Elmwood Hill Cemetery Update
TROY – Fall cleanup began November 1st. In order to continue to maintain our beautiful cemetery your donations are greatly appreciated. Donations offset the rising cost of lawn maintenance and cemetery operations. Checks may be mad payable to: Elmwood Hill Cemetery, 51 Belle Ave, Troy NY 12180. Thank You for your continued support.
Holiday Craft and Vendor Fair: Vendors Needed
AVERILL PARK – Girl Scout Service Unit 151 and Sky High Adventure Community Center is holding a Holiday Craft and Vendor Fair Saturday, December 4, 2021 from 9am – 3pm at the Sky High Adventure Community Center at 27 Lake Ave, Averill Park, NY 12018. We will have a variety of local vendors and crafters, silent auction, concessions, and bake sale. All proceeds will benefit Girl Scout Service Unit 151 and the Sky High Adventure Community Center. If you’re interested in vending, representing a local not-for-profit organization, or hosting an activity during the event please contact Lexi Lane at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 518-859-6878. Please come out and support your community!
News From Averill Park CSD
AVERILL PARK – Congratulations to the boys varsity soccer team for winning the Section II, Class A championship! The team defeated La Salle in the final game, to win its first title since 2013. Way to go Warriors!
West Sand Lake Elementary School held its first Harvest Run recently. Students brought in donations of food items to be donated to local food pantries. The event was used to raise awareness about food insecurities in school communities. Great job by everyone involved!
Algonquin Middle School student Maggie Choquette competed in the Great Britain Irish Dancing Championships in London and brought home two medals! Congratulations Maggie!
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
Mission: Meeting the needs of and creating opportunities for every student every day. #AP_EveryStudentEveryDay
POESTENKILL – I wish to express my sincere appreciation to all the Residents of Poestenkill who unselfishly gave me their time and/or consideration as I toured the Town this Campaign season in my effort to become your Town Supervisor. It was a very positive experience as I knocked on every door in Town, missing only about 6 homes, because most Residents I met were friendly, talkative, welcoming to a stranger and willing to at least consider my candidacy. I am most appreciative of the votes I received in this Election, which was my first attempt at elected office. Thank you again for your time and best wishes for a most enjoyable Thanksgiving Holiday to you as you gather with your respective families!
Looking for Ways to Help The Anchor Food Pantry?
RENSSELAER – Return your recyclable cans and bottles to The 6 Cent Redemption Center 550 South Street-Rensselaer – Rt9J. Just inform the staff you are donating to the Anchor Food Pantry account and account will be credited automatically. This method will aid the Pantry for the upcoming Holiday giveaways at Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Want to Expand Trails in Sand Lake?
SAND LAKE – The Town of Sand Lake Planning Oversight Committee is seeking citizens who are interested in serving on a task force to expand our trail systems in the town. No prior experience is necessary; just your enthusiasm. This is a great opportunity to become involved in improving our great town! If you wish to learn more, please reach out to the Planning Oversight Committee by emailing David Post, Planning Oversight Committee Chairman at SLPOC@nullsand-lake.us.
Do you Love Grafton Lakes State Park?
GRAFTON – Do you have great memories of building sand castles as a kid, going on a hike or participating in a nature program? Do you use the park for ice skating, fishing, biking or cross-country skiing? Was Grafton your place to escape during Covid?
We are looking to add to our volunteer list. What does a volunteer do, you ask? We have plenty of opportunities ranging from one-time events which last a few hours to long-term commitments like becoming a docent. Activities involve maintaining the trails, gardening, helping out with events in the park, picking up trash, etc. There is even help needed inside. Maybe you like to do paperwork or would like to work with children alongside an educator. Every little bit helps and all help is appreciated! We even have a volunteer reward program.
If you are interested in finding out more, send an email to email@example.com. Please include your name, email, phone # and the type of volunteering you prefer to be notified about. But you don’t have to wait for us to contact you. There is a volunteer table in the foyer of the visitor’s center. Feel free to drop by, add your name to the volunteer sheet and get started. If you plan to do trash pick-up, supplies are available in the foyer. Need other supplies? Please let us know what you are up to and what we can do to help. If you need ideas, we can supply those too!
