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Community 11.29.18

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


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.



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



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.



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


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.



Historical Calendars Available

Looking for a Christmas gift? The 2019 North Greenbush Historical Calendar is now available for purchase. It contains old time pictures including Windy’s Village Inn in Wynantskill, the Defreest Hotel, the St. Jude’s 1956-57 Kindergarten, views of Snyders Lake, and other areas throughout the town. The calendars are still only $10 and are available at the Town Clerk’s office in Wynantskill (283-4306) or from Town Historian Jim Greenfield in Defreestville (518 283-6384).

~ Submitted by Jim Greenfield, North Greenbush Town Historian



Melrose Methodist Church Christmas Sale

Join us for a Christmas Sale! There will be decorations, new and used! Plus, plates of assorted Christmas cookies at the Melrose Methodist Church, 20 Church Street, Melrose, on December 1st from 10-3pm.  We are handicapped assessible. To reserve cookies, call 518-235-4370.


Melrose United Methodist Blue Christmas Service

Melrose United Methodist Church will host its annual Blue Christmas Service on December 5th, 7:00 pm, at the Melrose UMC, located at the corner of route 40 and Church St. in Melrose.

The Blue Christmas Service is especially for people who are mourning, who have or are experiencing loss or for persons who have other reasons for not feeling particularly joyful at Christmas.  Christmas can be a painful time for some.

It may be the first Christmas without a loved family member who has recently died; it may be a time that has always been difficult.  At this time of the year, our spirits often sink, as the days grow shorter and the darkness grows deeper around us.

Blue Christmas is an ecumenical community service of scripture, prayer and music during advent for those who struggle, who mourn and any who find celebrating difficult.  If this Christmas season is difficult for you, come and begin your advent with worship.  Everyone, regardless of church background is welcome.


Search and Rescue Volunteers Needed

The Tri-State Emergency Team is recruiting volunteers to provide wild land and underwater searches within a 100-mile radius of Waterford, NY. This includes all aspects of field and underwater search. The Tri-State Emergency Team responds when requested by NYS Forest Rangers and other police agencies throughout New York State, Western Vermont, and Massachusetts. We are looking for certified scuba divers, experienced boat handlers, and people who enjoy hiking and the outdoors in general and who wish to help people in need. The Team will provide training and complete support as needed. Our headquarters is located in Waterford.

Applicants need not live in Waterford to volunteer. If interested, please call 518-237-6744 or visit our website at www.tri-state



Village of Nassau General Election

The General Election of the Village of Nassau, County of Rensselaer, will be held at the Village Municipal Building, 40 Malden Street, in said Village on the 19th day of March 2019, and the polls will be open at 12:00 noon, and close at 9:00 p.m.

The Village Clerk designates the following offices as vacant at the end of the current official year, to be filled for the following term:

Mayor for the term of Robert W. Valenty for the term of four years.

Trustee for the term of David Scaccia for the term of four years.

Trustee for the term of Randy Howarth for the term of four years.

Justice for the term of Michael Conway for the term of four years.

Election is open to voters registered with Rensselaer County Board of Elections.  The last day to register with the County Board of Elections is Friday, March 8, 2019.

~Melissa Turner-Bulan, Village Clerk



New York Army National Guard Soldier Reenlistments

Major General Ray Shields, the Adjutant General, announces the recent reenlistment of members of the State National Guard in recognition of their continuing commitment to serve community, state and nation as part of the Army National Guard.

Sergeant William Coon from Mechanicville, N.Y. reenlisted to continue service with the 206th Military Police Company.

Staff Sergeant Fernando Aguilar from Mechanicville, N.Y. reenlisted to continue service with the Company C, 101st Signal Battalion.

Staff Sergeant James Valk from Castleton, N.Y. reenlisted to continue service with the Headquarters and Support Company, 42nd Infantry Division.

“It’s great to see Soldiers staying in the Army and continuing to serve their State and Nation in the New York Army National Guard,” Shields said. “The most important Army asset we have is the individual Soldier. The dedication, skills, and leadership traits they bring to our community and their employers are invaluable.”

