Seniors 09.12.19

Did You Know ?

Attention senior citizens in the Town of Sand Lake and ALL of Rensselaer County:Through Unified Senior Services at the County, there is a Medi- Van available. Residents will be picked up at home, taken to their appointment and returned home. You must be at least 60 years old. They are asking for 2 weeks notice in advance, if possible. Also through United Senior Services, seniors can find expanded in home services, including food assistance, meals delivered to your home, and even guidance for elder abuse and neglect. The direct phone number is: 518-270-2767. More information is available at NY Connects website.

Dee Erickson

Town of Sand Lake Councilwoman


Birthday Celebration / Trivia

Rensselaer County’s Everett Wagar Senior Center, 2 Roxborough Road, Grafton NY will celebrate the September birthdays on Friday, September 13th at 12:30. Join us for a nutritious lunch at noon (Pork Sausage) for a suggested donation of $3.00. There will be birthday cake followed by a fun game of Trivia. All Rensselaer County residents 60 and older are welcome join the fun. Please sign up for lunch at 518-279-3413.

Town of East Greenbush Senior Chair Yoga Class will Resume on September 18th

Chair Yoga is held each Wednesday at 11 AM in the Town Hall Community Room. This session will run through December 18th and break for the holidays.

Instructor: Judi England, RN, licensed massage therapist, and professionally certified Kripalu yoga instructor. Judi has offered programs in wellness, yoga, meditation , and stress management for over 25 years throughout the Capital Region. She currently serves as Senior Health Education Coordinator for Jewish Family Services of Northeastern New York, and as an Independent Health Educator for businesses and organizations. Her blog “Holistic Health” appeared in the Times Union for ten years.

Reconnect the body, mind and spirit through gentle movements, breath work and deep relaxation. We’ll work on flexibility, balance and core strength with options to build or modify your practice. All movements will be done seated, or standing with a chair for support. All are welcome to enjoy the benefits of yoga – regardless of physical ability or limitations. For questions call 518-477-4194

Sand Lake Seniors Committee

The Sand Lake Seniors Club will be holding their election of Officers and Committee persons on October 10th, 2019. All members of the club are requested to be at this meeting to make sure your vote is counted. All voting will be by members that are present at the meeting. The meeting will begin at 12:00 at the Church of the Covenant on Route 43 in Averill Park.

Clara Peters, President

Sand Lake Seniors

Our regular meeting for September 12, 2019 will be held at 12:00 at The Church of The Covenant on route 43 in Averill Park. We will have a short meeting and then John Hill will be entertaining us. We have a light luncheon following the entertainment. We still have some luncheons we go to and Day trips planned. Also a over night trip to Newport, Rhode Island. Come and be a part of our planning for next year.

Special Luncheon sponsored by BSNENY

Rensselaer County’s Everett Wagar Senior Center, 2 Roxborough Rd, Grafton, will hold a Special Luncheon (Roast Beef Cold Plate) on Friday, September 20th at noon. Following the meal there will be music entertainment by Sal Graziano. 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 daily for a suggested $3 donation. Call 518-279-3413 to be added to the list.

Troy Senior Center Upcoming Events

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.

Game Day: Mondays, starting at 10:00 a.m. Ping Pong, Darts, Yahtzee, Chromino, Card Games! Come join the fun! Followed by a delicious, nutritious lunch and then BINGO!

Senior Feud: Monday, September 9th @11:00

Expressions Of Love: Thursday, September 12th @11:00

Knickerbocker Ghost Tour And Lunch: Tuesday, September 17th

Special Dinner: Fall Harvest- Entertainment By Mike De’angelis

Membership Meeting: Thursday, September 19th @10:30

Apple Picking: Windy Hill Orchard- Friday, September 20th

Breakfast For Lunch: Wednesday, September 25th

Flu Clinic: Wednesday, September 25Th @11:00. Please Bring Insurance Card.

Wheel Of Fortune: Friday, September 27th @11:00 A.m.

