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AMS Service Club delivers birthday bags to food pantry

The students of the Algonquin Middle School Service Learning Club, SL@AMS, delivered 25 birthday bags to the Brunswick Cares Food Pantry this winter. SL@AMS is student group that supports community service. These birthday bags consisted of a cake pan, cake making supplies, party favors, festive decorations, handmade cards, and a teddy bear. The Brunswick Cares Food Pantry provides these bags to the food insecure families in our area who regularly utilize the pantry for extra support. Bags are for children 3-14 years of age in the month of their birthday. The Brunswick Cares Food Pantry is open 5-7 pm on Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings 9-11am at 42 White Church Lane, Troy, NY, 12180. The pantry would like to extend a special thank you to the AMS Service Club!


Town of Schodack Summer Day Camp

The Town of Schodack is pleased to announce that the 2019 Summer Day Camp for children will run from July 8, 2019 through August 2, 2019. The program will operate Monday through Friday, grades K-3 from 9:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. and grades 4-8 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Registration is $125.00 per child, with a $325.00 maximum per family, all inclusive. Applications will be available during regular business hours starting May 1st at the Schodack Town Clerk’s Office or online at (under Youth & Recreation). All health immunization forms are required with camper applications. No application will be accepted without proof of immunization. Bus service information will also be available. See registration applications for age requirements, camp locations and details. Completed applications and registration fees will be due no later than May 31, 2019. For further information, please contact the Recreation Director Shelia Golden at



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.


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 12054.

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.


District 5 Legislators Sponsor Breakfast

Rensselaer County Legislator, Bruce Patire, cooking French Toast at the Hoosick Falls Senior Center. Also pictured is Richard Coolidge, a regular member at the center.

(Hoosick Falls) The Rensselaer County District 5 Legislators, Bruce Patire and Jeff Wysocki sponsored a delicious French Toast Breakfast at Rensselaer County’s Hoosick Falls Senior Center.

Bruce came to the center and cooked French Toast for 24 Seniors. Following breakfast, Bruce was on hand to discuss any concerns the residents 60 and over have.

A fun time was had by all that attended.



April Craft Time

Members of the Everett Wagar Senior Center enjoyed Craft Time at the center.  Pictured left to right: Elaine Snyder, who lead the class; Mary Farrell; Marge Littlejohn; Connie Vanderhoef; Helen Petrie, Connie Goodermote.  Front row; Guinevere Thaler and Ginny Parkinson.

(Grafton) Each month Craft Time is planned at the Everett Wagar Senior Center, 2 Roxborough Road in Grafton.   In April, members made a Spring-Time decoration with wooden forks, flowers and birds.  Members shared decorative ideas and stories of how they would use their new piece of art.

Please join members in May for another fun project.  Plans are in the works to make a colorful picture frame. Call the center at 518-279-3413 to sign up for Craft Time.


Poestenkill “Bread of Life” Food Pantry

Poestenkill “Bread of Life” food pantry, 772 Route 351, is stocked and ready to share.

Come check us out, take home some samples of what we have for you and your family.

We have a wonderfully generous and supportive community who care very much for anyone who could benefit with good nutritious food items.

We are here on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays, 5 to 7 pm and on the 4th Saturdays, 10 am to Noon every month.

Please come and visit us, see for yourself what we are all about.

For more information or if you may have questions, call 518-283-6045 and leave a name and phone number. We will return your call. Thanks.


East Greenbush Town Board meeting

All were unanimously adopted at the April East Greenbush Town Board Meeting.

74-2019  Resolution Approving Meeting Minutes

75-2019  Resolution Turn EG Teal During the Month of September 2019

76-2019  Resolution Proclaiming the Week of May 12–18, 2019 Police Week in EG

77-2019  Resolution Proclaiming April 2019 Child Abuse Prevention Month in EG

78-2019  Resolution Authorizing Replacement of the Roof Top Furnace at Corliss Avenue Pump Station

79-2019  Resolution Authorizing Use of GEIS Recreation Funds for Woodland Park Improvements

80-2019 Resolution Authorize Surface Treatment of Town Highways

81-2019  Resolution Authorizing Repaving the Waste Water Treatment Plant Parking Lot

