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Your Community 04.20.23

Poestenkill Lutheran Church 2023 Garage Sale

On Friday and Saturday, May 19th and 20th, 2023, from 9 am to 2 pm both days, the Poestenkill Evangelical Lutheran Church, 776 NY Rt. 351, Poestenkill, will hold our bi-annual Garage Sale “Fundraiser.”

Aside from our own treasures, anyone may rent out a space to “sell your own stuff” in the parking lot for 1 or both days for a donation of $10 per day.

Also, because of the closing of the nursery school located here, we will have hundreds of pre-school inventory materials, toys and educational items to choose from. 

Items in very good condition may be donated for the church sale and are greatly appreciated. Please do not drop off items before May 8th. We are not accepting TVs, electrical items, computer components or large appliances or furniture. Any questions, leave a message at (518) 283-6045. Thank you for your support.

Brookside Cemetery of Poestenkill Annual Meeting

We will be holding our annual meeting on Friday, April 28th at 6:30PM at the Historical Society Museum in Poestenkill. 

All members are encouraged to attend or any member of the community. For questions please contact Gail at 518 283-4890.

Recognizing and Reporting Animal Cruelty

The Mohawk Hudson Humane Society will offer its next educational seminar, Recognizing and Reporting Animal Cruelty, on Wednesday, April 26 from 5:30 p.m. -6:30 p.m., at the Lisa Mitzen Animal Care Center, located at 3 Oakland Avenue in Menands. Use 193 Broadway, Menands for GPS. 

Presented by MHHS Director of Humane Law Enforcement Andrew Fiumano, this program will help caring citizens understand what to look for, whether it be cruelty or neglect, and how to report suspected cases to the proper authorities in an effective and safe manner. 

Registration is required to attend and space is limited. A $10 suggested contribution is payable at the door. Learn more and register at or call 518-434-8128, ext. 350. The facility is handicap accessible.

NG Kiwanis to Assist with Arbor Day Clean-up

Please join Kiwanis of North Greenbush on Saturday, April 22, 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.

Rummage Sale and Food/Bake Sale at Pittstown Church Hall

Rummage Sale and Food/Bake Sale at the Pittstown United Methodist Church Hall (located just off NY Route 7 in village of Pittstown, NY) on Friday, May 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on Saturday, May 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

Bag Sale on Saturday only $2.00 per bag….buy 2 bags and get 1 free. For information call Carolyn at 518-663-8253.

Elmer A. Grogan Scholarship

Applications are being accepted for the scholarship award of $300.00 for the best essay on “What Freedom Means To Me” by a graduating senior from Brunswick Central School District or Berlin Central School District including home schooled or those going to private school who live in the two districts who is continuing on with his or her education. The essay should not be less than 250 words or not more than 500 words. The scholarship is being given by the Carner, Etman, Smith V.F.W. Post 6340 in memory of a former member Elmer A. Grogan. 

The deadline for applications is June 2nd. Applications are available at the guidance counselor offices of both high schools or contact Commander Claus at and should be mailed to Carner, Etman, Smith V.F.W. Post 6340, PO Box 361, Grafton, NY 12082, Attn: Commander Len Claus

Sand Lake Garden Club

Join the Sand Lake Garden Club on Thursday, April 27, 6:30, at the Sand Lake Town Hall for an informative presentation. 

Kathy Hartley, a Rensselaer County Master Gardener, will talk “ All About Greenhouses “. Kathy will share with us her years of experience growing semi-tropical plants in a greenhouse. We will learn about managing heating, cooling, ventilation, and watering among other things. Meetings are free and open to all. [ Refreshments at 6 PM, meeting at 6:30 ]

Greenbush Cemetery Association Lot Owners Annual Meeting

The Greenbush Cemetery Association Annual Meeting will be held at the East Greenbush Library Meeting Room B on April 30th at 2:00pm. The financial status of the cemetery, new business and old business will be discussed. All lot owners and interested parties are welcome.

Woodside 56 Road Cemetery Association Annual Meeting

The Woodside 56 Road Cemetery Association of East Poestenkill will hold it’s Annual Lot Owners and their families meeting on May 2,2023 at the Union Gospel Church Hall at 7:00 p. m. 

