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New York Army National Guard Soldier Reenlistments

LATHAM, NY — Major General Ray Shields, the Adjutant General, announces the recent reenlistment of members of the State National Guard in recognition of their continuing commitment to serve community, state and nation as part of the Army National Guard.

Sergeant Alexander Hernandez from Troy, N.Y. reenlisted to continue service with the 2nd Civil Support Team (Weapons of Mass Destruction).

Master Sergeant Tarek Warner from Nassau, N.Y. reenlisted to continue service with the Joint Force Headquarters.

Sergeant Amanda Canfield from Rensselaer, N.Y. reenlisted to continue service with the Joint Force Headquarters.

Sergeant John Tirinato from Castleton, N.Y. reenlisted to continue service with the Joint Force Headquarters.

First Sergeant Charles Garretto from Eagle Bridge, N.Y. reenlisted to continue service with the Company A, 3-142nd Aviation.

Sergeant First Class Stephanie Fiebke from Castleton, N.Y. reenlisted to continue service with the Company D, 3-142nd Aviation.

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


Rensselaer City Historian’s Office seeking info. on Albany Woolen Mill

Rensselaer City Historian’s Office is seeking any information on the Albany Woolen Mill on Green Street in Rensselaer City. Personal remembrances, receipts, documents, advertisements, pay stubs, anything related to the AWM.

We are told AWM once manufactured Woolen sweaters and perhaps jackets for the US military during World War II. From time to time there was Surplus sales of irregular garments.

Any stories, photos, reports or artifacts, letters of Commerce, employee information documents. We are looking to reweave the story of the fabric dye and textile industry once prominent in Rensselaer City. Information can be sent to the Office of the Historian 62 Washington Street, Rensselaer City, Rensselaer, NY 12144.


Park Improvements Continue for the Town of East Greenbush

Improvements continue for the Parks in East Greenbush.  A new playground will be built at the Town Park.  The old playground will be coming down in the next few weeks and the new playground should be complete within the first few weeks of June.  Please use caution in this area of the park during demolition and construction.  Other improvements at the Town
park include paving of the new parking lot and the road inside the park and light posts along the road.

Improvements have begun at Woodland Park as well.  The fencing has been removed, a new gazebo will be placed in the park along with some picnic tables and seating. Any playground equipment that is dangerous and beyond repair will be removed.  The basketball court will be cleaned up and hoops repaired.  Fresh landscaping, shrubs and flowers will be planted, and a small parking area developed to implement safety and a more aesthetically appealing neighborhood park.

All Park improvements are guided by the Town’s updated 2016 Amenities Plan.

For questions or concerns, please contact the Community and Recreation Office at 518-477-4194.


A Tale of Two Boys

It was a Saturday…
First sunny and warm day of the year.
One boy spent the afternoon at baseball practice;
He was catching fly balls.
The other boy rambled about with his Grandpa;
He was catching frogs!
The first had the best of equipment
And a team of coaches.
The frogger had his net
And Grandpa shouting encouragement.
The baseball coaches were quite demanding…
They sought perfection with repetitive drills.
Other than offering safety hints,
Grandpa let the other boy play.
Now, both boys profited
From their sunny day experience:
Both baseball and nature play
Are good for young boys.
But when Grandpa suggested another outdoor adventure,
The young baseball player asked to go along…!!!

~Lloyd Barnhart
West Sand Lake, NY



Half Moon Button Club Monthly Meeting

The Half Moon Button Club will meet on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at the Bethlehem Public Library, 451 Delaware Avenue, Delmar
The social time starts at 11:00 a.m. and the business meeting starts at 12:00 noon followed by the program, which will be presented by Lea Mastrianni on Twinkles.

Bring a bag lunch. Dessert will be provided.  For more information, call Lisa at 518-469-7420 or Kirsti at 518-869-8125.  Everyone is welcome.


Ft. Crailo DAR to meet

On May 15th, the Ft. Crailo DAR will meet at 3pm at Ft. Crailo to plant the flower boxes and then go to Salisbury’s on Washington Ave. for a dinner meeting. Ladies remember to bring white and salmon begonias.


