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North Greenbush Town Fair is Coming!

The North Greenbush Town Fair is coming!!! We kick-off the fair on Friday, September 8th with festivities starting at 6pm. Shortly after, our special musical guest Southbound Renegade will be playing the best southern rock show in the area from 7-10pm. Come eat, drink and dance under the big tent while the band plays in the gazebo.

We will have face painting, food and beverage trucks. On Saturday, September 9th the fair will be open from 1-10pm and will continue with rides, lots of games, vendors, food and some special musical guests. The fair continues on Sunday, September 10th from 12 pm – 4pm.

All North Greenbush residents are encouraged to come and celebrate with your neighbors and friends at this family friendly event. Handicap parking will be on the side of town hall closest to the court entrance off of Douglas Street. Please call the town supervisor’s office at (518) 283-5313, x5 with questions. Because of <FZ,1,0,43>the typical crowd size, no animals will be allowed at the fair. We look forward to seeing all of you for this great annual tradition. We would like to thank members of the Youth and Recreation Committee for all of their help in organizing this fun event, including Supervisor Bott, Deputy Supervisor Kelly Hoffman, Councilwoman Jessica Merola, Kyle Belokopitsky, Raymond Hoffman, Mike Miner, Bill Miller and members of the building department and NGPD.

Town of North Greenbush Community Day Announced

Supervisor Joe Bott is happy to announce our annual Community Day on Saturday, October 7th from 11am to 3pm at Town Hall, 2 Douglas Street in Wynantskill. All residents are invited to attend. The purpose of Community Day is to meet and talk with members of our North Greenbush Police Department, Wynantskill Fire Department, Defreestville Fire Department, North Greenbush Ambulance, Rensselaer County Mental Health and County Health Department staff, Rensselaer County Sheriff, Rensselaer County Search and Rescue (Dogs), Rensselaer County Stop DWI, New York State Dive Team, New York State Police Helicopter, SORT and Capital District Transportation Authority.

Deputy Supervisor Kelly Hoffman, Chair of the Town’s Public Safety Committee, encourages residents to attend this free event for a hands-on, interactive event with our first responder partners and other services provided throughout the town. A special thanks for Len Johnson and Bonnie Bangburn for their help in organizing this event once again. There will be food and refreshments by our Ladies Auxiliary. Due to other police animals being in attendance, no pets will be allowed. If you have any questions, please call the Town Supervisor’s office at (518) 283-5313, x5.

Grafton Lakes State Park Bark n’ Brew

Grafton Lakes State Park is hosting “Bark n’ Brew,” a benefit offering fun for four-legged friends and their owners, as well as locally crafted beer, with proceeds supporting regional rescue organizations. This event is on September 16th from 12:00pm to 3:00pm. The event is free with a $6 vehicle entrance fee. Food and beverages are available for an additional charge.

This annual event will show you how pet friendly NYS Parks can be for your furry friends, so bring them along! We will have a guided dog walk to kick off the event, an agility course, assorted animal care vendors, live music, raffle items, and several animal rescue organizations in attendance. The dog walk will be at 12pm. All activities will be at or near the beach.

A portion of proceeds from vendors as well as all funds from a bake sale and raffle will be donated to regional rescue organizations. To boost the funds raised by the event, local crafted beers will be sold as well, so you can even enjoy “a pint for the pooches!” Please join us to show your support for Capitol Region pet pals in need.

We are looking for local dog-related businesses who are interested in being a vendor or tabling at the event! If you have any questions or would like to RSVP, please let us know at

Check our Facebook page for a full schedule of the day’s activities closer to the event. Grafton Lakes State Park is located off of Route 2, twelve miles east of Troy, New York. Please use the park’s main entrance on Grafton Lakes State Park Way for this event. For more info, please call the park at 518-279-1155.

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation oversees more than 250 individual state parks, historic sites, golf courses, boat launches and recreational trails, which are visited by 79.5 million people annually. For more info on any of these recreation areas, call 518-474-0456 or visit, connect on Facebook, or follow on Twitter.

Alumni Association of Rensselaer

The Alumni Association of Rensselaer NY schools is having a hot dog picnic at the Schodack Town Park on Sunday, Sept. 24, from noon- 4 p.m. for all association members and their families. Enjoy lawn games, lemonade, iced tea, and a hot dog with us! Bring a snack to share and enjoy the afternoon with us! If you plan on attending, please email us at Hope to see you there!

Thanks from the SLTL Friends

Thank you to everyone who came to our “All Together Now” event held recently at the Sand Lake Town Library! Special thanks to the Dunkin’ Donuts and Stewart’s in West Sand Lake for their generous donations. It was a fun event to celebrate the end of the Summer Reading Program, complete with: animals from 4 J’s Farm to pet, donuts to decorate, coffee to sip, ice cream sundaes to make, books to fold into hedgehogs or trees, maps to make, activities to complete and authors to meet! Thanks to the three local authors who joined us: Patty Carley, Trent Romer and Rik Scarce. You can check out their books at the library! Events like these cannot happen without help, so thank you Anne, Pat, Sara, Liz, Barb and Mary for being good friends. The Sand Lake Town Library Friends are a local nonprofit group that supports the library. Look for our Book Sale Saturday, September 16th 10 a.m.-2 p.m. during the Townwide Garage Sale.

Lansingburgh Historical Society

On Saturday, September 9, 2023, the Lansingburgh Historical Society will welcome several poets for readings on the porch of the Herman Melville House at 2 114th Street, Troy, NY 12182. Hosted by Nancy Klepsch and Dan Wilcox, poetry will start at noon and run until 3:00 PM.

The Melville House will be open for tours from 10:00 until noon only. Bring your lawn chairs and/or blanlets to sit on the lawn and enjoy the poetry. A $10 donation is appreciated.

St. Stephen’s, E. Schodack, Tag Sale

St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 751 County Route 7 (2.5 miles from exit 11 of I-90, directly off Route 150), East Schodack, NY will host its Annual Post-Labor Day Tag Sale on Saturday, September 9 from 9 am to 3:30 pm in conjunction with the East Schodack Village Wide Sale.

We have our basement fellowship hall filled with tag sale treasures! Mark your calendars to grab some bargains on September 9 at St. Stephen’s and the East Schodack Village Wide sale. Call 518-477-6950 with questions.

Fall Frolics Coffee House

At the First United Methodist Church, 1 Gilligan Rd. East Greenbush, September 22, 7:00-8:30 p m.

We’ll welcome in the Autumn season with friends and performers sharing Friday evening with music, stories and possibly jokes by the Mistress of Chatter. There will also be delicious tidbits. Donations at the door help support families in need in our community. Hope to see you there.

Benefit for Mary Brundige Sestito in Pittstown

Benefit for Mary Brundige Sestito on Sunday, September 10th from noon to 4 p.m. at Pittstown Rescue Squad building, 60 Parker School Road, Johnsonville, NY 12094. Baskets, gift certificates, raffles, 50/50, wheel of chance. Food, desserts, drinks available. Donation $25, children under 5 free. For more information, send email to or text 518-441-4066.

Grafton Lakes State Park Seeks Volunteers for Fall Trails Day

Grafton Lakes State Park will host a trail main<FZ,2,1,43>tenance and gardening event on Saturday, September 23rd. The summer has ended, and the park could use your help! Get a good work out in doing some trail maintenance or bring out the whole family to help with gardening. Participants will receive free entry into the park for the day in gratitude for their services. The event will take place from 8:30am-12pm.

