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Your Community 09.14.23

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 <FZ,1,0,58>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.

Touch-a-Truck Day!

The Kiwanis Club of East Greenbush is proud to sponsor a Touch-a-Truck event at Becker’s Farm on Saturday, September 30th from 10 am – 2 pm. Come check out a fire truck, a police car, a tractor, a school bus, and other vehicles. This family-friendly event is free and open to all ages. There will also be a face painter, food truck, and pumpkin painting for purchase. Kids will love the pumpkin patch playground and/or a hayride. This event will be held rain or shine. Kiwanis has free giveaways for the first 100 kids.

Next Wynantskill Repair Cafe September 16

The Wynantskill Repair Cafe returns again Saturday September 16, 9 a.m. to noon, at First Reformed Church 413 Main Street in Wynantskill. Wonky bike? Flukey lamp? Wiggly rocker? Bring it to the Repair Cafe, a no-charge community event to revive and repair your small household items. Repair coaches for electronics, wood furniture, and small mechanical items will be on hand to gladly try to fix whatever you bring. Our sewing experts are out on vacation this month, but we a special yarn and string de-tangling expert will be on hand to straighten out whatever you have balled up. Coffee, tea, and refreshments on hand for guests while they wait. Doors close at 11:45 a.m. to allow guests and volunteers to have afternoon plans. Questions about possible things to bring are warmly welcome at

Grafton Lakes 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!

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.

News From Averill Park CSD

Welcome back! We are very excited about the 2023-2024 school year. In this space we will be sharing student and staff achievements, upcoming events, and other important information.

The District recently unveiled a new, redesigned website which can be found at . We hope that you enjoy the new look and functionality. The change was made due to the hosting server of the old website becoming obsolete. The District worked with Questar III BOCES on the development of the new site.

During the summer, the District’s campus is typically opened up to provide the community with outdoor spaces to use for physical activities. In an effort to make our campuses as safe as possible, the District has reverted back to being a closed campus during the school day.

As always, for the latest news from the District, please visit our website – You can also follow AP on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Grafton Lakes State Park Volunteers

Grafton Lakes State Park will host a trail maintenance 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.

Greenbush Garden Club Event

The Greenbush Garden club will be offering a pre<FZ,2,7,58>sentation on soil revitalization October 3rd, 6:30 PM at the East Greenbush Library. Presented by Jean Howard, Master Gardener for Rensselaer County CCE, the program is free and open to the public. Register on library website. The garden club is also welcoming new members.

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 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

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.

Evergreen Cemetery Association Meeting

Evergreen Association of Wynantskill, N.Y. will hold its annual meeting on Monday , September 25th 2023 at 6:30 pm at the North Greenbush Town Office Building, located on Main avenue in Wynantskill. (use back entrance ). If you are a Deed Holder or Family member of lot owners, We invite you to attend this meeting. We are in need of new volunteers and help in keeping our cemetery well taken care of. Many lots are still available for purchase for cremations or burials. We will be having fundraisers throughout the year to help with the cost of maintenance. Please come and see where you can help or send your donation to: PO Box 2 Wynantskill, NY 12198.

Questions call Bonnie Beaulieu at 518-283-4304.

5 Arts Show

10th Annual 5 Arts Show and Sale, Friday, September 22, 2-6 & Saturday, September 23, 10-4. 166 Sharpe Rd, Wynantskill.

9 different artists: Pottery, Woodworking, Jewelry, Handweaving and more.

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

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.

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 <FZ,3,0,58>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 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.

Community Reachout!

Warm greetings from your friends at Sand Lake Baptist Church.

Last week we had a very exciting and blessed event! The AP Football team gathered for their traditional dinner prior to their opening Home Game, and did so in our Fellowship Hall!

The opportunity to see these young athletes break bread and fellowship was a true blessing.

After a short while of shaking hands and some brief, casual small talk, it was very apparent that they were not your average teenagers.

They are very mature, intelligent and warm hearted, indeed. Any return visit in the future, collectively or individually, would be welcomed and a pleasure. The coaches of course, are also most welcome to pay us a visit. I extend to all an open invitation every Sunday at 11 AM for service. On behalf of our church, I pray that Averill Park has a safe and winning season!

Upcoming events include participation in the Town Wide Garage Sale on Saturday, September 16th from 8AM to 3PM.

Our members have donated many items that include books, furniture and a wide variety of household and craft items.

More items are donated daily. In addition, we will be offering baked goods, cold drinks, fellowship and food from the grill! All proceeds will help fund our parsonage repairs and a new furnace.

