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Your Community 11.05.20

Historical Calendars Available

NORTH GREENBUSH – The 2021 North Greenbush Historical Calendar is now available for purchase. It contains old time pictures including Tess Alber’s Restaurant, Jordan’s Ice Cream Dairy in Defreestville, Snyder’s Lake photos and many others. The calendars are still only  $10 and are available at the Town Clerk’s office in Wynantskill (283-4306)  for pick up or mailed from the Town Clerk’s office for $12.00. Checks should be made out to the Town of North Greenbush.  Town Historian Jim Greenfield in Defreestville (265-4254).

Holiday Wreath Sale at St. Paul’s Center

RENSSELAER – Give the gift of shelter this holiday season! It may seem early, but now is a great time to start thinking ahead to the coming holiday season! At St. Paul’s Center we’re gearing up to pre-sell handcrafted holiday wreaths to support our life-changing programs. Each fresh wreath is 22”-24” in diameter, double-sided, and topped with a beautiful bow. For just $25 your purchase directly support the local mothers and children experiencing homelessness that we serve.

With two ways to order from now until Friday, November 6th, supporting your community this holiday season is easier than ever. – Online: – Phone: 518-434-2910 (ask for Charlee). Please note: due to the continued spread of COVID-19, we’re offering free no-contact delivery to your local address.

Rensselaer County 4-H Centennial Horse Show

RENSSELAER COUNTY – With the cancellation of the Great Schaghticoke Fair due to the pandemic, Rensselaer County 4-H was able to offer Rensselaer County Centennial 4-H Animal Shows in a socially distant format as a replacement to the Schaghticoke Fair. With the celebration of 100 years of 4-H in Rensselaer County, it was logical to initiate our non spectator show series. A heartfelt thank you to the Schaghticoke Fairgrounds for supporting this effort and the many volunteers and participants that did what we needed, to be in compliance with COVID-19 Guidance. One of these Animal Shows was a Horse Show. Youth participated in a number of events during this two day show from virtual written exams to gymkhana and jumping classes. A huge thankyou to our 4-H Centennial Horse Show Chair CharlieAnne Huffam who along with an amazing team of volunteers made the show a great experience for our youth. Thank you to our judges as well Larry Sorrell, Jennifer Wilda and Karry Brothers. Additionally, a thank you to Stewarts Shops Corp for sponsoring this event through providing gift certificates and ribbons to our members and our many other sponsors for our show which made this event shine brighter during this pandemic. Congratulations goes out to all our 4-H horse participants and special recognition to our following members and their horses:

Novice Champion Kimberwicke Memorial Allie Manchester of Stephentown – Novice Res. Champion – Chloe Bentzen of Greenwich; Champion Showmanship Michael Gagliardi Memorial – Grace Huffam of Troy – Res. Champion Showmanship – Lindsey Oswald of Cherry Plain and Don’t Forget Your Dreams; Champion Western Rider William Rowe Memorial – James Czub of Schaghticoke – Res. Champion Western Rider – Lindsey Oswald of Cherry Plain; Champion English Rider and Trail– Lindsey Oswald of Cherry Plain – Res. Champion English Rider – Grace Huffam of Troy and Res. Champion Trail Amanda Thrasher of Troy. CCE is an equal opportunity employer and programmer.

Save the Ta Ta’s Fundraiser A Success!

NORTH GREENBUSH –  The Gunner Band (based in Green Island) co-hosted an outdoor Fundraiser on Saturday, October 24. The Band is very pleased to announce they raised $2,492 for To Life! during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Special thanks to our Sponsor — Primary Painting (Averill Park) – Rensselaer Elks Lodge #2073, Allstate Insurance (Debra LaMay), Felthousen Florist, and Freihofer’s. The Band would also like to thank the numerous businesses, our family, and our friends who donated items and/or attended our Fundraiser.

To Life! accepts donations year-round and can be found at

The Gunner Band consists of six seasoned musicians who came together during the Pandemic to play Classic and Southern Rock. The Band is hosting a few more Fundraisers to benefit non-profits who are suffering greatly during this Pandemic.

Looking for Stories About One Room School Houses

RENSSELAER COUNTY – Looking for people who might have stories to tell about one room school houses in the Town of Sand Lake, Averill Park and West Sand Lake, Sand Lake.  Do you have a parent,  grandparent, or great grandparents who attended one of the several one room school houses in our town?  Email me with any information at (Jacqueline Tremont)

James Madsen Makes St. Johns River State College President’s List

SAINT AUGUSTINE, FL – James Madsen, a 2018 graduate of Averill Park High School, has made the Spring term 2020 SJR State’s President’s List. Qualifications are a student earning between a 3.8-4.0 GPA. This is one of the college’s highest academic honors.

