Events 05.23.19

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


Veterans of Lansingburgh 23rdAnnual Memorial Day Parade

Veterans of Lansingburgh 23rdAnnual Memorial Day Parade will be held on May 27, 2019, 11:00 am, rain or shine.

Grand Marshal: William B. Allendorph, Vietnam Veteran, U.S. Army.

Honorary Grand Marshal: William J. Atchinson III, Vietnam Veteran, U.S.M.C.

Parade Announcer: David Kissick, U.S. Marine Veteran.

Parade Route: Parade begins at 123rdSt. & 5thAve., parade heads South on 5thAve.; turn on 115thSt. and goes to 2ndAve., heading North on 2ndAve.

Reviewing Stand: East side of 2ndAve. in front of Standard Manufacturing.

To Participate in the Parade: Contact PJ Higgitt 518-221-3428 to request a Parade Participation form. “Honoring Those Who Paid the Ultimate Sacrifice”


Nassau Memorial Day Parade

This Memorial Day, May 27th, there will be a parade to honor the occasion in the Village of Nassau. A ceremony will follow at the V.F.W. Post on Lyon’s Lake Rd. This event will be hosted by the Town and Village of Nassau in conjunction with the Nassau V.F.W., American Legion and AMVETS. A special invitation goes out to any “Gold Star” and “Blue Star” families that would like to be included.

If any other group would like to participate, please call 518-766-3577 and leave a message. Local Fire Depts. will be contacted by the Nassau Fire District to arrange scheduling. Any other Veteran Service Organizations that would care to join us, please call Chip Lynch at 518-788-1983 to arrange a formal invitation. (Star families can use this number also.)

We could use an additional marching band and static military displays—if interested, call 518-766-3577 with details.

The Parade will form up down John Street in the Village at 1:00 and kick-off at 2:00 pm (and return there). The ceremony will follow at the V.F.W. Post.

Remember—“Freedom is Not Free”—Honor those that were sent to preserve it. See you there. Thank you!!


North Greenbush Memorial Day Parade

Katie Connolly Chairwoman of the North Greenbush Memorial Day Parade is so pleased to invite you to come to our Parade on Monday, May 27th. Step off is at 1:30PM from Town Hall. The parade route then goes down Main Ave to Rte 150 to Marion Ave to Brookside Ave back to Main Ave to Town Hall.

At that time there will be ceremonies in front of Town Hall followed by a picnic in the back of Town Hall and at the American Legion. Please come and join the community in honoring our Veterans. Look forward to seeing you at the Parade!!!

~KATIE CONNOLLY, Parade Chairwoman & Town Clerk, Town of North Greenbush


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


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.


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.)

Town Hall Closes for Memorial Day Holiday

Debra L. Curtis, Schodack Town Clerk, wishes to remind residents that the Schodack Town Clerk’s Office will be closed Saturday, May 25, 2019, and the Schodack Town Hall Offices and Highway Department will be closed on Monday, May 27, 2019, for the Memorial Day Holiday. The Schodack Town Hall Offices and Highway Department will resume its regular business hours on Tuesday, May 28, 2019.

The Transfer Station will resume its regular business hours on Wednesday, May 29, 2019.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of the Town Clerk at 518-477-7590, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:30am and 4:30pm and Saturday 9:00am to 12:00pm.


League of Women Voters Hosting Second in Environmental Speaker Series

Ever wondered what New York State government is doing about climate change? Come to the second in the environmental speaker series, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Rensselaer County, to find out! The talk, which will be held at the East Greenbush Community Library on Thursday, May 23rd, at 7 pm, will feature Mark Lowery from the Office of Climate Change of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. He will describe anticipated effects of climate change on New York’s communities, residents, businesses and natural resources and how New York is working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. New York’s State Energy Plan, along with private sector innovation and investment fueled by Governor Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) policy, aims to achieve the following clean energy goals by 2030:

  • 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels
  • 50% of energy generation from renewable energy sources
  • 23% decrease in energy consumption in buildings from 2012 levels

Mr. Lowery will discuss how the State is working to achieve these goals and what we as citizens and as communities can do to help. The talk is free of charge and is open to the public.


