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John Purcell

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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.

Recent Stories

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Sweet treats help raise awareness

Delmar man organizes Purple Day cupcake fundraiser, outreach efforts for Epilepsy aid

As a child, Stephen Piorkowski spent a lot of time at home because he suffered from epilepsy. As an adult, he learned to control his disability and is trying to help others suffering from it to receive needed support.

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Glenmont Abbey breaks ground

Senior housing development will feature 148 units, active lifestyle amenities

Shovels hit the ground on a new senior apartment complex last week in a bustling hamlet center, around a decade after the project was initially proposed.

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Substation strife sparks on

National Grid presents project to Bethlehem school board

National Grid representatives presented plans for its Van Dyke Road Substation Project at the Bethlehem Board of Education meeting Wednesday, March 18.

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Unraveling a storied past

Bethlehem native’s genealogy research leads to historical fiction on kidnapping case

More than 80 years after the kidnapping of prominent leader in Albany, a Bethlehem native has brought the incident more clearly into focus.

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Planting a seed for STEM to grow

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.

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Historic barn may align with Rail Trail

Local officials in talks to relocate Hilton Barn within New Scotland

Preserving the Hilton barn through relocation appeared to be an unreachable solution, but tying it to another regional development could be the historic building’s savior.

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Bethlehem Central eyes bolstering athletic programming

District weights lifting funding burden off booster clubs, cutting freshman football

After years of looking towards school sports for potential budget reductions, district leaders are proposing to increase overall funding to athletic programming.

Voorheesville schools eye $71k gap

Guilderland Board of Education faces $130k gap, targets 3 percent tax hike

Voorheesville district leaders welcomed a much smaller budget gap than in recent years, with next year’s shortage falling to around $71,000. The preliminary budget should total around $23 million.

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Turning challenges into opportunities

BCMS students listen to speakers discuss thriving with disabilities

Feeling uncomfortable in your own skin is a common experience for many people during their youth. John Robinson felt similar, but his discomfort stretched long past his teenage years.

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Bethlehem Central School District outlines spending

Governor’s delay causes strife on district budgeting for next year

School board members heard proposals over what money needs to be spent next year to address several issues outside of the classroom.

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