APHS Class of ‘62 Ring
At a basketball game at APHS in winter of ‘62, I removed my brand new class ring in the girls’ room to wash my hands, and accidentally left it on the sink. When I remembered it a little later and went back to get it, it was gone. I had worked to pay for it myself, so was heartbroken, and have thought about it over the years.
For a long time anger was the emotion I felt, but as I got older and my heart grew, I felt I needed to forgive the person who took it, and hope she was able to enjoy it. I’ve been fortunate in my life to have the love of a good man, and children of whom I’m proud. The only rings I’ve ever worn are my engagement and wedding rings, and they were enough.
So I’m writing this now to say that if the person who took the ring reads this and still has it, please wear it knowing I forgive you and love you.
Anne Leda Roberts Kelderhouse
News From Averill Park CSD
Eighth grade student Erin Young placed first in this year’s district-level Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest. The contest is conducted nationwide, giving students an opportunity to create essays that express their views on a topic which changes each year. Way to go Erin!
The Off-Broadway Players group held its annual Cabaret recently. Students and staff put in a tremendous amount of work, and it showed with magnificent performances. Great job everyone, bravo!
Good luck to all of our student-athletes and coaches who are competing in Section 2 postseason tournaments. Go Warriors!
As always, for the latest news from the District, please visit our website – averillpark.k12.ny.us. You can also follow AP on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Submitted by Dr. James Franchini, Averill Park CSD Superintendent
Mission: Meeting the needs of and creating opportunities for every student every day. #AP_EveryStudentEveryDay
CASTLETON – South Schodack Volunteer Fire co. Inc. is holding Bingo the first and third Sundays of each month from now to May 15th.
Doors open at noon and games start at 2:00 PM. We a located at 1563 Bame Rd., Castleton, NY.
News from the Sand Lake Town Clerk
It’s certainly been a cold, cold winter so far. Anyone needing assistance with heating issues can apply to the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP). Please call Rensselaer County Department of Social Services 518-266-7960 or Department of Aging 518-270-2730. After hours or emergencies should contact 518-283-2000.
The Military Banner Program is up and running. Applications can be found on the Town’s website: townofsandlake.us, or call me for assistance. I will need the completed application form, a check for $225. 00 and a photo which I can scan at my office. The deadline to submit is March 31st.
We are processing passports and passport photos. We ask that you call ahead of time for an appointment. Currently the turn around time is 8- 10 weeks, which can be expedited for an additional fee. Also, if your passport is going to expire do not hesitate to renew. I’s best to renew it 6 months prior to its expiration, especially if you plan to travel abroad.
Just a reminder that the Town of Sand Lake has a public Charging Station for electric vehicles at Town Hall, 8428 Miller Hill Road, Sand Lake.
Stay warm and safe. Barbara Hansen, Town Clerk 518-674-2026 Ext. 122
Capital District Chapter Columbiette Meeting
LATHAM – The February Capital District Chapter Columbiette Meeting will be held on Sunday, February 27th, 2022 @ 1:30 PM at the Latham-Colonie Knights of Columbus Council, 328,Troy-Schenectady Road, Latham, N.Y. 12110.
Capital District Chapter President, Linda Cotch will preside!
(Directions I 787 either North or South Exit 8 to 23rd St. in Watervliet and West on Route 2 to Latham. Or I 87 North or South, Exit 6 East to Route 2 Latham).
Wynantskill UFSD is pleased to announce the Honor Roll for the Second Marking Period
High Honors, Grade 7,
Briana Armstrong, Jackson Belokopitsky, Abigal Boomhower, Liam Casey, Gianna Corina, Juliana Dinardo, Jesse Graiff, Ethan Hirokawa, Austin Oliver, Gianna Palmer, Cooper Mack, Reese Mahoney, Tyler James Mercado, Jacoby Muldoon, Mya Reed, Freya Seebald, Isabel Strang, Bailey Vincent, Andrew Williams.
High Honors, Grade 8,
Gabriel Bentley, Raymond Lin, Jackson Murray, Vanessa Quinn, Adelia Saddlemire, Winston Smith, Colby Vincent,.
Honors, Grade 7,
Taylor Arienti, Isabella Bonaquisti, Jayden Denny, Nadia Mulinio, Sarah O’Brien, Lilian Pulcher, Logan Rodriguez, Nathaniel Ryan, Skye Sage, Johnny Wang.
Honors, Grade 8,
Michael Carey III, Kathryn Gilooly, Terry Mackenzie, Brynn Mahoney, Deja Nicholson, Calleigh Niver, Madison Schmidt, Susan Zakarka.
