Events 04.18.19

Are you prepared?

Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Can Help! Join us on Tues., April 30th, at the Sand Lake Town Hall, 8428 NY Rte 66, Averill Park from 6:30 to 8:30 pm for a free Citizen Preparedness Corps training. Presented by the American Red Cross in partnership with New York State. Learn about common types of disasters and how we can effectively prepare for, respond to, and recover from them as individuals and as a community.

~Barbara A. Biittig, Town Clerk
Town of Sand Lake


Eyes Wide Open Fundraiser

Join us on April 28th for a fundraiser at the Annex in the North Greenbush Town Hall.  The event will be held from 10-3 and will feature several vendors and local crafters as well as a raffle.  All proceeds will be donated to Eyes Wide Open, a local group that helps local woman reclaim their lives after being victims of human trafficking.

Come get some of your Mother’s Day shopping done and learn about this incredible group and the amazing work they are doing right here in our area!


League of Women Voters of Renss. Co. to host environmental speaker series

The League of Women Voters of Rensselaer County will host a series of talks on environmental issues, beginning Thursday, April 25th, at 7 pm in the East Greenbush Community Library, 10 Community Way in East Greenbush.

Julie Tighe, President of the New York State League of Conservation Voters, will talk about the wide range of sustainability challenges that face different regions of New York State and how they impact local communities. Both League members and the public are invited to attend.

The League of Conservation Voters is not affiliated organizationally with the League of Women Voters, but both groups share many goals regarding the protection of clean water, clean air, renewable energy and open space through political action. The top priorities of the League of Conservation Voters, as stated in their 2019 Policy Agenda, are enacting congestion pricing in Manhattan’s central business district; adopting a statewide plan to address the root causes of climate change; reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector; dealing with food waste; extending and supporting recycling efforts; and protecting clean drinking water.


MBCC fundraising event

MALDEN BRIDGE – Bring your knives for sharpening at the Malden Bridge Community Center at 1087 Albany Turnpike, on Saturday, April 27th, at 10AM.  Chaz Martel, the Delmar Sharpener, will be welcoming you.

A professional Cutler for several years, Chaz will offer his services to the residents at a nominal cost – most knives are from $3 – $6 depending on blade length and condition.

When you arrive, you will be asked to complete contact information on his order form. Chaz will review your items and give you a firm estimate for cost and a time to return to the Center for pick-up later in the day.  He will also suggest if an item is not worth sharpening.   A member of MBCC will be in attendance to be sure items are returned to the rightful owner.

For further information,



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 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.


NYS Approved Defensive Driving Class

On Sat., April 20, 2019, from 9 am to 3 pm, there will be a New York State approved Defensive Driving Class to Benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Southern Rensselaer County. Save 10% on your base auto insurance for the next three years and be eligible to receive up to 4 points off your driving record according to New York State Department of Motor Vehicle guidelines.

The class will be held at the Boys & Girls Club of Southern Rensselaer County, 544 Broadway, Rensselaer, NY 12144. Fee is only $35. Bring a friend $30. each. Registration is required and can be made by calling the Club at 518-465-3403 or Raymond Frankoski at 518-286-3788.

Class size is limited. Additional information is available by calling Ray Frankoski.


SLHS May meeting

On May 14th, join us for a night of Sweets, Savories and Historical Tidbits at Kevin Tigre’s Bistro American (Glass Lake Hotel) 2703 Rt. 43, Sand Lake, for the Sand Lake Historical Society’s Annual Meeting.  There will be a talk after appetizers and desserts by Kevin on the history of the building.  $15/person.

RSVP by May 7th to SLHS, PO Box 492, West Sand Lake, NY 12196.


Informational Hearing on Fire Service in Town of Schodack

An informational Public Hearing on the current and future state of the Fire Service in the Town of Schodack (including the Villages of Castleton and Nassau) will be held on May 2, 2019 at 7:00 pm at the Schodack Town Hall (265 Schuurman Road, Castleton, NY 12033). This hearing is sponsored by the Town of Schodack.

The focus of the evening will be a presentation of the report “Future of Fire Service in Schodack: An Evaluation of Existing Conditions and Options for the Future.” The report is a comprehensive review of the existing fire protection system in the town and villages. The East Schodack, Nassau, Schodack Landing, Schodack Valley and South Schodack Fire Districts as well as the Castleton Fire Department all participated in this project. The report also suggests several different options for the future of the fire service in Schodack. The report is designed to help the residents consider improvements to this essential service in their community.

The full report can be accessed on line on the project website at Paul Bishop, the lead consultant from CGR, will make the presentation and will be available for questions. This project is being funded by the New York State Community Reorganization Grant program.

For questions prior to the hearing, please contact Supervisor David Harris at (518) 477-7918.


