Events 04.11.19

Who Will Be Mr. AP 2019?

Shawn Morgan Photography

Over the past decade, the Averill Park Senior Class has put on a proud and memorable tradition known as the Mr. AP competition.

The first Mr. AP was Adam Polonski in 2004, and most recently, in 2018, Adam Johnson took home the title.  This “variety show” provides contestants with an opportunity to demonstrate their best qualities as well as challenge themselves out of their comfort zone.  During the event, each contestant is tasked to showcase a talent, participate in student-choreographed dance numbers, and answer character-based questions.  The judges have the even harder task of determining which contestant best personifies the spirit of Averill Park High School.  While there will be plenty of laughs, there is a lot more to the Mr. AP competition than just the immense comedic tone portrayed throughout the night.  It’s an event that promotes volunteerism within the community and a cohesiveness of the senior class.  This year’s contestants are: Austin Bradway, Martin Bond, Anthony Carucci, Henry Crawley, Matthew Gaston, Thomas Hacker, Nathaniel Jamison, Matthew Kenneally, Nicholas Maggio, and Cole Swahlan.

Who will be this year’s Mr. AP?

Find out at 7:00pm on Friday, April 12th, in the APHS Auditorium. Tickets at $10.


Easter Egg Hunt in the Village of Nassau

The Village of Nassau Youth Committee is pleased to announce that the annual Easter Egg Hunt will take place on Saturday, April 13, 11am at the Village Commons located on John Street. Come join the Easter Bunny who will make his appearance bringing candy-filled eggs and fun for children of all ages. Don’t forget to bring your baskets and cameras for pictures with the Bunny! The “Hunt” starts promptly at 11am, so plan on arriving at the Commons 10 minutes earlier. There is no charge for the festivities.

For more information, contact Judy at 518-522-2916.



Reducing Caregiver Stress

Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 4-6 pm, East Greenbush Library.

Presented by: Albany Medical Center of Excellence for Alzheimer’s Disease and Rensselaer County NY Connects

Sometimes caregiver stress can be really overwhelming. This presentation will help you find balance that will lead to better health & wellness. You will leave feeling refreshed, affirmed & revitalized.

Seating is limited. Please RSVP: 518-264-1095


April Events at The Rensselaer Senior Center

April 11th – Anniversary Dinner Dance at Melvin Roads American Legion Post. Join us at the Melvin Roads Post Located at 200 Columbia Turnpike, Rensselaer, NY 12144 to celebrate another year of serving our seniors. Cocktail and Hors d’oeuvres hour 5pm to 6pm with a cash bar. Dinner served 6pm to 7pm, plated Roast Beef Dinner with baked potato, sour cream, broccoli, cake and ice cream, coffee and tea. Dancing from 7pm to 10pm with music by Paul Slusar. Please call the center for more information; must have a reservation to attend. Call today for reservations 463-2166.

April 18th – Happy Easter (Fresh Ham with the works) Music By Bobby T Call today for reservations 463-2166.

Need Help On Your Car Insurance?

A Two day, AARP Defensive Driving Class, will be held at the Rensselaer Senior Center on April 23rd and 24th.  Class begins at 10am and will run until 1:45pm. (Break For Lunch) $20 For AARP Members $25 For Non Members. This is a Nice Deduction on your Car Insurance. Call for Reservations (518) 463-2166.

April 25th – Barry Manilow and Neil Diamond Tribute Show at Chez Josephs ($85) (Menu Consists of Caesar Salad, Pot Roast or Stuffed Haddock, Loaded Potato, Mixed Garden Vegetables, Apple Pie With Vanilla Ice Cream, Coffee and Tea) Anthony Edwards of The Edwards twins performs incredibly accurate tributes to these famous artists with live singing, and no gimmicks, just plain talent. Call today for reservations 518-463-2166.

We Are Still Signing Up for The Following Trips
** Everything Elvis Trip June 17th -22nd – Memphis Tennessee/Tupelo Mississippi Elvis Trip **
Join Rensselaer County Rensselaer Senior Center for 6 days and 5 nights of Elvis.

Call the center for more info. Don’t miss this once in a lifetime tour.

Insurance Available, Call 518-463-2166, Monday-Friday 9am-3pm.

