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Events at Castleton Public Library, 12/22-1/4

Events at Castleton Public Library, 12/22-1/4

Located at 85 S. Main St., Castleton, NY 12033 – All events are free. Questions? Call 518-732-0879.

Storytime with Goodie the Therapy Dog – Thursday, January 2, 10:30am – Meet Goodie the therapy dog at this special storytime. All ages welcome.

Paper Clip Jewelry – Thursday, January 2, 12:00-6:00pm – Use paper clips & decorative tape to make a bracelet, necklace, or other craft!

Early Literacy Playtime – Friday, January 3, 10:00-11:00am – With a variety of toys & blocks, this playtime is designed for children ages birth-5.

Bridge Club – Friday, January 3, 10:30am – Geared toward beginners & players who need a refresher.

Perler Bead Crafts – Friday, January 3, 12:00-6:00pm – Come make something awesome out of perler beads!

Painting Fun – Saturday, January 4, 10:00am – 4:00pm – Stop by the library to have fun with all kinds of paint!

12/19/2019 – 12/26/2019

Donors Decorate Poestenkill Library

The Friends of the Poestenkill Library invite you to give a year-end gift that helps the Library while honoring or remembering someone special. Each holiday season we “light up the library” with colorful strings of lights representing the many gifts that donors send. Often the gifts are tributes to friends or family, who receive notices from the Friends of the Library that someone has given in their honor. All the donations allow the Library to buy new books and offer special programs during the year.

Donors of $100 are recognized with a candle, and donors of $75 are recognized with a wreath, in one of the Library windows. Altogether, the lights, candles and wreaths turn the Library building into a beautiful symbol of the generosity of the season!

To be part of the Holiday Lights appeal, please stop in at the Library or call at 283-3721 to get a brochure with gift form. You are also welcome to mail a check, payable to Friends of the Poestenkill Library, to PO Box 305, Poestenkill, NY, 12140. Include a name and address if you want us to notify someone you are honoring. We also offer on line secure giving through PayPal at www.Poestenkilllibrary.org. Thank you!

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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

Yoga: Sat.- 1/4, 1/11, 1/18, 1/25 10:30am

Friends Meeting: Mon. 1/6 6:30pm

Minecraft: Wed. 1/8 6-7pm

Open Mic: Fri. 1/10 6-8pm

Purl Jam Knitting: Wed. 1/15 6-8

LEGO Club: Wed. 1/22 6-7pm

Book Club: Tues. 1/28 7pm

Film Showing: Downton Abbey 1/31 6pm

TED Talks: Tues. 1/21 3-4pm

Fitness Fusion: Thurs. 1/16, 1/23, 1/30 6pm

Teen Night: DIY Self-Care Products- Wed. 1/29 6-7:30pm

Coming in January: New! Writers Get-Together!- Call for 4 to 8 people putting pen to paper and/or fingers to laptop! Creating a supportive space for writers. We will explore the memoir, creative writing, short stories, and essays. Ask for our information packet at the library. All ages welcome!

*The Library will be 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.

Church/Spiritual

12/12/2019 – 12/26/2019

Honoring Military at Gilead Lutheran Church

November 30th was the date members of Gilead met to decorate the Sanctuary for Advent. The Advent Wreath was placed in the Chancel. The Altar Rail was wrapped in green garland and blue bows. Candles were place in the windows.

This year we have added a new feature to our Sanctuary. We have a white tree decorated in red, white and blue lights. Ornaments were added to honor all branches of the military, along with other red and blue ones. This tree is in honor of those who are presently serving in the military, retired military members and also in memory of those who have given their lives for this country.

Everyone is welcome to visit us any Sunday in December at 10:30 am for Worship or 8:00 pm on December 24th for our Christmas Eve Service. Gilead Lutheran Church is located at the corner of Route 7 and 278 in Center Brunswick and is handicapped accessible.

12/12/2019 – 12/26/2019

Celebrate Chanukah with our Game Cafe and Mystery adventure!

