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Defreestville Fire Dept. Report

Despite recent snow, Spring is here and so is April!  The Defreestville Fire Department (DFD) has remained active in all facets of our mission and we report to you.

To start, from the whole DFD family, we extended our deepest gratitude and appreciation to all of the partner agencies, organizations, and individuals who supported us as we said goodbye to former Chief Ray Swart with his recent passing.   The outpouring of support for us and Chief Swart’s family greatly helped during this challenging period.

To add one more recognition, we adjourned our regular monthly meeting in honor of Past Chief Swart.

Next, in March 2019, the DFD responded to a total of 58 calls, including two structure fires.  That brought our current overall total to 162 calls, year-to-date.

As a reminder, there is a “burn ban” in effect through May 14th for brush, leaves, etc.  Furthermore, the NYS DEC recommends recycling all appropriate materials and emphasizes that all burning of household trash is prohibited statewide in all cases.

DFD is prepared to respond to fires of all kinds, including brush fires.  However, we continue recruiting individuals prepared to join us in the mission of keeping the North Greenbush community, in partnership with the Wynantskill Fire Department, safe from these scenarios.

Have you ever considered joining the volunteer fire service?  On April 27th and 28th, there is a statewide volunteer recruitment drive called “RecruitNY.  To learn more, please visit to see how you can join your local volunteer department.


Rensselaer County Legislature April highlights

The following are highlights of the April meeting:

Health: For over a year, the Minority Legislators have been diligent in informing the public and elected officials on the importance of raising the age to purchase tobacco products. We have made this issue an important conversation in Rensselaer County and beyond. We repeatedly sponsored legislation to raise the age in Rensselaer County only to be defeated along party lines. The Democratic Minority Legislators are proud to see that Albany was listening and took the steps necessary to address this obvious initiative to lessen the growing numbers of addiction among our youth. We are grateful to see that the Assembly and Senate understand the significance of this passage and in a bipartisan effort overwhelmingly supported our cause.

Environment: Another important cause of the Minority Legislators for years has been the ban of single use plastic bags. Once again, we failed to get the support of the Republican Majority and our efforts were defeated along party lines. Future generations and our planet deserve better and we are happy to see the NYS legislature taking a step in reducing harmful waste from our landfills, highways, waterways, and beautiful green spaces.

The Justice Center of Albany Law School attended our Public Forum and delivered an informative presentation on immigration; “the myths and facts” as well as a broad perspective on 287g; “the intent and results”

NEXT MEETING – Tuesday, May 14, 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”


Calendar for Everett Wagar Senior Center

2 Roxborough Rd, Grafton, NY
Cindy Mattison, Director

April 22 Haircut by Appt
10:00 Chair Yoga
12:00 Congregate Lunch (Veal Pattie)
1:00 Cards and Games

April 23 Reiki by Appt
9:30 Aerobic Swimming
12:00 Congregate Lunch (Breaded Haddock))
1:00 Card and Games

April 24 10:00 Chair Yoga
11:00 Craft Time (Sign up)
12:00 Congregate Lunch (Cold Ham Plate)
1:00 Cards and Games

April 25 Reiki by Appt
9:30 Aerobic Swimming
9:30 Quilters
12:00 Congregate Lunch (Chicken Patty w gravy)
1:00 Cards and Games

April 26 Legal Aid By Appt
10:00 Chair Yoga
12:00 Special Lunch (Meatloaf)
1:00 Cards / Games


East Side Seniors

The East Side Seniors next meeting will be April 23 at 1:00 at The American Legion Post on Main St. in Wynantskill. All meetings are preceded with the Pledge to the Flag and a moment of a silence.


Our trip to Wildwood will be June 9th to June 14th. Openings are available if you want a week by the “SHORE”. Rates are $498 pp. dbl. and $643 sing. Call BARB at 518-674-8325, she will answer any questions and take reservations.

We are also planning a trip to Lancaster, Pa., in September, details to follow.

Always fun to see new and “old” faces at our meetings. Hope to see you.


Renss. Co. DA’s office participates in “We Care” program

Mary Pat Donnelly, Rensselaer County DA, and staff

In recognition of April’s Sexual Violence Prevention Month, the Rensselaer County District Attorney’s office collected stuffed animals to be packed in We Care Bags or “survival kits” for Albany Med’s sexual assault forensic examiners’ program. Special thanks to ADA Nick Dorando for coordinating this effort!

Rensselaer County District Attorney Mary Pat Donnelly added “I am proud to be part of an organization that contributes to events like the “We Care” program at Albany Med. This office is truly part of a #Caring Community.”


Deputy Sheriff Kyle Loeper graduates from Zone 14 Training Academy

Joining Deputy Loeper (center) in the photo are L-R:
Captain Derek Pyle, Sheriff Pat Russo, NYS State Senator Daphne Jordan, Undersheriff Ed Bly.


Brookside Cemetery of Poestenkill Meeting

The annual meeting of the Brookside Cemetery of Poestenkill will be held on Monday, April 22nd, 7:00PM at the Historical Society’s museum which is located in the parsonage of the Lutheran Church.  All lot owners are welcome to attend.


Castleton National Guard Soldier Receives New Rank, New Responsibilities

LATHAM, NY — Major General Ray Shields, the Adjutant General for the State of New York, announces the recent promotion of members of the New York Army National Guard in recognition of their capability for additional responsibility and leadership.

James Valk from Castleton, N.Y. and assigned to the Headquarters and Support Company, 42nd Infantry Division received a promotion to the rank of Sergeant First Class.

Army National Guard promotions are based on overall performance, attitude, leadership ability, and development potential.

These promotions additionally recognize the best qualified Soldiers and attract and retain the highest caliber Citizen Soldiers for a career in the New York Army National Guard.