Always looking to receive Donations of good and gently used clothing and shoes for our corner boutique all proceeds benefit senior programs

Rensselaer Senior Center Community Service Volunteers Needed

Looking For Dedicated Seniors To Help With our Community Service Program Every Thursday After Lunch. Making Afghans and Lap Robes For People in Nursing Homes; Stuffed Animals For The Pediatric Departments in hospitals and emergency rooms; Heart Pillows for Heart and Lung Surgery patients. This Is a Very Rewarding Program and we are Needing A Few More Angels to keep this program in place or if you are homebound and willing to crochet or knit from home to help us out, then please call us if interested.

We Are Taking Empty Clear Pill Bottles; Must Be See Thru.

Open Monday thru Friday, 9am-3pm. We are located in Rensselaer on East and Herrick Streets. Call for further info., 518-463-2166.



11th Annual Tomhannock Reservoir Shoreline Clean-up

Volunteers Needed: 11th Annual Tomhannock Reservoir Shoreline Clean-up

Saturday, April 13, from 9 a.m. to noon. Rain or shine.

Volunteers are needed for this community clean-up effort.  Meet at the NYS DEC public access parking lot on NYS Route 7 just before the causeway over the reservoir. Bring gloves and wear weather appropriate shoes and clothing. Garbage bags are provided.

The 6.5 mile-long Tomhannock Reservoir provides drinking water to 135,000 people living in nine communities in three counties. This annual event is sponsored by the Rensselaer Land Trust (RLT), City of Troy, and NYSDEC. A big part of RLT’s mission is watershed protection and protecting water quality is part of the equation; which supplies so many people with drinking water in our region.

To register go to Questions? Contact Bob Crowley, RLT board member: 518-283-7364 or email:



Bus Trip to Explore Ottawa, Canada

Capital District- June 7, 2019 to June 10, 2019:  La Fédération Franco-Américaine du NY is sponsoring a bus trip to Ottawa, Canada.  Rates include round trip deluxe motor coach with lavatory from Latham to Ottawa.

Three nights at the Historic Lord Elgin Hotel including hotel tax and baggage handling.  The historic Lord Elgin Hotel is centrally located overlooking Confederate Park. Canadian buffet breakfast daily.  A half day Ottawa city tour with step on guide.  You will be free the rest of the time to explore the beautiful city.  Reservations accepted by April 17, 2019.  For details call Lisa LaForest at Plaza Travel, 518-785-3338 or email



Rensselaer County’s Second Annual Farm Day Out!

When: August 18th 12pm-3pm Where: Kinderhook Creek Farm (5168 S Stephentown Rd, Stephentown, NY 12168)

Join Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County and The Eckhardt Family at Kinderhook Creek Farm from 12-3pm on Sunday, August 18th, for Rensselaer County’s Second Annual Farm Day Out! Kinderhook Creek Farm is an 1150+ acre field crop and vegetable farm that has been owned and operated by the Eckhardt’s since 1959. Once parked, a hay wagon ride will take you through some of the fields at Kinderhook Creek Farm. Through interactive demonstrations you will learn about the different crops (such as hay, grain, sweet corn, and the many vegetables) grown on this farm. You will also see how their farm products get to market and eventually to your family’s table. Also, be sure to visit exhibits set up by local organizations & businesses, experience the equipment used on the farm by the farmers and see the 4-H Club sponsored petting zoo. Food, corn on the cob, ice cold watermelon and other farm fresh foods will be available to purchase for your enjoyment. Admission and parking for this event is free and open to the public. We look forward to seeing you Sunday, August 18th!!! If you are interested in being a volunteer, a sponsor, or have any questions please reach out to Kayela in the CCE office at (518)272-4210.



Rensselaer Senior Center A.A.R.P. Driving Class

Need Help on Your Car Insurance? A Two day, AARP Defensive Driving Class, will be held at the Rensselaer Senior Center on April 23rd and 24th.  Class begins at 10am and will run until 1:45pm (Break for Lunch). $20 For AARP Members, $25 For Non-Members. Call for Reservations, (518) 463-2166; we are open Monday thru Friday, 9am to 3pm, located on East and Herrick Streets in Rensselaer. This is a Nice Deduction on your Car Insurance.



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.


