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Community 08.01.19

State Department Of Agriculture And Markets And Department Of Health Urge New Yorkers To Heed FDA Advisory Regarding Basil

FDA Issues Nationwide Advisory on Imported Basil from Siga Logistics

Product Potentially Linked to Multiple Cases of Cyclosporiasis in New York and Other States

The State Department of Agriculture and Markets and the Department of Health today urged New Yorkers to not eat fresh basil imported from Siga Logistics S. de R.L de C.V of Mexico following the release of the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) nationwide advisory, which has potentially linked the herb to cases of Cyclosporiasis illness in New York and other states. The FDA is advising consumers who have basil in their home that originated from this distributor to not eat it and throw it away, even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick. The FDA is also urging retailers and restaurants not to serve or sell basil from the company until further notice.

Cyclosporiasis is a gastrointestinal illness caused by the microscopic parasite Cyclospora cayetanensis. People can become infected by consuming food or water contaminated with the parasite. Outbreaks of Cyclosporiasis have often been associated with imported fresh produce. Illness typically results in watery diarrhea, and can include loss of appetite, weight loss, stomach cramps, bloating, nausea and fatigue. These symptoms can appear approximately 1-2 weeks after ingestion of the contaminated source. If untreated, symptoms can last as long as one month or longer and can return one or more times. Infection is generally not transmitted directly from person-to-person.

Four Albany-Schenectady-Troy Area TV Stations Changing Frequencies

Some local TV stations across the U.S. will be changing their over-the-air broadcast frequencies. Viewers will need to rescan their TV to continue to watch those channels.

As part of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) work to make more airwaves available for new high-speed wireless services, many TV stations in cities across the United States are changing their over-the-air broadcast frequencies.

While the channel numbers you see on the TV are not changing, you will need to rescan your television to update to the new frequencies, so you can continue receiving those channels. You will not need to buy a new TV or purchase a converter box. Only people who use an antenna to watch local channels need to rescan their TVs. Cable and satellite subscribers are not affected by these changes. You should be on the lookout for announcements on your local TV channels and rescan whenever the stations alert you to any changes that are taking place.

In the Albany-Schenectady-Troy area, four TV stations that will be transitioning to new frequencies from now through August 2, 2019: WTEN-TV (ABC10), WMHT-TV (PBS17), WCWN-TV (CW15) and WYPX-TV (Ch55).

A good rule of thumb is to rescan your TV anytime you notice that a channel is missing. If you haven’t rescanned in a while, you may be surprised by how many channels are now available.

Instructions and Tips from the FCC to Help TV Viewers Rescan Their TVs: · The FCC has posted an instructional video showing viewers how to rescan their TV.

· To rescan, viewers will need their TV remote control or analog TV converter box, then choose “Channel Scan,” “Channel Tuning,” or “Auto Search” in the “Setup” or “Channel” menu. Once you find either the “Channel Scan” or “Channel Tuning” buttons, choose the automatic option to rescan.

· By rescanning, viewers who watch TV for free using an antenna will keep their existing channels and may even discover new channels in their broadcast area.

How can I find more information? For more information and tips on how to rescan, visit or call 1-888-CALLFCC (1-888-225-5322).

Riders Mills Historical Association: Stop The Bleed

Riders Mills Historical Association is proud to present, “Stop the Bleed” a program by Albany Medical Center, developed for a nonmedical audience to address the needs of the immediate responder to control life-threatening bleeding until help arrives.

Stop the Bleed, a national awareness campaign and a call to action, was launched in October 2015 and is intended to encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives. Help given by an immediate responder can often make the difference between life and death before professional rescuers arrive. There will be a 30 minute lecture with 45-60 minutes with hands-on training.

Thomas Moran will present this life saving program. Dr. Moran is the Trauma Education, Injury Prevention and Outreach Coordinator at Albany Med Trauma Program He is a Retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel, EMT-Paramedic, Clinical Instructor, HVCC Paramedic Program, Rescue Captain, Niskayuna Fire District #2, Commissioner, Niskayuna Fire District #2, National Ski Patrol, Maple Ski Ridge.