Open Letter to Hampton Manor Residents

Dear Town of East Greenbush Water System Customer,

The East Greenbush Public Works Department has contracted with East National Water, LLC of Palmer, MA to install water meters with E-coder meter head radios compatible with the Town’s reading equipment throughout Hampton Manor. This equipment will be installed at no cost to you, the customer. THIS PROCESS IS MANDATORY, and we request a one-hour window of time to schedule the appointment at your property. For security purposes, meter installers will be wearing company uniforms, using vehicles with company logos, and will be carrying a company issued photo identification and driver’s license. A responsible adult at least 18-years old must be present for the meter installation to take place.

Please call East National Water, LLC at their toll-free number 1-800-252-8556 or 833-488-4580 to schedule an appointment to have your meter Installed. The office is staffed from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. If you call outside these hours you may have to leave a message. You will be contacted to arrange your meter change-out appointment. You may also schedule online at: by using the East Greenbush appointment link.

If you have any questions regarding this program, please call the East Greenbush Water and Sewer Billing Office at (518) 477-9367. Office hours are between 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM.

Please make sure the area around your meter installation location (where the water line enters the house) is accessible prior to your scheduled appointment.

Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.


Daniel Fiacco
Deputy Commissioner
Department of Public Works
East Greenbush


North Greenbush Report from Mary Frances Sabo

Welcome Spring!  April was a busy month.  In early April, I attended an information session and a public hearing concerning a proposed 7.3- mile-long natural gas transmission pipeline and associated facilities which National Grid is pushing called the Pipeline E37 Reliability and Resiliency Project. The proposed pipeline will begin near National Grid’s Bethlehem Gate Station, cross the Hudson River into East Greenbush and end up at Bloomingrove Drive, close to Bell Top school. I have discussed this pipeline with other elected officials and their representatives.  I am aware that Riverkeeper, a noted environmental group, is not opposed to it. I have also reviewed the petition with an eye on its impact to North Greenbush and commented that National Grid is seeking approval to override North Greenbush’s zoning code without providing any specific reasons. At the public hearing, I questioned which provisions of town zoning code needed to be overridden and why.  The Public Service Commission (“PSC”) deciding National Grid’s application assured me that the PSC would look closely at this attempt to override the town’s zoning code. Another concern is that several residential projects currently before the town planning board feature flag lots and long shared driveways.  These features save developers money because they do not build an entry road to the development which must meet town specifications.  However, the extra-long shared driveways without proper turnarounds create safety concerns and may prevent access for emergency services, particularly if the owners fail to properly maintain the driveways.  The supervisor appointed me the chair of a committee to make recommendations to the town board on a local law to regulate flag lots.  At the April meeting, the town board approved the appointment of 6 individuals with strong backgrounds in land use, local government, emergency services and community development to serve on this committee. Our first flag lot committee meeting is scheduled for the end of April.

~Submitted by Councilwoman Mary Frances Sabo, North Greenbush


Nassau Lake Assoc. Annual Meeting

Please join us Wednesday, May 1st, for our annual meeting at the VFW on Lyons Lake Rd. beginning at 7 p.m.  We will be discussing all kinds of things going on this upcoming season.  One thing we will be talking about is docks.  In continuing efforts to make the Nassau Lake community a better place to live, we will be addressing the problem of abandoned docks, docks that were not removed for the winter and a tagging system for docks of  members in good standing  who wish to put one in this year.  As always, we’re looking for new members and volunteers.  GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!


Veterans of Lansingburgh 23rd Annual Memorial Day Parade

Veterans of Lansingburgh 23rd Annual Memorial Day Parade will be held on May 27, 2019, 11:00 am, rain or shine.

Grand Marshal: William B. Allendorph, Vietnam Veteran, U.S. Army.

Honorary Grand Marshal: William J. Atchinson III, Vietnam Veteran, U.S.M.C.

Parade Announcer: David Kissick, U.S. Marine Veteran.

Parade Route: Parade begins at 123rd St. & 5th Ave., parade heads South on 5th Ave.; turn on 115th St. and goes to 2nd Ave., heading North on 2nd Ave.

Reviewing Stand: East side of 2nd Ave. in front of Standard Manufacturing.

To Participate in the Parade: Contact PJ Higgitt 518-221-3428 to request a Parade Participation form.