Vendors Needed for Spring into Summer Malta Marketplace

The Malta Department of Parks and Recreation is announcing the date for their Spring Into Summer Malta Marketplace as Saturday, June 1, 2019, from 9:00 am-3:00 pm. Vendors selling art, handcrafts, seasonal products and more are being sought for this lovely indoor/outdoor market at the Malta Community Center, 1 Bayberry Drive in Malta. Outdoor space fee is $40 each and indoor space fee is $50 each. Call 518-899-4411 or visit for a show application.


Craft Festival Seeking Applicants

Applications are currently being accepted for the 40th Annual Friendship Craft Festival sponsored by the Church of Christ Uniting in Richfield Springs. It will take place on Saturday, June 8th, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Spring Park on Scenic US Route 20. For information, an application and festival details go to www.rschurchofchristuniting. com or call Lani King at 315-858-9451.


Craft Vendors Wanted for Kiwanis Summerfest

Sand Lake Kiwanis is seeking craft vendors to participate in our annual Summerfest celebration at Butler Park, Averill Park. This well-attended event will take place on Friday, June 7, through Sunday, June 9. Participation cost is $50.00 for the event. Contact Janet Malecki for further information. 518-528-3273



Rensselaer HS Alumni Hall of Fame

Rensselaer Alumni Association holds its Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on April 27, 2019 ~ 5-9pm ~ Birch Hill, 1 Celebration Way, Castleton, NY 12033.  Inductees this year:  Tony Butler, Jr ’67; Tracy Farley ’83, RCSD staff; Arthur Felt ‘67; Susan Garrigan Piela ‘75; G. Arthur & Marie Lee Hall 1901, Posthumous; James Kapp ’69 Lasalle Institute & RCSD Faculty & Coach; Robert Lewis ’67, Posthumous; Lt. Col. Ret. Thomas Mulyca ‘69; Karen Urbanski Faculty & Administration; and Robert J. Whitford ’82, Posthumous.

Cocktail hour ~ hors d’oeuvres & cash bar; followed by dinner & induction ceremony.

Send names, # of attendees, meal choice and check made out to “Rensselaer Alumni Association” for $45/pp for adults or $15/pp for children under 12 to 25 Van Rensselaer Dr., Rensselaer, NY 12144.

Meal choices:

Chicken with prosciutto, spinach, peppers, cheese, and a garlic cream sauce or
Flank steak over portabella mushrooms or Cavatelli pasta with tomatoes, spinach, garlic and olive oil

Child’s meal: Chicken fingers & fries
Salad, potato, vegetable, beverage and dessert

Contact Lynne Beiermeister at 518-765-2624 if needed.


Union Gospel Easter Egg Hunt

The Union Gospel Church of East Poestenkill, 1039 Plank Rd, will be hosting their annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 20th, from 10am-12. Families with children ages 1-12 are welcome to come and celebrate the true message of Easter.


Sand Lake Baptist Church Easter Egg Hunt

Families with children ages 1-12 are invited to Sand Lake Baptist Church, 2960 NY-43, Averill Park, NY on Saturday, April 20th, from 2-4pm for an afternoon of hunting for candy-filled Easter eggs followed by an Easter story with a gift for each child. Come and enjoy the fun as we celebrate the empty tomb of our risen Savior!


Ladies Auxiliary presents Donny Elvis Romines

Put on your Blue Suede Shoes and join us at The American Legion Post 1489, located at 111 Main Ave., Wynantskill on Sat., May 4, 2019. Doors open at 6:00, show is from 7:00-9:00 pm. Advanced tickets are available at the bar for $10 prior to April 27th and $12 after. Limited seating is available, tables may be reserved with the purchase of 8 tickets. There will be a cash bar and 50/50 raffle, guests are welcome to bring their own food or snacks. Proceeds from this show will be used to support our Veterans and Community projects. Please call or text 518-265-6967 if you have any questions.


Inter-Generational Easter Fun Time in Grafton

Rensselaer County’s Everett Wagar Senior Center, 2 Roxborough Road, Grafton, will host a special Easter Egg Decorating event on Friday, April 19th, at 10:00, sponsored by Stewarts. All youth are invited to come and join the seniors in egg decorating, craft time, games, raffles, and prizes. Decorated eggs will go to the residents 60 and older that receive Home Delivery Meals. All are invited to join us for lunch (Tuna plate) at noon with more games to follow. Bring your children or grandchildren. Invite your neighbor. Most schools are on Spring break. Please call to let us know you will be joining in on the fun at 518-279-3413.