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 will hold the next Repair Café on Friday, June 7, 2019, from 4:30 to 7:30 PM at the Castleton-on-Hudson Farmers and Artisans Market (COHFAM), on the corner of Scott Avenue (150) and Main Street (9J). If COHFAM is canceled due to rain, Repair Café will be held 9/7, same hours at the Village Hall instead. 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! Featured services in June are electrical, welding, seamstress, and “jack-of-all-trades.” Do you like to fix things and want to volunteer? Contact us via email at or stop by the Repair Café table at COHFAM. For more information about global Repair Café, visit


Lansingburgh Historical Society Open House

John Connors, guest artist

Once again, the Lansingburgh Historical Society will have the Melville House open for tours on June 8, 2019, from 10 am to 2 pm. We are excited to have John Connors as our guest artist for the month.  John is a Lansingburgh native now living in NYC.  He is known for his local and NYC street scenes. He studied artistic anatomy and painting on scholarship at the Art Students League of New York and was awarded a Fine Arts Certificate of Completion.  John also studied Sumi-e (Japanese brush painting including studies in Japan).  He has exhibited extensively and has taught both in the Capital Region and NYC and has three books out of his paintings.

Come tour the house, purchase John’s work, and talk with John about his Burgh and Troy influences.  The Herman Melville house is located at 2 114th St., Troy, NY.  A $5 donation is appreciated and helps the Historical Society continue historical preservation.  Further questions, please contact John and Mary Ellen Ward at 518-885-4295.


Kiwanis Announces “Summerfest 2019”

“Come One Come All!” – From June 7thuntil June 9th, the Kiwanis Club of Sand Lake proudly presents “Summerfest” to thank our Community for their support of our projects. Summerfest is the largest fundraiser for the Kiwanis Club of Sand Lake to support the community projects conducted during the year.

This year includes many local vendors & crafters; displaying their wares & serving delicious foods, multiple rides & Midway attractions; including the landing of a black hawk helicopter. Live entertainment and musical acts are on stage daily. A Corvette Car Show is featured on Sunday to raise funds for deserving military veterans.


Full Event Schedule at Butler Park on Gettle Rd. (off Rt. 43) Is As Follows:

Friday, June 7th – 3pm – Park Opens with Carnival Rides, Food Vendors and Crafters
5:30pm until 7:30pm – Music by “Gone Gray”, 8:00pm until 10:30pm – Music by “Stray Dogs”

Saturday, June 8th – Gates open at 9:00am

9am Tennis Tournament (APHS Courts)

10am – Food Vendors and Crafters

10am until 1pm – “Firematics Demonstration – Local Fire Companies (Ball Field)

11am Carnival Rides Begin

1pm until 3pm Black Hawk Helicopter (Ball Field)

3pm K-9 Demonstration (Park Stage)

3:30pm – 4pm “Da Band Kidz” – APHS-Student Brass Band

5:30pm until 7:30pm – Music by “Whitewater”

8pm until 10:30pm – Music by the area’s Favorite Country Band – “Whiskey Highway”

9:40pm Firework Display

Sunday, June 9th – Gates open at 10am

10am until 1pm “Vettes Honoring Vets” – A Corvette Car Show Fundraiser for Vets (Ball Field)

12noon until 5pm – Carnival Rides – $20 carnival ride wristbands –Ride all for one price)

1pm Car Show Awards (Under the Tent)

1:15pm until 2:15pm – Music by “Averill Park High School Jazz Band” (Park Stage)

3pm until 5pm – Music by “Zach and Hannah” (Park Stage)

Additional information can be found on the event’s website:


Poestenkill Business Assoc. 28th Annual Benefit Auction

Poestenkill Business Association’s 28th Annual Benefit Auction will proudly be held on Saturday, June 1st, at the Poestenkill VFW Post. All items may be previewed starting at 10:00 AM with the Auction beginning at 11:00 AM. We will also hold a 50/50 Drawing. Ample seating available in the VFW Pavilion. Our concession stand features delicious hamburgers, hot dogs, sausage & peppers, soda, beer, bottled water and coffee at very reasonable prices. Bring the kids too. There will be a Bouncy-Bounce and other activities to amuse them. So, come on down to our Auction, come hungry and bid often for a great day out, rain or shine. All net profits from our 28th Annual Auction will directly benefit the greater Poestenkill Community!