BS”D – Have fun at our Game Café, choose from many recent games as well as old favorites Enjoy the Latke buffet along with gelt, dreidles and light a Menorah for Chanukah! Where: at Beth Tephilah Synagogue 82 River st next to Russell Sage When: 7pm to 9pm Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday December 24th, 25th,and 26th Admission only $5 Must be 10 or older. Come to our Mystery adventure!!! Go back in time to Troy 1924 and solve the theft of the century and find out how Beth Tephilah was involved! Where: At Beth Tephilah Synagogue When: Saturday night, December 28th, 7-9pm And of course, Enjoy the Latke buffet along with gelt, dreidles and light a Chanukah Menorah! Admission only $5 Must be 12 or older Please rsvp call Elisheva( 518) 894-3491

12/19/2019 – 12/26/2019

Celebrate the Joy of Christmas at Salem Church!

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service – Tuesday, December 24th at 8pm, hear Pastor Charlie’s message, What Matters Most? Let your light shine. Bring the family and your friends, there’s a place for everyone.

More ways to celebrate Christmas at Salem:

December 22, 4th Sunday in Advent worship service at 10:45am, hear the message, Mary’s Bold Move;

December 29, Epiphany Sunday worship service at 10:45am, hear the message, I Work and Who Can Hinder It?

Salem United Methodist Church, 349 Shaver Rd, West Sand Lake, (518) 674-3106, http://wslsumc.wordpress.com

12/19/2019 – 12/26/2019

Join Us During Advent at the Nassau Grace United Methodist Church

In a season of holiday haste and hustle, Advent calls us to slow down and prepare. In a world of darkness and violence, the church proclaims a message of light and hope. In a world of division and fear, the coming of the Christ child reminds us of the healing power of love.

Your friends and neighbors invite you to join us as we watch with love. December 22nd the weekly service will be at 10 am. Topic will be the manger and nativity. Held in our historic and beautifully decorated sanctuary, children are invited to take part in our Sunday School starting midway through the service. This year’s Advent theme is based on a program written by Adam Hamilton. On Tuesday, December 24th, at 7 pm, a traditional candlelight service will be held. The joyous worship celebration will contain scripture, carols, a Christmas message and lighting of candles. The holy celebration begins as early as 6 pm for those who would also like to sing carols in front of the church.

The church is located at 42 Church Street, Route 20 in Nassau Village. For additional information please contact Pastor Dion Marquit. Text or Call: 518-915-3393. Email: revberdan@nullaol.com. www.gracemethodistnassau.com.

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Church of the Redeemer

On December 29, Sunday services are at 8:00 and 9:30 with Father John Scott presiding. Coffee hour will be in the Hearth Room between and after services.

Our Wednesday, Hot Mess Crafters and Bible Study are suspended until January 8 in celebration of the New Year.

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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Seven days without church makes one weak!

Come worship at the Church by the Lake. Snyder’s Lake Community Church offers a non-denominational, Christian service rooted in the Gospel and family values. Join us every Sunday at our 10am worship service located at 24 Camp Scully Way, Wynantskill. Church, it’s a strengthening exercise for the soul!

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It takes a village…

On behalf of Community, Work & Independence, Inc. and Tri-County United Way, we would like to thank everyone who volunteered, collected food donations, donated to and sponsored the Sixth Annual Stuff the Bus Food Drive that took place on November 1-2 at Price Chopper/Market 32 in Queensbury. Thanks to everyone’s efforts, the food drive raised 8.34 tons of food to benefit 20 food pantries in Warren, Washington and Northern Saratoga Counties! This was double the amount collected last year.

They say it takes a village and we agree. In June, the Stuff the Bus Planning Committee comprised of volunteers from our two agencies as well as the Family Association of Glens Falls, LEAP, Moreau Community Center, NBT Bank, Open Door Mission, Salvation Army and Washington County DSS began to plan the food drive.

In early October, 75 CWI day program participants and staff prepared food collection bins to deliver to 65 area business sites to collect food three weeks prior to the food drive and pick them up once filled. In addition, some of these individuals spent multiple days at Price Chopper/Market 32 prepackaging $5 and $10 bags of food for customers to buy and donate. Kudos to CWI’s Transit Connection team for providing the buses used to collect food donations.

Hats off to the many businesses who collected food donations prior to the food drive (visit www.cwinc.org for a complete list). Special thanks to the Golub Corporation for being our site sponsor for the food drive held at their Price Chopper/Market 32 store for the sixth consecutive year. The managers and staff provided outstanding support, supplied boxes to use as food collection bins, and items for the prepackaged bags.

