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Community 02.21.19

Learn to Knit or Dance with AP Community Ed!

High school students and adults can participate in two upcoming programs. “Learn to Knit” has been moved from Tuesdays to Monday nights in the High School Mezzanine beginning 2/25. It covers all the basic skills needed to knit, supplies are provided, and you’ll be able to pick out yarn to work on knitting at home! Ron Tritto returns to the West Sand Lake cafeteria on Thursdays beginning 2/28 for ”Introduction to Ballroom and Social Dancing”. Get ready for a wedding or the prom with one of the most experienced local dance teachers. A minimum of 12 participants is required so tell your family and friends to join you – both couples and singles are welcome to attend.

Find out more about the many different Averill Park Community Education programs. New offerings this spring are: Little Local Libraries and Wilderness Survival 101 both in March and Ukrainian Eggs on April 11th. Registration is required for all classes. Call us at 518-674-7191 with questions. See full brochure with class descriptions on the APCSD website ( under Programs).


Supporting Local Charities Has Never Been Easier!

The St Jude the Apostle Knights of Columbus have teamed up with 6 Center Redemption Center located at 461 Main Street in Wynantskill to accept qualifying bottle and can donations to support local charities and those in need.

Simply bring your clean, qualifying empties to 6 Center Redemption in Wynantskill and say they are to support the St Jude Knights of Columbus. They’ll do the rest! That’s it!

Thanks for your support.


Girls in Boy Scouts, Troop 525 Open House!

Come join BSA Scouts, Troop 525! Boy Scouts of America is welcoming young women into their character development and values-based leadership development program! While the BSA has historically had programs for both young men and women, such as Venture Scouts, this is an expansion of the program to include the curriculum to achieve the highest and prestigious rank of Eagle Scout. Young women will complete merit badges such as Communication, Lifesaving, Citizenship, Environmental Science, and Personal Fitness, to name a few, in addition to being involved in the local community and developing real-world leadership skills by leading other youth.

Troop 525 out of West Sand Lake is proud to announce an open house for parents and young women to learn more about the program and the Troop. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 27th, at 6:30pm in the downstairs of Salem United Methodist Church, 349 Shaver Road, West Sand Lake. There is no need to RSVP, but if you’d like more information, please call Melissa Toni at (518) 961-3302.


Catholic Charities Representative in New Lebanon and Stephentown

This month, the Catholic Charities social services representative will be in New Lebanon and Stephentown for persons aged 60 and above, and/or their caregivers, on Thursday, February 28, 2019. She will be at the New Lebanon Library from 10 am to 1 pm, and at the Stephentown Library from 1:30 to 4:30 pm. In addition to providing information about senior services, she is also able to connect caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s or other dementias to a NY State funded program that provides free support services for those family caregivers. Persons from any community in the eastern sector of Columbia and Rensselaer Counties are welcome. You may walk in or call 518-925-0682 to make an appointment.

There is no charge for this service provided by Catholic Charities Senior and Caregiver Support Services and sponsored by the Seniors’ Ministry of Immaculate Conception/St. Joseph, New Lebanon.

For further information you may call the Catholic Charities staff person directly at the number above, or contact Mary Linton, RN, 518-733-0469.


Troy Senior Center Upcoming Events…

TROY SENIOR CENTER, 19 Third Street, Troy, New York 12180

LaVena Futia, Director


* GYM: Come join our Gym! Stay active, build strength! Open Monday-Friday 8:30-2:45. Free to all seniors 60+

* LINE DANCING: Join our Uncle Sam Sparklers!!! Looking for more Line Dancers to join our class! It’s a fun way to keep active!

* 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 (wreaths) March (glass treat or tissue jars)

* LEARN COMPUTER/ SMARTPHONE SKILLS: Monday, 2/25, from 10:45-11:45. Come in and learn basic computer/smart phone skills.

* DART LEAGUE: Join us on Fridays @10:30 on the second floor.

* CHAIR YOGA: Mondays @ 9:30 followed by Aerobics.

* 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!

* SPA DAY: Come with us Friday, March 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.

* MONDAYS IN MARCH COMEDY HOUR: Join us on Mondays @10:30 a.m. for a Stand-Up Comedy show. New Show each week!!

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.



Legislators pass Resolutions:

Supporting 2nd Amendment, Criticizing NYS Misuse of Dedicated Funds, and Urging Continued Scrutiny of Dunn Landfill

A snowstorm did not stop the monthly meeting of the Rensselaer County Legislature. In addition to the general business items on the February 12th agenda of the Rensselaer County Legislature, three resolutions directed towards state leaders stood out.

The Legislature passed a resolution reaffirming their support of the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and opposing any further infringements on the constitutional right to bear arms. The resolution opposes long gun registration, the requirement of obtaining a hunting permit before purchasing a firearm, social media background checks, and opposition to the “Red Flag” law. The legislation passed 10-5 with the Democrats in the minority voting against it.

