Congratulations Go-Getter, Scott Brueckner!

This week's Saturday Shout Out is for Scott Brueckner.
 


Just about one year ago, Scott opened up a machine shop in Queensbury, "Brueckner CNC Services." There he makes parts for power generation and other industries.

Scott has worked in the power generation industry for 20+ years and has true passion for what he does.

He learned machining in high school through vo-tech and started working in a shop right out of high school. He hopes in the future he can offer jobs to kids graduating from vo-tech schools as well.

Scott's wife tells CBS6 he's done a wonderful job growing the business. She says she's amazed by his work ethic, and apprecites his drive.

Congratulations Scott Bruekner, this week's Saturday Shout Out.

Scott Bruekner was nominated by his wife, Jennifer Bruekner.

If you know someone that deserves a Saturday Shout Out e-mail Jennifer Mullen: jlmullen@sbgtv.com.

Congratulations Olin O Bleau

This week's Saturday Shout Out is for Olin O Bleau.


Olin is 84 years old and still going strong.

He's been towing cars in the Capital Region since the 1940's, and his daughter tells CBS6 he still answers his phone 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

Olin raised a family of five with his wife. He has 20 grandchildren and 31 great grandchildren.

He's has overcome a lot of health scares, but doesn't ever seem to let that stop him. His daughter tells me he's like the energizer bunny, that just keeps going and going.

She says Olin has never let the family down, and has always been there in times of need, even if it's for a complete stranger.

In 1972 Olin pursued his dreams and opened the doors to his very own garage with his wife by his side. Together they helped start the Empire State Towing and Recovery Association with other tow men in the area.


Congratulations Olin, it sounds like you've created a beautiful life, and I couldn't be happier for you.

Olin was nominated by his daughter, Nancy Sill.

If you would like to nominate someone for a Saturday Shout Out e-mail Jennifer Mullen at jlmullen@sbgtv.com.

CONGRATULATIONS TESS COLLINS!

This week's Saturday Shout Out goes to Tess Collins.

The Albany Fire Department nominated Tess because of her love and support for the crew.

Tess is always helping the fire-fighters out with their fundraisers. For example, the Movember Challenge Saturday night.

Tess also brings the guys hot food and drinks when they are working a long fire in the cold.

Albany fire-fighter Pete Hall says Tess is an ambassador for Albany, supporting numerous charities and using her business at McGeary's Pub as a catalyst for fundraising and raising awareness.

Congratulations Tess Collins from all of us here at CBS6.

If you know someone that deserves a Saturday Shout Out, e-mail Jennifer Mullen at jlmullen@sbgtv.com.

CONGRATULATIONS MEREDITH ATTANASIO

This week's Saturday Shout Out is for Meredith Attanasio.

Meredith has been cigarette free for one year.

Her friends and family tell CBS6 they are extremely proud of her for kicking the bad habit, and focusing on her health.

They tell us Meredith is a great person to have around, she's the perfect friend that is always there whenever you need her to be.

Meredith was nominated by Deborah Coons.

If you know someone that deserves a Saturday Shout Out on our morning newscast, e-mail Jennifer Mullen: jlmullen@sbgtv.com. Don't forget to include a picture and the reason behind your nomination.

CONGRATULATIONS DYLAN UTTER!

This week's Saturday Shout Out is for Dylan Utter.

This week's Saturday Shout Out is for Dylan Utter.Dylan lives in Roxbury with his mom, dad, and sister.

He's been battling spinal muscular atrophy since he was 18-months old, but he doesn't let that stop him from doing the things he loves.

Recently Dylan was seen circling the bases in his powered wheelchair before one of his little league games at the Grand Gorge Little League field.

Dylan loves being outside and playing video games. His favorite team is the Mets, and his favorite baseball position is second base.

Dylan Utter was nominated by Eli Martin.

If you know someone that deserves a CBS6 Saturday Shout Out e-mail Jennifer Mullen: jlmullen@sbgtv.com

HELP GEORGE SVINGALA GET TO D.C.

This week's CBS6 Saturday Shout Out goes to George Svingala.

George's family tells us he has great integrity and strong morals. He's super helpful and respectful.

A lot of George's personality has grown from being a young marine.

George has been with the young marines for two years, and recently he was nominated by U.S. Army Major General, Stanley Hyman to go to Washington D.C. to attend and train in the national youth leadership forum. There he will learn more about careers in national security.

In order to participate, George must raise $3,000.
   
If you would like to donate, and help him get there click here.

George Svingala was nominated by his aunt, Marry Matthews.

If you would like to nominate someone for a Saturday Shout Out on CBS6 e-mail Jennifer Mullen: jlmullen@sbgtv.com.