Special thanks to our sponsors: NBT Bank, Stored Tech, Jaeger & Flynn Associates, Glens Falls National Bank & Trust Co., G&S Printing, Hank’s Quality Flooring, Just-a-Buck Queensbury, M&M Digital Printing, Six Flags Great Escape Theme Park, and media sponsor Adirondack Broadcasting. We are grateful to the Kingsbury Volunteer Hose Company for allowing us to use their space for the pantries to pick up food donations as well as the SUNY Adirondack baseball team for help unloading food from buses. Last but not least, our sincere thanks to the 105 volunteers from the tri-county region who took time out from their busy schedules to help.

As you can see, it does take a village. By uniting to curb hunger, we are strengthening our community and making the holidays brighter for those struggling to put food on the table.

Our sincerest thanks,

Mark Donahue, CEO/President CWI, Inc.

Duane Vaughn, Executive Director Tri-County United Way”

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Holiday Message to Averill Park Fire Dept.

At this special time of year, the Board of Fire Commissioners of Averill Park- Sand Lake Fire District #2 would like to thank the men and women of the Averill Park- Sand Lake Volunteer Fire Department for their dedication and service to the community, and wish them a safe and happy holiday season. Fire Chief Paul Glasser, Jr. and Assistant Fire Chief Jason Robelotto lead this dedicated group of firefighters and firematic support personnel. Through continual training and hard work, our all-volunteer fire department responds to any fire related emergency, serious medical emergency, motor vehicle crashes, and various other calls for assistance as needed. These volunteers are the backbone of the service we provide. They always answer the call when requested. If you are an Averill Park –Sand Lake resident, please join with us to thank and support our local volunteer fire department. The Board of Fire Commissioners wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday.

Marty Andrews

Chairman Board of Fire Commissioners

Averill Park – Sand Lake Fire District # 2

Feel Good

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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

Cuisine

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All You Can Eat Breakfast

Poestenkill Christian Church, 721 Snyders Corners Rd., Poestenkill, NY will have its monthly all you can eat breakfast on Saturday, January 4 from 8 to 11 AM.

Cost is $8 for adults and $3.50 for children under 10. Menu includes eggs, sausage, bacon, toast, pancakes, home fries, French toast, juice, coffee or tea.

Giving Back

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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

11/28/2019 – 12/19/2019

Banners for Veterans in the Town of Nassau

The Nassau Town Clerk, Sandy Rings, is pleased to announce that the Town of Nassau, Villages of Nassau and East Nassau and the Chandler-Young Veterans Association are undertaking a new project to honor our military veterans. We will be facilitating the sale, production and installation of individual veterans’ banners to honor their service to our community and our country. The banners will be installed on power poles in several locations throughout the Town. Applications are available on the Town website at townofnassau.org, the Town Clerk’s Office at 29 Church Street and at the Chandler-Young Veterans Association at 7 Lyons Lake Road. We are hoping to be able to install banners whose applications are received prior to March 31, 2020 in time for Memorial Day, 2020. If you have any questions or need more details please feel free to call the Nassau Town Clerk’s Office at 518-766-2343, extension 1 or email sandra.rings@nulltownofnassau.org.

Sandra L. Rings, RMC

Nassau Town Clerk

12/19/2019 – 12/26/2019

Book Nook News

The Book Nook at Transfiguration Parish on Hillview Road in Speigletown is open Saturday, December 21 from 9:00 am until noon. Books make great Christmas gifts and we have some of the best books by the best authors. The half-priced author specials for December are on Preston & Child, JA Jance and Nora Roberts. Our large print section is on special at 3/$1! Cookbooks, historical novels, biographies, religious, self-help are 6/$1. Children and young adult books are also 6/$1. Please stop by finish your shopping with us. Thanks for your continued support. See you at the Book Nook. As a reminder, we will be open again on Saturday, January 4 and 18.

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Scout Troop 525 Helps Troy Boys and Girls Club

BSA Scout Troop 525 out of West Sand Lake completed a service project to help local youth. Scouts filled 15 stockings with toys, gloves, school supplies, and fun items to give to the kids at the Troy Boys and Girls Club. The Boys and Girls Club has a Christmas party every year for the kids featuring toys from Toys-for-Tots, local food donations, and a stocking for each of the children, delivered by Santa! Troop 525 is proud to be able to help 15 of the kids have a great Christmas!

