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2018 Holiday Wreath Sale
To benefit the Friends of the Dyken Pond Center, there will be a Wreath Sale.
Beautiful Balsam Fir Wreaths
with handmade ornament
to be picked up in November.

18” wreath decorated with a handmade Dyken Pond collectible nature ornament, pine cones, berries, and a red bow for just $22.

Fundraiser for THE FRIENDS OF THE DYKEN POND CENTER. Proceeds go towards scholarships for children at the Outdoor Adventure Camp and for school classes to attend field trips at the Dyken Pond Center.
Larger Wreath Sizes Available.

Pre-Order Sale: Orders must be received by Monday, 11/12.

Pick-Up Options: Saturday, 11/17, at The Center, 12-2pm and Monday, 11/19, in Troy, 12-2 PM. (Troy pick-up at the Dyken Pond Office, 61 State St.) Contact the Center at (518) 658-2055, or, for other pick-up options.

Wreaths make a great Thanksgiving hostess gift!
To order: Please send a check made out to: Friends of Dyken Pond to Kim Wilson, 3 Arminghall Dr, Troy, NY 12180. Contact for questions, and if it is too close to “order by” date.


Join the Repair Café!

Repair Café Village of Castleton-on-Hudson is a neighborhood initiative that promotes repair as an alternative to tossing things out. We are seeking folks with different skills who can be present as “fixers” during Repair Café. All categories of repair are welcome: electrical, sewing, wooden furniture, bicycle, knife sharpening, jack-of-all-trades – if you like fixing things, you are more than welcome! Volunteers for reception and refreshments are also sought. The next Village Repair Café will be on Saturday, November 10, from 11 AM to 3 PM at the Village Hall, 85 South Main Street. Stop by or contact


The Anti-Rent War Lecture

The Pittstown Historical Society has planned a lecture event. The Anti-Rent War of 1839 to 1869 will be the subject of a lecture by historian, Michael Barrett on November 15th, at 7:30pm, at the Pittstown Town Hall in Tomhannock. Barrett will talk about the turbulent pre-Civil War period in which armed resistance, terror, imprisonment and strife swept across 16 counties of upstate NY. The Anti-Rent movement protested the leasehold property that the landed aristocracy refused to relinquish. Barrett, who is presently serving as the Executive Director of the Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway and the Burden Iron Works Museum in Troy, has lectured extensively and is a member of numerous local historical societies. The meeting, which is sponsored by the Pittstown Historical Society, is free and open to the public. For further information, email: Pittstown or call Connie Kheel at 518-686-7514.


Give thanks for good health by giving blood or platelets

The American Red Cross urges people to share their good health this holiday season by donating blood or platelets for patients in need.

A decline in donations occurs from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day when donors are busy with holiday activities and travel. However, medical treatments and emergencies that require blood don’t stop for the holidays. The Red Cross is thanking those who carve out time to give Nov. 21-24 with a long-sleeved T-shirt, while supplies last.

By giving blood or platelets, donors may give patients more time – and more holidays – with loved ones. Make an appointment to donate blood or platelets by downloading the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Another way to help keep the blood supply strong this winter is to host a Red Cross blood drive in December, January or February. To learn more about hosting a blood drive and to sign up, visit Drive.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Nov. 16-30



Castleton on Hudson

11/23/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Castleton Volunteer Ambulance Corporation, 1700 Brookview Road

East Greenbush

11/9/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., YMCA, 20 Community Way

Hoosick Falls

11/28/2018: 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Hoosick Falls High School, 21187 NY Route 22


11/23/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Poestenkill Fire Department, Route 355


11/21/2018: 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Samaritan Hospital, 2215 Burdett Avenue

11/23/2018: 1 p.m.- 6 p.m., Defreestville Fire Dept., 350 North Greenbush Road

11/26/2018: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Troy Masonic Temple, 39 Brunswick Road

11/27/2018: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Capital District Educational Opportunity Center, 431 River Street

11/27/2018: 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Hudson Valley CMNTY College Siek Campus Center, 80 Vandenburgh Avenue



East Side Quilters Quilt Give-Away

L to R: Daquetta Jones, YWCA, Troy; Lee Kemp, Joseph’s House, Troy; three student volunteers from Siena College, Megan, Alexia and Abby, for Unity House, Troy; and Jason Chaplin, St. Paul’s shelter, Rensselaer. Members of East Side Quilters, a local non-profit dedicated to teaching the love of quilting while supporting those in need, meet every month in Castleton. This year they gave away 132 quilts in October to the following agencies in Rensselaer County: Troy YWCA, Joseph’s House, Unity House, and St. Paul’s Shelter.