82-2019  Resolution Authorizing Purchase of a Rubber Tracked Skid Steer from NYS OGS Contract

83-2019  Resolution Authorizing Solicitation of Quotes and Use of GEIS Funds for Camera Inspection of Sewer Lines

84-2019  Resolution Authorizing Directional Boring of Water Line under Red Mill Creek

85-2019  Resolution to Appoint Temporary Seasonal Laborers in the DPW

86-2019  Resolution Setting a Public Hearing on Proposed Resolution to Terminate the Annual Service Award Program for Volunteers of the W.F. Bruen Rescue Squad

87-2019  Resolution Authorizing Solicitation of Bids for Consultant Services in Support of a Grant Received from NYSDEC Water Quality Improvement Program (WQIP) for MS4 Mapping

88-2019  Resolution Scheduling a Public Hearing for the Adoption of the Town’s 2019 Annual Report for Phase II SPDES General Permit for Stormwater Discharges From Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4), GP-0-15-003

89-2019 Resolution Appointing Samuel Morreale as Planning Intern

90-2019  Resolution Authorizing Emergency Repairs at the Waste Water Treatment Plant

91-2019  Resolution Supporting of Raising Awareness of Sarcoidosis and Declaring April Sarcoidosis Awareness Month in the Town of EG

92-2019  Resolution Honoring the Actions of Three EG Police Officers.

93-2019  Resolution Awarding the Bid for Playground Design, Construction, Equipment and Surfacing to Game Time/MRC

94-2019  Resolution Authorizing Supervisor to Enter into an Agreement with Tighe & Bond to Prepare Feasibility Study and Preliminary Design Report

95-2019  Resolution Accepting Application of the Pinecrest Plaza PDD Amendment Proposed by SHS Holdings, LLC – George Shannon; Referred to Planning Board For Review and Recommendation

96-2019  Resolution Opposing the E37 Pipeline – Councilor Matters Abstained

~Bridget Fritz – East Greenbush Council Person


Red Cross urges blood donations to help trauma patients

(April 25, 2019) — There’s no way to predict when or where an accident will happen. That’s why the American Red Cross needs donors to give blood during Trauma Awareness Month this May and throughout the year to help ensure that trauma centers are prepared the moment an injured patient arrives.

Donors of all blood types are urged to give now to help meet the needs of trauma patients and others with serious medical conditions. Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

In thanks, all those who come to donate blood, platelets or plasma with the Red Cross May 1 through June 10, 2019, will receive a $5 Gift Card via email. (Restrictions apply; see More information and details are available at

Upcoming blood donation opportunities May 1-23

Rensselaer County:

Castleton on Hudson
5/21/2019: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Comfort Inn and Suites, 99 Miller Road

Cherry Plain
5/23/2019: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Berlin High School, 17400 NY-22

East Greenbush
5/20/2019: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., East Greenbush Community Library, 10 Community Way

5/17/2019: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Evangelical Lutheran Church, 772 Route 351

5/16/2019: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Church of Saint Mary’s, 163 Columbia Turnpike
5/23/2019: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Rensselaer High School, 25 Van Rensselaer Drive

5/4/2019: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Troy Fire Department, 2175 6th Avenue
5/4/2019: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Brunswick Presbyterian Church, 42 White Church Lane
5/8/2019: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Brunswick EmUrgent Care, 730 Hoosick Road
5/10/2019: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., Troy Boys and Girls Club, 1700 7th Avenue
5/23/2019: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., RPI, 110 8th Street.


East Side Seniors

Our next meeting will be on May 14th, starting at 1:00pm. All meetings are preceded with the Pledge to The Flag, followed by a moment of silence. Our host/hostess will be Team 3. We still a few openings for Wildwood, June 9-14, for last minute consideration. Prices are $498 pp/dbl. and $643 single. Call BARB at 518-674-8325, for more details and reservations. A reminder that in the

SUMMER MONTHS, meetings will be once a month. They will be on the 2nd Tuesday of the month.

Join the fun and make a new friend.


