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Your Community 01.28.21

Historical Calendars Available

NORTH GREENBUSH – The 2021 North Greenbush Historical Calendar is now available for purchase. It contains old time pictures including Tess Alber’s Restaurant, Jordan’s Ice Cream Dairy in Defreestville, Snyder’s Lake photos and many others. The calendars are still only $10 and are available at the Town Clerk’s office in Wynantskill (283-4306) for pick up or mailed from the Town Clerk’s office for $12.00. Checks should be made out to the Town of North Greenbush. Town Historian Jim Greenfield in Defreestville (265-4254).

Wynantskill UFSD Announces 2021-2022 Kindergarten Registration

WYNANTSKILL – The Wynantskill UFSD has opened phone registration for children attending Kindergarten for the 2021-2022 school year. In order for your child to attend Kindergarten, they must be 5 years old on or before December 1, 2021. Parents of children eligible to attend Kindergarten in September must call Ms Fazioli at 518-283-4600 ext 10.

Wynantskill UFSD Announces 2021-2022 Pre-Kindergarten Program Registration

WYNANTSKILL – The Wynantskill UFSD has opened phone registration tor our Pre-Kindergarten Program for the 2021-2022 school year. In order for your child to attend  they must be 4 years old on or before December 1, 2021. Due to classroom limitations, we will only be accepting 15 children for the 21-22 program. This will be based on a 1st come 1st serve basis and open to only District Residents.

Parents of children interested in attending must call Ms Fazioli at 518-283-4600 ext 10 . Deadline to register is April 1 or until we reach full capacity.

Brunswick (Brittonkill) Central School District 2021-2022 Kindergarten

BRUNSWICK – Are you the parent of a child who will be eligible to attend kindergarten at Tamarac Elementary School next year? The Brunswick (Brittonkill) Central School District is currently updating census information for those children residing in the district who will be eligible for Kindergarten for the 2021-2022 school year. Your child must be 5 years of age on or before December 1, 2021, to be enrolled.

If you have a child who will be entering Kindergarten at Tamarac Elementary School in September 2021, you may go to the District website at, click on the “Explore” tab and then click on the “Register New Student” link. Here you will find the link to download all the necessary registration papers. If you have any questions, feel free to call the Registrar’s Office at (518) 279-4600, ext. 2403.

We are now accepting tuition paying, non-resident applications. If you are interested, please visit our website or call the Registrar’s office.

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Fundraising for Student of the Year

EAST GREENBUSH – I am participating in The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Students of the Year program as a team member for Columbia Kicks Cancer. Students of the Year is a seven-week competition for high school leaders seeking to make an impact in the fight against cancer. This year, my good friend Taylor O’Brien and I, along with many people from around our community, have decided to start a campaign that will help those fighting cancer. 

Our campaign’s goal is to raise $20,000, from January 21 through March 12. We would appreciate any support for our campaign. Make checks payable to Kendra Durivage. Thank you, Chase Durivage

Make a tax-deductible donation to my online fundraising page:

Or venmo a donation to @kendra-durivage.

Or send a donation to Chase Durivage at 75 Morgan Road, East Greenbush, NY 12061

Girl Scout Troop 1474 Helps Kick Off Cookie Season

WEST SAND LAKE – Girl Scouts from Troop 1474 helped host a virtual Cookie Kick off for younger scouts of service unit 136 to start the Cookie Seasons. Selling cookies is an important fundraiser for troops, allowing them to offer more activities and camping. Just as important, selling Girl Scout Cookies supports girls learning Goal Setting and Planning, Decision Making, Money Management, People Skills, and Customer Service. For the girls in Troop 1474, hosting events like these for younger scouts allows them to learn the value of community service, time management, and leadership skills. The girls pictured are Seniors at Columbia High School Katelyn White, Ava Johnson, Bella Dupont, and Meg Sambroo

Brianna Razzano of Averill Park Named to Lasell University Dean’s List

NEWTON, MA – Brianna Razzano of Averill Park (12018) was named to the Fall 2020 Dean’s List at Lasell University in Newton, Massachusetts.

