Giving Back 12.19.19

11/14/2019 – 12/19/2019

Cohoes Rotary Christmas Ornament Features Matton Shipyard

In 2004 The Rotary Club of Cohoes started a collectible series of Christmas ornaments featuring historic landmarks in the City of Cohoes. This year’s ornament design is Matton Shipyard. A portion of the proceeds for the sale of the 2019 ornament will be donated to the New York State Society of the Children of the American Revolution toward the Matton Shipyard Restoration Project. Matton Shipyard operated in Cohoes, NY from 1916-1983. The funds raised will be matched 100% by the Erie Canalway Heritage Fund and go toward the restoration of the remaining buildings on the site and the creation of an educational, cultural, and recreational venue with public access to the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers. Coffee mugs are also available for purchase. Cost for ornaments is $20. Mugs are $10. To purchase ornaments or mugs go to for further information. Ornaments and mugs are also available for purchase at Marra’s Pharmacy, 217 Remsen Street, Cohoes. Following are previous ornament designs in the series: 2004-the Cohoes Falls; 2005-the Harmony Mills; 2006-the Cohoes Music Hall; 2007-the Cohoes Mastodon; 2008-Cohoes City Hall; 2009-the Half Moon; 2010-Silliman Memorial Church; 2011-the Van Schaick Mansion; 2012-Keveny Memorial Academy; 2013-Cohoes High School; 2014-Cohoes Library; 2015-the former Cohoes Movie Theatre; 2016-Carlson’s Ice Rink; 2017-Erie Canal Locks; 2018-Cohoes Armory.

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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

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, 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 L. Rings, RMC

Nassau Town Clerk

12/05/2019 – 12/19/2019

The Latham-Colonie Council Knights Colonie K of C Blood Drive

On Friday, December 20th, 2019, The Latham-Colonie Council Knights of Columbus #3394, will hold a Blood Drive in conjunction with the American Red Cross at Latham-Colonie Council Knights of Columbus #3394 located at 328 Troy-Schenectady Road, Latham, N.Y. 12110.

The donation hours are from 1:00-6:00 pm

To schedule an appointment please contact or 518-209-6739 or

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Narcan Training for Kiwanian Members

The Castleton-Schodack Kiwanis club was pleased to have Kelsey Sargood-Jacques from the Rensselaer County Department of Public Health speak at their December 4 meeting. Kelsey conducted a training on Heroin / Opioid Overdose prevention, including how to use a NARCAN kit. Every member who attended received a free Intranasal Naloxone kit. Kelsey is happy to offer training to other groups and can be reached at 518-270-2651. The Rensselaer County Recovery Helpline is available from 9am to 9pm daily and can be reached at 1-833-467-3123.

Reminder: The “Bells of Life” campaign is continuing to run through December 23 and benefits the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) at the Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center. Paper bells are being sold for $1 by by the Kiwanis Clubs of Northeastern New York. The Children’s Hospital at Albany Med is devoted exclusively to the medical needs of infants, children and adolescents. It is the referral center for all seriously ill or injured children from 25 counties in upstate New York and western New England. A table selling bells will be located on the lower level by Old Navy on Friday, Saturdays and Sundays throughout the Holiday Season.

We wish everyone a wonderful and safe holiday season.

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The Continuing Education Program of The Boy’s & Girl’s Club of Southern Rensselaer County

On Saturday December 21st, 2019 from 9am to 3pm there will be a New York State approved Defensive Driving Class to Benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Southern Rensselaer County. Save 10% on your base auto insurance for the next three years and be eligible to receive up to 4 points off your driving record according to New York State Department of Motor Vehicles guidelines.

The class will be held at the Boys and Girls Club of Southern Rensselaer County, 544 Broadway, Rensselaer, NY 12144.

December Fee Special is $28. Class size is limited and registration is required. For registration and additional information please call Raymond Frankoski at 518-286-3788.

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.

12/05/2019 – 01/30/2020

NAMI Connections Recovery Support Group

NAMI Capital Region, NY the local organization of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, offers its NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group the Second Wednesday of each month from 5p.m.-6:30p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,420 New Scotland Ave., Albany, NY 12208. NAMI Connection is a recovery support group program that offers respect, understanding, encouragement and hope. NAMI Connection groups are:

• Free and confidential

• Held weekly for 90 minutes

• Designed to connect, encourage, and support participants using a structured support group model

• Led by trained facilitators living in recovery themselves

About NAMI

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI Capital Region, NY is an affiliate of NAMI New York State. NAMI Capital Region, NY and dedicated volunteer members and leaders work tirelessly to raise awareness and provide essential education, advocacy and support group programs for people in our community living with mental illness and their loved ones.

11/14/2019 – 02/27/2020

Six Center Redemption is partnering with Alzheimer’s Association.

Return your bottles and cans and help The Northeastern New York Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Through an arrangement with:Six-Center Redemption

Two Locations – 461 Main Ave Wynantskill (Corner of Sharpe and Main Ave) & 550 South Street Rensselaer.

The Alzheimer’s Association will receive six cents for every container you donate to the cause. Simply drop off your containers and say

“These are for the Alzheimer’s Association.”

No need to count the cans or bottles, no waiting or standing in lines to feed your cans or bottles in to a machine. The mission of the Alzheimer’s Association is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

The first survivor of Alzheimer’s is out there, but we won’t get there without you.

Join the fight with your bottles & cans!

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.

12/05/2019 – 02/27/2020

Center Brunswick United Methodist Church Announces Financial Scholarship for 2020

The Finance Committee of the Center Brunswick United Methodist Church has announced that it will award $500 to a student to be selected from the Tamarac High School Class of 2020. The money may be used for any type of expenses related to further education. Students do not have to belong to this Church, any other church or religion to be eligible for this award.

Interested students must apply for this award no later than March 1, 2020. The application can be obtained from the school’s guidance department or from our website at (

This award is given in memory of Harold and Mabel Keyes through a trust funded by their last will and testament. Mabel taught in the Brunswick schools and continued teaching Sunday School at Center Brunswick UMC for many years after she retired. Through this award, her love of helping young people learn and grow will continue to reach the youth of our community.

The Center Brunswick Methodist Church is located at the intersection of Routes 7 and 142 in Troy.

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