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Healing Arts Retreat

Healing Arts Retreat, June 22, 2019, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, sponsored by Saint Paul’s United Methodist Church, 1583 Carney Rd., Castleton-on-Hudson, NY 12033.

Treat yourself to a day of restoration! Join certified practitioners in the healing arts. In simple one-hour sessions, learn useful tips and techniques for wholeness in your everyday life. The Retreat is designed for folks to come & go as they desire. It starts with light breakfast, continues with hour-long sessions on healing touch, self-massage techniques and low stress slow foods. Tea, coffee and light meals are provided throughout the day. The free-will donations from this event support our local community – so do good for yourself and others at the same time!

9:00 – 9:20 Welcome/Light Breakfast served
9:30 – 10:30 Session 1 (Energy Bodies, Healing Touch)
10:40 – 11:40 Session 2 (Mindfulness)
11:45 – 12:10 Lunch served 12:10 – 1:00 Session 3 (Prayer, Meditation & Prayer Beads; participants will have the opportunity to make their own prayer bracelet & are encouraged to bring beads or small items of significance to incorporate into it. Beads & materials will also be provided.) Menu includes vegan, gluten & dairy free options; Coffee/Teas/Juice/Water Served all day.


Social Dance – Colonie Elks

Social Dance – Colonie Elks, Friday, June 21, 5 pm, 11 Elks Lane, Latham.                      $12 pp – public welcome.

Guests can order off the menu at 5 pm – if they choose to.  The Social Dance will start at 7 pm with music by popular DJ Joe Sweeney.  The plans are that this dance will be the Friday Night Dance long

remembered.  Lots of energy and fun with mixers, line dancing and requests for what guests would like to dance to.

The Colonie Elks is located at 11 Elks Lane in Latham, NY, off Route 155 (Watervliet –

Shaker Road).  Plenty of Free Parking.  For further information, please call 518- 452-6883.


The Burden Lake Conservation Association events

The Burden Lake Conservation Association (formerly the Burden Lake Improvement Association) is a not-for-profit organization committed to making a positive impact on keeping Burden Lake crystal clear and preserving it for future generations. Please join us for some of our many community and educational events. Open to the public.  Our clubhouse is located on the 3rd Burden Lake, 4 Brook Spring Avenue, Averill Park, NY 12018.  More information is available on our web site – or on facebook.

The following are our BLCA events for 2019:

June 30 – Pancake Breakfast at BLCA Clubhouse – Dennis Ryan & Rick Kopcho 8:00 – 11:00 AM – $8.00 per person

July 9 – Annual General Meeting at BLCA Clubhouse – President Rich Amadon – 7:00 PM, Everyone Invited

July 11 – Red Sauce Night at BLCA Clubhouse – Steve & Cindy Quillinan – 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM – Pasta Dinner with meatballs (includes glass of red wine/lemonade – $10 per person.

July 19 – History Night at BLCA Clubhouse – Connor Kopcho – Doors open at 7:00 PM – Learn about the history of Burden Lake – Bring old photos and stories to share – snacks provided

July 25 – David Chinery from Cornell Cooperative Extension – seminar at BLCA Clubhouse – “Growing a Great Lawn with Lakes in Mind” – 7:00 PM

July 27 – Night at the Races at BLCA Clubhouse – Mark & Babe Scully – Post time 6:00 PM – You don’t have to go to Saratoga to bet the horses! Grab your friends for a fun night of racing. Snacks provided. Proceeds to benefit the BLCA and St. Jude’s.

August 2 – “Burden Lake Takeover of June Farms” at June Farms in West Sand Lake, Matt Baumgartner – 5:00 PM, Admission $5.00 – June Farms bar and food available – MYSTERY GUEST BARTENDERS

August 9 – Comedy Night – “The Not Too Far from Home Comedy Tour” at BLCA Clubhouse – Janice Tighe – 8:00 PM – $15.00 per person advance, $20 per person door (518)477-8152

August 23 – Kids Lip Sync/Ice Cream Social at BLCA Clubhouse – Lori Dunigan & Cherisse Young – Join us at 5:00 PM for ice cream and games, stay for Kids Lip Sync Acts start at 6:30 PM – Admission $6.00

August 31- Adult Lip Sync at BLCA Clubhouse – doors open at 8:00 PM – Bo Weidman – $20 per person at the door (no pay pal).


DANA Holds Annual Meeting

The Defreestville Area Neighborhoods Association, Inc. (DANA) will hold its 2019 Annual Meeting on Tuesday evening, June 18, 2019, at 7:00 PM at the Bloomingrove Reformed Church, 706 Bloomingrove Drive, across from the Route 4 CDTA Park and Ride, in Defreestville, NY. Members will elect directors. Other business will be conducted as needed. Local land use, development and traffic issues, and other community-based topics of interest will also be discussed. All Defreestville area residents are invited to attend. Like us on Facebook. Visit us at The Defreestville Area Neighborhoods Association, Inc.