Razzano was named to the Dean’s List for their academic performance in the fall semester. Students who receive this honor have completed at least 12 credits as a full-time student and have achieved a semester GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Natasha Strock Earns Fall 2020 Dean’s List Honors at Roger Williams University

BRISTOL, RI – Natasha Strock, of Castleton, NY, has been named to the Fall 2020 Dean’s List at Roger Williams University, in Bristol, R.I. Full-time students who complete 12 or more credits per semester and earn a grade point average of 3.4 or higher are placed on the Dean’s List that semester.

New York Army National Guard Promotions

LATHAM, NY – Major General Ray Shields, the Adjutant General for the State of New York, announces the promotion of members of the New York Army National Guard in recognition of their capability for additional responsibility and leadership.

Ellen Kerber from Nassau, N.Y. (Zip Code 12123), and assigned to the Company G, 427th Brigade Support Battalion received a promotion to the rank of private on December 29, 2020.

Zachary Plunkett from West Sand Lake, N.Y. (Zip Code 12153), and assigned to the Intelligence and Sustainment Company, 42nd Infantry Division received a promotion to the rank of specialist on December 27, 2020.

Frank Vasquez from Troy, N.Y. (Zip Code 12180), and assigned to the Company G, 427th Brigade Support Battalion received a promotion to the rank of private on December 16, 2020.

Army National Guard promotions are based on overall performance, attitude, leadership ability, and development potential. These promotions additionally recognize the best qualified Soldiers and attract and retain the highest caliber Citizen Soldiers for a career in the New York Army National Guard. For more information about the New York Army National Guard, visit or

News from Averill Park CSD

AVERILL PARK – Earlier this month, the District made the decision to go fully remote for all students in grades K-12 for the week of January 11-15. We realize the strain that this puts on our faculty, staff, students and school community, and we thank all of you for your patience and continued support as we navigate the challenges associated with the ongoing global pandemic. Our teachers have done an outstanding job, ensuring that students receive quality instruction whether they are in-person or learning from home.

A big thank you goes out to students Russell Roberts and Domi Sullivan of RPI for giving a virtual presentation to students at Algonquin Middle School. Russell and Domi are part of the Aerospace Engineering program at RPI and taught students about how 3D printers work, told them about careers in the field and showed them different types of printers and applications that are used.

Over the past year, our students have missed going on their yearly field trips. Teachers have been thinking of creative ways to keep these traditions alive, though. Art teacher Mrs. Tomlinson worked with kindergarten students during the period of remote learning and put together a virtual field trip to her farm!

Submitted by Dr. James Franchini, Averill Park CSD Superintendent

Mission: Meeting the needs of and creating opportunities for every student every day. #AP_EveryStudentEveryDay

Guilderland Central High School Class of 1971, 50th Year Reunion 

CAPITAL DISTRICT – The Guilderland Central High School class of 1971 50th year reunion committee invites classmates to join us on the weekend of July 23-25, 2021.  We have established a website at that we are asking you to please join.  The details of the great weekend we have planned for us to catch up are located on the site.  We’d love to hear your ideas for making this reunion special and fun. 

“Bread of Life” Food Pantry Needs Volunteers

POESTENKILL – Do you have 3 hours free time each month to volunteer? The “Bread of Life” food pantry is in need of your 3 hours on our open dates.

The folks we are looking for are young strong persons with the willingness to serve our guests by packing food requests in boxes and carrying the boxes to our guest’s car. This is not easy work and requires strong backs for lifting. Residing near the food pantry location in Poestenkill is a plus as well.

We are open only two times each month on the 1st and 3rd Thursday evenings from 5 pm to 7 pm. You will be indoors packing and outdoors in the fresh air part of the time. Our guests remain in their cars and all of us wear face coverings and we social distance for safety.

