Events 05.16.19

Tractor Safety Program

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County is excited to offer a Tractor and Farm Safety Course on Friday, May 31st, at Hudson River Tractor in Schaghticoke (11853 New York 40 Schaghticoke, NY 12154). This program is geared for adult audiences.

Statistics show that farming and operating equipment is a hazardous and dangerous endeavor. Help yourself reduce the risks of an accident and attend this informative evening session. The program will begin at 5:30 P.M with a presentation from the New York Center of for Agriculture Medicine and Health (NYCAMH) followed by an opportunity to be hands-on with some equipment. This program is perfect for farmers old and new as well as any adult who currently works with machinery on the job or in their backyard or plans to in the future.

To register, please call CCE office at 518-272-4210. There is a registration fee of $5 payable at the class. If you have special needs to participate, please let us know at the time of registration. Cornell Cooperative Extension is an equal opportunity employer and programmer.


NYS Approved Defensive Driving Class

On Sat., May 18th, 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.


May Upcoming Events at the Rensselaer Senior Center

23rd – Celebrating Our Peace Officers (Meatloaf Dinner) W/ Paul Slingerland
26th – Memorial Day Parade W/After Party Back At The Center. “Must Attend Parade Representing the Center to Participate in the Party”.

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.

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


Town of Pittstown Seniors

Pittstown Seniors met on May 1, 2019. We had 30 members and 1 guest attend.

After our covered dish/buffet lunch, the meeting was called to order by President Sylvia Ward.

Topics discussed:

“Lunch Club”, the club discussed where we would like to go for our monthly lunch. We all decided that a return trip to the Lakeview restaurant was voted on and accepted. The club would pay a set amount for members in good standing.

We will be having a guest speaker at the June meeting. The subject will be explaining all aspects of Hospice. This get together will be open to the public.

Upcoming events:

Several upcoming day and overnight trips were discussed and will be decided at the next meeting.
Our next scheduled meeting is June 5th.  All meetings begin at 11:45 am with a covered dish lunch.

For information about out group, please call “President” Silvia Ward, 518-478-3338.


Mental Health and Wellness 101

Hope Lutheran Church is sponsoring a program presented by the Mental Health Association of New York State on Thursday, May 23rd, from 6 to 8 pm.

This presentation will cover such topics as basic knowledge of mental health to help reduce stigma. To understand Mental Health as a continuum of wellness that defines us every day, it is illness, recovery and all of the space in between. To promote wellness, treatment seeking behavior, recovery and self-care.

Mental Health and recovery are dependent on an individual’s ability to recognize and manage where he/she is each day on the continuum between wellness and illness and take care accordingly. Education and early intervention promote wellness.

Now is the time to act, contact Parish Nurse, Liz Macris, at 518-479-3432 to reserve your spot. This event is FREE, and refreshments will be provided.


Annual Memorial Day Ceremony at Oakwood

Gather with the Friends of Oakwood and the Veterans of Lansingburgh on Saturday, May 25th, as we remember all our veterans. The ceremony begins promptly at 9am with the ringing of the Meneely Bell near the Earl Chapel. Nikki Osterhout will sing the National Anthem and Father Desmond Francis will present the Invocation and Benediction. Michael Barrett will be master of ceremonies and Jim Pratt of the Veterans Miracle Center will speak, followed by our annual wreath laying and placement of flags at the Soldiers’ Plot.

Oakwood Cemetery aka the Troy Cemetery Association is a non-sectarian, not-for-profit cemetery founded in 1848 and still active today. For information, call 518-272-7520.




Castleton-Schodack Memorial Day Parade

The annual Castleton-on-Hudson/Schodack Memorial Day Parade will be held on May 27, stepping off at 10 a.m. from Boltwood Avenue at Seaman Avenue. The theme of the parade is “Honoring Those Who Served Our Country to Insure Our Freedom.” Serving as Grand Marshall this year is Domenick Ercolano (WWII Veteran) from Peter Andrews VFW Post. The Community Appreciation Award will be given to Jerry Robinson (Vietnam Veteran). The guest speaker will be Ken Holmes (Gulf War Veteran).

