Events 10.31.19

Around Troy

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Ilium Literary Club Meeting

The Ilium Literary Club will meet at 2 pm on Friday, 11/1/19 at the Troy Masonic Community Center, 39 Brunswick Rd. Troy. Phyllis Chapman of Vintage Visitors will present Notorious Shady Ladies of the 19th Century. Guests welcome. Executive Board will meet at 1:30 pm.

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Hope United Methodist Church Movie NIght

Hope United Methodist Church (566 Brunswick Road, Troy, NY) will host a pot luck dinner and movie night on Friday, November 8th beginning at 6:00 p.m. Sight and Sounds “Jonah” will be shown. For information contact Hope UMC at 518.279.1403. All are welcome for this evening of good food and family entertainment.

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4-H Cloverbud Cooking Class

The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County 4-H Youth Development program is holding a Cloverbud Chefs program. This session is for youth between the ages of five and seven who like to cook. The 4-H Cloverbud Chefs will meet at the CCE office, located at 61 State St., Troy on the second floor, on Wednesdays, November 13 and November 20 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. There is a $20.00 registration fee for 4-H members and $25.00 for non-members. Pre-registration is required no later than November 8th and registration will be limited. To register a youth, or for more information, please contact Eileen DePaula at 518-272-4210 or emd32@nullcornell.edu. For more information about this and other programs offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County, please call 518-272-4210. No one shall be denied the opportunity to participate or receive information based on their ability to pay. If you have special needs that we can accommodate please let us know at the time of your call.

10/03/2019 – 10/31/2019

Ultimate Shopping Trip Fundraiser for Hope 7 Community Center’s Food Pantry in Troy.

The 2019 Ultimate Shopping Trip to Pennsylvania departs from Dick’s Sporting Goods, Latham Farms, on Friday, November 1st and returns, Sunday, November 3rd.

Shopping includes American Candle, Kitchen Kettle, Bird-in-Hand Farmers Market, The Shops at Rockvale, Philadelphia Premium Outlets and optional trips to Tanger Outlets & Kozier’s Christmas Village. Accommodations are provided by Comfort Inn Lancaster – Rockvale Outlet, complimentary breakfast Is included with your stay.

Cost per person (based on room occupancy) – Double: $225/person, Triple: $185/person, or Quad $165/person. The fee includes bus, hotel, and driver’s tip. Limited spaces available.

For more information or to reserve your space, please contact Michelle at 518-590-6781 or Hope7.Board@nullgmail.com

10/03/2019 – 10/31/2019

Caves and Caverns of New York State

Join us Wednesday, November 6th, at 6:00 pm at the Troy Public Library when Bill Cotrofeld will speak about the caves of New York State, how they were formed, early explorers and caving equipment and safety, along with a video presentation.

Bill and two high school friends in Albany, NY became interested in cave exploring (commonly known as “spelunking”), after finding a book in the Albany Public Library titled “Underground Empire” by Clay Perry of Pittsfield, Mass. Using the cave information in the book they then turned to the New York State Museum Geology Bulletins for the areas mentioned to try and locate the caves themselves. They found two early NYSM publications that had entire chapters written on the caves in several areas of New York State. Together with USGS topographic maps and the NYS Museum information they were able to locate virtually all of the now famous caves in New York State. Next was a trip to the Army- Navy Store to purchase helmets, carbide lamps, boots, etc. For the next four years Bill and his buddies spent just about every free weekend exploring the caves in the Helderberg Mountains and Schoharie Valley.

In 1956 Bill joined the National Speleological Society (NSS), an International organization composed of people interested in the study of caves (speleology) and exploring caves. Bill received his Life Membership in the NSS at his 50-Year milestone , and is now approaching his 65-Year Membership.

This program is free and open to the public. The Library is located at 100 2nd Street, Troy NY 12180.

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Brunswick Library Events

Brunswick Community Library | 518-279-4023

4118 State Highway 2 | Troy, NY 12180

Special Events:

Thursday, October 31 – 4:00 to 6:00 pm – Trunk or Treat

Weekly Events:

Mondays & Wednesdays @ 1:00 pm – Bridge Club

Mondays & Wednesdays @ 6:00 pm – Adult Yoga

Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 10:30 am – Tots Time

Thursdays @ 1:00 pm – Knitting Circle

Thursdays @ 4:00 pm – STEAM Class

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Sand Lake Town Library Events

Storytime – Thursdays at 11:30am. Learn early literacy skills and strategies with your pre-schooler.

Stretching – Wednesdays at 11:30am. Gentle stretching and strengthening.

Book Club – Wednesday, Nov. 6, 7pm “Little Fires Everywhere,” Celeste Ng.

Pre-school Playtime – Friday, Nov. 8, 11am. Drop in with your pre-schooler to meet and play with other pre-schoolers.

Closed Monday, November 11 for Veterans Day.

Friends of Sand Lake Town Library – Tuesday, Nov. 12, 6:30pm.

Sand Lake Town Library, located across from Miller Hill School, 2nd floor – 8428 Miller Hill Road, Averill Park 518-674-5050.

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Nassau Free Library November Programs

Storytime: Every Wednesday 10:30am

Pajama & Book Drive: Oct.1 and Nov. 1. Bring a set of PJs and a book for kids size 6months-16.

Library Writing Center- Tuesdays 2-5pm Call the library to reserve a one half-hour time slot.

Library Computer Skills Lab- Thursdays 2-5pm Call the library to reserve a one half-hour session to learn basic computer skills for success.

Friends Meeting: Mon. 11/4 6:30 pm

Minecraft Club: Wed. 11/6 6-7pm

Fitness Fusion- Thurs. 11/7, 11/21 6pm

Open Mic Night: Fri. 11/8 6pm

Beginner’s Yoga- Sat. 11/2, 11/9, 11/23. 11/30 10:30am

Ted Talks Coffee & Conversations- What Makes a Great Life? Tues. 11/12 3pm

Lego Club- Wed. 11/13 6pm

Friends Harvest Fest: Book and Bake Sale: Sat. 11/16 10am-2pm

Purl Jam Knitting Group- Mon. 11/18 6-8pm

Book Group I: Tues. 11/26 7pm

Life-Size Board Games: Fri. 11/22 6-8pm

The Nassau Free Library is located on 18 Church St. in Nassau. Please register for programs. (518)766-2715. Visit us on Facebook & the web at www.nassaufreelibrary.org

10/03/2019 – 10/31/2019

Caves and Caverns of New York State

Join us Wednesday, November 6th, at 6:00 pm at the Troy Public Library when Bill Cotrofeld will speak about the caves of New York State, how they were formed, early explorers and caving equipment and safety, along with a video presentation.