We have several more community events in the planning stages, so I would encourage you to look for more information in future articles as well as a visit to our website at and Sand Lake Baptist Church FaceBook page.

The best visit, of course, would be an in person visit! Several opportunities exist in Thursday evening bible study at 6PM and Sunday morning service at 11AM.

All are welcome and I pray that the spirit will bring you to us.

God bless, Deacon Russ

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.

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

Worship and Activities at the North Chatham United Methodist Church

The North Chatham United Methodist Church worships every Sunday morning at 11:00 AM, with Adult Bible Study at 9:45. All are welcome! Our Clothing Barn is open from 9:30-12:30 every Saturday morning, through the end of October. We will be part of the annual North Chatham Community Day activities on October 14th, along with the North Chatham Free Library and the North Chatham Volunteer Fire Company. The church is located at 4274 Route 203 in the

hamlet of North Chatham. If you can’t make it in person our worship services are available on Zoom – please see our website ( for details. For more information on North Chatham United Methodist Church, please call 518-766-3535 or visit our website. Thanks and we hope to see you soon, in person or on ZOOM!

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.

Fundraiser For KellySunkes- McCafferty In Her Fight Againist Cancer

10/1/2023 1:00-4:00. Brunswick Elk’s Lodge, 665 Brunswick Rd. (Rt. 2). Full turkey dinner $15.00, eat in or takeout. Raffles & 50/50. Cash or Venmo.

Reservations andd/or donations call or text Michelle 518 229-8273 or call Bonnie, 518 286-1645.

Greenbush Historical Society

Join the Greenbush Historical Society on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2 PM, for a presentation on ” The Mayor’s Garden: A History of the Ten Broeck Mansion “.

Kathryn Kosto will share with us the history of the 1798 mansion and its grounds along with its connection to Albany and relevance to regional history. The Ten Broeck Mansion has been open to the public for 75 years thanks to the Albany Historical Society. Kathryn is the Executive Director of the society.

This meeting will be held at the East Greenbush Library and because seating is limited, please call the library to register for this event at 518 477 7476.

Are you a Veteran?

VFW Post 7338, East Greenbush, at 100 Hayes Road is extending an invitation to all veterans in the community!

If you are a veteran, you are invited to visit our Post to see if you are qualified to be a member of this great organization here in our local community! If you are a veteran, and looking to contribute to your community, this is the place to be! We are open and have been for some time! We invite you to be a member of the world’s largest veteran organization!

Joining the VFW as a Life Member or as an ongoing Member can also make your family members eligible to join our VFW auxiliary. If you are already a Veteran, they are eligible to join the Auxiliary We need new members of our Post to help run our Post properly, and to continue to help YOU, our veterans, your families and our community. We want to continue to administer the many programs that will help us to keep our East Greenbush VFW post active for many years to come. Please consider joining our organization.

We have monthly Pancake Breakfasts, usually on the 3rd Sunday of the month! (Except July and August). Every month or so we are planning additional dinners alternating between either a Chicken Bake, Spaghetti or Roast Beef. Recently, we just had a successful “Night at the Club” with light fare, music provided by a DJ and dancing. We are open to the public and offer our hall for your meeting or family affair! We have a seating capacity for 125 people! We can be your 1st choice for Weddings, Baby Showers, Anniversaries, Birthday Parties, Get-togethers for families and friends or a quiet place to have a Celebration of Life of a loved one that has passed. We offer reasonable rates and can accommodate your wishes!

Please contact us by emailing us at VFWpost7338@ or calling 518-477-7770 and leave a message with your name and number. Your message will be forwarded to another number which is checked every day. Your tel. call will be returned.

Sand Lake Garden Club

Join the Sand Lake Garden Club on Thursday, Sept. 28 at the Sand Lake Town Hall for a program on ” Kitchen Herbs – Myth, Magic, and Folklore”. Janis Fallon will discuss the traditional, historical, and medicinal uses of herbs [ along with some downright shocking uses for herbs ] You will learn how to grow them along with some simple recipes for health and wellness. Janice is a Rensselaer County Master Gardener as well as an environmental attorney and engineer who has spent decades working with herbs – remedies, recipes, projects, etc. The program will start at 6PM with refreshments followed by our talk and business meeting at 6:30. All are welcome – hope to see you on the 28th !

Latham-Colonie Columbiette Craft Fair

Our Annual Craft Fair is almost here! Saturday, September 16th, 2023 from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM! Rain or Shine! Latham-Colonie Knights of Columbus, 328 Troy-Schenectady Road, Latham, N.Y. 12110!

Vendor items include; Paper Crafts, Paparazzi Jewelry, Boutique Clothing, Home Decor, Candles, Wax Melts, Crocheted Items, Tupperware, Christmas Crafts, Stained Glass Designs and so much more!