Finances and care of the cemetery will be discussed. Election of officers will be held. The offices of President, Secretary and Superintendent will be open due to retirements. Please come out to this very important meeting. The association is very dependent on the tax deductible donations of concerned citizens send checks to Box 76 Poestenkill, NY 12140. Questions: PH: 518-283-5303.

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

Tutors are Needed in Rensselaer County

Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County helps more than 160 adults each year to gain the skills they need to be employed, participate in community life, and become U.S. citizens. LVORC needs volunteer tutors to do this work, and you can help! As a tutor you can develop new skills, make friends, and see how your efforts make a difference in your community. 

Would you like to help someone to read and write, improve their math skills, or to speak English as a new language? We can train you. To find out more, join us for a Volunteer Opportunities Information Session via Zoom at 6:00 p.m. on May 1. Contact to register. Visit the website for more information:

North Greenbush author Jim Flanigan has released a new book, “People, Places and Politics”.

The book is divided into three sections. Under the topic “people”, Flanigan introduces readers to a government professor, who had a profound influence on his 24 years as an elected official, as well as other local characters and a former United States Senator.

The “places” section finds readers traveling to Florida, the Canadian Maritimes, rural Albany County and a long-gone baseball stadium, where Flanigan spent a memorable part of his youth.

Finally, the section on “politics” provides insights into the shifting balance of power in Albany and Washington as well as a strategy to counter the NRA on gun control.

The new book, as well as Flanigan’s earlier memoirs “Up From Second Street” and “The Great 2020 Paper Chase” are available at Market Block Books in Troy and The Book House in Stuyvesant Plaza or can be ordered directly from the author at

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.

5K Run/Walk to Promote Literacy in Albany County and Rensselaer County

 The Literacy 5K Run/Walk will be held on Sunday, May 7 at the Corning Preserve in Albany. Runners and walkers of all ages and abilities are welcome to participate. Registration and packet pick-up opens at 8:30 a.m., the Youth Mile begins at 9:30 a.m., and the 5K Run/Walk starts at 10:00 a.m. Awards will be given to the fastest runners. For full details and to register, visit Proceeds will make it possible for Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County to offer literacy programs and services at no cost to adults in Albany County and Rensselaer County.

 Nancy Benz, Executive Director of Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County, says “We’re excited to continue this family-friendly event, which LVORC has offered every year since 2002. This is our first time at the Corning Preserve, and we hope to see a good turnout from our supporters in Albany, as well as our longtime participants from all over Rensselaer County.” This year’s event sponsors include Cohoes Savings Foundation, Stewart’s Shops, Blasch Precision Ceramics, HMS Agency, Inc., Aflac, BBL Companies, Hannaford and The Record/The Saratogian.

 Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County trains volunteers to help learners improve their ability to read, write, speak and understand English; empowers learners to be advocates for themselves; and educates the community about literacy issues. LVORC also offers math, computer, and financial literacy; English Literacy Civics and citizenship prep; and Everybody WINS! Power Lunch reading and mentoring for children. New volunteers are always welcome. For more information, visit or call 518 244-4650.

Agriculture & Trades Scholarship for Rensselaer County Students

The Hilldale Farm Foundation is accepting scholarship applications from Rensselaer County students seeking higher education in Agriculture and related trades. Applicants should be graduating high school seniors who have resided in Rensselaer County for the last two years, and have been accepted to a college, university, vocational or trade school in New York State. Suitable majors and trade programs include, but are not limited to, agriculture, horticulture, pre-veterinary studies, food science, welding, diesel mechanic, etc.

Applications must be emailed or postmarked by May 1. For additional information and application form, please email, or contact Linda King at Award recipient will be announced in June.

The Hilldale Farm Foundation was formed in 2022 to honor the heritage of the Rensselaer County farming community, and support future agricultural industry in New York State. We seek applicants who share our values of hard work, discipline, education, and commitment to family and community. Visit online at

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)

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.

Sand Lake Historical Society Announces 2023 Schedule

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

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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