Being Controlled or Hurt by Your Partner?
CAPITAL DISTRICT – You are not alone. You deserve a respectful relationship. FREE Counseling, Legal, Police and Safe shelter help is available for you and family. Anyone can anonymously call one or more of these 24/7 Hotlines for guidance and help.
* Emergency help – Call 911
* Unity House #518-272-2370, Text #518-720-6161 or Chat at rc.chat/uhdvs
* Equinox #518.432.7865, or Chat at
* YWCA of NENY #518-374-3386
* Wellspring #518-584-8188 or Chat at
* NYS Office for the prevention of domestic violence
#800-942-6906 or Text 844-997-2121.Or Chat at
* National Domestic Violence Hotline #800-799-7233
Text “START” to 88788, Chat at https://www.thehotline.org/
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Poestenkill “Bread of Life” Food Pantry
POESTENKILL – We are open two times each month on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays beginning at 4:30 pm and ending at 6:30 pm. Bring proof of your current residence and grocery bags for your food request.
Starting in November 2021, we will now greet our guests inside the Evangelical Lutheran Church, 772 Route 351, Poestenkill, side entrance.
Please wear a mask and check the extra’s tables. Two guests at a time, fill out food selection forms while waiting in your car. We will continue to practice social distancing and safety for our volunteers and guests.
Delivery service to Poestenkill Seniors unable to visit our pantry is available. Call and leave your name and number at (518) 283-6045.
Our newest program offers infant and baby items (food, diapers and wipes) for those who reside in the Poestenkill area. Pre-orders only by a phone message at (518) 428-0124, a private Facebook message, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. We do not currently stock these items in our pantry as selections are very individualized.
Johnsonville Thrift Shop
JOHNSONVILLE – The thrift shop at the Johnsonville Methodist Church, 22 Bridge St., Johnsonville, NY 12094 is open every Wednesday and the first Saturday of each month from 9-12. Look for our sign at the corner of Rte. 111 and Rte. 67. We have a great selection of adult and children’s fall and winter clothing, coats, boots, shoes, purses, special occasion and career clothes, jewelry, toys, linens, household and decorative items. Christmas decor is now on display. Our well-organized book room has over 1,000 books available.
Public Notice – Best-Luther Fire District
WEST SAND LAKE – NOTCE IS HERBY GIVEN that a special vote of the Best-Luther Fire District will take place on Tuesday, November 14, 2021, between the hours of 6:00pm and 9:00pm at the Best-Luther Fire House located at 303 Old Best Road, W. Sand Lake NY 12196 for the purpose of voting on the following proposition:
Shall the resolution of the Board of Fire Commissioners adopted on the 14 day of November 2021, ESTABLISH A CAPITAL RESERVE FUND, be approved,
Only residents registered to vote with the Rensselaer Board of Elections on or before November 14, 2021, or registered with the Best-Luther Fire District on or before November 14, 2021 shall be eligible to vote.
Fresh Florida Fruit Fundraiser
CAPITAL DISTRICT – The Kiwanis Club of Troy is once again conducting their Annual Florida Fruit Sale!! 20 lb. cases of Navel Oranges; 20 lb. cases of Ruby Red Grapefruit; or 20 lb. cases Half Oranges/Half Grapefruit. Only $25 Each. We have not raised our prices in years!!! Picked fresh from the Florida groves and shipped directly to Troy for your enjoyment!! All orders are needed by November 21st!! All will arrive in Troy about December 10th. Call Dean today at 518-322-0826. All monies go to children’s causes locally!!!
POESTENKILL – As some of you know all too well, there continues to be portions of our town that lack internet service. The Comprehensive Broadband Connectivity Act, enacted in May of this year, requires the Public Service Commission to study the availability, reliability, and cost of high- speed internet and broadband services in New York state and publish a map indicating access to internet service by location. The Department of Public Service has hired ECC technologies to gather the necessary data to develop the map, and report the findings. ECC will use data collected from internet service providers, its own field activities, and consumers. An on line broadband survey will be the main source of the consumer data. The survey takes less than 10 minutes to complete, and includes an optional broadband speed test. The link can be found at: www.empirestatebroadband.com I urge all residents to take part in the survey so our need for this essential service is well documented.
