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Senator Jordan announces Columbia County Clerk Holly Tanner as Woman of Distinction

Senator Daphne Jordan (left) and Columbia County Clerk Holly Tanner (right), Senator Jordan’s 2019 Woman of Distinction for the 43rd Senate District.

Albany, NY – Senator Daphne Jordan (R,C,I,Ref-Halfmoon) recently announced her selection of Columbia County Clerk Holly Tanner as her 2019 “Woman of Distinction” for the 43rd Senate District that includes all of Columbia County, and parts of Rensselaer, Saratoga, and Washington counties.
The New York State Senate’s Women of Distinction program showcases outstanding women living and working in our state whose personal and professional contributions have greatly enriched the quality of life in their communities and beyond.

All of the 63 Women of Distinction honorees had their successes celebrated by New York State Senators during a special public recognition ceremony in Albany.
The online link to the New York State Senate 2019 Women of Distinction Gallery announcing Columbia County Clerk Holly Tanner as Senator Jordan’s 2019 Woman of Distinction for the 43rd Senate District is available at
First elected Columbia County Clerk in 2002, Holly Tanner has faithfully served Columbia County taxpayers for 17 years. Some of the many successes achieved during Holly Tanner’s tenure as Columbia County Clerk include saving Columbia County taxpayers millions of dollars through efficient operations, transitioning to computerized records, launching successful marketing and revenue campaigns, as well as an inactive records center.
Clerk Tanner also implemented the popular FAVOR (Find and Assist Vets on Record) Program for Columbia County veterans, and the KISS (Keep Identities of Seniors Safe) Program for Columbia County seniors. Both beloved programs contribute to the sense of community so important to Columbia County.


Poestenkill Town Board – Meeting Minutes

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Tiffany Buker – Poestenkill Youth Director updated the board on the plans for the 2019 Poestenkill Summer Camp and informed the board that the Youth Department will be hosting a Harvest Festival in October, more details to come.

Ron Askew – account executive with Priority One gave a presentation to the Board on the options of updating the phone system in Town Hall. The current phone system is more than 25 years old.  The Town Board members will look over the written proposal.

A letter of support for Wagner Farm was drafted by Supervisor Jacangelo in reference to the Agricultural Stewardship Association Dairy Transitions Farmland Protection Initiative Grant proposal to the NYS Department of Agriculture & Markets for a perpetual conservation easement on the approximately 70-acre parcel owned by Wagner Farm Properties LLC. The Town Board authorized the letter and supported it unanimously.

Resolution #2-2019 – Adopting the New York State Solar Permit Process – the Town Board directs that the Code Enforcement Officer to use the NYS Unified Solar Permit application form and procedures to issue building permits for the installation of small-scale solar systems. The motion was made my Councilman Wohlleber, seconded by Councilwoman Butler and passed unanimously.

These minutes to be approved at the next town board meeting scheduled for Thursday, May 16th, at 7pm.

For more information, go to

~Submitted by Councilman Eric Wohlleber


Sand Lake FYI

Your town government continues to be active! Our Dog Park Committee recently met at Town Hall. I have so much fun at these meetings and I don’t even own a dog! The Committee is establishing subcommittees to work on publicity, operations, and fundraising. They have many creative ideas and their enthusiasm is catchy. The Dog Park Committee will be having a booth at Summer Fest. Stop by and learn more about the plans. Better yet, get involved! The Dog Park will not be paid through Town funds, so fundraising is key to making this project a reality.

The current three-way stop at Sheer, Biittig, and Rabie Roads will now become a four-way stop! Several residents have complained about the unsafe intersection of these roads. I reached out to Rensselaer County, and it was agreed that the road should be a four-way stop. The extra stop sign should be added soon (and may already be up by the time you read this). It may take a bit of time for people to realize there is a new stop sign there so please be careful!!

Public water, or the lack of it, continues to be an issue in our community. It is a complex, costly problem. The Town will be sponsoring a Community Forum on Public Water on Tuesday, July 9th, at 6:30 p.m. in the Town Hall Courtroom. Our guest speaker will give us a “Water Funding 101” presentation on how we can move forward with public water in the most efficient way possible. After the Community Forum, I will be establishing a committee of interested citizens to explore our next steps. Water is a big, expensive, awe-inspiring topic, but it is time we do something about it. Please plan on attending the Forum. We want your opinion! It will also be broadcast on Channel 1303 and streamed online.

Don’t forget about the Memorial Day parade and ceremony on May 27th at 10:00 a.m. The parade starts at Westfall Village and proceeds to the Veterans Memorial.

