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Rensselaer Elks Lodge #2073 Holds Car Seat Safety Check

Rensselaer Elks Lodge #2073 held a car seat safety check in coordination with the East Greenbush Police Department to keep children safe and prevent a tragedy. The event, which inspected ten car seats, focused on safety factors including correct seat, correct placement, correct location and correct fit. 

Pictured in the photo is East Greenbush Police Officer, Michael Herrington performing an inspection.



East Side Neighborhood Tag Sale @ Hope 7 Community Center

Hope 7 Community Center will be participating in the East Side Neighborhood Tag Sale on Saturday, September 10th from 9am-3pm.

Great selections, great prices and a percentage of any food purchased (dine in or take out) from Carol’s place will be donated to Hope 7.

Hope 7 is located at 596 Pawling Ave.

Hoags Corners Volunteer Fire Company

Hoags Corners Volunteer Fire Company will not be having Breakfast  9/4 due to the Holiday weekend.

 Breakfast will resume October 2, 2022.

Time to Register for the Sand Lake Garage Sale

SAVE THE DATE! Save your stuff. Sell your stuff. Register now for The annual Sand Lake Town-wide Garage Sale
Sat. & Sun., Sept. 17 & 18 sponsored by the Sand Lake Business Association. 

You can participate three ways. List your home garage sale and it will be publicized for free in all our social media and on our event map. Join our Vendor Corral open both Sat. & Sun. and rent a booth (two sizes) conveniently located on NY43 (corner of NY 43 & Averill Ave across from Eastview Dr). 

Or travel among the home sales and the Vendor Corral to find treasures of all kinds!  This is a wonderful opportunity to sell your crafts, antiques, collectibles, and items of all kinds. Great for sport teams, the Scouts, and social organizations too.  To register your garage sale or reserve a vendor booth go to Don’t miss our 2022 event!! 

Village Wide Garage Sale

Please come and check out the East Schodack Village wide garage sale on September 10,2022, from 9-3.

This will be on Route 150, Country Route 7, and side roads like East Hill road and more. Check for signs. 

Always have some great bargains!

Barbara J. Lehmann Memorial Scholarship Awardee Announced

East Greenbush Fire Company President Tracy Cullum proudly announces the recipient of the Barbara J. Lehmann Memorial Scholarship Program for 2022. Through the Barbara J. Lehmann Memorial Scholarship Program, the East Greenbush Fire Company provides scholarship grants to qualified applicants seeking to advance their education in their chosen field of study. 

The 2022 recipient is Lauren M. Preston. Ms. Preston, a 2022 graduate of Columbia High School, is entering North Carolina State University in August and will be focusing on a Fashion and Textile Management curriculum. 

Ms. Preston was introduced and presented with her Scholarship award during the August meeting of the East Greenbush Fire Company. The Fire Company commends this college entrant for her admirable academic achievements and pursuit of a higher education.

Fall Programs Begin in September at SHAC!

It’s the turn of the season here at Sky High Adventure Community Center as we say farewell to our summer programs and welcome in our fall programs. We have 14 enriching programs for all ages, ranging from fitness to creative endeavors and more! Review our fall programs on the SHAC website and register now to secure your spot. 

We value you and the community and look forward to seeing you soon. Also, be on the lookout for three exciting fall events we have planned. As always, thank you for supporting SHAC’s mission to facilitate and support the development of healthy, active lifestyles for people of all ages in Averill Park and surrounding communities. 

The programs include:

Guided Naturalist Walk

Learn to Play Pickleball

Bring Your Own Device Event (Tech Help)

Safe Zone Game Night for Teens

Wholehearted Yoga for Adults

Juggling for Fun and Fitness

Yoga for Kids (grades 3-5)

Yoga for Little Ones (grades K-2)

Young Musicians Program

Miss Jenn’s Piano Lessons


Memoir Writing for Adults & Seniors

Let Your Artistic Talent Shine (Middle & HS students)

Substance Abuse Information Community Forums

Circle Theatre Players To Hold Auditions For “Fools” by Neil Simon at Sand Lake Center for the Arts

SAND LAKE – Sunday, August 28 and Monday August 29, 2022, sign in at 6:30pm. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Fools follows Leon Steponovich Tolchinsky, a school teacher who takes a new job educating Sophia, the daughter of Dr. Zubritsky and his wife, Lenya. Leon soon learns that there is a curse on the village that makes everyone stupid, but complications ensue when Leon falls in love with his pupil. 

