Albany All bets are off at the Clubhouse Race Book Wednesday. At least for an hour or so. That's because the parking lot of the Capital OTB building will be full of Thanksgiving cheer, courtesy of local horse owner Roddy Valente. For the fourth consecutive year, Valente is orchestrating a free turkey giveaway to needy families in the Capital Region. A total of 1,000 holiday birds will be given away while supplies last. Valente, the owner of R.J. Valente Gravel, Inc., one of the largest material handlers in the area, said he does this because for the simple reason that he wants to give something back to the community. "I have been very blessed," Valente, 62, said. "We have a good business in town.Read More

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