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Your Community 08.12.21

Hunting Licenses 2021

SCHODACK – Debra L. Curtis, the Schodack Town Clerk, wishes to remind hunters that hunting licenses are on sale now. For hunting and trapping licenses, the license year runs form September 1, 2021 – August 31, 2022. Annual fishing licenses and recreational marine fishing registration are valid for 365 days from date of purchase.

Deer management permits (DMPs) will be available via an instant lottery from Aug. 2, 2021 through the close of business on Oct. 1, 2021.

We also have a limited supply of Federal Duck Stamps available at a cost of $26.00 ($25.00 plus $1.00 revenue for the town).

The Town Clerk’s Office is open Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Please be sure to have your driver’s license or an old hunting license to expedite processing of your new license.

From the Desk of Janice Hannigan Kerwin, North Greenbush Town Clerk

NORTH GREENBUSH – The 2021 -2022 Season for Licenses & Deer Management permits are now on sale! Stop by the North Greenbush Town Clerk’s office, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday to purchase your 2021 – 2022 licenses on the spot!!

I have the 2021-2022 Official Guide to Laws & Regulations, Volume 15, issue No. 1, September 2021 for you right here in the office. In addition to the magazines, I have printed out the 2021 Wildlife Management Unit Boundary map for you to review while choosing your Deer Management Permit locations.

Please stay safe & healthy, I am looking forward to seeing you all here in the office this year.

Foundation Awards Student Scholarship

East Greenbush – Rensselaer County District Mary Pat Donnelly announced today that Kayleigh Krug, daughter of Sherri and John Krug of East Greenbush was awarded a scholarship from the Timothy J. Murphy Foundation, a charitable organization founded after the District Attorney’s late father. Kayleigh’s grandfather is Rich Hendrick, an Albany Police Department retiree.

Tim Murphy was a Detective who retired from the Albany Police Detective after 31 years of service. Shortly after his retirement, he was diagnosed with a terminal illness. At that time, Tim’s primary concern was his ability to provide for educational expenses for his younger daughter who was a college student at the time. Thereafter, the Timothy J. Murphy Foundation was established in his memory in 2006 to provide scholarships for higher education to the children and grandchildren of police and other public safety officers.

The annual awards average between $1,500 and $2,000 to students entering their first year of College. Over $250,000 has been awarded to students throughout the United States since 2006.

“The committee selects several students each year that meet the qualifications for the scholarship,” said Rensselear County District Attorney and daughter, Mary Pat Donnelly. “This tribute for my late father, as a retired Albany Detective, keeps his memory alive not only in the community where he served, but for those family members that shared his profession in law enforcement, which was a job he truly loved.”

Circus Theatricks with Seano at Sand Lake Center for the Arts

SAND LAKE – Join in some circus fun with this 3-day intensive camp taught by the areas most decorated clowns! Seano brings his unique summer program back to SLCA and will once again inspire, teach and create fantastic feats.The kids will go head over heels for circus at the center!

 

 

Hannaford Rewards to Benefit Anchor Food Pantry

CASTLETON – If you shop at Hannaford -consider donating the Hannaford Rewards to the Anchor Food Pantry.  Enter the Anchor Food Pantry phone # 518-732-4120 on the screen and at the end of every quarter the food pantry receives credit in an accumulated total to purchase items the following quarter period for seasonal and everyday food needs.

Anchor Food Pantry 

CASTLETON – The Anchor Food Pantry wishes to express sincere thanks to Catholic Charities Mobile Outreach for their donation received from the recent event of July 29,2021 held at Martin Electric-Rensselaer NY.  Surplus that was given will aid in our mission to feed those affected by these pandemic related economic times.

We also would like to acknowledge Thanks to District Attorney Mary Pat Donnelly and her Chief of Staff Jacqueline McDonough  for coordinating and navigating the necessary steps for the pantry to be a beneficiary in this event and for future endeavors with Catholic Charities.

Friends of Grafton Lakes State Park r
eceives PTNY Grant

Grafton – Friends of Grafton Lakes State Park was awarded a $9506 matching grant from the Environmental Protection Fund’s Park and Trail Partnership Grants program to increase community engagement with the park. FGLSP will have to raise an additional $1160 in matching funds, for a total of $10,666.