Rensselaer Senior Center September Events

10th – Sign Up For SUNY Culinary Trip ($55 All Inclusive) Call for reservations (518) 463-2166 We are open from 9am to 3pm Monday Thru Friday we are Located on East And Herrick Streets in Rensselaer

12th – Glenn Passino Day w/ Brian Zappel Call for reservations (518) 463-2166 We are open from 9am to 3pm Monday Thru Friday we are Located on East And Herrick Streets in Rensselaer

17th – Citizenship and Constitution Day “Opal’s Retirement Party”

W/ Rocking Rob Carson (Chicken Patty Parmesan) Call for reservations (518) 463-2166 We are open from 9am to 3pm Monday Thru Friday we are Located on East And Herrick Streets in Rensselaer

Always looking to receive Donations of good and gently used clothing and shoes for our corner boutique all proceeds benefit senior programs

Rensselaer Senior Center Community Service Volunteers Needed

We Are Taking Empty Clear Pill Bottles Must Be See Thru

Calendar for Everett Wagar Senior Center

2 Roxborough Rd, Grafton NY

Sept 16 Haircuts by Appt

10:00 Chair Yoga

12:00 Congregate Lunch (Pot Luck)

12:30 Scrapbooking

1:00 Cards and Games

Sept 17 9:30 Aerobic Swimming

12:00 Congregate Lunch (Chicken Patty Parm)

1:00 Cards and Games

Sept 18 10:00 Chair Yoga

11:00 Eat Smart Demonstration

12:00 Congregate Lunch (Haddock)

1:00 Cards & Games

Sept 19 AARP Defensive Driving Course (pre-signup) 9 – 3:30

9:30 Aerobic Swimming

12:00 Congregate Lunch (Bacon Cheeseburger)

12:30 Knitting and Crochet Group

Sept 20 10:00 Chair Yoga

12:00 Special Lunch (Roast Beef Plate) w Music by Sal Graziano sponsored by BSNEN

Grafton Fitness Opportunities

Rensselaer County’s Everett Wagar Senior Center, 2 Roxborough Road, Grafton, has several opportunities to keep our residents 60 and older in shape. Chair Yoga is offered 3 times a week at no charge. This is a low-impact workout for the body and mind. Aerobic Swimming is available on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at the Bennington Rec Center with transportation. Water aerobics offers a resistance and buoyancy that cannot be experienced on ground. The center has a small exercise room with a treadmill and stationary bikes. Regular exercise reduces the risk of injury, decreased symptoms of depression, and improves mobility. Regular exercise can lower blood pressure, strengthen muscles, correct body posture, relieve pain and promotes weight loss. Residents 60 and older are encouraged to get into a good exercise routine. For more information, call the center at 518-279-3413.

Senior Domino Group Seeks More Players

The Town of East Greenbush Senior Domino Group meets each Wednesday from 12-3 PM in the Town Hall Community Room.

Join in the fun by stopping by any Wednesday to check it out! You do not need to be an experienced player. They will teach you. For questions call 518-477-4194.

Senior Center Grafton Groups

Rensselaer County’s Everett Wagar Senior Center, 2 Roxborough Road, Grafton, has 3 groups that meet on a regular basis. Groups include the Scrapbooking Group, the Quilting Club and the Stitching Chicks Knit and Crochet group.

Residents 60 and older have a good time, sharing ideas, patterns, and fellowship.

For more information on the groups, call 518-279-3413.

Poestenkill Seniors

Weekly meetings every Tuesday at 1pm at the Sullivan-Jones Post in Poestenkill. All seniors are welcome. Coffee and refreshments are served after the meeting, followed by Bingo and cards. The hall is handicapped accessible with sufficient parking. The Poestenkill Seniors have catered lunches, pizza, clam steams, fish fries and luncheons at various restaurants, informational talks on senior safety and bus trips to casinos, theaters and other points of interest.

Rensselaer Senior Center Community Service Volunteers Needed

Looking For Dedicated Seniors To Help With our Community Service Program Every Thursday After Lunch. Making Afghans and Lap Robes For People in Nursing Homes Stuffed Animals For The Pediatric Departments in hospitals and emergency rooms Heart Pillows for Heart and Lung Surgery patients This Is a Very Rewarding Program and we are Needing A Few More Angels to keep this program in place or if you are homebound and willing to Crochet or knit from home to help us out then Please Call us if Interested We Are Open Monday thru Friday 9am-3pm We are Located in Rensselaer on East And Herrick Streets Call For Further Info. 518-463-2166

We Are Taking Empty Clear Pill Bottles Must Be See Thru

Elder Abuse Workshop

Unfortunately in society today, many elders are reporting that they are experiencing forms of abuse and/or neglect. Some elders have reported that they did not recognize that the way they were being treated was abusive, until they learned about the various types of elder abuse. Additionally, those that do recognize the abuse, do not always know where to turn for help. Many elders have reported feeling helpless to stop the abuse, or that they have to tolerate it, in order to continue to live in their homes, or to get the support they need to get to medical appointments or to the grocery store.

