Sports & Recreation 04.04.19

Upcoming Programs at Grafton Lakes State Park

(Cropseyville, NY) – Join us for our upcoming spring programs:

Saturday, April 13th— Spring Scavenger Hunt at the Welcome Center, 10am-3pm. Drop-in anytime between 10am and 3pm at the Welcome Center to participate in the spring scavenger hunt! Start at the front desk, then go outside to enjoy some spring weather and an active challenge around the building or out on the trails! Family friendly and all ages welcome.

Saturday, April 20th– Birds and Bagels at the Welcome Center, 10am. Enjoy a bagel while observing our most active spring friends– the birds! $3 per person. Ages 8+. Program will be held inside. Pre-register: (518)-279-1155 and let us know what kind of bagel you would like.

Thursday, April 25th—Trout Discovery Day, 1-3pm. Come help us release trout into the park’s ponds! Bring a bucket for your fish friend and be ready for some fun fishy activities too! Event meets at the Deerfield Pavilion. $2/person or $5/family. Pre-registration required: (518)-279-1155.

Friday, April 26th—Tree, Tree, Hooray! at the Welcome Center, 1pm. Join us in celebrating Arbor Day by showing your tall forest friends some love! Enjoy a tree-themed craft and an outdoor walk (weather permitting). Family friendly. $2/person or $5/family. Pre-register: 518-279-1155.

Saturday, April 27th—Celebrate Earth Day at Grafton Lakes State Park at the Welcome Center, 1pm. Enjoy the spring weather and learn positive ways that you can make a difference in protecting the place we all call home– the earth! Games, activities, and a short hike (weather permitting) will make for a fun afternoon. Family friendly. $2/person or $5/family. Pre-register: 518-279-1155.


Creatures of the Air Series: April 6th and May 4th: 1-3pm

Grafton – The Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center is offering a series focusing on the flying animals of the Rensselaer Plateau. Youth will explore the amazing worlds of Bats (April 6) and Birds (May 4) through these interactive programs. Attend one or both sessions for $3 per session.

Session 1: Bats

Youth will learn about native bats and what makes them special, complete a bat themed craft and play a game to enhance understanding of how bats hunt. Preregistration required.

Session 2: Birds

Youth will learn about the adaptations that make birds unique from all other animals as well as how to identify common local birds by sight and sound. We will cover binocular use before taking a short hike to practice our identification skills and to explore habitat. Binoculars are available for loan to all participants. Preregistration required.

Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center is a Rensselaer County Park open daily during daylight hours for hiking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Preregister for all events by calling (518) 658-2055 or email dykenpond@gmailcom. Call for more information and a complete schedule of our winter events or visit



Guided Moonlit Walk at Schodack Island State Park

Schodack Landing, NY – Enjoy a free, family-friendly walk guided by Fran Martino at Schodack Island State Park on Friday, April 19, 2019. The program will meet at the Comfort Station, beginning promptly at 7:00 PM and ending at about 9:00 PM. The walk will cover 2 miles of easy terrain at a leisurely pace and will stop to view the illuminated Schodack Creek. Registration is suggested; please call the Park Office at (518) 732-0187. Please dress appropriately for the weather and bring a bottle of water and flashlight for safety. Sweatshirts will be available for purchase at the Park Office before the event.

For more Information about Schodack Island State Park events, please call the Park Office at (518) 732-0187, check out our Facebook Page Schodack Island State Park or visit


DEC Announces State of Salmon River Fishery Meeting

The public will have the opportunity to learn about the state of the Salmon River fishery at a public meeting to be held in Pulaski, Oswego County, on April 11, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Pulaski High School auditorium, 4624 Salina St., Pulaski.
“The Salmon River provides world-class angling opportunities that generate substantial recreational and economic benefits to the surrounding communities,” Commissioner Seggos said. “This first-ever State of the Salmon River meeting will provide an excellent opportunity for everyone interested in the river to interact with the professionals that study and manage the fishery and learn about the progress we’ve made to improve this fishery.” At the meeting, DEC will provide an overview of ongoing activities and report on recent progress toward achieving the objectives outlined in the plan. In addition, staff will review planned activities for the coming year. The meeting will provide ample time at the end of the scheduled program for the audience to ask questions and interact with the presenters.
For additional information, contact David Lemon, DEC Region 7 Fisheries Manager, at the Cortland office, (607) 753-3095 or email



East Greenbush-Castleton Youth Baseball League announces Little League registration

The East Greenbush-Castleton Youth Baseball League announces Little League registration for the 2019 season.