Do you love hiking at Grafton Lakes? Do you want to start the kids young getting them interested in the outdoors and gardening? Has the park been an outdoor haven for you? Come out and give back a few hours to restore the trails and weed our gardens. Participants are encouraged to bring lots of water, good shoes, and gloves.

Pre-registration is encouraged for this event. To register, call 518-279-1155. Bring your own lunch and enjoy the park for free after the event.

Grafton Lakes State Park is located off of Route 2, twelve miles east of Troy, New York. Please use the park’s main entrance on Grafton Lakes State Park Way for this event. There is no entrance fee for this event. For more information, please call the park at 518-279-1155.

RPA Event: Tree ID Workshop with Matt Thatcher and Noel Deyette

Saturday, September 9, 10am – 12pm. Valentino Family Community Forest, Grafton, NY

About this outing: Have you ever walked in a forest and wondered about the trees and their impacts on the surrounding forest? You are invited to join outing leaders Matt Thatcher and Noel Deyette for a hike at Valentino Family Community Forest to learn more about the trees that call our forests home. Along with the basics of tree identification, this outing will cover some basic forestry practices and ecology principles.

What to expect & what to bring: This outing will involve 2 hours of mostly on-trail walking. There will be some periods of stopping to gather around trees. Bring water and snacks. Make sure to dress in warm layers and wear sturdy, warm, weather-appropriate footwear.

$10 suggested donation or any amount is welcome. Pre-registration is required. You can register on our website: Space is limited, so register early!

Town of North Greenbush Town Celebration

Let the excitement begin! Plans are underway for the annual Town of North Greenbush Town Celebration. Supervisor Joe Bott has announced the fair begins on Friday, September 8th with live music, rides and food vendors. The fun continues on Saturday, September 9th with a full day of rides, vendors and later that night, a special live concert. The fair will wrap up on Sunday with more rides and vendors. Stay tuned for more exciting news and details. If you have any questions, please reach out to Deputy Supervisor Kelly Hoffman at For specific information related to vendor opportunities, please email Councilwoman Jessica Merola at Mark your calendars for this exciting family tradition.

Our Lady of Victory Columbiettes Vendor & Craft Fair

“The Our Lady of Victory Columbiettes of Troy will be hosting a Vendor & Craft Fair on, Saturday, October 7, 2023 from 9A.M – 3 P.M.

Spaces are $30.00 per space, and includes 1 table & 2 chairs. Those who are interested may contact Louise for a registration form by e-mail at

We are located at 55 North Lake Ave., Troy. We are handicap accessible”.

Sand Lake Baptist Church Seeking History Enthusiasts

Do you enjoy studying history? Are you curious about ancient events and the people who played key roles in the development of civilization from a biblical world view perspective? Then please join us beginning this Thursday and continuing Thursday each week at the Sand Lake Baptist Church as we embark upon an extensive study of Characters of the Bible. These will be discussion oriented sessions presented in a relaxed but thought provoking manner. There is no cost to attend, all are welcomed, each weekly session begins at 6:00p.m., and lasts approximately one hour. We hope to see you there!

Melrose United Methodist Church Celebration

The Melrose United Methodist Church (located at 20 Church Street, Melrose, NY 12121) is holding a celebration for the church’s 170th anniversary and rally day on Sunday, September 10, 2023 at 9:00am. It will include a worship service, music performances, children’s activities, and a display of church history. All are welcome to attend.

“Last Pick” at Sand Lake Historical Society

Were you a student at APHS in the mid-1960s? Did you grow up in Averill Park in the ‘50s and ‘60s? Were you a member of Boy Scout Troop 26 – or an altar boy? Do you remember Harry O’Donnell’s liquor store and members of the O’Donnell family? Then you don’t want to miss the Sand Lake Historical Society’s September 12th program, a book talk by Pierce O’Donnell. His recent book, “Last Pick: A Baby Boomer’s Boyhood”, a memoir of growing up in Sand Lake in the 1950s and ‘60s, has been described as “a whimsical warmhearted autobiography of a twelve-year-old who became a great trial lawyer.”

A graduate of Georgetown University and Yale Law School, he has been named “one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America,” and “one of California’s top entertainment lawyers.” He is a best-selling author and has written more than 200 articles and six books. This program will be offered remotely and will presented at the Sand Lake Center for the Arts, 2880 NY 43, Averill Park beginning at 7:00 PM. SLHS monthly programs are open to the public. A $5 donation is suggested for non-members. New members are always welcomed. Like us on Facebook.

Capital Community Voices Call for Singers

Capital Community Voices, a non-auditioning mixed chorus, is seeking new members in all voice parts. Rehearsals are Tuesday nights from 7 pm to 9 pm at Green Meadow Elementary School, Castleton-on-Hudson, beginning Tuesday, September 12th. Singers will be preparing for a December 17th concert: Most Wonderful Time of Year. For more information call 518-370-5434.

New Pop-Up Tour! President Grant Visits Oakwood

Join us Saturday, September 9, 2023 at 9:00 AM for a special tour.

<FZ,3,0,43>When Civil War Union General George Thomas was buried in Oakwood Cemetery, President Ulysses S. Grant attended the ceremonies. During the war, Grant had been Thomas’ Commander, and he knew that Thomas’ status as a hero was well-deserved.

For 14 years, Steve Trimm has been a tour guide at Grant Cottage, the State Historic Site in Saratoga County, where US Grant passed away in 1885. He also presented “living history“ portrayals of Grant, the General and President during that time.

Please join Steve when, as President Grant, he shares his memories of his comrade-in-arms, General George Thomas.

Register at 518-328-0090. Cost is $20/pp. Under 12 free.

Sand Lake Town-Wide Garage Sale

Sept. 16 & 17

Home Garage Salers & Vendors: NOW is the time to register for your home garage sale OR sign up for a Vendor Booth at our upcoming town-wide garage sale. For the public, you can travel among the many home garage sales throughout Sand Lake and discover wonderful items at great prices. Then stop at our Vendor Corral at Westfall Village on NY Highway 43 to find treasures of all kinds including vintage items, crafts, furniture, jewelry, and so much more! While you’re there, enjoy the delicious food served at the Food Truck court – everything from pulled pork, tacos, chicken wraps, French fries, Italian marinated chicken, fried dough, fresh-squeezed lemonade, ice cream, hot dogs, hamburgs, fresh roasted popcorn, and more. To register your sale or booth, go to SEE YOU SOON!

Albany Researchers Host Free Brain Health Wellness Fair on World Alzheimer’s Day

The Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center will host its free Brain Health Wellness Fair on Thursday, September 21 between 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm, at East Greenbush Community Library in East Greenbush, where there is ample parking and light refreshment for attendees. There are more than 6 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s Disease today and by 2050 the number is projected to rise to nearly 14 million. Specifically, in New York, it is estimated that more than 410,000 people are living with Alzheimer’s Disease, and experts predict that will increase to 460,000 people by 2025.

With education as the best weapon against this disease, the Brain Health Wellness Fair will help the community to arm themselves with knowledge and learn how to take an active role in brain health. The Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center is a part of the Global Alzheimer’s Platform Foundation GAP-Net, which is a network of academic and private research sites dedicated to advancing clinical research for Alzheimer’s and other dementia related diseases.

Albany Walk to End Alzheimer’s

The Alzheimer’s Association, Northeastern New York chapter is hosting its 2023 Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Albany on Saturday, Oct. 21 at Siena College. Participants may check in beginning at 10:00 a.m. with an opening ceremony at 11:00 a.m. The walk will begin immediately following the opening ceremony.

