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Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon Receives Grant to Fund Artist’s Residency at Historic Shaker Site

Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon received a grant in the amount of $47,671 from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) to support an artist’s residency, exhibition, and arts programming for community members this summer at its historic Shaker site in New Lebanon, NY. The funding was made available through the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) Initiatives. New York City based Japanese American artist Amie Cunat will be in residence at Mount Lebanon in May and June. During that time, she will continue her work exploring and interpreting Shaker material culture; curate a group exhibition of artists whose work engages with Shaker values and craftsmanship; and create a site-specific installation. In addition, she will organize community-oriented workshops that invite participants to work with contemporary artists, investigate Shaker history, and explore the Shaker landscape. Cunat holds an MFA from Cornell University, a Post-Baccalaureate in Painting and Drawing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and her BA in Visual Art and Art History from Fordham University.

This is the third year in a row that the Shaker Museum has received funding from NYSCA through the REDC Initiatives. “We’re so grateful for this continued support from New York State,” said Lacy Schutz, the Museum’s Executive Director. “It recognizes the value and positive impact of the arts in local communities, and the importance of the work the Shaker Museum is doing.” Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon stewards the historic site in New Lebanon, New York, which is open year-round for hiking and self-guided tours, and offers tours, exhibitions, and public programs seasonally.


Rensselaer Co. attends National Youth Summit on Agri-Science

Rensselaer County 4-H outside of Congressman Delgado’s Office. From left to right: Jaclyn Hoag (Hoosick Falls), James Czub (Schaghticoke), Merrill Wrenn (Poestenkill), Ally Hoag (Hoosick Falls), Shane Thrasher (Troy), Jim Czub (Schaghticoke).

In order to continue to fuel the discovery of new solutions and solve big challenges in human health, agriculture, and food, it will be critical to cultivate the next generation of leaders in science. Merrill Wren, James Czub, Shane Thrasher, and Ally Hoag accompanied by chaperones Jim Czub and Jaclyn Hoag, had the opportunity to attend the 2019 National Agri-Science Youth Summit in Chevy Chase M.D. January 10th-13th. The four-day summit held at the National 4-H Conference Center, welcomed over 200 high schoolers and adults from 27 states to immerse them in an agenda focused on a variety of agri-science topics relevant to today’s agriculture. The attendees could pick from 27 different workshops on topics such as: Kids Teaching Kids, Precision Farming, Dairy Science, Bioenergy, the Science of GMO, and so much more. Each session at the summit was led by an industry leader.

The 2019 National Youth Summit on Agri-Science was sponsored by Bayer and Science Matters. Both are organizations committed to creating the innovators in science and agriculture by providing hands-on experience and tools to youth worldwide. Those who represented Rensselaer County had a great time expanding their knowledge on different topics and careers in agriculture, exploring Washington D.C, and creating ideas on how to increase the support of local farms in the Capital District.


East Side Seniors

Our next meeting will be February 12th at 1:00 at the American Post, Main St., in Wynantskill. Team 4 will be our hosts/hostess for lunch. Our new co-secretaries are Lynn Gould and Phyllis Mescia; we are glad you both stepped up to the plate. Thanks to our current officers, Barbara Bonesteel, President;

Joan Chapman, Vice President; Carolee Jasiewicz, Treasurer.  GREAT TEAM!!!!

Beginning in JUNE of this year, we will be meeting only ONCE A MONTH—THE SECOND TUESDAY of the month. This will be for JUNE, JULY, AND AUGUST. Reminder: Dues are/were JANUARY 31. New members welcome.


Town of East Greenbush Supervisor’s Report

Residents can now find a link on the Town website to my Annual Report to the Residents for 2018. Copies of my 2016 and 2017 annual reports are available as well at 2018 was a highly productive year for the Town. We shed the stigma of junk bond status with a robust Aa3 investment grade credit rating from Moody’s Investor Services. This immediately bore fruit as we were able to refinance a high interest service agreement on the open market and get an interest rate that will save taxpayers $3 million over a 30-year term. In 2018 we switched Hampton Manor over to Troy water and consolidated our two water districts into a single Consolidated General Water District to eliminate administrative duplication and save money. We conducted a Town-wide reassessment of real property and achieved an equalization rate of 100%. This means that the tax burden is being shared equitably. While many assessments went up, the net result of the increase in total assessable value was a reduction in the tax rate, 6.4% for Town taxes and 2.1% for Highway taxes. In 2018 we finished the upgrades to the Wastewater Treatment Plant, bringing the final phase in $800,000 under budget. These savings will be used to reduce the debt service owed on the Treatment Plant in 2019 and 2020. We built the Red Barn in the Park, an exciting addition to the major renovations in the Town Park and retained a consulting firm to help us update the Town’s Comprehensive Plan, Zoning Map and GEIS document. In 2018, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals continued to expand in Town with the completion of a 212,000 sf warehouse on Tempel Lane. They have begun work on a 346,000 sf manufacturing facility. When complete, the Tempel Lane Campus will add up to 1,500 jobs to the local work force. These and other accomplishments, including department highlights, can be found in the Annual Report. Thanks to the Town Board for doing the work that made this possible and for their continuing dedication to serving the public interest. ~Jack Conway, Supervisor, Town of East Greenbush (518) 477-4775


