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Community 12.13.18

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: shawna@nullhistoriccherryhill.org, 518-434-4791.

 

AARP Tax Aide Program Volunteers Needed

AARP Tax Aide Program is looking for 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 tax payer 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 NYTaxAide.org. 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  jseeley1018@nullgmail.com.

 

 

Help Keep Our Service Men & Women in Afghanistan Warm

Edward C. Swartz Southern Tier Senior Center’s Community Service Group is participating in a project for service men and women serving in Afghanistan. We are knitting and crocheting scarves for them to help keep them warm this coming winter. We are asking for donations of yarn or funds to purchase the yarn. Yarn needs to be heavy (no wool) and dark colors; black, navy, deep green, brown, or camouflage. We have a specific pattern available for any of you wishing to help by making scarves. Please stop by the center to pick up a copy of the pattern. Donations can be brought to the center or mailed to: Edward C. Swartz Southern Tier Senior Center, 1800 East Schodack Rd., Castleton, NY 12033. Please call 518-477-6581 for more information.

 

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 emergencyteam.org.

 

 

B-I-N-G-O! 

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.

 

 

Renss. County Everett Wager Senior Center Calendar

  • Mon., Dec. 17th – 10am Chair Yoga; 12:30 Free Scrapbook Class (all supplies included); 1pm Dominoes-Cards-Games.
  • Tues., Dec. 18th, – Reiki by appt.; 9:30 Aerobic Swimming; 1pm Dominoes-Cards-Games; 1:30 Pre-Diabetes Class.
  • Wed., Dec. 19th-Mani/Pedi’s by appt.; 10am Chair Yoga; 11am Eat Smart Nutrition Program; 12:30 Cookie Baking Contest; 1pm Games & Cards.
  • Thurs., Dec. 20th – Reiki by Appt.; Aerobic Swimming; 1pm Dominoes-Cards-Games.
  • Fri., Dec. 21st- 10am Chair Yoga; 12pm Special Christmas Lunch 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

 

 

 

Catholic Charities Representative in New Lebanon and Stephentown

This month, the Catholic Charities social services representative will be in New Lebanon and Stephentown for persons aged 60 and above, and/or their caregivers, on Thursday, December 27. She will be at the New Lebanon Library from 10 am to 1 pm, and at the Stephentown Library from 1:30 to 4:30 pm. In addition to providing information about senior services, she is also able to connect caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s or other dementias to a NY State funded program that provides free support services for those family caregivers. Persons from any community in the eastern sector of Columbia and Rensselaer Counties are welcome. You may walk in or call 518-925-0682 to make an appointment.

There is no charge for this service provided by Catholic Charities Senior and Caregiver Support Services and sponsored by the Seniors’ Ministry of Immaculate Conception/St. Joseph, New Lebanon. For further information, you may call the Catholic Charities staff person directly at the number above, or contact Mary Linton, RN, 518-733-0469.  

 

 

 

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

ITEMS THAT CAN BE PICKED UP:

Refrigerators, Freezers

Washer/Dryers

Stoves/Ovens

Hot water heaters

Dehumidifiers

Microwaves/Air conditioners

 

 

Lights in Sand Lake 2018 Christmas Eve Luminaire Display

The Sand Lake Historic District creates Christmas Eve magic in Sand Lake! The neighbors on Routes 66 & 43 and our friends on Schumann Rd. will have our annual luminary display on Christmas Eve – Monday, December 24th. Lighting of the luminary candles begins around 7:00pm and will continue if weather permits or until the candles burn out. If you live in the area and want to participate, place luminaries along the road on your own property. For more information, please contact Dawn or Bruce at 518 674-5210 or by email at knivad@nullyahoo.com.

 

 

On-Going Bottle Drive

Drop-off your containers and say: “For friends of the North Greenbush Library”, at 6 Cent Redemption II; 461 Main Ave., Wynantskill. Donations will benefit the North Greenbush Library Friends.

 

New York State Announces Arbor Day Poster and Artwork Contests

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced the start of DEC’s annual 2019 State Arbor Day poster and artwork contests. New York’s fifth graders are invited to showcase their artistic talents and help to increase public awareness about trees by participating in the 5th Grade Arbor Day Poster Contest. The Arbor Day Planning Committee will also be accepting original art and photography submissions to be selected as the New York State Arbor Day Poster.