ESQ 2018 quilt giveaway to charity in June of this year, 19 quilts were donated to the charity Camp to Belong. Camp to Belong (CTB) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to reuniting brothers and sisters who have become separated in foster care through a week of camp.

In the photos above, the quilts in the background were created by members as a “mystery” challenge; quilters received quilt creation steps a little bit at a time, not knowing until the end how the completed quilt would appear.



New Senior Safe Equipment

Saratoga County Sheriff Mike Zurlo, Rensselaer County Sheriff Pat Russo, Senator Kathy Marchione and Officer Brian Hallett display the new Senior Safe equipment.

The equipment was purchased with money from a New York State grant that Senator Marchione helped secure.

The Sheriffs’ Offices will be able to provide senior citizens with I.D. cards, which contain information helpful in an emergency, such as medical information and next-of-kin.

Sheriff Russo said, “Thanks to Senator Marchione, the Sheriff’s Office now has another tool to help us protect our seniors”.

“This program will ensure our senior citizens have all the necessary information about health and identity available prior to an emergency.  Thank you Senator Marchione for this NYS grant to protect our senior citizens”, commented Sheriff Zurlo.

Senator Marchione said, “The Saratoga and Rensselaer County Sheriffs’ Offices are taking one more step to protect our senior citizens with this new program to provide I.D. cards.  I am confident that this will be a life-saver for many and I am pleased that I was able to help secure this worthwhile NYS grant”.




CCE Rensselaer County 4-H State Fair Selections

Several Cornell Cooperative Extension Rensselaer County 4-H members had their outstanding projects that were entered at the 2018 Schaghticoke Fair selected for evaluation at the New York State Fair. The 4-H members whose projects were selected were: Jessica Haynes, Lucy Haynes, Amanda Thrasher, Emilee Roadcap, Ayden Massey, Brice Retell, Riley Retell, Jessie-Mae Casey, Nessa Corcoran, Amelia Pello, Aaron Cipperly, Allison Michel, and Kaelyn Eagan. The projects selected will be on display at both the 2019 New York State Fair and again at the Schaghticoke Fair.

For more information about the Rensselaer County 4-H program, please contact Cornell Cooperative Extension Rensselaer County 4–H at 518-272-4210.



VFW Auxiliary Thanksgiving Pie Order

The VFW Auxiliary to Sullivan Jones Post 7466 is hosting our annual, “LET THE AUXILIARY BAKE YOUR THANKSGIVING PIES FOR YOU”, event!

Make your to do list shorter by ordering your 9” pies:

Apple, Cherry, Blueberry and Pumpkin at $13.95 each

and let us do the work for you!  To order, call Nancy at 518-283-6197, or pick up an order form at the Post Canteen and you can also email to request a form at

The deadline for orders is November 15th.    Pies will be

ready for pickup on November 21st, downstairs in the bar 12:00-6:00. Proceeds are used for our annual VA Hospital Adopt-a-Military Family Program.



Calling All Crafters & Vendors

Operation Santa Claus is looking for you for the 22nd Annual Holiday Vendor Event in Cambridge at Cambridge Central School, Saturday, Dec. 8th. Contact Dawn Case by emailing: avondawncase@ for more specific information & application, or call 518-669-2052, and leave a message.



Rensselaer County Needs YOU!

The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) for Rensselaer County is seeking new volunteers, both with and without any medical experience, to supplement the county’s health department staff in times of crisis. The MRC was instituted by the federal government’s Department of Health and Human Services following the attacks on 9/11. It is a national, county-based program for deploying volunteers to everything from weather-related catastrophes to disease outbreaks and other public health emergencies.

When a public health situation calls for the over 158,000 residents of Rensselaer County to be vaccinated against disease or other threats within 48 hours, the county conducts POD operations (Points of Dispensing) at several strategic locations throughout the county, administering state-provided antidotes. We still need people with backgrounds as doctors, nurses, surgeons, pharmacists, EMTs and paramedics, but we also need dentists, social workers, veterinarians, clergy, funeral home directors, law enforcement and people like YOU, who can work a laptop, phone bank, do greeting, parking and traffic control, be a runner and many other jobs. Free training in many important areas and lifesaving skills is provided.

For more information, or to register, contact MRC Coordinator, Sal Scecchitano at 518 270-2633, or email




History Is Fun at Banjo Talk

Esquatak board member and proud North Nassauion Glenn Hankle will present his educational, fun and family-friendly presentation “History of the Banjo” to the Esquatak Historical Society on Friday, November 16, at 7:00 p.m. “Professor” Hankle will tell the history of the banjo and how it developed over the years to its peak of popularity during the 1920’s. Truly an American invention, the banjo changed popular musical history from sedate parlor music to rousing Ragtime and early jazz heard around the world.