Troop 528 is Scouting for Food!

POESTENKILL – Scouts BSA Troop 528 Is Holding a Drive-Up Event to Collect Non Perishable Food and Personal Care Donations for the Bread of Life Food Pantry. November 8th 10am-1pm at VFW Post 7466, 25 Veterans St., Poestenkill, NY 12140. Items Most Needed: Sugar, Boxed Mac N Cheese, Canned Vegetables, Spaghetti Sauce, Cheerios, Ketchup, Mayo, Mustard, Cooking Oil, Soup, Bottled Juices; Adult Toothbrushes, Toothpaste,  Shampoo, Deodorant, Bath Soap, Dish Soap, Laundry Detergent.

News from Averill Park CSD

AVERILL PARK – On December 8, members of the Averill Park CSD community will vote on a Capital Project. This week, we would like to tell you about enhancements that will be made to Poestenkill Elementary School.

At Poestenkill Elementary, the detached classroom trailer will be removed. By repurposing existing classroom space inside the school, students and staff now being served in the trailer will relocate back into the building. This is a very important move for the District as the new space will be turned into a Guidance Suite. The Support Service Team will be able to provide students and their families with much-needed services in a safe, welcoming environment.

Students at Algonquin Middle School were challenged to collect 400 canned food items for the Kiwanis Food Drive. They collected more than 1,000 items for support a great cause. Way to go everyone!

Submitted by Dr. James Franchini, Averill Park CSD Superintendent

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

Food Drive

BRUNSWICK – The children from Jubilation Station of Center Brunswick UMC will once again be sponsoring a food drive to benefit the Grafton and Berlin Food pantries Nov. 8 they will be distributing bags to collect non-perishable food items along with pet food. We ask that you have them out by 10:00 am Sat., Nov 14 for pick up. You may also drop off your donation in the elevator entrance if that is more convenient. All items will be delivered to the pantries on Nov. 22 following worship

Many thanks to those who have participated in the past. We seem to fill the back of a pick-up truck every year from your generosity

We also be be having our annual God’s Creation Appointment Calendar Sale. This features a beautiful photo each month along with words of scripture. A love gift idea. They will sell for $6.00 Contact Sheryl Burke

Watch for Brooks Bar B Que the first weekend in January!!

Public Hearing on Cable Television Franchise in Village of East Nassau

EAST NASSAU – Spectrum Northeast, LLC (formerly known as Time Warner Cable Northeast LLC and a/k/a Charter Communications) has submitted an application to the Village of East Nassau for approval of a non-exclusive cable television franchise. Pursuant to law, the Village Board must hold a public hearing before voting on an award of the requested franchise agreement.

This public hearing on this franchise application will be held by the Board of Trustees of the Village of East Nassau at the Hoags Corners Ambulance Building, located on Town Garage Road, in Hoags Corners on Wednesday, November 11, 2020, at 6:30 p.m. for the purpose of providing an opportunity for interested individuals to comment on the franchise agreement. Written comments addressed to the Board of Trustees will also be accepted at the hearing. Written comments may be mailed to the Village office address, Village of East Nassau, P.O. Box 268, East Nassau, NY 12062, or e-mailed to For written comments to be considered by the Board, your name and home address must be included. The proposed franchise agreement is on the Village website:

All those interested in participating in the hearing remotely via video conference should contact the Village Clerk at 518-794-0289.

Holiday Balsam Fir Wreath Sale to Benefit Friends of the Dyken Pond Center

Grafton –The Friends of the Dyken Pond Center are selling holiday balsam fir wreaths. Proceeds will help provide summer nature camp scholarships and support school field trips to the park. Each lush 18-inch wreath will be crafted with aromatic balsam fir, pine cones, berries, a large red bow and a collectible Dyken Pond nature ornament to be cherished for years to come. This is a pre-order sale and all wreaths must be ordered by November 13th. Cost is $22. Larger wreath sizes available upon request. Wreaths can be picked up at the Grafton VFW on Nov. 21 from 11-1pm or in Troy on Nov. 23 from 12-2pm. Pay on line or order forms can be downloaded from our website at You may also request order forms by contacting the Center at 658-2055 or

Dyken Pond Center is a Rensselaer County Park open daily during daylight hours for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, fishing and non-motor boating.