Come join us for 2019 Spring Recreation and Travel Baseball and take part in what is sure to be another exciting season in the largest youth sport in the world. Children born between September 1, 2006 and August 31, 2015 are eligible to play. Go to our new website,, and click on the registration tab to get started.

Time is running out – Enroll now so you don’t miss out!!

Also watch out for upcoming events such as Winter Clinics and Pitch, Hit and Run dates. Stay tuned and check our website ( and Facebook page ( EGCYBL) for regular updates and info.

For questions, please contact our Player Agent at:



Dance Alliance Pat & Sven Peterson Summer Dance Scholarship

The Dance Alliance of the Capital Region is proud to announce the Pat & Sven Peterson Summer Dance Scholarship program for Summer 2019! Dancers in grade 7 though sophomore year in college who are planning on attending a summer dance intensive program are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be a current student member of the Dance Alliance and for a small fee of $6.00 may join to become a member by going to

The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of the applicant’s past dance experience and potential to make a contribution in dance to the applicant’s local dance community or to the field of dance in general.  Preference is given to those who are in the Capital District and those who have not recently received a scholarship from the Dance Alliance. The deadline to apply is Sunday, April 28th, and all scholarship applicants will be notified of their status by Monday, May 20, 2019. To apply go to For questions contact Tina Baird at 518-581-1791 or


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



Brunswick Baseball League – 2019 House League Registration

Minors 13-16, Majors 17 & Up

The Brunswick Baseball League is currently registering players for the 2019 Minors & Majors House League programs. All players 13-16 and 17 & UP are eligible to register. The Brunswick Baseball League is an independent league, all interested players regardless of residence are welcome. The Minors program begins in late April and the Majors program begins on Memorial Day Weekend.

For additional information on all programs and to register, please visit our website at:

For any questions please call Mark Phillips @ 527-5757



Averill Park Road Runners Track and Field Program

Register now for the Averill Park Road Runners 2019 Track & Field season! The club is for anyone ages 7-14 who enjoys running, jumping, throwing and having FUN!  Events include sprints, distance running, hurdles, long jump, high jump, shot put, turbo javelin and discus. AP School District residency is NOT required. Practices at AP High School Monday & Thursday evenings and some optional Saturday mornings. Several meets throughout the season, from April 8th through the USATF Junior Olympics in July and August.

Registration and more information at  Registration fee includes a uniform ($65 before 3/18, increasing to $75, 3/18-4/8; and $90, 4/9-5/8; $10 sibling discount). Membership in the U.S. Track and Field Association ($20) is required and provides insurance coverage.  Contact for help with registration or questions.

We’re a parent-run organization, and parental involvement is required. All abilities and skill levels are welcome. See you at the track!


Berlin Central School 3rd annual 5K Walk/ Run & Wellness Fair

The Berlin Central School 3rd annual 5K Walk/Run & Wellness Fair will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2019.

*5K starts at 9am (see details below) *Wellness Fair 10am-3pm *The 5K proceeds will go to the following: 1.) The Berlin SMITH Scholarship – The SMITH Scholarship will go to a graduating Berlin student who demonstrates the following qualities: Service-Merit-Integrity-Truth-Honor in honor of Bob Smith, a Berlin Graduate. 2.) The Sturge Weber Foundation in honor of a current Berlin student, Evan Arena. There will be a Wellness fair following the 5K. We will have a variety of free activities for the young and old, alike. The focus for this event is as follows: Mental Wellness, Financial Wellness, Physical Wellness and Social Wellness/Safety. Starting at 10am at the top of each hour there will be games, presentations, and fun. There will be activities for all ages, food, and many local vendors/businesses sharing their expertise. The race will start in the Berlin Middle/High School parking lot at 9 am (race day registration 8-8:30 am). There is a registration fee for both walkers and runners: *Register before April 4th — $20 *Berlin students, register before April 4th — $10 *Race day registration will be $25. *Register by April 4th to be guaranteed a t-shirt!

Contact Ariel Gilbert. 518-258-7274.

