LEGO LEAGUES

TOP, SEVENTH-GRADERS at St. Pius X School in Loudonville study Lego Robotics in technology class, working in teams to build and program a robot. Bottom, the first Lego League team from St. Mary's Institute in Amsterdam participated in a competition in Albany; their project was creating solar-powered sewage pumps in case of another hurricane in Florida.
LEGO LEAGUES
TOP, SEVENTH-GRADERS at St. Pius X School in Loudonville study Lego Robotics in technology class, working in teams to build and program a robot. Bottom, the first Lego League team from St. Mary's Institute in Amsterdam participated in a competition in Albany; their project was creating solar-powered sewage pumps in case of another hurricane in Florida.
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Lenten events abound: St. Mary's parish in Cooperstown is participating in a community Lenten series with Christ Church Episcopal, First Baptist Church, First Presbyterian Church and First United Methodist Church....

Holy Cross parish in Salem is part of a Lenten ecumenical book group reading "The Cross of Nails" by OLIVER SCHUEGRAF. They meet on Fridays at 7:30 p.m. in the old rectory at St Paul's Episcopal Church in Salem....

St. Mary's parish in Coxsackie will have an icon workshop for beginners with sessions Feb. 26 through March 2, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., with participants learning to write an icon of Our Lady of Fatima or Jesus. Call (518) 731-8800...

Our Lady of Victory parish in Troy and its mission, Our Lady of the Snow in Grafton, have Lenten small faith-sharing groups; a screening of "The Passion of the Christ" and discussion with REV. RANDALL PATTERSON March 9; and a facilitated discussion on the Shroud of Turin with RICK TAGLIERI March 12. Contact VICI ARMSBY, (518) 274-6269....

Faith formation students at Christ the King in Westmere, Albany, are collecting gently-used athletic shows for the WaterStep project, which provides people in developing countries with clean water. Boxes will be in the church gathering space through March 18....

At St. Henry's parish in Averill Park, a Lenten series is focusing on the film "The Shack," with sessions on Monday afternoons and evenings....

A Lenten presentation at Sacred Heart parish in Troy will be held Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m., with DR. EDWARD MARTIN speaking on "The Biblical Meaning of Messiah/Anointed One/Christ"....

REV. MARTIN FISHER suggested in the bulletin for St. Joseph's parish in Greenwich: "Lent is a journey on which we are all invited. No one is going to force us to take this spiritual journey. There are attitudes we need to take with us: willingness to change bad habits; to take time for quiet solitude; to turn off electronics daily; to forgive our neighbor; to reconcile with family members; to be gentle on yourself for the past; to share Christ with others. Come on board, make your Lenten journey one filled with hope and healing."

MARY ANNE BROWN, music minister at St. Joseph's, will sing at a gathering March 8, 7 p.m., called "By the Way." A free will offering will benefit the repair of the historic Bottskill Baptist Church in Greenwich....

St. Patrick's parish in Ravena will have the "Way of the Cross in the Company of Clowns" March 2, 7 p.m....

Notre Dame-Visitation parish in Schuylerville had a Shrove Tuesday potluck dinner hosted by the Ladies of St. Anne Rosary Society in its newly-renovated parish hall Feb. 13. There was a 50/50 raffle, home-cooked food and basket raffles....

Blessed Sacrament parish in Bolton Landing had a successful raffle to fund 700 nutrition food bags to be handed out by Mother of Mercy House to the poor and homeless in Philadelphia. In fact, the parish was able to fund double the number of bags and send an additional $300 for other needs....

St. Adalbert's parish in Schenectady notes that MYLAROSE GEORGE, granddaughter of parish cemetery groundskeeper LARRY MACEKA, was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Parishioners are urged to contribute to medical costs through www.gofundme. com/mylas-fight-against-cancer....

All Saints on the Hudson parish in Mechanicville/Stillwater will have its annual antique show March 3, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Vendors are sought; contact MARIA AMANN, (518) 664-6405, or ANNE AMANN, buffalo362@gmail.com.