Sports & Recreation 06.13.19

Hiking, Naturalist, & Children’s Programs

Rensselaer Land Trust and Rensselaer Plateau Alliance are partnering to bring our communities unique opportunities to get outside this summer! More information and registration at

June 22 • 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.:
Trees and Shrubs at RLT’s Kinderhook Creek Preserve:
David Hart will show us how to identify the different kinds of trees and tell us their ecological and cultural stories. Learning Resource at

June 29 • 9 a.m.:
Taconic Crest in One Year: Petersburg Pass to Berlin Mountain and on to Southeast Hollow in Berlin, 7.3 miles.
Some steep ascents on the way to the summit of Berlin Mountain, at 2,818 feet New York’s tallest peak outside of the Adirondacks and Catskills. Co-sponsored with Taconic Hiking Club.

June 29 • 10 a.m.:
Connecting Children to Nature: Alphabet of the Trees
Calling all young naturalists to discover the trees and water of RLT’s Staalesen Preserve using their five senses. We’ll go for a short hike and get to know trees up close and personal through sensory activities, and each child will have a chance to record their studies through bark rubbings and poetry. For children ages six and up. Meet at John B. Staalesen Preserve, Troy, NY.


Burden Lake CC Wednesday Ladies League Results

Results from the last 2 weeks of play:

May 22nd:  Team Hammond (11.5pts) defeated Team DiIorio (6.5pts) and Team Squazzo (11pts) beat Team Bryce (7pts). Low net scores were Chris Brown (34), Heather Morrison (36) and Jen DiIorin (37).

May 29th:  Team Hammond (12pts) beat Team Bryce (6pts) and Team DiIorio (10pts) beat Team Squazzo (8pts). Low net scores were Chris Brown (32), Heather Morrison (35) and Marybeth Casey (35).

League standings: 1st place Team Hammond (57.5pts); 2nd place Team Squazzo (56.5pts); 3rd place Team DiIorio (54.5pts); 4th place Team Bryce (47.5pts).


DEC Launches Second Phase Of “WomenHuntFishNY” Photo Contest

Following the success of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s DEC) statewide photo contest for women hunters, DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos announced the second phase of the “WomenHuntFishNY” contest to celebrate women anglers in the state. The contest officially opens on Monday, June 17, and continues through July 8, 2019.

Women who fish in New York State are encouraged to share their photos by emailing DEC welcomes photos of all aspects of safe, legal, and ethical fishing. Contest categories include:

*Freshwater fishing
*Saltwater Fishing
*Ice Fishing
*Youth (girls) fishing
*Mothers and Children/Multi-Generational
*Action shots (Casting, reeling, or landing the big one!)

To be considered in the contest, photos must depict women fishing in New York State. Fishing photos entered in DEC’s fall WomenHuntFishNY hunting photo contest will automatically be entered for consideration. Participants are strongly encouraged to include a sentence to describe their image or experience.
The deadline for contest entries is Monday, July 8. All submissions will become property of DEC to be used in promotions and outreach. Winning entries will be featured on DEC’s website, social media posts, marketing campaigns, print products, and future outreach to inspire future generations of female anglers.


WGAWB tournament results

On Wednesday, June 5, a Low Net Tournament was held at Winding Brook for the Women’s Golf Association of Winding Brook. Carding a net 68, Mary Kay Longo took first place. Tied for second with a net 74 were Pat Stephenson and Pat Jones.
Margaret Surpitski won the chipping contest with a “Sandy, birdie, chip in” on Hole 11.


Wynantskill’s Caraline Wood Selected as Softball’s NFCA First Team All-American

WORCESTER, MA — Recent WPI graduate Caraline Wood has been named as a National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-America first team honoree, as revealed May 22 at the NCAA Division III Softball Championship banquet in Tyler, TX.

