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Community 02.07.19

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.


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


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.



Local students named to Mount Dean’s List

The following students were recently honored by Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, N.Y. for making the Fall 2018 Dean’s List.

In total, more than 450 Mount students earned a place on the list this semester.

From the local area:

Jillian Picarillo, Troy, NY.

The Dean’s List distinction is awarded each semester to students who have carried at least 12 graded credits with a minimum semester GPA of 3.5. For more information, visit


Grace Marrochello of Wynantskill Named to UA Dean’s List

TUSCALOOSA, AL — Grace Mai Marrochello of Wynantskill, NY (12198), was named to The University of Alabama Dean’s List for fall 2018.

A total of 12,332 students enrolled during the 2018 fall term at UA were named to the Dean’s List with an academic record of 3.5 or above or the President’s List with an academic record of 4.0 (all A’s).

The UA Dean’s and President’s lists recognize full-time undergraduate students. The lists do not apply to graduate students or to undergraduate students who take less than a full course load.


News from Averill Park CSD

Congratulations to Kelsey Wood, who surpassed the 1,000-point mark for her varsity basketball career. Kelsey becomes the third Averill Park girls’ basketball player to achieve the milestone, joining Katie Duma (’10) and Stephanie Jankovic (’18). Way to go Kelsey!

Five Averill Park Robotics Teams competed against 45 other robots, representing 20 different school districts. Team 5111B, consisting of Emily Jordan, Nate Jameson, Alex-Williams Mitchell and Matt Harmer, made it to the quarterfinals and won the Judges Award. Great job by everyone that participated! The Youth and Government Club attended its third regional conference. This is the first year the club has been in existence and students have written their own bills, prepared arguments, and will soon present their bills and debate on the floors of the Senate and Assembly. This is a great new addition to Averill Park, led by Mr. Michaels.

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


East Greenbush CSD Graduation Rate Ranks 2nd in Capital Region

East Greenbush Central School District’s four-year graduation rate remained at 95% in 2018, giving it the second highest graduation rate of all school districts in the Capital Region, according to NYS Education Department data released last week.

“We continue to be proud of the exceptional accomplishments of our students, teachers, administrators and support staff,” said Superintendent Jeff Simons. “The positive vision of our Board of Education and the strong level of community support we receive from our families enables our educators to continue to help our students soar.”

The District continues to outperform the rest of the state by a large margin, which had an 80.4% graduation rate in 2018.

Other bright spots for East Greenbush CSD included an increase in students earning Regents Diplomas with Advanced Designation and students with disabilities had an 87% graduation rate (5 point improvement from previous year).


AMS Students Achieve Perfect Attendance

The following students have had perfect attendance for the first half of the 2018-2019 school year at Algonquin Middle School.

Grade 6: Lindsay Agro, Samantha Alberino, Alexis Ames, Lilyana Andrews, Corey Basle, Tannis Bonesteel, Keirsten Bonner, Sebastian Brown, Madisyn Bulson, Reese Bunney, Arabella Burzesi, Drew Canaday, Cooper Cox, Tyler Cox, Trevor Cross, Theodore Dangler, Isaac Erickson, Danielle Fazioli, Anna Finnerty, Liam Fitch, Declan Flanigan, Tayeshawn Frost, Melody Gallerie, Henry Gaylord, Elizabeth Hansen, Angelina Hayes, Matthew Hoff, Malahkai Hoffman, Morgan Holohan, Hunter Howes, Mikayla Isby, Abigail Juneau, Elijah Kreisher, Lauren Laferriere, Jameson Lott, Alexander Matice, Ava McGuirk, Jill McKinney, Chayce Moak, Talia Moore, Omaji Morris, Emma Padalino, Jayda Palmer, Devan Parker, Riley Pember, Jacob Phelps, Hailey Premo, Gabriel Price, Skylar Quackenbush, Payton Santacroce, Margaret Schwenke, Piper Smith, Eva Sollohub, Kaleigh South, Chava Thiell, Cameron VanSleet and Jeremy Wing. Grade 7: David Allegretta, Jackson Bartlett, Sophia Bendetti, Isabella Bernstein, Paige Bidwell, Rocky Bressette, Christopher Chenette, Kevin Clark, Shannon Colwill, Sarah Crosby, Morgan Cross, Julia Davies, Paula DeAndres, Thomas DeCrescenzo, Connor Dee, Mary DeMerchant, Taytum Dudley, Violet Dupuis, Gianni Elliott, Jack Evans, Brad Fitzgerald, Ryan Fleming, Samuel Fuess, Lila Gazoorian, Samuel Hart, Cavan Hicks, Taylor Holohan, Timothy Koval, Taylor Lake, Lily Madison, Mikayla Malenfant, Brianna Martin, Sophia Meissner, Tessa Milks, Angela Nailor, Merrik Nalewjka, Carolina Nero, Anna Nichols, Reagan O’Brien, Charles Ratigan, Carson Roenfeldt, Megan Rounds, Ethan Ruppe, Kaitlyn Sawyer, Hannah Stewart, Johnathan Wagner, Paige Weidman, Anna Wicks and Gianna Zatorsky.