On Walk day, participants honor those affected by Alzheimer’s with the poignant Promise Garden ceremony — a mission-focused experience that signifies our solidarity in the fight against the disease. During the ceremony, walkers will carry flowers of various colors, each color symbolizing their personal connection to the disease.

“This Walk means so much to the community – to those living with the disease, to those providing care, to those who have lost someone to the disease,” said Andrew Sagarin, Development Events Manager for the Alzheimer’s Association Northeastern New York chapter. “Walk is a reminder that we’re fighting for a different future. We are closer than ever before to ending this disease, but we have more work left.

“We hope that everyone impacted in our community will join us by starting a Walk team. By helping us raise awareness and funds, our chapter can continue to provide free care and support services for families facing the disease today, as well as invest in research to finally find a cure,” said Sagarin.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. The Albany Walk is supported by local presenting sponsor, The Kerry Crew Charitable Gift Fund. The goal for this year’s Albany walk is to raise $350,000.

To register as an individual walker or team captain and to receive the latest updates, visit

Woman’s Club of Albany Super Garage Sale

The Woman’s Club of Albany will open the doors of its historic home for a “super” garage sale on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 8-9.

The event will take place at 725 Madison Ave., Albany, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A special preview sale will be held on Thursday, Sept. 7, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for an entry fee of $5.

Proceeds from the event benefit The Woman’s Club, a non-profit organization founded in 1910 to improve conditions for women and children in Albany.

The club continues that mission today and in recent years has provided philanthropic, material and hands-on support to more than two dozen school libraries and other non-profit groups throughout the Capital Region that offer direct services to women and children.

The sale will feature a wide variety of vintage and new donated items, including furniture, small appliances, jewelry, glassware, linens, toys and books, new and “newish” fall and winter women’s and men’s clothing, coats and shoes and baby and children’s things. There also will be a raffle of gift baskets.

Public donations of clean, intact items for the sale will be accepted on Tuesday, Sept. 5, from 3 to 7 p.m. and on Wednesday, Sept. 6, from 10 a.m. to 6.p.m. at the WCA. No bowling balls, car seats, electronics, fish tanks, bedding, mattresses, exercise equipment or skis will be accepted.

The Woman’s Club is the owner/steward of the historic Madison Avenue house built in 1895 for Albany clothier Joseph Steefel and his wife Hattie. The house is used for club gatherings and for community programs open to the public. The house also is available as a rental venue.

Please note that the house is ADA accessible on the first floor only.

Contact: Monica Trabold,

Tamarac Wrestling Team Vendor & Craft Fair

Tamarac Wrestling is hosting a Fall Festival on Saturday, September 30th at the Tamarac High School located at 3992 NY 2, Troy, NY.

We are looking for Homemade Crafters and Direct Sales Vendors. Only one rep for each direct sales company allowed. This event will be held inside. Spaces cost $35/each and are 10’x10’ or 4’x6’ and you must bring your own tables, chairs and displays.

For more information on being a vendor email: Please tell us in your email what you would like to sell at the event.

Come join the Youth Action in Averill Park Group – YAAP

Sunday, September 17th from 5-6:30 pm at Church of the Covenant in Averill Park and will have food and games.

All youth ages 10-18 can join our group to help others, animals, and the environment.

We meet once a month for games, food, and outings.

In 2022-2023 we: Carved pumpkins for the Grafton Park Haunted Walk. Made dog toys for Out of the Pits. Participated in a holiday play production. Made cookies and cards for elderly and college students. Hosted an LGBTQ+ forum for the community. Participated in “Follow the Forest” to help wildlife. Helped at Sky High Adventure Center Family Day. Planted 25 baby evergreen trees to help the climate.

Why volunteer-

Make a difference in your community. Meet others who care about our world. Complete volunteer hours toward National Honor Society (an organization that requires applicants to have more than 30 hours of community service). Add these activities to a resume or college application.

For More Information Contact: Lisa Gutheil at or text at (518) 669-2360. Val Kavanaugh at

Harvest Faire at Crailo State Historic Site

An event for the entire family! On Saturday, September 16, 2023, Crailo State Historic Site and the Friends of Fort Crailo present Harvest Faire, a 17th – 18th century inspired agricultural faire designed to highlight the traditional fall festivals held in the Hudson River Valley throughout the colonial era.

From 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., visitors are invited to enjoy 17th and 18th century musical performances, Native American presentations, reenactors, craftsmen, demonstrations, activities, games and, as always, free Stewart’s Shops ice cream (while supplies last)! Come learn about Black African lives and foodways in Crailo’s hearth kitchen and see elements of Colonial Dutch daily life in the site’s riverside park. Piece of Heaven Foodtruck will be available for lunch.

The museum will be available for Open House (self-guided) tours free of charge – and be sure to stop by the museum marketplace gift shop, which features Dutch souvenirs, Native American trade goods, and books for all ages.

This event is presented in conjunction with the Hudson River Valley Ramble and sponsored by the Hudson River Valley Greenway National Heritage Area, Stewarts Shops, Polsinello Lubricants and the Times Union. This event is rain or shine!

Once the fortified home of the Van Rensselaer family, Crailo State Historic Site is today the museum of the colonial Dutch in the Hudson River Valley. The museum is <FZ,4,0,43>open for guided tours, Wed – Sun, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. through Oct 29. For further information about this and other site programs and events, please call (518) 463-8738, visit, or find us on social media.

Alumni Association of Rensselaer

The Alumni Association of Rensselaer NY schools will be holding their September annual meeting on Tuesday the 12th at 6:30 p.m. in the LGI room at the high school. The agenda will consist of reports about the summer events, fundraising ideas, bylaws, upcoming projects, and the election of officers. We hope you will be able to join us. If you have any questions please email

Rummage Sale and Food/Bake Sale

Rummage Sale and Food/Bake Sale at the Pittstown United Methodist Church Hall, located just of NY Route 7 in the village of Pittstown, NY on Friday, September 22 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on Saturday, September 23 from 9:30 to 1:00 p.m. Bag Sale on Saturday only. $2.00 per bag. Buy 2 bags and get 1 bag free. For information and to schedule a time to drop off items contact Herb at 518-753-4427.

Averill Park Class of 1973 50th Reunion

The Averill Park of Class of 1973 will hold their 50th Reunion Dinner Dance on September 10th at Tighe’s Bistro Americain…Old Glass Lake House..

All Averill Park Alumni Are invited.

Please contact Inger Bielawa at 256 617 1729 for further information.

Cemetery Association Annual Meeting

The Woodlawn Cemetery Association, Inc. 111 Burden Lake Road, East Schodack will hold their Annual Meeting on Tuesday evening September 12, 2023 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.

Food Truck Tuesday September 12 at Church of the Covenant

Food Truck Tuesday is back!! While we took July and August off for this event at the Church of the Covenant (“round church”) in Averill Park, we are back for September and October. Be sure to mark your calendar for September 12 and October 10! Extend that summer feeling a little bit longer!

Heisenburgers, Livin’ the Dream and Gourmeli’s Taste will be cooking up the items you’ve loved and some new specialties in the upper lot from 4:00-7:00 for take out or to enjoy at outdoor seating with family, friends and neighbors.

Homemade desserts will be for sale with Ken and Buddy entertaining on guitat and vocals and mandolin. There will be indoor seating if the weather does not cooperate. Handicapped parking will be available off Orient Ave. with general parking in the lower lot. We look forward to welcoming you!

