Events 10.06.22

Rummage Sale

Rummage Sale- Blooming Grove Reformed Church, 706 Bloominggrove Dr. Defreestville, NY, Rte 4 across from the park & ride lot.

October 14th 5:00 to 7:00 PM and October 15th 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM 

Men’s, Women’s, and Children’s clothing, Books and miscelanious items

Chili take out and Bake Sale

Trunk or Treat

The Center Brunswick United Methodist Church will be hosting a Trunk or Treat for all ages on Sunday, October 30 from 10:30 – 11:30 am in the parking lot of the church located at the intersection of Route 7 and Route 142.

Adults decorate the truck of your cars/trucks, bring your candy and be ready for the kids to go trick or treating from car to car.

Snacks will be provided. All are welcome to stop by and share in the fun and fellowship of the day.

Trunk or Treat

Sunday, October 30, 12 PM – 2 PM

First United Methodist Church, 1 Gilligan Rd, East Greenbush. 

All are welcome to come and Trunk or Treat! This is a Free Event for all children and youth. We will also have a trunk decoration contest where you as the participant get to decide which trunk is the best decorated.

This is a rain or shine event. We will have Trick or Treat Hallway if it is raining.

Trunk or Treat at Gilead Lutheran Church,  Sunday, October 30, 2022

Halloween is actually Monday, October 31, 2022 but we made the decision to celebrate it a day early. It gives our “truckers” more time to get ready for our visitors. That is a good point for us but it also frees up time for our little friends to go out again on Monday for more loot. Our trunks open at 3:00 PM and will close at 5:00 PM. If you enjoy watching the little one dress up but don’t have children of your own to take around, please feel free to come and hand out candy and goodies with us. Just to let you know, we have had close to 200 little visitors each year. In 2021 we had some of our canine friends stop by, some in costume and other just stop by for a pat on the head.

We will be found in the parking lot behind Gilead Lutheran Church. You can’t miss us because Gilead is located at the intersection of Routes 7 & 278 in Center Brunswick.

Calling All Ghosts & Goblins – Halloween Party & Parade

Calling all ghosts and witches and ghouls and goblins (and Pokemon and Princesses, too)! The witching hour is at hand! Once again, the time has come to dress in all your spooky finery, and invade West Sand Lake.

The West Sand Lake Volunteer Fire Co. is sponsoring its annual Halloween party for kids of all ages on Sunday, October 23. As in previous years, we are planning a special treat for all our trick-or-treaters, and their parents. We will be proudly featuring our community’s costume creations in a parade from the West Sand Lake elementary school to our Fire House. 

If you would like to join our parade, please meet at the school at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 23. We will step off promptly at 1:00 p.m., and proceed to the Fire House. The traditional Halloween party, with costume judging, prizes, games, refreshments and surprises will immediately follow the end of the parade. As always, admission to the party is free!

So, plan on joining us on Sunday, October 23. It promises to be a fun time for all!

News From Averill Park CSD

Congratulations to Averill Park High School students Cooper Smith, Christian Romer, Samuel Bonesteel and Tyler Michaels for being named Commended Students in the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program! Commended Students are recognized for their outstanding performance on the qualifying test used for the Program. Great job, everyone!

All three elementary schools have students participating in the Girls on the Run program this year, and students at Algonquin Middle School are involved in Heart and Sole for the first time ever. Both programs inspire girls to build confidence and other important life skills through interactive lessons and physical activity. Good luck this season!

New to the High School is a Fab Lab Makerspace where, during their free time, students can work on various projects and machines, including a 3-D printer, a Cricut, Smart Car Kits, Ozobots, VR Goggles, Piper Computer Building Kits, Air Powered Racer Kits, and much more. We hope that students take full advantage of this space and get creative!