Bill and two high school friends in Albany, NY became interested in cave exploring (commonly known as “spelunking”), after finding a book in the Albany Public Library titled “Underground Empire” by Clay Perry of Pittsfield, Mass. Using the cave information in the book they then turned to the New York State Museum Geology Bulletins for the areas mentioned to try and locate the caves themselves. They found two early NYSM publications that had entire chapters written on the caves in several areas of New York State. Together with USGS topographic maps and the NYS Museum information they were able to locate virtually all of the now famous caves in New York State. Next was a trip to the Army- Navy Store to purchase helmets, carbide lamps, boots, etc. For the next four years Bill and his buddies spent just about every free weekend exploring the caves in the Helderberg Mountains and Schoharie Valley.

In 1956 Bill joined the National Speleological Society (NSS), an International organization composed of people interested in the study of caves (speleology) and exploring caves. Bill received his Life Membership in the NSS at his 50-Year milestone , and is now approaching his 65-Year Membership.

This program is free and open to the public. The Library is located at 100 2nd Street, Troy NY 12180.

10/24/2019 – 10/31/2019

Daughters of the American Revolution Holds Lineage Workshop

Discover new ways to reconnect with your past, establish stronger connections to your ancestors, and build upon your rich heritage with your patriotic past. The Lineage Workshop will assist you with how to search for ancestors and their service during the American Revolution years. Interactive research methods to establish genealogy is featured. Please join us at the Voorheesville Public Library on Saturday, November 1 at 10:00 AM.

Sponsored by Old Hellebergh Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR). We are a volunteer women’s service organization that honors and preserves the legacy of our Patriot ancestors. Nearly 250 years ago, American Patriots fought and sacrificed for the freedoms we enjoy today. The NSDAR continues this legacy by actively promoting patriotism, preserving American history and securing America’s future through better education for children. To learn more, visit https://www.dar.org.

Church/Spiritual

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Hope United Methodist Church to Host an Active Shooter Training

Hope United Methodist Church

to Host an Active Shooter Training

Hope UMC (566 Brunswick Road, Troy, NY 12180 – 518.279.1403) will host an Active Shooter Training presented by the Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Department on Thursday, November 7th – 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. The focus of this training will help church leaders to be educated in prevention, awareness and how to react to an active shooter situation.

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Love Lutheran Church News

Good Morning,

Would you please place the article below in your newspaper for the first weekend in November:

Welcome to Love Lutheran Church….may all who enter as guests, leave as friends. Please join us each Sunday: 10:00 am Worship, 11:00 am Fellowship. Once again, Pastor Dietsche will be our guest Minister on November 3rd……you don’t want to miss his inspirational message!

Love Lutheran Church is located: Just off Route 20 at Pheasant Lane & Middlesex Road, East Greenbush, NY. Church office: 518-477-8685.

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Hope United Methodist Church Movie NIght

Hope United Methodist Church (566 Brunswick Road, Troy, NY) will host a pot luck dinner and movie night on Friday, November 8th beginning at 6:00 p.m. Sight and Sounds “Jonah” will be shown. For information contact Hope UMC at 518.279.1403. All are welcome for this evening of good food and family entertainment.

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Church of the Redeemer

Sunday services are at 8:00 and 9:30 with coffee hour in the Hearth Room between and after services. While services are at the same time, this is the week we turn the clocks back so it will feel like an earlier hour.

Our Wednesday Hot Mess Crafters meets at 10:00. Join us as we learn from each other how to create for gifting and donating.

Wednesday evening finds us at Bible Study. This week we will learn how Israel became a community. We will study the story of the Amalekites’ attack on Israel and discover how God shows his power and rallies his people to work together. You are welcome to come at 5:30 to share pizza. Bible Study begins at 6:00

The Church of the Redeemer is located on CDTA bus route #214 at the corner of Third and Catherine Streets. There is handicap parking, a ramp in front, and a parking lot in the rear. Email RedeemerRensselaer@nullgmail.com or call 518-650-8181.Our website is www.RedeemerRensselaer.com.

Community

Feel Good

Letters to the Editor

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Memoirs of an Amnesiac: The Five-Day Camel

Mark Twain wrote: “When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant, I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.”

As a kid, I was sure I had heard all of my Dad’s corny old jokes at least three times. Then he’d surprise us with a new one. A natural showman, Dad was in his glory when trotting out a joke.

My brother, Bill, was a senior at SUNY Albany when he was invited to join Phi Beta Kappa, a prestigious academic fraternity. The family attended his induction ceremony in the Campus Center Ballroom. We arrived early and waited in the lounge. From out of the blue, Dad chose that moment to unveil his latest story: “The Five-Day Camel”. I won’t repeat it here, it’s pretty spicy–especially for Dad! He kept a straight face as always, but the rest of us almost fell out of our chairs. We slumped down, helpless with shocked laughter.

There was no time to regain our composure. Suddenly a door opened, and we were ushered into the dining room. We sat at the same table, but didn’t dare look at each other. If any two of us made eye contact, we would have exploded into laughter all over again, and probably disrupted the solemn occasion. There’d be embarrassment now and for years to come, whenever we cringed at the memory. What started as fun now threatened to become painful.

But for once we didn’t screw up. Somehow we willed ourselves to keep quiet, and the ceremony proceeded without disruption. Afterwards we all breathed a sigh of relief.

Bill moved away long ago, but some of his mail still comes here, the house where we grew up. An envelope from Phi Beta Kapa makes me smile every time. The folks there cannot know how much pleasure they bring with their newsletters.

– Ron McKee

Averill Park

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Your Vote Makes a Difference in North Greenbush

There are plenty of things to complain about in the world around us, whether it’s the state of our national politics or things that are happening in our own neighborhoods. On Tuesday, November 5th, we have an opportunity to stop complaining and do something to make things better.

Mary Frances Sabo is running for North Greenbush Town Supervisor. Since being elected to the Town Board in 2017, Mary Frances has been an independent voice for positive change. She enacted a law increasing greenspace in new developments, revitalized the Town’s Board of Ethics, and identified grant funding to clean up milfoil from Snyders Lake, just to name a few of her accomplishments. If elected Supervisor, she plans to create a town dog park, work with the Town of East Greenbush to improve traffic on Route 4, improve recreational opportunities in the town like the town park and recreational trails, and promote smart growth strategies that protect property values and the residential character of our neighborhoods.

Perhaps most importantly, however, Mary Frances is not beholden to the political bosses that have plagued North Greenbush Town Government for many years. She is honest, smart, hard-working, and she cares about what’s best for our town. North Greenbush deserves to have someone of this caliber leading our town. This will only happen if we, the residents of North Greenbush, actually get out and vote.

