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Bismarck State College announces President’s Honor Roll

“Recognition for academic excellence isn’t a right, it’s a hard-earned privilege to be so recognized. We’re always proud of those students who go above and beyond to achieve excellence and the recognition that goes with it,” said BSC President Dr. Larry C. Skogen.

The following area students have maintained at least a 3.50 grade point on a 4.00 scale while enrolled in at least 12 semester hours of classes to qualify for the BSC President’s Honor Roll.

*Designates a 4.00 GPA
Ann Brooks, Troy, N.Y.
Robert Zassowski, Rensselaer, N.Y.


Averill Park Senior Wins Scholarship

The Men’s Club of St. Michael’s Church, Troy, recently announced that Ms. Mariah St. Onge, an Averill Park High School senior, was the winner of the St. Michael’s Men’s Club Annual Scholarship.

Ms. St. Onge was presented a check for $500 at the Club’s Annual Steak Roast Dinner, marking the end of the service year for the organization.  Scholarship applicants were evaluated based on essays they submitted outlining their past service and involvement in the Parish as well as their plans to continue that service in the future.  Mariah will attend Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in the fall with plans to become a Physician’s Assistant at the conclusion of her studies.


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.


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. at the William K. Sanford Library,

Town of Colonie, 629 Albany Shaker Rd., Loudonville, NY.

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.


Pittstown Historical Soc. Vintage Clothing Collection Program

The Pittstown Historical Society has planned the following event: A vintage clothing collection belonging to a Pittstown/Hoosick family is the subject of a talk to be held on June 20th at 7:30 PM at the Pittstown Town Hall in Tomhannock (97 Tomhannock Rd, Valley Falls). Selections from a collection of men and women’s clothing and accessories dating from the late 1800s to the early 1900s will be examined and commented on by clothing and textile expert Connie Frisbee Houde. The entire collection was assembled and preserved by descendants of the Baker and Cottrell families. Houde, long-time Curator of Clothing and Textiles at the NYS Museum, has looked extensively at textile and clothing collections across NYS, assisting organizations with the care and identification of their clothing and textile collections. The meeting, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Pittstown Historical Society.

For further information, email: or call Connie Kheel at 518-686-7514


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.


Guest Speaker – Ticks and Tick-Borne Illnesses

Rensselaer County’s Everett Wagar Senior Center, 2 Roxborough Road, Grafton, NY will host Kelsey from the Rensselaer County Health Department to speak on ‘Ticks and Tick-Borne Illnesses on Friday, June 21st, at 11:00 am. Kelsey will speak on the booming tick population, what to watch for if you find a tick, when to worry about a tick bite, precautionary methods to avoid tick-borne illnesses, symptoms of tick-borne illnesses, treatment, and more. All residents 60 and over are encouraged to attend this free presentation. Stay for a nutritious lunch (Sliced Turkey cold plate) for a suggested cost of $3. Please call to be added to the list at 518-279-3413.


Cornell Coop. Exten. of Renss. Co. Board of Directors Meeting

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County will hold their Board of Director’s Meeting on Mon., June 24, 2019, at 7:00 pm in the Education Room of their offices located at 61 State St., Troy, NY 12180. Phone (518) 272-4210.


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.


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


Senator Jordan welcomes Bell Top School 4th Graders to NYS Capitol

Senator Daphne Jordan (R,C,I,Ref-Halfmoon) is pictured above (standing, far right) on the steps of the “Million Dollar Staircase” after having recently welcomed 53 fourth grade students from Bell Top Elementary School to the State Capitol.

Albany, NY – Bell Top Elementary School Fourth Graders were welcomed to the State Capitol by Senator Jordan, who spoke with the students, answered their questions, and discussed the importance of public service. The students, teachers, principal and chaperones all received a guided State Capitol tour from Senator Jordan’s staff that featured stops in the Assembly Visitor’s Gallery, the Assembly Floor, the Senate Visitor’s Gallery and the “Million Dollar Staircase.”