As always, for the latest news from the District, please visit our website – You can also follow AP on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Submitted by Dr. James Franchini, Averill Park CSD Superintendent

Mission: Meeting the needs of and creating opportunities for every student every day. #AP_EveryStudentEveryDay

Melvin Roads Trunk or Treat

Melvin Roads American Legion Post 1231 presents Trunk or Treat on October 30, 2022, from 2 PM to 4 PM at the Post parking lot, 200 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush, NY. If the weather is bad, we will hold a Table or Treat inside Hero’s Hall at the post. Have the children dress up and come down for Apple Cider & Cider Doughnuts. We welcome all families to come out and have a supervised trick or treating.

Gone Gray To Perform at Sand Lake Center for the Arts

SAND LAKE – Saturday, October 8 at 8:00pm, come and enjoy a night of music with the Gone Gray Band, with special guest Maddie Civill. The band will be celebrating the songs from the 50s, 60s and 70s. Gone Gray plays covers from the best of all time: Dylan, Clapton, Allman Brothers, Beatles, Nelson, Young, Taylor, Blind Faith, Eagles, CCR, Skynyrd, Dead, The Band. This event is free to the public.

Walking Tour

Who’s Who in Oakwood Cemetery.  A walking tour lead by local historian Michael Barret sponsored by Lansingburgh Historical Society & Friends of Oakwood Cemetery.  9 am Saturday, October 8, 2022, $15 per person.  This is a three hour walking tour. To reserve your place call 518-328-0090 and leave your name and number for a call back.  Michael will point out the trailblazers of Lansingburgh industry and the merchants who made Lansingburgh an early commercial powerhouse.

Sand Lake Historical Society Features “Troy and The Gilded Age”

Please join the Sand Lake Historical Society on Tuesday October 11th, at 7:00 PM, when Kathryn T. Sheehan, Rensselaer County and Troy City Historian, presents an illustrated lecture on how Troy’s 19th century architecture became an integral backdrop to the Julian Fellows HBO series “The Gilded Age”. 

Kathryn worked with the location scouts and production designers as well as providing information on how Troy appeared during the Gilded Age and who the major players were in the city at the time (representing “old” and “new” money). She also will share behind the scenes stories from the filming for season one. 

A native of Troy, Kathryn’s ancestors settled in Rensselaer County in the 1760’s. Her career at the Hart Cluett Museum of Historic Rensselaer County began as a SUNY Albany public history intern. As the Rensselaer County and Troy City Historian, Kathryn has researched and lectured on a number of Rensselaer County history topics and has presented her work on local radio and television as well as the History Channel, C-Span, Russian and Japanese Network television. She resides in Troy. When not working on local history topics, Kathryn can be found exploring the cemeteries of Rensselaer County or doing photography for her upcoming book, Architecture Worth Saving in Rensselaer County Revisited: 50 Years Later.

Please note that the October 11th presentation will take place at the Sand Lake Center for the Arts, 2880 NY 43, Averill Park. SLHS monthly programs are open to the public. A $5 donation is suggested for non-members. New members are always welcomed. Like us on Facebook.

Family Octoberfest

Come celebrate a family Octoberfest on October 9th, 2022, from 1 to 6 PM at Melvin Roads American Legion, 200 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush, New York. 

German food, Herb Liebenhagen German Band, soda & Octoberfest beer, 50/50, Basket of cheer, snow cones Popcorn Facepainting and games for children. Enjoy the fall weather outside in our parking lot (or inside if raining). All funds will be used to replace our awning before winter comes. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Capital Area Beekeeper Monthly Meeting

Capital Area Beekeepers will welcome Master Beekeeper Paul MacPhail to present a program on preparing bees for the winter ahead at their monthly meeting. The meeting will be held at the First United Methodist Church, 1 Gillian Rd, East Greenbush at 7 pm on Wednesday October 12th. Capital Area Beekeepers meet on the 2nd Wednesday of the month 11 months of the year, there is no December meeting.

Trunk or Treat Gilead Lutheran Church Sunday, October 30, 2022

Halloween is actually Monday, October 31, 2022 but we made the decision to celebrate it a day early. It gives our “truckers” more time to get ready for our visitors. That is a good point for us but it also frees up time for our little friends to go out again on Monday for more loot. Our trunks open at 3:00 PM and will close at 5:00 PM. If you enjoy watching the little one dress up but don’t have children of your own to take around, please feel free to come and hand out candy and goodies with us. Just to let you know, we have had close to 200 little visitors each year. In 2021 we had some of our canine friends stop by, some in costume and other just stop by for a pat on the head.

