Events 11.26.20

Troy Scouts Conducting Holiday Wreath Fundraiser

TROY    Scout Troop 502 will be holding a holiday wreath sale on “Black Friday” November 27 at the Pawling Avenue Methodist Church at 520 Pawling Avenue in Troy. The sale runs from 9 a.m. until noon and the troop is asking $25 for each wreath. Funds raised will support Scouting for boys and young men aged 10 to 18 in Troy and North Greenbushfor the coming year.

Even during the current COVID-19 pandemic the troop has worked to provide safe Scouting opportunities ranging from merit badge classes to camping trips. Scouts have continued to advance during the pandemic and three Troop 502 Scouts have attained the Eagle Scout rank this year.

Troop 502 is sponsored by the Pawling Avenue Methodist Church Men’s Club, along with Cub Scout Pack 2015.

Troop leaders will also be available to talk to families interested in getting involved in Scouts BSA and Cub Scouts about the opportunities for leadership, community service, and outdoor adventures Scouting provides.

For more information contact Eric Durr at 518-366-5767.

Broken Holiday Lights Recycling Collection

AVERILL PARK – This Saturday, November 28th, Averill Park Boy Scout Troop 2526 will be hosting a Christmas light recycling event from 9am – 12pm in the rear parking lot of the Averill Park Firehouse located at 35 Eastern Union Turnpike. Please drop off any old and broken Christmas lights you have. It’s free!  We will mail all lights to a recycling facility, and any proceeds from the recycled materials will be used to purchase games and books for the U.S. Marines Toys for Tots.

Boy Scout Troop Sells Wreaths at St. Henry’s

AVERILL PARK – This Sunday, November 29, Boy Scout Troop 2526 will sell wreaths outside of St. Henry’s Church 8:30am – 11am.  All sales help our scouts attend summer camp and other fun outdoor activities.  Thank you for your support!

American Legion Post #1489 Toy Drive

WYNANTSKILL – The Holiday Season is approaching quickly. The American Legion Post #1489 111 Main Avenue Wynantskill, NY is hosting a fundraiser for the Veterans Toy Drive on Sunday November 29,2020 starting at 1:00PM. The public is welcome to come join us for a day of fun, food, raffles. Admission is a new unwrapped toy for a girl or boy or a $7.00 donation at the door. We would appreciate anything you could do to help raise money and toys for the needy Veterans families in the Capital District. Any donations or gift certificates you could donate would be greatly appreciated . Any checks should be made payable to the American Legion Post #1489 and in the memo write toy drive. Social distancing and masks are required.

Salvation Army Bells Ring for Christopher Bascom

TROY – Following a 15 year tradition, family and friends of Christopher Bascom will again man the Salvation Army kettles on his birthday, Tuesday, December 1, from 10 am until 8 pm at the Wal-Mart in East Greenbush. People can also donate by sending checks to: Salvation Army, Troy Corps, 410 River St., Troy, NY 12180. Please write “Christopher Bascom” on the memo line.

Christopher was a junior at Columbia High School when he was killed by a hit and run, drunk driver. Students at that school have previously also rung the bells in his memory, but due to current circumstances they are unable to participate this year. Because Christopher was such a kind, loving, and giving boy, it is fitting that his life be remembered by this effort to help others. Need is greater than ever but resources are much more limited this year. Please donate to the Salvation Army as you are able as well as to honor the spirit of a boy who died far too young.

Sand Lake Holiday Parade

SAND LAKE – The Town of Sand Lake will be holding its annual Holiday Parade on Friday, December 4th.  More information will follow over the next few weeks.  If you have questions or wish to participate in this fun event, please contact Town Council member Andy Bulmer at

NYS Youth Snowmobile Safety Course Offered

GRAFTON – On Saturday, December 5, 2020 the Grafton Trail Blazers Snowmobile Club and Grafton Lakes State Park will host a snowmobile safety course for young people ages 10 to 18. Students must be at least 10 years old on the day of the course to attend. Parents are encouraged to stay and participate. The course will be held at the Grafton VFW/Fire Hall at 581 South Road from 8:15am to approximately 4:30pm. The course will be taught by NYS certified volunteer instructor Jim Blessing. Topics covered include NYS laws and regulations, riding skills, trail emergencies, protecting the environment, maintenance and repair, and trailering.