Free Tax Help is Available and Can Help You Get Your Refund Faster
The IRS is experiencing massive backlogs because of the Covid-19 pandemic. It may take 9-12 months for your return to be processed and to receive your refund if you physically mail your return to the IRS. However, you can generally expect to receive your refund in three to four weeks if you electronically file the return.
You can electronically file your 2021 return starting Monday, January 24, 2022.
The IRS’s “Free File” Program may be able to help. Free File partners will e-file your return for free. This year, you can e-file with Free File if your adjusted gross income is $73,000 or less. Links to these free tax preparation and e-filing services are available at www.irs.gov/freefile
Free tax assistance is also available in many communities. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) Program provide free tax preparation and e-filing services. Locations can be found at www.irs.gov/vita or from your local United Way. The AARP Tax Aide Program also provides free tax preparation. VITA, TCE, and Tax Aide each have different eligibility requirements.
If you qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), you also qualify for free tax help by IRS-trained volunteers. You may qualify for the EITC even if you’re single and have no children. EITC eligibility can be complicated. Check if you qualify at www.irs.gov/eitcassistant
In addition to e-filing, you will usually receive your refund faster if you ask for the payment to be directly deposited into your bank account.
If you have questions about e-filing, refunds or other income tax issues, the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York’s Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) may be able to help. The Clinic’s services are free of charge. You can call the LASNNY Legal Line at (833) 628-0087 and ask for our LITC. The Clinic does not generally provide tax preparation services.
Do You Have An Hour a Week to Spare to Help Someone in Our Rensselaer County Community?
Community Caregivers Could Use You!
RENSSELAER COUNTY – We need drivers to take folks to appointments, or to the grocery store. We also need help checking in on isolated people in our community by making weekly phone calls or visits.
Our clients and volunteers must be fully vaccinated to participate. Our volunteer orientation is online several times a month. Please call Heidi Buono, Service Coordinator for Rensselaer County at (518)366-9173, email@example.com, or Meredith Osta, Volunteer Coordinator, at (518)456-2898,firstname.lastname@example.org. Information on, and donations to, our programs can be seen at communitycaregivers.org.
Seeking Tax Assistance Volunteers
CAPITAL DISTRICT – TaxAide, the free income tax assistance program sponsored by the AARP Foundation and the IRS, is seeking volunteers for the coming tax season. TaxAide volunteers answer questions, prepare and file returns for low to moderate income taxpayers and seniors from February 1 to April 15 at various sites in the Capital District.
Volunteers typically participate one day per week, with flexible schedules to accommodate volunteer availability. No experience is required, but computer experience is helpful for tax counseling. Volunteers who do not wish to prepare returns are also needed to greet taxpayers and confirm appointments. Training is provided for all positions. Volunteers may be reimbursed for a moderate level of necessary travel expenses.
For more information on how you can join our team in Saratoga, Warren and Washington counties contact Communications Coordinator [your name], [your phone number or] at [your email address]. For further information, visit www.nytaxaide.org
Glass Lake Men’s Golf League
RENSSELAER COUNTY – Attention all golfers. The Glass Lake Men’s League at Burden Lake Country Club is looking for new members. Open to the public and members of Burden Lake Country Club.
The league plays Tuesday nights from mid-April to mid-September, with tee times from 3:00-4:00pm. The league will also have two tournaments. The first being at a local golf course and the second at Burden Lake Country Club. All skill levels are welcome. For more information on dues and how to become a member, contact Kean Toomey at email@example.com
Moby-Dick Nominated for 2022 Audie Award
Berkshire County Producer Alison Larkin Competes with Major Publishers For Audiobook Industry’s Highest Honor
Beloved Berkshire Actor Jonathan Epstein Narrates Melville’s Classic
In the world of audiobook publishing, there is no higher honor than the annual Audie Awards. This year, tiny but esteemed audiobook producer, Alison Larkin Presents of Stockbridge, Massachusetts, is competing with the goliath publishers of the audiobook business for the 2022 Audie Award in the Literary Fiction & Classics category.
Alison Larkin’s Moby-Dick, narrated by renowned beloved Berkshire actor Jonathan Epstein, is nominated alongside audiobooks published by giants of the industry: Macmillan Audio, HarperAudio, and Penguin Audio.
Larkin’s small but charming recording studio in the Stockbridge welcomed Epstein last year when, during the pandemic’s darkest days, he drove all the way from Florida, sleeping in his car with a mini-harpoon at his side, to narrate Herman Melville’s classic tale, considered one of the greatest American novels ever written.