Melvin Roads American Legion Patriot Day Ceremony

Melvin Roads American Legion is conducting a Patriot Day remembrance Ceremony at noon on Monday, September 11, 2023.

September 11th has mostly been forgotten by the public. This ceremony reaffirms our commitment to remember those that lost their lives that day and heroes who went into the World Trade Center to help them. Clinton Heights Fire Company will fly the flag from their Aerial Ladder Truck and perform the last call for emergency workers lost that day. We have this program every year to enlighten the public about the day the United States was attacked and to “NEVER FORGET”

Patriot Day remembrance Ceremony will begin noon on Monday September 11, 2023, at Melvin Roads American Legion Post1231 parking lot, (inside if raining), 200 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush, New York. Clinton Heights Fire Company and local government representatives will attend .If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at 518-462-7006.

Church of the Redeemer

Sunday, September 10, service will be at 9 am. Coffee hour follows in the Hearth Room.

Hot Mess Crafters meets on Wednesday at 10 am. Bible Study meets later at 2. All are welcome.

Thrift Shop is open every Thursday from 3-6 and Saturday, September 16, from 9-2. . Come in to complete your back to school shopping.

The Church of the Redeemer is an Episcopal church located on at the corner of Third and Catherine Streets. There is handicap parking, a ramp in front, and a parking lot in the rear.

Fr. Robert Haskell may be emailed at

Sand Lake Baptist Church to Participate in Town Wide Garage Sale

To our wonderful community, it’s that time of year again when everyone digs out their unused items and go searching for new treasures. This year Sand Lake Baptist Church will be participating by offering many items donated by our members. You’ll find household items, books, furniture and more! The day and time will be on Saturday, September 16 from 8am to 3pm. In addition, we are also offering a bake sale, cold drinks and food from the grill. So even if you are not into garage sales, feel free to stop in anyway; we would love to fellowship with you!

In other news, our Thursday evening Bible Study is going quite well. We’ve started a new series called “Characters of the Bible” that offers a unique perspective while studying God’s Word. All are welcome to join us at 6pm every Thursday. There is no cost, just bring your bible.

Our regular Sunday service is at 11am and on September 10th, Brother Gary will be bringing God’s message on “Truth”. Pastor Mosher will will be with us on September 17th and 24th with a continuation of his series on “The Names of God”. As always, you are welcome and we pray that you will visit.

God bless, Deacon Russ

Wednesday Senior Bowlers

The Wednesday Senior Bowlers invite anyone 55 or older to join our mid-day league at the East Greenbush Bowling Center. Whether you’ve bowled all your life or are just thinking of trying it out, you’ll be most welcome in our small, fun league. No pressure and you pay only when you bowl. Give us a try! For more information, call 518-674-0013.

Hope United Methodist Church – Rally Day

Hope United Methodist Church, 566 Brunswick Road, Eagle Mills at the corner of Garfield Road and Route 2, will have a Rally Day on Sunday, September 10, 2023 beginning at 10:30 a.m. A Spirit filled worship service with music and scripture on the front lawn (weather permitting), and food to nourish both the body and the soul will all be part of the service. Hear how Jesus changes everything. Come and join us for music and praise, words of encouragement, fellowship, a time to explore the church and ask <FZ,5,0,43>questions, a time to take a breath, relax surrounded by loving neighbors and friends, a time to renew your connection with Jesus or begin the journey of faith. Join us – You will be blessed.

Erastus Corning and his Albany Iron Works

The Historical Society of Esquatak invites you to a presentation on “Erastus Corning and his Albany Iron Works”. Join Michael P. Barrett, retired Executive Director of the Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway and the Burden Iron Works Museum in Troy, NY as he weaves the story of how Corning made his fortune in railroading and warships.

The presentation takes places Friday, September 15, 7 pm at the Schodack Town Hall, 265 Schuurman Road, Castleton-on-Hudson, NY. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

Finger Lakes Trip

The Spiegle-Elders Seniors in Brunswick are planning a trip to the “Finger Lake’s” on Oct.11,12,13th 2023. Cost is $479.00. 3 nights, 2 days. Package includes 2 nights lodging, 2 breakfasts,1 dinner, Corning Glass Museum, Willard Memorial Chapel, Sonnnenberg Mansion & Gardens, Finger Lakes Winery Tour & Tasting, National Soaring Museum, Huge Amish Store, Scenic Lake Cruise and Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack. Souvenir Gift, Luggage Handling, All taxes & Meal Gratuities, Motorcoach Transportation. If interested & sign-up Call: Bert Latimore at 518-235-1325.

Harvest Faire at Crailo State Historic Site

An event for the entire family! On Saturday, September 16, 2023, Crailo State Historic Site and the Friends of Fort Crailo will present Harvest Faire, a 17th century – inspired agricultural faire designed to highlight the traditional fall markets & fairs held in the Hudson River Valley during the colonial era.

From 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., visitors are invited to enjoy 17th and 18th century musical performances, Native American presentations, reenactors, craftsmen, demonstrations, activities & games and, as always, free Stewart’s Shops ice cream (while supplies last)! Come learn about Black African lives and foodways in Crailo’s hearth kitchen and see elements of Colonial Dutch daily life in the site’s riverside park. Piece of Heaven <FZ,6,0,43>Foodtruck will be available for lunch.

The museum will be available for Open House (self-guided) tours free of charge, along with the museum marketplace gift shop, which features a variety of Dutch souvenirs, Native American trade goods, and books for all ages.

This event is presented in conjunction with the Hudson River Valley Ramble and sponsored by the Hudson River Valley Greenway National Heritage Area and local businesses. Rain or shine!

Once the fortified home of the Van Rensselaer family, Crailo State Historic Site is today the museum of the colonial Dutch in the Hudson River Valley. We are located at 9 1/2 Riverside Ave in Rensselaer. Through Oct 29th, the museum is open for guided tours, Wed – Sun, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For further information about this and other site programs and events, please call (518) 463-8738, visit, or find us on social media.

Troy Cub Scout Pack Holding Open House for Interested Families

Troy’s Cub Scout Pack 2015 will hold an open house for families interested in Cub Scouting on Monday, September 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Pawling Avenue Methodist Church in Troy.

Cub Scouting is a family-based program open to boys and girls from kindergarten to fifth grade. Cub Scouts take part in age-appropriate events which teach them skills ranging from map-reading to knot-tying and how to fold an American flag.

Cub Scouts get out in the fresh air to go hiking and camping with their fellow Scouts and their families.

Parents who attend will be able to ask questions about the program and what is involved, while their kids get a hands-on look at what Cub Scouts do.

For more information call Eric Durr at 518-366-5767 or go to our facebook page at

Poestenkill Farmers Market

Saturday’s 9:00am-12:00pm

Poestenkill Town Hall. 38 Davis Drive, Poestenkill, NY.

Homegrown vegetables, Fresh Breads, Homemade Jams, Homemade Dog Treats, Home Sewn Items, Wreaths, Flowers, Healthy Living Products and More.

Old Chatham Union Cemetery Meeting

MALDEN BRIDGE / OLD CHATHAM – The annual meeting of the Old Chatham Union Cemetery Corporation will be held on Saturday, September 16, at 2pm in the Vedder Hall of the Malden Bridge Community Center located at 1087 Albany Turnpike, Malden Bridge NY. 12115

All lot owners or their designated representative of the Cemetery located on Shaker Museum Road are encouraged to attend. Agenda for the meeting will include a financial report by the Treasurer, including a report on a recent letter sent to lot owners requesting help in supporting the upkeep of the Cemetery. Other business will include a discussion on general maintenance, election of officers and directors as well as any other business that may come before the Corporation.

