AP Community Education Spring Programs
Register for Averill Park’s Community Education spring programs on Family ID. Look for these popular programs: Co-Ed Volleyball (Mon and/or Wed, starting 4/6), Medicare 101 (virtual program on 4/7), Anyone Can Learn to Paint (register by 4/12, starts Thurs 4/26), Co-Ed Pickup Basketball (ages 17 & older, Tuesdays starting 4/26), Qigong Infused Yoga (session begins Tues 4/26), and Puppy or Advanced Dog Obedience (begins Thurs 4/28).
View classes, register, and pay at www.familyid.com/organizations/averill-park-community-education or mail the AP District Office with your contact information, selected program and a check payable to AP Community Education. Call 518-674-7191 with questions, but we cannot take registrations over the phone. Check online or on the district’s Facebook or Twitter pages for updates. You do not have to live in Averill Park to register for these programs.
News From Averill Park CSD
Congratulations to the Averill Park High School Odyssey of the Mind team for advancing to Worlds, which will be held in Iowa this year! Good luck to team members Cecelia Colton, Jacob Crupi, Katie Doran, Tyler Michaels, Isla Multunas, Christian Romer and Tyler Strock.
Ten students had artwork selected for the 2022 Capital Region Media Arts Festival, which will feature pieces from 18 school districts in the area. Way to go Ty Ardman, Wolfgang Balga, Ashlee Bayer, Anabella Bushnell, Maisie Dawson, Dayna Densmore, Ava Graziano, Sonja Kaye, Julia Pollock and Liam Rounds!
The Off-Broadway Players put on a fantastic performance of “The Man Who Came to Dinner” recently. Great job by cast and crew. Your hard work and dedication were on full display. Bravo!
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
Order of the Eastern Star
The Order of the Eastern Star is the largest fraternal organization in the world to which both women and men may belong. Worldwide, there are over 500,000 members.
Female members must be of eighteen years of age or older and be vouched for by a Masonic lodge member. Male members must be a Masonic lodge member in good standing.
Many Americans have family members who were members of the Order of the Eastern Star or were Masonic lodge members. Many well-known Americas were members of the Order or were Masonic lodge members as well.
Among our projects is the highly rated Eastern Star Home and Campus in Oriskany, NY. The Home offers multiple levels of care including independent senior living, a New York State certified Enriched Housing Program and a Licensed Skilled Nursing Facility providing a full array of long-term services as well as short term rehabilitation.
Locally, Palestine-Star Chapter #167, Troy, NY offers membership in the Order of the Eastern Star. Palestine-Star Chapter meets bimonthly at the Oriental Shrine Center on Water Plant Road.
If membership in the Order of the Eastern Star appeals to you, call or text 518-526-4771.
APHS Odyssey Team Continues to World Finals
On March 26, Averill Park CSD sent three teams to the Odyssey of the Mind State Finals competition in Syracuse – one from APHS and two from AMS. The APHS team placed third, giving them the opportunity to advance to the World Finals held at Iowa State University in May.
The APHS Odyssey of the Mind team competed in a long-term problem that involved building an 8-inch structure out of balsa wood and glue, weighing no more than 15 grams. The team then performed a skit with a theme of storage, placing weights on the balsa wood structure until it collapsed. The team’s structure held 570 pounds within the 8 minutes allotted for their presentation.
Odyssey of the Mind is an international creative problem-solving program where 5-7 students compete together on a team. Each team participates in both a long-term problem and a spontaneous problem. For the long-term, the team prepares a solution to a set of issues presented and performs their response as a skit in competition. The team chooses to compete in one of five variations of the long-term problem, including one with elements of design and construction, or a more theatrical program. For the spontaneous problem, the students enter a room and are asked to solve an issue without prior knowledge of the question.
The APHS team members who are headed to Worlds include sophomore Cecelia Colton, and juniors Jacob Crupi, Katie Doran, Tyler Michaels, Isla Multunas, Christian Romer, and Tyler Strock. Please wish our team the best of luck and safe travels as they trek cross country to compete and represent AP in Iowa!
Capital District Chapter Columbiettes April Meeting
On Sunday , April 24th, 2022 at 1 PM, the Capital District Chapter Columbiettes will host their April Meeting at the Cohoes Council Knights of Columbus, 255 Remsen Street, Cohoes, N.Y. 12047. (Directions: I -787 Columbia Street Exit, west on Columbia Street and Left on Remsen Street, Council Hall is on the left.).