CONGRATULATIONS RON TAVAREZ

This week's Saturday Shout Out is for Ron Tavarez. 

I had the blessing of meeting Ron last week when I was out in Albany, and I was so encouraged by his strength, and passion for others.

Ron and his family created The Good Works Foundation. Together they feed hungry children in the Dominican Republic.

While their mission may sounds simple, it is far from easy. They rely solely on the support of friends, family, and good people who understand the principal of helping those in need, especially when those in need are children.

I had the pleasure of hearing some of Ron's stories. He told me his life's journey took a different path after visiting the Dominican Republic and seeing how many kids and families needed help.

Ron and his family started with personally providing cooked meals for disadvantaged children, but they quickly learned the need was much greater than they could have ever anticipated. It was then they decided to form a beautiful foundation.

Ron's goals are to feed 250-300 children a month, continue raising money to help cut down on the need, and provide community awareness about hunger.

You can help him reach these goals in many ways:

1) Donate money, hygiene products, medical products, water-purification equipment, and/or clothes.

2) Help Ron connect with government officials to create childhood hunger awareness.

3) Go on a mission trip with Ron and his family, so that you can see first hand and participate in the mission.

The Good Works Foundations is a non-profit organization.

If you would like to learn more information, or join Ron and his family in making a difference, you can do so by visiting their website: The Good Works Foundation.

Ron Tavarez was nominated by his mother, and The Good Works Foundation founder, Ada Cousins.

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANTHONY BOWEN & DADDY!

Happy birthday Anthony!

I hear you're getting up there! Four years old!!!! I also hear you have a heart of gold!

Anthony Bowen will be 4-years-old on Saturday, August 23rd, 2014.

Anthony Bowen will be 4-years-old on Saturday, August 23rd, 2014.

This week's Saturday Shout Out is for you bud! Keep making people smile.

Your mom tells us you're a good boy, and an amazing brother. Your family is very proud of you.

A little background info for those of you reading about Anthony today: He loves monster trucks, race cars, and power rangers! Hopefully he will have a nice new collection of toys after he opens his birthday presents!

Anthony's birthday falls on a very special day, it's the same day my father was born.

Dad will be 53 this year. He is the hardest working man I know, and he's provided my family with more than we could have ever asked for. Dad has always taught me to be independent and even-keeled. Thanks to him, I am able to make my dreams a reality. The amount of love and appreciation I have for my father is beyond words.

Please join me in wishing Anthony and Dad the happiest of all birthdays. May both of your wishes come true!


WE WILL MISS YOU JOMO!

"It's not goodbye, it's see you later."

This week's Saturday Shout Out goes to a CBS6 producer, Jomo Miller.

Jomo has been with CBS6 FOR 10 years!!!!! In the TV business, it is rare to find someone committed to one station for 5+ years. Sadly, he is breaking up with us and moving on to work with the NYS department of environmental conservation. Although it is bittersweet, we couldn't be happier for him.

I have been here at CBS6 for a little over a year now, and I have learned so much from this man. Jomo is so intelligent, and writes with passion. He brought so much sunshine and laughter into our newsroom, and he is going to be greatly missed.

Jomo and our evening anchor, Dori Marlin

Jomo and our evening anchor, Dori Marlin

If you recognize his face -- it's probably because you've seen and heard him singing "Mr. Jones" at Lionheart in Albany on karaoke night. Whether it's news or entertainment outside the CBS6 walls, Jomo knows how to put on a show, and filling his shoes will be hard.

We will miss you Jomo!

CONGRATS DON & DIANE BLAKESLEE!

This week's Saturday Shout Out is for two love birds: Don and Diane Blakeslee from Clifton Park, NY.

Then and Now picture <3 Put together by Dawn Blakeslee

Then and Now picture <3 Put together by Dawn Blakeslee

Don and Diane just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on July 25th.

Their children took them to dinner at Verdile's in Troy. This must have been incredibly special for them because this is where Don took Diane on their very FIRST date. The fun continued the very next day when the entire family gathered to celebrate Don and Diane's amazing milestone.

Don and Diane have lived in the Capital Region all of their lives. Don retired from GE in Waterford, and Diane retired from the U.S. Post Office in Clifton Park.

50 years is a huge accomplishment. The commitment and love these two share for one another is beyond beautiful, it's amazing.

Don and Diane have been remarkable role models and continue to show their kids the value of a strong work ethic, hard work, being kind to others, and never giving up, especially when it comes to love.

There is no denying this family is close and surrounded by love, and that my friends is worth showcasing.

Don and Diane congratulations on your love and your beautiful family, we wish you good health, and many more years of happiness.

Don and Diane were nominated by their daughter, Dawn Blakeslee.