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Your Community 03.12.20

They Said It Couldn’t Be Done!

RENSSELAER – They said it couldn’t be done, but Hopes Kitchen is doing it anyway. Free Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner Thursday March 12th, serving begins at 3:30. Your dinner will include tender Corned Beef, delicious Cabbage, delightfully boiled potatoes, and rabbit worthy carrots! To round out the meal we will be serving tossed salad, rolls and butter, coffee, iced or hot tea, lemonade, coffee and water.

Hopes Kitchen is located inside Rensselaer Presbyterian Church, 34 Broadway in Rensselaer, look for our sidewalk sign directing you to our entrance.

Everyone is welcome, homeless, families, teens, children, singles anyone that is hungry for a home cooked meal. No proselytizing for church membership, we just want to feed the hungry.

Hopes Kitchen is an ecumenical ministry of Hope Lutheran Church in North Greenbush, and The Presbyterian church of Rensselaer.

News from Averill Park CSD

AVERILL PARK – Congratulations to Sean Malenfant for placing fifth overall at the New York State Public High School Association Wrestling Tournament. Sean finished his season with an impressive 42-2 record. On the same weekend the varsity cheer team won the Section II, Division II championship. Way to go everyone!

Poestenkill Elementary held its annual Jump Rope for Heart event and raised more than $6,000 for the American Heart Association! Great job by everyone involved!

Students in Engineering Design and Development presented their capstone project to a panel of district administrators. The class presented interesting, highly evolved inventions.

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

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

Two Columbia High School Teachers Named Top Teacher by News Channel 13/SEFCU

EAST GREENBUSH – Columbia High School teachers Dan Batcher and Jessica Hladik were named Top Teacher by News Channel 13/SEFCU recently. Mr. Batcher teaches math and Mrs. Hladik teaches math and computer science. Congratulations!

Woodlawn Cemetery Winter Cleanup

EAST SCHODACK – For lot owners in the Woodlawn Cemetery of East Schodack. Please remove any winter decorations and wreaths before April 1st 2020. The winter cleanup will begin on that date, all remaining items will be discarded..

Schodack Valley Fire District Board of Fire Commissioners

CASTLETON – The Schodack Valley Fire District Board of Fire Commissioners will hold special “Building Workshops ” on the 4th Wednesday of each month starting at 6:30 P.M. until further notice. All meetings are held at 1553 Schodack Valley Road, Castleton N.Y. 12033.

Algonquin Service Club Teams up with Brunswick Cares Food Pantry to Bring Joy to Kids

AVERILL PARK – The students of the Algonquin Middle School Service Learning Club, SL@MS, delivered 24 birthday bags to the Brunswick Cares Food Pantry in February. SL@MS’ goal is to assist charities and other organizations; such as gather food items for Kiwanis and Equinox, collecting books for a local child’s hospital, and donations to Make-A-Wish. These birthday bags consisted of a cake pan, cake making supplies, party favors, festive decorations, handmade cards, and a toy. The Brunswick Cares Food Pantry provides these bags to the food insecure families in our area who regularly utilize the pantry for extra support. Bags are for children 3-14 years of age in the month of their birthday. The Brunswick Cares Food Pantry is open 5-7 pm on Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings 9-11am at 42 White Church Lane, Troy, NY, 1218

Local Student Named National Geographic GeoBee New York State Competition Semifinalist

NORTH GREENBUSH – The results are in! The National Geographic Society named Romeo Vashishth, a 7th grader at Woodland Hill Montessori School in North Greenbush, as one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2020 National Geographic GeoBee State Competition. The contest will be held at the New York State Museum on Friday, March 27, 2020.

This is the second level of the National Geographic GeoBee competition, which is now in its 32nd year. To determine each school champion, GeoBee competitions were held in schools throughout the state with students in the fourth through eighth grades. This year, an estimated 2.4 million students competed in the GeoBee, with 8,661 students becoming school champions. School champions also took an online qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society. Up to 100 of the top-scoring students in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents Schools and U.S. territories were invited to compete in the State GeoBees.

State champions will receive a medal, $1,000 in cash, and other prizes, as well as a trip to Washington, D.C., to represent their state in the National Championship where they will compete for additional cash, awards and college scholarships.The second- and third-place State GeoBee winners will receive cash awards of $300 and $100, respectively.

