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Your Community 06.09.22

APHS Odyssey of the Mind Team Places 6th at World Finals

The Averill Park High School Odyssey of the Mind team competed at the World Finals at Iowa State University recently. The team placed sixth overall.

This year’s APHS team includes juniors Jacob Crupi, Isla Multunas, Christian Romer, Katie Doran, Tyler Strock and Tyler Michaels, and sophomore Cecelia Colton.

Odyssey of the Mind is a creative problem-solving competition where teams are given a choice of problems and must prepare an eight-minute skit that features several necessary elements. Each problem also has something unique to it, whether it be more theatrical or mechanical. Averill Park’s chosen problem required them to build a balsa wood structure that held as much weight as possible while the skit was simultaneously performed.

The skit had a required theme of storage this year, and the AP team decided to create a performance based on technological storage. The aforementioned tiny character was a virus disguised as an antiviral software to destroy the iPad that a young protagonist just received. The virus also downloaded parodies of popular apps onto the device to try to scam the kid, including Algebra Dash, Instapound, and Happy Birds. The balsa wood structure weighed in at 14.9 grams (with a maximum weight of 15 grams and a minimum height of 8 inches) and held 650 pounds, only failing due to a faulty piece of wood in one of the columns.

In addition to the skit and the structure, OotM teams must also be ready for a spontaneous problem. As the team steps into a room with four judges, they find out what the problem is and are given a few minutes to think before having to give a total of 35 responses for the problem. The score for spontaneous is curved, with the highest scoring team getting 100 points and every other team earning a fraction of points based on how they performed. After only giving one less creative response than the leading team, Averill Park earned a curved score of 99.28 /100.

Keyes Scholarship Winner

Center Brunswick United Methodist Church is pleased to announce the 2022 recipient of the Harold and Mabel Keyes Scholarship Award. This year’s winner is Ethan Skaarup, a graduating senior from Tamarac High School. Ethan is the son of John and Pamela of Pittstown.

This award is provided by a gift from the Harold and Mabel Keyes estate. Mrs. Keyes taught in the Brunswick Schools and through this award her love of helping young people learn and grow continues to reach youth of our community.

Ethan is a member of Tamarac ‘s Student Senate and is the student liaison on the Tamarac Board of Education. He has been co-captain of both the JV and Varsity Masterminds Teams, a member of both the National Junior Honor Society and currently National Honor Society. He has served as treasurer of eSports club, Tamarac Russian Club and High School band. Since ninth grade he has been a member of the high school band and the choralaires. Ethan played Modified Lacrosse in 10th grade. His community activities include cleanup at the Tomhannock Reservoir and Grafton Lake State Park. He also studies both piano and voice.

Ethan received the Rensselaer Metal for excellence in math and science and is a commended student in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship program. His plan is to pursue a Batchelors degree in Games and Simulations Arts and Sciences at RPI in the fall. CONGRATULATIONS – Ethan

Rebecca Grasso Golf Tournament for the Benefit of NF2Biosolutions –
Golfers and Sponsors Needed

LOUDONVILLE – Monday, August 8, 2022

Schuyler Meadows Country Club

17 Schuyler Meadows Road, Loudonville, NY 12211


Neurofibromatosis 2 is a neurological disease in which tumors form on the nerves of the central nervous system and peripheral nerves throughout the body. The tumors can do significant damage. Surgery is the only treatment which can reduce the tumors, but surgery can cause serious collateral damage. NF2Biosolutions was formed to support research to find treatment options. NF2Biosolutions is a 501(c)(3) charity. Contributions are tax deductible. Information regarding NF2Biosolutions and research projects we have supported and are following is available at

Tentative Schedule 

8:00 AM – Registration

9:00 AM – Shotgun start – scramble 

3:00 PM – Awards luncheon

For more information, to donate or to reserve a sponsorship or golf registration contact:

Vito & Susan Grasso

626 Pinewoods Avenue, Troy, NY 12180, 518-469-5237 (mobile)

Please share with prospective golfers and sponsors you may know. We still need help to reach our goals of 80 golfers and $35,000. We currently have 36 golfers and about $15,000 in donations and pledges. Any help you can provide in recruiting more golfers, sponsors and donors would be appreciated.