 

 

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Community Service Awards from the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

Congratulations to Kelly Grimaldi, Director of Education and Program Development for Albany Diocesan Cemeteries on recently receiving a Community Service Award from the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), General Peter Gansevoort Chapter. The award, approved by the State and National DAR societies, recognizes Kelly for her dedication and hard work in reminding us of our obligation to respect and honor the memory of enslaved persons, veterans, little known people as well as successful people of our past. Kelly is a dedicated researcher, bringing to life the stories and history of our community.

Also recognized at the awards ceremony was Mark Quandt, Executive Director with the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York.

Hobbies

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Events at Castleton Public Library, 12/22-1/4

Events at Castleton Public Library, 12/22-1/4

Located at 85 S. Main St., Castleton, NY 12033 – All events are free. Questions? Call 518-732-0879.

Storytime with Goodie the Therapy Dog – Thursday, January 2, 10:30am – Meet Goodie the therapy dog at this special storytime. All ages welcome.

Paper Clip Jewelry – Thursday, January 2, 12:00-6:00pm – Use paper clips & decorative tape to make a bracelet, necklace, or other craft!

Early Literacy Playtime – Friday, January 3, 10:00-11:00am – With a variety of toys & blocks, this playtime is designed for children ages birth-5.

Bridge Club – Friday, January 3, 10:30am – Geared toward beginners & players who need a refresher.

Perler Bead Crafts – Friday, January 3, 12:00-6:00pm – Come make something awesome out of perler beads!

Painting Fun – Saturday, January 4, 10:00am – 4:00pm – Stop by the library to have fun with all kinds of paint!

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Church of the Redeemer

On December 29, Sunday services are at 8:00 and 9:30 with Father John Scott presiding. Coffee hour will be in the Hearth Room between and after services.

Our Wednesday, Hot Mess Crafters and Bible Study are suspended until January 8 in celebration of the New Year.

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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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, jewelry, household goods, wall decor, CDs, DVDs, records, games, toys, puzzles, baby gear and so much more.

The shop will be closed on Thursday December 26 so that the volunteers can enjoy a Christmas break. We’ll reopen on Saturday December 28 from 9 to 2, weather permitting. Located at 1249 Third Street in Rensselaer and on CDTA bus route # 214, the shop can be entered through the parking lot on the Catherine Street side. Visit us and be amazed!

12/19/2019 – 12/26/2019

Lights in Sand Lake 2019 – Christmas Eve Luminaire Display

The Sand Lake Historic District creates Christmas Eve magic in Sand Lake!

The neighbors on Routes 66 & 43 and our friends on Shumann Rd. will have our annual luminary display on Christmas Eve – Tuesday, December 24th. Lighting of the luminary candles begins around 7:00pm and will continue as long as weather permits or until the candles burn out.

If you live in the area and want to participate, place luminaries along the road on your own property. For more information please contract Dawn or Bruce at 518.674.5210 or by email at knivad@nullyahoo.com.

Local Government

11/14/2019 – 12/19/2019

North Greenbush Historical Calendars Available

The 2020 North Greenbush Historical Calendar is now available. It contains old time pictures of Wynantskill, Snyder’s Lake and features a picture commemorating the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Defreestville Fire Department and a photo of the Gardner Dickinson 8th Grade graduating class of 1993. The calendars are $10 and are available at the Town Clerk’s .in Wynantskill (283-4306 or from Town Historian Jim Greenfield (265-4254

11/28/2019 – 12/19/2019

Banners for Veterans in the Town of Nassau

The Nassau Town Clerk, Sandy Rings, is pleased to announce that the Town of Nassau, Villages of Nassau and East Nassau and the Chandler-Young Veterans Association are undertaking a new project to honor our military veterans. We will be facilitating the sale, production and installation of individual veterans’ banners to honor their service to our community and our country. The banners will be installed on power poles in several locations throughout the Town. Applications are available on the Town website at townofnassau.org, the Town Clerk’s Office at 29 Church Street and at the Chandler-Young Veterans Association at 7 Lyons Lake Road. We are hoping to be able to install banners whose applications are received prior to March 31, 2020 in time for Memorial Day, 2020. If you have any questions or need more details please feel free to call the Nassau Town Clerk’s Office at 518-766-2343, extension 1 or email sandra.rings@nulltownofnassau.org.

Sandra L. Rings, RMC

Nassau Town Clerk

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Town Hall Closes for Christmas Holiday

Debra L. Curtis, Schodack Town Clerk, wishes to remind residents of Schodack that the Town Hall Offices will be closed on Wednesday, December 25th, and Thursday December 26, 2019 for the Christmas Holiday. The Town Hall offices will resume standard business hours on Friday, December 27, 2019.