The 2020 National Championship will take place May 18-21, 2020, at National Geographic headquarters. The National Champion will receive a $25,000 college scholarship, $1,000 in cash, a lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society and an all-expenses-paid Lindblad expedition to the Galápagos Islands aboard the National Geographic Endeavour ll. The second-place finisher will receive a $10,000 college scholarship and $1,000 in cash; the student finishing in third place will receive a $5,000 college scholarship and $1,000 in cash; and seven runners-up will each receive $1,000 in cash. Visit for more info

Troop 41 of East Greenbush Attends Annapolis Naval Academy Camporee in Maryland

EAST GREENBUSH – Troop 41 of East Greenbush recently attended the Annapolis Naval Academy Camporee in Maryland for a weekend with the Naval cadets and tour of the Academy along with doing merit badge for Chemistry and Engineering . A total of 650 Scouts and Scouters from as far away as Ohio participated.




Standing in front of the Submarine monument are members from the troop, SM Jeff Morris, Guenter Jaeger, Aiden Peverly, Jacob Curtis, Caleb Curtis, SM Francis Coonradt, Christopher  Kenneally, SM Dennis Cicchino.

This troop meets Tuesday nights at the Elks club on Columbia Turnpike in East Greenbush.



Final Weekend for All My Sons at SLCA

SAND LAKE – How far would a man go to protect his family, his interests and his legacy?

In All My Sons, one of the most celebrated plays in American theater history, Arthur Miller creates a post-war American family in a tragic downfall of lies, greed, love, and loss, and demands its audience examine their own social responsibilities to all the sons of American wars.

“The story is a reflection of society and how people driven by a lust for money can stoop to any extent to acquire wealth.” – The Guardian

During the course of the play, an act of social and legal injustice is revealed and righted while the family patriarch, Joe Keller, simultaneously learns the meaning of solidarity. Claiming to have only shipped faulty aircraft parts to keep his business thriving for his own two sons, Joe realizes the 21 pilots who died because of his crime were also “his sons,” and he was equally responsible for their lives.

Miller stated that the issue of relatedness is the main theme in All My Sons.The play introduces questions that involve an individual’s obligation to society, personal responsibility, and the distinction between private and public matters.

Get your tickets today! Call 518-674-2007 or online at

Defreestville Fire Department Announces Award Recipients

DEFREESTVILLE – The North Greenbush Fire District held its Annual Installation Banquet recently. During the event, Defreestville Fire Department recognized several members for various accomplishments in 2019.

Firefighter/Engineer Jeffrey Pirro was awarded “Firefighter of the Year”. Pirro was able to successfully provide assistance to two individuals with limitations whose car broke down. Pirro helped secure their vehicle, ensure help arrived for their car, and safely transported them to their respective destinations.

The President’s Award was given to Brian McCrea, Bob Durivage, Shane Clute and Jason Strosberg for ongoing support to a local firefighter’s family in a time of need.

Captain Daniel Sheehan and Lieutenant Charles “Bart” Galligan earned the “2019 High Attendance Award” for Officer and Firefighter respectively (Galligan was promoted in 2020).

The following individuals were awarded with the Years of Service awards for milestones reached in 2020.

35 Years: Paul “PJ” Facteau, Charles “Bart” Galligan

25 Years: William Stewart

20 Years of Service: Bryan Jones. For his years of service, Jones has also earned Life Membership.

5 years of service: Jack Biddlecomb, Kylie Cotugno, Eric Hopkins, Justin Houser, Antonio Lipari, Zachary Myron, Jeffrey Pirro, and Jaime Vooris

We congratulate all members on their achievements!

The DFD welcomes all those who are curious about or interested in joining, to message us via our Facebook page by visiting You can also visit to learn more about the benefits of the volunteer fire service.

Want to Join Our Local Community Orchestra?

AVERILL PARK – Do you play a musical instrument? The Averill Park Community Orchestra is starting rehearsals again soon and we are eagerly seeking new members. If you or someone you know plays an orchestral instrument (strings, woodwinds, or percussion) and may be interested in joining, please contact Christina Desmond at 518-948-0565. The APCO rehearses at Algonquin Middle School in Averill Park on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 – 8:30, and generally performs two concerts per year, one in December and one in late May. Rehearsals for the spring season have begun, and we will accept new members throughout March (3/18, 3/25) in preparation for our May 31st performance.

Sk8 to Elimin8 Cancer

TROY – Skaters from the Hudson Mohawk Figure Skating Club are joining with the Albany, Saugerties and Uncle Sam Figure Skating Clubs to turn cancer upside down. The clubs led by Coach Bobbi Hammond are raising money to fight cancer through the Olympic champion, and cancer survivor Scott Hamilton CARES foundation.