“By choosing to stay in the Army National Guard they directly contribute to our nation’s security and to the governor’s ability to respond to disasters, all while building a bright future for their family through the Guard’s retirement, education, and health insurance programs,” Shields said.

For more information about the New York Army National Guard, visit www.dmna. or


DEC Announces $902,888 In Grants to Hudson River Estuary Watershed Communities
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced grant awards totaling $902,888 for 24 projects to help communities along the Hudson River Estuary design and improve recreational access, enhance education about the river, and advance stewardship of natural resources.

“The Hudson River is a vital part of New York’s identity and one of our defining natural assets,” said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos. “With the State’s steadfast support and investments, many riverfront communities are pursuing projects that advance stewardship of their natural resources, such as sustainable shoreline techniques, source water protection, and green infrastructure planning. These grant awards build on local conservation efforts and priorities by advancing new possibilities for nature-based tourism and its associated economic benefits.”

The grant program is funded by the State’s Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) and administered by DEC’s Hudson River Estuary Program. In the 2018-19 State Budget, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo sustained the record-high EPF at $300 million for the third year in a row, providing funding for open space conservation, parkland stewardship, and other environmental protection projects, including grants to reduce flooding and restore the Hudson River Estuary.
Grant recipients listed by region are included below:

Columbia County

Columbia Land Conservancy, Inc – $39,984: Place-Based Estuary Education at Greenport Conservation Area will develop place-based lessons about stream buffers, wetlands, and the wildlife that live in these zones, and will install interpretive signage about the natural resources of the estuary at its Greenport Conservation Area.

Trout Unlimited, Inc. – $49,855: Town of Taghkanic Road-Stream Crossing Replacement Plan will guide future culvert replacements to reconnect high-quality aquatic habitat and improve community flood resiliency and road infrastructure conditions within the Town of Taghkanic.

Rensselaer County

Village of Castleton-on-Hudson – $50,000: Planning for Riverfront Park will include planning, preparation of permits, and construction plans for public access to the Hudson River at Riverfront Park, a village-owned parcel on the east bank of the Hudson.


Appliance Amnesty Week – December 10-14, 2018

The Town of East Greenbush DPW will be picking up Appliances from December 10 thru 14, 2018. Please call the office at 518-477-6103 to schedule an appointment for your appliances to be picked up. In case of snow/ice storm, appointments will be rescheduled.

Scott F. Gallerie

Commissioner of Publics Works


Refrigerators, Freezers
Hot water heaters
Microwaves/Air conditioners


Severe blood shortage: Red Cross issues immediate call for blood and platelet donations

The American Red Cross is facing a severe blood shortage and urgently needs blood and platelet donors to give now to avoid delays in lifesaving medical care for patients. Volunteer blood drive hosts are also critically needed to prevent the shortage from worsening this winter.

During September and October, the Red Cross collected over 21,000 fewer blood and platelet donations than what hospitals needed. Blood donors of all blood types, especially type O, and platelet donors are urged to make an appointment to donate at or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

How to help: Eligible donors can find a blood or platelet donation opportunity and schedule an appointment to donate by using the free Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPass, are encouraged to help speed up the donation process.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:


East Greenbush

12/3/2018: 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Rensselaer Elks, 683 Columbia Turnpike
12/12/2018: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Phoenix A Nassau Re Company, 15 Tech Valley Drive

Hoosick Falls

12/3/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Hoosick Falls Community Alliance Church, 484 Hill Road


12/4/2018: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Metropolitan Life, 500 Jordan Road
12/5/2018: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., RPI Mueller Center, 15th Street



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.


Alchar Printing honored for their 50th Anniversary

The Rensselaer County Legislature presented a resolution to Alchar Printing honoring their 50th Anniversary at their Regular meeting on November 13, 2018.

Pictured: Legislators Ken Herrington, Bobby Burns, Erin Sullivan-Teta, Minority Leader Peter Grimm, Deputy Minority Leader Cindy Doran, with the “Alchar Family” including Alchar President Denise Padula and Legislator Mark Fleming at the podium.

