Sports & Recreation 09.19.19

Bennington Battlefield Announces September Events

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.

Mindful Nature Walk. Restore and Reconnect

Sunday, September 22, Rensselaer Plateau Alliance’s Poestenkill Community Forest, 8:30 am – 10:30 am

We will combine forest bathing, walking, and present-centered awareness to relieve stress and get inspired. Ring in the equinox with us and spend restful, restorative time in the forest. Led by Molly Freiberg, Kripalu Certified Mindful Outdoor Guide and LMSW. Molly will offer Mindful

Nature Walks on a monthly basis. Ages 12 and up. $5 – $10 suggested donation supports conservation. Questions? Reach out to Molly: or 978-239-8105

St Henry’s CYO Basketball

Last chance to save $4 and sign up in-person for St Henry’s CYO Basketball. APHS gym lobby on September 24 and 26 from 6:30-8pm. All skill levels welcome. Open to girls and boys K-8th grade. Registration fee is $65. Online registration fee $69 at

A Hike Along Jiggs Highway at Cherry Plain State Park 9/26

Join us for our upcoming hike at the end of September:

Sunday, September 29th– A Hike Along Jiggs Highway 10 AM- Explore Jiggs Highway and immediate surroundings with hiking leader Lloyd Barnhart, a local woodsman who has spent many years hiking this area with his grandchildren. He always has lots of unique places to show us and stories of the history of this area to share. Most of the walk will be on woods roads, with some on hiking trails. Duration: 2 hours and ~2 miles distance. Meets at the parking area at the north end of Jiggs Highway at 10 AM. Hike will be limited to 12 hikers; pre-register by calling Lloyd at 518-674-2747 by Thursday September 26.

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation oversees more than 250 individual state parks, historic sites, golf courses, boat launches and recreational trails, which are visited by 74 million people annually. For more information on any of these recreation areas, call 518-474-0456 or visit, connect on Facebook, or follow on Twitter.

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.

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.

Women’s hockey team looking for players, all skills welcome

The Troy-based Frozen Assets women’s hockey team is looking for players and goalies of all skills. Players on the team range in age from 21 to almost 70. Some players are just learning to play hockey while others played in college. The team has two squads, one that competes recreationally and another that competes at the D-level.

The team plays on Sunday evenings at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy and competes with teams in Clifton Park, Saratoga and Schenectady at various times through the week. The season runs from November to March.

If you are just learning to skate, the Assets can direct you to some great programs in the area. If you already know how to skate, the Assets will teach you how to play hockey. If you are an experienced hockey player, you may play for the D-team.

For more information, contact or call/text 518-966-2896.

Girls! Join Scouts BSA Girls Troop 525

We have a Girls Troop right here in Averill Park! Come and see what we are all about! We take adventure field trips like skiing and indoor skydiving! We learn awesome advanced skills like astronomy, sailing, canoeing, archery, and leatherwork to name just a few of the 140 merit badges! We go on a camping trip every month! If you put in the work, you can achieve the highest and prestigious rank of Eagle Scout. Troop 525 invites young women and their parents to learn more about the program and the Troop. You can attend either open house during our regular meetings: Tuesday September 24 and October 1 at 6:30pm in the downstairs of Salem United Methodist Church, 349 Shaver Road, West Sand Lake. There is no need to RSVP, but if you’d like more information, please call/text Melissa Toni at (518) 961-3302.

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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