“We cannot sit back idly and let the State chip away at our constitutional rights”, said Legislator Todd Tesman.

The second resolution urged Governor Cuomo to stop redirecting the funding in the New York State Environmental Protection Fund and the Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund into other projects or programs. Recent audits showed that funds from these programs, which were designated for infrastructure improvements, were being used to pay salaries in other state agencies and to offset construction of the Mario M. Cuomo Bridge. Communities in Rensselaer County have completed several infrastructure projects with the benefits of the funding provided by these programs.

“Our communities are desperate for funding for our water and sewer infrastructure. Environmental Protection Funds shouldn’t be siphoned off for other projects”, said Legislator Bruce Patire.

A resolution from Chairman Mike Stammel last year urged state officials to examine the operations and enforce the landfill permit. As a result, hundreds of tickets were written and fines were levied against the operators. This month, the Legislature renewed their call to State officials to enforce the parameters of the permit and to require regular air monitoring around the landfill to determine the source and toxicity of the odors that continue to negatively affect the lives and health of the local community.

~Harry J. Tutunjian

Legislative Liaison

Rensselaer County Legislature


Sand Lake FYI

Happy February to everyone in Sand Lake!

A big thanks to our Highway Department for the good job they have been doing clearing our roads during our recent snowstorms. We are all thankful for their hard work and dedication.

Our Town Board voted on February 13th on several resolutions that highlight our commitment to action and moving ahead.

We approved hiring a professional surveyor to survey the property at the Old Highway Garage. The Town wants to sell the property so it can be placed back on the tax rolls. The building is beautiful but needs some “tender loving care” to make it a viable addition to our community once again.

One of our town’s most important responsibilities is maintaining our highways. Our staff needs safe and reliable equipment. We approved a resolution to move ahead with the purchase of a new tandem truck to be used, in part, to plow our roads.

Even with the winter weather, we had good attendance at the First Community Forum of the year regarding the Possible Creation of a Dog Park. There was much conversation, both pro and con, but the consensus was that the group would like to meet again to move things forward. I was very pleased with the number of people who attended and their overall enthusiasm. There were also many people at the meeting who were new to our community or had not been involved in any other town issues. As a Town Board, we welcome their participation and hope it will continue! Our next meeting will be March 5th at 6:30 pm at the Sand Lake Town Hall. We welcome anyone to attend the meeting who would like to work on this project.

We held the first meeting of Community Organizations on February 7th. We discussed ways to better coordinate activities among community groups and also ways to increase volunteerism. We decided immediately that a Community Calendar was needed so all groups can publicly announce their events in a common place. The Sand Lake Town Library agreed to allow groups to use its Community Calendar.

~Nancy W. Perry

Sand Lake Town Supervisor


Poestenkill Town Board – Meeting Minutes

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Sign Posting Draft law – The Town Board is seeking to enact guidelines to provide notice to the public of all land use applications brought before both the Planning and Zoning Board. The draft law has been forwarded to the Zoning and Planning Board for their comments.  The Public Hearing was set for February 21st at 7 p.m.

Archive Grant Application – Supervisor Jacangelo stated that he has been working on getting a grant for the Assessor’s and Building Department offices to digitize the records in these two offices.

Local Law No. 1-2019 To prohibit parking on town roads during a measurable snow storm.  A Public Hearing is scheduled for February 21st at 7 p.m.

Creating and funding contingency fund in the Water Budget.  The Town Board creating a $30,000 contingency fund for the water budget.  Motion made by Councilwoman Butler, seconded by Councilman Van Slyke and passed unanimously.

These minutes to be approved at the next town board meeting scheduled for Thursday, February 21st, at 7pm.

For more information, go to

~Submitted by Councilman Eric Wohlleber


Town of East Greenbush Assessor’s Dept. Reminder

March 1, 2019 is the deadline for all property exemption applications (both new and renewals).

Veterans (new only), Enhanced Star, Senior Aged, Disability with Limited Income, Non-Profit, Agricultural, Clergy etc.

NOTE: Renewals for Enhanced STAR needed only if not already signed up for Income Verification.

Call 518-477-9710, Monday thru Friday, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM with questions.

~Ellen Schwab, Clerk – Assessor’s Office

Town of East Greenbush


Legislative Meeting Highlights for February 2019

The following are highlights of the February meeting:

The Minority legislators submitted and voted on a resolution recognizing March 10–16, 2019 as Sunshine Week in Rensselaer County. This national initiative promotes the importance of open government and the free flow of information from government to county citizens, ensuring that our government is accessible, accountable and open.

The Legislature also recognized March as American Red Cross (ARC) Month. We would be amiss not to extend our gratitude to the thousands of volunteers, who so willingly assist after a disaster hits. The blood donor program provides nearly half of the United States needed blood supply and encourages everyone to donate, if possible. The ARC also offers training classes in water safety and first aid, as well as youth programs and elder care to name a few.