For more information about the New York Army National Guard, visit or


Sand Lake’s Memorial Day Parade Getting Organized and Invites You to Join In Plans for the 2019 Sand Lake Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony are underway.

In an effort to attract more participation, and attendance this year, we encourage all interested civic organizations, businesses, churches, community and youth groups and individuals to participate in this year’s parade.

This year’s parade theme is the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings on the Normandy Beaches. Following American campaigns in North Africa and Italy, the D-Day landings were the start of the final battles to free Europe from German control and remove the Nazi Party from power in Germany.

This year’s Sand Lake Memorial Day Parade will be Monday, May 27, at 10:00 am. The Parade route is from Averill Ave. in Westfall Village to the Sand Lake Veteran’s Memorial Park on NYS Route 43. Ceremonies will begin at about 10:30 in the Park.

Those interested in participating should contact Bill Glasser at or call (518) 322-9583. Scott Gallerie at or call (518) 766-6575.


Sand Lake FYI

Happy Spring to all Sand Lakers! Town Hall has been busy over the past month.

Seven engineering firms submitted bids for the Second Dyke Culvert Design Services RFP. The bids are now being carefully evaluated. We anticipate an award being made at our April 24th Workshop meeting. The project is still on track to start in October.

I am excited to announce that the American Red Cross and the NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services will be presenting Citizen Preparedness Training here at the Sand Lake Town Hall on Tuesday, April 30th, from 6:30-8:30 pm. Citizen Preparedness Corps training provides a comprehensive overview of how to prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural and man-made disasters most common in New York State. We encourage all citizens to attend. The training is free of charge.

We continue to work with interested citizens regarding a Dog Park. Our next meeting is Tuesday, May 7th, at 6:30 in the Town Hall Boardroom. We are reaching the point where a division of work effort is necessary, and committees need to be formed. Please plan on attending this important meeting. We have a core group of very enthusiastic people.

Butler Park and the Town Beach are the two primary recreation areas in our town. To ensure we are spending money wisely, we are forming a Butler Park/Town Beach Advisory Committee. We are looking for committed, enthusiastic individuals who can meet twice monthly to review Park and Beach plans, establish development and spending priorities, obtain costs associated with suggested improvements, and make recommendations to the Town Board for consideration in our 2020 Budget. We would like the members of this committee to represent as many demographics as possible. Prior town involvement is not a prerequisite; in fact, we sincerely hope people with no prior experience will apply. This is a great way to become part of our town’s decision-making process and positively impact two important recreation resources for our town. We will consider applications through April 19th. Apply through the Town website or contact me directly at Town Hall.

~Nancy Perry



Book Nook

The Book Nook at Transfiguration Parish, Hillview Drive, Speigletown will be open on Saturday, April 20, from 9am-noon.

The April special, Buy one, get one half-price will be on the following authors– Clive Cussler, Heather Graham, Iris Johnsen and Jonathan Kellerman.  We have a good selection of religious, self-help, cookbooks, and romance are 6/$1.  DVDs are 3/$2. Stop by and see the many new donations that have come in. Watch for our Super $5 bag sale starting May and continuing each Sat morning in May.  Our large classroom will be filled with wonderful buys on all our books that have been donated over the winter.  Donations may be dropped off at the church entrance.  We do not accept VHS tapes, textbooks and encyclopedias.

See you at the Book Nook.



Volunteer Trail Blazers Needed for Town of Sand Lake

Work on the third walking path for the Town of Sand Lake trail is set to begin on Saturday, May 4, 2019, from 9 am to 12 noon.  Volunteers are needed to assist in the clearing of the site.  Bring a pair of hedge clippers, hand saw, work gloves, rake, and a friend and join in “blazing a path.”

The Environmental/Open Space/Recreation Committee of the Town of Sand Lake, Town Planning and Oversight Committee, and Town Board will greatly appreciate all assistance to this project.   For questions, please contact Chair John Sniezyk at

The trail is located on Eastern Union Turnpike adjacent to the Averill Park Fire Department.

Hope to see you on May 4th at 9 am. Rain date is May 11th.


The Greenbush Cemetery Annual Meeting

The Greenbush Cemetery will hold its Annual Meeting on May 1, 2019 at the United Methodist Church, corner of Hayes Road and Phillips Road, East Greenbush at 7pm. All interested parties invited to attend.

For further information, contact Bobbie Reno, Pres. Board of Trustees at 518-465-7938.


Annual Meeting of Woodside 56 Road Cemetery

The Woodside 56 Road Cemetery Annual Meeting will be held on May 7, 2019 at Union Gospel Church Hall on Plank Road of East Poestenkill at 7:00pm. All lot owners and their families are welcome to join. Election of officers will be held, and financial business will be conducted. Our cemetery is a not for profit organization and is funded solely from contributions. All business of the cemetery is carried out by volunteers who care about the appearance, history and future of the cemetery. If you would like to volunteer, there is a job for you. All inquiries please phone 518-283-5303. Tax exempt donations may be sent to Woodside 56 Road Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 76, Poestenkill, N.Y. 12140.


April 2019 Legislature update

During the April meeting of the Legislature, a resolution opposing the passage of the Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act passed by a 13-4 margin, with members of the minority voting against it. Majority Leader Ken Herrington, of Herrington Farms, spoke about the devastating impact this Act would have on NYS dairy farmers. Dairy farmers in NY don’t set their own milk prices and are forced to compete with neighboring states with much lower labor costs. For example, farmers in Pennsylvania receive the same rate for their milk, but the minimum wage there is $7.25/hour. The additional labor costs to our New York farmers would be crippling to them. Legislator Charles Peter, also a farmer, spoke passionately about how this proposed law would hurt family farms that are already struggling to keep their farming operations going. Peter noted that this law could increase labor costs to farmers by more than 17%.

Legislator Jeff Wysocki is also a farmer and he noted that over the last twenty years, Rensselaer County has lost more than 65% of its family owned dairy farms, and this law could force those that remain to close.