This workshop focuses on:

1. Identifying the many types of abuse and neglect that elders may experience

2. Empowering everyone to take action (in a safe manner) when they see/hear of abuse

3. Offer options for supports/safety to help those that experience the abuse

4. Provide hope to elders, that they do not need to remain in abusive situations.

By training elders and the community at large, we are hoping to raise awareness of this serious issue, and to help decrease it’s prevalence through ongoing education and resources. This free public workshop will be presented September 16th, at 6:00 pm by staff in the Sexual Assault and Crime Victims Assistance Program of St. Peter’s Heath Partners. Advanced registration is recommended. For more information call the library at 274-7071 or online at The Troy Public Library is located at 100 Second Street, Troy, NY.

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 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

Sports & Recreation

Home Waters

Home Waters Chapter of Trout Unlimited is holding their monthly meeting on Thursday, September 12 at 6:00 PM at the Grafton Lakes State Park Welcome Center, which is located at the end of the main parking lot. If main gates are closed, please enter via the Winter Entrance at the four corners in Grafton.

This month we will be fishing on Long Pond From 6:00 – 7:00 PM before the business meeting, if weather permits. If you do not have your own rod we do have a few loaners along with some other gear available for you to use.

RSVP is required if you need to borrow equipment to the email address below so we have sufficient equipment available. A fishing license is required.

Business meeting immediately following along with light fare and refreshments. All are encouraged and welcome to attend.

Contact us at or 518-326-6201 for more information

Capital District Recovery Center Presents Bowling For Recovery

In Memory of Marcus Kaplan, All You Can Play: Laser Tag-Bowling-Games with 2 slices of pizza and Soft Drinks, Located at Spare Time, 1668 Route 9, Clifton Park, NY 12065, Saturday, September 14, 2019, Entry $25, 4:00-7:00 PM. Tickets available NOW!!, at Center on 45 Colvin Ave, 2nd Floor, Albany, NY 12206, 518-487-4617.

We’re Knocking Out Alzheimer’s

Come and join us by knocking some bowling pins to End Alzheimer’s!

Where: Hi-Way Recreation Bowling Alley 115 Main Ave Wynantskill,

Date: Saturday September 14th, 2019

Time: 2:00 to 5:00pm

Cost: $20.00pp to include 3 games/shoes. A portion of the proceeds will be going to the 2019 Walk to End Alzheimers.

Who: open to the public, bring your family and friends!

Team “Knocking our Alzheimer’s will be hosting this event. There will a chance at a 50/50. and Alzheimer’s information will be available.

Please come out and support the 2019 Walk To End Alzheimer’s.

Bennington Battlefield Announces September Events

On September 14th at 1:00 PM there will be a guided tour of the battlefield. A mix of driving and walking is required. Visitors will meet under the flagpole.

On September 21st at 1:00 PM there will be a guided hike of Battle Loop Trail covered approximately one mile over moderate terrain. Visitors will meet under the flagpole.

On September 29th, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, the battlefield will host the 34th Regiment of Foot. The 34th Regiment will be demonstrating the drill, battle tactics, and everyday life of a British soldier in Burgoyne’s Army in 1777. This event is free and open to the public.

10th Annual Rensselaer Plateau Traverse

Saturday, September 14-Sunday, September 15

Rensselaer Plateau Traverse Hike

Pineridge Cross Country Ski Center, 1463 Plank Road, Petersburgh NY

Co-sponsored by Rensselaer Plateau Alliance, Rensselaer Land Trust, Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center, Friends of Dyken Pond, and Pineridge Cross Country Ski Area.

Join the company of enthusiastic hikers and nature lovers for one or both days of this fun annual adventure!