STOP-DWI – A grant from the New York State STOP-DWI Foundation was rolled over into the 2019 budget for the Rensselaer County Special Traffic Operations Department, in order to expend any left-over monies to keep cracking down on DWI drivers.

Environment – The legislators unanimously supported a resolution urging Governor Cuomo to preserve the Environmental Protection Fund and the Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund for their designated purposes. At present, these loans are used to pay for other non-related purposes, while our communities would benefit from infrastructure improvements and investments in parklands, swimming pools, and the restoration and preservation of public spaces.

NEXT MEETING – Tuesday, March 12, 2019, in the Rensselaer County Chambers located on the 3rd floor of the Ned Pattison Government Center, 1600 7th Avenue, Troy. Residents are welcome to contact our office at 518-270-2890. & follow us on Facebook: “Rensselaer County Legislature – Democratic Team”

~Submitted by the Rensselaer County Legislature Office of the Minority


East Side Seniors

Our next meeting will be on Tues., FEB. 26, starting at 1:00 PM at the American Legion Post in Wynantskill. The meeting is preceded with our Pledge to the Flag, and a moment of silence. Team 4 will be our host/hostess for lunch.

A REMINDER- IF SCHOOLS IN TROY ARE CANCELLED OR DELAYED, NO BOCCE. ALSO. MEETINGS WILL BE CANCELED IF WYNANTSKILL IS CLOSED. So, let’s hope we have good weather to carry on with programs. New members welcome!!!!



Judges Zwack and Melkonian honored

Photo L-R: Rensselaer County Clerk Frank Merola, Rensselaer County Sheriff Pat Russo, Hon. Henry Zwack, Hon. Michael Melkonian

Rensselaer County Clerk Frank Merola and Sheriff Pat Russo congratulate Judges Henry Zwack and Michael Melkonian, who were honored by the Rensselaer County Bar Association at their annual banquet held on February 7th at the Franklin Plaza.



DEC Announces New Trees for Tribs ‘Buffer in A Bag’ Initiative

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced a new Trees for Tribs Program initiative, “Buffer in a Bag,” designed to help increase riparian buffers throughout New York State. Qualifying public and private landowners may apply for a free bag of 25 tree and shrub seedlings for planting along streams, rivers, or lakes to help stabilize banks, decrease erosion, protect water quality, and improve wildlife habitat.
“DEC’s Trees for Tribs program and our many partners have significantly improved the ecological health and resiliency of New York’s watersheds through streamside planting and maintenance,” said Commissioner Seggos. “Thanks to Governor Cuomo’s continued record funding through the State’s Environmental Protection Fund, new programs like Buffer in a Bag will continue to bolster and sustain these efforts into the future.”
To qualify, landowners must have property in New York State that borders at least 50 feet of a stream, river, or lake, and provide photos and map coordinates of the planting location. Landowners with 100 feet or more may apply for up to two bags of seedlings per year. The species provided will vary depending on planting location (Long Island, Capital Region/Lower Hudson, North Country, and Central/Western NY). A total of 350 bags will be available statewide for this first round of applications and recipients will be chosen on a first-come, first-served basis.
New York’s Trees for Tribs is a program of the Saratoga Tree Nursery and has been working to reforest the state’s tributaries, small creeks, and streams that flow into and feed larger rivers and lakes.

Visit DEC’s website for more information about the Buffer in a Bag application process and requirements. Applications are due by 3:00 p.m. on April 3, 2019. General questions about Buffer in a Bag may be directed to For more information on the Trees for Tribs Program  and its tree planting activities, visit DEC’s website.


Looking for a bargain?

The Church of the Redeemer Thrift Shop has earned an excellent reputation by offering quality merchandise at very reasonable prices. We’ll be open on Thursday, February 21st, from 3 to 6 pm; and Saturday, February 23rd, from 9 to 2pm, weather permitting.

You’ll be amazed at the vast selection of clothing, jewelry, household goods, puzzles, games, Avon collectibles, wall décor, picture frames, PROM DRESSES and so many one-of-a-kind items!  Ask to see our handicapped equipment.

The shop is located at 1249 Third Street in Rensselaer on CDTA bus route #214.   Enter through the parking lot on the Catherine Street side and be pleasantly surprised.



Guilbo named to Dean’s List at College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, MA—Katherine Guilbo, daughter of Bill and Judy Guilbo of East Greenbush, NY, is a fourth-year student at the College of the Holy Cross. Katherine has been named to the Dean’s List for the first semester of the 2018-19 academic year. She majors in biology.


Wright placed on President’s List for Fall 2018 semester at SUNY Cortland

Connor J. Wright of Brunswick, NY, has been placed on the President’s List for the Fall 2018 semester at the State University of New York College at Cortland. He majors in Poly Sci/Pre-Law. Connor is the son of Kathy and Rich Wright and is a graduate of Tamarac High School.

To be eligible for the President’s List, a student must be full time and have earned at least an A- in all courses.


