Events 12.12.19

Around Troy

11/14/2019 – 12/12/2019

Meditation Group at The Lansingburgh Library

The Troy Public Library will offer Meditation Classes on Wednesdays, November 13th – December 18th at 2PM.

Are you interested in learning how to relax your mind and body? Come to a safe place to let go of your cares and worries. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced student, all are welcome. Bring your ideas and suggestions to the group!

Contact Ray Reuter at the Empowerment Exchange at 518-235-2173 for more information.

This program is free and open to the public. The Troy Public Library’s Lansingburgh Branch is located at 27 114th Street, Troy, New York.

11/14/2019 – 12/12/2019

Highlight Acting Troupe Presents The Christmas Carol

Highlight Acting Troupe presents The Christmas Carol, adapted and abridged by Harold G. Sliker. This is a play based on Charles Dickens’ heartwarming story of a supernatural life-changing experience. Ebenezer Scrooge, an elderly miser is visited by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. Come see Scrooge transformed into a kinder, gentler man. Performances take place at the Brunswick Grange, 7 Grange Road in Troy, NY. Performances are Friday, Dec. 6th & Saturday, Dec. 7th @ 7:30pm and Sunday, Dec. 8th @ 2pm. Tickets are $18 for adults & $15 for seniors and students. Please contact Ethel Levan for tickets at (518) 237-6936.

12/05/2019 – 12/12/2019

New This Year: Dec.14th Oakwood Christmas Concert Includes 2 Seatings and a Tree Show

New This Year: Oakwood Christmas Concert Includes 2 Seatings and a Tree Show on Saturday December 14th 2 seatings – 11am and 2pm Snow Date Sunday December 15th same times

$5.00 per person Children under 12 Free Reservations required by Thursday December 12th. Call 518-328-0090 Specify which seating, name, phone, how many people including children.

Enjoy the beauty of the Earl Chapel and its excellent acoustics as you listen to seasonal songs by the Highlight Acting Troupe. Sing along with your favorites then sip some warm cider and nibble on Christmas cookies. A jolly man in a red suit may even stop in!

This year there will also be a display of cleverly themed Christmas trees. An Old Fashioned Christmas, Pets, By the Sea, Birds, and a Patriotic tree are just a few examples of the trees decorated by the Friends of Oakwood.

In keeping with the spirit of the season, we are asking that you bring an unwrapped item to help our local Veterans. Anything new and non-perishable, such as toiletries, towels, socks, underwear, gloves, hats etc will be greatly appreciated. The donations will be brought to the Veterans Miracle Center in Albany.

The Friends of Oakwood is a 501(c)3 non-profit volunteer group working to support the preservation and maintenance of the non-sectarian chapel and grounds of Troy’s still-active historic 19th C. Oakwood Cemetery. New volunteers are always welcome.

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Events at Castleton Public Library, 12/8-12/14

Events at Castleton Public Library, 12/8-12/14 – Located at 85 S. Main St., Castleton, NY 12033 – All events are free. Questions? Call 518-732-0879.

Computer Basics – Learn the basics of using a computer or other device in a one-on-one session. Appointment required; call 518-732-0879.

Read to Lacey the Therapy Dog – Monday, December 9, 4:00-5:00pm – Kids are invited to stop in to read to Lacey, or just say hi.

Make a Picture Frame – Tuesday, December 10, 3:00-6:00pm – Design and decorate a popsicle stick frame! Ages 5 and up.

Pajama Storytime – Tuesday, December 10, 6:00pm – Wear your pajamas or bring a stuffed animal! Ages birth-8.

Learn & Play Storytime – Thursday, December 12, 10:30am – Children from birth to age 5 enjoy stories, rhymes, music, and movement.

Teen Time: Touchscreen Gloves – Thursday, December 12, 4:00-6:00pm – Make touchscreen gloves and enjoy snacks! For teens in 6th-12th grades.

Early Literacy Playtime – Friday, December 13, 10:00-11:00am – With a variety of age-appropriate toys and blocks, this playtime is for children ages birth-5 to strengthen early literacy skills.

Castleton-on-Hudson Farmers and Artisans Winter Market – Friday, December 13, 4:30-7:30pm – Location: Castleton Firehouse, 11 Green Avenue, Castleton, NY 12033. Stop at our table to make a craft! A 2nd Friday event.

Family Movie Night – Friday, December 13, 6:00pm (call 518-732-0879 to find out what’s playing).

Holiday Cookie Swap – Saturday, December 14, 11:00am – Perfect for holiday entertaining! Here’s how it works: Bake: 4 dozen holiday cookies. Bring: cookies in one large container. Please do not separate into portions beforehand. Print: Bring a copy of your recipe to share. Swap: We’ll divide the cookies equally among the bakers.

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December at Rensselaer Library

Wreath Making- Saturday December 7 at 1 PM. Make a wreath using natural materials. For Adults and teens. Please bring a non-perishable food item.

Candy Houses- Saturday December 14 at 1 PM. Create a house from graham crackers, candy and frosting. For ages 5-12. Participants MUST sign up, space is limited.

Preschool Story-time is every Tuesday at 11 AM. For ages 2-5 and their caregivers, no sign up needed. (No storytimes December 24 or 31)

To sign up for events, call 518-462-1193 or stop in. Rensselaerlibrary.org. Rensselaer Public Library, 676 East St.

11/14/2019 – 12/12/2019

Meditation Group at The Lansingburgh Library

The Troy Public Library will offer Meditation Classes on Wednesdays, November 13th – December 18th at 2PM.

Are you interested in learning how to relax your mind and body? Come to a safe place to let go of your cares and worries. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced student, all are welcome. Bring your ideas and suggestions to the group!

Contact Ray Reuter at the Empowerment Exchange at 518-235-2173 for more information.

This program is free and open to the public. The Troy Public Library’s Lansingburgh Branch is located at 27 114th Street, Troy, New York.

12/05/2019 – 12/12/2019

Local Author Honors Late Cousin, APHS Grad

The tragic and unexpected death of 32-year-old Kasie Collins in September 2018 shattered the hearts of her family and friends. Kasie was a 2004 graduate of APHS, and furthered her education at SUNY Geneseo and UMass Amherst, ultimately obtaining a masters degree in Environmental Science. She was an athlete, a homeowner, an animal advocate, nature lover, a wetlands scientist for GZA Geoenvironmental in Springfield, MA. Her life was full of adventure, achievement, and contribution, but she suffered a long and silent battle with depression. Ultimately, this insidious disease claimed her in the prime of life. Kasie’s cousin, Jennifer Barbic, of Colonie, devastated by her loss, found a way to channel her grief by putting pen to paper. Her musings turned into a children’s’ book titled Luna Moona, chronicling the adventurous of 10-year-old Kasie and her dog Luna. Jenn invited Kasie’s young nieces, nephews and cousins to submit drawings, which illustrate the book. What began as a coping mechanism morphed into an opportunity to help others. On Tuesday, December 17th, at 5:30 p.m., Jenn will sign copies of her book, Luna Moona, at the Sand Lake Town Library. All proceeds from the sale of the books, also available at barnesandnoble.com, will be donated to NAMI Western MA, and the Nature Conservancy, in Kasie’s name. NAMI provides much needed resources and support to those who suffer with mental illness and their families.The Nature Conservancy is a is a charitable environmental organization, protecting more than 119,000,000 acres of land and thousands of miles of rivers worldwide. Kasie’s foray into environmental responsibility was sparked when she worked for the NCA upon graduating from SUNY.