Berlin Central Schools, PO Box 259, Berlin, NY 12022 ATTN: Mrs. Gilbert. Checks made payable to: Berlin Middle School Student Council



JDRF Sets One Walk Great Escape for Saturday, May 11

LATHAM, N.Y.— JDRF (formerly Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) Northeastern New York Chapter, the local branch of the national non-profit Organization dedicated to type 1 diabetes (T1D) research and The Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdom, are teaming up again for this year’s One Walk Great Escape.

One of the largest fundraising walks in the northeast, the event will take place at the popular Queensbury theme park on Saturday, May 11, the park’s opening weekend.

“We are thrilled to return to The Great Escape,” said JDRF Development Manager Danielle Unser Slater.  “The park is such a fun, family friendly location and an ideal site for our walkers, volunteers and sponsors to gather and fundraise to support critically needed T1D research and create a world without T1D. The Great Escape’s iconic lineup of thrills and entertainment offer tremendous value to our participants and create a fun, memorable day.”

“Last year, 1,600 participants raised $411,000. This year we are hoping to recruit 2,000 walkers who will raise more than $514,000,” she added.

Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and the walk starts at 11 a.m.  The route meanders through the park and ends back at the pavilion where lunch is served to all walkers.  The festivities include a Kid’s Zone, photo booth station, DJ, jumbotron, magician, and refreshments courtesy of SYSCO Albany.

“In order to maximize funds raised for T1D research, walkers who raise $100 or more will receive free park admission and our commemorative One Walk t-shirt,” explained Unser Slater. “For those who don’t reach that threshold, discount admission coupons will be available to use on walk day.  Walkers who opt not to go into the park because they didn’t raise the $100, don’t want to purchase a ticket, or simply choose not to, may return to their car and carry on with their day.  We look at going to the park as an added incentive, especially since a ticket to the Great Escape on any other day costs around $60.”

Since the walk will take place on Mother’s Day weekend, JDRF plans to provide a special Moms’ Tent for all mothers of children with T1D.  Sponsored by CAP COM Federal Credit Union, the tent will feature massage chairs, delicious mock-tails and a flower for each mom.

Participants who raise $1,000 or more will be assigned V1P status, giving them access to the V1P area, an exclusive V1P lanyard, front-of-the-line ride access, as well as a free go-cart or sky coaster ride!

Event parking is free. A discount room block is also available at Six Flags Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Waterpark. JDRF participants should use code “GES.”

For more information and to register, visit or call (518) 477-2873.

Sponsors include The Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdom, Swagelok, CAP COM Federal Credit Union, Sysco Albany, Hoffman Car Wash & Jiffy Lube, and Exyte.


Freihofer’s® Run for Women Announces New Ambassador Program

12 Women Chosen to Represent Race at Community Events, Regional Runs, and on Social Media

ALBANY, N.Y. — Officials at the Freihofer’s® Run for Women announced the launch of the event’s Ambassador Program, an initiative designed to encourage more women to get involved in one of the nation’s most prestigious all-women’s road races.

“As we head to the 41st Freihofer’s Run for Women, thousands of women have experienced the empowerment, joy, sisterhood and fun of the Freihofer’s Run for Women,” said FRW Co-Director Kristen Hislop. “But we know we can touch more lives, so we decided to introduce the Freihofer’s Run for Women Ambassador Team.”

The application process began in March and an outstanding group of women applied. A committee then reviewed the applications and whittled the field to 12 women who have not only made the event a part of their lives, but also have a strong social media presence and can inspire others to take part. These individuals will represent the race at community events, other regional runs, and on social media.

Chosen this year were: Trishna Begam (Latham, N.Y.), Jennifer Bell (Dalton, Mass.), Shea Foley (Slingerlands, N.Y.), Olivia Frempong (North Greenbush, N.Y.), Kristen Garzone (Troy N.Y.),

Kristen Hislop (Clifton Park, N.Y.), Jodie Johnson (Greenwich, N.Y.), Sharon Maltbie (Nassau, N.Y.), Amanda Perri (Albany, N.Y.), Natalie Scibetta (Easton, PA), Stephanie Wilkinson (Albany, N.Y.), and, Benita Zahn (Halfmoon, N.Y.)

“Everywhere I go women tell me stories of their first/ fastest/most fun/or comeback Freihofer’s Run for Women,” added Hislop. “We hope our Ambassadors will share their inspirational stories with even more women with the goal of encouraging others to experience the long-term benefits of a healthier lifestyle.”