Auxiliary to East Greenbush VFW 7338 Homemade Thanksgiving Pie Sale

EAST GREENBUSH – Place orders by Fri. Nov. 13. Pies will be ready Sat. Nov. 21 from 10:00 am- 2:00 the East Greenbush VFW Post, 100 Hays Road, East Greenbush. For orders or information, please call Lynda at (518) 732-2111 or email at Pies are 9’ and choices are apple, pumpkin, cherry and blueberry at $14 per 9” home made pie. Thank you to Windy Hill Orchards for the generous donation of apples. Please support our activity so we may continue to assist our Veterans and Veteran Programs and needy Community members. We look forward to you helping us so we can help our Veterans. In advance, we thank you for your support.

Nassau Scout Food Drive

NASSAU – Attention Nassau Residents. Please mark your calendar now! BSA troop 166 of Nassau Food Drive Saturday, November 14 – BSA Troop 166 of Nassau is participating in the Scouting for Food Drive. Our goal is to collect as many items of non-perishable food as possible to help our hungry neighbors. The need is greater now than ever! Donations may be dropped off on Saturday, November 14 from 9am to 2pm at the following COVID-SAFE drive-thru drop-off location: Nassau Village Commons pavilion, John St. (next to Post Office). Volunteers will be available to remove donations from your car. Please have donations in bags or boxes in your trunk. Please help if you can! Thank you for your support!

Nopiates Healing Walk

AVERILL PARK – ​Sunday, November 15, 10am-12:30pm, Poestenkill Community Forest, 220 Legenbauer Road, Averill Park. ​The Opioid epidemic and struggles with addiction cause untold grief, loss, and pain. Time in nature has been shown to reduce stress, promote healing, and balance our mental health. If you’ve been impacted, come walk with us. Join Kripalu-Certified Mindful Outdoor Guide Molly Freiberg and other community members to connect and restore, using mindfulness practices, deep breathing, and nature connection to heal together. No experience is necessary, and all are welcome. We will be walking slowly, sometimes sitting, taking in the natural world around us, and sharing our reflections with each other. Just dress for the weather, wear shoes you can walk comfortably in, and bring water to drink. Masks will be required. To register, contact,, or call 518-522-2097. ​Limited to 10 participants. Ages 12 and up. This is a free event. Co-sponsored by the Nopiates Committee and Rensselaer Plateau Alliance. “Your healing lifts up the ocean of existence. When you heal we all heal.” — Yung Pueblo

Weddings of the Past

POESTENKILL – On November 18, 1942, Florence Bubie became the bride of Kenneth Miller. On April 23, 1950, Elizabeth Miller, wearing her Aunt Florence’s gown, became the wife of Tod Butler. We are pleased to announce the gown, veil, albums and pictures are on display in our museum. we are also fortunate to have a lovely assortment of vintage wedding gowns and apparel. another example, in 1940 Hilda Yerden walked down the staircase in her family’s farmhouse to become the bride of Wallace Flint. it was noted “the bride wore a powder blue afternoon dress” (which we now have on loan). Not to ignore the grooms, John Zweig has offered his 1866 beaver hat to be on display. This was worn by the father of Lillie Sliter Zweig.

We hope you will visit our museum on Saturday Nov. 14th or Sunday Nov. 15th, open from l – 3. Since we have newspaper clippings from the 40s to the 80s, you may see your wedding clipping! Please wear a mask – we will comply with social distancing.

Board of Trustees, Poestenkill Historical Society

Athletic Department Seeking Nominations for the Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2021

AVERILL PARK – The Averill Park Athletic Department, in conjunction with the Averill Park Athletic Booster Club, is pleased to announce that the nominating period for the Averill Park Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2021 is now open. The Hall of Fame recognizes former athletes, coaches, teams, and contributors who have made significant contributions to the Averill Park athletic program through their service, performance, dedication, commitment, and accomplishment.

The Hall of Fame committee is comprised of administrators (past and present), coaches (past and present), and community members. For information regarding the committee, Hall of Fame guidelines, and nomination forms please see the Hall of Fame link on the Averill Park Athletics page at

Any member of the public can nominate an athlete, coach, team (not eligible until 2022), or contributor for induction assuming the criteria as outlined in the guidelines are met. Nomination forms are available by going to the Hall of Fame link on the Averill Park Athletics page at or by contacting the Athletic Department at (518) 674-7010.

The nomination period will run through November 15th. The 2021 induction ceremony and dinner will be held on Saturday, April 17th at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy.