Faith & Love Free Family Fun Movie Night

Free Family Fun Movie Night on Friday, April 19th, at Faith & Love Fellowship, 166 Columbia Tpke., Rensselaer NY 12144. 518-330-1509
FEATURING the true story…”Beautifully Broken”.

FREE Popcorn & beverages candy & snacks; doors open at 6:30. Start time 7pm.
Admission & refreshments are always…FREE!


Children’s “Easter Is Coming” Celebration

The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Poestenkill, 772 Route 351, Poestenkill, NY 12140, will host a Children’s “Easter is Coming” Celebration for kids in and around our area on Saturday, April 20, 2019. We will begin at 1pm to 2:30 pm at the church. All children are welcome.

Starting in the sanctuary, a story book, “Easter is Coming,” will be shared with the children and adults followed by Easter crafts in the undercroft. Refreshments will be provided for everyone and the program will end with an Easter egg hunt outside of the church. All are welcomed and children must be accompanied by an adult.



Easter Celebration at Third Presbyterian

Children and their families are invited to join us for an Easter Celebration on Saturday, April 20th, at 1 PM at Third Presbyterian Church, 115 Winter Street in Troy.

In celebration of Easter we will have some craft activities, telling of the Easter story, an Easter egg hunt, and of course, snacks! A parent or guardian is required to stay with their children. There is no charge for this event.

For more information, please call the church office at 518-283-2420.


Dyken Pond Environ. Education Center

Connecting People to Nature

A Rensselaer County Park with support from the Friends of Dyken Pond

Here’s a look at our April Events. Hope to see you on the trail soon!

4H Introduction to Archery Class: April 20: 1pm-3:30pm

Are you interested in learning the skill of archery? Learn how to use a bow and arrow in a controlled environment with a focus on skill building and safety. This beginner’s class is a prerequisite to participating in future 4H archery programs. Members who have previously completed the required safety course through 4H can arrive at 2pm for target practice. Participants must be actively enrolled in 4H, over 8 years of age and accompanied by a guardian. Not yet a member? Call 518-272-4210 for information on becoming a member. Preregistration required by calling 518-658-2055. Cost $5.

Sounds of Spring Lantern Walk: April 26: 6:30 -9pm

Make a creative lantern to take with you on a twilight hike to listen for the musical sounds of spring as nature reawakens. We’ll listen for spring peepers, wood frogs and barred owls. For all ages. Pre-registration required. $5 material fee for lanterns.

Earth Day is Volunteer Day: April 27: 9am – 12pm. Give back to the Earth by taking care of a place we all love and enjoy. Volunteer to clear trails, plant gardens, pull invasive plants and get the Center ready for Spring. FREE BBQ to all volunteers who pre-register by April 25.

Tuesday Treks: Every Tuesday 1-3pm

We will hike about 2-3 miles depending on conditions every Tuesday afternoon in April. Please call or check the website for updated conditions and possible cancellations. For adults and older teens. Leader: Leonard Tremblay. Cost $5.

DEC Eel Project: Behold the Eel!

Are you ready to jump into the water? To learn something about the Poesten Kill? To witness one of the greatest and mysterious travels of a wondrous creature? We need volunteers to help collect and count the species collected from April through May. The American eel is in decline and volunteer research informs future management decisions. This is a great opportunity to get involved in citizen science. Click here for more info or call Aidan Mabey at 845‐889‐4745 x108 or email

Preregister for programs by contacting Lisa Hoyt at (518) 658-2055 or  Please check the website or call (518) 658-2055 for possible program cancellations.


Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 20

Can you imagine being loved by someone so much that he would die for you?  Well, there is someone who did just that for you!  On Saturday, April 20, the Emmanuel Reformed Church in Castleton invites your family to come and hear about the amazingly true love story of Easter.  We will have a traditional EASTER EGG HUNT for children through 3rd grade and a treasure HUNT FOR EASTER for 4th grade and up, as we share the true story of Easter with you and your family.  Don’t forget to invite your friends to Emmanuel Reformed Church at 1150 Maple Hill Rd in Castleton!


Castle Hill Senior Health Fair

Castle Hill Senior Health Fair will be held on Friday, April 26th, 11 AM -1 PM, 114 Green Ave., Castleton.