~Supervisor Nancy Perry

Town of Sand Lake


We Need Help for Spring Cleanup at Elmwood Cemetery

This notice has two purposes.  First is to ask for your help for a couple of hours on Sat., May 18, when we will tackle Spring cleanup. Most of us are now on the far side of 75, so we can use more muscle and man/woman power.

From 10 AM to NOON, we will clear winter debris, trim overgrown shrubs and discard things like Christmas wreaths some folks have failed to remove.

We would be grateful for your help. Wear your gardening gear, bring some yard tools, and join us for what we hope will be a nice spring day! Second, we will also remove

items in the way of mowing and trimming.  In the months that follow, items not approved in Elmwood’s Rules & Regulations will be removed. Don’t know the R & R’S? They are posted on the small equipment building. And, there are pamphlets


For questions, concerns, or suggestions, e-Mail Sandra Billings at


Greenbush Cemetery in need of donations

The Greenbush Cemetery was incorporated in 1845.  From Columbia Turnpike, one can see we are an old, historic cemetery in the Town of East Greenbush. However, we are still active and offering lots sales for a reasonable cost in three new sections.

With lifestyle changes in a more mobile culture, our cemetery is suffering financially. Lot sales are way down and more cremations are being done rather than burials. Cemeteries are forced to rely on donations to keep operating.

The Greenbush Cemetery estimates the operating cost for 2019 is $20,000.00.  We will need to raise $15,000.00 to stay operational for this year. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to help maintain this historic cemetery in East Greenbush.

The Greenbush Cemetery Board of Trustees (all volunteers) will be most appreciative!

We will publicly list you as a donor unless you wish to remain anonymous.
Please make checks payable to: Greenbush Cemetery Association.
Please mail checks to Jim Finke, Treasurer, 13 Horizon View Drive West, East Greenbush, NY 12061.
For more information, contact: Bobbie Reno 518-465-7938. Thank you.


Schodack Town Board report for April 2019

The Schodack Town Board, to help inform residents of its activities, furnishes for them this report for April of 2019.

We learned this spring that after 109 years in business, Sue Goold Miller and Ed Miller have decided to sell their farm, Goold’s Orchards. Sue and Ed have provided our community with local fresh produce and opportunities for countless people to visit their farm and make memories with their families. These efforts have truly made their orchard one of the defining attractions of our town. We’re thankful for all the years of hard work Sue and Ed have put in, and appreciative that they were able to find another local family, Scott and Todd Seeberger, to buy their farm and continue its operation as an orchard. At our April 11th Town Board meeting, a resolution recognizing Sue and Ed for their years of dedication and commemorating the history of their farm was unanimously adopted. We wish Sue and Ed well as they begin the next chapter of their lives and look forward to many additional years of wholesome food and fun from the Seeberger brothers as they take over operation of this historic farm.

Applications for this summer’s Town of Schodack Day Camp are now available online at or at the Town Hall. This program is available to all resident children of the Town in Kindergarten through eighth grade. Camp will run from July 8th through August 2nd and costs $125.00 per child with a family maximum payment of $325.00 for three or more children. For additional information, including hours, bus transportation availability, and required documents for application, please visit the Town website or contact the Town Hall. Applications are due no later than May 31st.

And finally, the Town is hosting its “Spring Clean Up Days” on May 16th, 17th, and 18th at the Transfer Station. Residents are welcome to take advantage of reduced pricing on items to help with their spring-cleaning needs. Please check the website or contact the Transfer Station for further details.

Again, as a reminder, all Town meetings can now be viewed online either through our Facebook page or at

~The Schodack Town Board
Supervisor David Harris
James Bult
Mike Kenney
Scott Swartz
Tracey Rex


(RADAR) Memorial Walk

Residents of Rensselaer took part in the annual Rensselaer Area Drug Awareness Reality Coalition (RADAR) Memorial Walk last Thursday. RADAR was formed several years ago to help spread awareness for the prevention of addiction and hope for recovery of those suffering.

Marchers lined up at Partition Street and marched to the Boys and Girls Club of Southern Rensselaer County where a program was held. The program led by RADAR and staff from the Rensselaer County Department of Mental Health, heard from residents who were in recovery and some who are suffering from the scourge of the opioid epidemic. The epidemic that has hit so many of our communities has brought residents together to fight back. A new group, Citizens Against Heroin, was formed late last year as a way for the community to join together and educate residents and give them the tools to fight back in their neighborhoods.