We invite you to stop in at the Sand Lake Library on 12/17 to meet Jenn and share memories of Kasie. Signed copies of Luna Moona will be available to purchase for $20. The book is age appropriate for 8-12 year old, and makes a great gift!

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Nassau Free Library Upcoming Programs

Please call the library to register for programs. (518)766-2715

Storytime: Every Wed. 10:30am

Holiday Toy Drive: Dec. 1-15. The Nassau Free Library will be a collecting point for new, unwrapped toys to be given directly to families served at the Nassau Resource Center.

Open Mic Night: Fri. 12/13 6pm

Beginner’s Yoga: Sat. 12/14, 12/21 10:30am

Ted Talks Coffee & Conversation-Topic: Civic Engagement Beyond Voting: Mon. 12/16 3pm

Purl Jam Knitting Group- Mon. 12/16 6-8pm

Book Group I: Tues. 12/17 7pm

Gingerbread House Party- Wed. 12/18 6-7pm

*The Library will be closing at 5pm on 12/24, closed on 12/25 Christmas Day, closing at 5pm on 12/31 and closed 1/1 on New Year’s Day. Happy Holidays!

We’re on Facebook & the web at www.nassaufreelibrary.org.

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East Greenbush Community Library 12/12-12/19

Library will be closed on 12/24 & 12/25 for the holiday, closing early (5pm) on 12/31.

*Events with an asterisk require registration.

The library now offers an ongoing book sale! See our book display across from circulation. Subscribe to our Email Newsletters to receive notifications about upcoming special book sale collections, programming and special events. Go to eglibrary.org, Subscribe to email newsletters, then select both the Email Newsletters & Friends of the Library lists.

12/12: Movers & Shakers (ages 1-3), 10am

12/13: Adult Open Recreation Space, 9:30am-2:30pm; Discovery Play (ages 1-5), 10am; Elf the Interactive Movie (grades 6-12)*, 3pm; Census Jobs: Earn $18/hr. + mileage (Rensselaer County) & Help Your Community! A recruiter from the Census will be at the library from 1:30-5:30pm to answer questions and process job applications.

12/14: Saturday Storytime, 11am; Gift Wrapping: Wrap your gifts using our supplies! 1-4pm; Harp Music in the Library, 1:15-3:30pm

12/16: English as a New Language*, 9:30am-12:30pm; Safe Space for Writing with Sisters in Crime*, 1pm

12/17: Drop-In Tuesday Tech Time, 4-6pm

12/18: English as a New Language*, 9:30am-12:30pm; Adult Open Recreation Space, 9:30am-2:30pm; Teen Volunteer (TV) Club (grades 6-12)*, 3:15pm; Harp Music in the Library, 4-6:15pm; Gift Wrapping: Wrap your gifts using our supplies! 4-7pm

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Sand Lake Town Library Events

Storytime – Thursdays at 11:30am. Early literacy skills & strategies for your pre-schooler.

Pre-school Playtime – Friday, Dec. 13 & 27, 11am. Drop in with your pre-schooler to meet and play with other pre-schoolers.

Stretching – Tuesdays at 11:15am. Gentle stretching and strengthening.

Book Signing of “Luna Moona” – Tuesday, Dec. 17, 5:30pm. Jenn Barbic will be signing copies of “Luna Moona” written in memory of AP native Kasie Collins who we lost to suicide a year ago. Stop in to meet Jenn and share memories of Kasie. All proceeds go to NAMI and The Nature Conservancy.

Card Making with Heather – Wednesday, Dec. 18, 6:30pm.

SLTLibrary Board of Trustees – Thursday, Dec. 19, 6:45pm to discuss progress on long-range plan, elect officers, etc.

Rain or Shine – it’s Storytime! Saturday, Dec. 21 at 11:30am Geared to preschoolers up to age 5.

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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Events at Castleton Public Library, 12/15-12/21

Events at Castleton Public Library, 12/15-12/21/19 -Located at 85 S. Main St., Castleton, NY 12033 -All events are free. Questions? Call 518-732-0879.

Computer Basics – Learn the basics of using a computer or other device in a one-on-one session. Appointment required; call 518-732-0879.

Yoga for Stress Relief -Monday, December 16, 6:00-7:15pm – Join instructor Patricia McCarthy for 75 minutes of yoga with props for deep stretch and rest. Bring your own mat. Held upstairs. Ages 12+.

Afternoon Book Club – The Fact of a Body: A Murder & a Memoir -Tuesday, December 17, 1:00pm

Pajama Storytime – Tuesday, December 17, 6:00pm – Wear your pajamas or bring a stuffed animal! Ages birth-8.

Legal Clinic – Tuesday, December 17, 6:30-7:30pm – Get a free, private, confidential consultation with an attorney. Appointment required; call 518-435-1770.

Learn & Play Storytime – Thursday, December 19, 10:30am – Children from birth- 5 are invited to enjoy stories, rhymes, music, and movement!

Early Literacy Playtime – Friday, December 20, 10:00-11:00am – This playtime is designed for children ages birth-5 to strengthen their early literacy skills while playing with caregivers & friends.

Bridge Club – Friday, December 20, 10:30am – Come play bridge with us! For beginners and players needing a refresher.

Post Office Storytime – Saturday, December 21, 10:30am – After a story at the library, we’ll color postcards, then go to the post office to mail our postcards and learn about the mail! All ages welcome.

Kids Cook!: No-Bake Cookies – Saturday, December 21, 2:00pm – Join us for a fun cooking class to learn how to make no-bake cookies! Recommended for ages 5 and up.

Church/Spiritual

12/05/2019 – 12/12/2019

December Mindful Nature Walk

Sunday, December 15, 9 am – 12 pm — Poestenkill Community Forest, 200 Legenbauer Rd, Averill Park (in East Poestenkill)

We will combine forest bathing, walking, and present-centered awareness to relieve stress and get inspired. Just as squirrels gather and store nuts for winter food, we can cultivate our own warmth and sustenance through our connection to land and each other. Ages 12 and up. $5 – $10 suggested donation goes directly to support conservation on the Rensselaer Plateau. Questions? Reach out to Molly: molly@nullrensselaerplateau.org or 978-239-8105.

10/17/2019 – 12/12/2019

Support Local Charities with Your Cans and Bottles

The St Jude the Apostle Knights of Columbus has teamed up with 6 Center Redemption Center located at 461 Main Street in Wynantskill to accept qualifying bottle and can donations to support local charities and those in need.

Simply bring your clean, qualifying empties to 6 Center Redemption in Wynantskill and say they are to support the St Jude Knights of Columbus. They’ll do the rest! That’s it! Thanks for your support.

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Gilead Lutheran Church Welcomes You

Gilead Lutheran Church is a welcome, faith-filled home for you. Located at 308 Brick Church Rd (Rte. 278) in Center Brunswick we carry on the tradition of serving the community that started in 1742. Each Sunday God’s message is celebrated at our 10:30 am, traditional-styled worship service. Sunday School meets on the 2nd Sunday of the month at 9:30 am. Gilead Lutheran provides a free community dinner and food pantry the 3rd Thursday of the month. The next dinner is on December 19th, 3 to 6 pm. Our “Journey Together” covered dish and program will take a break and will dine out on December 20th at the Crossroads in West Sand Lake. We are fully handicap accessible and gladly welcome all for all of our services, meals and programs. For more information call 518-279-9270 or visit us at www.gileadlutheran.org .

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Start a new tradition this holiday season!