APHS Class of ‘72 Reunión

The Averill Park Class of ‘72 is planning its 50th class reunion to be held on September 24th. If you are a class member and have not submitted your contact information please send details to to receive event information.

News From Averill Park CSD

U.S. Congressman Antonio Delgado (NY-19) announced that Averill Park High School’s Ashlee Bayer is the 2022 winner of the Congressional Art Competition. Ashlee’s winning piece was an oil on canvas painting titled “All There Is”. The painting will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. for a full year. Congratulations Ashlee, great work!

Congratulations to the Averill Park High School Odyssey of the Mind team for placing sixth at the World Finals at Iowa State University! Odyssey of the Mind is a creative problem-solving competition where teams are given a choice of problems and must prepare an eight-minute skit that features several elements. We are all very proud of your accomplishments!

The Unified Basketball team placed second in the Section 2 Unified Basketball Tournament, falling in the title game 50-47. Great season, everyone! Thank you to Coach Conroy for eight years of dedication to the team. You will be missed in retirement.

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

“Murder at Teal’s Pond” Presentation June 14th

Authors David Bushman and Mark Givens will discuss their recent book, “Murder at Teal’s Pond: Hazel Drew and the Mystery That Inspired Twin Peaks”, June 14th at 7pm, at the Sand Lake Center for the Arts, 2880 NY 43, Averill Park, presented by the Sand Lake Historical Society and hosted by SLCA. Their talk will be followed by a book signing. Join us!




Patrick Kern helps cancer patients, one mile at a time

Patrick Kern of Rochester knows firsthand how hard it can be for cancer patients to find transportation to and from their appointments. For eleven years, until her death in 2012, Kern was the caregiver for his wife, Elizabeth, who fought a long battle with breast cancer.

“Elizabeth and I used to wonder during our trips to her appointments how people who are alone manage this,” Kern commented. “I was her caregiver and her main source of transportation to and from her many doctor and hospital visits.”

Transportation is one of the main barriers cancer patients face to receiving treatment. This is why the American Cancer Society created the Road To Recovery volunteer program – in order to provide cancer patients with free rides to treatment.

“Inevitably, when I pick up a cancer patient for the first time, they ask me if I am a survivor, thinking that is why I volunteer to drive. I then tell them about Elizabeth,” Kern added.

After pausing the Road To Recovery program due to public health concerns during the COVID pandemic, the American Cancer Society is now set to relaunch it in select areas throughout the country. Volunteer drivers are currently needed to support the effort in the New York counties of Dutchess, Putnam, Albany, Saratoga, Orange, Greene, Ulster, and Washington.

Kern noted, “My favorite part of being a driver, without a doubt, is the real bond I have been able to make with many of the patients I have driven. They are such wonderful people and have become much more than some random patients.”

People wishing to become drivers for the Road To Recovery program must possess a current and valid driver’s license, have a good driving record, show proof of adequate automotive insurance, have access to a safe and reliable vehicle, and the ability to access the internet to schedule availability and secure rides.

Meeting of Friends of Cherry Plain State Park

Come to enjoy a lakeside picnic at 6 pm June 16th and hear what is new at Cherry Plain State Park and the Capital District Wildlife Management Area. The Friends group will update you on plans for the park and CDWMA. This is a crucial time to support the park which has had some cut in hours. 

There are many volunteer opportunities to support the park and it all starts with meeting the friends group. Join us at the pavilion for lakeside eats. Your support makes a difference. Please park just before the park entrance and take a short hike to the pavilion.

Also check our facebook page at Friends of Cherry Plain State park.