The input of all lot owners is most welcome and necessary in the decision making process to make this truly your community cemetery. If you have any questions, feel free to contact President Elizabeth M.Hurley at 518-766-3815.

Sage Gators’ Basketball Clinic

Sage Gators’ Fall Break Basketball Clinic for boys ages 10-17: October 9th (Columbus Day) @ Russell Sage, Albany campus. Register online at or contact Brian Barnes at 518-292-1969 or by email for more information.

Save the Date for the Sand Lake Kiwanis Gala 75th Anniversary Bash

The Kiwanis Club of Sand Lake has been providing a wide-range of services to the greater community for 75 years. To commemorate this milestone we are planning a gala 75th Anniversary Party and we want the Rensselaer County community to celebrate with us. So, please save the date of Saturday, December 2, 2023 and join us at the lovely Burden Lake Country Club starting at 5:30 PM. There will be appetizers, dinner and dessert options and will feature after- dinner entertainment by the popular Donnie Elvis Show, tickets $60 pp. For more information and for tickets please contact Kiwanis President Wayne Gendron at 518-698-9623. We will have additional information to share as the date gets closer.

To learn more about our Kiwanis Club go to or visit and friend us on


South Schodack Volunteer Fire Co. will be holding Bingo the first and third Sunday from September 17 thru May.

The doors open at noon and games start at 2pm. Come down and play, 1563 Bame Rd. Castleton, NY.

Rensselaer Plateau Alliance Event: Trail Running Series

Thursday, September 14th, Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center, 6pm. AND Thursday, September 28th, Cherry Plain State Park, 6pm.

About this series: These free, fun informal runs at locations on and around the Rensselaer Plateau will be a great way to explore new trails, get some exercise, and make new friends. Some trails will include more technical sections where running is not recommended, so some “runs” may be up to 50/50 running and walking.

Announcements & registration: We will send out a message to the email list with details a few days before each run. The message will contain a registration link for the upcoming run. To ensure the best experience for everyone, we have decided to cap each run at 10 participants. Because of this, we will now be asking participants to register for individual runs. Head to to register!

What to expect & what to bring: Each run will include approximately one to two hours of trail running and walking. Trails may be muddy. Please bring water, a snack, running shoes, and weather-appropriate layers.

Learn about Wood Frogs in Spring at the Stephentown Heritage Center

Photographer and Master Naturalist Trix Niernberger will present an illustrated talk, Wood Frogs in Spring: 14 Years of Observation in Petersburgh, N.Y. to the Stephentown Historical Society on Sunday, September 10. The meeting is at 2:00 p.m. at the Heritage Center, 4 Staples Road, Stephentown, New York. Come and see what amorous springtime activities happen in those chilly forest pools. It is free and open to the public. The building is handicapped accessible. For directions, phone (518) 339-6485.

Niernberger is a member of Cornell’s New York Master Naturalist Program and a dedicated nature photographer. Her pictures have been featured in the Eastwick Press for eleven years.

Get Ready for the Holidays

The Auxiliary to East Greenbush VFW 7338 on Hays Road will be having their annual Craft/Vendor Fair on Saturday, November 4, 2023 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Tables are available to be rented for $25 per 8′ table with 2 chairs. The Auxiliary will also have their giant raffle, 50/50 raffle, Bake Sale and the kitchen will be open for breakfast and lunch. Contact Lynda Essenter for more information and rental form at : schoolrn52@<DP> or (518) 248-0324.

St. Jude’s Family Soup, Chowder & Chili Feud!

Our Fall Festival committee is stirring things up this year and is excited to announce our First SOUPer competition will be held Saturday, October 14th starting at 11 am!!

Cash prizes will be awarded!! We will also have live entertainment and raffles all day!! Save the date and watch for more details to follow soon!!

Columbia HS ‘50s ‘60s Reunion

The Columbia HS classes of the ‘50s and ‘60s will hold their annual reunion September 9 from 4 until 9 at the Phillips Road Firehouse outside pavilion.

A food truck from Little Big Fatz will be on site and a cash bar with beer, wine, and soda will be available. This is a popular, informal gathering and a great way to catch up with former classmates.

$5.00 donation is requested. For more information or questions contact Valerie Figel Femia (

Columbia High School Class of 1973 50th Reunion

CAPITAL DISTRICT – Attention all Columbia High School (CHS) Class of ‘73 Classmates! We’re holding our 50th reunion on October 7, 2023 at the Rensselaer Elks Lodge in East Greenbush starting at 5PM. You can join our ColumbiaHSClassof1973 Facebook group to get evolving reunion info and class news at: We need your help to reach everyone in our class and we hope you all will be there!

Please send us your contact info and that of any CHS-73 classmates, so we can share reunion details with everyone as they become available. We need your: Name (First – Maiden & Last Name), Mailing address, Email address and Cell phone &/or other phone #’s. Call Dom Indelicato @ 518 573-5227 if you have any ideas or questions and email us your contact info at .

Bread of Life Food Pantry Poestenkill

We serve low-income individuals and families in and around the Poestenkill area. Open on the first and third Thursdays of each month from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. We offer a once-a-month three-day supply of food and non-food items of your choosing. We also carry wipes and diapers for infants and toddlers up to size six.

On a second monthly visit, we offer a partial food request of eggs, bread, milk card and fresh produce available plus a free extras table for you to choose from.

We invite you to come and check out what we offer and take home a supply of food to help your food dollars go further. We are located at the Evangelical Lutheran Church, 776 Rt. 351, Poestenkill, NY 12140. Any questions, call (518) 283-6045 and leave your name and phone number. Come and visit us.

Pierce O’Donnell’s “Last Pick” at Sand Lake Historical Society

Join us Tuesday, September 12th as the Sand Lake Historical Society kicks-off its 2023-24 program year with a book talk by former resident Pierce O’Donnell on memoir, “Last Pick: A Baby Boomer’s Boyhood”, growing up in Sand Lake in the 1950s and ‘60s.

Pierce O’Donnell’s book has been described as “a whimsical warmhearted autobiography of a twelve-year-old who became a great trial lawyer.” He graduated from Georgetown University and Yale Law School, has been named “one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America,” and is the author of more than 200 articles and six books.

Come hear about Pierce’s early life in Averill Park, his well-known family, and such childhood pursuits as Little League, the Boy Scouts, becoming an altar boy. This program will be offered remotely and will presented at the Sand Lake Center for the Arts, 2880 NY 43, Averill Park beginning at 7:00 PM. SLHS monthly programs are open to the public. A $5 donation is suggested for non-members. New members are always welcomed. Like us on Facebook.

The Anchor Food Pantry

The Anchor Food Pantry of Castleton is asking the citizens of Schodack if possible that any donations dropped off at either Schodack Town Hall -Town Clerks Office or Village of Castleton Village Hall for the month of August besides canned food items -we are asking for toiletry donations of soap,deodorant,toothpaste, shampoo, and toilet paper to aid our growing client base and expected requets for the the start of the academic school year. Items can be dropped off at these locations mentioned above during regular business hours.

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!

Sand Lake Town Library Events

T.P. Pumpkins Monday, Sept. 11 at 6:30 Make a pumpkin decoration for fall. Great program for tweens/teens & adults together. Class limited; call 518-674-5050 to register; bring an 18 – 20” square of fabric (a “fat quarter”).

Memoir Writing starting Tuesday, Sept. 12, 1 – 3 with Donna Lagone.