Corn-hole Classic Event a great success

Madi’s Angel Pigs, Student Government and the Stern family would like to extend a huge thank you to the community for making the Corn-hole Classic Event on Sunday, June 2nd, at the Averill Park High School such a great success.  Many thanks go out to all the corn-hole teams, sponsors, donors and volunteers who helped coordinate a wonderful community gathering in support of the annual Madi Stern Scholarship.  Congratulations to our winning team, “Corn on the cob with mayo.”


Airman Lauren A. Holt graduates from basic military training

U.S. Air Force National Guard Airman Lauren A. Holt graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Holt is the daughter of Melissa Newell of Pittstown, New York, and Shawn Holt of Hoosick Falls, New York.

She is a 2017 graduate of Tamarac High School, Troy, New York.



Greenbush Supervisor’s Report

On Monday, June 17, 2019, the first public meeting on the new Comprehensive Plan will be held at 6:00 p.m. at the Red Barn in the Town Park!  East Greenbush last promulgated a Comprehensive Plan in 1993, although a Land Use Update was published in 2006.  Since the Town is changing so fast, the Town Board approved funding for a new Comprehensive Plan. This will be followed by amendments to the Zoning Map and an update to the Generic Environmental Impact Statement (GEIS).

The public meetings are critical to the process.  We have no preconceived ideas as to the form the new Plan should take because we want to know how Town residents envision the future of their Town. Are we growing too fast? What areas and resources should be protected? What do we mean by the term “smart growth?” How can we enhance walkability? What are the implications of the Albany-Hudson Electric Trail?  There are many questions that have to be answered before we can put together the right Plan.  The session on the 17th is a Visioning Workshop that will include information tables, opportunities to provide input, and a formal presentation by MJ Engineering, the consulting firm we have retained to help put the Plan together.  Please come and share your views.


When:  JUNE 17, 2019 6:00 P.M.


For further information click “Comprehensive Plan Update” on the Town website,

~Jack Conway

East Greenbush Town Supervisor


Meeting Dates for The Village of Nassau 2019-20

The following dates have been established for the Village of Nassau Board of Trustees Meetings. All meetings will be held at the Village Municipal Building, 40 Malden Street, Nassau, NY at 7:30pm unless otherwise posted.

July 10, 2019 Regular Meeting 7:30pm
August 14, 2019 Regular Meeting 7:30pm
September 11, 2019 Regular Meeting 7:30pm
October 9, 2019 Regular Meeting 7:30pm
November 13, 2019 Regular Meeting 7:30pm
December 11, 2019 Regular Meeting 7:30pm
January 8, 2020 Regular Meeting 7:30pm
February 12, 2020 Regular Meeting 7:30pm
March 11, 2020 Regular Meeting 7:30pm
March 18, 2020 Special Meeting Election 9:00pm
April 6, 2020 Annual Meeting 7:30pm
April 8, 2020 Public Hearing Budget 7:00pm
April 8, 2020 Regular Meeting 7:30pm
May 13, 2020 Regular Meeting 7:30pm
May 27, 2020 Year End Meeting 7:30pm

The Planning Board meets on the 1st Monday of each month (as needed) at 7:00 p.m. at the Village Municipal Building.

The Zoning Board meets on the 4th Monday of each month (as needed) at 7:00 p.m. at the Village Municipal Building.


Senator Daphne Jordan visits with Walter B. Howard Elementary School Fourth Graders

Senator Daphne Jordan (R,C,I,Ref-Halfmoon) is pictured above visiting with Walter B. Howard Elementary School Fourth Graders who were her special guests during a recent Senate Session.

Albany, NY – New York State Senator Daphne Jordan (R,C,I,Ref-Halfmoon) is pictured above (standing, far right) visiting with 36 wonderful Walter B. Howard Elementary School Fourth Graders on the steps of the “Million Dollar Staircase” in the New York State Capitol. The students were Senator Jordan’s special guests during a recent Senate Session.

Senator Jordan also recognized the students for a formal introduction from the Senate Floor during Session. The students, along with their teacher and chaperones, received a guided tour of the State Capitol from Senator Jordan’s staff members that featured stops at the Flag Room, Senate Visitor’s Gallery and the Million Dollar Staircase.


East Side Seniors Meeting

Our next meeting is on June 25th., at 1:00 pm, at the American Legion Post, Main St., Wynantskill, with our pledge to THE FLAG and a moment of silence first. We are looking forward to our fall trip(s), we hope all will enjoy. TEAM 5 will be our hosts/hostess, for lunch. A reminder, only one meeting a month for JUNE, JULY, and AUGUST. See you at the meeting.