We will be found in the parking lot behind Gilead Lutheran Church. You can’t miss us because Gilead is located at the intersection of Routes 7 & 278 in Center Brunswick.

Highlight Troupe- Auditions for C-Rhyme and Punishment

The Highlight Acting Troupe will hold auditions on Friday, 10/14 @ 6:30pm and Sunday 10/16pm @ 2:00 for C-Rhyme and Pun-ishment by Jane & Jim Jeffries. Auditions will be held at the Center Brunswick United Methodist Church- Hoosick Rd. Troy NY The show will be directed by Christine & Ethel LeVan. Auditions are open for all ages. In the nursey rhyme, justice system, the people are represented by two separate yet equally important group- the detectives, who investigate the crime & the magistrates who prosecute the defenders. These are their rhymes. The Inspector & the Punnish Sir (Yes he’s always scrambling for egg puns) have been called in to investigate a crime scene where Humpty Dumpty has been found shattered and fowl play is suspected. Can they solve the c-rhyme? 

All questions please call Christine @ 518-301-0789 or email

Troy Orphan Society Presentation

The Esquatak Historical Society invites you to our next presentation on Friday, October 21, 7 pm, when local historian and writer Don Rittner will discuss his research and book about the Troy Orphan Asylum. A talented and prolific individual, he has been the Albany City archaeologist, a Schenectady County historian, one of the designers and builders of the replica Dutch sailing vessel Onrust, and author of more than 50 books. First hooked on local history as a boy, his research into the Asylum – later known as VanderHeyden Hall, tells the story of this place of last resort when a family became unable to provide for one or more children. The presentation takes place at the Castleton Fire House, Scott Avenue. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

St. Jude’s Craft Fair is BACK!

Save the date – our annual Craft Fair is back on Saturday 11/12 from 9 am – 3 pm. Over 45 vendors! No admission fees! Plus, SANTA will be visiting! Still accepting vendors contact Mary at 518-229-4250! Hope to see you there – 42 Dana Ave, Wynantskill!

Averill Park Education Foundation 16th Annual Gala Dinner and Celebration

The Averill Park Education Foundation is thrilled to announce Sera Deo and Alan Michaels as our 2022 educator and community award recipients. Come join us in honoring these two amazing individuals on Friday, November 18th, 2022 at the beautiful Old Daley on Crooked Lake! 

Ticket purchase and registration is open on our website or text APEF to 22828 to receive an email invitation. Get your tickets early! We anticipate a sell-out! All proceeds 100% support the Averill Park Central School District in the form of grants for enrichment projects and scholarships. 

Unable to attend but would like to support? Donate directly on our website, or consider donating a basket, gift card, specialty service, vacation rental, etc. to our auction event. Contact Tara Lindheimer @ to coordinate. We are a registered 501c non-profit and are happy to provide a record of your donation for tax purposes.

North Chatham Community Day

On October 15th the hamlet of North Chatham will be holding its second annual Community Day. All are invited to come to North Chatham and see what makes it a great place to live! The North Chatham Free Library will be open with books for sale on the front lawn (weather permitting) and an informational table about all the great services they offer. Some residents of the hamlet will be having yard sales and the North Chatham Volunteer Fireman’s Association will be serving lunch from 11:00-2:00. 

The North Chatham United Methodist Church clothing barn will be open and the church will have a “sweet treats” sale, silent auction, “tailgate sale”, and donated items for sale. If you would like to donate items for the sale or sell your own items as part of the “tailgate sale”, please see the church website listed below. The Neighbors of Northern Columbia County will have an informational table at the church. Free parking will be available behind the church. For more information please go to Thanks, and we hope to see you in North Chatham on October 15th!

Baked Ziti & Meatballs Fundraiser at the Wynantskill American Legion

Come help us kick off our 2022 Veterans and Children Toy Drive from 1pm- 5pm on Sunday, October 16th at American Legion Post #1489 located at 111 Main Ave. in Wynantskill NY. Dinner includes baked ziti and meatballs, tossed salad, bread, and dessert. 