Please join us in honoring our veterans.


Town of East Greenbush Memorial Day Parade

The Town of East Greenbush in collaboration with the Melvin Roads American Legion and the East Greenbush VFW are busy planning the annual Memorial Day Parade. This year’s parade will take place on Saturday May 25, 2019, kicking off at 10 a.m. from the East Greenbush Bowling Center and proceed down Columbia Turnpike to the Melvin Roads Post.  A short prayer service will take place at the Greenbush Cemetery recognizing a fallen comrade from the Second World War.  Veterans are encouraged to participate.  For those veterans unable to march, the Capital District Transportation Authority, as well as car dealerships in our area, have graciously offered transportation in their vehicles. Parade participants should assemble at the East Greenbush Bowling Center at 9 AM.  At the parade’s conclusion, there will be a small ceremony at the Melvin Roads Post, representatives from Town and County Government will offer brief words of encouragement to those present.  Hot dogs and beverages will be provided.

If your business, organization, or school group would like to march in this year’s parade please contact Floats are welcome but should be approved.  Bands and Choral groups are welcome.  Please show our veterans your support by either participating or coming out to view the parade!  For all questions, please call The Community and Recreation Office at 518-477-4194 or the Melvin Roads Post at 518-362-7006.


Sand Lake Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony

This year’s Sand Lake Memorial Day Parade will be Monday, May 27, at 10:00am. The Parade route is from Averill Ave. in Westfall Village to the Sand Lake Veteran’s Memorial Park on NYS Route 43. Ceremonies will begin at about 10:30 in the Park. This year’s parade theme is the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings on the Normandy Beaches.

To attract more participation and attendance this year, we encourage all interested civic organizations, businesses, churches, community and youth groups and individuals to participate in this year’s parade.

Our Grand Marshal will be Duane Wehnau, a World War II veteran who served in the Navy in the Pacific and our honored speaker is MSgt Jason S. Robelotto who served as the First Sergeant for the 109th Medical Group, Stratton Air National Guard Base, New York. Sergeant Robelotto enlisted in the Air Force September 2003 and attended the Medical Materiel Apprentice Course in June 2006. He is actively employed with the New York National Guard Counterdrug Task Force as an Investigative Analyst at the Drug Enforcement Administration Albany, New York office. Prior to his current position, Sergeant Robelotto was assigned to Medical Logistics within the 139th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, Stratton Air National Guard Base, New York. MSgt Robelotto has deployed in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, IRAQI FREEDOM, and DEEP FREEZE. In his civilian profession, he is a deputy sheriff patrol sergeant K-9 handler and a volunteer Assistant Fire Chief.

Refreshments provided by the American Legion and the VFW and will be prepared by The Mess Hall.

If you have any questions or would like to participate in the parade, please call Bill Glasser at or call (518) 322-9583.

~Robert Carpenter, Commander American Legion

~Todd Middleton, Commander VFW


Capital Area Beekeepers hosting special speaker

Capital Area Beekeepers are hosting a special speaker on June 12th, 7pm, First United Methodist Church, 1 Gilligan Rd, East Greenbush, NY 12061.

Sam Comfort with the topic: Less Invasive Beekeeping:

Raising Queens at Anarchy Apiaries, from North to South.

Sam is a beekeeper extraordinaire and a musician. Formerly a commercial beekeeper, he applies a very independent and exploratory approach to “less invasive beekeeping.” Presently raising queens and caring for hundreds of hives on the East Coast from New York to Florida, Sam travels the country to inspire bee clubs with his lively, hively down-to-this-earth and up-to-the-sky experiences.

CAB members encourage youth, beekeepers and anyone thinking about starting out as a beekeeper to attend this free event.