Gardening Tips from the Sand Lake Garden Club

As we celebrate 25 years in the Town of Sand Lake, we hope that you too will be celebrating your beautiful healthy gardens. Enjoy these tips as you spend your time in the garden.

– Have your Soil tested. You do not need more than a half cup of dirt that should be thoroughly dry. Take samples from wherever you are planting such as a vegetable area or your perianal gardens. The test will give you the Ph for your soil and help you determine if your soil needs additional nutrients. Your Cooperative Extension in Troy will do this for a nominal amount.

– Keep weeds out of your garden. The earlier you start pulling weeds, the fewer you will have during the growing season.


Journalist and Author John Gray Receives Outstanding Citizenship Award

Vice-Chair of the Rensselaer County Legislature, Kelly Hoffman, presented John Gray with an “Outstanding Citizenship” resolution at the May meeting of the Legislature.

Gray is an Emmy Award winning journalist with over 25 years in the news business. He has written several books about his dogs and has brought joy and comfort to those that read them. Gray has donated over $25,000 from the proceeds of his book sales to animal shelters.

Hoffman praised Gray as a great humanitarian who grew up in South Troy, delivered The Record newspaper as a boy, and still lives in Rensselaer County. John was joined by his wife Courtney and their adopted blind and deaf dog Keller, who was featured in Gray’s recent book “Keller’s Heart”.


Satellite DMV Summer Schedule

Rensselaer County Satellite DMVs will operate on a normal schedule this summer with the following exceptions, County Clerk Frank J. Merola announced.

The East Greenbush Satellite DMV will be closed on Monday, June 24th, July 1st, and August 5, 2019. The Hoosick Falls DMV will be closed Wednesday, July 3rd and August 7th, 2019.

Rensselaer County Clerk Frank J. Merola encourages all residents with questions about this or any other County Clerk/DMV related issue to contact him at (518) 270-4080.


Calendar for Everett Wagar Senior Center

2 Roxborough Rd, Grafton, NY

June 17- 9:00 Van Shopping Trip
10:00 Chair Yoga
12:00 Congregate Lunch (Pork Chops)
1:00 Cards and Games

June 18- Reiki by Appt
9:30 Aerobic Swimming
12:00 Congregate Lunch (Potato Crunch Pollock)
1:00 Cards and Games

June 19- 10:00 Chair Yoga
12:00 Special Congregate Lunch (Roast Beef Dinner)
12:45 Entertainment – Music with Glen Hankle
1:00 Card and Games

June 20- Reiki by Appt
9:30 Aerobic Swimming
12:00 Congregate Lunch (Hot Dogs)
1:00 Cards and Games

June 21- 9:45 Chair Yoga
11:00 DOH – Ticks and Tick- Borne Illness
12:00 Congregate Lunch (Sliced Turkey cold plate)
1:00 Cards and Games.

Quebec Genealogy topic of next Genealogical Soc. Meeting

The Capital District Genealogical Society cordially invites you to join us Sat., June 22, 2019, at 1:00 P.M.

Quebec Genealogy Speaker Bryna O’Sullivan is a professional genealogy researcher, teacher and French to English translator. She holds a Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies – Canadian Records.

This is an introductory program on researching in Quebec. Focusing primarily on French Quebec, it touches on the Canadian Census, civil and religious record keeping, and notarial records, with an emphasis on working with French language records when you don’t speak the language. Please, join us! The meetings are free and open to the public.


Public Meeting to Assist with Poestenkill Natural Resources Inventory

Residents of Poestenkill are invited to a meeting to see the Town’s natural features mapped in full color and detail and provide feedback on the accuracy and ease of use of the maps.  The Poestenkill Conservation Advisory Council (CAC) will hold a public meeting at 7 pm at Town Hall on Wednesday, June 19, to brief Town officials and other residents on an updated Natural Resources Inventory (NRI) that the CAC is preparing.  It will include maps of streams, forests, wetlands and flood hazard zones, among many natural characteristics.   An updated NRI is a support document for the Town’s Comprehensive Master Plan to assist Town boards, landowners, and prospective developers when considering land use and protection.  The CAC is creating the updated NRI as part of a pilot program of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Hudson River Estuary Program, which provides digital mapping expertise from Cornell University and publication assistance from the Rensselaer Land Trust.   We welcome the public’s input as we document our Town’s natural assets. For more information, please contact Jeff Briggs, chairman of the NRI committee and member of the Town Planning Board, at


American Red Cross urges donors to fill the Missing Types by giving blood

American Red Cross launched the Missing Types campaign to raise awareness for lifesaving blood donations and urge the public to make an appointment to give blood or platelets this summer.

During the Missing Types campaign, the letters A, B and O – the letters representing the main blood groups – are disappearing from brands, social media pages, signs and websites to illustrate the critical role blood donors play in helping patients. When the letters A, B and O vanish from everyday life, the gaps are striking. And when A, B, O and AB blood types go missing from hospital shelves, patient care and medical treatments are affected.