Available roles are listed on the website at Auditions will be held at SLCA, 2880 NY 43, Averill Park, NY 12018.  Actors of any gender and race are encouraged to audition. Production dates are November 11 – 13 and 18 – 20. Fools will be directed by Adam Coons.

Woodlawn Cemetery Annual Meeting

The Woodlawn Cemetery Association, Inc. 111 Burden Lake Road, East Schodack will hold their Annual Meeting on Tuesday evening September 13, 2022 at 6:30pm at the East Schodack Fire House, 3071 NY Route 150 in East Schodack. 

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

Donations for mowing, and upkeep of the fountain, are greatly appreciated and can 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 or questions to Woodlawn Cemetery Association.

Brunswick Historical Society- Annual Bake/Tag Sale

Brunswick Historical Society is looking for vendors for our Annual Tag sale on September 10, 2022. Rain or shine. 

We are located at 605 Brunswick Rd in Eagle Mills. We will be offering a limited number of spaces (1)- 8×10 for free. Don’t miss out. Sign up now. 

Contact Tracy for more information at 518-279-3020 or email at

Power Lunch Needs Reading Mentors 

 Do you enjoy reading to children? Do you have an hour a week to spare? Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County needs volunteer  reading mentors for the Everybody WINS! Power Lunch program at 

Van Rensselaer Elementary in Rensselaer as well as School 2 and School 14 in Troy.

Everybody Wins! is an innovative reading and mentoring program that increases children’s prospects for success in school and in life. Power Lunch pairs elementary school children one-to-one with volunteers from nearby businesses, colleges and the community. Once a week, reading partners enjoy conversation together at the school, and the adult reads a book aloud to the child while he/she eats lunch.

Readers will be required to attend a training session. The first one will be held on Tuesday, September 20, 1:00p.m – 2:30 p.m. in Troy (location TBD). Other training dates will be announced. To register or for more information, contact (518) 244-4650 or

Sand Lake Historical Society Fall 2022 Program

The Sand Lake Historical Society has announced its program schedule for Fall 2022. Except as noted, all public programs are held at the Sand Lake Town Hall Courtroom, 8428 NY 66, Averill Park, and begin at 7pm. A $5 donation is suggested for non-members. 

On September 13, 2022, Sand Lake Historian Bob Moore will provide his annual update. This will be followed, on October 11th, with a program by Troy City Historian Kathy Sheehan on Gilded Age Troy (and the filming of the HBO series), to be held at the Sand Lake Center for the Arts (2880 NY 43, Averill Park). November 15th will feature Heather Bruegl, Indigenous consultant, historian, and Oneida/Stockbridge-Munsee Mohican Nation member who will speak about Sand Lake’s earliest inhabitants. Our members-only Holiday Gathering returns to the Knowlson House on December 13th and January 10th will be another installment of “Show and Tell” where the community is asked to share “what’s in their attic”, as any recent findings of historical research. 

Additional information and archived video of past programs are posted to the SLHS website – and on our Facebook page.

Art Call for an Averill Park Exhibition

aGatherin’ is sponsoring a third Art Exhibition with Arts Letters & Numbers: “Erie, Eerie, Aerie, Wired, Weird & Wild – Art at the Border of Strange” to open October 26 for 3 days. 

Inspired by the 200th anniversary of the Erie Canal – that audacious slice through New York State – we choose the season of All Hallows Eve, to host art works in all media, representational or performative. The exhibition will be mounted at the Faith Mills Studios in Averill Park. 

Deadline for proposals is October 1; deadline for delivery of material October 22. Contact Diane DeBlois,

West Sand Lake Fire Department Holding Second Community Workshop for New Station

To better serve its community, dedicated volunteers and members, the West Sand Lake Fire Department is developing options for an improved fire station that equally considers its responsibility as stewards of the taxpaying community and the needs of devoted emergency responders. 

Following assessments of the existing facility, site, systems, and equipment, the department held its first community workshop on Wednesday, June 29 to gather community input and understand stakeholder needs, concerns, and goals for the fire station.

 On Thursday, August 25 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm in the fire hall, the West Sand Lake Fire Department will hold its second community workshop to present preliminary site and building concepts. All are welcome and encouraged to attend to stay informed throughout the process and provide feedback on the initial concepts.

Can You Help a Neighbor in Your Community?