“Trees play a vital role in the lives of New Yorkers and are an important part of our ecosystem and quality of life,” Commissioner Seggos said. “I encourage all fifth graders to join in on our celebration of trees to showcase why trees are important in our daily lives and to submit art or photos that depict the beauty of New York’s trees.”

The winner/s will have his or her artwork replicated as the official 2019 New York State 5th Grade Arbor Day Poster and the official 2019 New York State Arbor Day Original Artwork Poster. The winning artists will be announced and honored at the annual Arbor Day celebration, held the last Friday in April.

Promote Arbor Day with your Artwork

The Arbor Day Committee includes DEC, Empire State Forest Foundation, NYS Arborist Association, State Department of Agriculture and Markets (DAM), as well as the International Paper Company.

DEC will accept artwork on behalf of the committee through December 31, 2018. Original artwork entries should be sent to  arborday @dec.ny.gov. For more information about the contest, visit DEC’s website at  http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/108006.html or email  arborday@nulldec.ny.gov.

To obtain past NYS Arbor Day posters, contact any local DEC forestry office or call 518-402-9428.

5th Grade Arbor Day Poster Contest

The annual 5th Grade Arbor Day Poster Contest is sponsored by DEC, DAM, and Education. Students are asked to create an original poster depicting this year’s contest theme: “Habitats for Bats.”

Posters must be submitted by December 21, 2018 to your local DEC regional office to allow time for judging and printing of the artwork. The contest is open to all students enrolled in fifth grade. For more information, contact Mary Martin, DEC’s Arbor Day 5th Grade Poster Contest coordinator, at (518) 402-9428, or visit  http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/25420.html.

 

Home Purchase & Repair Funding Available

This spring, the Troy Rehabilitation & Improvement Program (TRIP) and Rensselaer County Housing Resources (RCHR), will offer grant funding to assist local residents with obtaining and maintaining their homes.

TRIP & RCHR have been awarded funds to provide grant monies, which can be used for down payment assistance for first-time homebuyers and home rehabilitation projects.

The NYS AHC Program assists income-eligible homeowners with home repairs including health and safety repairs, roof replacement, structural, electrical, plumbing and heating system repairs or replacements and energy efficiency measures.

The HIP Program (serving Troy residents) and the Small Cities (serving Rensselaer County residents outside of Troy) Grant Program assist income-eligible first-time home buyers with grants to be used for down payment and/or closing costs at the time of purchase.

Rensselaer County residents may apply for these grant opportunities.  Applicants need to be income-eligible and current on their mortgage, property taxes and homeowner’s insurance at the time of application in order to qualify.

For more information about these grants or other homeowner programs, visit www.triponline.org or call the TRIP & RCHR NeighborWorks Home Ownership Center at (518) 272-8289.

 

Free Legal Help for Federal Tax Problems

The IRS is now using private debt collectors (PDCs) to collect unpaid federal taxes. You may receive letters and phone calls from private debt collectors, but all payments must be made directly on the IRS’ website (irs.gov) or by check or money order made out to the “US Treasury.” You can request that your account be sent back to the IRS so that you can dispute the debt, request an installment agreement or to request a hold on collection. If you receive a notice from the IRS or a PDC you should call the Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic at the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York. We can help you with this and many other income tax issues. The Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic can be reached at 518-462-6765 or 1-800-462-2922 if you need help. This clinic does not generally provide tax return preparation services.

~Submitted by Krzysztof Wendland, Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York

 

Capital Region Jewish Genealogical Society (CRJGS) December Meeting

Come join the Capital Region Jewish Genealogical Society (CRJGS) on Sunday, December 16th, at 1PM, for its first Annual Meeting. Members and non-members are welcome. The meeting will feature a presentation on the history of Albany’s Jewish Congregations, going back to the Dutch in the 1650’s.  Our
speaker will be Christopher White, a genealogist, historian, and gravestone conservator.  Christopher is a lifelong Capital District
resident. He holds both a BA and MA in History from the University of Albany. His area of specialty is local German-American history. He is married and has two daughters.  Christopher writes a local history and genealogy blog called “Finding your Past: Genealogical Gleanings with
the Albany Grave Digger”. The meeting will end with refreshments to celebrate the holiday season and the completion of CRJGS’s first year.  Spend some time mingling and sharing stories with us! The meeting will be held at the Jewish Federation of Northeastern New
York (184 Washington Avenue Extension, Albany). An RSVP is not necessary but may be sent to crjgs1@nullgmail.com.

