Giving Back 10.17.19

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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 for all sizes and ages, household goods, jewelry, puzzles, toys, collectibles, Halloween costumes and decorations and so much more.

The shop will be open on Thursday, October 17th from 3 to 6 and Saturday, October 19th from 9 to 2. Located at 1249 Third Street in Rensselaer, the shop is on CDTA bus route #214. Enter through the parking lot on the Catherine Street side and be pleasantly surprised.

“Bread of Life” Seeking Volunteers

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

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

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

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

Annual Gala for Unity House Domestic Violence Program Scheduled

“All that Glitters” is the theme of this year’s Annual Gala sponsored by The Family and Friends of Liza Ellen Warner Association, Inc. This well-attended event is held in the fall of each year to bring attention to the sad reality of domestic violence but also to honor those who have so courageously overcome the challenges of such violence. The event this year is being held in honor of Liza, Nikki, Amber, Jamie, and Vanessa, each of whom was murdered by a domestic partner. The date is Saturday, October 19th, 2019. This year’s event will have a new venue: The Franklin Terrace, 126 Campbell Avenue, Troy. All begins at 6:00pm that evening: a reception and silent auction of very unique and creative items will be held during the course of the evening. The Mistress of Ceremonies is Trishna Begam. Following a sit-down dinner our guest speakers will offer their comments and this year’s Purple Ribbon Award for Courage will be presented. The evening will conclude with music by Wylder and our program will be especially honored with a guest appearance of Madison Vandenburg the recent third place winner of American Idol. A photo booth will be available for taking “glittery pictures” of our guests! For tickets and further information, contact Martha Lasher-Warner at (518) 928-8346. A pleasant yet informative evening is assured for all who attend and support this worthy cause.

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St Jude Knights of Columbus “Coats for Kids” Breakfast!

Join us for the monthly K of C “All You Can Eat” Pancake breakfast on Sunday, October 20th from 8am -11am in Damman Hall to donate gently worn adult and children’s coats to those in need. Each coat donated gives you a chance at winning a $25 gift card!

Breakfast includes “All You Can Eat” pancakes, eggs, sausage, bacon, juice, fruit, bagels, cereal, pastry, coffee, and more. Plus, there will homemade egg bakes: Spinach and Feta; French Toast Bake; Sausage, Egg and Cheese. Can’t stay? Grab a to go container!! Kids 5 and under are FREE, adults $8, kids under 12 $4.

The 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 the St Jude the Apostle Parish Office (518) 283-1162.

Thanks for your support.

Ladies of Charity Fashion Show

The Ladies of Charity, Troy Chapter, invite all to attend their annual Fashion Show to be held Wednesday, October 23, 2019, at 7:00 PM at Franklin Terrace, Campbell Ave. Troy. This popular event features fashions from local stores. Opportunities to win great prizes will be had as well as desserts available. Tickets are $25 and all proceeds will benefit the Rourke Center and other local charities. For tickets call: Peg Rosamilia, 518-421-8569, or Donna Seibert 518-441-9340 or MaryAnn Kehn, 518-273-0026

Brunswick Cares Food Pantry

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

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

10/17/2019 – 10/24/2019

Cub Scout Pack 528’s Annual Haunted House

Please help support Cub Scout Pack 528 by attending our annual Haunted House. This year the scouts are fundraising so they can attend a sleepover at Fort Henry in Lake George, NY.

Where: Poestenkill Elementary School

When: October 25th, 2019: 7pm – 9pm

Cost: $5/person or $20/for 4 or more people

Don’t forget cash for the bake sale and games!

10/17/2019 – 10/24/2019

Castleton-Schodack Kiwanis Chicken BBQ

The Castleton-Schodack Kiwanis Club will be firing up its grills and selling its famous Chicken BBQ dinners on Sunday, October 27, 2019. This is one of our largest fundraisers and all of the money stays within our community helping to improve the lives of local children. The cost of the dinner is $10.00. Dinners can be picked up from 12:00 noon until 4:00PM at the Castleton Fire Company located on Green Ave. in Castleton. To pre-order your dinner or for more information call 518-732- 4228. Walk-ins are also welcome. If Chicken BBQ is not your thing, we always appreciate donations. Give us a call or stop by that day. Checks can be made payable to the Castleton-Schodack Kiwanis Club and mailed to PO Box 42 Castleton, NY 12033. Like Sweets? The Maple Hill High School Key Club will also be holding a bake sale on this date.