Martin placed on Dean’s List for Fall 2018 semester at SUNY Cortland

Elijah Martin, of Rensselaer, NY, has been placed on the Dean’s List for the Fall 2018 semester at State University of New York College at Cortland. He majors in Exercise Science. Elijah is the son of William Martin Jr. and is a graduate of Columbia High School, East Greenbush.


Averill Park High School Top Five in Each Class

2nd Quarter; 2018-2019

(listed alphabetically)

Grade 9

Sydney A Ferguson
Alexandra Illyana Gaboury
Sonja Jordan Kaye
Francesca E Morone
Danielle Sue LaPier

Grade 10

Emma R Burdick
Benjamin Antonio Campbell
Fiona Carroll
Kendall E Dollard
Elizabeth DuBois
Mackenzie Rockwell

Grade 11

Triston Russell Lincoln
Eric R Schuman
Austin Sicko
Lydia L. Ware
Max Tyler Willson

Grade 12

Noora Ahmed
Katherine Elizabeth O’Neill-Knasick
Mariah H St Onge
Julia N Zaremba
Keating Zelenke


Shannon Doin Studying Abroad Through St. Lawrence University

CANTON, NY — Shannon E. Doin of Troy is participating in a St. Lawrence University off-campus study abroad program during the Spring 2019 semester.

Doin is a member of the Class of 2020 and is majoring in biology and government. Doin is participating in The Washington Center program in Washington, D.C.



Bleau Named to Dean’s List at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is pleased to announce that Alexander Bleau from Castleton, NY, earned a place on the school’s Dean’s List for the fall 2018 semester.

Dean’s List status is awarded to students who have successfully completed their course work with a semester grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 score.


Mechanicville student recognized for academic excellence at Tufts University

MEDFORD/SOMERVILLE, MASS. — Jennifer Lucius, of Mechanicville, was named to the dean’s list at Tufts University for the Fall 2018 semester.

Dean’s list honors at Tufts University require a semester grade point average of 3.4 or greater.


January 2019 Algonquin Middle School Warriors of the Month

Each month teachers at Algonquin Middle School recognize students who demonstrate outstanding citizenship and work habits.

Students are selected for these honors based on the Algonquin “Warrior Way,” a set of three guiding principles that focus on respect for self and others, putting forth personal best effort in all activities and working to make our school and community a better place each day.

Congratulations go out to the students listed below for their outstanding contributions to the Algonquin Middle School community during the month of January:

Grade 6 Warrior Wall Students:

Hailey Bergmann
Reese Bergmann
Jesse Damiano
Katharina Gaboury
Jacob Hanlon
Sarah Hurst
Abigail Juneau
Madison Passineau
Joshua Whitmore
Bethany Zimmerman

Grade 7 Warriors of the Month Students:

Paige Bidwell
Connor Byers
Kevin Clark
Ava Ferriero
Caroline Nero
Hannah Stewart

Grade 8 Warrior Way Students:

Dylan Juneau
Ashlyn McGarry
Isla Multunas
Owen Perala
Faith Rescott
Karissa Scheeren



SUNY at Fredonia Dean’s List for Fall 2018

State University of New York at Fredonia President Virginia S. Horvath announced that approximately 1,704 students have been named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2018 semester. Dean’s List students have earned a grade point average of at least 3.30 or higher for that semester out of a possible 4.0, while carrying a full-time minimum course load of at least 12 credit hours.

From the local area, Rensselaer County:

Melrose, NY 12121 – Sophia Bisceglia

Rensselaer, NY 12144 – Jaret Joseph Belschwinder

Stephentown, NY 12168 – Jordan Elizabeth Cahill

Troy, NY 12180 – Angela Leanne Nichols

West Sand Lake, NY 12196 – Rebecca L. Lenseth

Wynantskill, NY 12198 – Benjamin R. Miller & Alec C. Wright



Vinh Nguyen Receives Degree from Georgia Tech

Vinh Nguyen of Troy, NY, has earned a Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.

Nguyen was among approximately 3,600 undergraduate and graduate students who received degrees during Georgia Tech’s 256th Commencement exercises on December 14-15, 2018, at the McCamish Pavilion.


News from Averill Park CSD

We are very proud to announce that Michael Beskid has been named a finalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program, which is for students who demonstrate distinguished performance and have a high potential for academic success in college. Great job Michael!

Julia Haworth raised $270.22 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society by hosting a popcorn sale at West Sand Lake Elementary. Julia was selected to be part of the Students of the Year campaign, which is a seven-week challenge that has students raise funds and awareness for the fight against blood cancers. Way to go Julia and everyone at WSL!

Congratulations to varsity wrestlers Sean Malenfant and Nik Koch. Both young men won their respective weight classes in the Section II, Division I tournament and have qualified for the New York State tournament at the Times Union Center on February 22-23. Good luck Sean and Nik!