I would also like to provide additional information concerning T-Mobile and their Project 10 Million. The program is offering free internet access and mobile hotspots to students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Eligibility for the free program is based upon your child’s eligibility for the National School Lunch Program. To find out more visit www.T-Mobile.com.
Thank you, June Butler, Poestenkill, Town Board Member
Lake George’s Festival of Lights Grows in 2021
GLENS FALLS, NY – Events to a T reprises its successful Holiday Festival of Lights, growing significantly this year to take place along Canada Street in Lake George, New York, from November 27 to December 31, 2021. Visitors and locals alike can get in the holiday spirit by enjoying decorated storefronts on Canada Street and a huge light display in Shepard’s Park in Lake George. There is no cost to enjoy the lights.
The festival also features several standout events which are ticketed: Royal Snow Sisters Holiday Princess Show, Ha-Ha-Holiday Comedy Show, a Holiday Artisan Market, and live family-friendly music. Advance tickets are required. Tickets can be purchased and information can be found at www.eventstoat.net.
Live Entertainment: Saturdays, Dec. 4, 11 & 18 – Family-friendly live music, dance performances, entertainment and more, Saturdays in Shepard’s Park from noon to 4 p.m. Free to attend.
Royal Snow Sisters Holiday Princess Show: Saturday, Dec.4 – Watch as your favorite sisters perform familiar songs you love as well as some holiday tunes. There will be time for photos and autographs, crafts, singing and dancing. Showtimes are at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn. Tickets: $15 per person.
Royal Snow Sisters Holiday Princess Dinner Theater and Meet & Greet: Saturday, Dec. 4 – Enjoy the performance, sing-along, and table-to-table exclusive meet-and-greet. There will be plenty of opportunities for photos and autographs and even a dance party. The ticket price includes an entree, dessert, and non-alcoholic beverage. The show starts promptly at 5:30 p.m. Tickets: $30 per person.
Ha-Ha-Holiday Comedy Show: Friday, Dec. 10 – This event features a hilarious line-up of some crazy talented comedians who are sure to bring the holiday cheer. For ages 18 and up, the comedy show takes place at the Marriott Hotel. Showtimes are at 7:30 and 9 p.m. Cost: $20.
Holiday Artisan Market: Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 18 & 19 – Shop the holiday market at Fort William Henry Resort Carriage House, with more than 50 artisan vendors offering handmade items and beautiful and unique gifts. Sample delicious food, take a FREE picture with Santa, enjoy free arts and craft activities for kids provided by local nonprofits as well as live entertainment and more. There is a small fee to attend with proceeds benefiting local charitable organizations. A few vendor spaces remain, at $100 for both days. Contact Letizia at email@example.com to inquire as a vendor.
“The lights are best enjoyed when it’s dark out, after 5 p.m.,” says organizer Letizia Mastrantoni, owner of Events to a T. “Many businesses have pledged to remain open for extended hours this December and especially on weekends. Several area hotels are offering packages for overnight stays at family-friendly pricing. You can enjoy the lights by walking or driving by.”
Lake George’s popular Light up the Village Celebration is on Saturday, November 27, in Shepard’s Park, starting at 3 p.m. with a live sing-along at 5 p.m. by Bobby Dick and Susie Q and lighting the village up at 6 p.m. This event serves as the kick-off for the Lake George Holiday Festival of Lights.
2021 Veterans Toy Drive
WYNANTSKILL – The American Legion Post 1489 in Wynantskill is pleased to announce our annual Veterans Toy Drive party will be held on Sunday, November 28th from 1pm to 5pm at 111 Main Avenue. Admission is $7, or donation of a new unwrapped toy. There will be food, raffles, and a DJ. If you are unable to make the party but wish to donate a toy, drop boxes are located in the following locations: M&J Barber Shop, LaBella’s, and Hannaford in Wynantskill; Green Island Bowl and Grimm’s Building Material in Green Island; and Carol’s Eatery and the Italian Charitable Foundation in Troy. Our toys stay in our local communities to help veterans and their families, so please consider supporting this worthy cause. We look forward to seeing you there!