 

Sand Lake Seniors Club

The regular meeting for the Sand Lake Seniors Club will be on December 13, 2018 at the Church of The Covenant on Route 43 in Averill Park at 12:00. We will be having a short meeting followed by our entertainment, Mary Heffner, vocalist.  After our entertainment, we will be having a covered dish luncheon.  Remember, IF AVERILL PARK SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED, WE DO NOT HAVE A MEETING, IF THEY ARE JUST RUNNING LATE, WE DO HAVE A MEETING.

Happy Holidays to everyone!

 

 

Poestenkill Historical Soc. Heritage Center December Exhibit

This month the Poestenkill Heritage Center has an exhibit from an original book of “The Night Before Christmas”.  This poem was written by Clement C. Moore and first published in the Troy Sentinel in 1823.  Also, on display are some works of artist Pat Lasch.  Pat grew up in Poestenkill and graduated from Averill Park High School.  Other exhibits of her work are on display in the MET in New York City as well as the Palm Springs Art Museum in California.

Come and check us out on any Monday 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 pm. or Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

 

 

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 Sanwax@nullnycap.rr.com 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.

 

 

Minnie Hunt Bloom

Minnie Bloom wearing one of her millinery creations in 1901.

~Written by Deborah A. Jewell~

On December 5, 1962, The Troy Record recognized Minnie Bloom’s birthday with an article titled “Creating Beauty, Sharing It Keeps Mrs. Bloom Young at 90”. Three years later a second article was published “Minnie Bloom, 93, Blind, Sets Example for “Rebels”. Minnie was a remarkable local craftsperson, artist, story teller and equally important, keeper of an archive of family records, her crafts, family photos and many written remembrances of her life and life at the turn of the century.

Minnie was the daughter of Ira and Mahala Vickery Hunt, and a descendent of early settlers of the town of Sand Lake and Nassau. She married Henry Bloom of Alps in 1903. As a girl she began her handcrafts by making paper flowers in quantities for parades, to decorate horses and for funeral wreaths. A young Minnie apprenticed and worked at Mrs. Emma Baynes Millinery Store near Congress Street in Troy for 12 years.

Her hat creations were stunning and her work with paper flowers developed into delicate craft work including tiny flower arrangements made from copper, tin, parchment skins, seeds, plastic, coffee and cream of wheat particles for flower centers. In addition to the Bloom Homestead Auction memorabilia, the display case in the Sand Lake Town Hall will be filled with some of the art and archives of Minnie Bloom starting in mid-December.

 

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.

 

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

 

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.

 

Center Brunswick UM Church Announces Financial Scholarship for Tamarac HS Grads

The Finance Committee of the Center Brunswick United Methodist Church has announced that it will award $500 to a student to be selected from the Tamarac High School Class of 2019. The money may be used for any type of expenses related to further education. Students do not have to belong to this Church, any other church or religion to be eligible for this award.

Interested students must apply for this award no later than March 1, 2019. The application can be obtained from the school’s guidance department or from our website at (www.Center BrunswickUMC.company).

This award is given in memory of Harold and Mabel Keyes through a trust funded by their last will and testament. Mabel taught in the Brunswick schools and continued teaching Sunday School at Center Brunswick UMC for many years after she retired. Through this award, her love of helping young people learn and grow will continue to reach the youth of our community.

The Center Brunswick United Methodist Church is located at the intersection of Routes 7 and 142 in Troy.

 

News from Averill Park CSD

Congratulations to Chris Anderson for receiving National Board Certification for social studies. Chris is a social studies teacher and technology integration specialist at Algonquin Middle School and he is the first Averill Park teacher to receive the honor. We are very proud of Chris and of all our teachers.

Six seniors were selected for the New York State Scholarship for Academic Excellence Award, including Emily Jorden, Katherine O’Neill-Knasick, Michael Beskid, Jenna Miller, Abigail Vandenburg and Ryan Baker. Congratulations to each of you!