Thank You to Our Community Partners

Nopiates Committee appreciates the support of our local community partners. These dedicated community organizations and business generously donated services and goods for our silent and live auction. We appreciate the support of Sand Lake Kiwanis, Burden Lake Country Club, Mess Hall, Temple of Beauty, Salem United Methodist Church, Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Paolo Lombardi Ristorante, Country Cottage Crafts, Poestenkill Woodworks, Habana Cigar Shoppe and Burden Lake Market and the LaMontagna family. We would like to give a shout out to the Lost Art Band and Brian Sheldon our auctioneer! With the entertainment they provided, we certainly had fun for a cause and chased away the winter blues.

The funds earned will be used to provide safe and sober recreational activities for youth in our community.

We Thank All who donated and participated in the event!


Nassau Lake Association Meeting

Please join us Thursday, February 7, at the VFW on Lyons Lake Road for our winter meeting starting at 7 p.m.  We will be discussing the 2019 season and how we can keep moving forward making Nassau Lake a valuable part of the community.  As always, we are looking for new members, volunteers and fresh ideas.  Also, 2019 dues are due and can be paid up until our May meeting to stay in good standing.



Blood drive in honor of five-year-old Charlie Fernandez

ALBANY, NY — Just about everyone at Maplewood School knows five-year-old Charlie Fernandez. They’ll tell you she is a caring child who greeted every child and parent who came to her school. Like many girls her age, she loves her family, playing with her friends, and watching movies.  She also loves My Little Pony and she enjoys playing soccer.

Last September, Charlie was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare form of cancer that almost always affects children. It is usually diagnosed in children five years old or younger.

Since the diagnosis about four months ago, Charlie has undergone surgeries and rounds of chemotherapy. She’s needed 15 or more blood transfusions to stay strong.  Doctors expect she will need more blood transfusions in the future.

To help patients like Charlie who need blood products, the Fernandez family is holding a blood drive in her honor.

Donate Blood in Honor of Charlie Fernandez

Thursday, January 31, 1:00 – 6 p.m.; Kids Express Achievements Gym, 32 Cohoes Road, Watervliet.

Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are encouraged. To make an appointment to donate, visit or call 1-800-REDCROSS. Use sponsor code CHARLIE.

This blood drive will help the blood supply recover from a  donation shortfall over the winter holidays that  prompted the Red Cross to issue an emergency call for blood donors to give now. Donors of all blood types, especially type O blood donors, are needed to prevent a blood shortage from continuing throughout winter and affecting patient care.


Siena College President’s List

Fall 2018

LOUDONVILLE, NY — Siena College has named the following area students to the President’s List for the Fall 2018 semester. The President’s List requires a 3.9 grade point average or higher.

Ashley Aupperle of East Greenbush, NY (12061)
Megan Bouyea of East Greenbush, NY (12061)
Priscilla Capuano of Castleton On Hudson, NY (12033)
Madeline Carroll of Troy, NY (12180)
Olivia Casale of Wynantskill, NY (12198)
Nora Collins of Troy, NY (12180)
Ethan DiMura of Wynantskill, NY (12198)
Joseph Donahue of Rensselaer, NY (12144)
Daniel Fudge of Rensselaer, NY (12144)
Mohamed Gardner of Troy, NY (12180)
Justin Gecewicz of West Sand Lake, NY (12196)
Brian Gregoire of Troy, NY (12180)
Sydney Grugan of Cropseyville, NY (12052)
Marissa Hochberg of East Greenbush, NY (12061)
Rosella Hren of Johnsonville, NY (12094)
Tyler Keegan of Mechanicville, NY (12118)
Megan Kenney of Castleton On Hudson, NY (12033)
Jake Kinney of Hoosick Falls, NY (12090)
Nora Kipp of Hoosick Falls, NY (12090)
Connor Krenzer of Rensselaer, NY (12144)
Eric LaPointe of Wynantskill, NY (12198)
Stacy Lauver of Johnsonville, NY (12094)
Sarah Midani of West Sand Lake, NY (12196)
Caitlin Muir of Rensselaer, NY (12144)
Bridey Nolan of Eagle Bridge, NY (12057)
Charles Premo of Troy, NY (12182)
Nerissa Sesonske of East Greenbush, NY (12061)
Andrew Stack of Troy, NY (12180)
Lauren Wood of Sand Lake, NY (12153)

Founded in 1937, Siena College is a private, Catholic Franciscan, residential, liberal arts college with a student body of about 3,000.