—The Veterans Toy Drive Committee
Rensselaer County 4-H General Interest Banquet Recognition
RENSSELAER COUNTY – The Cornell Cooperative Extension Rensselaer County 4-H program held their General Interest Recognition event at the East Greenbush YMCA pavilion. At the event, 4-H volunteers and members were recognized for their leadership, dedication and outstanding achievements. 4-H member, Grace Huffam of Troy was awarded a county medal for Public Speaking. 4-H members recognized for their participation at the 2021 Schaghticoke Fair were: Luke Giglio and Bret Giglio of Petersburg, Shepherdship award for sheep. Cristian Abate (Troy), Daylynn Byas (Averill Park), Brielle Chapko (Valley Falls), Kevin Cooper (Poestenkill), Nessa Corcoran (Cropseyville), Emma Deerfield (Averill Park), Mackenzie Diamond (Wynantskill), Ava Helou (Rensselaer), Glendora Kilmer (Troy), Abigail Meissner and Lila Meissner (East Nassau), as well as Lillian Sliwinski (Waterford) Goat Herdsmanship award, and Aaron Cipperly (Hoosick Falls), for the Swine Herdsmanship.
Honor Club awards were presented to: Stablemates (Schaghticoke), Clover Kids and Critters (Hoosick Falls), Rensselaer County 4-H Trailblazers (Averill Park), and the Green Earthlings (Averill Park) 4-H clubs. Honor clubs are 4-H clubs that go above and beyond to help out during the year when needed planning and assisting at events. Additionally, the Clover Kids and Critters and Stablemates 4-H clubs were recognized for National 4–H Week displays.
The afternoon concluded with the installation of new club officers and a celebration of the year. For more information about the Rensselaer County 4-H program, please contact Cornell Cooperative Extension Rensselaer County 4–H at 518-272-4210.
Doors of Hope Adopt-a-Family Christmas Project 2021
SAND LAKE – Each year Doors of Hope Food Pantry sponsors a project in which people from our community adopt a needy family and provide Christmas gifts for them. D.O.H. provides a list of family members and a wish list for each person. D.O.H. coordinates this effort, but it is the community and local organizations who provide this generosity. We have been blessed over the years by many warm-hearted generous donors. It is an excellent project for groups, organizations, and places of employment who would like to sponsor a family together. Gifts need to be in the store by early December, so it is important to plan now. Nancy Rockwell, our volunteer coordinator may be reached at the store (5i8-674-4048) for particulars. Nancy is in the store Tuesdays and Thursdays (9:00-4:00). If Nancy is not in, leave your number, and she will get back to you. Doors of Hope is located in the 43 Mall, W. Sand Lake.
Boy Scout Troop 41
EAST GREENBUSH – Boy Scout Troop 41 of East Greenbush will be conducting a Food Drive in December. We will be passing out flyers on December 4th and will be picking up food on December 11th. This will help local pantries restock their shelves. If for some reason we missed you donation on December 11th by one PM, you may drop off your donation to the pavilion at the Elks club on Columbia turnpike.
Deck the Halls!
SCHODACK LANDING – Neighbors in Muitzeskill and Schodack Landing, celebrate the holidays and decorate your home to spread holiday cheer. Hang a wreath, light a candle or more for all to see between Nov. 26, 2021 – Jan. 1, 2022. Register your street address to be included on a list of decorated homes and to win prizes. The list of street addresses will be publicized.
To register, email your street address to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 5, 2021. To be eligible to win prizes, your street address needs to be registered. Prizes will be awarded by random drawing from those registered.
This event is hosted 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. Like us onFacebook @FCPcommunityhouse.
