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Your Community 06.10.21

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.

Johnsonville Methodist Church Thrift Shop

JOHNSONVILLE -The Johnsonville Methodist Church Thrift Shop, located at 22 Bridge Street, Johnsonville, NY 12094 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 great selection of children’s and adult clothing, including special occasion and career clothes, shoes, purses, jewelry, toys and household items. More than 1000 books for sale. Masks and social distancing are required.

Nathan Cotton of Nassau Named to Mansfield University Spring 2021 President’s List

MANSFIELD, PA – Nathan Cotton of Nassau, NY has been named to the Spring 2021 President’s List at Mansfield University. To be named to the President’s List, a student must attend the university full-time and attain at least a 4.0 GPA for the semester. Nathan is pursuing the Bachelor of Science – Criminal Justice Administration.

Brianna Razzano of Averill Park Graduates from Lasell University Magna Cum Laude

NEWTON, MA – Brianna Razzano, a resident of Averill Park (12018), graduated magna cum laude from Lasell University with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education.

Wilkes University Awards Degree to Ryan Secor of Rensselaer

WILKES-BARRE, PA  – Wilkes University awarded nearly 700 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees at its 74th spring commencement ceremonies from May 28 to 30. To honor those earning their degrees and accommodate their families, six in-person ceremonies for students receiving doctoral, master’s and bachelor’s degrees were held during Memorial Day weekend. Ryan Secor of Rensselaer, NY (12144) received a Master of Business Administration in Business Administration.

Students Named Clarkson University Presidential Scholars

POTSDAM, NY – Students have been named Presidential Scholars for the Spring 2021 semester at Clarkson University.

George Culver of East Greenbush, NY, a senior majoring in biology, was named a Presidential Scholar for the spring 2021 semester at Clarkson University.

Nicholas John Frost of East Greenbush, NY, a senior majoring in civil engineering, was named a Presidential Scholar for the spring 2021 semester at Clarkson University.

Sebastian Reese Geiger of East Greenbush, NY, a junior majoring in business intelligence and data analytics, was named a Presidential Scholar for the spring 2021 semester at Clarkson University.

Alyssa Jager of Stephentown, NY, a senior majoring in business intelligence and data analytics, was named a Presidential Scholar for the spring 2021 semester at Clarkson University.

Lauren Christine Meyers of Wynantskill, NY, a sophomore majoring in biology, was named a Presidential Scholar for the spring 2021 semester at Clarkson University.

Rebekah Ann Schaummann of East Nassau, NY, a junior majoring in environmental engineering, was named a Presidential Scholar for the spring 2021 semester at Clarkson University.

Presidential Scholars must achieve a minimum 3.80 grade-point average and carry at least 14 credit hours.

Students Named to Clarkson University Dean’s List

POTSDAM, NY – Students have been named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2021 semester at Clarkson University

Logan Becker Bielawski of Averill Park, NY, a junior majoring in mechanical engineering, was named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2021 semester at Clarkson University.

Dean Richard Buttaci of Averill Park, NY, a freshman majoring in biology, was named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2021 semester at Clarkson University.

Adam John DiCesare of Rensselaer, NY, a junior majoring in aeronautical engineering / mechanical engineering, was named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2021 semester at Clarkson University.

Jamison H Jarosz of Schaghticoke, NY, a senior majoring in mechanical engineering, was named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2021 semester at Clarkson University.

Troy Michael Krug of Rensselaer, NY, a junior majoring in chemical engineering, was named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2021 semester at Clarkson University.

Benjamin L Venditti of Troy, NY, a junior majoring in electrical engineering, was named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2021 semester at Clarkson University.

Laura Alexis Wing of Averill Park, NY, a senior majoring in civil engineering, was named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2021 semester at Clarkson University.

Dean’s List students must achieve a minimum 3.25 grade-point average and also carry at least 14 credit hours.

Melvin Roads Bingo is Back

EAST GREENBUSH – Melvin Roads had to suspend Bingo when COVID 19 started, for those that feel safe Melvin Roads Bingo is opening June 10, 2021.We hope all our friends will attend on Wednesday Night 7 PM at Melvin Roads American Legion Post 1231, 200 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush.