The Assembly and Senate sponsors of this law represent Long Island and have scheduled 3 public hearings, but the closest one to us is two hours away. The Legislators urge the supporters of this law in the NYS Assembly and Senate to come to Rensselaer County and listen to our local farmers.

In other news, Chairman Mike Stammel was joined by Legislators Tom Grant, Robert Loveridge, and Scott Bendett as they honored the many volunteers at the Van Rensselaer Manor Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. This year, Dolores Long, John Decetise, and the Tamarac Middle School Kids Care Program were honored for the volunteer efforts at the Manor. We are grateful to the staff and the volunteers of the Van Rensselaer Manor, it is one of the jewels of Rensselaer County.

As always, the Legislature can be reached at 518-270-2880 or you can visit our website at

~Submitted by Harry J. Tutunjian
Legislative Liaison
Rensselaer County Legislature


Electric Car Charging Station

North Greenbush Police Lieutenant Gregory Croll, Tobi Saulnier, North Greenbush Councilwoman Mary Frances Sabo, Head of School Dr. Susan Kambrich, Jason Allen, and Patrick Cartwright were on hand for the ribbon cutting of the Electric Car Charging Station at Woodland Hill Montessori School. The charging station was recently installed for the parents of WHMS who drive electric vehicles. Presently, there are 15 parents and board members at WHMS who own electric vehicles.


Norton Cemetery Association Annual Meeting

The Norton Cemetery Association, Nortonville Road, Pittstown, NY will hold its Annual Meeting on Monday, May 13, 2017, at 7:00 pm at the Pittstown United Methodist Church.

All lot owners, anyone who has a loved one buried at Norton and any interested persons are invited to attend. Our new West Section has lots available by contacting the Superintendent at (518) 421-5559.


Maurice Catel IV, promoted to Captain in the New York Army National Guard

LATHAM, NY — Maurice Catel IV, born in Troy and now a Wynantskill resident and veteran of the Iraq war has been promoted to Captain in the New York Army National Guard.

Catel was promoted by Lt. Col. Gurpreet Singh, commander of the Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion under the 42nd Infantry Division in a ceremony held on Thursday, April 11, 2019, at the 42nd Infantry Division Headquarters in Troy, N.Y.

Catel, currently a full-time member of the Army National Guard has been serving as the Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion logistics officer.

Catel has been in the military for over 19 years and commissioned into the New York Army National Guard in 2013 after completing Officer Candidate School. He served 13 years as an enlisted soldier prior to commissioning.

He has served as platoon leader and executive officer for Echo Company, 427th Brigade Support Battalion.

Catel has served two tours in Iraq. In 2004, he was deployed as an Infantryman; and in 2008, he was deployed as a UH-60 Blackhawk crew chief.

He holds a Bachelor of Science from SUNY Empire State College and a Master’s in Public Administration from Marist College.

His awards include; the Combat Infantry Badge, Aviation Badge, Air Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National defense Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Global war on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

In his civilian life, when he is not working full time for the New York Army National Guard, he is a police officer with the New York State University Police.

Catel and his wife, Kateri Rhatigan, live in Wynantskill, N.Y. and have one son.


Town of East Greenbush Memorial Day Parade

The Town of East Greenbush in collaboration with the Melvin Roads American Legion and the East Greenbush VFW are busy planning the annual Memorial Day Parade. This year’s parade will take place on Saturday, May 25, 2019, kicking off at 10 a.m.  If your business, organization, or school group would like to march in this year’s parade, please contact Floats are welcome but should be approved.  Bands and Choral groups are welcome.  Please show our veterans your support by either participating or coming out to view the parade!  For all questions, please call The Community and Recreation Office at 518-477-4194.


Scholarship offered for high school senior

The Stephentown Memorial Library will be granting a $2000 scholarship to one graduating high school senior for his or her demonstration of community service. To be eligible for consideration, the student must be a Stephentown resident and have been accepted to a two or four-year college or university. Go to our website at to download and print the application. Applications are also available at the following places:

  • Stephentown Memorial Library
  • Berlin High School Guidance Office
  • New Lebanon High School Guidance Office
  • Averill Park High School Guidance Office

Please email SML Director Kim Roppolo at with any questions.


Student Works Showcased in Fourth Annual Digital Media Exhibition at HVCC

Hudson Valley Community College’s Department of Fine Arts, Theatre Arts and Digital Media announces the opening of “Pulse 4,” the year-end exhibition by students enrolled in Digital Media programs. The exhibition is on view in the college’s Teaching Gallery from April 26 – May 4.

The exhibition is celebrated with an opening reception and awards ceremony from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, April 26, in the Teaching Gallery, located on the ground floor of the Administration Building on the Troy campus. The reception and exhibition are open to the public, free of charge.

“Pulse 4” features class work in drawing, photography, two-dimensional design, video art, digital imaging, animation, and web-based and interactive media completed during the summer 2018, fall 2018 and spring 2019 semesters. The college’s Digital Media program offers either an Associate of Science degree or certificate and prepares students for further study or immediate employment in digital media fields.

Teaching Gallery hours are Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Wednesday, 1 – 7 p.m.; Saturday, noon – 4 p.m.; Sunday and Monday, closed. Visit for directions.


Class Reunion Save The Date

Save the date, October 4, 2019, Catholic Central High School Class of 1969 50th Reunion at Franklin Terrace. More information to follow.


Gardner-Dickinson School 3rd Quarter Honor Rolls

High Honor Roll

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

Grade 8: Leonardo Clemenzi, Maryssa Crosier, Lauren Czubek, Kaya George, Emma Gilooly, Christian Kim, Cooper Murray, Ryan Strang and Michael Zakarka.