The Highway Department and Transfer Station will be closed on Wednesday, December 25, 2019 and will resume standard business hours on Thursday, December 26, 2019. The Highway Department will be available for any and all emergencies.

The Town Hall offices and the Highway Department and the Transfer Station will be closed on Wednesday, January 1, 2020 for the New Year Holiday and will resume standard business hours on Thursday, January 2, 2020.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of the Town Clerk at 477-7590,

Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:30am to 4:30pm and Saturday 9:00am to 12:00pm.

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Rensselaer County Legislature Office of the Minority

December 2019 Meeting Highlights:

Health – The Legislature unanimously voted to accept additional grant money from the New York State Department of Health for Drinking Water Enhancement Programs. This funding is essential for assessing and identifying issues affecting the quality of drinking water in the County.

Criminal Justice Reform – At the November meeting, the legislature unanimously approved two resolutions, urging Governor Cuomo and the NYS legislature to review and reconsider the 2020 criminal justice reform and appropriate the necessary funding for the additional costs the county will incur by complying with the newly mandated legislation.

In December the County held the first of three forums to inform the residents of the impact this new legislation will have on public safety.

Social Services – The December meeting included many contract renewals for mandated Social Services programs with local agencies to provide support services ranging from family assistance, foster care, domestic violence, trauma assessment, secure and non-secure juvenile detention including the new Raise the Age (RTA) mandate to name a few.

Raise the Age (RTA) – On another note in October, New York State notified Rensselaer County that the RTA plan, after several modifications, was approved and that the County will receive reimbursement for the funding of personnel and other necessary expenses in the departments of Probation, Mental Health, Social Services, Youth, Employment & Training and Jail.

Cornell Cooperative Extension – The support of Federal, State and County funding is essential for the continued success of locally governed county cooperative extension associations. This funding has remained stagnant for 20 years; therefore a resolution was unanimously adopted to request an increase in financial support from New York State.

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An Update form the Rensselaer County Legislature Majority

The Rensselaer County Legislature hosted a public forum to discuss the NYS Criminal Justice Reforms in its Chambers on Monday, December 10th. The forum, organized by County Executive Steve McLaughlin included District Attorney Mary Pat Donnelly and Sheriff Patrick Russo.

Chairman of the Legislature Michael Stammel welcomed everyone to the forum. In his opening remarks, Stammel said, “As we know, the Criminal Justice Reforms were snuck in during the adoption of the New York State budget. The reforms stripped judges of their ability to keep those charged with terrible crimes, behind bars. The reforms have also placed a large, unfunded financial burden on our County. Tomorrow night, the Legislature will be passing a resolution urging State leaders to amend and or delay the implementation of these laws before the end of the year. We are very concerned about the safety of our residents if our judges and district attorney can’t keep career criminals behind bars after an arrest. Tonight is a good opportunity for everyone to learn more about these reforms set to take effect on January 1st.”

Those who attended heard the concerns from county officials, and many were surprised to learn of the impending changes.

The final regular meeting of the Rensselaer County Legislature was held on December 10th. At the meeting, the Legislature unanimously adopted a resolution that urges New York State leaders to amend or delay the implementation of the controversial Criminal Justice Reforms that were discussed at the forum the night before. Similar resolutions were passed by other counties in New York State as well.

The members of the Legislature Majority would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah, and a Happy Kwanzaa. Best wishes also for a safe, Happy, and Healthy New Year.

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North Greenbush Report from Councilwoman Mary Frances Sabo

North Greenbush kicked off the holiday season with a festive parade and holiday party complete with a tree lighting, delicious cookies donated by the Cookie Factory, and presents and books for 150 children! Thank you to the YOUth Makes a Difference Committee headed by Deb Desso for organizing this event.

The town is now registered with NYSDEC as a “Climate Smart “ Community. This means that the town has joined the network of New York communities that have pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emission and improve climate resilience. The town is now eligible to participate in state programs that will provide technical assistance and funding to adapt best practices for mitigating and adapting to climate change.

During December, the town experienced a number of problems with its drinking water supply, including low pressure and boil water alerts. Since the town does not have a Facebook page or provide access to an alert system such as Nixle, I would like to remind all residents that I regularly post updates about town happenings and noteworthy at my Councilwoman Mary Frances Sabo facebook page, @Maryfrancessabongcouncil. If you are a Facebook user, I would encourage you to “like” this page.