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


Gardner-Dickinson School 2nd Quarter Honor Rolls

High Honor Roll

Grade 7: Ryan Bates, Molly Graiff, Anya Kulzer, Mia Lucey, Keely Panichi, Taylor Schoonmaker, Athena Seebald, Laura VerWys and Abram Weatherwax.

Grade 8: Matthew Blaisdell, Leonardo Clemenzi, Maryssa Crosier, Lauren Czubek, Kaya George, Christian Kim, Cooper Murray, Anthony Sano and Ryan Strang.

Honor Roll

Grade 7: Braden Ceresia, Madelyn Comenole, Sydney Davey, Christina Decker, Madeline Defreest, Samantha Flagg, Anna Galvagni, Gabriela Geise, Mwamba Green, Ethan Hallenbeck, Jireh Henriquez, Owen Hirokawa, Angela Lanesey, Rita Lin, Aaron Martin, Liam McCrudden, Isabela Niver, Olivia Palmer, Alivia Reo, Chloe Rodriguez, Tim Thomas and Carter Zimmerman.

Grade 8: Theresa Crawford, Kassidy Duda, William Eccles, Ethin Fries, Isabella Marte, Joseph Parrottino, Tyler Quinn, Philip Ryan, Ryan Therrien and Michael Zakarka.


Brunswick CSD Kindergarten Information Night

Brunswick Central School District will be hosting a Kindergarten Information Night on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, in the Elementary School Cafeteria at 7 P.M.

In addition to distributing the registration information that is required if you intend to enroll your child in Kindergarten for the 2019-2020 school year, this Information Night will provide you with valuable information to help plan for your child’s entrance into kindergarten.

What a Kindergarten day looks like

Screening assessments and dates

Health requirements

Open House Information

Screenings are by appointment only and will be scheduled during the days of May 29th through May 31st.

If you are unable to attend the Information Night, you may pick up a registration packet at the Registrar’s office located in Tamarac High School. If you have any questions, please call 518-279-4600 ext. 2006.

We look forward to seeing you on March 19th.


Local students named to Dean’s List at RIT

The following local residents made the Dean’s List at Rochester Institute of Technology for the 2018 Fall Semester:

William Charbonneau of Hoosick Falls (12090), who is in the chemistry program.

Connor Rollins of Averill Park (12018), who is in the industrial engineering program.

Luke Willson of Troy (12180), who is in the manufacturing engineering technology program.

Nicholas Deyette of Wynantskill (12198), who is in the software engineering program.

Matthew Harris of Troy (12182), who is in the computing and information technologies program.

Zara Davis of Wynantskill (12198), who is in the ceramics program.

Evan Forbes of Nassau (12123), who is in the web and mobile computing program.

Ryan Cacciotti of Troy (12180), who is in the mechanical engineering technology program.

Nicolas Stagnitta of East Greenbush (12061), who is in the management program.

Allie Hansen of Wynantskill (12198), who is in the photographic and imaging arts program.

Bryan Serian of Wynantskill (12198), who is in the electrical engineering program.

Josh Casavant of Rensselaer (12144), who is in the mechanical engineering program.

Zoe Willson of Troy (12180), who is in the packaging science program.

Mark McCowan of Nassau (12123), who is in the computer engineering program.

Spencer Perry of Nassau (12123), who is in the biomedical engineering program.

Gabriel Cagara of Mechanicville (12118), who is in the new media design program.

John Lyons of Wynantskill (12198), who is in the industrial design program.

Gabe Gibney of Rensselaer (12144), who is in the chemical engineering program.

Kerstyn O’Brien of Wynantskill (12198), who is in the physician assistant program.

Ryan Sousis of Rensselaer (12144), who is in the game design and development program.

Kristin Angel of Troy (12180), who is in the mechanical engineering program.

Degree-seeking undergraduate students are eligible for Dean’s List if their term GPA is greater than or equal to 3.400; they do not have any grades of “Incomplete”, “D” or “F”; and they have registered for, and completed, at least 12 credit hours.


Averill Park High School Honor Roll Students 2nd Quarter 2018-2019

High Honors – 90 and above:

Grade 9: Annalise Marie Agostine, Emma Lyn Alberino, Mackenzie Fitzgerald Anslow, Ty Michael Ardman, Avery Barber, Jessica Lynn Barbour, Ashlee Marie Bayer, Cole J Boughton, Nathaniel B Bourgault, Libby Bulmer, Mason Bryce Buttaci, Isabella Dora Cardillo, Colin M Catlin, Kayleigh Jane Charron, Michael Clark, Daniel John Coiteux, Grant Conlee, Alysha Marie Costa, Lauren Elizabeth Cox, Hannah M Crupi, Tucker Cylkoff, Elizabeth S Daly, Dayna G Densmore, Sean Fagan, Ava C Faragon, Sydney A Ferguson, Margaret K Finnerty, Nicholas C Foster, Alexandra Illyana Gaboury, Meredith Anna Gaylord, Paige Chloe Graham, Chloe Noelle Grimm, Nicole Leslie Hoffman, Jillian F Hogle, Isaac Vazhayil Joseph, Sonja Jordan Kaye, Justin Tyler Kendall, Makayla Rose Kieley, Avery Kittleson, Belle Klimek, Stephen M Koval IV, Olivia Kronau, Danielle Sue LaPier, Christopher John Leon, Ella Lindheimer, Mara Christine Little, Michelina Lisa Lombardi, Isabella Elizabeth Mahar, Machara Malone, Carli McShane, Ashleigh Helen Mein, Terry M Meissner Jr, Zachary Mills, Joseph Edward Minehan, McKenzie Leigh Miner, Sophia Minich, Jeana Marie Monaco, Francesca E Morone, Carter Ross Morse, Abigayle E Nagel, Thomas John Nero, Alexander Michael Norton, Michael N O’Connor, Jessica Lynn Ody, John Paul O’Neill-Knasick, Kayley Christine Orologio, Bailey Theresa Ouimet, Nadia L Pascucci, Alayna Penman, Logan Neal Powell, Liam Joseph Rounds, Zachary Ryan, Erin Leigh Schulz, Julia Teresa Skiba, Macenzie C Slattery, Tyler Deven Spink, Evan M Sweet, Nickolas Anthony Tempel, Payton C Van Aken, Lillian H Vrsalovic, Emily A Walsh, Rebecca J Ware, Jenyka Pylant White, Anna Zusy

Grade 10: Lucas M Abate, Michael Agro, Maddie S Allegretta, Katherine E Armlin, Bailey L Bates, Noah J Bonesteel, Kallianna Elizabeth Brady, Emma R Burdick, Lillian J Bursey, Benjamin Antonio Campbell, Marissa R Carey, Fiona Carroll, Cameron Carter, Shaylin X Chan, Dylan Brady Chevalier, Emily Clark, Samantha Coluccio, Emily I Consula, Anthony James Cordero, Molly Cummins, Gabrielle Deck, Lorelai Denley, Kendall E Dollard, Elizabeth DuBois, Scott Ferlito, Olivia Mae Flagg, Julia S Foster, Abigail Elizabeth Garrison, Catherine Grace Gaylord, Julia G Gelder, Isabella Guyer, Rachel Lynne Haner, Julia Mary Hanlon, Colin W Hansen, Marissa Hanson, Matthew Harmer, Emma Elizabeth Harriman, Alexander C Heap, Hannah Mae Horrocks, Emily Elizabeth Horton, Roy A Jacobson III, Anna S Jankovic, Augustin Gantt Johnson, Haley E Johnson, Rose Elizabeth Jokiel, Collin Kelly, Allison V Lapinski, Jared T Lee, Aidan Loucks, Grace A Mackey, Sean M Malenfant, Matthew P Marks, Ashley Mazzacco, Rebecca Moore, Lydia R Munandi, Madelynn Murray, Elizabeth M Owens, Jared Pardo, Emma Clement Parker, Keri Paulson, Rachel G Peckham, Allie Isabelle Pember, Bellazara M Polaro, Meghan R Ratigan, Maddia P Reiter, Nicholas R Reohr, Joseph T Richter, Eric C Ries, Hannah M Rivers, Anna S Rizzo, Mackenzie Rockwell, Kyle Patrick Roth, Kyle Sherman, Davis E Snyder, Christopher Michael St Denis, Katherine Grace Emeline Story, Delaney C Sutton, McKenzie Erin Swinson, Layla E Tune, Sarah Rose Wallace, Sarah Courtney Wing, Caryn N Zimmerman

Grade 11: Guiliana M Adamo, Jane E Adams, Madeleine M Balga, Adam N Balogh, Riley Bennett, Abigail L Bergerson, Matthew J Bielawa, Delaney G Burton, Dean R Buttaci, DeLana Castle, Hayden M Chenette, Zachariah W Coons, Tatiana I Damiano, Joshua H DeJulio, Lindsey Catherine Despart, Jonathon D DeWolf, Lorenzo T Elliott, Christopher James Evans, Claire Elizabeth Flynn, Mark R Goca, Andrew Joseph Gorman, Noelle Elissa Hall, Katherine Grace Happy, Lauren Elizabeth Harland, Madelyn E Harris, Jessica Haskin, Sydney Haskin, Mario P Hepp, Gabriel S Hildebrandt, Lindsey M Hitchcock, Keston C Holohan, Abigayle Beatrice Jorden, Mackenzie D Julien, Ryan C Kasuba, Emma G Kehn, Caitlin M Kerwin, Ashley Marie Kerwin, Lena G Kiehl, Joseph Scott Kocsis, Lillian M Kronau, Matthew S Lettko, Adam Limoges, Triston Russell Lincoln, Alyssa R Lindheimer, Delaney Fitzgerald Long, Emily Julia Lubas, Dani L Martuscello, Alexandra E Mau, Jason E Meyer, Lauren C Meyers, Alexander C Michaels, Joseph Paul Milanese Jr, Arica Miller, Matthew J Morin, Jack T Nichols, Meara G O’Brien, Audrey R Oliver, Anella Mary Olsen, Anna Olson, Kelly Jean O’Neill-Knasick, Helen T X W Pond, Skyler L Rafferty, Michael Re, Taisei Reale, Ainsley P Rogers, Hannah C Ryan, Carley Marie Salerno, Dominic M Scattareggia, Emma B Scheeren, Eric R Schuman, Whitney Helen Shelhamer, Austin Sicko, Gabrielle E Skiba, Julianna Sorriento, Haley M Surprenant, Emily M Sweet, Bryanna Leigh Swinson, Skye Anne Taylor, Alexis M Thompson, Alexandria Grace VanDerKar, Lydia L Ware, Justin R Weaver, Max Tyler Willson, Kelsey S Wood, Ian Zieske