Honor Roll

Grade 7: Braden Ceresia, Sydney Davey, Madeline Defreest, Samantha Flagg, Gabriella Geise, Ethan Hallenbeck, Jireh Henriquez, Owen Hirokawa, Angela Lanesey, Aaron Martin, Isabela Niver, Olivia Palmer, Alivia Reo, Tim Thomas and Carter Zimmerman.

Grade 8: Matthew Blaisdell, Theresa Crawford, Kassidy Duda, William Eccles, Isabella Marte, Joseph Parrottino, Mia Perrotti, Tyler Quinn, Philip Ryan, Anthony Sano, Baylee Terry and Ryan Therrien.


News from Averill Park CSD

A new Senior Scholarship Award has been made official as the Averill Park Central School District Board of Education approved the Sharon Lawrence Scholarship, effective for the 2019-2020 school year. Anyone who wishes to contribute to this scholarship can do so by writing a check out to APCSD, putting the name of the scholarship in the memo section. Checks can be delivered to the District Office or the main office of any school building.

Congratulations to Blake Benyo, Brooke Davies and Morgan Hindes for becoming published authors! The West Sand Lake Elementary fifth graders submitted entries into a writing contest and were selected to have their work be a part of “Spooky Sagas”. The students were presented with their own copies recently.

Grace Faragon, Isabelle Relyea, Christian Romer and Jason Strickland performed in the Concertino Winds recital at Bethlehem Middle School and did an outstanding job representing our school and music program!

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



Columbia High School and Siena College Sign Early Assurance MBA Agreement

Jeff Simons, Superintendent of Schools for East Greenbush Central School District, signs an Early Assurance MBA Program agreement with Siena College in the Columbia High School library.

A new agreement with Siena College will allow Columbia High School students to apply for admission to an Early Assurance Program as early as the 10th grade. After meeting the course requirements at Columbia, students will have the opportunity to enroll at Siena on pace to earn a bachelor of science in business degree, then a master of business administration, all within four years.

“This new partnership with Siena College provides just what we’ve been looking for and what our students need,” Superintendent Jeff Simons said. “This arrangement provides a seamless pathway that begins in high school and leads to a Master’s Degree from an exceptional college and an exciting career in business. This is a win-win for our district, the college, our students and our families!”

This agreement with Siena follows East Greenbush Central School District’s emphasized focus on college and career preparation. The district has added more college-level courses in recent years, now totaling 22 college-level courses. It also added a new diploma certificate program in Business Administration last summer and formed a new Business Advisory Council with local colleges, businesses and industry leaders to review employment trends, examine skills needed for success and develop strategies to inform students and parents of post-graduation opportunities.


mma Woolley Inducted into Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society

POTSDAM, NY — Twelve SUNY Potsdam students were recently inducted into Phi Alpha Theta, the national historical honor society, in a ceremony held on March 29 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Potsdam.

The inductees included Emma Woolley of Cherry Plain, NY.

In order to be inducted into the College’s chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, students must either major or minor in history and complete a total of 12 credit hours, as well as having an overall grade point average of at least 3.0, and a history GPA of 3.1 or higher.



East Greenbush CSD Named a Top Workplace for 2nd Year in a Row

For the second consecutive year, East Greenbush Central School District was named a Top Workplace by the Times Union. The district was one of only 10 Capital Region organizations to be recognized as a Top Workplace in the large employer’s category (300+ employees) and the only school district included in the publication.

The Top Workplaces list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party anonymous survey administered by Energage, LLC, a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools.

Superintendent Jeff Simons congratulated all district employees in an email, and said in part, “This accomplishment is due to the investment and caring you bring with you to work each day in service to our students. Being honored as a Top Workplace again this year is also a reflection of the strong sense of community and teamwork among our staff and the caring that exists between our staff, students and families.”


APHS Class of ’69 Looking for members

APHS Class of ’69 is looking for Linda Abbott, Caroline Corey, Mary Ann Farron, Linda Defiglio, Bill Ilves, Linda Johnson, Nancy Kemmy, Sharon Lewis, Roger Parrotte, Nancy Revoir, Richard Schmidt, Albert Tinker, Sue Walters.

Any info, please contact Jackie Tremont at 518 527-9926 and leave message.


Dunham Hollow-West Stephentown Scholarship available to APCSD resident

The scholarship committee announces the availability of the Dunham Hollow-West Stephentown Scholarship.

The scholarship is in memory of Frank Johnson. It is open to anyone (graduating senior, post-graduate, or adult wishing retraining) living within the boundaries of the Averill Park School District and has been accepted to a trade or vocational school.

The deadline for submission of an application is May 22nd. Scholarship applications may be obtained by contacting the Averill Park High School guidance department at 518.674-7025 or by emailing


Town of East Greenbush Seeks Spotlight on Youth Nominations

The Town of East Greenbush Community and Recreation Department is seeking nominations for our Spotlight on Youth Awards for 2019. We are searching for youth ages 11-18 who consistently give back to our community through volunteerism or by continually exhibiting positive character traits such as kindness, citizenship, respect, and responsibility.

If you know of a youth in our community that you would like to nominate, please go to our website for more details and to download a registration form. All nominations must be received no later than May 1st.


Town of North Greenbush looking for Volunteers

The Town of North Greenbush is seeking a Town resident who wishes to volunteer to serve on a committee to make recommendations on a local law governing shared driveways and flag lots. A background in planning, zoning, land use or emergency services is desirable but not required. Please send a statement of interest to Councilwoman Mary Frances Sabo


Poestenkill Seniors

Weekly meetings every Tuesday at 1pm at the Sullivan-Jones Post in Poestenkill. All seniors are welcome. Coffee and refreshments are served after the meeting, followed by Bingo and cards. The hall is handicapped accessible with sufficient parking. The Poestenkill Seniors have catered lunches, pizza, clam steams, fish fries and luncheons at various restaurants, informational talks on senior safety and bus trips to casinos, theaters and other points of interest.