If you think you would like to help others and can commit to one or two times a month, please give us a call at (518) 283-6045 and leave your name and phone number. We are a great group of folks and this labor of love gives back tenfold. Thank you for considering sharing some of your time with us.

The food pantry volunteers.

Averill Park Announces Kindergarten Registration for the 2021- 2022 School Year

AVERILL PARK – The Averill Park School District has begun the process of registering boys and girls for the 2021-2022 Kindergarten Classes. If you, or someone you know, has a child who will be five years of age on or before December 1, 2021 please contact the district registrar at 674-7050 extension 7201 to make sure that the child is listed on our school census. This will guarantee that you will receive all upcoming kindergarten information by mail. Registration paperwork will be started online and completed by appointment with the district registrar at the district office at the Averill Park High School during the month of February. Registration hours are Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 3:30 PM. Registration forms are accepted by appointment. All paperwork must be completed by 02-26-2021.

New York State Public Health Law, Section 2164, requires certain immunizations (shots) to enter kindergarten and attend school. Please check with your health care provider as soon as possible to make sure your child has all the needed immunizations. They are listed below.

Required Immunizations for Kindergarten

Immunizations ….. (Number of Doses)

Polio – (4 – 3 dose if 3rd dose received after 4th birthday)

Hepatitis B  – (3)

Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis – (5 – 4 dose if 4th dose received after 4th birthday)

 Measles/Mumps/Rubella -(2)

Varicella (Chicken Pox) – (2)

Age Requirements  – Children who are five years of age on or before December 1, 2021 are eligible to attend Kindergarten this September. As a parent you have an option to enroll your child in school at age five or withhold your child until the school year in which he/she turns six. Children born between 7/1/15 and 6/30/16 must attend kindergarten in the coming school year. Children born between 7/1/16 and 12/1/16 may attend during the 2021-2022 school year or may wait until the following year.

North Greenbush Common School District Announces

NORTH GREENBUSH – Little Red School House Kindergarten Registration – North Greenbush Common School District has opened phone registration for children attending Kindergarten for the 2021-2022 school year.  In order for your child to attend Kindergarten, they must be 5 years old on or before December 1, 2021.  Parents of children eligible to attend Kindergarten in September must call the District Office at (518) 283-6748 by February 12, 2021.  

Attention Marines and Naval Corpsman Past and Present

CAPITAL DISTRICT – The Capt. Wm. Dale O’Brien Marine Corps League Detachment #241 in Albany NY. – Are looking for Marines and Corpsman who want to continue to share the honors and camaraderie that you had while in the corps? Our Detachment is dedicated to helping other marines, their family and fellow veterans. We do it through several programs like the Rose Program, Honor a Vet, visiting home or hospital bond marine or naval corpsman, with our color guard in parades and other ceremonies. We continue to participate in the Toys for Tots program and more. There is also many social activities available such as our Annual Marine Corps Ball, bus trips to Washington DC to clean our monuments and participation in other Veteran events. We ae brothers and sisters supporting each other still!

If any of this sounds like something you would like to be a part , please contact me Fred Gilmore for more information, my cell phone is (518) 258-8125 (call or text), my email is – Semper Fi.

St. Jude the Apostle Knights of Columbus Bottle & Can Donations

WYNANTSKILL – Help Support Local Charities – St. Jude the Apostle Knights of Columbus has teamed up with 6 Center Redemption located at 461 Main Avenue in Wynantskill to accept bottle and can donations that have a NYS deposit.

This is to support local charities and those in need.

• Bring your clean, NYS deposit empties to 6 Center Redemption in Wynantskill.

• Say they are to support the St. Jude the Apostle Knights of Columbus.

• They do the rest, that’s it!

• Thank you for your support!

Team “Knocking Out Alzheimer’s” Bottle Drive, The Fundraising Continues …

WYNANTSKILL/RENSSELAER – Team “Knocking out Alzheimer’s” is partnering with the  Alzheimer’s Association. Return your bottles and cans and help the Northeastern New York Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Through an arrangement with: Six-Center Redemption 

Two Locations: 461 Main Ave Wynantskill (Corner of Sharpe and Main Ave) & 550 South Street Rensselaer.