Grade 8: Elizabeth Aiossa, Abigail Alberino, Aaron Beebe, Alexandra Bendett, Cameran Bennett, Nathan Bergmann, Sydney Bloomfield, Samuel Bonesteel, Gebron Brunson, Mary Bryant, Makenna Carter, Luke Cellucci, Hannah Colwill, Evan Coon, Jacob Crupi, Cole Davidson, Matthew Decker, Bridget Denley, Grace Droney, Gregory Effman, Aiden Fedorowicz, Lucas Ferguson, Peter Floge, Matthew Frost, Matthew Glanton, Curtis Gorman, Alec Hansen, Rory Iwaneczko, Gwendolyn Jamison, Dylan Juneau, Brendan Kasuba, Matthew Kerwin, Hayden Kiehl, Isabella Mancino, Kimberly Mazzacco, Marisa Mazzacco, Payton McCue, Ashlyn McGarry, Tyler Michaels, Ava Mieczkowski, Daniel Milanese, David Mooradian, Evan Moore, Riley O’Brien, Anthony O’Sullivan, Kadi Palmer, Owen Perala, Louis Reale, Faith Rescott, Benjamin Riston, Meghan Rivers, Jake Rizzo, Christian Romer, Annika Silver, Cooper Smith, Nathan Stay, Kara Teal, Wyatt Thorsen, Emily Wallace, Hunter Willett and Kaitlyn Willsie.


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.


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.


February Events at The Rensselaer Senior Center

February 14th – Special Dinner (Open-Faced Turkey Sandwich); Entertainment by Rob Carson. Call today for reservations 518-463-2166.
February 26th – Join the Rensselaer County Rensselaer Senior Center with a dinner and a show featuring Donny Elvis Singing your favorite Elvis Songs “King of Hearts” Elvis Day W/Donny Elvis (Sausage with Noodles and Gravy). Call today for reservations 518-463-2166.

Always looking to receive donations of good and gently used clothing and shoes for our corner boutique; all proceeds benefit senior programs.
Rensselaer Senior Center Community Service Volunteers Needed-

Looking for dedicated seniors to help with our community service program every Thursday after lunch. Making afghans and lap robes for people in nursing homes; stuffed animals for the pediatric departments in hospitals and emergency rooms heart pillows for heart and lung surgery patients. This is a very rewarding program and we need a few more angels to keep this program in place, or if you are homebound and willing to crochet or knit from home to help us out, then please call us if interested.

We are open Monday thru Friday, 9am-3pm, we are located in Rensselaer on East and Herrick streets. Call for further info., 518-463-2166.

We Are Still Signing Up for The Following Trips
*Culinary Institute of America And Vanderbilt Mansion Trip March 7th, 2019*
Rensselaer County Rensselaer Senior Center proudly presents lunch at the Culinary Institute of America. Lunch will be Served in the American Bounty Restaurant; then off to the Vanderbilt Mansion a State Historic Site in Hyde Park, N.Y. Vanderbilt Mansion With its Beaux-Arts architecture and Calvert Vaux Landscape is sure to spark anyone’s imagination. Call 518-463-2166, Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm.

*Everything Elvis Trip June 17th -22nd – Memphis Tennessee/Tupelo Mississippi Elvis Trip*
Join Rensselaer County Rensselaer Senior Center for 6 days and 5 nights of Elvis. Visit the Elvis Pressley Museum, the house where Elvis was born, the boyhood church he attended and Sun Studios where he first recorded. Tour Graceland, Graceland Plaza and so much more; call the center for more info. Don’t miss this once in a lifetime tour. Insurance Available. Call 518-463-2166. Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm.

In 2019 we will be having new shows and trips. We also will continue to offer Tai Chi, Aerobics, Silver Sneakers, Line Dancing, Wood Shop, Community Service Sewing Group, Art Class and a new class coming soon- “Geneology”.

We offer great Meals daily at 12 Noon; we do ask you to call and make a reservation at 518-463-2166. The center is open Monday-Friday from 9am to 3pm; see old friends and meet new ones.


Rensselaer County Legislature present Resolution in honor of Catholic School Week

Pictured L to R: Principal Michael Kosar (Holy Spirit School, East Greenbush), Principal Amanda Goyer (St. Mary’s Academy, Hoosick Falls), Principal Christopher Signor (Catholic Central High School, Troy), Legislator Bobby Burns, Principal Devon Camenga (Sacred Heart School, Troy) and Principal Danielle Cox (St. Jude’s the Apostle, Wynantskill).