The foundation is dedicated to changing the future of cancer by funding innovative research that treats cancer while sparing the patient. Monies raised will be donated to the Lustgarten Institute for pancreatic cancer research.

Skaters and friends are invited to join us for our culminating event on Sunday March 22nd at the RPI Houston Field House from 12pm-2pm. There will be an exhibition, a Frozen 5K followed by a family fun skate. Skaters will be joined by members of the RPI Varsity Men’s and Women’s hockey teams. There will be a requested $10 donation from all participants at the door.

To donate visit:

Books for Troops Needs Comics and Graphic Novels

CAPITAL DISTRICT – Books for Troops has been receiving numerous requests for comics and graphic novels. While we had a source in Illinois, he is no longer able to attain them in the numbers we need. If anyone has comics and/or graphic novels that they are willing to donate to our troops, we would be thrilled. The comics are a wonderful source of escape for the troops. One doctor deployed  in Kuwait wrote us saying that the first time he saw smiles on his severely injured patients was when he saw they were reading comic books. If you have comics you would like to donate to the troops, please contact us at Help us put smiles on those who need something to smile about.

Other genres of books that frequently are requested are military history science fiction, fantasy, history and biography.  At this time we have no copies of military history and extremely limited of the other genre.  If anyone has any of these genres in paperback, please contact me at the above E-MAIL. Thank you as always for your support.  Ellen Keegan, Director

Poestenkill Fire Co 100th Anniversary Vendor/Craft Fair

POESTENKILL – Looking for crafters & vendors for craft fair for June 6 from 3-8 pm. Activities for the day include: dress parade, ceremony, bouncy bounce for kids, food truck with beverages, block dance followed by fireworks. For more information for the vendor/craft fair contact Nancy Rogers at

Help Brunswick Cares Food Pantry

BRUNSWICK –  We are excited to share that Brunswick Cares Food Pantry has been selected to be a part of the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program, which is designed to make it easy for customers to contribute to their local community while supporting the environment. For the month of March, each time a $2.50 reusable Fight Hunger Bag is purchased at the Hannaford located at Route 43 & 150 (old Miller’s Market), West Sand Lake, NY, $1 will be donated to Brunswick Cares Food Pantry.

40th Annual Albany CROP Hunger Walk 

CAPITAL DISTRICT – The 40th Annual Albany CROP Hunger Walk, now known as the John U. Miller Memorial CROP Hunger Walk will take place on Sunday, May 3.  Last year, some 250 people of all ages and all faiths walked on a rainy afternoon to raise over $96,000 to combat hunger at home and abroad.   25% of the funds raised came back to the Capital District to support food pantries and soup kitchens, while the remainder was used for global hunger relief and development projects (including improving access to clean water).

Groups interested in participating in the walk should send a representative to the Recruiters Rally and Awards Reception on Sunday, March 22.  The Rally will run from 4:30-6:30pm at First Lutheran Church in Albany.  The front of the church faces Western Ave. between Quail and Lake, but Rally attendees should turn off Western onto Cortland Place, park in the lot at the corner of Cortland Pl. and State St., and use the rear entrance at 646 State St. At the Rally, light refreshments will be served, brief reports on the local and global impact of CROP Walk dollars will be presented, top groups and walkers from the 2019 Walk will be recognized, and materials for the 2020 Walk distributed.  Free, but please call Kitt at (518) 439-9771 before March 16 to make a reservation.  For more information about the CROP Walk, to register as an on-line walker, or make a donation, visit

Brunswick Historical Society-Program

BRUNSWICK – March 21, 2020 at Brunswick Community Center (Keyes Lane, Center Brunswick). Time: 1:30 PM. Come join the Brunswick Historical Society for our March program which will be after our Annual Meeting. Phyllis Chapman is a historic Interpreter from “Vintage Visitors Presentations” who will be portraying “Shady Ladies of 19th Century America” among these being Belle Starr, Lizzie Borden and Calamity Jane, to mention just a few. Any questions call 518-279-3020

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

ALBANY – The Brain Injury Association of New York State (BIANYS) is excited to host and participate in events and activities across New York State during Brain Injury Awareness month in March. BIANYS’ efforts will focus on sharing information about BIANYS’ programs and services, and on brain injuries which include concussion, stroke and aneurism. BIANYS will also be raising funds through it’s Go Blue! for Brain Injury campaign, which supports the Annual Conference Scholarship Program. This year, the Annual Conference and Medical Symposium run from June 10-12 in Saratoga Springs.