Information presented by: Rensco NY Connects/Aging Dept- Rensco Health Dept-Independent Living Center-Unity House SNAP Program-CEO Foster Grandparent Program

Medication Disposal- Schodack Police Department-NO liquids or Sharps

Blood Pressure Screening-Sacred Heart Health Ministry Team.



Traveling through Rensselaer County in the 19th Century

The Pittstown Historical Society Has Planned the Following Event: “From Plank Roads to Horse Boat Ferries: Traveling through Rensselaer County in the 19th Century” is the title of a fascinating lecture to be presented on April 18th at 7:30 PM at the Pittstown town hall in Tomhannock (97 Tomhannock Road). Historian Kathy Sheehan will give an illustrated talk featuring maps, letters and photographs from the Rensselaer County Historical Society’s archives. Sheehan will explore the early turnpikes, plank roads, covered bridges and the stories of crossing the Hudson River, our main highway to the outside world. Sheehan, who tirelessly documents Rensselaer County history, serves as Rensselaer County Historian and Troy City Historian as well as Registrar of the Rensselaer County Historical Society.

The meeting, which is sponsored by the Pittstown Historical Society, is free and open to the public.

For further information, email: or call Connie Kheel at 518-686-7514


SLHS May meeting

The Sand Lake Historical Society will hold their meeting on May 14th – 6:30pm. Sweets, Savories and Historical Tidbits at Tighe’s Bistro Americain (old Glass Lake House), 203 Rt. 43/66, Glass Lake – $15 RSVP to by April 30th.


“Military Ballooning in the Civil War”

Join the Greenbush Historical Society on Sunday, April 14, 2019, 2 PM, at the East Greenbush Community Library, for Jim Cochran’s presentation, “Military Ballooning in the Civil War.” After a brief international history of ballooning, Jim will focus on military ballooning in the United States, starting with an interesting flight in Albany in 1833. Three aeronautics, including one from Troy, NY, were most responsible for the U.S. Balloon Corps and each competed to be its commander. The interesting role of balloon reconnaissance during the Peninsula Campaign of 1862-1863 will be examined. In many ways, the Civil War Balloon Corps can be called the first U.S. Air Force. Our guest speaker Jim Cochran is a retired literature teacher and amateur United States historian who is very interested in the Civil War and local historic people, places, and events. The program is free and open to the public. Please register with the library at 518-477-7476 as seating is limited.


Spring Garage and Rummage Sale

Friday and Saturday, April 26th and 27th, the Saratoga Springs United Methodist Church will welcome the season with our annual Spring Garage and Rummage Sale at 175 Fifth Avenue.

The sale will take place at church from 9am – 5pm, Friday; and 9am – 12pm on Saturday.

Donated items can be dropped off at the church 9am-7pm, April 23rd, 24th and 25th. Please no exercise equipment or heavy TVs. 518.584.3720


S.A.G.E.S. Garage Sale

Planning for the 3rd Annual S.A.G.E.S. Garage Sale is underway! We are currently looking for donations of items to sell. We will take just about anything that can be easily moved by high school students. You can drop your donations off at the Averill Park High School Main Office or contact us at to schedule a drop off time. Please make sure items are clean and free of mold.  Proceeds from the sale will be given to local charities within our school community. Please note, any unsold items will be given to another charity, you will not get items back.  The sale will be Friday, May 31st, from 9-5 in the Averill Park High School Athletic Complex.


Town of Sand Lake Youth Annual Easter Egg Hunt!

Get your baskets ready! On Saturday, April 20th, the Town of Sand Lake will host the Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Butler Park. The hunt will begin at 11:00 but be sure to arrive a few minutes early to hear all the important information. Since the Easter Bunny has worked so hard to make the hunt perfect for everyone, please be sure to park and gather at the pavilion so the Bunny’s eggs in the field do not get disturbed. The Easter Bunny will be available for photographs – so don’t forget your camera. If you have any questions, please call Lindsy Marshall at 518-526-0938 or email


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, housewares, toys, jewelry, baby gear, Avon collectibles, Easter decor and gifts and prom dresses. Ask to see our handicapped equipment. 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, April 11th, from 3 to 6; and Saturday, April 13th, from 9 to 2.

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.