The grant is one of 30 awards totaling $900,000 for organizations dedicated to the stewardship and promotion of New York’s state parks and historic sites, trails and public lands. The grants will be matched with private and local funding and will support projects to strengthen Friends groups and enhance public access and recreational opportunities.

Friends groups—nonprofit organizations often made up entirely of volunteers—are essential to the stewardship and promotion of our state park system. These dedicated groups raise private funds for capital projects, perform maintenance tasks, provide educational programming, and promote public use through hosting special events.

The Park and Trail Partnership Grants are administered by Parks & Trail New York, a statewide non-profit organization, in partnership with the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation.

Parks & trails New York Executive Director Robin Dropkin said, “With more and more people discovering the outdoors, and visitation to our parks, trails, and public lands soaring, the need for strong public/public partnerships has never been greater. The Park and Trail Partnership Grants help bolster the role of Friends groups in these vital partnerships.”

The Friends of Grafton will untilize this grant to increase their membership and volunteer base in conjunction with the parks 50th Anniversary celebration.

Contact us at graftonlakesspvolunteer@nullgmail.com for more information on membership and volunteer activities.

More information on Park and Trail Partnership Grants can be found at www.ptny.org or by calling 518-434-1583

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.

Johnsonville Methodist Church Thrift Shop

JOHNSONVILLE – The Johnsonville Methodist Church Thrift Shop, located at 22 Bridge Street, Johnsonville, NY 12094 is open 9-12 every Wednesday. Look for our sign at the corner of Route 67 and Route 111. We have a huge selection of adult and children’s summer clothing, as well as special occasion and career clothes, shoes, purses, jewelry, toys, linens, household and decorative items. Our newly organized library has over 1,000 books for sale.

The Anchor Food Pantry 

SCHODACK – The Anchor Food Pantry in an attempt to keep the residents of the Town of Schodack informed during these pandemic times has an update for our hours of operation and business procedures. The anchor is open the following days for servicing clientele. Monday evenings 5pm-7pm, Tuesday and Thursday 9am-2pm , and the first Saturday of each month from 10am-1pm. New clients are asked to furnish proof of residncy on their initial visit. Also if possible call ahead at 518-732-4120 and staff will accommodate and have food call ready which until further notice will be delivered to your vehicle. We have good news on donation front -we will be accepting clothing and houseware donations  effective immediately during regular business hours . Clothing request is for summer and fall apparel at this time. As always we thank the citizens of Schodack for their continued generosity in our mission to aid those in need during these seemingly never ending pandemic circumstances.

Columbia High School Annual 70’s Alumni Party

CAPITAL DISTRICT – Graduates and attendees of Columbia High School 1970-1979 – as well as teachers and staff: mark your calendar to attend the annual Alumni Party/Summer Get-Together on Saturday, August 21, 2021, beginning at noon. ALL alumni welcome! Schodack Island State Park, 1 Schodack Island Way (off Route 9J), Schodack Landing. Camping available; reserve now, sites are going fast! Join our Facebook group “Columbia High School 70’s Reunion” for full party details or contact Caroline Lynch Zeyak at 518-928-3223 or elvis628@nullfairpoint.net to obtain an informational flyer and registration form.

3rd Annual Averill Park Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Dinner

AVERILL PARK – Saturday, Sept. 11th, 2021. Reception, Cash Bar & Raffles 5:00. Welcome & Buffet Dinner 6:00. Induction Ceremony 7:00. Troy Hilton Garden Inn. Registration Deadline is Aug. 26th. 

Event Sponsor – $2,000 (includes 8 tickets, a full page ad in program, a reserved table and recognition in program)

Platinum Donor – $1,000 (includes 6 tickets, a ½ page ad in program and recognition in program)

Warrior Donor – $500 (includes 4 tickets and recognition in program)

Gold Donor – $300 (includes 2 tickets and recognition in program)

Blue Donor – $150 (includes 1 ticket and recognition in program) 

Class of 2020 Athlete – Doug Childrose ‘83, Kevin L. Nichols ‘81, Rebecca Ortolano Clark ‘00, Deb Prendergast-Sanderson ‘81, Deborah Springer ‘91, Morgan Wheeler ‘09

Athlete/Coach – Mike Malenfant ‘86

Class of 2021, Athlete – Jenna Brooks ‘06, Michael Collopy ‘04, Katie Duma ‘10, Thomas Mangan ‘89, Susan Spierre Clark ‘01

For additional information please contact the Averill Park Athletic Department at (518) 674-7010 or bubniakm@nullapcsd.org . All inquiries –  https://averillpark.k12.ny.us/athletichalloffame. 