West Sand Lake Fire Dept. Open House/ Chicken BBQ

Please join us for the West Sand Lake Fire Department Open House/Chicken BBQ for our Recruit NY weekend on Sat., April 27th, 10 am-4 pm, at the West Sand Lake Fire Station, 3697 NY 43, West Sand Lake, NY 12196.

A day filled with fun family events:

Kids Firefighter Combat Challenge, Kids House Fire Spray Prop, Bounce House, Bean Bag Toss, Stop Drop and Roll Prop, Rensselaer County BPS Fire Safety Trailer, Rensselaer County Sheriff Office Drug Drop Off 10am-2pm, Rensselaer County Law Enforcement Assn. Car Seat Safety Check, 10am-2pm, Chicken BBQ, $12 per person, RSVP to Heather 518-788-4279, 4-6pm; many more activities!

For more information, contact Heather at 518-788-4279.



Car Wash Fundraiser

Girl Scout Troops 1915 & 1922 of Castleton, NY are having a Car Wash to support a girl scout educational trip to Costa Rica in 2020.

The car wash will be held Sat., April 20th, 10 am-2 pm at Advance Auto Parts, 563 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush. $7 per vehicle.


Catholic Charities Rep 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, April 25, 2019. 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.


2019 Annual North Greenbush Easter

Egg Hunt 

The annual Town of North Greenbush Easter Egg Hunt is Saturday, April 20, at 10 a.m. at the North Greenbush Town Hall. We invite children from Pre-K to Fourth grade to come and enjoy the hunt. Bring your own basket and come join the fun!!!

There will also be a visit from the Easter Bunny!!! Hope to see you there!!!


Repair Café

What do you do with a broken lamp? Or a sweater with a hole? Toss it? No way! The Village of Castleton-on-Hudson is hosting its next Repair Café at the Village Hall, 85 South Main Street, on Saturday, May 11th, from 11 AM to 3 PM.

People visiting the Repair Café bring along their broken but beloved items. Volunteers try their best to make repairs, and it’s free of charge!

At the May Repair Café, electrical, welding, seamstress and “jack-of-all-trades” services will be available. Do you like to fix things and want to volunteer? Contact us via email at or stop by Repair Café.

For more information about global Repair Café, visit


20th Annual Albany History Fair

The 20th Annual Albany History Fair will take place at Historic Cherry Hill on Sunday, May 5th, from noon to 4:00 p.m. This year’s fair, “Albany • The Great American Story,” will delve into the Capital City’s literary history, draw from local collections to examine the cultural history of reading and writing, and use the art of storytelling to illuminate the human narratives embedded in the history at Cherry Hill and beyond.

At the fair, visitors will enjoy a staged poetry reading in the historic house drawn from works written or enjoyed by the home’s bygone occupants. Other offerings will include a tour of the Van Rensselaer family library collections with rare books expert, Philip Eppard, family activities, and presentations by Paul Grondahl, Director of the Writers Institute, Albany City Historian Tony Opalka, and Erik Schlimmer, author of Cradle of the Union.

A free trolley will run between the Albany History Fair at Cherry Hill and Living History Day at Ten Broeck Mansion between 1 and 3 pm.

“Albany• The Great American Story” is a free event sponsored by the Hudson River Valley Heritage Area, Stewart’s Shops, the Albany Public Library Foundation, CDTA, and the New York State Writers Institute.


May Albany Pine Bush Preserve Program & Special Event Schedule

Event details can be found at

Science Lecture Series: Research Symposium
Thursday, May 2, 2019, 6:30 pm
Suitable for adults
Join us this evening for a special edition of our monthly Science Lecture Series. This evening will highlight many of the research projects conducted in the preserve by students, professors, and local scientists past and present.
Location: Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, Albany, NY
Fee: Free! Reservations required for all attendees (regardless of age). Make reservations by calling 518-456-0655 or visit

Morning Meander
Friday, May 3, 2019, 10:00am
Suitable for adults
Start your day outdoors and join us for a hike along the trails of the Kings Highway Barrens trailhead (#9). We plan to hike approximately one mile. This program will meet at the Kings Highway Barrens trailhead (#9).
Location: Kings Highway Barrens trailhead (#9)
Fee: Free! Reservations required for all attendees (regardless of age). Make reservations by calling 518-456-0655 or visit

Discover the Pine Bush
Sunday May 5, 2019, 1:00pm
Suitable for all ages
An extraordinary journey into the Albany Pine Bush—a globally rare, nationally significant and locally distinct inland pine barrens. Our experts will guide you through this 0.9-mile hike over rolling sand dunes where you will discover Pine Bush natural history and observe seasonal surprises and transformations.
Location: Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, Albany, NY
Fee: Free! Reservations required for all attendees (regardless of age). Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Make reservations by calling 518-456-0655 or