To register, email Grafton Lakes State Park at with the parent and student’s first and last name, student age, and your phone number. Adults are encouraged to attend as well so please let us know if a parent will be accompanying the child. Space is limited, so no walk-ins please. The course is free of charge. Please bring your own bagged lunch and snacks to enjoy. Please note that masks are required for all participants to limit the spread of COVID-19 and symptom screening will take place at program sign-in.

Good ‘Ol St. Nick is Coming to Town

DEFREESTVILLE – Good ‘Ol St. Nick is coming to town on Dec. 5th. St Nicholas himself is coming to The Blooming Grove Reformed Church parking lot on Dec. 5th at 3:00 pm. 706 Bloominggrove Drive, Defreestville across from CDTA Park and Ride lot. We will have a present for everyone, sing some of your favorite carols, light our 20 ft. Christmas Tree for the first time. Enjoy all of this from the comfort of your car (we will broadcast all things over your FM Radio) Come and kick off the Holiday Season with this visit from St. Nick.

East Greenbush Emergency Services Holiday Parade 

EAST GREENBUSH – Please join us for the East Greenbush Emergency Services Holiday Parade on Saturday December 5, 2020. The parade units will step-off at 5:30 PM from Martin Electric/OCFS (old Big Lots/K-Mart) parking lot, heading east on the Turnpike to Miller Road. For best viewing, we recommend that you park on the Hannaford/Beckers/Stewarts side of the Turnpike. Please observe Covid safe behaviors – 6 ft apart, masks on, hands sanitized!  Like W. F. Bruen Rescue Squad’s Facebook page for any updates. 

Toy Drive

NASSAU – The Town and Village of Nassau Youth committees are sponsoring a toy drive for the Nassau Resource Center.  We are looking for donations of new, unwrapped toys which will be collected through Friday, December 11th. The toys can be dropped off at the following locations: Village Hall (open M-F, 8:00 – Noon); Nassau Free Library (open M-F, 2:00 – 6:00); Nassau Town Hall (open M-F 9:00 – Noon); Transfer Station (open Tues 10:00 – 6:00, Fri 10:00 – 6:00, Sat 8:00 – 4:00); and the Chandler Young Veteran’s Association (call 518-766-3577). In particular we are seeking gifts suitable for children newborn – 2 years, and for teenagers (jewelry, hats and gloves, electronics such as phone accessories, headphones and personal care items).  Stocking stuffers are always welcome (card games, coloring books, crayons, markers, play doh, hats and gloves, scrunchies, hair clips).

Capital District Fly Fishers Fly Tying Classes

CAPITAL DISTRICT – The Capital District Fly Fishers is having their annual fly tying class. 8 Sessions Various Wednesdays 7:00/9:00 pm – Jan. 13th, 27th, Feb. 3rd, 10th, 24th March 3rd, 10th, 24th. March 31st Makeup Session. Come learn the art tying flies. During the 8 session course that runs over 3 months, you will learn the tools needed, receive 14 kits with materials to tie 5 flies in each kit.  You will also receive a host of handouts and there are free raffles of materials.  Space is limited. 

For information about the class contact Paul at (518) 885-8257, Rodney Priddle (518) 421-6762 or

To Register go to select adult classes or call (518) 371-6651.

The Kiwanis Club of Sand Lake Fundraising Drive 

SAND LAKE – The Kiwanis Club of Sand Lake is supporting a charity fundraising drive within the Averill Park Central School District to benefit the Capital Region’s Ronald Mc Donald House. The fundraising drive has been extended until February 28th since schools have not been in session for over four months. The goal remains to collect enough pull tabs from soda, beer, soups and pet food cans to fill a school bus! 

We ask that parents of our school children and other interested citizens join this effort by removing and collecting as many pull tabs as possible during the months ahead and while schools remain closed take them to the Town Clerk’s office at Sand Lake Town Hall. When schools reopen all collected pull tabs may again be dropped off at the office of one of our three elementary schools, the Algonquin Middle School’s office or to the office at the Averill Park High School.

Please join us to help the Ronald McDonald House as it continues to offer a haven of comfort, love, hope and support – free of charge – for critically ill children and their families. Thank you.  

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