Siena College Dean’s List, Fall 2018

LOUDONVILLE, NY — Siena College has named the following area students to the Dean’s List for the Fall 2018 semester. To be named to the Dean’s List, a student’s grade point average for the semester must be between 3.5 and 3.89.

Anthony Barbera of Troy, NY (12180)
Isabella Barone of Troy, NY (12180)
Matthew Beditz of East Greenbush, NY (12061)
Margaret Berger of Rensselaer, NY (12144)
Mark Bodner of East Greenbush, NY (12061)
Laura Bornt of Troy, NY (12180)
William Bornt of West Sand Lake, NY (12196)
Michael Bove of Mechanicville, NY (12118)
McKenzie Bradley of Hoosick Falls, NY (12090)
Melissa Breen of Rensselaer, NY (12144)
Jason Chicoine of Rensselaer, NY (12144)
Alyssa Ciccarelli of Rensselaer, NY (12144)
Gabrielle D’Alessandro of Rensselaer, NY (12144)
Dante D’Ambro of Mechanicville, NY (12118)
Zachary DeCerce of Mechanicville, NY (12118)
Alison Donovan of Cropseyville, NY (12052)
Madeline Duncan of Troy, NY (12180)
Jordan Dunn of Mechanicville, NY (12118)
Stephanie Fattorusso of Buskirk, NY (12028)
Katelin Gagnon of Averill Park, NY (12018)
Sydney Geddes of Wynantskill, NY (12198)
Shelby Gipp of Rensselaer, NY (12144)
Lauryn Grugan of Rensselaer, NY (12144)
Nathan Holt of Melrose, NY (12121)
Sean Jones of Mechanicville, NY (12118)
Dayna Joyce of Mechanicville, NY (12118)
Brittany Kane of Wynantskill, NY (12198)
Nadia Kasianczuk of Rensselaer, NY (12144)
Sarah Kennelly of Melrose, NY (12121)
Kristyn Kreutziger of East Nassau, NY (12062)
Jacob Leverone of Castleton On Hudson, NY (12033)
Manny Lo of Troy, NY (12180)
Lauren Lockrow of Troy, NY (12180)
Daniel Loomis of Wynantskill, NY (12198)
Haillie Luft of Castleton, NY (12033)
Rachael Mahar of East Greenbush, NY (12061)
Davina Mayo Dunham of Troy, NY (12180)
Thomas Miller of Castleton On Hudson, NY (12033)
Gregory Monroe of Mechanicville, NY (12118)
Sophia Morrell of Averill Park, NY (12018)
Victoria Morrissey of Troy, NY (12182)
Natalie Obermayer of East Greenbush, NY (12061)
Jacob Perry of Averill Park, NY (12018)
Alex Perry of Nassau, NY (12123)
Allison Perry of Eagle Bridge, NY (12057)
Anna Pulver of Castleton On Hudson, NY (12033)
Allyson Quinn of Troy, NY (12180)
Serena Rizzo of Petersburg, NY (12138)
Jennifer Sargood of Hoosick Falls, NY (12090)
Kurt Schoenig of East Greenbush, NY (12061)
Kirsten Spero of Mechanicville, NY (12118)
Samantha St. Germain of Averill Park, NY (12018)
Kirstyn Suchoski of Nassau, NY (12123)
Jason Tompkins of Rensselaer, NY (12144)
Gene VanValkenburgh of Sand Lake, NY (12153)
Melina Vasil of Troy, NY (12182)
Ryan Wood of Sand Lake, NY (12153)

Founded in 1937, Siena College is a private, Catholic Franciscan, residential, liberal arts college with a student body of about 3,000.


Justin Geary of Mechanicville named to Dean’s List for the Fall 2018 Semester

WILKES-BARRE, PA — Justin Geary of Mechanicville, N.Y. (12118) was named to the Dean’s List at Wilkes University for the fall 2018 semester. Geary obtained a minimum 3.5 grade point average and carried at least 12 credits to be named to the Dean’s List.


Demonstrating Academic Excellence, Gabriella Beamish Named to Assumption College Dean’s List


Assumption College has announced that Gabriella Beamish, of Melrose, Class of 2019, is one 493 students named to the College’s Dean’s List for the fall 2018 semester. Students must achieve a grade point average of 3.5 for a five-class, 15-credit semester to be included on the prestigious list, which is announced at the completion of the fall and spring semesters.

