairs of gently used or new shoes by the end of August. The deadline was extended from June.

“We have had people call to donate after seeing the first article,” said organizer Maria Shafer.

The Cancer Services Program of Albany and Rensselaer Counties will be holding two special events in August to provide free comprehensive screenings for uninsured individuals on these dates:

— Aug. 24 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Capital Imaging Associates in Latham; and

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