The town board said farewell to two long-time public servants in December. Both Supervisor Lou Desso and Councilman Al Spain will leave the board at the end of the year. Councilman Spain has served continuously on the town board with only 2 breaks since 1993. A dedicated public servant, he has led the town through difficult fiscal times to its present state of solvency. Supervisor Desso has served on the town board since 2008 and has been instrumental in starting the YOUth makes a Difference Committee which has funded numerous events such as the summer concert series, holiday parties, and summer camp. Good luck to both Councilman Spain and Supervisor Desso!

Have a wonderful holiday season!

Submitted by Councilwoman Mary Frances Sabo

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The Defreestville Fire Department Holds Annual Elections

Annually, the Defreestville Fire Department holds elections for Fire Chief officer positions. This year we’re proud to announce the members have elected a new leadership line up, from left to right:

· William Burkart has been promoted to DFD Chief (Car 1) from 1st Assistant Chief

· Brandon Galligan has been promoted to 2nd Assistant Chief (Car 3) from Captain

· Mike Russell has been promoted to 1st Assistant Chief (Car 2) from 2nd Assistant Chief

Congratulations to these outstanding firefighters. We are all wishing them the best as they lead our department in 2020 and beyond.

Please also join us in extending sincere gratitude to outgoing Chief Brian McCrae. After serving the last 11 years as a Chief Officer for DFD, the last five as Chief of Department, Chief McCrae is stepping down from a leadership role.

Chief McCrae set an honorable and high standard for all future leadership to follow. His service to the men and women of the DFD, the town of North Greenbush, and surrounding communities is greatly appreciated.

On the civil side, the Defreestville Fire Company also re-elected the following individuals: PJ Facteau, President; Erik Denny, Vice President; Jason Christie, Secretary; Jason Strosberg, Treasurer; and Bob Ewing, Membership Secretary.

We thank them for their responsible stewardship and thank them for their continued effort.

Pets & Conservation

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Sand Lake Dog Park News!

Thank you! The Sand Lake Dog Park Committee would like to thank all those members of our community who supported the future Sand Lake Dog Park in 2019. Our capital campaign for a fence will continue in 2020!  Full Moon Walks! As we develop a strong canine community we would like to invite you to Full Moon walks at the Sand Lake Walking Trails (and future site of the Dog Park) on Eastern Union Turnpike. We hope to see you on February 9th and March 8th at 6:30pm. We will enjoy warm beverages and treats for dogs and humans. Donations encouraged.  Please contact us at openspacessandlake@nullgmail.com and join us. Our next meeting is January 7th at 6:30 PM at the Town Hall. That’s all fur now!

– The Sand Lake Dog Park Committee

Submitted by Shannon DeCelle

School Bulletins

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West Sand Lake Resident Clayton Besch Returns Following Intensive Research Project

Worcester, MA – Clayton Besch of West Sand Lake, N.Y., a member of the class of 2021 majoring in robotics engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), was a member of a student team that recently completed an intense, hands-on research through the WPI project center in Japan. The project was titled Mapping the Future of Gojo Rakuen. In their project summary, the students wrote, “This project sought to brainstorm ideas to recommend a dream for the area so that we can improve public perception and draw people back into Gojo Rakuen, in the Shimogyo Ward of Kyoto.”

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Columbia Graduation Start Time Changed to 10:00 a.m.

The start time for the Columbia High School graduation ceremony scheduled for Saturday, June 27 at the McDonough Sports Complex at HVCC has been changed from 1:00 p.m. to 10:00 a.m.

The change is being made so Columbia’s graduation ceremony is the first of the day at the venue. In past years, Columbia’s ceremony has followed other schools, which leaves a short amount of time to change seating and stage setup, perform audiovisual checks and for the preceding school’s graduates and guests to vacate the parking lots.

The earlier start time will also allow for cooler temperatures inside the venue and more time for graduates and their families to celebrate after the event.

Visit www.egcsd.org/graduation for more information about Columbia’s graduation ceremony.

12/26/2019

Registration for Community Education programs is open!

Averill Park Community Education released its Fall 2019 calendar of classes in the Advertiser and online (www.familyid.com). This “Fall” session includes classes that run between September and January. Register in whatever way is easiest for you: online, through the mail or in person at the AP School District Office.

