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84th Annual 4-H Capital Days

Rensselaer County 4-H member Amanda Thrasher with NYS Senator Daphne Jordan.

A delegation representing 4-H members in New York State traveled to Albany May 19-21, 2019 for the 84th annual 4-H Capital Days event. Nearly 100 teen delegates and their chaperones participated in the conference. Representing Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County were 4-H member Amanda Thrasher of Troy and Eileen DePaula, 4-H Program Coordinator.

During this year’s event, 4-H members, volunteer leaders, and staff met with leaders in state government, members of the court system, and officials from a variety of state agencies. In addition, they observed a working session of the legislature, toured the New York State Capitol Building, and had the opportunity to speak with their representatives. The Rensselaer County delegates had the opportunity to meet with Senator Daphne Jordan and Assemblyman Jake Ashby. At the closing ceremony, New York State Lieutenant Governor, Kathy Hochul addressed the delegates.

The New York State 4-H Capital Days event was sponsored by the New York State Association of Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H Educators.

For more information about this and other programs offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County, please call 518-272-4210.


Rensselaer County CA$H Chapter Honors Local Volunteer with Award

Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin (far left) presents George Betzinger (center-left) from Troy NY, with 2019 CA$H Coalition’s Volunteer Service Award, assisted by Marilyn Smith from the Office of Congressman Paul D. Tonko and also Richard S. Zazycki (far right), Executive Director of Circles of Mercy and Chair of the Rensselaer County CA$H Chapter.

Recently the Rensselaer County CA$H (Creating Assets $avings and Hope) Chapter presented the annual Wallace “Wally” G. Donnelly Volunteer Service Award to George Betzinger of Troy NY, honoring him for his volunteer work assisting and coordinating the VITA free tax prep program at the CEO Family Resource Center in Troy.

For the past 10 years, George has been involved with VITA, and prior to that he was involved doing the paper returns (taxes by hand) at the Troy Public Library and also at CEO in the late 80’s and early 90’s.

In 2009, he took on the duties and responsibilities as the Site Coordinator at CEO, working with various administrative and volunteer personnel over the past years. Most recently, working with Renata Gwozdz, Assistant Director of Program Operations at CEO who over sees the VITA program at CEO.

For his professional career, George worked more than 43 years for the State of New York, 12 for the Department of Labor and 31 for the State Lottery Department, officially retiring in 2009. He has been married for more than 50 years to his wife Mary Lou and have one son and 2 grandchildren.

We are very happy to recognize George Betzinger with our annual volunteer “Wally Award” and offer our sincere congratulations and best wishes.


Everett Wagar Senior Center Memorial Service

Candles that were lit for past members of the Senior Center

The Everett Wagar Senior Center held a Memorial Service to remember seniors that passed in the last year.  Family members or friends lit a candle and said a few words honoring the past members. The service was led by Center Director, Cindy Mattison, and assistant Sharon Crandall. Special music was led by Jessica Fontaine.

Candles were lit in remembrance of Lucy O’Dell, Morgan Lawless, Joyce Snyder, Regina Merola, Jules “Roy” Kantrowitz, Wallace Curley, William Zullo, Oswald “Bryon” Hodge, and Leonard Claus.





Brunswick Town Justice candidate Jim Brearton

CENTER BRUNSWICK— At a democratic caucus on May 15, 2019, Jim Brearton, a resident of Sycaway, was nominated for Brunswick Town Justice. He is also nominated on the Working Families Party line and the Green Party line and is in a primary for the Independence Party line on Tuesday, June 25, 2019.

The polling place is open from noon to 9PM and has been moved to one location at Brunswick Office Building, 336 Town Office Rd., Troy, NY, 12180 (Brunswick).



Senior Membership Meeting

Rensselaer County’s Everett Wagar Senior Center, 2 Roxborough Road, Grafton, NY – On Friday, June 7, 2019, at 11:00 am there will be a Senior Membership Meeting at the Everett Wagar Senior Center. All members are encouraged to come and be a part of the decisions that affect your senior center. Stay for our noon meal (Cubed Steak) after the meeting for a suggested donation of $3.00. Games and fellowship will follow. To make reservations for lunch, call the center at 518-279-3413.