Book Nook Open at Transfiguration Parish

The Book Nook at Transfiguration Parish on Hillview Drive in Speigletown is open on Saturday, June 18 from 9:00 until noon. This is the best kept secret in Rensselaer County! Most hard cover books are only $2 and paperbacks are generally $1. Our June monthly buy one/get one free specials are on the authors David Baldacci and Debbie Macomber. The children’s books are 6/$1 this month as well as the historical and biographical selections. Please stop by and see wall of the new donations that have been dropped off. Thank you for your continued support and see you at the Book Nook! 

Don’t forget our famous $5 a bag sale coming up as part of the parish-wide garage sale being held on Friday and Saturday, July 15 & 16. If you’ve never been to our garage sale, you don’t know what you’re missing!! The sale has normally been held on Labor Day weekend, however, this year it is in July! Please stop by and grab some great books for $5 a bag!

Community Caregivers Expands

Community Caregivers, a Nonprofit agency, has continued to expand in Rensselaer County! We have over 50 clients but not enough volunteers to serve all of these nice people.  Are you looking to help someone in your community remain living independently with a little assistance from you? 

We need your help! Our volunteers can take someone to the doctors, grocery or other errands as well as visiting and calling. We have a simple orientation process. Call Heidi Buono, Rensselaer County Service Coordinator, at (518)366-9173 or Meredith Osta, Volunteer Coordinator, at (518)456-2898, if you would like to volunteer. To learn more or donate to our agency, see Community

East Greenbush Flag Retirement

Melvin Roads American Legion Post 1231 will conduct a FLAG RETIREMENT Ceremony at Becker’s Farm & Nursery, on Flag Day Tuesday, June 14th, 2022, at 6 PM. 

Our flags deserve a proper retirement . The public is invited to attend. Please have all flags to be retired brought to Melvin Roads American Legion, 200 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush by Friday June 10th, 2022. We have a box outside our facility, to leave the flags in. Do not place flags in plastic bags, these cannot be burned. A big Thank You to Clinton Heights Fire Department for their support.

German-American Club Park Concerts

The German-American Club of Albany will host two free concerts by its newly formed German brass band on Thursday, June 30 and Thursday, July 28. Scheduled to take place outdoors at the Club grounds located at 32 Cherry Street, just off Fuller Road and Central Avenue in Albany, and will start at 7 pm. Guests are invited to bring lawn chairs for comfortable seating, otherwise picnic tables will be in place. German cakes and coffee will be available as well as liquid refreshments. 

The concert program will consist of a wide variety of polkas, waltzes, marches with everything from Strauss to Latin favorites mixed in. Return to a simpler time when the village band was the focal point of town life and enjoy the over 125-year tradition of German-American’s in Albany.

American Red Cross Babysitting Course

This class provides babysitters with information on how to care for infants and children, how to choose age-appropriate activities, what to do in an emergency situation and basic first aid. Upon completion of this class the American Red Cross will email the certificate to the students.

The class locations are listed below. Email Brenda for more information:; 6/25 @ APHS; 6/28 @ St.Jude the Apostle School; 7/12 @ Sand Lake Library.

NYSCA and MANY Award 102 Partnership Grants Across NYS for Capacity Building

CAPITAL DISTRICT – More than $500,000 awarded to NYS Museums in all 10 REDC Regions

 The Museum Association of New York (MANY) in partnership with the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) awarded $500,981 to 102 grantees to assist New York museums with capacity building.

“We thank NYSCA for this partnership and this opportunity to rapidly distribute much-needed funding to New York’s museums,” said Erika Sanger, Executive Director, MANY.

This grant partnership with NYSCA was developed in direct response to the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and Partners for Public Good (PPG) study “Market

Analysis and Opportunity Assessment of Museum Capacity Building Programs” report published in March 2021.

Capacity Building grants were awarded in amounts up to and including $5,000 to help museums respond to pandemic-related challenges, build financial stability, strengthen board and community engagement, update technology, support leadership, and change systems toaddress diversity, equity, access, inclusion, and justice. Awards were made to museums of all budget sizes and disciplines.

“The arts and culture sector is facing a multi-year recovery process after two years of unimaginable challenges,” said Mara Manus, Executive Director, NYSCA. “We are grateful to MANY for their stewardship of this opportunity that will ensure New York State museums continue to grow and thrive. We send our congratulations to all grantees on their awards.”