On Tuesday, January 8, 2019, at their monthly meeting, the Rensselaer County Legislature passed a resolution in honor of Catholic School Week. Legislator Bobby Burns presented the resolution to several Catholic School principals while attending a ceremony at Catholic Central High School on Friday, February 1, 2019.

This year’s theme: “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.”


Tracey Rex Reports to The People of Schodack

I believe staying in touch with constituents is an important part of serving in elective office. This monthly report is an example of my commitment to keeping residents informed of the activities of the Schodack Town Board. All meetings of the Town Board can be viewed live or at a later date for your convenience at towns/schodack.

At our annual organization meeting held on January 10, the Town Board approved several staff appointments to key leadership positions in town government. I congratulate all of the appointees and thank them for their dedication to the important mission of public service. The Town Board also adopted its 2019 meeting schedule. Meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at Town Hall. I encourage residents to attend these meetings to learn more about town government and stay connected to our community. I believe the work of a Town Board member goes beyond attending meetings and casting votes on resolutions. To me, it is also important to be actively engaged in our community, attending events, and supporting local organizations and good causes. During January, there was no shortage of “food for a good cause” events. From Pizza Nights at Schodack Valley and East Schodack Fire Companies to the Castleton Fire Department’s breakfast and Castleton Kiwanis Chicken BBQ, these are great ways to come out and enjoy family and friends while supporting our community. I recently attended the “Avoid, Deny, Defend – What You Need to Know During an Act of Violence” forum held at Maple Hill High School. Deputy Chief Warren Famiglietti of the Rensselaer Police Department provided simple steps that anyone can use to help stay safe during dangerous situations at work, school, or in public. If you have an interest in learning more about this topic, contact the Schodack Police Department. A special thank you to the dedicated town highway workers who did a terrific job in keeping our roads clear during the recent winter storms. Thanks to their efforts, local residents were able to travel safely to their destinations and return home to their families.

~Tracey Rex

Schodack Town Board member


Garden Club of East Schodack

The Garden Club of East Schodack will hold its next meeting on Friday, February 8, at 7 p.m. The meeting will take place at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church on Hoags Corners Road in East Schodack. The public is welcome! Our speaker is Bob Sherwood and the topic is composting. Please join us for a great presentation with refreshments following.



Thrift Shop

The volunteers at the Church of the Redeemer Thrift Shop work hard to provide a clean, well-organized shopping experience. The shop has a very large selection of clothing for all sizes and ages, baby equipment, toys, games, puzzles, jewelry, knick-knacks, household goods, Avon collectibles, Valentine’s Day gifts and decorations and prom dresses. There is sure to be something for everyone from the amazing assortment of one-of-a-kind items. Ask to see our handicapped equipment.
The thrift shop has earned an excellent reputation by offering quality merchandise at very low prices. The shop will be open Thursday,
February 7th, from 3 to 6; and Saturday, February 9th, from 9 to 2, weather permitting.
Located at 1249 Third Street, Rensselaer, the building is on CDTA busline #214.  Enter through the parking lot on the Catherine Street side and be pleasantly surprised.



North Greenbush Dog Park

Attention North Greenbush residents interested in a dog park!

Councilwoman Mary Frances Sabo will lead a follow up meeting on a town sponsored dog park on Tuesday, March 5, at 7:00 p.m. at Bloomingrove Reformed Church, 706 Bloomingrove Drive, Rensselaer, NY 12144.  You do not need to have attended the November meeting to attend this one.  For more information, please contact 518424-1884 or




Sand Lake Garden Club – Pruning Demystified

The public is invited to the Sand Lake Garden Club’s monthly meeting, Thursday, February 28, at 7 pm, at the Sand Lake Town Hall. Join Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Beth Bechand as she shares some basic tips and simple guidelines about pruning so that you can confidently prune your woody plants to enhance their health and beauty.  Learn the best time to prune and the worst time to prune, as well as the right tools and techniques to use.  Learn to prune to improve the bloom, structure, and longevity of your trees and shrubs and to avoid common pruning mistakes that can deform your woody plants or even kill them. Beth Bechand lives in Wynantskill on a one- acre lot that was once a cow pasture, but now has more than 100 different kinds of trees and shrubs.

The meeting will start with a short order of business before the speaker.

Refreshments are served.