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, puzzles, jewelry, baby gear, Avon collectibles and much more. 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, May 30th, from 3 to 6; and Saturday, June 1st, 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.


Calendar for Everett Wagar Senior Center

2 Roxborough Rd, Grafton, NY

June 3- 10:00 Chair Yoga
12:00 Congregate Lunch (Ham Steak)
1:00 Cards and Games

June 4- Reiki by Appt
9:30 Aerobic Swimming
12:00 Congregate Lunch (Haddock)
1:00 Cards and Games

June 5- 10:00 Chair Yoga
11:00 Craft Time (Pot with plant)
12:00 Congregate Lunch (Chicken Breast)
1:00 Card and Games

June 6- Reiki by Appt
9:30 Aerobic Swimming
12:00 Congregate Lunch (Crabmeat)
1:00 Cards and Games

June 7- 9:45 Chair Yoga (note time change)
10:30 Dept of Aging – Information Table of Services
11:00 Eastern Membership Meeting
12:00 Congregate Lunch (Cubed Steak)
1:00 Cards and Games.


East Greenbush May 15th Town Board Meeting

All were unanimously adopted.

99-2019 Resolution Approving Meeting Minutes

100-2019 Resolution Recognizing May 2019 as Mental Health Awareness and Trauma Informed Care Month

101-2019 Resolution Authorizing the Implementation and Funding of the Costs of 100% of the Costs of a Transportation Project, Which May be Eligible for Federal-Aid and/or State-Aid, or Reimbursement from Bridge NY Funds

102-2019 Resolution Authorizing the Implementation and Funding of the Costs of 100% of the Costs of a Transportation Project, Which May be Eligible for Federal-Aid and/or State-Aid, or Reimbursement from Bridge NY funds.

103-2019 Resolution Approving the Appointment of Summer Camp Staff to the Community and Recreation Department

104-2019 Resolution Resolving a Tax Certiorari Case on Property Owned by Wal-Mart Real Estate Trust

105-2019 Resolution Authorizing a Public Auction of Surplus Equipment

106-2019 Resolution Scheduling a Public Hearing Relative to the Acceptance and Approval of the Town of East Greenbush Natural Resources Inventory 2019 – 6/12/19 5:45 pm

107-2019 Resolution Adopting the Town’s 2018-2019 Annual MS4 Report

108-2019 Resolution Authorizing the Supervisor to Enter into an Agreement with Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. – TABLED

109-2019 Resolution Scheduling a Public Hearing on the Local Law Amending the “Pinecrest Plaza” Planned Development District and the Major Site Development Application for the PDD Amendment (PZD #18-29) – 6/12/19 5:30 pm

110-2019 Resolution Authorizing a Three Month Rental of a Vacuum Truck – Hydraulic Excavator

111-2019 Resolution Establishing a Required Immunization Policy for the Town’s Summer Camp

112-2019 Resolution Designating a Portion of Lakeshore Drive from Onderdonk Park to Hampton Lake Park as One-Way for the Period of May 28, 2019 through September 3, 2019, the Installation of Necessary Signage and Traffic Control Devices to Safely and Appropriately Accomplish the Same

113-2019 Resolution Appointing a Seasonal Intern in the Sewer Department

114-2019 Resolution Appointing Christine Horne to the Planning Board of the Town of East Greenbush

115-2019 Resolution Making Awards for the Court Room and Justice Court Office Renovation

116-2019 Peace Officers’ Memorial Day

~Bridget Fritz, East Greenbush Town Council Person


Honoring the Life of Nina Pattison

Pictured: Legislators Mark Fleming, Erin Sullivan-Teta, Carole Weaver, Deputy Minority Leader Cindy Doran, family members Wendy Pattison, Tammis Groft and David Quinn with Minority Leader Peter Grimm at the podium.

The Rensselaer County Legislature presented a resolution honoring the life of Nina Pattison to her family members at their Regular Meeting on May 14, 2019.




Local Residents Initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

BATON ROUGE, LA — The following local residents were recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society.
Gaetana Baldwin of Cropseyville, New York, was initiated at The Sage Colleges.
Dylan Larkin of West Sand Lake, New York, was initiated at The Sage Colleges.
Danielle Stannard of Valley Falls, New York, was initiated at The Sage Colleges.

