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Your Community 02.04.21

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

Local Students Named to Hamilton College Fall 2020 Dean’s List

CLINTON, NY – The following local residents were named to the Dean’s List at Hamilton College for the 2020 fall semester:

Katerina Dunleavy of Troy (12180). Dunleavy, a first-year student, is a graduate of Troy City Schools.

Jonathan Sills of East Greenbush (12061). Sills, a junior, is a graduate of Columbia High School.

To be named to the Dean’s List, a student must have carried throughout the semester a course load of four or more graded credits with an average of 3.5 or above.

University of New Hampshire’s Dean’s List for the Fall 2020 Semester

DURHAM, NH – The following students have been named to the Dean’s List at the University of New Hampshire for the fall 2020 semester.

Gabriella Pugliese of Castleton On Hudson, NY earning Honors

Zachary Marx of Castleton On Hudson, NY earning Highest Honors

Haley D’Angelo of East Greenbush, NY earning Highest Honors

Julia Lindemann of East Greenbush, NY earning Honors

Riley Barton-Schwartz of Nassau, NY earning High Honors

Stella Fairall of Nassau, NY earning Highest Honors

Melena Giuliano of Poestenkill, NY earning High Honors

Tricia Gardy of Rensselaer, NY earning Highest Honors

Kaitlin Brown of Rensselaer, NY earning High Honors

Olivia Cardish of Troy, NY earning Honors

Logan Caola of Wynantskill, NY earning High Honors

Students named to the Dean’s List at the University of New Hampshire are students who have earned recognition through their superior scholastic performance during a semester enrolled in a full-time course load (12 or more graded credits). Highest honors are awarded to students who earn a semester grade point average of 3.85 or better out of a possible 4.0. Students with a 3.65 to 3.84 average are awarded high honors and students whose grade point average is 3.5 through 3.64 are awarded honors.

Spencer Daley of Troy Named to the SUNY Polytechnic Institute President’s List for Academic Excellence

TROY – For the Fall 2020 semester Spencer Daley has been named to the SUNY Polytechnic Institute President’s List for Academic Excellence. Spencer who is a 1st year Engineering student with a first semester grade of 3.93.

Eligibility for this academic honor is based on an attainment of a semester grade point average of 3.80 or above as a full-time student. Your addition to the President’s List for Academic Excellence is a powerful testament to your superb academic efforts at SUNY Poly.

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. 

Super Bowl Weekend: A Vulnerable Time For Some

CAPITAL DISTRICT – The biggest game of the year is right around the corner, the Super Bowl. We’ve been watching and hearing about it on the news, on sports stations, reading about it in the newspapers and even talking about it at work or in school. It’s impossible to escape the buzz around the “big game.”

The Super Bowl is also one of the biggest betting events of the year. From workplace environments betting on squares, to a host of online bets and fantasy leagues, people can literally bet on every aspect of the game. It is estimated that over 22 million Americans will wager more than $6 billion on the game. For some people, these wagers may be more costly than they can afford.

Of those 22 million Americans betting on the Super Bowl, approximately 4%, or 880,000 individuals experience a gambling problem. What does that mean? It means that they are unable to set and stick to a limit of time and money spent on gambling. It means that they may be betting to escape feelings of anxiety, stress or depression. Gambling behaviors may be causing problems at home, impacting their relationships with their spouse and/or children. They may also be experiencing problems at work as well. For some, their gambling may turn into an addiction.

For people in recovery, the Super Bowl may be a huge trigger to start gambling again. It may be difficult to avoid talking about the Super Bowl. Hearing people talking about betting on the game may cause them to feel the urge to resort to old habits and place a bet of their own, which could trigger a relapse.

While this may be an exciting time to watch and enjoy the Super Bowl, for some it can have a negative effect both financially and emotionally. For those already struggling due to problem gambling, it may be one of the hardest times of the year. 

Problem gambling can affect anyone at any time. If you or someone you care about is experiencing problems due to gambling, reach out to the Northeast Problem Gambling Resource Center at 518-801-1491 or email us at  We’re here to help!

News from Averill Park CSD

AVERILL PARK – On January 28, Averill Park High School and Algonquin Middle School held the first Warrior Wellness Day. This fully virtual event focused on giving students and parents ways to manage their social, emotional and physical well-being. We hope that everyone found this day to be very beneficial. Thank you to everyone who was involved in making this a special day.

The Algonquin Builder’s Club collected more than 200 articles of clothing, including winter hats, gloves and masks. Items were donated to Joseph’s House in Troy. Great job everyone!

During the Board of Education meeting on January 25, the District appointed Christina Mein to become the Interim Principal at West Sand Lake Elementary School. Mrs. Mein is currently an Assistant Principal at the High School and will be taking over for Laura Kyer, who is retiring in March. We thank Mrs. Kyer for the outstanding work that she has done for students in the District!

Submitted by Dr. James Franchini, Averill Park CSD Superintendent

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

Center Brunswick United Methodist Church Announces Financial Scholarship for 2021 Tamarac High School Graduates

TROY – The Finance Committee of the Center Brunswick United Methodist Church has announced that it will award $500 to a student to be selected from the Tamarac High School Class of 2021. The money may be used for any type of expenses related to further education. Students do not have to belong to this Church, any other church or religion to be eligible for this award.

Interested students must apply for this award no later than March 1, 2021. The application can be obtained from the school’s guidance department or from our website at (

This award is given in memory of Harold and Mabel Keyes through a trust funded by their last will and testament. Mabel taught in the Brunswick schools and continued teaching Sunday School at Center Brunswick UMC for many years after she retired. Through this award, her love of helping young people learn and grow will continue to reach the youth of our community.

The Center Brunswick United Methodist Church is located at the intersection of Routes 7 and 142 in Troy.

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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