We welcome you to dine in our newly renovated banquet hall, or takeout will also be available. The price will be $12 for adults and $9 for children under 12. Please come out for this great cause which supports local families, and we look forward to seeing you there!

Individual Tickets Now On Sale for A Taste of Sand Lake

Honorary Chairs Susan & Joel Katz invite you to join us at our 13th Annual A Taste of Sand Lake, our biggest fundraiser of the year! A Taste of Sand Lake is a night of delicious eats from all of your favorite Sand Lake/Averill Park restaurants with raffles, live music provided by TL Holloway, and time spent with new and old friends. Make sure you reserve your tickets now as you won’t want to miss the exciting return of this one-of-a-kind event after a three-year hiatus! The event will be held on Tuesday, November 1 from 6pm to 9pm at the Old Daley Inn on Crooked Lake.  Individual tickets are $65 and are available at or by calling 518-674-2007.

Poestenkill Fall Clean Up 2022

When: October 11th, 2022- October 14th, 2022


• Yard Waste (leaves, grass clippings, etc.) placed in biodegradable PAPER bags

• Brush and branches (cut to 8ft. lengths maximum, stacked neatly, no more than 3ft tall)

• Stack piles with the cut or thicker ends facing the road

• Maximum diameter for brush or limbs is 6 inches. If we cannot chip it, we cannot take it


• Garbage or Trash

• Cleaning of Vacant Lots

• Stumps, Sod, Rocks, or Dirt

• Metal Items

• Plastic Bags or Flowerpots 

• Tires or Batteries



• Please keep in mind we are a small highway crew that must take care of these brush piles by hand. 

• Brown recyclable waste bags will be picked up a few times a month throughout the summer/fall. Please notify the Highway Garage of your location so the bags do not get missed. 

Please place acceptable items out by October 11th.

Questions: David (DJ) Goyer Cell: (518) 269-1656 Garage: (518)283-4144

Annual Trick or Treat Nature Trail at Grafton Lakes State Park

Join us for our annual Trick or Treat Nature Trail on Saturday, October 15, 2022. Discover some of our weird and wonderful forest friends along the jack-o-lantern lit trail. Participate in fun fall activities including a bonfire and crafts at the welcome center. Be sure to wear a costume! Time slots begin at 3:30PM and go every 15 minutes through 7:30PM. Families with small children are recommended to sign up before 5:30PM.

Preregistration is required to reserve your family’s time slot; call 518-279-1155, ext. 2. Cost for this program is $4/person.

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation oversees more than 250 individual state parks, historic sites, golf courses, boat launches and recreational trails, which are visited by 74 million people annually. For more information on any of these recreation areas, call 518-474-0456 or visit, connect with us on Facebook, or follow on Twitter or Instagram.

North Greenbush Community Day

Supervisor Joe Bott has announced the North Greenbush Community Day which will be held on Saturday, October 8th from 11am to 3pm at Town Hall. You are all invited to meet and talk with dedicated members of the Wynantskill and Defreestville Fire Departments, Ladies Auxiliary, North Greenbush Ambulance, North Greenbush Police Department, Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Department, Rensselaer County Stop DWI, Rensselaer County Search and Rescue Dogs, New York State Dive Team, New York State Police Helicopter, SORT and many more. 

Meet members of these and other fine organizations and watch live demonstrations from our emergency services professionals. This is a FREE event.

Hope United Methodist Church to Host a Chicken Barbecue, Crafts Sale & Bake Sale

Hope UMC will host a chicken barbecue, bake sale and crafts fair on Saturday, Oct. 8 from 4 PM to 6:30 PM. The menu will consist of barbecued chicken, baked potato, baked beans, cole slaw, beverage and home baked pie. The cost is $15 per person and will be take-out only. There will also be a bake sale and crafts fair with unique crafted items locally made.