Great job by everyone who participated in the VFW Patriot’s Pen contest, which had a theme of “Why I Honor the American Flag.” In total, 16 entries were received at the school and the top three winners included Dylan Juneau, Owen Perala and Logan Barsalow.

Over the summer, a 6th grade science teacher, Jenna Wood, and AMS librarian, Rebecca Ekstrom, participated in a grant opportunity titled “Enhancing Student Engagement Through Primary Sources,” which was provided by Questar III BOCES and the Library of Congress. Jenna and Rebecca put their new knowledge to work in the classroom this month and stated that students were excited, engaged and eager to learn more.

As always, for the latest news from the District, please visit our website – averillpark.k12.ny.us.

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

 

Zimmermann Inducted into The Honor Soc. of Phi Kappa Phi

Heather Zimmermann of Rensselaer was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Zimmermann is pursuing a degree in Pharmacy at MCPHS University.

Zimmermann is among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.

 

Michael Ruth Inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma

SUNY New Paltz student Michael Ruth of Rensselaer, was inducted into the SUNY New Paltz chapter of the Beta Gamma Sigma honor society, the premier society recognizing business excellence, at an award ceremony on Dec. 7, 2018.

The organization is the international honor society serving business programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International. Lifetime members of the Society have earned the right to be considered the “Best in Business.” Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest recognition a student can receive in a business program accredited by AACSB International.

 

Adam Russell Presents at Annual Engineering EXPO

SUNY New Paltz student Adam Russell of Nassau, presented an original engineering design project at the fall 2018 Senior Design Review, on Dec. 7.

The event was part of the Senior Design capstone experience for Electrical, Computer and Mechanical Engineering majors at New Paltz. Halfway through their design year, the student teams get feedback on their original projects from regional engineering professionals, faculty and peers.

Students work together in teams where different members contribute different skills, which allows for ambitious undertakings and the practice of real-world strategies and execution.

 

 

Renss. Co. Legislature Majority Collecting Essential Items & Toys for Local Kids

Top photo: group shot of most of the legislators and bottom photo L-R is Legislators Jeff Wysocki, Scott Bendett, and Bruce Patire.

The Rensselaer County Legislature Majority will be collecting essential items and toys for local kids. The Gifts will support kids from “Unity House” of Troy and “Things of My Very Own”.

The Rensselaer County Legislature Majority has partnered with the Unity House of Troy and Things of My Very Own from Schenectady to collect essential articles of clothing and bedding for children in Rensselaer County.

The Legislature has set up a Christmas tree in their office lobby that displays tags with each child’s wish list. Everyone is welcome to choose a child’s tag and purchase the gifts for that child. Those generous folks can return the gifts, unwrapped and with the original tag from the tree, to the Legislature by December 13 so that each agency can distribute the items to the children in time for Christmas.

“These children are asking for essentials, shirts, jackets, socks, and underwear. It is heartbreaking. I hope that all of these kids get what they are asking for, and we are happy to help achieve that goal”, said Chairman of the Legislature Michael Stammel.

~Submitted by Harry J. Tutunjian, Legislative Liaison,

Rensselaer County Legislature

 

Thrift Shop
Ever-evolving, ever-improving, the Church of the Redeemer Thrift Shop has earned an excellent reputation by offering quality merchandise at very reasonable prices. We’ll be open Thursday, December 13th, from 3 to 6; and Saturday, December 15th, from 9 to 2, weather permitting. The shop has a very large selection of clothing for all sizes and ages, gently-used baby gear, toys, games, puzzles, jewelry, glassware, china, household goods, greeting cards and holiday attire. The Christmas Shop is overflowing with unique gifts and decorations. Located at 1249 Third Street, Rensselaer at the corner of Third and Catherine Streets, the building is on CDTA bus line #214.  Enter through the parking lot on the Catherine Street side of the building and be pleasantly surprised.

 

Book Nook has the perfect gift!