Vacancies on the Village of Nassau Zoning Board of Appeals

The Village of Nassau is seeking to fill two (2) vacancies on the Village of Nassau Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA). This is a voluntary position; no compensation will be provided.  Only Village of Nassau registered voters are eligible to apply. The Zoning Board meets on an as needed basis and typically meets anywhere between 4-6 times per year.

Responsibilities of the ZBA include decisions related to:

1) Applications for special permits

2) Applications for area or use variances

3) Review of appeals from determinations made by the Code Enforcement Officer

Candidates should be willing to become familiar with and knowledgeable of the following:

* Village of Nassau Codes
* State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA)
* Other applicable Federal, State, and local laws and regulations
(Open Meetings Law)
* Hosting public meetings and be comfortable in public speaking

As required by the New York State Department of State, Zoning Board of Appeals members are required to complete four (4) Professional Development Hours per year in order to continue their appointment on the Board.  Cost associated with training is provided for by the Village of Nassau.

Interested candidates please send letter of interest to the Village of Nassau Clerk via email at  <>



Support Future Teachers

Elmer E. Stahlman

Congratulations repeated to the 44 recipients of awards of the Elmer E. Stahlman Scholarship fund. Started in 1996 by the Class of 1955 to honor the first principal of the school district in 1929 to assist graduates of Averill Park High School who pursue education to be teachers.

Recalling as stated by Judy Rowe, former Sand Lake Town Historian, “Elmer E. Stahlman was considered one of the best educators in our area. His caring and encouragement of students to further their education exemplified his dedication.”

She added, “Continuing support depends on you.”

Your support is needed, great or modest, all needed. Thank you for your participation. Donations can be sent to Averill Park High School, 146 Gettle Road, Averill Park, NY 12018. Att: Elmer E. Stahlman Scholarship Fund.

~Nancy W. Davis, Class of 1955, APCSD #1



APHS Class of 1989 30th Year Reunion

Planning is in the works to celebrate our 30th year reunion. August 17th is the tentative date and we are currently looking into possible venues.  An email address has been set up for questions, or to contact the planning committee. For classmates who are not on Facebook, please send an email to: and provide your contact information. For those without access to a computer, you may call or text 518 378-5318. Friends and family of alumni, please spread the word and forward the email address to classmates. We are hoping for a great turnout!



Rensselaer County Recovery Helpline


Do you need help with substance use issues? Are you interested in volunteering for the helpline? The Rensselaer County Recovery Helpline offers information, local resources, and referrals for individuals and their families regarding substance use issues. The toll-free line is available 7 days a week from 9am-9pm. Each volunteer chooses shifts of 4 hours at a time to be on-call. When someone calls the number, a volunteer answers on their own smartphone, and can enter information to a database on their own computer, allowing for easy and quick access to resources. The information is sent to one of the 9 leaders, who will then assist the caller. If you or someone you know needs information, resources, or a referral for a substance use problem, call 1-833-467-3123. For more information, or if you are interested in volunteering, contact


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.


FREE Prayer Circle….

The Power of Prayer Can Move Mountains, Work Miracles, Achieve Serenity and Give You Strength.

With Fr. Billy Clark/Denise Tally/Patrick Clark, every Fourth Sunday, 1:00 PM.

Prayer is a universal way for you to connect to your soul and communicate with a higher power. Whether you are new to the ways of prayer or perhaps you pray daily / or you might have prayed as a child but may have gradually lost the habit / or maybe you feel your prayers are never answered.

This group is open to all religions & spiritual backgrounds.

Join us as we explore the power of coming together to Pray for help, guidance, health, healing and answers.

We gather to pray for ourselves/our loved ones/the world.


Information: Denise Tally 518 339-8386.


568 Columbia Turnpike #16 VanDenHouten Square (back entrance), East Greenbush, visit: www.VentureInwardCenter. com.



Capital Dist. Chapter of the Embroider’s Guild of America

Do you enjoy needlework?  Would you like to stitch with others that have similar interests?  Whether you are a beginner or have experience, come join us.  The NY Capital District Chapter of the Embroiderer’s Guild of America meets in various locations and at various times.  The Day Group meets every 3rd Wednesday of the month at Blooming Grove Reformed Church in Defreetsville.  Evening meetings are offered in two locations:  The Community Room at The Terrace at Beverwyck in Slingerlands from 7p-9p on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month and from 6:30p-9p in the Fellowship Hall of St. George’s Episcopal Church in Clifton Park on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month.  In addition, there are specialty interest groups that also meet.  For more information, check out our website at or on  Come Join Us!


Poestenkill Youth Summer Camp

Poestenkill Summer Camp will be held July 8th-August 2nd at Poestenkill Elementary School from 9am-4pm.  Each week will be filled with field trips to a variety of locations around the Capital Region including Grafton, Billy Beez, Fun Plex, Liberty Ridge Farm, Valley Cats, Zoom Flume, etc, art projects, STEM challenges, physical activities, water activities and visitors to camp.  Swim lessons will be offered at Grafton. Registration information can be found at

Contact Town Office at 518-283-5100 with any questions. Submitted by: Tiffany Buker, Camp Director, Town of Poestenkill


Spring forward…and join the Nassau Sunshine Fund

Want to help your Nassau neighbors?

Looking for a way to do something important that requires a minimal time commitment?

Spring forward and join us as a board member of the Nassau Sunshine Fund.

For ten years, we’ve been helping our neighbors during times of financial strain by providing no-interest loans (maximum $500). Because we are a local organization, we only accept loan requests from residents of the town and the villages of Nassau. We’ve been doing it for ten years. Interested? Want more information?