First, come and celebrate the sounds of the season at the 4th Annual Snyder’s Lake Community Christmas Concert on Friday, December 20th at 7pm. It’ll be a festive night filled with friends, family and holiday cheer! Then, come to the Annual Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 6pm on Tuesday, December 24th. With music, reflection and candlelight we celebrate the powerful story of Christmas. Snyder’s Lake Community Church is located on scenic Snyder’s Lake at 24 Camp Scully Way, Wynantskill. ‘Tis the reason for the season!

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Preparing for Christmas at Church of the Redeemer

On December 15, Sunday service will be at 9:00 followed by decorating the Church. Brunch will be provided in the Hearth Room.

Our Wednesday, Hot Mess Crafters meets at 10:00. If you are interested in learning knitting, crocheting, or other needle craft, join us.

On Wednesday evening at Bible Study, we travel with Ray Vander Laan to Negev to study the ways Moses thought himself inadequate to lead and why that actually made him the kind of leader God wanted. Also learn how Jesus’ leadership style differs from those of “earthly kingdoms.” Come at 5:30 to share pizza and salad. 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.

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Children’s Christmas at Salem Church

Prepare for Christmas at Salem Church in West Sand Lake on Sunday, December 15. This week we celebrate Advent with a Children’s Christmas Pageant and special music during our 10:45am service. There’s a place for you – bring your family, bring a friend. Salem United Methodist Church, 349 Shaver Rd, WSL, 518-674-3106, http://wslsumc.wordpress.com

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Chanukah Party and Story Time at Nassau Synagogue

The Nassau Synagogue and Jewish Community Center invites the community to join us for the first night of Chanukah, Sunday, December 22, at 5 PM.

The evening will start with lighting the first candle. Bring your menorah if you have one, and share in the beauty of the flickering lights.

At 5:15 we will hear a Chanukah story from Amy Drucker, the PJ Library Coordinator for the Jewish Federation of NENY. The PJ Library sends free books that celebrate Jewish values and culture to families with young children. The program is geared to children being raised “Jewishly.”

After the story, enjoy a delicious light supper, with of course latkes and all the fixings!

This is a free event (donations appreciated) but please RSVP to nassausynagogue@nullgmail.com.

The synagogue is located at 12 Albany Avenue, Nassau NY.

For questions or more information call Faith at 518-441-0856.

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West Sand Lake Community Church Candlelight Service

West Sand Lake Community Church invites you to join us on Sunday, December 22 as we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Candlelight service will be held at 6:00 PM with refreshments to follow. We are located at 4363 Route 150 (next door to Walgreens). For more information about our church, visit wslcc.org.

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Memoirs of an Amnesiac: City Sidewalks

My earliest memories of Christmas shopping predate Amazon.com, of course–and even malls like Colonie Center. When I was a little kid, my whole family would pile into the car and head to downtown Albany or Troy. Christmas shopping meant crowded sidewalks. And for every step my parents took, I took two.

I knew we were entering Albany when we passed under the huge RCA dog on top of a tall building. But more often we drove to Troy, which also had a bustling downtown. I recall three or four busy department stores. At least one had an escalator; but even the elevators were classy, each with a full-time attendant. When we got foot-sore, it was fun to take a break at the lunch counter in Woolworth’s.

The ultimate in department stores was Montgomery (“Monkey”) Ward in Menands, at least seven stories tall. Customers came from as far away as Connecticut. I remember squeezing through a dense crowd, holding my Dad’s hand on the way in–but somebody else’s on the other side. Still not sure how that happened.

Department stores were great for grown-ups, but how were little kids supposed to shop for their parents? I couldn’t very well head to Troy by myself, even though there was a bus from Averill Park in those days. Luckily, we had Ray Eastman’s Variety Store and Ben Silberg’s Park Pharmacy, each a treasure-trove of gifts in my price range. One year I bought Mom a Cross ballpoint pen which she used for decades. Ben Silberg even sold Hardy Boys books, my preferred literary genre back then. Finally, some of my Elementary School teachers set aside class-time for making our own cards and gifts. My crowning achievement was a model of our house made out of sugar cubes and icing mortar. Truly a gift that kept on giving!

Gifts were a big deal when I was a kid, but now I look forward to cards. I love staying in touch with old friends.

Ron McKee, Averill Park

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Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve

Is a most magical night:

It is not a night for deep sleep;

There is too much in the air!

Youngsters toss and turn,

Tingling with anticipation:

What will they find under the tree?

What will Santa bring?

They are much, much too excited

To sleep on this special night.

Their parents, too

Find sleep elusive:

Have they provided the right presents.

Will the children be pleased?

Did they remember to buy batteries?

Are dinner plans in order?

In their case, anxiety

Will overcome fatigue to prevent sleep.

Grandparents will also not sleep well,

But not from anticipation or anxiety:

Oldtimers wish to remember Christmases past:

Memories, not thoughts of gifts, keep them awake.

Rather than sleep, they wish to replay memories

Of friends and family…gatherings…Christmas dinners.

The loss of a night’s sleep is a small price to pay

To savor the memories of many a past Christmas.

Yes….Few will sleep on this special night;

It is Christmas Eve !!

– Lloyd Barnhart

West Sand Lake 12196

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KofC Breakfast with Santa December 15th

Join us for the monthly St Jude the Apostle K of C “All You Can Eat” Pancake breakfast on Sunday, December 15th from 8am -11am in Damman Hall and have “Breakfast with Santa”!

Breakfast includes “All You Can Eat” pancakes, eggs, sausage, bacon, juice, fruit, bagels, cereal, pastry, coffee, and more. Kids 5 and under are FREE, adults $8, kids under 12 $4. Bring your camera to get a picture with Santa!

This monthly event is hosted by the St Jude the Apostle Knights of Columbus (KofC) and is held in Damman Hall at St Jude the Apostle School located at 42 Dana Ave in Wynantskill, NY. For more information, contact Jules at (518) 488-2928

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East Greenbush Pizza Night

December 14th, 2019 – eat in or take out  at the East Greenbush Fire Co #3 – 68 Phillips Road, East Greenbush, 518-477-6503

Time 4:30 – 7:30 – phone ahead your order starting at 2 PM

All the pizza toppings, with salad’s, chicken nuggets, signature wings and mozzarella sticks

This month we have a special guest Santa will be arriving at 5:30 PM – come have your picture taken with Santa.

Thank you for your support from the EGFC

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Pancake Breakfast with Santa

Boy Scout Troop 522 Invites you to Breakfast with Santa! Enjoy all you can eat pancakes, sausages and all the trimmings! Visit with Santa, All children receive a free treat!

Saturday December 14, 2019, 8:30 – 11:00 am at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church. East Schodack, NY

Adults $8; Children 5-12 $5; Children under 5 eat free

From I-90 take Exit 11E ramp onto Rts. 9 & 20 heading east. Continue for about 1 mile and take left at light onto Rt. 150. Travel approx. 2.3 miles to where Rt. 150 splits, bear right onto County Rt. 7, St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church is about 100 yards on right.

Call Kate at 518 479-4112 for more information

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Breakfast with Santa

Please join the West Sand Lake Fire Dept-Auxiliary for Breakfast with Santa on 12/15/19 from 7:30am to 11:30am at the West Sand Lake Fire Hall. Eat In or Take Out. Call 674-3677. Breakfast Includes, Scrambled Eggs, Cheesy Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Home Fries w/cheese, French Toast, a variety of Pancakes including Mickey Mouse, Homemade Muffins, Fruit, Toast, Bagles, Juice and Coffee. Southern Sausage Gravy & Biscuits will be served until they run out! Adults $10, Children (5-12) $5 and children under 5 are free.