Christmas is just around the corner and what better gift than books for someone!  The Book Nook at Transfiguration Parish on Hillview Drive in Speigletown has had some great donations in the past few weeks and many of the books would make perfect gifts for Christmas.  Please stop by and see the great books we have available.  The Book Nook will be open Saturday morning, December 15th, from 9:00 am until noon. The December half-priced specials are on authors Tom Clancy, Fern Michaels, Nicholas Sparks and Danielle Steel. Thanks again for your support and see you at the Book Nook!

 

Averill Park High School Honor Roll Students 1st Quarter 2018-2019

[The Advertiser inadvertently omitted students from the APHS Honor Roll in the December 6th edition. We apologize for this error and submit the corrected version below.]

High Honors – 90 and above:

Grade 9: Jack F Adams, Annalise Marie Agostine, Emma Lyn Alberino, Mackenzie Fitzgerald Anslow, Ty Michael Ardman, Wolfgang Balga, Jessica Lynn Barbour, Ashlee Marie Bayer, Alexander Mikael Bipat, Cole J Boughton, Nathaniel B Bourgault, Lauren Nicole Bradley, Dylan R Bubie, Libby Bulmer, Mason Bryce Buttaci, Isabella Dora Cardillo, Colin M Catlin, Kayleigh Jane Charron, Connor Clark, Daniel John Coiteux, Zara Mae Cole, Grant Conlee, Alysha Marie Costa, Lauren Elizabeth Cox, Brier Cylkoff, Tucker Cylkoff, Elizabeth S Daly, Riley M DeCamp, Dayna G Densmore, Molly L Eaton, Sean Fagan, Ava C Faragon, Sydney A Ferguson, Margaret K Finnerty, Nicholas C Foster, Meya Rae Francis, Alexandra Illyana Gaboury, Meredith Anna Gaylord, Isadora Nobre Geise, Paige Chloe Graham, Chloe Noelle Grimm, Asher Lawrence Hall, Jillian F Hogle, Isaac Vazhayil Joseph, Larissa L Karatnycky, Sonja Jordan Kaye, Justin Tyler Kendall, Makayla Rose Kieley, Avery Kittleson, Belle Klimek, Stephen M Koval IV, Olivia Kronau, Danielle Sue LaPier, Christopher John Leon, Avery Jane Leveroni, Ella Lindheimer, Mara Christine Little, Michelina Lisa Lombardi, Jaiden C Magill, Isabella Elizabeth Mahar, Machara Malone, Madison Noelle Matice, Carli McShane, Ashleigh Helen Mein, Terry M Meissner Jr, Joseph Edward Minehan, McKenzie Leigh Miner, Sophia Minich, Miranda Olivia Minkler, Gabrielle Kathleen Mohos, Jeana Marie Monaco, Francesca E Morone, Carter Ross Morse, Abigayle E Nagel, Brett Matthew Nardacci, Thomas John Nero, Lauren C Nolan, Alexander Michael Norton, Michael N O’Connor, Jessica Lynn Ody, John Paul O’Neill-Knasick, Kayley Christine Orologio, Bailey Theresa Ouimet, Nadia L Pascucci, Alayna Penman, Logan Neal Powell, Madison Leigh Rose, Liam Joseph Rounds, Zachary Ryan, Erin Leigh Schulz, Julia Teresa Skiba, Macenzie C Slattery, Tyler Deven Spink, Evan M Sweet, Nickolas Anthony Tempel, Alicia Mae Trotter, Payton C Van Aken, Lillian H Vrsalovic, Emily A Walsh, Rebecca J Ware, Jenyka Pylant White, Lauren Nicole Wicks, Anna Zusy.

