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Community 11.07.19

10/24/2019 – 11/07/2019

Sand Lake Veterans Day Ceremony

This year we will be holding our Veteran’s Day Ceremonies on Monday, November 11th, at 11:00 am to honor our Veterans at The Sand Lake Veteran’s Memorial Park. Our honored speaker will be Captain Michael F. Perry recently retired from the Navy Reserve after 28 years of service. He continues to serve as the Deputy Commander for Logistics of the New York Naval Militia, which is a Federally recognized component of the New York National Guard and comprised of over 2,600 members. His past assignments include five command tours, including major command of a Navy Cargo Handling Battalion comprised of over 275 Sailors spanning five installations and three states. and, most recently, six months as the Chief of the Commercial Industry Branch of the United States Transportation Command from February to July of this year. His State deployments include numerous activations to State Active Duty by the New York Naval Militia in support of the New York National Guard during its response to numerous natural and man-made disasters, including service at Ground Zero during 9-11. Captain Perry has earned Master’s Degrees from SUNY Albany and the United States Army War College, Seabee Combat and Expeditionary Warfare qualifications and numerous personal and unit awards, including the Defense Superior Service Medal as a result of filling a gapped Air Force General Officer billet from 2016 to 2017. He resides with his wife, Nancy, on Miller Hill Road in Averill Park and has two children, Jennifer and Julia.

Come and honor “Those Common Men And Women Who Proudly Served Our Country With Uncommon Valor”.

Todd Middleton, Commander VFW

Robert Carpenter, Commander American Legion


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

Feel Good

Run Once

He Came Back

My Grandpa died way too early;

His death dealt me a crushing blow.

He was the most influential male in my life,

And, suddenly, he was gone!

I stumbled through the next several years

Without him…missing him.

Then one day, I got stung by a mishandled stonecat

While fishing for bass in our favorite stream.

As I nursed my injury….I heard him laugh….

He had taught me better.

As I continued fishing, his voice kept coming back;

All his lessons for bass fishing were repeated.

He wasn’t really gone; he was with me still.

He would continue to guide me as he had in the past.

And I would guide my son and grandsons

As he had guided me.

The lesson here is that he is not gone;

Those who are loved will always be with us.

– Lloyd Barnhart

West Sand Lake

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