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Your Community 04.06.23

Muitzeskill Spring Cleanup – April 22

Join us on April 22, 2023 from 10 AM – 12:30 PM for Muitzeskill Spring Cleanup Day. Sign-up by April 14, 2023 – email your name and activity preference to

Here’s what we will be doing:

Rensselaer County Adopt-a-Roadside Program

Join us to cleanup Muitzeskill Road from the county line to the railroad bridge & Schodack Landing Road from the four corners east and west.

Community Cleanup & Beautification

Help clean up the grounds of The Reformed Church of Schodack at Muitzeskill.

Assemble at the Church Pavilion at 10 AM. Bring garden or work gloves, sturdy waterproof shoes/boots and gardening tools (rakes, wheelbarrows, trimmers etc.). Light refreshments will be provided. Rain date is April 29, 2023 from 10 AM – 12:30 PM.

The event is organized by The Four Corners Partnership. The Partnership was formed in 2019 by The Reformed Church of Schodack at Muitzeskill and community members. The goal of The Partnership is to promote and provide quality activities and services that will contribute to the physical, emotional and social well-being of all community residents.

Dunham Hollow- West Stephentown Scholoaship

The scholarship committee announces the availability of the Dunham Hollow-West Stephentown Scholarship. The scholarship is in memory of Frank Johnson. It is open to anyone (graduating senior, post graduate, or adult wishing retraining) living within the boundaries of the Averill Park School District and has been accepted to a trade or vocational school.

The deadline for submission of an application is May 15th. Scholarship applications may be obtained by contacting the Averill Park High School guidance department at 518-674-7025 or by emailing

Rensselaer County 4-H Horse Communications

Rensselaer County recently hosted 4-H youth for 4-H Horse Communications. Members were able to share and present on an equine topic of their choice to adult and teen evaluators. 

Many thanks to our evaluators: Grace Huffam, Emilee Roadcap, Kira Colarossi, Mikayla Malenfant, Kelli Grab, Brandon DeShane, Katie Navarra, Regina Cristo, Glenn and Eileen Van Oort. It was a successful night which resulted in the following members receiving “Exceptional Presenter” designation, Ava Severance, Lily Coraldi, Kaylie Millar, Emilee Roadcap, Thomas and Carlo Colarossi. There were eight presenters that qualified to represent Rensselaer County at the Regional 4-H Horse Communications Contest: Ava Severance of Schaghticoke, Kaylie Millar of West Sand Lake, Emilee Roadcap of Troy, MacKenzie Martin of Valley Falls, Mya Bull of Troy, Niko, Thomas and Kira Colarossi of Melrose. 

We wish our members luck as they move on to participate in the Regional 4-H Horse Communications event. If you have questions about this or other 4-H Youth Development programs, contact your local Cooperative Extension office. Cornell Cooperative Extension is an equal opportunity programmer and employer.

Community Life Support Hosting Monthly Meals

Community Life Support hosts community groups to prepare and serve a free meal for the community on the 2nd Saturday of each month. Community organizations like the fire dept and library have volunteered to cook and provide the meal. Our dining room will seat 75 people and we invite you to be at our next meal on April 15th from 5- 6 pm. 

On April 15th the Hoosic Valley Fire Department will be preparing chicken BBQ. No take outs offered, as the goal is to bring members of our community together for conversation and education. For more information or for your group to volunteer to cook and serve a meal please see our Community Life Support Facebook page or contact

Health and Wellness Fair in Schaghticoke

Community Life Support is hosting the first annual health and wellness fair; “Living Our Best Life”, on April 22 at the Hoosic Valley High School. The fair is free and will feature a cross section of organizations and groups whose focus is providing education and instruction to address issues we all have. We will have yoga and Tai Chi demonstrations, Gardening information, legal guests to speak to life planning activities, and Rensselaer County Departments will be present to provide resources. LaPosta’s will be on sight with healthy snacks and food as well as a Taco truck and other lunch offerings. The fair runs from 11am to 3 pm on Saturday, April 22nd. If you are interested in being a presenter or vendor of information, please contact Liz Baker at For further information on the list of vendors see our Facebook page for Community Life Support.

Health and Wellness Fair in Schaghticoke

Community Life Support is hosting the first annual health and wellness fair; “Living Our Best Life”, on April 22 at the Hoosic Valley High School. The fair is free and will feature a cross section of organizations and groups whose focus is providing education and instruction to address issues we all have. We will have yoga and Tai Chi demonstrations, Gardening information, legal guests to speak to life planning activities, and Rensselaer County Departments will be present to provide resources. LaPosta’s will be on sight with healthy snacks and food as well as a Taco truck and other lunch offerings. The fair runs from 11am to 3 pm on Saturday, April 22nd. If you are interested in being a presenter or vendor of information, please contact Liz Baker at For further information on the list of vendors see our Facebook page for Community Life Support.