The audiobook was launched at a release party/fundraiser last spring in Arrowhead, Melville’s 1840s home in Pittsfield, with proceeds from the evening’s sales supporting the home.
According to Larkin, “Moby-Dick was a massive undertaking for a company our size, and we’re absolutely thrilled to be on the same line-up as Macmillan, Harper and Penguin audio.”
Alison Larkin Presents has always punched way above its weight in the audiobook arena. Larkin’s narration of The Complete Novels of Jane Austen is the Number One bestselling audio version of Austen’s masterpieces, garnering glowing reviews from The New Yorker and many others. Audiobooks released by Alison Larkin Presents have garnered 13 Earphones awards from leading trade publication AudioFile Magazine, and Larkin’s best-selling novel The English American was picked by Vogue and Redbook for book-of-the-month honors. On Valentine’s day, AudioFile’s featured Audiobook Break podcast will start featuring her narration of Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.
Jonathan Epstein, the narrator of Moby-Dick, is best known locally for his more than 30-year association as actor, director, and teacher with Shakespeare & Company. He has also performed on and off-Broadway, in London’s West End, and at regional theatres here in the Berkshires and around the country. He is currently Teaching Professor of Classical Performance at the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training in Sarasota, Florida. He has been, for most of his life, an avid waterman.
Moby-Dick is the product of 60 hours of audio recording and another 60 hours of sound editing, to produce 25 hours of listening. It can be purchased at Alison Larkin Presents, on CDs or as an audio download. For more information, please visit Alison Larkin Presents https://alisonlarkinpresents.com/
Community Caregivers has continued to expand in Rensselaer County!
Are you someone who could use help staying living independently in your home ? Our volunteers can help! Our volunteers can take someone on errands to the grocery store or elsewhere in the community , can visit, call, and help a bit with chores once and awhile. Volunteers drive clients to the doctors also.
Call Heidi Buono, Service Coordinator, at (518)366-9173 if you are someone interested in our services.
Call Meredith Osta, Volunteer Coordinator, at (518)456-2898, if you would like to volunteer. To learn more, see Community Caregivers.org.
Castleton Cemetery Association
Annual Meeting – March 17th
The Castleton Cemetery Association will hold its annual Lot Owner’s and Their Families meeting on Thursday, March 17th, at the V.F.W. Hall on Scott Avenue in Castleton beginning at 7pm.
Light refreshments will be served. The treasury report will be read, projects for the spring and summer will be discussed and election of officers will be held. All those who have an interest are welcome to attend and encouraged to join our Board.
Tax-deductible contributions may be sent to: Castleton Cemetery Association C/O Dawne Kelly, 227 Shufelt Road, Nassau, NY 12123. Volunteers are welcome to help at our spring clean-up day on April 9th. Please call Jayne Robinson at (518) 732-4284 with any questions.
Literacy Volunteers Announces Hybrid Tutor Training Workshop for Albany County and Rensselaer County
Do you have two hours a week? Have you thought about volunteering as a tutor? We can train you. Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County will begin a Tutor Training Workshop in March.
The training will include two in-person sessions, three sessions remote by Zoom, and two online modules: Reading Basics 2.0 and Language Basics 2.0 from Literacy New York’s self-paced I2O online training platform. Trainees will be asked to complete the two online modules before March 24.
Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County (LVORC) welcomes all kinds of volunteers, from tutors to administrative helpers and event planners. As a volunteer you can develop new skills, make friends, and see how your efforts make a difference in Rensselaer County and Albany County.
To find out more about tutoring and other ways to help, join us for a Volunteer Opportunities Information Session on Thursday, March 3 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. via Zoom. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 518 244-4650 to register.
For more information, visit https://www.lvorc.org
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 4:30 to 6:30 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.
Hope 7 Food Pantry
TROY – The Hope 7 Food Pantry located at 520 Pawling Avenue, Troy NY serves the East Side of Troy, Wynantskill and Northgreenbush.
Pantry Hours: Mon-Fri – 9:30am-11:45am; Thursday – 5pm-7pm. Last Saturday of each month 9:30am-11:45am
What to bring: Proof of residence (Troy’s East Side, North Greenbush, or Wynantskill) – (utility bill to your address in your name). ID’s for each person residing in household.
Johnsonville Thrift Shop
JOHNSONVILLE – The Johnsonville Methodist Church Thrift Shop, located at 22 Bridge St., Johnsonville, NY 12094, is open 9-12 every Wednesday and the first Saturday of each month. Closed on holidays. Look for our sign at the corner of Route 67 and Route 111. We have a great selection of adult and children’s clothing, boots, shoes, coats, purses, special occasion and career clothing, jewelry, toys, linens, household and decorative items. Our well-organized book room has over 1,000 books available.