~Submitted by Antoinette Hueber, Rensselaer County Legislature


Renss. County Everett Wager Senior Center Calendar

  • Mon., Dec. 3rd- 10am Chair Yoga; 12:30 Free Scrapbook Class (all supplies included); 1pm Dominoes-Cards-Games.
  • Tues., Dec. 4th– Reiki by appt.; 9:30 Aerobic Swimming; 1pm Dominoes-Cards-Games.
  • Wed., Dec. 5th-Mani/Pedi’s by appt.; 10am Chair Yoga; 11:45 Pittstown Club Meeting; 1pm Games & Cards.
  • Thurs., Dec. 6th- Reiki by appt.; 9:30 Aerobic Swimming; 1pm Dominoes-Cards-Games; 1pm Stephentown Club.
  • Fri., Dec 7th- 9:45am Chair Yoga; 11am Membership Meeting; 1pm Penny Social Tickets on sale all day, drawing at 1pm; 1pm Dominoes-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.




A Note from Your North Greenbush Tax Receiver

Here are just a few reminders and facts for the upcoming 2019 Tax Season:

You can now pay your Town of North Greenbush property taxes at the two Pioneer Banks during regular business hours. They are located at 78 Main Avenue, Wynantskill, NY and 602 North Greenbush Road, Rensselaer, NY (across from Applebee’s on Route 4). All you need to do is bring your entire tax bill and your completed check or cash for the full amount of your bill. In return, the bank will supply you a stamped receipt for your payment in full. Pioneer Bank does not accept credit cards for payment.

When paying by mail, please return the entire bill and your check in the full amount. If you are requesting a receipt, please check off the box located at the bottom half of your tax bill.

Please do not mail cash! Only checks will be accepted.

Make checks payable to: Thomas F. McGrath Jr. Rec. of Taxes.

When making out your check please make sure the written amount is the same as the numerical amount. Also, don’t forget to sign and date your check. The bank will not accept these errors and will result in your check being returned, which could result in a late payment.

Avoid late payments by getting your bill and check in the mail with a postmark before the late date. Your check date cannot be used to avoid penalties.

For those who want to pay in person, we will be open at Town Hall in room 11, across from the Library, on the following dates and times: Every Thursday from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm and every Saturday from 9:30 am – 12:00 pm, only in the month of January. To pay cash, you must have the exact amount. We do not have the ability to make change. If paying with a credit card, please note that service fees apply.

Partial payments cannot be accepted.

If you pay through escrow and receive a bill, please do not send payment unless you are sure your bank has discontinued your escrow. Please call us if you are not sure. Sending in payment could result in a duplicate payment.


Tom McGrath Jr., North Greenbush Tax Receiver



Warm PJs for Cold Nights Needed

CoNSERNS-U in Rensselaer is collecting Pajamas for distribution to children in needy families. This effort with its specific focus is an addition to the organization’s ongoing community support work. The continuing economic downturn keeps bringing new needs to the surface, and the number of families seeking assistance increases.

Colleen Pidgeon, Director of Co-NSERNS-U, reports that the list of families in need has grown again in the last year. Co-NSERNS-U is collecting sleepwear for youngsters aged new born to 18. Individual donations may be dropped off at 50 Herrick St across from the Train Station in Rensselaer. Ms. Pidgeon also hopes Church groups and Civic Organizations may see the opportunity for a project to help in this need. Co-NSERNS-U is open M-F, 8:30-4:30, 50 Herrick St, Rensselaer, and the phone number is 518-463-8571.



Town of Pittstown Seniors

The regular monthly meeting for the Town of Pittstown Seniors is December 5, 2018.  Location is the Raymertown Volunteer Fire House on Mason Lane in Raymertown.  The meeting will begin at 11:45 with a covered dish luncheon and business meeting to follow.  This will be our last meeting until March 6, 2019.

Our Christmas Party is December 8, 2018 at the Pittstown Volunteer Emergency Corp with a ham dinner being served at noon.

If you are already a member, and wish to attend the Christmas party, contact Sylvia Ward by Sunday, December 2, 2018, at 518-478-3338.

Upcoming trips are being planned for 2019.