The event will be held at 1 PM on August 3rd at the Malden Bridge Community Center; 1087 Albany Turnpike; Old Chatham, NY For more information please visit

Riders Mills Historical Association is a 501(c)(3) corporation and donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Contact Maria Cosenza

‘Just For Kids’ 2019 Free Summer Movie Series

July/August at Cohoes Music Hall, Wednesdays at 1pm on the Big Screen.  August 7: Night at the Museum, August 14: Ice Age: Collision Course, and August 21: The Jungle Book. Admission is Free to all children, parents and chaperones. Parking is Free across from the Music Hall. Doors open at noon with activities Just For Kids with chance to win some cool prizes. Children 12 and under receive a free small popcorn and small bottled water. Tickets may be picked up in advance at the box office 10am-1pm weekdays, day of show or reserved online. Please call 518-953-0630 for more info and group reservations. Cohoes Music Hall at 58 Remsen Street, Cohoes, NY 12047. Check out more movie info at

Congratulations Kristen Thomas

The Poestenkill Library along with the Clement family would like to congratulate Kristen Thomas on writing the winning essay on her love of reading to win this year’s scholarship.  Kristen is a 2019 graduate of Averill Park High School and will be attending Pratt MWP in the fall.  She will major in fine arts with a concentration in painting.  While at APHS, Kristen was a member of the chamber orchestra in addition to her art activities.  Congratulations and best wishes on a successful college experience.

Hopes Kitchen Received Grant

Due to the tireless efforts of Emily Purtell, a Hope Lutheran Church member, Hopes Kitchen has been awarded a grant of $250! The grant was awarded by Thrivent Insurance, a company with a long history of affiliations with Lutheran Churches, and their community projects.

Hopes Kitchen is an outreach ministry of Hope Lutheran Church, Winter street extension Church in North Greenbush. Having been a sister congregation of St. Paul’s Lutheran 3rd Street in Rensselaer it was felt that Hope was in a position to reach out to the city of Rensselaer Community.

Pastor David Moore of Rensselaer Presbyterian church welcomed the idea of housing Hope’s Kitchen at his church. Free community meals are prepared and served the second Thursday of each month. Dinner is between 3:30 and 6:30. The dinners are open to anyone in the community, seniors, families, homeless, teens, and singles.

Hope’s head chef, Marion Daus, of Wynantskill has a crew of up to 15 helpers and servers, including some young people from the Rensselear Middle School. Marion has a history of preparing meals for groups as large as 150, it is the goal of this ministry to match those number. Please join us on August 8th.

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

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

Teresa Marie Mosher

On August 2nd, it will be five years since God called you home.  Not a day goes by that I don’t think of you and miss you.  IASILWY.  Your beauty, your love, and your life touched so many people, and we continue to share and spread the love you gave us.  Thank you for being part of our lives and loving us so much.




Nobody To Call

Old man picks up the phone,

Fixing to call his mother.

Had a question ‘bout the old days.

She would have the answer.

And then, he remembered…

His mother was gone;

Died a few years back…

Leaving a void in his life

He could ask his brother,

Or maybe call his cousin, but

Hell, they were his age;

Knew ‘bout what he did.

He quickly took stock:

Mom was gone…

Grandpa gone a long time ago.

Not a single aunt or uncle left.

There was nobody to call…

His kids/grandkids called him these days

He suddenly realized he was perched

At the top of the family tree.

He put the phone down….!

~Lloyd Barnhart

West Sand Lake

A Family Outing

I almost didn’t walk that way this morning after hearing a warning bark from he third house on the right where a hostile dog flings doggie insults at my dog, Sophie whenever we pass. FOrtunately our enemy was just hopping into the family car; the coast was clear, so we proceeded. This section of Eastern Union Turnpike is straight but dippy. Up ahead I saw a large buck unhurriedly crossing the road. There was a car approaching.

Close behind the buck was a doe, and behind the doe straggled three tiny fawns. I was enthralled by the scene but almost paralyzed with fear. With the dips in the road, would the driver see them, and brake in time? Holding my breath, I watched as the little family made the crossing safely. The tableau had been so beautiful, the relief so great, I had to share it with someone, but no one was there except Sophie, and she didn’t get it. As the car passed me; I gave an enthusiastic “thumbs up” and waved wildly (Actually, I almost did a cartwheel). From inside the care there were vigorous answering waves and happy smiles. Mutual wonder and relief flowed between us. There was joy in the sharing — no words were necessary. It lifted my day, even my week.

Naomi Boel

Averill Park

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