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Your Community 03.09.23

Hidden Dangers Community Forum

The Nopiates Committee is hosting Hidden Dangers, a community forum to help families recognize risky behaviors in youth. All are welcome to attend on Wednesday, March 15th at 6:30pm at SHAC Community Center located at 27 Lake Avenue in Averill Park. 

The ACCA Prevention Team along with Rensselaer County Student Assistance Program Counselors will provide an interactive and informative workshop for community members. The presentation will help participants identify and understand the signs and dangers of vaping, dabbing and other drug use, even if they don’t suspect that their loved one might be using. 

There will be a hands-on, interactive demonstration of hiding places with the latest merchandise that is marketed to teens as “Stash Merchandise”, with Concealment Areas. Families will receive information on why and when to look, how items are used, and suggestions on how to start a conversation with their loved one about their concerns. Additional resources will be available. 

This is a free event, email to register.

Kiwanis of NG provides CPR/AED class for youth

Kiwanis of North Greenbush recently held a CPR/AED class for teens in the community. Fourteen youth earned an American Heart Association 2-year certification; the class was provided by Pulse Career Solutions, and sponsored by Benetech Inc, Wynantskill.

Kiwanis welcomes community-minded individuals to join our club. 

Meetings are held 2nd and 4th Weds of each month at NG Town Hall, Main St, Wynantskill. More info @

Cancellation of Brunswick Elks Bingo

The Brunswick Elks Bingo which was to be started on Sunday, March 5, 2023, has been temporarily postponed until further notice. When we are able to start up we will contact everyone. 

Sorry for the inconvenience and thanks for your understanding and support.

The Bingo Committee

Grafton Native Named to St. John Fisher University Dean’s List

PITTSFORD, N.Y., February 2023—Abigail Buckley, daughter of Lisa and Eric Buckley, has been named to the Fall 2022 Dean’s List at St. John Fisher University in Rochester, New York.  Abigail is a freshman and a pre-med major.

To be eligible for the Dean’s List at Fisher a student must have attained at least a 3.5 grade-point average for the semester.

News From Averill Park CSD

Algonquin Middle School students are performing Frozen, Jr. for the Spring Musical this weekend. Showtimes include Friday, March 10 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 11 at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the door up to 45 minutes prior to showtime for $10 (adults) and $8 (students and seniors). Good luck, everyone!

Thank you to our Maintenance Department for completing two major projects during the Winter Recess. Crew members removed walls, put in new lighting, and made spaces more functional at both Algonquin Middle School and Miller Hill-Sand Lake Elementary School.

Congratulations to the CD Jets merged hockey team for making it to the Section 2, Division 1 championship game this season. Way to go, team!

As always, for the latest news from the District, please visit our website – You can also follow AP on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Submitted by Dr. James Franchini, Averill Park CSD Superintendent

Curious About Home Brewing?

Have you ever considered brewing your own beer but weren’t sure where to start? We recommend starting at the library, of course! Join us, at Poestenkill Library at 6:00 on Thursday 3/16 as we welcome Roger Savoy, owner and President of Homebrew Emporium, to the library for a Basics of Home Brewing program.

During the program you’ll learn about basic ingredients; malt, hops, water and yeast, the process of brewing with all grain or extracts, how fermentation works, how long it takes, and more! There will be samples of necessary ingredients and the basic equipment needed to begin brewing at home will be presented as well. Participants are encouraged to ask questions and contribute to the discussion throughout the evening. For more information please visit the library’s online events calendar at

Attendees must be 21 years of age or older. Registration is not required, but would be appreciated. You can register by calling the library at 518-283-3721.

Daemen University Fall Dean’s List

Jenna Miller from Poestenkill made the Daemen University Dean’s List for the fall semester.

Joseph Milanese, Jr. Named to St. John Fisher University Dean’s List

PITTSFORD, N.Y., Joseph Milanese Jr., of Wynantskill, has been named to the Fall, 2022 Dean’s List at St. John Fisher University in Rochester, New York. Milanese is a Junior, Corporate Finance Major, and plays football.