Are You a Veteran?

VFW Post 7338, East Greenbush, at 100 Hayes Road is extending an invitation to all veterans in the community! 

If you are a veteran, you are invited to visit our Post to see if you are qualified to be a member of this great organization here in our local community! If you are a veteran, and looking to contribute to your community, this is the place to be! We are open and have been for some time! We invite you to be a member of the world’s largest veteran organization! 

Joining the VFW as a Life Member or as an ongoing Member can also make your family members eligible to join our VFW auxiliary. If you are already a Veteran, they are eligible to join the Auxiliary We need new members of our Post to help run our Post properly, and to continue to help YOU, our veterans, your families and our community. We want to continue to administer the many programs that will help us to keep our East Greenbush VFW post active for many years to come. Please consider joining our organization. 

We have monthly Pancake Breakfasts, usually on the 3rd Sunday of the month! (Except July and August) Every month or so we are planning additional dinners alternating between either a Chicken Bake, Spaghetti or Roast Beef. We just had a successful “Night at the Club” with light fare, music provided by a DJ and dancing. We are open to the public and offer our hall for your meeting or family affair! We have a seating capacity for 125 people! We can be your 1st choice for Weddings, Baby Showers, Anniversaries, Birthday Parties, Get-togethers for families and friends or a quiet place to have a Celebration of Life of a loved one that has passed. We offer reasonable rates and can accommodate your wishes! 

Please contact us by emailing us at or calling 518-477-7770 and leave a message with your name and number. Your message will be forwarded to another number which is checked every day. Your telephone call will be returned.

News From Averill Park CSD

Averill Park CSD is sending three Odyssey of the Mind teams to the New York State competition in Syracuse next month! Overall, four teams competed at the regional event with the High School team and two teams from Algonquin Middle School advancing. Miller Hill-Sand Lake Elementary School also competed and did a fantastic job. Way to go, everyone!

SUNY Albany students visited the APHS Library and brought some MakerSpace-related technologies, showcasing opportunities for STEAM learning activities. AP students learned how to code robots, how to use a Cricut, how to crochet, how to do Stop Motion with LEGOs, and more.

Algonquin Middle School’s Daniel McAlonie won 4th place in the state for the VFW Patriots Pen essay contest. Dan was the top winner in the Capital Region, which advanced him to the state round of the competition. He recently attended a recognition dinner where he received a plaque and a cash prize. Way to go, Dan!

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

“Let’s Make the Pandemic History!”

On April 11th the Sand Lake Historical Society program will present “Pandemic Remembrances”, the result of a special project to document our shared history of the Covid-19 Pandemic. Late last year, a special committee began soliciting and reviewing submissions by town residents on their experiences during the recent pandemic – what it was like for themselves, their families, at work, and in the community. And the roller-coaster of emotions. Even if you not able to submit your story, please come and listen to others and share what you did and how you felt. Our goal is to compile our stories into a book.

The program will take place on Tuesday April 11th at 7PM at the Sand Lake Town Hall Courtroom, 8428 NY 66, Averill Park. 

SLHS monthly programs are open to the public and are live-streamed on the SLHS website — (archived video also will be posted there). A $5 donation is suggested for non-members. New members are always welcomed. Like us on Facebook. SLHS turns Fifty in 2024!

Poestenkill “Bread of LIfe” Food Pantry

The Bread of Life food pantry is available for anyone who resides in and around Poestenkilll and are struggling to provide enough groceries for themselves and their family.

Open on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of every month from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. We offer staple food items and some non-food necessities for households. We also offer diapers for families with babies and toddlers, diapers from size one to size six are available. Wipes are included with each package of diapers.

If you need more information about qualifications or have special need requirements, leave a message at (518) 283-6045. This program operates only on the generous donations from our community of friends, organizations and faithful volunteers. We are most grateful for all of those who support us.

Emmanuel Reformed Church Easter Egg Hunt & More!

Emmanuel Reformed Church of Castleton will be holding their Easter Egg Hunt. The event is being held on April 8th, at 10:00 AM. 

It will be a fun time for kids from toddlers to teens! Not only is there a traditional egg hunt, but there will also be a scavenger hunt for older kids to discover more about Easter. Come join us for the fun at Emmanuel Reformed Church, 1150 Maple Hill Road, Castleton, NY 12033.

Poestenkill Historical Society is Back!

We are pleased to announce our Society is able to present a program to you now that things are sort of back to normal. Our first program will be on Sunday, April 16th at 2:00PM. 

We will be featuring “Women of the Revolution” with our well known historic interpreter Phyllis Chapman. Conventional history has been remiss in not adequately noting the support and exploits of women as battles raged in their towns. Come and find out how women were key players in the Revolution. Admission is free; light refreshments will be provided.

