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At the December meeting of the Fort Orange Garden Club, the Master Gardeners of Cornell Cooperative Extension Albany County were presented with a commendation for civic improvement from the Garden Club of America.

New York’s #CombatHeroin campaign has reached more than 14 million people through social media so far, according to a release from the governor’s office, and the next phase, which started Dec. 19, has announcements airing in movie theaters state-wide.

GUILDERLAND — On Nov. 17, a thin, shaking, calico cat showed up on the doorstep of a Guilderland resident near Crossgates. She was begging to get out of the freezing rain.

St. John’s Lutheran Church at 140 Maple Ave. in Altamont will hold Sunday worship services at 8:30 and 11 a.m.

Sunday school is at 9:45 a.m. The 11 a.m. service on Dec. 21, will include the annual childrens’ Christmas pageant. This year’s pageant is entitled, “Just a Little Christmas.”

The American Red Cross asks eligible blood donors to make a resolution to give blood regularly in 2015, beginning with National Blood Donor Month in January.