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Effective immediately, all children ages 12-15 are eligible to receive the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine, meaning all state residents ages 12 and up can now be protected against COVID-19. The Rensselaer County Health Department will be hosting a Pfizer Vaccine Clinic for 12 to 15 year olds at the McDonough Sports Complex at Hudson Valley Community College on Friday, May 14 from 3:00-6:00 p.m. Children must be accompanied by a parent and bring proof of age. This is a walk-in clinic. No appointment is necessary.

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Student holds American flagStudents held American flags as they lined up with their teachers outside Goff Middle School on Friday morning to honor the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Eighth grader Arrianna Wiltsie sang the Star Spangled Banner before Principal Wayne Grignon addressed the students and asked for a moment of silence.

“As you go through your life you will think you are invincible,” Mr. Grignon said. “You will think you have all the answers and that nothing can harm you. One day something will happen that will change your world in a way you never imagined.

Goff 9-11 ceremony 3“Use that opportunity to be reflective, to grow as a person and make your world better. Life is challenging and difficult.

“All of your teachers are preparing you for the unknown in your life that will be ahead of you; however the only person that can make a change is yourself.

“Challenge your thinking, look at tragedies as opportunities to get stronger, to rise up, to be a better person and to help society. Please remember to watch the news this weekend, become more educated and don’t be afraid to ask questions.”