Sports & Recreation 05.16.19

Form a team and join the fight to end Alzheimer’s!

Did you ever think of starting a team to help eliminate Alzheimer’s disease? You’re invited to attend a session on how to start a team and participate in the 2019 Walk to End Alzheimer’s. It’s easy to sign up, and it is an extremely rewarding experience. Join us in the fight for Alzheimer’s first survivor!

In the session, we’ll share ideas about how to register your team, team building, and fundraising. Teams can be just one person or as many as you like! One in three people know someone who is living with Alzheimer’s. Here is your chance to help improve their lives and prevent others from having to live with this devastating disease.

Please drop in to learn more on one of the dates and locations below. Stop in any time during the time frame listed. If you have any questions, please feel free to call Lori Gardner at (518) 461-1439 or Thorel Mead at (518) 283-3077. Help us make a difference!

Please join us on:

May 22, 2019- Fowler Doyle Spiess & Florsch, PLLC, 5:30-7:00pm, 317 Brick Church Road (Town of Brunswick) Troy, NY 12180.

June 21, 2019- Longest Day Unbreakable Nutrition, 6:00am-6:00pm, 12 Mall Way #1, Averill Park, NY 12018

June 22, 2019- Times Union Center (Albany Empire game), 3:30pm – end.

August 6, 2019- Brunswick Community Center, 6:30-8:00, Concert in the park.

We hope to see you there!
Together we can help end Alzheimer’s disease!


Upcoming Programs at Grafton Lakes State Park

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

Saturday, May 18th—Climb to the Top of the Fire Tower at 1pm: Take a hike! Join an environmental educator for a guided 3-mile hike to the historic Dickinson Hill Fire Tower. On a clear day you can observe the Adirondack Mountains, the Green Mountains, and the Taconic Range from the top of the tower. Program meets at 1:00pm at the Welcome Center before driving to the trailhead. Please RSVP at (518)-279-1155.

Saturday, May 25th—Grafton Lakes State Park’s Beach opens for 2019 season! Daily beach hours through Labor Day are 10am-6pm with gate fees $8/car.

Saturday, May 25th—Birding with a Naturalist at 8:30am: Get your inner bird-nerd on as we look for nesting and migrating birds, and maybe even an eagle! Beginners and enthusiasts welcome. Program meets at the Mill Pond parking area. This program is designed for ages 9 and up. Please bring binoculars if you have them. Call to pre-register at (518)-279-1155 and let us know if you need a pair of binoculars.

Monday, May 27th—Memorial Day Sand Sculpture Contest from 12-3pm. Who will bring their best “grain game” to the beach this year? Register at 12pm by the Lifeguard Station at Long Pond Beach. Must provide your own tools and props. Judging at 2pm, awards at 3pm. Free to enter, prizes for all!

Saturday, June 1st—National Trails Day at 9am. Join us for a morning of service in the park, and we’ll thank you with a complimentary barbecue and raffle of goodies! Check-in at 9am at the Grafton Welcome Center, trail work 9:30am-noon, followed by lunch. Please RSVP so we have projects and food for all: 518-279-1155.


Kelsey’s Promise Foundation 1st Annual KP5K run/walk and fitness day

Kelsey’s Promise Foundation will host its first annual KP5K run/walk and fitness day on Sunday, May 19, 2019, at 9:00 am at the Averill Park High School. For kids we have a children’s fun run starting at 8:30 am with medals for all participants, face painting, kindness rock painting and a free Fun & Fitness class for kids ages 3 and up. The 5K run/walk has t-shirts for the first 200 registrants and medals to the top 3 males and females in each age group. Fitness classes are offered throughout the day and include yoga, boot camp, Zumba, Pound, and family yoga. Food trucks will be on site from the Mess Hall, Having a Melt Down and Carol’s Place, as well as specialty teas from Unbreakable Nutrition. We’ve got something for everyone. Join us and help Kelsey’s Promise raise funds for social work support for pediatric brain tumor patients and families at the Melodies Center at Albany Med.

To register please visit and follow the event link.


Burden Lake CC Wednesday Ladies League Results

The Betty Heller Memorial Golf League (a.k.a Wednesday Ladies League) began its season on April 24th.  Team DiIorio (12.5pts) beat Team Bryce (5.5pts) and Team Hammond (11pts) beat Team Squazzo (7pts).  Low net scores were Cindy Keeler (36), Sandy Morley (37) and Heather Morrison (38).

The results from May 1st are as follows:  Team DiIorio (11.5pts) beat Team Hammond (5.5pts) and Team Squazzo (9.5pts) beat Team Bryce (7.5 pts).  Low net scores were Jen DiIorio (38), Peg Squazzo (39) and June MacGilfrey (39).

League standings are: 1st place Team DiIorio (24pts); 2nd place tie Team Hammond (16.5pts) and Team Squazzo (16.5pts); 4th place Team Bryce (13pts).