“Honoring Those Who Paid the Ultimate Sacrifice”


May Meeting of the Grafton Merrymakers

The May meeting of the Grafton Merrymakers will take place on May 8th at 5:30 pm at the Everett Wager Senior Center, Grafton, NY.
The evening will start with a covered dish at 5:30 pm followed by our monthly meeting at 6:15 pm.   After the meeting we will be playing bingo.  If you are interested in this senior group or are planning on joining the Merrymakers, please come to our meetings.   Any questions please call Betty Jean at 518-272-8624.


Wishing for Change

Weathered the storms
Waiting for leaves
Watching bare branches
Impatient for Spring.
Prefer oncoming season
to icy cold winter.
Stow away ice skates, skis, heavy boots, jackets, hats.
Looking forward from memory
You remember, don’t you?
Welcome pussy willows, snowdrops, crocus, daffodils, forsythia.
Our northeast sunshine o’erhead.
Bright symbols of season changing
Hope in new blossoms, leaves, planted seeds and bulbs.
Sunshine and rain, our effort combining for a happening.

~Nancy W. Davis, April 2019


Rensselaer Co. Is Seeking Volunteers

The Rensselaer County’s Health Insurance Information, Counseling and Assistance Program (HIICAP) is looking for people who want to enrich their minds about Medicare and to help educate others.  Come to a short presentation and Meet & Greet on Wednesday, June 5th, from 2-3pm at the East Greenbush Library.  There we will have the HIICAP coordinator and active program volunteers to talk with about the program, training and general information.  Please RSVP by calling 518-270-2768 or by emailing  We can’t wait to see you there!


“I Love My Park Day” to Be Held at Bennington Battlefield

Hoosick, NY Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site will host “I Love My Park Day” on May 4 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM. (Rain date: May 11, 10:00 AM) All projects will be within walking distance of the main parking area. Volunteers of all ages are sought to help rake, plant flowers and spread mulch. Hand tools will be provided. Light refreshments and t-shirts will also be available. A registration form may be found at Contact Historic Site Assistant David Pitlyk, 518-860-9094 with questions. The main entrance to the site is located at 5157 NY-67, Hoosick, NY.


APHS Class of ’69 Looking for members

APHS Class of ’69 is looking for Linda Abbott, Caroline Corey, Paul Dinovo, 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.


Elmer A. Grogan Scholarship

Applications are being accepted for the scholarship award of $300.00 for the best essay on “What Freedom Means To Me” by a graduating senior from Brunswick Central School District or Berlin Central School District who is continuing on with his or her education.  The essay should not be less than 250 words or not more than 500 words.  The scholarship is being given by the Carner, Etman, Smith V.F.W. Post 6340 in memory of a former member Elmer A. Grogan.

The deadline for applications is May 2nd.   Applications are available at the guidance counselor offices of both high schools and should be mailed to Carner, Etman, Smith V.F.W. Post 6340, PO Box 361, Grafton, NY  12082, Attn:   Commander Skip Densing


Elmira College Dean’s List for Winter 2019 Term

ELMIRA, NY — Elmira College released its Dean’s List for Academic Achievement for the Winter 2019 Term. The Dean’s List recognizes full-time undergraduate students who were registered for at least 12 computable credit hours and who earned a term grade point average of 3.6 or higher. Students making the list include:

Timothy Cooper of Wynantskill (12198)
Carolyn Corcoran of Mechanicville (12118)

News from Averill Park CSD

The Averill Park Teachers Association presented the Backpack Program with a check for $2,750. The Backpack Program provides a child with a bag of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food every Friday to be enjoyed throughout the weekend. The food is placed in a bag and distributed discreetly. Thank you to the APTA for this generous gift, which will cover 15 students for a year! The Backpack Program for K-5, in combination with our Food Pantry program for 6-12, services all our students.

The Averill Park Athletic Hall of Fame inducted nine new members as part of its 2019 Induction Class. Congratulations to Steve Allard, Mollie DeFrancesco, Suzanne Ernst, Kenny Gunderman, Abby Jackson, Jared Morine, Suzie Snyder, Earl Retzlaff and Paula Maniscalco on a well-deserved honor.

The Concert Choir won gold at the NYSSMA Majors Festival! Students are evaluated as an ensemble and the overall performance is rated against a set of criteria. Way to go everyone!