With over 50 years of musical performance experience, Glen Hankle will not only talk about banjos, but he’ll thrill the audience with live music – all suitable to sing along with (song sheets provided). The fun starts at 7 pm and will take place at the Schodack Town Hall located at the corner of Routes 9 & 20 and Schuurman Road in Schodack. Admission is free, and refreshments will be served. For more information, visit



Polish Italian Dinner

Join us on Sunday, November 11th, from 3-6pm, at the American Legion on Main Ave. in Wynantskill. Adults cost $12; children $5. Take-out or eat-in is available. There will be raffles and a 50/50. Proceeds to benefit Evergreen Cemetery.



Adirondack Fiddlers

New style and old tyme fiddling, Adirondack Fiddlers,

Sunday, November 11th, 12:30-4:30pm.

American Legion Hall, Clancy St., Schuylerville. All fiddlers and musicians young and old and Public welcome.

Round and square dancing. Food Available.

For more information, call (518) 274-6817.



Senior Paint and Punch Event

Come paint a beautiful canvas holiday scene with instructor and artist Noreen Powell.

Friday, November 30th, 2-4PM,

East Greenbush Town Hall Community Room. Cost is $10; Must pre-register by calling 518-477-4194.



The Beginning of Hampton Manor: From the Past to the Present

Due to the large turnout for the first presentation, where many people regrettably were turned away due to fire code capacity, a second program will be offered.

“The Beginning of Hampton Manor: From the Past to the Present” with additional program on the execution of Pvt. Samuel Helms at the Greenbush Cantonment, War 0f 1812”

Date and place: November 19th at 7:00pm in the Elks Lodge #2073, 683 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush.

East Greenbush Town Historian Bobbie Reno will present a PowerPoint program on the history of Hampton Manor with an additional PowerPoint program on the execution of Pvt. Samuel Helms at Greenbush Cantonment, War of 1812.

For information, please contact: Bobbie Reno, East Greenbush Town Historian at 518-477-4869.



Poestenkill Heritage Center Welcomes You

Situated on the outskirts of the Village of Poestenkill next to the Lutheran Church is a quaint home which we have transformed into a historical museum.  During the three years we have been there, we have rotated various exhibits which we feel would be of interest to you.  During the Month of November, we are featuring an exhibit displaying various items from the Civil War, World War II and the Korean War.  We have many items of interest, including a greatcoat from the Civil War, a Marine, WAC, Army and Navy uniforms, donated from various people in the community.  We hope you will visit our museum.  We are open on Saturdays from 1– 3.  A volunteer will be there to greet you and share some of the stories surrounding our artifacts.  Our Town Historian is also there on Mondays from 11–3.

~Poestenkill Historical Society Board of Directors



Free Prayer Circle

The Power of Prayer Can Move Mountains, Work Miracles, Achieve Serenity and Give You Strength. Fr. Billy Clark, Denise Tally and Patrick Clark will guide us in prayer every fourth Sunday at 1pm. Prayer is a universal way for you to connect to your soul and communicate with a higher power. Whether you are new to the ways of prayer or perhaps you pray daily, or you might have prayed as a child but may have gradually lost the habit, or maybe you feel your prayers are never answered. This group is open to all religions & spiritual backgrounds. Join us as we explore the power of coming together to Pray for help, guidance, health, healing and answers. We gather to pray for ourselves/our loved ones/the world.

RESERVATIONS NOT REQUIRED! Information: Denise Tally: 518 339-8386.VENTURE INWARD- 568 Columbia Turnpike #16 VanDenHouten Square (back entrance) East Greenbush, visit: www.VentureInwardCenter. com



Looking for Some Weekend Warriors

The Sand Lake Ambulance has existed as a volunteer ambulance for nearly 60 years. We are looking for people who want to help out but may not have all the time in the world. You may be able to help out by giving us part of your weekend. We normally run 12 hour shifts on the weekends, but if we could get a couple of people who wanted to ride only a morning or an afternoon, we could pair them up to cover a shift. We would recommend for us and for the volunteer that you try to do a couple of times a month. You only need to be able to drive a box truck, lift 50+ pounds, be willing to learn the radios, lights, and protocols, and follow through on the commitment. We’ll train you. Call us at 518 674-2221.



