Sports & Recreation 11/08/18


Li’l Devils Youth Wrestling Program

Registration Dates:

  • November 20th, 6-7pm.

Registration Location: Columbia HS Athletic Hallway

Fee: $55 per student / $100 for 2 members in a family

* Fee includes: Instructional Practices, T-Shirt, NYWAY additional Insurance, Youth Travel Team Matches (Optional), Year End Party & earned awards. Eligible Grades: K-6th. Groups will be selected based on experience, age, grade and skill level.

The Wrestling Program will take place from November 27-March 28th (Every Tuesday & Thursday), 6pm – 8:30pm.

No Wrestling experience is necessary for any grade level. We`ll teach you the fundamentals of Wrestling. The program will offer various levels of instruction tailored to the skill levels of the wrestlers in the program. A variety of wrestling games to improve coordination and agility will also be included. In group 2, the program will include teaching wrestling technique, skill drilling, match preparation, and live supervised wrestling situations. The program will be taught by Coach Merhige, The Columbia Wrestling High School and Modified Wrestling staff. If any additional information is needed e-mail Michael Merhige at: or

518-207-2082 (M-F / 7AM-2PM). Twitter: BlueDevilsWrestling@expect2win4life.


Burden Lake Ski Club

Come join us at Jiminy Peak for the weekend winter ski program on Sunday afternoons starting on 1/6/19, from 2:30-7:30PM.  $214 for lift and $280 for lift/lesson.  For more info, please contact Kathy Andrews at 518-488-8939 or MAndrews13@



NYS Youth Snowmobile Safety Course Offered in Grafton

On Saturday, December 8, the Grafton Trail Blazers Snowmobile Club and the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation will host a snowmobile safety course for young people ages 10 to 18. Students must be at least 10 years old on the day of the course. Parents are encouraged to attend and participate. The course will be held at the Grafton VFW/Fire Hall on South Road from 8:15am to approximately 5pm. The course will be taught by NYS certified volunteer instructor Jim Blessing. The course will cover topics such as NYS laws and regulations, riding skills, trail emergencies, protecting the environment, maintenance and repair, trailering, etc.  To register, call the Grafton Lakes State Park office at 518-279-1155 by November 30th, or e-mail Elizabeth.wagner@nullparks.ny. gov with the parent’s name, student’s name and age, and your phone number.  Adults are encouraged to attend as well, so please let us know if a parent will be accompanying the child. Space is limited, so no walk-ins please. The course is free of charge and lunch will be provided.



10th Annual Waddle Walk

The Albany Pine Bush will host the 10th Annual Waddle Walk on Saturday, November 24th, at 11:00am; Suitable for tweens, teens and adults.

Looking for a way to work off those yummy holiday treats? Our “waddle walk” is a fun way to get outside for some fresh air and vigorous exercise. We will hike 2.6 miles over rolling terrain through the Karner Barrens East region of the Albany Pine Bush, taking breaks along the way for rest and water (if needed). If there is snow, we will snowshoe 0.9 miles! Snowshoes will be provided to program participants.

Location: Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, Albany.

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 www.


Upcoming Events at Grafton Lakes & Cherry Plain State Parks

  • Saturday, November 10th– November Nature Hike at 1pm, at Grafton State Park, 254 Grafton Lakes State Park Way, Grafton. November may not have leaves on the trees, but that makes for amazing views of the landscape as we walk in the woods. 2-mile outing led by park Environmental Educator. $2/person or $5/family. Please pre-register: 518-279-1155
  • Saturday, November 17th– Let’s Talk Turkey from 1pm-2pm, at Grafton State Park, 254 Grafton Lakes State Park Way, Grafton. Drop in program where you can learn about the Turkey, who’ll be active all winter in the park.  Touch a turkey feather, make a turkey craft and check out our display about this forest bird. $2/person or $5/family.


Dyken Pond November Events

  • Volunteer Firewood and Trails Day Saturday, November 10: 9am-12pm.

It’s that time of year again! Help the Center get ready for winter by clearing trails and gathering firewood for the season. We need hearty folks who can gather, haul, split and stack firewood. All are welcome but be prepared to do some heavy lifting. Lunch will be provided to all volunteers. Please pre-register by Nov. 7th so we can plan enough food for all by contacting the Center at or 518 658-2055.
• Tuesday Treks: Tuesday afternoons: 1-3pm
We’ll travel in a different direction each week in November to explore the many different habitats of Dyken Pond Center. 2-3 miles each week. Free.  Leader:  Leonard Tremblay

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