We will have a Food Concession; Shop, Have Lunch and Shop Some More!

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.

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.

Girl Scout Registration Night

Tuesday, September 26 from 6:30-8:00pm. Rensselaer Elks Club Pavilion, 683 Columbia Tpke, East Greenbush.

Find out more about Girl Scouts in East Greenbush and Rensselaer and register for the 2023-2024 year. We have openings in troops for girls of all ages!

Can’t attend? Email for more information.

Troy’s Armenian Festival

Holy Cross Armenian Apostolic Church is having their annual Armenian Festival at 255 Spring Avenue, Troy, on Saturday, September 16 from 12pm to 7pm and on Sunday, September 17 from 12pm to 4pm. Delicious shish kebob dinners will be available for eat-in or take-out.

A variety of Armenian pastries will also be offered. Orders for Lahmejune (Armenian meat pie) can be placed by calling the church at 518-274-1477.

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.

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.

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.

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-<FZ,6,0,58>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.

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!

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 Greenbush Community Library

Hours: Mon-Thu 9a-8p; Fri 10a-6p; Sat 10a-5p; Sun 1-5p. Drive-thru closes 15 minutes before the Library. We offer programs for adults, teens & kids. Register at, call 518-477-7476, or stop in at 10 Community Way, E. Greenbush.

9/14, 6p: Intro to Self-Publishing. If you’re ready to let your inner book out, join Jessika Hazelton of The Troy Book Makers to learn the ins and outs of the self-publishing process. Register.

9/17, 2p: Greenbush Historical Society: The “Mayor’s Garden” History of the Ten Broeck Mansion & Gardens. Register.

9/19, 1-3p: Drop-In Arts & Crafts. No registration necessary! Join craftsy Jody while she dabbles with assorted materials. Supplies limited.

9/20, 6:30p: PM Book Club will be discussing The Wedding by Dorothy West. Copies are available at the library. Register.

9/21, 1p: 3rd Thursday Movie-West Side Story (2021). Join us for a screening of West Side Story to celebrate Hispanic Heritage month. Register.

9/21, 6:30p: In Conversation: Caitlin Cadieux and Dee Holloway. Local author Dee Holloway & graphic designer Caitlin Cadieux workshop their novella LITTLE NOTHING. Dee and Caitlin will discuss their process as well as celebrate the 2023 publication of their book. Register.

9/26, 6p: Cooking with Felisha from CCE. In this hands-on cooking class, you’ll learn how to use fresh ingredients for healthy and delicious meals. Register.

North Greenbush Public Library Update

Put on your community involvement hat and cast your vote on the library budget and trustee election. All registered voters of the Town of North Greenbush are invited to vote in the election on September 14, 2023, to be held from 10 AM to 8 PM at the North Greenbush Public Library. The two issues to be decided are: (1) approval of the proposed 2024 budget of $337,797.00, and (2) the election of two trustees. Information on the election and the budget is available at the North Greenbush Library.

Everybody is back from vacation, including Storytime, slated each Tuesday at 11 AM in the Town Hall Annex and Crafternoons from 3-5 PM every Thursday in the Children’s Room.

Have you missed the Tween Book Club? We’re back! Our next meeting is Saturday, September 23 at 12:30 PM. Come and discuss the graphic novel “New Kid” by Jerry Craft, make a craft, and have a snack! Come to the circulation desk for a copy of the book. Kids between the ages of 10-13 are welcome! And don’t forget to view our new StoryWalk book, “Sheep Dog and Sheep Sheep” by Eric Barclay, right outside our front entrance!

Are your soda and beverage bottles piling up? Turn each bottle into a 6-cent donation to the Friends of the North Greenbush Library at The 6 Center Redemption, at 461 Main Ave, Wynantskill. Every 6 cents will be given to the Friends, an easy and helpful way to support your library.

Library hours are Monday-Friday, 10 AM to 7 PM, and Saturday, 10 AM to 2 PM. Questions? Call the library at 518-283-0303.

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 9/18 – 9/23

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.

Take a Look at Teaching! – Tuesday, Sep. 19, 3:30 to 5:30pm (Lansingburgh) Learn about this fantastic program for high schoolers interested in teaching.

Feral Hues of a Changing Waterfront: Book <FZ,7,0,58>Launch and Paint-Making Demo – Tuesday, Sep. 19, 5pm to 6:30pm (Lansingburgh)

Join artist Ellie Irons to celebrate the second edition of her paint-making handbook “Feral Hues”. Ellie will offer a demo and painting session.