Blood transfusion is the fourth most common inpatient hospital procedure in the U.S. Blood can only come from volunteer blood donors, yet only 3 out of 100 people in the U.S. give blood. That’s simply not enough to help patients who need transfusions.

Donors can help fill the missing types by making an appointment to give by visiting, using the Red Cross Blood Donor App or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities June 11-30


Averill Park
6/20/2019: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Averill Park Church of the Covenant, 3055 Route 43

6/24/2019: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Eastwyck Village, One Eastwyck Circle
6/27/2019: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., American Legion Melvin Roads Post, 200 Columbia Turnpike

6/17/2019: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Franklin Plaza, Fourth & Grand Street, Franklin Plaza
6/19/2019: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Metropolitan Life, 500 Jordan Road
6/24/2019: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Troy Masonic Temple, 39 Brunswick Road
6/29/2019: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Hope Lutheran Church, 470 Winter Street Ext.

6/22/2019: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., St. Jude the Apostle School, 42 Dana Avenue


Looking for a bargain?

The Church of the Redeemer Thrift Shop has earned an excellent reputation by offering quality merchandise at very reasonable prices. We’ll be open on Thursday, June 13th, from 3 to 6; and Saturday, June 15th, from 9 to 2.

You’ll be amazed at the vast selection of clothing, jewelry, household goods, puzzles, games, baby equipment, Avon collectibles, wall décor, picture frames, and so many one-of-a-kind items!

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


Village of Nassau Clean Up

Village of Nassau residents only- Clean up * electronics recycling * document shred day, Saturday, June 15, 2019, 9am – noon, Village municipal building.

This is your chance to rid your household, garages and yards of unwanted items.

A complete list of disposable items and fees is available at Village Hall or on our website



Book Nook News

Thank you to everyone who supported our 11th Anniversary $5/bag blow-out sale.  It couldn’t have been such a huge success without you.  The $5/bag sale will be back during the Labor Day Parish-wide Garage Sale, so mark your calendars!

The Book Nook at Transfiguration Parish on Hillview Road in Speigletown is open on Saturday, June 15, from 9:00 am until noon. The June half-priced specials are on authors whose first names begin with “J”.  Please stop by and see our new donations and check out all we have to offer.

Thanks again for your continued support.  Donations of gently read books are greatly accepted. Just no encyclopedias or textbooks please.

See you at the Book Nook!!!


Michael Ainsley Graduates from the Univ. of Mississippi

UNIVERSITY, MS — Michael Patrick Ainsley, of Averill Park graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Mississippi on May 11, 2019 at the university’s 166th Commencement.

Ainsley was among more than 5,500 students who received degrees as December, May and August graduates.


Erin Prendergast Inducted into Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at SUNY Delhi

DELHI, NY — Erin Prendergast of Rensselaer (Columbia High School), a Veterinary Science Technology major, has been inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at SUNY Delhi.

Thirteen total students were inducted during the college’s annual Honor Society Banquet held in March. Phi Theta Kappa is a worldwide honor society recognizing academic excellence among students enrolled in associate’s degree programs.


SUNY Potsdam Names Area Students to Dean’s List

POTSDAM, NY — The State University of New York at Potsdam recently named 316 students who excelled academically in the Spring 2019 semester to the College’s Dean’s List.

The students included:

Darrell Holovach of Hoosick Falls, NY, whose major is Music Education
Rishi Ramsingh of East Schodack, NY, whose major is Music Education

To achieve the honor of being on the Dean’s List, each student must have satisfactorily completed 12 numerically-graded semester hours, with a grade point average of between 3.25 and 3.49 in the given semester.


Area SUNY Potsdam Students Named to President’s List

POTSDAM, NY — The State University of New York at Potsdam recently named 909 students to the President’s List in recognition of their academic excellence in the Spring 2019 semester. The SUNY Potsdam students were honored for earning top marks by President Kristin G. Esterberg.

The students included:

Jacob Ali of Troy, NY, whose major is Musical Studies
Catherine Gagnon of Rensselaer, NY, whose major is Archaeological Studies
Lindsay Heck of East Greenbush, NY, whose major is Music Education
Erin Levesque of East Greenbush, NY, whose major is Geology
Michael McDermott of Rensselaer, NY, whose major is Environmental Studies
Maeve Morrissey of Averill Park, NY, whose major is Exercise Science
Rebecca Nielsen of Hoosick Falls, NY, whose major is Visual Arts
Benjamin Quinones of West Sand Lake, NY, whose major is Music Performance
Phoebe Reuther of Troy, NY, whose major is Music Education
Jamie Salerno of Averill Park, NY, whose major is Music Education
Kristina Sanchez of Averill Park, NY, whose major is Biology
Emily Thurber of Troy, NY, whose major is Literature/Writing
Meagan Thurber of Troy, NY, whose major is Childhood/Early Childhood Education

To achieve the honor of being on the President’s List, each student must have satisfactorily completed 12 numerically-graded semester hours, with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.