Bird Walk at Woodlawn Preserve
Saturday, May 11, 2019, 7:00am
Suitable for ages 6-10, tweens, teens and adults
Spring is here and that means many birds are coming back from their winter in the tropics. We will meet at the Woodlawn Preserve trailhead on Gifford Road in Schenectady and walk approximately one and a half miles around the pond searching for spring migrants.
Location: Woodlawn Preserve, Gifford Rd., Schenectady, NY
Fee: Free! Reservations required for all attendees (regardless of age). Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Make reservations by calling 518-456-0655 or

Lupine Fest
Saturday, May 18, 2019, 10:00am–4:00pm
Suitable for all ages
Witness the magic of spring at the Albany Pine Bush Preserve’s annual Lupine Fest. Fields of violet Lupine flowers and fluttering Karner blue butterflies set the stage for visitors to explore and support the Albany Pine Bush Preserve and its partners. Visitors can enjoy nature walks, hands on activities with community partners, music, games, crafts, food, vendors and more! Parking will be off site. For more information, please visit  On-site parking for people with disabilities only. No pets allowed at this event.
Location: Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, Albany, NY
Parking: 302 Washington Avenue Extension, Albany
Fee: Free! Reservations are not required for special events but knowing how many people are coming helps us to plan better, so please sign up. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Make reservations by calling 518-456-0655 or visit

Karner Blue Butterfly Walk
Saturday, May 25, 2019, 11:00am
Saturday, June 1, 2019, 11:00am
Suitable for ages 6-10, tweens, teens and adults
Don’t miss this chance to join Albany Pine Bush Preserve staff on a 0.9-mile hike in the Pine Bush Preserve to see the Karner blue butterfly.  Come learn about the natural history of the Karner blue and what efforts are underway to rescue this species from the brink of extinction.
Location: Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, Albany, NY
Fee: Free! Reservations required for all attendees (regardless of age). Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Make reservations by calling 518-456-0655 or visit


Spring Sing: Gala and Auction to Benefit Hoosick Falls Armory

Hoosick Falls, NY—Join the celebration of the Armory’s 130 years of service to the community at the Spring Sing on Saturday, May 4, 2019, from 6:00 to 10:00PM. This gala and auction will take place in The Perry Room at the Hoosick Falls Armory, located at 80 Church Street, Hoosick Falls, New York.

This fun-filled evening brings together members of the community who want to honor the Armory’s significant contribution to the region, while also embracing and supporting its continued operation as a vibrant and vital community center. The evening will unfold with delicious hors d’oeuvres prepared by Sage Dining/Hoosac School, beer and wine (cash bar), and complimentary flavored water, while attendees bid on silent auction pieces, preview live auction items, and take in the wonderful vocal performances of Ric DiDonato, Shari Hand, Joe Shaw, and David Sutton, accompanied by Richard Cherry. Auctioneer Ron Seifert will then get the paddle raising in full fervor as he encourages attendees to bid on the many amazing big-ticket items. The evening will wind to a close over specialty desserts and more musical performances.

Both auctions feature special pieces donated by local individuals and businesses in support of the Armory. Silent auction items range from a wrought-iron planter, to a vintage tea set with teas and local honey, to starter tomato plants, and much more—there will be something for everyone. The live auction boasts more than a dozen packages including a round-trip private airplane ride for two adults to Bar Harbor, Maine, or Provincetown, Massachusetts, provided by Charles Suss, with lunch included; a day at the Saratoga Race Course with seats for four in the clubhouse, a stable tour, and lunch courtesy of Contessa Racing; an original painting by artist Evan Wilson; a 24K car detailing by DePaula Chevrolet; two 4-cubic-yard truckloads of mulch supplied by Suttonscapes and Granger Services; and more.

Seats for this spectacular event are filling up quickly, so please reserve by April 20—more information is online at The HAYC3 Board of Directors is thankful to the incredible volunteers, donors, and sponsors of this event, including Southwestern Vermont Health Care, Hoosac School, Hoosick Local Development Corporation, Brown’s Brewing, and Hoosick Rising. Sponsorships are still available by emailing or visiting the website at

The Hoosick Armory, Youth Center, and Community Coalition is a non-profit organization whose mission is to foster the well-being of our community.


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 baskets and decorations and prom dresses. 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 18th, from 3 to 6; and Saturday, April 20th, 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.


Thrift and Plant Sale

The United Methodist Women of the First United Methodist Church of East Greenbush is having their Thrift and Plant Sale Fri., May 3rd, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.; and Sat., May 4th, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturday is bag day. There will be many different items from household, clothing to toys as well as a snack bar. All proceeds go to our mission projects.  The First United Methodist Church is located at 1 Gilligan Road, off of 9&20, in East Greenbush.


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


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


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.



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


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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