“From March first to March thirty-first, BIANYS will be focused on getting information about brain injuries into the hands of New Yorkers,” said Eileen Reardon, BIANYS Executive Director. “Concussion and brain injury are in the news daily, and we’re here as the voice of brain injury to cut through the misinformation and rhetoric to deliver unbiased facts to the public.”  

BIANYS staff will be at various events in every corner of New York, with information on BIANYS programs and services. Brain Injury Advocacy Day will take place in Albany on March 25 and will include a speaking program and rally, as well as meetings with legislators and key stakeholders. Brain injury survivors, caregivers and professionals will gather and wear blue to show the strength of our community. This event is free and open to the public; please visit to register.

“We’re excited to return to the Legislative Office Building in Albany on March 25,” said Barry Dain, President of BIANYS’ Board of Directors. “There are so many ways our elected officials have an impact on our community, and this event is how we put a face to those issues. BIANYS staff will concentrate on urgent issues like keeping the TBI Waiver out of Medicaid Managed Care, expanding the Concussion Management and Awareness Act of 2011 and creating a resource facilitation program. Community members will bring their personal stories and share challenges they face such as finding adequate housing and care.”

The most recent issue of Brain Power, BIANYS’ quarterly newsletter, outlines several activities and ways for people to get involved. For more information, please visit

Four Corners Partnership Community House – Calendar of Events

SCHODACK LANDING – 902 Schodack Landing Road, Schodack Landing, New York

March 25th – Noon, Free Cabin Fever Community Lunch

March 26th – 7:00 PM, “The Power of Forgiveness”, Movie and Discussion

April 3rd- 6:30 PM, Bunco Night  **Held Next Door at the Reformed Church of Schodack “Friendship House”

April 7th- 6:30 PM, Chocolate Making Class

April 22nd- Noon, Free Cabin Fever Community Lunch

May 1st- 6:30 PM, Family Movie Night (TBA)

May 27th- Noon, Free Cabin Fever Community Lunch

June 5th- 6:30 PM, Bunco Night, Held Next Door at the Reformed Church of Schodack “Friendship House”

Free Public Information Event “Save Energy/Save Money”

POESTENKILL – The public is invited to hear from experts and ask questions about energy conservation at a panel discussion on Thursday, March 26 in Poestenkill. The event will begin at 7 p.m. at the Poestenkill Firehouse, 182 Main St., and is sponsored by the Poestenkill Town Democratic Committee.

Many of us want to know what actions we can take, as we make choices about energy, so we can protect our environment and potentially save money in the process. Bring your suggestions and questions to share with experienced panelists who will discuss what we, as individuals, families and small businesses can do. Several grants and rebates are available to offset the costs of investing in energy conservation.

Panelists will be:

Peter Sheehan of the Atlantic Chapter of the Sierra Club, who will give an overview of trends in energy saving. He is a past executive director of the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners .

Susan Cotner of the Affordable Housing Partnership in Albany, who will offer information on financial and other help that is available for affordable, green and healthy homes.

Tom Wagner of Wagner Farms in Poestenkill and Brunswick, who will talk about the farm’s anaerobic digester for waste management as an example of business investments that bring benefits for the budget and the environment

The event is free and refreshments will be served. Please bring your own mug for hot drinks. For information contact Jack Alexander at

Sand Lake Garden Club Presents “What’s Bugging You?”

SAND LAKE – The Sand Lake Garden Club will meet on Thursday, March 26 at the Sand Lake Town Hall. All are welcome. The meeting starts at 7 pm. This month’s program, “What’s Bugging You” will be presented by David Chinery, Extension Agent at Cornell Cooperative Extension. We will discuss some common pest problems as well as some new bad actors who are coming on the scene. Learn pest management and get questions answered. Refreshments will be served. Upcoming presentations include “Garden Extroverts: Adding Drama to your Design” on April 23.

Capital Region Envirothon 2020

RENSSELAER COUNTY – Each year the Soil & Water Conservation District hosts a regional competition called “Envirothon”.  This is a 1-day academic competition including six areas of knowledge:  Aquatics, Forestry, Soils, Wildlife, a current environmental issue, and an oral presentation.  Each school within the County can have 1-3 high school teams consisting of 4-5 students.  

These teams compete against other schools in the County to try to be the team that represents Rensselaer County at State level on another date this year.  Our Regional competition includes teams from Albany, Montgomery, Schenectady, Schoharie, and Rensselaer Counties, with one winning team from county each going to the State level.  The date for the Regional competition this year is Wednesday April 29th, and will be held in Gilboa, NY at the NYS Power Authority.  