Castleton-Schodack Kiwanis Club

Bells of Life Campaign a success

Castleton Kiwanis President Deb Charlebois and Key Club Co-President Abby Utter

The Castleton-Schodack Kiwanis Club wishes to thank all of those who supported this year’s Bells of Life Campaign.  Paper bells were sold for $1 at local businesses (thank you Mercato’s, My Place, Schodack Diner, Samson’s, Jewelry Repair Shop, Jiff-E-Mart, and The Hill) as well as at Crossgates Mall.  This year’s efforts, which the Kiwanis clubs in Northeastern NY sponsored, benefitted the new Massry Family Children’s Emergency Center at Albany Medical Center. It is the only pediatric emergency department in northeastern New York and western New England. The facility provides emergency care exclusively to children and teenagers to age 18. The Division as a whole raised almost $11,000; while the Castleton Kiwanis Club, with the help of our sponsored Key Club members at Maple Hill HS, raised almost $1,500 of that total.  We thank all of those who supported this worthy annual campaign!


(Keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for more details on these events as the dates get closer – we would love to see you!)

April 14, 2019:   Castleton Kiwanis Chicken BBQ Dinners for sale at the Castleton Fire Company.  All money raised stays within our community. Dinners are $10.00 and can be picked up between noon and 4pm.  To pre-order dinners, please call 518-732-4228.

April 28, 2019: The Annual Senior Spring Fling is a Castleton Kiwanis-sponsored party, including lunch & entertainment, for senior citizens of our community. It will be held at Melvin Roads Legion Post in E. Greenbush.

May 27, 2019: The annual Castleton Kiwanis Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast will be served before the Village of Castleton’s Memorial Day Parade.  Breakfast will be served from 7-9am at the Castleton Volunteer Ambulance Service, located at 1700 Brookview Rd. No advance tickets are necessary, and as always, veterans eat for FREE.

As Kiwanians, we love to serve our community, and always welcome like-minded individuals to join us! Feel free to come as a guest to our meetings, held Wednesdays at 6:30 at the Schodack Diner, and see what we’re all about! You can also contact our club President, Deb Charlebois, at 518-732-4731 or castletonkiwanis@gmail. com for more information.


NYS Approved Defensive Driving Class

On Sat., February 16th, from 9 am to 3 pm there will be a New York State approved Defensive Driving Class to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Southern Rensselaer County. Save 10% on your base auto insurance for the next three years and be eligible to receive up to 4 points off your driving record according to New York State Department of Motor Vehicle guidelines.

The class will be held at the Boys & Girls Club of Southern Rensselaer County, 544 Broadway, Rensselaer, NY 12144. Fee is only $35; bring a friend $30 each. Registration is required and can be made by calling the Club at 518-465-3403 or Raymond Frankoski at 518-286-3788.

Class size is limited. Additional information is available by calling Ray Frankoski.


Students Achieve Dean’s List at SUNY Delhi

The following students have been cited for academic achievement for the Fall 2018 semester by achieving the Dean’s List at SUNY Delhi. To qualify for the Dean’s List, students must have an academic average of 3.50 or higher within the semester.

Erin Prendergast of Rensselaer is pursuing an associate’s degree in Veterinary Science Technology.

Garrett Fiske of Stephentown is pursuing an associate’s degree in Residential Construction.

Andrew Gooley of Troy is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Business and Technology Management.

Holly Hastings of Eagle Bridge is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Business and Technology Management.

Lexi Hoag of Hoosick Falls is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Event Management.

Casey Boswell of Cropseyville is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management.

Alicia St Germain of Averill Park is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management.

Kyniqua Marable of Rensselaer is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice.

Kristin Bazar of Mechanicville is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Technology.

Sissy Bermas of Berlin is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Nursing.

Lianna Mallory of Troy is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Nursing.

Margaurita Monroe of Rensselaer is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Nursing.

Alyssa Bonnier of Schaghticoke is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Nursing.

Tara Hayes of Troy is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Nursing.

Alyssa Hoffman of Troy is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Nursing.

Mary Passineau of Buskirk is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Nursing.

Curtis Rodriguez of Rensselaer is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Nursing.

Rachel Woodward of Troy is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Nursing.

Christopher Kneer of Troy is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Construction Management: Design & Building.



Springfield College Recognizes Dean’s List Students for the 2018 Fall Semester

SPRINGFIELD, MA — The following local Springfield College students were named to the Dean’s List for academic excellence for the fall 2018 term:

Brennan Fleming of Mechanicville, NY (12118). Fleming is studying Applied Exercise Science.

Emily LaPlante of Troy, NY (12182). LaPlante is studying Athletic Training.

Michael Hoyt of Troy, NY (12180). Hoyt is studying Athletic Training.

Sydney McNall of Troy, NY (12180). McNall is studying Computer Graphics/Digital Arts.

Natalie Stoner of Wynantskill, NY (12198). Stoner is studying Health Science/Pre-physician Assistant.

Miranda Gaetani of Mechanicville, NY (12118). Gaetani is studying Mathematics.

Criteria for selection to the dean’s list requires that the student must have a minimum semester grade point average of 3.500 for the semester.

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