“Each semester Assumption College recognizes the hard work and dedication of its students through the Dean’s List,” said Francesco C. Cesareo, Ph.D., president of Assumption College. “Students who have earned this high honor have demonstrated academic excellence and hard work, as well as committed themselves to the formation of their intellectual and academic lives, an important aspect of the College’s mission.”

The Assumption College curriculum enables students to gain a depth and breadth of knowledge that leads to professional success and personal fulfillment.


Christopher Baker Achieves Nichols College Dean’s List Honors

DUDLEY, MASS. — Christopher Baker, a Nichols College student from Petersburg, NY, has achieved Dean’s List for the fall 2018 semester at Nichols College. Approximately 600 Nichols students earned Dean’s List or Dean’s High Honors during the fall 2018 semester.

The Dean’s List recognizes students who achieve high grades during a single semester. In order to be included in the Dean’s List, a student must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.2 for at least 12 credit-hours and receive no grade below a C+ during the semester. A student who earns a grade point average of 3.6 or higher is awarded Dean’s High Honors.



Lewis Named to Central Methodist University Dean’s List

FAYETTE, MO — Central Methodist University student Torres Lewis, a nursing major from Rensselaer, N.Y., has been named to the CMU Dean’s List for the fall 2018 semester.

This outstanding academic achievement is awarded only to students who maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.50 or above for the semester, among other criteria, according to CMU Provost and Dean of the University Dr. Rita Gulstad.

Out of CMU’s nearly 5,000 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) and College of Graduate and Extended Studies (CGES) students, 984 were named to the fall semester Dean’s List.

These students study at CMU’s main campus in Fayette, at CMU’s extended sites, or through CMU’s online programs.

Lewis studies online.


News from Averill Park CSD

Author Eric Luper visited the Poestenkill, West Sand Lake and Miller Hill-Sand Lake Elementary Schools and spoke about his journey going from struggling reader to published author. Mr. Luper has written more than 20 books. He signed copies of his books and answered questions from students. The presentation was funded by the Averill Park Education Foundation. Members of the band and chorus at Algonquin Middle School participated in the Rensselaer County School Music Association All-County Festival, joining other musicians from neighboring school districts. Students put on a fantastic concert! Students at West Sand Lake Elementary participated in the annual spelling bee and Bear Cumming came out on top after 17 rounds. Bear was followed by Theo Hart in second place. Great job by everyone who participated!

As always, for the latest news from the District, please visit our website – You can also follow AP on Facebook and Twitter.

~Submitted by Dr. James Franchini, Averill Park CSD Superintendent


Worcester Polytechnic Institute Announces Fall 2018 Dean’s List

WORCESTER, MA– The following local residents were among 1,595 students from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) named to the university’s Dean’s List for academic excellence for the fall 2018 semester.
Payton Bielawski of Averill Park, N.Y., is a member of the class of 2021 majoring in architectural engineering.
Noah Roberts of Castleton on Hudson, N.Y., is a member of the class of 2021 majoring in mechanical engineering, and electrical and computer science.
Hunter Kortz of East Greenbush, N.Y., is a member of the class of 2020 majoring in chemical engineering.
Katelyn Wheeler of Mechanicville, N.Y., is a member of the class of 2022 majoring in robotics engineering and mechanical engineering.
Alexandra Wheeler of Mechanicville, N.Y., is a member of the class of 2019 majoring in robotics engineering and computer science.
Alyssa Paul of Schaghticoke, N.Y., is a member of the class of 2019 majoring in biomedical engineering.
Emma Fountain of Troy, N.Y., is a member of the class of 2022 majoring in biomedical engineering.
Ethan Washock of Troy, N.Y., is a member of the class of 2022 majoring in mathematical sciences.
Nicholas Lewis of Troy, N.Y., is a member of the class of 2019 majoring in management.
Caraline Wood of Wynantskill, N.Y., is a member of the class of 2019 majoring in mechanical engineering.

The criteria for the WPI Dean’s List differs from most other universities as WPI does not compute a grade point average (GPA). Instead, WPI defines the Dean’s List by the amount of work completed at the A level in courses and projects.


East Greenbush CSD Adding School Resource Officer at Goff Middle School

East Greenbush Central School District and the Town of East Greenbush have agreed to terms on adding a school resource officer at Howard L. Goff Middle School. The agreement will provide an armed retired police officer from the East Greenbush Police Department at Goff Middle School during school hours.

“The arrangement we have made through our partnership with the East Greenbush Town Board to restore the School Resource Officer Program to Goff Middle School will further enhance the district safety program for students and staff,” said Superintendent Jeff Simons. “School resource officers contribute to a positive, healthy and safe learning climate for our children. We look forward to working with the Town of East Greenbush and Police Chief Chris Lavin to place qualified school resource officers in the school this year.”