Changed Location for Flag Retirement Ceremony

EAST GREENBUSH – Due to construction at East Greenbush Town Hall, the Melvin Roads has moved the Flag Retirement. The new location is Melvin Roads American Legion Post 1231 parking lot, 200 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush. It is still at 5:30 PM on Flag Day, June 14th,2021. Our postponed Veterans Day Ceremony will start at 6 PM same location. Please have all flags turned in by Friday, June 11, 2021. Thank You

News from Averill Park CSD

AVERILL PARK – Congratulations to students Kendall Dollard and Fiona Carroll, and teachers Kimberly Quesnel and Marsha Gregory, for being honored as Capital Region Scholars Recognition Recipients by CASDA! This honors the highest achieving high school seniors in the Capital Region and the teachers who inspired them.

For the first time ever, Averill Park High School held a full instrumental and vocal concert outdoors on the football field due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for social distancing. Great job by everyone who put in the hard work to make this event happen.

Senior Rebecca Moore earned her Seal of Biliteracy in French recently. Rebecca’s presentation referred to challenges that friendships face in French books and movies. Way to go Rebecca!

Submitted by Dr. James Franchini, Averill Park CSD Superintendent

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

Singles Outreach Services Inc. Election of New Board Members and Officers 2021-2022

  CAPITAL DISTRICT – Singles Outreach Services, Inc. is proud to announce the election of this year’s Board Members and their election of officers for the 2021-2022 year.  Singles Outreach was incorporated as a non-profit organization on August 12, 1985 and operates in the Capital Region and has offices in Colonie.

New and remaining Board Members include: Jeanne Bascom, Gerald Boileau, Pat Clarke, Luella Dozois, Dave Freeman, Esther Miklic, Loretta Raymond, Joyce Ringermacher, Bonnie Lee Russell and Scott Stewart. 

Officers elected for this coming year are: Dave Freeman, President; Esther Miklic, 1st Vice President; Gerald Boileau, 2nd Vice President; Joyce Ringermacher, Secretary; Ann Parillo, Asst. Secretary; Scott Stewart, Treasurer; and Luella Dozois, Asst. Treasurer. Board advisors include: Jerry Durovic, Former Board Member, Maria Immediato, Past President; Joan Slingerland, Past President and Ann Parillo, Former Executive Director. 

 Singles Outreach is a NYS non-profit organization, open to those who are never married, single, divorced, widowed or legally separated. It was incorporated as an activities organization that provides all types of activities for singles, including dances, discussion groups, potlucks, live entertainment, picnics, bowling, hikes, game nights, etc. to mention only a few of the more than 30 activities that we plan each month. This is not a dating organization.

Another division of this corporation is Capital Region Social Happenings that is open to the public featuring social events and concerts.

If you are interested in learning more about this organization you can go to our website at www.singlesoutreach.org or by calling 518-452-6883.

Retreat with Jane Austen on Lake George

CAPITAL DISTRICT – Join the Jane Austen Society North America (JASNA)-New York Capital Region for the 11th Annual Jane Austen Retreat at Wiawaka on Lake George, New York, on June 25-27, 2021. Participants will join scholars and enthusiasts in exploring Austen’s world through facilitated discussions of Emma, viewing and discussion of filmed adaptations of the novel, and presentations from local JASNA members Dr. David Shapard, Nancy Duell and Jane Murphy. Special guests are JASNA president Liz Philosophus Cooper, who will discuss “Jane Austen, Working Woman: I must keep to my own style and go in my own way” and visiting lecturer Juliette Wells, who will present “Looking at Emma with 21st Century Eyes.”   The retreat will conclude with a picnic tea on the grounds. (Bring a lawn chair!) In addition to planned events, the retreat will allow time for you to enjoy the splendors of the beautiful Lake George setting by exploring the cottages and grounds, the gardens, the dock and the lake.

The cost of retreat attendance is $25 for JASNA members and $30 for non-members and includes Saturday and Sunday lunches. To register, mail check payable to JASNA NYS Capital Region and send to: JASNA NYCR, c/o Nancy Duell, 56 Fifth Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801. Registration deadline is June 20.  For additional information, contact Nancy at ardhn23@nullnetscape.com or call (518) 321-1887.