Interested in joining the Kiwanis and making a difference in our community? Community members are always welcome to attend our meetings to see what we are all about. Meetings are held every Wednesday from 6:30-8pm at the Schodack Diner. Please visit our website www.castletonkiwanis.com for more information

10/17/2019 – 10/24/2019

Healing Arts Retreat

Healing Arts Retreat Saturday October 26, 9:00 to 12:30 sponsored by Saint Paul’s United Methodist Church 1583 Carney Road Castleton/Schodack 12033 518-732-7754 www.stpaulcastleton.org. Treat yourself to a day of restoration! In simple 1 hour sessions learn useful tips and techniques for wholeness in your everyday life. The Retreat is designed for folks to come and go as they like; starts with light breakfast followed by sessions on Mindfulness (9:30-10:30) and “Enjoying a Healthy Harvest” (10:40-11:40), followed by an informal lunch. The suggested donation is $20.00. All donations from this event support our local community, so do good for yourself and others at the same time! Healing Arts Retreats increase community awareness and accessibility to simple, practical healing techniques and disciplines. Give yourself the gift of time in a clam, peaceful setting and find the seeds of peace and healing within yourself..

Annual Fresh Florida Citrus Fundraiser

The yearly Troy Kiwanis Fresh Florida Fruit sale is on again to raise money for projects that directly assist Troy area youth. 20 lbs for only $25, Navel Oranges, Ruby Red Grapefruit, or a Mixed Case.

Most area groups are charging well over $30/case

Orders must be received by Sunday 11/24.

Call Dean @ 518-322-0826 Today!

Will arrive in Troy, by 12/12, in plenty of time for Holiday Gift Giving!! Kiwanis is Serving the Children of the World

8/29/2019-10/31/2019

AARP Tax Aide Program

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

10/10/2019 – 10/31/2019

Halloween Party

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10/03/2019 – 11/07/2019

Town of East Greenbush Raking for Veterans Day

Are you a Veteran who resides in East Greenbush? Are you in need of yard work assistance this fall?

The Town of East Greenbush Officials, EG Employees, EG Police Dept, and The East Greenbush Teachers Association have teamed up to help you!

Volunteers will be available for raking and small yard clean up on Monday November 11th from 10 am to 2 pm.

If you would like to sign up your yard please call the Town of East Greenbush Community and Recreation Department at 518-477-4194.

Thank you for your service!

10/17/2019 – 11/08/2019

Wreaths Across America Roast Beef Dinner

Please join us at the American Legion Post 1489, 111 Main Ave. in Wynantskill on Saturday, November 9th for our 3rd annual roast beef dinner to benefit Wreaths Across America. All proceeds will be used to purchase wreaths to be placed on veterans’ graves at Saratoga National Cemetery on Saturday, December 14th.

Dinner will be served 2-6pm, eat in or takeout and includes: roast beef, gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, roll, cake, water and coffee. A cash bar will be available. Tickets are $10 in advance (available at the post) and $12 at the door. Presales are suggested as this sold out last year and walk-ins are not guaranteed. For more info, contact Jeff @518-376-8087.

10/17/2019 – 12/17/2020

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.

Berkshire Bird Paradise Fire

Thursday August 22nd, there was a terrible fire in one of the major greenhouses at the Berkshire Bird Paradise where all of the exotic birds are kept. The Berkshire Bird Paradise is a non-profit 501c3 Organization that cares for disabled and injured birds. 47 years ago, Peter Dubacher started this establishment as a hobby and it has now grown to be a true sanctuary for all birds to be loved and cared for. The fire was related to an electrical issue and was purely accidental. The building itself is intact, but there is a significant amount of heat and smoke damage. We saved as many birds as we could but unfortunately not all of them made it. This organization is completely non for profit and they survive solely off of donations. We are asking for help in any form possible. This family is so humble and hardworking and has given to the community so much over the years and now they need your help. If you could find it in your heart to donate or volunteer it would be so appreciated. We need as much help as we can get! Thank you!