We’ve got some great new programs, as well as our fabulous returning ones! Corrections to the paper brochure (all changes have been made on Family ID):

· Chair Yoga (Wednesdays) runs 5:30-6:30p.m.

· Zumba Gold (Wednesdays) runs 6:30-7:30p.m. in the WSL Cafeteria

· Introduction to Ballroom & Social Dancing (Thursdays) runs 7:00-8:30p.m.

· Family Yoga (Tuesdays) runs 6:30-7:30p.m.

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News from Averill Park CSD

Averill Park High School was selected to represent New York state at the National Christmas Tree Experience in Washington, D.C. Students created ornaments which are now on display in the nation’s capital. Great job by everyone who was involved!

Fifth grade students in all three elementary schools, and sixth graders at Algonquin Middle School, learned about internet safety recently. Alexa Benincasa, an Investigative Specialist from the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Missing Persons Clearinghouse, presented to elementary students. Averill Park CSD’s School Resource Officer, Deputy Nikles, presented to AMS students. This is a very important subject and we are grateful for the work Miss Benincasa and Deputy Nikles put into their presentations.

Congratulations to Sam Hart for winning the Algonquin Middle School spelling bee. This is the third consecutive year that Sam has won the competition. Way to go!

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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Troy Student Alex Chodan Accepted to Nation’s First Two-Year High School

Great Barrington, MA – It’s not every day that students attend a two-year high school, but for this Troy, NY student, that’s exactly the case. Alex Chodan earned a place in the fall 2019 entering class at Bard Academy at Simon’s Rock.

Chodan’s academic and personal achievements stood out, securing Alex a spot at Bard Academy this fall. Bard Academy is located on the campus of Bard College at Simon’s Rock, and is the nation’s first two-year boarding and day program designed to prepare 9th and 10th graders to start college early. This intellectually-curious and engaged student will find full expression in the arts, athletics, clubs, and social activities-while also benefitting from college faculty and college facilities.

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Amanda Kern named to USCAA All-Academic Team

Paul Smiths, N.Y. – Amanda Kern of Poestenkill, NY, was named a Fall 2019 USCAA Academic All-American.

Kern, a student at Paul Smith’s College who was honored for participation in women’s soccer, majors in Baking Arts and Service Management.

Student-athletes with grade-point averages of 3.5 and above are eligible for the honor. Twenty-six Paul Smith’s students made this year’s list.

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Area Nazareth College Students named to Fall 2019 Dean’s List

Rochester, NY – Nazareth College is proud to announce that the following area students have been named to the Fall 2019 Dean’s List.

Megan Hurley of Troy (12180)

Emily Jaworski of Troy (12180)

Dominik Monterroso of Mechanicville (12118)

A student’s grade point average must be at least 3.5 or above, and they must complete 12 credit hours of graded work that semester in order to be included on the dean’s list at Nazareth.

Seniors

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Pre New Years Eve Party at Senior Center

Rensselaer County’s Everett Wagar Senior Center, 2 Roxborough Rd, Grafton, will hold a Pre New Year’s Eve celebration on Friday, December 27th at 12:30 following lunch (Haddock). We will have games and activities, and toast to 2019 as well as incoming 2020. Dress up for a New Year’s celebration. Bring your noise makers, hats and beads. Call 518-279-3413 to be added to the list.

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Everett Wagar Seniro Center Calendar

Calendar for Everett Wagar Senior Center, 2 Roxborough Rd, Grafton NY

Dec 26 – 9:30 Aerobic Swimming, 12:00 Congregate lunch (Hot dogs/Beans), 1:00 Card and Games

Dec 27 – Legal Aid by Appt, 9:45 Chair Yoga, 12:00 Congregate Lunch (Haddock), 12:45 Pre New Year’s Eve celebration with fun activities

11/28/2019 – 12/26/2019

December Events At The Rensselaer Senior Center

For all event reservations or more information please call 518-463-2166. We are open 9am to 3pm we are located in Rensselaer on East and Herrick streets.

“Elvis’s The King Is Born”- Tuesday, December 10th. At the Rensselaer County Rensselaer Senior Center. East and Herrick street in Rensselaer in the McManus Center lunch is served at 12 Noon followed by our “Elvis show” featuring Donny Elvis Sponsored by Walter S Pratt And Sons. Always a crowd pleaser. Enjoy Christmas music and gospel as well as some of your favorites. Those Coming To lunch will receive a Donny Elvis memorabilia.