Wood batted .465 and ranks third in Division III in total bases (126) and fourth in RBI (59), 10th in slugging percentage (.875) and 11th in hits (67) and home runs (13) following the Super Regionals. The Medford Regional All-Tournament team selection is 10th in batting average (.583) and 11th in slugging percentage 1.083) and is one of 17 to have a triple thus far in the NCAA Tournament. The senior concluded with a seven-game hitting streak, including a 4-for-4 performance versus St. Joseph (CT) in the NCAA tournament. In 18 conference games, Wood led the way with a 1.056 slugging percentage, eight home runs, 29 RBI and 57 total bases.

The NEWMAC Player of the Year and three-time All-NEWMAC first teamer was one of 25 semifinalists under consideration for the Schutt Sports/NFCA Division III Softball Player of Year award. Wood was also named as a Google Cloud Academic All-District honoree.


Free Fishing Clinic at Grafton Lakes State Park

Grafton Lakes State Park will offer “Go Fish!” a fishing clinic led by DEC’s Fisheries Educators, on Saturday, June 29th, from 9am-1pm. This program is an opportunity to go fishing without a license as part of the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Free Fishing Weekend.

This drop-in fishing clinic meets by the boathouse on Long Pond in Grafton Lakes State Park. Children and parents will learn the basics of fishing and identification. Fishing poles will be provided by DEC for this free class. Many children catch their first sunfish during this program each year, so come try your luck!

For more information about our other summer program offerings, please contact the environmental educator at 518-279-1155, ext. 2, or visit our website at


Schodack Island 5th Annual Fishing Derby

Schodack Island 5th Annual Hudson River Fishing Derby Saturday, June 29th, 7:00 AM– 12:00 PM.

Valuable prizes in three age categories for accumulative weight of fish. Anyone under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Free Fishing Weekend– no license needed, but all NYS DEC rules apply. Shoreline Fishing encouraged!

Schodack Island State Park, 1 Schodack Island Way (Route 9J), Schodack Landing, NY 12156. For more information, call (518) 732-0187.

Co-sponsored by Hudson River Bait & Tackle.


Sand Lake Town Beach opening date

The Sand Lake Town Beach will open on Saturday, June 29, 2019. Hours are from 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM every day. The cost for residents is free. Passes can only be issued at the Town Clerk’s office during regular hours starting on Friday, June 21, 2019. Non-residents may not use the beach. For more information, please contact the Town Clerk’s Office at 518-674-2026 ext. 122.


Upcoming Programs at Grafton Lakes State Park

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

Saturday, June 8th—Stroll around Shaver Pond at 1pm: Get ready for summer at Grafton lakes State Park! Enjoy a 2-mile guided hike with a naturalist over moderate terrain and take in the beautiful views of Shaver Pond. Program meets at 1:00pm at the Welcome Center. Please pre-register at (518)-279-1155.

Saturday, June 15th—Little Johnny’s to Long Pond Hike at 10am: Accompany our environmental educator for a semi-difficult 4-mile hike in one of the more remote corners of our park. Once you stray away from the popular beaches and trails, you never know what you’ll see or hear. Meet at the welcome center and depart on the hike at 10:00am. Please pre-register at (518) 279-1155.

Saturday, June 22nd—Guided Hike to Dickinson Hill Fire Tower @ 1pm: Enjoy a 3-mile moderate hike to the historic Dickinson Hill fire tower with an environmental educator. 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 1:00 PM at the welcome center before driving to the trailhead. Please RSVP at (518) 279-1155.

Saturday, June 29th– Go Fish! Free Fishing Clinic 9am-1pm. On free fishing weekend, no license is required. Educators from DEC’s I Fish NY program will be on hand to show you how to fish, who’s in the lake, and they even provide poles to use! Ages 6 & up. Clinic is free, but gate fee of $8/vehicle still applies. Gate fee is refundable if leaving directly after program.

Saturday, June 29th—Busy Beavers at 1pm. Learn about all the great things these forest workers do to create a healthy habitat for themselves and many other creatures. Weather permitting, we will

take a 25-minute walk to a beaver habitat to see the lodges that beavers at Grafton build! Please call to pre-register (518) 279-1155.