The Anchor Food Pantry
SCHODACK – The Anchor Food Pantry in an attempt to keep the residents of the Town Of Schodack apprised during these Covid 19 times has an update regarding hours of operation and procedures. The Pantry is open on the following days for servicing clientele and the general public.
Monday Evenings-5pm-7pm, Tuesday and Thursdays -9am-2pm, and the first saturday of each month 10am-1pm. We ask to call ahead at 518-732-4120 for food calls so staff can prepare order for delivery to your vehicle.
The Anchor food Pantry would like to inform the public and clientele of following guidelines that as set forth by governing bodies.
All clientele will be required to show proof of income example( Pay stub, retirement statement, social security or unemployment benefits) proof of residency, and verification for those residing in the household . The Anchor asks that those using the pantry for food benefits abide by these policies so that the pantry can obtain necessary funding and donations to aid all those needing its services and goodwill in these pandemic and uncertain economic times.
Donations are currently being accepted clothing wise for fall /early winter apparel preferably during business hours. As always we thank the citizens of Schodack for their present, past, and future support of aiding those in need during these seemingly never ending difficult economic times.
Looking for ways to help The Anchor Food Pantry. Just a suggestion:
Return your recyclable cans and bottles to The 6 Cent Redemption Center 550 South Street-Rensselaer – Rt9J.
Just inform the staff you are donating to the Anchor Food Pantry account and account will be credited automatically.
How to Prevent ‘Domestic Abuse’
Domestic abuse is also called Domestic violence (DV). It is a crime under the Violence Against the Women 1994/96 which affords equal protection to women and men. DV can be emotional, financial, verbal, psychological, physical, sexual, and technology-facilitated abuse. It is affecting millions of individuals across the United States regardless of age, gender, economic status, religion and education. We can prevent DV by spreading awareness, challenging the myths and confronting the abusers.
INDIVIDUAL AND FAMILY LEVEL
NEVER BLAME THE VICTIM: We tend to ask “What did the victim do to deserve the abuse?”. Instead, we need to ask: “why does the abuser choose to abuse?”.
TRUST THE VICTIM’S PERSPECTIVE: Listen to and believe the victim to empower them to make their own decisions. Tell the victim that the abuse is not their fault and they deserve safety and respect. Ask them what they need to be safe.
TAKE A CLEAR STAND THAT DOMESTIC ABUSE IS NOT A “PRIVATE FAMILY MATTER.”: One in three women and one in four men will be a victim of severe physical violence at some point in their lifetime. Each day, an average of three women die at the hands of someone who claims or claimed to love them. Every abused person is someone’s sibling, parent, friend or co-worker.
TELL THE VICTIMS about the DV Hotlines: Equinox 518.432.7865; Unity House 518. 272.2370; YWCA NENY 518.374.3386; Wellspring 518.584.8188 and the U.S. National Domestic Violence Hotline 800.799.7233. If the victim is in immediate danger, call 911. Support your community by volunteering or donating to the DV agencies.
CONFRONT THE OFFENDERS: If it is safe, tell them that their abusive behavior is unacceptable. Impose social consequences like not welcoming for family dinner or to hang out, until they stop their abusive behavior. Study ‘bystander intervention training’ on youtube and put it into practice.
EDUCATE THE CHILDREN AND YOUTH about healthy, unhealthy and abusive relationships. It is some of today’s children who will become tomorrow’s abusers and victims. Discuss DV at the family table and encourage everyone to respectfully speak up without fear when something doesn’t feel right. Set a healthy example by not using coercive measures to control your children’s’ behavior under any circumstance. Be respectful to everyone, irrespective of their age and sex. Losing your ‘cool ‘, is a big “No,’. If parents have difficulty managing their emotions, they need to seek help.
CHALLENGE THE WIDELY-HELD MYTHS ABOUT DV AT EVERY OPPORTUNITY: That ‘DV means physical violence’, it’s a “private family matter’, ‘the victim is weak’ and the victims can “just leave”. In reality, the woman is at the greatest risk of being hurt or even killed when trying to leave or after leaving. She has to carefully plan her escape, to protect herself, her children and pets and ensure financial security.
CHALLENGE THE MYTH THAT THE ABUSERS “LOSE CONTROL”: Not true. They don’t “lose control” at work, with friends and other family members! Abuse is a conscious choice rooted in power and control over the partner. Challenge the inequalities and ‘isms’ like sexism, racism, classism and patriarchy on which DV thrives.