There will be an overnight trip in May.  Please contact Sylvia Ward for addition information at 518-478-3338.



Happy Birthday Vanderheyden

2018 marks the 185th Anniversary of Vanderheyden Hall, a private agency that began as an orphanage, but now serves primarily teenage children with educational or emotional problems. Currently located at the eastern edge of North Greenbush, Vanderheyden traces its founding back to the early days of Troy.

In 1833 because of the plight of orphaned and destitute children, the Troy Orphan Asylum was formed and initially housed 45 orphans. For the next thirty years, the orphanage was housed in several different locations in Troy. In 1862, after their residence was destroyed in Troy’s “Great Fire”, they moved to 294 Eighth Street and remained there for the next three decades.

As the 19th century came to a close, it became clear that a new, modern facility was required to meet the orphans’ on-going needs. In 1892, resulting from a gift of 109 acres, the cornerstone was laid for a new building on Spring Avenue. Later, additional buildings were added including a chapel, school building, infirmary and gymnasium. The first uniformed Boy Scout troop in the nation was formed at the orphanage.

In 1943, after 50 years at that location, the words “orphan” and “asylum” went out of favor and the name was changed to Vanderheyden Hall (Vanderheyden being the name of a famous early settler family in what was to become Troy).

As times changed, programs of “manual training” for boys and “domestic science” for girls were instituted.

By the 1960’s, additional changes and challenges led to the need of more land beyond the Spring Avenue Campus. In 1975, the trustees acquired 80 acres in North Greenbush where the former Pawling Sanitarium grounds and later the NYS Training School for girls had been. In the 1980’s, Vanderheyden moved its multi-service children’s center to the Wynantskill site.

Today, Vanderheyden provides a variety of housing options and a wide range of services for youth, adults, and families in the Capital Region. A safe haven is provided for youth abused or neglected or abandoned who face a range of developmental and emotional challenges.


Jillian Leggiero Inducted into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

Jillian Leggiero of East Greenbush was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Leggiero is pursuing a degree in Biomedical Science at State University of New York at Cortland.



Gardner-Dickinson School 1st Quarter Honor Rolls

High Honor Roll

Grade 7: Ryan Bates, Braden Ceresia, Jason Cupp, Christina Decker, Madeline Defreest, Gabriela Geise, Molly Graiff, Jireh Henriquez, Anya Kulzer, Angela Lanesey, Rita Lin, Mia Lucey, Alivia Reo, Taylor Schoonmaker, Athena Seebald, Tim Thomas, Laura VerWys and Abram Weatherwax.

Grade 8: Matthew Blaisdell, Leonardo Clemenzi, Maryssa Crosier, Lauren Czubek, Kassidy Duda, Kaya George, Christian Kim, Isabella Marte, Cooper Murray and Ryan Strang.

Honor Roll

Grade 7: Madelyn Comenole, Sydney Davey, Samantha Flagg, Anna Galvagni, Malena Grande, Mwamba Green, Ethan Hallenbeck, Owen Hirokawa, Aaron Martin, Liam McCrudden, Isabela Niver, Alison O’Brien, Keely Panichi, Jayden Rene and Carter Zimmerman.

Grade 8: Nicole Benson, Theresa Crawford, William Eccles, Ethin Fries, Sara Geisser, Tyler Quinn, Phillip Ryan, Anthony Sano, Ryan Therrien and Michael Zakarka.


Averill Park High School Top Five in Each Class 1st Quarter 2018-2019 (listed alphabetically)

Grade 9: Sydney A Ferguson, Alexandra Illyana Gaboury, Sonja Jordan Kaye, Francesca E Morone, Anna Zusy

Grade 10: Emma R Burdick, Benjamin Antonio Campbell, Fiona Carroll, Kendall E Dollard, Mackenzie Rockwell

Grade 11: Hayden M Chenette, Lauren Elizabeth Harland, Adam Limoges, Triston Russell Lincoln, Lydia L. Ware

Grade 12: Michael J Beskid, Nathaniel P Jamison, Katherine Elizabeth O’Neill-Knasick, Mariah H St Onge, Julia N Zaremba




Occasion to celebrate.
Some rest, no work, no office.
Some play, vacation.
Others cook, kitchen calling.
Bake that favorite pie to share.
Shop, create, knit and sew.
What calls you?
Honor the day and season.
Write greetings, send the care.
Lists, remembrances, donations
inclusions totaled.
Join family near or far.
Present that gift wrapped
with looped bow.
Bow your head or kneel in prayer.
Planned ahead, all done well.
With praise and gratitude.
Holidays in memory dwell.