4-H Shooting Sports Archery Session for Youth

The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County 4-H Youth Development program is holding a four week 4-H Shooting Sports archery session. This program is for youth nine and older (as of January 1, 2019) who would like to learn about the safe and responsible use of archery equipment 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 archery session will meet on Thursdays, July 11, 18, 25, and August 1, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the Castleton Fish & Game Club. There is a $40.00 registration fee for 4-H members and $50.00 for non-members. Pre-registration is required no later than Wednesday, July 3, and registration will be limited. To register a youth, or for more information, please contact Eileen DePaula at 518-272-4210 or For more information about this and other programs offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County, please call 518-272-4210. 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.


Hugs From Henry Inc. golf fundraiser

Hugs From Henry Inc. will be holding their golf fundraiser once again at the Van Patten Golf Club at 924 Main St., Clifton Park, NY 12065 on Mon., June 17th. Registration will start at 8 am with a 9 am shot gun start (18 holes). At 1 pm, we will have a buffet lunch. Donations are $100 per golfer (for a team of 4) which covers green fees, cart and buffet lunch. We will present awards, prizes and will have raffles. We are also looking for people or businesses to sponsor a hole for a $100 donation. 100% of all proceeds go to the health and welfare of homeless animals and our volunteers and staff are never paid for the work they do. Entry forms can be found on our website on the events page. Please sign up by June 7th.


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.


17th Annual Schodack Valley Fire Co. Golf Tournament

Please Join Us for the 17th Annual Schodack Valley Fire Co. Golf Tournament on June 20th at Winding Brook CC in Valatie. Registration starts at 9 am; shotgun start at 10am. $100 entry gets you 18 holes of golf with cart, beer & soda, breakfast, BBQ lunch, buffet dinner, and chance to win a new car compliments of Goldstein Auto Group. Call Brian at 518-429-1410 for details.


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.


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.


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:

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!


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.


Rensselaer Youth Outdoors Forest Conservation Corps Teen Sumer Program

Rensselaer County, NY: Rensselaer Youth Outdoors is announcing an environmental education summer program for teenagers, aged 14-16. The program will combine recreation and education experiences while teens work on valuable conservation projects protecting Rensselaer county’s parks, waters and natural resources.

The four-week program will run weekdays from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm, July 22 to August 16, with space for 10 teens each week.


Week 1: July 22-July 26 – Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center

Week 2: July 29-August 2 – Grafton Lakes State Park

Week 3: August 5-August 9 – Poestenkill Community Forest

Week 4: August 12-August 16 – Albert Family Community Forest

Participants who complete a full week of the program will receive a certificate and a $100 stipend at the end of the week.

For more information or to download an application, visit and click the Programs tab

Contact RYO Program Coordinator Amanda McCreary with questions at: Email:

Phone: 518-810-4544.


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


June Albany Pine Bush Preserve Program & Special Event Schedule

Morning Meander
Friday June 7, 2019, 10:00am
Suitable for adults
Start your day outdoors and join us for a hike along the yellow trail of the Karner Barrens trailhead (#1). We plan to hike 2.6 miles. This Morning Meander will meet inside the Discovery Center.
Location: Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, Albany, NY
Fee: Free! Reservations required for all attendees (regardless of age). Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Make reservations by calling 518-456-0655 or

Saturday, June 8, 2019, 11:00am
Suitable for all ages
Are those bubbles? Is it a cocoon or is it spit? No, it’s a spittlebug! Join us for a 0.9 mile walk and talk about this common and harmless insect here in the Albany Pine Bush Preserve and throughout the United States.
Location: Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, Albany, NY
Fee: Free! Reservations required for all attendees (regardless of age). Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Make reservations by calling 518-456-0655 or visit

Historic Trolley Tour
Saturday, June 15, 2019, 9:00am–11:00am
Suitable for tweens, teens, and adults
Come aboard and join Albany Pine Bush staff and local historians for a 2-hour ride through the Albany Pine Bush Preserve. You will hear about the people, places and stories that once filled this area. We will be making several stops within the 3,300-acre preserve. Bring your questions and curiosity as you sit back on this historical adventure.
Location: Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, Albany, NY
Special Program Fee: $10 per person. Reservations required for all attendees (regardless of age). Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Make reservations by calling 518-456-0655 or visit


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