East Greenbush Supervisor’s Report

As the last vestiges of winter recede, we’re looking forward to an exciting Spring and Summer! For the Town that means resuming the major push to improve the Town Park that began with the construction of the Red Barn. In the next two months, lights will be installed and the parking lot paved. In addition, the Town Board approved the purchase, installation and surfacing of a new playground for the Town Park, as well as funding to pave Town Park Road from the entrance of the Park to the circle. The Town Park is a beautiful setting for recreational activities. With significant improvements in the park and the coming Albany-Hudson Electric Trail, the recreational landscape of the Town is changing in exciting ways.

The Town Board passed a resolution opposing National Grid’s Pipeline E37 Reliability and Resiliency Project, which will follow a route of more than four miles under the Town of East Greenbush. National Grid conceded that there was no direct immediate benefit to the Town, and the Town Board felt that the risks associated with a natural gas pipeline outweighed any potential advantages down the line. We also made a point of protesting the used of fracked gas in the pipeline and wondered why National Grid continues to make 50-year commitments to fossil fuels at a time when the search for alternative sources of energy must take precedence.

We approved the paving list for 2019. Our Department of Public Works has inventoried and rated every road in Town; our paving strategy is to start with the roads that need the most attention. The following roads will be paved this year: Carvill Lane, Delehunt Drive, Elliot Avenue, Fieldcrest Drive, Foxwood Circle, Glaz Street, Hartfield Court, Hemlock Lane, Huntswood Drive, Jodon Drive, Johnny Circle, Kristen Court, Marble Road, Mill Run, New Road, Patroon Lane, Pineview Lane, Tamarack Lane, Town Park Road, and Tyler Drive. Several different techniques will be used to improve these roads. I wish we could do more, but the need for paving greatly exceeds the resources available to meet that need.

~Jack Conway, East Greenbush Town Supervisor



Sand Lake Union Cemetery Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting of the Lot Owners of the Sand Lake Union Cemetery will be held at the Church of the Covenant on Tues., May 21st, at 7 pm.

Trustees will be elected to fill expired terms. Any concerns of Lot Owners will be addressed, and other business conducted as necessary. Trustees Meeting immediately following.


West Stephentown Hillside Cemetery Meeting

The annual meeting of the West Stephentown Cemetery Association will be held Thursday, May 9, 2019, at 7:00 pm at the home of Ralph Hartzell.  All those interested are welcome to attend.


County Legislators Tour County Fire Training Facility

Pictured L-R: Legislator Tom Grant, Chairman Mike Stammel, Legislator Robert Loveridge, and Vice-Chair Kelly Hoffman.

Members of the Rensselaer County Legislature toured the Rensselaer County Fire Training Center and Tower recently.

Bureau of Public Safety Director Jay Wilson gave Legislators an overview of the present facility and talked about the future plans for a new facility.

“We realize the importance of providing our dedicated volunteers with the best possible training facilities and it’s clear that improvements are overdue”, said Chairman Michael Stammel who has served as a volunteer firefighter for over 40 years.

“We are committed to working with the County Executive to get the plans for the new facility going soon”, said Vice Chair Kelly Hoffman.




Heather Daoust Receives SUNY Canton Academic Award

CANTON, NY — SUNY Canton recognizes Heather Daoust of Castleton on Hudson, NY, (12033) for earning the highest GPA for their class year in the Criminal Investigation program. Daoust is a Freshman scheduled to graduate in 2022.

Daoust is one of about 200 students to receive an award at the William J. Mein Honors Convocation. Honors Convocation is held as the college’s formal recognition of student achievement. It is named annually to honor a retired faculty member who has made significant contributions to the college.



Jarosz earns 2019 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence

TROY, NY — Jamison Jarosz of Schaghticoke, a student at Hudson Valley Community College, was recently named as a recipient of the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.

Jarosz is studying in the Non-matriculated academic program.

The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence was created 22 years ago to recognize students who have best demonstrated the integration of academic excellence with accomplishments in the areas of leadership, athletics, community service, creative and performing arts or career achievement.

The students were invited to attend the 2019 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence ceremony and reception, Wednesday, April 24, 2019, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Albany Capital Center.

“Today’s award recipients emerged from their campuses this year as the top scholars, athletes, performers, and achievers, as well as a tremendous source of inspiration,” SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson said at the ceremony. “The students being recognized today made the choice to be leaders on their campuses, prioritize their studies, and serve their communities. Congratulations to this year’s awardees, and I applaud you for pursuing excellence in all that you do.”