No need to count the cans or bottles, no waiting or standing in lines to feed your cans or bottles into a machine.

The Alzheimer’s Association will receive six cents for every container you donate to the cause. Simply drop off your containers and say: “These are for the Alzheimer’s Association.”

The mission of the Alzheimer’s Association is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. The first survivor of Alzheimer’s is out there, but we won’t get there without you.  Join the fight with your bottles & cans! Check us out on face book  – Knocking out Alzheimer’s

Poestenkill Area Food Insecurity

POESTENKILL – Any greater Poestenkill area residents currently experiencing temporary or long term food insecurity can turn to The Bread of Life Food Pantry at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Poestenkill for supplemental food assistance. We provide basic nutritional foods and related items the first and third Thursday of each month from 5:00 to 7:00 PM in a very discreet, nonjudgmental manner. We offer drive-thru service where each guest receives a product list to form your order, we then fill your order and bring the completed order back to your vehicle. Delivery service to Poestenkill Seniors unable to visit our Pantry is also available. Please try us, we are here to help. Our phone number is: 518-283-6045 to leave a message. Thank you.

Vaping – Public Service Announcement

CAPITAL DISTRICT – Vaping has become almost more common today then cigarettes. Originally marketed as being more safe than other tobacco products recent events have made it clear that this is not the full story. One study found that those who vape the equivalent to a pack of cigarettes a day had a 70% higher risk of stroke. This is only one of the health risks that can arise from vaping. For more information visit:

Addiction Screenings – Narconon can help you take steps to overcome addiction in your family. Call today for free screenings or referrals. 1- 800-431-1754.

Fentanyl – Public Service Announcement

CAPITAL DISTRICT – Fentanyl has been making headlines recently, this is because the incredibly potent chemical has been contributing to the increase in overdose deaths across America. Most people however do not know much about the chemical. For instance many don’t know that one of the things that makes fentanyl so dangerous is the fact that it can be absorbed into the system through skin contact. Meaning getting it on your skin could cause a potentially fatal overdose.

To learn more about Fentanyl visit:

Addiction Screenings – Narconon can help you take steps to overcome addiction in your family. Call today for free screenings or referrals. 1- 800-431-1754.

Rensselaer County Recovery Helpline

RENSSELAER COUNTY  – 1-833-467-3123 – Do you need help with substance use issues? Are you interested in volunteering for the helpline? The Rensselaer County Recovery Helpline offers information, local resources, and referrals for individuals and their families regarding substance use issues. The toll-free line is available 7 days a week from 9am-9pm. Each volunteer chooses shifts of 4 hours at a time to be on-call. When someone calls the number, a volunteer answers on their own smartphone, and can enter information to a database on their own computer, allowing for easy and quick access to resources. The information is sent to one of the 9 leaders, who will then assist the caller. If you or someone you know needs information, resources, or a referral for a substance use problem, call 1-833-467-3123. For more information, or if you are interested in volunteering, contact

Hudson-Mohawk Search & Rescue is Looking for Volunteers to Join our Team

CAPITAL DISTRICT – If you enjoy being outdoors in the wilderness, working with others to help people, follow directions well and have a willingness to learn, then our SAR team might be for you! Prior knowledge is helpful, but definitely not required as we provide the training. Check out our website at: for more information.

Search and Rescue Volunteers Needed

CAPITAL DISTRICT – the Tri-State Emergency Team is recruiting volunteers to provide wildland and underwater searches within a 100 mile radius of Waterrford, 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 Massachusetts.   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

New York State Commission for the Blind 

CAPITAL DISTRICT – The New York State Commission for the Blind (NYSCB) provides free vocational rehabilitation and other services to legally blind New York State residents, including children, adults, and older adults.  NYSCB assists participants in   achieving economic self-sufficiency and full integration into society.  Call toll-free (866) 871-3000 or visit our website:

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