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.



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.


WGAWB Tournament Results

On Wednesday, May 8, the Women’s Golf Association of Winding Brook held a “Replace One hole on the front and back with par” Tournament.
With a net score of 68, Mary Kay Longo was the winner. Tied for second place with a net score of 70, were Pam Rybka and Paula Sancomb. Paula Sancomb won the “chip in” with a birdie on the 8th hole.


Volunteers Needed for National Trails Day at Grafton Lakes State Park

National Trails Day is the perfect opportunity to help clean up local parks. On Saturday, June 1st, Grafton Lakes State Park will be hosting the 26th Annual National Trails Day – the nation’s annual celebration of trails. The park invites volunteers of all ages to help clean up and improve trails on Saturday morning and indulge in the trail activities they enjoy most in the afternoon.

Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. at the park’s new Welcome Center; refreshments and snacks will be available. Cleanup and improvement of the trail system will take place between 9:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. and will be followed by a complimentary barbecue picnic and raffle for all volunteers. After the barbecue, participants are encouraged to enjoy the trails and park. Reservations must be made in advance for the barbecue by calling the Grafton Lakes State Park Office, or emailing at, no later than May 29th, 2019.

Please join park staff on June 1st to enjoy and celebrate public trails. For more information about this event, please contact Grafton Lakes State Park at (518) 279-1155.


Burden Lake Assoc. Golf Outing Fundraiser

A Burden Lake Association Golf Outing Fundraiser will be held on Sat., June 8th, at the Burden Lake Country Club, 162 Totem Lodge Rd., Averill Park. All proceeds will go toward the Water Quality Fund.

9-9:30 am Check in and continental breakfast.
10 am shotgun start.
Light lunch when golfing is complete.
$110 per player/$400 per foursome…scramble format.
Registration deadline: June 1st. Non-golfing guests are invited to purchase lunch.
For more information on golfing, sponsoring, etc., contact event coordinators: Mark Esslie at 518-852-4828, Mike Durant at 518-526-1016.
Please support us in this fundraiser.


Madison Stern Memorial Scholarship Cornhole Classic

Madison Stern Memorial Scholarship Cornhole Classic will be held on Sun., June 2nd, at the Averill Park High School.

APHS Madi’s Angel Pigs, Student Government and Madi’s Team are joining forces for a fun afternoon filled with everyone’s favorite things.
Registration begins at 11:00 am.
Tournament to start at 12:00 noon.
Reserve your team’s entry today for $40 per team of 2.

Limit of 50 teams. Each team member will receive a t-shirt with entry.

  • Chicken BBQ available for purchase
  • 50/50 raffle
  • Gift Card Pull
  • Face painting and so much more!! ‍‍‍

All ages are welcome.

All funds raised will be donated to The Annual Madison Frances Stern Memorial Scholarship at Averill Park High School.

Please use the following link to register your team,

If you would like to order a t-shirt you can use the link or contact



Renss. Co. 4-Hers Participate in State Horse Bowl Contest

Horse Bowl Jr Team Left to right – Grace Huffam, Lindsey Oswald, Nicole Tilley, Olivia Harrington and Madison Bulan

Rensselaer County 4-H members participated in the New York State 4-H Horse Bowl Contest recently held at Cornell University.  Rensselaer County fielded a Junior Team for the state Horse Bowl Contest lead by Captain Olivia Harrington of Troy and team members Grace Huffam also of Troy, Lindsey Oswald of Cherry Plain, Madison Bulan of Wynantskill and Nicole Tilley of Averill Park.  The Rensselaer County Junior Team placed 1st overall and individually Olivia placed 6th, Madison 7th and Grace 9th.  Congratulations to our members, and a huge thank you to our Horse Bowl Coach, CharlieAnne Huffam and all the parents, volunteers and contest coordinators for making this state level contest possible.

4-H Equine Educational events foster networking and enhance the development of life skills and STEM abilities through Equine Science.  For more information about this program, and other 4-H Youth Development opportunities, contact your respective Cornell Cooperative Extension office.


Town of East Greenbush Senior Chair Yoga

Chair Yoga will continue at 11 AM on Wednesdays in the East Greenbush Town Hall Community Room through the end of June and then break for the summer months.  If you would like to join, give us a call at 518-477-4194 or walk ins are welcome.

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, breathwork 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.


3rd Annual #SeanStrong5k

The 3rd Annual Sean Strong 5k event will be held on Saturday, June 8, 2019.


Where: Howard L. Goff Middle School, Gilligan Road, East Greenbush

Registration Fee: $30 — Run & Walk ($35 day of)

$15 — Kids 1 Mile
Kids Sprint Free! (must register)
Water & Refreshments will be provided!
T-Shirt Included!