The barbecue is by reservation only. Call (518) 779-2553 to reserve your ticket. Hope UMC is located at 566 Brunswick Rd., Troy (Route 2 at the corner of Garfield Road).

518 Pajamas Collection

East Schodack Fire Company is collecting for 518 Pajamas. This is a group that collects pajamas for donation to the Unity House of Troy’s Children’s Holiday Program. Pajamas are distributed to children who fall under all aspects of Unity House’s charitable and community programs.

If interested in donating, please bring pajamas or a monetary donation to the firehouse during Pizza nights: Oct 1st, Nov 5th or Chicken & Biscuit Dinner: Nov 8th.

 Gambling and Good Government

On Thursday, October 20, join Albany Law School’s Government Law Center for an educational program and reception celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Warren M. Anderson Seminar Series. Bennett Liebman, Government Lawyer in Residence at Albany Law School, will discuss the history of gambling and ethical government regulation in New York State and explore strategies to improve the integrity of government regulation of gambling. 

This free event is open to the public, will be livestreamed, and offers CLE credit for practicing attorneys. Registration is required. Learn more and register:

Fresh Florida Fruit Fundraiser

The Kiwanis Club of Troy is once again conducting their Annual Florida Fruit Sale!!

20 lb. cases of Navel Oranges

20 lb. cases of Ruby Red Grapefruit

Or 20 lb. cases Half Oranges/Half Grapefruit

Only $28 Each

Most other organizations are at over $30-35.

 Picked fresh from the Florida groves and shipped

directly to Troy for your enjoyment!!

 All orders are needed by November 20th!!

All will arrive in Troy about December 8th.

Call Dean today at 518-322-0826.

 All monies go to children’s causes locally!!!


Library Jigsaw Puzzle Sale in Poestenkill

Stock up on jigsaw puzzles for the winter months at an unusual sale of dozens of good condition used puzzles. Proceeds will benefit the Poestenkill Library. Friends of the Library will sell puzzles on Saturday, October 15 from 9 a.m. to noon on the Poestenkill Library lawn (9 Plank Road, 12140). 

Most puzzles are 1000-piece ($6), many others are 300 or 500-piece ($4), and a few are children’s puzzles ($1). Come to find great puzzles by White Mountain Puzzles, Wysocki, Springbok, Hometown, among others. We will hold a reduced size sale on the porch in case of rain. For more information contact Marcia at 518 283-5353.

Memberance Day at Latham-Colonie Knights of Columbus #3394

On Friday October 7, 2022, (Fried Dough Friday), Members Judi Couch and Joy Meher are hosting a “Memberance Day” to Benefit Shriner’s Hospitals for Children-Springfield, MA. 

The event will begin with Children’s activities and games/prizes from 4 pm to 7 pm! Then 7 pm to close our DJ playing 50’s music for your dancing and listening enjoyment! 

Menu; hotdogs, hamburgers, sausage and peppers, Fried dough and more available for purchase.

The first principle of our Order is Charity so please stop in to enjoy our “Memberance Day” and support the Shriner’s Hospital for Children of Springfield MA.

*Requesting member photos for a slide show display, please email for information!

Fall Craft Fair at Center Brunswick UMC

“Save the Date” Saturday, November 5, 9am-3pm, Center Brunswick UMC 990 Hoosick Road, Troy. Tables are selling quick!

Vendors are invited to bring their new creations to this show. Tables are $25.00 for an 8×10 section – one vendor per section please.

Contact Jean at 518-694-1887 for rental and information.

There will be a small concession stand as well.

East Greenbush VFW Auxiliary Vendor Fair

Vendor Fair Saturday, November 5, 2022 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.100 Hays Road, East Greenbush. 

Table rental available- call Lynda at 518-732-2111 or email at:

Many vendors, Bake Sale, Raffle, 50/50.Kitchen will be open. Help us support our Veterans. Don’t miss this event!

CCHS Class of 1972 – 50th Reunion

TROY – Catholic Central High School,  class of 1972, is planning its 50th reunion to be held Friday, October 7, 2022 at Franklin Terrace, Troy, NY.

If you are a class member and have not received an invitation, please send information to :

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