Capital Region Amateur Radio “Hams” Field Day

Local Amateur Radio operators practice emergency communications during national Field Day exercises.

Ham Radio Operators from the Greater Capital Region will join thousands of their colleagues across America to operate under emergency communication conditions during the Amateur Radio Field Day exercise on June 22 and 23. Field Day begins at 2 pm EDT on Saturday, June 22nd, and continues for 24 hours until 2 pm EDT Sunday, June 23rd.

Since 1933, ham radio operators across North America have established temporary ham radio stations in public locations during Field Day to showcase the science and skill of Amateur Radio. This event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.

For more than 100 years, Amateur Radio — also called ham radio — has allowed people from all walks of life to experiment with electronics and communications techniques, as well as provide a free public service to their communities during a disaster or emergency, independent of regular communication networks such as landlines, cell phones or the Internet.

There are many local Amateur Radio clubs in the Greater Capital Region that are ready to help new Hams get licensed and on the air. They are easily found by visiting the American Radio Relay League’s website at:

A listing of area Field Day locations follows:

East Greenbush – W2EGB

East Greenbush Amateur Radio Assn.

710 Columbia Turnpike

East Greenbush, NY

Saratoga Springs – K2DLL

Saratoga County Amateur Radio Assn

1 Harran Lane

Saratoga Springs, NY

Cropseyville – NY2U

Troy Amateur Radio Assc.

GPS: 42.781759, -73.463708

Cropseyville, NY

New Scotland – K2CT

Albany Amateur Radio Association

GPS: 42.66, -74.02

Thacher Park, NY

North Hoosick – K2FCR

Hoosick Amateur Radio Club

Bennington Battlefield

North Hoosick, NY


Riders Mills Historical Association Paper

Making and the Peaslee Mills program

Riders Mills Historical Association is proud to present Paper Making and the Peaslee Mills in the 19th Century, at Riders Mills Schoolhouse at the junction of Riders Mills Road and Drowne Road at 1PM on Saturday, June 29, 2019.

In 1845-1846 Horace White Peaslee decided to build the mill, in Malden Bridge, New York.  It was a brick and granite building eventually employing 40 plus people. At its peak the Peaslee Mill turned out six tons of paper every 24 hours, neatly cut into 40 inches. His distribution went as far as San Francisco.

His machinery was of his and other patents. This meant he could make continuous reams of paper driven by water which would roll the rye straw into a continuous roll of paper, a marvel for that time. He later purchased the Livingston Iron Mill in Ancram, quadrupling the size of the mill. Paper was produced from both mills.

Learn how paper was made in the 19th century and the genius of Horace White Peaslee.

Presented by John Doyle, Riders Mills Historical Society Historian.


Brownie Troop 1028 participates in SL Memorial Day parade

Pictured from left to right:

Top: Stella Chenard, Hanna Shoemaker, Ella Moak, Mayzee Peeters, Olivia Gamache
Bottom: Annella Santandera, Madison Ernst, Mia Scarano

Brownie Girl Scout Troop 1028 participated in the annual Sand Lake Memorial Day parade and ceremony. The girls marched in the parade and helped lead the pledge of allegiance along with other fellow Scouting troops. Thank you for including us in this important town event and day of remembrance.


Sand Lake FYI

Happy Summer to my fellow Sand Lakers!

Please join us on July 9th for a Community Forum on Public Water in the Town Hall Courtroom, starting at 6:30 p.m. We will have a representative from LaBerge Consultants speak to us about the steps the Town needs to take to begin the process of developing and constructing public water. This meeting is important because we want to hear what you think. Are you for or against public water? Where do we need public water the most in our town? After learning more on July 9th, I will be looking to set up a committee of interested residents to plan our way forward. The meeting will be televised and streamed online for your convenience.