Thrift Shop

Ever-evolving, ever-improving, the Church of the Redeemer Thrift Shop has earned an excellent reputation by offering quality merchandise at bargain prices. The shop features clothing for babies through adults, shoes, jewelry, games, puzzles, greeting cards, household items, knick-knacks, Avon collectibles, PROM DRESSES and ACCESSORIES. We will be open on Thursday, May 16th, from 3 to 6; and on Saturday, May 18th, from 9 to 2.

The shop, located at 1249 Third Street in Rensselaer, is on CDTA bus route #214.

Enter through the parking lot on the Catherine Street side and be amazed.


Garden Day at Brunswick Community Library

If spring is here, it must be almost Garden Day!  The Friends of the Brunswick Library will be hosting our annual Garden Day on Saturday, June 8th, from 9:00 to 1:00 on the lawn of the library.  All proceeds go toward supporting the library and their wonderful programs.

As always, we rely on contributions of plants and baked goods from members of the community to sell on Saturday morning.  Now that the weather has finally started warming up, it is a good excuse to get out in the garden for a good cause!  There will be local art and craft vendors as well as wonderful raffles.

Brunswick Community Library is located on 4118 NY 2, Troy, please stop by! Or check on our programs at or like us on Facebook. We look forward to seeing you.


“Knocking Out Alzheimers” Annual Garage Sale

“KNOCKING OUT ALZHEIMERS” ANNUAL GARAGE SALE will be held on May 25th (9-5); 26th (9-2) & 27th (8-12), the corner of Route 7 & 278, Brunswick. 100% of the proceeds are going towards the 2019 Walk to End Alzheimer’s in September. We have a BARN FULL of treasurers, something for everyone! A few teasers: antique rocking chair: puzzles; kitchen items; books; collectables; jewelry and so much more!

Don’t forgot to stop by for a chance on our many raffle basket’s

You can’t miss us…look for the purple and our flower garden!


Veterans of Stephentown Craft Fair

The Veterans of Stephentown are hosting a Craft Fair on September 7, 2019 at the Veterans Memorial Park in Stephentown. If you are a vendor and are interested in renting a space, please contact Phyllis DeFreest at (518)733-6504 by August 24th. Don’t miss out on the last big selling day of the year.


Calendar for Everett Wagar Senior Center

2 Roxborough Rd, Grafton NY
Cindy Mattison, Director • 518-279-3413

May 20- 10:00 Chair Yoga
12:00 Congregate Lunch (Pork Chops))
1:00 Cards and Games

May 21- Reiki by Appt
9:30 Aerobic Swimming
12:00 Congregate Lunch (Fish Sandwich)
1:00 Card and Games

May 22- Hair Cut by Appt
10:00 Chair Yoga
11:00 Bullying Behavior III Speaker
12:00 Congregate Lunch (L/S Hot dogs)
12:30 Memorial Service for Past Members

May 23- Reiki by Appt
9:30 Aerobic Swimming
9:30 Quilters
12:00 Congregate Lunch (Meatloaf)
1:00 Cards and BINGO

May 24- Legal Aid by Appt
10:00 Chair Yoga
12:00 Congregate Lunch (Teriyaki Turkey Burger)
12:45 Noodle Volleyball and wii Bowling
1:00 Cards

Guest Speaker on bullying
Rensselaer County’s Everett Wagar Senior Center, 2 Roxborough Rd, Grafton, will host Michael Fonda, Prevention Coordinator/ Community Liaison, for a Bullying Behavior III presentation on Wednesday, May 22nd. Michael did two earlier presentations and is invited back by popular demand. Anyone can attend this free session. It does not matter if you attended the first 2 sessions. Plan to stay for a nutritious lunch (Hot dog and baked beans) with a Memorial Service for Past Members to follow. Call to reserve a spot for lunch at 518-279-3413.


Memorial Service for Deceased Members

Rensselaer County’s Everett Wagar Senior Center, 2 Roxborough Road, Grafton, NY– Join the residents 60 and older at the Everett Wagar Senior Center on Wednesday, May 22nd, at 12:30 as we honor and celebrate the lives of past members. Come early (noon) and have lunch (Fish Sandwich) for a suggested donation of $3.00. Contact the center at 518-279-3413 to reserve lunch.


