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Your Community 10.27.22

Averill Parl Art Exhibition at Faith Mills

Erie, Eerie, Aerie, Weird, Wired & Wild – Art at the Border of Strange is an exhibit of the work of 30 artists from the local community and the international community of artists who have been resident at Arts Letters & Numbers. 

The opening, October 26 from 6 to 9 is free, all are welcome. 1548 Burden Lake Road, old Faith Mills building, second floor, Averill Park. Viewing after that evening by appointment, Diane DeBlois, at aGatherin@nullyahoo.com

Refugee Welcome Center seeking playgroup volunteers

The Refugee Welcome Center in Albany is looking for playgroup volunteers. We have a playgroup for preschoolers while their moms are in English class. You just need to like little kids, no education required. Our program starts back up in September. You can volunteer 1 or more days a week. It’s only for a couple of hours. If you would like to find out more about this opportunity, please call Kasey at (518) 795-5678.

News From Averill Park CSD

Congratulations to the 111 juniors and seniors at Averill Park High School who were inducted into the National Honor Society! Selection into this nationwide organization is based on four criteria, namely scholarship, leadership, service, and character. Great job everyone!

October is National Principals Month! On behalf of everyone in the district, thank you to our principals for all they do to guide and support our students and staff. Our leaders include Heath Quiles (APHS), Rob Messia (AMS), Denis Sibson (MHSL), Josh Gela (PES) and Keri Rosher (WSL).

Congratulations to junior Mia Lucey for verbally committing to attend and play softball at Barry University upon graduating from Averill Park CSD. Good luck in the spring season!

As always, for the latest news from the District, please visit our website – averillpark.k12.ny.us. You can also follow AP on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Submitted by Dr. James Franchini, Averill Park CSD Superintendent

Book Nook at Transfiguration Parish is Open

The Book Nook at Transfiguration Parish on Hillview Drive in Speigletown is open on Saturday, November 5 and November 19 from 9:00 am until noon. There are a lot of new donations appearing on the shelves, so please stop by and begin stocking up on your winter reading. 

Clive Cussler and Fern Michaels are the BOGO free authors for the month. Donations are accepted at the parish during office hours (M-Th 9-2). 

Please do not drop off donations outside of the church. Thanks for your continued support and see you at The Book Nook!

Capital District Chapter Columbiettes November Meeting

On Sunday, November 6th, 2022, The Capital District Chapter Columbiettes will host their November Chapter Meeting at 1:30 pm at the Waterford Knights of Columbus Council #237 , 76 Grace Street, Waterford, 12188. (Directions 787 exit at Rt 32/N, Cohoes Rd/ Saratoga Street, turn left at Vanderwerken Avenue continue to Grace Street. From the North Rt 32 South to Vanderwerken Avenue continue to Grace Street,).

Capital District Chapter President, Linda Cotch will preside!

St. Jude’s the Apostle Knights of Columbus Annual Coats for Kids Program

St. Jude’s the Apostle Knights of Columbus donated 144 coats to several locations for the Coats for Kids program. Special thanks to Dennis Nagengast for organizing and the Knights for their support of this program. Your donations to the 6 Cent Redemption Center in Wynantskill and monetary donations make this happen. Thank you!

Donations made to: 

St. Jude’s the Apostle School

St. Michael’s Church

Sacred Heart School

Gardner Dickinson School

Hope 7

Joseph’s House

Sidewalk Warriors Troy

(Picture L to R) Jack Rogers, Dr. Mary Yodis, and Dennis Nagengast at Gardner Dickinson School)

Deck the Halls – Muitzeskill & Schodack Landing

Join your neighbors to celebrate the holidays. Decorate your home between 11/25/2022 – 1/1/2023. Register your street address by 12/9/2022 at 4cpmuitzeskill@nullgmail.com to win prizes and to be included on a list of decorated homes. The list of street addresses will be publicized. Prizes will be awarded by random drawing from registered addresses.

This event is organized by The Four Corners Partnership. The mission of The Partnership is to promote and provide quality activities and services that will contribute to the physical, emotional and social well-being of our community. FB.com/FCPcommunityhouse.

The Neil Hook Vocal Music Scholarship

The Festival Celebration Choir will hold a competition for current graduating High School Seniors in the Greater Capital District. The winning applicant will receive a cash prize of $800.00 and will also agree to perform at our Spring concert. Applicants should be attending college in the Fall and continuing their study of music, although not necessarily planning a major or career in music. The cash prize is intended to facilitate the continued study of music.

All written applications must be postmarked by Monday, February 6, 2023.

The auditions for finalists will be held on Sunday afternoon, March 26, 2023. Times to be designated.

In the event of inclement weather, an alternate date will be provided. 

Location: The First Lutheran Church, 181 Western Ave., Albany, NY 12203. 

Audition selections are to be performed with their own accompanist – pre-recorded accompaniments are not permitted. Two copies of each musical selection are required at the time of audition. The scholarship winner will agree to perform at our Spring concert, and dress rehearsal the day before. Your own accompanist is required for the dress rehearsal and the concert.