At our June 12th meeting, the Town Board approved safety enhancements to our town hall. Violence in workplaces across the United States has risen, but it has especially increased in local governments. The recent Virginia Beach tragedy has driven home the point that we are responsible for protecting our employees and residents. We will be re-designing the court entrance so that only court-related business will be taking place at that location. The doors will be inaccessible beyond the court entrance so that no one will be able to enter the rest of town hall except from the doors near the Clerk’s office.

We are making significant progress on several construction projects in the Town. The Town Board authorized the hiring of a Project Manager for the design and construction of the Stop 13 Bridge. We also approved actions allowing us to proceed on the Sand Lake Sidewalk project. I am excited we are moving ahead with these projects.

Due to the hard work of Dee Erickson and Keith Hammond, we are making progress in community beautification. Dee and Keith recently constructed flower boxes here at Town Hall. They are lovely and a joy to look at. They let people know that we have pride in our community.

Please contact me at Town Hall if you have any questions or concerns.

~Nancy Perry

Town of Sand Lake Supervisor



June 2019 report of the Legislature

The June meeting of the Rensselaer County Legislature began with recognition of the service of James “Jay” Corcoran. Jay had a distinguished career with the NYS Office of Fire Prevention and Control as a Fire Instructor. Jay travelled across the State and trained countless firefighters. During his 34-year career with the Rensselaer Fire Department, Jay was named Acting Chief 7 times. Jay was presented with a commendation from his fellow Rensselaer firefighter and Chairman of the Legislature, Michael Stammel.

The family of the late Paul Puccio was also present at the meeting. Legislator Charles Peter remembered Puccio’s 38 consecutive years on the Schodack Central School Board. Peter, who served on the board with Puccio, recalled the “Passion, Persistence, and Patience” Puccio brought to his work in the school district and as a member of the Schodack Planning Board.

Chairman Michael Stammel introduced a Local Law that would establish a One Year Moratorium on the approval and permitting of any solid waste management facilities, including landfills and transfer stations, within one mile of the Hudson River in Rensselaer County. During the one-year period, the Legislature will conduct public hearings and gather information that will be used to formulate new guidelines for these types of facilities in Rensselaer County.

Other agenda items included transferring $1 million dollars from the County fund balance into the County Paving Program. The Legislature is keenly aware of the need to pave several county roads that are in critical need of attention. Legislators are hopeful that this additional funding will help address those roads in need of paving.

As the stewards of the County Wastewater Treatment Plant, the Legislature adopted a resolution to increase security at the plant located south of the Menands Bridge. New security cameras and a security gate operated by a proximity card will help keep the facility safe around the clock.

A $1 million grant to help eliminate lead from homes, and a boost in funding for the 200th Schaghticoke Fair were also approved by the Legislature.

The Legislature Majority can be reached at (518) 270-2880 or on Facebook.

~submitted by Chairman Michael Stammel



Calendar for Everett Wagar Senior Center

2 Roxborough Rd, Grafton NY

June 24- Hair Cuts by Appt

10:00 Chair Yoga

12:00 Congregate Lunch (Fish Sandwich)

12:30 Scrapbooking

1:00 Cards and Games

June 25- Reiki by Appt

9:30 Aerobic Swimming

12:00 Congregate Lunch (Cold Ham plate)

1:00 Cards and Games

June 26- 10:00 Chair Yoga

12:00 Special Congregate Lunch (Mac N cheese)

1:00 Cards and Games

June 27- Reiki by Appt

9:30 Aerobic Swimming

12:00 Congregate Lunch (Chicken Breast)

1:00 Cards and Games

June 28- 10:00 Chair Yoga

12:00 Congregational Lunch (Hawaiian Turkey Burger)

12:30 Bring A Friend Ice Cream Sundae Social by CDPHP

1:00 Bingo




NG report from Councilwoman Sabo

Earlier this month, a water main break in Troy resulted in a “boil water” advisory for North Greenbush residents.  People immediately took to social media, speculating about the break, whether or not it affected North Greenbush municipal water users, and if there was a “boil water” advisory.  Because the town of North Greenbush does not maintain any official social media accounts at this time, I encourage residents to visit the town website for updates and also to follow my Councilwoman Mary Frances Sabo Facebook page. I attempt to keep residents up to date on occurrences such as these.