Rather than complaining, Election Day is our chance to take action. So, on Tuesday November 5th, be sure to VOTE!

– Brian Zweig

North Greenbush

Cuisine

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Election Day Roast Beef Dinner

Everyone is welcome to come to our family-style roast beef dinner on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov 5th at 42 Church St, Nassau, NY.

Our doors open at 4:30PM for takeouts and 5:00PM for sit-down service.

The dinner includes roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, our famous squash casserole, coleslaw, beets, rolls, desserts and beverages.

The cost is $13 for adults, $6 for children 6 to 12 and children 5 and under are free (eat-in only).

UMW will be holding a bake sale during the dinner.

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Glendora Vegetarian Club

Whoopee for the Whopper! Burger King has a new vegan hamburger called The Impossible Whopper. Our club is exuberant. We buy many of them. The good deed has been long in coming. We intend to promote and promulgate until maybe one day Burger King will be 100% purely vegan. Our most recent meeting was held at Burger King in Menands on Wednesday, October 30th, the eve before All Hallows Eve.

Are you thinking of becoming a vegan? One great resource that might help you in making your decision Is Eat Vegan with Me by Mary Lawrence. In her book she explains how she has used her expertise “to help hundreds of people lead healthy, happy lives or recover from a wide variety of health problems by transitioning to a vegan lifestyle.” Another resource is the website vrg.org. On its main page, you will find answers to many of your questions.

We continue to urge veganism at high cost on the 6:30 p.m. news on Channel 6, CBS, Monday through Friday the first and third weeks of every month.

October is National Vegetarian Month. Last year the National Vegetarian Society offered prizes of $100 for a Vegan Day, $500 for a Vegan Week and $1000 for a Vegan Month. Glendora still cannot find out who the winners were.

Jokes:

1. The nursery school teacher said, “We all can be thankful that we are free.” The boy said, “I am not free. I am four.”

2. If you cannot get a lawyer who knows the law, then for heaven’s sake get one who knows the judge.

3. A lawyer said, “Giving legal advice gives me a grand and glorious feeling.” His client said, “ Give him a grand and he feels glorious.”

4. A couple had identical twin girls. They named them Kate and Duplicate.

Glendora, 518-610-5810

10/17/2019 – 10/31/2019

Troy Elks October Dinners

Your support as customers at our October fund raisers are needed. Wednesday Night Dinners $11.00 Serving 4-6:30PM. All dinners include coffee/tea/dessert. Take outs available. October 23, Turkey with all the trimmings. Friday Night Dinners $12.00 Serving 5-7:30PM All dinners includes soup, coffee/tea & dessert. October 18th BR/FR Haddock & Chicken Broccoli Alfredo & October 25th BR/FR Haddock & Lasagna.

10/24/2019 – 10/31/2019

Roast Beef Dinner at United Methodist

The United Methodist Women of the First United Methodist Church of East Greenbush are having a Roast Beef Dinner on Saturday, November 2. Take-out is from 4:00-6:00p.m. and Seating’s are 4:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m. Reservations are appreciated and can be made by calling 518-477-9693 by November 1, Tickets are: Adults $13.50, Children 6-12 $6.00, Children 5 and under: FREE .The First United Methodist Church is located at 1 Gilligan Road off of 9& 20 in East Greenbush

10/24/2019 – 10/31/2019

Poestenkill Christian Church Breakfast 11/2

The Poestenkill Christian church will have its monthly all you can eat breakfast on Saturday, November 2nd From 8 to 11 AM. Cost is $8.00 for adults and $3.50 for children under 10. Menu includes eggs, sausage, bacon, toast, home fries, pancakes, French toast, and juice, coffee, or tea.

10/24/2019 – 10/31/2019

Election Day Turkey and Biscuit Dinner

The Valley Falls United Methodist Church will host a turkey and biscuit dinner on Election Day, November 5. The menu will include turkey and gravy on biscuits and mashed potatoes, vegetables, coleslaw, cranberry sauce, pickles, and assorted pies. There will be sittings at 5 and 6 p.m. and takeout meals available after 5:00. Tickets are $12.00 for adults, $5:00 for ages 6-10, and free for age 5 and under. The church is located at 16 State Street in Valley Falls, NY and is handicapped accessible. Call 518-541-3039 for reservations and information.

Carol Osterhout – 518-753-6028 – 297 Casey Rd., Schaghticoke, NY 12154

10/10/2019 – 10/31/2019

Rensselaer Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast Sunday, November 3rd

The Rensselaer Kiwanis will host a Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, November 3rd from 8AM-11AM at the Rensselaer Boys and Girls Club, 544 Broadway, Rensselaer.

Breakfast will consist of Pancakes, Sausage, Coffee or Tea, Milk or Juice. Cost is $7.00. Advanced tickets/reservations can be requested by calling 518 449-2703.

The Rensselaer High School Key Club will also sponsor a Bake Sale at this event. Please leave room for a sweet treat!

10/24/2019 – 10/31/2019

East Schodack Fire Co. Annual Chicken and Biscuit Dinner

The East Schodack Fire Company will hold a Take-out Chicken & Biscuit dinner on Tuesday November 5th at the East Schodack Firehouse located at 3071 NY 150. Menu includes: Tender chicken breast simmered in Homemade gravy, Real mashed potatoes, Fresh vegetable medley, Buttermilk biscuit, Classic cabbage salad and Ultimate chocolate brownie for dessert. Price: Adults – $12.00    Kids – $6.00    Under 5 – free Due to limited space because of voting, this is a take-out dinner only. Pick up between 4-7pm   Reservations are not needed, but you may call 518-479-3366 to order

10/10/2019 – 10/31/2019

Roast Pork Dinner in Wynantskill

Fall has arrived and it is time for our annual Roast Pork Dinner on November 2, 2019 from 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM at the First Reformed Church, 415 Main Avenue in Wynantskill. The menu will include Roast Pork from the Route 66 Smokehouse, mashed potatoes, gravy, dressing, cole slaw, butternut squash, applesauce, rolls, butter, coffee and for dessert homemade pies baked by the ladies of the church. Price for a ticket is $14.00 for adult, $5.00 for children 5 to 12 and under 5, free. Take outs are available. The Church is located at the corner of Main Avenue and Church Street in Wynantskill and is handicap accessible. Tickets are available by calling the Church Office any morning between 9:30 and 12 noon at 518-283-4420. Hope to see you there!