Quiet March to a Warring Song

NEW LEBANON, NY – Shaker Museum Mount Lebanon is pleased to present Quiet March to a Warring Song, a group exhibition curated by resident artist Amie Cunat. The show will be on view Fridays through Mondays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm in the Shaker Forge at the museum’s historic Mount Lebanon site in New Lebanon, NY from May 25 through June 22, 2019 with a public opening reception on Saturday, May 25 from 2:00 to 4:30 pm.

Participating artists include Paolo Arao, Chloë Bass, Piotr Chizinski, Mark Thomas Gibson, Doug Johnston, Mary Lum, Carl Ostendarp, Casey Ruble, and Anne Wu. Exhibition design is by architect and designer Lucie Rebeyrol. A printed catalog will accompany the show with an essay by Claire Selvin. The exhibition is part of the Shaker Museum’s multi-part collaboration with Cunat to foster relationships between Shaker cultural legacy, contemporary art, and the town of New Lebanon and surrounding communities. This project is generously funded by a Regional Economic Development Council grant from the New York State Council on the Arts.

Quiet March to a Warring Song shares the work of nine contemporary artists whose work challenges or reveals headstrong histories or existing socio-political establishments.


Celebrate Stephentown 2019 Is Coming August 16-18

Greetings from Celebrate Stephentown HQ:

Three months from today we’ll be kicking off Celebrate Stephentown 2019, the third annual edition of our town-wide, grassroots festival here in Stephentown, New York. More than two dozen events are already in the works with our farms, businesses, churches and service organizations all working together to present three special days of family-friendly fun.

We’ll announce more schedule details in June, but in the meantime, please mark the third weekend in August on your calendar and keep your eyes open for future updates. A great way to find out more about what we do and why is on social media, where we’d be glad to connect with you on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Thanks so much for your interest and support; and we can’t wait to show you all the things we love about living here in “the only Stephentown on Earth.”

~Scott Menhinick – Founder & Co-Organizer

Celebrate Stephentown, LLC –

Learn more at:


Free Emergency Preparedness Training Program on May 23

New York National Guard troops, in cooperation with the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, will be presenting a free disaster preparedness class at the Averill Park Fire Department on Thursday, May 23, at 7 p.m. The program takes just over two hours.

The fire house is located at 36 Eastern Union Turnpike in Averill Park.

The event is part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s continuing Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program, which provides citizens with the knowledge and tools to prepare for emergencies and disasters, respond accordingly, and recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions.

Working with the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) and local emergency management personnel, troops are conducting these training events across the state.

Citizens must register for the event at

Participants will receive a training certificate, a wallet-sized “Z-Card” with emergency preparedness information, and a free Citizen Preparedness Starter Kit (one per family).

For more information on the program and emergency preparedness, visit:


Calendar for Everett Wagar Senior Center

2 Roxborough Rd, Grafton, NY

Cindy Mattison, Director – 518-279-3413

May 27- Holiday – Center Closed

May 28- Reiki by Appt

9:30 Aerobic Swimming

12:00 Congregate Lunch (Pot Luck)

1:00 Card and Games

May 29- 10:00 Chair Yoga

12:00 Congregate Lunch (Potato Crunch Pollock)

1:00 Cards & Games

May 30- Reiki by Appt

9:30 Aerobic Swimming

12:00 Congregate Lunch (BBQ Chicken Salad)

12:30 Stitching Chicks Knit & Crochet Group

1:00 Cards and Games

May 31- 10:00 Chair Yoga

12:00 Congregate Lunch (Spaghetti and meatballs)

12:45 wii Bowling.

1:00 Cards and games


Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament Fundraiser

The West Sand Lake Vol. Fire Department will hold their Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament on June 1stat 1:00 pm. (Doors open at 12 noon.) The cost is $25 FD Entry Donation. $50. Buy-in goes to prize pool (35,000 in chips). $20 additional add-on available. 50/50 raffle available.

Tournament will be held at the West Sand Lake Vol. Fire Department Hall, 3695 NY Rt. 43.

Free refreshments and lunch will be served. All walk-ins welcome. Bring your family and friends and hope to see you at the Final Winners Table!! For more information, call Dennis at 518-283-2252 or the Fire Hall day of event at 518-674-3677.