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VFW Post 7338 Breakfast Buffet

100 Hays Road East Greenbush NY

Sunday, Dec 15, 2019, 9 am to 12 noon

Buttermilk Pancakes, French Toast, Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Sausages, Home Fries, Corned Beef Hash, Toast. Peaches/Fruit Cocktail.  Assorted juices,Coffee, Tea, or Water

Adults – $9.00

Children 6 to 12 -$5.00

Children Under 6 – Free

Giving Back

11/21/2019 – 12/12/2019

Repair Cafe

What do you do with a broken lamp? Or a sweater with a hole? Toss it? No way! The next Repair Café in the Village of Castleton-on-Hudson will be Friday, December 13 from 4:30-7:30 PM during the inaugural Castleton-on-Hudson Farmers and Artisans Market Winterfest at the Castleton Fire Department, 11 Green Avenue. Then, we will skip January 2020, so the first Repair Café of the new year will be Saturday, February 8 from 11 AM-3 PM, downstairs at the Village Hall, 85 South Main Street. 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! Do you like to fix things and want to volunteer? Contact us via email at gina.giuliano@nullgmail.com or stop by Repair Café. For more information about global Repair Café, visit Repaircafe.org.

12/05/2019 – 12/12/2019

New This Year: Dec.14th Oakwood Christmas Concert Includes 2 Seatings and a Tree Show

New This Year: Oakwood Christmas Concert Includes 2 Seatings and a Tree Show on Saturday December 14th 2 seatings – 11am and 2pm Snow Date Sunday December 15th same times

$5.00 per person Children under 12 Free Reservations required by Thursday December 12th. Call 518-328-0090 Specify which seating, name, phone, how many people including children.

Enjoy the beauty of the Earl Chapel and its excellent acoustics as you listen to seasonal songs by the Highlight Acting Troupe. Sing along with your favorites then sip some warm cider and nibble on Christmas cookies. A jolly man in a red suit may even stop in!

This year there will also be a display of cleverly themed Christmas trees. An Old Fashioned Christmas, Pets, By the Sea, Birds, and a Patriotic tree are just a few examples of the trees decorated by the Friends of Oakwood.

In keeping with the spirit of the season, we are asking that you bring an unwrapped item to help our local Veterans. Anything new and non-perishable, such as toiletries, towels, socks, underwear, gloves, hats etc will be greatly appreciated. The donations will be brought to the Veterans Miracle Center in Albany.

The Friends of Oakwood is a 501(c)3 non-profit volunteer group working to support the preservation and maintenance of the non-sectarian chapel and grounds of Troy’s still-active historic 19th C. Oakwood Cemetery. New volunteers are always welcome.

12/05/2019 – 12/12/2019

Local Author Honors Late Cousin, APHS Grad

The tragic and unexpected death of 32-year-old Kasie Collins in September 2018 shattered the hearts of her family and friends. Kasie was a 2004 graduate of APHS, and furthered her education at SUNY Geneseo and UMass Amherst, ultimately obtaining a masters degree in Environmental Science. She was an athlete, a homeowner, an animal advocate, nature lover, a wetlands scientist for GZA Geoenvironmental in Springfield, MA. Her life was full of adventure, achievement, and contribution, but she suffered a long and silent battle with depression. Ultimately, this insidious disease claimed her in the prime of life. Kasie’s cousin, Jennifer Barbic, of Colonie, devastated by her loss, found a way to channel her grief by putting pen to paper. Her musings turned into a children’s’ book titled Luna Moona, chronicling the adventurous of 10-year-old Kasie and her dog Luna. Jenn invited Kasie’s young nieces, nephews and cousins to submit drawings, which illustrate the book. What began as a coping mechanism morphed into an opportunity to help others. On Tuesday, December 17th, at 5:30 p.m., Jenn will sign copies of her book, Luna Moona, at the Sand Lake Town Library. All proceeds from the sale of the books, also available at barnesandnoble.com, will be donated to NAMI Western MA, and the Nature Conservancy, in Kasie’s name. NAMI provides much needed resources and support to those who suffer with mental illness and their families.The Nature Conservancy is a is a charitable environmental organization, protecting more than 119,000,000 acres of land and thousands of miles of rivers worldwide. Kasie’s foray into environmental responsibility was sparked when she worked for the NCA upon graduating from SUNY.

We invite you to stop in at the Sand Lake Library on 12/17 to meet Jenn and share memories of Kasie. Signed copies of Luna Moona will be available to purchase for $20. The book is age appropriate for 8-12 year old, and makes a great gift!

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Averill Park High School Annual Booster Club Holiday Fair

December 14, 2019 From 9am Until 3pm

Averill Park High School. Gettle Road, Averill Park, NY

We will have a variety of local vendors and crafters, Chinese Auction, concessions and a bake sale too. All proceeds benefit school and community organizations. These include the Girl Scouts, the Key Club, parent organizations and Kelsey’s Promise.

Please come out and support your community members!

Interested in vending? Contact Holli Boyd-White at holliboyd@nullgmail.com

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Church of the Redeemer Thrift Shop

The Church of the Redeemer Thrift Shop has earned an excellent reputation by offering quality merchandise at bargain prices. We offer clothing, household goods, jewelry, linens, baby equipment, puzzles, toys, records, CDs, DVDs, collectibles and much more! The overflowing Christmas Shop will amaze you! The shop will be open on Thursday December 12th from 3 to 6 and on Saturday December 14th from 9 to 2, weather permitting. Located at 1249 Third Street in Rensselaer, the shop is on CDTA bus route #214. Entry is through the parking lot on the Catherine Street side.

We appreciate and accept your donations only when we are open. No furniture, please.

Hobbies

11/21/2019 – 12/12/2019

Repair Cafe

What do you do with a broken lamp? Or a sweater with a hole? Toss it? No way! The next Repair Café in the Village of Castleton-on-Hudson will be Friday, December 13 from 4:30-7:30 PM during the inaugural Castleton-on-Hudson Farmers and Artisans Market Winterfest at the Castleton Fire Department, 11 Green Avenue. Then, we will skip January 2020, so the first Repair Café of the new year will be Saturday, February 8 from 11 AM-3 PM, downstairs at the Village Hall, 85 South Main Street. 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! Do you like to fix things and want to volunteer? Contact us via email at gina.giuliano@nullgmail.com or stop by Repair Café. For more information about global Repair Café, visit Repaircafe.org.

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Preparing for Christmas at Church of the Redeemer

On December 15, Sunday service will be at 9:00 followed by decorating the Church. Brunch will be provided in the Hearth Room.

Our Wednesday, Hot Mess Crafters meets at 10:00. If you are interested in learning knitting, crocheting, or other needle craft, join us.

On Wednesday evening at Bible Study, we travel with Ray Vander Laan to Negev to study the ways Moses thought himself inadequate to lead and why that actually made him the kind of leader God wanted. Also learn how Jesus’ leadership style differs from those of “earthly kingdoms.” Come at 5:30 to share pizza and salad. 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

11/07/2019 – 12/12/2019

Christmas Fair

The Saratoga Springs United Methodist Church at 175 Fifth Ave. will be hosting a Christmas Fair on Friday December 13th from 10:00 AM until 7:00 PM and on Saturday December 14th from 10:00 AM unit 4:00 PM. Come see the luxurious items in Wesley’s Treasures, shop for homemade crafts and baked goods, browse the book nook, pose for a fun festive photo, and join in the fun of our silent auction. New this year, Stu’s Traveling Road Show offering entertainment appraisals of jewelry!

