Local news in brief

Science night at AHS

AMSTERDAM -- The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers of Rensselaer announced they will host a science night, in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, on Oct. 24 from 6 to 8 p.m at Amsterdam High School.

It will be just one of the more than 100 science nights this fall in the United States.

The event is funded by the SHPE foundation through a contract with the Naval Sea Systems Command.

This is a national initiative established in 2008 by the SHPE Foundation to promote knowledge and interest in Science Technology Engineering and Math as well as scholarship and college access information. Interactive hands-on activities will be featured during the event. Spanish and English workshops for parents on college choice and financial aid will also be presented.

These events are coordinated by SHPE Student Chapters, made up of college students pursuing STEM degrees, and SHPE Professional Chapters, consisting of engineers, scientists and dedicated STEM supporters.

Together this year, the SHPE Foundation, SHPE Chapters, and NAVSEA will reach a targeted 10,000 Hispanic K-12 students and their families. For more information, log on to www.shpefoundation.org.

SHPE Rensselaer is a group of Hispanic students attending Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a special focus on STEM.

The SHPE Foundation is an independent group working to develop enrichment and academic outreach initiatives for Latinos that extend throughout the pre-college to PhD pathway.

'Grow with 4-H' Night slated

JOHNSTOWN -- Cornell Cooperative Extension in Fulton and Montgomery Counties will host a "Grow with 4-H" recruitment night on Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Shirley J. Luck Senior Citizen Center at 109 E. Main St.

Youth and adult participants will have the opportunity to plant pillow packs to take home, enjoy light refreshments, and learn more about 4-H membership and volunteer opportunities in Fulton and Montgomery counties.

Cornell Cooperative Extension is seeking youth members and adult volunteers to start some new 4-H clubs in the two-county area. Regular 4-H clubs are open to boys and girls ages 8 to 19 while 4-H cloverbud clubs are open to ages 5 to 8. 4-H clubs may have as few as five members or as many as the volunteer club leaders feel can be effectively included in the group. The 2013-14 4-H program year runs from Oct. 1 through Sept. 30.

Individuals planning to participate in the Oct. 23 "Grow with 4-H" session in Johnstown must pre-register with 4-H staff at Cornell Cooperative Extension by 1 p.m. Oct. 23 by calling 673-5525, ext. 113 or ext. 114 or e-mailing gad23@cornell.edu or lew9@cornell.edu.

Trees for Troops helps soldiers

JOHNSTOWN -- Assemblyman Marc Butler (R,C,I,- Newport) has announced in a news release that his Fulton County district office will participate in the Trees for Troops project to help military personnel serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait.

The program sends a decorated Christmas tree to military members for a $25 donation per tree.

Butler works with Belle Bruse, a VFW member and 3rd District president of the New York ladies auxiliary.

Local firms Goderie's Tree Farm and Herba's Acres Tree Farm are taking part in the program.

Anyone wishing to help soldiers on the holiday should make checks to Proctor Hobson, Post 1896 VFW, and put Trees for Troops in the memo space. Checks can be hand delivered or mailed to Butler's Fulton County Office, 33-41 E. Main St., Johnstown 12095, until Nov. 22.

Since 2005, Trees for Troops has provided more than 122,000 Christmas trees to troops.

Halloween beer, wine tasting

West End Wine & Liquor will sponsor a Halloween wine and beer tasting event Oct. 24 at Amsterdam Muni Golf Course from 6 to 8 p.m. to benefit the Montgomery County Society For the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Admissions is free.

Donations are encouraged, especially much-needed bleach, blankets, towels, treats, Kongs and other enrichment items. There will be food, raffles and 50/50. There will be music performed by Mike Zumbolo. Proceeds will help the homeless animals. Visit www.mc-spca.org.