Future Poker Tournament Dates: Sept. 7, Oct. 5, Nov. 2, Dec. 7, 2019.


Ft. Crailo DAR Historical Walking Tour

Ft. Crailo DAR will take a historical walking tour of Saratoga at 10:00 AM on Saturday, June 8th, with lunch at the Old Daley Inn at 12:45 PM.


June Upcoming Events at the Rensselaer Senior Center

June 6th – Dance Day With Brian Zappel

June 11th – “Follow That Dream” With Donny Elvis

June 19th – Happy Father’s Day With Paul Slusar

June 27th – City Picnic With Rocking Rob Carson

Call for reservations (518) 463-2166. We are open from 9am to 3pm, Monday Thru Friday, we are Located on East and Herrick Streets in Rensselaer.
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 Need 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. 518-463-2166

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


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.


May Upcoming Events at the Rensselaer Senior Center

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.


Book Nook News

The Book Nook at Transfiguration Parish on Hillview Drive in Speigletown continues with our Blow-out $5/Bag sale on Saturday, May 25thfrom 9:00 am until noon.  We have something for everyone!  Novels by your favorite authors, cookbooks, biographies, historical novels, romance, self-help, religious, and of course, children and young adult books.  There is also a great selection of DVD’s and CD’s, all included in the $5/Bag sale.  Bring a bag (large or small) and fill it up for $5 with anything that’s in the triple classroom.  This sale only happens twice a year and won’t be back until Labor Day weekend.  Stop by and see what we have available.  Thanks for your continued support and see you at the Book Nook!!


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.


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.


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.


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


Bennington Battlefield Announces May Events

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.


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.


Indoor Yard Sale!

It’s time for the Indoor Yard Sale at the Church of the Covenant, United Methodist, located at 3055 Rte. 43 in Averill Park. Sale dates are Fri. and Sat., June 7 & 8, 9 am – 2 pm with a bag sale; Sat., noon – 2 pm.

We will gladly welcome your donations of clean, gently-loved kitchen items such as china, glassware, dishes, silverware, utensils, small appliances and other household items. We also accept holiday decorations, books, DVDs, CDs, toys, crafts of all kinds, artwork, frames, baskets, tools, cameras, camping equipment, sports equipment, and much more.  PLEASE NO TVS, COMPUTERS OR OTHER ELECTRONIC ITEMS.

Donations may be brought to the church, noon, Sun., June 3rd, until NOON, Thurs., June 7th. Our mission’s commission will also have a bake sale both days.


Clearview Heights Community-Wide Yard Sale

There will be a Clearview Heights Community-wide Yard Sale day on Saturday, June 8th, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Multiple homes in the South Schodack area are participating in this event. Maps, parking, rest rooms and free food will be available at the Clearview C&MA Church (GPS = “275 Schodack Drive, Castleton, NY”). If you have any questions you may call the church at 518-732-2027; send an email to <>; or get updates, including addresses of participating houses, at <>.

We look forward to seeing you!


7th Annual CHS 60’s Reunion

Summer is coming and Labor Day will follow, which means the 7th annual CHS 60’s Reunion will be Saturday, September 7, 2019.  Please mark your calendar and save the date.  As always, we meet every year the first Saturday after Labor Day.  All classes from the 60’s including ’60 to ’69 along with all pre ’60’s classes are invited to attend. We will meet again at the East Greenbush Firehouse pavilion on Phillips Road from 4 to 9 PM.  Beer, wine, mixed drinks and soda, along with food will be available at reasonable prices. Pictures from previous reunions are available for viewing at courtesy of Paul Kardos ’63.  No reservation is required.  All are asked to pay $5 to cover expenses and the surplus will be donated to CoNSERNS-U for their back to school program.  Please share this information with your classmates and encourage them to join you on the 7th. Have a great Summer.  Hope to see you in September!

~Bob Flynn ‘63


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 1stfrom 9 am-3 pm, rain or shine. We have space available for vendors and families. Email youthleaderamber@nullgmail.comor for more information or call 518.477.9693 and leave a message for Amber.


Annual Garage Sale This Weekend!

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.


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:

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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


Albany Pine Bush Preserve Program & Special Event Schedule

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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.


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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