Vendors Wanted

The PTA at Walter B Howard Elementary school is looking for vendors for our annual craft fair being held on Saturday, December 1st, from 9am to 3pm, at the New Lebanon high school. This is a highly attended craft fair and all money raised goes directly back to the students. For more information, please contact Valerie Ozga at



Volunteer Museum Teachers Needed

Do you enjoy working with children?  Do you love learning new things? Do you have a few hours at least once or twice a month to give?  Then join a team of volunteer museum teachers and guide children as they journey through the Hudson River Trading Game!   Based on the life of Hudson River sloop owner Philip Van Rensselaer of Cherry Hill, the interactive school program immerses 4th and 5th grade students in 18th century trade and travel on a 34-foot game board.  Teaching experience is not necessary, but teamwork and the ability to work in a fast-paced environment is a must. Training is provided. The program is 3 hours long, offered mornings November through June, at the Albany Visitors Center at Quackenbush Square in downtown Albany. Interested? Contact Shawna Reilly:, 518-434-4791.



Gilead’s Body & Soul Pantry

November 29, 2018. We continue with our winter pantry hours of 3-6pm, and welcome all. We have just started our season but thought we would give our usual chefs a month off. This month we have guest chefs Donna and Bill. (You may remember their great chicken parmigiana from this past spring.) This time they will be preparing Ziti and Meatballs. There will also be a tossed salad and Italian bread. For dessert, we will be serving chocolate or vanilla pudding.

Our Fellowship Hall welcomes all individuals. We are located at the intersection of Routes 7 & 278 in Center Brunswick. If you are not good with stairs, we do have an elevator which makes it an easy access to our Pantry Items and the Dinner.


African Groups to Meet

An open meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 7th for any individuals or organizations in the greater Capital District currently supporting projects in Africa. The purpose is to bring together such groups to share program information and explore possible areas of cooperation in the future. Each group is asked to have one representative make a very brief introduction stating the group’s name, purpose and geographic involvement, as well as an issue or two of greatest concern. After intros, we will examine possible areas of cooperation and next steps. The gathering tentatively named African Project Network is being organized by several groups already involved in Africa who wish to promote learning and sharing among like-minded projects. The meeting will be held at Westminister Presbyterian Church, 85 Chestnut St., Albany, from 7-8:30pm. Parking and building entry are both on Chestnut St.

For more information, or to express interest if you are unable to attend, contact John Kucij at Lkucij@, or Jim Murphy at Folks with no current involvement, but interested in learning more, are welcome. There is no charge to attend and light refreshments will be served.


47th Annual Festival of Nations

The 47th Annual Festival of Nations will be held at The Egg on Sunday, November 4th. Armenia will again be represented at the Festival. We are pleased to announce that Miss Kaelyn Hrepsime McMullan, daughter of Sean & Alice McMullan, will participate in the Festival of Nations as ‘Miss Armenia.’ Congratulations to the McMullan Family! Rafi & Marianne Topalian and/or Christina & Marilyn Kasparian will be available at the St. Peter Armenian Church, 100 Troy Schenectady Rd., Watervliet, following services on Sundays for information on admission and/or raffle tickets, sponsorship ad participation, and general information. Or, for more information, contact Rafi Topalian Siena 1991 grad the singing jeweler at (518) 272-2000 or  Like us on facebook…and check our newer website



Paul Raider to Speak on WWI

Paul Raider and others are giving an illustrated talk on World War I ~ On the Homefront, at the Stephentown Historical Society meeting on Sunday, November 11, at 2:00 p.m.  This special date is the 100th anniversary of the signing of the armistice ending the Great War.  The event is at Stephentown Heritage Center, 4 Staples Road (corner of Garfield Road), Stephentown, New York.  The program is free, and the building is handicapped accessible.  For directions, telephone (518) 733-0010.





Matinee Theater Players to perform Shorts & Sweets

Karleen Hayden, Tony Scanu, Barbara Peterson, and George Filieau rehearse the One Act Comedy Plane Talk.

Those zany, madcap, utterly delightful Matinee Theater Players are at it again as they bring you – Shorts & Sweets. Choose from two performances of one-act plays and monologues, such as Plane Talk, Squeaky Door, Ride On, Storyville, and more all written by local playwrights. And if that wasn’t enough, included with admission, you will enjoy delectable desserts, snacks and beverages during the show!  Join MTP at the Sand Lake Center for the Arts on Nov. 10th, at 8pm, and Nov. 13th, at 1pm. Price of admission $10.00 each, tickets sold at the door, first- come, first-served.  For more information, go to or call the office at 518-674-2007.  SLCA is located at 2880 NY 43, Averill Park, NY, is fully handicapped accessible, with free parking.




