Salvation Army en Red Kettle Appeal <p></p><p></p><p>Due to the shorter holiday shopping season, The Schenectady Salvation Army is more than $20,000 behind in red kettle donations – and also in toy donations that it begins distributing next week to hundreds of families. Kettle donations are down across the Capital Region, according to Major Michael Himes of the Schenectady Corps.</p> Sat, 14 Dec 2013 00:59:00 +0000 Dave Lucas 79838 at Red Kettle Appeal Salvation Army Trumpeter Muted by Wal-Mart <p>A retired music school professor says he was told to stop playing holiday songs on his trumpet while collecting for the Salvation Army outside a northern New York Wal-Mart store.<br><br>Robert Gibbs, an 81-year-old retired Crane School of Music professor, says managers at the Wal-Mart store in Potsdam told him Thursday that he could not play his horn at his kettle.<br><br>Gibbs says Friday he's been playing Christmas carols and holiday standards like "White Christmas" for years outside the store in northern New York.<br> Fri, 07 Dec 2012 22:10:00 +0000 Pat Bradley 53531 at