Poestenkill Annual Rabies Clinic

The Rensselaer County Health Dept. in connection with the Town of Poestenkill will be holding their annual RABIES CLINIC on Thursday, June 6, 2019, at the Sullivan Jones Post Pavilion located on Veterans Street.

Cats will be vaccinated from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. and they must be in carriers.  Dogs will be vaccinated from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. and must be leashed.  A record of rabies inoculation is requested in order to obtain a 3 yr. booster.


If you have any questions, please contact Sue Horton, Town Clerk, at 518-283-5119.


Active Shooter Awareness Seminar

In light of the rising number of mass shootings in our nation over the past several years, West Sand Lake Community Church will be hosting an Active Shooter Awareness Seminar on Wednesday, May 29, at 6:30 PM. The event will be presented by Deputy Jim Phelps of the Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Office and open to the community. We are located at 4363 NY 150, West Sand Lake, NY (next door to Walgreens). Visit us online at


Poestenkill Historical Society May program

“A MILL WORKER’S LIFE – 1835” presented by Phyllis Chapman

Phyllis Chapman has presented many programs around the area.  She portrays women and their contributions to history.  She dresses the part and puts herself in the woman’s shoes.  This month she will portray Lucy Larcom (1824-1893) who was a teacher, poet and author.  After her father’s death, her mother moved from Beverly, Mass. to Lowell with her 10 children.  In 1835, at age 11 Lucy began working at Boott Mills, a cotton mill, as a doffer to earn extra money for her family.  She was a steady contributor to The Lowell Offering and while at Lowell developed a friendship with John Greenleaf Whittier.  In later years, she became a teacher and poet, eventually publishing several books, among them “A New England Childhood”.  Phyllis will include audience participation during the program since part of the presentation involves creating a “mock textile mill”. Come and join us on Tuesday, May 28th, 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.



Fifth Grade Parents’ Night at Algonquin

Algonquin’s Fifth Grade Parents’ Night is Tuesday, May 21 – 6:30pm-7:30pm. This night is one of the key components of the orientation program to Algonquin Middle School.  The evening will give parents/guardians an opportunity to learn about the Algonquin Middle School program.

The program will begin in the auditorium and will include a video about Algonquin and a tour of the building. During the tour, there will be time for parents/guardians to have their questions answered by Algonquin students, faculty and administration.

As your son or daughter will have visited Algonquin before the event, it is not necessary for him/her to attend Parents’ Night.


Bennington Battlefield Announces May Events

May 17, 5:30 PM: Dining with Warner & Wasmus Cooking Demonstration

See how a meal shared by the victors and vanquished of the battle may have been prepared. The demonstration will be held near the upper parking area on the hilltop. *Please note that no food will be served to the public.*

May 25, 1:00 PM: Battle Loop Hike

Visitors may join a guided hike over approximately 1 mile of trail at the battlefield. The group will meet under the hilltop flagpole.

May 29, 6:00 PM: Book Discussion

For our next selection, we will be reading The First Salute By Barbara W. Tuchman. The group will meet at the Walloomsac Taproom, 50 Factory Hill Rd, North Hoosick, NY 12133.


Omi International Arts Center Hosts Exhibition Featuring HVCC Students

For the sixth consecutive year, the year-end thesis exhibition by students enrolled in Advanced Study in Drawing and Painting at Hudson Valley Community College will travel to the Omi International Arts Center’s Education Pavilions in Ghent, NY for display on Saturday and Sunday, June 1 and 2, only. A reception with the artists will be held from 3 to 4:40 p.m. on June 2.