The Covered Dish Dinner and Capital District Raffle Fundraiser will be held at this meeting. Covered Dish Dinner is $5.00 per person and Raffle tickets will be available for purchase at the event!
Capital District Chapter President, Linda Cotch, will preside!
Attention Schodack Veterans
The Peter Andrews Castleton Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 7337 is inviting Honorably discharged Schodack veterans to join our Honor Squad. Please come help us honor veterans that have passed into eternal life.
You will be trained to properly render honors, including firing an M1 Garand rifle (blanks). You do NOT need to be eligible for membership in the VFW. Please email me at email@example.com for more information and/or to join our Honor Squad.
Ricardo E. “Rik” Cosgrave, Commander
Greenbush Cemetery Association
The Greenbush Cemetery Association will hold its Annual Meeting on April 13, 2022 at 5:30pm in the Greenbush Cemetery. All are welcome to attend. For more information please contact 518-465-7938.
Woodlawn Cemetery Cleanup
The Woodlawn Cemetery Association of East Schodack would like to inform lot owners of the upcoming Spring Cleanup. Spring cleanup will begin on April 15, 2022.
If you have decorations on graves you would like to keep, please pick them up before April 15th. Otherwise, they will be tossed out.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sand Lake “Show and Tell” Returns April 12th
What’s in your attic, cellar, closet, your junk drawer? The community is once again invited to the Sand Lake Historical Society’s April program, “Sand Lake Show and Tell – Part II.” Do you have old bottles and such from Sand Lake Springs, Village Shop gift boxes, glass slag from Glass Lake, old photos, posters, or … ??? Who knows what might turn up? It’s part of your history — but it’s also part of Sand Lake’s! If you have it, bring it to the Sand Lake Historical Society’s program, Tuesday April 12th at 7PM in the Sand Lake Town Hall Courtroom. Like us on Facebook. This program was originally scheduled for January.
SLHS monthly programs are open to the public and are held monthly at the Sand Lake Town Hall, 8428 NY 66, Averill Park, beginning at 7 pm. SLHS programs are also simulcast on Spectrum Channel 1303 and archived video can be accessed at the SLHS website (http://sandlakehistory.org). New members are always welcomed. Like us on Facebook or visit Sandlakehistory.org for more information. Any questions, please contact Jackie Tremont, President (518-527-9926).
East Nassau Rural Cemetery Association Notice of Meeting
The annual meeting of the East Nassau Rural Cemetery Association will be held at the Tsatsawassa Firehouse in Brainard, NY, on Sunday, May 1st, at 2 PM. All are welcome!
Brookside Cemetery of Poestenkill Annual meeting
POESTENKILL – Brookside Cemetery of Poestenkill will hold its annual meeting on Wednesday, April 13th at 7:00PM. it will be held in the Historical Society museum located next to the Lutheran Church in Poestenkill. All interested parties are welcome to attend.
Latham-Colonie Columbiettes Flea Market
LATHAM – The Latham-Colonie Columbiettes are hosting a Flea Market on Saturday May 21st 2022, at 328 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham, N.Y. 12110, from 9 am to 3:30 pm.
The Vendor Spaces available for reservation are Indoor and Outdoor Covered areas (4 x 10 ft) and Outdoor areas (10 x 10 ft) for your own popup set up!
Contact info; Kathleen Majer, email@example.com or 518 272 8831.
Rensselaer County Legislators Deliver Funds to Anchor Food Pantry
The Anchor Food Pantry, located behind the Riverside Nursing Home in Castleton, provides food and supplies to residents of southern Rensselaer County all year round. Vice Chair of the Legislature Bob Loveridge, and Legislators Tom Choquette and Scott Bendett stopped by last week to deliver a check to the Anchor’s manager, Paula Sancomb.
As the cost of food and goods continue to rise, more residents may be relying on organizations like the Anchor Food Pantry for their basic needs. The Legislature is pleased to support agencies that provide assistance to our residents in need.
Manhattan Clam Chowder Sale
TROY – Center Brunswick United Methodist Church, 990 Hoosick Road, Troy will be holding a Manhattan Clam Chowder Sale on Good Friday, April 15.
This will be a pre-order sale only with pick up between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm on the 15th. Quarts of chowder will be available at $10.00 each, payable at pick up.
Order your chowder by calling (518) 281-0684.
Poestenkill-Sand Lake Summer Camp
POESTENKILL – Poestenkill-Sand Lake Summer Camp will run from July 11th to August 12th at Poestenkill Elementary School. Registration information is available on the Poestenkill and Sand Lake websites.