Lego Club Tuesdays 3:00 – 6:00. We have the blocks, you supply the imagination!

Wednesday 9/13, 4 – 7pm 2023 Library Expedition Party! at Pruyn House – everyone is welcome to come celebrate. Please note SLTL will be closing at 4 this day.

Bring Your Own Device Tech Help on Thursday Sept. 14, 11am – 12pm

Seasonal Tablerunner Thursday, Sept 14 at 1pm <FZ,9,0,43>Class limit is 6 adults. Call to register and get required materials list.

Kids Yoga Friday, Sept 15, 11 am – 11:30

SLTL Friends’ Book, Bake & Puzzle Sale — Saturday, Sept. 16, 10 – 2; bag sale 1 – 2.

Seasonal Tablerunner Tuesday, Sept 19 at 6:30pm Class limit is 6. Call to register and get required materials list.

SLTL Board Meeting Thursday, Sept. 21 at 6:45.

Museum passes are available for The Clark, MASS MoCA, Hancock Shaker Village, Norman Rockwell Museum, & the Albany Institute of History and Art.

Check the Community Calendar at for events around town. Submit non-profit community events to with the subject “calendar.”

Located at 8428 Miller Hill Road, Averill Park. Hours: M-TH 11 – 8; F 11 – 4; Sat 10 – 2. Closing at 4pm on Wednesday, Sept. 13. Call 518-674-5050 with questions or to register for programs.

Nassau Free Library Programs

Storytime: Wednesdays 10:30am

Thursdays 9/14, 9/21, 9/28 6-7pm: Gentle Yoga: Brache will introduce the benefits of yoga for health, mind, body, and spirit. $5/class suggested donation. Please bring a yoga mat, and blocks if you have them. Registration is required for each class and space is limited.

Mon. 9/18 2:30pm: Chair Yoga- Join Emily Brache, Yoga Instructor, for a fun, accessible way to short-circuit stress and build flexibility, balance, and strength. Appropriate for all levels of ability and challenges. What you will need: comfortable clothing and a water bottle.

Tues. 9/19 6:30pm: Author Visit: Trent Romer- Local Author Trent Romer launches his new book “This is our Home: A sustainability story to help you start your own eco-friendly journey”. Trent will briefly talk about his book, answer questions, and help raise funds for the library. 50 books have been donated by Trent to sell for whatever someone wants to pay. 100% of the proceeds for the 50 books will go to the Nassau Library. Refreshments will be provided.

Fri. 9/22 6:30pm: Open Mic Night- A monthly hit for 4 years now! Join us for Open Mic night where we invite local performance artists of all kinds to gather and share their art at the library. Sign-up for walk-in performers begins at 6:15. Performances must be suitable for a family-friendly audience. Performers should be prepared for a 10-15-minute set.

Tues. 9/25 6pm: Book Club- The Lincoln Highway by Amos Towles

Tues. 9/26 6-7:30pm: Volunteen Party & Mural Painting Event- Meet up to celebrate all the Volunteen accomplishments this summer during the Summer Reading Program. Teens will continue to paint the awesome mural that is almost complete! Pizza will be provided.

The Nassau Free Library is located at 18 Church St. Nassau, NY 12123. Please contact the library to register for programs. (518)766-2715 or email

Events at Castleton Public Library, 9/10-9/16

CPL is located at 85 S. Main St., Castleton, NY. All events are free. Questions? Call 518-732-0879.

Events & Take-Home Kit:

Take & Make: Kaleidoscopes – Kits available for pick-up 8/28 through 9/2 – Make your own kaleidoscope and decorate paper discs to explore with your viewer!

Pool Noodle Monsters – Mon., 8/28, 12:00-4:00pm – Create colorful monsters using pool noodle pieces and lots of fun craft supplies!

Cool Science: Water Suspension – Tue., 8/29, 3:00-5:00pm – Watch as water magically remains suspended inside a container! We will learn about how air pressure makes this possible.

Pajama Storytime – Tue., 8/29, 6:00pm – Feel free to wear your pajamas or bring a stuffed animal friend to this evening storytime! For ages birth to 8 years.

Legomania – Wed., 8/30, 12:00-8:00pm – We’ll have lots of Legos out for this all-day build-a-thon!

Walking Storytime at Schodack Island State Park – Wed., 8/30, 2:30pm – Held outdoors, weather permitting. Join us to explore the current StoryWalk book together, and then do a craft!

Apple Storytime – Thu., 8/31, 10:30am – We’ll read stories about apples, then taste apples and cider.

Teen Time: Magnets – Thu., 8/31, 4:00pm – Create your own unique glass stone magnets with interesting designs! For teens in 6th-12th grades.

Bridge Club – Fri., 9/1, 10:30am – Geared toward beginners and players who need a refresher.

Flower Wreaths – Fri., 9/1, 11:00am-2:00pm – Use styrofoam egg cartons to make a pretty pastel flower wreath to decorate your home!

Deer Craft & Story at Schodack Island State Park – Fri., 9/1, 4:00pm – Location: Riverview Pavilion, Schodack Island State Park, 1 Schodack Island Way, Schodack Landing, NY 12156. We’ll read a short story about deer, create a deer craft, and be able to touch a real deer hide & skull! Age range 2-12. Pre-registration required — call 518-732-0187.

Rainbow Scratch Art – Sat., 9/2, 10:00am-4:00pm – Stop in to make cool rainbow scratch art

Poestenkill Library Fall Market Day on Saturday, September 9th

The Friends of the Poestenkill Library will once again be hosting a Market Day fundraiser on the library grounds. Join us from 9 am to noon to make your selections from the many, many books for sale. Check out our bake sale offering delicious homemade goodies, buy tickets for the basket drawings, enjoy the hotdogs and chili. And new this year is a selection of craft supplies for sale.

Bring your own bag and fill it with books for only $5 or buy a Friends of the Poestenkill Library bag for $1.

If you would like to help with this fundraiser, donations from your kitchen are gratefully accepted for the bake sale and should be left at the library on Friday, Sept 8th (until 1 pm) or at the bake sale table on Saturday morning, Sept. 9th. Donations for the book sale may be left at the library anytime during library hours.

See you there! (Rain date is Sunday, September 10th.)

North Greenbush Public Library Update

The Board of Trustees of the North Greenbush Public Library invites all registered voters of the Town of North Greenbush to vote in an election to be held on September 14, 2023 from 10 AM to 8 PM at the North Greenbush Public Library in the North Greenbush Municipal Building, Main Avenue, Wynantskill, NY. Absentee ballots are available from the North Greenbush Public Library (visit for details on obtaining and casting an absentee ballot). Two issues will be decided: (1) whether the proposed budget of $337,797.00 is approved for 2024; and (2) the election of two trustees. More Information on the Election and the Proposed Budget are Available at the Library (please call 518-283-0303) or visit

NCFL Announces Program on Approaching Dying

North Chatham Free Library (NCFL) Announces “Walking Through the Fire,” An Interactive Exercise on Approaching Dying on Tuesday, September 19 from 10:30 A.M. to 12 P.M.

North Chatham, NY (August 24, 2023) – Join us at the North Chatham Free Library for the 3rd segment of our Death, Dying and Bereavement series entitled “Walking Through the Fire,” facilitated by Steven Shapiro on Tuesday, September 19 from 10:30 A.M. to 12 P.M. This program is free of charge.