Students featured in this year’s exhibition, entitled “Within a Saturated Environment,” are Jennie Buckley, Katriona Howell, Derek Lamani, Andrea Lowry, Mikayla M., John McCabe, Hannah Meacham, @_collin_moore, Renee M Piazza, Jan Samuel Redman, Makayla Sink- Fagan and Hannah Marie Tremblay. Statements by each artist are included in the exhibition catalogue that includes an opening essay by Professor Thomas Lail.

Lail teaches Advanced Study in Drawing and Painting, an academic year-long course of guided study for Fine Arts Department students who have completed foundation arts courses and wish to pursue the development of their own body of work. Directions to Omi International Arts Center and the Education Pavilions are available at


Town of Brunswick Summer Day Camp

Town of Brunswick Supervisor Philip H. Herrington Announces the 2019 Summer Schedule for the BRUNSWICK DAY CAMP for children ages 5-12 years old.

Camp will run from Tuesday, July 2, 2019 to August 9, 2019, at the Brunswick Community Center.

Deadline for registration is June 7, 2019. Applications are available at the Town Office, 336 Town Office Rd., Troy, NY 12180 or at

Fees for Brunswick Residents: $400.00; $275.00 each additional child. Non-residents residing within the Brunswick Central School District $775.00 for one child; $550.00 each additional child.

Proof of eligibility is required.


Rensselaer Co. Home Bureau Achievement Day

The Rensselaer Co. Home Bureau will be having Achievement Day on Thursday, May 23 (10am-12 noon), at the First Reformed Church, Main Ave., Wynantskill, NY.

Please come and bring any old or new crafts projects. Join us for the 100th Anniversary celebration and bring a friend or two.


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, May 23, 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.


Hoosick Falls Memorial Day Parade

On Monday, May 27th, 2019 is the date for The Village of Hoosick Falls Memorial Day Parade.

Plans are underway for the Hoosick Post #40 Hoosick Falls Memorial Day Parade. We invite you to join us as we remember those that made the ultimate for The United States of America.

Participating bands in this year’s parade are the Community Band, Taconic Pipe Band, Hoosick Falls High School Band and The Fiesta Band. The parade will also feature floats, fire trucks, horses and antique cars. Parade will begin in Wood Park, Main St., John St., Church St., and back down Main St. and back to Wood Park. The parade will step-off at 10:00 AM. Line-up at 9:15 AM.

For information or to enter the parade, check out our Facebook page or contact Kevin O’Malley at 518-894-5035 or


Dept of Aging Resource and Information Table

The Hoosick Falls Senior Center, 69 Church Street, will host Tammy McGarithy of Rensselaer County Unified Services, Dept. of Aging on Thursday, May 16th. Tammy will bring contact information, brochures, pamphlets, and applications for several services offered to residents 60 years and older. Included will be information on the Cooling and Assistance Program, Clean and Tune Program, EPIC (Prescription Assistance Program), HIICAP (Health Insurance Information Counseling Assistance Program), Home Modification Program, and a list of resources available for Home Care. She will bring additional contact information such as Utility Trouble, Legal Aid Society, Domestic Violence, warning signs of a stroke and more. All residents 60 and older should plan to stop in and talk with Tammy about the services available to them. Plan to stay for lunch (Chicken Breast) with BINGO to follow. Call (518) 686-7561 to sign up for the meal.


East Greenbush Town Wide Garage Sale

Do you want to be part of the East Greenbush Town Wide Garage Sale? The First United Methodist Church is here to help! The Sale will take place on June 1st from 9 am-3 pm, rain or shine.

We have space available for vendors and families.

Email or for more information or call 518.477.9693 and leave a message for Amber.


Guest Speaker health presentations

Rensselaer County’s Everett Wagar Senior Center at 2 Roxborough Road, Grafton, will host Kristin Vivian of HOSPICE on Friday, May 17th, at 11:00 am. Kristin will give a presentation on the HOSPICE mission, what to expect if HOSPICE is ever needed, and how you can help if a situation presents itself. This is a free presentation open to all residents 60 and over. Join us for a nutritious lunch at noon (Tuna Bake) followed by a presentation by Rhonda of the Bennington Health and Rehab. Rhonda will explain what the center offers if short term or long-term care is ever needed. All residents 60 and older are encouraged to attend.

