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Light therapy to help you sleep better

You might think wearing goggles with their blinking blue light would be annoying, but R.P.I. Grad student, Erin Ryan says, it's like a relaxing day at the beach.

And I can attest that they're comfy -- which is important because these goggles are geared to help you catch your zzz's.

The device is geared for seniors whose sleep has become disordered. They fall asleep too early, like 7 pm - and find themselves awake at 3 am.

Why this happens is three fold - aging, an inability for the body to effectively absorb light, and not spending enough time out of doors.

Taken together and you have a shortage of exposure to blue light during the day.

Carpenters union searches for apprentices

State Carpenters Local Union #370 is recruiting new apprentices.

The program’s jurisdiction includes Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie and Warren and Washington Counties.

You must be 17-years-old and have a high school diploma or GED to apply.

Applications can be picked up at 27 Warehouse Row in Albany from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursdays. Applications will be accepted from May 1, 2014 to April 30, 2015.

For more information, please contact the NYS Department of Labor or call (518) (518) 438-0901.

Saratoga Springs elementary school receiving $2,800 STEM grant

SARATOGA SPRINGS - Division Street Elementary is getting a $2,800 grant from the Saratoga Foundation for Innovative Learning.

It will be used to buy materials and supplies for a 'stem lab' at the school.

The lab is in development stages, now.

It's expected to be completed during the 2014- 2015 school year.

More about the Saratoga Foundation for Innovative Learning can be found here.

GE to present at Social Media Strategies Summit

General Electric is known for their light bulbs and other electronics.

This summer, they will demonstrate how they're on the cutting edge of social media.

Rich Narasaki, GE’s Global Digital Strategy Leader will give a presentation at the Social Media Strategies Summit in New York City.

The event is scheduled for June 11 and 12 at Bohemian Benevolent and Literary Association.

Other companies taking part include Brooks Brothers, Mastercard, and Bloomberg LP.

For more information on the Social Media Strategies Summit, please click here.

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TVHS students flying high

Tech Valley High School students used Wednesday’s windy weather to study the science behind quadrilateral kite flying.

In these pictures, Ralph Accornero of Catskill, Markus Jones of Coxsackie-Athens, and Kelley Kocsis of Averill Park work to make their kites fly.

Also helping is teacher Jason Irwin.

Schoharie Jr./Sr. High names valedictorian and <span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">salutatorian</span>

Congratulations to this year’s top students at Schoharie Jr./Sr. High School.

Sophie Connor of Howe’s Cave is valedictorian and Lauren Archer of Sloansville is salutatorian.

Connor is currently attending a physics and engineering at RPI. She plans to go to Dartmouth College in the fall.

Archer is planning to attend SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region opens new satellite office

The Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region has opened a new satellite office in Schenectady’s Hamilton Hill neighborhood.

The office is located at 920 Albany Street in the Schenectady County Business Center. The space is being donated by the county.

The office will be open Monday and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesday afternoons.

In addition to funding, training courses will also be offered.

The Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region covers 11 counties including Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren and Washington Counties.

For more information, please call (518) 436-8586, or visit the Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region’s website here.