Please make donations here: gofundme.com/f/berkshire-bird-paradise-fire

Backpacks & School Supplies for the Community

Catholic Charities Tri-County Services coordinates school supply programs throughout our communities and we are in need of *new* supplies from backpacks & notebooks to graphing calculators & sneakers. You can help a child start off on the road to a successful school year!

Donations can be dropped off at our office at 50 Herrick St in Rensselaer or call Justine Carroll at 518-512-3577 x115 and we can arrange a pickup of larger quantity donations.

Search and Rescue Volunteers Needed

The Tri-State Emergency Team is recruiting volunteers to provide wildland and underwater searches within a 100-mile radius of Waterford, NY. This includes all aspects of field and underwater search. The Tri-State Emergency Team responds when requested by NYS Forest Rangers and other Police Agencies throughout New York State, Western Vermont and Massachesettes.

We are looking for certified scuba divers, experienced boat handlers, and people who enjoy hiking and the outdoors in general who wish to help people in need. The team will provide training and complete support as needed. Our headquarters is located in Waterford. Applicants need not live in Waterford to volunteer. If interested, please call 518-237-6744 or visit our website at www.tri-stateemergencyteam.org

Greenbush Cemetery in need of donations

The Greenbush Cemetery was incorporated in 1845. From Columbia Turnpike, one can see we are an old, historic cemetery in the Town of East Greenbush. However, we are still active and offering lots sales for a reasonable cost in three new sections.

With lifestyle changes in a more mobile culture, our cemetery is suffering financially. Lot sales are way down and more cremations are being done rather than burials. Cemeteries are forced to rely on donations to keep operating.

The Greenbush Cemetery estimates the operating cost for 2019 is $20,000.00. We will need to raise $15,000.00 to stay operational for this year. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to help maintain this historic cemetery in East Greenbush.

The Greenbush Cemetery Board of Trustees (all volunteers) will be most appreciative!

We will publicly list you as a donor unless you wish to remain anonymous.

Please make checks payable to: Greenbush Cemetery Association.

Please mail checks to Jim Finke, Treasurer, 13 Horizon View Drive West, East Greenbush, NY 12061.

For more information, contact: Bobbie Reno 518-465-7938. Thank you.

Applications for Free and Reduced-Price Meals Available

Wynantskill UFSD would like to inform our community that information and applications for the Free and Reduced- Price Lunch Program are available on the district website, www.wynantskillufsd.org, or by calling Food Services Director Lori Audi at 518-283-4600 ext. 22.

The National School Lunch Program is a completely confidential program that has helped ensure children have access to nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches since 1946.

We Need EMT’s and Drivers We Will Train You

The Sand Lake Ambulance has been in existence for 60 years. We have operated as primarily a volunteer organization for most of that time. We need your help to keep our costs down by filling out as many shifts with volunteer EMT’s and drivers as we can. We could particularly use recent retirees who are looking to stay active working days during the week.

If you have ever been interested in becoming certified to provide emergency care to friends, family, neighbors, or others, we will pay for that training. The course is 4 months long and will require some commitment of time and work. And we will ask you to ride as a member for at least 2 years with Sand Lake Ambulance for training you. We also train ambulance drivers in EVOC training.

We generally work on keeping our skills up with regular training and try to keep it both educational and enjoyable. And as an active member of the ambulance, you’ll be working calls and helping your community. You need to be in fairly decent physical health and able to lift 50 pounds fairly easily, you need to be okay with working with trauma patients or sick community members, and you need to be willing to get up at all hours to do it.

Please consider joining, we need your service. We aren’t saying it won’t be work, but it will be worth it.

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