10/31/2019

Election Day Luncheon at Gilead Lutheran Church

While sitting here trying to put thoughts together for this article, I found it difficult thinking about fall and our luncheon, especially with the rather warm weather we were having. Of course you know Election Day is November 5th. Do you remember that delicious lunch you had at Gilead Lutheran Church last year? Well we are looking forward to seeing you again this year. If you missed last year, come this time!

We will still have that great menu most people enjoy, including clam chowder, ham, turkey or tuna sandwiches and of course pie for desert. Our hours are from 11:00 AM until 1:30 PM. If you are unable to eat with us, we will have take-outs available.

You may order chowder to take home by either the quart or pint. Pints are $ 4.50 and quarts are $ 9.00. Please call John or Darlene @ 518-279-9552 by Friday November 1st .

Gilead Lutheran Church is located at the corner of Route 7 & 278 in Center Brunswick and is handicapped accessible. Also visit us on our website gileadlutheran.org.

Giving Back

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Legislators deliver funding for flags at Snyder’s Lake

Vice Chair of the Rensselaer County Legislature Kelly Hoffman and Legislator Tom Grant present a check to Mike DonVito of the Snyder’s Lake Association.

The funds will be used to beautify the lake with American Flags.

 

 

 

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Church of the Redeemer Thrift Shop

The volunteers at the Church of the Redeemer Thrift Shop work hard to provide a clean, well-organized shopping experience. You will be impressed by the large selection of clothing, jewelry, baby equipment, toys, games, puzzles, record albums, DVDs, CDs, collectibles, household goods,etc. The shop has earned an excellent reputation by offering quality merchandise at bargain prices.

The shop will be open on Thursday, October 31st from 3 to 6 and Saturday, November 2nd from 9 to 2. Located at 1249 Third Street in Rensselaer, the shop is on CDTA bus route #214 and can be entered through the parking lot on the Catherine Street side.

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Rensselaer High School Alumni Meeting Nov. 5th

The Rensselaer High Alumni will meet in the LGI room of the high school at 6:30pm on November 5th. All alumni, former and present faculty and staff, and anyone who attended the high school are welcome and encouraged to attend our meetings. We will be discussing the Oct. 24th PTA Trunk and Treat event which the alumni participated in, the electric sign, our annual yearly fundraiser in December, the April Alumni dinner and the September golf tournament. Anyone who would like to help with the golf tournament should attend the meeting or contact Gerry Mullaney at 518-649-0497.

10/31/2019

“Bread of Life” Seeking Volunteers

The Poestenkill “Bread of Life” food pantry, 772 Route 351, Poestenkill, NY 12140 is a community program. Anyone from the Poestenkill community is welcome to volunteer on the open dates to pull food requests. This is a physically demanding task and requires lifting food filled boxes and bags.

We are open three time each month, 1st and 3rd Thursday evenings, 5pm to 7pm and the 4th Saturday, 10 am to noon. If you would like to share some of your time and are able to do hard work to help your neighbor, please visit any open date or call 518-283-6045 and leave a name and phone number.

We have a table at the Poestenkill Farmer’s Market every Saturday morning 9 am to noon. Come and see us there for more information. The market is on the front lawn of the Poestenkill Town Hall rain or shine.

To help raise funds, the food pantry is sponsoring a raffle with a chance to receive 1st prize, an October Get-A-Way weekend for two, 2nd prize, dinner for two at Westfall Station and 3rd prize, four movie tickets for the Regal Cinema, Route 4, East Greenbush. Thank you.

10/31/2019

Brunswick Cares Food Pantry

We are excited to share that Brunswick Cares Food Pantry has been selected to be a part of the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program, which is designed to make it easy for customers to contribute to their local community while supporting the environment.

For the month of October, each time a $2.50 reusable Fight Hunger Bag is purchased at the Hannaford located at Route 43 & 150, West Sand Lake, $1 will be donated to Brunswick Cares Food Pantry.

8/29/2019-10/31/2019

AARP Tax Aide Program

AARP Tax Aide Program is looking for volunteers. The Tax Aide Program is a free tax preparation service for all members of our community. There are many opportunities that are available for our volunteers. Tax Preparers work directly with the tax payer to complete their tax return. Client Facilitators welcome taxpayers and help organize their paperwork. Technology Coordinators manage computer equipment. Local Coordinators who manage the site, volunteers and schedules. Communications Coordinators who help recruit new volunteers. We have sites in Columbia and Rensselaer Counties. Volunteers will receive training. To become a volunteer you will need to register for the Tax Aide Program. You can register at NYTaxAide.org. In the upper right of the window click on Volunteer with AARP Tax-Aide link and follow the instructions. If you have any questions, please contact Jerry Seeley at jseeley1018@nullgmail.com.

10/10/2019 – 10/31/2019

Halloween Party

American Legion Ladies Auxiliary presents Skaryoke Karaoke with Johnny Oooo on Friday 11/1/19. Doors open at 6, DJ music and dancing from 7-11. There will be a costume contest, prizes, 50/50 raffle, and cash bar. Guests are welcome to bring light snacks, no outside beverages will be allowed.

Admission is a $10 donation to support our Veterans and community programs. Limited reserved seating is available with the purchase of 8 tickets. Advanced tickets are available in the bar at The American Legion Post 1489, 111 Main Ave Wynantskill. For more info, please call/text Nicole at 518-265-6967 or email at LadiesAuxiliary1489@nullgmail.com. Check us out on Facebook “American Legion Auxiliary Post 1489”

10/31/2019

Ultimate Shopping Trip Fundraiser for Hope 7 Community Center’s Food Pantry in Troy.

The 2019 Ultimate Shopping Trip to Pennsylvania departs from Dick’s Sporting Goods, Latham Farms, on Friday, November 1st and returns, Sunday, November 3rd.

Shopping includes American Candle, Kitchen Kettle, Bird-in-Hand Farmers Market, The Shops at Rockvale, Philadelphia Premium Outlets and optional trips to Tanger Outlets & Kozier’s Christmas Village. Accommodations are provided by Comfort Inn Lancaster – Rockvale Outlet, complimentary breakfast Is included with your stay.

Cost per person (based on room occupancy) – Double: $225/person, Triple: $185/person, or Quad $165/person. The fee includes bus, hotel, and driver’s tip. Limited spaces available.

For more information or to reserve your space, please contact Michelle at 518-590-6781 or Hope7.Board@nullgmail.com

Hobbies

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Sand Lake Historical Society Next Meeting

Eric Durr will present a program on D-Day / Normandy. Durr has served as Director of Public Affairs for the New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs since 2007. He served 28 years in the Active Army, Army Reserve and Army National Guard as an armor officer, division plans officer, operations officer, public affairs officer and civil affairs officer. He commanded a tank company, a headquarters company and a tank battalion in the National Guard and also worked as a Department of the Army civilian, a newspaper reporter.