This program is an opportunity to experience an interactive exercise that sheds light on the “letting-go process” that one encounters as the end-of-life approaches. You will discover, in a safe environment, how to help friends and family who are facing the death process. It will also help you understand your own passing. This exercise has been described as “a powerful and moving experience in which participants gain great self-understanding.”

This program is limited to 12 participants and registration is required at

Events at Troy Public Library 9/11 – 9/16

Troy Public Library (Main) is located at 100 2nd Street, Troy, NY. The Lansingburgh Branch is located at 27 114th Street, Troy, NY. All events are free and open to the public. Registration may be required and is designated with an “RR.” Call (518) 274-7071 with any questions or to register.

Brick Builders – Mon, Sept 11, 3:30 p.m. (Lansingburgh) Join us for some lightly structured Lego fun! Build off a theme or get creative. Ages 5+.

What’s My Line? Pencil Drawing – Tues, 2:00 p.m. (Main) From cross hatching, blending, and highlighting, this workshop will teach you creative ways that you can use pencil to create light and shade. RR

Dungeons & Dragons – Wed, Sept 13, 4-6 pm. (Lansingburgh) Join game master Ernst as he leads you through perilous adventuring and epic storytelling. Open to older teens and adults. RR.

Silly Science Night—Wed, Sept 13, 6:00 p.m. (Main) Learn the science behind what makes each activity work, and bring home a fun DIY craft. For children ages 4-12.

Microsoft Word Basics Part 2 – Thurs, Sept 14, 2pm (Main) In this second part of learning Microsoft Word, we will cover the following topics: Using Word templates, creating columns, creating tables, formatting tables, inserting and formatting pictures, creating and formatting text boxes, using shapes, creating watermarks, & inserting page and line breaks. Computers will be provided. RR

Virtual Mid-Autumn Festival Chinese Calligraphy Class – Fri, Sept 15, 3:00 p.m. (Online) Whether you’re a beginner or have experience, you will learn how to hold the brush, master basic strokes, and create calligraphic artwork. This is an online program, but kits with supplies can be picked up from the Troy Public Library the week prior to the event. RR

Comic Jam with Ira Marcks! Sat, Sept 16, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Main) This is an ALL AGES event, from kids to adults. Collaborate with other comic lovers in creating stories based on fun prompts using the materials provided.

New Program: Sound Meditation

What could be better than sound meditation? Enjoying it in the acoustically perfect Earl Chapel at Oakwood Cemetery.

Wenesday, September 27, 6-7PM. Space is limited. Reserve your spot today.

What is Sound Meditation? Sound meditation is very similar to Yoga Nidra/Deep Relaxation; it is a form of meditation that uses sound as a vehicle to promote deep relaxation and has many health benefits (see below). Sound meditation can be experienced by lying on a mat, sitting in a chair, or in any position that is comfortable.

Health Benefits of Sound Meditation: Lowers blood pressure, Reduces stress, Improves sleep, Helps relieve chronic pain, Relieves anxiety, Promotes balance, Improves energy, Promotes inner harmony, Enhances clarity, Balances the chakras, Promotes inner peace, Promotes a sense of well-being.

What do I bring? Mat, Blanket, Pillow(s)-and or any props that will help you comfortably relax, Eye pillow, if you would like, and a Bottle of water.

Register at 518-328-0090. The cost for this session is $30/pp.

Geralyn and Michael O’Reilly studied Sound Meditation in Sedona, AZ earned certifications to lead sound baths and meditations and provide vibrational therapy.

Annual Craft Fair Vendors Wanted!

The Latham-Colonie Columbiettes, 328 Troy-Schenectady Road, Latham, N.Y., 12110, are hosting their Annual Craft Fair on Saturday, September 16th, 2023 from 9 am-3:30 pm.

The Event is Rain or Shine! Spaces available are Indoor ($25), Outdoor Covered ($25) and Outdoor with your own Pop-up ($30, with electric $40)

Information; or

Lebanon Senior Center

Just a reminder that we will not have a regular meeting on September 15th. We will be at our remembrance luncheon at Lakeview. Reservations are full and closed!!

September 26th is our trip to silver birches which has a full bus !!

Our next meeting will be Friday October 6th. Feel free to bring your baked goods to the meeting for our bake sale the next day October 7th. We will need help for the bake sale.

Plans are in progress for a catered Halloween meeting on October 20th. MARY wants to see costumes and will award prizes.

Grafton Senior Center

Everett Wagar Senior Center, 518-279-3413. Please note Hour Change Mondays and Fridays 9-12.

Tu., Wed., Thu. 9-3. Congregate meals or Grab and go served at 12:00 every Tuesday & Thursday. Monday & Friday at 10:00, Low impact Chair Yoga. Tuesdays 10:00, Bocce Ball. Come join the fun and stay for lunch after.

Wednesdays- Bring your lunch and join your friends for games and laughter.

Tuesday, September 12 – Hair/mani/pedi by appointment only. 11:00 Eat Smart Demonstration. Lunch is Cheeseburger with tater tots.

Wednesday, September 13 – Legal Aid by appointment only. Thursday, September 14 – Cornhole at 10AM. Lunch is Veal Pattie Parm. Tuesday, September 19th, lunch is Sausage with Peppers & Onions. 12:30 Special Music by Bob Treffiletti.

September 21 – Happy Fall Y’all – 9:30, warm cider and donuts. Start of Fall Project. Lunch is Chef’s Choice.

Poestenkill News Update

Poestenkill News Update from Sue Horton, Poestenkill Town Clerk:

The following is an overview of the items discussed at the August 10, 2023, Town Board meeting. There were two Resolutions passed, Resolution #31 – for Budget Transfers and Resolution #32 –Approving proposal and awarding contract for entrance door and handicap door. This contract was awarded to Mangione Co. for a total of $11,700. There was a discussion regarding replacing the water antennas that have expired. It was decided that homeowners in the water district will receive one antenna and when the antenna needs to be replaced it will be their responsibility to replace it. The cost is approximately $100. Representatives of the Planning Board, Zoning Board, Fire Company, Library, Water Dept., Youth, Building and the Highway Department provided a summary of their activities this month.

Should you need more information on any of these subjects, call Sue Horton on 518-283-5119. The next Town Board meeting will be held on September 14th @ 7:00 pm. Remember, Farmer’s Market is held at the Poestenkill Town Hall on Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 12 Noon.

Town of Schodack School Taxes

Schodack Central School Taxes are due between 9/1/23 and 10/2/23 with no penalty. If paid between 10/3/23 and 10/31/23 a 2% penalty must be included with payment.

East Greenbush Central School Taxes are due between 9/11/23 and 10/11/23 with no penalty. If paid between 10/12/23 and 10/31/23 a 2% penalty must be included in payment.

Payments can be mailed to Receiver of Taxes, P.O. Box 436, East Schodack, NY 12063, dropped in the green box next to the Town Hall entrance door or paid online with an e-check at for a $1.75 fee. Please write current phone number on your check in case we need to contact you about your payment. After October 31st no payments will be accepted at this office and must be paid to Rensselaer County Bureau of Finance.

Office hours for September and October will be Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9-4pm and Saturdays 9/23 , 9/30 and 10/28 between 9-11am.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact me at 518-477-7935.

Shawn Masters, Receiver of Taxes

North Greenbush Democrats Meet the Candidates Event

The Meet the Candidates event will be held on Sunday, September 24, 2023 from 1pm -3pm.

There will be coffee and pastries. The event will be held at the Fifth Tier Baking Studio and Coffeehouse 197 Main Ave Wynantskill.

