Events 02.28.19

Melvin Roads Celebrates 100th Anniversary of American Legion

This year The American Legion commemorates the 100th Anniversary of its founding which was undertaken by the veterans of World War I.  Since 1919, the American Legion has fostered friendship among American service members past and present; it continues to be the nation’s largest veteran’s organization. Over the years, the Legion has been committed to mentoring youth and sponsoring wholesome programs throughout our communities advocating patriotism and Americanism, with continued support to our fellow service members and veterans.

At Melvin Roads, we are celebrating the American Legion’s 100th Anniversary & St.  Patrick’s Day with a special dinner offering in keeping with the event; this special gathering will continue with drawings for door prizes followed by an evening of dancing.  It will be held on March 16th, 2019, at our Heroes’ Banquet room beginning at 6pm. For reservations & information, contact Melvin Roads American Legion Post at 518-462-7006. We especially invite the public to join our members and the extended Legion family past, present, and future, to celebrate one century of helping veterans and the wider community. The Post is located at 200 Columbia Turnpike in East Greenbush.



Murder in Sand Lake topic for Stephentown Historical Society meeting

Sand Lake Town Historian Bob Moore will present “Murder in Sand Lake: Who Killed Hazel Drew?” on Sunday, March 3, at 2:00 p.m. to the Stephentown Historical Society.  You will learn of an unsolved murder from over 100 years ago and the detective work and national notoriety that surrounded the case.  The event will be at the Stephentown Heritage Center, 4 Staples Road (corner of Garfield Road), Stephentown, NY. The program is free, and the building is handicapped accessible.  For directions, telephone (518) 733-0010.

On July 6, 1908, pretty and popular Hazel Drew suddenly quit her job as a domestic servant in Troy, New York.  Five days later her body was discovered in a pond near the Taborton Road in the village of Sand Lake.  Investigators learned that Hazel seemed to have led a secret life but never solved the crime.  This local tale was inspiration for the creator of the television series, Twin Peaks.

Bob Moore taught social studies and video production at Algonquin Middle School for 30 years.  He retired in 2003 and was appointed Sand Lake Town Historian in 2013.


Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia

ALZHEIMER’S IS NOT NORMAL AGING- An education program presented by the Alzheimer’s Association, TUESDAY, MARCH 12, 2019, 5:30 PM. East Greenbush Library, 10 Community Way, East Greenbush NY 12061.

To register, contact: Victor at 518.867.4999 x 200.

Supported by Rensselaer County NY Connects


Boston Flower & Garden Show: March 16, 2019

For Rensselaer County residents 60 years and older, the Boston Flower & Garden Show is about inspiring, educating and motivating the region’s gardeners.  Colorful life-sized gardens and vibrant floral designs incorporate the newest design elements. This year’s Show theme is “The Beauty of Balance.”

$60.00 per person includes bus, ticket to Boston Flower & Garden Show and driver’s gratuity.

Please call Jenny at 518-270-2732 to reserve your spot or additional information.

Check payable to: Rensselaer County Aging Dept.

Final Payment Due by March 6, 2019.


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, February 28th, from 3 to 6pm; and Saturday, March 2nd, 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, Easter items, Avon collectibles and PROM DRESSES.

Located at 1249 Third Street, Rensselaer, at the corner of Third and Catherine Streets, the building is on CDTA busline #214.

Enter through the parking lot on the Catherine Street side of the building and be pleasantly surprised.


Rensselaer City School Drama Club Garage Sale

Huge Garage Sale at Rensselaer City School to benefit their Drama Club- Saturday, March 9th, from 9-12pm. We’re selling antiques, props, costumes, furniture, odds/ends, games, clothing. All being held in the auditorium foyer!


Vendors Invited To 8th Annual Nassau Tailgate & Plant Sale

The 8th annual Town of Nassau Tailgate Sale will be held on April 27th from 8:00am until noon at the Highway Department, 599 Central Nassau Road, County Road 16 in East Nassau. Vendors are encouraged to contact the Farm Committee at or (518) 766-3559 ext. 2 option 1 to reserve a spot, which is free.

Vendors of small livestock such as chickens, ducks, rabbits, piglets, goats and sheep should bring crates for sale or a suitable carrier for buyers of their livestock. Vendors with garden or yard plants, seedlings, inspected packaged local meats, jams and jellies, honey and maple syrup are encouraged to attend. Vendors please comply with applicable rules and regulations.

Admission to this event is free and it will be held rain or shine. Food and drink will be available for a modest price. Youngsters under 12 get a free hot dog.


Extension Holds “Spring Garden Day”

March 2

Rensselaer County Master Gardeners

Spring starts March 2nd with “Spring Garden Day,” a program of gardening classes and fun for gardeners, held at Tamarac High School in Brunswick, 9:45 AM – 3:30 PM. (Snow date Sunday, March 3rd).

Attendees can choose from ten classes covering re-thinking perennials, delightful dahlias, deer-proofing your yard, hummingbird gardens, stunning succulents, growing tomatoes and more. Special Speaker Kate Kerin will show us Innisfree, a world-class garden in nearby Dutchess County. The Keynote Session, entitled “Exploring The Farm To Table Revolution,” features Farmer Justine Denison of Denison Farms, restauranteur Jinah Kim of Sunhee’s Kitchen, and Food Writer Deanna Fox. A plant sale, garden book sale, Pick-A-Prize Auction, and fabulous door prizes are other highlights. Participants also receive a delicious homemade lunch featuring soups, Stromboli and desserts. Program fee is $30 per person and pre-registration is required. Pre-register early as this event always sells out. Call Cornell Cooperative Extension at (518) 272-4210 and ask for Marcie or visit for details.


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