Grade 10: Lucas M Abate, Michael Agro, Maddie S Allegretta, Katherine E Armlin, Bailey L Bates, Noah J Bonesteel, Adam Borland, Kallianna Elizabeth Brady, Emma R Burdick, Lillian J Bursey, Benjamin Antonio Campbell, Marissa R Carey, Fiona Carroll, Cameron Carter, Shaylin X Chan, Dylan Brady Chevalier, Emily Clark, Samantha Coluccio, Jacob Striker Coonan, Anthony James Cordero, Molly Cummins, Geoffrey M Dawes, Gabrielle Deck, Lorelai Denley, Kendall E Dollard, Giovanna Maria Dooley, Elizabeth DuBois, Logan Robert Feathers, Scott Ferlito, Olivia Mae Flagg, Julia S Foster, Grace M Fuller, Abigail Elizabeth Garrison, Catherine Grace Gaylord, Julia G Gelder, Jessie A Guilbault, Isabella Guyer, Rachel Lynne Haner, Julia Mary Hanlon, Marissa Hanson, Matthew Harmer, Emma Elizabeth Harriman, Alexander C Heap, Hannah Mae Horrocks, Emily Elizabeth Horton, Roy A Jacobson III, Anna S Jankovic, Augustin Gantt Johnson, Haley E Johnson, Rose Elizabeth Jokiel, Collin Kelly, Allison V Lapinski, Aidan Loucks, Grace A Mackey, Sean M Malenfant, Matthew P Marks, Damon Mason, Aksinya Masse, Ashley Mazzacco, Rebecca Moore, Lydia R Munandi, Madelynn Murray, Elizabeth M Owens, Lauren E Paris, Emma Clement Parker, Keri Paulson, Rachel G Peckham, Allie Isabelle Pember, Bellazara M Polaro, Henry B Powers, Meghan R Ratigan, Maddia P Reiter, Nicholas R Reohr, Joseph T Richter, Eric C Ries, Hannah M Rivers, Anna S Rizzo, Mackenzie Rockwell, Benjamin D Romer, Kyle Patrick Roth, Kyle Sherman, Davis E Snyder, Vita Marie Spence, Jeanine Morgan Spierre, Christopher Michael St Denis, Madalyn M Stevens, Jeremy J Stewart, Katherine Grace Emeline Story, McKenzie Erin Swinson, Layla E Tune, Donald Ullman, Olin R Wagner, Sarah Rose Wallace, Aidan Wallen, Meghan Walsh, Hannah Williams, Sarah Courtney Wing, Aidan Winkler, Caryn N Zimmerman.

