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Your Community 11.17.22

Center Brunswick UM Church Announces Financial Scholarship for 2023 Tamarac Graduates

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 2023. The money may be used for any type of expenses related to further education. Students do not have to belong to this Church, any other church or religion to be eligible for this award.

Interested students must apply for this award no later than March 1, 2023. The application can be obtained from the school’s guidance department or 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 Center Brunswick UMC 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 Routes 7 and 142 in Troy.

Castleton Girl Scouts Shop to Help Others

Troop 1762 Girl Scouts shopped for food and personal hygiene products for people in need within their community. This is the fifth year in a row that they have purchased food for The Anchor Food Pantry around the Thanksgiving holiday. 

This year they also purchased personal hygiene products as part of Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York’s 2022 Sweets & Treats Service Project. These items were donated to veterans at the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center.

Brunswick Cares Food Pantry thanks the SL@AMS for our Birthday Bags

The Brunswick Cares Community food pantry is grateful to the ongoing support from Service Learning at Algonquin Middle School Service (SL@AMS). 

Each year SL@AMS assembles birthday bags for the children of the families served by the pantry. Each bag consists of cake, frosting, plates, cups, decorations and birthday gift. Our families greatly appreciate receiving these special bags during their child’s birthday month. We are grateful to SL@AMS leader Mrs. Baker, volunteer Tanja Eise and this year’s club members Mallory, Brealynn, Maisie, Reese, Olivia, Genevia & Iris. Brunswick Cares food pantry is open Tuesdays 5-7pm & Saturdays 9-11am each week. To find out more about our services, check out our website at or call 518-279-3792.

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 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.

Historical Calendars

The 2023 North Greenbush Historical Calendars are now available for purchase. They contain old time pictures including Frank Houser’s Store and Gas Station, the St. Jude’s Horse Show, the old Defreestville Hotel and much more.

Calendars are available as the Town Hall on Main Avenue Wynantskill (518)283-4306. The coast is $12.00 (exact change or check made out to the Town of North Greenbush) If you want it mailed, the cost is $15.00.

Bread of Life Food Pantry Donation Request

The “Bread of Life” food pantry in Poestenkill has just begun our 8th year of serving our community and neighbors. As we see food costs rising dramatically, we realize more donations of food will be needed.

When you are shopping for grocery’s, we would greatly appreciate it if you would pick up a few food items to donate to our pantry. Here is a list of our most requested staple food items that our guests want..

Breakfast cereal for adults and kids, sugar, flour, baking oil, bottled apple juice, canned fruit, canned hash, canned chili, ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard, cookies and snacks, canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, spaghetti sauce, Parmesan cheese, canned baked beans, instant and ground coffee.

Just a few of these items two times a month would be so helpful for our neighbors in need. You may drop them off at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Poestenkill,side entrance in the container. We check it daily and date and shelve each item for our open dates. Please check use by and expiration dates before donating. Thanks so much for your help. Our contact number is (518) 283-6045.

Town of Poestenkill Planning Board

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Planning Board of the Town of Poestenkill will hold a public hearing pursuant to Section 150-4 of the Land Use Code of the Town of Poestenkill.

The hearing is on the application of Rensselaer Plateau Alliance of 200 Legenbauer Road Averill Park, NY for a Special Use Permit Extension under the provisions of Section 150-4 of the Land Use Code of the Town of Poestenkill. Said parcel is comprised of one parcel totaling approximately 350.10 acres owned by Rensselaer Plateau Alliance and is located on 200 Legenbauer Road in the Town of Poestenkill.

The hearing will take place on December 6, 2022 at the Poestenkill Town Hall starting at approximately 7:00 PM at which time all interested parties will be 

given an opportunity to be heard.

Sand Lake Residents Household Hazardous Waste Day
November 19, 2022

The Town of Sand Lake, in collaboration with Rensselaer County, is sponsoring a Household Hazardous Waste Day on November 19, 2022.  

For more information and registration go to the Town’s website: or call Town Clerk, Barbara Hansen, 518-674-2026 Ext. 122

Boy Scout Troop 2526 to Sell Wreaths at St. Henry’s

Troop 2526 will sell holiday wreaths after the 10:00 a.m. Mass outside at St. Henry’s on Sunday, November 27, Thanksgiving weekend. The scouts will have wreaths, kissing balls, grave blankets, door-hanging trees, swags, and crosses, all locally made. 

All proceeds are used to defray costs of a week at summer camp. Happy holidays!

Doors of Hope Annual “Adopt a Family” 

As we enter the Holiday season Doors of Hope offers an opportunity for organizations, families, or individuals to bring Christmas joy to a needy family. Here is how it works: 

Doors of Hope compiles a list of families among their clients who would benefit from this project. The families make a list of family members, their ages, sizes, and any special wishes. Families are matched with an individual or organization who would like to provide gifts for them. Families come in all sizes; the donor makes the choice. 

Names of those to be sponsored are in progress now and will end Dec. 1. All gifts should be in the store by Dec. 16. Our volunteer coordinator, Nancy Rockwell can supply additional information. Nancy may be reached most weekdays @ Doors of Hope ( 518-67 44048). If Nancy is not in, please leave a message and she will contact you. 

Doors of Hope is a food pantry funded by its thrift store and the generous donations of our community, its churches and organizations. It is located in the 66 Mall in W. Sand Lake. We are grateful for the support of our community.

The Anchor Food Pantry

The Anchor Food Pantry is gearing up for the upcoming holidays and ask for community generosity at this time of year. 

We ask for  holiday items of canned goods, and toiletries that can be dropped off at The Anchor during business hours of Monday 430pm-630pm and Tuesday and Thursday 9am-130pm.  

Remember also that drop off is available at the Town Clerk Ofc @ schodack Town Hall, and Castleton Library @ Village Hall-Village of Castleton -on Hudson NY during the library business hours Monday-Saturday. Also this reminder that bottles and cans can be credited to the Anchor account at the 6 cent Redemption Center located on 9J -550 South St-Rensselaer ,NY Monday-Saturday during their business hours,just inform the clerk to credit the Anchor Food Pantry account.

As always we thank the  Schodack community for its continued support in aiding our mission to assist those in need during these uncertain economic times.

Cornell Cooperative Extension Rensselaer 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


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

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: 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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