These residents are among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter.


Students Graduate from Clarkson Univ.

POTSDAM, NY — Clarkson University awarded over 750 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees to students from 27 states, 22 countries and 57 New York state counties, this spring.

The ceremonies included several awards and a surprise guest speaker, NY Sen. Chuck Schumer.

Sabrina Sepowski of Castleton NY received a bachelor of science degree with distinction in electrical engineering, mathematics minor.
Tammy Coffey of East Greenbush NY received a master of science degree in physician assistant.
Andrew Walzer of East Greenbush NY received a bachelor of science degree with distinction in engineering and management, project management minor.
Carolyn Cimo of Rensselaer NY received a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering, mathematics minor.
Peter Herrick of Rensselaer NY received a bachelor of science degree in software engineering.
Samantha Gladd of Rensselaer NY received a bachelor of science degree with great distinction in mechanical engineering, mathematics minor, biomedical engineering minor.
Rachel Barnum of Stephentown NY received a bachelor of science degree with distinction in global supply chain management, project management minor.
Wunyin Au of Troy NY received a master of science degree in engineering management.
Matthew Scheiner of Troy NY received a master of science degree in engineering management.
Kevin Palmateer of Troy NY received a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering.
Claire Chaisson of Troy NY received a bachelor of science degree with distinction in engineering and management, project management minor, biomedical engineering minor.
Logan Rieth of Troy NY received a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering, mathematics minor.
Bridget Hunter of Troy NY received a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering, mathematics minor.
Thomas Gitlin of Troy NY received a bachelor of science degree in engineering and management, project management minor.


Students Named to the University of Vermont Dean’s List

BURLINGTON, VT — To be named to the dean’s list, students must have a grade-point average of 3.0 or better and rank in the top 20 percent of their class in their respective college or school.

Emma Meyer of Castleton On Hudson (12033)
Kevin Ostrander of Mechanicville (12118)
Calla Sopko of Troy (12180).


News from Averill Park CSD

Thank you to the Averill Park Central School District residents who came out to vote for the 2019-20 school budget. This budget will allow us to continue to fulfill our mission of meeting the needs of and providing opportunities for every student every day.

Congratulations to the Algonquin Middle School Odyssey of the Mind team that competed in the World Finals at Michigan State University this month. The team worked on its performance for more than five months, showing great dedication and creativity.

The Anti-Defamation League awarded Averill Park High School with the designation of being a “No Place for Hate” school. Great job by students in the “A World of Difference” club, which worked very hard to help bring this honor to our district.

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


Paul Smith’s College announces spring 2019 graduates

PAUL SMITHS, NY — The following students graduated from Paul Smith’s College on May 11, 2019.

Noah Finlayson-Gesten of West Sand Lake, N.Y., with a bachelor’s degree in Integrative Studies.
Katelyn Aupperle of East Greenbush, N.Y., with a bachelor’s degree in Baking Arts and Service Management.
Anna Mehner of Troy, N.Y., with a bachelor’s degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences Wildlife.
Kyle Pasanen of Troy, N.Y., with a bachelor’s degree in Ecological Restoration.


University of New Hampshire Announces May 2019 Graduates

DURHAM, NH — The following students graduated from the University of New Hampshire in May 2019.

Students are only graduated after the Registrar’s Office has certified that all degree requirements have been successfully completed. Participating in the commencement ceremony is the act of honoring and celebrating academic achievement.

Renee LaRose of East Greenbush, NY graduated with a BSCIVE degree in Civil Engineering
Megan Howe of East Greenbush, NY graduated with a BS degree in Bus Adm: Management
Stephanie Baldwin of East Greenbush, NY graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BS degree in Biomed Sci: Med & VetSci
Collin Jesmain of Melrose, NY graduated with a BA degree in History
Elizabeth Philpott of Petersburg, NY graduated with a BSENVE degree in Environmental Engineering
Nhen Hunter of Valley Falls, NY graduated with a BS degree in Genetics.


Area students named to Dean’s List at Paul Smith’s College

PAUL SMITHS, NY — The following students were named to the Dean’s List at Paul Smith’s College during the spring 2019 semester. Each earned a semester average of 3.3 or higher to receive this distinction.