To be eligible for the Dean’s List at Fisher a student must have attained at least a 3.5 grade-point average for the semester.

For more information about St. John Fisher University, visit

Transfiguration Parish Book Nook is Open

The Book Nook at Transfiguration Parish on Hillview Drive in Speigletown is open on Saturday morning, March 18, from 9:00 am until noon. The donations keep pouring in and our shelves are full. The buy-one, get one March specials are on authors William Johnstone and Danielle Steele. Children’s books and romance novels are 12/$1. Stop by and browse through the best kept secret in the area. Thanks for your continued support and see you at the Book Nook!

Volunteers Needed at Grafton Lakes State Park

Grafton Lakes State Park will host a Volunteer Open House on Sun., March 26th at the Welcome Center. Do you love the park? Have you been coming to the park for years and would love to help keep the park beautiful? Are you new in town and are looking for a great community? Whatever your reason, the park could use your help! The informative session will take place from 2pm-4pm on March 26th.

Grafton Lakes has a growing volunteer base. Volunteers can get involved in a range of activities with varying level of commitments. At this session, visitors will talk to the Trail Crew Leader, the Volunteer Gardener, the Friends Group, volunteer education assistants, and others about their experiences and why they love volunteering at the park.

From gardening to a welcome center greeter, to being a volunteer Fire Tower Steward, to a program assistant, to helping with trail work- if you have a passion for something in the park, we can work together to utilize your skills to make the park a better place. No commitment required to attend. Volunteers earn benefits such as program and boat passes the more hours they serve. Volunteer gatherings such as hikes, movie nights, picnics, and more are scheduled throughout the year.

Registration encouraged, but not required. Light refreshments will be served and small door prizes given away during the event. Call 518-279-1155 to register.

Grafton Lakes State Park is located off of Route 2, twelve miles east of Troy, New York. Please use the park’s main entrance on Grafton Lakes State Park Way for this event. There is no entrance fee for this event. For more information, please call the park at 518-279-1155. 

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 79.5 million people annually. For more information on any of these recreation areas, call 518-474-0456.

We Want You!

Love exploring park-like, historic cemeteries? The Friends of Oakwood Cemetery volunteer group is hosting a Volunteer Recruitment Open House on March 26th from 1-3pm and March 30th from 5-7pm at the Gardner Earl Chapel at Oakwood Cemetery, 186 Oakwood Ave, Troy, NY 12180. Light refreshments will be served!

Learn about opportunities to get involved based on your interests and available time. Are you interested in data entry and office work; grounds work or gardening; assisting with researching, writing, and conducting tours; helping with community outreach; or have another talent you can offer? 

We want to hear from you. Let’s talk! 518-272-7520.

Castleton Cemetery Association – Annual Meeting March 16th

The Castleton Cemetery Association will hold its annual Lot Owner’s and Their Families meeting on Thursday, March 16th, at the V.F.W. Hall on Scott Avenue in Castleton beginning at 7pm. 

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 1st. Please call Jayne Robinson at (518) 732-4284 with any questions.

Wednesday Night Food Truck Event is back in North Greenbush!

We hope that everyone had a great off-season time the past couple of months. We are contacting you to let you know that we will be having Food Truck Night again here in North Greenbush!!! The Town of North Greenbush is looking for food trucks to participate in the WEDNESDAY Night Food Truck Event for the 2023 season. 

We will again be having Food Trucks @ town hall between 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. We are planning on the start date of Wednesday, May 24th. This year’s event will go all the way to August 9, 2023. We are asking anyone interested in participating again to contact the Town Clerk, Janice Hannigan Kerwin, @ 518-283-4306 or feel free to email anytime at if you have any additional questions.

East Greenbush VFW Auxiliary Seeking Flea Market Vendors

The Auxiliary to East Greenbush VFW 7338 is seeking Vendors for their scheduled Flea Market on April 22, 2023. 

For further information, please contact Lynda Essenter at (518) 248-0324 or via email at

Are You Ready for Your Lenten Journey?