Columbia High School has had a School Resource Officer from the East Greenbush Police Department in a similar role for years.

Like Officer Jay Martyn at Columbia, the new School Resource Officer at Goff will be available to other schools throughout the district.

The new position was included in the school district’s 2018-19 budget that was approved by voters in May. Visit for more information.

~Mark Adam

Public Information Specialist

East Greenbush Central School District


East Greenbush CSD Receives Positive Fiscal Stress Score for 6th Straight Year

For the sixth straight year, East Greenbush Central School District received a “no designation” fiscal stress score from the New York State Comptroller’s Office, indicating a low level of fiscal stress.

The report is part of the State Comptroller’s Fiscal Stress Monitoring System which was established in 2013 as an early warning of fiscal stress in school districts and local governments. It also provides feedback to local leaders, state officials and taxpayers about these fiscal stress conditions to help them prioritize the needs of their community and make decisions.

Visit for more information.

~Mark Adam

Public Information Specialist

East Greenbush Central School District


Carolyn Corcoran Named on 2018 Empire 8 Fall President’s List

ELMIRA, NY– Carolyn Corcoran, of Mechanicville, NY, was among 61 Elmira College Soaring Eagles on the Empire 8 Conference’s semi-annual President’s List, which recognizes student-athletes who earned a grade-point average of 3.75 or higher during the fall term.

Eligible student-athletes must be enrolled full-time at a conference institution, participate on a varsity team, and display positive conduct on and off campus. In total, the Empire 8’s nine full-time members and 10 affiliates saw 817 student-athletes thrive in the classroom and receive President’s List accolades during the fall.

“Our student-athletes continue to succeed at remarkable levels in the classroom, and I couldn’t be more proud of their accomplishments,” E8 Commissioner Chuck Mitrano said. “Our membership’s commitment to academic success is unparalleled, and these numbers prove that once again.”


Judge McGrath hands down decision on Amazon sales distribution center project in Schodack


“The Town of Schodack was pleased to receive Judge McGrath’s recent Decision dismissing the lawsuit brought to challenge the Planning Board’s approval of the Amazon sales distribution center project.” “For too long, Schodack and area residents have had to leave town to find employment. Projects like Amazon will help residents find work here, keep families together, and grow our tax base at a time when such growth is needed.” “The Planning Board’s approval of the Amazon project followed an extensive review process undertaken by the Planning Board’s members with the assistance of the Town’s Director of Planning and other planning staff, the Town’s reviewing engineer, the Town’s attorneys, and many others. A significant amount of time, energy, and resources was expended to ensure that the Planning Board’s review of the project was both thorough and in full compliance with all legal requirements, and the Court’s Decision validates those efforts. The Town now looks forward to completing the project and bringing Amazon to Rensselaer County.”

Submitted by:

Dawne M. Kelly

Assistant to Supervisor Harris


Troy Senior Center Upcoming Events…

19 Third Street Troy, New York 12180; LaVena Futia, Director 518-270-5348

  • GYM: Come join our Gym! Stay active, build strength! Open Monday-Friday 8:30-2:45. Free to all seniors 60+ • HAIRCUTS: First Monday of every month @10:00 a.m. Please call 518-270- 5348 to reserve • BILLIARDS: Come shoot pool in our pool room Monday-Friday from 8:30-3:00 looking for members to play in Pool Tournaments every Monday @10:30. • CRAFTS: Every Tuesday @10:30 February Making Spring wreaths.
  • LEARN COMPUTER/SMARTPHONE SKILLS: Mondays 2/4, 2/11, 2/25 from 10:45-11:45. Come in and learn basic computer/smart phone skills. • DART LEAGUE: Starting up on February 1st! Join us on Fridays @10:30. • BIRTHDAY PARTY: Thursday, February 7th, celebrating January, February and March Birthdays. Sponsored by United Health Care.
  • SPA DAY: Come with us Friday, February 8th to get your Manicure, Haircut, Waxing, Wash/Blow Dry for $1:00 ea. Perms and Colors are $10.00 ea. Call to reserve your spot with us. • PAINT AND SIP: Tuesday, February 12th @12:45 (Finish Project on Feb. 19th @12:45.) • SPECIAL DINNER: Thursday, February 14th “Valentine’s Day” Entertainment by Gary Brooks. • CENTER CLOSED: Monday, February 18th President’s Day. • SPECIAL BINGO: Special Prizes in addition to the regular cash prizes. Wednesday, February 20th, sponsored by Empire Blue Cross. • WHEEL OF FORTUNE: Come Spin the Big Wheel! Join us on Wednesday, February 27th @11:00 a.m. to play. Prizes! Refreshments! Sponsored by United Health Care! Please Call With Any Questions! We look forward to you joining us! *Please visit our Boutique. It’s open Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 10-2p.m. Next to new clothing for men and women, jewelry and household items. We also accept donations of gently used items.


