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Your Community 08.13.20

65 Acres of Forest and Wetland in Stephentown Donated for Conservation

STEPHENTOWN – When the beautiful, 65-acre property came up for sale in 1994, Alejandro (Alex) Gutierrez and Lucia Skwarek walked the land and found seven Great Blue Heron nests in the 28-acre wetland. “We were sold,” said Lucia, looking back. “When our children were young, we carried them in backpacks on the land. When they were older, we loved to catch salamanders in the marsh.” Now, the land will be conserved for future generations. Alex and Lucia donated the entire property to the Rensselaer Plateau Alliance on July 22, 2020 for permanent conservation and as a place for the community to visit and enjoy. With their kids now grown, they haven’t used the property as much as they used to, and they were becoming concerned for its future in the faceof development pressure.Their hope is for the site to become a place for others to benefit from and for it to be part of a network of conserved land in the area.

Books for Troops Continues to Help the Troops Cope with the Pandemic

CAPITAL DISTRICT – Books for Troops would like to thank all those who have donated thousands of books in the past few weeks. We appreciate that most of the books are in very good condition and do not include hard covers and romances. We now have a great inventory to fill our boxes. We send 80-100 boxes per month to the troops to help fill their many empty hours caused by the pandemic. The cost of postage to send this number of books is about $1000/month. While many people have donated generously for the postage, the money goes very quickly. We want to remind the people who donate books that their books stay in our Latham office unless we have the money to send them. Each box of about 40 books costs an average of $15.00 to mail. To send a donation for one or more boxes, please make a check out to: Books for Troops and mail to: Books for Troops, 152 Oak Brook Commons, Clifton Park, NY 12065. A tax receipt will be sent. Your donation will be a wonderful way to thank more of our “essential workers”, the troops and to remind them that we remember them with pride, gratitude and concern. 

If any companies, organizations, etc. would like to make a donation or do a fundraiser, it will be greatly appreciated. To do so, contact: Thanks as always for your support. Ellen Keegan, director, Books for Troops

Averill Park School News

AVERILL PARK – On July 31, the Averill Park Central School District submitted its reopening plan to the State Education Department for approval. Throughout early August, the District began putting its reopening plan into action to get ready for the first day of school, which, at this time, is scheduled for Wednesday, September 9. While there are many unknowns about the upcoming school year, APCSD strives to be as transparent as possible with our plans.

Questions regarding reopening have been solicited from community members and each building principal responded to those questions via virtual presentations. Videos of these presentations can be found on our district website.

To find the latest information on the reopening of our school buildings in the fall, visit our website frequently and check in with our social media platforms for updates.

Submitted by Dr. James Franchini, Averill Park CSD Superintendent

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

Elizabeth Roberts graduates and makes the Le Moyne College Spring 2020 Dean’s List

SYRACUSE, NY – Elizabeth Roberts, of Castleton on Hudson, NY, has graduated from Le Moyne College with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and has been named to the Spring 2020 Dean’s List. To make the list, students must achieve a GPA of 3.5 or above. More than 700 members of the class of 2020 were eligible to graduate from Le Moyne.

Elizabeth Kiley-Bergen named to dean’s list at Bates College

LEWISTON, ME – Elizabeth Kiley-Bergen of Troy, N.Y., was named to the dean’s list at Bates College for the winter semester ending in April 2020. This is a distinction earned by students whose cumulative grade point average is 3.8 or higher.

Kiley-Bergen, the child of J. Michael Bergen and C. Abbie Kiley of Troy, N.Y., is a 2016 graduate of Emma Willard School. They are majoring in politics and French and Francophone studies at Bates.

Dylan Rossiter of Castleton On Hudson, New York Recognized during Emerson College Annual EVVY Awards

BOSTON, MA  – The EVVY Awards is like no other college production in the country. Modeled after professional shows such as the Emmys and the Oscars, the EVVY Awards is the largest multi-camera, live switch event any school has to offer. The 39th Anual EVVY Awards were held in an online format on May 29, 2020, recognizing Emersonians for their dedication to their student projects throughout the year.