This month’s town board agenda was very full.  A resolution concerning a local law that would have only permitted residential use for the second story of commercial buildings along Main Avenue was tabled following a public hearing.  The law was proposed to remedy inconsistencies between the town zoning code and the master plan.  Although the master plan states that commercial use is only permitted on the first floor and some of the drafters of the master plan testified that this was the intent of the plan, others involved in the process claim that office space and a small amount of retail could be put on the second floor. Therefore, the law was tabled to allow time for further research.

The town board scheduled two public hearings for next month on local laws I proposed affecting land use.  Last month the town board passed a law that would permit operators of commercial car washes to use municipal water.  My proposal would require these operators to show that they are using reclaimed water which is a more environmentally sound approach than dumping all the car wash water down a drain. The other public hearing is on a law I researched and proposed that would require developers with projects pending before the planning board to get a permit before they clear cut trees, excavate or grade the land.

Finally, I am looking forward to the town’s summer concert series which kicks off on July 7 at 6:00 pm at town hall. The full schedule can be found on the Town website.

~Councilwoman Mary Frances Sabo



Poestenkill Town Board Meeting report

Poestenkill Town Board – Meeting Minutes – Thursday, May 16, 2019

In public comment there were two separate land concerns brought to the attention of the Town Board.  In addition, there were questions about what the town is doing in regard to the ALS ambulance service. There was no update on ambulance service.

The Town Water Manager recommends the Town Board purchase a water meter package proposed by EJP Solutions, AMR Systems.  This is a computerized billing system.

The Town Board received a memo from the Rensselaer County Agricultural and Horticultural Society announcing the 200th anniversary of the Schaghticoke Fair this year.

After many years of excellent service, Court Clerk Terry Houser announced she would be stepping down.  Felicia Dickerson, who is also currently a Court Clerk in North Greenbush will be replacing Terry in this part-time position.

These minutes to be approved at the next town board meeting scheduled for Thursday, June 20th, at 7pm.

For more information, go to

~Submitted by Councilman Eric Wohlleber



Tracey Rex Reports to the People of Schodack

I believe staying in touch with constituents is an important part of serving in elective office. This monthly report is an example of my commitment to keeping residents informed of the activities of the Schodack Town Board. All Town Board meetings can be viewed live or at a later date at

During May, the Town Board approved the appointments of Bobbisue Garvansites as a part-time Schodack police officer and W. Gregory Gersch to the Board of Assessment Review.

Castleton Public Library Trustee, Maria Marcucci, presented to the Town Board an update on the library’s newly renovated Community Room which will be available for public use free of charge. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on Wednesday, June 26 at 85 South Main Street in Castleton at 5:00 p.m. during the Summer Reading Kickoff Party from 3:00 pm – 6:00 p.m. the same evening. Some of the new features of the community room include new flooring, LED lights, conference table and a flat screen for presentations. The Castleton Public Library is one of our community’s treasures and we appreciate the continued great work of its officers, trustees and staff.

I joined fellow local elected officials at the recent official grand opening of the Cherrybrook Café located at 30 South Main Street in Castleton. Thank you to owners Gail Hof and Victor Pinto for investing in our community.

I had an enjoyable time at the Castleton Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary 60th Anniversary Celebration held during May at the Rensselaer Elks Lodge #2073. Town Supervisor Dave Harris and I presented a proclamation to President Jo-Ann Lowe, officers and members of the Ladies Auxiliary honoring the organization’s selfless dedication and service to our community.

After attending the Castleton-Schodack Kiwanis pre-parade breakfast, I was honored to participate in the Castleton-on-Hudson Memorial Day Parade. It was great to see so many people of all ages lining the streets to honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy today. Thank you to the parade organizers, volunteers, participants, and our local residents who come together each year to celebrate this important community event.