Capital District Fly Fishers Annual Fly Tying Class
CAPITAL DISTRICT – The Capital District Fly Fishers is holding their annual fly tying class starting the 2nd Wednesday of January, ending in late March. Come learn the art tying flies. During the 8 session course that runs over 3 months, you will learn the tools needed, receive 14 kits with materials to tie 5 flies in each kit (for a total of 70 flys). You will also receive a host of handouts and participate in free raffles of materials. Space is limited.
Date: Jan 12, 26, Feb 2, 9, 23, March 2, 9, 23, 30* (*extra date for weather). Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Site: Locust Lane Clubhouse – 5 Locust Lane Clifton Park, NY 12065. Fee: $85.00. Instructors: Members of Capital District Fly Fishers. Face Mask may be required, Hand Sanitizer available. For information about the class contact Paul at (518) 885-8257, Rodney Priddle (518) 421-6762 or email@example.com.
To Register: Go to https://parksrec.egov.basgov.com/cliftonpark select adult classes or call (518) 371-6651
Athletic Department Seeking Nominations for the Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2022
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 2022 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 www.averillpark.k12.ny.us.
Any member of the public can nominate an athlete, coach, team, 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 www.averillpark.k12.ny.us or by contacting the Athletic Department at (518) 674-7010.
The nomination period will run through November 15th. The 2022 induction ceremony and dinner will be held on Saturday, April 30th at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy.
Seeking Tax Assistance Volunteers
CAPITAL DISTRICT – TaxAide, the free income tax assistance program sponsored by the AARP Foundation and the IRS, is seeking volunteers for the coming tax season. TaxAide volunteers answer questions, prepare and file returns for low to moderate income taxpayers and seniors from February 1 to April 15 at various sites in the Capital District.
Volunteers typically participate one day per week, with flexible schedules to accommodate volunteer availability. No experience is required, but computer experience is helpful for tax counseling. Volunteers who do not wish to prepare returns are also needed to greet taxpayers and confirm appointments. Training is provided for all positions. Volunteers may be reimbursed for a moderate level of necessary travel expenses.
For more information on how you can join our team in Saratoga, Warren and Washington counties contact Communications Coordinator [your name], [your phone number or] at [your email address]. For further information, visit www.nytaxaide.org
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 4:30 to 6:30 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.
Hope 7 Food Pantry
TROY – The Hope 7 Food Pantry located at 520 Pawling Avenue, Troy NY serves the East Side of Troy, Wynantskill and Northgreenbush.
Pantry Hours: Mon-Fri – 9:30am-11:45am; Thursday – 5pm-7pm. Last Saturday of each month 9:30am-11:45am
What to bring: Proof of residence (Troy’s East Side, North Greenbush, or Wynantskill) – (utility bill to your address in your name). ID’s for each person residing in household.
Johnsonville Methodist Church Thrift Shop
JOHNSONVILLE – The Johnsonville Methodist Church Thrift Shop, located at 22 Bridge Street, Johnsonville, NY 12094 is open 9-12 every Wednesday. Look for our sign at the corner of Route 67 and Route 111. We have a huge selection of adult and children’s summer clothing, as well as special occasion and career clothes, shoes, purses, jewelry, toys, linens, household and decorative items. Our newly organized library has over 1,000 books for sale.
The Anchor Food Pantry
SCHODACK – The Anchor Food Pantry in an attempt to keep the residents of the Town Of Schodack apprised during these Covid 19 times has an update regarding hours of operation and procedures. The Pantry is open on the following days for servicing clientele and the general public.
Monday Evenings-5pm-7pm, Tuesday and Thursdays -9am-2pm, and the first saturday of each month 10am-1pm. We ask to call ahead at 518-732-4120 for food calls so staff can prepare order for delivery to your vehicle.New clients are asked to provide proof of residency on their initial visit.
Donations are currently being accepted clothing wise for fall /early winter apparel preferably during business hours. As always we thank the citizens of Schodack for their present, past, and future support of aiding those in need during these seemingly never ending difficult economic times.
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
St. Jude the Apostle Knights of Columbus Bottle & Can Donations
WYNANTSKILL – 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!
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
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