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Your Community 06.16.22

Rensselaer Elks Unveils Fallen Comrades Table

Rensselaer Elks Lodge #2073 held a moving ceremony on Memorial Day to honor all of our fallen heroes. The event invited a number of local Veterans groups to attend the service including members of the local VFW and American Legion Posts. Finally, the Lodge unveiled a Fallen Comrades Table.

 

 

 

 

 

To Love A Child Launches June Dollar for Dollar Match to Support Vital Programs

CAPITAL DISTRICT – To Love A Child is seeking donors for its June Dollar for Dollar Match. Each dollar that is donated to To Love A Child, Inc. will be matched by an anonymous donor dollar-for-dollar during the month of June up to a total of $10,000!  Eradicating hunger and malnutrition is one of the great challenges of our time. Not only do the consequences of not enough – or the wrong – food cause suffering and poor health, they also slow progress in many other areas of development like education and employment.”

Donations during the month of June will help us to support our local programs; Thyme to Thrive healthy food and fitness mini camps for kids and teens; The Chari-Tree Program which plants apple trees locally to support families who are food insecure; and our international projects in Zimbabwe – food forests, solar, clean water and wells; and Haiti –educational support for teachers’ salaries. 

Please visit www.toloveachild.net for more detailed information and to make a secure donation through PayPal or checks may be sent to To Love A Child, Inc., PO Box 165, Clifton Park, NY 12065.   Thank you for your support. Together we will make a difference in the lives of many.

Established in April of 2009, To Love a Child, Inc. is a local nonprofit 501 (c) 3 organization that provides educational, medical, agricultural, and nutritional programs to impoverished children and their families in Africa and Haiti to help create a better future and quality of life for all.

Capital District Chapter Columbiettes June Meeting

On Sunday, June 26th, 2022 at 1:30 PM, the Capital District Chapter Columbiettes will hold their June Meeting at Mother McAuley Council in Ravena, N.Y. (North Clement Avenue, St. Patrick’s School Hall).

Directions: I-787 South to 9 W South, Left on Main Street, Left on North Clement Avenue.

The Birthright Baby Shower will be held at this meeting. Members are asked to bring gifts. (clothing sizes 0-12 months for Boys or Girls, diapers, blankets and layette items are needed), to support Birthright, Inc, Schenectady, N.Y. 

Capital District Chapter President, Linda Cotch will preside.

SHAC Announces Summer Classes

Did you know that the town of Sand Lake has a new community center ? It’s called “SHAC” short for Skyhigh Adventure Community Center. It’s located at 27 Lake Ave. in Averill Park.

SHAC is offering Summer Programs. Below are our tentative program offerings. Please check our website and Facebook page for updates on these programs: Flow Riders and Red Tail Mountain Bike Programs, Senior Computer Training, Creative Writing for Middle School Students, Teen Tennis Camp, Youth Band Practice and Performance Opportunities, Teen Art Program, Substance Awareness Information Sessions, and making/preserving jam ! Email us at SKYHIGHadventures@nullgmail.com and visit www.SHACcenter.org. Find us on Facebook: Skyhigh Adventure Center.

West Sand Lake Fire District Seeking Community Input for New Station 

Community Meeting 6/29/22

A beacon of the Rensselaer County community for 150 years, the West Sand Lake Fire District No. 1 remains committed to providing critical fire services that ensure the safety of the surrounding region. In an effort to better serve its dedicated volunteers, members, and community, the district is developing feasible options for an improved fire station that equally considers the needs of devoted emergency responders and its responsibility as stewards of the taxpaying community. To date, the work has included assessments of the existing facility, site, systems, and equipment to begin identifying needs for a new structure to replace the aging station. The members of the West Sand Lake Fire District No. 1 want to facilitate a transparent planning process that respects the values, needs, and sentiments of all stakeholders. Over the coming months, the district will be gathering public input to help inform a referendum for an improved fire station with the first Community Meeting on 6/29/22 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. Please refer to the district’s social media pages and website for more information on future upcoming community forums and public information sessions.