Grade 12: Noora Ahmed, Emily C Armlin, Ryan G Baker, William R Ballard, Samuel H Bendett, Michael J Beskid, Jessica E Beskid, Logan B Bielawski, Martin L Bond, Olivia M Bonesteel, Jacqueline J Borland, Brian M Bourne, Jacquelin Boyd, Victoria A Bubie, Caterina Burns, Iris A Bursey, Molly Abigail Cardamone, Anthony Carucci, Taya A Catlin, Morgan L Catlin, Hadley J Chan, Kaylee M Clairmont, Trevor J Collins, Katelyn Rose Cooper, Lucas G Corbo, Shauna A Corry, Emma N Crawley, Arlo J DeSimone, Kara F Dodge, Justice Joseph Dominy, Nicholas J DonVito, Anna F Doyle, Gracie Ann Driscoll, Konnor Fink, Eamon P Finnerty, William F Fleming, Ruthann Flick, Jason Foust, Edison Blue Gandara-Triestman, Matthew Daniel Gaston, Gabrielle Lily Geerholt, Sydney N Gile, Megan Glanton, Jeremy Gregware, Thomas K Hacker, Megan M Hale, Dylan A Hansen, Julia Haworth, Jamie Elissa Holzman, Nathaniel P Jamison, Emily Catherine Jaworski, Emily Kay Jorden, Owen P Joyce, Andrew G Kardelky, Matthew Kenneally, Nixon Kwok, Jadyn A Lee, Taylor A Liberty, Isabella R Maddalone, Nancy Mainville, Stephanie C Mangene, Tiffany Maroncelli, James I McDade, Zachary M McGrath, Morgan McIntyre, John H McKenna, Olivia Lorraine Meemken, Jenna M Miller, Colin T Miller, Kelsey Christine Mohl, EmmaLee A Morgan, Sophia N Morone, Zachary Thomas Moskov, Marissa A Nagel, Carl L Nitz, Katherine Elizabeth O’Neill-Knasick, Christina Marie Parrottino, Nicholas C Pastizzo, Lauren E Pelletier, Kelsey Grace Perala, Grace T Powers, Joan F Quinones, John Rapello, Kyle S Reasor, Jason L Reed, Anita R Reitano, Micayla E Slattery, Nicholas Mark Spink, Mariah H St Onge, Stephanie St Pierre, Kristen Thomas, Celina Rose Tomlinson, Jacob W Unser, Petra A Valenti, Madelyn J Van Aken, Abigail Vandenberg, Morgan P VanDervoort, MeiLin Wachtel, Jack T Wendell, Aidan R Westfall, Bradley Joseph Willett, Izabella D With, Merrill A Wrenn, Nikolas C Yash, Julia N Zaremba, Keating Zelenke, Rebekah M Zimmerman

Honors – 85 and above:

Grade 9: Jack F Adams, Tristen Alderman, Wolfgang Balga, Amelia C Barber, Alexander Mikael Bipat, John Thomas Bonacquisti, Lauren Nicole Bradley, Dylan R Bubie, Annabella Nina Bushnell, Nicholas James Carbone, Connor Clark, Zara Mae Cole, Aidan M Covert, Rebekkah Tigist Crawford-Harris, Timothy Cummins, Brier Cylkoff, Riley M DeCamp, Molly L Eaton, Meya Rae Francis, Isadora Nobre Geise, Isabella Emily George, Asher Lawrence Hall, Ethan Jamison, Larissa L Karatnycky, Jesse James Knefley, Amira Fatima Kouidri, Avery Jane Leveroni, Sophia M Maddalone, Jaiden C Magill, Madison Noelle Matice, Adrianna F Maxfield, Andrew McCart, Josie Alice McKee, Spence Vink Mereness, Miranda Olivia Minkler, Gabrielle Kathleen Mohos, Brett Matthew Nardacci, Lauren C Nolan, Alyssa Kay Pickard, Kaelin A Pogue, Madison Leigh Rose, Breonna Noel Schreiner, Sadie Rose Thomas, Alexander M Trahan, Lauren Nicole Wicks, Amelia Wood, Haley Wright

