Your Community

Community 12.06.18

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.



Bingo is more than a game.  Many people laugh at the image of older people playing bingo, but it has benefits, that folks are not aware of.

Reflexes and coordination decline naturally as seniors age, but bingo requires players to identify numbers as they are called and mark their cards accordingly at a quick clip. Studies show that bingo can significantly improve the hand-eye coordination of many seniors.  As the game requires a great deal of mental flexibility and alertness to grasp, identify, and remember specific information, bingo may also help improve your loved one’s cognitive acuity and short-term memory.

Bingo events typically involve a lot of laughter and excitement. As laughter triggers a number of physical changes in the body that can boost the immune system, relieve stress, and even diminish pain, bingo can actually promote your loved one’s general health.  Players make friends and become more social, as well.

The Watervliet Senior Center offers bingo on Thursdays at 12:45 and after some of our monthly dinners; the third Wednesday of every month. Call 518-273-4422 for more information.


Nassau Memorabilia Sought

Nassau Village Historian and chair of the Bicentennial Committee Kurt Vincent will be creating two display cases for the Village Hall featuring memorabilia and artifacts from Nassau’s 200 years of history. Community members and friends are asked to consider sharing possible display items to be used for the anniversary year. Photos and documents will be scanned, returning originals to the owners and physical objects will be judged on a case-by-case basis. Irreplaceable or items with considerable value will not be displayed.

To facilitate the selection, Saturday, December 8th, 10am-12:30pm has been set to review items, taking place at the Nassau Free Library, Church Street. For information, or to arrange a more convenient date and time, please call Mr. Vincent at (518) 766-2291.



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





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.


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


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.


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



NY Farm Bureau Statement on 2018 Farm Bill 

The following statement can be attributed to NYFB President David Fisher:

“New York Farm Bureau is pleased that Congressional leaders have reached a consensus on the 2018 Farm Bill ahead of the current Farm Bill’s lapse at the end of this year. While we have yet to see specific details, we are hopeful that final passage of the legislation will give farmers some reassurance moving forward that critical risk management tools will be in place as they plan the best they can for next year. Improvements to the dairy safety net, the continuation of important conservation programs as well as support and research programs for New York’s specialty crop producers are much needed in this tough farm economy. The Farm Bill is an investment in our food system. It helps farm families weather some unpredictable conditions and provides consumers the reassurance that we will continue to have a strong, affordable food supply in this country. We encourage our Senators and Representatives to support the compromise legislation.”

~Submitted by Steve Ammerman, Manager of Public Affairs, NYFB


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.


Penny Social

Rensselaer County’s Everett Wager Senior Center, 2 Roxborough Road, Grafton NY– Our senior Center will be holding a Penny Social on Friday, December 7th, tickets on sale all day; drawing at 1:00 p.m. There will be many items to choose from and open to all seniors 60 years of age and older. Join us for lunch at 12:00 noon, with an entrée of; Veal Pattie Marsala for a suggested donation of $3.00 for seniors 60 years of age and older. All Rensselaer County seniors welcome, reservations required for lunch by calling 518 279-3485.


Help with a donation to the Elmwood Cemetery Association

This dollhouse gift will bring many days of joy and a lifetime of memories. Custom upgraded from the Greenleaf “Harrison” model (with movable walls). It has 3 stories and 8 rooms. Local architect builder has added unique features such as: skylight in the “secret play room” upstairs where you can see the Minnie Mouse wallpaper…hand crafted base and cornice molding in all rooms…hand crafted operable doors for all rooms. Wallpaper in all rooms. Roof shingles were separately purchased in sheets, but hand sanded and set in. There is even a small gold bead from antique jewelry used as the front door knob. Overall dimensions are: 34”W, 30”H, and 20”D . Scale is 1 in. to 1 ft. Asking price of $650 covers kit costs and materials for custom work. It is also 100% deductible as a donation to the Elmwood Cemetery Association. Please e-mail asap to assure your purchase. Make your check payable to Elmwood Cemetery Association and mail to their address at P.O. Box 415, West Sand Lake, NY. We thank you and wish you the best of the Holiday season.


East Greenbush CSD Donates Nearly $5,000 for Hurricane Relief

L- R: Red Cross representatives Kaitlyn Van Dyke and Jen Cassidy with Goff Assistant Principal Michael Neumann and Columbia Assistant Principal Patty Farnan.

For the second year in a row, the East Greenbush Central School District came together as a community to assist people who endured devastating hurricanes.

The District donated $4,964.71 to the American Red Cross to support its disaster relief efforts following Hurricanes Florence and Michael from this fall. The district collected the money from two separate fundraisers that included staff dress down days and coin drop donation jars at each of the schools.

Thank you to everyone who donated!

~ Submitted by Mark Adam,

Public Information Specialist

East Greenbush Central School District

You May Also Like