All Ambassadors receive complimentary entry into the 2019 event, two free entries to give away, discount codes to offer at races and events, as well as great event merchandise to wear at area races.

For more information about the 41st annual Freihofer’s® Run for Women, 32nd annual Kids’ Run and 9th annual Freihofer’s® Junior 3K Run, visit From the home page, you can also link to the event’s Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube pages.

Event sponsors include the Charles Freihofer Baking Company, Price Chopper Supermarkets and The City of Albany. Media partners include 99.5 The River and the Times Union.


Intercounty Women’s Golf Assoc. Looking for Members

Join the Intercounty Women’s Golf Association – or, play as a guest at any of the events. Fun competition for all levels. Choose the courses you want to play – or play them all! All handicaps welcome. For approximately $45-50 per tournament: greens fees & cart, continental breakfast & lunch, prizes.

2019 schedule: Burden Lake, Sycamore, Winding Brook, Blackhead, Sunnyhill, Wiltwyck, Catskill, Red Hook, Frear Park, Rip Van Winkle, Windham, Rainbow, Thunderhart, Christman’s, Lazy Swan. $20 annual league fee. E-mail Val Chakedis for more information.


Sand Lake Town Board Seeking Park/Beach Advisory Committee Members

The Sand Lake Town Board is seeking 7-9 volunteers to serve on a Butler Park/Town Beach Advisory Committee. We are looking for committed, enthusiastic individuals wanting to assist the Town Board in setting priorities for improvements to these recreation areas. While the Committee will set its own meeting schedule and select its own Chairperson, the group should plan to meet twice monthly to review Park/Beach plans, establish development and spending priorities, obtain costs associated with suggested improvements, and make recommendations to the Town Board for consideration in the 2020 Budget.

We want this committee to represent as many demographics in the Town as possible. Prior town government involvement is not a prerequisite; in fact, we sincerely hope people with no prior experience will apply. It is an excellent way to become part of our town’s decision-making process and positively impact two important recreation resources for our town.

You may apply through the “Contact Us” and “Email a Question or Comment” on our Town website. Explain a bit who you are and why you are interested in serving on the committee. We will accept applications through April 19, 2019 and will form the committee shortly thereafter. If you have any questions, please reach out to Supervisor Perry at or call (518) 674-2026, ext. 112.

~Nancy Perry

Town Supervisor


Rensselaer Co. 4-H Participates at the Regional Hippology Contest

Front Row from left to right – Thomas Colaross and Karissa Scheeren; Middle Row left to right – Lauren Krongold, Kira Colarossi and Annabel Reynolds

Back Row left to right – Laura Schreiner, Alyssa Maiello, Brigham Logue, Lindsey Oswald, Nicole Tilley, Olivia Harrington, Emory Krongold and Rebekah Colarossi

CCE of Rensselaer County had the pleasure of recently coordinating and hosting the Regional 4-H Hippology Contest.  Congratulations and thank you to all the members, leaders and volunteers who chipped in and assisted with the contest and helped our Rensselaer County members prepare and participate in the regional 4-H Hippology Contest.  For the past couple of months, 4-H members participated in equine educational meetings and field trips to increase their knowledge of horses as well as prepare for the Regional Hippology Event.  We thank our hard-working coaches Rebekah Colarossi and Laura Schreiner and other volunteer instructors CharlieAnne Huffam, Forrest Johnson and Susan Goodermote.  Thank you also to other critical helpers for the contest, Megan Keenan, Annabel Reynolds, Amber and Lindsey Oswald.  4-H member Thomas Colarossi did great and participated for the first time as a Novice member.  The Rensselaer County junior team placed 1st and was comprised of Olivia Harrington, Nicole Tilley, Kira Colarossi, Karissa Scheeren, Lauren and Emory Krongold.  Individually, Olivia placed 1st, Nicole 2nd, Karissa 6th, Lauren 7th and Emory 9th.   Our senior team comprised of Brigham Logue and Alyssa Maiello placed 3rd and individually Brigham placed 1st and Alyssa 5th.  Our two senior members and junior players Olivia, Nicole, Karissa, Lauren and Emory have qualified to participate in the New York State 4-H Hippology Contest that will be held in conjunction with the New York State Fair.   Thanks again to all that made Hippology Season possible.  The regional contest was open to 9 counties from the Capital District.  The event always allows a great venue for challenging youth to sharpen their teamwork skills as well as their Equine Industry knowledge.