Students Named Clarkson University Presidential Scholars

POTSDAM, NY — The following local students have been named Presidential Scholars for the spring 2019 semester at Clarkson University:

Rachel Barnum of Stephentown, NY majoring in global supply chain management.
Gabby Broga of Nassau, NY majoring in mechanical engineering.
Jeremy Ciprioni of Rensselaer, NY majoring in mechanical engineering.
James Clark of Averill Park, NY majoring in civil engineering.
Bryan Kern of Poestenkill, NY majoring in mechanical engineering.
Henry Klee of East Greenbush, NY majoring in civil engineering.
Sabrina Sepowski of Castleton, NY majoring in electrical engineering.
Benjamin Venditti of Troy, NY majoring in electrical engineering.

Presidential Scholars must achieve a minimum 3.80 grade-point average and carry at least 14 credit hours.


Students Named to Clarkson University Dean’s List

POTSDAM, NY — The following local students have been named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2019 semester at Clarkson University:

Kathryn Bartosik of Averill Park, NY, a chemical engineering major.
Abby Bergmann of Wynantskill, NY, a biology major.
Carolyn Cimo of Rensselaer, NY, a mechanical engineering major.
Thomas Gitlin of Troy, NY, an engineering and management major.
Heath Glasgow of Averill Park, NY, a civil engineering/ environmental engineering major.
Mikayla Holmes of Averill Park, NY, a mechanical engineering major.
Alyssa Jager of Stephentown, NY, a business studies major.
Adam Johnson of Averill Park, NY, a civil engineering / environmental engineering major.
Kyle Locklear of Troy, NY, a chemistry / physics major.
Ryan Stewart of Poestenkill, NY, a computer science major.
Laura Wing of Averill Park, NY, a civil engineering major.

Dean’s List students must achieve a minimum 3.25 grade-point average and also carry at least 14 credit hours.


SUNY Oneonta Students Named to Spring Dean’s List

ONEONTA, NY — A total of 1,553 SUNY Oneonta students earned Dean’s List honors for the spring 2019 semester. To qualify for the Dean’s List, a student must earn a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher while carrying a course load of 12 hours or more.

The following local students made the Dean’s List:

Jacob Bertrand of Troy (12180)
James Creaser of Troy (12180)
Wyatt Cushman of Petersburg (12138)
Sarah Cuttler of East Greenbush (12061)
Gabrielle Daigneault of Rensselaer (12144)
Mark Dearstyne of Wynantskill (12198)
Mae Endres of Rensselaer (12144)
Ashley Gaunay of Troy (12180)
Abby Haskin of Troy (12180)
Julia Huntley of Averill Park (12018)
Madison Lavoy of Troy (12180)
Aubrey Mahar of Hoosick Falls (12090)
Sarah Meemken of Averill Park (12018)
Taylor Meyer of Stephentown (12168)
Rachel Morris of Rensselaer (12144)
Emily Noel of Troy (12180)
Katie Orecki of Wynantskill (12198)
Alexander Pomykaj of Castleton On Hudson (12033)
Jaelynne Recchia of Brainard (12024)
Daniel Savaria of Troy (12182)
Sophie Schwenzfeier of East Greenbush (12061)
Shyanne Sherwin of Eagle Bridge (12057)
Brendan Snell of Valley Falls (12185)
Victoria Stein of West Sand Lake (12196).


Students Named to Spring Provost’s List

ONEONTA, NY — A total of 196 SUNY Oneonta students earned Provost’s List honors for the spring 2019 semester. To qualify for the Provost’s List, a student must earn a perfect 4.0 grade-point average while carrying a course load of 12 hours or more.

The following local students made the Provost’s List:

Hunter Galvin of Schaghticoke (12154)
Laurel Hay of Castleton (12033)
Cassidy Medved of East Greenbush (12061)
Nikita Norman of Eagle Bridge (12057)
Eliza Stewart of Troy (12180)
Olivia Weidman of East Greenbush (12061).


Cazenovia College Students Named to Dean’s List for Spring

CAZENOVIA, NY — Cazenovia College recognizes students for their academic achievement during the Spring 2019 semester. Those named to the Dean’s List have achieved a 3.5 or better grade point average.

Serafina French of Wynantskill, NY
Victoria Mangold of Rensselaer, NY


Local Residents Receive Bachelor’s Degrees at 151st WPI Commencement

WORCESTER, MA — On Saturday, May 11, 2019, on the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) campus quadrangle, 1,019 bachelor’s degrees were awarded during the university’s 151st commencement ceremony.