Town of East Greenbush Community and Recreation News

  • The Town’s Park Facility Rentals for 2019 are now open. To reserve the Upper Pavilion or the Red Barn at the Town Park, or the Onderdonk Park Pavilion, please call 518-477-4194. Available dates can be found on our website
  • Session 2 of Senior Chair Yoga will begin on March 6th at 11 AM in the Town Hall Community Room.  Space is limited.  If you have not already registered, please call 518-477-4194.
  • After School Bowling Program for Elementary School Students will begin the week of March 4th.  Registration forms will be sent home with students at school.  Space is limited and registrations are on a first- come, first-served basis, so sign up early.
  • Summer Camp information and registrations will be posted and open in February.  Please check our website for all information.
  • Summer Camp runs for six consecutive weeks beginning July 8th and ending August 16th.  Children may register for as many weeks as they would like.
  • Summer Camp employment opportunities and application can also be found on our website.  We are currently seeking a Progressive Swim Instructor.  If you are interested in learning more, please contact the office at 518-477-4194.
  • Are you a senior looking for some fun during the week?  Join our Mahjong group Tuesdays at 1PM, Dominoes Group Wednesdays at 12PM and our Pinochle group on Thursdays at 11:30 AM.


Students Named to Fall 2018 Provost’s List

ONEONTA, NY — A total of 227 SUNY Oneonta students earned Provost’s List honors for the fall 2018 semester. To qualify for the Provost’s List, a student must earn a perfect 4.0 grade-point average while carrying a course load of 12 hours or more.

Students from our local area who received this distinction are:

Taylor Meyer of Stephentown (12168)

Eliza Stewart of Troy (12180)

Located in the Leatherstocking Region of New York State, SUNY Oneonta is a mid-size, public, liberal arts and sciences college with a pre-professional focus. The college enrolls approximately 6,000 students in a wide variety of bachelor’s degree programs and a number of graduate certificates and degrees.


Local Resident Named to Dean’s List at Keuka College

Keuka Park, NY—Joshua Kenna, son of Mary & John Kenna and resident of Rensselaer, NY, has been named to the fall 2018 Dean’s List at Keuka College in Keuka Park.

Kenna, a sophomore, is studying Biology w/Biomedical Studies.

A Keuka College student must earn at least a 3.50 grade-point-average for a minimum of 12 semester credit hours to be eligible for the dean’s list. Located in the Finger Lakes region near Penn Yan, Keuka College is a private, co-educational college.


Jessica Liberty Named to Fall 2018 Dean’s List at Cortland

Jessica Liberty, daughter of Trish Liberty & Jeff Liberty of Averill Park, NY, has been named to the Dean’s List for the Fall 2018 semester at the State University of New York College at Cortland. Liberty is majoring in Childhood & Early Childhood Education and is in the honors Program. Jessica is a 2018 graduate of Averill Park High School.


Buffalo State College Announces Fall 2018 Dean’s List

Buffalo State College is pleased to recognize the following students who have been named to the Fall 2018 Dean’s List. To qualify, students must earn a GPA of 3.5 or higher and complete a minimum of 12 credit hours.

Delilah Abraham of Rensselaer, NY, has been named to the Fall 2018 Dean’s List at Buffalo State College. Abraham is majoring in History.

Leshawn Outing-Howard of Troy, NY, has been named to the Fall 2018 Dean’s List at Buffalo State College. Outing-Howard is majoring in Psychology.

Buffalo State is a State University of New York (SUNY) college located in Buffalo, New York. The college offers 79  undergraduate majors as well as many minors and certificate programs. Every year, thousands of students benefit from Buffalo State’s community engagement, hands-on learning opportunities, and affordable SUNY tuition. Buffalo State also offers more than 60 graduate programs.


Area students graduate from SUNY Oswego in fall 2018

Several area SUNY Oswego students completed their baccalaureate studies in fall 2018. Commencement, with faculty in full academic regalia, took place in December.

A student who graduates with honors is indicated by the traditional Latin phrases summa cum laude, with highest honor (grade averages of 3.8 to 4.0); magna cum laude, with great honor (grade averages of 3.6 to 3.79); and cum laude, with honor (grade averages of 3.30 to 3.59).