BINGO will follow with prizes donated by our guest speakers.

Call the center at 518-279-3413 to sign up for lunch.


Poestenkill Memorial Day Parade

Our annual Memorial Day parade will be held on May 27th at 11:00.  We are encouraging our citizens to join us in making our parade a momentous occasion by creating a float for the parade.  Our theme is all about what Memorial Day is…a time of remembering our fallen soldiers and giving honor to those who continue to preserve our freedom.  We have many organizations in our town and would welcome you marching in the parade if you are unable to create a float.

We rally for the parade in the field across from the VFW building at 10:00, parade to start at 11:00.

If you have any questions, please call Tammy at 518-389-8277 or Gail at 518-283-4890.


Pittstown Historical Society Anti-Rent War Lecture

The Anti-Rent War (1839 – 1869) will be the subject of a lecture by historian Michael Barrett on May 16th at 7:30 PM at the Pittstown Town Hall in Tomhannock (97 Tomhannock Road).

Barrett will talk about the turbulent pre-Civil War period in which armed resistance, terror, imprisonment and strife swept across 16 counties of upstate NY. The Anti-Rent movement protested the leasehold property that the landed aristocracy refused to relinquish. Barrett, who is presently serving as the Executive Director of the Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway and the Burden Iron Works Museum in Troy, has lectured extensively and is a member of numerous local historical societies.

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 518-686-7514.



Our Lady of Victory Columbiettes hosting Indoor Garage Sale/Flea Market

The Our Lady of Victory Columbiettes of Troy will be hosting an Indoor Garage Sale/Flea Market on Saturday, June 1, 2019, from 9 A.M. – 2 P.M.

Spaces are $15.00 per space and include 1 table & 2 chairs.  Those who are interested may contact us for a registration form.  Louise at (518) 708-4342 or you may e-mail us at We are located at 55 North Lake Ave., Troy. We are handicapped accessible.

A portion of the proceeds will be used to provide activities for the children at Sunnyside Center in Troy.


Garage Sale

The Latham-Colonie Columbiettes and Knights of Columbus will host their Annual Garage Sale on Friday, May 24th; and Saturday, May 25th, from 9 AM to 4 PM.

Items to be offered for sale include household items; small appliances, furniture, home décor, books, collectibles and clothing and linens!

328 Troy-Schenectady Road, Latham, N.Y. 12110

Donations greatly accepted, please no TV’s or computers!

For further information, call 518-783-0572.


Garage Sale May 17 & 18

All proceeds will be split between the community Bread of Life Food Pantry and the Poestenkill Heritage Center.  Come rent a space and sell your own things for $10.00 a space per day at the Poestenkill Lutheran Church parking lot.  DONATIONS gladly accepted.  (Please, NO clothing, large appliances or electronics!)  Drop off your goods anytime on Wednesday, May 15, or Thursday, May 16, by the garage doors located to the rear of the church.  The actual sale will be held on Friday, May 17, and Saturday, May 18, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on both days.  For more information, or to rent a space, contact Jill at 518-283-2510 or Helen at 518-674-3451.


Garage Sale at Brunswick Grange

Brunswick – Multi-Family Sale on May 24, 25 & 26th – Grange Hall, Rt.  7 & 142, Center Brunswick, 9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.

Assorted merchandise, antiques, plants, glassware, $1.00 table, furniture. Space available – for info., call 518-279-9113.


Greenbush Garden Club Plant Sale

Rain or shine! Saturday, May 18th, 9:00 am to 11:00 am (unless sold out before) at the Rensselaer Elks Club Pavilion, 683 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush. The proceeds help fund community projects and grants. Come check out our low prices on perennials, shrubs, and house plants!!!