Please, contact us at




Beryl Moul Scholarship- Available to apply- Graduating Seniors

The Beryl H. Moul Memorial Grange Scholarship was established in 1958 by West Sand Lake Grange #949 in memory of prominent Grange Member Beryl H. Moul.  Applicants must be graduating high school in 2019, Rensselaer County residents (for at least 4 years), be accepted in an accredited 2 or 4-year college program in New York State and pursuing a career in agriculture, home economics, nursing, natural resource management, environmental engineering or pharmacology.  The application deadline which includes an official High School transcript is May 1st, 2019.  The application and instructions can be found at any Rensselaer County High School Guidance Office or at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County website at under 4-H forms tab.  For questions, please contact the CCE office of Rensselaer County at 518-272-4210.



EGCSD Announces School Budget Meeting Schedule

All members of the community are invited to learn more about East Greenbush Central School District’s proposed budget for the 2019-20 school year by attending one of the many budget meetings offered this spring.

Superintendent Jeff Simons and Assistant Superintendent for School Business Finance Lawrence Edson Jr. will host 10 budget information sessions as well as a public hearing before the Budget Vote and Board Election on Tuesday, May 21. Please visit to view the meeting schedule.



Wynantskill UFSD- Register Kindergartners Now for 2019-20 School Year

Parents of children who will attend kindergarten at Gardner-Dickinson School in the fall are encouraged to register their children now. Your child must be 5 years old by Dec. 1, 2019 to attend kindergarten in September.

To register, parents are asked to call Ms. Fazioli at 518-283-4600 ext. 10, between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Forms and registration information are also available at

Registering your child for kindergarten now will make sure your child is ready to start the school year by ensuring all the necessary paperwork is on file. It also helps Wynantskill UFSD plan for the upcoming school year by providing school officials a better estimate of how many kindergarteners will attend school.


Sheriff Patrick Russo Announces Membership Drive

The New York State Sheriffs’ Institute will begin its annual Honorary Membership drive in Rensselaer County according to Sheriff Patrick Russo.

The New York State Sheriffs’ Institute was established in 1979. It is a not-for-profit corporation, tax exempt organization, and contributions to the Institute are tax deductible.

While the Sheriff’s Office is a unit of county government, many of the concerns of Sheriffs and other law enforcement agencies are best addressed on a statewide level. The Sheriffs’ Institute provides centralized training programs and services for all Sheriffs’ Offices, where those programs and services would be unavailable or impractical on a single county basis.

The flagship program of the Sheriffs’ Institute is the Sheriffs’ Summer Camp for economically challenged children. The Sheriffs’ Camp, in its 42nd year of operation, is located on Keuka Lake and 840 children from across New York State attend each summer. The Sheriffs’ Institute pays the entire cost of the camp stay and transportation. Most children attending wouldn’t otherwise have an opportunity for vacation travel or a summer camp experience.

“In these difficult economic times we cannot forget our youth who will not have the opportunity for a summer camp experience or a summer vacation,” Sheriff Patrick Russo said. “By becoming an honorary member, you are supporting the Sheriffs’ Summer Camp for economically disadvantaged children.”

In addition, the Sheriffs’ Institute operates a scholarship program that provides one scholarship to each of New York State’s Community College’s Criminal Justice Programs. This program is designed to help attract the best and the brightest to the criminal justice vocation.

For more information about the Sheriffs’ Summer Camp and other Sheriffs’ Institute Programs, visit our website, or simply google “Sheriffs’ Institute kids” and it will be your first option.

Financial support for many of the Sheriffs’ Institute programs comes from Honorary Membership dues. Any persons interested in supporting the efforts of the New York State Sheriffs’ Institute by becoming an Honorary Member should contact the Sheriff if they do not receive an invitation in the mail or visit our web site at: to download an application.


Watervliet Senior Center Activities

Monday, April 15- 12:30-Craft Class with Andrea Hughes and Mary Simpson-We will be making a May themed craft!

Wednesday, April 17- 4pm, Monthly Dinner with a special ceremony honoring our volunteers for National Volunteer Month- with entertainer Rob Carson.  Dinner is Easter Ham Dinner. Call 518-273-4422 or stop by 1501 Broadway, Watervliet.

Friday, May 3, Bob Beston’s Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser to benefit SSOW- 3:30-7pm, tickets can be purchased in office, take-outs available. Chinese raffle, 50/50. $12.  Call 518-273-4422 or stop by 1501 Broadway, Watervliet.

Monday-Tuesday, May 6-7-Defensive Driving 9-12 each day.  $20 AARP members, $25 all else. Call 518-273-4422 or stop by 1501 Broadway, Watervliet.


Blooming Grove Rural Cemetery Annual Meeting

The Blooming Grove Rural Cemetery Association will hold their Annual Meeting of Lot Owners and their families on Tuesday, April 29, 2019, at 7 pm at the Blooming Grove Reformed Church, Defreestville, NY.

For more information, please call Ann-Marie Merrifield at 518-286-3304.

~Submitted by Ruth Potter, Secretary



Hillside Cemetery Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of the Hillside Cemetery in Poestenkill, New York will be held on April 29, 2019 at 6:30 pm at the Poestenkill Christian Church.  All are welcome to attend this meeting.


Town of East Greenbush Hydrant/Water Main Flushing Schedule April 2019

General Water District

MON, APRIL 22 – 3rd Ave Ext. and all streets off it; Deer Run Development, Birchwood Development, Flora Circle, Oriel Lane and August Gate Development.

TUE, APRIL 23 – Route 4 (Troy Rd) and all streets off it; Thompson Hill Rd. Rd., Tech Valley Dr., Paul and Glaz St., Old Red Mill Rd., Red Mill Estates, Upper Area of Hampton Manor / Eastern Ave to Summit Ave Luther Rd., Donna Lynn, Columbia Dr., Old Troy Road ending at Iroquois Pl.