AARP Tax Aide Program in Need of Volunteers

The Tax Aide Program is a free tax preparation service for all members of our community.  There are many opportunities

that are available for our volunteers.  Tax Preparers work directly with the taxpayer to

complete their tax return. Client Facilitators welcome taxpayers and help organize their paperwork.  Technology Coordinators manage computer equipment. Local Coordinators who manage the site, volunteers and schedules Communications Coordinators who help recruit new volunteers.  We have sites in Columbia and Rensselaer Counties.  Volunteers will receive training.  To become a volunteer, you will need to register for the Tax Aide Program.  You can register at  In the upper right of the window click on Volunteer with AARP Tax-Aide link and follow the instructions.  If you have any questions, please contact Jerry Seeley at



Questions of Faith

Do you ever wonder if the Bible is true? What God is like? What the big deal is about Jesus? What the church is all about? What does it mean to be a Christian? If so, you are invited to join us as we explore the answers to these and other questions.

Third Presbyterian Church (115 Winter Street, Troy) will be offering a series of presentations to answer these and other questions of faith. Join us on November 18th from 6:00 to 7:30 PM as we consider questions about Jesus – Who He is? Why is He important?

Each event will include a brief presentation and a time for questions and discussion. Light refreshments will be served. Childcare is available. Please call the church office at 518-283-2420 to let us know you will need childcare services and the ages of your children.

Bring your questions and find answers that will transform your heart and mind!


Grafton Merrymakers Meeting

The monthly meeting of the Grafton Merrymakers will take place on November 14th at 5:30 pm at the Everett Wager Senior Center, Grafton. Evening will start with a covered dish at 5:30 pm followed by our monthly meeting at 6:15 pm.   If you are interested in this senior group or are planning on joining the Merrymakers, please come to our meetings. This will be our last meeting until March 2019.  Any questions, please call Betty Jean at 518-272-8624.


Christmas Celebration at Evangelical Luth.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Poestenkill, 772 Route 351, will hold a “Christmas Celebration” on Saturday, December 1, beginning at 1 pm until 3 pm. This program is for all children and youths and their parents in and around our area.

We will begin with a re-enactment of the “Nativity” in the sanctuary followed by Christmas crafts and refreshments in the undercroft. Please let us know by reserving your seat as space is limited to 50 children not including youths and adults by calling 518-283-6045 and leave a message. A parent or guardian must accompany their children.

We wish you a “Joy Filled Christmas Season” all year long.


Children’s Renaissance Festival

Join us for this new event at Sand Lake Center for the Arts! On November 10th, from 1 pm until 5pm, we will be presenting a Children’s Renaissance Festival. Admission is $5 for children under 12 and you receive 3 tickets with admission fee for the activities. Join us for a live children’s joust and meet the festival king and queen! There will be catapults, archery, coloring activities, crafts, 3 children’s book readings and much more fun.  Costumes are encouraged but not necessary. This event is sponsored in part by Martin, Harding & Mazzotti LLP.  For more information, or ticket purchase, go to or call the office at 518-674-2007.  SLCA is located at 2880 NY 43, Averill Park, is fully handicapped accessible, with free parking.


Janine Budesheim and Marietta Mitchell to Perform

Sand Lake Center for the Arts brings you a Squire Jacob Concert not to be missed!  Janine Budesheim and Marietta Mitchell have been icons in the area music world for many years and have helped numerous students reach their musical potential.  Both have taught in our local school district as well as privately and performed widely in various venues.  Now they will bring their considerable talent to the SLCA stage for a great evening of entertainment. With Marietta at the keyboard, Janine on the violin and several surprise guests, as well as some surprise audience involvement, you will love it!

One evening only, Nov. 17, at 8pm. Tickets – Adults – $18. and Under 18 – $10.  Season passes are also available for purchase. For reservations or information, go to, or call 518-674-2007. SLCA is located at 2880 NY 43, Averill Park, NY, is fully handicapped accessible, with free parking.



Sand Lake Kiwanis “Meet and Greet”

Join the Sand Lake Kiwanis for our second “Meet and Greet” fun evening.

This month we are gathering at the CrossRoads American Grille in the 43 Mall, November 15th, starting at 6pm.

The community is invited!  Last month 15 people attended, 4 potential new Kiwanians as well.

Kiwanians are volunteers changing the world through service to children and communities. Working

together can achieve what one person cannot accomplish alone. We invite both men and women into our chapter. No sponsor is needed! There are 8,000 clubs throughout the world.