Reservations for food and lodging at Wiawaka are $155/night. Day only reservations are available for $15. Visit www.wiawaka.org or call 518-668-9690 for information to make your reservation. 

Poestenkill and Sand Lake Summer Camp

POESTENKILL/SAND LAKE – Poestenkill and Sand Lake Summer Camp will run together at Poestenkill Elementary School from July 12th to August 13th. Camp is for kids entering kindergarten to ninth grade. Registration is online and specific information about camp is posted on Poestenkill and Sand Lake website. Positions are available for CITs, Counselors and Med Team. Applications can be found on each town’s website. Counselors need to be 16 years old and CITs need to be 15 years old.

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

Poestenkill “Bread of Life” Food Pantry 

POESTENKILL – NEW HOURS – Since September 2015, the Poestenkill “Bread of Life” food pantry has been offering staple food items to individuals and families in Poestenkill and surrounding communities who need food for themselves and their families. Beginning on May 1st, 2021 our NEW HOURS will BEGIN at 4:30 pm END AT 6:30pm on the 1st & 3rd Thursdays of every month.

We thank our friends, community and many organizations who continue to support this effort through their most generous donations of time, resources and staple foods. Our new volunteers are the best, most kind, compassionate individuals. We are so grateful they have joined our pantry.

We are located at the Evangelical Lutheran Church, 772 Route 351, Poestenkill, NY 12140. If you have an urgent need for food, please call us at (518) 283-6045 and leave a message.

This year, we have begun a new program with the pantry by offering baby food, diapers and wipes for the youngest in the Poestenkill community. The pantry does not currently stock baby supplies, but can provide select items upon request. If you are experiencing difficulty affording these items for your baby, please reach out to us. Please send a private Facebook message, email breadoflifepoestenkill@nullgmail.com or leave a message at (518) 428-0124.

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!

Team “Knocking Out Alzheimer’s” Bottle Drive, The Fundraising Continues …

WYNANTSKILL/RENSSELAER – 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.

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

Vaping – Public Service Announcement

CAPITAL DISTRICT – Vaping has become almost more common today then cigarettes. Originally marketed as being more safe than other tobacco products recent events have made it clear that this is not the full story. One study found that those who vape the equivalent to a pack of cigarettes a day had a 70% higher risk of stroke. This is only one of the health risks that can arise from vaping. For more information visit: https://www.narcononnewliferetreat.org/blog/vaping-linked-to-serious-health-problems.html

Addiction Screenings – Narconon can help you take steps to overcome addiction in your family. Call today for free screenings or referrals. 1- 800-431-1754.

Fentanyl – Public Service Announcement

CAPITAL DISTRICT – Fentanyl has been making headlines recently, this is because the incredibly potent chemical has been contributing to the increase in overdose deaths across America. Most people however do not know much about the chemical. For instance many don’t know that one of the things that makes fentanyl so dangerous is the fact that it can be absorbed into the system through skin contact. Meaning getting it on your skin could cause a potentially fatal overdose.

To learn more about Fentanyl visit: https://www.narcononnewliferetreat.org/blog/what-you-need-to-know-about-fentanyl.html

Addiction Screenings – Narconon can help you take steps to overcome addiction in your family. Call today for free screenings or referrals. 1- 800-431-1754.

Rensselaer County Recovery Helpline

RENSSELAER COUNTY  – 1-833-467-3123 – Do you need help with substance use issues? Are you interested in volunteering for the helpline? The Rensselaer County Recovery Helpline offers information, local resources, and referrals for individuals and their families regarding substance use issues. The toll-free line is available 7 days a week from 9am-9pm. Each volunteer chooses shifts of 4 hours at a time to be on-call. When someone calls the number, a volunteer answers on their own smartphone, and can enter information to a database on their own computer, allowing for easy and quick access to resources. The information is sent to one of the 9 leaders, who will then assist the caller. If you or someone you know needs information, resources, or a referral for a substance use problem, call 1-833-467-3123. For more information, or if you are interested in volunteering, contact Renscohelpline@nullgmail.com

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

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