Sports & Recreation

Sports & Recreation 06.03.21

BLCC Women’s Wednesday Golf League Results

AVERILL PARK – The results of the BLCC Women’s Wednesday Golf League from matches played on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 are:

Team Jewell defeated Team Messier (13 points to 6.5 points) and Team Squazzo defeated Team Morrison (10.5 points to 5.5 points) on the front nine holes of BLCC in the 4th week of league play.

Low net scores were recorded by June MacGilfrey (32), Myra Johnson (36) and Brooke Hastings (36). Congratulations!

Thirty-two of 39 league members participated.

Team Standings following the fourth week of play:

1st place – Team Jewell 33.5 points

2nd place – Team Squazzo 25.5 points

3rd place – Teams Messier and Morrison 23.5 points

Grafton Lakes State Park to Hold National Trails Day

CROPSEYVILLE – Grafton Lakes State Park and the Friends of Grafton Lakes State Park will host a National Trails Day event on Saturday, June 5th. The summer has just begun, and the park could use your help! Join us to restore and maintain the trail system. Pre-registration is required. Spots are limited. The event is free of charge and will take place from 8:30 AM – 12 PM.

Has the outdoors been a haven for you during the pandemic? Have you had the privilege of enjoying Grafton Lakes State Park’s 25 miles of hiking and biking trails? The park invites patrons to help clean up and improve trails on Saturday morning and indulge in the trail activities they enjoy most in the afternoon. There will be a range of projects good for all abilities. This event is geared specifically towards adults, minimum age of 13.

Please call Grafton Lakes State Park to register: 518-279-1155.

Please take note of the following COVID-19 safety protocols and precautions. Trails projects will be kept small to limit exposure. Masks will be required during registration and anytime six feet social distance cannot be maintained. The location for the event will be shared upon registration.

Registrants will agree to not attend if they are experiencing any symptoms, have been in contact with someone who recently tested positive or is suspected to have COVID-19.

Clean up and trail improvement will take place between 8:30am and 12:00pm. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own lunch to enjoy afterwards. To make this possible, Grafton Lakes State Park is proud to partner with local trails clubs and organizations.

At the event you can purchase any of our 50th anniversary merchandise! We have t-shirts, face masks, water bottles, stickers, and carabiners!

All participants will get their hours recorded towards our new 2021 volunteer benefits program!

National Trails Day at Dyken Pond EEC

GRAFTON –  Saturday, June 5: 9am – 12pm. Help complete trail and shoreline work to get the Center ready for the summer hiking season. Snacks provided. Bring your own work gloves, water bottle and tools. Preregistration required (518) 658-2055 or dykenpond@nullgmail.com. Your registration is not complete until you receive confirmation from the Center. All programs are limited to 10 individuals.

Tuesday Treks at Dyken Pond EEC

GRAFTON – Every Tuesday: 12:30 – 2:30pm. Join Leonard Tremblay on a 2-3 mile hike at a moderate pace exploring the wilds of Dyken Pond Center. Each week we’ll discover new ground and nature. Hikes may be cancelled in bad weather. Preregistration required. Free. Donations welcome. (518) 658-2055 or dykenpond@nullgmail.com. Your registration is not complete until you receive confirmation from the Center. All programs are limited to 10 individuals.

Mindful Earth Walk for Kids at Dyken Pond EEC

GRAFTON – June 13: 10:30am – 12pm. Open up to the sights and sounds of nature as we develop a playful sense of awareness, joy and relationship to our planet Earth.  Mindfulness for kids teaches resilience to stress and develops compassion, attention, curiosity and  empathy. Preregistration required. Free. Suggested donation: $3.  Led by Lisa Hoyt. (518) 658-2055 or dykenpond@nullgmail.com. Your registration is not complete until you receive confirmation from the Center. All programs are limited to 10 individuals.

Schodack Valley Golf Tournament

SCHODACK – Calling all golfers! The members of the Schodack Valley Volunteer Fire Company are proudly hosting our 18th golf tournament on Thursday June 17th. Event will be held at the Winding Brook C.C. in Valatie NY. This is a best ball scramble. Registration begins at 9am with a 10am shotgun start. Entry fee is $80. This includes 18 holes of golf,cart,light breakfast,lunch and beverages all day. If you are interested in joining us, or sponsoring a hole, please call Jim at 518-466-4008.