~Janet Malecki, Vice President, SL Kiwanis


Tax Problem Solving Day

The Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York’s Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) and the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) are holding a Tax Problem Solving Day on Saturday, November 3, 2018, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at Legal Aid’s office at 95 Central Avenue in Albany.  We will be available to assist taxpayers in person with tax problems they have not been able to resolve with the IRS.  This is a FREE Program and refreshments will be provided. The Taxpayer Advocate Service is an independent organization within the IRS that helps taxpayers and protects taxpayer’s rights.  TAS helps taxpayers whose problems with the IRS are causing financial issues, who’ve tried but haven’t been able to resolve their problems.  Learn more about TAS at  www.TaxpayerAdvocate.irs. gov. Although LASNNY’s Low Income Taxpayer Clinic receives funding from the IRS, the clinic, its employees and volunteers, are not affiliated with the IRS.  A taxpayer’s decision to utilize services from a LITC will not affect the taxpayer’s rights before the IRS.  The Low-Income Tax Clinic does not generally provide income tax preparation services.  For more information about our LITC and other programs at LASNNY, see

Please call 518-462-6765 if you have questions.


Sheriff’s Dept., School & Parish Team Up for Drug Take Back Day

Do you need to get rid of old medications? The Parish Health Ministry of Immaculate Conception Church will partner with the Columbia County Sheriff’s Department to provide an opportunity for discarding outdated medications in a safe and responsible way. The drop off is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 10, from 10 am to 12 Noon at Immaculate Conception Parish Hall, 732 U.S. Route 20 in New Lebanon. To help with advertising the program, students at New Lebanon High School are preparing fliers that will be displayed in places of businesses throughout New Lebanon and Stephentown. For more information, please call Mary Linton, RN, 518-733-0469.

At the collection site, anyone, regardless of his or her place of residence, may deposit prescription and over-the-counter medications. However, needles cannot be accepted.  Persons may also bring drugs that are no longer being used, even if they are not yet expired.

Outdated meds can be dangerous for several reasons including: as they age, some drugs will deteriorate and may cause organ damage; because some drugs can become unable to provide the treatment for which they were prescribed; and because medicines can contaminate the ground water when thrown away in landfills or down the drain/toilet.



Love Lutheran Church Celebration

Love Lutheran Church will be celebrating its 60th anniversary next year.  We are looking for any type of memorabilia from past and present members to share at our open house next Spring – date/time to be determined.  If you can provide any pictures, etc., please mail them to the church or drop them off on a Sunday morning and join us for worship!  Be sure to include your name and address, so we can return the items to you.  Love Lutheran Church is located at:  Just off Route 20 at Pheasant Lane & Middlesex Road, East Greenbush, NY.  Church office:  518-477-8685.  Love Lutheran Church mailing address:  10 Greenwood Drive, P.O. Box 118, East Greenbush, NY 12061. Please join us for worship each & every Sunday!  Our guest Minister, Pastor Dietsche will be leading our service once again on November 4th.  Bible Study/ Confirmation/Sunday School: 9:00am, Worship: 10:00am, Fellowship: 11:00am.


Renss. County Everett Wager Senior Center Calendar

  • Mon., Nov. 5th- 10am Chair Yoga; 12:30 Free Scrapbooking Class; 1pm Dominoes-Cards-Games.
  • Tues., Nov. 6th- Center Closed for Election Day.
  • Wed., Nov. 7th- Haircuts by appt.; 10am Chair Yoga; 1pm Cards-Games.
  • Thurs., Nov. 8th- 9:30 Quilters; 9:30 Aerobic Swimming; 12:30 Stitching Chicks Knit & Crochet; 1pm Dominoes-Cards-Games.
  • Fri., Nov. 9th– 10am Chair Yoga; 12:30 November Birthday Celebration w/entertainment; 1:30pm Bingo-Cards-Games.

The Everett Wager Senior Center is located at 2 Roxborough Rd., Grafton. Transportation is available Mon., Wed. & Fri. to the Center from Grafton, Berlin, Petersburg and Stephentown. Please call the day before, before 10am to reserve. Transportation and appointments can be made by calling 518 279-3413. Lunch is available each day at 12pm.


November Exhibit at HVCC

The biannual Fine Arts and Digital Media Faculty Exhibit is on view Nov. 1st through Dec. 1st, in the Teaching Gallery at Hudson Valley Community College. Featuring the work of 13 faculty members and talks by four of the artists, the exhibit opens Thursday, Nov. 1st, from 4 to 6 p.m. on the Troy campus. The opening reception and artist talks are free to the public.