~ Nancy W. Davis 2018



Rensselaer Co. Everett Wager Senior Center Calendar

  • Mon., Dec. 10th– Hair Cuts by Appt.; 10am Chair Yoga; 11:30 Holiday Brunch; 1pm Dominoes-Cards-Games.
  • Tues., Dec. 11th – Reiki by appt.; 9:30 Aerobic Swimming; 1pm Dominoes-Cards-Games; 1:30 Pre-Diabetes Class.
  • Wed., Dec. 12th- 10am Chair Yoga; 11am Type 2 Diabetes, presented by Renss. County Health Dept.; 1pm Games & Cards.
  • Thurs., Dec. 13th- Reiki by Appt.; 9:30 Quilters; 9:30 Aerobic Swimming; 12:30 Stitching Chicks Knit & Crochet; 1pm Dominoes-Cards-Games.
  • Fri., Dec 14th- 10am Chair Yoga; 11am Aging Successfully with Vision Loss; 12:30 December Birthday Celebration w/Entertainment; 1pm Dominoes-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.



East Side Seniors

Our next meeting will be on JAN. 8th, 2019 at the American Legion Post in Wynantskill, beginning at 1:00. If the Wynantskill schools are closed due to the WEATHER, our meetings will be canceled. Also, if the TROY SCHOOLS are on a 2 hour delay due to the WEATHER, Bocce ball league will be canceled. Come January 1st, Membership dues are DUE. We will have nominations for new officers and an election will be held. We will discuss upcoming events including Wildwood, N.J. upcoming on June 9th. New members always welcome and familiar ones are good to see.



Thrift Shop

The Church of the Redeemer Thrift Shop in Rensselaer offers a clean, well-organized shopping experience with a very large selection of clothing for all ages and sizes including holiday attire and winter outerwear, housewares, toys, jewelry and baby gear. The Christmas Shop is overflowing with decorations and gifts. You’re sure to find something you didn’t know you needed from the vast selection of one-of-a-kind items. We’ll be open on Thursday, December 6th, from 3 to 6; and Saturday, December 8th, from 9 to 2, weather permitting.

The shop is located at 1249 Third Street, Rensselaer, on CDTA Bus Route #214. Enter through the parking lot on the Catherine Street side and be pleasantly surprised.


Home Waters Chapter Meeting

Home Waters Chapter of Trout Unlimited is holding their monthly meeting on Thursday, December 13th, 6PM, at the Grafton Lakes State Park Welcome Center, which is located at the end of the main parking lot.  If main gates are closed, please enter via the Winter Entrance at the four corners in Grafton. We will be celebrating the holidays with lite fare, dessert and refreshments.  All are welcome!  Meeting will follow.   Please RSVP to either the email address or contact number below. Contact us at or 518-326-6201 for more information.




Bloom Homestead Auction

On January 2, 1919, nearly 100 years ago, a number of citizens made their way up Alps Mountain Road to an auction conducted by auctioneer E. H. Hogle. Henry and Minnie Bloom were auctioning off many items from the Bloom homestead. Items listed on the poster included: a Bay Mare, 8 yrs. old, sound; Top Carriage, nearly new; Jersey Heifer; Holstein Bull, 9 months old; 10 tons Hay; a Portland Cutter and a Three Spring Wagon. The poster shows the rural farm life of our town, but in addition, the family documented purchasers and prices paid. Listed among the buyers were family names whose descendants are part of the community today. Names such as Lobdell, Schrump, Gardner, Momrow, Shoemaker, Miller, Leffler, Culver, Sowalsky and Deckett to name a few.