When: Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 7 PM – 9:30 PM

Where: Sand Lake Town Hall, Rt 66, Sand Lake

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Church of the Redeemer

Sunday services are at 8:00 and 9:30 with coffee hour in the Hearth Room between and after services. While services are at the same time, this is the week we turn the clocks back so it will feel like an earlier hour.

Our Wednesday Hot Mess Crafters meets at 10:00. Join us as we learn from each other how to create for gifting and donating.

Wednesday evening finds us at Bible Study. This week we will learn how Israel became a community. We will study the story of the Amalekites’ attack on Israel and discover how God shows his power and rallies his people to work together. You are welcome to come at 5:30 to share pizza. Bible Study begins at 6:00

The Church of the Redeemer is located on CDTA bus route #214 at the corner of Third and Catherine Streets. There is handicap parking, a ramp in front, and a parking lot in the rear. Email RedeemerRensselaer@nullgmail.com or call 518-650-8181.Our website is www.RedeemerRensselaer.com.

Local Fairs

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Nassau Ambulance Craft/Vendor Fair

November 3rd, 2019 Nassau Ambulance will be hosting a Vendor/Craft Fair from 11am to 4pm.

Many various local vendors and crafters to see at 498 McClellan Rd, Nassau NY.

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Bingo at American Legion Wynantskill

The Averill Park Junior Warriors Cheer is a non-profit organization for girls from Averill Park, Berlin, Poestenkill, Stephentown, West Sand Lake and Wynantskill. Our girls, ages K-6th grade, support our local Junior football teams keeping our girls active and positive while promoting self-esteem, teamwork and a sense of community.

With the help of American Legion of Wynantskill there will be a fundraising Bingo event Friday, November 22nd. Doors open at 5 pm and Bingo games for holiday prizes start from 6 pm – 9 pm at:

American Legion – 111 Main Avenue, Wynantskill, NY 12198.

*Doors open at 5:30 pm *This is a 21+ event.

*Bring a brand new toy to help support local families for the annual American Legion Holiday December Toy Drive.

We think this would be fun that so many of us in the community will enjoy!

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Church of the Redeemer Thrift Shop

The volunteers at the Church of the Redeemer Thrift Shop work hard to provide a clean, well-organized shopping experience. You will be impressed by the large selection of clothing, jewelry, baby equipment, toys, games, puzzles, record albums, DVDs, CDs, collectibles, household goods,etc. The shop has earned an excellent reputation by offering quality merchandise at bargain prices.

The shop will be open on Thursday, October 31st from 3 to 6 and Saturday, November 2nd from 9 to 2. Located at 1249 Third Street in Rensselaer, the shop is on CDTA bus route #214 and can be entered through the parking lot on the Catherine Street side.

10/03/2019 – 10/31/2019

Halloween Candy With A Cop Party In The Park

East Greenbush Town Park, Sponsored by: The East Greenbush Police Department and Office of Community and Recreation

October 31st 6-8 pm at the East Greenbush Town Park

We will begin with a Costume Parade @ 6PM sharp- line up begins in front of the Red Barn.

Join us after the parade to solve the candy mystery with obstacle challenges, games, candy, and FUN!

Have some candy with a cop and learn about Halloween safety! Before you leave take a few minutes to view and vote for your favorite Jack O Lantern in the Jack O Lantern contest!

10/03/2019 – 10/31/2019

Town of East Greenbush Toddler Halloween Party

October 31st 10 am to 12 noon at the East Greenbush Town Hall. Bring the little ones up to age 5 for games, activities, snacks, and trick or treating through Town Hall Offices. Come in Costume!

10/24/2019 – 10/31/2019

Fall Garage and Rummage Sale

Friday and Saturday, November 1st and 2nd the Saratoga Springs United Methodist Church will welcome the season with our annual Fall Garage and Rummage Sale at 175 Fifth Avenue. The sale will take place at church from 9am – 5pm Friday and 9am – 12pm on Saturday. Donated items can be dropped off at the church 9am-7pm October 29th, 30th, and 31st. Please no exercise equipment or heavy tvs. 518.584.3720

10/17/2019 – 10/31/2019

Kids’ Fall Fest at Blooming Grove Reformed Church

A free Kids’ Fall Fest will be held on Saturday, November 2nd from 10am to 2pm at the Blooming Grove Reformed Church in Defreestville. The church behind the park and ride lot on route 4. This is a free event for children to enjoy a bouncy slide, pumpkin painting, face painting,games and prizes. There will be free food, Freckles the Clown and a fire truck. Come and join us for some fall fun. For more information email caverlye@nullgmail.com.

10/10/2019 – 10/31/2019

Halloween Party

American Legion Ladies Auxiliary presents Skaryoke Karaoke with Johnny Oooo on Friday 11/1/19. Doors open at 6, DJ music and dancing from 7-11. There will be a costume contest, prizes, 50/50 raffle, and cash bar. Guests are welcome to bring light snacks, no outside beverages will be allowed.

Admission is a $10 donation to support our Veterans and community programs. Limited reserved seating is available with the purchase of 8 tickets. Advanced tickets are available in the bar at The American Legion Post 1489, 111 Main Ave Wynantskill. For more info, please call/text Nicole at 518-265-6967 or email at LadiesAuxiliary1489@nullgmail.com. Check us out on Facebook “American Legion Auxiliary Post 1489”

10/31/2019

East Greenbush Fire Ladies Auxiliary Craft Fair

4th Annual Craft Fair to be held at East Greenbush Fire Department located at 68 Phillips Road in Rensselaer. The event will be on Saturday, November 2nd, 2019 from 10am to 2pm. Open to the public and admission is free. Over 35 crafters (holiday decorations, primitives, candles, handmade goods, personalized ornaments, hand painted items, fine art, jewelry, maple products, baked goods, and more), Gourmeli’s Taste Food Truck, a ton of raffle items and 50/50. You don’t want to miss this!

10/24/2019 – 10/31/2019

Cannoneer Vendor Fair

On Saturday, November 2nd from 9am to 2pm the Watervliet High School Class of 2022 will be hosting a vendor fair. Come start your holiday shopping with over 25 local (holiday decorations, candles, essential oils, jewelry, soaps, and more). A face painter and kids craft table for kids of all ages! Cost is FREE. At Watervliet High School, 1245 Hillside Drive, Watervliet, NY 12189. All proceeds will benefit the Class of 2022.

10/31/2019

Ultimate Shopping Trip Fundraiser for Hope 7 Community Center’s Food Pantry in Troy.