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


Samantha Hart named to the Honors List at Fairleigh Dickinson

MADISON, NJ — Samantha Hart, of Troy, NY, a student at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Metropolitan Campus in Teaneck, NJ has been named to the Honors List for the Fall 2018 semester.

To qualify for the Honors List, a student must carry a 3.5 or better grade point average out of a possible 4.0 and be enrolled in a minimum of 12 letter-graded hours (four courses).


Maple Hill Jr./Sr. High School 3rd Quarter Honor Rolls

Principal’s List (95+ average)

Grade 7: Aydin Ahmed, Maia Allard, Celise Champigny, Brody Chevrier, Zackary Civerolo, Emily Coffey, Cole Dubbelde, Violet Fisher, Alyssa Gray, Aidan Loszynski, Luciano Marra, Grace Martino, Shane McGarvey, Nathan Sober, Isabella Thomas, Caoimhe Tyrrell and Ashlyn Urba.

Grade 8: Morgan Delardi, Ethan Maier, Tyler Marino, Claire Pulver, Angelina Pusateri and Abbigale Rossman.

Grade 9: Joseph Brewer, Christopher Bulan, Angelina Davis, Matthew Donnelly, Samantha Dubbelde, Alayna Fletcher, Tobiah Gieser, Andrew Hacker, Lukas McIntosh, Amanda Nebral, John Pomykaj, Isabelle Ridgeway, Jace Tuttle and Ethan Wilkinson.

Grade 10: Elaina Champigny, Nicholas Clickner, Mia Fleck, Thomas Gorman, Kathryn Hannay, Jenna Hoffman, Andrew Penn, Kyra Price, Diana Pugliese, Kylie Roloson, Davin Sherwood, Madison Slovak, Julia Sober and Alexis Tedford.

Grade 11: Kevin Ackerman, Noah Albanese, Karsyn Berger, Paige Bleau, Hannah Brewer, Benjamin Bulan, Tari Civerolo, Willow Coleda, Calie Haller, Bryan Jacobs, Nicholas Janowski, Makaila Maier, Shawn Miller, Derek Rossetti, Emily Smith, Lillian Stephens, Natasha Strock and Shannon Tacy.

Grade 12: Christian Beber, Elisabeth Brahm, Lydia Chittenden, Tyler Hanrahan, Mariella Hirschoff, Elvira Horbata, Alysa Houghtaling, Jeffrey Huskie, Kendall Jenkins, Ashley Kolb, Caroline Lafferty, Colby Leahon, Nathan Mannion, Mya Marquez, Ryan McTarnaghan, Kari Minissale, Nicolas Perez Schrader, Brayden Renslow, Seth Roberts, Olivia Sterantino and Abigail Utter.

High Honor Roll (90 to 94 average)

Grade 7: Kate Ackerman, Kiahn Ahmed, Kate Brodzinski, Kennedy Chesnut, Jordan Delardi, Lilah Dowling, Luca Flach, Deyanna Haughton, Eva Hirschoff, Ryan Hourigan, Jasleen Kaur, Demiris La Voie, Oriana Letzelter, Kerrigan McCarthy, Emma Nihill, Benjamin Reickert, Claire Sober, Ruby Theodore-Begany and Katherine Yamin.

Grade 8: Samuel Anderson, Taylor Aubin, Grace Barrington, Joshua Da Costa Gomez, Natalie Deso, Emma Dugan, Colby Frazier, Rachael Frazier, Dillon Halvax, Luke Hoffman, Aleck Isbester, Alyssa Martin, Gianna Morse, Landon Pearsall, Xavier Pearsall, Emma Perez-Schrader, Jillian Randall, Karsen Randall, Brody Rogers, Siara Rosenberger, Siona Schuerholz, Isabella Seeberger, Emily Simon, Gerald Stalker, Samuel Sterantino, Cole Stone, Ciaran Sweet, Frank Thomas, Ethan Tyree and Cassidy Zimmermann.

Grade 9: Samantha Brahm, Eli Charlebois, Markham Daly, Landon Flach, Dean Fox, Rebecca Hall, April Jacobs, Andrew Lensink, Benjamin Marra, Rebecca Nihill, Shaylyn Rossetti, Bridget Soden, Nathaniel Taylor and Gavin VanKempen.