Chairman of the Rensselaer County Legislature Mike Stammel provided a monthly meeting space to the new group and arranged for the County to provide Narcan and CPR training to the members, as well as other educational and support programs. Mike was thrilled to participate in the walk along with members of the community that came together for an important cause.

~Chairman of the Legislature Michael Stammel



Abigail Cancilla receives NJCAA Region XV Academic All-Region honors

BRONX, NY — Monroe College congratulates Abigail Cancilla of Troy on being named to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region XV’s Academic-All Region Honors list for the Winter 2019 semester.

Students are eligible for this list if they earn a 3.25 or higher GPA while concurrently competing in a sport. Abigail is a valued member of the Monroe College Softball team, having demonstrated a clear commitment to athletic and academic excellence.


Gonzalez Inducted into Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society

ONEONTA, NY — Teresa Gonzalez of Stephentown, NY, earned membership in SUNY Oneonta’s Beta Eta Chapter of the Chi Alpha Epsilon national honor society during the 2018-19 academic year.

To be inducted into XAE, students must earn a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or better for two consecutive, full-time semesters, and must have been admitted to college through an opportunity program (Access to College Excellence, College Assistance Migrant Program or Educational Opportunity Program).


News from Averill Park CSD

Questar III BOCES put on a demonstration of its Heavy Equipment program, which juniors and seniors will be able to participate in next year. Students who go through this program will graduate with a CDL license and many current students have already obtained job offers.

Congratulations to Faith Murray for being selected by NewsChannel 13 for its “13 Kids Who Care” series! Faith organized “The Sharpefinnias Effect” campaign which centers around recycling. Proceeds from her endeavor benefit children and teens who are visually impaired.

Congratulations to Jamie Holzman, Elizabeth Owens and Lillian Bursey for having their artwork displayed at Questar III’s 30th annual Juried High School Art Exhibit at Hudson Valley Community College! All three students have shown tremendous talent.

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


Kalpana Santoshi Nunna graduates from Campbellsville Univ.

CAMPBELLSVILLE, KY — “Be kind and work hard, and I promise you amazing things will happen,” Ashli Schmidt Watts, senior vice president of public affairs for the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, told a record number of 2,279 students who received degrees from Campbellsville University during three commencement ceremonies May 3 and 4.

A total of 2,592 students received degrees upon completion of all requirements for graduation during the 2018-19 academic year.

There were 2,011 students receiving master’s degrees; 255 receiving bachelor degrees and 12 being awarded associate degrees in the May 3 and 4 ceremonies.

Kalpana Santoshi Nunna of RENSSELAER, N.Y., graduated with Master of Science in Information Technology Management.

A 2004 graduate of Campbellsville University, Watts told the students: “My advice is to work hard. Show up early. Be the last to leave.

Remember that no task is too small. Be a team player.”

Music Student Benjamin Quinones Inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda

POTSDAM, NY — Eighteen students from SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music were recently inducted into the College’s chapter of Pi Kappa Lambda, the national music honor society.

The local inductee includes Benjamin Quinones of West Sand Lake, NY. In addition to the students, three faculty members were also inducted this year: SUNY Distinguished Librarian Ed Komara, and Professors Dr. Jerod Sommerfeldt and Dr. Lonel Woods.


SUNY at Fredonia Degree Candidates for Spring 2019

Fredonia President Virginia S. Horvath announced the following students who are May 2019 candidates for degrees. The students, their hometowns and degrees are as follows:

Rensselaer County Rensselaer, NY 12144
Jaret J. Belschwinder, Bachelor of Arts, History

West Sand Lake, NY 12196
Rebecca L. Lenseth, Bachelor of Science in Education, Early Childhood – Math.


AMS Celebrates Richtol’s Read All Day with Special Guests

Author James Preller meets young readers at AMS

Read All Day is a celebration of books, literacy and reading.  Guest readers, (including News Channel 10 anchor John Gray, some of Mrs. Mouzakes’ grade 8 Theater students and Mrs. Magill K-8 Interventionist), volunteered their time to read to groups in the auditorium.  Students enjoyed listening to picture books, nonfiction and novels during Read All Day.

Author James Preller was Algonquin’s special guest for our 16th annual Richtol’s Read All Day.  Mr. Preller is the author of over eighty books, including Bystander and The Courage Test.  Generous support for this author visit was provided by the Averill Park Education Foundation.

Mr. Preller presented to each grade and spoke about the writing process, how he gets his ideas and advice for students who would like to write.  He gave Algonquin students, faculty and staff a memorable day they won’t forget!