Samuel R. Holden of North Nassau Road in Averill Park completed a bachelor of science degree, magna cum laude, in business administration

Benjamin M. Mulson of Clement Drive in Poestenkill completed a bachelor of science degree in business administration

Colleen E. Waters of Main Street in Poestenkill completed a bachelor of science degree in technology education

Eric Byerwalters of Brook Street in Rensselaer completed a bachelor of arts degree in psychology

Jessica Dicesare of Hillview Avenue in Rensselaer completed a bachelor of arts degree in English

Christopher R. Wells of Alpine Street in Rensselaer completed a bachelor of arts degree, summa cum laude, in computer science.


Ithaca College Congratulates December 2018 Graduates

Ithaca College congratulates all December 2018 graduates.

From the local area they include:

Zoe Vadney of Troy (12180) graduated Cum Laude with a BS in Public and Community Health.

Madeline Ryan of Hoosick Falls (12090) graduated with a BS in Integrated Marketing Communications.



University of New Hampshire’s Dean’s List for Fall 2018 Semester

DURHAM, NH — The following students have been named to the Dean’s List at the University of New Hampshire for the fall 2018 semester.

Stephanie Baldwin of East Greenbush, NY with Highest Honors

Haley D’Angelo of East Greenbush, NY with Highest Honors

Nina Smith of East Schodack, NY with Highest Honors

Riley Barton-Schwartz of Nassau, NY with High Honors

Rhianna Martin of Rensselaer, NY with Honors


Dean’s List at the University of Delaware

NEWARK, DE — Students from the local area have been named to the University of Delaware Dean’s List for the Fall 2018 semester:

Grace Oliver of Mechanicville (12118)

Emily Lewis of Mechanicville (12118)

Evan Kimble of Wynantskill (12198)

To meet eligibility requirements for the Dean’s List, a student must be enrolled full-time and earn a GPA of 3.33 or above (on a 4.0 scale) for the semester.


Lasell College Students Named to Dean’s List

NEWTON, MA — Students at Lasell College were named to the Dean’s List for their strong academic performance in the fall 2018 semester.

Rebecca Gifford of Schaghticoke (12154)

Sydney Eggsware of Hoosick Falls (12090)

To be named to the Dean’s List, they needed to complete at least 12 credits as a full-time student and achieve a semester GPA of 3.5 or higher.


Razzano named to Fall 2018 Dean’s List at Lasell College

Brianna Razzano, an Early Childhood Education major at Lasell College, was named to the fall 2018 Dean’s List.

Razzano, an Averill Park native, is a member of the Lasell College class of 2021. To be named to the Dean’s List, students need to complete at least 12 credits as a full-time student and achieve a semester GPA of 3.5 or higher.


Serafina French Named to Cazenovia College Dean’s List

Serafina French of Wynantskill, NY was named to the Cazenovia College Dean’s List for the Fall 2018 semester.

Those named to the Dean’s List have achieved a 3.5 or better grade point average.


Sarah Meisel of Mechanicville Named to Dean’s Honor List

CEDARVILLE, OH — Cedarville University student Sarah Meisel of Mechanicville, NY, majoring in Visual Communication Design, was named to the Dean’s Honor List for Fall 2018.

This recognition required Meisel to maintain a 3.75 GPA and carry a minimum of 12 credit hours.


Jenna Faccone Inducted into TriBeta National Honor Soc.

ELMIRA, NY — The Elmira College Eta Sigma Chapter of Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society held student inductions on Saturday, January 26.

Jenna Faccone, of Mechanicville, NY, was one of ten new inductees meeting the membership requirements.

Beta Beta Beta (TriBeta) has three major objectives: to promote scholarship in the biological sciences; to promote the dissemination of biological knowledge; and to encourage research.

There are two symbols of the honor society, the key and coat of arms. The key represents wisdom as well as life on and in the ground, in the air, and in the water, while the coat of arms represents known and unknown scientific truths. The Society’s motto is Blay’-pay-een Bah’-seen Bee’oo, meaning “to see the foundation of life.”

Beta Beta Beta was founded in 1922 by Dr. Frank G. Brooks, and the Elmira College Eta Sigma Chapter was founded in 1960.


Students Named to Champlain College Dean’s List for Fall 2018 Semester

BURLINGTON, VT — The following students have been named to the Champlain College Dean’s List for achieving a grade point average of 3.5 or higher in the Fall 2018 semester.

Ryan Heniges of Rensselaer, NY // Majoring in Computer Networking & Cybersecurity

John McCorkle of Troy, NY // Majoring in Game Design.