East Side Seniors September Meeting

Our East Side Meeting will be held September 12th, 1 PM at the American Legion Hall in Wynantskill. We start with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by a special 100 Yr. old birthday celebration for one of our members, with cake & coffee. Our next upcoming event is on September 27th, Lake George Steamboat Cruise, including transportation & lunch buffet. Cost will be $50.00. Any questions contact, Lynne Gould 518-650-6829

East Side Seniors Lake George Luncheon Cruise

The East Side Seniors in Wynantskill is hosting a luncheon cruise on the Lake George Steamboat. The Cruise is on September 27th. We board at 11:00 and sail to 2 P.M. Come join us for a day of fun. Cost is $50.00, must have reservation. Call Lynn Gould for more information or to make a reservation at 518-270-5348.

Sand Lake Senior Club

The Sand Lake Seniors have put together a 3 days/2nights trip to Niagara Falls, Canadian side for Oct 16th through the 18th.

A valid ENHANCED Driver’s License or a current PASSPORT is required. We will be staying at the Holiday Inn Fallsview which is across the street from the Fallsview Casino (Bonus $35/pp).

Two breakfasts and 2 dinners are included one of which is at the Skylon Tower. Enjoy the 20 minute Hornblower Cruise of the Falls! There is a guided full day tour of historic Niagara on the Lake where you can lunch on your own followed by a wine tasting at a local vineyard.

A ride on the Skywheel prior to departure for home as well as a Duty Free stop at the border.

All taxes, meal and driver gratuities are included in the price: $509/pp/DBL, $639/pp/SNG, $499/pp/TPL. Contact Bette Bieg 518-663-8292 for reservations or questions.

Lebanon Valley Seniors

The Lebanon Valley Seniors meet the 1st and 3rd Fridays at 1pm at the NL firehouse. We are always looking for new members. Come to a meeting and see what we are all about. Upcoming events are a member BQ, a luncheon at Lakeview to remember our loved ones.

Our bus trip for silver birches is full at this time. Still ahead will be another bake sale, pot lucks, Christmas party. Join in the fun!! For any questions call Mary Defreest at 518-733-0009.

Hookers Needed

For the last 3 years you girls have broken records in crocheting Shawls, Lap robes, Hats, Scarfs, Booties and Quilts. Although it is early it seems the donations of items for our nursing homes has slowed. I have some yarn here and are always happy to receive donations of yarn for this project.

I realize this is a unique talent and am hoping there are some talented hookers looking for a volunteer experience. Your generosity of time and talent makes such a difference in the lives of our seniors in Nursing Homes.

Christmas can be a time of great happiness or Great Sadness. In 2022 we delivered 260 gift bags to local Nursing Homes, I can assure you you put smiles on many faces. Please join us this year in making another broken record of gifts to our seniors. Let them know they are not forgotten. Shawls are 20 x 55 and Lap robes are 44×34. Donations of yarn are greatly appreciated. We are open M-F 9am to 3pm. We are located on East and Herrick streets in Rensselaer. Call (518) 463-2166 for more information.

Attention Closet Cleaners

Have you switched the seasons over in your closet? If you didn’t wear it last summer you probably won’t wear it this summer. Donate to our Boutique at the Rensselaer Area Senior Service Center. All proceeds go towards senior programs. We are now accepting quality Spring and Summer clothes as well as quality Fall and Winter clothes. If you gained weight over a very social summer, don’t pack it away… you deserve a shopping spree when you reach your ideal weight again. And You Will”. We greatly appreciate you. We are located on East and Herrick Street across the street from Amtrak Train Station. We are open 9am to 3pm. (518) 463-2166.

Financial Service Professionals Host Golf Outing to Benefit Stride Adaptive Sports

Monday, September 25th The Eastern Chapter of Financial Service Professionals (FSP) is hosting its annual golf outing at Colonie Country Club. This year proceeds from the tournament will benefit Stride Adaptive Sports and the great work they do!

Stride’s mission is to educate and empower individuals with disabilities in life-changing sport and recreation programs to sustain healthy, active and fun lifestyles. No one should be left behind because of a disability! STRIDE believes it is possible to remove boundaries, fulfill dreams, enhance self-esteem, and empower youth and veterans with disabilities through participation in sport and recreational activities.

Please check us out at!

Ask your broker if they are sponsoring a foursome or sign up your group to play at

Golf Tourney to Benefit Alzheimers

Please join us for a great day of golf for a great cause. The 4th annual #StaysToEndAlz golf tournament is being held on September 29th at the Van Patten Golf Club in Clifton Park. $150 per person. 4-person scramble, shotgun start, food and drink included. Contact Keith Stay at or 518.944.7288 for registration information. If you represent a business, tax-deductible sponsorships are also available.

Get your foursome together and we’ll see you there!

RPA Event: Virtual Volunteer Orientation

Tuesday, September 19, 2023, 7pm – 8pm on Zoom.

About this event: Volunteers are central to RPA’s success. Volunteers lead outings, help in the office, maintain community forest trails, assist with planning and organizing our annual gala event, and so much more. We are grateful for our volunteers who generously donate their time to support RPA’s mission across the Rensselaer Plateau. Whether you’re a new volunteer or continuing one, we’d like to invite you to an upcoming volunteer orientation, where we cover the basics of what you need to do to become a volunteer – and for current volunteers, some new opportunities you might want to plug into.

What to expect: Here are some topics we’ll cover: Background on RPA’s history; Overview of volunteer opportunities; Getting involved with Rensselaer Youth Outdoors (RYO); Hear from current volunteer leaders; Next steps.

Attending this orientation session is the first step for new volunteers. If you’re a continuing volunteer, THANK YOU. Attending this volunteer orientation is not required, but you are warmly invited to attend if you’d like to meet some new like-minded people and join the conversation.

If you have questions or would like more information, contact RPA Volunteer Coordinator Kim Murdick at

RPA Event: September Book Club

You are warmly invited to RPA’s Nature Book Club, with Rama Hamarneh, PhD. The book club provides a space to discuss books related to nature, together as a community!

Next Meeting: Tuesday, September 26 at 7pm on Zoom. The Zoom link for each meeting will be sent out to the book club email list a few days before the meeting. The book club is free to attend, and all are welcome. Head to to join the book club email list.

For September 2023, we will read What an Owl Knows: The New Science of the World’s Most Enigmatic Birds by Jennifer Ackerman.

For millennia, owls have captivated and intrigued us. Our fascination with these mysterious birds was first documented more than thirty thousand years ago in the Chauvet Cave paintings in southern France. With their forward gaze and quiet flight, owls are often a symbol of wisdom, knowledge, and foresight. But what does an owl really know? And what do we really know about owls? Though our fascination goes back centuries, scientists have only recently begun to understand in deep detail the complex nature of these extraordinary birds.

RPA Speaker Series Presents, Beekeeping for Beginners: Protecting Honey and Mason Bees

Beekeeping for Beginners: Protecting Honey and Mason Bees with Judi Bogardus. Thursday, September 21, 2023 at 7pm on Zoom.

The plight of the honey bee has often made headlines, but what about the approximately 4000 species of bees that reside in the United States? With a diverse population of social and solitary bees in New York State, we have an opportunity to make a difference in the survival of pollinators and plants. Judi will be comparing the similarities and differences of the popular honey bee and lesser known mason bee, including a brief look at a year of their life, the different pollination techniques, requirements to raise each, and, more importantly, how we may help both survive.

Pre-registration is required. The suggested voluntary donation is $5, though any amount is welcome. To register, head to

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