East Greenbush Pop Warner

EAST GREENBUSH – Registration is now open for our 2021 Football, Cheer & Dance season! Ages 5 to 16, all skill levels welcome! Competitive training without the high cost of other programs. https://tshq.bluesombrero.com/egpw

Mindful Nature Walk at Dyken Pond EEC

GRAFTON – Saturday, June 19: 1pm-3pm. Join Sandy Wilson from Spirit of Dragonflies, LLC to celebrate the wonders of the outdoors! For those of you who have never experienced a Mindful Nature Walk we will be experiencing the benefits of “Forest Bathing.” Don’t worry, Forest Bathing requires no shower cap and involves no actual bathing in water. Called Shinrin-Yoku where it originated in Japan, it is the wellness practice of being in the present moment and opening up our senses to fully take in the forest atmosphere. This type of slow walking ‘sauntering’, deep breathing, present-centered awareness, and observation in nature is shown to reduce stress, boost our moods, and strengthen our immune systems. Donations accepted if you are able. Suggested donation: $10, but truly any amount is welcome. (518) 658-2055 or dykenpond@nullgmail.com. Your registration is not complete until you receive confirmation from the Center. All programs are limited to 10 individuals.

Pondering Ponds at Dyken Pond EEC

GRAFTON – Saturday, June 19: 10am-11:30am. Ever wonder what lives in ponds? Come find out just what is lurking at the bottom of these essential bodies of water. Catch and release frogs, salamanders, insects and other creepy crawlies. Preregistration required. Suggested donation $3. (518) 658-2055 or dykenpond@nullgmail.com. Your registration is not complete until you receive confirmation from the Center. All programs are limited to 10 individuals.

Learn to Fish at Dyken Pond EEC

GRAFTON – Saturday, June 26: 9:30am-11am. If you’ve never picked up a fishing pole before, today’s program is for you! Fishing basics and safety will be covered. Leave with the confidence to fish independently or to better assist your kids. This program coincides with NY’s “Free Fishing Days” so a license is not required 6/26/21-6/27/21. Poles and tackle available for loan. Preregistration required. Suggested donation $5. (518) 658-2055 or dykenpond@nullgmail.com. Your registration is not complete until you receive confirmation from the Center. All programs are limited to 10 individuals.

Free Outdoor Program for Teens: Work & Learn On-site with Conservationists Across Rensselaer County

RENSSELAER COUNTY – Rensselaer Youth Outdoors (RYO) announces a FREE program for young people aged 14-16 starting this July. Working alongside local conservationists, youth are invited to practice outdoor living skills, complete valuable projects onsite, learn about the local ecology and gain essential work experience that could inspire future job opportunities.

With a grant from the US Forest Service, RYO can accept and stipend 30 young people to participate. Days will run 9AM-4PM and include time to work and learn, challenging participants physically and mentally. Projects might include doing the math to build a structure that protects a water source or leveling the land for an ADA accessible trail. In the afternoon teens will identify species in the nearby wetland, make a fire without a match or lighter or ask a local ecologist how she got a job that pays her to identify plants.

Teens can choose from: July 12 – 16th weeklong program at Albert Family Community Forest; August 7-8 weekend program at Poestenkill Community Forest; September 25-26th weekend program at Dyken Pond Environmental Center. Space is limited and there is no application deadline.

Recovering from a year of online learning, RYO is excited to be a place where young people can plug into their surroundings—healthy forests that want to flourish, conservationists that are here to connect and opportunities that build self-esteem and skills for a better world.

Please visit the RYO website, www.ryoutdoors.org, to apply or call us at 518-712-9667. We are happy to accept applications and answer questions over the phone.

Burden Lake Country Club Junior Golf Clinic  

AVERILL PARK – Registration is now open for the Junior Golf Clinic.  Ron Choquette is back once again to run the program.  The Clinic is open to Boys and Girls between the ages of 8 and 14.  There will be five sessions starting the week of July 6th.  The session will run Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 7:45 am till 11:30 am.  Please feel free to call Ron at 518-703-0510.

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