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Your Community 07.21.22

Community Connections Center Opens in Nassau

Earlier this month, Nassau Community Connections proudly opened the Community Connections Center. Located next to the Grace United Methodist Church at 40 Church Street, Nassau, 12123, the Community Connections Center will be open from 9 am-12 pm Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. 

The Community Connections Center is a place where people can come to build community and access assistance resources. All are welcome at the Center, no matter their town or county residency. In addition, the Center is a place to enjoy coffee, tea, and conversation. It also offers computer and internet access and assistance with technical questions. The center’s purpose will continue to evolve as it aims to help the surrounding communities and its people with any needs they might have.

Nassau Community Connections is a 501(c)(3) based in the town and village of Nassau, created to help the community and its people. Nassau Community Connection’s grassroots organization builds community, inspires hope, and networks for equity by raising awareness and connecting essential resources.

For more information on Nassau Community Connections, visit their website at NassauResourceCommittee.org or their Facebook page @NassauCommunityConnections.

Burden Lake Conservation Association Presents “History Night”.

Burden Lake Conservation Association will present History Night on Saturday, July 23rd 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!

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. Our program starts back up in September. You can volunteer 1 or more days a week. 

It’s only for a couple of hours. If you would like to find out more about this opportunity, please call Kasey at
(518) 795-5678.

Becoming Nature: An Experiential Walk Through The Kinderhook Creek Nature Preserve

Join Christine Orio for a thoughtful community walk through Rensselaer Land Trust’s Kinderhook Creek Preserve in Nassau. You’ll stroll, pause, breathe, and calm the mind and invite the unique qualities of the Kinderhook Creek Nature Preserve to stimulate the senses and deepen your relationship with nature.

This guided moving meditation, is designed to encourage an experiential approach to our relationship with the natural world through sensual awareness. Sight, smell, touch, sound, all encourage connection with our surroundings; awakening us to the fact that we are intricately woven into the fabric of its creation. We will generate space to absorb, interact with and journal about our experiences. Please wear appropriate clothing, bring bug/sun protection, a water bottle and a sense of wonder.

For more information and to pre-register visit: www.renstrust.org.

LVORC Awarded $10,000 Grant By The McCarthy Charities

Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County has been awarded $10,000 by The McCarthy Charities. The funds, to be used for general operating costs, are greatly beneficial at a time when LVORC is establishing new programs and services in Rensselaer County and Albany County. According to Executive Director, Nancy Benz, “This funding provides critical support to people in our community who rely on LVORC’s programs. With help from our tutors, they can improve their employability, assist their children in school, become U.S. citizens, be more active in community life, and reach whatever other goals they’ve set for themselves.“

Since 1968, LVORC has provided free literacy services to adults and families. We train and support volunteers to teach people to read, write, and speak English. We empower our students to be advocates for themselves, and we educate the larger community about literacy issues. LVORC provides tutor training, one-to-one tutoring, small group instruction, basic literacy, English as a new language, financial literacy, math tutoring, digital literacy, HSE preparation, EL Civics, citizenship preparation, and Everybody WINS! Power Lunch. For more information, visit www.lvorc.org.

Stephentown New Resident Welcome
Reception News

The Stephentown New Resident Welcome Reception held at Stephentown Memorial Library on July 8th was a great success!

This week 43 new residents, longer-term residents, and representatives from six Stephentown non-profit resources turned out to learn about and share local resources, tour the library, mingle over refreshments, and make some new friends. Many remained after the event to enjoy the free Live at the Library music concert with local singer/songwriter Scott Connors. 

This was the first in a series of receptions that the Stephentown Memorial Library and the Stephentown Historical Society co-hosted with the hope of building stronger community connections. The reception idea emerged from last summer’s Stephentown Survey highlighting both the challenges new residents face in making social connections, especially during the pandemic, as well as how important community connections are to overall satisfaction. 

After the welcome event we followed up with attendees to learn their level of interest in informal sponsorship/mentorship pairings, and the possibility of participating in a fledgling program to audio record residents’ stories around why they moved to Stephentown, or the experience of growing up and raising a family in Stephentown, in order to create and share an audiotaped oral history archive. Initial feedback suggests that these ideas have strong appeal. If you are interested in participating please email us at trustees@nullstephentownlibrary.org.

In response to the strong event showing, and attendees expressed desire for more opportunities to meet and get to know neighbors in an informal setting, we will continue to work to create future opportunities to connect, mingle, and share our personal stories.

Latham-Colonie Columbiettes Book Sale

The Latham-Colonie Columbiettes are hosting a Book Sale on Saturday, August 13th, 2022 at Latham-Colonie Knights of Columbus Council, 328 Troy-Schenectady Road, Latham, N.Y. 12110.

9 am to 3 pm Rain or Shine!

Book Donations will be accepted beginning July 30th at the Latham-Colonie Knights of Columbus Council at 328 Troy-Schenectady Road, Latham, N.Y. 12110 (Back of building) **Please No Textbooks, Magazines or Encyclopedias.

Information www.lathamcoloniekofc.com/dinners-events

Volunteers Are Needed as Tutors, Reading Mentors, and Special Events Workers

 Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County needs volunteers in Albany County and Rensselaer County. Anyone who is interested can attend a free information session on Thursday, August 25 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. via Zoom. 

To register, contact mhellerlvorc@nullaol.com. LVORC trains volunteer tutors to be paired with adult learners; reading mentors for Everybody WINS! Power Lunch; math tutors and computer tutors. We also welcome one-time events volunteers. 

As a volunteer you can develop new skills, make friends, and see how your efforts make a difference in your community. For more information, visit www.lvorc.org

Columbia High School Annual 70’s Reunion

Mark your calendar for Saturday, August 13, 2022 for the annual CHS 70’s Reunion party, noon to dusk, at Schodack Island State Park, Route 9J, Schodack Landing, NY. 1970-1979 graduates/attendees/teachers – but all CHS alumni are welcome! Join our Facebook group – Columbia High School 70’s Reunion – for additional information and updates or message Caroline Lynch Zeyak on FB or at elvis628@nullfairpoint.net. Spread the word!

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.

The Anchor Food Pantry

The Anchor Food Pantry  in their efforts to keep the citizens of the Town of Schodack informed announce folowing hours of operations. 

Mondays-4:30 pm-6:30 pm , Tuesday and Thursday 9am-1:30 pm , and the first Saturday of every month 10am-12:30 pm. 

As per past practice we ask that you call ahead when requesting food at 518-732-4120 so staff can accommodate your request and have your order ready for pickup.

Thrift shop is open during regular business for clothing and other item purchases. Shop is also accepting clothing donations for fall clothing with Back to School just around the corner.

As always we are exxtend our gratitude to the general public and Schodack community for enabling us to fulfill our mission to aid those in need.

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!

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

St. Peter’s Crime Victim Services 518-271-3257

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; St. Peter’s Crime Victim Services 518-271-3257

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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