11/21/2019 – 12/12/2019

COHFAM Winter Fest

The Castleton-on-Hudson Farmers & Artisans Market (COHFAM) finished the summer season at the end of September, but the fun is not over yet! COHFAM will be holding its inaugural Winterfest on Friday, December 13, 2019 from 4:30 to 7:30 PM at the Castleton Fire Department, 11 Green Avenue. Space is still available for vendors, email cindytimlovemoore3@nullgmail.com or gina.giuliano@nullgmail.com for an application or private message the COHFAM Facebook page for details. Come to COHFAM and shop local for the holidays!

12/05/2019 – 12/12/2019

Ft. Crailo DAR Holiday Party Dec. 14th

The members of the Ft. Crailo DAR will hold their holiday party on December 14th all members and potential members are invited to attend. We will be meeting at the Crossroads Restaurant 43 Mall, Route 43 in West Sand Lake at 10:45 am and car pool to historic Knowlton House in Averill Park. After the house tour we will return to the Crossroads Restaurant for lunch followed by our grab bag ($15 max). Please let Michelle Schultz know if you plan to attend. Hope to see all our DAR sisters there.

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Santa Visits the Village of Nassau

Due to the dangerous snowstorm last week, Santa’s visit had to be postponed. But the great news is that on Sunday, December 15, Santa will be visiting the Village of Nassau. He’ll be arriving at the Fire Department Hose Co. #1 –located on Chatham St. (Rt. 203) at 3:30pm– and will stay until 5pm. There’ll be delicious snacks, presents, and, of course, a chance to chat with Santa! To add to the fun, the Village Youth Committee will be helping children make ornaments. And, as an extra bonus, the annual Tree Lighting ceremony will be held at the Village Commons on John Street at 5pm. Cookies, hot chocolate, roaring bonfire and there’s no charge for any of the events. For information, call 518-522-2916.

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Averill Park High School Annual Booster Club Holiday Fair

December 14, 2019 From 9am Until 3pm

Averill Park High School. Gettle Road, Averill Park, NY

We will have a variety of local vendors and crafters, Chinese Auction, concessions and a bake sale too. All proceeds benefit school and community organizations. These include the Girl Scouts, the Key Club, parent organizations and Kelsey’s Promise.

Please come out and support your community members!

Interested in vending? Contact Holli Boyd-White at holliboyd@nullgmail.com

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Church of the Redeemer Thrift Shop

The Church of the Redeemer Thrift Shop has earned an excellent reputation by offering quality merchandise at bargain prices. We offer clothing, household goods, jewelry, linens, baby equipment, puzzles, toys, records, CDs, DVDs, collectibles and much more! The overflowing Christmas Shop will amaze you! The shop will be open on Thursday December 12th from 3 to 6 and on Saturday December 14th from 9 to 2, weather permitting. Located at 1249 Third Street in Rensselaer, the shop is on CDTA bus route #214. Entry is through the parking lot on the Catherine Street side.

We appreciate and accept your donations only when we are open. No furniture, please.

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Town of Nassau Community Holiday Party

Sunday, December 15th, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

There is no charge to attend this event at the Chandler Young Veteran’s Association, 7 Lyons Lake Road, Nassau

Come and join us for Carols, Games, Crafts, Holiday-themed snacks, a surprise visit by Santa and a silent auction to benefit the food pantries of the Nassau Resource Center and the Gathering Place. Children may bring letters to give to Santa!

The Veteran’s Association will be holding a separate adult-themed party starting at 6:00 p.m. with a nominal fee for the food they will be serving.

Sponsored by The Town of Nassau Youth Committee, Nassau Community Connections, and the Chandler Young Veteran’s Association

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Events at Castleton Public Library, 12/15-12/21

Events at Castleton Public Library, 12/15-12/21/19 -Located at 85 S. Main St., Castleton, NY 12033 -All events are free. Questions? Call 518-732-0879.

Computer Basics – Learn the basics of using a computer or other device in a one-on-one session. Appointment required; call 518-732-0879.

Yoga for Stress Relief -Monday, December 16, 6:00-7:15pm – Join instructor Patricia McCarthy for 75 minutes of yoga with props for deep stretch and rest. Bring your own mat. Held upstairs. Ages 12+.

Afternoon Book Club – The Fact of a Body: A Murder & a Memoir -Tuesday, December 17, 1:00pm

Pajama Storytime – Tuesday, December 17, 6:00pm – Wear your pajamas or bring a stuffed animal! Ages birth-8.

Legal Clinic – Tuesday, December 17, 6:30-7:30pm – Get a free, private, confidential consultation with an attorney. Appointment required; call 518-435-1770.

Learn & Play Storytime – Thursday, December 19, 10:30am – Children from birth- 5 are invited to enjoy stories, rhymes, music, and movement!

Early Literacy Playtime – Friday, December 20, 10:00-11:00am – This playtime is designed for children ages birth-5 to strengthen their early literacy skills while playing with caregivers & friends.

Bridge Club – Friday, December 20, 10:30am – Come play bridge with us! For beginners and players needing a refresher.

Post Office Storytime – Saturday, December 21, 10:30am – After a story at the library, we’ll color postcards, then go to the post office to mail our postcards and learn about the mail! All ages welcome.

Kids Cook!: No-Bake Cookies – Saturday, December 21, 2:00pm – Join us for a fun cooking class to learn how to make no-bake cookies! Recommended for ages 5 and up.

Local Government

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North Greenbush Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting Celebration

On Saturday December 7, 2019 the Town of North Greenbush will host its 5th Annual Christmas parade and tree lighting ceremony. Please bring your holiday cheer and help us celebrate. The parade will kick off from the front parking lot of St. Jude the Apostle School promptly at 6:00 pm. The parade will continue directly to Town Hall for a tree lighting celebration complete with refreshments and surprises for the children from Santa himself.

Your participation is welcomed – so bring on your floats, decorated classic cars, and costumed pets and join the parade! If you are interested in participating in the parade, contact the Supervisor’s office at 518-283-5313 ext 10 or email at supervisorsoffice@nullnorthgreenbush.org

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to All!

Sincerely, Lou Desso, North Greenbush Town Supervisor

11/14/2019 – 12/05/2019

Town of East Greenbush Holiday Events

December 13th- Senior Holiday Paint and Punch Event with artist Noreen Powell. Cost is $10 and space is limited. Pre-registration is required. Call 518-477-4194

December 18th- Senior Holiday Luncheon- A catered lunch sponsored by your EG Police Benevolent Association and the Town of East Greenbush. Space is limited. Please call 518-477-4194 to make a reservation.

11/28/2019 – 12/05/2019

2020 Transfer Station Permits-Town of Nassau

The Nassau Town Clerk, Sandy Rings, is pleased to announce that the 2020 Transfer Station permits are now available for purchase at the Town Clerk’s Office during regular office hours, Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday and Friday 9 AM – 12 noon and Thursday evening 6 PM to 8 PM. They are also available at the Transfer Station, now on winter hours, Tuesday and Friday 10 AM to 6 PM and Saturday 8 AM to 4 PM. If you have any questions please feel free to call the Town Clerk’s Office at 518-766-2343, extension 1 or the Transfer Station at 518-766-2844 during business hours. Thank you and Happy Holidays!

Sandra L. Rings, RMC

Nassau Town Clerk

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New Electric Car Charging Station in Sand Lake

There is a new electric car charging station at the Sand Lake Town Hall in the lower parking lot. The street address is 8428 Miller Hill Rd, in Sand Lake (12153)! If you’re traveling via the route 43 corridor, It is the only charging station on the way to Jiminy Peak in MA. We are very grateful for the grant we received to provide this service -at no cost to the town.