St. Jude Flea Market / Vendor Fair Vendors Needed

ALBANY – Vendors Needed. Flea Market/Vendor Fair To Benefit St. Jude. August 28th,2021 from 10-4. $15.00 Uncovered Space / $30.00 covered space with table. Uncovered Vendors who need a table can rent one for $5.00 per table. Easy up Tents will be permitted on uncovered spaces only. There will also be an uncovered garage sale area for anyone who wants to participate but is not a regular vendor. Contact Information – Polish American Citizens Club, 110 Commerce Ave, Albany NY 12206. E-mail: bobdomalewicz@nullgmail.com for signup information. Phone: 518-227-7142.

Senior Bowlers Wanted!

EAST GREENBUSH – The Rensselaer Senior Center Bowling is looking for senior bowlers for the upcoming 2021-2022 season starting on Tuesday Sept. 7th. We bowl every Tuesday starting at noon for 27 weeks at the East Greenbush Bowling Center on Columbia Turnpike. Individuals have to be 60 years old to join the Rensselaer Senior Center. This is a fun, relaxed, no pressure bowling league. All bowlers are welcomed from beginners to experts. For more information call the Rensselaer Senior Center at (518)463-2166 or Frank Putallaz at (518)477-4412.

Woodlawn Cemetery Association Inc. Annual Meeting

EAST SCHODACK – The Woodlawn Cemetery Association Inc., 111 Burden Lake Road, East Schodack will hold their Annual Meeting on Tuesday evening September 14, 2021 at 6:30 pm at the East Schodack Fire House, 3071 NY Route 150 in East Schodack.

On the agenda will be the report of the Treasure, discussion of general upkeep of the cemetery, including cost, election of Officers and Trustees as well as any other business that comes before the Association. 

Donations for mowing, ect are greatly appreciated and may be sent to Woodlawn Cemetery Assoc. Inc. P.O. Box 14, East schodack NY 12063. 

All lot owners, or their designated representatives are encouraged to attend and your participation is most welcome. This is your opportunity to be part of the decision making concerning your cemetery. If you have any questions please feel free to contact President Frank Curtis at 518-766-3318 or mail your comments to Woodlawn Cemetery Association.

Columbia High School Class of 1986 35-Year Reunion

CAPITAL DISTRICT – Columbia High School’s Class of 1986 is celebrating it’s 35-year reunion on Saturday, September 18th at Birch Hill from 6-11pm. There will be a full BBQ, unlimited beer/wine option, bonfire and live music! Visit: www.chs1986.com for registration details and a list of who’s attending.

Stillwater Class of 1971 – 50 Year Reunion

CAPITAL DISTRICT – The Stillwater Class of 71 is now planning their 50 year reunion. Event date is October 16, 2021 at the Hideaway Restaurant at the Saratoga Lake Golf Course. Anyone interested in attending or needing information, please call Chuck Capeci at 518-371-3225 or Cathy Sgambati at 518-664-7927. Deadline for tickets is Sept. 16, 2021.

Tour Belgium and Holland with Saratoga Arts 

CAPITAL DISTRICT – In April, just as spring begins, leave your daily routine behind and join Saratoga Arts in an art and history-filled visit to Belgium and Holland April 20-29, 2022. We will stay in Brussels and Amsterdam with excursions to nearby treasures and plan to taste as many gourmet chocolates as ten days permit. We will waffle or way through Belgium, learn about the history and magic of the medieval Belgian tapestries, travel to Bruges, Delft and Amsterdam for romantic waterways, revel in the beauty of the Dutch Masters and Van Gogh, and admire the colorful blooms of the seven million bulb flowers of the Keukenhof Gardens. 

Give yourself a chance to escape just for a while among the cultural and historical experiences of this small group tour. 

To receive a detailed itinerary, contact: goedventures@nullgmail.com.   

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

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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