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Community 11.28.19

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Poestenkill Residents

The Poestenkill Bread of Life Food Pantry expresses our sincere appreciation to all those Town Residents who graciously donated to our Pantry on Election Day at the Fire House. Your donations enable us to provide complete Thanksgiving & Christmas Holiday Meal Baskets to Poestenkill families experiencing economic difficulties. Your generosity also allows the Bread of Life Pantry to function as a viable local provider of basic nutritional food supplies & related items throughout the year to Town Residents in need.

Happy Thanksgiving to all and thanks again!

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Wynantskill Fire Department Dedicates New Utility 42

On Tuesday, October 29th, 2019, the Wynantskill Fire Department dedicated their newest piece of apparatus, Utility 42, to deceased member Tom Goyer. Tom lived his entire life in Wynantskill – spending 45 of those years volunteering with the Wynantskill Fire Department. Tom was the driving force behind the purchase of the first district-owned fire police vehicle, and original Utility 42, a 1997 Dodge van. The new Utility 42 is a 2019 Chevrolet Silverado.

In addition to serving our town through the fire department, Tom married his wife, Judy, in 1965 and raised a family. He also served in the United States Navy, and was a long time usher at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Troy, NY. A heartfelt thank you to all the members of the Goyer family, members of the American Legion Post 1489, members of the North Greenbush Fire District Board of Fire Commissioners, and Deacon Paul Carney of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Troy,NY, for joining us on this special occasion.

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Castleton-Schodack Kiwanis along with Castleton Road Racing Commission Support the Anchor

Sara Westcott, Race Director of the Ken Morgan Memorial Clove Run, proudly presented a check in the amount of $4,450 to Paula Sancomb, manager of The Anchor, Northeast Regional Food Pantry on November 11th, 2019. The Castleton-Schodack Kiwanis, in collaboration with the Castleton Road Racing Commission, was proud to sponsor / host the annual Clove Run. The 2019 event, held in August, was well-attended and supported by many local businesses. That support results in the ability to provide much-needed financial aid to The Anchor, Castleton’s food pantry.

Save the date:

Sunday December 8, 2019 the Castleton Kiwanis will be selling Bells of Life as a Fundraiser for Albany Medical Center Pediatric ER. We will be at Crossgates Mall from 10:00am to 6pm. Please come out, say hello, and purchase a Bell! Can’t get out? Some area local businesses will be selling the Bells as well. For more information visit

The Castleton-Schodack Kiwanis Club wishes you all a Happy Thanksgiving!

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East Greenbush Honor A Veteran Ceremony for James J. Connell, Jr.

On Tuesday, December 3rd, the Town of East Greenbush is honored to say thank you to James J. Connell, Jr. (USMC) (deceased) for his service to our country and community. Jim was an active Civil War Historian and Re-enactor and wrote a book taking place during the Civil War, “A Lonely Battle Stance.” These are just a few of the many ways Jim served his country and community. The East Greenbush Honor A Veteran Ceremony will take place at 10:00am in the East Greenbush Town Hall. The public is encouraged to attend. Light refreshments will be served. If you have any questions, please contact Bobbie Reno, Town Historian at 518-477-4869

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Fort Crailo DAR Chapter Good Citizen Awards

November 9, 2019, The Fort Crailo Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution had their Good Citizen Essay Award ceremony at the Rensselaer Public Library. Chairmen Doris Roberts presented the award to Andrew Kretzschmar a senior from Rensselaer High. Congratulations to our other winners Taylor Demers a senior from Columbia High School, Makaila Maier a senior from Maple Hill High School and Andrew Gorman a senior from Averill Park High School. Taylor Demers will be moving on to the district level competition.

The DAR Good Citizens Award and Scholarship Contest, created in 1934, is intended to encourage and reward the qualities of good citizenship.

This award recognizes and rewards individuals who possess the qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism in their homes, schools, and communities. These students are selected by their teachers and peers because they demonstrate these qualities to an outstanding degree.

Do you have a patriot in your family tree? Are you actively looking to help out veterans and your community through volunteer work? The Fort Crailo Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution are looking for you! Please visit :

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Friends of Rensselaer Library was a success

The Friends would like to thank everyone who donated bake goods and all those folks who bought goodies from our Election Day Bake Sale. We had 2 locations, one at City Hall and the other at the Rensselaer Senior Center. Both locations saw an increase in participation and profits this year and we look forward to next years Election Day Bake Sale. Our sincere thanks to all the workers, bakers and people who bought baked goods.

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Thank You

I am sincerely honored and humbled for the confidence the voters of Poestenkill have given me. I want to thank Dave Haas and Steve Keller for running a clean campaign that they can be proud of and I look forward to working with both of these gentlemen. To my family and friends,Thank you for all your hard work. I promise to do the best I can. Please join us for my swearing in ceremony on Sunday December 29, 2019 at 1:00 at the V.F.W. post in Poestenkill. Food and drinks will be provided following.


Keith Hammond


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

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Thinking Of Thanksgivings Past

There were times when both

The mashed potatoes and gravy

Were lumpy.

The carving of the turkey

Was often less than artful…

Raggedy, actually.

Sometimes, the pie crusts

Were a little overdone and too browned

Even after Grandma trimmed them.

Sometimes, the men….

After a morning of deer hunting

Were tired and sleepy.

The youngsters most always

Complained about being seated

At the “kid’s table”

Nevertheless, this annual family gathering

Always turned out well;

It was a special gathering, to be sure.

Nothing can compare with a Thanksgiving dinner

With family…immediate and extended

Joined together to give Thanks!

Grandma & Grandpa,

Aunts, uncles and cousins

All together for this special occasion…

As always, at this time of year

I close my eyes and enjoy once again

An old time family Thanksgiving dinner !!

– Lloyd Barnhart

West Sand Lake 12196

Letters to the Editor

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What Use Answering Machines

While technology advances, often times the uses to which it is put result in perversion of the original intent — communication.

Telephone answering machines were once thought to be a convenience to take brief messages. Useful employment of an answering machine looses its effectiveness when the recipient is inundated with a bewildering array of multiple options, sub-options, selections and qualifications. Who can possible recall the correct response out of eight or ten choices? When a “phone tree” of more than four options is presented, I hang up and drop the concern a note telling them I can’t remember all the choice and ask them to call if they want to communicate with me.

Businesses which shunt the caller to wait-on-hold times of as much as thirty minutes either don’t have sufficient personnel to field incoming calls or operate on the assumption that perhaps the caller will go away if sufficiently stonewalled. Some companies don’t care enough to want to communicate with callers.

If a professional office or business fails to comprehend the convenience of caller, it’s about time they consider the downside of excessive and interminable menus selections given the caller.

-Steve Sevits

East Greenbush

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