Community “Repair Café” Gathering April 13th in N. Greenbush

The all-volunteer group Rensselaer Repair Café is offering its first community repair café on Saturday, April 13, 2019, from 9am to 4pm at Woodland Hill Montessori School, 100 Montessori Place, North Greenbush, NY 12144. Help take care of our precious earth and reduce waste by repairing and reusing your household items. Instead of throwing away that broken toaster or DVD player that’s not working, bring it in to our “repair café” and our volunteer repair experts will help you fix it on the spot. In addition to the helping hand and advice, we’ll have tools and materials available that may come in handy for your repair. We welcome all broken items, but examples of things we can help you repair include: clothing, furniture, electrical appliances, toys, bicycles and electronics. Free minor bicycle repairs and adjustments will be offered by Velofix Albany.

Volunteers Needed! We’re still looking for volunteers with a variety of skills who enjoy sharing their knowledge with their neighbors. We need community members who can help with this or future repair cafes. We are especially looking for people who are handy with: clothing/textile, electrical appliances, bicycles and furniture/wooden objects. To volunteer, email us at For More Information, Rensselaer Repair Café website: International Repair Café website: Press contact: Greg Watson, Coordinator, Rensselaer Repair Café,, 917-288-1422


The Basics of Flower Arrangement

The Sand Lake Garden Club will meet on Thursday, April 25th, at the Sand Lake Town Hall.  All are welcome. The meeting will start at 6:30 pm.  This month’s program, “The Basics of Flower Arrangement”, will be presented by Melissa Orth, owner of Poppy Tree Floral Designs. Ms. Orth recently started a commercial based flower business in her home in West Sand Lake.  She specializes in decorating for weddings.  At the meeting, she will create a flower arrangement and explain how she does it.  Afterwards, the arrangement will be given to one lucky attendee.  Refreshments will follow the presentation.


Poestenkill Historical Society’s April Program

“DOUBLEDAY DIDN’T DO IT – The Beginnings of American Baseball” will be presented by Robert Hallock.  He is an active member of the Bronck Museum and is president of the Greene County Historical Society.  He has developed many historical programs.  References to games resembling baseball in the United States date back to the 18th century.  Its most direct ancestors appear to be two English games: rounders and cricket.  By the time of the American Revolution, variations of such games were being played on schoolyards and college campuses across the country.  They became even more popular in newly industrialized cities where men sought work in the mid-19th century.  In September 1845, a group of New York City men founded the New York Knickerbocker Baseball Club.  Come and join us on Tuesday, April 23, at 7:00 p.m. at the Town Hall on Route 351 in the downstairs meeting room.  The program is free, everyone is welcome, and refreshments will be provided.

Upcoming Armenian Genocide Events in the Capital Region

ARMENIAN FLAG TO FLY AT COLONIE TOWN HALL, Week of April 22:  In commemoration of the Armenian Genocide, the Armenian flag will be flown at the Town of Colonie Town Hall (Route 9, Newtonville) from April 22-29.  Again, this year, the Capital District Armenian Genocide Committee (CDAGC) appreciates this show of support by Town of Colonie Supervisor, Paula Mahan.  For more information on the CDAGC, contact Rafi Topalian at (518) 810-5018 or

ARMENIAN GENOCIDE COMMEMORATION, April 24: In commemoration of the Armenian Genocide, a brief service and program will be held at the Genocide Memorial Monument located at Riverfront Park in Troy on Wednesday, April 24, at 6:00 p.m. This event is organized by the Armenian National Committee (ANC) of Albany and supported by the Homenetmen of Albany and the Knights & Daughters of Vartan. A dinner and program will follow at Holy Cross Armenian Church, 255 Spring Avenue, Troy.

Also, April 24, 12 noon Flag raising ceremony on Broadway Ave., Watervliet, NY by City Hall/Police Station and Seniors center. For more information on the CDAGC, contact Rafi Topalian at (518) 810-5018 or Thank you to the city of Watervliet and Mayoral Candidate Charles Patrecelli for honoring the Armenian community at large

JOINT BADARAK/ MASS WITH HOLY CROSS, April 28: In commemoration of the anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, the St. Peter and Holy Cross Armenian Church communities will worship together in a joint Badarak/ Mass to take place at Holy Cross Armenian Church in Troy on Sunday, April 28.


An Open Invitation to Learn about Plastic Pollution

Judith Enck, longtime Poestenkill resident with national environmental experience, will speak in Poestenkill on Thursday, May 2, about “Plastic Pollution: Let’s Learn What We Can Do About It”.  There will be a question and answer session after her talk and the public is invited.  The 7 p.m. event at the Poestenkill Fire House, 182 Main St., is sponsored by the Poestenkill Democratic Committee.