I was amazed when Deborah Gardner Jewell stopped in my office with these family treasures. I think of what a gift these photos and records are, not only to their family, but to the Town of Sand Lake. As we look back and imagine our ancestors making the trek up Alps Mt. Road on a cold Thursday morning in January 1919, we think about in one lifetime, 100 years, how so much can change, yet our community is recognizable today in the names of the people and the families that still live here.

The display case in Sand Lake Town Hall, filled with Bloom family photos, auction lists and the original auction poster will be ready starting in mid-December. Come and see if your family attended the auction. Keep an eye out for future articles on Bloom family history thanks to the archival skills of Aunt Minnie.



Reptile Expert Entertains at Scouts Court of Honor

Troop 41 of East Greenbush became a host to Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts at the Elks Club of Rensselaer during a Court of Honor.  Evening was highlighted by reptile expert, Dean Davis.  It was an entertaining and fun show for everyone with interesting facts of creatures in our neighborhood.

Dean Davis can be Contacted by text message at 252.512.0874.







2018 SLA Fund Drive Winding Down

The Sand Lake Ambulance (SLA) 2018 Fund Drive is winding down. If you have made your donation already, we thank you for your support of this vital service. If you have not yet made your donation, we encourage you to do so before the end of the year. Remember, all proceeds of the fund drive are used to offset operating expenses which reduces the amount of the contract SLA needs to seek from the Sand Lake town board. Thank you for your consideration. Your help now will insure we’re available to help you should you ever need us.



Moffre on Quinnipiac University Dean’s List

HAMDEN, CT.—Dustin R. Moffre of Poestenkill, New York, was named to the Dean’s List for the Spring 2018 semester at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut, by the Dean and Faculty of the School of Business. The Dean’s List is an academic honor awarded to students by achieving a semester GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Dustin is a member of the class of 2021 majoring in Marketing with a minor in Communications. He is the son of Carrie and Jan Sabisch of Poestenkill and the grandson of Mary Ida and Paul Scher of Averill Park. He is also the son of Todd and Janice Moffre of Rotterdam and grandson of Dominic and Barbara Moffre of Colonie. Dustin is a 2017 graduate of La Salle Institute in Troy, NY.



News from Averill Park CSD

Congratulations to Haley Surprenant (voice) and Noelle Hall (cello) for being accepted into the NYSSMA All-State Winter Conference. Both are juniors this year and are considered to be some of the best student musicians in New York state. Great job girls!

A big thank you goes out to all of the grandparents that came out to Poestenkill Elementary for Grandparents Day. Great job by our faculty, staff and students on welcoming our visitors and showing them what we do on an everyday basis.

Also, in November, West Sand Lake Elementary recognized World Diabetes Day by wearing blue to support diabetes awareness and advocacy. This disease affects more than 30 million Americans with 1.5 million more being diagnosed every year. Together we send a strong message that we are there for our students and staff battling this disease.

Averill Park’s Winter Concert Series kicks off on December 6 with the 7th and 8th grade concert at 7:00 p.m. On December 11, our 5th graders take the stage while the 6th grade performs on December 12 and the high school concert wraps it all up on December 19. We’re looking forward to seeing you all put on a show.

As always, for the latest news from the District, please visit our website – You can also follow AP on Facebook and Twitter. Meeting the needs of, and creating opportunities for, every student, every day.

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


Students receive Award for Excellent GPA

Fifty-five SUNY Oneonta students received the Richard Siegfried Student Award this semester for earning a total GPA of 3.9 or higher.

In order to be eligible to receive the Richard Siegfried Student Award, a student must be a full-time freshman or transfer student with a total GPA of 3.9 or higher.

The award is named in memory of Richard K. Siegfried, SUNY Oneonta Professor of Theatre from 1958 until 1995. Professor Siegfried (or Sieg as generations of students fondly called him) epitomized excellence in his academic life, through imagination, meticulous scholarship and discipline, and through his expectation of the same pursuit of excellence in his students and colleagues.

Area students receiving the award are:

Gabrielle Daigneault of Rensselaer and Taylor Meyer of Stephentown.

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