Grade 11: Guiliana M Adamo, Jane E Adams, Bryanna M Agan, Madeleine M Balga, Adam N Balogh, Riley Bennett, Abigail L Bergerson, Matthew J Bielawa, Delaney G Burton, Dean R Buttaci, DeLana Castle, Hayden M Chenette, Tatiana I Damiano, Joshua H DeJulio, Jonathon D DeWolf, Lorenzo T Elliott, Sarah Kittrick Faragon, Adam J Film, Claire Elizabeth Flynn, Quinn Jordan Goddard-Hathaway, Andrew Joseph Gorman, Noelle Elissa Hall, Katherine Grace Happy, Lauren Elizabeth Harland, Madelyn E Harris, Jessica Haskin, Sydney Haskin, Mario P Hepp, Gabriel S Hildebrandt, Lindsey M Hitchcock, Keston C Holohan, Abigayle Beatrice Jorden, Mackenzie D Julien, Ryan C Kasuba, Emma G Kehn, Ashley Marie Kerwin, Caitlin M Kerwin, Lena G Kiehl, Joseph Scott Kocsis, Caleb Kronau, Lillian M Kronau, Isabella Jean LaFreniere, Matthew S Lettko, Adam Limoges, Triston Russell Lincoln, Alyssa R Lindheimer, Delaney Fitzgerald Long, Emily Julia Lubas, Joseph Manfred, Dani L Martuscello, Alexandra E Mau, Jason E Meyer, Lauren C Meyers, Alexander C Michaels, Joseph Paul Milanese Jr, Arica Miller, Aidan Millington, Matthew J Morin, Delaney Anne Munyan, Jack T Nichols, Audrey R Oliver, Anella Mary Olsen, Anna Olson, Kelly Jean O’Neill-Knasick, Luke Pelcher, Helen T X W Pond, Meghan E Prouty, Skyler L Rafferty, Taisei Reale, Ainsley P Rogers, Gabriella Romano, Kaylee Morgan Romano, Hannah C Ryan, Carley Marie Salerno, Dominic M Scattareggia, Emma B Scheeren, Eric R Schuman, Whitney Helen Shelhamer, Robert E Sherman, Matthew E Shoemaker, Austin Sicko, Gabrielle E Skiba, Julianna Sorriento, Haley M Surprenant, Emily M Sweet, Bryanna Leigh Swinson, Skye Anne Taylor, Alexis M Thompson, Alexandria Grace VanDerKar, Lydia L Ware, Justin R Weaver, Max Tyler Willson, Kelsey S Wood, Ian Zieske. Grade 12: Noora Ahmed, Emily C Armlin, Ryan G Baker, William R Ballard, Samuel H Bendett, Emily Isabelle Benoit, Jessica E Beskid, Michael J Beskid, Logan B Bielawski, Martin L Bond, Olivia M Bonesteel, Jacqueline J Borland, Brian M Bourne, Jacquelin Boyd, Victoria A Bubie, Caterina Burns, Iris A Bursey, Emma P Card, Molly Abigail Cardamone, Anthony Carucci, Morgan L Catlin, Taya A Catlin, Hadley J Chan, Kaylee M Clairmont, Trevor J Collins, Kathleen A Cone, Katelyn Rose Cooper, Lucas G Corbo, Shauna A Corry, Jesse C CrawfordHarris, Emma N Crawley, Henry Joseph Eann Crawley, Christina R DeGroff, Arlo J DeSimone, Kara F Dodge, Justice Joseph Dominy, Nicholas J DonVito, Anna F Doyle, Gracie Ann Driscoll, Cassidy Film, Konnor Fink, Eamon P Finnerty, William F Fleming, Ruthann Flick, Jason Foust, Matthew Daniel Gaston, Rachel E Gates, Avery M Gauthier, Gabrielle Lily Geerholt, Sydney N Gile, Megan Glanton, Jeremy Gregware, Marissa L Guilbault, Bruce Allen Gumlaw Jr, Thomas K Hacker, Megan M Hale, Dylan A Hansen, Julia Haworth, Raymond A Hebert, Jamie Elissa Holzman, Leena Victoria Horrocks, Nathaniel P Jamison, Emily Catherine Jaworski, Jacob Alain Jokiel, Aiden Jones, Emily Kay Jorden, Owen P Joyce, Andrew G Kardelky, Zachary R Karhan, Matthew Kenneally, Nixon Kwok, Michael LaChance, Genna E LaRose, Jadyn A Lee, Taylor A Liberty, Jacob Lucier, Isabella R Maddalone, Nancy Mainville, Stephanie C Mangene, Tiffany Maroncelli, Morgan C Mason, Nicholas McCart, Michael McCarty, James I McDade, Morgan McIntyre, John H McKenna, Olivia Lorraine Meemken, Mitchell R Mihalko, Colin T Miller, Jenna M Miller, Kelsey Christine Mohl, Josephine S Morelli, Sophia N Morone, Joshua Morra, Alexis Dale Moskov, Zachary Thomas Moskov, Marissa A Nagel, Katherine Elizabeth O’Neill-Knasick, Christina Marie Parrottino, Avery M Pascucci, Nicholas C Pastizzo, Stephanie Paul, Lauren E Pelletier, Kelsey Grace Perala, Gianna M Polaro, Grace T Powers, Joan F Quinones, Audrey Lynn C Rafferty, John Rapello, Kyle S Reasor, Jason L Reed, Anita R Reitano, Samantha M Schupp, Tristan Michael Shelhamer, Micayla E Slattery, Logan E Southard, Nicholas Mark Spink, Mariah H St Onge, Stephanie St Pierre, Christian Tyler Angelo Stuto, Aaron E Styczynski, Angela Elizabeth Thomas, Kristen Thomas, Derek Tobin, Celina Rose Tomlinson, Jacob W Unser, Petra A Valenti, Abigail Vandenberg, Morgan P VanDervoort, Alexander Joseph Verardi, MeiLin Wachtel, Jack T Wendell, Aidan R Westfall, Bradley Joseph Willett, Jessie Williams, Alexander C Williams-Mitchell, Izabella D With, Merrill A Wrenn, Julia N Zaremba, Keating Zelenke, Rebekah M Zimmerman.