To learn more about this and other 4-H Youth Development Programs, contact your respective county Cooperative Extension office.


Friends of the Bennington Battlefield Receives Grant to Create Interpretive Signage

Hoosick, NY – The Friends of the Bennington Battlefield was awarded an $8,500 matching grant from the Environmental Protection Fund’s (EPF) Park and Trail Partnership Program to design and install interpretive signage through the site. The Friends will have to raise an additional $1,500 in matching funds, for a $10,000 total project budget.

The grant announced on March 19 is one of 22 awards totaling $450,000 for organizations dedicated to the stewardship and promotion of New York’s State Parks and Historic Sites. The grants, funded through the EPF, will be matched by almost $150,000 in private and local funding and will support projects to strengthen Friends groups and enhance public access and recreational opportunities at state parks and historic sites across the state. The Park and Trail Partnership Program grants are administered by the State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation and Parks & Trails New York, a statewide non-profit group.

Friends groups—nonprofit organizations often made up entirely of volunteers—are essential to the stewardship and promotion of our state park system. These dedicated groups raise private funds for capital projects; perform maintenance tasks; provide educational programming; and promote public use through hosting special events.

The project at Bennington Battlefield will complement existing signage and expand the scope of interpretation to previously uninterpreted points on the battlefield. The first engagement of the battle, portions of which are preserved by the current state historic site, was fought at many positions spanning more than half a mile. It is hoped that visitors to the site will walk away with a deeper appreciation of the pivotal events that unfolded there August 16, 1777.

The Park and Trail Partnership Program grants are open to organizations that support parks, trails, historic sites and public lands, and are administered by PTNY, in partnership with OPRHP.

More information about the grant program is available at

More information on the Park and Trail Partnership Program can be found at or by calling 518-434-1583.


Senior Golf Partners Wanted

The first nine-week session for two senior golf leagues is looking for duffers, golfers who want to have fun and do not want to keep score.  The revitalized Pheasant Hollow Golf Course is reserving Thursday and Monday mornings at eight thirty for these two leagues.  Golf clubs to use are available in the Pro Shop.
RENSSELAER SENIOR CENTER GOLF LEAGUE:  Starting Thursday, May 2nd. Call the Center for more information (518) 463-2166.
EAST GREENBUSH GOLF LEAGUE:  Starting, Monday, May 6th.  Call (518) 423-5010.


Grafton Lakes State Park Seeks Volunteers For I Love My Park Day

(Cropseyville, NY) – Grafton Lakes State Park will be hosting their annual I Love My Park Day event on Saturday, May 4th. Volunteers will join friends of all ages for a morning of service on park trails, shores, and fields. The parks will thank their volunteers with tasty morning refreshments and a free t-shirt! Check-in is at 9am at the Welcome Center, with the event wrapping up at noon. Scout troops, outdoor clubs, families and anyone interested are all welcome.

For more information about park events or to pre-register for I Love My Park Day, please call Grafton’s welcome center at 518-279-1155 or find the online registration site through For future program information you can also visit the “Grafton Lakes State Park” Facebook page.

For more information, call 518-474-0456 or visit, connect on Facebook, or follow on Twitter.



A New Sport That Will Last A Lifetime

Here’s your opportunity to learn a new sport that will last a lifetime.  Fly Fishing!!  Home Waters Chapter of Trout Unlimited will be offering clinics and guest speakers at their monthly meetings.  The April meeting will be held on Thursday, April 11, 2019, 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.

Our guest speakers this month will be Elizabeth Mosher and Natalie Ohl who will speak about taxonomy of streams.  Elizabeth earned a Bachelor’s of Science from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Conservation Biology. Her undergraduate honors thesis was focused on comparing the macroinvertebrates assemblage into very distinct central NY lakes. Elizabeth now works as Field and Laboratory Coordinator and Aquatic Arthropod Taxonomists at Watershed Assessment Associates. Elizabeth holds two Society of freshwater Sciences Taxonomy Certifications.