Yes, it is that special time of year once again. The humbling yet exhilarating season of Lent is upon us. You may be looking for opportunities to interact with fellow “travelers” during this time of self-reflection. 

Well then, how about the ecumenical Friday Lenten Services to share the good news with a variety of local clergy? They are held at the Church of the Covenant (the round church) in Averill Park. 

A brief (about 30 min.) service begins at 12 noon and is followed by a soup-and-sandwich lunch… to continue every Friday through March 31. 

A free will offering will go to Unity House of Troy. Hope to see you there as we “travel” to our glorious destination, Easter on April 9!

Fred Erickson, Church of the Covenant

American Red Cross Babysitting Class

The American Red Cross Babysitting Class will be held at the Sand Lake Library on 3/18/23. For more information please contact Brenda at

Art Call for an Averill Park Exhibition

Stratigraphy: Celebrating Layering in the Arts, is an art exhibition to be mounted at the Arts Letters & Numbers studios, Faith Mills, in Averill Park on May 27. 

We are thinking of Amos Eaton – the first stratigrapher in the country, who mapped the route of the Erie Canal and the rock of our watershed – and of all the ways that art can be layered: the paint, the collage, the poetic images, the musical notes the stitches, the gestures, the impasto … 

Deadline for proposals (all media, representational or performative) April 1. Deadline for delivery of material May 24. Sponsored by aGatherin’ with Arts Letters & Numbers.

Bingo at South Schodack Volunteer Fire Co.

The South Schodack Volunteer Fire Co. is having Bingo the first and third Sundays each month through May. Doors open at noon with card sales starting at 1:00 PM and games start at 2:00 PM.

South Schodack Volunteer Fire Co. 1563 Bame Rd., Castleton, N.Y. 12033 (518-732-2082).

Artwork Needed for Community Wide Art Show

The First United Methodist Church at 1 Gilligan Rd. East Greenbush is looking for artwork of all kinds done by all ages for a Community Wide Art Show. The Art Show will debut on March 25th, 2023. All artworks will be due by March 19th at 2:30 pm. 

The theme of the art show is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Art can have one item of the theme or incorporate the full theme. Please email Amber Telford at for the Art Work agreement form and any questions. You can also call 518-477-9693 and leave a message for Amber.

Sand Lake Historical Society Announces 2023 Schedule

SLHS will be presenting the following public programs, from January to June 2023:

April 11th, Covid-19 History Project. Committee report and presentations and a sharing of experiences from the SLHS Covid History Project. Let’s make Covid history!

May 9th, Annual Meeting. Elections, annual report to the membership – and more!

June 3rd, (tentative) Annual Gala. Final date and location to be announced. Don’t miss this highlight of our year!

June 13th, The Pretty Fantastic Mr. Fox. Albert Rodmond Fox, industrialist, glassworks owner, State Senator, mover-and-shaker, and the Fox who gave us Fox Mansion. Learn about one of Sand Lake’s early leaders and speculate on why we live in Averill Park and not “Foxboro.”

All SLHS programs (unless otherwise noted) are held at the Sand Lake Town Hall Courtroom, 8428 NY Rte. 66, Averill Park, beginning at 7:00 pm. More information at Like us on Facebook.

Raise Your Voice Singing Competition Sponsored by CASA

The 8th Annual CASA “Raise Your Voice” Singing Competition which will be held June 29th, 2023, will be holding auditions on May 2nd and 3rd, 2023 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the First United Methodist Church, 603 State St., Schenectady, NY. We need to advertise now for Teens and Young Adults, ages 13-24 so they can schedule appointments for the auditions.

It would be very helpful to have it run more than once. Singers will be competing in one of two categories: Show Tunes, Theatre, & Opera-or-Rock, Pop & Country(no profanity). Solo or Duo performers can qualify. Top 25 Finalists will perform at Proctors for the chance to become the winner! Cash prize and trophy for the First and Second Place Winners in each category! 

This is a major fundraiser for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Abused and Neglected Children). To schedule an appointment for an audition, please call the Center for Community Justice at 518-346-1281 ext. 330 or 518-709-6288 or email

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!

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