Our volunteers provide older neighbors with friendly calls, visits, transportation to medical appointments, and grocery shopping. With just a little extra help from our volunteers, clients remain independent and in their own homes. We provide our services at no cost in Albany and Rensselaer Counties. 

Here are some ways in which a volunteer can help: 

Transportation:  Rides to essential medical appointments and grocery stores.. 

Shopping: Accompanying a neighbor to the store or doing the shopping from a client’s list for groceries, prescriptions and personal items.  

Friendly Phone Calls: Reassurance phone calls to provide an opportunity for conversation and socialization. Like a “friendly visit” but over the phone.  

Friendly Home Visits: Weekly or biweekly visits to homebound people to provide social contact, as well as emotional and psychological support. Visits may include trips out into the community for activities (walks, local events, etc.) 

Occasional Chores: Lawnmowing, assistance with household organization. 


Phone 518-456-2898  


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.

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 to receive event information.

The Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce Announces 2023 Class of The Leadership Institute

TROY, NY – The Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce has announced the class roster for The Leadership Institute Class of 2023. Now in its 18th year, The Leadership Institute is the Chamber’s award-winning professional development program that has an accomplished and diverse alumni network of nearly 500 graduates.

The Class of 2023 includes the 24 following regional professionals:

Jacquelyn Baum, Mosaic Associates Architects

Tiffany Bolduc, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Alton Campbell, Capital District EOC

Brittany Carrier, UHY LLP

Kevin Coffrin, Troy Web Consulting

Jamie Crouse, YWCA of the Greater Capital Region

Megan Fagnani, Rebutia Consulting

Sarah Griffin, Choice Physical Therapy

Jill Grimmick, SEFCU

Peter Hatfield, School Systems Federal Credit Union

Jillian Leibach, Mohawk Hudson Humane Society

Susan Lintner, Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York

Nick Liporace, American Cancer Society

Krystina Marable, TRIP, Inc.

Brian Morini, NBT Bank

Nina Nichols, Unity House of Troy

Kyle Radzyminski, BBL Hospitality

Matthew Scott, Rifenburg Construction, Inc.

Katie Snyder-Murray, HMA Contracting Corp.

Lily Spera, Diocese of Albany Catholic Schools

Ryan St. Peter, Pioneer

Amadi Turner-Tarver, The Kaleel Jamison Consulting Group

Erin Vickers, CDPHP

Maisie Wright, KIPP Capital

Beginning with a two-day retreat in September, the class will meet for monthly full-day professional education sessions with senior-level executives and leaders from some of the most prominent businesses in the region at a variety of locations throughout the community.

“The Chamber created a welcoming and comfortable place for all of us who are coming from such different backgrounds and levels of expertise,” said Aaron Marquise, Executive Director of The Contemporary Circus and Immersive Arts Center, 2022 Leadership Class Representative.  “They nurtured a place where it didn’t matter if you were in banking or the circus; everyone had the same value.  Everybody was equally important and had space to share their thoughts, their opinions, and were able to ask their burning questions without being judged.”

The Leadership Institute is sponsored by CDPHP.

 For more information on The Leadership Institute, visit 

The Anchor Food Pantry

In an effort to keep the citizens of the Town of Schodack informed for ways to aid the Anchor Food Pantry in their mission to help others we mention the following to pitch in.

Food donations of canned goods and tolletries can be dropped off at both Castleton Vilage Hall  (lobby area) and Town of Schodack Town Hall at the Town Clerk’s offices drop box during regular business hours. Also 6 cent Redemption Center  -9J- 550 South St-Rensselaer NY  is accepting bottle/can returns for the Anchor. Just let clerk on duty to credit the Anchor account. As always we thank all for their continued support of the food pantry.

Poestenkill “Bread of Life” Food Pantry

When struggling to purchase enough food to last the month, consider coming to the “Bread of Life” food pantry in Poestenkill.

If you are low income, we are here to help. We are located in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Poestenkill, 772 Route 351, Poestenkill, NY 12140.

Open on the first and third Thursdays of every month from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm both days. Please bring proof of your address in the form of a utility bill or other official documents.

Along with food products, we are offering baby diapers, wipes and food items for infants and toddlers to those who are low income.

We wish to help those in need in and around Poestenkill. You may leave a message at (518) 283-6045. Thank you to all who have donated. If you wish to donate, make checks payable to ELCP and note in the memo “Food Pantry” and mail to ELCP, P.O. Box 167, Poestenkill, NY 12140. We put every dollar to good use.

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.


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.  


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

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: 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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