Natalie Ohl earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Ecology, Environment, and Evolution from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Her work was on the thermal preference of two species of darters under the threat of predation. She is working to complete her Masters of Water Science from Murray State University studying the re-colonization of macroinvertebrates and Ledbetter embayment on Kentucky Lake. Natalie has been a professional aquatic macroinvertebrates taxonomists for eleven years identifying macroinvertebrates from across the United States and Canada. She currently works at Watershed Assessment Associates as a Senior Taxonomists. Natalie holds five Society of Freshwater Sciences Taxonomy certifications.

A short business meeting immediately following the presentation.  All are encouraged and welcome to attend. Mark your calendar and we hope to see you there. Contact us at or 518-326-6201 for more information.



Clayton Besch of West Sand Lake Competes at NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships

WORCESTER, MA — Clayton Besch took part in the 2019 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships and garnered at least one All-America honorable mention nod.

The Worcester Polytechnic Institute men’s swimming & diving 200-yard medley relay earned All-America honorable mention status recently at the 2019 NCAA Division III Championships, hosted by the ODAC and Greensboro Aquatic Center. The Engineers end the first day tied with Calvin for 14th place with 12 points.

Sophomore Clayton Besch took part in the prelims and clocked a 21.30 in the 50-yard freestyle.

The WPI men’s 400-yard medley relay team secured All-America honorable mention accolades on the second day of the 2019 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships, hosted by the ODAC and Greensboro Aquatic Center. The Engineers enter the third day with 16 points, which is tied with Albion for 20th place out of 36 scoring teams.

Bauer, Chen, Besch and graduate student Craig Barrett finished seventh in the consolation final to place 15th overall with a 3:19.39.

Besch, Barrett, Miralda and Bauer began the day with a 19th-place 1:23.61 in the 200-yard freestyle relay, an improvement of .66 on the time clocked by Barrett, Perry, Chen and Miralda at the NEWMAC Championships (1:24.27). Besch then paced a trio of Engineers in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 49.61.

Between Bauer’s swims, the 800-yard freestyle relay team of Besch, Barrett, Miralda and Chen posted a 20th-place time of 7:02.17.

The Engineers are 16th out of 44 scoring teams with 33 points heading into the final day that features the 100-yard freestyle (Besch), 200-yard backstroke (Bauer) and the 400-yard freestyle relay.

Earlier in the day, Besch posted a 47.31 in the 100-yard freestyle before teaming with Barrett, Perry and Miralda to hand in a 3:09.85 in the 400-yard freestyle relay.

As a team, the Engineers tied for 17th, one spot shy of the record set by the 2017 squad, with a total of 49 points. Sixteen points were a result of the medley relays that saw all six WPI student-athletes secure All-America honorable mention accolades.



Trout Discovery Day at Grafton Lakes State Park

(Cropseyville, NY) – Grafton Lakes State Park will be hosting Discovery Day on Thursday, April 25th, from 1-3pm. Trout find a healthy home in the park’s ponds, and you can release them into the water with us! We’ve been raising them since November and now is your chance to see them swim free. Bring a bucket for your fish friend and be ready for some fun fishy activities too! To find event, enter main park entrance on Route 2 and park where directed in Deerfield Pavilion. Staff will direct you down the hill to Second Pond. $2/person or $5/family. Please pre-register: 518-279-1155.

For more information on any of these recreation areas, call 518-474-0456 or visit, connect on Facebook, or follow on Twitter.


Spring 4-H Shooting Sports Session for Youth

The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County 4-H Youth Development program is holding a four week 4-H Shooting Sports session. This program is for youth ten and older who would like to learn about the safe and responsible use of archery equipment and firearms as well as equipment maintenance and other related topics. In doing so, the 4-H Shooting Sports program provides opportunities for youth to gain valuable skills, practice leadership, and build relationships with non-parent adults. This 4-H Shooting Sports session will meet on Thursdays, May 2, 9, and 16 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. There will be a mandatory safety class on Thursday, April 25, at 6:00pm at the CCE office, located at 61 State St., Troy, on the second floor. There is a $40.00 registration fee for 4-H members and $50.00 for non-members. Pre-registration is required, and registration will be limited. To register a youth, or for more information, please contact Eileen DePaula at 518-272-4210 or No one shall be denied the opportunity to participate or receive information based on their ability to pay. If you have special needs that we can accommodate please let us know at the time of your call.

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