Nicholas Flint Honored with Award at SUNY Potsdam

POTSDAM, NY — SUNY Potsdam recently recognized students for excellence in research and creative projects, following the College’s 2019 Learning and Research Fair.

The 2019 Learning and Research Fair at SUNY Potsdam was held on April 24 in the Barrington Student Union and featured more than 60 student projects. Top research projects were recognized with awards, which included $2,800 worth of prizes, presented in a ceremony concluding the fair.

Nicholas Flint was honored with the Frederick Kilmer Student Research Award — Sciences, Third Place for their project, titled “Probing the Interactions Between the Nuclear Receptor Coactivator-4 and Ferritin”, which they completed with faculty mentor(s) Dr. Fadi Bou-Abdallah. Nicholas is from Castleton On Hudson, NY, and is majoring in Biochemistry.


Sand Lake Ambulance Announces its 2019 Fund Drive

In conjunction with EMS Week, Sand Lake Ambulance (SLA) celebrating its 60th anniversary, is kicking off its 2019 Annual Fund Drive in the Town of Sand Lake. Mailers should be arriving soon. The Fund Drive is an integral part of SLA’s ability to continue to provide high level emergency services to town residents.

The money contributed by donors is used by SLA to obtain state of the art heart monitors, chest compression devices for doing CPR and automated breathing equipment. In addition, the ambulances and the paramedics carry Narcan to help in the fight against opioid addiction and other drugs that help stabilize people with breathing issues.

Your generous support is greatly appreciated and goes a long way toward keeping this service available in the town.


Town of Schodack Spring Clean Up

Schodack residents please note the Town of Schodack is sponsoring Spring Clean-up Days on May 16th, 17th and 18th at the Transfer Station on Poyneer Rd.

During this event, many items that normally have a charge are free and others are reduced by up to 50%. This is a great time to clean out your garage to make room for that new lawn mower!

The following price list is only for the dates noted above.

Refrigerators, freezers, Air conditioners & dehumidifier…………$8.00
Tires, rimless (maximum size 16″)…..$2.00*
*larger and rimmed tires priced by size

TVs, computer monitors (Limit 2)…………………….FREE
Propane Tanks……………FREE
Furniture (Limit 3)..………FREE
Metal goods……………….FREE
Push mowers……………..FREE
Gas grills…………………..FREE
**All other prices remain the same**


Capital District Genealogical Society to meet

The Capital District Genealogical Society Finding “Unfindable” Ancestors with guest speaker Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS.

The failure of common research practices to identify ancestors does not mean they are unfindable. This session will describe and demonstrate nine approaches to locating difficult-to-trace ancestors. Tom is an award-winning writer, board-certified genealogist, editor of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, recipient of honors from genealogical organizations and author of the textbooks Mastering Genealogical Proof and Mastering Genealogical Documentation. Using his nearly lifelong career in education as a springboard, he enjoys teaching at weeklong genealogy institutes, weekend seminars, and local, national, and international genealogy conferences.

Refreshments will be served following speaker prior to computer resources.
Colonie Town Library, 629 Albany-Shaker Road, Loudonville
Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 1:00 P.M.
(Note that this is the third Saturday of the month)
Please join us! The meetings are free and open to the public.


Interested in doing a Cruise?

A meeting will be held June 3 at 6pm at Latham Panera for those interested in doing a 50’s 60’s and 70’s Cruise, February of 2020.  Plenty of entertainment aboard.
Contact Milly at millyjr@aol. com or 518-273-7861.


Bell Top Elementary School Accepting “Wall of Fame” Nominees

The East Greenbush Central Schools’ Bell Top Elementary School is preparing for the

Annual Bell Ringers Wall of Fame. This honor is bestowed upon former Bell Top students who have attained significant accomplishments in the criteria areas of Academics, the Arts, Citizenship, or Athletics. According to the school’s selection committee, any citizen may nominate a former Bell Top student whom they believe has made an outstanding achievement and/or commitment in any of the criteria area.

The District’s June 2018 Columbia High School graduates will automatically be recognized and inducted to the school’s Wall of Fame if they have graduated Valedictorian, Salutatorian, or earned Summa Cum Laude honors.

Nomination applications can be requested by phone (518-207-2600) or on our website. All nominations must be received on/or before Friday, June 7, 2019.

This year’s selected Bell Top alumni will be invited to participate in the induction ceremony on Monday, June 24, 2019 at 2:15pm. The honorees will also have their names engraved on a plaque, which will be prominently displayed at the school.


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.


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.


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

5/23/2019: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., RPI, 110 8th Street.


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.


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.


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”


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!


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.


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.


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.



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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