Several museums are using grant funding to support institutional DEAI work. In New York City, the Bronx Children’s Museum’s “Accessibility Now” project will expand the Museum’s reach to thousands of children and families with different physical and mental abilities by conducting a multi-day workshop for staff.

In Central NY, the Cayuga Museum of History and Art will work with the Executive Director of the Sing Sing Prison Museum and Director Emeritus of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History to update their permanent exhibition on the history of the Auburn Correctional Facility to include discussions of mass incarceration and the modern prison industrial complex.

Other awardees will update technology to strengthen their community engagement. The Thomas Cole National Historic Site in the Capital Region will update the technology required to present in-person and virtual talks with scholars, artists, and community leaders. The Museum plans on continuing to serve their broadened online audience developed during the pandemic.

In the North Country, the Lake Placid-North Elba Historical will use this grant to support leadership in updating the organization’s strategic plan that will focus on developing goals and strategies to increase the institutional capacity and the historical society’s service to the community.

Partnership Grants for Capacity Building are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

Town of Nassau Military Banner Program

Please take note that the Town of Nassau Military Banner program is still taking applications. Applications are available on the Town website at, at the Town Clerk’s Office (29 Church St., Village of Nassau), and at the Chandler Young Veterans Association, 7 Lyons Lake Rd. 

There is however a June 30th deadline for complete banner applications for banners to be installed in 2022. Any applications received after June 30th will be processed for 2023 installation. If you have any questions, please email at Thank you for helping us to honor our veterans.

Sandy Rings, Nassau Military Banner Program

The Bread of Life Food Pantry now offers baby supplies!

The Bread of Life Food Pantry at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Poestenkill now offers baby diapers, wipes, and baby food. We continue to offer supplemental food and household products. 

Please stop by on the first and third Thursday from 4:30-6:30pm. We are here to help!

Refugee Welcome Center seeking playgroup volunteers

The Refugee Welcome Center in Albany is looking for playgroup volunteers. We have a playgroup for preschoolers while their moms are in English class. You just need to like little kids, no education required. You can volunteer 1 or more days a week from 9:15 – 12:00. If you would like to find out more about this opportunity, please call Kasey at (518) 795-5678.

Cornell Cooperative Extension Now Offering “Microsoft Monday” Webinars

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County (CCE) is pleased to announce that it will offer “Microsoft Monday” webinars beginning on May 16th. Each webinar will be led by Delia Hubbard, Digital Literacy Educator for CCE and certified Microsoft Office Expert. 

These intensive-study events offer an affordable option for learners to explore intermediate- and advanced-level skills with the support of a trainer. Microsoft Monday events focus on specific topics within with Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other Microsoft Office software programs. They are perfect for small business owners, those seeking to bolster their skills in order to pursue Microsoft certifications, or employees who want to increase their productivity in the workplace or expand their options for advancement in employment.

The first four Microsoft Monday sessions are focused on Excel skills:

June 13, 2-4pm: Data Analysis Shortcuts with Excel

June 27, 2-4pm: Pivot Tables, Pivot Charts, Slicers with Excel

July 11, 2-4pm: Create Dynamic Spreadsheets in Excel

Visit the “events” listing on the CCE website,, to learn more about what specific skills will be demonstrated in each training session and to register to attend. 

There is a $25 registration fee per person for each training session, and pre-registration is required. Registration fees may be paid online with a credit card or by mailing a personal check.

Participants should have some basic level skills in place prior to registering for these training webinars. If you aren’t sure of your skill level, reach out to Ms. Hubbard to discuss your concerns and learn about free online resources you can use to establish foundational skills. Call (518) 272-4210 or email

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.

St. Jude the Apostle Knights of Columbus Bottle & Can Donations

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!

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. 

Equinox  518.432.7865

Unity House  518. 272.2370

YWCA of NENY  518.374.3386

Wellspring   518.584.8188

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.


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

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

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: 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

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:


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