The 2019 Ultimate Shopping Trip to Pennsylvania departs from Dick’s Sporting Goods, Latham Farms, on Friday, November 1st and returns, Sunday, November 3rd.

Shopping includes American Candle, Kitchen Kettle, Bird-in-Hand Farmers Market, The Shops at Rockvale, Philadelphia Premium Outlets and optional trips to Tanger Outlets & Kozier’s Christmas Village. Accommodations are provided by Comfort Inn Lancaster – Rockvale Outlet, complimentary breakfast Is included with your stay.

Cost per person (based on room occupancy) – Double: $225/person, Triple: $185/person, or Quad $165/person. The fee includes bus, hotel, and driver’s tip. Limited spaces available.

For more information or to reserve your space, please contact Michelle at 518-590-6781 or Hope7.Board@nullgmail.com

Local Government

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Legislators deliver funding for flags at Snyder’s Lake

Vice Chair of the Rensselaer County Legislature Kelly Hoffman and Legislator Tom Grant present a check to Mike DonVito of the Snyder’s Lake Association.

The funds will be used to beautify the lake with American Flags.

 

 

 

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Reminder: Early Voting Is Here In Rensselaer County!

Don’t forget that Early Voting started this past Saturday 10/26/19 and continues daily through Sunday Nov 3, so here are the details about it, in case this option works for you!:

The following is the information for Early Voting in Rensselaer County, as posted on the Renss. Co. Board of Elections website, including the dates and specific times you can vote & the Two County locations, which likely differ from your normal voting locations:

Early Voting allows any registered voter in Rensselaer County to vote in-person at any one of the early voting poll sites located in the county before Election Day.

Rensselaer County Early Voting Locations:

Schodack Town Hall, 265 Schuurman Rd, Castleton, NY 12033

Brunswick Office Bldg, 336 Town Office Rd, Troy, NY 12180

The Remaining Early Voting Days and Hours for 2019 are as follows:

Wednesday October 30th Noon to 8pm

Thursday October 31st 9am to 5pm

Friday November 1st 9am to 5pm

Saturday November 2nd 9am to 2pm

Sunday November 3rd 9am to 2pm

Please note: There is No early voting the day before Election Day.

Voting during early voting is the same as voting on Election Day. When you get to the early voting center, you will check in to vote, receive your ballot, and vote as in any other election. There will be instructions available, and the election inspectors will be there to assist you as well.

If you vote during the early voting period, you are not eligible to vote again for that election on any other day during the early voting period, nor on Election Day.

If you vote during the early voting period, you will be ineligible to vote by absentee for that election.

Source:https://www.rensco.com/departments/board-of-elections/early-voting-information/

Respectfully submitted by Dominic Indelicato

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East Greenbush October 16th Town Board Meeting by Councilor Bridget Fritz

All were unanimously adopted

202-2019 Meeting Minutes

203-2019 November Adoption Awareness Month

204-2019 Preliminary Budget for 2020

205-2019 Refund Filing Fee Small Claims Assessment Hearing

206-2019 Resignation Scott Gallerie

207-2019 Appointing Daniel Fiacco Commissioner DPW

208-2019 Appointing Scott Gallerie Deputy Commissioner DPW

209-2019 Appointing Marc Tobio DPW

210-2019 Repair at DPW

211-2019 Utilizing GovtPortal integrated Debit & Credit Card Program

212-2019 FMLA Request

213-2019 FMLA Request

214-2019 CDPHP Medicare Advantage Plan for Retired Employees

215-2019 Public Hearing on Transfer Station

216-2019 Kevin Hitchcock Building Inspector on Permanent Basis

217-2019 Creation & Filling 2 Part-Time Asst Bldg Inspectors Positions

218-2019 Amending Resolution 195-2019

219-2019 Supervisor Contract w/ NYSDEC Grant Received from WQIP for MS4 Mapping & Use of GEIS Funds

220-2019 Supervisor Sign Contract w/ CSEA Local 1000, AFL-CIO Unit #8257 of Renss County Local #842

221-2019 Form Template Agreement for Post-Construction SWMF

222-2019 Supervisor Sign Agreement for Post-Construction SWMF Maint.

223-2019 Additional GEIS Funds to Fund Amendment Agreement w/ Tighe & Bond

224-2019 Soliciting Bids & Use GEIS Funds Upgrades to Pump Stations & Conveyance System

225-2019 Soliciting Bids & Use GEIS Funds Prepare Survey & Title Search Pump Station

226-2019 Soliciting Proposals Final Design, Bid Specification & Provide Construction Inspection 2 Pump Stations

227-2019 Enter Agreement w/ Meridian IT Inc. for Phone System Maint. & Support

228-2019 Implementing Town Hall Streams into Court Room for Live Streaming of Town Hall Mtg.

229-2019 Enter Agreement Annual Avaya Manufacturers Support

230-2019 DEC to hold Dunn Landfill Operators Responsible

231-2019 Town Board as Lead Agency for Proposed Sidewalks Along US 9&20

232-2019 Major Site Plan

233-2019 Sign Contract EG Emergency Communications Association Local 3708 Council 82 AFSCME, AFL-CIO

Pets & Conservation

10/10/2019 – 10/31/2019

Upcoming Events at Grafton Lakes State Parks

For all events, please call ahead to pre-register at (518) 279-1155 ext. 2.

Sunday, October 27th — Batty about Bats 1:00 PM. With Halloween just around the corner, take a chance to learn about conservation concerns and what you can do to help one of the more misunderstood creatures in the animal kingdom.

Saturday, November 2nd — Amazing Water Bear Hunt 10:00 AM — 12:00 PM. Stop in to help a scientist find microscopic creatures, known affectionately as water bears, that live in your own backyard! Learn about these incredibly resilient animals and get a chance to view one through a microscope.

Sunday, November 3rd — Sunrise Fire Tower Hike 5:30 AM. Start the day off by watching the sunrise over the green mountains from one of the best views on the Rensselaer Plateau, the Dickinson Hill Fire Tower. Be sure to dress in layers and bring proper lighting.

Run Anytime in October

Animal And Pet Items In-House Garage Sale!

An on–going sale! Come and see nifty animal/pet knickknacks, bric-a-brac, pet toys & supplies. Items can be purchased during Venture Inward classes and events. Go to VentureInwardCenter.com to see Calendar for days and times we are open!

If you have items you would like to donate, contact Venture Inward at 518-477-6566 & please forward this to family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, facebook friends!! All proceeds go directly to Jane Demartino’s CaringAboutTheStrays, a 501.c3 non-profit, so your generosity is tax deductable too!