Dee Erickson

Sand Lake Town Council

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Rensselaer County Legislature writes letters to Santa

Hoosick Falls resident Luke Hoag collects letters to Santa each year to raise money for Make-A-Wish.

Before the big vote on the 2020 Rensselaer County Budget, legislators took time to write letters to Santa to support Luke’s efforts.

Last year Luke delivered 77,000 letters to Santa to Macy’s in Colonie Center. Macy’s donated $2 for each letter to Make-A-Wish.

Luke received a trip to Disney from Make-A-Wish when he was 3 years old and he has been paying it forward for years.

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Schodack Supervisor’s Report for November 2019

In a continuing effort to keep residents informed of my activities as well as issues pertaining to the Town, I submit to them this report for November of 2019. As always, further information can be found on the Town’s website or it’s social media pages.

Even though this is a report for November, with the amount of snow I’m looking at as I write this, i would be remiss if I didn’t take a moment to thank everyone in our Highway Department. These men worked through some exceedingly difficult conditions and incredibly long hours to keep our roads open during this sizable storm and I speak for everyone in the Town of Schodack when i say we’re proud of the work you do and thankful for the commitment you showed in overcoming the challenging conditions this storm presented. Thank you!

As i discussed in a previous report, New York State passed a series of criminal justice reforms that are going to have sweeping impacts on how our police and courts operate going forward. It is my opinion that many of these reforms are ill-advised and put victims and witnesses of crimes at risk. Additionally, they put added financial stress on municipalities without providing any State funds to help in their implementation. Numerous officials across NYS have joined in voicing their concerns and objections. On December 18th at 6pm, a forum to discuss and inform residents about these changes will be held at the Town Hall. Officials from the Town and County will be on hand and I encourage all those interested to attend.

And finally, on December 16th, a fundraiser to establish a memorial scholarship in honor of Tommy O’Neil will be held at The Hill Restaurant in Castleton. Tommy grew up in Schodack and was away attending college in Virginia when he was tragically killed while driving home. Please consider joining myself and others as we pay tribute to this extraordinary young man and work to ensure his memory and positive impact on our Town continues for years to come.

Supervisor David Harris

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Rensselaer County hosting Naturalization Ceremony

Rensselaer County Clerk Frank J. Merola is pleased to announce that a naturalization ceremony will be held at the Rensselaer County Courthouse on Friday, December 13, 2019 at 9:30am. Mr. Merola will be participating in the ceremony along with representatives of the NYS Supreme Court and the United States Department of Homeland Security.

“I am honored to be able to participate in these ceremonies to welcome our newest citizens. My wife is a naturalized citizen so I feel a connection to those, like my wife, who choose to become citizens by studying and going through proper channels. We in Rensselaer County are encouraged and excited to welcome our new citizens and hope they take advantage and enjoy what our nation has to offer.”

“America is a nation of immigrants who choose to become citizens, and their contributions, work and talent have greatly shaped our nation and way of life. Millions have come to this country to begin new lives, and America remains the great beacon of hope and freedom in our world. We look forward to welcoming our newest citizens in this important ceremony,” added County Executive Steve McLaughlin.

The public is invited to the ceremony which will take place in the Main courtroom on the first floor of the County Courthouse located at 80 Second Street in Troy.

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Tracey Rex Reports to the People of Schodack

I believe staying in touch with constituents is an important part of serving in elective office. This monthly report is an example of my commitment to keeping residents informed of the activities of the Schodack Town Board. All meetings of the Town Board, Planning Board and Zoning Board can be viewed live or at a later date at https://townhallstreams.com/towns/schodack.

During November, the Town Board approved the 2020 town budget that stays below the state property tax cap and maintains essential services such as public safety, emergency medical services, water and sewer, street maintenance, libraries, and parks and recreation.

The Town Board adopted a resolution for Girl Scout Troop 1493 to place a Little Library at the Schodack Town Park. Troop 1493 has agreed to provide the books and maintain the library for visitors of the park. We applaud Troop 1493 and their initiative to encourage reading and community engagement.

I had an enjoyable time on Small Business Saturday purchasing a tree and wreath at Maple Hill Trees, warming up with coffee and pastries at The Crisp Cannoli, shopping at The Dirty Bird antique store, and dining at The Hill restaurant. Small businesses are the cornerstone of our local economy and it is important that we support our local businesses not just during the holiday season but all year round.

Rensselaer County elected officials will be holding forums during December to address New York’s criminal justice reforms that take effect in January. One of the forums will be held at Schodack Town Hall on Wednesday, December 18 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

On Election Day, I was honored to be re-elected to a second term on the Town Board. I am grateful to the people of Schodack for placing their trust in me and I look forward to working with my colleagues in government to make Schodack the best it can be.

At this special time of year, I wish everyone a wonderful holiday season and Happy New Year!

– Tracey Rex, Member of Schodack Town Board

Pets & Conservation

12/05/2019 – 12/12/2019

December Mindful Nature Walk

Sunday, December 15, 9 am – 12 pm — Poestenkill Community Forest, 200 Legenbauer Rd, Averill Park (in East Poestenkill)

We will combine forest bathing, walking, and present-centered awareness to relieve stress and get inspired. Just as squirrels gather and store nuts for winter food, we can cultivate our own warmth and sustenance through our connection to land and each other. Ages 12 and up. $5 – $10 suggested donation goes directly to support conservation on the Rensselaer Plateau. Questions? Reach out to Molly: molly@nullrensselaerplateau.org or 978-239-8105.

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New York State Soil And Water Conservation Committee To Meet Tuesday, December 17, 2019

In compliance with the Open Meetings Law, the New York State Soil and Water Conservation Committee gives notice that it will conduct a meeting on Tuesday, December 17 at 10 a.m.

The meeting will take place at the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets, 10B Airline Drive, Albany.   A video conference will also be available at the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets, State Fairgrounds (Building 3), 581 State Fair Blvd, Syracuse.

A recorded audiocast of the meeting will be made available on the Internet at: https://agriculture.ny.gov/soil-and-water/about-soil-water-conservation-committee

School Bulletins

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Maple Hill Jr/Sr High School – Students of the Quarter

Zachary, son of Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Chittenden, was nominated for being a dedicated student who is always prepared for class. Zachary was a member of the modified soccer team and is thinking of doing track and field in the spring. Zachary does plan on attending college but is unsure at this time what he would like to study.

Caoimhe, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Tyrell, was nominated for always being prepared for class and always goes above and beyond what is expected. Caoimhe is a member of All County and drama club and enjoys playing soccer and softball. Caoimhe plans to go to college, but at this time is unsure what she will pursue.

Tyler, son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Marino, was nominated for being a conscientious student who always works diligently. Tyler enjoys his coding class because it is different from his other classes; he enjoys trying to figure things out on his own. Tyler plans on attending college but is unsure at this time what he would like to study.

Alexis, daughter of Ms. Katherine Smith, was nominated for being an asset to class discussions and is an absolute pleasure to work with. Alexis really likes the schedule and enjoys History class the most. After high school, Alexis would like to attend college to become a history teacher, likely at the high school level.

Mia, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Fleck, II, was nominated for being a highly motivated student who is a positive role model for her peers. Mia is a member of the soccer, basketball, softball, Key Club, SADD, and the mental health committee. After high school, Mia would like to go to college for nursing with a goal of being a nurse anesthetist.