The artists, working in all media, are Justin Baker, Ryan Chase Clow, Milt Connors, Tara Fracalossi, Kyra Garrigue, Richard Garrison, Benj Gleeksman, William Jaeger, Thomas Lail, Julie Pamkowski, GG Roberts, Linda Ryder, and Jason Kates van Staveren.

Artist talks are scheduled for noon to 12:45 p.m. in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium on Tuesday, Nov. 6 – Julie Pamkowski; Wednesday, Nov. 14 – Thomas Lail; Tuesday, Nov. 20 – Tara Fracalossi; Wednesday, Nov. 28 – Jason Kates van Staveren.

Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; noon to 7 p.m. Wednesdays; noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays, and closed Sundays and Mondays, and Nov. 21-25. The Teaching Gallery is located on the ground floor of the Administration Building.



Schodack Planning and Development Association to Meet

There will be a meeting of the Schodack Planning & Development Association (SPDA) on Thursday, November 15th, at 6:30PM, at Nassau Public Library (upper level) on Rte. 20 in the Village of Nassau.  The public is welcome to attend and discuss recent developments in the town of Schodack.  Please park across the street in St Mary’s parking lot.  SPDA is a not-for-profit, non-partisan group committed to sustainable development, the Town’s natural and historic resources, and smart planning for the Town of Schodack. For more information go to:

~Submitted by Barbara Spink, President SPDA



Native American Storyteller Shares Culture of the Mohawk Nation

Join the Greenbush Historical Society on November 18th, at 2 PM, at the East Greenbush Community Library for a presentation by Kay Olan of the Mohawk Nation, Wolf Clan. The Mohawk people are the most easterly tribe of the Haudenosaunee, or Iroquois Confederacy. The Mohawk were historically based in present day upstate New York west of the Hudson River. Native American culture is noted for its rich oral traditions. Rather than written documents, oral history in stories is passed on from generation to generation, keeping customs, heritage and legacies alive. Along with stories of the Mohawk, various artifacts of the Haudenosaunee will be displayed. All meetings are free and open to the public, but please register with the library as seating is limited. (Phone: 518-477-7478).


East Side Seniors Meeting

Our next meeting is on Tues., Nov. 13th, at 1:00 at the American Legion Post in Wynantskill. Team 6 will be our hostess/host for lunch. The Bocce league needs subs if you want to join the fun. Call Barb at 518-674-8325. Not SURE? we have a lot of members to help you. Hope you join us for the fun or at the bi-monthly meetings.  All seniors WELCOME!


Residential Household Waste and Recycling

Town of Poestenkill residents may drop off residential household garbage and recyclables to the Waste Management Transfer Station at the corner of NY 66 and NY 351 from 7AM to 10AM every Monday and Friday.

Only Poestenkill Town residents are currently eligible for this service and may bring their household garbage and recyclables to the facility in any 30-gallon plastic bag. The fee is $3 per bag for garbage and recyclables. No cash is accepted at the facility therefore payment must be by check or credit card.

Recyclables include glass, paper, cardboard, plastic bottles and cans and metal cans. No waste oil, electronics or liquids are accepted. Do not put the plastic bag in with the recyclables.

For addition information, contact Michelle Asquith at 518-283-5100, ext. 100 or Town Clerk Sue Horton at ext. 103 or call the facility scale house at 518-674-3643.

Watch for information on an electronics recycling day.


ESL Volunteers Needed

The Refugee Welcome Center located at 104 Ontario St., Albany, needs ESL (English as a second language) teachers and childcare volunteers. Teaching experience in ESL is helpful, but you can observe classes to learn to see what we do. We also need people to provide childcare during classes. Currently we are offering classes Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30-11:30. We would like to form new classes other mornings and evenings. Please call Sue St. Pierre at 518-428-3291 for more information.


Defreestville Fire Dept. & Local Agencies Partner to Increase Department Preparedness

The Defreestville Fire Department (DFD) proudly highlights the incorporation of local agencies to their regular training schedule.

Every Tuesday, the DFD holds training exercises preparing members for various situations they may encounter.  On Tuesday, October 23rd, the DFD focused on familiarizing members with heavy vehicles that regularly travel through the district.  The DFD welcomed the participation of the state Division of Military and Naval Affairs (DMNA), the state Department of Transportation (DOT), and Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) all of whom provided commonly used vehicles for members to learn more about.

Brian McCrae, Chief, Defreestville Fire Department said, “Today’s fire service, including our department, has a significant focus on increasing firefighter safety and education is a key component of that effort.  I want to thank the participating agencies for helping us educate our members and the opportunity to get ‘hands-on’ with some of their equipment.”