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Enjoy the Majesty of Fall

Join the Arbor Day Foundation in October and Receive 10 Colorful Trees and Bushes

The Arbor Day Foundation will brighten up your fall by offering 10 colorful trees and bushes when you join the organization in October.

The free trees are part of the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation’s Trees for America campaign, a program dedicated to environmental stewardship through the planting of trees.

Everyone who joins the Arbor Day Foundation in October will receive 10 colorful trees and bushes selected for your area.

“Members will especially enjoy these trees during the autumn months because they’ll add abundant, vibrant color to any yard or landscape for years to come,” said Matt Harris, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation.

The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting, between Nov. 1 and Dec. 10. The 6- to 12-inch trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge. Planting instructions will be enclosed with each shipment of trees.

To receive your free trees, visit arborday.org/october or send a $10 membership contribution by October 31 to:

Arbor Day Foundation

10 Colorful Trees and Bushes

100 Arbor Ave.

Nebraska City, NE 68410

School Bulletins

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Columbia Students Selected for All-County and All-State Music Festivals

Congratulations to the following Columbia High School music students who have been accepted into the Rensselaer County School Music Association festival and the New York State School Music Association Zone 7 Area All State festival this fall.

All County JR Band – Teddy Howard – Tenor Saxophone, Raychelle Adadjo – Clarinet

All County HS Flute Ensemble – Devyn Jenks

All County Jazz Band – Tyler Davis – Alto Saxophone, Eric Blostein – Tenor Saxophone, Kevin Stegemann – Tenor Saxophone, Shea Thorpe – Drum Set

All County SR Chorus – Carter Albano, Stephanie Bradbury, Brianna Bujack, Aidan Halsey, Shruti Kamat, Brigid Mack, Alyssa Manning, Noah Milan, Anna Puglisi, Shayda Ramsammy, Layvon Scott, Brandon Smith, Colin Smith, Gavin Trautman

Area All State Band – Ekansh Agrawal – Baritone Saxophone, Eric Blostein – Alto Saxophone, Devyn Jenks – Flute, Wendi Wojnovich – Trombone

Area All State Orchestra – Cecilia Cardona – Violin, Hubert Chang – Violin, Allison Headley – Viola

Area All State Jazz Band – Tyler Davis – Alto Saxophone, Mike Digman – Trumpet, Oli Olds – Trumpet

Area All State Chorus – Brigid Mack – Alto, Brandon Smith – Bass

Conference All State – Brigid Mack

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News from Averill Park CSD

Students enrolled in the Energy and Power class recently designed and built solar power cookers. The group conducted beta testing and cooked hot dogs using their machines! This is a great example of our teachers thinking outside of the box and our students putting lesson plans into action.

Thank you to the volunteer firefighters who visited our Elementary Schools and talked to students about fire prevention. Students were thrilled to visit with real-life heroes and learn all about fire safety.

On Nov. 6, we will be hosting a free viewing of the new film “Screenagers: Next Chapter” at the high school. The film examines the science behind teen’s emotional challenges, the effects of social media, and what can be done in our schools and homes to help build crucial skills in the digital age. The screening will take place at 6:00 p.m.

As always, for the latest news from the District, please visit our website – averillpark.k12.ny.us. 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

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Rensselaer High School Alumni Meeting Nov. 5th

The Rensselaer High Alumni will meet in the LGI room of the high school at 6:30pm on November 5th. All alumni, former and present faculty and staff, and anyone who attended the high school are welcome and encouraged to attend our meetings. We will be discussing the Oct. 24th PTA Trunk and Treat event which the alumni participated in, the electric sign, our annual yearly fundraiser in December, the April Alumni dinner and the September golf tournament. Anyone who would like to help with the golf tournament should attend the meeting or contact Gerry Mullaney at 518-649-0497.

Seniors

10/24/2019 – 10/31/2019

Red, White and Blue Veteran Appreciation Day

Rensselaer County’s Everett Wagar Senior Center, 2 Roxborough Rd, Grafton, will host a Veteran Appreciation Day on Friday, November 8, 2019. All Veterans and their families are invited to attend. There will be a special presentation at 11:00, lunch at noon, and certificates of appreciation presented at 12:30. Please come dressed in red, white and blue to show our appreciation for those who have served our country. Lunch is free to all veterans. Cost for lunch at the center is a suggested $3 for seniors. There will be a $5 charge for non-seniors attending. Please call 518-279-3413 to sign up.

Run date 8/29-10/31

AARP Tax Aide Program

AARP Tax Aide Program is looking for volunteers. The Tax Aide Program is a free tax preparation service for all members of our community. There are many opportunities that are available for our volunteers. Tax Preparers work directly with the tax payer to complete their tax return. Client Facilitators welcome taxpayers and help organize their paperwork. Technology Coordinators manage computer equipment. Local Coordinators who manage the site, volunteers and schedules. Communications Coordinators who help recruit new volunteers. We have sites in Columbia and Rensselaer Counties. Volunteers will receive training. To become a volunteer you will need to register for the Tax Aide Program. You can register at NYTaxAide.org. In the upper right of the window click on Volunteer with AARP Tax-Aide link and follow the instructions. If you have any questions, please contact Jerry Seeley at jseeley1018@nullgmail.com.

Sports & Recreation

10/10/2019 – 10/31/2019

Upcoming Events at Grafton Lakes State Parks

For all events, please call ahead to pre-register at (518) 279-1155 ext. 2.

Saturday, October 12th — Little Johnny’s Foliage Tour 1:00 PM. Take advantage of the cooler weather and join a naturalist as we hike a ~4 mile loop while appreciating the fall foliage color change. Be sure to dress appropriately for the weather and bring water. Meet at the welcome center.

Sunday, October 13th — Autumn Tree ID Walk 1:00 PM. Join a naturalist for an afternoon walk through the woods and learn to ID the trees of Grafton. Get to know our tallest residents by their leaves, bark, and fruit on a leisurely stroll. Program designed for ages 12 and up.

Monday, October 14th- Guided Hike to the Fire Tower 1:00 PM. Enjoy an Autumn hike to the historic Dickinson Hill fire tower with an environmental educator. On a clear day you can observe the Adirondack Mountains, the Green Mountains, and the Taconic Range from the top of the tower. Program meets at the welcome center before driving to the trailhead.

Saturday, October 19th—Radical Reptiles 1:00 P.M. Join us in celebrating Reptile Awareness Day at our welcome center and learn about reptiles found in Grafton!

Sunday, October 27th — Batty about Bats 1:00 PM. With Halloween just around the corner, take a chance to learn about conservation concerns and what you can do to help one of the more misunderstood creatures in the animal kingdom.