Noah, son of Mr. Hans Albanese, was nominated for being an all-around outstanding young man. Noah participates in cross country, outdoor track and field, newspaper club, international club, key club and jazz band. After traveling, he wants to attend college to study political science and history.

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News from Averill Park CSD

The Kiwanis Builders Club at Algonquin Middle School set a goal of raising $250 for the Juvenile Diabetes Challenge. Students surpassed their initial goal and raised more than $550 for the cause! Way to go everyone!

The District is highlighting school related professionals who go above and beyond each quarter. For quarter one, honorees include Ray Perricone, Jennifer Radigan, Penny Terk, Stacy Levesque, Kelly Owens, Adreinne Doin, Keri Davis, Mary Paris, Connie McCullen and Staff, Marcia Esser, Kevin Beale, Mary Jane Orecki and Ken Keith. Congratulations to all, we appreciate your hard work and dedication!

Sixth grade students in the Medical Explorations class had an opportunity to learn about careers in the medical field from several guest speakers. Thank you to Bryon Backenson, Denise Nero, Lisa Frankoski and Cassandra Madson for taking time out of their busy schedules to present to our students, who could very well follow in their footsteps.

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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Algonquin Middle School – Warriors of the Month

Each month teachers at Algonquin Middle School recognize students who demonstrate outstanding citizenship and work habits.

Students are selected for these honors based on the Algonquin “Warrior Way,” a set of three guiding principles that focus on respect for self and others, putting forth personal best effort in all activities and working to make our school and community a better place each day.

Congratulations go out to the students listed below for their outstanding contributions to the Algonquin Middle School community during the month of November:

Grade 6 Warrior Way Students:

Tyler Bradley, Katherine Buttaci, Jadyn Chamberlain, Madelynn Collins, Cadyn Denue, Parker Dupuis, Jonathan Houser, Sierra Iwaneczko, Casey Rizzo, Alexa Ruppe

Grade 7 Warrior Way Students:

Declan Flanigan, Elizabeth Hansen, Rory McCue, Sydney Meeks, Talia Moore, Rachael Strickland

Grade 8 Warrior Way Students:

Brady Battista, Thomas Biette, Matthew Dangler, Rachel Hudspath, Madisyn Locci, Tatiana Tuneu

Seniors

12/05/2019 – 12/12/2019

East Side Seniors

The next regular meeting will be on Dec. 10, at the American Legion Post, in Wynantskill, starting at 1:00 P.M. Team 5 will be our hosts for lunch after the meeting. Our Christmas luncheon will be on Dec. 19, at Paolo Lombardi ‘s, at 12:30. All reservations MUST be made and Paid for by Dec. 10th. A reminder to all members, If the Wynantskill Schools are closed the Meeting is canceled. Bocce players, if we have 3” of Snow or Troy schools are closed Bocce is canceled. We have a tentative date for Wildwood, being June 7 – 12, more info to follow. Our meetings are held on the 2nd & 4th Tues. of the month. Come join the fun.

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Troy Senior Center Announcements

Bingo: Wednesday & Friday Following Lunch!

Line Dancing: Join Our Uncle Sam Sparklers!!! Looking For More Line Dancers To Join Our Class! It’s A Fun Way To Keep Active!

Swimming: Wednesdays @9:00 A.M. Lansingburg Boys/Girls Club

Chair Yoga Or Aerobics: Mondays @ 9:30 Followed By Aerobics.

Self Defense For Seniors: Wednesday, December 4th @10:30 A.M.

Play “Oliver” : Thursday, December 5th @10:00 (Leaving At 9:30)

Price Is Right: Friday, December 6th @11:00 A.M.

Holiday Craft: Monday, December 9th @10:00

Holiday Movie: Wednesday, December 11th And 18th @10:00

Spa Day: Friday, December 13th (Must Sign Up In Advance)

Christmas Carolers: Monday, December 16th @10:30

Senior Feud: Monday, December 16th @11:00 A.M.

Uncle Sam Sparklers: Performing On Thursday, December 19th @11:30

Special Dinner: Friday, December 20th “Holiday Party” Entertainment By Paul Slingerland

Wheel Of Fortune: Monday, December 23rd @11:00

New Years Eve- Count Down To Noon: Entertainment By The Soulman!

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Everett Wagar Senior Center Calendar

Calendar for Everett Wagar Senior Center

2 Roxborough Rd, Grafton NY

Dec 16 – 9:45 Chair Yoga, 12:00 Congregate Lunch (Liver Fiesta), 1:00 Cards and Games

Dec 17 – 9:30 Aerobic Swimming, 12:00 Congregate Lunch (Pollock), 1:00 Cards and Games

Dec 18 – 9:45 Chair Yoga, 12:00 Special Luncheon (Chicken Cordon Blu), 12:45 Music by Paul Sulsar

Dec 19 – 9:30 Aerobic Swimming, 12:00 Congregate lunch (Salisbury Steak), 12:30 Knitting and Crochet Group

Dec 20 – 9:45 Chair Yoga, 1:00 Guest speaker – Fall Prevention Awareness, 12:00 Congregate Lunch (Fresh Ham dinner), 12:40 Ugly Sweater Contest with Christmas Caroling and activities.

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Ugly Sweat Christmas Carol Party at Senior Center

Rensselaer County’s Everett Wagar Senior Center, 2 Roxborough Rd, Grafton, will hold an Ugly Sweater Day with Christmas Caroling and fun activities on Friday, December 20th at noon. Following the meal (Fresh Ham) there will be prizes for the best homemade ugly sweaters, Christmas caroling, fun activities that will make you laugh, and Christmas sundaes to close the party. All residents 60 and older are encouraged to come and join us for a good time. Lunch is served daily at the Senior Center. Call 518-279-3413 to be added to the list.

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Special Lunch with Music Entertainment

Rensselaer County’s Everett Wagar Senior Center, 2 Roxborough Rd, Grafton, will hold a Special Luncheon on Wednesday, December 18th at noon. Following the meal there will be music entertainment by one of our favorites, Paul Slusar. All residents 60 and older are encouraged to come and singing along, or join in with dancing. This is free entertainment. Lunch is served daily at the Senior Center for a suggested $3 donation. Call 518-279-3413 to be added to the list.

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Guest Speaker at Everett Wagar Senior Center

Rensselaer County’s Everett Wagar Senior Center, 2 Roxborough Rd, Grafton, will host a guest speaker from the Rensselaer County Health Department on Friday, December 20 at 11:15. This months’ topic is Fall Prevention Awareness. Falls are a serious health risk for older people, and a fall is a life-changing event that can lead to disability, loss of independence, or even death. Over 25% of adults aged 65 and older fall every year. Come and learn about preventative measures you can take to avoid falls. All speakers at the center are free to all residents 60 and over. Plan to stay for a nutritious lunch for a suggested $3 donation, with our Ugly Sweater Christmas party to follow. Please call to be added to the lunch list at 518-279-3413.

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Events at Castleton Public Library, 12/15-12/21

Events at Castleton Public Library, 12/15-12/21/19 -Located at 85 S. Main St., Castleton, NY 12033 -All events are free. Questions? Call 518-732-0879.

Computer Basics – Learn the basics of using a computer or other device in a one-on-one session. Appointment required; call 518-732-0879.

Yoga for Stress Relief -Monday, December 16, 6:00-7:15pm – Join instructor Patricia McCarthy for 75 minutes of yoga with props for deep stretch and rest. Bring your own mat. Held upstairs. Ages 12+.

Afternoon Book Club – The Fact of a Body: A Murder & a Memoir -Tuesday, December 17, 1:00pm

Pajama Storytime – Tuesday, December 17, 6:00pm – Wear your pajamas or bring a stuffed animal! Ages birth-8.