Please go to for a brochure, schedule and registration packet.  The registration deadline for a team is Friday March 27th.   You may also contact Megan Myers, Rensselaer County Envirothon Representative at or (518) 271-1740 ext. 3.

Erosion, Sediment Control & Stormwater 4-Hour NYS DEC Endorsed Training

BRUNSWICK – Wednesday April 1st, 2020. Registration: 8:30 AM. Training:  9:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Brunswick Community Center, 18 Keyes Lane, Brunswick, NY

Under the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation’s Stormwater Permit, all construction site contractors and subcontractors must have at least one “trained individual” from their company on their construction sites on a daily basis that is responsible for implementation of Erosion Controls and Stormwater Management.   These individuals must complete this 4-hour training every three years to remain certified on the principles and practices of erosion and sediment control and stormwater management. This training covers both technical and regulatory aspects of stormwater management and erosion control, and is open to anyone including municipal officials, developers, contractors, non-profit organizations, and others.

The course is $75, and includes a certificate, materials, coffee, snacks.  Municipal officials will earn 4 PDE hours by NYSDOS.  Contact Megan Myers of the Rensselaer County Soil & Water Conservation District for registration at (518) 271-1740 ext. 3, or by e-mail at  You may also download the flyer and registration forms at: 

VFW Auxiliary Flea Market

EAST GREENBUSH – Come to our Spring flea market on April 4 2020. VFW 100 Hays road East Greenbush NY. 10 am to 3 pm.Our kitchen will be open for breakfast and lunch. Enjoy a treat from our bake sale as you shop our many vendors. Buy a raffle ticket and have a chance to win some amazing prizes from out huge raffle .We also have a 50/ 50 raffle. Questions call Maureen at 518-653-3539.

Defensive Driving Class at Gilead Lutheran Church

BRUNSWICK /TROY- Gilead Lutheran Church will host a 6 hour defensive driving class on Saturday, April 18, from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM. This is a NYS DMV approved class that will offer a 10% reduction off your auto insurance and up to 4 points off your NYS driver’s license. Exciting PowerPoint presentation that is newly updated by the original creator of this presentation. Never a test to pass the course!

Cost of this class is just $30 per person and must be paid at the door. Doors open at 8:30 AM. Lunch items will be available for sale for an additional cost.

Gilead Church is located at 308 Brick Church Road (Route 278), Troy, New York 12180. We are handicapped accessible and have loads of free close parking. SPACES ARE LIMITED and will sell out fast -again- at this price!!

To reserve your seat please call John at 518-279-9552. Please drive safely!

Easter Egg Hunt

TROY – Children and their families are invited to join us for an Easter Celebration on Saturday, April 20th at 1 PM at Third Presbyterian Church, 115 Winter Street in Troy.  In celebration of Easter we will have some craft activities, telling of the Easter story, an Easter egg hunt and, of course, snacks! A parent or guardian is required to stay with their children.  There is no charge for this event.  For more information, please call the church office at 518-283-2420.

NYSSA Sheriff’s’ Institute Summer Camp Applications Being Accepted

RENSSELAER COUNTY – The Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Office is accepting applications for the New York State Sheriffs’ Institute Summer Camp.

The Summer Camp is for boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 12 who, because of economic reasons, would not have an opportunity to attend a summer camp or enjoy a summer vacation. Campers must be up-to-date on immunizations and have received a medical physical after May 1, 2019. This year’s camp session runs from Sunday, July 26 through Saturday, August 1, 2020.

Detailed information about the camp may be found on the New York State Sheriffs’ Institute website at

Applications may be obtained by contacting the Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Office at (518) 266-1903. Qualified campers will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Deadline for submission is March 30, 2020.

Zonta Club Of Albany – Jmk Klausman Scholarship For Women In Business

CAPITAL DISTRICT – The Zonta Club of Albany is inviting women pursuing a business program who have demonstrated outstanding potential in the field to apply for the Jane M. Klausman Award. 

Any woman undertaking a business program at an accredited university/college/institute, including online students, with major field of specialization in accounting, finance, business management, marketing, operations management, human resources management, international businesses or entrepreneurship is eligible to apply. Students must be enrolled in at least the second year of an undergraduate program through the final year of a Master’s program at the time the application is submitted to the local Zonta club. 