Conserving Habitats & Wildlife on the Rensselaer Plateau

RENSSELAER COUNTY – Part of the Rensselaer Plateau Alliance’s Lecture Series. Conserving Habitats And Wildlife On The Rensselaer Plateau, with Ingrid Haeckel November 19, 2020, 7pm. What lives here, what is most vulnerable, and what we can do about it? Ingrid Haeckel is a Conservation and Land Use Specialist at the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation’s Hudson River Estuary Program through a partnership with Cornell University Department of Natural Resources. In this lecture she will introduce priority habitats and wildlife of conservation concern on the Rensselaer Plateau, maps and resources for learning more, and basic conservation strategies. Please register in advance to receive a Zoom link here:

November Mindful Nature Walk

RENSSELAER COUNTY – November Mindful Nature Walk. Saturday, November 28, 2020 at 10 AM – 12:30 PM “Forest Bathing” is a Japanese wellness practice that welcomes us to take in the forest atmosphere with all of our senses. Kripalu-Certified Mindful Outdoor Guides Molly Freiberg and Sandy Wilson will guide our group to engage with nature in the present moment, as we experience it through all of our senses, to appreciate the complex wonders we often don’t notice when we are rushed or distracted. During this walk, we will be sauntering slowly on gently rolling forested trails. No experience is necessary — beginners are welcome! Bring water and a snack. Masks are required when we first meet up and when we gather, but may be removed while we are walking in the forest with at least 10’ between participants. Bundle up in warm layers to keep yourself warm, as we will be walking slowly, and sometimes sitting. Please wear wool or synthetics and extra socks. A warm beverage is also recommended. Participants will be pre-paid and pre-registered, so no contact with money or sign-in sheets is necessary. Learn more & Register here: Questions? email Questions or thoughts? Contact

Annual Fresh Florida Citrus Fundraiser

CAPITAL DISTRICT –  The yearly Troy Kiwanis Fresh Florida Fruit sale is on again to raise money for projects that directly assist Troy area youth.

20 lbs for only $25 – Navel Oranges, Ruby Red Grapefruit or a Mixed Case.

Most area groups are charging well over $30/case. Orders must be received by Sunday, November 22nd.Call Dean @ 518-322-0826 Today!! 

Will arrive in Troy, by December 12th, in plenty of time for Holiday Gift Giving!! Kiwanis is Serving the Children of the World.

Holiday Wreath Making at Sand Lake Center for the Arts

SAND LAKE – Join us to make your own personalized wreath for the holidays! November 22 from 12 to 4pm. Only $25. Reserve your space now at






Town of Brunwick Leaf Schedule

BRUNSWICK – Leaf pick up has started and will run through Wednesday, November 25th unless there’s a significant snowfall. There is not a set schedule for pick up. The Highway Dept. will be out on a weekly basis.

This will be a leaf pickup only. No brush, tires or metal will be picked up. Leaves must be raked to the edge of the road (not in the road because it is a vehicle/traffic law violation) with no sticks, weeds or other debris in the piles. If sticks are found, the piles can’t be picked up. Sticks will damage the machine.

• It’s important to avoid piling leaves in ditches. The vacuum machines cannot access leaves placed in ditches.

• If you are planning to use bags, they must be biodegradable paper bags only. No sticks, dirt or other debris should be placed in the bags.

• This is a labor-intensive job in a short season so it is important that we expedite this program as fast as possible.

• After the regular pickup schedule has been completed, or in the event of an early snowstorm prior to completion of the regular pickup, you must place the remainder of your leaves in biodegradable paper bags.

Please note – the leaf pickup was designed for residents who live in areas that do not have a place to dispose of their leaves. Due to the short season for leaf pickup, we encourage residents that are able to dispose of their own leaves to please do so at our recycling facility. This helps us to complete the town-wide program before inclement weather occurs.

Recycling Department hours are Monday-Friday 7am-3pm, Saturday 7am-2pm. Anyone who wishes to drop off their leaves may do so during open hours. No rocks or sticks in bags please.

Highway Department telephone 279–3461 ext. 100

Doors Of Hope Annual Adopt-A-Family Project

WEST SAND LAKE – Looking for a heart-warming Christmas project for your church, your organization or yourself? Each year Doors of Hope, our local food pantry, coordinates a project that provides Christmas gifts to needy families. Between now and December 1 you may drop in at our store (our new location in 43 Mall) and sign up to provide Christmas gifts for a family in need. D.O.H. compiles a list of family members, their ages, their wishes, and sizes. Families come in all sizes; you may choose the one that best fits you or your organization. The cut-off date to sign up is Dec.1. If you would like more information you may call our volunteer coordinator, Nancy Rockwell at 518-674-4048. We truly appreciate the ongoing generous support of our community.