WED, APRIL 24 – All streets on north side of 9/20 between Elliot Rd and Schodack Town Line; Albany Pl., Tamarack Ln., Greenwood Dr., Electric Ave., Horizonview Dr., Includes Huntswood Est.

THURS, APRIL 25 – All streets on south side of 9/20 from Schodack Town Line; Middlesex, Van Buren, Bloomingdale, Hays Rd., Taylor Estates, Kriss Krossing, Short end of Phillips Rd., Gilligan Rd., Ternan Ave. Sherwood Park, Woodland Park, Forest Point

FRI, APRIL 26 – 9/20 and Barber Dr. Celeste Dr. Ridge Rd / Prospect Hghts., Sherwood Ave / Clinton Park Lower Area of Hampton Manor below Summit Ave including Lakeview Ave. to Rensselaer City Line.

Flushing will begin at 8:00 am. During flushing, water pressure will be reduced. Water may become dis-colored due to iron and manganese deposits in the mains. Residents should limit their use of water for cooking and laundering during flushing in their areas.

Thank you for your cooperation.

East Greenbush Water Department

(518) 477-9367


Land Trust Spring Bottle Drive

Return your bottles and cans and help the Schodack Area Land Trust (SALT).

Through an arrangement with Six-Cent Redemption, behind Starbucks in Hannaford Plaza, SALT will receive six cents for every container you donate to the cause. Simply drop off your containers and say, “These are for SALT.” No need to wait or feed cans into a machine.

SALT is a 13-year-old not-for-profit which manages 60 acres of land open to the public for passive recreation. Access to the property is from Thoroughbred Dr. off Palmer Rd. SALT’s biggest expense is insurance.


Scholarships for high school seniors

The Rensselaer Elks Lodge B.P.O.E. 2073 is pleased to announce Applications are now available for the 2019 Jack Stewart/Ann Collins Memorial Scholarships. if you are a senior at Maple Hill, Averill Park, Rensselaer or Columbia High School, please see your guidance counselor for details. Applications are due back to guidance counselors by May 15, 2019. One boy and one girl from each high school will be awarded a scholarship in June.


Applications for Free and Reduced-Price Meals Available

Wynantskill UFSD would like to inform our community that information and applications for the Free and Reduced- Price Lunch Program are available on the district website,, or by calling Food Services Director Lori Audi at 518-283-4600 ext. 22.

The National School Lunch Program is a completely confidential program that has helped ensure children have access to nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches since 1946.


Celebrate National Arbor Day by Planting Trees

Receive 10 Free Shade Trees by Joining the Arbor Day Foundation

National Arbor Day is Friday, April 26, this year, and the Arbor Day Foundation is making it easy for anyone to celebrate the annual tree-planting holiday. Join the Foundation in April and receive 10 free shade trees.

By joining the Foundation in April, new members receive the following trees: red oak, sugar maple, weeping willow, baldcypress, thornless honeylocust, pin oak, river birch, tuliptree, silver maple and red maple.

The free trees are part of the Foundation’s Trees for America campaign.

“These trees provide shade in the summer and vibrant colors throughout the fall,” said Matt Harris, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Through the simple act of planting trees, one person can make a difference in helping to create a healthier and more beautiful planet for all of us to enjoy.”

The trees will be shipped postpaid with enclosed planting instructions at the right time for planting in April or May. The 6- to 12-inch trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge.

To become a member of the Foundation and receive the free trees, visit or send a $10 contribution by April 30 to:

Arbor Day Foundation
Ten Free Shade Trees
100 Arbor Avenue
Nebraska City, NE 68410


Town of East Greenbush Spring Clean Up

The Town of East Greenbush will begin Spring Clean Up on Monday, April 15, 2019, and continue for the next 3 Mondays. April 22, 29, and May 6. Due to unforeseen circumstances if leaves are not picked up on Monday, the crews will continue to canvass throughout the week.

Please bundle all brush into 4’ long bundles, and leaves must be in biodegradable bags. Please place all items on edge of the road. Do not place bags of leaves or bundles of brush on pavement, or in front of culverts, or on top of catch basins.

If you miss these dates, you may bring the bags to the Transfer Station with proof of address and they will gladly take them.

Thank you,
Scott Gallerie, Commissioner
Department of Public Works


Poestenkill Spring Clean up

Starting Monday, April 29, 2019, thru Friday, May 3, 2019, we will be collecting paper bag leaves. No plastic bags and brush placed on the edge of the property. If you have any questions, please call Town hall 518 283-5100 Ext. 100, Town clerk 518 283-5119 or Town Garage at 518 283-4144.


Give blood with the Red Cross during National Volunteer Month

(April 3, 2019)– The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood or platelets during National Volunteer Month this April. Eligible donors of all blood types – especially type O – are needed to help ensure blood products are available for patients this spring.

Volunteer donors are the only source of blood products for those in need of transfusions, and the Red Cross salutes the volunteer blood and platelets donors who help fulfill its lifesaving mission. While donors of all blood types are needed, the Red Cross currently has a severe shortage of type O blood donations and urges type O donors to give now.

Make an appointment to help save lives now by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

HBO and Red Cross invite Game of Thrones fans to Bleed #ForTheThrone

To celebrate the final season of Game of Thrones, HBO and the American Red Cross have partnered to encourage fans and donors to show their bravery and valor by bleeding #ForTheThrone.

Those who come to donate by April 30 will be automatically entered for a chance to win a full-size Iron Throne from HBO’s Game of Thrones. Terms and conditions apply and are available at* Additionally, all presenting donors April 11-30, 2019, will receive a commemorative Bleed For The Throne poster, while supplies** last, and automatically be entered in the above-mentioned sweepstakes.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Rensselaer Co.