Hannah Bornt of Troy, N.Y., was awarded a bachelor of science degree in biomedical engineering with high distinction.
Colin Claus of Cropseyville, N.Y., was awarded a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering with high distinction.
Jessica Elder of Wynantskill, N.Y., was awarded a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering with distinction.
Sydney Hurley of Averill Park, N.Y., was awarded a bachelor of science degree in biomedical engineering.
Katherine Kowalczyk of Troy, N.Y., was awarded a bachelor of science degree in biomedical engineering with high distinction.
Nicholas Lewis of Troy, N.Y., was awarded a bachelor of science degree in management with high distinction.
Caraline Wood of Wynantskill, N.Y., was awarded a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering with high distinction.

WPI President Laurie Leshin and Board of Trustees Chairman Jack Mollen presided over the celebration, at which the keynote address was given by Ellen Stofan, the John and Adrienne Mars Director of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum.


Katelyn Ooms named to Bloomsburg Univ. Spring Dean’s List

BLOOMSBURG, PA — Katelyn Ooms of Rensselaer was one of nearly 1,900 Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania students named to the Spring 2019 Dean’s List. Ooms, a member of the class of 2020, is majoring in Speech Path Audiology BS.

A full-time student whose semester GPA is 3.5 or higher in 12 or more semester hours of course work for which a grade or grades are received will be named to the deans’ list.


Laura Shaffer Named to Dean’s List

LEWISBURG, PA — Laura Shaffer, Class of 2022, from East Greenbush was named to the dean’s list at Bucknell University during the spring semester of the 2018-19 academic year. A student must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a scale of 4.0 to receive dean’s list recognition.


News from Averill Park CSD

Kelsey’s Promise Club raised $8,629.63 this year from a 5K, bake sales and donations. For surpassing the $5,000-mark, Economics teacher, Mr. Blais, agreed to shave his beard and his head! Great job everyone for supporting such a worthy cause.

The Unified Basketball team wrapped up its season recently with a thrilling overtime victory. This team showcases how students, staff and community members can come together and support one another. Great season everyone!

Congratulations to the varsity baseball team for advancing to the championship game in the Section II, Class A tournament. The team was the No. 6 seed and pulled off two upsets to reach the final.

As always, for the latest news from the District, please visit our website – You can also follow AP on Facebook and Twitter.

~Dr. James Franchini, Averill Park CSD Superintendent


Benjamin Forte Named to Castleton Univ. President’s List

CASTLETON, VT — Benjamin Forte of Rensselaer, NY was recently named to the Castleton University President’s List for the spring semester of the 2018-19 academic year.

To qualify for this highest academic honor, the student must maintain full-time status and a semester grade point average of 4.0.


Castleton University Spring 2019 Dean’s List Recipients

CASTLETON, VT — The following local students were named to the Castleton University Dean’s List for the spring semester of the 2018-19 academic year. To qualify for this academic honor, the student must maintain full-time status and a semester grade point average of 3.5.

Austin Crosier of Wynantskill (12198)
Max Tempel of Averill Park (12018)


Carter Benoit conducts research in Guatemala

ONEONTA, NY — Carter Benoit of Averill Park, NY, spent two weeks in Guatemala this summer learning about the country’s water resource problems and environmental issues, spending time with local residents, and working toward solutions.

The annual field course, called “Water and Environment of Guatemala,” brought 20 students to Guatemala for two weeks, where they took water samples and analyzed water quality data from Lake Atitlan and the surrounding drainage basin. The course is led by Associate Professor of Geography and Environmental Sciences Tracy Allen.

Benoit is majoring in Environmental Sustainability at SUNY Oneonta.

Based on their observations, interactions with local residents, and data collection, students worked to identify sustainable solutions to the area’s water resources problems. Students were also able to learn about agriculture while touring a coffee plantation and, later, take in the area’s natural wonders, including the Pacaya volcano, which is active.

The students went into a Guatemalan elementary school to teach local children about the lake and water quality, and they also installed water filtration systems into some of the area homes. These interactions were particularly meaningful and rewarding, they said, and the trip, overall, was eye-opening.


David Sills Named to Hamilton College Dean’s List

CLINTON, NY — David Sills, of East Greenbush (12061), has been named to the Dean’s List at Hamilton College for the 2019 spring semester.

To be named to the Dean’s List, a student must have carried throughout the semester a course load of four or more graded credits with an average of 3.5 or above.

Sills, a rising senior majoring in music, is a graduate of Columbia High School.


Columbia Science Olympiad Places 11th at Natl. Championship

FRONT (L-R) Owen Ball, Sydney Sill, Ryan Doyle, Kate Burns, Ryan Allen

BACK (L-R) Nidhi Shah, Nina Tedeschi, Kelly Nagel, Ekansh Agrawal, Clara Xin, Sam Koblensky, Noelle Maloney, Lindsey Conboy

Missing from photo:  George Culver, Buffy Kromer

Columbia High School placed 11th at the 2019 Science Olympiad National Championship on June 1 at Cornell University. The team set several new records, including Gold Medals (2), top 5 finishes (7) and their best overall finish (11th).