Saturday, November 2nd — Amazing Water Bear Hunt 10:00 AM — 12:00 PM. Stop in to help a scientist find microscopic creatures, known affectionately as water bears, that live in your own backyard! Learn about these incredibly resilient animals and get a chance to view one through a microscope.

Sunday, November 3rd — Sunrise Fire Tower Hike 5:30 AM. Start the day off by watching the sunrise over the green mountains from one of the best views on the Rensselaer Plateau, the Dickinson Hill Fire Tower. Be sure to dress in layers and bring proper lighting.

10/03/2019 – 10/31/2019

Caves and Caverns of New York State

Join us Wednesday, November 6th, at 6:00 pm at the Troy Public Library when Bill Cotrofeld will speak about the caves of New York State, how they were formed, early explorers and caving equipment and safety, along with a video presentation.

Bill and two high school friends in Albany, NY became interested in cave exploring (commonly known as “spelunking”), after finding a book in the Albany Public Library titled “Underground Empire” by Clay Perry of Pittsfield, Mass. Using the cave information in the book they then turned to the New York State Museum Geology Bulletins for the areas mentioned to try and locate the caves themselves. They found two early NYSM publications that had entire chapters written on the caves in several areas of New York State. Together with USGS topographic maps and the NYS Museum information they were able to locate virtually all of the now famous caves in New York State. Next was a trip to the Army- Navy Store to purchase helmets, carbide lamps, boots, etc. For the next four years Bill and his buddies spent just about every free weekend exploring the caves in the Helderberg Mountains and Schoharie Valley.

In 1956 Bill joined the National Speleological Society (NSS), an International organization composed of people interested in the study of caves (speleology) and exploring caves. Bill received his Life Membership in the NSS at his 50-Year milestone , and is now approaching his 65-Year Membership.

This program is free and open to the public. The Library is located at 100 2nd Street, Troy NY 12180.

The Arts

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Columbia Students Selected for All-County and All-State Music Festivals

Congratulations to the following Columbia High School music students who have been accepted into the Rensselaer County School Music Association festival and the New York State School Music Association Zone 7 Area All State festival this fall.

All County JR Band – Teddy Howard – Tenor Saxophone, Raychelle Adadjo – Clarinet

All County HS Flute Ensemble – Devyn Jenks

All County Jazz Band – Tyler Davis – Alto Saxophone, Eric Blostein – Tenor Saxophone, Kevin Stegemann – Tenor Saxophone, Shea Thorpe – Drum Set

All County SR Chorus – Carter Albano, Stephanie Bradbury, Brianna Bujack, Aidan Halsey, Shruti Kamat, Brigid Mack, Alyssa Manning, Noah Milan, Anna Puglisi, Shayda Ramsammy, Layvon Scott, Brandon Smith, Colin Smith, Gavin Trautman

Area All State Band – Ekansh Agrawal – Baritone Saxophone, Eric Blostein – Alto Saxophone, Devyn Jenks – Flute, Wendi Wojnovich – Trombone

Area All State Orchestra – Cecilia Cardona – Violin, Hubert Chang – Violin, Allison Headley – Viola

Area All State Jazz Band – Tyler Davis – Alto Saxophone, Mike Digman – Trumpet, Oli Olds – Trumpet

Area All State Chorus – Brigid Mack – Alto, Brandon Smith – Bass

Conference All State – Brigid Mack

10/24/2019 – 10/31/2019

An Afternoon of Music and Chocolate in Troy

Once again, TAUM (Troy Area United Ministries) will present its Festival of Music and Chocolate on Sunday November 3rd. The event takes place from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm at Bush Memorial Hall on the Russell Sage campus in Troy. There will be a variety of short performances, classical, folk, brass by members from the greater Troy community. After the musical performances conclude, a selection of homemade chocolate and non-chocolate desserts will be available for you to sample.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door (children under 12 are $8). Tickets are available on the TAUM website (www.taum.org), or by contacting Katy Culhane (kculhane@nulltaum.org, 518-274-5920). Proceeds benefit the TAUM Furniture Program which provides furniture to families in need.

Bush Memorial Hall is the building with the white columns facing Congress Street with entry from the sidewalk on 1st Street. If the stairs challenge for you, there is elevator through the building left of the hall. It is a bit complex (ramp, lift, elevator) so allow time to use this entrance. Parking is available on Congress Street, 2nd St and in Sage Parking lots off 1st and 2nd Streets.

Unable to attend? Contributions are always welcome through the TAUM website where you can find more information on the furniture program including how to donate furniture to the program.

10/10/2019 – 10/31/2019

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

October 17 through November 3 (2pm and 8pm performances)

Stephen Sondheim & Hugh Wheeler’s horror musical classic will come to life in a unique new production that will see Cohoes Music Hall transformed into a Victorian Music Hall of 1850. Presented by Playhouse Stage Company. Adult: $30 Students 18 and under: $20. Cohoes Music Hall. 58 Remsen Street, Cohoes, NY 12047. Box office is open 10am-1pm weekdays and 2 hours before every show. Call 518-953-0630 or visit www.thecohoesmusichall.org.

10/31/2019

Town of East Greenbush Jack O Lantern Contest

Pre-Carved Pumpkin Contest! All entries may be dropped off as early as 3:00 p.m. but must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. on October 31st to the contest organizers at the Red Barn at the Town Park.

Pumpkins will be on display and voted on during our Party at the Park Candy with a Cop Event from 6-8PM on Oct. 31st.

The bottom of entered pumpkins must be removed so that the pumpkin can be placed on top of a LED light (provided by the Town) Cutting the top of a pumpkin off causes the top lid to shrink and decay very quickly so the lid falls inside. Pumpkins with the top cut off will be disqualified.

The carved pumpkins must be able to stand without any support or back drop needed.

Inappropriate pumpkins will be disqualified.

Participants may use carving kits or commercial stencils, however, handmade stencils or free hand carvings will earn more creativity points in the judging.

Pumpkins are not to be painted or otherwise decorated. Only carved pumpkins will be entered into the contest.

Prizes will be awarded for each age group winner.

• Kids up to 12 years – Most creative pumpkin and silliest Jack • Teens 13 to 17 years – Most creative pumpkin and Creepiest Jack • Adult 18 years and older – Most creative pumpkin and best use of the entire pumpkin • All entries must be labeled with the following information (on an index card or alike taped to the back of the pumpkin) name, address, phone number, category and please note if a commercial stencil was used. • Please indicate whether you would like your pumpkin returned to you. All pumpkins must be picked up by 8:30 PM. • All pumpkins not picked up will be on display at the park through the weekend and then discarded.

For questions please call the Community and Recreation Department @ 518-477-4194

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