For more info contact:

*All Proceeds benefit Dana Farber Cancer Institute Pediatric brain tumor research*

#SeanStrong5k – Sponsorship Levels
To Honor Sean’s Favorite Sport

1st Base: $100
Company name listed on Board at Registration, 1st tier listing on Tee Shirt and in Race Packet

2nd Base: $250
Company name listed on Social Media, Board at Registration, 2nd tier listing on Tee Shirt and in Race Packet

3rd Base: $500
Company name listed on Social Media, Board at Registration, 3rd tier listing on Tee Shirt and in Race Packet

Home Run: $750
Company name listed on Social Media, Board at Registration, Company Logo on Tee Shirt and in Race Packet and at the Water Stop

Grand Slam: $1,000
Company name listed on Social Media, Board at Registration, top listing of logo on Tee Shirt and in Race Packet and at the Water Stop.


2019 Nassau Sportsmen’s Club

Kids Fishing Derby

Date— Saturday, June 8th, registration starts—8am
Derby times— 9am to 12pm
Derby is for all kids 0 to 16 yrs. old.
Bring a fishing pole and have fun!
Bait and hooks provided.
Bring your own chair.
After fishing, stick around for lunch and prizes.
Location- Club Pond at 370 Boyce Rd Nassau, NY.



Kiwanis Summerfest

Benefit Tennis Tournament Registration

If top spin, back hand, drop shot and volley are part of your sport, then the Kiwanis Club of Sand Lake has a racket for you.

Saturday, June 8th, at the Averill Park High School tennis courts.
Registration fees: $20.00 for singles; $40 for doubles team for each category entered

For additional information, call Joe Behson at 674-8407 or Bruce Perry at 674-2475.

Kiwanis Tennis Tournament Registration Form
(Please Print Carefully)

Please indicate in which category(s) you wish to compete.

$20 for Singles. $40 for Doubles Teams.
Women’s Singles __________
Women’s Doubles__________
Men’s Singles __________
Men’s Doubles __________
Mixed Doubles __________
Women’s Century Doubles* ______________
Men’s Century Doubles* __________
*Both players must be 50 years of age or older.
ADDRESS_______________________________________ CITY____________________
STATE__________ZIP______Email address_____________

WAIVER: In consideration of my entry being accepted, I do hereby for myself, heirs, executors, or assigns waive and release any and all rights and claims for damages I may have against the Kiwanis Club of Sand Lake, and any and all sponsors and their representatives, and assigns or any official or participant for any and all injuries I may suffer in connection with the Kiwanis Benefit Tennis Tournament. Further, I stipulate that I am physically fit and capable to participate in this event. And I hereby grant full permission to any and all the foregoing to use any photographs, videotapes, motion pictures, recordings or any other record of this event for any legitimate purpose.
Please make checks payable to: Kiwanis Club of Sand Lake
Mail entries to: Joe Behson, 39 Summit Drive, Averill Park, NY 12018.



Annual Spring Bird & Nature Walk at Oakwood Cemetery

Join the fun on Saturday, May 18th, at 8am as the Friends of Oakwood enjoy the beauty of a morning stroll through the cemetery. Get your daily steps in while you experience what Nature has to offer.

Knowledgeable guides will lead us as we visit a variety of habitats and look for migrating birds as well as all sorts of wildlife! In the past, we’ve seen Bluebirds, Orioles, a Muskrat, Deer and even Vultures and Hawks. Bring binoculars if you have them. A few loaner binoculars will be available. Beginners welcome. Registration preferred. 518-328-0090. Pay on arrival. $15.pp A reduced-rate follow-up walk may be offered exclusively to participants. Meet by the Earl Chapel.   Rain date: May 19 – Check our FB page for updates.

The Friends of Oakwood is a non-profit volunteer group working to support the preservation and maintenance of the non-sectarian Earl Chapel and grounds of Troy’s still-active historic 19th C. Oakwood Cemetery. New members are always welcome.




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


Burden Lake Junior Ambassadors of Golf

Ron Choquette came up to Burden lake from the Jersey Shore in 1983. For over 30 years, Ron taught Juniors how to play the game of golf. Some Juniors went on to play in College and one became a PGA Professional. Over 2500 kids learned the game of Golf from Ron. This summer, Ron is coming out of retirement to run the Junior Golf Program.

As a kickoff to summer, we are offering an award for two junior golfers as BLCC Ambassadors of Golf. The two ambassadors will get a free membership to Burden Lake Country Club, a set of golf clubs and the chance to meet PGA Professionals at the Traveler’s Championship in Hartford, Connecticut.

To participate for the Junior Ambassador of Golf, you must be between the age of 10 to 17 and a resident of Rensselaer County. We have a questionnaire to fill out on our website, All questionnaires should be filled out and returned by May 20th. We will announce the winners by June 1st.

We plan to make this an annual award to help promote junior golf in the area. Ron made a commitment to Junior Golf a long time ago, and we plan to keep the commitment in the future.


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