The Defreestville Fire Department partners with the Wynantskill Fire Department to provide fire suppression, rescue, and first-response emergency medical services for the North Greenbush Fire District.

DFD invites those interested in learning more about volunteering in the fire department to please contact us through either the Facebook page ( defreestvillefd), the website (, or call 518-286-3612.


Shoe Drive

Garage sale over? Church sale ended? Just cleaning out your closet? The East Greenbush Kiwanis are collecting new and gently used shoes, boots, slippers and flip-flops, to be sent overseas to third-world countries to help women begin start-up businesses. Drop the shoes off at Gettysburg Flag Works, 715 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush, between 9:00-5:00 PM, Monday – Friday, from now through Friday, November 16th.


Sand Lake Seniors Club Meeting

The regular meeting for the Sand Lake Seniors is on Thursday, November 8, at 12:00.  We meet at The Church of The Covenant Methodist Church on Route 43 in Averill Park.  Our guest speaker is Pat Spreitzer, RN, BSN, Provider Relations Specialist from The Community Hospice.  A light lunch will follow.  Our next luncheon that we go to is at Paolo Lombardi’s on November 15, at 12pm.  Our annual Christmas Party is on December 1, at The Poestenkill Firehouse from 12-4pm.  We will have the installation of our new officers and committee heads at that time.  There will be a ($5.) gift exchange, great food, fun and holiday cheer!  Also, door prizes. Music is by Brian Zapel.  Come join us as we plan for an exciting 2019 with our trips and luncheons.

Thank you, Clara Peters, President


November Events at The Rensselaer Senior Center

  • Wednesday, Nov. 7th, The Toys that Made us Part One: The History of Legos 12:30 pm
  • Tuesday, Nov. 13th – In Honor of Veteran’s Day We Will Honor Any Veteran to a Free Lunch Regardless of Age and Have a Make Your Own Sundae After Lunch. We Love Our Veterans. Call today for reservations 463-2166.  Monday through Friday, 9am-3pm. We are Located in Rensselaer on East and Herrick Streets
    • Thursday, Nov. 15th – Special Dinner Celebrating Thanksgiving. Lunch consists of Turkey w/sage dressing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes w/gravy, peas and pearl onions and pumpkin pie. To top off this beautiful day we have entertainment by the “Ever So Talented” Paul Slingerland; call today for reservations 463-2166. Monday Through Friday,

9am-3pm.   We are in Rensselaer on East and Herrick Streets.

We are working hard planning 2019 with new shows and trips; we also will continue to offer Tai Chi, Aerobics, Silver Sneakers, Line Dancing, Wood Shop, Community Service Sewing Group, Art Class and a new class coming soon “Genealogy”.



Ten HVCC Student Body Members Elected

Ten members of the Hudson Valley Community College student body were elected to Student Senate for the current academic year.

Members of the senate work with administration and faculty guidance to promote and coordinate student affairs. As the student body’s elected officials, they authorize the establishment of new clubs and activities, promote student welfare and assist with an $800,000 annual budget that supports the extracurricular program of all student activities, clubs and organizations.

New members include:

Jamison Jarosz of Schaghticoke, was elected to serve as President. Jarosz is studying Engineering Science

John Verdon of Rensselaer was elected to serve as Senior Senator. Verdon is studying Individual Studies

JaQuan Pass of Troy was elected to serve as Senior Senator. Pass is studying Liberal Arts and Sciences: Humanities and Social Science.


News from the Averill Park CSD

On the evening of October 25th, 66 members of the Class of 2019 were inducted into the APHS Chapter of the National Honor Society. Congratulations to these outstanding students who demonstrate excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character!

Congratulations to the girls’ soccer team on winning the Class A championship for the second time in three years. The team was scheduled to play in the regional final on November 3.

The Averill Park Off-Broadway Players will present “Cinderella” on Friday, November 16; and Saturday, November 17, at 7:00 p.m. in the Averill Park High School auditorium. Tickets will be sold at the door and are $8 for adults and $5 for students/senior citizens. Join us for an evening to be entertained by our talented students!

The nominating period for the Averill Park Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2019 closes November 15, 2018. If you know a former athlete, coach, team, or contributor who made a significant contribution to the Averill Park athletic program through service, performance, dedication, commitment, and accomplishment, please consider nominating that individual or team. More information, including the nomination form, is available on our website at halloffame.

~Submitted by Dr. James Franchini, Averill Park CSD Superintendent


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