Saturday, Sept 14: We’ll meet at Pineridge Cross Country Ski Area at 7:30 am and take shuttle buses to our starting point just below the plateau escarpment. We will spend the day hiking back to Pineridge (about 16 miles – mostly on trails, but with some bushwhacking). Participants are welcome to pitch a tent and spend the night. We will have a potluck dinner after the Saturday hike. Sunday, Sept 15: We’ll leave Pineridge by 8 am on Sunday to hike to the other half of the Plateau (about 16 miles on trails, logging roads, and some bushwhacking). Shuttle buses will bring participants back to Pineridge at the end of the day.

Learn More/Register by contacting Dan at or calling the RPA office at 518-712-9211. Please register by Sept 12. $10 suggested donation covers the cost of the event and supports conservation in Rensselaer County.

Averill Park Road Runners Registration

Averill Park Road Runners is now taking registrations for the 2018 Cross Country season. The club is open to anyone ages 7-14 who likes running, playing games & having fun! AP School District residency is NOT required. Practices, starting 9/9, are at the AP High School Monday & Thursday evenings (optional Saturday mornings). There will be several meets with other teams throughout the season, finishing with participation in the November Junior Olympics. Registration is available at; $75 early registration fee includes a uniform; $85 after 8/26 ($10 sibling discount). Current U.S. Track and Field Association membership ($20) IS REQUIRED for insurance coverage. Contact for registration assistance or questions.

We’re a parent-run organization and parental involvement is required. This is a great place for children to try something different, make new friends, get exercise and have fun! All abilities and skill levels are welcome. See you at the track!

Golf Outing to benefit the After-School Arts Program on Sept 28th, 2019

Registration: 11:30AM

$100 per golfer

$380 foursome ($95 per golfer)

Includes Lunch, Golf Cart, Golf-18 Holes, Beverage Cart, Dinner (5:30) and Awards

$40 Dinner Only (5:30) including beer and wine

Please register by Sept 15th. Call the SLCA box office to reserve your spot today, at 518-674-2007 for electronic payment and additional information.

Check payment: Send to Nancy Dunn, 154 Glass Lake Rd, Averill Park, NY 12018

Town of North Greenbush FREE Annual Fishing Derby

On Saturday, September 28th, between 9- 12 p.m., The Adirondack Woodsmen along with The Bailey Mountain Fish & Game Club will be hosting the Town’s Annual FREE Fishing Derby. It will take place at Snyder’s Lake right in front of the pavilion. All children ages 6 to 12 are invited with an adult to come and learn to fish. Reservations are NEEDED to attend the derby. Please call John Snyder @ 518-283-6164 as soon as possible to reserve your spot, space is very limited. We will supply the poles and bait, so all you have to do and come and have fun! Our beach is located at 204 Geiser Road, Wynantskill, NY 12198 We hope to see you all for a fun filled day at the lake!!!

Steps2Cure NF

The 6th Annual “Steps2Cure NF” Walk/Run will take place on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at the South Pavilion in The Crossings of Colonie. Registration begins at 11AM, and the walk/run kicks off at noon!

Neurofibromatosis (NF) is a genetic disorder that causes tumors to form on the nerves anywhere in or on the body at any time. NF affects three times as many people as cystic fibrosis and muscular dystrophy combined, yet it is not commonly known. There is NO means of prevention, NO effective treatment, and NO CURE. Scientists have determined that NF research has broad implications for millions of Americans who are affected by hearing loss, visual impairment, cancer, brain tumors, seizures and learning disabilities — all of which can be symptomatic of NF.

Board members from Neurofibromatosis Northeast, Inc. and medical professionals from Albany Medical Center will be available at the event to answer questions and give insight into the illness and any progress being made by research toward a cure.

Please come out and help us keep hope alive for the 1.5 million people faced with Neurofibromatosis! Proceeds from this event will support Neurofibromatosis Northeast, a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. To preregister or make a donation, go online to For more information, call Brian (518) 469-7896 or Susan (518) 272-5693.

Square Dancing

You are invited to a free workshop in Western-style square dancing, offered by the Latham Circle Squares. Come and see what square dancing is all about. You will have fun while you learn a few square dance calls, meet other people, and learn what a square dance club can offer you.

Lessons begin the following Tuesday, September 17, 2019, at a cost of $9 per lesson. All are welcome, singles and couples, all ages.

Both the workshop and lessons are held in the United Methodist Church Hall, 568 Loudon Road, Loudonville, NY, at the intersection of US Route 9 and Maxwell Road (two traffic lights north of Siena College).