Indoor Castleton-on-Hudson Farmers & Artisans Market

CASTLETON-ON-HUDSON – The Castleton-on-Hudson Farmers & Artisans Market (COHFAM) ended its summer season with big news: The market is moving indoors for the winter – every Friday (except for December 25 and January 1) from 4-7 PM at 52 Hilton on Main (52 South Main Street) in the Village of Castleton-on-Hudson. Due to COVID-19, patrons are required to wear masks, observe social distancing, use hand sanitizer upon entering the building, and provide a phone number. Temperatures will be taken at the door, and only ten people will be allowed in at the same time. Come to COHFAM, the little market with the big heart, let us serve you, and support the local economy!

Keyes Scholarsship for Tamarac High School Seniors

TROY – The Finance Committee of the Center Brunswick United Methodist Church has announced that it will award $500 to a student to be selected from the Tamarac High School Class of 2021. The money may be used for any type of expenses related to further education. Student does not have to belong to this Church, or any other church or religion to be eligible for this award.

Interested student must apply for this award no later than March 1, 2021. The application can be obtained from the school’s guidance department of from our website at

This award is given in memory of Harold and Mabel Keyes through a trust funded by their last will and testament. Mabel taught in the Brunswick schools and continued teaching Sunday School at CBUMC for many years after she retired. Through this award, her love of helping young people learn and grow will continue to reach the youth of our community.

The Center Brunswick United Methodist Church is located at the intersection of Route 7 and 142 in Troy. NY.

Thrift Shop

JOHNSONVILLE – Johnsonville Methodist Church, 22 Bridge St., Johnsonville 12094. Route 40 to Route 67 East. Look for our sign at the corner of Route 111 & Route 67. Open 9-12 on Wednesdays and the first Saturday of each month. Closed on November 25. Newly arrived clothing and household goods every week, career clothing, special occasion dresses and gowns, jewelry, purses, shoes, toys and over 1000 books. Masks and social distancing are required.

Team “Knocking Out Alzheimer’s” Bottle Drive, The Fundraising Continues …

WYNANTSKILL/RENSSELAER – 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.

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

Poestenkill Area Food Insecurity

POESTENKILL – Any greater Poestenkill area residents currently experiencing temporary or long term food insecurity can turn to The Bread of Life Food Pantry at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Poestenkill for supplemental food assistance. We provide basic nutritional foods and related items the first and third Thursday of each month from 5:00 to 7:00 PM in a very discreet, nonjudgmental manner. We offer drive-thru service where each guest receives a product list to form your order, we then fill your order and bring the completed order back to your vehicle. Delivery service to Poestenkill Seniors unable to visit our Pantry is also available. Please try us, we are here to help. Our phone number is: 518-283-6045 to leave a message. Thank you.

Vaping – Public Service Announcement

CAPITAL DISTRICT – Vaping has become almost more common today then cigarettes. Originally marketed as being more safe than other tobacco products recent events have made it clear that this is not the full story. One study found that those who vape the equivalent to a pack of cigarettes a day had a 70% higher risk of stroke. This is only one of the health risks that can arise from vaping. For more information visit:

Addiction Screenings – Narconon can help you take steps to overcome addiction in your family. Call today for free screenings or referrals. 1- 800-431-1754.

Fentanyl – Public Service Announcement

CAPITAL DISTRICT – Fentanyl has been making headlines recently, this is because the incredibly potent chemical has been contributing to the increase in overdose deaths across America. Most people however do not know much about the chemical. For instance many don’t know that one of the things that makes fentanyl so dangerous is the fact that it can be absorbed into the system through skin contact. Meaning getting it on your skin could cause a potentially fatal overdose.

To learn more about Fentanyl visit:

Addiction Screenings – Narconon can help you take steps to overcome addiction in your family. Call today for free screenings or referrals. 1- 800-431-1754.

Rensselaer County Recovery Helpline

RENSSELAER COUNTY  – 1-833-467-3123 – Do you need help with substance use issues? Are you interested in volunteering for the helpline? The Rensselaer County Recovery Helpline offers information, local resources, and referrals for individuals and their families regarding substance use issues. The toll-free line is available 7 days a week from 9am-9pm. Each volunteer chooses shifts of 4 hours at a time to be on-call. When someone calls the number, a volunteer answers on their own smartphone, and can enter information to a database on their own computer, allowing for easy and quick access to resources. The information is sent to one of the 9 leaders, who will then assist the caller. If you or someone you know needs information, resources, or a referral for a substance use problem, call 1-833-467-3123. For more information, or if you are interested in volunteering, contact

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

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

Search and Rescue Volunteers Needed

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

New York State Commission for the Blind 

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

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