There are nearly 8,000 high school Science Olympiad teams in the nation. Columbia placed 11th out of the 61 teams at the national STEM competition, each of which are state champions representing states from around the U.S. and Japan.

Over the four days of the National Championship, Columbia’s students attended lectures by Cornell professors, a STEM expo, a screening of the award-winning movie “Float,” and represented New York at the opening ceremonies. Congratulations!


Brandon Myron Graduates from Castleton University

CASTLETON, VT — Brandon Myron of Rensselaer, NY graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Sports Administration from Castleton University following the successful completion of the spring semester in May 2019.

The fourth graduating class of Castleton University passed across the stage at its 232nd Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 18.

Former Vermont Governor James Douglas addressed the more than 3,500 guests in attendance and thousands more streaming the ceremony online.

Castleton President Dr. Karen M. Scolforo shared how the ambition demonstrated by this class will undoubtedly serve them well as they set out to make a difference in the world and reflected on their impressive accomplishments during their time at Castleton.


Maple Hill Jr./Sr. High School Student of the Quarter Award

In an effort to recognize outstanding achievements of our students, Maple Hill Jr./Sr. High School presents each quarter a Student of the Quarter Award. Students may be nominated for this award by any staff member, a representative of a community organization, a parent or another student. Students may be nominated for a single outstanding achievement, for service to the school or community or for significant improvement in school. Each Quarter one student in each grade, 7-12, is selected for this award by a faculty committee after a review of all nominations. For the fourth quarter of 2018/19 the students selected to receive this recognition are: 7th – Ryan Hourigan; 8th – Luke Hoffman; Freshman – Alexis Coffey; Sophomore – Rachel Gardner; Junior – Sidney Tuttle; Senior – Evan Fink.

Ryan, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Hourigan, was nominated for being very supportive of his peers, always encouraging and cheering them on. Here at Maple Hill he was a member of the modified soccer team along with playing travel soccer. Outside of school Ryan likes to spend time with his dog, Moose and play sports and video games. Ryan is unsure what he would like to do after graduation, but he knows he wants to attend college with the hopes of playing soccer.

Luke, son of Mr. Mark Hoffman and Mrs. Jackie Hoffman, was nominated for being a great student and person, he is very kind and polite. Here at Maple Hill he participated in modified soccer, JV Basketball, modified baseball, along with being the Student Council president and a member of National Junior Honor Society. Outside of school Luke likes to spend time with friends playing basketball or just being outside. Luke would like to go to college to potentially be a historian. If he had to pick a college right now, he would pick Oregon.

Alexis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jason Coffey, was nominated for being a hard-working student who puts her all into everything she does. Here at Maple Hill she was a member of the JV Volleyball team. Outside of school Alexis likes to spend time listening to music, drawing and spending time with friends. Alexis is unsure what she would like to do after graduation, but she does plan on attending college.

Rachel, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gabriel Gardner, was nominated for being a very hardworking and conscientious student. Here at Maple Hill she was a member of Key Club, Varsity Bowling and Swing Choir. Outside of school Rachel enjoys reading and writing along with volunteering every other Saturday at Whiskers Animal Shelter. Rachel would like to attend college to hopefully become a Marine Biologist. Sidney, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Tuttle, was nominated for being a polite and hardworking student. Here at Maple Hill she participated in Varsity Soccer, Varsity Indoor Track, and Varsity Outdoor Track, Key Club, Class Secretary, Honor Society, Yearbook and SADD. Outside of school Sidney loves to travel specifically to beaches and enjoys photography. Sidney plans to go to college and has plans to study abroad.

Evan, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Fink, was nominated for being a very successful student academically along with being a leader. Here at Maple Hill he participated in Varsity Tennis, President of GSA, Key Club, SADD, Honor Society and International Club. Outside of school Evan plays a lot of tennis along with working at the tennis club and enjoys going to the mall. Evan plans to attend the University of Pittsburgh to pursue his doctorate in Pharmacy.

The faculty and staff wish to congratulate these students on being selected fourth quarter students for their respective grades.

May 2019 Algonquin M.S. Warriors of the Month

Each month teachers at Algonquin Middle School recognize students who demonstrate outstanding citizenship and work habits.

Students are selected for these honors based on the Algonquin “Warrior Way,” a set of three guiding principles that focus on respect for self and others, putting forth personal best effort in all activities and working to make our school and community a better place each day.