GIVE SUSTAINED PUBLIITY TO THE DV HOTLINE NUMBERS through all the media until they are as well-known as ‘911’. Make sure DV brochures are always visible at public places like libraries, town halls, workplaces, doctor’s offices, religious places, community centers.
ORGANIZE DV AWARENESS CAMPAIGN EVERY OCTOBER. DV agencies can provide the publicity posters, brochures and speakers.
What’s the Big Deal with Sports Betting?
CAPITAL DISTRICT – Mobile Sports Betting was legalized in New York State last year, and the regulators have been approved to launch as early as this weekend, Saturday January 8, 2022. Access and availability to gambling outlets continue to increase across New York State. For many, gambling is a form of entertainment and causes little to no harm. But there is another side to gambling that often is not discussed.
Problem gambling and gambling disorder affect upwards of 8 million Americans every year (National Council on Problem Gambling). While most who choose to gamble are able to do it responsibly, it is important to understand the risks associated. When there is an increase in access and availability to something, the risk of developing a problem also increases. The New York Council on Problem Gambling (NYCPG) simply defines problem gambling as anytime gambling causes problems in your life. Problem gambling can cause personal, family, relationship, and/or career issues. These can include arguments over money and time spent gambling with loved ones, missing deadlines and being distracted at work, or feeling depressed or anxious because of one’s gambling.
With the launch of mobile sports betting, bettors will have access to wager 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There are endless amounts of bets that can be made in a 24-hour period, expanding from simply betting on the outcome of a game to also include in-game bets, point-spreads, the over/under, parlay bets, futures, and many more (The Game Day).
Recent research has estimated that 6-9% of young people and young adults experience problems related to gambling — a higher rate than among adults (National Center for Responsible Gaming). A concern with mobile sports betting and the technology utilized is that it engages a younger generation of bettors, including individuals who may have never gambled before or at traditional venues for gambling. The potentially endless access to gambling in the palm of a young person’s hand could quickly escalate to be problematic for them and their loved ones.
Unlike substance use disorder, the warning signs of problem gambling and gambling disorder do not always present themselves in a physical way. It is often referred to as the hidden addiction. Warning signs include:
• Gambling to escape or avoid worries, frustrations, or disappointments
• Neglecting other responsibilities to concentrate on gambling activities
• Increasing amounts of money bet in an effort to win back losses
• Gambling with money needed for necessary expenses, such as groceries, bills, or medication
• Borrowing or relying on others to get out of debt
• Feeling desperate, depressed, or having suicidal ideations because of gambling
There is help available for anyone impacted by problem gambling. Problem Gambling Resource Centers (PGRCs) are located in every county and borough across New York State. PGRCs are designed to provide information and access to support to anyone seeking help as a result of problematic gambling. This includes help for the individual betting, for their loved ones who are impacted, as well as community partners seeking to provide support.
For more information on your local PGRC, please visit https://nyproblemgamblinghelp.org/
Poestenkill “Bread of Life” Food Pantry
POESTENKILL – We are open two times each month on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays beginning at 4:30 pm and ending at 6:30 pm. Bring proof of your current residence and grocery bags for your food request.
Starting in November 2021, we will now greet our guests inside the Evangelical Lutheran Church, 772 Route 351, Poestenkill, side entrance.
Please wear a mask and check the extra’s tables. Two guests at a time, fill out food selection forms while waiting in your car. We will continue to practice social distancing and safety for our volunteers and guests.
Delivery service to Poestenkill Seniors unable to visit our pantry is available. Call and leave your name and number at (518) 283-6045.
Our newest program offers infant and baby items (food, diapers and wipes) for those who reside in the Poestenkill area. Pre-orders only by a phone message at (518) 428-0124, a private Facebook message, or email: email@example.com. We do not currently stock these items in our pantry as selections are very individualized.
Newly Diagnosed with Parkinson’s? Consider Attending PD SELF – Parkinson’s Self-Efficacy Learning Forum
CAPITAL DISTRICT – A national program being offered in Albany. The program provides people newly diagnosed with Parkinson’s with an in-depth understanding of the disease and the tools to manage it with confidence. There is no cost to attend. Registration is required. Space is limited. Care partners are encouraged to attend.
This year the program, starting in September, has been adapted to be fully online. Find out more at www.cdparkinsons.org/pd-self
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
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: www.humsar.org 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 www.tri-stateemergencyteam.org
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: visionloss.ny.gov