Grade 10: Kevin Bauer, Meghan Bennett, Zachary Berry, Kaylee Chesnut, Tyler Dorn, Diana Felts, Aiden Fletcher, Rachel Gardner, Kate Harrington, Dominic Hirschoff, Matthew Jung, Kaelyn Kulpa, Isabella Maruca, Skyler Misiaszek, Emily Murray, Brandon Selmer and Ceara Sweet.

Grade 11: Madison Berry, Luc Charlebois, Hunter Dorward, Claudia Eckel, Zachary Eveleth, Emersyn Ferreira, Lauren Finkle, Braden Flood, Rian Jewett, Elizabeth Merhige, Paige Padilla, Emma Pearsall, Julia Pugliese, Rebecca Roe, Adam

Salerno, Jackson Sherwood, Samantha Siciliano, Austin Smith, Lauryn Smith, Samantha Stahlman, Caleb Svingala, Sidney Tuttle, Emily VanApeldoorn, Statia Walker, Jenna Wilkinson and Haiden Zinzow.

Grade 12: Rachael Adler, Haley Barber, Austin Barden, Stephen Burl, Erik Burns, Alexandria Cartwright, Stacia Coyne, Thatcher Deyoe, Evan Fink, Cole Halvax, Martin Haran, Liam Hardaker, Grace Hudgins, Evan Kulpa, Connor McGarvey, Austin Ohl, Mariyanna Ramirez, Tara Smith, Eric Steffek, Ryan Stuto and Trent Svingala.

Honor Roll (85 to 89 average)

Grade 7: Anthony Basile, Anthony Berrios, Brady Cole, Jay Fitzsimmons, John Glasheen-Haase, Zachary Goettinger, Brynn Honsinger, Stephen Macyowskie, Sean McCauley, Emily Ramm, Dean Selmer, Matthew Shader, Abigail Szklenka, Violet Ulmer and Aurora Zuniga.

Grade 8: Hamilton Davids, Julian DelFavero, Martin Finney, Mackenzie Garcia, Elena Haberland, Gavin Haller, Garrett Jensen, Austin Lensink, Grace Malone, Samantha Manning, Jeremiah Shoen and Connor Stephens.

Grade 9: Joseph Brodzinski, Alexis Coffey, Liam Dowling, Joseph Fredericks, Avianna Haughton, Samantha Malchow, Samantha Maunu, Chelsea Novak, David O’Brien, Brianna Romer, Sydney Smith and Jack Wildermuth.

Grade 10: Peter Basile, Jackson Daly, Joshua Donnelly, Pooja Fitzsimmons, Connor Heeran, George Isbester, Logan McGarvey, Olivia Neumann, Connor Pollay, Arwen Poulin, Emily Rescott, John Russell, Justin Sober and John Utter.

Grade 11: Patrick Doran, Aidan Percey, Benjamin Scott and Justin Zimmerman.

Grade 12: Nodiaus DiTonno, Ryan Goettinger, Jacob Hoffman, Sarah Leverone, Sophia Lostritto, Anthony Otazo, Hunter Pomykaj, Lenah Reid, Alexus Smith, Timothy Wochinger and Joshua Zimmerman.


Rensselaer High Alumni to meet

On May 7th, the Rensselaer High Alumni will meet in the LGI room of the high school at 6:30pm.


Juliet Mankin Named to the Winter 2018-2019 Honors List

POMFRET, CT — Juliet Mankin of Poestenkill, NY, from the Class of 2020, was named to the Winter 2018-2019 Honors List at Pomfret School.

To achieve this level of distinction, Juliet earned a grade point average of at least 3.330 and received no grade lower than a B.


Thrift Shop

The Church of the Redeemer Thrift Shop in Rensselaer offers a clean, well-organized shopping experience with a very large selection of clothing for all ages and sizes, housewares, toys, jewelry, baby gear, Avon collectibles and prom dresses. You’re sure to find something you didn’t know you needed from the vast selection of one-of-a-kind items. We’ll be open on Thursday, April 25th, from 3 to 6 pm; and Saturday, April 27th, from 9 to 2.

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



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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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 30, 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.


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 will continue for the next 2 Mondays. April 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

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

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


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.


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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