Enck served as Region 2 Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency under President Obama, with responsibility for New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. She is now a visiting professor at Bennington College and founder of the Beyond Plastics Project there, through which she will work with college students and community leaders around the country to reduce plastic pollution

Plastic pollution is everywhere, from our homes to our streams.  Millions of pounds of plastic enter oceans every year, posing a major threat to fish, wildlife, and the marine environment, with unknown implications to human health.

New York State has just passed a law banning single use plastic bags, which has already been adopted in California.

The speaker and the town Democratic committee encourage students, teachers, and all residents to attend and be better informed about what we can all do about the problem of plastic pollution.

~Submitted by Marcia Hopple

Poestenkill, NY


April 2018 Events at The Rensselaer Senior Center

April 18th – Happy Easter (Fresh Ham with the works) Music By Bobby T. Call today for reservations 518-463-2166.

Need Help On Your Car Insurance?

A Two day, AARP Defensive Driving Class, will be held at the Rensselaer Senior Center on April 23rd and 24th.  Class begins at 10am and will run until 1:45pm. (Break For Lunch) $20 For AARP Members, $25 For Non-Members. This is a Nice Deduction on your Car Insurance. Call for Reservations (518) 463-2166 This is a Nice Deduction on your Car Insurance

April 25th – Barry Manilow and Neil Diamond Tribute Show at Chez Josephs ($85) (Menu Consists of Caesar Salad, Pot Roast or Stuffed Haddock, Loaded Potato, Mixed Garden Vegetables, Apple Pie with Vanilla Ice Cream, Coffee and Tea). Anthony Edwards of The Edwards twins brings to the stage his art of celebrity impersonation, which is lauded and endorsed by critics, audiences and celebrities. Anthony performs incredibly accurate tributes to these famous artists with live singing, and no gimmicks just plain talent. Call today for reservations 518-463-2166. Monday Through Friday, 9am-3pm. We are located in Rensselaer on East and Herrick Streets.


Averill Park-Sand Lake Fire Dept. Open House

Come visit the Averill Park-Sand Lake Fire Department located at 35 Eastern Union Turnpike in Averill Park for our Open House on Sat., April 27th, from 11 am-3 pm. Come alone or bring the whole family for an interesting and good time.

Fire department members will be available to give tours of the fire station and answer questions. Lots of interesting things to see (everybody loves firetrucks). Learn about the many things you can do, and the benefits, if you would to become a member.

Food and drink will be served.

We hope to see you.

Any questions you may call 518-573-0601.


Stephentown Vol. Fire Department to host Open House

Meet your Stephentown Volunteer Fire Department (SVFD) at our Station Open House, Saturday, April 27, 10 AM – 2 PM.

Enjoy refreshments, tour the station, check out the trucks, try on gear, and see if you can picture yourself as a part of the SVFD.

“The firefighter helmet is not the only hat to wear,” explains Chief Angley.  “We welcome new firefighters, but we also need drivers, EMTs, and fire police. For those not interested in emergency response, there are administrative jobs.”

You can be as young as 16 to join and there is no upper age limit. “We have volunteers in school, many work full-time, others are retired,” say Assistant Chief Brokalis. “Some lifelong residents, some newcomers to town. It’s a diverse group, but the common thread is the desire to give back to our community.”

Volunteering with the SVFD is a great way to meet new people, develop valuable skills, and help your neighbors. It also offers opportunities for scholarships, free training, and income tax credits.

“Even if you are not interested in volunteering, stop by,” encourages Director Bob Adler. “We want to connect with you. The more we know our neighbors, the better we can serve the community.”


4-H Horse Communications and Public Presentations Events Held

Rensselaer County 4-H Horse Communications were held on March 15 at the Averill Park High School. What a great turnout! A huge thanks to our teen evaluators and helpers for the night – Morgan and Maddie Bechand, Abbi Reeves, Mikayla Malenfant, Hannah Baker, Kaelyn Eagan and Merrill Wrenn. Also thank you to our adult evaluators and helpers, Tonya Bechand, Chelsea Eagan, Kelli Grab, Marsha Chavin, Regina Cristo, Eileen and Glenn Van Oort. The night was pretty fast paced and lots of good information learned from the variety of topics members selected. Congratulations goes out to all that participated in this county event. It has been reported that one of the top fears by the general public is having to talk in front of a large group or speak in public. Luckily our members will not become one of those statistics. The following members were selected to represent our county at the Regional Horse Communication Contest: Grace Huffam, Olivia Harrington, Nicole Tilley, Brigham Logue, James Czub, Angelina Broderick and team presenters Abby Trinkle and Kaylie Millar. Good luck to all of them as they represent our county at regionals.