Honors – 85 and above:

Grade 9: Gabriella Adamo, Tristen Alderman, Avery Barber, Amelia C Barber, Hailey Barnes, Emma Bogart, John Thomas Bonacquisti, Austin J Brundige, Nicholas William Burdick, Annabella Nina Bushnell, Nicholas James Carbone, Mackenzie Liegh Catlin, Michael Clark, Aidan M Covert, Rebekkah Tigist Crawford-Harris, Hannah M Crupi, Timothy Cummins, Silvio Joseph D’Arcangelis, Ryan Heffner, Nicole Leslie Hoffman, Rachel R Karhan, Jesse James Knefley, Amira Fatima Kouidri, Sophia M Maddalone, Adrianna F Maxfield, Andrew McCart, Josie Alice McKee, Spence Vink Mereness, Kyle Millington, Zachary Mills, Christopher David Parascandola, Alyssa Kay Pickard, Kaelin A Pogue, Wynn Alexander Richards, Camden R Schlederer, Breonna Noel Schreiner, Sadie Rose Thomas, Alexander M Trahan, Lilli Katherine VanDerKar, Evan Boyer Vejvoda, Breona Elizabeth Wagner, Kylie Weaver, Aniyah Libby Williams, Amelia Wood, Michael Scott Wormuth Jr, Haley Wright, Alex J Yash.

Grade 10: Theodore James Apfel, Tyler B Basle, Kevin John Bryant, Vincent Ronald Carucci, Nicholas Anthony Clemenzi, Emily I Consula, Gavin Sol Dees, Owen J Dell, Hannah E Ernest, Emily L Face, Benjamin Ferlito, Andre Galipeau III, Madeline P Gile, Victoria Catherine Guynup, Colin W Hansen, Hailey D Hodge, Emily Hubbard, Caden Winsor Jewell, Taylor Johnston, Kyra Marie Kusalonis, Jacob Dylan Lamphere, Jared T Lee, Alyssa R Maiello, Dominic Marrochello, Aiara Raye Mohamed, Jared Pardo, Anthony M Pastizzo, Matthew J Peckham, Erin Elizabeth Pendergast, Madison R Quell, Zachary Roman, Maddox Ruschmeyer, Brodie J Smith, Sophia Stern, Delaney C Sutton, Mia F Tessitore, Nicole Marie Angel Thorburn, Samantha Tremont, Lindsey Rebekka Van Alstyne, Aidan Willsie, Troy B Windover.

Grade 11: Lucas J Angrisano, Brandon Adam Bipat, Jasmine Chamberlain, Anthony J Childrose Jr, Alex B Cooper, Avriana M Davis, Bianca DeFlumer, Lindsey Catherine Despart, Naomi Jocelyn Dutra, Quinn T Dzembo, Logan T Escobar, Christopher James Evans, Samuel W Ghent, Mark R Goca, Allayanna Austen Halloran, Abby R Heier, Madyson Rae Heslin, Erik Jeschke, Cora Klimek, Jack T Long, Isabelle Malatesta, Michael Anthony Minehan, Julia Ovsanna Mooradian, Meara G O’Brien, Marie T Patanian, Logan Peaslee, Anya M Philistin, Kristian Edward Powell, Zachary B Purdy, Michael Re, Cora R Repecki, Colin J Rescott, Chase A Shepard, Cameron D Shoemaker, Ethan S Simard, Jacob T Slavin, Joseph A Sorriento, Kamryn Shelby Stone, Cylie T VanDeWal, Nathaniel White, Hayden R Wiedman, Forest J Wright.

Grade 12: Emily A Bulmer, James S Cocca, Karisa Dell, Wesley W Doscher, Anthony J Dutcher, Hunter D Farrell, Nicholas F Gelder, Sean P Graf, Darren Shane Griffin, Cameron J Groff, Kyle Arthur Harvey, Abigail Hillenbrandt, Carley D Hinman, Philip Jackson, Olivia A Kelley, Dylan W LaPorta, John T Leonard, Nicholas Marshall Maggio, Zachary M McGrath, Logan Elliot Messina, EmmaLee A Morgan, Bridget Catherine Mulligan, Kyle B Nethercott, Carl L Nitz, Zephryn A Noble, Jewelia Mae D Pasinello, Scott J Petersen III, Madalyne E Piche, Ryan Ranken, Rayanna Reed, Emily T Ruppert, Samantha S Schroeder, Caitlin E Siegel, Collin James St Pierre, Anna L Stern, Kalila Elizabeth Swan, Madelyn J Van Aken, Elijah E Wilcox, Nikolas C Yash.

 

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