News From Averill Park CSD

Averill Park High School seniors Lauren Bradley, Ava Faragon and Michelina Lombardi attend the New Visions Scientific Research and World Health program and presented their research projects during Research Poster Day recently. The projects included topics such as “The Role of TAR-DNA Binding Protein in Neurodegenerative Diseases” and “Health Effects of Long-Term Diabetes: An Analysis of Treatments.” Impressive work, everyone!

Algonquin Middle School students visited the Northeastern NY Food Bank Farm recently as part of the AMS Serves program. Students helped plant vegetables that will be used to benefit families in need throughout the greater Capital Region. Great job!

Congratulations to Majella Briggs, Rebekkah Crawford-Harris and Maisie Dawson for having their artwork selected to be part of the annual Questar III BOCES Art Exhibit!

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

St. Jude the Apostle Church Blood Drive

St. Jude the Apostle Church will be sponsoring a Red Cross Blood Drive on Saturday, June 25 from 8 am until 2 pm at St. Jude’s School, Dana Avenue, Wynantskill. All donors will also receive a gift Card for a free pint of Ice Cream at any Stewart’s Shop. Blood supplies have been very low for months and summer is notoriously noted for the need for an increase of blood due to Trauma. Please consider donating-registration is very easy-go to www.redcrossblood.org and scroll to the St. Jude site.

Burden Lake Conservation Association Presents “History Night”

Burden Lake Conservation Association will present History Night on July 27th 2022 at 7 PM. The presentation will take place at the Burden Lake Club House located at 4 Brook Spring Ave. Averill Park NY. This presentation will be on the creation and damming of Burden Lake, Crystal Lake, Crooked Lake, and Glass Lake. Plus, the history of Henry Burden & the Burden Iron Works, and the significance of the Wynantskill Creek which powered the industrial revolution with the largest water wheel in the world in the 1800’s.

$5 donation at the door. Snacks & drinks available.

Everyone is welcome!

Rensselaer County 4-H Members Attend 87th Annual 4-H Capital Days

A delegation representing 4-H members in New York State expanded their knowledge of state government when they traveled to Albany for the 87th annual 4-H Capital Days event. The delegation included 4-H members and their chaperones from counties across the state.

Representing Cornell Cooperative Extension Rensselaer County 4-H were Kaylie Millar of Averill Park and Olivia Rose of Albany. Eileen DePaula, 4-H Program Coordinator accompanied the delegates. 

During this year’s event, 4-H members met with leaders in state government, members of the court system, and officials from a variety of state agencies. The delegates also toured the New York State Capitol, visited the Corning Tower, the New York State Museum and other significant features of the area. 

The New York State Association of Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H Educators sponsored the 4-H Capital Days program. For more information about this and other programs offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County, please call 518-272-4210. No one shall be denied the opportunity to participate or receive information based on their ability to pay. If you have special needs that we can accommodate please let us know at the time of your call.

Stephentown New Resident Welcome Reception

Are you new to Stephentown? We would like to welcome you to town! 

Join us on Friday, July 8 at 6 PM at the Stephentown Memorial Library for a casual Welcome Reception where you can learn about local resources, tour the library, and make some new friends while you enjoy some appetizers and beverages. Plus, stick around for a free Live at the Library music concert at 7 PM with local singer/songwriter Scott Connors. 

This is the first of a series of New Resident Welcome Receptions the Stephentown Memorial Library and the Stephentown Historical Society will be co-hosting with the hope of building stronger community connections. Last summer’s Stephentown Survey highlighted both the challenges new residents can face to make connections, especially in the recent years of the pandemic, as well as how much community connections contribute to overall satisfaction. 

If you have a new neighbor, or know of a new family in town, please spread the word!

Rensselaer County 4-H Members Compete in Regional Horse Communications Contest

CCE of Rensselaer County had 4-H members participate in the Regional Horse Communications Contest recently. Congratulations and thank you to all the members, leaders and volunteers who assisted with this contest and helped our Rensselaer County members prepare and participate. 