Ithaca College Students Named to Fall 2018 Dean’s List

Ithaca College congratulates students named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2018 semester. The following local students were named to the Dean’s List:

Public and Community Health major Zoe Vadney of Troy

Integrated Marketing Communications major Victoria King of West Sand Lake

Biology major Katherine Hutton of West Sand Lake

Writing major Ryan Condo of Hoosick Falls

Integrated Marketing Communications major Renyck Hoffman of Castleton on Hudson

Writing for Film, Television, and Emerging Media major Samantha Marks of Wynantskill

Music Education major Stephen Ryan of Averill Park

Clinical Health Studies major Shannon Seeberger of Averill Park

Clinical Health Studies major Christina Bucci of Averill Park

Clinical Health Studies major Cassandra Crucetti of Hoosick Falls

Business Administration major Matthew Wimmer of East Greenbush

Culture and Communication major Kristen Schaefer of West Sand Lake


One-two punch of winter storms, canceled blood drives straining blood supply

The American Red Cross is reissuing its emergency call for blood and platelet donors to give now after multiple snow storms, frigid temperatures and the government shutdown have further reduced lifesaving donations. In January, more than 4,600 Red Cross blood and platelet donations went uncollected as blood drives were forced to cancel due to severe winter weather blanketing parts of the U.S. Donors in areas affected by winter weather are asked to make an appointment now to give once it is safe to travel. The federal government shutdown also affected donations as more than 4 percent of Red Cross blood collections come from drives sponsored by military and local, state and federal government agencies. “Disruptions to blood and platelet donations jeopardize the availability of blood for patients who depend on transfusions for survival,” said Cliff Numark, senior vice president, Red Cross Biomedical Services. “We’re grateful for all those who have come out to give since we issued our emergency call earlier this month and now urge others to come out and give to prevent delays in essential medical care.” Right now, Red Cross blood donations are being distributed to hospitals faster than they are coming in, and there is less than a three-day supply of most blood types on hand. The Red Cross strives to maintain a five-day supply of blood to meet the needs of patients and to be prepared for emergencies that require significant volumes of donated blood products. All eligible donors, especially platelet donors and blood donors with type O blood, are urgently needed to help restock the shelves for hospital patients. Donation appointments can be easily scheduled by using the free Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800- RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities through Feb. 28.


Averill Park

2/21/2019: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Averill Park Church of the Covenant, 3055 Route 43 Castleton on Hudson 2/16/2019: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Castleton Library, 85 Main Street

East Greenbush

2/19/2019: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Hampton Inn- East Greenbush, 25 Hampton Inn Drive, East Schodack 2/19/2019: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Schodack Town Hall, 265 Schuurman Road


2/13/2019: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., RPI Mueller Center, 15th Street

2/25/2019: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Troy Masonic Temple, 39 Brunswick Road

2/28/2019: 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Tamarac High School Key Club, 3992 Route 2 2019-APL-00125

2/28/2019: 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., LaSalle Institute, 174 Williams Road, Wynantskill.


Book Nook News

The Book Nook at Transfiguration Parish on Hillview Drive in Speigletown is open Saturday, February 16, from 9:00 am until noon.  We have had a lot of new donations and can’t wait to share them with you!  The February half-priced specials are on David Baldacci, Mary Higgins Clark, Michael Connelly and Fern Michaels.  These are all great authors to help pass away this snowy season!  Children and young adult books are 10/$1 this month and all history and biographies are 6/$1.  Religious, self-help and cookbooks are 3/$1.  Please stop by and check out our new additions.  See you at the Book Nook!


Indoor Garage Sale Donations Needed

Maple Hill Music Parents Association is looking for donations for their Indoor Garage Sale to be held Saturday, March 23, 2019.  We need gently used items, but cannot accept personal care items, clothing, magazines, televisions, computers, or stuffed animals.

Drop off items at Schodack Central School Administration Building (Old Maple Hill Middle School) on Saturday, Feb 9th, 9-11 AM.


Watervliet Seniors Activities

Wednesday, Feb. 13-9 am, Cooking Class to make a special Valentines Lunch Treat- Call the center at 518-273-4422 for more information.

Wednesday, Feb. 13- 12:45- Craft Class- Decorate dessert for the Valentines Lunch. Call the center at 518-273-4422 for more information.

Thursday, Feb. 14- Valentine’s Day lunch-12 noon, with choral group, the Cannonaires, singing love songs. Call the center at 518-273-4422 for more information.

Tuesday, Feb. 19- Alzheimer’s Association informational presentation-12:30pm. Call the center at 518-273-4422 for more information.

Wednesday, Feb. 20-Membership Meeting and Dinner- 3:30 mtg, 4pm dinner- open to anyone! Call the center at 518-273-4422 for more information.

Monday, Mar. 4 & 5-Defensive Driving, 9-12.  $20 for AARP or center members, $25 all else. Call the center at 518-273-4422 for more information.


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