Dylan Rossiter of Castleton On Hudson, New York is among those outstanding students who recieved their own EVVY Award. Rossiter is pursuing a degree in Journalism and is a member of the Emeron College Class of 2021.

This year, the EVVYs garnered more than 100 nominees for awards in Journalism, Theater, Post Production and Audio, Communications and Marketing, Performance, Writing, Television, and Film. They can be viewed at

Throught the year, student work can be submitted in a wide variety of categories, which are then sent out to local and national professional judges in their respective field to ensure a fair and experienced judging process.

Le Moyne College Names Local Students to its Spring 2020 Dean’s List

SYRACUSE, NY –  Le Moyne College has named local students to its Spring 2020 Dean’s List. To make the list, students must achieve a GPA of 3.5 or above.

Cayla Hungerford, Sophomore Computer Science and Cybersecurity major from Petersburg, NY

Nick Hansen, Senior Biology major from Troy, NY

Ethan Rotondi, Junior Political Science major from Troy, NY

Olivia Snell, Sophomore Psychology major from Valley Falls, NY

Allison Poland, Junior Undeclared major from Troy, NY

Benjamin Mousseau, Sophomore Business Analytics major from West Sand Lake, NY

Purchase College Dean’s List for the Spring 2020 Semester

PURCHASE, NY –  Purchase College announced that more than 1,500 students were named to the Dean’s List for the spring semester. Students who have earned this academic honor have maintained a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher and taken a minimum of 12 credits. For BA and BS programs, a semester GPA of 3.50 is required. For BFA and MusB programs, a semester GPA of 3.75 is required.

Soren Correia of Rensselaer (12144)

Jack Dickinson of Cropseyville (12052)

Jeanna DiPaolo of Averill Park (12018)

Camaryn Franchi of West Sand Lake (12196)

Jessica Gordon of West Sand Lake (12196)

Madison Morrissey of Troy (12182)

Nicolas Perez Schrader of Castleton on Hudson (12033)

Steve Ramsingh of East Schodack (12063)

Emily Woodside of East Greenbush (12061)

Town of Brunswick Monthly Brush Pick Up Schedule

TOWN OF BRUNSWICK – Pick up schedule: August 17th-August 21st; September 21th-September 25th; October 19th-October 23rd (last pick-up for season).

Limbs must be piled neatly, 8’ long-no larger than 6” diameter.

Branches must be free of roots and dirt. Avoid piling brush near utility poles and under trees, wires, or out in the street.

We will also pick up other yard waste, such as grass clippings, provided biodegradable paper bags are used

We do not go on private property. Clean wood only. Please no clear cutting of lots

No sticks, dirt or rocks or any material other than leaves and grass should be placed in bags.

We do not pick up rocks, stumps, rubbish, etc. Please do not put these items out with your branches.

Residents are also encouraged to dispose of leaves and grass at our Recycling Center, it is located across from the Town garage.

If you have any questions, please call 279-3461, Ext 100. Thank you

Sand Lake Historical Society Barn Quilt Squares

SAND LAKE – A display of barn quilt squares created and donated by 13 local artists can be seen on Saturdays and Sundays, 12:00 noon – 3:00 p.m., through the month of August at the Sand Lake Center for the Arts on Rt 43 in Sand Lake. These unique, 2’ by 2’ squares were originally chosen as the featured artwork project relative to our “’Down on the Farm’ at June Farms” fundraiser (now tentatively rescheduled to May 21, 2021). It is also a silent auction fundraiser, and bid sheets will be available through Sunday, August 30.

The Barn Quilt Squares display will be held in the stage area. Following Statewide COVID-19 guidelines: Only 15 people will be allowed in the building at a time; Anyone entering the building must wear a mask and maintain social distancing; They will exit out the back after viewing the display.

Be sure to check out the Summer Juried Art Show “The Power and the Glory” in the lobby!

Sand Lake Historical Society Annual Member Meeting

SAND LAKE – The SLHS will hold its annual member meeting on Sept 8th at Butler Park at 5:30. Arlington House will provide sandwiches, salad and sides in a box. Tickets will be $20. We will provide tables and tents and please bring chairs if you have them. Masks and social distancing will be required. Any questions or concerns or suggestions please email Jackie Tremont at or text or call 5185279926. PLEASE know if you are uncomfortable we do not expect you to attend and completely understand.