This year, four students from Hudson Valley were recognized with this prestigious honor.


News from Averill Park CSD

Claire Flynn was named a Top 5 finalist to sing the National Anthem at a Tri-City ValleyCats baseball game this season. The ValleyCats held a contest at Crossgates Mall and then held an online vote for the five finalists. Way to go Claire!

Rose Jokiel sold banana bread to students and teachers and collected donations at her church to raise money to create homemade Easter baskets for the homeless. Rose raised more than $500. This was a great idea!

In total, 42 students at Poestenkill Elementary had stories selected to be a part of the “Spooky Sagas” series. Stellar job by everyone and by their teacher, Ms. Wendell!

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


BCSD Accepting Registrations for Kindergarten

Brunswick Central School District is accepting registrations for our 2019-2020 Kindergarten class.

Do you reside in the Brunswick Central School District and have a child who will five (5) years old by December 1, 2019?

If so and you are interested in enrolling your child for Kindergarten, you may pick up a registration packet at the Registrar’s office located in Tamarac High School.

If you have any questions, please call Mabel Dumas in the Registrar’s Office 518-279-4600 ext. 2006.

Once the registration is completed, return it along with the supporting documentation to have a screenings appointment scheduled. We will be scheduling screening appointments during the days of May 29th through May 31st.


Sage Colleges Scholarship Benefits for APHS Students Enrolled in Arts or Education

TROY & ALBANY, N.Y. — The Sage Colleges and the Opalka family encourage Averill Park seniors to apply for the Opalka Family Scholarship.
Any student from Averill Park High School looking to enter the field of Art + Design at The Sage Colleges is eligible for a $5,000 yearly scholarship for a total of $20,000 over four years. Additionally, a $5,000 scholarship (total of $20,000 over four years) is offered to Averill Park students interested in majoring in Education at The Sage Colleges. The scholarship is offered to up to four students in the field of Education and four students in the field of Art + Design for a total of eight annual scholarships.
Established in 2001 by the Opalka family, the scholarship has supported Averill Park students for more than a decade. Chet and Karen Opalka continue to demonstrate their support for the community this year by offering the scholarship to seniors enrolled at Sage for the upcoming fall semester.
Chet Opalka also serves The Sage Colleges as part of their Board of Trustees.
For more information about scholarship qualifications, or to apply, contact Sarah Barrett, director of undergraduate enrollment management, at or at (518) 244-2441.


Engineering Tech Students Inducted into Tau Alpha Pi Academic Honor Society at HVCC

TROY, NY — Nearly 30 high-achieving students were recently inducted into the Tau Alpha Pi academic honor society at Hudson Valley Community College.

Feyrouz Benhaya of Troy, majoring in Architectural Technology

Nicholas Morris of Nassau, majoring in Civil Engineering Technology

Erica Vaccaro of Troy, majoring in Civil Engineering Technology

Alexander Bubie of Poestenkill, majoring in Construction Technology

Brandon Harris of Poestenkill, majoring in Construction Technology

Leno Sorriento of Troy, majoring in Electrical Engineering Technology-Electronics

Matthew Mitchell of Melrose, majoring in Mechanical Engineering Technology.



National History Honor Society inducts 24 new members

ONEONTA, NY — Twenty-four new members were inducted into SUNY Oneonta’s Alpha-Kappa-Iota chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honor Society. The students were inducted during the History Department’s Awards and Phi Alpha Theta Induction Ceremony last week in Le Cafe at Morris Conference Center. The special guest was Elizabeth Mosher, Daughters of the American Revolution State Chairperson and SUNY Oneonta alumna.

Phi Alpha Theta is an American honor society for undergraduate students, graduate students, and professors of history, and is the second oldest such society in the United States.

In order to be inducted, undergraduate students must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours (four courses) in History, achieve a minimum GPA of 3.1 in History and a GPA of 3.0 or better overall. A maximum of 3 credit hours of online, transfer, or AP credits may be applied to the membership eligibility requirement. Membership is not limited to History majors.

Local area inductees:

Katie Orecki of Wynantskill (12198)

Daniel Savaria of Troy (12182)



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.


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.



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.


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.



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.



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.

VENTURE INWARD, 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



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.


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.


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.


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.


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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