Crafty Kid’s Night – Tuesday, Sep. 19, 6:00pm-7:00pm (Main)

Join us at Main to create fun crafts based around a unique monthly theme! Ages 4-10. RR

Child of the Holocaust Lecture with Dr. William Reszelbach – Tues, Sep. 19, 6:00 p.m. (Online) Join the library for a talk with a child of Holocaust survivors, as he shares his family’s harrowing experiences at the hands of the Nazis, coupled with Holocaust history. RR

Dungeons & Dragons – Wednesday, Sep. 20, 4pm to 6pm (Lansingburgh) Join game master Ernst as he leads you through perilous adventuring and epic storytelling. Open to older teens and adults. RR.

Sci-Fi/ Fantasy Book Club – Wednesday, Sep. 20, 6:30 p.m. (Main) Join us for our brand new sci-fi/fantasy book club! Our first meeting will discuss Nettle & Bone by T. Kingfisher.

Storytime Learn and Play – Thursday, Sep. 21, 10:30-11:15 am (Main) Join us for your child’s enrichment through stories, song, movement, and play! For ages 0 to 5 with caregiver.

Author talk with M.L. Olmstead, author of The Knights: Lost in the Void – Saturday, Sep. 23, 3:00 p.m. (Main) Please join us for a conversation about the major themes in this fantasy book. Maria will answer questions about the writing and publishing process. RR


VFW Post 7338 Available for Community Activities

VFW Post 7338, East Greenbush, located at 100 Hayes Road, is available to handle all of your family gatherings/activities, whether inside or outside!

We can be your 1st choice for Weddings, Showers, Anniversaries, Holiday Parties, High School Graduations, Club Meetings, get-togethers for families and friends or a quiet place to have a Celebration of Life of a loved one that passed. We have a seating capacity for 125 people! We also have an Outdoor Pavilion which can accommodate any size party or gathering, along with a large outside Barbeque Pit! We offer reasonable rates and appreciate your business! As everyone knows we offer a Delicious Pancake Breakfast, usually on the 3rd Sunday of every month!

Donations are always welcome and very much appreciated! Please contact us by emailing us at or calling Ginny at 518-479-0767 and leave a message with your name, number and your request. She will return your call ASAP. (We do not have a person at the Post to return calls.) Thank you for your support!

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.

Looking to Volunteer?

Community Caregivers, a nonprofit agency, continues to expand in Rensselaer County! We have over 60 clients but not enough volunteers to serve these nice people. Are you looking to help someone in your community remain living independently with a little assistance from you? We need your help! Our volunteers can take someone to the doctors, grocery or other errands as well as visiting and calling. We have a simple orientation process and we work around volunteer’s schedules. Call Heidi Buono, Rensselaer County Service Coordinator, at (518)925-8794 or Izzy Abrams at (518) 456-2898 to receive information on volunteering. We have also paired with AmeriCorps to provide older volunteers with stipends based on their income and hours. To learn more or donate to our agency, see Community

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.

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 <FZ,8,0,58>pastries. The event will be held at the Fifth Tier Baking Studio and Coffeehouse 197 Main Ave Wynantskill.

School Tax Collection

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

Grafton Senior Center

Everett Wagar Senior Center. 518-279-3413.

Congregate Lunches are Tuesday and Thursday at 12 noon. Call to reserve to eat in or Grab and Go.

Please note new hours. Monday and Friday 9:00-12:00, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9:00 -3:00.

Mondays and Fridays, Chair Yoga at 10AM. Tuesdays, Bocce ball at 10AM. Wednesdays, bring your lunch and spend the day with friends playing Mexican train Dominoes and other games. Thursdays, Cornhole at 10AM.

Tuesday, September 19th Lunch will be Sausage with peppers ad followed by special music by Bob Trefiletti at 12:30. Thursday September 21st, join us as we Welcome Fall Y’all. We will have warm cider and doughnuts and will begin our fall project. Coming on September 28th, we will hold Candy bar bingo.

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.

BLCC Women’s Wednesday Golf League Results – August 30, 2023

Team Brown defeated Team Hart (12.0 points to 3.5 points) and Team MacGilfrey defeated Team Messier (9.5 points to 7.0 points) on the front nine of BLCC in the 19th and FINAL week of league play.

Low net scores were recorded by Deb Jewell (36), Lisa McGrath (38) and June MacGilfrey, Laurie Furlong and MaryJo Valentine (39). Congratulations on great scores in very wet and ROUGH conditions!!!

Twenty-six players participated.