Counselors and CITs are needed- application is also located on the website. To be a counselor, you need to be 16 at the start of camp and CITs need to be 15 at the start of camp.
Employment Applications Available Town Of Schodack Summer Recreation Program 2022
Applications for employment with the Town of Schodack Day Camp are now available for download at www.schodack.org under Youth Recreation.
All applicants must be 16 years of age by the start of camp on July 11, 2022, and have a current working card, if applicable. Applicants must be available to work the duration of the camp which runs from July 11, 2022 through August 5, 2022.
Completed applications must be returned to the Schodack Town Clerk’s Office no later than April 29, 2022. Please direct further questions to the Recreation Director Sheila Golden at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Johnsonville Thrift Shop
The Johnsonville Methodist Church Thrift Shop, located at 22 Bridge St., Johnsonville, is open from 9-12 every Wednesday and the first Saturday of each month.
Look for our sign at the corner of Route 67 and Route 111. We have a large selection of seasonal adult and children’s clothing, boots, shoes, coats, purses, special occasion and career clothes, jewelry, toys, linens, puzzles and games, household and decorative items.
Our well-organized book room has over 1,000 books available.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Donations are currently being accepted clothing wise for spring 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.
8 Tips for an Informed Conversation
about Domestic Abuse
Domestic abuse, also called Domestic Violence (DV), can be in one or more of these forms – emotional, verbal, financial, sexual and technology-based.
1. NEVER BLAME THE VICTIM: We tend to blame the victim by asking, “What did she/he do, to be treated that way?” We don’t ask this question to other victims. Instead, we need to ask: “why does he/she choose to abuse?”. Let the victim know that the abuse is not their fault and they deserve safety and respect.
2. TRUST THE VICTIM’S PERSPECTIVE: Often, abusers deny their partners, the right to make their own choices. Taking a victim-centered approach by prioritizing their needs and wants, empowers them. Ask the victims what they need to feel safe and offer the desired support.
3. LET YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS KNOW THAT DV IS NOT A “PRIVATE FAMILY MATTER.” DV is a crime under the Violence Against Women Act of 1994/96 which affords equal protection to women and men. One in three women and one in four men will be a victim of severe physical violence in their lifetime. Victims of DV are in every age, economic status, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion and education. They are the family members, neighbors, coworkers or friends of some of us.
4. CHALLENGE THE WIDELY-HELD MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT DV: “why doesn’t the victim just leave?”, “only physical violence is DV” and “it’s a private, family matter”. We need to be aware of multiple hurdles to leaving, for example – the safety of children & pets, financial security, and reaction from the family and community.
5. HOLD THE OFFENDERS ACCOUNTABLE: If it is safe to do so, impose social consequences on the abusers, like telling them they’re not welcome for the family dinner or to hang out, until their abusive behavior stops. Stop condoning their abusive behavior by saying “boys will be boys” or “that person would never abuse.” Family, friends and community members telling the offenders that their behavior is abusive, is a powerful deterrent against DV.
6. COUNTER THE STEREOTYPES: We need to counter inequalities and rigid gender roles like sexism and racism and educate the youth to reject these ‘-isms’.
7. BE AWARE THAT ABUSE IS ROOTED IN POWER AND CONTROL: Strategically isolating the victims from family and friends is a common tactic of the abuser, to gain power and control. Abusers may trap their partners by withholding, lying about or hiding financial assets which are forms of financial abuse.
8. WE CAN PREVENT DOMESTIC ABUSE WITH EDUCATION AND ACTION. These are some of the ways: start an informed conversation about DV with your loved ones, support the local DV agencies by donating your time and money and giving wide publicity to the 24/7 DV Hotlines, to make them as well-known as ‘911’. These agencies provide confidential and comprehensive services to the victims: empathy, guidance, counseling, legal and safe shelter support for the entire family.
Unity House 518. 272.2370
YWCA of NENY 518.374.3386
National Hotline (800) 799-7233
How to Prevent ‘Domestic Abuse’
Domestic abuse is also called Domestic violence (DV). It is a crime under the Violence Against the Women Act of 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 only 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 PUBLICITY 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 and community centers.
ORGANIZE DV AWARENESS CAMPAIGN EVERY OCTOBER. DV agencies can provide the publicity posters, brochures and speakers.
Hotlines of Domestic Violence Agencies: Equinox 518-432-7865; Unity House 518-272-2370; YWCA NENY 518-374-3386; Wellspring 518-584-8188; National Domestic Violence Hotline 800-799-7233
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!
Knocking out Alzheimer’s
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.
If you can’t drop off, contact us we will even pick up!
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