Applications are available at the choir’s website: http://www.festivalcelebrationchoir.org

For additional information, please contact Anne Cronin at acronin922@nullgmail.com

The Anchor Food Pantry

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

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

Poestenkill “Bread of Life” Food Pantry

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

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

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

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

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

Hope 7 Food Pantry

TROY – The Hope 7 Food Pantry located at 520 Pawling Avenue, Troy NY serves the East Side of Troy, Wynantskill and North Greenbush.

Pantry Hours: Mon-Fri – 9:30am-11:45am; Thursday – 5pm-7pm. Last Saturday of each month 9:30am-11:45am

What to bring: Proof of residence (Troy’s East Side, North Greenbush, or Wynantskill) – (utility bill to your address in your name). ID’s for each person residing in household.

St. Jude the Apostle Knights of Columbus Bottle & Can Donations

Help Support Local Charities – St. Jude the Apostle Knights of Columbus has teamed up with 6 Center Redemption located at 461 Main Avenue in Wynantskill to accept bottle and can donations that have a NYS deposit.

This is to support local charities and those in need.

• Bring your clean, NYS deposit empties to 6 Center Redemption in Wynantskill.

• Say they are to support the St. Jude the Apostle Knights of Columbus.

• They do the rest, that’s it!

Thank you for your support!

FREE Helplines 24/7

ALCOHOLISM, DRUG ABUSE AND PROBLEM GAMBLING 877-846-7369 or Text 467369. 

CHILD ABUSE is when a person does serious physical injury, creates a substantial risk of serious physical injury or engages in sex with a child in their care and when a caregiver allows someone else to abuse the child in their care in a similar manner. 518- 474-8740. 

CRISIS FOR FOOD, HEALTH, HOUSING, HUMAN TRAFFICKING, EMPLOYMENT AND TRANSPORTATION: For non-emergency help for paying your bills or to help someone, get the most up-to-date information by calling United Way 3-digit number -211. 

DOMESTIC ABUSE of an intimate partner is ‘ridiculing, humiliating, putdowns, isolating, manipulating, ordering, intimidating, threatening, beating, sexual coercion and controlling money’. The abused person, family member or friend can anonymously call one or more of these agencies: Unity House 518-272-2370; Equinox 518-432-7865; St. Peter’s Crime Victim Services 518-271-3257; YWCA NENY 518-374-3386; Wellspring 518-584-8188; National Domestic Violence Hotline 800-799-7233. 

HELPING YOUNG PEOPLE WITH RELATIONSHIPS: Dating, personal safety and supporting others. 866-331-9474 or Text ‘LOVEIS’ to 22522. 

HUMAN TRAFFICKING: Human trafficking crime occurs when a trafficker uses fraud or coercion against a person to solicit labor or engage in commercial sex acts. If the person engaged in commercial sex is under 18 years, it is a crime even when force, fraud, or coercion is not used. 888-373-7888 or Text 233733. 

SEXUAL ASSAULT: Eight out of 10 sexual assaults are committed by someone who knows the victim. Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network 800-656.4673; Albany County sexual assault hotline 518-447-7716. 

SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE offers confidential crisis and prevention resources for people in distress and their loved ones. Call 988 or 800-273-8255. 

Newly Diagnosed with Parkinson’s? Consider Attending PD SELF – Parkinson’s Self-Efficacy Learning Forum

CAPITAL DISTRICT – A national program being offered in Albany. The program provides people newly diagnosed with Parkinson’s with an in-depth understanding of the disease and the tools to manage it with confidence.  There is no cost to attend.  Registration is required.  Space is limited. Care partners are encouraged to attend.

This year the program, starting in September, has been adapted  to be fully online. Find out more at www.cdparkinsons.org/pd-self

Knocking out Alzheimer’s

Team “Knocking out Alzheimer’s” is partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association.

Return your bottles and cans and help the Northeastern New York Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Through an arrangement with

Six-Center Redemption , Two Locations:

461 Main Ave Wynantskill (Corner of Sharpe and Main Ave) & 550 South Street Rensselaer.

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

If you can’t drop off, contact us we will even pick up! 

The Alzheimer’s Association will receive six cents for every container you donate to the cause. Simply drop off your containers and say:

“These are for the Alzheimer’s Association.”

The mission of the Alzheimer’s Association is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

The first survivor of Alzheimer’s is out there, but we won’t get there without you. 

Join the fight with your bottles & cans!

Check us out on face book : Knocking out Alzheimer’s

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

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

Search and Rescue Volunteers Needed

CAPITAL DISTRICT – the Tri-State Emergency Team is recruiting volunteers to provide wildland and underwater searches within a 100 mile radius of Waterrford, NY.  This includes all aspects of field and underwater search.  The Tri-State Emergency Team responds when requested by NYS Forest Rangers and other police agencies throughout New York State, Western Vermont and Massachusetts.   

We are looking for certified scuba divers, experienced boat handlers, and people who enjoy hiking and the outdoors in general who wish to help people in need.   The team will provide training and complete support as needed.  Our headquarters is located in Waterford.  Applicants need not live in Waterford to volunteer. If interested, please call 518-237-6744 or visit our website at www.tri-stateemergencyteam.org

New York State Commission for the Blind 

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

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