Final team standings for the second half of the season are:

1st place Team Brown 80.5 points (Total Season Points 161.0). 2nd place Team MacGilfrey 78.5 points (Total Season Points 155.5). 3rd place Team Hart 68.5 points (Total Season Points 146.0). 4th place Team Messier 61.5 points (Total Season Points 126.5).

Thank you all for a fun and very competitive season of golf!!

American Legion 33rd Annual Golf Tournament

Please join us Sat. 10/14 at Frear Park Golf Course for a great time and a great cause.$ 125.00 per person includes,18 hole scramble with cart, Box lunch with 2 drink chips to be used on the course, Registration 9:00 AM, Shotgun start at 100:00 AM, BBQ dinner to follow at The Legion, non golfers (guests) dinner available for $ 25.00, Prizes, Raffles and lots of laughs to follow,$ 50.00 due at signup (non-refundable)balance due 10/1,All are welcome, signup at The American Legion,111 Main Ave Wynantskill, For more info call Bill McGuirk @ 518 441-0013,To benefit S.A.L.charities.

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

Saint John’s Episcopal Church, Troy

Saint John’s is pleased to announce that it will be a part of the annual Tiffany glass tour, “Troy’s Tiffany Treasures,” sponsored by the Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway Museum on Saturday, September 16th. For more information or to purchase tickets, please go to the website of the Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway Museum.

The following day, Sunday, September 17th, is Welcoming Sunday. We will be celebrating our volunteer ministries; participants will be recognized during the service. The choir will begin its choral season at this service. Ministry display tables will be set up in the gym for parishioners and visitors to see what parishioners are up to after the 10 a.m. service, where refreshments will be served. We will also be celebrating the grand re-opening of the Church Library, which has recently been re-organized.

Sunday School is resuming. Children can draw near to God as they reflect on passages of Scripture and elements of liturgy in a hands-on curriculum, Sundays from 9:30 to 11:15, beginning September 24th. A parent information meeting will be held after the 10 a.m. service on Sunday, September 17th. Be in touch with Gaby Gastelum, Children’s Christian Education Director, at for more information. In the weeks ahead, a full schedule of children’s and family activities, including opportunities in music, will be published on the church website at

The Thrift Store thrives. Hours for shopping and dropping off are from 9 to 12 on Wednesday and Saturday mornings. Do stop by!

Our next food pantry, which includes fresh produce, will be Saturday, October 7th, from 10 until noon. All are welcome.

All activities are at 146 1st Street in Troy (518)274-5884. The Rector, the Rev. Judith Malionek, can also be reached at

Fall Cemetery Open House Events

Knowledgeable and compassionate Family Advisors will be on hand to give individual or group pre-planning tours and discuss the many burial, cremation and memorialization options available for you and your loved ones within our 20+ cemeteries. Enjoy light refreshments while meeting our staff.

September 16, 10am – 1pm: Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery, 2501 Troy Rd. Niskayuna, 12309

September 30, 10am – 1pm: St. Agnes Cemetery, 48 Cemetery Ave. Menands, 12204

Founded at the height of the Roaring 20s, Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery in Niskayuna was designed with a modern take on a rural cemetery. The classic 1920’s style of clean stylized lines accentuated by captivating special features is reflected throughout the cemetery, making the cemetery easily accessible and attractive. The cemetery has been perfectly maintained for nearly a century. Visit us for our Open House on Sept. 16.

The St. Agnes Open House on Sept. 30th features the debut of St. Brigid’s Garden section within Historic St. Agnes Cemetery in Menands. Be one of the first families to purchase space in this beautiful section! Incorporating spectacular views of grand Victorian era monuments, St. Brigid’s was developed in honor of the former St. Brigid’s Church founded in 1850. The beloved Church served Catholics living in the Port Schuyler section of Watervliet for over 160 years. Generations of families married and had their children baptized there. Though the Church held its final mass on June 25, 2011, it will always be a cherished piece of Watervliet’s history as it lives on in the memories of many near and far from their hometown. Our newly developed burial lots allow former parishioners of St. Brigid’s Church to come full circle and rest in peace in a lovely, historic section of St. Agnes Cemetery.

Unable to attend our Fall Open House events? Contact us to schedule an in-person or virtual appointment at (518) 350-7676 or

Capital District Columbiette Chapter September Meeting

On Sunday, September 24th 2023, at 1:30 PM, the Capital District Chapter Columbiettes will host their September meeting at the Cohoes Knights of Columbus Council, 255 Remsen Street, Cohoes, N.Y., 12047 (Directions; I 787 to Columbia Street Exit, west to Remsen Street, South to 255 Remsen St).

Capital District Chapter President, Linda Cotch will preside! The Financial Audit will be held after the Business Session.

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