Legal Clinic – Tuesday, December 17, 6:30-7:30pm – Get a free, private, confidential consultation with an attorney. Appointment required; call 518-435-1770.

Learn & Play Storytime – Thursday, December 19, 10:30am – Children from birth- 5 are invited to enjoy stories, rhymes, music, and movement!

Early Literacy Playtime – Friday, December 20, 10:00-11:00am – This playtime is designed for children ages birth-5 to strengthen their early literacy skills while playing with caregivers & friends.

Bridge Club – Friday, December 20, 10:30am – Come play bridge with us! For beginners and players needing a refresher.

Post Office Storytime – Saturday, December 21, 10:30am – After a story at the library, we’ll color postcards, then go to the post office to mail our postcards and learn about the mail! All ages welcome.

Kids Cook!: No-Bake Cookies – Saturday, December 21, 2:00pm – Join us for a fun cooking class to learn how to make no-bake cookies! Recommended for ages 5 and up.

Sports & Recreation

11/14/2019 – 12/12/2019

New York City Bus Trip – December 14th

The Volunteer Fire Company of Center Brunswick, Inc. is sponsoring a bus trip to New York City at Christmas. The bus will leave the firehouse at 1045 Hoosick Road on Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. and will arrive at Bryant Park in New York City. The bus will be departing Bryant Park at 8:00 p.m. returning to the firehouse at approximately 11:00 p.m. Participants will have the day in New York City to see a show, shop, sightsee, or whatever they desire. The cost of the trip is $50 per seat. There are no refunds for cancellations. To make reservations or for more information, contact Eric Gaunay at (518) 495-8520.

12/05/2019 – 12/12/2019

December Mindful Nature Walk

Sunday, December 15, 9 am – 12 pm — Poestenkill Community Forest, 200 Legenbauer Rd, Averill Park (in East Poestenkill)

We will combine forest bathing, walking, and present-centered awareness to relieve stress and get inspired. Just as squirrels gather and store nuts for winter food, we can cultivate our own warmth and sustenance through our connection to land and each other. Ages 12 and up. $5 – $10 suggested donation goes directly to support conservation on the Rensselaer Plateau. Questions? Reach out to Molly: molly@nullrensselaerplateau.org or 978-239-8105.

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Animal Tracking on Snowshoes

Grafton –On Saturday, December 21st from 1-3PM explore the winter woods at the Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center looking for animal tracks and other animal signs. When it snows, nature is providing a blank canvas on which the forest’s residents paint us pictures of their activities which remain largely a mystery to us through the snow free months. Learn how to read the clues left behind by the forest’s residents. We will either snowshoe or hike depending on conditions. Program is open to all ages who can snowshoe/hike at a moderate pace for 2 hours in winter conditions. Snowshoe rentals are available with advance notice for $5. Preregistration required. Free. For more information or to preregister please contact the Center at dykenpond@nullgmail.com or (518) 658-2055.

Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center is a Rensselaer County Park open daily during daylight hours for hiking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Call for more information and a complete schedule of our winter events or visit www.dykenpond.org .

The Arts

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Final Weekend for Laughter on the 23rd Floor

Sand Lake Center for the Arts presents the final weekend of Laughter on the 23rd Floor, written by Neil Simon and directed by Melanie Douglas. The play is based on Neil Simon’s experiences as a junior writer of a TV Comedy-Variety show called “Your Show of Shows”, and is set in 1953.The play follows the host, Max Prince, along with the his staff of writers in scenes behind the scenes, to bring you a highly entertaining play! Show dates are Dec. 12, 13, 14, at 8pm. and the 15th at 2:30pm. Tickets are Adults $18. and under 18 is $10. Prepaid reservations can be made at www.slca-ctp.org or call the office at 518-674-2007. The center is handicapped accessible with plenty of free parking.

12/05/2019 – 12/12/2019

Come to the Averill Park Community Orchestra Holiday Concert!

You are invited to celebrate the season with the Averill Park Community Orchestra at our upcoming holiday concert! The performance is on Saturday, December 14 at 3:00 PM at the Averill Park High School. At this event, you can hear local community musicians of all ages perform seasonal favorites, as well as beautiful music by composers such as Vaughn Williams and Rimsky-Korsakov, fun selections like Take Five and A Charlie Brown Christmas, and a medley of tunes from “Guys and Dolls.” There is no admission fee, but any donations to help offset our costs is greatly appreciated. You are welcome to remain afterward to enjoy refreshments and interact with the musicians. (Note: In the event of a weather cancellation, we will perform the program the next day on December 15 at 4:00PM.) Any questions can be directed to Christina Desmond at 518-948-0565 or cdmusic600@nullgmail.com. Also, find us online on Facebook or at www.apcorchestra.org.

12/05/2019 – 12/12/2019

New This Year: Dec.14th Oakwood Christmas Concert Includes 2 Seatings and a Tree Show

New This Year: Oakwood Christmas Concert Includes 2 Seatings and a Tree Show on Saturday December 14th 2 seatings – 11am and 2pm Snow Date Sunday December 15th same times

$5.00 per person Children under 12 Free Reservations required by Thursday December 12th. Call 518-328-0090 Specify which seating, name, phone, how many people including children.

Enjoy the beauty of the Earl Chapel and its excellent acoustics as you listen to seasonal songs by the Highlight Acting Troupe. Sing along with your favorites then sip some warm cider and nibble on Christmas cookies. A jolly man in a red suit may even stop in!

This year there will also be a display of cleverly themed Christmas trees. An Old Fashioned Christmas, Pets, By the Sea, Birds, and a Patriotic tree are just a few examples of the trees decorated by the Friends of Oakwood.

In keeping with the spirit of the season, we are asking that you bring an unwrapped item to help our local Veterans. Anything new and non-perishable, such as toiletries, towels, socks, underwear, gloves, hats etc will be greatly appreciated. The donations will be brought to the Veterans Miracle Center in Albany.

The Friends of Oakwood is a 501(c)3 non-profit volunteer group working to support the preservation and maintenance of the non-sectarian chapel and grounds of Troy’s still-active historic 19th C. Oakwood Cemetery. New volunteers are always welcome.

12/05/2019 – 12/12/2019

Brian Melick and Kevin McKrell with the Mountain Snow Orchestra coming to SLCA Dec 17

Christmas is coming to Sand Lake Center for the Arts with our special guests Brian Melick and Kevin McKrell, accompanied by the Mountain Snow Orchestra, as they bring you their famous Christmas Concert on December 17 at 7pm. This family friendly Christmas Concert celebrates the holiday season with fun, laughter and joy along with good times through the magic of music! For prepaid reservations go to www.slca-ctp.org or call the office at 518-674-2007. Ticket pricing is $18. Adults, $10. For children under 18. The building is handicapped accessible and there is plenty of free parking.

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Poestenkill Light Reading Company Presents “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens

A free reading performance. Make this year’s Christmas special and come to a light reading performance of “A Christmas Carol” at the Evangelical Lutheran Church, 772 Route 351, Poestenkill, NY 12140 on Sunday, December 15th, 2019 starting with a “Bread & Soup” light dinner at 4 pm and the reading performance following at 5 pm.

This program is for the benefit of the “Bread of Life” Food Pantry and the “Union Gospel” Food Pantry. Monetary contributions or donations of non-perishable food items are welcome.

Please RSVP for the 4pm “Bread & Soup” light dinner by calling (518) 283-6045 and leave a message by December 10th, 2019. Be a Christmas blessing and come.

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