For further information, contact any one of us: Chuck (518) 355-0954; Julie (518) 399-7795; or Dan (518) 458-2721.

Run date 8/29-9/5

Averill Park Youth Basketball 2018-2019

APYB is excited to have another successful season with kids from Kindergarten to 12th Grade participating in Travel, CYO, Senior League, and Hoop Camp. All toll we have over 300 boys and girls who participate in our programs.

Volunteers are vital to the success of our program and we are looking for help in the following areas:

Head Coach/Assistant Coach – If you are a current coach for APYB or are interested in a position coaching/assisting with either a Travel (all local),CYO, or Sr. League team grades 3-12, please send an email to with the following information:


Grade you wish to coach or help with:

Experience coaching Basketball or any other sport:

Experience playing Basketball:

Our goal is to have all Coaches for the Girls and Boys ( Grade 4-8) Travel teams selected by September 6th. CYO and Sr. League coaches will be in place by mid-October.

Hoop Camp Coach/Helper – APYB offers Hoop Camp to Grade Levels K-6 on Saturdays from November to February. This year we are creating an “in-house” league as part of Hoop Camp, so kids learn some fundamentals, and play in competitive games. We are looking for parents, grandparents,etc.or any High School age kids that are looking for some volunteer hours and enjoy playing basketball.

If you are interested in helping out with Hoop Camp please send an e-mail to Please include the Grade Level that you would be interested in helping with.

Concession Committee – On Sundays during the Season APYB runs a concession to help offset the cost of Gym time and referees. We are in need of a few volunteers to join the Concession Committee to help with setting up concession, ensuring coverage, and purchasing items. If you are interested in helping out, please send an email to

If you have any questions or would like to discuss any of the volunteer opportunities, please feel free to call (518) 852-6560.

Greenbush Soccer Club- Fall Rec 2019 Registration is OPEN!

We offer the following divisions: Preschool (age 3 and 4), Kindergarten, 1st grade,2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th/5th grade, 6th/7th grade, 8th/9th grade.

Players living in the school district of East Greenbush, Schodack, and Rensselaer are welcome to join.

The season is 8 games playing Saturday’s September 7th 2019-October 26th 2019.

All players are required to wear shin guards.

Volunteers are needed for head coach and asst coach.

Any questions please email

Registration is online

Run date 8/29-9/19

East Greenbush Fire Company – 25th Annual Golf Outing

The East Greenbush Fire Company is hosting our 25th Annual Golf Outing on Sunday, September 22, 2019 at the Stadium Golf Course in Schenectady, New York. Check-in will begin at the course at 8:30 am and the outing will begin at 9:30 am. The cost is $125.00 per golfer, which includes all greens fees, cart, 18 holes of golf, breakfast at the Stadium, lunch “on the turn”, and a steak/clam bake back at our Pavilion (68 Phillips Road) at the conclusion of the event. There are also tickets for sale for those that may want to attend only the steak/clam bake. There will also be great prizes to be raffled off, including a cash 50/50.

The registration forms are available on our website – visit for more information.

Town of East Greenbush Adult Bocce

Bocce players meet in Onderdonk Park on Hampton Avenue at 5:45 PM each Thursday evening throughout the Spring and Summer.

The group is currently seeking more players. This is not a competitive league and it is a lot of fun with great people! Stop by any Thursday to see what’s it all about.

Any weather cancellations will be posted on the Town’s website and sent as a Nixle alert on the Town’s alert system. For questions call 518-477-4194.

The Importance of Youth Sports

Youth sports are necessary for kids to stay active and healthy as well as develop socially. Many youth sports programs have been in decline and this is very detrimental to upcoming generations.

Sports in general keep us healthier and give us a sense of community within our teams. For kids these teams allow them to develop socially and make friends. Many kids are so absorbed in electronics and are not establishing social skills necessary for the world. Youth sports provides a great way to connect kids and allow them to explore socially.

Sports also help kids stay active which has many health benefits for them short term as well as long term. Kids love to eat junk food and it is easier than ever to access it now. Youth sports help combat the negative effects that a poor diet can have and naturally leads to a healthier diet for those involved.

By having youth sports programs available to all kids we raise a healthier generation. They are more socially aware and prepared as well as physically healthy. The availability of these programs is important for communities to support the generations to come.

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