At the local level, the Zonta Club of Albany awards $1,000 to the individual selected, which is then submitted to the District Level awards which $2,000 and if selected, the International Level for an award of $8,000. In 2015, the Zonta Club of Albany was selected at the District and International Levels.

Students who are interested can find the application at  All applications need to be submitted electronically by email to by April 1, 2020.

If you have any questions regarding the scholarship, please feel free to contact The Zonta Club of Albany at   We look forward to business students applying for the scholarship.

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.

Faith In Action Care Team’s Need Your Help

CAPITAL DISTRICT  – Do You Have 2-3 Hours Per Month To Help Someone In Your Community?

* 1 in 8 persons over 65 and nearly a third of those over 85 will be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease.

* 80% of Alzheimer’s patients are cared for at home by family.

Caring for someone with memory loss can be both isolating and exhausting for family members. These Families Need Your Help!

Belonging to the Care Team at your church, you only give the time you can when you can because there are several of you to share the role of helping the family.

The average volunteer offers just 2-3 hours per month. The team provides non-medical support and friendship.

All volunteers are offered training and continued support from the staff at Eddy Alzheimer’s Services.

If you would like to receive more information about our Faith In Action Care Team Program, please contact Sandy Monahan at Eddy Alzheimer’s Services-238-4167 /e-mail

Veterans Breakfast Clubs

CAPITAL DISTRICT – Veterans and their friends are welcome at the following Veterans Breakfast Clubs:

Tuesdays: 8 a.m., Alexis Diner, 294 North Greenbush Road, North Greenbush, 518-286-2603.

First and third Wednesdays each month: 9 a.m. Bellevue Cafe, 2630 Broadway, Schenectady, 518-393-7720.

Thursdays: 8 a.m. Schodack Diner, 1842 Columbia Turnpike, Castleton, 518-477-5014.

Thursdays: 9 a.m. IHOP, 611 Plank Road, Clifton Park, 518-348-1892.

Third Thursday every month: 9 a.m. Malta Diner, 2476 Route 9, Malta, 518-899-5099.

Fridays: 8 a.m. Gateway Diner, 899 Central Ave., Albany, 518-482-7557.

Refugee Welcome Center Looking for playgroup volunteers

ALBANY – The Refugee Welcome Center, located at 104 Ontario St. in Albany, is looking for playgroup volunteers Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:15 – 1:15. Would you like to play with a few preschoolers while their moms are in ESL class? If you are interested please call Wayne 518-369-5053 or email Thank you.

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

NAMI Connections Recovery Support Group

ALBANY – NAMI Capital Region, NY the local organization of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, offers its NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group the Second Wednesday of each month from 5p.m.-6:30p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 420 New Scotland Ave., Albany, NY 12208. NAMI Connection is a recovery support group program that offers respect, understanding, encouragement and hope. NAMI Connection groups are:

• Free and confidential

• Held weekly for 90 minutes

• Designed to connect, encourage, and support participants using a structured support group model

• Led by trained facilitators living in recovery themselves.

Six Center Redemption is partnering with Alzheimer’s Association

WYNANTSKILL/RENSSELAER – 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.

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.”

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

Capital Dist. Chapter of the Embroider’s Guild of America

CAPITAL DISTRICT – Do you enjoy needlework? Would you like to stitch with others that have similar interests? Whether you are a beginner or have experience, come join us. The NY Capital District Chapter of the Embroiderer’s Guild of America meets in various locations and at various times. The Day Group meets every 3rd Wednesday of the month at Blooming Grove Reformed Church in Defreetsville. Evening meetings are offered in two locations: The Community Room at The Terrace at Beverwyck in Slingerlands from 7p-9p on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month and from 6:30p-9p in the Fellowship Hall of St. George’s Episcopal Church in Clifton Park on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. In addition, there are specialty interest groups that also meet. For more information, check out our website at or on Come Join Us!

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 Massachesettes.   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:

Rensselaer County NY Connects

RENSSELAER COUNTY – Rensselaer County NY Connects provides long term services and supports which includes a range of services and supports that can help people of all ages remain independent in their daily lives. Long term services and supports are both medical and non-medical services that help to maintain or improve daily functioning and health. Finding the right services and supports to meet your needs can be very confusing. NY Connects is a trusted place that gives you information about available options whether you are paying for services yourself, through insurance, or are eligible for a government program. NY Connects serves anyone who needs information on long term services and supports. NY Connects staff can also help link you to available long term services and supports. Contact Rensselaer County NY Connects at 270-2767.


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