West Sand Lake Auxiliary Craft Fair – Vendors Needed

Vendors Needed ~ The West Sand Lake Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary will be holding a Craft Fair/Tag Sale on Saturday, May 18th, in the WSL fire hall from 9am-3pm.  If you are interested in selling any homemade, handmade, or gently used items, we are happy to provide a table for $25.00. You keep your profits, and the money from tables will go to benefit the West Sand Lake firefighters.

If you would like to be a vendor, please contact Carrie Deutsch at 518-674-5309.



Murder & Mayhem in Rensselaer County

Brunswick Historical Society Presents Murder & Mayhem in Rensselaer County on May 20, 2019 – 7 p.m.

From the gallows to the electric chair, Rensselaer County & Troy City Historian Kathy Sheehan will present a lecture on the seedier side of life in the county. From the story of brothel owner Mame Fay to the stories of the Veiled Murderess Henrietta Robinson, the poisoning of Marianne Green in Berlin and the still unsolved mystery of who killed Hazel Drew in Sand Lake. These and other juicy stories of crimes in Rensselaer County will be revealed! Brunswick Historical Society, 605 Brunswick Road, Brunswick. Refreshments will be served. Any questions please call 518-279-4024.


Brunswick Historical Society Antique Appraisal Day

The Brunswick Historical Society will be holding an Antique Appraisal Day on June 8, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at our headquarters, 605 Brunswick Road, Brunswick. Andy Geller and Dave Ornstein from New Scotland Antiques will be appraising items. Cost: $5.00 per item. Any questions, please call 518-279-4024.


Invitation to Franklin Graham DECISION AMERICA

Franklin Graham DECISION AMERICA will be at 7:30 pm on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at Eastern States Expo, Springfield, MA.   Bring your family and friends to an exciting evening featuring prayer, live music, fireworks, and a message of hope from Franklin Graham.  Admission is FREE.  A bus sponsored by the West Stephentown Baptist Church is being provided for $20.00 per person. Please contact Dave Cobden at 518-674-2641 or email:

Find out more at


Spring Rummage Sale!

It’s time for spring cleaning and the Clothing Rummage Sale at the Church of the Covenant, United Methodist, located at 3055 Rt. 43 in Averill Park. Sale dates are Fri. and Sat., May 17 & 18, 9 am – 2 pm with a $3 bag sale Sat., noon – 2 pm.

We will gladly welcome your donations of clean, gently loved clothing and footwear for the whole family. We also accept linens, pillows, bedding, curtains, towels, pocketbooks, bags, etc., as well as fabric, sewing equipment and notions.

Donations may be brought to the church noon, Sun., May 12th, until NOON, Thurs., May 16th.

Our missions commission will also have a bake sale both days.

Keep de-cluttering because 3 weeks later is our Indoor Yard Sale! Watch the Advertiser for more information.


France Magnifique

La Fédération Franco-Américaine du NY is sponsoring a trip to France, featuring the 75th Anniversary of D-Day & Normandy, April 23 – May 7, 2020.  Rates include round trip air from New York, air taxes and fees/surcharges, hotel transfers, and 20 meals. Highlights of the trip: Paris, River Seine cruise, Normandy, Omaha Beach, Le Mont St. Michel, Loire Valley, 2-night Chateau stay, winery tour, Lyon, Les Halles de Lyon, Paul Boscuse Market, Avignon, Creme Brûlée Cooking demonstration, Nice, Monaco. Plenty of time to explore on your own.  For more information, pricing or a brochure, call Lisa at Plaza Travel at 518-785-3338 or


Come Join Us…At the 2019 Memorial Day Ceremony

2019 MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY will be held at the Main Flag Pole Assembly Area, GBHS Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Rd., Schuylerville, NY 12171 on Saturday, May 25th, at 11:00 am.

Limited Seating available or bring a lawn chair.

VIP-HANDICAP-GENERAL PARKING. (Parking within the cemetery during the ceremony will be limited.)


May Albany Pine Bush Preserve Program & Special Event Schedule

Event details can be found at

Morning Meander
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


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.


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


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.


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


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