-Please note: our programs will be held in the Evangelical Lutheran Church, lower level. The building is handicapped accessible. Our museum is located across from the church, so perhaps you can visit our establishment after the presentation. We look forward to seeing you. Any questions? Please call 518 283-4890. 

Rensselaer Co. Home Bureau

 You are welcome to join our Spring Community Service Workshop on April 13th @ 10, at First Reformed Church, Wyn.  

Bring a covered dish to share and own place settings.  Will be working on wheelchair totes, bear sweaters and shirt aprons.  Please bring a friend!  

Support Kiwanis of North Greenbush

Kiwanis of North Greenbush has been selected as a beneficiary of the Hannaford Community Bag Program for the month of April 2023. The Hannaford Community Bag Program is a reusable bag program that facilitates community support with the goal of making a difference in the communities where shoppers live and work. 

Please support Kiwanis by purchasing a reusable bag at the Wynantskill Hannaford during the month of April. 

Kiwanis of North Greenbush will receive a $1 donation every time the $2.50 Hannaford Community Bag is purchased at this location during April, unless otherwise directed by the customer through the Giving Tag attached to the bag. 

Also please join Kiwanis on April 20, as we support community clean-up at Snyder’s Lake, Noon-2 pm. Wear comfortable shoes/clothes, and bring gloves if you have them. For more info, please see our website @ Kiwanis Club of North Greenbush – Kids Need Kiwanis. Light refreshments to all who volunteer that day.

Capital District Chapter Columbiettes April Meeting

On Sunday, April 23rd, 2023 at 1:30 pm, the Capital District Chapter Columbiettes will hold their April Chapter Meeting at Latham-Colonie Knights of Columbus Council, 328 Troy-Schenectady Road (Route 2), Latham, N.Y. 12110.

Our Annual Covered Dish Dinner and Chapter Raffle will be held after the Meeting.

All Columbiette members are invited to attend. We ask everyone in attendance to provide a dish to share and a Raffle Donation if possible.

Capital District Columbiettes Chapter President, Linda Cotch will preside!

(Directions; 787 North or South 23rd St Watervliet Exit, West to Route 2, or I 87 North or South exit 6 East to Route 2)

Rensselaer Co. Home Bureau Community Workshop

Rensselaer Co. Home Bureau Community Workshop will be Thursday, April 13, 2023, 10am at First Ref. Church, Wynantskill. 

Walker totes, bear sweaters & apron shirts.  Bring covered dish to share with own place settings.  Also bring a friend.

East Greenbush VFW Post 7338 Auxiliary Pie Sale

The East Greenbush VFW Auxiliary is taking orders for their Homemade Pie Sale, to coincide with their Flea Market on Saturday, April 22. 

Orders for pies- Apple, Cherry, Blueberry, Chocolate and Lemon Meringue should be reserved by April 8. Pies need to be picked up at the VFW on Hays Road in East Greenbush on Saturday, April 22 between 10:00am- 2:00pm. 

Please contact Melinda at 518-653-9852 to order your pies by April 8. Pies are being sold for $15.00.

Master Gardeners Seeking Used Gardening Tools

Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardeners are seeking good quality used gardening tools for their “Garden Hand Tool Sale” fundraiser slated for Saturday, May 20. 

All sorts of garden-related hand tools, attractive pots, and other useful items will be gratefully accepted. No electrical tools, motorized items, pesticides or plastic pots, please! Items can be dropped off at Cornell Cooperative Extension, 99 Troy Road, East Greenbush on Thursday afternoon, April 20, or by arrangement on weekdays in April. 

Please contact David at (518) 272-4210 or to arrange to donate or for more information. Proceeds from the sale support Master Gardener educational programs. For more information on Extension’s gardening programs visit

Rensselaer High School Hall of Fame

This year’s Rensselaer High School Hall of Fame Recipients are: Virginia Habinak Poole Cleary, 1969; Jay Foust, 1981; Tracy Foust, 1983; Nancy Hardt, 1977; Superintendent Joseph Kardash; Tessa Kent, 2002; Deborah Halacy, 1971; Gordon Noel, 1964; Joseph Polsinello, 1966; Joel Preston, 1986; John Preston, 1981; Deborah Reinmann, 1974; Gary Roberts, 1986; Richard Wark, Jr., 1979. 

The nominees will be honored at this year’s banquet on April 29, 2023,  at the Franklin Terrace on Campbell Avenue in Troy from 5 pm-9 pm. If you are interested in attending the banquet, dinner reservation forms can be found at the school, on the Alumni website at or on Facebook at Rensselaer Grade Schools and HS Alumni | Facebook.  

Dinner reservations are due no later than April 10th.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email

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 @

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

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).

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.

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