Averill Park
4/25/2019: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Averill Park Church of the Covenant, 3055 Route 43

Castleton on Hudson
4/19/2019: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Castleton Volunteer Ambulance Corporation, 1700 Brookview Road

East Schodack
4/19/2019: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., East Schodack Fire Company, 3071 Route 150

4/30/2019: 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., American Legion Melvin Roads Post, 200 Columbia Turnpike

4/18/2019: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Troy Hilton Garden Inn, 235 Hoosick Street
4/22/2019: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Troy Masonic Temple, 39 Brunswick Road
4/27/2019: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Our Lady of Victory Church, 55 North Lake Avenue
4/27/2019: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., St Michaels Roman Catholic Church, 175 Williams Road

4/29/2019: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., American Legion Post 1489, 111 Main Avenue

Please Return Jacket Mistakenly Taken at Gilead Church Dinner

The Community Dinner at Gilead Lutheran church on March 28th was overflowing with wonderful people. I hope everyone enjoyed it! On the “FREE” clothes rack a purple jacket was mistakenly taken for a free jacket. If anyone took it by mistake, please call the church at 518-279-9270 or leave the coat in the box near the double doors.

~Lisa Kreiger, Gilead Lutheran Church


Family History Research Day

The Capital District Genealogical Society Invites you to Family History Research Day, Colonie Town Library, 629 Albany-Shaker Road, Loudonville, Saturday, April 27, 2019. Stop in any time between 10 AM-3 PM.

Volunteer members will be available to help you one on one with your family research at no charge. We bring our computers, our experience, and our memberships in all those genealogy organizations.  This is a good time to get started on your family tree or to get help on where to break that “brick wall”.  (It will be helpful if you can provide a little of what you know of names, dates, and locations of your relatives.)

Please join us. The meeting is free, fun and open to the public.

Capital District Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 2175, Empire State Plaza Station,
Albany, NY 12220



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 are Needing 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 Taking Empty Clear Pill Bottles; Must Be See Thru.


From the Nassau Town Clerk’s Office

The Nassau Town Clerk’s Office will be closed Friday, April 26th, and Monday through Wednesday, May 6th through the 8th, due to training.

Please plan your visit around these dates. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Sandra L. Rings, RMC
Nassau Town Clerk


Annual Pick Up Litter in the Village of Nassau Day

The Village of Nassau is sponsoring its annual pick up litter in the Village of Nassau Day on Saturday, April 27. Teams of volunteers will meet at the Village Hall at 40 Malden St. at 9am. Participants will be assigned a specific area of the Village to pick up. All ages welcome. Dress accordingly and be sure to bring gloves. For more information, email to


Sand Lake Summer Day Camp!!

The Town of Sand Lake is Happy to Provide a Summer Day Camp program for 5 weeks during the summer. The Summer Camp will be located at the Miller Hill Elementary School from July 8th through August 9th. The Summer Camp is open to children entering 1st grade in the fall through children entering 7th grade. This year’s Summer Camp will provide both regular and extended hours. Families may sign up for the weeks that they choose. Registration is open until June 1st. In order for camp to run and be fiscally responsible, we will need a certain amount of kids to sign up.

  • Regular Hours- 9:00 am to 3:00 pm -$120 per week
  • Extended Hours-7:30 am to 5:30 pm- $150 per week

(10% discount for more than one child)

Registration forms are available at the Town Clerk’s Office at the Sand Lake Town Hall or on the web site at Parents can contact Lindsy Marshall, Youth Program Supervisor with any questions or concerns at or 518-526-0938.


Village of East Nassau Appointments

At the April 1, 2019 Organizational Meeting recently elected Thomas Kernan and Jeffrey Root were sworn in as Village Trustees each for a 2-year term expiring in 2021. Lydia Davis and Michael Lever continue their terms as Village Trustees through March 2020.

In addition, Mayor Adam Acquario made the following appointments, with village board approval, for one-year terms: Lydia Davis as Deputy Mayor, Paul Bullock as Code Enforcement Officer, Doris McCarthy as Treasurer and Tax Collector, Diane Maguire as Village Clerk, Joseph Catalano, Esq. as Village Attorney, Michael Dorr as Public Works Superintendent, Kevin Warner as Deputy Public Works Superintendent, Thomas Kernan as Village Historian, Mitchell Levinn as Webmaster for the village website, Nancy Clement as Chair of the Senior Advocacy Committee along with Edward Peplowski and Elizabeth Romeling as committee members.

Greta White was re-appointed as chair of the Zoning Board of Appeals and Sharon McArdle was re-appointed to the Zoning Board of Appeals for a term expiring in 2023. Susan Shapiro was appointed to the Ethics Board for a term expiring in 2023 and John Atchinson was re-appointed to the Ethics Board for a term to expire in 2023.

Village Board meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month starting in May 2019 held at the Hoag’s Corners Ambulance Building on Town Garage Road at 7:00 PM. Your attendance at any of these meetings is most welcomed.


EGCSD Board of Education Adopts Proposed Budget

The East Greenbush Central School District Board of Education adopted the proposed school budget for 2019-20 at its public meeting on April 3 in the Citizen Genet Elementary School auditorium. It will be voted on by district residents on Tuesday, May 21.

The proposed budget totals $95,925,684, an increase of 1.76% from last year.

Visit for more information.


Attention Poestenkill High School Seniors

The Leo B. Clement/ Poestenkill Library Scholarship of $500 is ready to be claimed by a High School Senior who is a resident of the town of Poestenkill. The student, from a public, private or home school must be planning to attend a two or four-year college after graduation.

A 500-750-word essay based on the applicant’s love of reading is due by May 31, 2019. No specific font or spacing is required. Applicant’s name should not be on the essay page since the judging is done solely on the content of the essay.  A cover sheet must be attached which includes: applicant’s name, address, phone #, High School currently attending (or equivalent) and College attending in the Fall.

Essay can be e-mailed to:, sent by regular mail to PO Box 305, Poestenkill, NY 12140, or hand delivered to the library.


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