Rensselaer County Junior members Liliana Ruepp and Lilja Franklin placed 1st and 2nd respectively and Kendall Witt of Saratoga County placed 3rd at this event coordinated by CCE Saratoga. Kaylie Millar, Grace Huffam, Nicole Tilley and Emilee Roadcap placed 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th respectively (all from Rensselaer County) for the senior division. Kaylie, Grace, Liliana and Lilja have qualified to participate in the NYS 4-H Horse Communications Contest that will be held at Cornell University.

For more information about this and other CCE programs please reach out to your respective Cooperative Extension office. Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities and provides equal program and employment opportunities.

Pictured – Horse Communications Group

Left to right – Kaylie Millar, Liliana Ruepp, Grace Huffam, Lilja Franklin, Emilee Roadcap all of Rensselaer County and Kendall Witt of Saratoga County

 

 

 

Rensselaer County 4-H Members Compete in Regional Hippology Contest

CCE of Rensselaer County had 4-H members participate in the Regional Hippology Contest recently. Congratulations and thank you to all the members, leaders and volunteers who assisted with these contests and helped our Rensselaer County members prepare and participate. 

Members Emilee Roadcap, Grace Huffam, Emory and Lauren Krongold comprised the senior regional team for Hippology and placed 1st with Lauren placing 1st, Grace 2nd, Emory 3rd and Emilee 4th individually for Hippology. Junior members Bridget Rowland and Emmeline Heer placed 1st as a junior team and 1st and 2nd respectively individually. All members have qualified to compete at the State 4-H Hippology Contest that will be held at the New York State Fair. The regional Hippology contest was coordinated by CCE Rensselaer County. A special thanks to all who managed a component of the contest – Cathy Kilby, Shari Mantini, Tamara Healy, CharlieAnne Huffam, Lindsey and Amber Oswald. 

For more information about this and other CCE programs please reach out to your respective Cooperative Extension office. Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities and provides equal program and employment opportunities.

Grasslands Matter!

What can we do to counteract species extinction? Good news! Capital District grasslands (hayfields, pastureland, and abandoned farm fields) may be providing habitat for prairie bird species. These birds are threatened because only about 3% of the natural grasslands of the midwestern prairie remain. 

A field survey Sat., June 25, will seek to confirm that the Southeast North Greenbush Grasslands contain sites that support grassland birds, including the bobolink and the eastern meadowlark. The public is invited to join the volunteer ecologists of the Capital District Friday Field Study Group in the survey of this regionally significant ecosystem. Meet up at 8 am at the Defreestville Park and Ride at Routes 4 and 43 to join in the 2-hour survey. Contact survey leader Dr. David Hunt at 518-279-4124 for more details.

Rensselaer County grasslands are mapped on The Rensselaer County Conservation Plan prepared by the Rensselaer Land Trust, which may be viewed at www.RensTrust.org. Dr. David Hunt’s work with Ecological Intuition and Medicine, and his work with the Rensselaer County Biodiversity Greenprint Project were instrumental in preparing the Plan. 

We humans can help by preserving our grasslands and leaving them unmowed till July 4, so the birds have time to raise their families. In addition to preserving biodiversity, grasslands pull carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and store it in soil, potentially for hundreds of years. Grasslands also soak up stormwater runoff, and reduce flooding.

Maybe we can envision how to preserve and increase habitat for fine feathered friends who can fill our lives with song and beauty.

Submitted by Sheree Cammer, for Capital District Friday Field Study Group

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
518-785-8558

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 https://nf2biosolutions.org/.

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

Vgrasso1@nullnycap.rr.com, 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 kakingsbury54@nullyahoo.com to receive event information.

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: brendaleigh7@nullgmail.com; 6/25 @ APHS; 6/28 @ St.Jude the Apostle School; 7/12 @ Sand Lake Library.

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 townofnassau.org., 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 sandra.rings@nulltownofnassau.org. 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 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, www.ccerensselaer.org, 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 delia.hubbard@nullcornell.edu.

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.

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.  

COMMUNITY LEVEL 

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 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

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