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 5:00 to 7:00 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.

Castleton-on-Hudson Farmers & Artisans Market

CASTLETON-ON-HUDSON – The Castleton-on-Hudson Farmers & Artisans Market (COHFAM) returned to its summer home at the corner of Scott Avenue (150) and Main Street (9J) in the Village. COHFAM will be held every Friday from 4:30-7:30 pm until September 25. New York Forward permits the market to feature fresh vegetables, take-away food items, crafts and massage, but Repair Café is on hold, whether at COHFAM or the Village Hall (or globally). Market patrons are required to wear masks and observe social distancing. Hand sanitizer is available. New vendors welcome; visit COHFAM on Facebook to get an application or email for more information. Come to COHFAM, the little market with the big heart, enjoy the river view and support the local economy!

East Greenbush Farmer’s Market

EAST GREENBUSH – The East Greenbush Farmer’s Market is held every Wednesday 4pm -7pm in between the Greenbush YMCA and the East Greenbush Library at 20 Community Way, East Greenbush. The market runs through September 30th (September hours are 4pm-6:00pm). Visit to see our list of vendors. We ask market visitors to please wear your mask and bring your reusable shopping bags.

Problem Gambling – Northeast Resource Center Here To Help

CAPITAL DISTRICT – Isolation due to the COVID-19 can be especially difficult for those struggling with gambling problems. Extra time, stress and anxiety, access to gambling on the internet, and an increase in online gambling options are a recipe for trouble. People struggling with gambling problems, or in recovery from problem gambling, may find this isolation to be especially difficult. If you have noticed extra stress, anxiety, anger, uncontrollable urges to gamble or an increase in gambling activities there are options for help. If your loved one is struggling to control their gambling, help is available for you too.

The Northeast Problem Gambling Resource Center (NE PGRC) is a program of the New York Council on Problem Gambling and has been working to increase the awareness of problem gambling and connect those adversely affected by problem gambling to the care they need. The NE PGRC provides referral and treatment options, including connections to the recovery community, to individuals and families in need. We also provide education and training to groups and organizations who want to learn more about this disorder. The NE PGRC works with a network of qualified clinicians trained in problem gambling to provide barrier-free treatment to anyone seeking assistance.

Contact the Northeast Problem Gambling Resource Center

Call: 518-801-1491




Team “Knocking Out Alzheimer’s” Bottle Drive

WYNANTSKILL/RENSSELAER – Six Center Redemption is partnering with the team Knocking out Alzheimer’s and the Alzheimer’s Association.


Return your bottles and cans and help he 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.

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.”

No need to count the cans or bottles, no waiting or standing in lines to feed your cans or bottles into a machine. 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!

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:

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:

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

Hudson-Mohawk Search & Rescue is Looking for Volunteers to Join our Team

CAPITAL DISTRICT – If you enjoy being outdoors in the wilderness, working with others to help people, follow directions well and have a willingness to learn, then our SAR team might be for you! Prior knowledge is helpful, but definitely not required as we provide the training. Check out our website at: for more information.

Search and Rescue Volunteers Needed

CAPITAL DISTRICT – the Tri-State Emergency Team is recruiting volunteers to provide wildland and underwater searches within a 100 mile radius of Waterrford, NY.  This includes all aspects of field and underwater search.  The Tri-State Emergency Team responds when requested by NYS Forest Rangers and other police agencies throughout New York State, Western Vermont and Massachusetts.   We are looking for certified scuba divers, experienced boat handlers, and people who enjoy hiking and the outdoors in general who wish to help people in need.   The team will provide training and complete support as needed.  Our headquarters is located in Waterford.  Applicants need not live in Waterford to volunteer. If interested, please call 518-237-6744 or visit our website at

New York State Commission for the Blind 

CAPITAL DISTRICT – The New York State Commission for the Blind (NYSCB) provides free vocational rehabilitation and other services to legally blind New York State residents, including children, adults, and older adults.  NYSCB assists participants in   achieving economic self-sufficiency and full integration into society.  Call toll-free (866) 871-3000 or visit our website:

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