Grade 10: Theodore James Apfel, Sierra Bailey, Tyler B Basle, Kevin John Bryant, Vincent Ronald Carucci, Nicholas Anthony Clemenzi, Jacob Striker Coonan, Geoffrey M Dawes, Gavin Sol Dees, Owen J Dell, Giovanna Maria Dooley, Hannah E Ernest, Logan Robert Feathers, Benjamin Ferlito, Grace M Fuller, Madeline P Gile, Jessie A Guilbault, Hailey D Hodge, Caden Winsor Jewell, Taylor Johnston, Dominic Marrochello, Damon Mason, Tylar Justin Moak, Lauren E Paris, Anthony M Pastizzo, Matthew J Peckham, Erin Elizabeth Pendergast, Henry B Powers, Zachary Roman, Benjamin D Romer, Brodie J Smith, Vita Marie Spence, Jeanine Morgan Spierre, Sophia Stern, Madalyn M Stevens, Jeremy J Stewart, Nicole Marie Angel Thorburn, Samantha Tremont, Donald Ullman, Lindsey Rebekka Van Alstyne, Olin R Wagner, Aidan Wallen, Meghan Walsh, Hannah Williams, Aidan Winkler

Grade 11: Bryanna M Agan, Anthony J Childrose Jr, Quinn T Dzembo, Adam J Film, Quinn Jordan Goddard-Hathaway, Abby R Heier, Jacob A Herter, Madyson Rae Heslin, Samantha Hubbard, Erik Jeschke, Spencer D Johnson, Caleb Kronau, Kaiya Lydia Leveroni, Keegan T Mallory, Joseph Manfred, Aidan Millington, Michael Anthony Minehan, Jenna-Marie Morin, Ozia Ann Morris, Delaney Anne Munyan, Faith Murray, Marie T Patanian, Logan Peaslee, Luke Pelcher, Meghan E Prouty, Zachary B Purdy, Robert E Sherman, Matthew E Shoemaker, Joseph A Sorriento, Kamryn Shelby Stone, Anastasia B Valenti, Cylie T VanDeWal, Joseph A Vargonen, Nathaniel White, Taylor S Zwijacz

Grade 12: Austin W Bradway, Emily A Bulmer, Emma P Card, Jesse C Crawford-Harris, Henry Joseph Eann Crawley, Wesley W Doscher, Anthony J Dutcher, Rachel E Gates, Avery M Gauthier, Sean P Graf, Darren Shane Griffin, Marissa L Guilbault, Kyle Arthur Harvey, Carley D Hinman, Lauren D Hogle, Zachary T Hotaling, Jacob Alain Jokiel, Aiden Jones, Olivia A Kelley, Michael LaChance, Dylan W LaPorta, Genna E LaRose, Jacob Lucier, Morgan C Mason, Nicholas McCart, Michael McCarty, Mitchell R Mihalko, Josephine S Morelli, Bridget Catherine Mulligan, Joseph Michael Natalie, Kyle B Nethercott, Zephryn A Noble, Avery M Pascucci, Zachary Price, Ryan Ranken, Samantha S Schroeder, Samantha M Schupp, Logan E Southard, Anna L Stern, Ethan T Stevens, Aaron E Styczynski, Kalila Elizabeth Swan, Angela Elizabeth Thomas, Alexander Joseph Verardi, Laura Elizabeth Williams.


Local Volunteer Committee Attends Annual Fresh Air Fund Conference In New York City

Photo Credit: Jerry Speier

Local volunteer leaders Cynthia Mangione, Tenniel Hansen, Kristin Crouch and Andrea Baird attended The Fresh Air Fund’s annual Friendly Towns Leadership Conference in New York City. They spent three days participating in professional development workshops, networking, and preparing for a busy host family recruitment season.

The Albany area volunteer committee attended The Fresh Air Fund’s annual Friendly Towns Leadership Conference from Friday, February 1st through Sunday, February 3rd, at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square. Over the course of three days, volunteers participated in interactive workshops with The Fresh Air Fund’s staff and community agency partners.  Volunteers attended professional development workshops throughout the conference, with topics ranging from social media to community engagement. A weekend highlight was speeches by Fresh Air alumni. They shared how The Fresh Air Fund’s Friendly Towns Program has had a significant impact on their lives.

The Fresh Air Fund, an independent, not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer experiences to more than 1.8 million New York City children from low-income communities since 1877. First time Fresh Air children are boys and girls, from seven to 12 years old, who live in New York City. Children who are re-invited by host families may continue with The Fresh Air Fund through age 18 and can enjoy extended trips.

Join families in the Albany area this summer as a volunteer host family and provide a NYC child, and your family, with a unique and fun summer experience.

Please contact Cynthia Mangione at 518-423-5385 or visit The Fresh Air Fund online at to learn more.


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