The Rensselaer County 4-H Public Presentations Day was held at Tamarac High School on Saturday, March 23. We had several enthusiastic and well prepared 4-H members present to the volunteer evaluators. There were some very creative and interesting presentations shared. Three members were selected to participate at the Capital District 4-H Public Presentation event on April 27, they are: Mea Cleary, Emilee Roadcap, and Amanda Thrasher. We also would like to thank our wonderful volunteer evaluators, Mary Gladding, Jared Reed, Martha Reed, and Jeanie Scott for all of their valuable feedback to the youth. Also, thank you to our teen helpers, Emma Deerfield and Adam Film for all of their help. For more information about this and other programs offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County, please call 518-272-4210.


SAVE THE DATE!! CHS Annual 70’s Alumni Party

Grads/attendees/teachers of Columbia High School 1970-1979: mark your calendar to attend the annual Alumni Party/Summer Get-Together on Saturday, August 17, 2019.  ALL alumni welcome!  Schodack Island State Park, 1 Schodack Island Way (off Route 9J), Schodack Landing.  Camping available, reserve now; sites are going fast!  Watch for further details here and on our FB page: SEVENTIES REUNION.  Contact: Caroline Lynch Zeyak at 518-928-3223 or



Faith & Love 8th Annual Ladies Spring Tea Party & Fashion Show

Fancy hat, lacy gloves, & delicate china adorn the tables at our 8th annual Ladies Spring Tea & Fashion show on Saturday, May 4th, 2019, at 12 noon, 166 Columbia Turnpike, Renss.

Please join us for a lite lunch and delicious desserts, along with many flavors of tea (& coffee), followed by a couple of skits & our “Dress for Less” fashion show including items from our 2 thrift stores. This year we will be playing a few games, and as always you will not leave without one of our handmade favors & door prizes. Please reserve by April 28th to secure a seat. All this fun & food is only $7. So, call Linda 518-380-9572 with questions or to reserve your seat… This will be a “Tea-riffic” time…so bring a friend or maybe even make a new one…Hope to see you there!


Community-Wide Yard Sale and McGreevy Chicken BBQ

The Melrose Methodist Church 20 Church Street, Melrose, will participate in the

Community-Wide Sale on May 4, 2019, 9:00 – 3:00.  All types of household goods,

books and many other things; you have to come to see.  Also, a BAKE SALE.

PLUS, at the church the famous JEFF McGREEVY CHICKEN BBQ.


Averill Park Fire Dept. Poker Tournament

Texas Hold’em No Limit Poker Tournament on Saturday, April 20, 2019, at The Averill Park Fire House, 35 Eastern Union Turnpike, Averill Park, NY  12018.

Doors Open at 12:00 pm.

Tournament Starts at 1:00 pm. Lunch will be Served at 2:00 pm.

$125 buy-in ($25 donation, $100 prize pool)
Schedule for the rest of 2019: 5/18/19 (Big Money



Chinese Auction at St. Mary’s Nassau

St. Mary’s Church, located in the Village of Nassau, will be holding its Annual Chinese Auction on Friday evening, April 26, 2019, in the Parish Hall which is located in back of the church. Doors will open at 5 PM to allow time to view the tables of prizes, and put chances in. We have a varied selection of items this year: holiday items, pet supplies, small tools, garden supplies, children’s toys, books, and gift certificates from local restaurants, and vendors.

An admission of $6, will entitle you to a sheet of raffle tickets, free coffee, lemonade and cookies/cupcakes. Additional tickets for table items are available for a $1 a sheet, as well as door prize tickets for a $1 each. We will begin to call Prizes at 6:45 PM. There will also be an opportunity to purchase tickets for a 50/50 Raffle to be held at the end of the evening. This is a wonderful family event, with prizes for all.

In addition to the free refreshments offered with admission, there will be chili, baked macaroni, hot dogs, water and soft drinks available for sale.

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