~Tracey Rex, Member of Schodack Town Board



Chairman of Legislature honors James “Jay” Corcoran

“Chairman of the Legislature Mike Stammel honored Rensselaer resident James “Jay” Corcoran for his outstanding commitment to the Rensselaer Fire Department. Jay also had a distinguished 30+ year career with the NYS Office of Fire Prevention as a Fire Instructor. Like Mike, Jay serves as a volunteer member of the Rensselaer Fire Department.  Jay was named Acting Chief 7 times during his 34-year career in Rensselaer and is highly regarded throughout NYS as a professional fire prevention trainer.”



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.



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


France Magnifique

La Fédération Franco-Américaine du NY is sponsoring a trip to France, featuring the 75th Anniversary of D-Day & Normandy, April 23 – May 7, 2020.  Rates include round trip air from New York, air taxes and fees/surcharges, hotel transfers, and 20 meals. Highlights of the trip: Paris, River Seine cruise, Normandy, Omaha Beach, Le Mont St. Michel, Loire Valley, 2-night Chateau stay, winery tour, Lyon, Les Halles de Lyon, Paul Boscuse Market, Avignon, Creme Brûlée Cooking demonstration, Nice, Monaco. Plenty of time to explore on your own.  For more information, pricing or a brochure, call Lisa at Plaza Travel at 518-785-3338 or



Celebrate Stephentown 2019 Is Coming August 16-18

Greetings from Celebrate Stephentown HQ:

Three months from today we’ll be kicking off Celebrate Stephentown 2019, the third annual edition of our town-wide, grassroots festival here in Stephentown, New York.

More than two dozen events are already in the works with our farms, businesses, churches and service organizations all working together to present three special days of family-friendly fun.

We’ll announce more schedule details in June, but in the meantime, please mark the third weekend in August on your calendar and keep your eyes open for future updates.

A great way to find out more about what we do and why is on social media, where we’d be glad to connect with you on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Thanks so much for your interest and support; and we can’t wait to show you all the things we love about living here in “the only Stephentown on Earth.”

~Scott Menhinick
Founder & Co-Organizer

Celebrate Stephentown, LLC

Learn more at:




Stephentown Heritage Center increases visiting hours

The Stephentown Historical Society has announced that the Stephentown Heritage Center will welcome visitors on the first Saturday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., beginning on July 6, in addition to the regular weekly Friday hours of 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.  These weekend open hours will allow more Stephentown residents and visitors the opportunity to explore what the society offers in genealogy research and local history.  The other Saturdays are August 3, September 7, October 5 and November 2.  The center is closed during the month of December.  The Heritage Center is the former Stephentown Methodist Church at 4 Staples Road at the corner of Garfield Road.  It is free and handicapped accessible.


Save the Date!

The planning of the St. Jude the Apostle Church & School Festival & Craft Fair has begun!  The SJF will take place on Saturday, September 28th, from 11:30 am – 7:00 pm, 42 Dana Avenue, Wynantskill, featuring food around the globe, live entertainment, children’s games, haunted house, raffles and much more! FREE ADMISSION We are now accepting vendors, please email for more information.


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.


Leave Fireworks to the Professionals!

The Fourth of July holiday is rapidly approaching, and with it, the annual fireworks shows. Although sparklers and similar items can be bought and sold in much of New York State, the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) urges New Yorkers to leave these devices to trained professionals. Instead, FASNY encourages New Yorkers to attend one of the many professional fireworks displays offered throughout the State.

All fireworks, including sparkling devices, are extremely dangerous. Despite their toy-like appearances, sparklers can seriously harm their users. The tip of a sparkler burns at a temperature of approximately 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, which can cause severe burns. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), sparklers cause roughly 25 percent of all fireworks-related emergency room visits, the most of any type of fireworks-like device.

“FASNY warmly wishes all New Yorkers a happy, safe Fourth of July holiday. Should any emergencies arise, do not hesitate to dial 9-1-1. New York’s brave volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians will be ready to respond, as they always are,” said President Klein.

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