Amanda Kern of Poestenkill.
Anna Mehner of Troy.
Jesse Rock of Mechanicville.


Kimberly Elizabeth O’Brien graduates from Clemson Univ.

CLEMSON, SC — Kimberly Elizabeth O’Brien of Troy, NY graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Science in Materials Science and Engineering.

O’Brien was among 3,600 students who received degrees at the May 9-10 ceremonies at Littlejohn Coliseum.


Anansa Imani Marquez Benbow receives Master’s from Columbia Univ.

Anansa Imani Marquez Benbow, a Troy, NY native, daughter of Luz Marquez Benbow and Norris Benbow.  A Troy High School scholar athlete class of 2011 and Graduate of University of Rochester in 2015; just received her Master’s in Applied Linguistics/TESOL, from Teacher’s College, Columbia University on May 22, 2019 in NYC.


2019 Town of Brunswick Spring/ Summer Pick-Up Schedule

What can be picked up:

  • please no sticks, dirt or rocks or any material other than leaves and grass should be placed in bags
  • we do not use leaf vacuums in the spring.
  • limbs must be piled neatly, 8’ long-no larger than 6” diameter
  • avoid piling brush near utility poles and under trees, wires, or out in the street.
  • we do not go on private property.
  • clean wood only
  • we will also pick up other yard waste, such as grass clippings, provided biodegradable paper bags are used.
  • branches must be free of roots and dirt. We do not pick up rocks, stumps, rubbish, etc. Please do not put these items out with your branches.
  • please no clear cutting of lots
  • no commercial pickups
  • residents are also encouraged to dispose of leaves and grass at our recycling center, it is located across from the town garage. Please check with recycling department prior to drop off and deposit brush in designated place and leaves and grass in designated place.
  • items must be at roadside on the first day of scheduled pickup.

Monthly brush and yard waste pick-up schedule will be the following dates. Items to be out by first day in front of your residence only.

June 17th-June 21st
July 15th –July 19th
August 19th-August 23rd
September 16th-September 20th
October 21st-October 25th (last pick-up for season)

If you have any questions, please call 518-279-3461, ext. 100.


Senior Center Grafton Groups

Rensselaer County’s Everett Wagar Senior Center, 2 Roxborough Road, Grafton, has 3 groups that meet on a regular basis. Groups include the Scrapbooking Group, the Quilting Club and the Stitching Chicks Knit and Crochet group.

Residents 60 and older have a good time, sharing ideas, patterns, and fellowship.
For more information on the groups, call 518-279-3413.


Town of EG Community and Rec. & Parks Summer Office Hours and Locations

Beginning June 3, 2019, the following Town of East Greenbush Community and Recreation and Parks office hours and locations will be open.  Please note the new phone # for the Park office.

All park rentals, camp registrations, and community event business will be conducted out of both offices.
We will return to normal business hours at Town Hall on October 4, 2019.

Town Hall Office Closed-
Town Park Barn Office Open 9a.m.-3p.m.

Town Hall Office Closed-
Town Park Barn Office Open 9a.m.-3p.m.

Town Hall Office Hours 10a.m.-2p.m.
Town Park Barn Office Closed

Town Hall Office Hours 10a.m.-2p.m. and 4-6PM
Town Park Barn Office Closed

Town Hall Office Closed-
Town Park Barn Office Open 9a.m.-3p.m.

Town Hall Office:
225 Columbia Turnpike Rensselaer, NY 12144
Phone: 518-477-4194

Town Park Barn Office:
100 Town Park Road East Greenbush, NY 12061-
Phone:  518-275-0008


Rensselaer High Alumni to meet

The Rensselaer High Alumni will meet on Tuesday, June 4th, at the High School at 6:30 pm in the LGI Room. All former Alumni and staff are invited to attend.  They will be discussing their big fundraiser– the 3rd annual golf tournament on Sunday, September 8th, at the Fairways of Halfmoon.

Everyone is invited to play in the tournament which will feature breakfast, lunch and Italian Buffet dinner. For information & registration form, contact Gerry Mullaney at 518-649-0497.


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.


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.



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.


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.


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.


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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