Around Troy 10.03.19

Local Benefits of the 2020 Census

The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for you and your community. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data. Doreen Dan of our local Department of Commerce will be giving a brief presentation at the library outlining the benefits of obtaining a complete and accurate count in the 2020 Census, and opportunities for local residents. This information session will be held Wednesday, October 16th at 6:00pm at the Troy Public Library. The library is located at 100 2nd Street, Troy NY 12180.

Evening at the Earl Fundraiser at Oakwood Oct. 3

The 18th Annual Evening at the Earl fundraiser will be held on Thursday October 3rd from 5:00 – 8:00pm at the magnificent Gardner Earl Chapel at Oakwood Cemetery. There will be catered food and drinks and fun for all. You can bid on exciting Silent Auction baskets with themes like Chocolate, Pets, Wine, Beginning Your Family Tree, Relaxation and more. We will honor several 2019 Individuals of Excellence who have all had an impact on Troy. They include: Kevin Mullen of Rare Form Brewing Company, Kathleen Tesnakis, founder of Ekologic, Tom Nardacci of Troy Innovation Garage, John Hughes owner of the Gardner Farm Inn B & B, Cory Nelson of Troy Kitchen, and Chun Hee Kim and Sun Hwa Choi, founders of Sun Hee’s Farm and Kitchen. Each will have a 19th C counterpart that will be recognized in celebrating Troy’s Entrepreneurial Spirit, Then and Now.

Reservations may be made by calling 518-328-0090. The $65.pp admission may be paid on arrival by cash, check or CC.

Defensive Driving Class at Gilead Lutheran Church, Brunswick on October 5

Gilead Lutheran Church will host a 6 hour defensive driving class on Saturday, October 5, from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM. This is a NYS DMV approved class that will offer a 10% reduction off your auto insurance and up to 4 points off your NYS driver’s license! Exciting and interactive PowerPoint presentation and never a test to pass the course!

Cost of this class is just $30 per person and must be paid at the door. Doors open at 8:30 AM. Lunch items will be available for sale for an additional cost.

Gilead church is located at 308 Brick Church Road (Route 278), Troy, New York 12180. We are handicapped accessible and have loads of free close parking. SPACES ARE LIMITED and will sell out fast -again- at this price!! To reserve your seat please call John at 518-279-9552. Please drive safely!

ALL proceeds from this class will be donated to the church.

Annual Gala for Unity House Domestic Violence Program Scheduled

“All that Glitters” is the theme of this year’s Annual Gala sponsored by The Family and Friends of Liza Ellen Warner Association, Inc.  This well-attended event is held in the fall of each year to bring attention to the sad reality of domestic violence but also to honor those who have so courageously overcome the challenges of such violence.  The event this year is being held in honor of Liza, Nikki, Amber, Jamie, and Vanessa, each of whom was murdered by a domestic partner.  The date is Saturday, October 19th, 2019.  This year’s event will have a new venue: The Franklin Terrace, 126 Campbell Avenue, Troy.  All begins at 6:00pm that evening: a reception and silent auction of very unique and creative items will be held during the course of the evening.  The Mistress of Ceremonies is Trishna Begam.  Following a sit-down dinner our guest speakers will offer their comments and this year’s Purple Ribbon Award for Courage will be presented.  The evening will conclude with music by Wylder and our program will be especially honored with a guest appearance of Madison Vandenburg the recent third place winner of American Idol.  A photo booth will be available for taking “glittery pictures” of our guests!   For tickets and further information, contact Martha Lasher-Warner at (518) 928-8346.  A pleasant yet informative evening is assured for all who attend and support this worthy cause.

Ultimate Shopping Trip Fundraiser for Hope 7 Community Center’s Food Pantry in Troy.

The 2019 Ultimate Shopping Trip to Pennsylvania departs from Dick’s Sporting Goods, Latham Farms, on Friday, November 1st and returns, Sunday, November 3rd.

Shopping includes American Candle, Kitchen Kettle, Bird-in-Hand Farmers Market, The Shops at Rockvale, Philadelphia Premium Outlets and optional trips to Tanger Outlets & Kozier’s Christmas Village. Accommodations are provided by Comfort Inn Lancaster – Rockvale Outlet, complimentary breakfast Is included with your stay.

Cost per person (based on room occupancy) – Double: $225/person, Triple: $185/person, or Quad $165/person. The fee includes bus, hotel, and driver’s tip. Limited spaces available.

For more information or to reserve your space, please contact Michelle at 518-590-6781 or

Caves and Caverns of New York State

Join us Wednesday, November 6th, at 6:00 pm at the Troy Public Library when Bill Cotrofeld will speak about the caves of New York State, how they were formed, early explorers and caving equipment and safety, along with a video presentation.

Bill and two high school friends in Albany, NY became interested in cave exploring (commonly known as “spelunking”), after finding a book in the Albany Public Library titled “Underground Empire” by Clay Perry of Pittsfield, Mass. Using the cave information in the book they then turned to the New York State Museum Geology Bulletins for the areas mentioned to try and locate the caves themselves. They found two early NYSM publications that had entire chapters written on the caves in several areas of New York State. Together with USGS topographic maps and the NYS Museum information they were able to locate virtually all of the now famous caves in New York State. Next was a trip to the Army- Navy Store to purchase helmets, carbide lamps, boots, etc. For the next four years Bill and his buddies spent just about every free weekend exploring the caves in the Helderberg Mountains and Schoharie Valley.

In 1956 Bill joined the National Speleological Society (NSS), an International organization composed of people interested in the study of caves (speleology) and exploring caves. Bill received his Life Membership in the NSS at his 50-Year milestone , and is now approaching his 65-Year Membership.

This program is free and open to the public. The Library is located at 100 2nd Street, Troy NY 12180.

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