Congratulations go out to the students listed below for their outstanding contributions to the Algonquin Middle School community during the month of May:

Grade 6 Warrior Wall Students:
Owen Bakes
Corey Basle
Keirsten Bonner
Willow Dorr
Kaitlyn Farron
Ellie Graham
Thomas Mahar
Chayce Moak
Eleanor Schabses
Luke Smith

Grade 7 Warriors of the Month Students:
John Galvin
Briana LaParl
David Orologio
Carson Roenfeldt
Polina Shabashova
Simone Schwarz-Eise

Grade 8 Warrior Way Students:
Cameran Bennett
Mary Bryant
Mary Harmer
Payton McCue
Julia Miorin
Emily Prest


College of Saint Rose Dean’s List Spring ‘19

Congratulations to the following students who have been named to the Dean’s List for Spring 2019:

Michaela Burton of Castleton, New York (12033)
Samantha Caruso of Troy, New York (12180)
Nathaniel Coleda of Castleton, New York (12033)
Rachael Devernoe of Troy, New York (12180)
Lydia Flynn of Averill Park, New York (12018)
William Heatley of Troy, New York (12180)
Elizabeth Labun of Troy, New York (12180)
Gina Lincoln of Averill Park, New York (12018)
Brian Masella of Troy, New York (12180)
David Meister of Rensselaer, New York (12144)
Hannah Ryan of Troy, New York (12180)
Lisa Schroeder of Troy, New York (12180)
Madeline McDermott of Troy, New York (12180)
Joshua Rasmussen of Troy, New York (12180)
Christian Testo of Averill Park, New York (12018)
Madeline Benevento of Averill Park, New York (12018)
Courtney Caldwell of Troy, New York (12182)
Rachel Cody of Averill Park, New York (12018)
Rebecca Devernoe of Troy, New York (12180)
Allison DiScanio of Troy, New York (12180)
Hannah Feldman of Mechanicville, New York (12118)
Joseph Garozzo of Troy, New York (12180)
Abigail Kennedy of Wynantskill, New York (12198)
Bayly Lammon of Troy, New York (12180)
Theresa Mulvey of East Greenbush, New York (12061)
Jenna Piscitella of Troy, New York (12182)
Crystal Rafferty of Rensselaer, New York (12144)
Jordan Rockwell of West Sand Lake, New York (12196)
Kellsey Rounds of Troy, New York (12182)
Bryel Weinlein of East Greenbush, New York (12061)
Ahmed Abdu of Troy, New York (12180)
Caroline Contessa of Hoosick Falls, New York (12090)
Sarah Devernoe of Troy, New York (12180)
Jeshua Galusha of Berlin, New York (12022)
Frank Houser of Nassau, New York (12123)
Jaime Kendrick of East Greenbush, New York (12061)
Sadie Kerwin of Averill Park, New York (12018)
Abigail Kronau of Poestenkill, New York (12140)
Brent Legenbauer of Averill Park, New York (12018)
Jenna Muckle of Cropseyville, New York (12052)
Ashley Peter of Nassau, New York (12123)
Robert Retic of Rensselaer, New York (12144)
Elizabeth Slingerland of Troy, New York (12180)
Kieran Sullivan of Wynantskill, New York (12198)

Full-time undergraduate students who complete a minimum of 12 graded credit hours, and who achieve a semester average of 3.5 with no D, F, or Incomplete grade, are eligible for the Dean’s List.


Johnsonville Meth. Church Thrift Shop

THRIFT SHOP: Johnsonville Methodist Church, 22 Bridge St., Johnsonville 12094. Route 40 to Route 67 East. Look for our new sign at the corner of Route 111 & Route 67. Open 9-12 Wednesdays and the first Saturday of each month. Newly arrived clothing and household goods every week, special occasion dresses and gowns, jewelry, purses, shoes, toys and over 1000 books.


Tree Identification Book

The Arbor Day Foundation has a book that helps people identify trees in a simple, step-by-step process. The book, What Tree Is That?, is available for a $5 donation to the nonprofit tree-planting organization.

What Tree Is That? is a fun, easy-to-use tree identification guide that features hand-drawn botanical illustrations highlighting the distinctive characteristics of many tree species.

Its beautiful, full-color illustrations are in precise detail and depict natural colors, shapes and textures so users can make a positive species identification in a few steps.

The Arbor Day Foundation offers this book to help people identify trees throughout the Eastern and Central regions of the United States. What Tree Is That? uses a unique step-by-step approach for identifying the species of each tree, explaining what to look for in the shape and arrangement of the leaves, differences in the leafstalks and specific characteristics of fruits, flowers, buds and bark.

What Tree is That? is also available as an online interactive version at

To obtain a tree identification guide in full color, visit or send your name, address, and $5 for each guide to:

Arbor Day Foundation
What Tree Is That?
100 Arbor Ave.
Nebraska City, NE 68410.


Columbia High School Class of ’79 40th year reunion

The Columbia High School Class of ’79 40th year reunion will be held on Friday, November 29th, 6:30-11:30 pm at The Century House in Latham.

Details on Columbia High School Class of ‘79 Facebook page.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.
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