1944 USO Show Honoring Pearl Harbor Day – Friday December 6th. Join the Rensselaer County Rensselaer Senior Center for a memorable afternoon. Lunch is served at 12 Noon followed by an original USO show from 1944 Gary Ferris brings to life days gone by. Our veterans are invited to be our guests for this great day.

December 20th – Christmas Dinner w/ Winchester and Young (Fresh Ham, w/Gravy Italian Roasted Potatoes, Meadow Blend Vegetables, Apple Sauce, Poke Cakes)

December 30th – New Year’s Eve Party Sponsored By Clear Captions.

We Need Your Help!! Member Are Needed To Serve On The Executive Committee To Have A Successful Club We Need Members To Attend A Monthly Meeting And Head Different Committees For Special Programs. Many Of Our Members Have Headed Departments And Businesses. Please Consider Helping The Club. For More Information See Gloria In The office

Always looking for quality gently used clothes for our boutique. Donations can be made Monday thru Friday

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7 Ways to Love Your Brain

As people ponder New Year’s resolutions, the Alzheimer’s Association is encouraging everyone to include brain health on the list. Research shows that healthy lifestyle interventions may reduce the risk of cognitive decline and help reduce the risk of dementia.

The following tips are aimed at promoting brain health.

1. Break a sweat. Engage in regular cardiovascular exercise that elevates your heart rate and increases blood flow to the brain and body. Several studies have found an association between physical activity and reduced risk of cognitive decline.

2. Hit the books. Formal education in any stage of life will help reduce your risk of cognitive decline and dementia. For example, take a class at a local college, community center or online.

3. Heads up! Brain injury can raise your risk of cognitive decline and dementia. Wear a seatbelt, use a helmet when playing contact sports or riding a bike, and take steps to prevent falls.

4. Catch some Zzz’s. Not getting enough sleep due to conditions like insomnia or sleep apnea may result in problems with memory and thinking.

5. Take care of your mental health. Some studies link a history of depression with increased risk of cognitive decline, so seek medical treatment if you have symptoms of depression, anxiety or other mental health concerns. Also, try to manage stress.

6. Buddy up. Staying socially engaged may support brain health. Pursue social activities that are meaningful to you. For example, if you love animals, consider volunteering at a local shelter. If you enjoy singing, join a local choir or help at an afterschool program.

7. Stump yourself. Challenge and activate your mind. Build a piece of furniture. Complete a jigsaw puzzle. Do something artistic. Play games, such as bridge, that make you think strategically. Challenging your mind may have short and long-term benefits for your brain.

For more information, visit alz.org/10ways.

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Senior Membership Meeting

Rensselaer County’s Everett Wagar Senior Center, 2 Roxborough Rd, Grafton, will host the monthly Eastern Senior Membership meeting at 11:00 am on Friday, January 3rd. All residents 60 and older are encouraged to attend. Upcoming activities and events will be discussed at this meeting. Plan to stay and join us at noon for a nutritious meal for a suggested $3 donation. Call 518-279-3413 to sign up.

Sports & Recreation

11/21/2019 – 12/19/2019

Town of East Greenbush Adult Indoor Corn Hole

Adult Indoor Corn Hole will begin at the Hampton Manor Beach House on Thursday January 2nd at 5:30 PM and run consecutively each Tuesday @ 3PM and each Thursday at 5:30 PM throughout the winter months. Due to limited space in the building there are limited spots. Please pre-register by calling 518-477-4194. You can pick one time slot or the other or both. Cards and Games will also be available in the beach house for those not interested in corn hole, but looking to get out and socialize. Please let us know if there are larger groups or leagues that would be interested in playing at the Red Barn in the Town Park- give us a call to discuss.

12/19/2019 – 12/26/2019

New Year’s Day Hike

Grafton –On Wednesday, January 1st from 1-3PM start your year off right by burning off some holiday calories while enjoying the serene beauty of the winter woods at the Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center. We will either snowshoe or hike depending on conditions occasionally stopping to explore our surroundings. Program is open to all ages who can snowshoe/hike at a moderate pace for 2 hours in winter conditions. Free. Snowshoe rentals are available with advance notice for $5. For more information or to reserve snowshoes 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 .

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